Employees of Garrett Regional Medical Center’s third floor nursing and clinical staff check out the progress in the third floor of the new wing construction area. The third floor, medical/surgical wing will open with six new private patient rooms, each with its own shower, a state of the art bariatric room and a new nurse’s station. As the newly completed patient rooms are opened, existing third floor patient rooms will be taken off-line in phases and renovated until all rooms are completed increasing the number of private rooms available to patients. The new third floor wing is expected to open for patient use by early this summer.

“The new patient rooms on the Medical/Surgical Unit will provide more privacy to patients and their families allowing them to recover in an area that feels like home. The larger rooms will allow for more therapies to be completed in the rooms and will allow for privacy when discussing medical care with the nurses and physician. These rooms will also provide a quieter environment for patients to rest at night,” explained Kendra Thayer, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer.

Each patient room will be modernized with increased space, new equipment and updated technology. This project is the first major renovation to the inpatient units in 32 years. This project broke ground in 2014.  Already completed and in use are the lower level dining areas and the Knights of Pythias Education Center, which was funded by the group during the Capital Campaign fundraising phase, along with the new SubAcute Rehabilitation Unit housed on the first floor.

“As the three year multi-phase project continues, our patients will benefit from increased space and capabilities in nearly every department. These renovations and upgrades are designed to improve the community’s access to care and ensure that patients can receive higher levels of care, close to home,” said Mark Boucot, president and CEO. 

Over $1.65 million of the funding for this new wing/renovation project was raised by the community through the Hospital’s Foundation. “Garrett Regional Medical Center has been truly blessed with the overall positive support and outpouring of generosity from the community,” stated Boucot. “Our entire staff is excited about opening this new state-of-the-art patient care unit. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that each and every patient has a five-star experience at Garrett Regional Medical Center.”

       Harp Concert Featuring Lynne Barnes-Dale at the Grantsville Library

The Grantsville Library will host Harpist Lynne Barnes-Dale on the Celtic Harp, Thursday, May 12, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The program features a variety of Celtic music, selected modern tunes, a piece written by Barnes-Dale, and hand-chimes with audience participation. This event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend are asked to contact the Grantsville 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. 

Funding for this program is provided by Western Maryland Regional Library, the regional resource center for the public libraries of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties. 

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


Dog Obedience Training Scheduled for Accident

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development will be offering a dog obedience course at the College’s Career and Technology Training Center in Accident on Tuesdays, April 19 to May 24, with two timeslots available: 6:30- 7:15 p.m. or 7:30 - 8:15 p.m. This class provides new and experienced dog owners the necessary training that dogs need for good manners at home and in public, particularly when meeting new people and dogs.

Instruction will be given in polite walking on a leash, sit, down, stay, recalls and help with behavior problems. The basic dog obedience class also lays the foundation for handlers who may want to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Dogs must be six months old. Please note, dogs do NOT attend the first class on April 19. Thus, handlers only.

This course is taught by a Certified Pet First Aid and CPR responder Debbie Daniels. She grew up around animals, worked in a vet hospital for year, and now is the owner of her own business, Your Happy Tails, LLC., located in Garrett County. Her business is a licensed, bonded, and insured premier group of pet sitters that travel to one’s home.

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

Grand Opening of Cybersecurity Lab at Garrett College

 Garrett College held a grand opening event for its new state-of-the-art cybersecurity lab on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the McHenry campus. The Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC), home to the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), houses the cybersecurity lab that was showcased during the official kick-off and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was attended by members of the community, Garrett College faculty, staff, and students, as well as representatives from local, state and federal government.

The cybersecurity lab was built using funds from the United States Department of Labor TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) grant from the United States Department of Labor. The lab was debuted for student use at the beginning of the spring 2016 semester, supporting the relatively new cybersecurity degree and certificate programs offered by Garrett College, as well as the established Network Administration degree and certificate programs.

Dr. Richard MacLennan, President of Garrett College, welcomed more than 50 guests in attendance with an expression of appreciation for the support of the entire community. Jill Horner, TAACCCT Grant Coordinator, went on to provide a brief history of the grant, acknowledging the work of the entire team at Garrett College who worked on applying for and implementing the grant: Julie Yoder, Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development; Jim Allen, Dean of Instructional and Institutional Effectiveness; Dr. Qing Yuan, Director of Business, Information Technology and Engineering; Carol Mowbray-Brooks, Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development; Kelli Sisler, initial TAACCCT Grant Coordinator, who, since December 2015, has assumed a new position as Institutional Research and Effectiveness Coordinator; Richard Lewis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science; Dr. Sulabh Bhattarai, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity; Katherine Browning, Director of Business and Finance; and Trisha Mayles, Staff Accountant.

Dr. Qing Yuan, Director of Business, Information Technology and Engineering;  Jim Allen, Dean of Instructional and Institutional Effectiveness; Julie Yoder, Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development; Carol Mowbray-Brooks, Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development at Garrett College; Kelli Sisler, original grant coordinator, who was named Institutional Research and Effectiveness Coordinator in December 2015; Richard Lewis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science; Dr. Sulabh Bhattarai, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity; Katherine Browning, Director of Business and Finance; and Trisha Mayles, Staff Accountant.

Dr. Yuan followed up with a presentation in regards to the impact the cybersecurity lab will have on student learning. Addressing the growing prevalence of cybercrime threats to the U.S. economy and infrastructure from foreign state-sponsored organizations as well as the rise in threats domestic in origin, she highlighted the unique hands-on opportunity the lab provides students to prepare for and react to simulated cyber threats and attacks.

