Randy French to Speak at Adventure Sports Colloquium on February 21

 Randy French, who recently returned from a trip to Antarctica with National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions, is scheduled to give a presentation as part of the Adventure Sports Colloquium Series on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at the McHenry campus of Garrett College. The colloquium series is part of a course for students enrolled in the Adventure Sports program. The general public is invited and welcome to attend the presentation. His presentation, Antarctic Exploration, will feature stories, pictures and videos from French’s trip to the Great White continent. Not only will he talk about penguins, ice, seals and whales, he will explain how this adventure fits into over 40 years of adventures on many continents and many places near and far.

French currently resides in upstate New York and is a science professor at Geneseo Central School. He has taken students from Geneseo Central School to Nicaragua, Yellowstone National Park, and more to help them understand about the magic that exists in the world. He also started an outdoor adventure company 34 years ago that he still operates trips for, such as: trekking in Nepal, skiing in South America, and kayaking in Croatia. He will explain how his life of adventures has evolved from a young man’s dream with his twin brother to pack rafting above the arctic circle with his son last summer. It is his hope that by sharing where he has been and the places he has traveled to from his experiences will inspire others to create their own adventures and follow their dreams.

For more information on the February 21 colloquium presentation that is open to the general public, persons may contact the Garrett College Adventure Sports office at 301-387-3330 or www.adventuresportsi.org.



Deep Creek Lake & Garrett County, Maryland Offer Military March Promotion

The Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland salute our nation’s heroes with a Military March promotion. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is offering discounts for military members on their website, www.visitdeepcreek.com. The promotion, which is sponsored by GCC Technologies, LLC,  runs from March 1 – March 31, 2017, non-holidays.

Twenty-three businesses are participating in the promotion offering military discounts on dining, shopping, lodging, groceries, design work, clothing, glassware, car purchases, oil changes, hot tubs,  lift tickets, rentals, lessons and snow tubing.

“The Military March promotion is a terrific way for military members and their families to save on a trip to the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County,” said Sarah Duck, Director of Tourism & Marketing for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to honor our nation’s heroes with discounts from a wide variety of our area’s businesses.”

The Military March Promotion includes offers from Bear Creek Traders, Cabin on Farm View Rental Home, CurlyRed Inc., Deep Creek Beverage, Deep Creek Shop ‘n Save Fresh Featuring Mountain Flour Bakery, Haley Farm Inn & Retreat Center, Joyce’s Deep Creek Rentals and Trips, Lake Pointe Inn, Ledo Pizza, Pasta & Pub, Long Branch Saloon & Motel, McHenry Beverage Shoppe, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, Rudy’s Clothing, Savage River Lodge, Simon Pearce Factory Outlet and Glassblowing, Suites at Silver Tree, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations, Team One Chevrolet Buick GMC, The Hot Tub Store, Uno Chicago Grill Deep Creek, Will O’the Wisp Resort and Wisp Resort.

To redeem the offers, military members simply need to show a valid military ID when purchasing. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply; please see specific details and restrictions for each offer at https://www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/MilitaryMarch2017.

To view all of the military March offers or for more information about Garrett County, please stop by www.visitdeepcreek.com or call 888.387.5237.  



Representatives from Garrett Regional Medical Center and local dignitaries joined forces to cut the ribbon for the newest expansion of GCMC, a brand new primary and urgent care facility in Grantsville.

The lobby of Medical Associates of Grantsville was full of colleagues, staff, and community members from Grantsville and surrounding areas who gathered to celebrate the opening of the new and much needed facility.  Guests were able to tour the 5,500 square foot, state of the art office while the staff was on hand to answer questions.  The new center houses three exam rooms for primary care, four rooms for urgent care, a space for laboratory services, three procedure rooms, and a radiology area. The facility was designed with efficiency and patient comfort and accessibility, in mind.

County Commissioner Paul Edwards said, “I am very excited for Garrett Regional Medical Center to expand into Grantsville.  The services that this opens up to residents on the northern end of the county and the health care infrastructure that this helps build is a huge benefit to quality of life, as well as economic development in the area.”

