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Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area Announces FY2017 Mini-Grant Awards

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West is pleased to announce the recipients of the FY2017 Mini-grants awarded through the Heritage Area. Over $3,750 was awarded to local organizations to provide funding for innovative exhibits, tours, events, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Heritage Area’s Management Plan. These include: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness. Projects seek to attract cultural and heritage tourists to the region.  Recipients must match the grant dollar for dollar and complete the projects by May 31, 2017. Grant funding is still available until the $10,000 cap is met and applications and guidelines may be found at the Garrett Heritage website, www.garrettheritage.com.

FY2017 Mini-Grant Awards:

End of the Line Bookstore Signage – $165.50 awarded to the non-profit organization End of the Line Bookstore to create and install signage for the bookstore to create awareness to visitors and residents.

Garrett County Celtic Festival – $2,000 awarded to the Highland Festival of Garrett County, Inc. for assistance of event elements including advertising, children’s village and performers/demonstrators.

Meshach Browning Trail System Signage – $1,135 awarded to the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club to create and install trail signage depicting the story of famous local hunter, Meshach Browning.

Enabling Equipment for Digital Oral History – $476 awarded to the Garrett County Historical Society to film and record oral histories from Garrett County residents.

“We are excited to support these local projects by leveraging the heritage area funds we receive through our management grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority,” said Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Director.  “Many local projects would not be possible without mini-grants and these projects help promote heritage tourism to Garrett County.”

About The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is one of 13 certified Heritage Areas by the state of Maryland.  Established in September of 2011 and managed by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Area’s mission is to engage public and private partners in the commitment to preserve historical, cultural and natural resources for sustainable economic development through heritage tourism.  The Mini-Grant Program is made possible through a Management Grant that the Chamber receives from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), a state heritage organization and program of the Maryland Historical Trust.

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Frostburg bars use of city land and water for fracking

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) – The western Maryland city of Frostburg is banning the use of city land and water for fracking.

The Cumberland Times-News (http://bit.ly/2gT17kD ) reports that the City Council voted unanimously Thursday to adopt an ordinance prohibiting drilling and extraction of oil and natural gas on city-owned land. The ordinance also prohibits sales of city-owned water for those purposes

The drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses highly pressurized water and chemicals to fracture rock formations and release trapped gas.

The protected land includes about 1,800 acres of the Piney Reservoir watershed in neighboring Garrett County. The reservoir is the largest source of Frostburg drinking water.

Anti-fracking activists also are seeking a ban on fracking within the Frostburg city limits.

A statewide moratorium on fracking is set to expire in October.


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Just sold! Camp Deep Creek conveys to Crossroads Church

I am very excited to announce that Crossroads Church has purchased a spectacular recreational retreat just a few miles from Deep Creek Lake & Wisp Ski Resort. “Camp Deep Creek” is an 18+ acre complex with plenty of wide-open spaces for sports, church & group activities. Absolutely gorgeous land and stunning improvements, all surrounded by mountain views & wooded seclusion. Its an incredibly peaceful spot!

The property will continue to be maintained & professionally managed by Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales. The church has a tremendous following locally and they have big plans for the usage of the facility – perhaps even a location for a new building to house the church. Larry Nesline and I, along with Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, were honored to be a part of the listing & sale of this iconic Garrett County treasure!

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-Jay Ferguson, Co-owner, Broker


Views of Wisp Ski & Golf Resort
Living room in the main lodge
Outdoor recreational facility
Trails surround the 18+ acres

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Planning a multi-family getaway or a corporate retreat? Camp Deep Creek is a truly remarkable and unique vacation rental that is ideal for this type of gathering. Offering breathtaking mountain and pastoral views, this home is as inviting outdoors as it is in. Step inside the mammoth kitchen which boasts expansive faulted ceilings, extra cabinet and counter space, and beautiful gleaming hardwood floors. Continue on and fall in the love with the cozy interior of the Great Room with plush leather sofas, warm wood walls, and a massive stone fireplace which gives promise of nights gathering with your loved ones.

Your lower level Family Room is the ideal place for the kids to play! Challenge a friend to a game of Foosball, try out your ping pong skills or simply relax and watch your favorite movie on the large flat screen TV. Created in the nostalgic view of an actual camp, this home offers 3 Queen sized beds and multiple bunk beds. (Please note that each bedroom houses several beds. For complete details, please ask your Reservationist.)

Boredom is certainly not an option when you spend time walking around the large outdoor area whether the kids are playing tag on the expansive lawn (boasting over 18 acres), enjoying a bonfire in the outdoor fire pit, or relaxing on the large deck. Gather the group for a game of basketball or pickle ball. With 2 large pavilions, outdoor barbeques are a must! Tucked away for privacy, here you will find the tranquil setting that you seek but still be just a short drive to Wisp Resort and area shopping and dining. Camp Deep Creek is a wonderful home that will easily host your next large gathering. Call today for more details on reserving this special home.

Camp Deep Creek offers a membership to the Community Aquatic Recreation Complex (CARC). You can enjoy the indoor pool and fitness facilities during your stay. Get more info.


Garrett County begins review of 10-year comprehensive plan

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — Garrett County officials are launching a review of the county’s comprehensive plan, which was last updated in 2008.

The planning commission begins the process Wednesday afternoon in Oakland.

The resulting document will have implications for both Deep Creek Lake tourism and for expanded natural gas production if the state permits the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. A state moratorium on fracking is set to expire in October.

State regulators have proposed fracking regulations that would prohibit wellheads within the 41,000-acre Deep Creek Lake watershed.

Residents of Western Maryland don’t want fracking

The Dec. 5 Metro article “Extension of Md. fracking halt likely as legislative fight looms” quoted Del. Jason C. Buckel (R-District 1B) as saying, “In general, I think it would be unfair to suggest that there’s been a significant movement of people opposed to fracking in Allegany or Garrett.” I disagree. As a business owner long involved in this issue in Garrett County, I know the anti-fracking movement is strong and growing.

At an Allegany County meeting two weeks ago, anti-fracking comments dominated for hours, with several dozen people speaking in favor of a ban. Almost 700 Frostburg residents, more than voted in the last municipal election, have signed a petition supporting a fracking ban within city limits, and hundreds have turned out at public meetings on the issue. Mr. Buckel attended the Frostburg and county delegation meetings.

In August, the House Environment and Transportation Committee held a hearing in Garrett County on fracking; an overflow audience of 450 attended, with 70 percent speaking against fracking. The Garrett County towns of Mountain Lake Park and Friendsville have passed fracking-ban ordinances and received support from their citizens.

Fracking opposition in Western Maryland comes from farmers, business owners, students, health professionals and faith leaders. We insist that for the sake of our health and communities, Maryland ban fracking once and for all.

Paul Roberts, Friendsville, Md.

The writer is board president of Citizen Shale.

Governor Hogan confirmed as keynote speaker at PACE Breakfast

The Cumberland/Allegany County Industrial Foundation, Inc. (CACIF) and the Garrett County Development Corporation are the hosts of the upcoming 41st PACE Reception and PACE Breakfast at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017 and Friday morning, January 27, 2017.

According to State Senator George C. Edwards, The Office of Governor Larry Hogan has confirmed that the Governor has graciously accepted the invitation to be the keynote speaker at the PACE Breakfast.