A graduating member of the cybersecurity program addressed the benefits of the new lab to the educational experience of students. Robert Bayer, a resident of Terra Alta, W.Va., who will receive an A.A.S. in Cybersecurity in May, spoke at length regarding the design and efficiency of the lab. “I have a background in architecture and designing spaces, and I couldn’t imagine a more perfect setup,” he noted. The lab space itself is designed using modular desks, each with its own wide screen monitor and PC, which in turn links to the instructor’s workstation to help aid in instruction.

Nicole Christian, President and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, followed Bayer by acknowledging the benefit of the cybersecurity lab and program to businesses in the county. She stressed that the preparation, expertise, and certifications received by students will help provide local businesses with employees completely prepared to keep sensitive information secure and protected from cybercrime activities.

Dr. MacLennan accepted official expressions of congratulations on behalf of Garrett College from federal legislators on the opening of the new cybersecurity lab, as well recognition of the College’s dedication to continuing education in the community. Received by Dr. MacLennan were Senatorial Certificates of Special Recognition from U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin through his field representative, Robin Summerfield, and U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski through her special assistant, Julianna Albowicz, as well as a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman John K. Delaney through his field representative Joseph Montano.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony followed, culminating in a tour of the cybersecurity lab, affording attendees ample opportunities to receive more in-depth information about the technical aspects of the lab. Visitors expressed particular interest in a real-time map visualization of cyberattacks occurring around the world presented on one of four high-definition monitors in the lab. The map, accessible at www.norse-corp.com, is complete with compelling graphics, and information on the origin and target of cyberattacks, and was a powerful representation of the need for more skilled cybersecurity experts.

For more information on the Cybersecurity program at Garrett College, persons may contact Horner at jill.horner@garrettcollege.edu or visit online at www.garrettcollege.edu.

2016 Garrett County Job Fair Open to All Job Seekers

 Job seekers will be able to speak with employers seeking to hire now and in the near future at the upcoming Garrett County Job Fair, scheduled for Thursday, April 28, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) Gymnasium. The Job Fair is open to the entire Garrett County community. High school and college students as well as those with more experience are encouraged to attend. “The Job Fair is the area’s largest scale annual employment event, and is a must for anyone seeking full-time, part-time, and/or summer employment,” said Ashley Ruby, Academic Success Advisor at Garrett College and chair of the Job Fair planning committee.

A website has been developed that offers information on the Job Fair as well as names and descriptions of the businesses that will participate. Job seekers may visit www.garrettcollege.edu/jobfair to learn more about the opportunities available and the employers that will be in attendance. Job Fair posters throughout the community have a scannable QR code that when scanned with a smartphone, will direct viewers to the Job Fair website.

More than 55 businesses and organizations are registered to attend the Job Fair. Attending are some of Garrett County’s most well-known employers including: Beitzel Corporation, Dennett Road Manor, The Alley in Oakland, Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, Morningstar, Inc., Phenix Technologies, First United Bank & Trust, Pillar Innovations, Brenda’s Pizzeria, Trader’s Coffee House, Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub, Smiley’s Bar Grill and Fun Zone, Pine Lodge Steakhouse, Adventure Sports Center International, HART for Animals, Inc., and Bill’s Marine Service. Employers from outside the immediate Garrett County area will be represented as well, including ACT Personnel Service, FCI Cumberland, Hopemont Hospital, River & Trail Outfitters, WVU Healthcare, and Western Maryland Health System. Persons are encouraged to visit the Job Fair website frequently, as the complete list of all employers is updated daily.

Many of the companies registered to attend are seeking to fill jobs that include supervisors and managers, tellers and bank associates, office and data entry clerks, customer service representatives, hospitality staff members, outdoor and adventure enthusiasts, restaurant workers, home health care workers, computer technicians, welders and machine operators, sales representatives, and more. 

Ruby suggested that serious job seekers prepare to attend the fair as they would prepare to attend a job interview. Several of her suggestions are listed below

Review the list of employers who will be participating in the Job Fair.  Identify employers you wish to see and research each using the Internet or other local sources of information. Knowing about the employers may help you better answer questions they pose. Links to the employer websites are available online at the Job Fair website.

Write a professional resume that presents qualifications for your target position.  “Nothing shows a jobseekers enthusiasm for the job search process and possibility for employment than a well prepared resume. Employers value a resume that demonstrates one’s qualifications, including past experiences, education, skills, and accomplishments,” Ruby said, adding that job seekers who come to the Job Fair without a resume may find themselves at a disadvantage, and may not be seen as favorably as those who do have resumes. Information on writing effective resumes can also be found on the Job Fair website.

Additional information on developing effective resumes can be found at the Western Maryland Consortium, at 215 South Third Street, Oakland, MD 21550, 301-334-8136 as well as at the Allegany County One-Stop Job Center, at 138 Baltimore Street #102, Cumberland, MD 21502, 301-777-1221. Garrett College provides resume guidance to enrolled students through the Advising and Academic Success Center, room 519 on the McHenry campus. The professionally trained résumé writer’s at all three locations will provide advice and assistance with résumé writing. 

Plan in advance to make a good, professional impression. One way to do this is to wear an outfit that is professional, similar to one that would be appropriate for a one-on-one interview, such as business casual attire. “There are other ways to prepare for the Job Fair and to increase your chances of success. On the Job Fair website, you can download a ‘Preparing for the Job Fair’ brochure and view a slide presentation entitled ‘Making the Most of the Garrett County Job Fair’ that contains other tips and suggestions,” Ruby said.

The Job Fair is being offered by a partnership of Garrett College, the Allegany County One-Stop Job Center (serving both Garrett and Allegany Counties), Western Maryland Consortium, 104.5 'KHJ/92.3 The Train/1050-AM WMSG, All Ad Media, and the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.

