Oakland B&O Museum in need of volunteers

The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — The Oakland B&O Museum is ready for the summer, but the lack of volunteers is preventing it from being operated on regular hours.

Oakland Councilman Terry Helbig, who is also chairman of the museum’s committee, said at Monday’s meeting that the historic railroad station needs people to donate time toward keeping the museum open.

Helbig said the regular roster of volunteers consists mostly of senior citizens, some of whom have health issues — and they are in the high-risk category for COVID-19. Because of that, they have been reluctant to return to the station, which had delayed reopening until permitted by Gov. Larry Hogan’s recovery plans.

Helbig himself manned the station over the weekend, hosting a couple dozen visitors.

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Oakland native’s World War II flight may have inspired song

The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — An Oakland native who passed away in November at the age of 100 was once involved in a World War II flight that may have inspired the song “Comin’ in on a Wing and a Prayer.”

J.C. O’Donnell was a 22-year-old Army lieutenant when he flew a twin-engine warplane, a B-26 Marauder, in an intense dogfight in New Guinea on May 28, 1942.

He ended up flying the plane on one engine for four hours, arriving late back to the airstrip at Port Moresby.

News accounts stated that several planes flew over the mountains in New Guinea, and the Americans ended up under attack by more than a dozen Japanese Zero fighter planes.

The battle lasted 35 minutes, and the Marauder’s right engine was destroyed in machine gun fire. The tail was also hit and the fuselage acquired large holes.

O’Donnell took a long route home and was chased by the Japanese planes for about an hour. By the time he got the plane and his crew of six back to the airstrip, it had been declared missing.

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House of Hope Food Drive set for 41st year

From The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — For the 41st year, the House of Hope food drive will take place in Oakland.

This year’s event is planned for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, along Second Street in front of the Cornish Café.

Non-perishable food items and cash donations will be accepted. The House of Hope is primarily geared toward short-term emergency situations where a quick response and flexibility are critical.

It is a non-denominational, non-profit “network of concerns” particular to Garrett County. The House of Hope can assist with food, clothes, accommodations, bills or other specific needs.

Over the last 40 years, roughly $60,000 in donations and more than 80 pickup truck loads of food have been donated.

Chuck Nolan started the food drive in 1978, and he continues to be the driving force behind it.

He noted that the idea came from the birth of his first daughter, Bridget.

“We had gone through the training, my wife and I, so I could be in the delivery room,” he said. “So this beautiful baby girl was born, and the nurse let me give her her first bath. I remember to this day looking down and holding this precious little girl, and I thought to myself, ‘What a gift God’s given me. What can I do to give back to my community for this gift … to give back to God?’ And that’s how the House of Hope food drive started.”

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GRMC chief speaks of building ‘Culture of Excellence’

From The Garrett County Republican

GRANTSVILLE — Mark Boucout, president and CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center and Potomac Valley Hospital, was the guest speaker at the last monthly meeting of the year for the Greater Grantsville Business Association last Wednesday.

He spoke about building a “Culture of Excellence” at GRMC.

“Managing a health care facility today is not a task for the timid,” he said. “An organization like Garrett, which is small, doesn’t have a lot of financial resources. We are not owned by WVU, so our financial resources come from within or from grants. We had to completely reinvent the culture at GRMC.”

He explained that he took a scientific approach to it to create a meaningful scenario.

“I sort of think about hospitals as a complex adaptive system,” he said. “A flock of birds is a perfect example of a complex adaptive system. The lead gander in the flock of geese that are flying in Vs never actually honks. He is actually flying a flight pattern and all the geese behind him are honking and the lead goose adjusts his flight pattern based upon the noise of the flock behind him.”

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Oakland resident bicycles 5,095 miles to Alaska

The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — Alan Peachey recently returned to Oakland from an extended trip to Alaska.

Such a trip is not uncommon for those who like to travel. However, his mode of transportation was anything but ordinary. He traveled 5,095 miles on a bicycle.

“I had wanted to do a long-distance bike tour for quite some time, and this is the summer I made it happen,” he said.

Peachey left Oakland on July 19. He biked for 56 days, arriving in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, a few miles from the Arctic Ocean, on Sept. 12.

He averaged 91 miles a day on his trip.

“This was never a race,” he said. “On lots of days I could have started earlier and pushed myself harder,” he said. “Ultimately, it was more of a test of mental endurance than physical. You have to have the will to keep going day after day in all kinds of terrain, temperatures, insects and headwinds.”

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Towns of Garrett County- Oakland, Maryland

Oakland, Maryland is the county seat of Garrett County. With over 2,000 residents, the town is small and charming yet offers all the amenities of a resort town. Many residents will notice that their lakefront Deep Creek Lake house address says Oakland. However, the heart of the town is 10 miles south of the Garrett County Highway 219 bridge. Designated as a “Main Street Community”, Oakland is filled with things to do. The town offers many parks, playgrounds, a 18-hole golf course, Broadford Lake (a 140 acre lake with a beach front), an outdoor farmers market, and more! When is the best time to visit Oakland? All the time! From the Autumn Glory Festival to the Little Yough Summer Music Fest to Winterfest, there is always something going on. For more information about Oakland, please visit http://www.oaklandmd.com/index.html.

 

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Top 9 Memorial Day Weekend Getaways

ere at LeafFilter, we honor our servicemen and women year round. Many of our LeafFilter team members have served as military personnel, and we are thankful for their service. We also offer a year-round military discount on the LeafFilter gutter protection system to show our gratitude and support of our servicemen and women.

On Memorial Day, we remember those who have fallen in service of the United States. As a national “holiday,” many people associate Memorial Day with a day off work, a time for cookouts, or the “official start of summer.” That’s why we’ve created this list of the top 9 places to get away this Memorial Day weekend. But, as you plan your vacation (or staycation), don’t forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. Take a pause to remember the heroes who have fallen protecting our country.

Check Out the List here:  http://www.leaffilter.com/blog/top-9-memorial-day-weekend-getaways/