New law requires landlords to provide recycling

MDE to notify unit owners

Cumberland Times-News

OAKLAND — The Maryland Department of the Environment will send letters in the coming weeks concerning new recycling requirements for owners of apartment buildings or condominiums that have 10 or more units, according to Garrett County Solid Waste and Recycling.

These property owners will be required to provide recycling to their tenants by Oct. 1, 2014, in accordance with House Bill 1, which was passed during the 2012 legislative session. The bill requires that tenants are given the opportunity to recycle metal containers, plastic containers, glass containers and paper.

Garrett County will need to adopt an amendment to its 10-year plan in order to comply with the legislation. An opportunity for public comment will be provided sometime before the bill’s effective date. The language for the amendment still needs to be drafted and MDE will have to approve the language before it can be adopted, according to Dave Baker, manager of the Department of Solid Waste and Recycling.

The bill also provides for enforcement of the law. Each county can address how it will handle violations as part of the language adopted into the 10-year plan.

For more information or to comment, call 301-387-0322.

MDE has also offered to take questions directed to either Tariq Masood, regulatory and compliance engineer, at 410-537-3326 or or David Mrgich, chief, Waste Diversion Division at dmrgich@mde. state. or 410-537-4142.

Road Trip: Deep Creek, Md.

By Chris Ramirez

Published: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 6:44 p.m.
Updated 15 hours ago

Tired of concrete? Need a nature fix?

Make a beeline to the Deep Creek area of Maryland.

There’s a ton of fun to be had in this wondrous spit of land, where rolling hills of greenery kiss up against shimmering sky-blue lake water.

And there’s plenty here to bring out the wilderness adventurer in you, even when the weather’s cold.

Freestyle skiing: Scott native is top candidate for first U.S. team

By Sam Werner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tom Wallisch remembers what it was like when he got into freestyle skiing.

Youths interested in the sport had a couple of underground videos to watch — if they could find them — and, once a year, ESPN’s X Games would broadcast the sport to a wider, but still niche audience…

…Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, Wallisch didn’t have the benefit of giant Colorado or Utah mountains in his backyard. His family owned a home at Wisp Ski Resort in Maryland, and Wallisch traveled there on weekends.Wallisch took to the terrain course, and started “slopestyle skiing,” focusing on rails and jumps.

“To me, slopestyle is so fascinating because a guy like me can come from a mountain so small,” Wallisch said. “It doesn’t matter the size of the hill, it doesn’t limit the slopestyle skiers you can produce. All that matters is whether or not you can build a terrain park, build jumps and rails.”

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Private party seeks to expand ATV trails on state land in western Md.

CUMBERLAND, Maryland — An Allegany County official says a private developer wants to expand the number of off-road vehicle trails on state land in western Maryland.

County Commissioner William Valentine told the Cumberland Times-News ( ) Monday that the unidentified developer wants to work with the state to bring more such trails to Allegany and Garrett County.

State officials closed three off-road vehicle trails in 2011 to curb environmental damage. They included an 18-mile trail through the Green Ridge State Forest.

Trails were also closed trails in the Savage River State Forest in Garrett County and the Pocomoke State Forest on the Eastern Shore.

Western Maryland still has more than 14 miles of off-road vehicles trails and more than 28 miles of snowmobiles trails on state land.

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Garrett County recycling plan focus of March 5 public hearing

State requires program needed for schools, fluorescent light bulbs

From Staff Reports Cumberland Times-News

OAKLAND — The Garrett County commissioners will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the county’s 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan on March 5, according to a news release.

Amendments for recycling electronics, fluorescent light bulbs and recycling in public schools will be discussed. Although a program for recycling the items is already in place, it has never been adopted formally into the plan, according to Dave Baker, manager of the Garrett County Department of Solid Waste And Recycling. State law requires counties to have a plan that has been formally adopted, according to the news release.

The Maryland Department of the Environment requires that a recycling program be provided for schools and fluorescent light bulbs; the county is adding the recycling of electronics into the plan, said Baker.