For additional information one may contact Ruby at 301-387-3715 or ashley.ruby@garrettcollege.edu or visit the Job Fair website, www.garrettcollege.edu/jobfair.

April Classes Announced for Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL)

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

‘Farmland’, the next installment in the popular film and discussion series, is scheduled on April 20 from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Garrett College auditorium. Farmland takes an intimate look at the lives of young, 20-something farmers and ranchers, all of whom are responsible for running their farming business. Discussion will include genetically modified foods to organic foods, from large farming to small farming. Participants will get an insider’s view of the world of farming and a first-hand glimpse into the lives of this generation of farmers and ranchers. Those in attendance will also learn about their high-risk/high reward jobs and passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve. Lisa Davis will be the discussion leader for this event. Additional film and discussion topics are planned for the month of May.

On April 19, Sue O’Neal will present Quilting II (Applique) at the Garrett College Southern Outreach Center in Oakland. Sessions will be held on April 19 and 26, as well as May 3 and 10, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Applique is the sewing of small pieces of fabric onto a larger piece of cloth to decorate a garment or product. The four sessions will cover the materials and tools needed to do basic applique, as well as teach the various methods of applique. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a small applique project that can be used for a home decorator project or quilt.

Hand bells is scheduled for April 21 and 28 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oakland beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 2:15 p.m. Lynn Grimm will be presenting these two sessions. Come experience the joy and art of playing hand bells in this two-part session. Grimm’s extensive experience of teaching and directing music will help participants learn how to play these instruments. No musical ability is necessary.

‘Monarchs, Pollinators, and Native Plants’ will be presented by Caroline Blizzard, DNR, on April 21 at the Deep Creek Discovery Center from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Those that attend will learn why these beautiful butterflies and pollinators are so vitally important to our area, and why the species is threatened by human activity.

On April 25, ‘Health Planning for Garrett County: Where We’ve Been and Where we are Going’ is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Garrett College Southern Outreach Center in Oakland. Participants are invited to join and discuss the Public Health’s version of the four major phases of health: assessment, prioritization, implementation, and evaluation. A current needs assessment process will be discussed in detail and the findings presented. Shelley Argabrite, Garrett County Health Department Health Planner, will be presenting this session.

For the April classes, all sessions are free, but registration is a must. If you are not a GILL member and wish to join in order to register for a session, please contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. More information on the Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning is also available by contacting Sue Fowler at susan.fowler@garrettcollege.edu or www.garrettcollege.edu/GILL.



Williams Land Management Company, LLC of Moorefield, West Virginia recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding and Sales Agreement with the Garrett County Commissioners to purchase the remaining 3.62-acres of the former County Roads Garage property located along U.S. Route 219 in Oakland, adjacent to Dairy Queen and Clear Mountain Bank.  The company’s principals, Sam and Kelly Williams, plan to construct a 40-room hotel and family restaurant on the site.

“We are very excited about this opportunity,” said Sam Williams.  “We’ve operated several successful businesses for years in Moorefield and Romney, West Virginia.  Expanding into Maryland was the next logical step.”

In addition to the planned expansion into Oakland, the Williams own and operate the South Branch Inn in Romney and the South Branch Inn and South Branch Cinema 6 in Moorefield.

“The County has been actively seeking a developer for this piece of property.  I think we found real winners with Sam and Kelly,” said Paul Edwards, Chairman of the County’s Board of Commissioners.  “They’re going to make a great addition to Oakland and Garrett County!”

The Town of Oakland and the Greater Oakland Business Association were instrumental in attracting the Williams’ project to Oakland.  “This is a tremendous project that really stands to complement a lot of our efforts throughout Oakland, from our downtown revitalization efforts to the growth of Garrett Regional Medical Center.  This will provide another option for overnight stays for our visitors, tourists or families of our residents or hospital patients that want to be close by. We are delighted to welcome the Williams’ to our ‘Great Small Town’,” said Peggy Jamison, Mayor of Oakland.

The County, through its Department of Economic Development, has secured an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to complete construction of Penny Lane from Garrett Highway (U.S. Route 219) to Fourth Street.  Storm water improvements to bring the 3.62-acre parcel out of the 100-year flood plain are also planned.  Both projects will commence this spring with an expected completion date of October 2016.

Construction of the hotel is expected to commence in the spring of 2017, with construction of the restaurant to commence in 2018.


Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Announces Cuba Trip: Take an educational cultural exchange trip to Cuba November 2-9, 2016

 Your Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we will be offering a trip to Cuba November 2-9, 2016. Through our national Chamber association, we are able to provide this incredible opportunity to visit Cuba before it becomes over-commercialized and prices go through the roof due to extremely high demand.

For over 50 years legal travel to Cuba has been almost impossible for Americans. Recently, certain agencies have been licensed by the U.S. State Department to provide people-to-people tours for American citizens. Central Holidays, the licensee of this travel program, is hosting the Cuba travel experience of a lifetime for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  This cultural exchange adventure to four cities, including Havana, will provide you the ability to see this Caribbean island through the eyes of its people.

This experience will offer you an unforgettable opportunity to interact with the Cuban people on a deeper level. The itinerary is focused on cultural exchange and education and will have a professional tour director and a professional Cuban guide for all tours. You will be enchanted by authentic Cuban charm and culture:

  • Experience People-to-people discussions

  • Visit the colonial city of Remedios

  • The Che Guevara Mausoleum

  • Visit the Museum of the Revolution

  • Meet with local artists

  • Experience the working steam train

  • Tour a Cigar Factory

  • Tour a Tobacco plantation

  • Walk Hemmingway’s Farm

  • Tour Old Havana

  • And Much More….

