Celebrate American Indian Heritage Day at New Germany State Park!

In celebration of American Indian Heritage Day, Coyote Adventures Family Outings will be hosting a special outing at New Germany State Park on Saturday, November 28th.  This unique, Native American-themed activity will include Indian drumming, storytelling, games, a discovery walk, and journaling.  

The activity will begin inside the New Germany Lake House at 1 pm, and will last approximately 2 hours.  Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate, but children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Participants should dress appropriately for the outdoors and bring their own drinking water, small snack, and notebook or journal.  The use of cell phones and other electronic devices will not be permitted during the activity.  Families are encouraged to preregister for the outing by calling New Germany State Park at 301-895-5453.  

Coyote Adventures is an organization founded by Jack Slocomb (photo attached) and Margie Hartman to help children experience and connect with the natural world.  The program content is inspired by the “Coyote Mentoring Process,” developed by the nationally recognized Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Washington.  Mr. Slocomb is a trained naturalist, wilderness leader, and published writer of essays and poetry relating to the natural beauty of the Allegheny Mountains. He brings to the program some forty years’ experience as an outdoor leader. Most recently he received a Kamana II Naturalist certification from the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Washington.  Margie Hartman has been a parent mentor for Coyote Adventures Family Outings for four years.


Garrett Regional Medical Center received recognition as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of hospital organizations in the United States.

Garrett Regional Medical Center was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “American’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in performance and accountability measures for surgical care.  Garrett Regional Medical Center is among the top performers in the nation for surgical care. 

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.  To be a Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including the cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care.  I commend the efforts of Garrett Regional Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.  “The hospital is honored to be recognized for this award.  It’s a real testimony to the great staff that we have and the doctors, nurses and technicians that make our hospital superb,” stated Mark Boucot, President and CEO, Garrett Regional Medical Center. 


“We understand what matters most to our patients is the quality and safety of the care they receive.  That is why we have made it a top priority to improve patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Charles Walch, Chief of Surgery at Garrett Regional Medical Center.  “We are proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”

      Harpist Lynne Barnes-Dale in Concert at the Grantsville Library

The Ruth Enlow Library will host Harpist Lynne Barnes-Dale on the Celtic Harp, Thursday, December 10, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Grantsville Library. The program features a selection of Celtic and seasonal music. This event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend are asked to contact the library at 301-895-5298 or email kim@relib.net.

Barnes-Dale is a graduate of Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA. She has taught music and served as organist and choir director in New England, the mid-Atlantic region and Washington State. In addition to her public performances, she gives private lessons in Celtic harp and piano. She is organist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Frostburg and  has appeared regularly at Scottish Festivals including the Bridgeport Scottish Festival and the McHenry Highland Festival.

A listing of events and services at the Ruth Enlow Library is available on the website at www.relib.net. Follow the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RuthEnlowLibrary.

     Citizen Shale Donates Copies of Groundswell Rising to Local Libraries

Local non-profit Citizen Shale’s board members, Natalie Atherton (right) and Kim Alexander (left) recently presented 5 DVD copies of the film Groundswell Rising to Ann Leighton (center) of the Ruth Enlow Library.  These gifts to the library system were made possible by the generous donations of local community members who attended Citizen Shale’s screenings of the film in Friendsville and Cumberland earlier this year.

Each Ruth Enlow Library branch will receive a copy of Groundswell Rising, a documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Matt and Renard Cohen.  Later this month, Citizen Shale will make copies available to libraries in Allegany County. Individuals also can borrow a DVD of the film directly from Citizen Shale. 

Citizen Shale is available to lead a discussion for community groups interested in viewing the film. For more information about efforts to protect communities in Maryland from the threats of shale gas development, visit www.citizenshale.org.

Garrett College Named to 2016 Military Friendly® Schools List

 For the third year in a row, Garrett College has been named to the 2016 Military Friendly® Schools list. The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

Kathy Fauber, Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs Counselor at Garrett College, said this recognition is an honor. “We are so pleased to be included for another year as part of the Military Friendly® Schools list. The staff and faculty at Garrett College are dedicated to providing our military veterans with the high standards of service that they have earned through their service to our country,” she said.

Fauber described some of the support services that Garrett College provides for military veterans and their families. “Through our Veteran’s Affairs office we keep our student veterans linked to all their VA (Veterans Administration) benefits and services. Garrett College also is a chapter of the national Student Veterans Organization (SVO) which provides programs, resources, and support for those students who are transitioning from military to civilian student life. Though our SVO we coordinate social events and activities for veterans and their families. We are very proud to offer a Veterans’ Center on campus where our student veterans can study, relax, and socialize,” she explained

In addition to the services and support provided by Garrett College, a VA counselor comes to the McHenry campus twice a month to provide counseling for Veterans as well as assist with VA paperwork. Additionally, a VA Benefits Specialist makes routine monthly visits as well.

For more information about Garrett College’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, contact Fauber at 301-387-3057 or kathy.fauber@garrettcollege.edu.

