10/27

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Receives ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award

 The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce was honored by the announcement that they have received a Readers’ Choice award from the publication and editors of ConventionSouth Magazine out of Gulf Shores, Alabama. ConventionSouth is a national multimedia resource for planning events in the South. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce was selected as one of 800 nominees and one of the only 175 winners in the South.

“Over the past two years, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has been working on an initiative to increase group business, including meeting travel, in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland,” said Jen Durben, Group Sales & Marketing Manager. “This award is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of our area members that have provided outstanding meeting and convention services in our region. We only hope to continue to grow and thrive in this market.”

Those interested in planning a meeting, conference or corporate retreat to Garrett County can find information online at www.deepcreekgroups.com or contact Jen Durben directly at 301.387.5238, jen@garrettchamber.com.

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

 

10/21

GCMH PREPARES FOR EBOLA

 

In the wake of national attention related to a potential Ebola outbreak, Garrett County Memorial Hospital is taking action to prepare in the event that a potential case should present to the organization. 

1.   Representatives from GCMH are attending daily conference calls with members of the CDC and MHA to review protocols and recommendations.

2.   In preparation to protect staff that may potentially treat symptomatic patients, the organization has a supply of Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) hoods that are available for use. Furthermore, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available which includes, Tyvek chemical resistant suits, fully contained body suits, decontamination equipment, N95 and surgical shields in the storeroom.  There is also, a cadre of hazardous protective equipment in an accessible storage location available to the staff.

Finally, the Director of the Intensive Care Unit, Dale Hair, is leading the organization to develop a response team that will be prepared to step in to isolate and treat patients in the Emergency Department for a protracted period of time until suspected cases may be confirmed or ruled out.

3.   Last week, the Environmental Services staff was Department of Transportation (DOT) certified for the handling of Ebola waste.

4.   The IT Department has implemented an Ebola screening module in the Emergency Department triage process.  All patients that present to the Emergency Department or to the hospital for any type of testing are screened related to recent travel and potential symptoms.

5.   The Administrative Team has implemented an Administrative Call Schedule for the next several weeks to have an Administrator available to answer questions, support staff or potentially make arrangements with tertiary medical centers nearby or contact the CDC, etc.  

According to Mark Boucot, President and CEO, the Administrative Team is taking this very seriously and is implementing sensible precautions that will escalate and deescalate depending on the severity of future events. 

 

10/14

Wisp Resort Announces the Inception of Benefit Day
Garrett Lakes Arts Festival named inaugural recipient of the 2014 Wisp Benefit Day

 Wisp Resort announces the inception of Benefit Day, an annual philanthropic event to benefit a non-profit organization each year within the Garrett County community.  The 2014 Benefit Day is slated for the day before the official opening day of the 2014.2015 Winter Season. The date is weather dependent but is anticipated to be the first or second Friday in December.  All proceeds from Benefit Day ticket sales will go to the named benefactor.  Tickets are $20 per person for adults and children 6 and older or 38” tall and include all-mountain lift ticket access for skiing and snowboarding, unlimited snow tubing and a mountain coaster ride.  Tickets will be sold on-site at Wisp Resort, online at wispresort.com and through participating partners.

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival has been named the inaugural recipient of the 2014 Wisp Benefit Day.  “Wisp Resort has been collaborating with GLAF for many years in their efforts to bring arts and entertainment to Garrett County.  One of Wisp’s goals is to help foster continued high quality musical and cultural events and GLAF is a great resource. We are pleased to use our first Benefits Day as a major GLAF fundraiser,” stated Jerry Geisler, Wisp Resort’s General Manager.  Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting cultural and artistic activities in Garrett County.  Mary Callis, Executive Director of GLAF commented “The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is proud to partner with Wisp Resort to showcase the beauty of Garrett County along with the enchantment of high quality performing arts.”

Entertainment throughout the day will feature members of the brass section of The Maryland Symphony and a winter scene painting party with Wisp’s artist in residence, Rebecca McClive. “GLAF appreciates Wisp Resort’s dedication to preserving the quality of life in Garrett County through the arts,” Ms. Callis added.

Wisp Resort is a four season mountain resort by the shores of Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland.  Wisp offers skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, golf, lift-served mountain biking and a variety of other mountain recreation activities.  The ski resort has 14 lifts and 34 trails on 172 acres, more than 90% of which is lit for night skiing.  Wisp has a state of the art snowmaking system which is generally acknowledged as the most advanced in North America capable of covering virtually all trails with as much as a foot of snow in 24 hours under ideal snowmaking conditions. www.wispresort.com

GCMH develops Women’s Center for Early Cancer Detection

Mark Boucot, President and CEO of Garrett County Memorial Hospital, has announced that the GCMH and Oakland MRI Center have teamed up to enhance the Women’s Center at Oakland MRI.  Effective October 1, 2014, patients that need diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds to confirm or rule out a cancer diagnosis will be able to schedule both of those exams at the Oakland MRI Center.  “It used to be that mammograms were offered here at Oakland MRI and ultrasounds were scheduled separately through the hospital.  Patients can now know immediately without a long torturous waiting process between those two exams to find out what is going on,” stated Stanley Lambert, MD.”  Creating access to early detection exams is important as evidenced by the fact that the county has a mortality rate for breast and colorectal cancer that is 25% higher than the rest of the nation.  The death rate for prostate cancer is also 15% higher than the rest of the nation. 

These types of Cancer are much more manageable for the patient when detected early.  With respect to colon cancer, the importance of early detection can’t be understated.  According to Steve Bayuk, DO, “Colonoscopy is shown to be a safe and effective way of early detection and preventing colon cancer from occurring.  I personally provide this procedure because my father had a colonoscopy at age 50 and he had cancerous polyp removed and never needed a subsequent surgery.  To this day is cancer free.”

Furthermore, the leadership team has formally begun a feasibility study for adding a cancer care center for the community and surrounding counties. The need for a Cancer Care Center is already evident to the people in the county afflicted with this disease.  The need for cancer care treatment is also underscored in the data provided in the community health needs assessment that was conducted by the Garrett County Department of Health.    

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Garrett County, as well as being the second leading cause of death in the United States and Maryland according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Vital Statistics. “Specialty medical services, such as cancer care, are practically nonexistent in this rural region,” explained Boucot. “Traveling to the nearest Cancer Care Center is not always possible for our elderly, disabled and under-employed residents. Therefore, residents can go without access to treatment entirely, which is a terrible social injustice.”

The hospital is now in the middle of a strategic planning process that will take GCMH into a growth mode over the next three to five years.  As the Board of Governors, the Medical Staff and hospital leadership all plan for the future of GCMH, the need for a Cancer Care and Infusion Center remains constant.  “I can’t imagine how hard it is for families that are stricken with this terrible disease that currently have to travel over an hour to the nearest center” states Marjorie Fridkin, Garrett County Memorial Hospital’s new Chief Medical Officer.  “The idea is to develop services that would provide as much of the treatment protocols as possible for patients here in the community versus traveling an hour away.”  The development of a Cancer Care and Infusion Center in Garrett County would mean that patients could receive chemotherapy treatments here at GCMH.

“While the short-term objective is to provide Cancer Care and Infusion Services to this rural population, the overall goals would be much larger. GCMH believes that providing these services will decrease the overall mortality rate of patients diagnosed with cancer in all of Garrett County,” explained Boucot.  Rodney Glotfelty from the Garrett County Health Department had this to say: “The fact is that people have to travel long distances and we would hope that bringing this care close to home would minimize the barriers that Garrett County residents now face when getting cancer treatments.  I applaud the hospitals efforts to try and make this a reality.”

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop to be offered at Northern Outreach Center

Garrett College’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development division has scheduled a course entitled, Introduction to Adobe Photoshop, at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. The training will be held Mondays, November 3 to 24, from 6:00 to 9:15 p.m.

