Chamber Hosts Next Business After Hours at Beitzel Corporation on July 9 

 The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Beitzel Corporation will be hosting our next Business After Hours on Thursday, July 9 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at their new 333 Corporate Drive in Grantsville. Come see their beautiful new headquarters location. Enjoy delicious food and mingle with fellow Chamber members and Chamber staff at our monthly networking event.  Don’t forget your business card to enter to win prizes.

Beitzel Corporation is a turnkey Industrial construction & maintenance company.  They specialize in Industrial Construction, Excavation, Steel Fabrication, Machining, Electrical, Maintenance, Engineering and Equipment Rental. 

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

Showcasing Garrett County’s Connection to the Star-Spangled Banner

  With help from the Garrett County Historical Society, Maryland Historical Society and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, a dedication and presentation were held this past weekend in Garrett County, Maryland to educate and celebrate Garrett County’s connection to the Star-Spangled Banner.

Francis Scott Key and his family vacationed in Garrett County’s Oakland for many years and his daughter, Phoebe Key Howard, was owner of Oakland’s Howard House. At a dedication on June 27th at the Garrett County Transportation Museum in Oakland, Bob Boal, President of the Garrett Historical Society, presented a mockup of the plaque that lives at the former location of the Howard House on Alder Street between 6th & 7th Streets. The original walnut dining room table and two pieces of silver flatware belonging to the Garrett County Historical Society were on display at the dedication. The flatware pieces were wedding silver of Francis Scott and Mary Tayloe Loyd Key. Kristen Schenning of the Maryland Historical Society also displayed artifacts including McHenry Howard’s photo albums from 1883 with photographs of downtown Oakland that had never been viewed before locally. The well-attended event also featured a salute to the area’s Civil War veterans with fully dressed reenactors. The historical society used a mockup plaque honoring the 447 Garrett County Civil War Veterans and was available to be viewed during the ceremony at the Transportation Museum.

On Sunday, June 28th, the Garrett Historical Society, along with Ranger Vince Vaise of the National Park Service who is also an interpreter at Fort McHenry, presented an in-depth look at Oakland and Garrett County’s connection to the War of 1812. Ranger Vaise spoke about how the historical conflicts of the past helped shape our country today with independence, identity and liberty. Francis Scott Key, John Eager Howard and Dr. James McHenry, the namesake of Garrett County’s McHenry, played key roles in those conflicts.

Kristin Schenning of the Maryland Historical Society also brought along a hand-stitched Star-Spangled Flag that was born from the Stitching History Project. A group of local stitchers from Garrett County had worked on the 30-by-42 foot flag, joining more than 1,000 people who came to the Maryland Historical Society to put a stitch in the flag.

In honor of the event, the Garrett Historical Society published a special edition of the Glades Star, a booklet featuring the historical documentation and the history of these three great Maryland families: the Keys, the Howards and the McHenrys.  Copies are available at the Garrett County Historical Museum in Oakland, Maryland.

This dedication and presentation was funded in part by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and the Garrett Historical Society in partnership with the Maryland Historical Society, National Park Service and the Town of Oakland. For more information about Garrett County’s local heritage, please visit the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage area website at www.garrettheritage.com or the Garrett Historical Society website at www.garrettcountymuseums.com.



            The National Road began in Cumberland and eventually ran across the country. It carried cars filled with travelers who wanted to explore more of the nation than just their hometown. Leo J. Beachy wanted to be one of those travelers, but for him, it was a dream unfilled.

            Beachy never did travel the highway end to end, photographing the towns and people with his warm style. The National Road ran through Grantsville and was near where Beachy lived at Mt. Nebo. It beckoned to him daily to make the journey, but his health prevented him.

            He wrote longingly of wishing to travel the road in his poem, “Mary’s Grand Highway”:

            “For far away, oh far away,
The long romantic stretches lay
Of Mary’s great and grand highway.
Of Maryland, my Maryland,
Bound by ocean’s shining sand—
State of mountain, plain and bay.”

            Although he never traveled the length of the National Road, he did photograph it from the Narrows in Cumberland until it crossed over into Pennsylvania. His glass-plate photographs feature the road front and center while still showing off the landscape, hotels, cars, houses, and people along the road.

