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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Garrett County Chamber wins 2 awards at Tourism Summit

ELLICOTT CITY — The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce won two awards at the 37th-Annual Tourism and Travel Summit presented by the Maryland Tourism Coalition.
Competing against nominees from other counties in the state, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce won the Best Product or Event award (Small Category) for their Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area 5th Anniversary Celebration and the Best Digital Campaign for their “Garrett County 360° Virtual Reality Experience.”

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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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Managed Goose and Waterfowl Hunts Set for Garrett County

OAKLAND — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that it is continuing the Canada goose hunt on Deep Creek Lake and waterfowl hunt at Broadford Lake.

Canada goose and waterfowl hunting is by permit and reservation only during select days of the season (Nov. 20-22). Interested hunters can apply for a permit online.

Hunters can apply to hunt one of three blind sites on Deep Creek Lake and one of four blind sites on Broadford Lake. Hunters must be within 50 feet of the stake or buoy marking the designated blind site except for the purpose of retrieving game.

For more information, one can call 301-743-5161 or 301-334-4255.

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Accident mayor and town council meet

 

ACCIDENT — The Accident mayor and Town Council met in regular session on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the town hall. Those present included Richard W. Carlson, mayor; council members Frank W. Scaffido, Amy D. Hook, Brenda J. Shields, and M. Travis Pickett; Garrett County Sheriff Rob Corley; Crede Calhoun, owner of Vision Quest Studios; Justin Hinebaugh, Kevin Tomblin, and Adam Spiker from the Central Garrett Little League; and Ralph Miller.

Sheriff Corley reported that Accident was very quiet during the month of November. He discussed the new Garrett County government ATV/Snowmobile Permit program. The permits allow riders to run up to two miles on county-maintained roadways. The money from the permits will be used for safe driving classes for new drivers, traffic signs, and other items involving safety.

Crede Calhoun from Vision Quest Studios talked to the council pertaining to setting up a new website for the town.

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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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Volunteers needed to help transport veterans

OAKLAND — A call for volunteer drivers has been made by local U.S. Navy veteran Dwight Mangan, who has managed a group of volunteers to drive area military veterans to Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities for the past seven years.

“We are down to five drivers, and we’re going to lose two by the end of the year,” Mangan said. “We really need some more people to help us out.”

The vans used in the process are provided by the VA, and the gasoline is paid for, Mangan said. The drivers may volunteer to drive every week, or as little as once or twice a month.

Drivers go to the homes of local veterans and pick them up. They then transport the vets to either Cumberland for another pickup, or on to Martinsburg, W.Va., to the VA medical facility there. Usually the trips are to Cumberland, he said.

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‘Adorable Adoptables’ available at Garrett County Animal Shelter

OAKLAND — Numerous “Adorable Adoptable” felines are housed at the Garrett County Animal Shelter this week. They include Debbie, Jenny and Louise.

Debbie, who was given up by her owner, is white with black markings. She is friendly, according to Liz Gibbons, one of the shelter’s animal control officers.

She describes Jenny, a gray tabby who was found in Oakland, as being “very friendly, as well.”

Louise is a black and white tuxedo who was found along Gorman Road.

For more information about these and other cats, as well as dogs, at the shelter, persons are invited to call 301-334-3553.

Located along Oakland Sang Run Road, the county-operated facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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