Chamber Hosts Holiday Business After Hours at Property Management Services on December 10, 2015

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Property Management Services will be hosting the Chamber’s annual holiday Business After Hours on Thursday, December 10, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at their 19509 Garrett Highway location at Dry Dock Plaza in Oakland. Enjoy delicious food and mingle with fellow Chamber members and Chamber staff at our monthly networking event.  Don’t forget your business card to enter to win prizes.

To celebrate the season of giving, the Garrett Chamber is collecting toys for the local Toys for Tots Campaign to help give children in our area a special gift for the holidays. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the December Business After Hours and receive a free ticket to a future Business After Hours event.

Property Management Services specialize in long-term rentals, commercial rentals, property management and association management.

The cost to attend the Business After Hours is $6.00 for members paid in advance and $10 for non-members and members paying at the door. Register online at visitdeepcreek.com or contact Holly Lane via email at holly@garrettchamber.com  or call 301.387.6171.

Floral Design: Working with Real Pine’ Class Scheduled at GC

Garrett College in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension is sponsoring a one-session course, Floral Design: Working with Real Pine, at the Garrett College Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. Class will be held on December 1, 6-9:15 p.m. 

Learn about working with real pine greenery during this floral design class to make a pine wreath or pine door swag. The class will provide inspiration for preparing one’s home for the holiday season, including the possibility of making holiday gifts. The course is being instructed by Ashley Bodkins and Tina Gallucci. Bodkins received her B.S. degree in Agronomy from WVU and an A.A. degree in Horticulture from Potomac State College. She works for the University of Maryland Extension where she answers home horticulture questions and coordinates the Maryland Master Gardener Program for Garrett County. 

Gallucci has 20 plus years of floral experience as a designer at Green Acres Flower Basket and owner/designer of her own shop, Country Garden Expressions for 13 years. The University of Maryland Extension programs are open to any person and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Students will need to pair of gloves (b/c of the pine sap), and a pair of hand pruners. All other materials will be provided

For more information on this course, persons may contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for this course, contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.




Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area Announces FY2016 Mini-Grant Awards

 The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West is pleased to announce the recipients of the FY2016 Mini-grants awarded through the Heritage Area.  Over $17,000 in grant requests were received for the FY16 mini-grant round. Ten thousand dollars was awarded to local organizations, government agencies and/or municipalities to provide funding for innovative exhibits, tours, events, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Heritage Area’s Management Plan.  These include: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness.  Projects should seek to attract cultural and heritage tourists to the region.  Recipients must match the grant dollar for dollar and complete the projects by June 15, 2016.

FY2016 Mini-Grant Awards:

Grantsville Historic Map $2,000.00 awarded to the Greater Grantsville Business Association for the production of a historic map of Grantsville.

Restoration of Melvin Brown Arboretum - $1,910.00 awarded to the Town of Kitzmiller for the restoration of the historic Melvin Brown Arboretum.

Oakland B&O Museum Heritage Educational Lecture Series Equipment$2,000.00 awarded to Oakland Heritage Community Foundation to purchase folding chairs, storage rack and audio system for future educational series at the museum.

Procurement of McHenry Howard Photos and Rights to Use$770.00 awarded to the Garrett County Historical Society to purchase historical McHenry Howard photographs and rights to use.

Oakland AME Church Study & Structural Engineering Review$2,000.00 awarded to the Oakland Heritage Community Foundation to have a structural engineering review completed of the building.

Glass Covered Bulletin Board – $600.00 awarded to the Spruce Forest Artisan Village to purchase a glass enclosed bulletin board to display event details, classes and schedules and other information for the Artisan Village.

Oakland Heritage Community Foundation Technology for Event Promotion & Foundation Awareness $720.00 awarded to the Oakland Heritage Community Foundation for the purchase of a projector, cart and wireless PA system for use during OHCF events and to promote heritage sites to visitors and residents.

 “We are very excited to support these important heritage area projects with grant funds we receive through the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority,” said Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Manager of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  “Many of these local projects would not be possible without funding from the mini-grant program and all projects will help promote heritage tourism to Garrett County.”

About The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is one of 13 certified Heritage Areas by the state of Maryland.  Established in September of 2011 and managed by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Area’s mission is to engage public and private partners in the commitment to preserve historical, cultural and natural resources for sustainable economic development through heritage tourism.  The Mini-Grant Program is made possible through a Management Grant that the Chamber receives from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), a state heritage organization and program of the Maryland Historical Trust.

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area supports heritage tourism in Garrett County through technical assistance and grant opportunities with a focus on heritage related initiatives that preserve valuable heritage resources and enhance tourism in the County.  As a state certified heritage area, effort is made to create public and private partnerships to preserve historical, cultural and natural resources focusing on under-utilized resources fostering a greater sense of community pride.

For more information on the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, please visit www.garrettheritage.com.

