Garrett County permits vacation rentals to reopen

The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — Garrett County officials on Thursday lifted the order that closed vacation rental properties, but with a number of restrictions and warnings.

Following Gov. Larry Hogan’s Wednesday announcement of the first phase of his reopening plan, the county commissioners voted to amend their state of emergency declaration to allow the use of rental units effective immediately.

County Health Officer Bob Stephens also rescinded his March order on the rental units.

“Garrett County has been very blessed to have low numbers of infections, and we are in fact the lowest … in the state,” Stephens told the commissioners. “We are all still at some risk. There will be new transmissions from time to time. Our goal in all of this is to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

Commission Chairman Paul Edwards said the reopening of rental units comes with orders for both property owners/managers and the guests.

“The county, in consultation with the Garrett County health officer, have agreed that the order the health officer of March 27, 2020, closing all TVRU (transient vacation rental units) and vacation rental properties … is hereby rescinded, and that is subject to the provisions of the executive order and guidance of the office of legal counsel,” Edwards announced.

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Mountain Fresh Farmers Market dates set, some online ordering available

The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — A new option is now available for shopping at the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market.

With the current social distancing guidelines, some of the vendors have set up online markets.

Shoppers can purchase from each vendor individually with credit/debit (there is a small fee to help cover credit card fees for each transaction) or mark “pay with check” to pay at the market with check or cash (with no fees).

Customers can also choose where and when to pick up products, with some vendors offering on-farm pickup, as well.

A list of vendors can be found at www.MountainFresh.org/shop, and more vendors will be added.

“In order to help our vendors and customers comply with the social distancing recommendations, we’ve been looking at different farmers market options,” said Cheryl DeBerry, market adviser. “Online ordering with farmers market pick up seemed like the best way to help reduce the crowds and keep people safe.”

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Diehl’s Ford Sales offers meals to anyone who needs one

The Garrett County Republican

GRANTSVILLE — In this time of uncertainty, some families find that they need help with meals. That help is coming from many places, some of which are unexpected, such as from a Ford dealership.

As of today (April 2), 308 free meals have been served at Diehl’s Ford Sales in Grantsville. A new remodel was recently completed there, which includes a full kitchen in the new employee break room. This allows for meals to be kept hot all day.

“Honestly, the idea came to me the first Saturday that this started hitting really hard (March 14),” said Vivian Diehl, office manager and vice president. “I was home and thinking about what we could do to help out our community in this situation. I knew that there were many families that needed food, but also if we could provide the meal to anyone, no questions asked or judgement passed, it could relieve anyone’s stress from this horrible situation we are all in together.”

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Krause family shares message of hope

From The Garrett County Republican

ACCIDENT — Members of the Krause family of Accident spent time over the weekend trying to brighten the day for people who might be passing by their Aiken Miller Road residence.

“I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a post that read, ‘Chalk your walk’ and to write a message or draw a picture on your walkway/driveway for all the first responders who are still working during this tough time, so when they drive around town they will see it. So that’s what we did,” Brandi Krause said. “I live just minutes from the Dollar General in Accident so I went and bought multiple boxes of chalk, brought them home and let the girls’ creativity run wild.”

Krause said that she and her husband Matthew are “totally outnumbered with three beautiful girls,” Danika, 12, Charli, 8 and Blakesley, 4.

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GriefShare program available at Garrett County church

The Garrett County Republican

LOCH LYNN, Md. — Community members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend are invited to enroll in a Grief Share program to be held at Loch Lynn Church of God.

Grief Share classes will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., starting April 1, at the church, located at 8649 Gorman Road.

Pre-registration is requested by Thursday, March 19, in order to make sure there are enough workbooks on hand the first night of class. The only cost is for the workbook, which is $15.

This 11-week program features Christ-centered, biblical teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally known grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion.

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