Travel to Cuba is extremely limited and trips like this fill up quickly, so you’ll need to make your reservation soon. If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting this island, which has been closed to U.S. travel for more than half a century and is only 90 miles from Key West, Florida, now is your opportunity. The cost for the 8 days/7 nights trip including hotels, meal, day trips and airfare from Miami is $3,849 for members and $3,949 for non-members.

The Chamber will be hosting an informative Trip Preview meeting on Tuesday May 2, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Conference Room at the Visitors Center.  Please contact Nick Sharps at 301.387.5237 or email to nick@garrettchamber.com to register for this meeting and if you have any questions concerning the trip.

Go Fish... at the Dan's Mountain Fishing Rodeo!

The Dan's Mountain State Park Fishing Rodeo will take place at the park's pond on Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 - 11:00 am. All children ages 15 and under are welcome to participate in this free event. 

Registration will begin at 8:30 am, and will remain open throughout the event.  Participants should bring their own fishing gear and bait.  A limited supply of gear will be available for loan during the event.  Fishing will be restricted to youth anglers, with limited adult assistance. Door prizes will be awarded at 11:00 am, and all participants will receive a free hot dog and drink, courtesy of local businesses and other sponsors.  

In preparation for the event, the pond will be closed for fishing on April 22, and will reopen as normal at 11:00 am on April 23. The annual fishing rodeo is organized by the Dan’s Mountain Park Association, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to supporting Dan’s Mountain State Park.  For more information, please call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453

2016 Autumn Glory King & Queen Applications Due April 29, 2016

Applications for the 2016 Autumn Glory King & Queen are currently available at Northern and Southern High Schools.

Students may pick up an Autumn Glory application in the Main Office of both schools. Along with the application and the application fee of $25, students are required to submit a 300 word essay detailing why he or she should be selected as the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival King or Queen.

If selected, the Autumn Glory King & Queen must be able to attend the following events: Grantsville Days Parade on June 24, 2016, Accident Homecoming 4th of July Parade on July 4, 2016, Friendsville Days Parade on July 30, 2016, The Buckwheat Festival Parade on October 1, 2016, Kick-Off Dinner on Oct. 12, Fireman’s Parade on Oct. 13, Banjo Championship on Oct. 14, Grand Feature Parade on Oct. 15, Fiddle Contest on Oct. 15, Craft Shows on Oct. 16, Sundae Eating Contest on Oct. 16 and various other events as needed.

Applicants must currently be Garrett County high school juniors who will be entering their senior year in the fall of 2016. One male and one female applicant will be chosen and each will receive an educational contribution. Completed applications must be submitted by April 29, 2015.

The 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival will be held October 12 – October 16, 2016.

For further information about the Autumn Glory King & Queen, please contact Nick Sharps at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.5237 or nick@garrettchamber.com. 

Ruth Enlow Library Hosts Lecture on Shakespeare

In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the Ruth Enlow Library will host a lecture about this famous poet and playwright with Dr. Duane Cummins, Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Oakland Library and is free and open to the public. To register for this event, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x117 or bonnie@relib.net.

“The life of William Shakespeare is shrouded in mystery,” notes Dr. Cummins. “This lecture probes the mystery with new information that removes some of the uncertainty surrounding his brief 52 years, and identifies snippets of his life found in the body of his plays and poetry. His genius has never been surpassed and his works – read and performed more often today than any other writer in history – still have the power to transform lives. The lecture honors the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616, to whom Ben Johnson paid homage as ‘This man, not of an age, but for all time.’ “

Dr. Cummins served as President of Bethany College from 1988 until his retirement in 2002.  In addition to the Bethany presidency, he served as Chairman of the Presidents' Athletic Conference, President of the West Virginia Association for Independent Colleges, and Chair of the East Central College Consortia. Also, he served on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the Pittsburgh Opera Board of Directors. Since 2002, he has been Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University teaching advanced courses in history and the MLA programs.

A native of Nebraska, Dr. Cummins earned his B.A. degree from Phillips University, his M.A. from the University of Denver, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He began his educational career in 1957 in Denver, Colorado where he chaired a senior high school history department of 11 persons. Beginning in 1967, he spent 10 years at Oklahoma City University, and from 1978 – 1988, he served as president of the Division of Higher Education of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). 

The author of 15 books and numerous articles, Dr. Cummins’ most recent publication was the bicentennial history of Disciples, The Disciples: A Struggle for Reformation, released in July 2009 by Chalice Press. Several of his books, including this latest one, are in the local library’s collection.

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.

CARC to Host Second Annual Deep Creek Pickleball Tournament

 The Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC) and the Garrett County Pickleball Club will hold its second annual Deep Creek Pickleball Tournament beginning on Saturday, May 7 and ending on Sunday, May 8, at the CARC Gymnasium.

Men’s and Women’s Doubles will take place on Saturday, with doors opening at 8 a.m. and play beginning at 9 a.m. Mixed (co-ed) play will take place on Sunday, with doors opening at 12 noon and play beginning at 1 p.m. Both days of the tournament will consist of double elimination events for all events containing at least 4 teams. Play consists of the best of three games to 11 points per match. Events with less than 4 teams will use a round robin format.   

Pickleball is a racquet game, played on a court similar to a tennis court but smaller in size.  It was invented in 1965 in Washington state, but has exploded in popularity over the past five years with over 2,000 known places to play in the U.S. It is appropriate for all fitness and skill levels.

Weekly play takes place at the CARC on Sunday mornings, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, and on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 10 a.m. – 12 noon, and again in the evening from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m

Daily and monthly passes are available for non-members, and CARC members play at no additional cost. Members of the Garrett County Pickleball Club are present at the CARC during these times and welcome new participants with instruction and assistance in learning the game.