GC Establishes the Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund

To honor the memory of Kalie Hostutler Ashby, a native of Oakland, Md. and Garrett College alumnus and staff member, the employees of the College recently established the Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund. Kalie believed in the future and possibilities that a higher education could bring to today’s young people. She was a vocal advocate for the high school dual enrollment program with the College and encouraged local students to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

“Family meant the world to Kalie and Garrett College was blessed to be counted in that family,” stated Kim DeGiovanni, Fund Chair and employee of the College. “Kalie was an inspiration…a loving mother, wife, daughter and sister; a dear friend and valued colleague; an educator, a baker and craftsman, a volunteer and so much more. She lived her life full of laughter and smiles and her joyful spirit touched the hearts and minds of colleagues and students. Kalie was a shining light at Garrett College and we will never forget this remarkable young woman. She truly made the world a better place and through this fund we hope to keep Kalie’s light shining on for future students.”

Through her extraordinary drive and outstanding commitment, Kalie accomplished so much in her brief 26 years. By the time she graduated Southern High School, she simultaneously completed her freshman year of college by enrolling in the dual enrollment program at Garrett College. In just four years after graduating high school, she was a graduate of Garrett College and Frostburg State University, in which she earned her masters of business administration. She became a member of the Garrett College staff in 2009 and began working part-time while pursuing her master’s degree. She eventually rose to the position of Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Planning.

Kalie’s hard work and accomplishments were featured in the 2013 Maryland Association of Community College’s profile highlighting her dual enrollment experience and the success of early college access programs and the value they can bring to high-achieving students. “Kalie’s legacy is the ultimate Garrett College success story,” said Dr. Richard MacLennan, President of Garrett College. “The establishment of this Academic Achievement Fund in her name is a wonderful way to memorialize how much Kalie meant to our College community. Through this fund, we hope to encourage and inspire Garrett College students to have the desire to pursue the highest level of academic achievement possible, just as Kalie did.”

Kalie not only excelled in the academic, degree-seeking credit classes at Garrett College, but she also enrolled in many special interest classes on the continuing education side of the College. She enrolled herself, her family, and friends and excelled in sewing, cake decorating, and cooking classes. “She brought joy to so many lives and was always the first person to offer assistance, no matter what was needed,” said Marcia Knepp, Fund committee member and employee of the College. “Her positive attitude and big infectious smile is a constant reminder to all to keep moving forward and achieving more, in all walks of life. She chose to always see the good in people, along with their potential, which makes the establishment of this fund even more fitting for future students.”

For more information on making a gift to the Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund, contact the Garrett College Foundation at 301-387-3131. All gifts made through the Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


Garrett Regional Medical Center and the American Cancer Society will hold the next Look Good…Feel Better workshop on Monday, November 16th, 2015 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Wellness Education Center located behind the hospital on Pythian Ave. The workshop is for individuals currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

 Look Good…Feel Better is a national public service program dedicated to teaching women and teen-age cancer patients the techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image, and how to deal with the sociological side effects they experience during treatment. Volunteer cosmetologists help with the workshop that includes a 12-step skin and makeup program. Cosmetics for the program are free of charge, courtesy of the American Cancer Society, The Cosmetics, Toiletry & Fragrance Association Foundation and the National Cosmetics Association.

The program is offered free of charge and each participant receives a complimentary make up kit valued at $250. For those who cannot attend a workshop self-help materials including a video and instructional booklet are available. Pre registration is required. To register or obtain more information contact Bev Rasel at (301) 533-4366 or Gina Artice, RN, Cancer Patient Navigator at (301) 533-4133.


Garrett County, Maryland Wins at 35th Annual Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit

Garrett County, Maryland won two awards at the 35th Annual Tourism and Travel Summit held at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland last week. Competing against nominees from other counties in the state, Garrett County, along with Allegany County, collected the Tourism Advocate award from the Maryland Tourism Coalition for their partnership in hosting the Mountain Maryland PACE event in Annapolis each year. Garrett County also won the Sports Tourism award from the Maryland Office of Tourism Development for the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, which were held in September 2014.

“The Chamber is honored to accept these two awards, on behalf of our partners, Allegany County, and the other members of our PACE Committee, and the Deep Creek 2014 Committee,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “It is particularly gratifying to be honored by our tourism industry peers at the Maryland Tourism Coalition.”

The Tourism Advocate Award is given to an individual, business, organization, group or coalition that is a member of the Maryland Tourism Coalition and has successfully led legislative initiatives and heightened the awareness of the tourism industry and its impact on the economy.  Since 2001, Allegany and Garrett counties have joined forces to present PACE (Positive Attitudes Change Everything) each January to discuss western Maryland’s top priorities, including tourism, with state leaders and legislators. The PACE reception & breakfast are considered premier events held in Annapolis during the legislative session. In the 2015 session, PACE played a leadership role in securing more funding for tourism promotion.

The Sports Tourism Award is given to an individual, business, organization, group or coalition that has made outstanding investments and contributions in stewardship and/or development of Maryland’s sports tourism products. Over 300 athletes from over 35 international countries competed in the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, held at Garrett County’s Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) last year, marking only the second time in history the event has been held in the United States.

For more information about the Maryland Tourism Coalition and the annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit, visit mdtourism.org. For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, please call 301.387.4386 or log onto www.visitdeepcreek.com.