“I have lived in Grantsville my entire life and this is my community.  I’m happy for the opportunity to provide healthcare in a time of need and empower my patients and neighbors to be healthy,” said Tammy Crayton, who will be leading the urgent care practice.

GRMC will also be hosting an open house for the public to showcase the new Medical Associates of Grantsville Urgent Care facility on Tuesday, February 14th.  Guests are welcome from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This event offers an opportunity for local residents to come and see what the facility has to offer, meet the staff, and ask any questions they may have.  There will be staff on hand to provide services and educational material on important health issues.  Services include free screenings for blood pressure, osteoporosis, sugar levels and facial skin analysis.

The urgent care center and radiology services will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The primary care facility will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Laboratory services will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

2017 Garrett County Job Fair – Employer Registration Now Open

 Garrett College has issued an invitation to area business owners or managers to participate in the upcoming 2017 Garrett County Job Fair slated for Thursday, April 27, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) Gymnasium.

 Ashley Ruby, Garrett College Academic Success Advisor, is chairing the job fair planning committee once again this year. “Each year, the Garrett County Job Fair is a highly anticipated event, both for employers and job seekers. Our aim on the planning committee is to make this event as successful as possible for both groups of individuals! This is the twenty-sixth year the Job Fair will be held in its current format and location at Garrett College. The Job Fair will once again be held during the month of April (instead of March as in years prior) per employer requests due to cyclical and seasonal hiring needs. We feel this best suits the needs of all individuals served by this regional employment event.” 

The fair is open to any employer who is expecting to hire people within the next few months - full time, part-time, summer, entry-level or experienced employment opportunities all welcome. Employers wanting to take part in the Job Fair are encouraged to register now. Participating employers will be offered display space, including a table, chairs, and a sign with the company name. Refreshments will be provided to employers throughout the event.

Registration is available electronically at www.garrettcollege.edu/jobfair. A paper registration form is also available online. Businesses are encouraged to register by April 4 in order to be included in pre Job Fair publicity, although registration will be accepted as long as space is available. Also, access to electrical outlets will be available on a first come, first served basis.

“Employer participation always exceeds our expectations and we expect to fill our space to capacity!” said Ruby.

The Job Fair, as always, will be open to all members of the community including college and high school students and experienced workers seeking a job or career change. The Job Fair will be promoted through newspaper articles, radio announcements, fliers, and listing with the Maryland Workforce Exchange and on the Garrett College website.

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

The Job Fair is being offered by a partnership of Garrett College, the Allegany County One-Stop Job Center (serving both Garrett and Allegany counties), the Western Maryland Consortium, and 104.5 KHJ / 92.3 The Train / 1050 am WMSG.

Employers may register online at www.garrettcollege.edu/jobfair. For additional information, please contact Ruby at 301-387-3733 or ashley.ruby@garrettcollege.edu.

Garrett College Foundation Preparing for annual Spring Scholarship Benefit

Plans for the 7th annual spring scholarship benefit hosted by the Garrett College Foundation are well underway. This year, the annual fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 at The Lodge at Wisp Resort in McHenry. The annual event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails followed by dinner and entertainment. All proceeds for the event will support scholarships for Garrett College students.

‘Starry Nights: Your Gift Can Make a Dream Come True’ is the theme of this year’s scholarship fundraiser, as chosen by members of the spring scholarship committee: Susie Crawford, Foundation Board Chair; Board members Rosie Versteegen and Carissa Rodeheaver; and Foundation staff Cherie Krug and Kearstin Hinebaugh. This year, the group will work with a new subcommittee, the event implementation committee. This committee is tasked with the goal of building excitement and attendance around the upcoming event and will begin meeting in February to launch the planning process.

For additional information on the upcoming event or on the Garrett College Foundation, persons may contact the Foundation office at 301-387-3131.

Beekeeping to be offered at Garrett College in McHenry

Garrett College in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension is sponsoring a course on Beekeeping at the College’s McHenry campus. Sessions will be held Tuesdays, Feb 28 to April 18, 7 - 9 p.m.