            William Stapp, curator of photography for the National Portrait Gallery, wrote in his book, Maryland Time Exposures, 1840-1940, “Beachy’s photographs are entrancing pictures, composed with naïve charm … (They) are compelling, summoning up visions of a style of life blessed by innocence … They reassure us about our past, and thus give us comfort for the present and for the future. That is no mean accomplishment for an unpretentious small-town photographer.”

            While his photos have been published in various national magazines, his photos of the National Road were featured in Motor Trend in 1925.

Today, Beachy is recognized as a great photographers whose pictures captured life in Garrett County in the early 20th century. His choice of subjects and their placement in the picture. His ability to get just the right expression on the face of the person whom he was photographing. His knowledge of the area that allowed him to find just the right place and angle from which to photograph. All of these things make Beachy a great photographer.

Beachy hadn’t planned on being a photographer. Born at his parents’ farm, Mt. Nebo, near Grantsville, the young man grew up to become teacher in some of the county’s many one-room schools of the era.

“What induced me to take up photography was that I wanted our home photographer to go to that old log school where I taught my first school and take some pictures of it and the great hills lying about it and the rocky Savage River. He never got the pictures for me,” Beachy wrote.

That feel for composing great pictures never left him. A few years later, he would use a small dry plate Kodak camera to begin taking pictures and from there, he never looked back. Seeing that the camera could actually capture what his mind perceived and his eyes saw, Beachy began taking pictures by the thousands.

            Suffering from multiple sclerosis, which caused him to give up teaching, he could not give up photography no matter the problems it caused. His sister would carry him to a wagon, which he would drive to a place where he wanted to take pictures, and someone there would lift him out of the wagon so he could work.

Beachy died from complications of multiple sclerosis on May 5, 1927. He was only 53 years old. He is buried in Otto Cemetery, near Grantsville.

Garrett County will be remembering one of its favorite sons this summer. The Garrett County Commissioners have proclaimed the week of July 5-11 as “Leo Beachy Week” in Grantsville. Besides the proclamation, there will be a reception on July 11 at the Grantsville Senior Center and other special events. You can also visit the Grantsville Museum to see the room that contains many of Beachy’s pictures and some artifacts, such as Beachy’s camera.

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For more information about the events, contact the Garrett County Historical Society at 301-334-3226.



Meet Author Daisy Townsend at the Grantsville Library

The Grantsville Library will host Daisy Beiler Townsend, former resident of Grantsville and author of Homespun Faith: Reflections from the Seasons of Life, on Monday, July 13, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Townsend will sell and sign books starting at 4:30 and at 6:30 will give a reading and book talk. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the library at 301-895-5298.

A certified pastoral counselor who has been writing and publishing for more than 30 years, Townsend shares her journey of faith in her latest work.  “It is filled with the suspense that is woven into the fabric of our lives as we learn to hear and obey God's voice,” notes a description of the book.  “Whether you read one devotional a day or the entire devotional book, Townsend’s ‘Reflections from the Seasons of Life’ will profoundly affect the way you look at life and faith in the future.”

Townsend’s work has been published in Guideposts, The Upper Room, The Secret Place, New Man, Christian Home, and a number of other Christian periodicals.  In addition to being a pastoral counselor, she and her husband also served with One Mission Society as missionaries in Japan.  Townsend grew up in Grantsville and lives in Greenville, PA.

Homespun Faith can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBook, and Xulon Christian Bookstore, or from the author at donaisy@neo.rr.com. More information is available on the author’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DaisyBeilerTownsend  or by calling her at 724-373-8445.

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.

Team River Runner USA Visits Garrett College for 2015 Adaptive Paddling Conference 

Team River Runner USA visited the Garrett College campus and surrounding Deep Creek Lake community for the 2015 Adaptive Paddling Conference, June 6 – June 13, hosted by the Center for Adventure & Experiential Learning at Garrett College. Team River Runner (TRR) is a national network that creates innovative paddling programs designed to assist with the recovery of those injured while serving our country. Through paddle sports, TRR volunteers and partners provide local communities unique opportunities for the active, safe and positive support of healing service members and their families.

