Oakland took top honors as the best town in America for leaf-peeping, thanks primarily to the blazing colors found just nine miles north of town at Swallow Falls State Park. As the Youghiogheny River flows through rock gorges, the oldest stands of eastern hemlock and white pine—more than 360 years old—blanket the area in gold, orange, and red. For five days in early October, residents turn out for the annual Autumn Glory Festival, including two parades, concerts, and band competitions. Oakland also embraces the Halloween spirit, hosting a hayride along the lakefront that passes scenes of zombies and ghosts.
This Thursday, August 28, Celebrity Bartenders from The Episcopal Church in Garrett County will serve up your favorite libation and food at the Sand Trap at the Oakland Golf Club from 5 to 8PM. This event will benefit It’s In The Bag, a program to provide weekend meals during the school year for at-risk elementary school children. It’s in the Bag is beginning its 6th school year and will provide a backpack with 7 easy to prepare meals each weekend for close to 250 children in Garrett County. It costs $280 to feed a child for the entire school year and It’s in the Bag relies solely on donations and fund raisers like this. So come out and have some fun with us at the Sand Trap at the Oakland Golf Club. Tips and a percentage of sales will go to It’s in the Bag to help get us through our sixth school year. Sea you there!!!
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Garrett County have partnered to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan for Deep Creek Lake. The Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan will serve as a comprehensive, best practices guide to ensure that one of Maryland’s most visited, revenue-generating sites is protected far into the future. In addition to protecting the lake’s sensitive natural resources, the plan will address water quality and recreational activities like swimming, fishing, boating and scenic viewing. For more information please visit the DNR Lake Management Plan website.
A man walked and biked over 300 miles across Maryland to raise money for kids with cancer.
Justin Berk started last week at the top of mountain of the Wisp Ski Resort at Deep Creek Lake Maryland. He finished 312 miles later in Ocean City, MD yesterday. He dedicated each day to one “Cool Kids'” child who has either survived or is battling cancer.
Berk was 14 when he nearly lost one of his legs to a staph infection. This week long journey was a way for him to commemorate his hard battle at such a young age.
The Garrett County Department of Public Works – Utilities Division is proposing to amend all service area boundaries to match where existing water and sewer service lines are located. Please be advised that all properties located within a service area are subject to ad valorem taxes where applicable. These rates are available at the bottom of this page. The maps of the proposed changes were posted to the website on July 3, 2014 under the “Current News, Events, and Press Releases” section. These maps continue to be available for review. The lists below identify the properties that we are proposing to remove from the service areas as well as the properties we are proposing to add to the service areas. For questions or comments regarding these amendments please contact the utilities office @ 301-334-6983.
Deep Creek Hydro is permitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). During the permitting process, MDE balances stakeholder concerns and requests with generation opportunities. The result is the operating rule band. This rule band was amended in 2011.
The Operating Rule Band is defined by the Upper and Lower Rule Bands, which represent the highest and lowest desirable reservoir levels at any given time. Deep Creek Hydro strives to maintain the lake between these two rule bands at all times. Periods of high run-off or extreme drought conditions can result in reservoir levels outside of the Operating Rule Band. During these times, the hydro project attempts to restore the reservoir to the proper level in a reasonable amount of time.
by: Comptroller Franchot’s Announcements Aug 19, 2014
Comptroller Franchot will present a 2014 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award to honoree Sandy Bell, who founded an organization called Cindy’s Fund. The fund was named after her twin sister, Cindy Kutchman, who died of ovarian cancer in 2003. The organization helps Garrett County cancer patients and their families who can’t afford proper care and also covers expenses such as gas cards, hotel stays and medical/nutritional supplies.
At noon, the Comptroller will join local elected, business and tourism officials at the Lakeside Creamery to promote “Let Summer Be Summer,” a campaign to start schools after Labor Day with a goal of collecting 10,000 signatures on a petition to present to the Maryland General Assembly when it reconvenes in January. In late May, a governor’s task force recommended to delay opening the state’s public schools until after Labor Day – a proposal that seeks to extend summer vacation for a week or more in many areas. The state task force met for nearly a year and voted 11 to 4 to embrace a later start date statewide.
New Bridge Opens to Traffic Ahead of Schedule Before New School Year Begins
(August 18, 2014) – The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will reopen the US 219 (Garrett Highway) Bridge over Cherry Creek near Oakland, Garrett County by 5 p.m. today following a bridge replacement project. US 219 has been closed and detoured since June 18 and the re-opening is earlier than originally expected.