This course is designed to help beginners learn the history of the honeybee, colony structure, and bee biology. This course will also explain the tools of the trade and importance of hive location. Class topics will include discussions about collecting swarms, installing package bees, establishing colonies, handling invasive extractions, transporting hives and avoiding threats from humans and animals. The final class will include a field trip to an active bee yard where students will have an opportunity for hands-on experience.  The cost of the course includes a starter hive. Participants will need to purchase their own bees and protective equipment.

The course is being co-instructed by Hop Cassidy and Chip Lee. Cassidy is a long-time beekeeper. He has served as the apiary inspector employed by Maryland Department of Agriculture for many years. Additionally, he has supported new beekeepers as the president of the Appalachian Beekeepers Association. Lee has completed certification as a Master Beekeeper and is an active member of the Appalachian Beekeepers Association. He has kept bees for years and regularly sells honey at the Mountain Fresh Farmer's Market.

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

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

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

A Valentine’s Day Movie Date will be held on February 14 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Southern Outreach Center in the Oakland Community Center. For those who haven’t seen The Notebook, here’s your chance to seen one of the greatest love stories in recent time. If you have seen it, come watch it again with your Valentine and with your GILL friends.

On February 15, members will partake in ‘The Accident Experience’ directed by group leader Barb McClosky. The town of Accident has much to offer and participants will visit three of its best establishments: Firefly Farms, Flowery Vale Senior Center and Annie’s Kitchen. The group will participate in a tour and tasting at Firefly Farms, experience what the Flowery Vale Senior Center has to offer Garrett County, such as exercise and fitness classes, and finally, members will make a stop at Annie’s Kitchen and enjoy lunch. Members are to meet at Firefly Farms on Main Street in Accident.

An ‘Author Roundtable’ is scheduled for February 21 featuring Greg Jenkins, Garrett College Professor of English, whom recently published his fourth book, ‘A Face in the Sky’. The session will be held from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. in Room 511 on the McHenry campus of Garrett College. Members will enjoy lunch with Jenkins as we discuss his new book along with the writing and editing process. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share (soup will be provided) and any questions you have. A copy of Jenkins’ book is available for purchase at the Garrett College bookstore or through Amazon.

Who would’ve thought that doomsday could be so much fun? Through the characters in Greg Jenkins’s new novel, ‘A Face in the Sky’, may not always enjoy what happens, readers certainly will. An apocalyptic tale with literary flair, ‘A Face in the Sky’ delivers a leavening dose of dark, irreverent humor. Among the characters are a befuddled business professor, a retired (and roguish) major league baseball player, an adult film actress, and a playwright who aspires to being a terrorist. In unique ways, each of them must confront what may be the end of the world.

Another topic of, ‘Soup and TED’ will be held on February 22 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at the Southern Outreach Center (former Oakland Armory) in Oakland. TED talks provide a platform to individuals on a diversity of topics. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum – from science to business and global issues – in more than 100 languages. The goal is to spark conversation, connection, and community. The talks are presented without bias and without a commercial, political, or religious agenda. Bring a dish to share (soup will be provided), enjoy lunch, a TED talk, and a discussion of the presentation ‘My year of saying yes to everything’ by Shonda Rhimes. Nadine and Gordon Jakubowski will be discussion leaders for this TED talk.

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


Garrett County Public Schools Calendar for 2017/18 Approved

Garrett County Public Schools has released the 2017-18 school calendar.  At January’s Garrett County Board of Education meeting, the Board voted for a Pre-Labor Day start of school for students. In September, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order mandating schools to start after Labor Day in Maryland and finish by June 15.  However, his Executive Order allows for school systems to request a waiver to start before Labor Day if certain stipulations are met.