GC to offer Writing Courses by Amazon All-Star Author, Lauren Carr

 Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development has scheduled upcoming writing courses at the McHenry campus for the month of November. Lauren Carr, an Amazon all-star author who resides in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., will instruct the following courses for writers: ‘Writing that Bucket List Novel’, ‘10 + Most Common Mistakes made by New Writers’ in a workshop format, and ‘Operation: Promote your Book & more—Internet Marketing that Works’.

The course, ‘Writing that Bucket List Novel’, will be held on November 14, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. For those that have “write a book” on the bucket list, this class will cover all the basics. Best-selling author Lauren Carr will share her experiences in writing and publishing with class participants. In this three-hour workshop, Carr will pass on the secrets that most professional authors had to learn the hard way. Among the secrets she will address the following: where and how to get started on a book, making time for writing, identifying time-thieves, getting past the 40-page block, and more.

A course workshop, ‘10 + Most Common Mistakes made by New Writers’, will take place on November 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Does your book have all its parts? Are you suffering from Good-Parent Syndrome? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Compiled from editors and reviewers, this course will cover the most common mistakes new writers make. Note: grammar and punctuation will not be covered in this class.

‘Operation: Promote Your Book & More—Internet Marketing That Works!’ is slated for November 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carr is offering an all-day workshop designed to break everything down for aspiring authors. “We will go through step by step on what to do,” she stated. She will also teach writers how to build and project the right image for their website, as well as learning how to use Twitter and Facebook effectively.

Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday and Lovers in Crime Mysteries. Her latest mystery, Kill and Run, was released to rave reviews from readers and reviewers on September 4, 2015. It instantly rose to Amazon's Top-10 in police procedurals and military mysteries. She introduced the key detectives in the Thorny Rose Mysteries in Three Days to Forever, which was released in January 2015 and remained on Amazon's Top-100 in police procedurals for over six months. The owner of Acorn Book Services, Carr is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. She is also a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learnt in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

For information on the course, persons may contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for these courses, contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.


Garrett County Chamber Hosts Business Before Hours – Tourism Update on November 17

 The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the next Business Before Hours will feature Liz Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of the Maryland Office of Tourism, presenting the state’s strategies for promoting tourism on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Wisp Resort.  

The Maryland visitor economy continued to expand in 2014 as tourism industry sales rose 4.7% and visitor volumes rose 5.8% reaching 38 million. For every dollar invested in Office of Tourism advertising, Maryland realizes $160 in visitor spending, $22 in state and local taxes and $5 in state sales tax revenue. Garrett County saw a 4.5% increase in sales tax revenues in FY2015 and a 6.7% increase in accommodations sales over FY2014. Visits to the Chamber’s website visitdeepcreek.com are up 38% in 2015 over 2014 and visitation to the Garrett County Visitors Center is up 31%. The Chamber believes much of this growth can be attributed to our aggressive marketing strategies.

 “Tourism is a key industry and economic driver in Garrett County so we are very pleased to have Liz Fitzsimmons update us on the tourism marketing strategies the state employs to promote tourism,” said Nicole Christian, Chamber President & CEO.

This Business Before Hours is sponsored by Newman Funeral Homes and Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales. Event includes 8 am networking, 8:15 am breakfast and program from 8:30 am – 9:30 am.  The cost for members is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The cost for non-members is $30. Register online or by calling Holly Lane at 301.387.6171. Space is limited so early reservations are recommended.

The Business Before Hours breakfast programs are bi-monthly events designed to focus on specific topics with formal presentations. Non-competing sponsorship opportunities are available for each forum. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nick Sharps at 301.387.4386 or nick@garrettchamber.com.

Dr. Barbara Leighton Leads GRMC Anesthesia

Officials for Garrett Regional Medical Center announced that Dr. Barbara L. Leighton has joined the Hospital’s Medical Staff following her recent return to the area and will serve in the capacity as Chief of Anesthesia at the Hospital.

Dr. Barbara L. Leighton’s specialty is obstetrical anesthesia. Prior to joining the staff at Garrett, Dr. Barbara Leighton held the positions of Professor of Anesthesiology; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Chief, Section of Obstetric Anesthesiology; and Director, Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis, Missouri. She is well known and recognized by her colleagues for academic leadership and research in anesthesia and was identified as one of the five leading researchers in obstetric anesthesia of the 1990’s. Dr. Barbara Leighton has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America and has been included in the honorary list since year 2002.

International educational missions led Dr. Barbara Leighton on trips to Ghana, Ethiopia and China to serve on short term clinical teaching assignments. The major focus of these missions were to “teach the teacher”  in an effort to leave the areas better equipped to handle the area’s medical care needs once the mission was over and missionary physicians returned home.

“Happy and excited to be moving back” is how Dr. Barbara Leighton describes her return to Garrett County.  Having left the area to pursue college and a career at the age of 18, she continued to enjoy returning to Garrett County for family visits and vacations. Dr. Barbara Leighton is the daughter of Dr. Herbert H. Leighton, a retired local physician whose practice spanned 40 years and the delivery of 6,410 babies.