Proceeds from the annual tournament will benefit Garrett College Athletics Scholarships. Registration is available online at www.gccarc.com/pickleball or by mail (forms available online or at the CARC front desk). For additional information including fees for this tournament, persons may contact Maney Gale, Tournament Director, at 301-387-3086 or at maney.gale@garrettcollege.edu.


Garrett Regional Medical  Center and the American Cancer Society will hold the next Look Good…Feel Better workshop on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS… Old Time Jams are coming soon! 

New Germany State Park is pleased to announce the return of good old-fashioned toe-tappin’ fun, with the 7th season of Old Time Jams set to begin in May.  Jams will take place on the following FRIDAYS in 2016: 

  • May 6 & 20

  • June 3 & 17

  • July 1 & 15

  • August 5 & 19

  • September 2 

These informal gatherings provide an opportunity for musicians and listeners of all ages to share and enjoy traditional “old-timey” Appalachian music.  The Jams will be held at the New Germany Lake House, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, with no charge for admission.

Food, refreshments, and gifts will be available for purchase at the Lake House.  For more information, please call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.

New Young Adult Book Club to Begin at the Oakland Library

The Oakland Library will host a new Young Adult Book Club for students in grades 9-12 on the first Monday of each month from 6 – 7 p.m. The first meeting is scheduled for May 2 to discuss the book We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen. Registration is required by contacting Susanne Kight at 301-334-3006 x 101 or skight@relib.net. “If you are someone who loves to read and wants to share that love of books with others,” notes Kight, “you’ll want to sign up. We’ll get together and discuss books – the highlights, lowlights, and everything in between.”

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


"Weed Warriors" Wanted at New Germany State Park!

New Germany State Park is seeking volunteers ages 12 and up to help remove unwanted plants during a "Weed Warrior" weekend April 23 and 24, 2016.

Training and tools will be provided, and no prior knowledge is needed. Volunteers will be working with the Maryland Conservation Corps, which is an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive natural resource management and park conservation projects.  

The goal is to remove exotic bush honeysuckle from within 200 yards of the park's Lake House. The most common species of exotic bush honeysuckle were introduced into the United States as ornamental plants in the late 1800's.  However, because of their abundant seed production and adaptability, they spread aggressively and out-compete native vegetation. This can result in problems for other species, such as migrating birds, that depend on native vegetation for food and safe cover.  

Both work days will begin at 1 p.m. at the New Germany Lake House, and will end at 4 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves. Bottled water and snacks will be provided. Although pre-registration is not required, volunteers may sign up in advance by calling the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.

Publishing: The Business Side of Writing to be offered at GC

Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development has scheduled a course, Publishing: The Business Side of Writing, on April 9, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The course will be instructed by Lauren Carr, an Amazon All-Star Author, at the McHenry campus of Garrett College.

Participants will learn the process of how to get a book published and also about the business of publishing – glossary, how the business works, and options of one may want to publish. Included in the course will be how to successfully use online resources in order to publish a book after writing it and using online media to promote the book worldwide. The class is designed to be informative for writers planning to either self or traditionally publish.

Carr writes mysteries that have made Amazon's best-selling ranks internationally. Each installment of her Deep Creek Lake mysteries has made the Top-10 list in police procedurals and cozy mysteries. As a publisher, she has worked with numerous writers to help make their dreams of being a published author a reality. She often appears at conferences to speak about writing and independent publishing.

For information on the course persons may contact Terry Beachy, Program Coordinator, at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register, contact Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

National Park Service and Maryland Geocaching Society Launch a Centennial Challenge


The National Park Service (NPS) and the Maryland Geocaching Society (MGS) announce a six-week collaboration designed to introduce geocaching participants to national parks and public lands in Maryland. Geocaching is an outdoor game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find a geocache container hidden at that location.


Each year, MGS creates a themed challenge called “Cache Across Maryland” (CAM) in which 10 geocaches are placed at 10 sites linked by a common theme across the state. The theme is kept secret until the geocache coordinates go “live” on the Maryland Geocaching Society website. The Cache Across Maryland challenge launched this past Saturday at four early morning kick-off events across the state.


For 2016, the Maryland Geocaching Society chose to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with a literal interpretation of the National Park Foundation’s “Find Your Park” campaign.


Participating locations include:

• Assateague Island National Seashore

• Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, hosted by Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

• Catoctin Mountain Park

• Monocacy National Battlefield

• Hampton National Historic Site

• Greenbelt Park

• Piscataway Park

• Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park – two locations

• Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, hosted by Great Allegheny Passage


Staff from the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail helped the Maryland Geocaching Society organize the challenge. All three organizations have been working together since 2010 on special events and programs including the Captain John Smith GeoTour and Star-Spangled Banner GeoTour, and “Cache In Trash Out” environmental stewardship events at Greenbelt Park in 2012, and Piscataway Park in 2015.

“Hundreds of geocachers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, and Ohio participated in last year’s event,” said MGS Immediate Past President Mark Neuberger. “We expect even more this year because the geocaching community is very excited to travel to national park places.”


The National Park Service permits geocaching when the activity is directed by park management and has the approval of park leadership. In NPS parlance, “ParkCaching” also requires an educational component. ParkCaching provides several opportunities to show off particular features of a park and to share nuggets of information with geocaching participants.


“Visitors have had a great experience with geocaching along the John Smith Chesapeake Trail, and at other places we’ve helped coordinate, such as Fort McHenry National Monument and Thomas Stone National Historic Site,” said Chuck Hunt, Superintendent of the NPS Chesapeake Bay. “Participants are eager to discover special places of national significance in the Chesapeake region.”