A waiver request was submitted on January 17 to the Maryland State Board of Education for approval of a Pre-Labor Day start.   To be eligible for a waiver, local Board must demonstrate that the school system has met all requirements for at least one compelling justification and has conducted at least one public meeting at which the waiver application was considered and approved. The local Board has demonstrated that Garrett County Public Schools meet the requirements for the compelling justification of emergency school closing. Additionally, the local Board provided evidence of having a public meeting on January 10, 2017 to consider and approve the waiver request.
On January 24, 2017, the Maryland State Board of Education approved the waiver request for Garrett County Public Schools to open for pupil attendance prior to Labor Day for the 2017-2018 school year. This waiver applies to the 2017-2018 school year only and does not exempt the school system from adhering to the requirements set forth in Education Article §7-103 and Code of Maryland Regulations 13A.03.02.12 and 13A.02.01.04.
Highlights of the 2017-18 school calendar are:
Tuesday, August 22:  First day for teachers
Monday, August 28: First day of school for students.
Friday, October 13:  Schools closed for Autumn Glory
November 23-24:  Thanksgiving break
December 23-January 1:  Winter break
Monday, January 15:  Schools closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 19:  Schools closed for Presidents’ Day
March 30 and April 2: Schools closed for Easter break
Monday, May 28: Schools closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 29:  Last day of school for students
Wednesday, May 30:  Last for teachers
There are 10 makeup days included in the calendar:  February 19 (with state approval), April 2 (with state approval), May 30, 31, June 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
The 2017-18 school calendar can be viewed


  A local family has made a donation of over $1,000 to the WVU Cancer Institute at Garrett Regional Medical Center in honor of their late father, Robert “Bob” Miller, Sr. The gift will be used to provide computer tablets for patients receiving cancer treatment. After witnessing their father’s lengthy visits at the cancer center for treatment and tests, they recognized the necessity for the tablets. The portable computers will be pre-loaded with games, movies, music, news and entertainment to improve patient experience.

“We were extremely happy with the care that our father received at GRMC and we wanted the opportunity to give back to the organization while also helping patients battling cancer”, said Tracey Sweitzer, Mr. Miller’s daughter and family spokesperson.  “We’re very appreciative of the amount of donations that we received from family and friends in honor of our father”, she stated.

Community Chorus to be offered at Garrett College

 Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development will be offering community chorus at the main campus in McHenry. The ensemble, directed by Dr. Sean Beachy, adjunct instructor of music at Garrett College, will begin meeting on Thursday, February 16. Rehearsals will begin at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. No previous choral experience is necessary.

For those that enjoy singing and wish to be part of an exciting opportunity in Garrett County, join fellow students, the music department of Garrett College, and members of the community in forming a collaborative new chorus this coming spring. Participants will learn a variety of music, including sacred, secular, and popular repertoire that will culminate with a public performance at the end of the semester.

Dr. Beachy earned an undergraduate degree in applied music with an emphasis in piano from Alderson-Broaddus College. He also has earned a master of music degree in composition from Shenandoah University and a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from West Virginia University. He has had pieces premiered and performed throughout the United Sates, including most recently in Frostburg for the city’s Bicentennial Celebration. In addition to teaching both credit and non-credit courses at Garrett College, he is a freelance composer and collaborative pianist. He is a staff accompanist at Frostburg State University, where he plays for the Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, as well as students for recitals. Beachy has recently been appointed adjunct instructor of composition at Frostburg State University and will begin teaching composition lessons this spring. He is also the church organist, A/V coordinator, and webmaster at Frostburg United Methodist Church.

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

Chamber Hosts Next Business After Hours at High Country Creamery

McHenry, MD – The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that High Country Creamery will be hosting our February Business After Hours on Thursday, February 9 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at their 97 Locker Lane location in Grantsville.

Enjoy delicious food as you mingle with fellow Chamber members and Chamber staff at our monthly networking event. Don’t forget your business card to enter to win prizes.

High Country Creamery and Market prides itself in providing customers and the community with farm fresh items, not only in their local artisan cow cheese, but also in the ingredients at their “Farmers Table" eatery and the products available for purchase in their Market. Bring a friend and stop by to see items from the local farmers, suppliers and partners.

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


White Oak Basketry to be offered at GC’s Northern Outreach Center

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development is offering a course, White Oak Basketry, on Saturday, February 18, from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College’s Northern Outreach Center located in Grantsville.

Learn to make your very own white oak basket. Instructor, Sunshine Brosi, learned the art of basketry from traditional Cherokee elders in North Carolina and will be sharing their techniques with those who attend. As participants weave during the class, Brosi will talk about the plants used for natural dyes and the process of collecting the material from the tree. She will also tell stories she has heard from Cherokee basket makers while she weaves. Learn how to make a basket frame, how to finish the basket, and add a handle. At the end of the session, you will take home your own small white oak basket creation. All supplies included. 