Oakland Library Hosts Local Author Ellen Callahan

The Oakland Library will host Ellen Callahan, a local writer and author of No Brakes: On the Wing, for a book signing and discussion on Monday, November 16, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Set in Baltimore and Deep Creek, Maryland, Callahan’s crime fiction novel tells the story of Lucy Prestipino, a street-savvy bicycle messenger in Baltimore City who maneuvers through the court system, thwarts ruthless gangsters, and outwits an aggressive gang prosecutor to unearth long-kept secrets and capture a killer.

“As fast and exhilarating as a bike messenger darting through traffic, No Brakes on the Wing is a thrilling ride through Baltimore and its most fascinating citizens,” notes Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl. “Part love story, part mystery, and all heart, you’ll cheer for Callahan’s spunky heroine, Lucy, and hope she figures out the real story behind two very different men before it’s too late. Fun, smart, and hard to put down, this is a terrific read!”

Copies of Callahan’s book, which has received 18 5-star reviews since September, 2015, are available in the library’s online catalog, at the Book Mark’et in Oakland, and from online retailers. To register for this free event, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x117 or email bonnie@relib.net.

A former attorney specializing in adoption law, Callahan is an author and freelance writer. Her articles and essays have appeared in Maryland Life Magazine, The Washington Post, Washington Family Magazine, and Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul. In 2013, she was elected as an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Callahan lives with her husband in Deep Creek, Maryland.

A listing of events and services at the Ruth Enlow Library is available on the website at www.relib.net. Follow the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RuthEnlowLibrary.

GILL Announces Fall Classes for November

 The Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL) group, operating under Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development, has released their fall class schedule for the month of November. GILL learning experiences are developed by the organization’s members based on group consensus. The sessions are coordinated by volunteers who select presenters for each topic identified.

On November 3, ‘Cold Weather Conditioning for Your Vehicle’ will be presented by Will Roszell, local automotive expert, at Garrett Automotive from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. This session will help one get his or her car prepared for the cold weather and snow this winter. This informative class will explain how to condition a vehicle for this winter (tires, engine, the outside and underside of the vehicle, and more). Roszell has decades of experience with cars and Garrett County winters.

‘Anasazi Indians’ will be held on November 5 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Local expert, Dr. Margaret Kaiser, will discuss her experiences while actively participating in the archeological dig at the site of the Anasazi Indian ruins. She has just returned from her annual journey to the site, and will be sharing her most recent adventure with those in attendance.

‘Information Literacy’ is scheduled for November 12 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Garrett College Library at the McHenry campus. With the ever increasing use of the web, we have information available through home computers, tablets, and smartphones. Krista McKenzie, Instructional Librarian at Garrett College, will show participants how to access the many resources available through libraries and how to find the best reliable and accurate information on the web.

On November 12, the ‘Film Series: Exporting Raymond’ will be held at the Garrett College Auditorium at the McHenry campus. This is the final film series for the fall class schedule. Phil Rosenthal created one of the most popular television shows of all time. When he travels to Russia to recreate “Everybody Loves Raymond” for Russian TV audiences as “Everybody Loves Kostya”, he finds himself truly ‘lost in translation’. Russian colleagues, unique characters and humorous situations wind throughout this international comedy adventure.

More information on Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning is available by contacting Sue Fowler at susan.fowler@garrettcollege.edu or www.garrettcollege.edu/GILL. To register for the above courses, persons may contact Continuing Education Workforce and Development at 301-387-3069.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Garrett County Chamber Offers Fall 3-2-1 Lodging & Activity Promotion

 Just in time for autumn visitors traveling to Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake, Maryland area, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is offering a 3-2-1 Lodging & Activity Promotion on their website, www.visitdeepcreek.com. The promotion runs through December 17, 2015, non-holidays. The promotion is for 3 nights at the price of 2 plus discounted activities.

Seven lodging companies – ranging from rental home properties and a slopeside hotel to a B&B and log-cabin-style hotel suites – are participating in the promotion. And activity offers include discounted golf, wine and beer tastings, buy one get one free all day aquatic & recreation passes, and discounted amusement center passes.

“The 3-2-1 Promotion is a terrific way to save on your autumn trip to the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County,” said Sarah Duck, Director of Tourism & Marketing for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “With discounts on both lodging and area activities, visitors will be sure to find a discount offer to suit their vacation.”

The 3-2-1 Promotion includes lodging offers from Cabin on Farm View, Deep Creek Lodging Company, Haley Farm, The Lodges at Sunset Village, Long & Foster Resort Rentals, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and the Wisp Resort Hotel & Conference Center, and activity offers from A Touch of Class Limousines, Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex, Oakland Golf Club and Smiley’s.  The full detailed offers can be viewed at: http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/FallPromotion.

Garrett County, Maryland’s westernmost county, is less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Washington DC and Baltimore, two hours from Pittsburgh, and a 45 minute drive from Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD. Garrett County is home to Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort, the state’s only ski resort, and the Adventure Sports Center International, one of only two recirculating whitewater courses in the western hemisphere.