Cache Across Maryland opened on Saturday, March 26, and the celebratory closing event will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The event will include a picnic, awards, and geocaching activities. Visit the Maryland Geocaching Society website at www.mdgps.org  to learn more about Cache Across Maryland and geocaching in Maryland.

‘The Righteous: Those Who Saved Jews’ to be offered in Grantsville

Continuing Education and Workforce Development of Garrett College has scheduled a program, ‘The Righteous: Those Who Saved the Jews’ at the Northern Outreach Center of the College. This is a four session program that will be held on Thursday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 pm., April 7–28, 2016.

Attitudes towards the Jews during the Holocaust ranged from indifference to hostility. This program will examine the efforts of non-Jews who tried to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust. The class will explore the stories of Sir Nicholas Winton, Raoul Wallenberg,  Irena Sendler, and others who risked their lives to help those in need. Many have been recognized by Yad Vashem, World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education and Commemoration.

The instructor for the program is Beth Luers, Professor of Humanities at Garrett College. She has studied many aspects of the Holocaust extensively. Additionally, she has visited Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, and traveled through much of Europe including Berlin and Paris to add to her knowledge. 

For additional information or to register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

Ruth Enlow Library Resumes Book Discussion Series in April

The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County will host a discussion of Ron Suskind’s book Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism on Monday, April 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Oakland Library. To register for this program, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x117 or bonnie@relib.net. The library has a limited supply of books available for the discussion and is asking that participants share with someone else who is attending, or return the book after reading it. “April is National Autism Awareness Month,” said Bonnie Winters, the library’s public relations specialist, “and so we decided that Suskind’s book would be an appropriate one to use in launching our discussions this season.”

The book description for Life, Animated reads: “Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive."

Ron Suskind is the author of four New York Times bestsellers and the critically acclaimed, A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League. His other books include, Confidence Men, The Way of the World, The One Percent Doctrine, and The Price of Loyalty. He was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he won the Pulitzer Prize, and is currently the Senior Fellow at Harvard's Center for Ethics. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy.

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.

Chamber Hosts Next Business After Hours at HART for Animals on Thursday, April 14 2016

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that HART for Animals will be hosting our next Business After Hours on Thursday, April 14 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at their 1265 Bumble Bee Rd location in Accident. Enjoy delicious food and mingle with fellow Chamber members and Chamber staff at our monthly networking event and get a sneak peek of the new Adoption Center before they officially open. Don’t forget your business card to enter to win prizes.

HART’s mission is improving the lives of cats and dogs in Garrett County through low-cost spay/neuter & the adoption center, supported by operation of its veterinary clinic, pet boarding & grooming.

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 by calling 301.387.6171 by 12 pm on April 14.


American Bird Conservancy Offers Reward for Conviction in Bald Eagle Deaths

 American Bird Conservancy is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the Bald Eagle deaths on Maryland’s Eastern Shore last month. These funds will add to those already contributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and four other charities totaling $25,000. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has determined that the 13 eagles did not die of natural causes, including disease, and is now investigating human causes, such as possible poisoning, for the incident.

“It is deeply disturbing that 13 of these revered birds appear to have been killed, either deliberately or through reckless negligence,” said Darin Schroeder, ABC’s Vice President of Government Affairs. “Either way, we at American Bird Conservancy will do everything we can to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service track down those responsible and bring them to justice.”

Another four Bald Eagles were found dead in Delaware this past weekend; another died soon after. Authorities do not yet know if the Maryland and Delaware cases are related. ABC’s reward offer also applies to the Delaware incident if it proves to be a criminal act.

Bald Eagles are federally protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Maximum fines for violations of those two acts are $100,000 and $15,000 respectively, and up to a year’s imprisonment.

ABC has long been a champion of these magnificent birds, working to reduce threats from pesticide poisoning, use of lead ammunition, and collisions with wind turbines.

“I can’t imagine many more things more important than protecting an iconic bird so widely regarded as a symbol of this country,” said ABC President George Fenwick.

FWS is working with the Maryland Natural Resources Police to solve the Eastern Shore eagle deaths. Anyone with information should call Special Agent John LaCorte with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement in Cambridge, MD, at 410-228-2476, or the Maryland Natural Resources Police Hotline at 800-628-9944.

Chamber Now Accepting Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Nominations

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.  The award, given in honor of Helmuth & Evelyn Heise, is presented to a local entrepreneur(s) for their contributions to the economic growth of Garrett County.  The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on June 9, 2016 at Wisp Resort. 

Please note that the award criteria has changed. In previous years, the criteria stated that “the Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winner must have originated and developed their business from inception.” However, for this year’s award and in future years, eligible nominees are “business owners including partners/families that originated, developed, and/or significantly expanded their business.”

Additional criteria for this award includes: having a willingness to take risks with the possibility of losing all, being involved in the community, having high ethical standards, being a member of the Chamber of Commerce and having demonstrated leadership (through one or more of the following):

·         By overcoming a formidable problem that threatened the business’s existence

·         By showing business acumen through embarking on a creative, insightful or overlooked opportunity that makes important contributions to Garrett County’s business environment

·         Through substantive community impact

“The Chamber is pleased to take this opportunity to recognize an entrepreneur(s) who is making a tremendous impact on our community,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Chamber.  “Garrett County is truly fortunate to have such an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit among our business community.”  To obtain a Nomination Form please contact Nick Sharps at 301-387-5237 or by email at nick@garrettchamber.com

All nominations must be returned to the Chamber by no later than Friday, April 8, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.  The winner will not be announced until the Annual Dinner on June 9.

For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce please log onto www.visitdeepcreek.com or call 301.387.4386.


The WVU Cancer Institute at Garrett Regional Medical Center was the recipient of a $700.00 contribution from the Bocce Ball team at Northern High School. Each year the Bocce Ball Team raises funds to cover the cost of their uniforms and competition expenses. At the close of season, any extra funds are then donated to a charity selected by the students.

