49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Set For October 12 – 16, 2016

Enjoy the beauty of the fall season in the mountains as Maryland celebrates the 49th anniversary of Autumn Glory with two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique and craft shows and much more from October 12 – 16, 2016 in Garrett County, Maryland. The 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine.

Known for scenic Deep Creek Lake and Maryland’s only ski resort, Wisp Resort, Garrett County is also home to the annual Autumn Glory Festival, a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the local fall foliage. From Wednesday through Sunday, the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or outdoors.

Take in the breathtaking views of our spectacular Fall Foliage by driving or biking one, or both, of the county’s 2016 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours. The first tour is a scenic route which includes Fort Alice Walking Trail, Noonan and Noonan, LLC, Historic Mountain Lake Park (Ticket Office), Broadford Lake Park, Ledo Pizza, Pasta & Pub and Maryland Scenic Byways. The Extended Fall Foliage Heritage Tour includes Historic National Road, Casselman Inn, Casselman River Bridge State Park, Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Mt. Aetna Trail, Barn Quilts and Maryland Scenic Byways. Head to visitdeepcreek.com or the Visitors Center in McHenry to pick up the full map and directions.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner featuring live musical entertainment and recognition of the annual Autumn Glory Golden Ambassador will kick off the festival on Wednesday, October 12 at Wisp Resort in McHenry.  

Thursday features the Oktoberfest dinner and concert by the Oom-Pah band and a fireman’s parade. The week continues with historic area tours, antique and craft shows, fine arts exhibits, farmers’ market, 5-K walk, musical concerts, dogsled events, a quilt show, corn maze, art glass exhibits, outdoor adventures, quilt shows, food and drink specials, live entertainment, comedy basketball game, pumpkin chucking contest, horseback trail rides, shopping specials and a wide variety of other activities.

The Official Maryland State Banjo & Mandolin Championships, Friday at 7 p.m., features banjo and mandolin contestants of all ages competing for top honors.

Saturday, October 15, offers musical entertainment at the Front Page Stage, on Second Street near the Post Office and on the Box Car at the train station. The Grand Feature Parade begins at 1 p.m. Clowns, floats, bands, and plenty of sidewalk vendors increase the festival atmosphere. That day also will feature the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands at 6 p.m. with high school field show competition, as well as the Maryland State Fiddle Championship at 7 p.m.

Antique and Craft shows continue Sunday, joined by the Autumn Glory Festival Car Show, the Great Pumpkin Race & Festival on the rapids at Adventure Sports Center International and a no-hands Sundae eating contest at Lakeside Creamery.

In 2014, Travel & Leisure Magazine selected Oakland, MD as one of America’s Best towns for Fall Colors and included a mention of our annual Autumn Glory Festival. The travelchannel.com has listed the Autumn Glory Festival & Garrett County as one of America’s 3 Best Autumn Road Trips from 2008 – 2014 and, in 2008, the baltimoresun.com listed Garrett County as one of the top 5 locales for Fall Foliage. In 2013, the Travel Channel listed Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival and our two Fall Foliage Driving Tours as one of the top ten best Fall Foliage Road Trips in America. Autumn Glory also landed in the international spotlight in 2007, 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 2015, Good Housekeeping lists our Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage. For more information about the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please go to http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/49th-annual-autumn-glory-festival

Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area to offer FY2017 Mini-Grant Program

McHenry, MD (August 18, 2016) – The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area’s Mini Grant Program is now accepting applications!  The mini-grant program is a matching grant up to $2,000.00 designed to provide funding for innovative exhibits, tours, events, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Heritage Area’s Management Plan. These include: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness. Projects must seek to attract cultural and heritage tourists to the region.  Non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions are eligible.  Individuals and businesses with proposals fitting the guidelines may apply in partnership with non-profit organizations.  Applications are due September 19, 2016 by 4:00pm.  Applications and guidelines are available online at www.garrettheritage.com. Take advantage of this funding opportunity!  Contact Jen Durben at jen@garrettchamber.com  or 301-387-5238 for more information or to find out how your project fits the criteria.

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

Ruth Enlow Library Hosts Lecture on George Marshall and His Leadership Model

The Ruth Enlow Library will host a lecture about George Marshall and his leadership model, presented by Dr. Gerald Pops, professor emeritus of public administration at West Virginia University, where he taught from 1974 to 2010.  The lecture is scheduled for Monday, September 12, from 6 – 7:30 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.

Dr. Pops, who is the author of Ethical Leadership in Turbulent Times: Modeling the Public Career of George C. Marshall, will cover Marshall’s achievements, attributes, leadership style, and historical connections in his lecture at Oakland. “He was the major military leader during World War II,” notes Dr. Pops, “the glue that held the entire operation together, and the designer of the famous Marshall Plan – the economic recovery plan for Europe. President Harry Truman referred to him as ‘the greatest American of the age.’”

Marshall “was one of the most decorated military leaders in American history,” notes History.com. “A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he was a World War I staff officer and later became assistant commandant at the U.S. Infantry School. Named chief of staff when World War II began in 1939, Marshall was responsible for exponentially increasing the size of the U.S. Army, and he helped devise Operation Overlord in 1944. After the war, he came out of retirement to serve as President Harry Truman’s secretary of state . . .  He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.”

“In Ethical Leadership in Turbulent Times, Dr. Pops draws on the career of Marshall as a case study, focusing on his style of effective, ethical leadership to answer questions such as what is leadership and what makes leadership good or bad,” notes a library spokesperson.

Dr. Pops attended the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating in pre-medicine. He received his law degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctoral degree in public administration from Syracuse University.  He served as an Air Force judge advocate and a legislative analyst with the California legislature, taught political science at Northern Arizona University before joining the faculty at West Virginia University, and was a Fulbright Lecturer in 1993 and 2001. His writings and teachings extend beyond Marshall and ethical leadership to labor relations, administrative justice and ethics, and, more recently, writing plays and stories with his daughters and granddaughters. 

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

Beyond the String: Watercolor Basics with Mary Kay Barnes - Zentangle to be offered in Grantsville

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development has scheduled a class, Beyond the String: Watercolor Basics with Mary Kay Barnes – Zentangle®, at the College’s Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville on Wednesdays, September 7 to 28, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

In this course, students will explore the properties of transparent watercolor paints and compositional design for paintings, watercolor sketching and use with the Zentangle® method of drawing. Techniques, such as wet on wet, dry brush and washes will be explained and demonstrated. Values and composition will be discussed and defined. Physical properties and composition of watercolor papers and how this determines a paintings outcome will be demonstrated. All the basics of watercolor media will be highlighted and explained; paint, paper, brushes, plein air painting and studio painting. Supplies for this course will be provided. No previous experience is required in Zenangle® or watercolor.

The course is being instructed by Certified Zentangle® teacher, Mary Kay Barnes, a lifetime signature member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society, a juried member of Tamarack for her watercolor notecards, copper enamel jewelry and the gallery. She paints and exhibits in Florida and West Virginia and specializes in plein air painting.

For more information persons may contact Terry Beachy, Program Coordinator, at 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.

Pet Emergency Preparedness and Pet First Aid & CPR for Small and Large Pets Scheduled in Accident

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development will be offering a course, Pet Emergency Preparedness and Pet First Aid & CPR for Small and Large Pets, at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center in Accident. The class will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, from 6 p.m. until 9:15 p.m.

