Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 45 years

From The Garrett County Republican

BITTINGER — The Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 45th anniversary last week with its annual Firemen’s Appreciation Dinner.

“The year 2018 marked our 45th year of service and also marks our busiest year on record for the department,” said Chief Justin Orendorf. “We handled a total of 449 incidents. Our goals as we move into 2019 are to increase training for our volunteers and as always recruit for additional volunteers. There is nothing more rewarding then giving back to your community, and it sets the tone for the type of community you want to live in.”

He noted that delivery of a new ambulance is set for spring, and the department is also working to obtain a small vehicle to assist with EMS responses in the area and in mutual aid to the surrounding jurisdictions.

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Garrett Pride — Garrett County well-represented at robotics tournament

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — GEARS Inc. and Garrett College co-hosted the 2019 Mountain Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge regional qualifier robotics competition Saturday at the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex gymnasium in McHenry.

G-FORCE, a community-based FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team sponsored by GEARS Inc. and 4-H, served as the host team for the event. Twenty teams represented Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to compete for one of five spots at the Maryland state competition. Of the 20 teams participating, seven teams were from Garrett County.

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Garrett County seeing ‘modest’ growth in income, employment

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — Garrett County has seen a “modest growth” in income, employment and new businesses in recent years, Dr. Andrew Bauer reported during the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Before Hours event Tuesday morning at Wisp Resort.

Bauer, a senior regional economist and deputy regional executive at the Baltimore Branch of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank, provided his economic forecast at national, state and local levels for Chamber members.

“Garrett County’s up 1 percent,” he said about real personal income growth for 2017.

Maryland’s overall growth, however, increased 2.3 percent. The nation fared a little better at 2.6 percent.

Bauer reported that Garrett County “lagged considerably” behind state and national growth between 2015 and 2017.

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Honi Honi celebrates 50 years at the lake

From the Garrett County Republican

DEEP CREEK LAKE — A landmark of Deep Creek Lake is celebrating its 50th birthday this month.

Honi Honi Bar, located at 19745 Garrett Highway next to Deep Creek UNO, was founded by Jim Delligatti and had its first liquor license issued in 1969.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Delligatti always had a residence at Deep Creek Lake. In later years, he went on to found and own UNO Pizzeria & Grill, Arrowhead Market and the Garrett 8 Cinemas.

Outside of Garrett County, he is famous for being the inventor of the McDonald’s Big Mac.

Delligatti was also a frequent visitor to Florida, where one of his favorite places had a drink called the Honi Honi.

He had a vision for a sister business to the Pizza Pub, which was his restaurant on Deep Creek Lake at the time.

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