In accordance with MDE regulations, counties are required to conduct a public hearing prior to amending their Solid Waste Management plans.

“There is a growing concern regarding the disposal of computers, electronics, covered electronic devices and video display devices in landfills,” said the news release. “These devices can contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury and hexavalent chromium in circuit boards, batteries and cathode ray tubes.”

A program for the separate collection of electronics from residents, municipalities and businesses is needed to reduce the quantity of the electronics being sent to the landfill. A program may include computers and monitors, laptops, TVs, PDAs, peripherals, telephones, printers, fax machines, copiers, VCRs, camcorders, DVD players, CD players, calculators, typewriters and cell phones, according to the news release.

The county plans to use funding from grants or the solid waste and recycling enterprise fund budget to operate a permanent collection program for electronics.

“A permanent program should be initiated at one refuse and recycling collection site in Garrett County,” states the news release.

If funding is not available for a permanent program, annual one-day events to collect electronics for recycling will be planned if its economically feasible.

The county has a fluorescent, compact fluorescent and non-PCB ballast recycling program and plan in place, which has been approved by MDE. The department plans to use enterprise funds also to operate a collection program for residents for those items. The recycling program is free to county residents, however this may or may not change based on market conditions, according to the news release.

Immediately upon collection, all fluorescent bulbs, tubes and non-PCB ballasts will be placed directly into prepaid mailing containers provided by an independent recycling contractor; this method of storage will eliminate breakage, according to the news release. When the containers are full, they will be sent to the recycling contractor for processing.

All county public schools and Garrett College have recycling plans in place and are participating in a recycling program.

The board of education is responsible for scheduling the pickup of all recycling materials from each school in the public school system.

Copies of the language contained in the amendment and the proposed resolution are available for public review at the Ruth Enlow Library, county commissioners office, and the landfill. The information is also available at

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Local sheriffs support state association’s stance

For the Cumberland Times-News Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND — The Maryland Sheriffs’ Association has announced that it is ready to work to create a safer community for all Marylanders through a comprehensive approach.

Gun control alone will not solve the problem of extreme violence. Society needs a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to this worsening problem, including addressing media violence, drugs, gangs and the breakdown of the family,” the association said in a resolution.

Garrett County Sheriff Rob Corley and Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson support the state association in its efforts to create safe communities.

“As the sheriff of Garrett County, I join the entire national community in mourning the senseless tragedy and loss of innocent lives in places like Newtown, Connecticut,” Corley said. “However, I, like many other jurisdictions, do not believe that the loss of constitutional rights, privileges and protection are something that should be lost or traded in the name of public safety in order to secure a false sense of security. I stand with the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association as well as the National Sheriffs’ Association in supporting and endorse legislation, which would strengthen public safety by restricting gun ownership from individuals who suffer from certain mental illnesses and with that same enthusiasm support tougher penalties for those who engage in criminal acts committed with fire-arms.”

Robertson also provided a statement: “I join my fellow Garrett County Sheriff Rob Corley and the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association in supporting legislation aimed at strengthening public safety for our citizens. In doing so we should aim our sights on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and individuals not capable of comprehending their actions, due to mental illnesses. To do so, we must allow law enforcement access to this information in order to successfully complete accurate background investigations. Taking away a citizen’s constitutional right is not the answer. Unfortunately, acts of violence and gun violence have and will continue to victimize our community and our country. We all have an obligation to our families, our community, our citizens and our country to be engaged in securing our weapons from falling into the wrong control.”

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Fun things to do this weekend at Deep Creek

deep-creek-dunk-7 Goosebumps & Grapes

Date: February 22, 2013
Event Description:
An evening of Fire & Wine. Presented by the Honi-Honi, Uno & Arrowhead Market. Co-Hosted by Long & Foster Deep Creek Lake Vacation Rentals.