Brosi is an associate professor of ethnobotany and forest ecology at Frostburg State University and coordinates the only undergraduate program in ethnobotany in the United States. She has a Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She teaches a variety of classes on ethnobotany around the U.S. and gives presentations around the world on her ethnobotanical research.

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



Garrett Regional Medical Center is opening a new satellite medical center in Grantsville.  Starting in February 2017, Medical Associates of Grantsville is a new medical practice, which is part of Oakland based, Garrett Regional Medical Center that will provide primary and urgent care services to Grantsville and surrounding region.  The new facility and medical practice will be located at 32 Corporate Drive in the Grantsville Industrial Park. 

The 5,500 square foot, state of the art facility will offer urgent care exam rooms and a section of exam rooms for primary care.  It will also include a procedure room, radiography area, and a space to be used as a time share by physicians in specialized areas such as surgery, orthopedics and obstetrics.  Additional specialists from WVU Medicine will also be joining in the time share to provide a wider array of services to the surrounding community.

The facility will be led by Daniel J. Crable, MD.  Dr. Crable has over 20 years of experience in caring for patients as a primary care physician in Pittsburgh, PA.  He is originally from Barton, MD and returning to his roots to treat patients in Garrett County and the surrounding area.  Dr. Crable decided to relocate back to Western Maryland because even while he worked and lived in Pittsburgh, he always considered this area his home.  He stated, “I care about the people of this region because most share the same common values, they are hard-working and they are mindful of their friends, families and neighbors. To have the opportunity to return and care for the people of my home area is a true honor and privilege.”

Medical Associates of Grantsville will be the new home for what was formerly Dr. Robin Bissell’s family practice.  In February 2017, after almost 18 years of serving the medical needs of patients in Grantsville and the surrounding areas, Dr. Bissell will be retiring.  To make the transition as easy as possible for patients, Dr. Bissell will be personally introducing Dr. Crable at appointments and assisting in the transfer of care. 

“I would like to express my gratitude to my patients for allowing me to participate in their medical care over the years, and I feel blessed to have been given that opportunity”, said Dr. Bissell. “I am looking forward to the opportunities that lay ahead for each of us, and anticipate great things as this new facility opens up to serve our community.”


The facility is being opened to create access to medical care for the people in the areas around Grantsville, which is one of the premier towns in Garrett County that boasts population growth and community development.  GRMC president and CEO, Mark Boucot stated, “Grantsville is growing a great reputation as a nice community to live, work and visit.  I am particularly proud that Garrett Regional Medical Center will be contributing to the community with a new state of the art facility to offer medical services and urgent care.  Some of the new staff members actually live in the town of Grantsville, so the hospital is having a positive economic impact on the community as well.  GRMC is growing and creating access to care for the communities it serves and I’m honored that we will be creating a presence there.”

The urgent care center will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


GCCW Scholarship Applications Being Accepted for 2017 - 2018


The Garrett County Commission for Women (GCCW) recently announced that it is now accepting applications for 2017 – 2018 academic year.  This year, the group is granting $500 scholarships for up to five different recipients. “These scholarships have been helping women to improve their lives, which in turn helps to improve our community,” stated a spokesperson.


The Commission for Women established this scholarship to help women residents of Garrett County complete their educational requirements leading to a degree or certificate beyond the high school level.  The scholarship may be used to attend academic or career oriented programs at a community college, a four-year institution, or for graduate school, or for technical training leading to a certificate.  It is open to all majors.


To be eligible, the woman must be a five year resident of Garrett County, of at least 20 years of age and/or at least two years past her high school graduation or with her GED. She may be already enrolled in a college or technical program or be applying for entrance into such a program.  She must be able to demonstrate financial need. Previous applicants and recipients are welcome to apply, but the scholarship will not be awarded to the same person two years in a row.


Applications must be accompanied by an official transcript from the program she is currently attending and/or a letter of acceptance from the program she wishes to attend;
a completed Commission for Women Scholarship Application Form; a letter of reference from a faculty member who knows her work well or a letter of reference from a community member well versed in the applicant’s plans and prospects.   Missing or incomplete data, particularly with regard to financial need, will disqualify the applicant.