If you are brand new to Adobe Photoshop, this course will get you up to speed and if you’ve been using Adobe Photoshop for a while this will be a nice refresher. Students will navigate through the Adobe environment and identify the components and tools. You will explore various methods for selecting image areas, and learn how to modify, manipulate, and transform selections to create stunning effects. You will discover how to work with text, layers, and layer effects; and how to adjust, retouch, and resize images.  

The course is being taught by Jennifer Wampler, a graduate of Frostburg State University who obtained her Master’s Degree in Art Education, and has lived in Florence, Italy where she attended the Accademia Italiana and earned a Certificate of Completion for their Intensive Fashion Design Course.  After returning, she worked as a Graphic Designer in Washington, DC for several years. Wampler has been teaching art for the past 8 years for the Garrett County School System, Garrett College and some short workshops for Ruth Enlow Libraries.

For additional information contact, Terry Beachy, Northern Outreach Center Coordinator at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for these courses, contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development by calling 301-387-3069.

Hand Gun Certification Class in Oakland

The Maryland Handgun Qualification (HQL) class is being offered through the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett College. The class runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 18 at the Southern Outreach Center located in the former Armory in Oakland. 

Handgun Qualification License (HQL) training is a four-hour block of instruction which includes classroom instruction on state firearm law, home firearm safety, handgun mechanisms and operation, and a component that requires the applicant demonstrate the ability to safely fire a handgun. Unless otherwise exempt, as of October 1, 2013, a Maryland resident must possess a valid Handgun Qualification License before being allowed to purchase, rent, or receive a handgun. The classroom portion of the course will occur at Garrett College and the operation and handling demonstration will occur at a secure firing range.

These classes are being taught through Boston Hill Training by Rick Sivic who is an NRA and Maryland State Police HQL Certified Instructor.

For additional information or to register for the course, persons may contact the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division at 301-387-3064

Jim Johnson Named the 2014 Autumn Glory Honorary Golden Ambassador

Jim Johnson was named the 2014 Honorary Golden Ambassador of the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival at the Chamber’s Annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception on October 8, 2014. 

The Golden Ambassador is awarded to a person who has contributed to and supported tourism in Garrett County. The Golden Ambassador is selected by a committee of former Golden Ambassador winners.

Jim grew up in West Virginia and, after working a two-day job repairing televisions in Oakland, MD, he decided he wanted to make Oakland his permanent home.  Jim started the Electronic Diagnostic Center in Oakland in 1992 and he became involved in the town’s activities including becoming a Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) member and board member, who served as a liaison between GOBA and Oakland’s Main street program.

Jim played an integral role in Oakland’s annual Winter Fest, chairing the event for five years.  In an effort to raise money for the Oakland Heritage Foundation, Jim also chaired the Oakland Progressive Dinner for eight years.  To help bring the area’s visitors together with Oakland’s residents, Jim started the summer-long Oakland Pocket Park movies, now in it’s seventh year.  Jim has also served on Oakland’s Little Yough Music Festival Committee and he continues to support the area by making donations and sponsoring community events and activities as much as he can.

Deep Creek 2014 World Championships Program Set to Air on NBC

The Deep Creek 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships are complete and in the history books--and what incredible history it is. The USA Canoe Kayak team’s Fabien Lefevre captured the Gold medal in Men’s C1, their first Gold in 12 years. Australia’s Jessica Fox earned the Gold Medal in both the Women’s C1 and K1, a feat never before accomplished. Jessica’s parents, Richard and Miriam Fox, who both received Gold Medals here in 1989 were on hand to watch, along with a multitude of organizers and athletes from the 1989 Whitewater World Champions held on Garrett County’s Savage River.

Andy Pine, of production company InVnt, said, “The crowds were treated to a fantastic competition over the four days at Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI), the only mountain top whitewater course in the world. Production is still underway on a television program about the event, where the exhilarating stories of the athletes and the teams will be revealed on air in October on NBC Sports Network and NBC Universal.” NBC Universal airs the Deep Creek 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships program on Oct 12th, 2014 from  7 pm - 8 pm EST. NBCSN airs the program on Oct 18th, 2014 from 5:30 pm - 6 pm EST & Oct 19th, 2014 from 2:30 pm - 3 pm EST.

Deep Creek 2014 wishes to express their deepest gratitude to everyone involved with this phenomenal event including the 42 Teams, National Federations, ICF, USA Canoe/Kayak , Garrett County Government, Vendors, Spectators, Press/Media/Broadcast, Entertainers, SPONSORS -- and most of all the VOLUNTEERS!

Deep Creek 2014 and the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships are just the launching pad for establishing Garrett County as the Eastern U.S. epicenter & hub of adventure sports and outdoor recreation resulting in economic growth and prosperity for the community and the region. Deep Creek 2014 is in the beginning phases of compiling the reporting for the event; this information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

Michael Honored as Distinguished Alumni at Garrett College

The Garrett College Distinguished Alumni Award honors former students who have excelled in their academic and professional pursuits. This award is one of the most prestigious awards bestowed upon former students and alumni. It is an honor to announce the very first recipient of this award, Rob Michael.

“We were very pleased to have Rob chosen as our first Garrett College Distinguished Alumni Award winner. He has been and continues to be a loyal supporter of the college for many years, and his efforts to establish an alumni association in the past laid the groundwork for our efforts at this time. We are proud to honor him with this recognition,” states Joyce Bishoff, Chair of the GC Foundation Alumni Relations Committee.

A Garrett County business leader, he was a 1974 graduate of Garrett College majoring in business administration. During his time as a student at Garrett College, he was involved in many of the college’s activities, including publication of the first school newspaper and the first yearbook. In addition, he served as vice-president of the Student Government Association and president of his class. Nominated by the late Professor Joan Crawford, Michael was selected as one of America’s Best Junior College Students.

Following his graduation from Garrett College, Michael earned his bachelor degree at Davis & Elkins College in Davis W.Va., and his master of business administration degree from University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. He served on Garrett College's first Foundation Board of Directors and later served as Chairman of the Garrett College Board of Trustees. He led the creation of Garrett College’s original alumni association and has been a staunch supporter of its renewal. His vision and guidance have been instrumental in the continued development of Garrett College.

Michael is a nationally awarded agent for State Farm Insurance, which he has represented for nearly 40 years. He is well known for his philanthropic activity within Garrett County as well as his volunteerism with many boards, clubs, and civic organizations. Currently, he is President-Elect of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Board of Morgantown. 

Michael was awarded both the Heise Award in 2006 and the Golden Ambassador Award in 2012 which represent Garrett County’s highest honorariums among business leaders and volunteerism awards. In addition, he earned the award for Outstanding Contributions to Garrett College in 2010 and the Elks Lodge Citizen of the Year award in 2013.

Michael has served as an adjunct instructor of Marketing and Business Law at Garrett College and Risk Management Economics at Frostburg State University. Aside from being a devoted philanthropist in the Garrett County community, he is a published essay author, enjoys painting landscapes, and is an avid bicyclist and snow skier. Son of the late Clyde W. Michael and Mary Moran Michael, he resides in Oakland with his wife Barb and is the father of Emmett and Bailey Michael.

The Garrett College Foundation’s Alumni Relations Committee and the Garrett College Alumni Association will host a Special Honors Reception recognizing both Michael and the Athletics Hall of Fame inductees on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex.

10/1

GILL Members Select Fall Classes for Octoberstrong>

The Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL) group, operating under Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development, has released their fall class schedule for October. 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.

 A session in history will explore the ‘French & Indian War’ instructed by Dick Carrol.

Participants will attend a presentation that will discuss the cause and course of the war that began less than 40 miles from Garrett County. The day will continue with a locally guided tour to Fort Necessity, the actual site were the first shots of the war were fired and the place where a young George Washington surrendered to the French.

 ‘Fly Fishing for Beginners’ will be presented by Mike Evans and will take place on the Savage River. Participants will learn the basic art of fly fishing, including casting, reading the water, equipment, fly selection, and an introduction to fly tying.

