‘Fire on the Mountain’ to be launched July 4

From WVNews

DEEP CREEK LAKE — Fireworks will once again light up the sky over McHenry Cove of Deep Creek Lake on July Fourth during the annual “Fire on the Mountain,” presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.

Fireworks will be launched about 9:30 p.m. from the top of the Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort and out over the waters of Deep Creek Lake.

Prime viewing locations include the Scenic Overlook on Route 219, the lawn at Garrett College, Wisp Resort, various McHenry businesses, and from a boat on the lake, particularly around McHenry Cove.

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Believe In Tomorrow opens House at Deep Creek

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation now has a second home in Garrett County to help bring smiles to the faces of critically ill children and their families.

A grand opening was held last week to celebrate the recent completion of the House at Deep Creek. The three-story, log-and-stone facility is located next door to BIT’s first Garrett County home, the House at Wisp Mountain. Both homes are perched on Marsh Mountain and offer scenic views of Deep Creek Lake, fresh air, recreation and peace.

Local dignitaries, supporters and volunteers attended the celebration, as did Brian Morrison, BIT’s founder/president/CEO.

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52nd-annual Autumn Glory Festival king & queen announced

From The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — The 2019 royalty court has been selected for the 52nd annual Autumn Glory Festival.

This year’s king is Sam Kennedy, and the queen is Cheyenne Reckart.

Kennedy is a member of the Southern Garrett High varsity baseball team and participates in cross-country. He is involved with Model U.N. and 4-H, has competed as a mathlete, and volunteers with the Blind Skier program. Kennedy is a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and his hobbies include hunting and boating.

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Marine wildlife return to Maryland’s waters

From The Garrett County Republican

ANNAPOLIS — Marine wildlife — dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, whales and others — are making their seasonal return to both the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries, as well as the coastal bays.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds anyone who has seen either a marine mammal or sea turtle in Maryland waters to report it to the state Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding program at 1-800-628-9944.

In addition to calling the hotline, anyone who finds a stranded marine mammal, alive or dead, should follow these steps if possible:

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Garrett County Chamber of Commerce celebrates successful year

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Membership Meeting and Dinner on June 6, when chamber members and staff celebrated a highly successful year.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, which began as the Mt. Top Chamber of Commerce in 1952, merged with the Garrett County/Deep Creek Lake Promotion Council in 1997.

It is now the largest professional business association in the region with 600 members representing every industry in the community. Since the two organizations merged 22 years ago, the Chamber has partnered with the county to build the Visitors Center in McHenry, launched the Art & Wine Festival and Garrett Trails, created “The Deep Creek Experience” county-wide brand, established the annual Business & Industry Appreciation program, created the annual Fire on the Mountain Fourth of July Fireworks display and garnered certification of the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area.

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Boating safety doesn’t happen by accident

From The Baltimore Sun

Memorial Day marked the unofficial beginning of boating season in Maryland and elsewhere. Every weekend for the next few months, thousands of people will be out on the water across the state whether it’s Deep Creek Lake, the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic Ocean off Ocean City and Assateague Island. But the summer boating season is also certain to suffer its customary share of accidents and fatalities — most if not all of which are preventable.

This loss of life associated with recreational boating is surely among the most frustrating statistics in public health because it’s so avoidable. In many ways, it mirrors the daily carnage on the nation’s roads — with irresponsible behavior, including the boating equivalent of drunk driving and speeding, among the chief culprits. But arguably it’s worse. Americans take to the roads and expose themselves to the inherent risk out of necessity. Boating is a luxury. There’s absolutely no reason why people need to be placed in harm’s way if everyone behaves prudently.

Take, for example, life jackets, more properly known as personal flotation devices. Under Maryland law, children under the age of 13 must wear them while any vessel is underway, and that includes not just motorboats but sailboats, canoes, kayaks and rowboats. Yet in cases of drowning, what percentage of victims were found not to be wearing one? According to the U.S. Coast Guard, that would be 84.5 percent. That’s a problem, particularly given that about three-quarters of boating accident fatalities involve drowning.

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