State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund projects identified

From The Garrett County Republican

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will undertake restoration projects at lakes throughout Maryland under the new State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund, which provides $1 million for each of the next three years to improve state-owned lakes.

Gov. Larry Hogan approved the total $3-million fund in May 2018, and the department was tasked with determining priorities and a work plan for the funding. Five public open houses were held around the state in the fall of 2018 to solicit project ideas, and the department’s lake managers also helped identify the most pressing needs to protect and restore the water bodies under their care.

“The input we received from local governments, organizations and citizens was very valuable to the department as we made decisions about the first year of funding,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio said. “We are pleased to announce maintenance and restoration projects at all 16 state-owned lakes.”

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Volunteers provide vital services for Hospice of Garrett County Inc.

From The Garrett County Republican

GARRETT COUNTY — Volunteers are a vital part of the Hospice of Garrett County organization.

“National Volunteer Week is April 7-13, so it’s nice during that time to highlight a little bit of what we do,” said Donna Brenneman, executive director. “We never charge the patients for anything, even if they don’t have insurance with a benefit for Hospice. We’re providing the medications at no charge and all the services. So we have to fund raise and we have to use volunteers. Our families need that support staff.”

Garrett County’s Hospice got its start in 1983 when home health nurse Pauline Faucett saw a need and got things moving. She still serves on the board of directors today.

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