Dennis Hannibal – Western Maryland Appraisals – Deep Creek Lake

I wanted to profile my good friend Dennis Hannibal, who is a local appraiser here in Garrett County & Deep Creek Lake. We had a great conversation about the real estate market the other day at my Railey Realty office. He is a wealth of information and I highly recommend him for all of your appraisal needs!

Dennis Hannibal
Western Maryland Appraisal Services
Mc Henry, Maryland (md)
301-387-7446

dehannibal@verizon.net

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Western Maryland – north, south, west, but not east?

Frederick N. Rasmussen talks about the age old debate of whether Maryland is Northern or Southern in the Baltimore Sun. I got a kick out of the following about Western Maryland:

“Maryland is in many ways three states in one – all below the Mason-Dixon line, to be sure. Residents of far off Western Maryland, closer to Pittsburgh than Baltimore, tend to follow those professional sports teams. I remember being at Deep Creek Lake in the early 1980s trying to find a Baltimore newspaper and instead being confronted with stacks of Pittsburgh papers.”

Read the rest of the article here.

It’s true that most here tend to cheer more for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, & Pirates, though there are some of us who share our love of Pittsburgh sports with at least one other ‘Maryland’ team – my weakness is the Washington Redskins 🙂 So the way I look at it, my two favorite football teams have 9 Super Bowls between them! I have come to think of my teams as the Steelskins:

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Casselman, Potomac River fishing

Mr. Neuland mentions fly fishing for trout in Garrett County, specifically the Casselman & Potomac Rivers. Garrett County is famous for its trout fishing streams & rivers. From the Frederick News Post:

Town Creek: The water was pristine
Originally published March 28, 2010

By Dan Neuland
Today’s Sportsman

I HAVE LIVED in Maryland for more than 20 years and am ashamed to admit that I had never fished Town Creek until last year. For years, I have traveled I-68 through Allegany County on my way to fly fish the popular trout fisheries in Garrett County, driving right over Town Creek without stopping to sample the waters.
Last March, I took the opportunity to do a little early morning turkey scouting in Green Ridge State Forest, and combined the outing with some afternoon fly fishing in the delayed-harvest trout fishing area on Town Creek.

Before leaving home, I checked the Maryland Freshwater Sportfishing Guide online for information on tackle restrictions and printed the driving directions from the Department of Natural Resources website.

Like the other delayed harvest areas in western Maryland, such as the Casselman River and the North Branch of the Potomac River, Town Creek is managed as catch and release with artificial lures or flies only restrictions in the fall, late winter and throughout the spring.

Read the rest of the article here.

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The Lake Effect makes up for Battle of the Bands

TheTowerLight.com talks about a local Garrett County band, the Lake Effect:

The Lake Effect makes up for Battle of the Bands
By Lauren Slavin

Published: Sunday, March 28, 2010
Updated: Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Lake Effect by Alan Dovell / The Towerlight

The back-to-back blizzards the first week of February pushed the date for the Campus Activities Board’s annual Battle of the Bands up a few weeks, but unfortunately not far enough for all four members of Garrett County, Md. based The Lake Effect. Bassist Rob Glotfelty and drummer David Valenta were snowed in during the competition for a Tigerfest opening slot. But the band has moved on and looks forward to releasing their first album “Right, By Accident.”

The band opened for We the Living, who performed at a CAB-sponsored concert on March 26. “I think they kind of felt bad for us, they wanted to give us an opportunity to play,” guitarist and vocalist Darryl Glotfelty said.

But the concert worked to their benefit, allowing them to perform before a nationally-recognized group and sell tickets to their CD release at Recher Theatre on April 9. The Lake Effect’s members also sold T-shirts and allowed students to sign up for their mailing list, which entitled them to a free song.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Wisp, Bear Creek All Set For Warm Weather Recreation

OntheSnow.com talks about the Wisp & the warmer weather activities available:

Mar 29, 2010 Mary Jo Tarallo, Associate Editor

Fly fishing is among many summer recreations at Wisp and Bear Creek.

At A Glance
Where: Wisp Resort;

Info: More Information
Wisp Resort in Western Maryland and Bear Creek in Pennsylvania are two mid-Atlantic resorts that have a strong line-up during the summer months.

The man-made white water facility at the top of Wisp is unique in the region. Beginners and experienced paddlers can enjoy white water rafting and kayaking on the re-circulating water course. The venue hosts the Open Canoe Slalom Nationals and North American Championships will take place Aug. 6 – 8.

The Adventure Sports Center International runs the water facility. The group also offers rock climbing, bouldering, mountain biking, hiking, and geo-caching on a 550 – acre forested reserve.

The Wisp Resort features a championship 18-hole golf course, fly fishing, paintball, disc golf, and boating on nearby Deep Creek Lake.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Carmel Cove Inn mentioned in Washington Post as best travel deal

A blurb from the Washington Post mentioned Deep Creek Lake & Carmel Cove as the best travel bargain on land:

— Carmel Cove Inn, on Western Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake, is offering 25 percent off weekend rates (two-night minimum) and 35 percent off weekdays. With the Spring Getaway Special, deluxe double rooms are $146 on weekends and $114 on weekdays; rate is usually $175. Add 11 percent in taxes. Valid through April. The lodge-style inn has a fishing and swimming dock, canoes, tennis, billiards and bicycles. Guest rooms come with fireplaces and whirlpool baths. Info: 301-387-0067, http://www.carmelcoveinn.com.

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Garrett County approves revised wind farm project plans

Garrett approves revised wind farm project plans
Megan Miller
Cumberland Times-News

— OAKLAND — On Tuesday county officials approved a revised project plan for a proposed Garrett wind farm, putting developer Constellation Energy one step closer to building an electrical substation and 28 wind turbines atop Backbone Mountain near Eagle Rock.