“Team River Runner held its 7th Annual Leadership National Conference, in conjunction with DSUSA’s A2A Program, at Garrett College. More than 70 wounded warriors, disabled veterans, and Chapter volunteers from all over the nation took part in four different adaptive paddling courses,” said Joe Mornini, Executive Director of TRR. “A huge thanks to Garrett College for the tremendous support given to TRR as we enable those with wounds or disabilities the opportunity to be on the river to recovery!”

The 2015 Adaptive Paddling Conference offered free training for TRR and Disable Sports USA chapters and free certification opportunities in the following areas: Adaptive Paddling, First Aid/CPR, ACA Endorsement, Basic Adaptive Flatwater Paddling. Participants resided in the residence halls on the McHenry campus of Garrett College, and activities for the group were coordinated in partnership with the Center for Adventure & Experiential Learning at Garrett College.

Since 2004, TRR has been introducing veterans and their families to the healing power of paddle sports. The Center for Adventure and Experiential Learning has had the honor of hosting TRR during their annual conference and veterans’ retreat known as the “Rendevouz” each summer. “Hosting TRR and working with our student, staff, and community veterans is inspiring and has motivate us to continue to develop and offer adventure programming for veterans and people with all levels of physical ability,” said Michael White, Director of the Center for Adventure and Experiential Learning at Garrett College.

The organization provides wounded service members, combat/injured veterans, and their family members with the opportunity to find health, healing, and new challenges through kayaking (whitewater and flatwater) and other paddle sports. More information on TRR can be found online at www.teamriverrunner.org.

For additional information on veterans programs and additional programming available through the Center for Adventure & Experiential Learning at Garrett College, visit www.caelatgc.com or contact 301-387-3723.

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 Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake is the Supporting Sponsor. Contributing sponsors are GCC Technologies and Hugh Umbel Companies: Bear Creek Traders, Legacy Home Corp., McHenry Beverage Shoppe, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery and Deep Creek Shop ‘n Save Fresh.

“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 Friday, 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 Saturday, don’t miss Accident’s Homecoming Celebration including their 11 am Parade and wrap 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 Sponsors: Bill’s Marine Service and Railey Mountain Lake Vacations and Sponsors: BFS/Burger King in McHenry, Deep Creek Beverage, Deep Creek Lodging Company, Lake Pointe Inn, Long & Foster Real Estate & Rentals, Pine Lodge Steakhouse, Property Management Services, Railey Realty, Samuel J. Collins Consulting, Schoolhouse Earth, Silver Tree Marine, Smiley’s and Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations.

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.


Brian Branthoover Announced as 2015 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Winner 

The winner of the 2015 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner, held Thursday, June 4 at Wisp Resort. Martin Heise made the presentation to this year’s winner, Brian Branthoover of Halian & Associates Landscapes.

Brian C. Branthoover, B.T.L.A. is the owner, founder, and director of operations at Halian & Associates Landscapes based in McHenry.  Brian started the business in April 2006 in memory of his deceased family members, Hailee, Julie, and Ian Branthoover - HALIAN.  Halian and Associates Landscapes is a full service design and installation company covering all aspects of outdoor property enhancement for customers in Garrett County and beyond.  The staff at Halian and Associates Landscapes is composed of approximately thirty six full and part-time employees.  The company provides all of its employees with ongoing opportunities for professional development, certifications, and continuing education in horticulture and related construction fields.  In May 2015, Halian & Associates proudly opened Mosser Meadow Nurseries in McHenry, which offers quality trees, shrubs, and flowers along with delivery and installation services.  The Mosser Meadow facility can also host meetings and events.

Prior to starting this business and returning to Garrett County, Brian managed a large landscape firm in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.  Considered an expert in his field with over thirty years’ experience in the industry, Brian holds multiple degrees in landscape design/construction and has a strong reputation for innovative landscape design.

Brian and Halian & Associates have supported various local churches and community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Youth Little League, Cindy’s Fund and the Garrett Mentors.  He has been a guest lecturer and is an instructor for the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc. 