6 pm – 9 pm. Pre-register for the Dunk and enjoy an evening under the stars at the 3rd Goosebumps & Grapes Wine Tasting all to benefit SOMD. Get toasty around the roaring bonfire and sample a variety of wonderful wines from Republic National Distributing Co., inside our heated tent. All wines will be available for sale at Arrowhead Market on Friday & Saturday, and $3 from every bottle purchased will be donated to SOMD. Admission: $20 donation to SOMD.


MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk

Name: MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk
Date: February 23, 2013
Event Description:
Join fellow dunkers by taking a quick dip in the Lake – all to support Special Olympics Maryland!



THE HILLBILLY GYPSIES free show at Mountain State Brewing Co

Date: February 23, 2013 – February 24, 2013
Event Description:
Get ready for a foot-stompin’ good time when our friends THE HILLBILLY GYPSIES come back to Mountain State Brewing in Deep Creek on Feb 23rd! Show starts at 10pm and, as always, is free. See you there! The Hillbilly Gypsies are a West Virginia native string band who specialize in playing their own homegrown style of Appalachian old time music, mixed with a hard drivin’ bluegrass sound. In addition to their original material, The Hillbilly Gypsies play an eclectic mix of traditional and quite often, not-so-traditional bluegrass standards and catchy old fiddle tunes

Developer says wind project deemed aviation navigation hazard, hopes to resolve issue

Synergics anticipates issue to blow over

Elaine Blaisdell Cumberland Times-News

FROSTBURG — A Federal Aviation Administration in-terim determination does not authorize the construction of any of the 24 proposed wind turbines in the Fourmile Ridge wind project in eastern Garrett County because the turbines are presumed to be a hazard to air navigation, according to a letter from the FAA to Synergics, the owner of the project.

The FAA doesn’t approve the construction of the turbines, even at a reduced height.

“There is a potential conflict with an existing but scheduled to be deactivated radar antenna,” said Frank Maisano, a spokesman for the Synergics project. “It is being worked out with the FAA and we anticipate a solution that does not entail moving the turbines or any changes to the project as proposed.”

Synergics intends to enter into commercial operations by Dec. 31.

The Fourmile project development schedule is not expected to be impacted by the FAA interim determination, according to Maisano.

The internal study by the FAA revealed that all 24 wind turbines are within 3 1/2 nautical miles of a Very High Frequency Omni Directional Radio Range and Tactical Air Navigation Aid, known as the Grantsville VOR, located in Avilton.

Interference may occur from large structures or power lines up to 2 nautical miles from the antenna, according to the FAA letter.

However, wind turbines are a special case in that they may cause interference up to 8 nautical miles from the antenna.

The VOR is used as a primary approach for the Garrett County Airport and is used as feeder fix navigation aid for the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport, according to Robert Armstrong, who currently flies for Allegheny Wood Products in Petersburg, W.Va.

Armstrong said that, although VORs are still in use, they are not being used as much as a primary navigation aid due to budget constraints and the existence of GPS.

If more than 60 days elapses since Feb. 5 without a resolution, Synergics will have to reactivate the study by filing a new FAA form, according to the letter.

FAA approval is needed before the county can issue a building permit.

Synergics has submitted both a concept plan and site development plan to the county, which are currently under review.

There is no time frame for the county to complete the review. Both plans are part of the county’s stormwater management ordinance requirements.

In January, Annapolis-based Synergics sought fast-track approval of the project from the Maryland Public Service Commission.

In that filing, Synergics Wind Energy LLC and Fourmile Wind Energy LLC included a request for a waiver of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity requirements for a tap line to serve the project.

On Feb. 6, Synergics and Fourmile Wind Energy filed a revised request for a loop line to serve the project, according to PSC filings.

The revised request is still asking that the waiver be granted by April 1.

The loop line will include two steel, dead-end structures and poles located on a right of way already owned by the Potomac Edison Co.

The revised request also includes a construction cost increase from an estimate between $230,000 and $260,000 to $340,000 and $360,000.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at

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