Pets enrich many of our lives in more ways than we can count, and are members of the family. In turn, they depend on us for their safety and well-being. The best way to ensure the safety of your entire family is to be prepared with a disaster plan, have knowledge of what to do in case of minor and major inquiries, and have the knowledge in dog and/or cat CPR. Being prepared can help save lives.

This course is taught by Debbie Daniels, Garrett County resident, who is a Certified Pet First Aid and CPR responder. She grew up around animals, worked in a vet hospital for a year, and currently is the owner of her own business in Garrett County called Your Happy Tails LLC.

This class is for handlers only - no pets. For additional information contact Terry Beachy, Program Coordinator, at 301-895-4700 or email at terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for this course, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

Pickleball Fall Schedule Announced

Pickleball enthusiasts combine efforts with the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett College to offer instruction and playing time of this rapidly growing sport. Pickleball is played at the Oakland Community Center Gymnasium (old armory) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Class will not be held September 5 due to the holiday. The Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC) will continue to offer play times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.  For playing times at the CARC, persons may contact 301-387-3786 or visit online at www.gccarc.com.

Pickleball combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping pong and is played with paddles and a plastic ball, similar to a whiffle ball. Equipment, techniques, and rules of the games will be discussed while participants experience a new way to work out and meet new people. Tennis shoes are required but all other equipment will be included.

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


Grow West MD Proposes to Locate Facility in Garrett County

On Monday, August 15, 2016, the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (Commission) announced the initial fifteen (15) firms to be fully vetted for consideration to receive a growing and/or processing license for Medical Cannabis in Maryland.  One of the fifteen grow facilities, Grow West MD, proposes to locate their facility in Garrett County.

“We’ve been working with a number of perspective applicants.  One of them now may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Alex McCoy, Director of the Garrett County Department of Economic Development.  “The firm that’s moving forward had approached us about locating on 15 acres within Keyser’s Ridge Business Park.  They really liked how close it was to Interstate 68,” McCoy said. 

Grow West MD, LLC co-owner Alison Valois said, “We have a lot of work to do and look forward to working hand-in-hand with the Garrett County community.” 

“Our goal is to provide the best and safest product available to those in need of alternative medical treatments and to cultivate strong community relations with outreach programs and support for local patients," said Valois. 

In a press release announcing the selected companies, the Commission’s Executive Director, Patrick Jameson stated, “Now that the Commissioners have made their selections, the real work begins for these companies. We will implement a rigorous Stage Two background and financial due diligence process for these entities prior to issuing a license.  A pre-approval is not a license. I truly look forward to facilitating this nascent state wide industry and working with local, city, and county jurisdictions and with the principals of these organizations.” The Commissioners will vote for licensure once compliance with the regulatory requirements is complete.  The Commission received 145 grower applications, 124 processor applications and 811 dispensary license applications. 

Now that preliminary licenses have been awarded, Grow West MD, LLC is working to meet all requirements needed for licensing approval.  

About Grow West MD

Grow West MD is a family-owned organization. Their goal is to grow and sell high-quality, safe, and consistent medical cannabis to patients across Western Maryland. Investment opportunities are available. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the company directly. 



PET/CT Scanning Available at GRMC

Garrett Regional Medical Center, in association with West Virginia University Medicine (WVU) is now scheduling patients for PET/CT services. PET/CT scan is a combination of two noninvasive imaging tests, positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT); and is used to diagnose illness, evaluate patient response to treatment and to look for a recurrence of several medical conditions, including cancer.

PET/CT services are widely used with cancer patients as the procedure can help determine the size and location of the cancer, whether the disease is spreading, what the best form of treatment is and how the treatment is working. The testing can also show if there has been a recurrence of cancer.

“With the opening of the WVU Cancer Institute earlier this year, it was evident that having PET/CT services available locally is important; having to travel out of town for the testing creates a host of problems for our patients who already have compromised health due to their particular illness,” said Mark Boucot. “Providing patient centered care is a priority and providing the needed services locally is a part of that process. We’re proud to offer a PET/CT imaging option close to home.”

For scheduling PET/CT services, patients should call 866-245-5995. In addition to newly offered PET/CT services, Garrett Regional Medical Center offers a full suite of radiologic imaging services including CT, X-ray, nuclear medicine and ultrasound.

Essential Oils 101 to be offered at GC

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development will be offering a course, Essential Oils 101, at the main campus in McHenry. The course will be held on August 22, 2016 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. 

Through this class participants will learn how to empower oneself with pure and customizable natural solutions in order to find a health, wellness and beauty routine that’s right for them. A follow-up to this course is a variety of make and take workshops. The course is being instructed by local resident Kearstin Hinebaugh, a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. In her quest to reduce the toxic load for her and her family, she began researching various natural solutions. That research quickly led her to essential oils. Since uncovering their diverse applications and uses, she has become an essential oil enthusiast, learning everything she can about these gifts of the earth. These days she’s, admittedly, a bit obsessed with transforming her routines and making over her medicine, beauty and cleaning cabinets with oil-based products and wants to assist others in doing the same!

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


All Invited to Mountain Maker Fest in Accident on August 13

 The second annual Mountain Maker Fest will be held at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center in Accident on Saturday, August 13, 2016. The event is a coming together of those participating in, or those who want to learn more about the growing maker movement in the region. This event is free and open to the general public and is appropriate for all ages. 

Makers are those that create things, such as students, artists, woodworkers, hobbyists, artisans, entrepreneurs, and technologists that make things for fun, self-help or for profit.  The Garrett County area has a large number of sometimes “hidden” makers in all areas and involved in a variety of activities. The highly interactive Mountain Maker Fest, part of the ongoing Power of Possibilities series of events, will have over 30 exhibitors, including Lego Team 1629, the Garrett College Robotics Team - Project Kraken, artists, craftsmen, leather workers, 4-H clubs, woodworkers and many others. The inaugural event held last August attracted about 400 attendees.

Attendees will learn, participate, experience and engage with makers in the area. The Maker Fest is basically a supercharged “carnival” that engages attendees in all aspects of S.T.E.A.M. – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The hope is that everyone that attends will come away enriched after interacting with makers and other attendees and participating in various maker activities. The Maker Fest is appropriate for all age groups and is a perfect way to spend a summer Saturday for local citizens, incoming vacationers, those vacationers heading home, and those in the broader region that wish to learn more, hone their skills and have some fun as makers.

The Mountain Maker Fest will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 at the Career Technology Training Center on Industrial Drive in Accident located in the business park. Look for signs and balloons on 219 and go to www.4ruralsuccess.com for more information. For more information about the event, persons may contact Mike Tumbarello at 301-387-3167 or mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu or Sarah Myers at 301-387-3771 or sarah.myers01@garrettcollege.edu.

