U.S. Olympic bid picking up momentum and support

(Reuters) – The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) gave the clearest indication yet that it will make a pitch for the 2024 Summer Games, saying on Friday that next year it hoped to be in the final stages of preparing a bid.

After stunning rebukes to New York to host the 2012 Olympics and Chicago’s failed attempt for the 2016 Games the USOC has taken a cautious and methodical approach in its latest effort to land the sporting world’s biggest prize.

But prudence has slowly given way to confidence and the overwhelming buzz around the USOC’s annual general assembly that wrapped up Friday was that America’s time to stage a Games again has come.

“A year from now, hopefully we’ll be in the final stages of preparing a bid for the 2024 Games,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun told a receptive audience of sporting delegates. “We’re excited because the last time we hosted a Summer Games was 1996 which means there is a whole generation of Americans who haven’t been able to see the (Summer) Olympic Games on American soil and that is very, very important for us.”

Read More Here:  http://universalsports.com/2014/09/26/u-s-olympic-bid-picking-up-momentum-and-support/

Road Closings Announced for the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival

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Several Oakland roads will be closed before and during the 47th Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 11.

Second Street will be closed to traffic from Liberty Street to Center Street at 9:30 am. Both Second and Third Streets, from Omar Street to Alder Street, will be closed to all vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Traffic needing to bypass Oakland will be directed to detour along Fourth Street until the parade ends. Center Street will remain open until 12:45 p.m.

Memorial Drive also will be closed to through traffic from Fourth to Eighth Street. No one will be able to turn onto Fourth Street from Memorial Drive. Barricades and police officers will prevent access onto Memorial Drive from Fourth to Eighth streets. Emergency vehicles should use Kings Run or Eighth Street to Memorial Drive.

Parking along the parade route, which includes parts of Second, Third and Alder streets, is prohibited prior to and during the parade. Business owners or employees should contact Oakland City Hall at 301.334.2691, Oakland Police Department at 301.334.2100 or the Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.4386 in advance to obtain a pass to gain access inside the parade route, this includes the handicapped parking at the Masonic Lodge on First Street.

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Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Announces 2014 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours

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The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the 2014 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours.

Travel along some of Garrett County’s most scenic routes. Enjoy spectacular fall foliage, panoramic vistas, historical landmarks, museums and stunning natural features. This year, the Chamber is offering two Fall Foliage tours. The Fall Foliage Heritage Tour Highlights include: Friendsville, Friend Family Museum, Youghiogheny Lake, the Cove, Schoolhouse Earth, and Meshack Browning’s grave.  The Extended Tour Fall Foliage Highlights include: Bloomington Viaduct, Savage River, Monroe Run Scenic Overlook, Barn Quilts and Historical Markers and Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway.

“This year’s colors are absolutely spectacular and the driving tours are the perfect way to take in the colors of the fall season and experience Garrett County in all its splendor,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “Be sure to bring your camera – you’ll have plenty of scenic photo opportunities during the tour.”

Stop into the Garrett County Visitors Center from 9 am – 5 pm daily at 15 Visitors Center Drive in McHenry to pick up a copy of the Fall Foliage Driving tour(s) and you’ll receive a complimentary pair of Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area binoculars, while supplies last.

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Deep Creek 2014 Set To Host United States National Championship of Adventure Racing

Deep Creek 2014 in collaboration with the United States Adventure Racing Association is excited to host the 2014 Adventure Racing National Championships here in Deep Creek Lake, MD on October 2-4.

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The National Championships will be a 30 hour long unsupported expedition style endurance race based exclusively on strategic wilderness navigation. The race is comprised of mountain biking, long distance trekking and flat water paddling. There is no course and only a time limit of 30 hours to navigate to as many points as possible between the start line and the finish line.

The AdventureSports Institute, coached by Todd Copley, will be fielding a team in their quest for the Collegiate National Championship. ASI won the National Championship in 2007 and the team is anxious to bring the title back to the epicenter of adventure sports, Garrett County.

Summit Adventure Racing Team, locals Eric Lapp, Joey DiSimone and Todd Copley, will be looking to better their third place finish from last year’s Nationals. The team is currently ranked the #1 team in the North American Adventure Racing Points Series.

Read More Here:  http://deepcreektimes.com/news.asp 

Off-leash Dog Run at Bumble Bee Road Park

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September 27th at Bumble Bee Road Park in McHenry, MD. We’ll be holding the first “Bark in the Park”5k race to raise funds for this project.  The race will be off-road through county-owned land and will start and end at the Lions Club Park on Bumble Bee Road

Public Hearing in Garrett County on Fracking

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) – Garrett County residents are getting a chance to hear about the potential public health risks of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in their region.

The local health department is hosting a presentation Thursday night on a study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

 

Read More Here:  http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/public-hearing-garrett-county-fracking 

Hydrilla Update

“Attached are 2 maps.  The first map indicates the location of 2 new areas where Hydrilla was identified by DNR staff during the comprehensive Deep Creek Lake survey conducted the week of September 15, 2014.  The new locations are near Sorbus Lane, and 4-5 small patches of Hydrilla near Thousand Acres Road. The second map indicates the locations of all Hydrilla identified by DNR in 2013 and 2014.

DNR staff will treat the newly identified small patches of Hydrilla on Monday, September 29 with herbicides.  The 4-5 patches that are in close proximity with each other near Thousands Acres Road will be treated as a block of about 2-3 acres. The remaining treatment will be approximately 1/10 acre total near Sorbus Lane.  

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Welcome to the US 219 I-68 to Meyersdale Project

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) are moving forward with the US 219 I-68 to Meyersdale Project Planning Study. The US 219 I-68 to Meyersdale Project Planning Study was recently reinitiated after it was put on hold during the economic downturn in 2007.

The US 219 I-68 to Meyersdale Project intends to improve the economic development potential along US 219, roadway linkage between I-68 and the Meyersdale Bypass, safety of motorists, and level of service by providing safe and efficient access. For more information, click the Project Newsletter to the right.

Read More Here:  http://us219md-pa.com/

 

Deep Creek 2014: Spectators flock to Western Maryland for Olympic atmosphere

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Ryan jumps around on the concrete lining the Adventure Sports Center International course in an U.S. Soccer jersey and matching bandanna and American flag face paint. He watched all of this summer’s World Cup and plays soccer, but this is his first time watching slalom canoe or kayak.

When asked which he enjoys more, international soccer or international kayaking, the 7-year-old finally stops moving and takes a few seconds to answer. “Kayaking,” he decides, and goes back to playing on the grass and the tiered seating area.

His mom, Cathy Witt, is impressed that a day at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships near Deep Creek Lake had such a quick impact on him. Witt saw a posting on Facebook about a world championship just 45 miles from their home in Cumberland, Md., and figured it was worth checking out.

“I figured it’s a once in a lifetime thing, being here and watching it,” she said. “It has an Olympic-feel, and the kids are really into the Olympics so for them to be here and in this type of atmosphere.”

Read More Here:  http://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/09/deep_creek_2014_spectators_flo.html