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.
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.
McHenry, Md. — Garrett County, Md., celebrates the 51st anniversary of its annual Autumn Glory Festival, presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, with two large parades, live music, band competitions, antique and craft shows and more from Wednesday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 14.
Drive or bike one, or both, of the county’s 2018 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours. For details, go to visitdeepcreek.com.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner will kick off the festival on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Thursday features the Oktoberfest dinner and a fireman’s parade.
The Official Maryland State Banjo and Mandolin Championships is at 7 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, features more than 100 entries. That day also will feature the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands at 6 p.m.
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