 ‘Garrett County History 18th – 20th Century’ will be presented by Neal Brooks.  In a series of four sessions, participants will learn about the settlement and history of Garrett County. Questions such as how the early settler’s quest for land in the 18th century affected economic development and the impact of railroads in the county and how they contributed to Western Maryland being a resort community and a ‘spa of the presidents’ will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and stories to share.

 Two easy to intermediate guided hiking classes will allow participants to experience Fork Run, instructed by Steve Storck and the Mt. Aetna Trail System, presented by Mike Driesbach.

 A class in cheese making, ‘Make it Yourself: Fresh Mozzarella’ will be presented by Lisa Davis. Participants will learn to make fresh mozzarella cheese and discuss serving ideas. The recipe and local sources for supplies will be shared.

 ‘Life In and On the Chesapeake Bay’ is a series of four sessions, presented by Doug Woodburn. Using video and personal photos, the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna Flats to the shoals and southern bay islands will be discussed.

In the technology category for the fall sessions, GILL members selected ‘Technology Basics’, a series of five sessions that begin in the end of October and finish in November. The class will be instructed by Lisa Davis, and will cover smartphones, ipads, laptops, internet safety, social media, and will include open lab time.


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 fall 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.

Halina Silber – Holocaust and #16 Schindler’s List Survivor

As part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series at Garrett College, Halina Brunengraber Silber, a Schindler’s List and Holocaust survivor will speak at the college on Monday, October 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium.

 Silber survived the Holocaust because of Oskar Schindler. She was number 16 on his list. She was born in Krakow, Poland to a family of seven. After the German invasion in 1939, Silber’s family moved to small villages in the hopes that they might be saved from the concentration camps. As hope diminished, her mother arranged for Halina to enter a forced-labor camp just outside of Krakow, believing that the job would save her life. Soon after Silber departed, her parents and two siblings were taken to the Belzec Extermination Camp where they were murdered. While at the forced-labor camp, Silber learned that she was selected to work in Oskar Schindler’s factory. She worked there from 1943 until liberation. She is the widow of David Silber, a survivor of Auschwitz.

 In preparation for Silber’s presentation, there will be a showing of ‘Schindler’s List’ on Thursday, October 2 at 3:15 p.m. in Room 620 at Garrett College. The movie will be open for anyone who wishes to see it and be familiar with the story. “Many have seen the movie, Schindler’s List. We now have the opportunity to hear from someone who was #16 on that list, Halina Silber. I hope many will come to hear her story,” said Beth Luers, Professor of Humanities at Garrett College.

 Created in memory and honor of Joan Crawford, who dedicated her life to serving Garrett College and the community, the Joan Crawford Lecture Series presentations are offered free of charge each year and are open to the public.

 For more information persons may contact Beth Luers at 301-387-3020.

CMT and Country Star Dustin Lynch to Partner with Garrett College in “CMT Empowering Education” Campaign

 There are 4.7 million jobs open right now in the United States according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many of which remain unfilled due to a lack of skilled applicants. CMT and country music star Dustin Lynch are teaming up with Garrett College to encourage area residents to go back to school as part of the cable network’s CMT Empowering Education initiative.

 Garrett College has been selected as one of the 2014-2015 Inaugural CMT Empowering Education Partner Schools. With Lynch as the official spokesperson, the campaign highlights the important role community colleges play in providing affordable, relevant education and training aligned with the workforce needs in rural America.

 “Education has always been important to me and to my family. In fact, I made a promise to my family that I would graduate from college before pursuing a career in music,” says Lynch.  “I’m proud to be working with CMT’s Empowering Education campaign to help others find their path to higher education and to new careers.”

 The partnership with Garrett College is the result of a three-year partnership with CMT Empowering Education and the American Association of Community Colleges announced earlier this year at the Clinton Global Initiative America, aiming to raise visibility for education and rural workforce struggles.

 “Garrett College is pleased to be selected as a partner with CMT’s Empowering Education initiative. Continuing Education and Workforce Development provides industry relevant, short-term training programs for adults of any age, with most training leading to a nationally-recognized certification. These programs can serve as a confidence-building first step toward entering the workforce, or in transitioning to the pursuit of a credit certificate or associate’s degree,” says Julie Yoder, Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Garrett College.

 Garrett College is excited to be one of 20 rural community colleges selected to participate in the campaign. “We are highly committed to providing an excellent opportunity to every possible student and are a natural fit to partner with CMT. We provide students with opportunities for workforce development training in a wide variety of fields that empower them to move into careers that not only allow them to achieve their personal goals and dreams, but also to best prepare them to meet 21st century industry demands,” stated Dr. Sarah Garrett, Vice President for Instruction and Student Learning at Garrett College.

 One of the primary goals of the college is to develop degree career laddering/stackable credentialing degree programs that will allow certain non-credit certificate training programs to seamlessly count towards degree programs. “It is our desire to help as many students as possible to achieve their educational dreams, and we want to make that be within their reach and as easy as possible for them, “Garrett says.

 CMT Empowering Education launched in 2012 to encourage viewers, no matter their age, to enroll or re-enroll in school to reach their full potential. More information on the college’s partnership with CMT Empowering Education can be found online at www.garrettcollege.edu.

Hometown Heroes: iLEGO and Southern

  The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating two local groups who excelled in the past year with the Hometown Heroes distinction during the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival. This year’s Hometown Heroes are iLEGO Maryland State Champion F.L.L. team, the winner of the Maryland FIRST LEGO League Champions Award and the Southern Lady Rams Basketball Team, who won the 1A Maryland State Championship in March.

 The Southern Lady Rams have won three total State Championships.

 The robotics team proudly represented Garrett County at the North American Open Championship has students that attend Southern Middle, Broad Ford, Yough Glades and Route 40 Schools. 

 Both Hometown Heroes will be honored in the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 pm on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in downtown Oakland.

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Hosts Safeguarding Your Business Seminar November 5, 2014

The “Safeguarding Your Business” seminar presented by The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 1 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 5, 2014. 

Daniel Porter of The Rodeheaver Group will present this seminar to help business owners protect their assets through internal controls and more.  Don’t let your company be the victim of employee fraud or embezzlement.  “Safeguarding Your Business” is sponsored by Grant’s Mercantile in Grantsville, MD.

The rescheduled seminar will be held, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation formerly known as the GiEC.  A continental breakfast will be provided.  The cost to attend is $20 in advance for members, $25 at the door for members, and $30 for non-members.  Register online at www.visitdeepcreek.com or by calling Carol Hauser at 301-387-6171.

The Chamber of Commerce was formed to organize, support and represent Garrett County's business community in advancing common interests and additionally to promote Garrett County's hospitality and recreation industry by attracting visitors to the county through comprehensive marketing.  The mission of the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) is to support the economic growth of Garrett County by creating an environment for facilitating the successful development of technology businesses.

For more information about the Educational Programs please contact Paula Thomas, Membership Development Manager by email, paula@garrettchamber.com.

Natural Art Photography Featured in New Garrett Arts Display

 Bob Carney’s photography will be showcased in the next Backroom Gallery exhibit of the Garrett County Arts Council.  Titled, Ski Slopes to Sea Shores, the display features photographs that bring together Carney’s two loves -- the mountains and the sea. 

 Carney is a local photographer. His nature photos are what is called SOOC (straight out of the camera), in other words what you see is what you get. “I do use some post-processing software“he explains, “but I try very hard to make the photos as natural as possible.”  “Sunrises, sunsets, and water are my weaknesses, especially the ocean,” says Carney.

 Bob also takes pictures of youth sporting events and area high school teams as a staff photographer for The Republican newspaper, but nature is his true inspiration and he likes the idea of keeping it simple. 

 The artist will be present at a reception in his honor on Friday, October 17th from 5:00-7:00 pm. The public is invited to attend, talk with the artist and enjoy some light refreshments.  The event will take place at The Gallery Shop, 206 E. Alder Street, downtown Oakland.  The Ski Slopes to Sea Shores exhibit will be on display from October 6 thru mid-November. For more information, contact Garrett County Arts Council at 301-334-6580.

