5 Favorite Oakland Winter Fest Activities

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Oakland Winter Fest is held the Saturday of President’s Day weekend each year. It is a great way to celebrate the season with friends and family. You can stroll through the historic downtown as you enjoy delicious food and fun activities. For the second year, you can buy a $15 ticket for the Wine Walk. You can taste approximately 12 different wines, which will be available at a number of locations throughout the town.

I picked out 5 of my favorite Oakland Winter Fest activities that you absolutely don’t want to miss!

WATCH MASTER ICE CARVER BILL SANDUSKY CREATE BEAUTIFUL SCULPTURES.
Each year, Bill travels from Erie, PA to create more than 30 unique ice carvings that decorate the sidewalks. You can watch his demonstrations or check out one of the interactive sculptures.

TAKE A HORSE DRAWN SLEIGH RIDE.
Take a free sleigh ride through the streets of this picturesque small town. It is a classic winter experience that you will always remember.

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Mountain bike trails planned for Broadford Park

The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — Members of Oakland Town Council gave their blessing Monday for a group of bicyclists to raise money to develop a system of mountain bike trails at Broadford Park.

Aaron Hordubay, representing the Garrett County Composite Mountain Biking Team, presented a conceptual design of trail routes that would span the length and width of the park with paths for different difficulty levels.

The group last year suggested development of the trail system to fill a gap, as some parks provide smooth, paved trails while others have technical, “aggressive” paths.

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Record participants hike in new year Across Maryland

From The Garrett County Republican

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports about 5,000 hikers took advantage of sunny and mild weather New Year’s Day, joining the DNR in the state’s annual First Day Hikes initiative.

Hikers logged more than 10,000 miles on trails in parks and public lands all across Maryland, according to DNR.

Park rangers, staff and volunteers guided hikers of all experience levels ringing in the new year on the trail. With 43 hikes at more than 30 locations, the Maryland Park Service registered 3,834 hikers participating in guided hikes, while 1,152 people hiked 1,516 miles on their own — a grand total of 4,986 hikers, not counting many who didn’t check in with a ranger. Even more people hiked in Maryland’s state forests, wildlife management areas and other public lands.

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Plans progressing for Leo Martin Memorial Park

The Garrett County Republican

MTN. LAKE PARK — Plans for Leo Martin Memorial Park are moving along. Mountain Lake Park officials reviewed landscape designer Daniel Lucas’ latest rendering of the project during their council meeting last Thursday.

The butterfly-shaped park is to be located near the corner of Md. 135 and G Street on the site where the Bashford Amphitheater once stood. Martin served as mayor of Mountain Lake Park for 16 years.

Officials discussed the park design, which features flower beds shrubbery, fitness areas, a splash pad, a pavilion where weddings and other activities can be held, an outdoor fireplace, swings, as well as spaces where tents can be set up for festivals and other events.

In the center of the “butterfly” will be a silo-like tower with manufactured stone veneer and a spire top.

“It’s almost like a little castle that’s going to be really visible to the highway,” Mayor Don Sincell said. “It’ll have a spiral staircase and slides for kids.”

Lucas’ current plan shows a circular elevated stage with grass-terrace seating. Sincell noted, however, this feature might be changed.

The town has received Program Open Space and Community Parks and Playgrounds Program grants from the state totaling $235,000 for the project.

Sincell provided a brief update on Mountain Chautauqua, which is slated for July in Mountain Lake Park.

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Oakland resident bicycles 5,095 miles to Alaska

The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — Alan Peachey recently returned to Oakland from an extended trip to Alaska.

Such a trip is not uncommon for those who like to travel. However, his mode of transportation was anything but ordinary. He traveled 5,095 miles on a bicycle.

“I had wanted to do a long-distance bike tour for quite some time, and this is the summer I made it happen,” he said.

Peachey left Oakland on July 19. He biked for 56 days, arriving in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, a few miles from the Arctic Ocean, on Sept. 12.

He averaged 91 miles a day on his trip.

“This was never a race,” he said. “On lots of days I could have started earlier and pushed myself harder,” he said. “Ultimately, it was more of a test of mental endurance than physical. You have to have the will to keep going day after day in all kinds of terrain, temperatures, insects and headwinds.”

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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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Popular New Year’s Day tradition returns across Maryland

From The Garrett County Republican

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites everyone to kick off the New Year with one of Maryland’s newest, popular traditions — a First Day Hike.

On Jan. 1, 2019, the Maryland Park Service will offer more than three dozen hikes on more than 30 state lands and parks, as part of a nationwide event sponsored by America’s State Parks.

These hikes will provide a wide array of outdoor adventures and experiences for every level of hiker and walker, providing access to Maryland’s cultural, historical and natural resources and treasures, along with opportunities for education and stewardship. Many hikes are even pet-friendly.

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Md. Senate passes plan to preserve more wildlands; lawmaker says state should consider local impact

By , Published: February 14

The long-standing tension between rural Marylanders and their metropolitan cousins was on display Friday as the Senate passed legislation creating nine new state wildlands areas and expanding 14 others.

The bill passed unanimously, but not before Sen. George C. Edwards, a Republican who represents Garrett County, lightly chastised fellow lawmakers for setting aside more land as pristine wilderness without fully considering the economic impact on the people who live there.

“There’s some people here that would like to buy the whole county and put a fence up and a gate, and run everybody out, and say, ‘Here’,” Edwards said in an interview. “But you have to understand people live there and make a living off the land.”

Supporters of the bill backed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said the measure will help slow development and provide Marylanders with more room for hiking, fishing and other noninvasive forms of recreation in the outdoors.

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2013 Maryland Bear Hunting Permit Lottery

Hunters can apply 24/7 at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) COMPASS Online Licensing and Registration Service.  To apply online, visit:  https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrcompassportal.

To apply for the Black Bear Hunting Permit Lottery, you must either log in to your existing COMPASS account or create a new COMPASS account.  Once logged in, choose ‘Purchase New License’ and select ‘2013 Black Bear Lottery’.  Applicants not wishing to participate in the 2013 Black Bear Hunt may purchase a ‘Preference Point only’ that will then be applied to next year’s lottery drawing.  For more information about the Preference Point system, visit: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/BearHunt_PreferencePoints.asp.

Hunters may also apply via telephone at 1-855-855-3906 between 7am and 7pm, or by visiting a DNR Service Center, or at one of over 250 Sport License Agents located across the state.

Only one application per person will be accepted. Duplicate applications will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all fees.