Oakland boy prepares to ‘Be the Change’ for Hospice and Cindy’s Fund

From The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — In his young lifetime, Carter Goff has seen more loss than many adults. But he doesn’t let that get him down.

In fact, he is working to make a difference for others through his Be the Change project at Broad Ford Elementary School.

Today, Carter lives in Oakland with his mom, Cassie Marsh, and his younger sister, Brecklin Marsh. When he was 10 months old, his dad, David Goff, passed away from colon cancer after a 16-month battle.

“Carter can’t remember David, but he hears stories about him often,” Marsh said.

Carter’s stepdad, Josh Marsh, came into his life when he was about two years old, but he was killed in an automobile accident in January.

“Cindy’s Fund and Hospice are both near and dear to our family’s hearts as both organizations helped tremendously when David was sick,” Marsh said. “Cindy’s Fund provided gas cards for us to get back and forth for treatments in Philadelphia and Morgantown. Hospice helped keep David comfortable in his last few weeks of life, as he wanted nothing more than to be home and surrounded by family in his last days/weeks.”

For his Be the Change project in Erin Yoder’s fourth-grade class, Carter has chosen to help both Cindy’s Fund and Hospice of Garrett County.

He hopes that he’ll be able to help as many people as possible who are going through very difficult times in their lives and are in need of the support of either organization.

“By choosing to raise money and supplies for these two organizations, it will make me feel good to know that I’ll be helping many other local people,” he said.

Marsh noted that her family has benefited from the community’s giving over the last 10 years.

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Children’s pastor celebrates 25 years of teaching in Loch Lynn

From The Garrett County Republican

LOCH LYNN — Children attending Loch Lynn Church of God have been learning from children’s pastor Brenda Bernard for 25 years.

Over those years, she has taught many classes, directed VBS, went on camping trips, served as a counselor at church camp, had overnight lock-ins, went roller skating, ice skating, sled riding, horseback riding and on picnics.

She traveled with children and families to Ocean City for youth conventions, held movie nights, GLOW Nights (a Halloween alternative) and directed Christmas programs and other children’s musicals.

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Nearly $1.7 million for Garrett Head Start

Elaine Blaisdell

Cumberland Times-News

OAKLAND — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Garrett County Community Action Committee with a $1,696,669 grant for Head Start. Head Start is a federal program that promotes school readiness for children under 5 from low-income households.

“Head Start is a major priority for Community Action and we have been working on it for a number of years,” said Duane Yoder, president of GCCAC.

The Head Start program runs from Feb. 1 to Jan. 30 and if it’s prorated it’s the largest grant that GCCAC has received, according to Yoder.

“Today’s announcement of the HHS Head Start grant for Garrett County Community Action is good news for my constituents in Maryland’s westernmost county,” said 6th District Congressman John Delaney on Monday. “Head Start is one of our most important federal programs because supporting early education clearly benefits both individual children and our society as a whole. Every child in America deserves a world-class education and an opportunity to pursue the American dream.

“I have been impressed by the work done by the Garrett County Community Action Committee, which is a tremendous on-the-ground resource for the people of Garrett County in implementing federal programs and helping people in need. Partnerships that combine federal resources with local expertise can often produce better results, especially with a dedicated staff such as the one at the GCCAC.”

GCCAC has an Early Head Start program which is for children up to age 3 and the Head Start program is for ages 3 to 4. The Early Head Start, which has 80 children enrolled, has the largest waiting list and the Head Start program has 220 children enrolled, according to Yoder.

“The Head Start school readiness scores for children coming out of Head Start, which is for low- to moderate-income students, are the same as the rest of the population. We are the only place in the state that has scores that are the same as the rest of the population,” said Yoder.

Last year, the Head Start program closed for a month due to the federal government sequestration and during that time the school readiness scores dropped, according to Yoder.

“We have worked very hard on this and have 11 different classes around the county and have infant home visiting,” said Yoder.

The majority of the classrooms are at the Dennett Road facility and there are classrooms at Friendsville, Grantsville, Accident, Kitzmiller, Crellin and the Overlook Child Development Center in Oakland.

Founded in 1965, GCCAC is a private nonprofit corporation that provides services to Garrett County residents. It is governed by a 15-member board of directors composed of community leaders. Delaney toured its headquarters in Oakland earlier this year and met with Yoder to discuss the organization’s needs and priorities.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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Garrett approves funds for demolition of center

Elaine Blaisdell Cumberland Times-News

OAKLAND — During its meeting on Tuesday, the Garrett County Commission adopted a resolution for the application of $30,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for the demolition of the Crellin Community Center.

“This is a project that has been discussed for the last two years at the Pace Funders meeting and at the community level,” said Peggy Jamison, grants resource officer with Garrett County Community Action.

