Deep Creek Axe Throwing Company open for business

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — Axes are flying at Deep Creek Lake, but they are not being used for chopping down trees.

The same people who brought Monkey Business Adventure Park and the Deep Creek Ninja Factory to the area have started a new sport venture, Deep Creek Axe Throwing Company.

“We wanted to come up with another activity where families could get active and we thought this would be a great sister activity to Monkey Business,” said manager Jordan Smith. “It is a great stress reliever, super fun and yet another way to get active.”

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Deep Creek Dunk set for Feb. 23

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — The 21st annual Deep Creek Dunk will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, behind Uno Pizzeria and Grill.

Sponsored by the Maryland State Police and the Department of Natural Resources Police, the event has raised more than $2.3 million for Special Olympics Maryland since its inception.

For this year’s dunk, a goal of $200,000 has been set to benefit the 7,782 athletes involved in Special Olympics in Garrett County and throughout the state.

Last year, more than 700 people participated, and plans are for the number to surpass 800 this year.

Dunkers must fundraise or pay a minimum of $75 to participate in the frigid plunge into Deep Creek Lake. For their efforts, participants will receive a sweatshirt and a free pasta or pizza from Uno.

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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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