Deep Creek Dunk set for Feb. 23

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — The 21st annual Deep Creek Dunk will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, behind Uno Pizzeria and Grill.

Sponsored by the Maryland State Police and the Department of Natural Resources Police, the event has raised more than $2.3 million for Special Olympics Maryland since its inception.

For this year’s dunk, a goal of $200,000 has been set to benefit the 7,782 athletes involved in Special Olympics in Garrett County and throughout the state.

Last year, more than 700 people participated, and plans are for the number to surpass 800 this year.

Dunkers must fundraise or pay a minimum of $75 to participate in the frigid plunge into Deep Creek Lake. For their efforts, participants will receive a sweatshirt and a free pasta or pizza from Uno.

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Honi Honi celebrates 50 years at the lake

From the Garrett County Republican

DEEP CREEK LAKE — A landmark of Deep Creek Lake is celebrating its 50th birthday this month.

Honi Honi Bar, located at 19745 Garrett Highway next to Deep Creek UNO, was founded by Jim Delligatti and had its first liquor license issued in 1969.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Delligatti always had a residence at Deep Creek Lake. In later years, he went on to found and own UNO Pizzeria & Grill, Arrowhead Market and the Garrett 8 Cinemas.

Outside of Garrett County, he is famous for being the inventor of the McDonald’s Big Mac.

Delligatti was also a frequent visitor to Florida, where one of his favorite places had a drink called the Honi Honi.

He had a vision for a sister business to the Pizza Pub, which was his restaurant on Deep Creek Lake at the time.

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Meshach Browning Trail System opens in McHenry

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — Along with the new year came the “soft opening” of a new trail system in the McHenry area.

The Meshach Browning Trail System, which covers more than six miles, is a public, non-motorized, multi-use recreational and cultural resource at the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club Park located at 1249 Bumble Bee Road.

“For almost 30 years, the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club has operated the county-owned, 30-acre community park on Bumble Bee Road,” said Chris Nichols, project coordinator for the trail system for the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club. “Over the past few years, the club has made a commitment to improve the facilities at the park to provide more recreational opportunities for both locals and visitors.”

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BPW awards $685K for GC Performing Arts Center

From The Garrett County Republican

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Board of Public Works recently awarded capital grants totaling more than $18.1 million to seven community colleges, including Garrett.

Garrett College received $685,000 to renovate and expand the old gymnasium into the Community Education and Performing Arts Center. The grant requires a local match.

The anticipated cost of the project is $15.47 million, which includes renovating the 11,000-square-foot gym. A 15,800-square-foot addition will also be built.

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Winter season opens at Wisp Resort

From The Garrett County Republican

DEEP CREEK LAKE — Maryland’s Wisp Resort opened for the 2018-19 winter season on Friday, Dec. 14.

Regular operating hours have commenced.

The Mountain Park opened Dec. 15 with snow tubing and mountain coaster. The Mountain Park will be open from 4-8 p.m. through today, and continue with regular season hours over the weekend.

“We anticipate opening with nearly 60 acres of terrain on a base depth of 18 inches to 36 inches, and more terrain will open as snowmaking progresses,” Mountain Operations Director Artie Speicher last week.

Wisp Resort began snowmaking Nov. 21, and as of Dec. 13, a total of 56 million gallons of water had been pumped, equating to approximately 367 acre feet of snow while running the system for 319 total hours.

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Deep Creek Lake Shopping: Tips For Small Business Saturday

From Taylor-Made Deep Creek  Vacation & Sales Blog.

Do some Deep Creek Lake shopping on Small Business Saturday – the day after Black Friday! It is a great opportunity to celebrate and support the small businesses. Deep Creek Lake shopping gives you a chance to get one-of-a-kind items from your favorite place. Pick up holiday gifts or something special for yourself!

I put together a guide to shopping small when you are on a Deep Creek Lake vacation. Supporting “mom and pop” businesses doesn’t have to be limited to Small Business Saturday. These are fun places to browse and buy throughout the year!

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Taylor-Made celebrates 10 years and a new addition

From The Garrett County  Republican

McHENRY — Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales has been in business in the Deep Creek area for 10 years. Last Friday, the company celebrated that anniversary, as well as the addition of new office space at its location at 35 Towne Center Way, McHenry.

The family owned and operated vacation rental and real estate company began in 2008. It is owned by Jodi Taylor Refosco, her husband, Joe Refosco, and her brother, Chad Taylor.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new addition was held by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, followed by an open house. Guests at the grand opening celebration included Garrett County Director of Economic Development Mike Hough.

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