Winners of the Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award must have originated and developed a business from inception, shown a willingness to take risks, shown community involvement, held high ethical standards and demonstrated leadership by overcoming a formidable problem that threatened business’ existence or shown business acumen through embarking on a creative, insightful or overlooked opportunity that will make an important contribution to Garrett County’s business environment through substantive community impact.

The Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Committee, comprised of previous winners, selects three nominees to be voted on by the general Chamber membership. The other two nominees for 2015 were Sis and Jim Railey of Railey Realty and Gary Ruddell of Total Biz Fulfillment.

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 and Skip and Linda Carr.

The 2015 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner was sponsored by Gold Level: Clear Mountain Bank and GCC Technologies, Supporting Level: Wisp Resort and Silver Level: Beitzel Corporation and M&T Bank.  

Sarena Rodeheaver Announced as 2015 Chamber Volunteer of the Year

 The winner of the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award was announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner, held Thursday, June 4 at Wisp Resort. Patty Manown Mash, Chairperson of the Board of the Chamber, made the presentation to this year’s winner, Sarena Rodeheaver of First United Bank & Trust.

Sarena Rodeheaver is Chair of the Chamber’s Diplomats Committee, where she has worked to revitalize and restructure the program over the past year. She successfully recruited new volunteers and attended numerous Chamber and other special events, sometimes two or more times a week.

“We are delighted to present Serena Rodeheaver with the Volunteer of the Year Award as a token of our appreciation for all of the hours she has spent in helping the Chamber by Chairing our Diplomat program,” said Patty Manown Mash, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Chairperson.

“Sarena’s dedication and commitment in helping to revitalize our Garrett County Diplomats Program and in recruiting new volunteers has been extraordinary,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “We thank her for all of her hard work over the past year.”

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. Sarena 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 and 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.

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Announces Board and Officers

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2015/2016 Board of Directors and Officers.

The 2015/2016 Chamber Board of Directors includes Jim Bailey of GCC Technologies, Merlin Beitzel of Beitzel Corporation, Tim Bender of Byco Corporation, Billy Bishoff of Gap Run Farm, Inc., Linda Carr of CLS Ventures, Inc.—The Lake-Front Magazine,  Judy Devlin of the Book Mark’et & Antique Mezzanine, Laura Fike of Garrett Mentors, Inc., Lisa Ratliff of Wisp Resort,  Jeff Gosnell of Gosnell, Inc., Shane Grady of Boal & Associates, P.C., Steve Green of High Mountain Sports, Patty Manown Mash of Pine Lodge Steakhouse, Phil Rodeheaver of My Bank! First United Bank & Trust, Jan Russell of Savage River Lodge and Pam Trickett of DCL Mountain Maids. The Chamber Board of Directors was elected by the Chamber membership

The 2015/2016 Board Officers were elected by the Chamber Board of Directors. The Board Officers are Jim Bailey, Chair; Jan Russell, Vice Chair; Patty Manown Mash, Secretary and Shane Grady, Treasurer.

At the Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner last night, the Chamber thanked outgoing Board Chair Patty Manown Mash of Pine Lodge Steakhouse for her leadership of the Chamber for the past year. Retiring Board members, Criss Kepple of Kepple Law Firm and Nancy Railey of Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, were also thanked for their service to the Chamber.

The 2015 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner was sponsored by Gold Level: Clear Mountain Bank and GCC Technologies, Supporting Level: Wisp Resort and Silver Level: Beitzel Corporation and M&T Bank.

The Chamber’s fiscal year begins July 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2016.

Deep Creek Lake Named One of TripAdvisor’s 30 Rising Vacation Rental Destinations in 2015

  McHenry in Garrett County, Maryland has been named  by TripAdvisor as one of thirty rising vacation rental destinations in 2015. The list is made of the top 30 destinations who experienced “huge jumps in vacation rental interest on TripAdvisor from 2014 to 2015.” Along with McHenry, the list includes such notable destinations as Gatlinburg, Tennessee; The Adirondacks, New York; St. Petersburg, Florida; South Lake Tahoe, California; Smoky Mountains, North Carolina; Hot Springs, Arkansas; Flagstaff, Arizona; Killington, Vermont; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Catskill Region, New York; and Nags Head, North Carolina.