Coach Kris DeWitt explained the team’s background and association with Special Olympics Maryland Unified Sports to bring athletes together with and without intellectual disabilities. Unified Bocce allows these athletes to train and compete side by side and to fore new friendships with their team as well as competitors. “They learn new sports, develop higher level sports skills, experience new competition opportunities while having real fun,” said DeWitt. “Northern High School has participated in Unified Bocce, as well as tennis, since it was introduced six years ago. The team decided to try to make a donation each year because they were the recipient of a very generous, yet anonymous, donation that paid for their new team jerseys last year. This year they chose the new cancer care and infusion center to help the community will all the funds from their tournament held at Northern this year.” 

“It was an honor to meet the team members and see how excited they were to make this generous gift to the Hospital’s cancer center,” said Steve Bortz, GRMC Foundation director. “They were anxious to see their funds kept locally.”


The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Garrett Regional Medical Center Hospital Laboratory, based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.  This is the first time in the history of the hospital that this accreditation has been established for the medical center.

The facility’s new medical director, David M. Howell, MD, PhD, is a pathologist with a faculty appointment with WVU Medicine and is now contracted to be the physician director for GRMCs Laboratory.  He was advised of this national recognition and congratulated the staff for the excellent services being provided. Garrett Regional Medical Center Laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide and extends great appreciation to pathologist, David Dusenbery MD, for his significant contributions and assistance to bring the accreditation about.

“The CAP accreditation process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients. This is the standard of care that our staff delivers every day, to patients that require laboratory services,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC President & CEO. “It is a credit to the hard work of our laboratory staff that the Hospital has been awarded accreditation from such a prestigious organization.”  CAP inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years in great detail.  Inspectors also examine the laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

The U. S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960’s as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.

The College of American Pathologists is the leading organization with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists and serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The CAP’s Laboratory Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently have customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,700 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide. 

Magician Mike Rose to Perform at Local Libraries During National Library Week

The Ruth Enlow Library will host magician Mike Rose during National Library Week in April, with performances of his show “The Magic of a Book” scheduled at all branches. Created specifically for libraries, Rose’s show consists of impossible magic tricks, weird mind-reading stunts, and off-the-wall comedy, all themed around the magic tricks found in a 100-year-old book that was a gift Mike received as a child.  Also, the program features plenty of audience participation with opportunities for the children to become part of the show.

Performances are 45 minutes in length, appropriate for all ages, and scheduled as follows for the week of April 11:

  • Friendsville Library/Town Hall: Monday, April 11, 9:20 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. Contact Michele at 301-746-5663 or michele@relib.net for more information.

  • Accident Library: Monday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m. Contact Crystal at 301-746-8792 or crystal@relib.net for more information.

  • Grantsville Library: Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m. Contact Hannah at 301-895-5298 or hannah@relib.net for more information.

  • Kitzmiller Library: Tuesday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. Contact Diane at 301-453-3368 or diane@relib.net for more information.

  • Oakland Library: Tuesday, April 12 at 4:15 p.m. Contact Julie at 301-334-3996, ext.104 or julie@relib.net for more information.

“With the theme of Libraries Transform, National Library Week this year runs from April 10 – 16 and celebrates the dynamic changes occurring in today’s libraries,” notes a library spokesperson. “Libraries today are more than places of quiet study; they also are creative and engaging community centers where people can learn, share experiences and knowledge, and enjoy enriching events.”

“Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve,” notes Cathy Ashby, Director of the Ruth Enlow Library system. “We strive to provide our patrons with resources and opportunities that help them to accomplish their goals and dreams.”

Support for the Mike Rose performances is provided by the Western Maryland Regional Library, the regional resource center for the public libraries of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties.

For a listing of library services and events, check the website at www.relib.net and follow the library on Facebook.

Healing Art, Meditation and Zentangle to be offered in Grantsville

 Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development has scheduled a class, ‘Healing Art, Meditation and Zentangle’ at the College’s Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville on Wednesdays, April 6 - 27 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Discover the meditative and healing powers of art through the simple act of drawing. There are no mistakes. Anyone can learn to draw using the Zentangle® method. Zentangle® teaches drawing mechanics using a few simple elements in a short amount of time. The mind meditates as one creates. The result is a piece of art, a restful, more creative mind, along with less stress. 

The course is being taught by Certified Zentangle® teacher, Mary Kay Barnes. Certified in 2014, Barnes is a Morgantown West Virginia native and a graduate of West Virginia University. She is a signature member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society and a Juried Artist in Tamarack, the Best of West Virginia.

Barnes comments, “I believe anyone can learn to draw and Zentangle® offers an easy yet imaginative way to achieve that goal. Meditation and healing are always present in art, even if unrecognized. I became a Certified Zentangle® Teacher (CZT) because the method of drawing is so simple that anyone can become skillful and creative. When the mind is free to create without stress, it’s in a natural meditative state and I know from experience that art heals.” 

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

Canine Massage Class Scheduled in Grantsville

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development will be offering a course, Canine Massage, on Wednesday, April 6 from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. The class will be held at the Garrett College Northern Outreach Center in Grantville.

Canine massage therapy is beneficial for all types of dogs, including pets to active dogs involved in obedience, agility, search and rescue, police K-9 units, and guide dogs. The massage sequence and benefits apply to all dogs. Participants will learn the 26 muscle groups on each side of the dog’s body. Massage creates an immediate effect on dogs. Noticeable relaxation at first, followed by increased exhilaration. Massage therapy can also help the older, less active dog live a more comfortable life. Regular massage therapy can benefit one’s dog during recovery from an injury or surgery.