9/26

Deep Creek 2014 Set To Host United States National Championship of Adventure Racing

Deep Creek 2014 in collaboration with the United States Adventure Racing Association is excited to host the 2014 Adventure Racing National Championships here in Deep Creek Lake, MD on October 2-4.

The National Championships will be a 30 hour long unsupported expedition style endurance race based exclusively on strategic wilderness navigation. The race is comprised of mountain biking, long distance trekking and flat water paddling. There is no course and only a time limit of 30 hours to navigate to as many points as possible between the start line and the finish line.

The AdventureSports Institute, coached by Todd Copley, will be fielding a team in their quest for the Collegiate National Championship. ASI won the National Championship in 2007 and the team is anxious to bring the title back to the epicenter of adventure sports, Garrett County.

Summit Adventure Racing Team, locals Eric Lapp, Joey DiSimone and Todd Copley, will be looking to better their third place finish from last year’s Nationals. The team is currently ranked the #1 team in the North American Adventure Racing Points Series.

This prestigious race began in 2000 and has continually grown into the premier amateur adventure racing event in the United States. Teams from all over the country competed in over 40 regional qualifying events throughout this past year, to qualify for the USARA Adventure Race National Championship. These regional champions will assemble to run, paddle, mountain bike and navigate using map and compass in a grueling 100 mile / 30 hour race that will begin at ASCI- Adventure Sports Center International. Teams will make their way deep into the heart of the wilderness here in Garrett County.

These teams will have to push the boundaries of human endurance and teamwork to complete the course. Winning will require extreme willpower, mastery of all disciplines, and a little luck.
Deep Creek 2014 Executive Director, Todd Copley stated that “this event is another amazing coup for Garrett County and right in line with our vision of becoming the U.S. epicenter of adventure sports. No other destination in the world can boast that they are hosting both a World Championship AND a National Championship in the same year. Unprecedented!” Copley continued by saying “Part of Deep Creek 2014’s mission is attracting additional legacy events to the region and we really wanted this one because it aligns so perfectly. I’m really excited about this and it adds to our repertoire.”

The USARA Adventure Race National Championship will draw 63 teams from 27+ different states. The event generates 150,000 + visits to the USARA Nationals website during the 30 hour period of the national championship race. Garrett County and the State of Maryland have been featured on banners at the 40 qualifying events and have received extensive coverage in Adventure World Magazine during the year leading up to the event.

Volunteers are needed for U.S. Adventure Racing National Championships this weekend. This is your chance to see ultra-endurance racing up close. For more information please contact Todd Copley at TCOPESWORLD@gmail.com, 301-387-3700 or via Facebook.

9/25

Garrett County Maryland Graced the International Stage

 

Deep Creek 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Champions are complete and in the History Books--and what incredible History it is!!! The USA Canoe Kayak team’s Fabien Lefevre captured the Gold medal in Men’s C1, their first Gold in 12 years. Australia’s Jessica Fox earned the Gold Medal in both the Women’s C1 and K1, a feat never before accomplished. Jessica’s parents, Richard and Miriam Fox, who both received Gold Medals here in 1989 were on hand to watch, along with a multitude of organizers and athletes from the 1989 Whitewater World Champions held on the Savage River.

 

Although the U.S. earned just one medal, they pulled in some impressive mid-range finishes said Team USA Canoe/Kayak CEO Joe Jacobi. "When the sport is at its best, internationally speaking, the U.S. is doing well," he said. He pointed out that much of the junior team was on hand to watch Fabien Lefevre medal. "We've got a lot of talented junior athletes, and they're all here cheering and so engaged," he said. "And for them to see these rockstars that they've watched on YouTube to compete, to give advice to these kids...they feel very connected to what happened today [when Lefevre won gold] and it's hard to put a value on that."

 

Deep Creek 2014 was a huge success and many accolades have been given to the event and Garrett County. Here are a few comments from spectators and fans: Peter Grant said, “Congratulations to all the American organisers and volunteers for conducting a great event with such a level of engagement with the local community and agencies.” From Ben Kvanli, “Thank you for welcoming the world to your community so professionally! Congratulations! Well  done!!!” Richard Perlmutter stated, “Spectacular event!!” Richard Péché said, “Superbe!!!”

Organizers from DC 2024 Olympic Committee enjoyed the event as well and recognized the  potential partnership with Garrett County should they win the Olympic bid as the venue for  whitewater, mountain biking and BMX events. Andy Pine of InVnt said, “The crowds have been treated to a fantastic competition held over the four days at ASCI - Adventure Sports Center, the  only mountain top whitewater course in the world. Our production is still underway as the exhilarating stories of the athletes and the teams continue to unfold. Those challenges and triumphs will all be revealed on air in October - can't wait!” Broadcast Media Exposure will  be on NBC SPORTS NETWORK & NBC Universal. NBCSN airs on Oct 18th, 2014 5:30-6p EST & Oct 19th, 2014 2:30-3pm. NBC Universal airs on Oct 12th, 2014 7-8p EST.

 

Deep Creek 2014 wishes to express our deepest gratitude to everyone involved with this  phenomenal event including the 42 Teams, National Federations, ICF, USA Canoe/Kayak , Garrett County Government, Vendors, Spectators, Press/Media/Broadcast, Entertainers, SPONSORS--and most of all the VOLUNTEERS!

 

Deep Creek 2014 Staff took some time to reflect on the event. Todd Copley, Executive Director  said, “Actually, I’m quite emotional. This event has been two years in the making and to see it come together so beautiful is a manifestation of the hours of work by our small team and the amazing backing that we have had from the Host Organizing Committee, the business leaders and sponsors, and the majority of citizens of Garrett County that understand the importance of this. We have taken a huge step in putting our community on the international map as the United States epicenter of adventure sports and we can’t let that momentum slow. Garrett County, you should be proud! Along with a small army of dedicated volunteers you just delivered a World Championship to the highest standard! I could not be happier. “Copley continued, “The ICF left  the Adventure Sports Center International very pleased. Comments from the athletes revolve around this being one of the best World Championships they’ve ever competed in. The return on  this investment will be huge. The venue is left with an infrastructure ready for an Olympics.  With over 2 hours of national broadcast scheduled on Universal Sports and NBC Sports, our little region of the world will be on display for tens of millions of people. This is how you drive economic development to a region. Garrett County stepped up big time and the impact will be long lasting.” Dawn Beitzel commented, “The pride and awe of seeing the American Flag being raised and hearing our National Anthem play was possibly the greatest moment of my life. This has been an incredible year for me personally and professionally.”

 

 Deep Creek 2014 is in the beginning phases of compiling the reporting for the event. This  information will be released as soon as it becomes available. Deep Creek 2014 and the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will be the launch pad for establishing Garrett County as the Eastern U.S. epicenter & hub of adventure sports and outdoor recreation resulting in economic growth and prosperity for the community and the region. This event was the catalyst.

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Announces 2014 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the 2014 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours.

Travel along some of Garrett County’s most scenic routes. Enjoy spectacular fall foliage, panoramic vistas, historical landmarks, museums and stunning natural features. This year, the Chamber is offering two Fall Foliage tours. The Fall Foliage Heritage Tour Highlights include: Friendsville, Friend Family Museum, Youghiogheny Lake, the Cove, Schoolhouse Earth, and Meshack Browning’s grave.  The Extended Tour Fall Foliage Highlights include: Bloomington Viaduct, Savage River, Monroe Run Scenic Overlook, Barn Quilts and Historical Markers and Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway.

“This year’s colors are absolutely spectacular and the driving tours are the perfect way to take in the colors of the fall season and experience Garrett County in all its splendor,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “Be sure to bring your camera – you’ll have plenty of scenic photo opportunities during the tour.”

Stop into the Garrett County Visitors Center from 9 am – 5 pm daily at 15 Visitors Center Drive in McHenry to pick up a copy of the Fall Foliage Driving tour(s) and you’ll receive a complimentary pair of Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area binoculars, while supplies last.

Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival landed in the international spotlight seven years ago, when the popular travel website, MSN.com listed it tops among fall festivals in the world. To the delight of locals and visitors alike, Autumn Glory in Oakland, Maryland, beat out Paris’ Festival d’Automne (#5) and Munich’s Oktoberfest (#7) – in addition to a bevy of domestic celebrations, including San Francisco’s Dias De los Muertos. “Music, parades and awesome colors are at the center of this festival,” noted the site, plugging in particular the Grand Feature Parade, the Maryland State Banjo & Fiddle Championships and the Tournament of Bands. In 2008, the baltimoresun.com listed Garrett County as one of the top 5 locales for Fall Foliage. The Travel Channel has listed the Autumn Glory Festival & Garrett County as one of America’s Best Autumn Road Trips from 2008 – 2013. And, most recently, Oakland and Garrett County, Maryland have been selected by Travel & Leisure as America’s Best Town for Fall Colors. The Travel & Leisure article notes Garrett County’s Swallows Falls State Park, the Youghiogheny /span>River, 47th annual Autumn Glory Festival and Oakland, MD’s Halloween Hayride in the article.

For more information on the detailed tour routes, accommodations, the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area and the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please log onto visitdeepcreek.com, stop in or call the Garrett County Visitors Center at 888.387.5237.

Road Closings Announced for the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival

 Several Oakland roads will be closed before and during the 47th Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 11. 

 

Second Street will be closed to traffic from Liberty Street to Center Street at 9:30 am. Both Second and Third Streets, from Omar Street to Alder Street, will be closed to all vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Traffic needing to bypass Oakland will be directed to detour along Fourth Street until the parade ends. Center Street will remain open until 12:45 p.m.

 

Memorial Drive also will be closed to through traffic from Fourth to Eighth Street. No one will be able to turn onto Fourth Street from Memorial Drive. Barricades and police officers will prevent access onto Memorial Drive from Fourth to Eighth streets. Emergency vehicles should use Kings Run or Eighth Street to Memorial Drive.

 

Parking along the parade route, which includes parts of Second, Third and Alder streets, is prohibited prior to and during the parade. Business owners or employees should contact Oakland City Hall at 301.334.2691, Oakland Police Department at 301.334.2100 or the Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.4386 in advance to obtain a pass to gain access inside the parade route, this includes the handicapped parking at the Masonic Lodge on First Street.

 

Garrett County Deputies, Maryland State Troopers and State Highway employees will be assisting the Oakland Police Department with traffic control during the Autumn Glory parade.

 

Oakland Police Chief Randy Wright encourages anyone coming to the festival and parade to come early to find a good parking space and enjoy the food and entertainment.

 

Free parking will be available in the town parking lot at the end of Second Street across the railroad tracks. For questions or concerns, please free to contact Chief Wright at Oakland Police Department or Oakland City Hall between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

 

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Drawing Tree Workshop Offered in October

According to artist Dolores Andrew, Joyce Kilmer was right.  There is nothing like a tree. 

This thought is the inspiration behind the two-day workshop the artist will lead titled "Just Drawing Trees".  The class is the next offering in the 2014 workshop series sponsored by Garrett County Arts Council.

Andrew says "Trees have character, texture, and color.  They create light and shade patterns for artistic compositions.  Besides offering protection from wind and rain, trees change with the seasons and add beauty to our lives."  With handouts, demonstrations, and on-site study, the artist will guide class participants to improve their compositions and add 'tree' appreciation to their repertoire.

Scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, October 14-15, the workshop will be held at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park.  Students over the age of 16 with some drawing experience should pre-register by calling GCAC at 301-334-6580.  Deadline to enroll is October 8. Cost per student is $115.  Basic drawing supplies are required and a materials list will be provided upon registration.

Andrew works in a variety of mediums.  She is a member of numerous art organizations including the Maryland Pastel Society, Miniature Society of Florida, Rehoboth Art League, and Garrett County Arts Council.  In addition to her drawing and painting, she is an expert on a variety of needlework techniques and has authored several books on the topic.  Her work may be viewed at www.doloresandrewdesigns.com

For more information and to register, contact Garrett County Arts Council at 301-334-6580 or stop by The Gallery Shop, 206 E. Alder Street, Oakland.

Basic Greenhouse Fundamentals Course to be offered at GC

Garrett College, in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension, is sponsoring a course titled Basic Greenhouse Fundamentals at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, October 7 - 21, 6-8 p.m. 

During the course, participants will be encouraged to participate by going through all the steps for getting started with their own greenhouse. There will be a short introduction to basic horticulture science, greenhouse designs, mention of high tunnels and their uses, and advantages to each system depending upon individual goals.  Planning, budgeting, and goal setting will be discussed along with crops, containers and growing media to make your greenhouse endeavor a success.

The course is being instructed by Ashley Bodkins who 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. 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. Anyone with a disability that requires special assistance for participation in the program should contact the extension office at 301-334-6960.

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

The Dynamics of Grief Course to be held at GC

Garrett College’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development division has scheduled a course titled, The Dynamics of Grief: Healing from Life’s Losses at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. The course will be held for four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on October 7 from 6 to 9:15 p.m.

Each new stage of life brings its own losses, some more grievous than others. Life, therefore, consists of a chain of losses. All losses cause grief, some more acute than others. In this course, the stages of life and the normal phases of grief will be studied using a Judeo-Christian approach. The obstacles to normal grief-work will be examined, such as a sudden, unexpected loss, the impossibility to say "good-bye," survivor's guilt, divorce, etc. The last class will focus on the way to remove these obstacles and to find healing.

Instruction is being provided by Louise Maust, a native of Garrett County. She graduated from the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and Frostburg State University with a BS degree in Psychology and a MEd in Interdisciplinary Education. She taught Nursing for three years at the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and 33 years in the Nursing Department at Allegany College of MD, including Psychiatric Nursing. She belongs to the American Association of Christian Counselors and has served for nine years since her retirement on the volunteer counseling team at Oak Dale Church in Salisbury, Pa., where she is a member. She works under the mentorship of Arline Westmeier, PhD, who wrote a four volume series: Healing the Wounded Soul, and currently teaches as an online adjunct professor for Liberty University’s Center for Counseling and Family Studies department. A required reading for this course is Westmeier’s book, Healing the Wounded Soul, Volume IV.

Autumn Glory Craft & Gift Sale October 11 & 12 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall

The Autumn Glory Craft & Gift Sale presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Susquehanna Bank, will be held on October 11 & 12th at the Exhibit Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds.

The Autumn Glory Craft & Gift Sale will feature more than 65 booths offering a wide variety of contemporary crafts and gifts including woodworking, candles, painted décor, jewelry, specialty foods, and much more.

Hours are 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday, October 11 and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday, October 12. Refreshment will be available for purchase. Susquehanna Bank is the sponsor of the Autumn Glory Craft & Gift Sale.

For more information about the Autumn Glory Craft & Gift Sale or, details on all of the events during our 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, please log onto visitdeepcreek.com or call the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 888.387.5237 or 301.387.4386. 

Purchase Tickets for the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Kick-Off Reception
Until September 26, 2014

 

The deadline to purchase tickets for the 47th annual Autumn Glory Festival Kick-Off Reception, presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, is Friday, September 26, 2014.

 

Along with the annual announcement of this year’s Golden Ambassador, the reception on October 8th  at Chanteclaire Farm in Friendsville, includes the coronation of the Autumn Glory King and Queen and recognizes the festival sponsors. Clear Mountain Bank is the official sponsor of the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception. Sounds Fun Entertainment will provide the evening’s entertainment, sponsored by Long & Foster Resort Rentals and Premier Power Solutions, LLC. 

 

“This prestigious event provides an elegant, yet lively atmosphere to kick-off the Autumn Glory festivities,” said Nicole Christian, President of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  “We invite you to help us celebrate our 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival.”

