Wisp planning to open for winter sports on December 16th

Snowmaking is underway as the Mountain Ops Team prepares to start making snow for the resort. Temperatures are continuing to drop throughout next thursday permitting an offical opening on Saturday, December 16th. For more information click here.

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355 San Francisco Price Improvement

Mountaineer log cabin with seasonal lake views in Roman Nose subdivision. Attractive chalet floorplan, spacious lot and plenty of yard space to enjoy. Multiple living areas, large loft, interior garage space, open floor plan. Less than a mile to the water. Successful private vacation rental, mostly furnished. Private drive, local traffic only. Incredibly peaceful.

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StormReady® Recognition for Garrett County

National Weather Service officials have recognized Garrett County, Maryland as a StormReady® community. Fred McMullen, Warning Coordination of the National Weather Service forecast office in Pittsburgh will present county officials with a recognition letter and special StormReady signs during a ceremony at the Garrett County Courthouse Public Meeting Room on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
“StormReady encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness in partnership with their local National Weather Service office,” McMullen said.

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6 Bright Passage Lane #1C Price Improvement

Sporting high-end finishes and professionally decorated, this 4 level Villages of Wisp unit will blow you away! Upgrades include hardwood floors & carpet, fresh paint, new lighting, washer and dryer, designer furniture and new TVs. Seller also added 2 AC units. Seasonal views of the water. This specific area has a HUGE backyard area – perfect for entertaining or playing in the yard.

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‘Adorable Adoptables’ available at animal shelter

OAKLAND — The Garrett County Animal Shelter and Garrett County Humane Society are featuring four “Adorable Adoptables” this week.

Jason is a lively 1 1/2-year-old beagle who was given up by his owner.

“He will need some attention,” noted Lisa Baker, GCHS president.

Robin is a female longhaired orange tabby who was picked up as a stray in Oakland.

“She is very pretty and friendly,” Baker said.

Mickey is a young gray/white male tabby who was picked up in Lonaconing; and Cinnamon is a shy, spayed orange tabby who was given up by her owner.

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Santa’s elves are getting ready for the Festival of Trees

MCHENRY — Santa’s elves are hard at work preparing for the 10th annual Festival of Trees, Garrett County’s premiere holiday kick-off event.

The Dove Center fundraiser is set for Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25, beginning at 9 a.m. each day in the Agriculture Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds.

This year’s theme is “Frosty the Snowman,” providing hours of holiday fun for all ages. General admission is $5 per person per day.

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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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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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