For more information about Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake, Maryland area, please stop by www.visitdeepcreek.com or call 888.387.5237.


Garrett Regional Medical Center was recognized during the Maryland Patient Safety Center Conference as part of the March of Dimes, “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” campaign.  The Campaign urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling delivery before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy.   This will give babies in Maryland a healthy start in life, as babies born too early may have more health problems  at birth and later in life, according to the March of Dimes. Garrett has maintained a low number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 weeks.

“We are proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses who work with the patients and families to ensure the best possible outcomes for both moms and babies,” said Mark Boucot, president and CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center.

According to the March of Dimes, the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than 450,000 babies each year and is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five. In Maryland, 8,914 babies are born too soon every year. Babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and others. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants.  Additional information from the March of Dimes is available at www.marchofdimes.org/39weeks.

GC Partners with Dove Center and Local Law Enforcement

Garrett College recently signed a Memorandum of Understandings with the Dove Center, law enforcement, including the Maryland State Police and Garrett County Sheriff’s Department, and Campus Security at the College. Many campus departments at Garrett College, in cooperation with local community resources, work together to offer a variety of educational programming throughout the year outlining College policy and procedure, prohibited behavior/conduct, impact of alcohol and substance abuse, effective consent, bystander intervention, and information about risk reduction.

“Garrett College consistently strives to be pro-active. The collaboration between the College, the Dove Center, and local law enforcement was initiated to address and prevent important issues on our campus, including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and more,” said Shelley Menear, Coordinator of Safety, Security and Compliance at Garrett College.

Garrett College has developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Dove Center to build a partnership between the crisis center and the College. The goal of this MOU is to establish a 24 hour crisis-intervention response for victims of dating and domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as prevention and training for the campus community. The Dove Center will be on campus at least twice per month offering information as well as private counseling services.

“The Dove Center is thrilled to work with Garrett College to offer on-campus resources to victims of dating and domestic violence and sexual assault, in addition to joining forces to prevent those crimes,” said Heather Hanline, Director of the Dove Center. “We are also looking forward to developing a program to be used on-campus to provide insight and education to students who have identified themselves as abusive, or who have engaged in abusive behavior on campus.”

The Safety and Security Department at Garrett College also work collaboratively with the Garrett County Sheriff’s Department and Maryland State Police, in which each have responsibilities for the safety of the staff, students, and visitors of the College. The MOU with law enforcement serves as an operational framework for the ongoing and cooperative public safety efforts and is intended to be in compliance with the provisions of House Bill 571, effective July 1, 2015.

Recognizing that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Garrett College is hosting several awareness activities for students, faculty, and staff. A new campaign, ‘Laker 687: Respect Starts Here’ was created to educate and raise awareness of the campus community for a variety of topics to foster a respectful and informed campus environment. The College has also purchased ‘Not Anymore”, an interactive online educational training program, as its primary prevention tool. This program requires completion by all students, faculty, and staff each year, with refreshers built in for those who have successfully completed the program.

Additional campus activities planned throughout the month of October include: a self-defense class for students, visits from the Dove Center, and ‘Purple for Peace’ Day on October 7 where the entire campus community is encouraged to wear purple. Related activities will also be held in the Laker Café from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, persons may visit www.garrettcollege.edu or contact Menear at 301-387-3037 or shelley.menear@garrettcollege.edu.



Garrett Regional Medical Center president and CEO, Mark Boucot has announced plans for a new maternity unit that will relocate and dramatically enlarge and enhance the current Family Centered Maternity Suite.  This new unit will be housed within a recently renovated section of the second floor and will provide hotel-like accommodations for families as they celebrate new arrivals.

The new maternity unit will provide for Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum in the same room, which allows mother and baby to be in the same room during their entire stay. The unit will grow to nine private patient care rooms for greater patient privacy and comfort.  The design of the unit follows an evidence-based patient and family centered approach to healthcare, providing a more relaxed atmosphere to encourage bonding of the family unit.  “Our goal is to make the experience comforting and patient centered as families begin this new chapter in their lives,” stated Boucot.

Complementary to the maternity unit will be a new waiting room designed to accommodate larger families during their visits.  Each room will have sleeper chairs for new father’s chairs, which will make it easier for dads to remain close by for maternity experience.   A special lactation room will be available for those new mom’s who choose to breast feed their babies.  Staff will assist patients and provide education for new mom’s that may have a lot of questions. “The one thing that really stands out for Garrett Regional is that the nursing staff is excellent!  Our staff is what really makes the hospital great. I get letters all the time about the wonderful work that our maternity unit is doing,” stated Boucot. 