 

Each attendee to the Kick-Off Reception receives a 47th Annual Autumn Glory Commemorative Postcard, Magnet and a collectible Autumn Glory pin, which entitles the holder to priority seating on the bleachers near the reviewing stand for the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 11th.

The evening kicks off with a 6 pm social hour featuring complimentary beer & wine and a cash bar available. The sit-down dinner begins at 7 pm with the program following at 8 pm. The reception ticket includes hors d’oeuvres and a sit-down dinner with assigned seating. Reserve your seats or tables early for preferred seating, which is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Admission to the event is $195 per couple and $100 per individual. Tickets purchased at the door will cost an additional $5.00.

The reservation deadline for the reception is Sept. 26. To purchase tickets, buy online at visitdeepcreek.com or please call 301.387.6171.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presents the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival which runs from October 8 - 12 in Garrett County, Maryland with a kick-off reception at Chanteclaire Farm, two large parades, Fall Foliage Driving Tours, concerts, Oktoberfest celebration, the Maryland State Banjo & Fiddle band Championships, art exhibits, the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands, antique and craft shows and much more.

Beginner Drawing Course to be offered at GC

Garrett College’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development division has scheduled a beginner drawing course at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. The course will be held on Mondays, October 6 to 27, from 6-8 p.m.

Participants will gain a solid foundation and understanding of the basics to drawing and will explore different drawing materials, set up procedures, lighting and rendering techniques, design and layout methods, and more.

The course is being instructed by Jennifer Wampler, a graduate of Frostburg State University who obtained her Master’s Degree in Art Education, and has lived in Florence, Italy where she attended the Accademia Italiana and earned a Certificate of Completion for their Intensive Fashion Design Course. After returning to the United States, she worked as a Graphic Designer in Washington, DC for several years. Wampler has been teaching art for the past eight years for the Garrett County School System, Garrett College and some short workshops for Ruth Enlow Libraries.

Materials needed for the course include the following: #2 Pencils (2), Eraser (art eraser preferably) and a Spiral Bound Sketchpad (size between 8.5x11 - 11x14). The instructor will provide charcoal and some loose drawing paper.

For additional information contact Terry Beachy, Northern Outreach Center Coordinator, by calling 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for the course, contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development by calling 301-387-3069.

Greeting Cards Course to be held at GC

 The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division of Garrett College has scheduled a course, Write Well and Sell: Greeting Cards, on four consecutive Wednesdays beginning on October 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville.

Writing greeting cards is an ideal answer for people long on talent, but short on time, and have a unique way with words. Concentrating on humorous verses, serious prose and alternate products (verses for mugs, sticky notes, calendars, beverage napkins, etc.), students will be taken step-by-step through the process of creating and submitting work to card companies. 

The course is being instructed by Sandra Louden, who has contributed regularly to Greetings Today, the official magazine of the industry. Her career has been profiled through the years in many books, including The Stay-At-Home Mom’s Guide to Making Money, 101 Best_Home-Based Businesses for Women, and 101 Best Small Businesses for Women. Her greeting card work was shown on The Regis and Kathie Lee Show, she has appeared on the cover of Parade Magazine, and her clients have included actress Stefanie Powers and NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar. She’s been interviewed on NBC-TV, the BBC, Christian Science Monitor and Writer’s Market, to name a few. A pen and notebook are recommended for this class.

For additional information contact Terry Beachy, Northern Outreach Center Coordinator, at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for the course, contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development by calling 301-387-3069.


2015 Residential Refuse Permits

The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling announces that the 2015 Residential Refuse Permits will be on sale beginning October 1st 2014. The 2015 permits will be valid immediately and will expire at the end of 2015.

Purchasing on-line is the fastest way to renew and there is no additional charge for using your credit card on-line. A permit purchased on line goes in the mail to you the next business day. To order your permits after October 1st go on-line at www.garrettcounty.org under the Solid Waste and Recycling tab.
Residents can purchase their 2015 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 are available at all collection sites, on-line, the Grantsville Library, the Garrett County tax office, and the Landfill office. 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

GCMH Ranked Number One by Patients

Garrett County Memorial Hospital has now moved into the top ranking in the state of Maryland Hospital for Doctor Communication, Responsiveness of Hospital Staff, and Cleanliness as ranked by patients in the most recent release of HCAHPS patient satisfaction scores. Additionally, Garrett Memorial’s scores far exceed the national average in the three categories listed.

The intent of HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) is to provide a standardized survey and a method for collecting data that measures hospital care from the patient perspective. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) now requires every adult care hospital in the U.S. to participate in HCAHPS. Complete results are available on the CMS website.

Hospital President/CEO Mark Boucot has advanced a culture of patient safety and service excellence with attention to the overall patient experience. “We believe in providing the highest quality in-patient care and a positive hospital experience,” said Boucot. “We treat everyone as though they are a member of our own family.”

“The nursing role is rapidly evolving as nurses are empowered with a wider range of healthcare responsibilities. Caring for the sick has become more complicated. At Garrett, we think it is important to keep the nurses at the bedside, providing direct patient care. Our philosophy is to put the patient’s needs above all else and minimize any distractions from that process,” explained Kendra Thayer, Chief Nursing Officer at Garrett County Memorial Hospital. Thayer also noted the importance of teamwork in patient satisfaction scores.

“Garrett County Memorial Hospital has a proud history of positive patient satisfaction scores, even prior to development of the HCAHPS initiative,” concluded Thayer

Fall Fest at Friends Delight and Store

The sixth annual Fall-fest celebration is set for Friends Store on Saturday October 4, 2014 from 10am-3pm.  This year’s event includes Pumpkin carving and decorating, Hayrides around the farm, Dutch oven cooking demonstration, candle dipping, sack races and scarecrow making.  Artisans and demonstrations will be on going with Bee Keeper Hop Cassidy and Basket Weaver Georgia Johnson.  Local author Deborah Wagner-Brenneman and  illustrator Elizabeth Friend we be signing and selling their new children’s book called “Snakes Give Me a Freak Out”.

The Historic Friends Store will also be open and decorated for the holiday.  This is a great family event and a perfect time of the year to experience Deep Creek Lake State Parks newest Park. 

For more information about our aviary other programs offered at the Discovery Center, please call 301.387.7067 or visit www.discoverycenterdcl.com

Bee Havens Donated by Savage River Arts

Young artists donated “bee havens” that they constructed during the second-annual Savage River Arts camp, which took place at New Germany State Park in August.  Savage River Arts is a collaborative program of the Savage River Watershed Association (SRWA), the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing, the Frostburg Museum, and the Allegany and Garrett County Arts Councils to promote environmental literacy and appreciation for the Savage River watershed through the arts.

The bee havens constructed by the students were installed near a demonstration garden at New Germany State Park, where they will serve as safe and secure nesting sites for wild, “solitary” bees.  An estimated 85% of all bees in the United States are solitary bees, meaning they don’t live in hives or have a Queen.  Instead, they nest alone in the ground or in holes in wood, such as those made by wood borers, or in handmade nest boxes. Although people often think of honeybees as pollinators, solitary bees are also important pollinators for many native plants and wildflowers.  

 

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Wisp Resort to host Capitol Cup Mountain Bike Race
-- Sponsored by Monster Energy. Presented by Racers Edge & Gravity Soul--

 Wisp Resort will host the Capitol Cup Mountain Bike Race to be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 – 5, 2014.  Four race disciplines will define this race as an all-mountain challenge including downhill, enduro, dual track and pump track. 

The Capitol Cup Mountain Bike Race will take place on a variety of terrain all over Wisp Mountain including Smooth Operator and High Roller downhill trails, BMX dual track and the two new pump tracks.  One overall winner for the best combined time will be crowned on Sunday.  Entry fee is $75 for amateur and pro class riders and includes a 3-day lift/trail pass. Nationally known bike trail builders, Racer’s Edge, will construct the courses and are recognized for creating challenging and spectator-friendly racing formats.  The Monster Energy Team will provide three stunt and skills demonstrations by the Monster Energy Pro BMX Team, drink samples, prizes and giveaways.