“We are delighted to be included in this list by TripAdvisor,” said Nicole Christian, President and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “We have been watching our numbers of vacation renters and visitor number hit record levels and now our data has been validated by the world’s largest online travel site. According to the Maryland Office of Tourism, the Deep Creek Lake Area and Garrett County is outperforming every other county in Maryland in tourism growth. Now we see that we are outperforming or on par with some of our largest competitor destinations. Our goal is to continue this trend through our ongoing aggressive marketing efforts.”

Grantsville Receives Arts & Entertainment Designation

After many months of planning by a group of dedicated volunteers, the town of Grantsville has received notice that the application for an Arts & Entertainment District designation has been successful.

Secretary Mike Gill of the Maryland State Department of Business and Economic Development sent a letter to the town on behalf of Governor Larry Hogan announcing the ten year designation.  The award is effective July 1, 2015.  In addition to Grantsville, the community of Chestertown in Kent County will become an A&E District.  The towns of Denton and Salisbury will expand the boundaries of their existing A&E areas and Berlin's district has received a renewal of their previous designation.

Maryland is one of the first states in the country to develop Arts and Entertainment Districts on a statewide basis.  A&E Districts help develop and promote community involvement, tourism, and revitalization through tax-related incentives that attract artists, arts organizations and other creative enterprises. The benefits offered to designated districts include property tax credits for new construction or renovation of buildings that create live-work space for artists or space for arts and entertainment enterprises.  An income tax subtraction is available to artists that work and sell within the district.  And an exemption from the Admissions and Amusement tax to an arts related business or qualifying residing artist is available through the ten years of designation. Through these incentives, the state is creating a structure for creative placemaking.

Grantsville becomes the first community in Garrett County to successfully obtain the A&E District title.  The town has a rich history of being a haven for cottage industry arts.  With the keystone attraction of Spruce Forest Artisan Village and signature events such as the Music at Penn Alps summer concert series and Grantsville Days, the town is positioned to grow the interest in the arts.

Former mayor and now Garrett County Commissioner Paul Edwards states "This is fantastic for our town and its revitalization efforts.  The beauty of this is that we don't have to reinvent the wheel.  We have a strong arts history here with well known Maryland photographer Leo Beachy, artist Aza Stanton, and world champion bird carver Gary Yoder,  and the venue, thanks to Dr. Alta Schrock (Spruce Forest), to highlight and attract new artisans and tourists.  We can take what we already have and expand on it and draw even more attention to it.  This is a home run for Grantsville!"

Current Mayor Mark Diehl credits the committee that worked closely with Karen Reckner, Executive Director of Garrett County Arts Council in submitting the application to the Maryland State Arts Council review panel.  "We hosted the folks from MSAC on May 1 and I think we 'wowed' them!  The members of the business community, Spruce Forest and Penn Alps, our Grantsville Revitalization Organization and the others that came out that day demonstrated the excitement and energy that is happening in our town."

Reckner agrees that the community of Grantsville is working together to create a new environment within the town.  This is evidenced by businesses such as High Country Creamery and Cornucopia Café, both scheduled to open soon.  "On behalf of Garrett County Arts Council, our residents, and especially the artists that call Garrett County home, we thank Maryland State Arts Council, the Department of Business and Economic Development and Governor Hogan for the Arts & Entertainment designation."

Short-term and extended goals for the Grantsville A&E District have been established and include strengthening the town's appeal as a regional tourism destination, developing an Artist Relocation Program, installing public art projects and increasing the number of businesses and residents of the community.

Grantsville and Chestertown join 22 other A&E Districts across the state. The most recent Impact Analysis of Arts and Entertainment Districts across Maryland for the fiscal year 2014 indicates nearly $571.4 million in total state GDP was generated.  6.000 jobs were supported and visitor spending at events brought more than $38.5 million in tax revenues during the study period.

Summer Reading Club 2015 – Every Hero Has a Story

Summer Reading Club 2015 – Every Hero Has a Story – begins soon at all Ruth Enlow Library locations. All programs are free, and children choose their own reading materials and track their progress using the reading logs provided. “Our events focus on the hero theme, with topics such as Superhero Training Camp, My Community Is Full of Heroes, Animals Are Heroes Too, Firefighters to the Rescue, and more,” notes a library spokesperson. Children can participate by completing a log of books they read during the summer and/or attending events. Completed reading logs (one per child) will be entered into a Grand Prize Drawing for a Fire HD 6.