Though the community had concerns, it was determined rehabilitation was not possible and the best option would be to demolish the center, said Jamison.

Chairman Robert Gatto said nothing has been done with the building for the past 10 years and that he met with community members and they understood that the building needs to be demolished.

The site could possibly be used for another community center.

“It ties in nicely with the school,” said Gatto.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and CDBG are willing to discuss future funding and assistance for redevelopment of the site, according to Jamison.

Jamison also provided a review of the after-school program funding from the CDBG that was awarded in 2009.

“What the funding from the block grant did is it bought some time for the after-school program to continue for about 12 to 15 months,” said Jamison.

There was an unexpected gap in the funding and CDBG was used to fill that gap, according to Jamison.

The $125,000 CDBG grant was matched with $125,000 from the county.

The program served 174 children, according to Jamison, and continues today with three sites in Accident, Grantsville and Southern Middle School.

Also during the meeting Mike Dreisbach, vice president of Garrett Trails and owner of Savage River Lodge, requested that commissioners provide $50,000 as a match for an Appalachian Regional Commission grant  for the next three years and an additional $25,000 to help fund administrative costs for Garrett Trails.

Garrett Trails is a nonprofit and does receive some money from the Taste of Garrett, which is held every year, according to Dreisbach.

There has been a delay with the Department of Natural Resources in the phase II of the Meadow Mountain trail, which will be funded by leftover ARC grant money.

“It makes it tough when we are asking for more ARC grant money when there is ARC money sitting on the table,” said Commissioner Jim Raley.

The second phase of the trail will go across 4-H center property and connect to an existing trail on Rock Lodge Trust Property land.

Last summer, local state foresters  were working on the engineering of the trail and stopped, according to Dreisbach.

“We have done everything we can to try and get them (DNR) to move,” said Dreisbach. “We are trying to determine what happened to that initiative and what happened to that cooperation.”

There will be an executive meeting of the Garrett Trails board today to decide how to move forward.

Garrett Trails is in the final stages of an agreement with the National Park Service to make the Eastern Continental Divide Loop trail part of the national trail system, according to Dreisbach.

Also during the meeting, the commission:

• Approved contract extensions for office furniture; chains and augers; liquid asphalt; motor oil, grease and fuel.

• Approved a resolution setting the real property tax date for May 3 at 10 a.m. in room 207 in the courthouse.

• Said that all budget requests were due on Feb. 15 and that for the first time the constant yield was identical to the tax rate.

• Heard an update and funding request from Karen Reckner, executive director of the Garrett County Arts Council.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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Mary S. 'Molly' Jameson, aided homeless

She established two outreach programs at her city church

May 08, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Mary S. “Molly” Jameson, who established and directed two outreach programs at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, died Sunday of breast cancer at her Lutherville home. She was 81.

The daughter of a building contractor and an educator, Mary Smart was born in Garrett County and raised in Oakland, Friendsville and Grantsville.

After graduating from Oakland High School in 1948, she enrolled at what is now Towson University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1952.

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Volunteers Sought For Cleanup Effort Near JRL

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Aug. 11, 2011

Volunteers are being sought for the second cleanup of Rt. 46 from the Robert W. Craig Campground to Elk Garden, W.Va., at Jennings Randolph Lake, which is situated between Garrett County and Mineral County, W.Va. The cleanup is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug. 13, beginning at 9 a.m.

Volunteers are to meet at the gazebo in the Howell Run Picnic Area. The group will start cleaning from both the campground and Elk Garden simultaneously, so everything will be downhill, according to Ranger Norm Dennis, coordinator of the project. He noted that as this is the second cleanup this summer along this same stretch of road, there should be far less trash then the first volunteers encountered.

“The cleanup will probably last about 2½ hours, depending on the number of volunteers we have willing to help give us a hand,” Dennis said. “The Friends of Jennings Randolph Lake really need a good turnout to get the job completed in as little time as possible. Your help will be greatly appreciated by all of the local residents and visitors to the lake by projecting a positive image of the local area.”

Beverages will be provided during the entire cleanup effort. At the end of the project, a barbecue will take place at the gazebo for all volunteers who helped.

Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Dennis at the lake office at 304-355-2346, or by e-mail at norm.dennis@usace.army.mil, or persons may simply show up at the gazebo Saturday morning.

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Ridgeview Valley Gives Back To Community

Ridgeview Valley a planned residential community located in McHenry, Maryland has found a way to give back to the community even in the rough economic times.