      One Maryland One Book Events Scheduled for Adults and Teens

The Ruth Enlow Library is pleased to participate in this year’s One Maryland One Book project – a program designed to bring diverse groups of Marylanders together in library, school, or community settings to share a common reading experience by discussing a work of literature and participating in related events. Several programs are planned around this year’s selected book – All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Two adult book discussions will take place, one at the Accident Library on Thursday, September 8, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., and another at the Oakland Library on Monday, October 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Also, two teen book clubs are discussing the OMOB selection on Wednesday, September 7 – the Accident Teen Book Club at 5:30 p.m., and the Oakland Young Adult Book Club at 6 p.m. In addition, the library is partnering with Our Town Theatre to present a Readers’ Theater using a script adaptation of the book, which is scheduled for Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. Copies of the book are available at the Accident and Oakland libraries for participants. Registration is required for the book discussions by contacting Crystal at the Accident Library (301-746-8792 or crystal@relib.net), Bonnie at the Oakland Library for the adult discussion (301-334-3996, x117 or bonnie@relib.net), or Susanne Kight for the teen discussion ((301-334-3996, x101 or skight@relib.net). Teens or adults interested in participating in the Readers’ Theater should email Michael Virts at jvirts@hotmail.com.

Krista McKenzie, Instructional and Reference Librarian at Garrett College will facilitate the adult discussions at both Accident and Oakland. A former children’s specialist and branch manager for the Ruth Enlow Library, McKenzie earned her Bachelor of Science in English, Philosophy, and Secondary Education from Frostburg State University in 2001. Several years later, she achieved her Master’s in Education and an MBA from FSU, and in 2010, a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. A member of the American Library Association and the Maryland Library Association, McKenzie has presented at the local, state, and national levels and is a board member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

This year’s OMOB selection tells “the powerful and relatable story of two high-schoolers brought together by injustice,” notes Maryland Humanities. “What would you do if you witnessed something you never would have believed? And how do you know you’re doing the right thing?”

A Booklist starred review of All American Boys reads “Two teenage boys, one black (Rashad) and one white (Quinn), are inextricably linked when Quinn witnesses Rashad being savagely beaten with little or no provocation by a policeman who has served as Quinn’s de facto big brother since his father was killed in Afghanistan—and whose younger brother is one of Quinn’s best friends. Can Quinn simply walk away from this apparent atrocity and pretend he hasn’t seen what he has seen? And what of Rashad? Hospitalized with internal bleeding, all he wants is to be left alone so he can focus on his art. The challenge for both boys becomes more intense when the case becomes a cause célèbre dividing first their school and then the entire community. The basketball team becomes a microcosm of split loyalties and angry disputes that come to a head when a protest march powerfully demonstrates the importance of action in the face of injustice. With Reynolds writing Rashad’s first-person narrative and Kiely writing Quinn’s, this hard-edged, ripped-from-the-headlines book is more than a problem novel; it’s a carefully plotted, psychologically acute, character-driven work of fiction that dramatizes an all-too-frequent occurrence. Police brutality and race relations in America are issues that demand debate and discussion, which this superb book powerfully enables.”

Jason Reynolds earned a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, before moving to Brooklyn, New York to pursue a career in writing. He is the author of the critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. He received the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book award for Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (co-written with Brendan Kiely), and As Brave as You.

Brendan Kiely received his MFA from the City College of New York. He is the author, with Jason Reynolds, of the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book All American Boys. His debut novel, The Gospel of Winter, has been published in ten languages, was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015, and was a Kirkus Reviews selection for the Best of 2014. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in Greenwich Village.

One Maryland One Book is Maryland’s only statewide community reading project and is the signature program of the Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities. Initiated in fall 2008, this year-long project culminates with two months of public programs, using literature to spur conversations in communities around the state. More information about the program and author tours is available at www.mdhumanities.org/programs/one-maryland-one-book.

Our Town Theatre is funded in part by grants from the GCAC and the MSAC.

Additional support 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 at the Ruth Enlow Library is available on the website at www.relib.net. Follow the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RuthEnlowLibrary .


Garrett Regional Medical Center and the American Cancer Society will hold the next Look Good…Feel Better workshop on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 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.



The new Family Centered Maternity Suite at Garrett Regional Medical Center will be named the Herbert H. & Dorothy B. Leighton Family Centered Maternity Suite.

Garrett Regional Medical Center president and CEO, Mark Boucot, announced the grand opening and dedication for the new Family Centered Maternity Suite scheduled for Tuesday, August 16 at 12:00 Noon. The public is invited to attend. The new unit will also open with a new name, The Herbert H.  and Dorothy B. Leighton Family Centered Maternity Suite in honor of Dr. Herbert Leighton’s long term medical career at the Hospital, primarily in the area of maternity and delivery services.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to honor Dr. Herbert Leighton and his family through this naming opportunity. For many years Dr. Leighton was the only delivering physician at the Hospital and he has the record of 6,510 deliveries during his tenure at Garrett Regional Medical Center,” explained Mark Boucot, GRMC president & CEO.“  Dr. Leighton delivered the first baby at GRMC in February of 1957 and his last one in April of 1996, prior to retirement. It is unlikely that this record will ever be matched by a single delivering physician.”

The new unit is located on the second floor and has been designed to provide hotel-like accommodations for families to celebrate new arrivals. The unit houses five LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum) rooms, an exam room and four private patient rooms. The LDRP concept allows for most patients to remain in the same room throughout their hospital stay and avoid the inconvenience of transitioning to different rooms throughout the delivery process. Each room in the new unit is nearly double in size to those of the previous unit and designed with efficiency and patient comfort in mind.

“While the accommodations in the new Family Centered Maternity Suite will be a dramatic change, the high level of quality patient care will continue to be the personalized, patient centered care the Hospital is well known for,” said Boucot.

Mark Boucot, President and CEO of GRMC appointed to state and national hospital associations’ boards.

The Maryland Rural Health Association is pleased to announce the addition of its newest member to their Board of Directors: Mark Boucot, Garrett Regional Medical Center.

The Maryland Rural Health Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the optimal health of rural communities and their residents and is made up of rural community members and organizations. Membership is comprised of local health departments, community and regional hospitals, community health centers, area health education centers, health professionals, and community members in rural areas throughout Maryland. Of Maryland’s 24 counties, 18 are considered rural by the state, and with a population of over 1.6 million they differ greatly from the urban areas in the state.

“The Maryland Rural Health Association is excited to add Mark Boucot to the leadership team as he adds the depth and breadth of his background and experiences that will help move the organization forward towards its mission,” stated Lori Werrell, Board Chair.

In addition to this, Mr. Boucot has also been appointed to the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Regional Policy Board for region 3, which includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.  The AHA is a not-for-profit association of healthcare provider organizations that are committed to health improvement in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include more than 5,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in1898, AHA provides education for healthcare leaders and is a source of information on healthcare issues and trends. The role of the AHA policy board is to foster communication between the AHA, its members and state hospital associations. The Regional Policy Boards provide input on public policy issues considered by the Board of Trustees of the AHA, serve as policy development committees when appropriate, and identify needs unique to a region and assist in developing healthcare programs to meet those needs. Mr. Boucot said he is pleased to be assuming a leadership role at AHA during such a critical time. Boucot stated, “The AHA has shaped health policy to promote access to care, enhance quality and maintained focus on patient-centered care. The healthcare industry is changing really fast and being part of the policy board is a great opportunity to represent the needs of the patients we serve.”

Mark Boucot, MBA, FACHE, is the President and CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center and has been with the organization since December of 2013. Mr. Boucot’ s leadership has facilitated the new clinical affiliation with West Virginia University Health System to bring additional specialty services, most notably Cancer Care, and the Heart and Vascular Institute to the region. Mark Boucot holds the Fellow Certification with the American College of Healthcare Executives, is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, and is a Certified Master Personal Fitness Trainer. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Cabrini College; and a Masters of Business Administration from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for Opening of McHenry Pop-Up Gallery

 On Friday, July 22, the Garrett County Arts Council partnered with the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the Council’s McHenry Pop-Up Gallery.

