May turning into a green month, too?

Just take a peek outside your window and you’ll see that the right combination of warmth, rainfall and sunshine has transformed the outdoors into a verdant paradise.

Speaking of green, I hope everyone got a big tax return from Uncle Sam and has a nice stash of green in the bank.

No? Well then you might feel better knowing your tax dollars are already being put to work for noble causes here in Maryland. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed a new law, pithily coined the PRIME Act, which extends $3 billion in tax credits and exemptions to Amazon if they choose to locate their new headquarters in Montgomery County.

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Celtic Festival to celebrate 30 Years in Garrett County

FRIENDSVILLE — On the green riverside of Friendsville Community Park, the Garrett County Celtic Festival will once again take place, celebrating for the 30th year the history and traditions of Scots, Irish and Welsh ancestry of the mountaintop.

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 2.

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Just Listed 612 Harvey Winters Dr.

8 years young, this custom-built Craftsman home still feels like new! Quality construction, modern finishes & energy efficient. ~3,000sf of finished living space, multiple living areas, gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, AC, MASSIVE basement (another ~2,000sf of space!) and a fenced-in backyard. 2 car garage and as close to schools as you can get. Must-see – too many features to mention!

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Partnership will expand high-speed internet in Garrett County

OAKLAND — A public-private partnership with Microsoft Corp. and Declaration Networks Group Inc. will expand rural broadband access in Garrett County.

The three-year agreement announced Tuesday will expand broadband internet access to approximately 65,000 people in Garrett County and two counties in the Eastern Shore of Virginia as part of Microsoft’s Rural Airband Initiative. The expansion to unserved homes and businesses will use a combination of fixed wireless and television white space deployments.

“Reliable access to high-speed internet is critical for Maryland’s small businesses, families and students to thrive in our 21st century economy,” Gov. Larry Hogan said. “We are working diligently to eliminate the rural broadband gap and ensure that all Marylanders have the opportunity to access trusted, cost-effective broadband solutions.”

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New Listing 26 Ski Harbor Drive

Lakefront townhome at Ski Harbor! Postcard views of the lake & Wisp Ski Resort from almost every room! Includes dock slip & no-wake cove, perfect for peaceful kayaking & swimming. Wood-burning fireplace accentuates the main living area. Community renovations have replaced siding & decking in recent years with low maintenance materials. Indoor swimming pool! Garage! Est. vacation rental.

Arts at a Glance

 

Thursday, April 12

• Risa Binder Concert, Frostburg State University’s CES series, FSU Performing Arts Center, 8:15 p.m. For more information, including ticket prices, persons should visit ces.frostburg.edu or call the Lane University Center Box Office at 301-687-3137.

Saturday, April 21• Garrett County Public Schools Student Arts Fair 2018, CARC of Garrett College, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All are invited to join students and educators from Garrett County Public Schools in a celebration of the arts. Exhibits of both visual and performing arts by all local students will be on display until 2 p.m.; the Garrett County Arts Council will host its make-and-take craft room with are teachers, with fabric totes from Samantha Funding the Arts will be available for coloring; and live performances will take place every half hour. This is a free event.

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Lions clubs to host casino night at GCF scholarship benefit

McHENRY — The eighth-annual spring scholarship benefit, hosted by the Garrett College Foundation, will be held April 27 at The Lodge at Wisp Resort in McHenry.

Final preparations are being made, including an exciting Casino Night, hosted by the Deep Creek Lake and Oakland Lions Clubs, as part of this year’s benefit theme, “Boots and Bling.”

“The Deep Creek and Oakland Lions Clubs are happy to partner with the Garrett College Foundation to raise funds for the students. Garrett College is an important part of the community that we serve,” Deep Creek Lions Club President Ken Bush said. “We look forward to a fun evening for a great cause.”

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Deep Creek Lake Vacation Rental Firm Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, a leading vacation rental and sales firm located in McHenry, Maryland, is celebrating their tenth anniversary this month. There have been many changes in the past decade, but the company’s commitment to their guests, home owners and the community remains steadfast.

Jodi Taylor Refosco, her husband, Joe Refosco, and her brother, Chad Taylor, started the vacation rental management company in April of 2008. Each had many years of experience in the vacation rental and hospitality industries. Chad and Jodi were continuing a tradition that was started by their parents who previously owned a vacation rental firm. With only one home and no employees, Jodi, Joe and Chad did everything themselves. From lawn care and maintenance to reservations and housekeeping, the trio built the company from the ground up.

For more on their story click here.

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A message from the Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake

March 27, 2018
Folks,
The National Police Bloodhound Association (NPBA) will be returning to Garrett County to host its 2018 40-hour Man-Trailing and Certification course, April 28th through May 3rd.  The host location will be the WISP RESORT for bloodhounds and Law Enforcement Handlers from all over the United States.
Bloodhounds are generally docile and loving and these dogs are not trained for purposes other than to discriminate the scent trailing humans.  The general public should be aware the week of the training and the presence many dogs and police units; there is no cause for alarm.  The public should also be aware that although questions are welcomed, to refrain from interfering with a hound in harness which indicates the dog is working on a game of “hide and seek”
For more information and to see the Press Release please click here.
  Cheers,
Bob Hoffmann
President

Lakes Protection bill receives Senate approval, stalls in House committee

ANNAPOLIS — Senate Bill 501, State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund — Purpose, Use, and Funding — Alterations, was unanimously approved by the Senate on March 15.

The bill calls for $3 million to be allocated annually to help protect and restore Maryland’s 16 state owned/managed lakes.

“We have gotten this far because of the outpouring of folks concerned about DCL and other state lakes,” Executive Director Barbara Beelar stated in a Friends of Deep Creek Lake newsletter. “Together, we have made a huge impact on decision making in Annapolis.”

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