Free Maryland road maps available

CUMBERLAND — Newly released 2015-16 Maryland paper highway maps are free and available at state welcome centers or upon request, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. The maps can also be viewed online.

“This state map includes the latest changes to our evolving transportation system. Some of the new additions include the I-95 Express Toll Lanes and the recent extension of the Intercounty Connector,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.

Paper maps remain popular, SHA officials said.

Garrett County Schools are First MD Partner in the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway!

Carnegie Science Center Strategic Education Initiatives recently announced that GCPS is the first Maryland partner to join the growing number of Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Partners! Nine states already are a part of this initiative with Maryland now becoming the tenth state.
For more information about Carnegie Science Center, STEM resources and this initiative, please visit:
For careers in STEM and additional STEM JOB information, please visit:
To view presentations from the April 20, 2015 STEM2WORK regarding exciting regional projects and partnerships, please visit: and
For additional information about STEM in Garrett County Public Schools, please contact Michelle Harman at or Chuck Trautwein at

Oklahoma Recognizes Role of Drilling in Earthquakes

Abandoning years of official skepticism, Oklahoma’s government on Tuesday embraced a scientific consensus that earthquakes rocking the state are largely caused by the underground disposal of billions of barrels of wastewater from oil and gas wells.

The state’s energy and environment cabinet introduced a website detailing the evidence behind that conclusion Tuesday, including links to expert studies of Oklahoma’s quakes. The site includes an interactive map that plots not only earthquake locations, but also the sites of more than 3,000 active wastewater-injection wells.

The website coincided with a statement by the state-run Oklahoma Geological Survey that it “considers it very likely” that wastewater wells are causing the majority of the state’s earthquakes.

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Famous Travelers: Edison, Ford, Firestone: The Vagabonds End Their Two Week Vacation in Western Maryland

On the afternoon of July 28, Harvey Firestone went horseback riding with family members. The horses they rode were borrowed from the party of Ralph Emerson “Froggy” Cross, who was surprised to discover the famous men camping at Muddy Creek Falls while horseback riding. Upon his return, Firestone generously paid Emerson with several ten and twenty dollar bills. Emerson’s party was extremely happy with this handsome payment, as they had paid only $1.25 to rent each horse from an Oakland stable.

When they returned to Oakland, Froggy and his friends spread the news around the community that the celebrated men were camping nearby at Muddy Creek Falls. Soon, crowds of people came to see the Vagabond’s at their campsite.

Newspaper reporters covered the Vagabonds camping adventures for a national audience anxious to read about the outdoor exploits of these well-known men. Possibly energized by Muddy Creek Falls, Edison was very talkative, especially to reporters, and some of his quotes are covered in this series of articles. Being business men, the Vagabonds knew the value of good public relations.

Henry Ford with his Model TOne writer said it best: “With squads of news writers and platoons of cameramen to report and film the posed nature studies of the four eminent campers, these well equipped excursions…were as private and secluded as a Hollywood opening, and Ford appreciated the publicity.”

On July 29, the Vagabonds relaxed around the camp, exploring and studying nature, resting, and relaxing in the company of their friends, simply appreciating and enjoying the resplendent riches of nature at Muddy Creek Falls.

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