The Maryland Department of the Environment halted work last week on the site of a planned electrical substation along Eagle Rock Road due to issues with water runoff and erosion controls. MDE spokeswoman Dawn Stoltzfus said an erosion and sediment control fence at the site had been improperly installed, and the project plan was inadequate to handle the volume of water flowing from the site.

The Garrett Soil Conservation District’s approval of Constellation’s revised plan is the first step toward resuming construction. Stoltzfus said she expected the silt fence would be fixed Tuesday and an MDE inspector will visit the site Wednesday to look over the changes and give the necessary approval to proceed.

Crews began clearcutting timber and building access roads on the substation site in mid-March. Clearcutting and other preliminary work has continued at the proposed wind turbine sites, strung along the mountain ridge northeast of the substation site.

Stoltzfus said MDE is investigating whether or not to bring penalties against Constellation.

The Garrett Soil Conservation District’s decision came on the same day that county residents and Constellation representatives spoke in support of the project at the Garrett County Commission meeting.

David Wagner, manager of the Commercial Analysis Group with Constellation Energy, said afterward that he plans to attend commission meetings regularly to keep a close connection with the community as the project moves forward.

Marvin White, a farm owner who said four turbines are planned for his property, told the commission he supports the project because it will create well-paid jobs and allow the county to produce clean energy.

“A lot of people are against these wind turbines, but do you want to build a nuclear powerhouse or a big coal powerhouse up there? Which would you rather see?” White said. “This county was built on cutting timber and coal mining.”

But other neighbors have voiced their opposition to the project, especially since construction work began in recent weeks.

Eric Robison, whose Eagle Rock Road home sits nearly adjacent to the substation site, filed a formal public information request with the county on Tuesday seeking documents including a copy of the site plan overview and the county’s review of the Constellation project under the Garrett County Sensitive Areas Ordinance.

Robison, who owns a construction company, said he’s concerned that the project plans have not been thoroughly reviewed by county, state and federal officials for their environmental impact on those areas.

Under state law, county officials have 30 days to respond to the information request.

Constellation Energy plans to build 28 wind turbines atop Backbone Mountain in Garrett County. The state Department of the Environment stopped work last week due to issues with water runoff and erosion controls.

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What a difference 2 weeks makes – Stockslager Area Deep Creek Lake

A few weeks ago, I took these pics of the Stockslager Rd area as the lake level was lowered (because of flooding risks) and there was still ice and snow everywhere. Well, today I went back and saw just how much the lake has risen in just a few short weeks:






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Deep Creek Stream-River – exploring Garrett County & Deep Creek Lake

I just listed a lakefront house on Stockslager Rd today, and on the way back, I wanted to snap a few shots of the bridge that crosses Deep Creek. Not the Deep Creek Lake bridge, but the small little stream/river/creek that is the namesake of Deep Creek Lake. I plan on exploring more this summer, but I wanted to share some of the cool photos that I got today. It’s tough to see the water as the trees are all grown up and it’s very wooded, but you can see that it’s there. This is the stream that pickups the runoff from the Deep Creek Dam and dumps that water into the Youghiogheny River. You’ll notice the smaller steel bridge that used to be there, as well. The trees have grown up through it. Stay tuned – I hope to hike the stream down to the Yough and report back here ina few weeks when the leaves are out in full bloom. Enjoy!

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Lawmakers want suspension of state forest alcohol ban

Lawmakers want suspension of state forest alcohol ban
Michael A. Sawyers
Cumberland Times-News

Cumberland — CUMBERLAND — Numerous state senators and delegates, including the District 1 delegation, have written to the Maryland Forest Service asking Director Steve Koehn to suspend a policy that prohibits alcoholic beverage consumption within state forests.

Although the ban has been in place for about four months, its existence just recently came to public attention by way of articles in the Times-News. Koehn said the ban was enacted administratively and did not require a public meeting process.

In a March 25 letter, the elected officials wrote to Koehn, “It is problematic, to say the least, that we must become aware of such a broad and sweeping policy change through media reports rather than an open dialogue with your office.

“Although we agree that there is good intent behind the alcohol ban, we are concerned that your department did not feel it was necessary to hold public meetings … Further, such a policy may have a chilling effect on the sale of licenses and other related fees.”

The representatives go on to request a suspension of the ban until public meetings are held to discuss it.

Koehn said Monday morning via e-mail that he had not yet received the letter and, thus, could not react to it.

There are 138,288 acres of state forest in Maryland, 83 percent of which lie in Allegany and Garrett counties, according to numbers posted on the agency’s Web site.

Alcoholic beverage merchants such as Bill Schoenadel of Bill’s Place in Little Orleans and industry representatives such as John Stakem of Frostburg have objected to the new prohibition.

Stakem, who is president of the Allegany County Liquor Dealers Association, said he will travel to Annapolis on Wednesday in an attempt to be heard.

Sgt. Art Windemuth of the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Monday that during 2009 officers dealt with 12 incidents in Savage River State Forest and 59 in Green Ridge that are categorized as criminal and/or alcohol. An exact breakdown of how many definitely were related to the consumption of alcohol was not available.

Windemuth said alcohol-related incidents can range from underage drinking to assaults and other violent crimes.

The average number of officers who are available to patrol state forests along with their other duties is five in each of Allegany and Garrett counties, he said.

A little over a year ago, the Maryland Park Service prohibited strong drink in day-use areas, and in November expanded the ban to campgrounds. According to an online statement by the Department of Natural Resources, the ban is also in place for wildlife management areas.

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