The scholarship form is available in paper format at the Garrett County Public Libraries or the Garrett College Financial Aid office, and on line at the Commission for Women website at www.GCCW.info. Completed application packets are due to Robin McGill, 144 Cedarbrook Lane, Swanton, MD 21561 by March 31, 2017. Questions about the application process may be addressed to her at
rmgillrn@aol.com or Jeannette Fitzwater at jrfitzwater@hotmail.com.  The winners will be announced at the Annual Hall of Fame breakfast on April 29, 2017 to be held at Dutch’s at Silver Tree.


The Garrett County Commission for women was created in 1994 and is comprised of volunteers appointed by the County Commissioners and are mandated to be a voice for and of women in their communities especially in government.  Their mission is to promote a positive image of women, advise county government, advance solutions and serve as a countywide resource to promote social, political and economic equality for women.  For more information, visit their website at www.GCCW.info.

Garrett College Partners with the ALICE Training Institute to Bring Active Shooter Response Instructor Training to Garrett County

Garrett College and the ALICE Training Institute have teamed up to bring ALICE Active Shooter Response Instructor Training to Garrett County at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center in Accident on March 16 – March 17, 2017 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  This two-day instructor course is designed to teach proactive survival strategies for violent intruder or active shooter incidents. The goal of the ALICE program is to provide individuals with survival-enhancing options for those critical moments in the gap between when a violent situation begins and when law enforcement arrives on scene. For 14 years, the ALICE Training Institute has provided violent intruder response training to individuals and organizations across the nation.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and is a useful strategy for everyone: law enforcement, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, and places of worship. Completing the ALICE Instructor Training course provides individuals with certification in ALICE Training and allows them the opportunity to bring ALICE strategies back to their places of work. Additionally, registrants will gain access to exclusive ALICE resources. ALICE is in line with recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The ALICE Training Institute is changing how schools, universities, and businesses respond to armed intruders. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate), developed after Columbine, teaches strategies to survive a life-threatening event. Supported by educators and law enforcement across the country, ALICE is quickly becoming the new standard of care.

The registration fee for this training is $595 per person and can be completed online at www.alicetraining.com.  For additional information on the upcoming ALICE training session to be held at Garrett College, persons may contact Shelley Menear, Coordinator of Safety, Security, and Compliance at Garrett College, 301-387-3037 or shelley.menear@garrettcollege.edu.


Third Power of Possibilities Business Plan Competition Accepting Applications

The third annual Power of Possibilities Business Plan Competition is now under way and open to all considering starting or growing a for-profit or non-profit business. Part of the continuing Power of Possibilities (POP) series of events, the business plan competition helps County entrepreneurs and want-to-be entrepreneurs build, hone and finalize a business plan for their idea or business.

The plan is open to all regardless of experience, industry or idea and if is free of charge.  Garrett College, in partnership with Appalachian Regional Commission, The Greater Cumberland Committee, local business leaders and Garrett County government, provides a supportive, nurturing, high-value experience where competitors are paired with local business leaders that serve as mentors over an almost three-month period. Competitors receive free materials, participate in informative meet-ups and briefings, network with one another and their mentors, and also have access to very low cost Garrett College Continuing Education classes on forming and growing a small business.

The competition concludes during the annual POP awards luncheon at the Spring Entrepreneurial Summit on April 28, 2017, where winners will receive monetary prizes and the prestigious Daniel E. Offutt Innovation Award medal. Unlike many competitions, all that participate in the POP Business Plan Competition truly win by gaining practical advice and instruction and bringing their idea to an actionable point from which to launch.

Feedback and results for the prior two competitions have been very positive. According to first year competitor Chis Nichols, inventor of the Card Caddy and one of the winners that year, “Thanks in part to the Power of Possibilities, the Card Caddy is now available worldwide. I couldn’t have done it without the POP experience.” Added Mike Tumbarello, Co-Director of POP, “We strive to help all people in the community to meet their goals and live their dreams. We have had well over three dozen entries the past two years and a large percentage of those have gone on to become operating, successful businesses that contribute to Garrett County.  The POP program has received national recognition because of its many practical, proven facets and because it can work for all types of individuals in all life situations. We welcome applications from all those in the community that wish to capitalize on the possibilities and take control of their lives and careers.”