“Summer Reading Club helps stop the ‘summer slide’ – a documented two-month loss in learning over the summer break – by encouraging students to read about topics that are fun and exciting,” said Julie Iden, Children’s Specialist at the Oakland Library. “Motivating children to read over the summer helps bridge the gap in learning between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next one.”

Registration for the program opens June 1, and beginning this year, participants can register online at http://src.relib.net. Those not wanting to register online may call their local library branch or email the following contacts: julie@relib.net for Oakland, crystal@relib.net for Accident, hannah@relib.net for Grantsville, michele@relib.net for Friendsville, and diane@relib.net for Kitzmiller.

Dates at all branches are as follows:

  • Oakland—weekly from July 8 – July 30, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., 3 – 5 year-olds on Wednesdays, 6 – 13 year-olds on Thursdays
  • Grantsville—Wednesdays from July 8 – July 29, 11:00 a.m. – noon, all ages
  • Accident—Tuesdays from July 7 – July 28, 11:00 a.m. – noon, all ages
  • Kitzmiller—Fridays, July 10 – July 31, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., all ages
  • Friendsville—Walk-in program from June 16 – August 15. Special programs on July 6, 13, 20, and 27.

Summer Reading Club is a cooperative project between the local Maryland public libraries and the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Library Development and Services. The state also is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

The Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library contributes significant funds towards the library’s summer reading program. In addition, the Friends and the Garrett County Education Association provide free books for participants. Other local organizations and businesses support the program as well with incentives. And statewide, the Baltimore Orioles and the Maryland Science Center contribute tickets and passes to participating libraries.

Funding for the grand prize (Fire HD 6) is provided by Western Maryland Regional Library, the regional resource center for the public libraries of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties.

Printed materials for Summer Reading Club are available at library branches, and information is available online at http://src.relib.net.

Dr. Todd Feathers Joins Orthopaedic  Practice

Dr. Todd Feathers, a Board Certified Orthopaedic surgeon, has joined Dr. Dona Alvarez at Garrett County Orthopaedics and the surgical staff at Garrett County Memorial Hospital. Dr. Feathers will begin accepting new patient referrals beginning June 1, 2015.

Dr. Feathers specializes in all general orthopaedic surgery as well as sports medicine injuries. He performs knee and ACL reconstruction, shoulder stabilization procedures and repairs, ankle, hip, and knee arthroscopy, as well as joint replacements and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery.

Dr. Feathers most recently worked at Fort Eustis, Virginia, fulfilling his military commitment to the Army. He is very excited about joining the practice with Dr. Dona Alvarez and helping to serve the orthopaedic needs of the community.

Dr. Feathers relocated from Virginia and now resides in Garrett County with his wife and small daughter. Dr. Todd Feathers’ wife, Dr. Agibail Feathers, will be joining Specialty Physicians of Garrett County in Oakland. Patients may call Dr. Todd Feathers’ office at 301-334-1034 to schedule an appointment.

New Garrett County Activities Guides Now Available

The 2015/2016 Garrett County Activities Guide is now available. A comprehensive guide to things to do in Garrett County, the annual publication by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce includes information about area attractions, family-friendly activities, outdoor adventures, restaurants, parks, and events. The new publication will serves as a guide for those are in town visiting Garrett County.


“We are excited to make the latest Activities Guide available to our visitors and members,” said Nicole Christian, President/CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  “The Activities Guide gives our guests a reference to help them utilize all of Garrett County’s resources while they’re visiting our area. We invite our Chamber member businesses to distribute the Activities Guide in their businesses; if you’re interested in distributing the Activities Guide at your business, please stop by the McHenry Visitors Center 9 am – 5 pm to pick up some Guides.” 


Along with advertisements from the Chamber’s members, the Guide features colorful photography, annual events, and lists activities, shopping, attractions, dining options and more. The Guide also features state parks & forest information and a Garrett County map. TodayMedia Custom Communications helped the Chamber produce the Guide.