This course is being instructed by Debbie Daniels, a Certified Pet First Aid and CPR responder. She grew up around animals, worked in a vet hospital for year, and now is the owner of her own business, Your Happy Tails, LLC located in Garrett County. Her business is licensed, bonded, and an insured premier group of pet sitters that travel to one’s home. This course is for handlers only - no pets.

For additional information contact, Terry Beachy, Program Coordinator, by calling 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for this course, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

Hunter Education Course to be Held at New Germany

New Germany State Park will be hosting a three-day Maryland Hunter Education Course April 12, 14 and 16 for first-timers obtaining their hunter education certification.  Students must attend all three sessions to become eligible for certification.  

The course will include instruction in hunter responsibility, firearms and ammunition, firearm handling and safety, marksmanship and shooting fundamentals, principles of wildlife management, bow and muzzleloader hunting, tree stand safety, first aid, water safety and Maryland legal requirements.

To pass the course, students must receive an 80% or higher on a 50 question multiple choice test, demonstrate that he or she can safely handle a firearm through practical exercises, and participate in live firing. Students must also demonstrate the ability and maturity to be a safe, responsible and ethical hunter.

Students must pre-register for the course at www.register-ed.com.  Any registrant under the age of 13 must have an adult 21 years or older accompany them during all sessions.  The course will take place at the New Germany Lake House, 403 McAndrews Hill Road, Grantsville, Maryland.  

Those with questions about the course are encouraged to visit www.register-ed.com or email Justin.Carrico@Maryland.gov.

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

Just in time for spring 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 from March 17, 2016 – May 12, 2016, non-holidays. The promotion is for 3 nights at the price of 2 plus discounted activities.

Ten lodging companies – ranging from rental home properties and B&Bs to cabins, a slopeside hotel and log-cabin-style hotel suites – are participating in the promotion. And activity offers include discounted live entertainment, whitewater rafting and pet sitting services.

“The 3-2-1 Promotion is a terrific way to save on your spring 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 Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, Deep Creek Lodging Company, Haley Farm Inn & Retreat Center, Joyce’s Deep Creek Rental, Long & Foster Resort Rentals, Offlake Rentals, Savage River Lodge, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations, The Lodges at Sunset Village and Wisp Resort Hotel and Conference Center and activity offers from Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF), Precision Rafting Expeditions and Your Happy Tails, LLC. 

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.

To view all of the 3-2-1 offers or more information about Garrett County, please stop by www.visitdeepcreek.com or call 888.387.5237.

Employers Invited to Participate in 25th annual Garrett County Job Fair

Garrett College has issued an invitation to area business owners or managers to register to participate in the upcoming 2016 Garrett County Job Fair slated for Thursday, April 28, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) Gymnasium.

Ashley Ruby, Garrett College Academic Success Advisor, is chairing the job fair planning committee for the first time, after actively participating in the committee for several years. “The 2016 Garrett County Job Fair brings with it some excitement! This is the twenty-fifth year the Job Fair will be held in its current format and location at Garrett College,” Ruby stated. “Additionally, the Job Fair date has moved to April (from March) per employer requests. Our goal is to make the Job Fair best suit the needs of our local and regional employers as well as the job seekers it serves.” 

The Garrett County Job Fair is open to any employer who is expecting to hire people within the next few months, whether full time, part-time, summer, entry-level or experienced. Employers wanting to take part in the Job Fair are encouraged to register now. Participating employers will be offered display space, including a table, chairs, and a sign with the company name. Refreshments will be provided to employers throughout the event. Registration is available electronically at www.garrettcollege.edu/jobfair. A paper registration form is also available online. Businesses are encouraged to register by April 4 in order to be included in pre-Job Fair publicity, although registration will be accepted as long as space is available. Also, access to electrical outlets will be available on a first come, first served basis.

“Employer participation exceeded our expectations last year and we were able to fill our space to capacity!” said Ruby. The Garrett County Job Fair will be open to all members of the community including college and high school students and experienced workers seeking a job or career change. The Job Fair will be promoted through newspaper articles, radio announcements, fliers, and listing with the Maryland Workforce Exchange and on the Garrett College website.

“Job seekers will be encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and to prepare to make the most effective impression possible on the employers with whom they speak,” said Ruby.

The Garrett County Job Fair represents a collaborative partnership between Garrett College, the Allegany County One-Stop Job Center (serving both Garrett and Allegany counties), the Western Maryland Consortium, and 104.5 KHJ/92.3 The Train/1050 am WMSG. Employers may register online at www.garrettcollege.edu/jobfair. For additional information persons may contact Ruby at 301-387-3733 or ashley.ruby@garrettcollege.edu.

Maryland Offers Fishing License Discount for 16-Year-Olds 

Now through the end of 2016, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering a half-price incentive to 16-year-old anglers purchasing a fishing license for the first time. In Maryland, anglers under the age of 16 are not required to possess licenses. 

“Young anglers are the environmental stewards of tomorrow,” Fisheries Service Director Dave Blazer said. “We are launching the 16 in 16 discount program to encourage them to engage and become committed to the future of fishing in Maryland.”

If you are 16 years old at the time of purchase in 2016, you will automatically receive a 50 percent discount on your 365-day resident, non-resident, non-tidal or Chesapeake Bay and Coastal fishing license. Not included in this discount program: recreational crabbing licenses, trout stamps, short-term licenses and sport boat licenses.

Licenses may be purchased online, through department service centers or at most bait and tackle shops and outdoor outfitters.

While spring has not yet arrived, fishing activities are already underway with biologists stocking trout across the state, yellow perch biting in rivers and lakes, and anglers catching and releasing striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay.