701 N Street Price Improvement

4BR 2BA home with heated 2 car garage. Features include hardwood floors, custom tile bathroom and an addition over the garage. Setup for one level living, 3 additional BR’s upstairs. Large backyard. In need of some cosmetic updates, but home seems very solid and well-built. Estate sale – furnishings & most contents negotiable.

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Accident mayor and town council meet

 

ACCIDENT — The Accident mayor and Town Council met in regular session on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the town hall. Those present included Richard W. Carlson, mayor; council members Frank W. Scaffido, Amy D. Hook, Brenda J. Shields, and M. Travis Pickett; Garrett County Sheriff Rob Corley; Crede Calhoun, owner of Vision Quest Studios; Justin Hinebaugh, Kevin Tomblin, and Adam Spiker from the Central Garrett Little League; and Ralph Miller.

Sheriff Corley reported that Accident was very quiet during the month of November. He discussed the new Garrett County government ATV/Snowmobile Permit program. The permits allow riders to run up to two miles on county-maintained roadways. The money from the permits will be used for safe driving classes for new drivers, traffic signs, and other items involving safety.

Crede Calhoun from Vision Quest Studios talked to the council pertaining to setting up a new website for the town.

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Garrett County tourism is ‘off to a good start’ in FY 2018

MCHENRY — The first quarter of fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 — June 30, 2018) is off to a good start for tourism in the Deep Creek lake area and other areas of the county, with a 5.9 percent increase in county accommodations sales, according to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce

There is also a 19.6 percent increase in “heads on beds,” a 8.5 percent growth in visitors to the chamber’s website (visitdeepcreek.com), and a 17 percent rise in Visitor Guide requests.

While the chamber attributes much of the continued growth in tourism to “aggressive” marketing efforts and new advertising strategies, the newly implemented post-Labor Day start for Maryland Public Schools is also being credited for the increases.

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GARRETT COUNTY LEADS THE WAY WITH COLLEGE TUITION PROGRAM

By Meghan Thompson

College students in the U.S. share a common worry that often follows them through their years of post-secondary education: How am I going to pay for this? With the price tag of a degree continuing to grow, creative ways to fund college educations are needed now more than ever. Many students turn to their local community colleges to save on tuition for their first two years of college.

The issue has become politically salient as candidates for governor and other offices debate how best to make higher education accessible and affordable. One Democratic candidate for governor, former NAACP President Ben Jealous, has proposed making public colleges and universities tuition-free. The price tag is likely to be very costly.

Garrett County, in the far reaches of Western Maryland, has created a mechanism to provide its students with a free, two-year community college education. It was the first county in the state to institute a promise program for the graduates of its two high schools who enroll at Garrett College in McHenry, just minutes from Deep Creek Lake.

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‘Adorable Adoptables’ available at county animal shelter

OAKLAND — Among the “Adorable Adoptables” currently housed at the Garrett County Animal Shelter are four felines named Jack, Miss Kitty, Moe and Melissa.

Jack is a large neutered black and white male who was picked up as a stray in Oakland.

“Is he yours?” asked Lisa Baker, Garrett County Humane Society president.

Miss Kitty is an older spayed longhaired white feline who was given up by her owner.

Moe is a friendly 8-month-old male black stray.

“Melissa is a sweet brown tabby who had kittens of her own,” Baker said. “She also fostered some motherless kittens. Now she needs a home.”

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Volunteers needed to help transport veterans

OAKLAND — A call for volunteer drivers has been made by local U.S. Navy veteran Dwight Mangan, who has managed a group of volunteers to drive area military veterans to Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities for the past seven years.

“We are down to five drivers, and we’re going to lose two by the end of the year,” Mangan said. “We really need some more people to help us out.”

The vans used in the process are provided by the VA, and the gasoline is paid for, Mangan said. The drivers may volunteer to drive every week, or as little as once or twice a month.

Drivers go to the homes of local veterans and pick them up. They then transport the vets to either Cumberland for another pickup, or on to Martinsburg, W.Va., to the VA medical facility there. Usually the trips are to Cumberland, he said.

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‘Adorable Adoptables’ available at Garrett County Animal Shelter

OAKLAND — Numerous “Adorable Adoptable” felines are housed at the Garrett County Animal Shelter this week. They include Debbie, Jenny and Louise.

Debbie, who was given up by her owner, is white with black markings. She is friendly, according to Liz Gibbons, one of the shelter’s animal control officers.

She describes Jenny, a gray tabby who was found in Oakland, as being “very friendly, as well.”

Louise is a black and white tuxedo who was found along Gorman Road.

For more information about these and other cats, as well as dogs, at the shelter, persons are invited to call 301-334-3553.

Located along Oakland Sang Run Road, the county-operated facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Commissioners approve 2017 Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan

BITTINGER — The county commissioners have unanimously approved the Garrett County 2017 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (LPPRP). Council signed the resolution during its public meeting Tuesday evening at the Bittinger Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

The commissioners held a public hearing for the plan earlier this month at the courthouse in Oakland. Director Deborah Carpenter, Garrett County Department of Planning and Land Management, reviewed the document at the hearing.

“The Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan is required in order for us to participate in Program Open Space,” she said. “It is required to be updated every five years with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.”

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130 Paradise Ridge PRICE REDUCTION

4BR, 3BA home with assigned dock slip at Paradise Ridge. Open floor plan, multiple family areas, wet bar, hearty woodstove, 1.5-car garage, vaulted ceiling and 3 levels of living space. Views of the water from the lot, short walk to community lake access area – one of Deep Creek Lakes finest!

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Fall Foliage and Festival Report October 14 – 15

Welcome to the Fall Foliage and Festival Report for the weekend of Oct. 14 and 15, brought to you by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Office of Tourism.

Garrett County’s biggest event of the year, the Autumn Glory Festival, is underway in Oakland and other locations throughout the county. Highlights of the festival include the Maryland State Banjo and Fiddle Championships, Tall Tale Storytelling and Book Festival, Western Maryland Tournament of Bands, parades, a 5K Run, and an authentic Oktoberfest celebration.

For those heading out to the event, the fall foliage will certainly not disappoint! Reports from the region indicate leaf change has really picked up in Garrett County, moving rapidly towards peak with lots of yellow and orange showing. Recent rain did bring a lot of leaves down over the past weekend. Red and sugar maples and hickory species, with their colorful pinkish orange and yellow foliage, are looking pretty good in the county at Big Run State Park, along New Germany Road to Grantsville and east along I-68 to Frostburg. In Allegany County good color change can easily be seen on ridges near and far.

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