After the success of two temporary holiday pop-up galleries in late 2015, the new McHenry pop-up will be a continuation of GCAC's commitment to both local visual artists and the public. The Pop-up Shop features one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gifts and works of art. The McHenry Pop-Up location is made possible by a generous donation of the building space from Stuck Enterprises of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.  Stuck Enterprises is the parent company of Jacobs Petroleum and Oakland Oil & Propane.

“Garrett County Arts Council has opened this pop-up Gallery Shop to provide a location for our regional visual artists to have their work available during the summer, Autumn Glory, and holiday seasons.   This temporary space will remain open to the public until December 31 while we make plans for a permanent location.  We are grateful to Stuck Enterprises, owner of the building, for providing the space,” said Karen Reckner, Executive Director of the Garrett County Arts Council.

Final Session of GC Mountain Maryland Writers’ Institute Slated for August 5-7

The third and final session of the Mountain Maryland Writers’ Institute will be held Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday morning, August 5-7, 2016, on the McHenry campus of Garrett College and at nearby New Germany State Park. “Poetry, Screen, Stage and Mystery” is the theme for the final session and will be facilitated by noted poet Jack DuBose, playwright Ty DeMartino, and mystery writer Lauren Carr.

Poet Jack DuBose teaches English at Garrett College. His poems have been published in a number of journals including Grease and Tears, Ginseng and Kestrel. Several topics to be covered during DuBose’s sessions include the following: ‘where to start your poetry and where to get your ideas’, ‘why should we read poetry’, ‘why read the old stuff’, and ‘publishing work if that is a goal for you.’

Ty DeMartino is a produced screenwriter and award-winning playwright whose works have appeared on stages on both coasts. In 2007, DeMartino was named Playwright of the Year in the Baltimore City Paper’s “Best Of” edition for his political drama “The Blessed Mothers of War.” DeMartino’s sessions will touch upon “Why write a screenplay or play instead of a book or blog or interpretive dance?” He will also discuss “Exploring little tricks to crafting natural-sounding and believable dialogue for your characters” and “So how do you get your work from the page onto the stage or screen?”

Lauren Carr is the international best-seller author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. Her latest best seller, Kill and Run, was released to rave reviews in September 2015. Carr’s sessions include an investigation of “How Do You Like Your Mystery?  -- An exploration of the various categories of the mystery genre,” “How to Plot a Murder (mystery) – Plotting the murder, selecting your victim, your suspects, planting clues, red herrings, and revealing who done it”, and “Creating Conflict and Suspense – defining the difference between conflict and suspense and how to use them to make your writing thrilling to readers.”

The session facilitators will hold a book signing and open discussion forum for the general public from 7:30pm until 9pm on Saturday, August 6 at the Garrett College Auditorium on the main campus in McHenry.

Organized by Garrett College’s Center for Adventure and Experiential Learning, registration for this event is open through Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Interested persons may contact Garrett College at 301-387-3330 or email avs@garrettcollege.edu.


If you've ever had difficulty while giving blood or getting an IV started, technology now being used at the WVU Cancer Institute at Garrett Regional Medical Center will be a welcome relief.

Garrett Regional Medical Center announced today that they have implemented the AccuVein AV400 vein visualization system in their facility thanks to a generous donation from Automotive Machine, located in Mountain Lake Park and owned by Sue and Scott Bittinger. The AccuVein device has been show to improve first stick success and reduce patient pain.

The system is designed to help healthcare professionals locate the best vein for venipuncture. Simply point the lightweight, portable device at the skin and click to display the peripheral veins beneath. Venipuncture is the most common invasive medical procedure worldwide with an estimated 2.7 million procedures conducted every day in the United States alone. Improving first-stick attempts is a major goal for healthcare providers around the world.

"This is going to be good for the nursing staff but even better for our patients," said Kendra Thayer, vice president of patient care services at Garrett Regional Medical Center. "Improving patient care and outcomes is always our main concern and the AccuVein device will make a difference in allowing us to provide the best standard of care possible."

Vein visualization has been introduced throughout the world in over 120 countries and is being used in over 4,000 hospitals including in emergency departments, neonatal units, surgery and intensive care units.

“The WVU Cancer Institute at Garrett Regional Medical Center has been truly blessed with an outpouring of generosity and support from the entire community. We can’t thank Sue Bittinger and her family enough for funding this specific piece of equipment, the AccuVein visualization system,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC president & CEO. “Using the latest technology to ensure patient care and comfort is a top priority at the WVU Cancer Institute and the Garrett Regional Medical Center.


Maryland Heritage Area Grants to Boost Cultural Heritage Tourism in Garrett County:  Projects Receive Funds from Maryland Historical Trust Heritage Program

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), a state heritage organization, awarded 52 matching grants totaling nearly $2.7 million to Maryland nonprofit organizations, local jurisdictions and tourism groups. The grants fund historic preservation, natural resource protection and educational programs in 13 state-designated Heritage Areas.  By supporting capital projects and educational activities, the grants spawn renewed interest in Maryland culture from residents and visitors, boosting tourism-related jobs.

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area submitted seven grant applications and five of those project received funds. Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Director said, “We had such a variety of great applications from throughout our heritage area this year and we are so pleased to have five projects awarded in another round of tough competition. Garrett County received a total award of $229,598.  These grants will allow the recipients to create new resources and expand awareness of heritage here in Garrett County.” 

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the official Management Entity for the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area and also serves as the Destination Marketing Organization for the county. The Garrett County Heritage Area & Groups Director administers the Heritage Area Program and works with stakeholders by offering technical and grant assistance for heritage related initiatives that preserve valuable heritage resources and enhance tourism in the County. 

In the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, projects funded were:

·         Town of Friendsville ($14,279) - Friendsville Interactive Historical Walking Tour & Historical Tour Website

·         Garrett County Government ($80,000) - Meadow Mountain Trail - Heritage Phase

·         Department of Natural Resources – Forest Service ($20,079) - Visitation and Economics of Recreation/Tourism in Western Maryland State Forests

·         Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area ($100,000) – Management Grant for management services of the certified heritage area with a goal to promote heritage tourism.

·         Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area ($15,240) – Marketing Grant for brand awareness marketing campaigns and milestone celebration events.

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

 Garrett County Commissioners Welcome MD-PACE

The Garrett County Board of Commissioners recently passed a resolution enabling property and business owners in the county to take advantage of Maryland’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (MD-PACE) program.  MD-PACE is an innovative and affordable way for commercial, industrial, and nonprofit building owners to pay for energy improvements.

Through MD-PACE, commercial, industrial, and nonprofit properties use private capital to finance 100% of efficiency and renewable energy upgrades which are then repaid as a long-term surcharge on the property.  This kind of voluntary surcharge added to a property’s tax bill is similar to a surcharge for a sewer or water line; this approach makes energy upgrades accessible, allowing owners to reduce energy and operational costs and improve their building’s overall value.  

Jim Hinebaugh, Garrett County Commissioner and former Director of Economic Development stated, “The interesting thing about this program is it can help make energy cost saving improvements affordable for smaller businesses that couldn’t otherwise afford it.”