(Press Release) – Dec 23, 2010 – McHENRY, MD. – Ridgeview Valley, Deep Creek Lake’s newest lifestyle community has found a way to give back to their local community even in rough economic times. Ridgeview Valley is located at the end of Gravelly Run Road, just north of the Rt. 219 Bridge which crosses Deep Creek Lake in McHenry, Maryland. This historic property is graced with a beautiful big red barn that was built in the early 1800’s and has needed very little in terms of refurbishing, really only a coat of fresh paint. Adjacent to the barn is a lovely hillside which has been terraced to create an outdoor amphitheater. From dairy cows to the good times ahead this barn breathes the history of the land. The amphitheater is the perfect location to enjoy family and friends while gazing at the stars and listening to your favorite performer. Ridgeview Valley has become a preferred location for special cultural events, such as performances by Theatre on the Lake and The Annual Garrett Mentors Barn Dance, as well as private parties, weddings and family reunions.
All events held at the Barn at Ridgeview Valley are by or for a charity or non-profit, and proceeds from each event benefit the charity or non-profit entirely. In lieu of a facility charge, those holding private functions are asked to donate to a charity of their choice.
The summer of 2010 has been very active. Paul and Jennifer Allsup of North Carolina started the summer season with their wedding reception on May 1st and chose Landon’s Library and HART as their charities of choice. Maurice and Leah Izzard of Washington, D.C. were married and enjoyed their reception in the barn donating to Brain Cancer Research. The Graves family chose Ridgeview Valley as the destination for their family reunion, which is held every 3 years somewhere in the United States. Approximately 130 people attended leading to a donation to the Allied Defense Fund. Tim & Jordan Burke of Wisconsin celebrated their special day with a Celtic wedding donating tp Garrett County Humane Society. JC & Sarah Barker of West Virginia exchanged their vows on a magnificent fall day in October, donating to Terra Alta Volunteer Fire Department. Kyle and Rachel Graser of Virginia also were married on a beautiful fall day in October and chose Bully Paws, a pit bull rescue organization as their charity of choice.
For their second year at Ridgeview, Theatre on the Lake performed “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Children of Eden”. Garrett Mentors sold concessions at “Children of Eden” to promote their 2nd Annual Barn Dance, which was held in the barn on September 18, 2010. Plans are already in the works for the 3rd Annual Ridgeview Valley Barn Dance to benefit Garrett Mentors. Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty sponsored a free kid’s carnival day that had about 200 in attendance. They had fire trucks, games and free giveaways for the youngsters to enjoy. The final event of the season was a barn dance for members of the Jehovah Witness Hall of Oakland, MD.
With this clever way of giving back to the community Ridgeview Valley offers brides a unique venue that allows them to personalize their big day, while helping their favorite charity. This season Ridgeview has supported donations of over $2,500.00 to various charities.
The sense of tranquility that you will find in Ridgeview Valley will make you feel like you are already home. This planned village-style residential community. is situated on some of the most scenic acreage in Garrett County and offers a multitude of amenities such as hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails, and of course our beautiful old barn for community events, with its adjoining amphitheater. Future plans call for a community center with an indoor swimming pool and fitness center, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a multipurpose field for soccer, football, and baseball, and various playgrounds. Ridgeview Valley covers approximately 300 acres in harmony with – not in competition with – the natural beauty of the area and neighboring Deep Creek Lake. Ridgeview Valley is the ideal second home location for the outdoor enthusiast; providing the perfect setting for pursuing one’s outdoor passions while getting to know the neighbors and enjoying family and friends. For more information about Ridgeview Valley call 301-387-4040 or visit www.ridgeviewvalley.com

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Ridgeview Valley is the planned village-style residential community with all the amenities spanning 308 acres that’s in harmony with – not in competition with – the natural beauty surrounding Deep Creek Lake, Maryland.

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Mountainside at Deep Creek Lake – community profile

Mountainside memories will be yours forever in this lovely wooded lake access community at Deep Creek Lake. Spectacular views are afforded on many lots while others offer that tucked away privacy you are looking for. This exquisite neighborhood offers a great location plus on-site amenities including a lakeside clubhouse, tennis and basketball courts with pavilion, hiking trails and boat dock privileges. Make Mountainside your home away from home!

Special Features

Lake and mountain views.

Close to all lake activities, including Deep Creek Lake State Park & Wisp Ski & Golf Resort.

Lakeside clubhouse located next to one of Deep Creek Lake’s best attractions- the Lakeside Creamery.

Common areas in the community featuring tennis courts, basketball courts, a covered pavilion, a mountaintop deck showcasing the views of Deep Creek Lake & surrounding mountains, and hiking trails.


– Basketball Court
– Hiking Paths
– Lakeside Deck
– Mountain Views
– Pavilion
– Multiple Dockslips- Common
– Tennis Court
– Water Access
– Water Views

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