Hospital leaders are thrilled to also announce that the new obstetrical unit will be named in honor of Herbert H. Leighton, MD, a retired local family practice physician who delivered a record number of 6410 babies during his 40 year history at GRMC.  A total of 22,001 babies have been delivered in the Hospital’s 65 year history to date with 282 deliveries in the last year.  Physicians currently on the Medical Staff and credentialed to deliver babies at Garrett Regional Medical Center include: Dr. Daniel Buckingham, MD; Kenneth  Buczynski, MD; Rebecca Crowell, DO;  Sotiere Savopoulos, MD; Patricia Gotsch, MD; and Richard Porter, MD.  “Our physicians provide excellent care to patients in the Maternity Unit, here at GRMC,” stated Marjorie Fridkin, MD, chief medical officer.  She went on to explain; ”GRMC has one of the lowest rates of premature births in the state, as well as one of the lowest rates for C-section complications. This is a team of exceptional doctors that demonstrate a high level of competence and caring.” From a physician perspective, the new clinical affiliation with WVU Medicine will allow doctors from GRMC to have better access to neonatologists and other specialists through telemedicine. 

According to Charlene Bennett, RNC-OB CSHA BSN MSHA, Director of the Family-Centered Maternity Suite, “the unit also monitors and supports an OB Helpline that is open 24/7 to allow new parents to call in with questions and concerns about their newborn.  This is a great way to help new moms with any questions they may have after they leave the hospital.”  The hospital has also made significant investments in equipment with a new maternal and fetal monitoring system, which is used during child birth. The hospital will also upgrade to a state of the art infant security system used to protect children born at the Hospital.  Dr. Sotiere Savopoulos added, “We have been truly blessed with this maternity expansion project.  We look forward to being able to serve our community in a new and improved setting.

CEO Mark Boucot sums it up this way: “The hospital is advancing to best serve the community.  Investing over $20 million in facility improvements and new technology, GRMC will meet the community’s growing healthcare needs.  The new labor and delivery unit will provide an environment that is comfortable and safe and will support young families that want to move to the area.  Garrett is a great place to raise a family.”


With the WVU Cancer Institute at the Garrett Regional Medical Center just three months from opening, the Cancer Patient Navigator program is getting busier by coordinating more services with a growing number of patients and families taking advantage of the service.  Patient navigation in cancer care refers to assistance offered to patients and their families to locate services, to help overcome barriers to receiving care and to navigate the complex system of health care: from insurances, travel arrangements, family and social care all the way to clinical services and research.

“Navigators become a “coach” to ensure timely treatment and help to create positive outcomes,” explained Gina Artice, RN, cancer patient navigator at GRMC. “This navigation helps the patient and family focus on their direct care and not the overwhelming systems behind their treatment.”

According to a study by Dr. Harold Freeman, (1990), the leading reason for poor outcomes in breast cancer patients was due to high rates of disparities.  Disparities are related to poverty, behavior influenced by the environment, education level, and the lack of an adequate support system. The patient navigation concept was created by Dr. Freeman as a result of that study.

Artice explained that the navigator has a pivotal role in the treatment plan to ensure that no person goes untreated and no person experiences undue delays in treatment.  Statistics showed that in some areas, the survival of breast cancer patients went from only 30% to 70% after the influence of patient navigation.  The American College of Surgeons now requires that all cancer centers incorporate this concept of patient navigation for their patients effective in 2016.

“The Garrett Regional Cancer Patient Navigation Programs, through coordinated cancer care, is dedicated to assisting any member of our community decrease the burden of a cancer diagnosis,” said Artice. “Cancer patients or family members are encouraged to call 301-533-4133 for additional information on the navigator program.”

“Cancer care navigation is an important first step toward improving the cancer services locally,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC president and CEO. “We have reached a major milestone with providing healthcare to the regional community. The clinical affiliation with WVU Medicine provides a tremendous opportunity for growth in patient care services at the Garrett Regional Medical Center.” Boucot went on to say, “The outpouring of support, financial and otherwise, for the new cancer center has been astounding.  It is a huge blessing to see the community pull together in support of cancer care. ”

2016 Refuse Permits Now on Sale

The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling announces that the 2016 Residential Refuse Permits will be available beginning October 1, 2015. The new permits will be valid from the date of purchase through the end of 2016.

New this year, the permits will utilize a radio frequency identification system (RFID) that will allow the permit to be scanned for validity at each site. This system will allow customers to utilize the same permit for as long as they own the vehicle that it is originally placed on provided they pay the annual fee. The fee is currently $50.00 per year. The RFID system will make replacing a permit much simpler. If a customer requires a replacement permit due to trading a vehicle, loss of a windshield, or an accident, they will be able to do so with a phone call or e-mail to the Landfill office. The RFID will allow a permit to be switched off electronically so that customers will no longer need to return the old permit for a replacement. Customers should also be aware that the new permit will be placed in a new location on their vehicle at the top of the windshield on the passenger side. Details are provided on the receipt that is issued with the permit.

Purchasing online is the fastest way to renew and there is no additional charge for using your credit card online. A permit purchased on line goes in the mail to you the next business day. To order your permit after October 1st sign into payments at www.garrettcounty.org

Residents can purchase their 2016 permit by mail or in person at the Landfill on Oakland Sang Run Road or the Garrett County tax office. The current fee is $50.00 and payment at either location can be made using cash, check, or money order.