PACE programs are active in over 15 states nationally and have led to over $250 million of investment into commercial buildings.  “This is a tool that other states have been able to use to successfully encourage redevelopment within local communities,” said Paul Edwards, County Commission Chair.  “We’re happy to be one of the first counties in Maryland to make this program available to our business community.”

The MD-PACE Program is a partnership between the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC), the statewide sponsor of the program, and PACE Financing Servicing, which administers the program. “MCEC applauds the Garrett County Commissioners and staff for taking proactive steps to provide access to capital for commercial property owners,” said MCEC Executive Director Kathy Magruder.”  


“We’re thrilled to be working with Garrett County,” said Genevieve Sherman, Managing Director PFS.  “Joining the other counties in the MD-PACE program makes it easier for local contractors, lenders, and property owners operating in the region to make energy improvements on their properties to reduce their energy costs."


Commercial property owners interested in more information about how you can get involved with MD-PACE, should visit www.md-pace.com or call Genevieve Sherman or Gerard Neely at the Maryland Clean Energy Center at 443-949-8505. 

For more information, contact:

Kevin G. Null
County Administrator
Garrett County Board of Commissioners
(301) 334-8970 

Alex McCoy, MBA, CEcD
Garrett County Department of Economic Development
(301) 334-1991

GC Robotics Team Participated in 15th annual MATE International ROV Competition in Houston, Ranked #12 Overall

The Garrett College Robotics team, Project Kraken, recently participated in the 15th annual Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center International Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) Competition June 23-25, 2016, at the NASA Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas. The competition highlights the role that ROVs play in exploring in Inner and Outer Space, from the Gulf of Mexico to Jupiter’s Moon Europa.

Working in partnership with the Marine Technology Society ROV Committee, MATE created the ROV competition as a way to engage students in STEM and expose them to science and technology careers; encourage students to develop and apply technical, teamwork, and problem solving skills; provide funds, materials, and technical expertise to support student learning; and provide the industry with skilled individuals who can fill workforce needs.

The MATE competition challenges K-12, community college, and university students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace. The competition’s class structure of beginner, intermediate, and advanced complements the education pipeline by providing students with the opportunity to build upon their skills – and the application of those skills – as they engineer increasingly more complex ROVs for increasingly more complex mission tasks.

For Outer Space-Mission to Europa: a few of the missions in this year’s competition included the following: connecting the environmental sample processor (ESP) to the power and communications hub; open the door of the power and communications hub, retrieve the ESP’s cable connector from the elevator, and insert in the cable connector into the port on the power and communications hub. For Inner Space-Mission-critical equipment recovery: goals included placing four pieces of mission-critical NASA equipment into a collection basket, and returning the collection basket to the surface.

There were a total of 69 teams representing 16 countries, with more than 1,200 participants in attendance this year. There were 31 teams in the more advanced Explorer Class that included mostly colleges and universities and 38 teams for the Ranger Class that included mostly high schools. Project Kraken, from Garrett College, competed in the Explorer Class. Project Kraken from Garrett College ranked #12 overall in the Explorer Class at the competition.

During the two-day competition, Project Kraken demonstrated great teamwork and problem solving skills for which they have been preparing for over the past year. They impressed the judges with their excellent performance and team spirit. “It was great to see this rookie team step up and solve unexpected problems which arose during the competition. They overcome difficulties which would have stumped a less determined team,” stated Phil Malone, Team Coach/Mentor.  “The trip was not just about competing, but a great experience for learning,” stated Dr. Qing Yuan, Team Coordinator. “It was not only a great experience to participate in the competition, it was also a great honor and privilege to be able to compete in the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab pool, which is a once-in-a-life time experience. It was very inspiring, eye-opening, and encouraging for the students to interact with other team members from all over the world. We are already looking forward to the 2017 MATE competition in Long Beach, California.”

Project Kraken would like to thank the following individuals and organizations: Phil Malone, Team Coach and Mentor, for dedicating his time and expertise to the team and for making it possible to compete at the competition; Garrett College for support and funding; GEARS, Inc. (Garrett Engineering and Robotics Society) for sponsorship and support; Wisp Resort, for the team’s use of the pool for practice the week prior to the competition while the CARC pool was closed for maintenance; and to all individuals who donated funds to support the Garrett College Robotics team.

For more information about the Garrett College team, please contact Dr. Qing Yuan, Team Coordinator, at qing.yuan@garrettcollege.edu.

Puppy Training and Basic Obedience Training Scheduled for Accident

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development will be offering a puppy training and a basic obedience training at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center in Accident.

The puppy training is scheduled on Wednesdays, August 3 - 31, 6:30- 7:15 p.m. for dogs 10 weeks to 5 months old. Start your new pet off on the right paw with this five-week puppy training class that encourages and reinforces good behavior. This professional pet training course will work with the natural instinct of puppies to stay near their pet parents, teaching potentially life-saving cues to help with those first months of life. Simple cues such as sit, come and stay will be taught. Basic manners, socialization, and intro to loose-leash walking will also be taught.

The basic obedience training will be held on Wednesdays, August 3 - 31, 7:30- 8:15 p.m. This course is for dogs 5 months & up with no previous training. This five-week course gives pets a solid foundation of basic behaviors. Untrained adolescent and adult dogs can become easily distracted by their environment, which is why this class focuses on important impulse-control exercises. Some cues taught sit, stay, down, wait, and leave it. Basic house manners, problem solving, and loose leash walking will also be discussed.

Both courses are being taught by 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. In addition to the courses listed above, further courses are being planned to include the following: Pet Emergency Preparedness and Pet First Aid & CPR for Small and Large Pets and Canine Massage, both being taught by Daniels.

Intermediate/Advanced Obedience Training and Trick Training for Dogs is being instructed by local resident, Barbara Glover. From a very early age, Glover has always had a passion for working with dogs, not just having pets, but for what she could teach them to do. She has trained dogs to compete in obedience, agility, rally, dock diving and some field work.  

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.

Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade Applications Due September 9

 Applications from organizations wanting to participate in the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade are due to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce by Friday, September 9, 2016. Float and band applications to be in the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade are available at http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/49th-annual-autumn-glory-festival. The 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine.

Participants can be drill teams – police/military, drill teams – majorette/twirling, drum and bugle corps, marching musical units and stationary musical units. Professional, commercial or amateur floats are also welcome. Vehicle access passes to the parade route will once again be issued to parade participants.

The annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday, October 15 at 1 pm in downtown Oakland. This year's parade is, once again, sponsored by My Bank! First United Bank & Trust.

“The annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade not only offers businesses the opportunity to celebrate the beauty of the county, but it also gives local companies a wonderful opportunity to gain exposure in the community,” said Nicole Christian, President and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “We invite you to participate in this wonderful celebration of Autumn.”

Those who did not receive an application in the mail can download the application online at visitdeepcreek.com. Completed applications may be faxed to 301.334.8073, e-mailed to sarah@garrettchamber.com or mailed/delivered to the Chamber office, located at the 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541, Visitors Center in McHenry by 5 pm on Friday, September 9. Applications that come in late, and are accepted, will be added to the end of the parade lineup.