For more information, applicants should go to www.4ruralsuccess.com to apply. Persons may also contact Mike Tumbarello at 301-387-3167 or mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu with questions. The deadline to sign-up to participate in the competition is January 27, 2017.

Garrett County Chamber Announces 2017 Legislative Agenda

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2017 Legislative Agenda which includes a focus on tourism, economic & community development, education, healthcare, infrastructure and business climate.

The issues included in the Chamber’s agenda are those items that the Garrett County Chamber believes could have the biggest impact through legislative action.

The top legislative priorities for the Chamber in 2017 will be:

  1. Revise the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Program for Reimbursement to Counties for State-owned Lands.

  2. Increase Tourism Promotion Funding to $11,000,000.

  3. Support the Creation of the Rural Development Incentive Program.

4.      Support a Pro-Business Environment in Maryland.

 “The Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee spends several months discussing what issues to include in the agenda and which ones to make our top priorities,” said Shane Grady, Legislative Affairs Committee chair. “With only one Senator and one Delegate representing Garrett County in the Legislature, it is important that we are vocal about our priorities and that we are aggressive with our advocacy efforts in order to make an impact.”

“Our Committee and Board of Directors do a fantastic job developing a legislative agenda that helps me focus on specific issues and provides a guide of legislation for which to watch,” said Nicole Christian, Chamber President & CEO. “The legislature will consider more than 3,000 pieces of legislation and our local businesses do not have time to review every bill. Your Chamber will track legislation and provide a periodic update on bills and hearings throughout the session via our General Assembly Update electronic newsletter. We will advocate for bills that positively impact Garrett County and oppose those that do not.”

“I commend those that get involved in the legislative process by contacting their Senator and Delegate, travelling to Annapolis to testify at hearings or submit written testimony. It is so important for these decision-makers to receive input on policy being made.”

Last year the Garrett County Chamber achieved a 64% success rate in advocating for legislative action that resulted in a favorable outcome.

To view the full Garrett County Chamber of Commerce 2017 Legislative Agenda and the 2017 Session dates, please log onto http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/Legislative.

Compost at Home or Recycle Christmas Trees at the Garrett County Landfill

The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling would like to invite Garrett County residents to participate in Christmas tree recycling at the Garrett County Landfill (GCL) location during the months of January and February.

Trees will be accepted for recycling during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, at the GCL location at 3118 Oakland Sang Run Road, Oakland, Maryland.

Christmas tree recycling is available to Garrett County resident’s FREE-OF-CHARGE. A residential disposal permit is not required to participate in this program or any other recycling program in Garrett County.

Christmas trees may also be recycled at home by placing cut branches and needles under trees and shrubs as a temporary winter mulch or by chopping them up and adding them to your compost pile.

Remove all tinsel, garland and ornaments before recycling Christmas trees at home or at the landfill location.
Please remember that a refuse permit is not required to recycle at any of the seven refuse & recycling sites, including the landfill. Additionally, Garrett County businesses are encouraged to recycle and use the refuse & recycling sites for the recyclable materials collected.

If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Madigan, Recycling Coordinator, at 301.387.0322 or email kmadigan@garrettcounty.org.

Giovanis Funds Needed Project to Ensure Deep Creek Lake Levels Meet Varying Needs
Local Property Owner Gives $100K to Deep Creek Watershed Foundation

 The Board of Directors of the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc.  today announced that long-time property owner Ted Giovanis will donate $100,000 for a needed Water Budget to ensure more consistent and efficient water levels at Deep Creek Lake. The donation is made in memory of Jayne Koskinas, wife of Giovanis.

“Jayne simply loved spending time at Deep Creek, and protecting the lake’s future is important to our family,” said Giovanis.  “I appreciate the Foundation committing to research and due diligence in order to identify an appropriate path forward.” Giovanis is founder and president of the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy (JKTG) which aims to change health care for the better through research, data analysis and other projects.

The Water Budget includes day by day accounting of water requirements for the Deep Creek Lake reservoir and will provide a scientific prediction of needed water levels, improving the timing and volume of water releases. 

Due to precipitation and periodic water releases, Deep Creek Lake levels fluctuate from year to year.  When water levels are low, some lakefront homeowners cannot access the lake with their boats.  When water levels are higher, shoreline erosion and sediment deposits can occur in the Lake. With water releases needed to support power generation, maintain cool waters for the trout fishery, and sustain white water recreation on the Youghiogheny River, the Foundation wanted to conduct a robust study to inform an efficient plan for future water releases that balances all needs of the Deep Creek Lake community.

 "On behalf of the board and all stakeholders here in Garrett County we are deeply grateful to Mr. Giovanis and his family for this generous donation", said Pat Franc, President of the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation Board of Directors. "We're excited about hitting the ground running on this important study and look forward to building off this momentum."

The Foundation Board intends to provide the results of the Study to the State of Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) sometime in 2018.

The Foundation, a non-profit Maryland corporation, was formed to accept tax- deductible donations to support, promote and advance scientific study, environmental protection and educational programs relating to the Deep Creek Watershed.   To find out more about the Foundation and its projects go to www.deepcreekwatershedfoundation.org. 


The Board of Directors of the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the formation of the Foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a non-profit Maryland corporation.  The Foundation is formed to accept tax-deductible donations to foster a private/public partnership that will support, promote and advance scientific study, environmental protection and educational programs relating to the Deep Creek Watershed.

The Deep Lake Watershed contains 41,000 acres and is located in the mountains of Garrett County, Maryland.  Deep Creek Lake (DCL) is within the Deep Creek Watershed and is the State’s largest freshwater lake containing approximately 4,000 acres.  Deep Creek Lake has evolved as a primary recreational destination for the Mid-Atlantic States and is the economic engine for the County.  In 2000, the State of Maryland purchased the Lake and its buffer zone under legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly.  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is assigned responsibility for managing the Lake and its buffer zone. Likewise, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is responsible for, among other things, sediment and erosion control of DCL, as well as for the issuance of a Water Allocation Permit which provides authorization for various entities to use specified quantities of water from the lake. The 2000 legislation included stewardship requirements and authorizations, but it did not address the potential impacts from the watershed to water quality in the Lake.

Over the past 15 years, the Deep Creek community, the County, DNR and MDE have demonstrated a growing interest in ensuring that the quality and recreational value of the Lake is maintained.  Concerns have arisen relating to sediment in coves, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), water quality, lake level fluctuations, and other issues.  Many of these concerns extend beyond the authority of the state-owned property in the buffer zone.  Consequently, a more extensive assessment of the entire watershed was needed. 

Pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DNR and the Garrett County Commissioners, the State and the County agreed to work together to develop a Watershed Management Plan.  Volunteers representing various interest groups and watershed residents, along with County and State officials, were appointed to a steering committee by DNR and the County and formed subcommittees to address the variety of issues affecting the watershed.  Through this effort the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan (Plan) was developed and completed in 2014 and then subsequently approved by the DNR and the Board of Garrett County Commissioners

Additionally, a second MOU has been agreed to and will be signed by the Board Garrett County Commissioners and the Secretaries of DNR and MDE, creating the Administrative Council which will oversee the implementation of the Plan; establish the staff position of Watershed Coordinator; and address the development of financial strategies.  The Foundation will work closely with this Administrative Council to identify projects that will require funding.

The Foundation is formed to support the Plan’s goal of “improving the environmental stability and economic viability of the Deep Creek Watershed while retaining its rural landscapes and natural beauty, so that, for generations to come, local citizens and visitors have a special place to live, work, and play.” The Foundation will accomplish this goal by engaging in fundraising activities to sponsor educational programs supporting initiatives relating to the watershed, soliciting and providing funding to support scientific, environmental, and educational programs relating to the watershed, and applying for grants relating to activities in furtherance of the protection of the watershed. 

For further information regarding the Foundation, its Board of Directors, and how to donate, interested persons can visit the Foundation’s web site at www.deepcreekwatershedfoundation.org