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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Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 45 years

From The Garrett County Republican

BITTINGER — The Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 45th anniversary last week with its annual Firemen’s Appreciation Dinner.

“The year 2018 marked our 45th year of service and also marks our busiest year on record for the department,” said Chief Justin Orendorf. “We handled a total of 449 incidents. Our goals as we move into 2019 are to increase training for our volunteers and as always recruit for additional volunteers. There is nothing more rewarding then giving back to your community, and it sets the tone for the type of community you want to live in.”

He noted that delivery of a new ambulance is set for spring, and the department is also working to obtain a small vehicle to assist with EMS responses in the area and in mutual aid to the surrounding jurisdictions.

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Garrett Pride — Garrett County well-represented at robotics tournament

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — GEARS Inc. and Garrett College co-hosted the 2019 Mountain Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge regional qualifier robotics competition Saturday at the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex gymnasium in McHenry.

G-FORCE, a community-based FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team sponsored by GEARS Inc. and 4-H, served as the host team for the event. Twenty teams represented Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to compete for one of five spots at the Maryland state competition. Of the 20 teams participating, seven teams were from Garrett County.

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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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