In 2015, Good Housekeeping listed Oakland as one of 50 Small Towns Across America With The Most Beautiful Fall Foliage. Also in 2015, USA Today featured Grantsville and the Autumn Glory Festival as part of their 50 state road trip: Scenic Drives around the USA. In 2014, Travel & Leisure Magazine selected Oakland, MD as one of America’s Best towns for Fall Colors and included a mention of Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival. Travelchannel.com has listed the Autumn Glory Festival & Garrett County as one of America’s 3 Best Autumn Road Trips from 2008 - 2014.

If you need an application emailed or mailed to you, please contact Sarah Duck at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.8746 or email sarah@garrettchamber.com.


Delaney Announces New Access to Maryland Television News for Garrett County Residents

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) announced today that Comcast Cable subscribers in Garrett County will now have access to Maryland-based news programming.

Starting later this month, local news broadcasts from Baltimore will be available on Xfinity On Demand to Garrett County Comcast Cable subscribers. To date, WJZ (CBS) and WMAR (ABC) have agreed to distribute their local news programming, via Xfinity On Demand. Additionally, Comcast has offered to promote the online availability of these newscasts through the broadcasters’ websites and apps to customers in Garrett County. The new service comes after Congressman Delaney, Maryland State Senator George Edwards and other local elected officials, along with community members, met and consulted with Comcast to offer this news programming to Garrett County residents.

Garrett County is designated as part of the Pittsburgh, PA television market by the Nielsen Company and the FCC, therefore did not receive Baltimore programming.

“Maryland residents deserve access to Maryland news, whether they live in Garrett County or on the Eastern Shore,” said Congressman Delaney. “Garrett County residents have excellent newspaper and radio news but for too long television has been a missing piece. On Demand access to Maryland television news is an important first step. I’d like to thank Comcast for working with local stations in Baltimore to deliver Maryland-based news programming to Garrett County residents.  When Senator Edwards and I brought this issue to their attention on behalf of our constituents, they came to the table and partnered with us on a solution.”  

“Comcast is proud to have the technology and capacity in place to enable a creative solution for those Garrett County customers who want to view local Baltimore news programming on their televisions via Xfinity On Demand,” said Christine Whitaker, senior vice president of the Comcast Keystone Region.

“I would like to thank Congressman Delaney for his efforts to get this important first step in place and to the numerous residents of Garrett County who helped with this effort. This is a first step in the process and we need to keep working on this issue to get more access to Maryland Television for all of Garrett County,” said Senator George Edwards (District 1).

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donations to address significant shortage

 The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.

Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, as well as a significant draw down of the overall Red Cross blood supply. In addition, the Independence Day holiday may have caused many regular donors to postpone donations due to vacation plans. A recent Red Cross poll revealed that more than 75 percent of donors surveyed indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after July 4.

“Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which is why we are making this emergency request for donations,” said Beth Toll of the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region. “Donations are urgently needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks. If you’ve thought about giving blood and helping to save lives, now is the time to do it. It’s the blood donations on the shelves that help save lives when an emergency occurs.”

How to Help

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross is extending hours at many donation sites to allow for more donors to make an appointment to give. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to avoid longer wait times. DDonors with all blood types are needed.

Those unable to give can still help by encouraging others to give through a leevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/sleevesup,, giving of their time through volunteerism or making a financial donation to support Red Cross humanitarian work across the country and around the world.

Who Blood Donations Help

Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to provide blood products to patients like 11-year-old Mae Rainey, who needs regular blood transfusions as part of her treatment for a blood disorder.

“I am very grateful for the opportunities that the Red Cross has given us to get her to her healthiest state,” said Caleb Rainey, Mae’s older brother.

Watch Mae’s story to learn how blood donations can make a lifesaving difference.


Garrett Regional Medical Center Laboratory has recently upgraded equipment with the purchase of two new Ortho Clinical Vitros 5600 analyzers. This vital lab equipment does all the chemistry test and immunodiagnostics. That means all of the glucose tests, thyroid, pregnancy test, cardiac, vitamin D, PSA, anemia, diabetes testing and more can all be processed on this equipment.

“The Vitros 5600 allows for auto-verifying of normal results and holds abnormal results in a queue for technicians to review and process as appropriate,” said Lois Frazee, B.S.MT(ASCP), director of laboratory services. “It also allows for additional testing per slide to be done simultaneously making the laboratory process more streamlined and efficient.”  Diagnostic blood tests can identify the warning signs of a developing chronic condition and assist the physician to better tailor the treatment plan to the individual’s situation.  GRMC statistics show that 380,000 chemistry tests were performed over the last year, a dramatic increase from previous years.

“Blood tests are especially important in the prevention and treatment of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, some of the most common health issues identified in Garrett County,” explained Steve Peterson, vice president & Chief Information Officer of Garrett Regional Medical Center. “The Ortho Clinical equipment is state-of-the-art and brings current testing technologies to help the lab run more efficiently and improve patient care.”

Garrett Regional Medical Center Laboratory Department is open for outpatient testing Monday to Friday from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm; Saturdays from 7:00 am until noon; and closed on Sundays and Holidays.


Garrett County's Most Beautiful Nominations Sought

The 2016 Garrett County’s Most Beautiful Person contest is now accepting nominations until August 26, 2016. The Garrett County’s Most Beautiful Person contest is for those who have enriched the lives of our citizens by their acts of kindness and concern.

Each year we conduct a search for our unsung heroes who selflessly assist those around them. They are volunteers of any age whose acts of goodwill have previously gone unnoticed. These “Beautiful People” make a difference in Garrett County by donating their time and talent to help those in need.

This is the 30th year of this very special program hosted each year by the Board of Garrett County Commissioners. If you know of someone who continuously contributes their time and talent to enhance the quality of life and community spirit in Garrett County, remember to send in a nomination form so they can be honored at the Annual Garrett County’s Most Beautiful Person awards presentation.

Nomination forms are available on the web at www.garrettcounty.org  or by calling Carol A. Riley-Alexander at 301.334.8970. Please remember the award is based on Volunteer Service Only.

49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival King & Queen Announced

The 2016 Autumn Glory Royalty Court has been selected for the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival. This year’s King is Calyb King and the Queen is Lexi Trickett.

Calyb is involved in Northern Baseball, Football & Basketball along with Relay for Life and Basketball Dribblers.  Calyb is also a member of the Letterman’s Club and Fellow Christians of America.

Lexi participates in Southern Varsity Softball  and is also a member of the National Honor Society. Lexi is treasurer of the Red House 4-H Club and a volunteer with Samantha Funding the Arts and the Tri-County Middle School Softball Team.

The Autumn Glory King & Queen will be present at the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception to be held at Wisp Resort on Wednesday, October 12, and they will be featured in the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 15. Besides having the honor of representing their home country during the Autumn Glory Festival and at other events, the Royalty Court will receive scholarship funds.

The 49th Annual Autumn Glory Royalty Court sponsors are Byco Enterprises, Inc; Hugh Umbel Companies (Bear Creek Traders, Deep Creek Shop’n Save Fresh, Legacy Home Corp., McHenry Beverage Shoppe and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery); and Potomac Edison.

The 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is October 12 - 16, 2016. Festivities include two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique & craft shows and much more. The Festival is timed to coincide with the peak of Fall foliage in Garrett County and you can take in the breathtaking views of the spectacular foliage by driving the 2016 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours. For more information about the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please go to www.visitdeepcreek.com.