Bike Race Schedule:
Saturday, October 4
Noon  – Monster Energy Pro BMX Team Demonstration #1
12:30pm – BMX Team Autographs
1:30pm – First Race (Enduro – Smooth Operator Trail)
2:30pm - Monster Energy Pro BMX Team Demonstration #2
3:00pm - BMX Team Autographs
4:00pm – Second Race (Dual Track)
5:30pm - Monster Energy Pro BMX Team Demonstration #3
6:00pm - BMX Team Autographs

Sunday, October 5
11:30am – First Race (Downhill - High Roller Trail)
1:30pm – Second Race (Pump Track)
3:30pm – Awards

Wisp Resort is a four season mountain resort by the shores of Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland.  Wisp offers skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, golf, lift-served mountain biking and a variety of other mountain recreation activities.  The ski resort has 14 lifts and 34 trails on 172 acres, more than 90% of which is lit for night skiing.  Wisp has a state of the art snowmaking system which is generally acknowledged as the most advanced in North America capable of covering virtually all trails with as much as a foot of snow in 24 hours under ideal snowmaking conditions. www.wispresort.com

Joan Crawford Lecture Series Offered at GC

Garrett College has announced the Fall 2014 schedule for the Joan Crawford Lecture Series which will be held on the McHenry campus beginning Wednesday, Sept. 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 are scheduled at 12 noon or at 7 p.m. and last approximately one hour. “We have an interesting mix of presentations lined up for the fall ranging from scientific experiments conducted in the Antarctic, hospitals during the civil war, presidential campaign memorabilia, the constitution, and we will also hear from voices from the Holocaust to the clear voice of Halina Silber who was #16 on Schindler’s List. I hope both students and the community will join us,” Luers said.

The schedule of lectures is as follows:

Wednesday, September 17, “Constitution Day” presented by Beth Luers from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 646

Monday, October 6, “Halina Silber-Holocaust and Schindler’s List Survivor” presented by Halina Silber from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Garrett College Auditorium

Wednesday, October 29, “Marketing the Presidency, A Visual Tour of Presidential Campaign Items of the Century” presented by Steve Mihaly from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 646

Wednesday, November 12, “Voices from the Holocaust” presented by 20th Century World History Class from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 620A

Thursday, November 20, “The Development of the Hospital System During the Civil War” presented by Dr. John Rathgeb from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 620A

Wednesday, December 10, “Expedition Antarctica” presented by Laura K.O. Smith from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 511

For more information on the Joan Crawford Lecture Series persons may contact Beth Luers at 301-387-3020.

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Ms. United States 2014, Crystal Rush, To Be Grand Marshal of Autumn Glory Festival Parade

Ms. United States 2014, Crystal Rush, will be the Grand Marshal of Garrett County’s 47th annual Autumn Glory Festival Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 11. Crystal will be featured in the annual Grand Feature parade, sponsored by My Bank! First United Bank & Trust, which begins at 1 pm in Oakland on Saturday, October 11th.

Crowned in July 2014, Crystal will serve as Ms. United States for one year, which will include hundreds of official appearances, including staring on a televised reality show, modeling in national print ads and television commercials, and appearing as a headline model in New York and South Beach Fashion Weeks. She will also take part in numerous charity events, with her platforms Foster Care, Autism and Mental Health: End the Stigma. Crystal grew up in Garrett County. Her grandparents are Grace Rush of Friendsville and the late Deane Rush of Friendsville. Her father is Dana Rush of McHenry and Cindy Lamastra of Bethany Beach, Delaware. Crystal was recently signed as a model for New York MMG modeling agency and works as a pageant coach. She is a former Baltimore Ravens Playmaker. More information about Crystal is available at www.msunitedstates.com

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presents the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival which runs from October 8 - 12 in Garrett County, Maryland with a kick-off reception at Chanteclaire Farm, two large parades, concerts, Oktoberfest celebration, the Maryland State Banjo, Fiddle & Mandolin Championships, Fall Foliage Driving Tours, art exhibits, the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands, antique and craft shows and much more.

Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival landed in the international spotlight five years ago, when the popular travel website, MSN.com listed it tops among fall festivals in the world. To the delight of locals and visitors alike, Autumn Glory in Oakland, Maryland, beat out Paris’ Festival d’Automne (#5) and Munich’s Oktoberfest (#7) – in addition to a bevy of domestic celebrations, including San Francisco’s Dias De los Muertos. “Music, parades and awesome colors are at the center of this festival,” noted the site, plugging in particular the Grand Feature Parade, the Maryland State Banjo & Fiddle Championships and the Tournament of Bands. In 2008, the baltimoresun.com listed Garrett County as one of the top 5 locales for Fall Foliage and the travelchannel.com has listed the Autumn Glory Festival & Garrett County as one of America’s 3 Best Autumn Road Trips from 2008 – 2013.

Garrett County Chamber Hosts Maryland State Banjo, Fiddle & Mandolin Championships October 10 & 11, 2014

 The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA), present the Official Maryland State Banjo & Mandolin Championships on Friday, October 10, 2014 and the Fiddle Championships on Saturday, October 11, 2014, sponsored by GCC Technologies. 

“The Heritage Area and GOBA have joined forces again this year to host these events, which are a cornerstone of Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival,” said Dawn Hein, Director of the Heritage Area. “These events are a celebration of our unique musical heritage and provide a showcase for local and regional talent. We welcome contestants and visitors from all over the Mid-Atlantic area to Garrett County during our 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival to celebrate music and autumn with these two state-wide championship events.”

Chuck Dicken, who is the Station Director for WFWM Public Radio 91.9 FM in Frostburg, will emcee the event this year. The judges will include Jeff Munson and Cory and Heather Wharton.  New to the event this year, Rhythm and Rubbish from Crellin Elementary School will kick off Friday evening prior to the start of the Championships. The Crellin Rhythm & Rubbish Band is a STOMP inspired ensemble. Students create and perform music using buckets, trash cans, and "instruments" many would consider to be garbage. At Intermission Steve Smith, from The Steve Smith Band, will be making a special appearance and showing off his expertise on the banjo.

Saturday evening, the judges will perform during intermission. Heather Wharton was the 2010 Maryland Fiddle State Champion, 2008 Deer Creek Fiddle & Vocal Champion and the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Grand Fiddle Champion. Cory received a bluegrass music scholarship and graduated from East Tennessee State University’s prestigious Bluegrass, Old-time and Country Music program. Jeff Munson was a member of Larry and Joe and the White Horse Mountain Boys, as well as the popular local bluegrass band, Highland Grass. Jeff has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many bluegrass greats such as Ronnie Reno, Bill Yates and has expansive knowledge when it comes to bluegrass and mountain music.

The competition begins at 7:00 pm each night at Southern Garrett High School, located at 345 Oakland Drive in Oakland, Maryland. Check-in and registration for participants is from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.  The doors open for spectators at 6 pm.  Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.  Children under 10 are free.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.visitdeepcreek.com or at the following locations: The Garrett County Visitor’s Center, McHenry; City Hall, Town of Oakland; Gregg’s Pharmacy, Oakland; and The Medicine Shoppe, Grantsville.

Contestant applications are now being accepted.  Contestant applications are available at http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/MarylandStateBanjoFiddleChampionships Completed applications should be mailed to: Banjo/Fiddle/Mandolin Contest Town of Oakland 15 S. Third Street Oakland, MD 21550, emailed to mainstreetgoba@gmail.com or faxed to 301.334.4401.  Contestants registered by September 29 will be listed in the program; a registration fee will be applied after October 3.

The event sponsor of the Annual Maryland State Banjo & Mandolin Championships and the Official Maryland State Fiddle Championships is GCC Technologies, a service-disabled Veteran owned small business company with a proven record of performance providing effective and efficient acquisition, business process, administrative and security services to multiple federal agencies.