Applications are not mailed out but will be available at all collection sites, on-line, the Grantsville Library, the Garrett County Tax Office, and the Landfill office by September 30th, 2015.

Purchasing early will help customers avoid lines and delays at the end of the year. If you need more information or have questions contact the Solid Waste & Recycling office at: 301-387-0322

Joan Crawford Lecture Series Offered at GC

 Garrett College has announced the fall 2015 schedule for the upcoming Joan Crawford Lecture Series presentations which will be held on the McHenry campus beginning Thursday, September 17. Created in memory and honor of Joan Crawford, who dedicated her life to serving Garrett College and the community, this sequence of presentations is offered free of charge each year and is open to the public.

Coordinated by Beth Luers, Professor of Humanities at Garrett College, the lectures are scheduled at 12 noon or at 7 p.m. and last approximately one hour. “This fall we have some interesting offerings for our Garrett College students and community members,” stated Luers. “Those who attend have the opportunity to learn more about our constitution, the foreign service, journalism and publishing, and what can happen when hatred is allowed to take root. I hope many will be able to join us.”

The schedule of presentations are as follows:

Thursday, November 5, “Foreign Service: Living and Working Abroad” presented by Pamela Ash from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 201.

Wednesday, November 18, “Voices from the Holocaust” presented by Garrett College History 121 students from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 620A.

For more information on the Joan Crawford Lecture Series persons may contact Beth Luers at 301-387-3020 or beth.luers@garrettcollege.edu.

CARC Announces Fall Pickleball Schedule

 The Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC) is pleased to announce an expanded Pickleball schedule for the 2015-16 year. Weekly play will take place at the CARC on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Daily and monthly passes are available for non-members, and CARC members play at no additional cost.  A full schedule, including any cancellations, is available online at WWW.GCCARC.COM.

Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. For additional information regarding Pickleball or other CARC programming, persons may contact Maney Gale at 301-387-3086 or maney.gale@garrettcollege.edu.

GCMH Announces Name Change

Garrett County Memorial Hospital is changing its name to Garrett Regional Medical Center and is moving forward with a clinical affiliation with WVU Medicine, the newly branded name for the Health System of West Virginia University. The new logo for Garrett Regional Medical Center will include a tagline, “A proud affiliate of WVU Medicine”, as WVU will be bringing specialty services to the Garrett Region.  Both organizations are equally important to each other as partners in developing healthcare services for the region.

The Hospital Board of Governors passed the resolution to change the name from Garrett County Memorial Hospital to Garrett Regional Medical Center because the new name is more reflective of the regional community that Garrett serves. Of the roughly 20,000 visits to the emergency department each year, 9,000 of those are from residents outside the county. Similar percentages hold true for inpatient care, orthopedics, and general surgeries performed at Garrett. “During the strategic planning process, we reviewed a lot of data that showed we draw patients to Garrett from all over the region, not just Garrett County, and not just Maryland, but West Virginia and Pennsylvania” stated Henrietta Lease, chair of the hospital strategic planning committee of the Board of Governors.

“This is an exciting time of growth and execution of specialty services,” said Mark Boucot, President and CEO. “The initial goals of Garrett’s clinical affiliation with WV Medicine are to implement Cancer Care and Infusion Services locally beginning in January of 2016; to increase access to specialty physicians locally in our community so people do not have to travel far distances for needed healthcare services; and to implement telemedicine access in our hospital to specialty physician consults, with an immediate focus on neurology for stroke care and tele-psychiatry.” 

Peggy Jamison, chairman of Garrett’s Board of Governors explained the unique relationship with WVU Medicine: “Garrett will be the only hospital affiliated to WVU Medicine that remains independent, rather than being acquired through merger or affiliation. The Garrett Board of Governors remains as the independent leadership team that will govern the Hospital and the Medical Staff will remain independent.”  She continued to explain, “the CEO position of Garrett will be a participating member of the senior leadership team for WVU to assure that Garrett’s interests are represented throughout the process of growth and expansion of hospital services.”

The rebranding effort for Garrett is also timely as the hospital has recruited more specialists to the community including the first medical surgical gynecologist in the region in many years, Dr. Abby Feathers; a new pediatrician that joined Wellspring Family Practice, Dr. Stephanie Sisler; a new orthopedic surgeon that joined Garett County Orthopedics, Dr. Todd Feathers; and two Anesthesiologists, Dr. Barbara Leighton and Dr. Marc Kirshner.  Recruitment is also underway for a hematologist-oncologist that will be the medical director of the Cancer Center, and other specialists that will join the medical staff. 

CEO Mark Boucot stated, “Our whole team is excited for everything to come together; the great doctors we already have; the new doctors here and coming; construction and renovations; and now the relationship with the only academic medical center in the region, WVU.  It’s important to realize that the name change denotes the incredible pride and conviction that our hospital is truly a great organization with a brilliant future ahead; and that our sphere of influence for patient care is much more expansive than Garrett County. But in the end, it’s the tremendous work of our doctors, nurses, employees and volunteers that make our hospital great!”