Dan's Mountain Pool Now Accepting Passes

The Maryland Park Service is pleased to announce that the Dan's Mountain Pool will be now be offering free admission for individuals with Golden Age Passes and Maryland Park Service Passports, beginning on July 1st. 

The Golden Age Pass is a lifetime pass for those age 62 or older and costs $10.  The pass is good for free entry (cardholders only) into the pool and all State Parks that have service charges to enter.  

The 2016 Maryland Park Service Passport is an annual pass that can be purchased for $75 for Maryland residents or for $100 for out-of-state residents. The 2016 passport is valid through December 31, 2016.  The passport offers: unlimited day-use admission for everyone in the vehicle (up to 10 people) to Maryland's State Parks and facilities; unlimited boat launching at all State Park facilities; and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concession items and boat rentals.

In addition, the pool will continue to offer punch passes (25 visits for $50 or 10 visits for $30).  All passes are available for purchase at the Dan's Mountain Pool.  Maryland Park Service Passports can also be purchased online through this website.  Passes are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.


Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presents Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display July 4th

 Fireworks will light up the sky this July 4th at the annual “Fire on the Mountain” presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.

The display is set to begin at dark. The fireworks are launched from the top of the Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort. Prime viewing locations include the Scenic Overlook on Route 219, Wisp Resort and from a boat on the lake, particularly around McHenry Cove. Wisp Resort is the Associate Sponsor and the Supporting Sponsors are: Hugh Umbel Companies: Bear Creek Traders, Legacy Home Corp., McHenry Beverage Shoppe, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery & Deep Creek Shop ‘n Save Fresh; Ledo Pizza, Pasta & Pub; Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake and Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales and the Contributing Sponsor is Railey Mountain Lake Vacations.  

“I would like to thank all of our sponsors; we could not put on such a fabulous show without their support,” said Nicole Christian, President/CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “Be sure to take advantage of the Independence Day activities throughout the area! On Sunday, head to Broadford Park Recreation Area for their Independence Day Celebration including an Independence Day concert from the Garrett Community Concert Band & the Garrett Choral Society at 7:30 pm. On Monday, don’t miss Accident’s Homecoming Celebration including their 11 am Parade, and the Oakland/Mt. Lake Park Lions Club/Garrett County Fair Board 4th of July Music Festival at the Fairgrounds before wrapping up your celebration with a big bang at our Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display.” Check the online calendar of events at visitdeepcreek.com for full event details.

Additional sponsors include Special Sponsor: Long & Foster Resort Rentals & Real Estate, Inc. and Sponsors: Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub, BB&T Bank, BFS Food Stores/Burger King in McHenry, Bill’s Marine Service, Boardwalk Bar & Grill, Brenda’s Pizzeria, Deep Creek Beverage, Deep Creek Lodging Company, Deep Creek Marina, LLC, Flying Scot, Inc., Funland Family Fun Center, Garrett Surgical Group, LakeStar Lodge, Lake Pointe Inn, Pine Lodge Steakhouse, LLC,  Railey Realty, Samuel J. Collins Consulting, LLC, Schoolhouse Earth, Silver Tree Marine, LLC, Slopeside Market,  Smiley’s, State Farm Insurance/Rob Michael, The Lodges at Sunset Village, Turnbull, Hoover & Kahl, P.A. and Trader’s Coffee House.

The display is set to begin at dark. The fireworks are launched from the top of the Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort. Prime viewing locations include the Scenic Overlook on Route 219, Wisp Resort and from a boat on the lake, particularly around McHenry Cove.

The rain date is July 5. If there is inclement weather on July 4th, please check visitdeepcreek.com or the Chamber’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/deepcreeklakemd?sk=wall or tune your radio to 104.5 WKHJ, 92.3 The Train and 1050 AM WMSG radio for live updates on the status of the fireworks.

Don’t Miss the “Dollar Dip” at Dan’s Mountain!

In celebration of Coney Days in Lonaconing, Dan’s Mountain State Park will be featuring a "Dollar Dip" at the pool on July 5. During the dip, admission to the pool will be $1 per person for the entire day. (As always, kids 5 and under will get in free). 

Normal operating hours for the pool are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. (Now open 7 days a week!)  Hours are dependent on weather and other factors, so visitors are encouraged to call ahead (301-895-5453) to confirm. The pool is also available by reservation for private pool parties. 

Maryland Boater Safety Classes Scheduled at Garrett College

The Maryland Boater Safety class will be offered through Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development on July 9 and August 6. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the McHenry campus of the College.

Individuals born after June 1, 1972 are required to have an approved Boater’s Safety card in their possession when operating a power boat in Maryland. Successful completion of this class will provide that card. Topics covered will include: rules of the road; current laws regarding personal floatation devices, required safety equipment, safe operation of personal watercraft, and safe towing procedures. Chart reading and materials about safe operation in the bay or ocean are also included. 

The course is open to those 12 years of age and over and parents/ grandparents are welcome to enroll with their youngster. Registration deadline is Friday the week before the class begins. Class books will be issued at the time of registration and students must bring their text to class with completed pre-test and quizzes. 

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

Greg Latta to Perform at New Germany

New Germany State Park will be featuring a free acoustic concert by award-winning musician Greg Latta on Saturday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lake House. Latta will be performing a combination of Appalachian, Irish, old-time and traditional music using instruments such as the hammered and Appalachian dulcimers, guitar, banjo, cittern, Irish bouzouki, harmonica, concertina, limberjack, and recorder.   

Proficient on more than 15 different instruments, Latta is a mesmerizing singer, songwriter, and award winning performer. His songs include original works, and old coal mining, whaling, children's, and contemporary and traditional songs. Though known mainly for his hammered dulcimer playing, Latta is also an award-winning banjo player. 

His accomplishments include winner of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Solo Music Performance, winner of the Mid-Eastern Hammered Dulcimer Championships and runner-up in the National Hammered Dulcimer Championships. Latta has performed for the Hungarian Presidential Cabinet, the US Olympic Trials, the Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh, and Frostburg State University to name a few. 

For more information, please call the park at 301-895-5453.


New Germany to Host Coyote Adventures Family Outings

New Germany will host Coyote Adventures Family Outings on June 18July 2July 16July 30August 13, and September 3. This is a free program for families with children, ages 7-14, and is designed to help children experience and connect with the natural world.

Each program will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m, with a break for lunch. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Participants should dress appropriately for the outdoors and bring a backpack with the following recommended items: drinking water, packed lunch, rain gear, handkerchief, sunscreen, insect repellent, magnifying glass, colored pencils or crayons, and notebook or journal. The use of cell phones and other electronic devices will not be permitted during the activity. Families are encouraged to pre-register by calling 301-895-5453.  

Coyote Adventures is an organization founded by Jack Slocomb and Margie Hartman. Mr. Slocomb is a trained naturalist, wilderness leader, and published writer of essays and poetry relating to the natural beauty of the Allegheny Mountains. He brings to the program some 40 years of experience as an outdoor leader and recently received a Kamana II Naturalist certification. Margie Hartman has been a parent mentor for Coyote Adventures Family Outings for five years and is an active member of the Allegany-Garrett County Bird Club.