Garrett County is less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., less than a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, PA, Winchester, VA and Hagerstown, MD and Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD are just 45 minutes away.

For more information about these events or the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please log onto visitdeepcreek.com or call the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 888.387.5237.

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West is a state certified Heritage Area by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Maryland’s Heritage Areas are locally designated and state certified regions where public and private partners make commitments to preserving historical, cultural and natural resources for sustainable economic development through heritage tourism.  At the local level, Heritage Areas focus community attention on often under-appreciated aspects of history, living culture, and distinctive natural areas, thus fostering a stronger sense of pride in the places where Marylanders live and work.

CARC Looks Back on Past Three Years

Next month, the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) will celebrate its three year anniversary. A state of the art fitness and wellness complex hosted on the Garrett College campus, the CARC offers a full size competition pool and warm water pool, a full fitness center with cardio and free weight equipment, and group fitness programs for all ages and fitness levels. In 2011, the long-awaited community center for Garrett County became a reality. The gymnasium portion of the CARC, added in the fall of 2012, is 42,500 square feet and includes three college regulation size basketball courts and bleacher seating for up to 1,600 people.

For the past three years, the CARC has served as a venue for several large community functions. According to Paul Edwards, Director of Secondary Education at the Garrett County Board of Education, “the CARC provides a much needed resource in our community to foster fitness in all people, not just college undergrads.“

Edwards went on to say, “The CARC also provides an excellent venue to host athletic events such as AAU basketball tournaments and youth camps, as well as a place for other entertainment, such as the upcoming ‘The President’s Own’ Marine Band on Labor Day which will be free to the public and held in the CARC gymnasium.  The facility also supports our after prom activities for the high schools, which provides a variety of positive things for our high school students to do on prom nights after the dance itself.  It really has become a great multi-use facility for the entire Garrett County community.”

Community use of, and support for, the CARC has been tremendous according to CARC director, Stephen Putnam.  “Our staff has worked with many different community members and organizations and we have received numerous positive comments and feedback from the community.  We have hosted a wide variety of events from small family birthday parties and civic meetings to large events, such as high school graduations and the Garrett County Health Fair.  We just finished up with our Great Garrett Adventure Day Camps, which are open to children who have completed any grade between kindergarten and fifth grade and are offered throughout the summer. We are looking forward to another busy year, as many new and returning events are already being booked,” Putnam said.

According to Dr. Rick MacLennan, president of Garrett College, “We are a community college, and that means everything we do, every program and service we develop is for this community—and that includes the CARC.  I don’t think there’s a better expression of this commitment than the ‘I Can Swim!’ program.”  ‘I Can Swim!’ provides water safety and swimming instruction to all kindergarten children (including those who are home schooled) at no cost to their families.  It is supported through charitable donations made to the Garrett College Foundation.  Since its inception, ‘I Can Swim’ has served over 1,550 children.

CARC staff are readying the facility for the return of students and the start of the academic year, and on September 17, it will host the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Slalom World Championships. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information on the CARC or any of the above upcoming events, persons may go online to www.gccarc.com or by calling the CARC at 301-387-3786. 

 Winter Hours for the GC Landfill


The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling announces winter hours for the Garrett County Landfill. Effective Saturday October 11, 2014 the Landfill will be closed on Saturdays to commercial haulers and large residential loads. Residential users may continue to use the Landfill from 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 Noon on Saturdays provided that they either have a residential permit or pay the required fees. Landfill users are also reminded that the Landfill and the Collection Sites will be closed for Thanksgiving Day.

CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY AT GCMH

            The construction for the new wing at Garrett County Memorial Hospital is well underway.  The $22 million dollar project, which broke ground on June 2, 2014 will have a great impact on the community, bringing new services and new jobs into the community.  Massaro Construction is the firm hired to complete the project and is committed to using as many local sub-contractors as possible to contribute economic growth to the community. This week, Massaro presented costs to hospital administration that will bring the project in over a half million dollars under budget. Earlier this week, the Board of County Commissioners approved a Resolution allowing the County to borrow funds for the benefit of Garrett County Memorial Hospital.  While half of the project will be funded by hospital reserves and community donations, the other half will be borrowed through the county via low interest bonds.  “The support from the County Commissioners and the community donations is really amazing,“ stated Mark Boucot, President and CEO.  Mark went on to say, “Through the efforts of the hospital foundation and Steve Bortz leading the philanthropy efforts of the hospital, we’ve raised nearly $800,000 through contributions and pledges.”

The construction and renovation project will impact traffic patterns on the Hospital campus and inside the facility.  Patients, visitors and vendors are encouraged to watch for directional signage or ask staff for assistance.  Specific changes to date include the access road behind the Hospital is now blocked off to any thru traffic. All deliveries must enter off the Memorial Drive, rear entrance.  The first floor exit door at the north side of the Hospital leading to the Community Services Building and the basement exit door outside the cafeteria are now sealed off.  Signage will be posted at the entrances, lobbies, and other points of access to the Hospital.

“We have always gone above and beyond for our patients and this will be no exception. We want to make sure everyone is aware of the changes. There will also be a large amount of noise created during the construction, however, we will make our patients and visitors feel as comfortable as possible,” explained Steve Peterson, Vice President of Operations. “While, it’s inconvenient now, in the long run the hospital will be poised to serve the community with more services for many years to come,” stated Mark Boucot, CEO.  Anyone with concerns about the project should call the Plant Operations Department at 301-533-4030.

“RACE TO THE FINISH” KICKS OFF AT HART

This month, HART for Animals is kicking off “Race to the Finish”, a five-month fundraising campaign with the goal of finishing the HART Animal Center’s Adoption Wing this year. In addition to the recent Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant and the matching funding, HART is still in need of $300,000 to complete the foundation and the interior of building and purchase the equipment and supplies necessary for the care and feeding of over 100 homeless animals. The additional funds are being raised through private donations, fundraising events such as the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, and private grants.

The ARC grant is part of Garrett County’s Office of Economic Development’s Workforce Training Program and will support 10 new full-time jobs and provide clinical training to Garrett College students enrolled in the veterinary assistant program, which recently debuted at the college. HART was awarded the ARC grant of $250,000, after matching the grant with $250,000 in additional funding. “This funding fills two critical community needs,” said Michael Koch, Garrett County’s Director of Planning and Community Development.  “It provides skills training in a growing field, and delivers essential services to animals living in or visiting our region.”

“This grant will help us towards our mission: a complete facility dedicated to the protection of animals in our region. Our mission is all about saving the lives of our homeless and neglected animals, something we know our entire community embraces and supports,” says Michael Pellet, President of HART. “Through our combined efforts, and continued contributions from our community, we will permanently change the outcome for animals in Garrett County and our region.”

As a community partner, HART makes referrals to area veterinary organizations and supports the efforts of the Garrett County Animal Shelter.  Anchored by funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and private donors, the organization recently opened Phase I of its HART Animal Center.  The 8,000-square-foot space features a full-service veterinary clinic, a pet hotel, grooming services, and retail.  Phase II (4,000 sq. ft.) will incorporate the workforce training project and an adoption wing, courtesy of funding from private donors, ARC, USDA, Garrett County, and the State of Maryland.

The revenue generated from all services supports HART’s operating costs and all its charity programs to achieve its mission of improving the condition of animals in Western Maryland. The organization continues to provide low-cost spay/neuters to those who qualify, as well as transport animals from the Garrett County Shelter to larger adoption organizations and shelters in Maryland and Virginia. Since it was founded in 2003, HART, working closely with the county shelter staff, has rescued and transported over 6,210 animals.

HART for Animals, Inc. is a charitable animal welfare organization founded in 2003 to improve the condition of homeless animals in the Western Maryland region. HART is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations are tax-deductible. For additional information on HART or any of its programs, or to donate to the capital fund campaign for the HART Animal Center on Bumble Bee Rd., visit the HART web site at www.hartforanimals.org.