The Activities Guide is being made available to visitors, Chamber members, and can be found in county brochure racks and at Chamber member businesses.

New Residential and Travel Legacy Camps being offered in Garrett County by the Center for Adventure & Experiential Learning

Garrett County and the surrounding region has long been known as Maryland’s “best kept secret” for a select group of nature and adventure loving tourists. Western Maryland is a short drive from many metropolitan areas to the serenity of nature, the heritage of Appalachian culture, pristine mountain streams and lakes, world-class whitewater and steep mountain slopes.

With this in mind the Center for Adventure & Experiential Learning (CAEL) located in McHenry, Maryland has partnered with a number of local and regional outfitters and organizations to develop a series of legacy summer camp programs designed to inspire, educate, and bring youth back to this region for generations to come. 

The 2015 CAEL residential and travel camp programs include:

·         Mountain Adventure School Jr.: July 5-11 / Ages: 10-13 

·         Mountain Adventure School Sr.: July 12-18 / Ages: 14-17

·         Mountain Adventure Day School: July 20-23 / Ages: 10-17

·         Western Maryland Leadership Academy: June 28 - July 3 / Ages: 14-17

·         Robotics Adventure Camp with SuGO™ Science: June 28  – July 3 / Ages: 10-13

·         Music in the Mountains: July 11 – July 19 / Ages: 13-17                           

·         Young GLAF Voice Clinic: June 22 – 26 / Grades: 7th - 12th                     

·         GLAF Young Artists’ Workshop: July 6 – 10 / Grades: 7th - 12th

These camps are designed as residential or travel camps for every interest from science, music, art, adventure, college preparation, and leadership. Campers will stay in the residence halls at Garrett College or will be camping in tents when traveling. Many of these camps offer a day option as well. All camps are state licensed and campers are supervised and instructed by expert staff. Although specialized, all of our camps incorporate classic summer camp experiences as well.

“Each camp is specialized. For example the Mountain Adventure Schools (MAS) focus on introducing campers to adventure activities such as camping, backpacking, rafting and rock climbing. Other camps like Music in the Mountains focuses on the development of music theory and performance but also incorporates swimming, evening campfires and stargazing activities,” states Mike Malfaro, Program Specialist and MAS Instructor.

These educational youth programs are possible through partnerships between the Center for Adventure and Experiential Learning and Precision Rafting (Friendsville, MD); Garrett Engineering and Robotics Society: GEARS Inc. (Accident, MD); Garrett Lakes Art Festival: GLAF (McHenry, MD); Music at Penn Alps (Grantsville, MD); Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides (Seneca, WV); and Garrett College’s Music program, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, and the Adventuresports Institute.

“I have been involved in summer camp programs throughout my career.  When I came to the Deep Creek area, I was surprised not to find one of those classic legacy camps; those kind of camps that families have been sending their kids to for five generations or more,” says Michael White, Director of the Center for Adventure & Experiential Learning at Garrett College.  “This area certainly has the amenities to support it, the natural mountain beauty, the variety of activities, the lake. That is what we have set out to do here, as we build our partnerships.”

Day camps and youth clinics are also offered through the Garrett College Community Aquatics and Recreation Complex (CARC) and through the Garrett College Athletics Department which can be found directly or through the Center for Adventure & Experiential Learning.

Garrett Co. students who are registered before June 1, 2015 receive a 20% discount on all Residential and Travel Camps. (Offer excludes all day camps.) For more information about these programs or to register for a camp, please visit www.CAELatGC.com or call 301-387-3723.

Maryland Boater Safety Classes scheduled at Garrett College

Several sections of the Maryland Boater Safety class will be offered by Garrett College’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development division at the McHenry campus throughout the spring and summer. The course is slated for Saturdays July 11, or August 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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 material about safe operation in the bay or ocean is 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.  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 call Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS… Old Time Jams are coming soon!

New Germany State Park is proud to announce the return of good old-fashioned toe-tappin’ fun, with the sixth season of Old Time Jams set to begin in May.  Jams are scheduled to take place at the New Germany Lake House on the following SATURDAYS in 2015:

  • July 18

  • August 1 & 15

  • September 5 

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 p.m., 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.