Jeremy Bittner Announced as 2016 Chamber Volunteer of the Year

 The winner of the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner, held Thursday, June 9 at Wisp Resort. Jim Bailey, Chairman of the Board of the Chamber, made the presentation to this year’s winner, Jeremy Bittner of Railey Mountain Lake Vacations.

Jeremy Bittner is Chair of the Chamber’s Autumn Glory Festival Committee, where he has managed one of the community’s largest and most important events. His leadership helped the event through a transition period and resulted in one of the best Autumn Glory Festivals ever.

“We are delighted to present Jeremy Bittner with the Volunteer of the Year Award as a token of our appreciation for all of the hours he has spent in helping the Chamber by Chairing our Autumn Glory Committee,” said Jim Bailey, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Chairman.

“The recognition of Volunteer of the Year is a small token compared to the time and effort given by Jeremy. His outstanding performance leading Garrett County’s signature event resulted in a highly successful 48th annual Autumn Glory Festival,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “We cannot thank him enough for his dedication and service to the Chamber.”

The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual member who has provided outstanding service to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce for a particular program year. Jeremy was selected from the more than 100 volunteers who help support the Chamber each year.  2011’s inaugural Volunteer of the Year was Bill Meagher of Lakeside Creamery, the 2012 Volunteer of the Year was Bob Carney of Long & Foster, the 2013 Volunteer of the Year was Jim Christie of Thrasher Engineering,  the 2014 Volunteer of the Year was the Branding Study Advisory Committee comprised of   Leigh Clarke, Emily Newman Edwards, Jonathan “Smiley” Kessler, Clint McCabe, Paula Yudelevit and designers, Mark & Laura Stutzman and the 2015 Volunteer of the Year was Sarena Rodeheaver of First United Bank & Trust.

The 2016 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner was sponsored by Gold Level: Clear Mountain Bank, GCC Technologies, LLC and Premier Power Solutions, LLC; Silver Level: First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union and MBS Keystone; and Bronze Level: ACT Personnel Service, Inc.

Rob Heilig Announced as 2016 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Winner

The winner of the 2016 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner held Thursday, June 9 at Wisp Resort. Martin Heise made the presentation to this year’s winner, Rob Heilig of Heilig's Plumbing & Electrical, LLC.

Rob Heilig is the owner and founder of Heilig’s Plumbing & Electrical based in Oakland.  Prior to moving to Garrett County in 1980, Rob served in the United States Marine Corp (1974-1978) before working as an Apprentice Plumber (1978 – 1980). After working as a plumbing and electrical service technician for AD Naylor Company, Rob started Heilig’s Plumbing & Electrical in April 1992. Heilig’s Plumbing & Electrical offers residential and commercial plumbing, heating and electrical services. Rob is a Master Electrician and Master Plumber in both Maryland and West Virginia and holds his Maryland MHIC license.  In 1999, Rob invested in a new Facility just outside of Oakland and became a Certified Instructor and Board Member for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Rob was subsequently appointed to the Maryland State Board of Master Electricians.

In addition to his role in the company, Rob is also very involved in the community. He currently serves on the Garrett County Building Committee and as a member and President of the Garrett County Mechanical Association. He is the President of the Oakland Golf Club, Commandant of the Garrett County Detachment 1234 of the Marine Corps League and is also an active member of the American Legion Post 71, VFW 10077 and Oakland Elks 2481.

Rob is married to Diana Winter and has two daughters Lauren Heilig and Sarah Heilig. In his spare time, Rob enjoys traveling, hiking and viewing, or participating in, almost any sporting event. Although anyone who truly knows Rob knows that his favorite past times are playing golf and spending time with his family and friends.

“Congratulations to Rob on winning the Heise Award,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “As someone who personifies all of the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur, including the generous spirit in which he gives back to this community, Rob is unequivocally deserving of this award. We are thankful that he has chosen Garrett County for his home and his business and wish him continued success.”

The Heise award criteria was updated for this year. 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 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Committee, comprised of previous winners, recommends finalists and a winner to the Chamber Board of Directors. The Board makes the final determination on the winner. The other nominees for 2016 were Paul Browning, Chips Network; Jim & Shirley Bailey, GCC Technologies, LLC; Mike Koch & Pablo Solanet, Firefly Farms; and Steve Green, High Mountain Sports.

Past honorees include Jonathan “Smiley” Kessler, Bill Sisler, Olen Beitzel, Johnny Marple, Jim Flanigan, Sr., Will and Sharon Roszell, Barry Rush, Rob Michael, Dave & Mimi Demaree, Brenda McDonnell, Bill Meagher, Michael Deligatti, Sr., Jan Russell, Frank Vitéz, Judy Devlin, Skip and Linda Carr and Brian Branthoover.

The 2016 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner was sponsored by Gold Level: Clear Mountain Bank, GCC Technologies, LLC and Premier Power Solutions, LLC; Silver Level: First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union and MBS Keystone; and Bronze Level: ACT Personnel Service, Inc.

Patty Manown Mash Announced as 2016 Chamber Diplomat of the Year

 The winner of the 2016 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Diplomat of the Year award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner, held Thursday, June 9 at Wisp Resort. Jim Bailey, Chairman of the Board of the Chamber, made the presentation to this year’s winner, Patty Manown Mash of Pine Lodge Steakhouse. 

As a Chamber Diplomat, Patty attended 7 out of 10 Business After Hours, 2 out of 6 Business Before Hours, 3 out of 9 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, helped in the distribution of the Community Profile & Membership Directories, achieving a total of 186 points.

“When Patty commits herself to something she gives 110%,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  “She is an exemplary ambassador of the Chamber and the entire Garrett County community.”

The Diplomats act as greeters at Chamber events, deliver new member packets, deliver membership directories, participate in new member orientations, attend Ribbon Cuttings/Grand Openings/Ground Breakings and present First Dollar of Profit certificates to new businesses.

The Diplomat must be employed by a Chamber Member or the owner of a member business, must have been a chamber member for at least one year and employed with their business for at least  6 months.

For their efforts, the Diplomats have the opportunity to compete with each other for the title of Diplomat of the Year.

The Diplomat of the Year is determined through a points system given for membership packet distribution, Business After Hours Attendance, Business Before Hours Attendance, Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings, Grand Opening & First Dollar of Profit Presentation Attendance, Recruiting New Members and Distribution of the Community Profile & Membership Directory.

2015’s inaugural Diplomat was Sarena Rodeheaver of First United Bank & Trust.

Deep Creek Lake Named One of TripAdvisor’s 11 Great Places To Rent a Summer Lake House

 Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, Maryland has been named  by TripAdvisor as one of eleven great places to rent a summer lake house. Along with Deep Creek Lake, the list includes Moosehead Lake, Maine; Minocqua, Wisconsin; Lake George, New York; Grand Lake, Colorado; Lake Champlain – New York & Vermont; Lake Winnipesaukee – Meredith, New Hampshire; Soldotna and Sterling, Alaska; Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia; Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Mount Desert, Maine

“We are delighted to be included in this list by TripAdvisor,” said Nicole Christian, President and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “As one of only eleven lake towns selected in the country, we are honored to be included in this national listing. We hope visitors are able to join us in person this summer to see all that Garrett County has to offer.”

For more information about Garrett County, Maryland and the Deep Creek Lake area, please log onto visitdeepcreek.com.


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: 

  • 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.