Jay Fergusonjay@deepcreekvacations.com301-501-0420

Machines flip GOP votes to Democrats in Maryland


Voting machines that switch Republican votes to Democrats are being reported in Maryland.

“When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the ‘x’ on the candidate I chose — a Republican — but it would put the ‘x’ on the Democrat candidate above it,” reported Donna Hamilton.

“This happened multiple times with multiple selections. Every time my choice flipped from Republican to Democrat. Sometimes it required four or five tries to get the ‘x’ to stay on my real selection,” the Frederick, Md., resident said Thursday.

Queen Anne County Sheriff Gary Hofmann said he encountered the problem, too.

“This is happening here as well. It occurred on two candidates on my machine. I am glad I checked. Many voters have reported this here as well,” Hofmann wrote in an email Sunday evening.


Read More Here:  http://www.examiner.com/article/machines-flip-gop-votes-to-democrats-maryland?CID=examiner_alerts_article  

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Receives ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce was honored by the announcement that they have received a Readers’ Choice award from the publication and editors of ConventionSouth Magazine out of Gulf Shores, Alabama. ConventionSouth is a national multimedia resource for planning events in the South. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce was selected as one of 800 nominees and one of the only 175 winners in the South.

“Over the past two years, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has been working on an initiative to increase group business, including meeting travel, in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland,” said Jen Durben, Group Sales & Marketing Manager. “This award is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of our area members that have provided outstanding meeting and convention services in our region. We only hope to continue to grow and thrive in this market.”

Read More Here:  http://deepcreektimes.com/news.asp 

Drivers Should be Alert for Deer as Activity Increases

Cooling temperatures, colorful leaves and unpredictable deer ─ all surefire signs that fall is upon us. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges motorists to be alert for deer and other wildlife as these animals seek fall food supplies and search for mates.

Deer, especially males, are prone to traveling without concern for roadways and automobiles during the fall, which is their breeding season. Motorists need to be especially alert from sunset to dawn as deer are more active during this period.

Read More Here:  http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2014/10/20/drivers-should-be-alert-for-deer-as-activity-increases/

Garrett officials amend sewer service boundaries

OAKLAND — The Garrett County commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved an amendment to the Mountain Lake Park/Loch Lynn Heights sewer service area in the water and sewer master plan.

The last time the boundary was amended was in May 1982 and currently the ad valorem rate is 4 cents on $100 of the assessed value in the service area, according to Patrick Hudnall, administration and environmental chief of the Garrett County Department of Public Works Utilities Division.

 “Almost all 81 percent of the properties affected by this change are currently paying that tax” said Hudnall.

John Wilson, a Mountain Lake Park resident, and another resident voiced concerns about having someone to service their sewer grinder pump.


Read More Here:  http://www.times-news.com/news/local_news/garrett-officials-amend-sewer-service-boundaries/article_960c9c7a-5a60-11e4-a743-7f8335773c2f.html

Corridor H segment expected to open by late Nov.

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Another section of Corridor H in West Virginia is expected to open by Thanksgiving.

Corridor H coordinator Tommy Collins tells The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/1wqvhN6 ) that the 1.5-mile segment is near the connector to W.Va. Route 42 and W.Va. Route 93 in the Mount Storm area.

Collins says another 4-mile section could open by the end of the year. But he says an early spring opening is more likely due to the weather.

Read More Here:  http://www.wric.com/story/26826568/corridor-h-segment-expected-to-open-by-late-nov


Fracking's risks are manageable, so what's the holdup?

Your recent editorial argued that “the longer we wait before embracing fracking, the better informed we will be” (“Fracking still worrisome,” Oct. 7).

Why should Maryland continue to delay when the science overwhelmingly shows that hydraulic fracturing is safe?