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Women’s Networking Luncheon resumes at Deep Creek Lake

From The Garrett County Republican

DEEP CREEK LAKE — After being sidelined by COVID-19 for several years and postponed last month because of weather, the monthly Women’s Networking Luncheon resumed Feb. 16 at Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub at Deep Creek Lake.

The public events are organized by the Women’s Association of Mountain Maryland and hosted by Terah Beitzel-Crawford and Dawn Beitzel.

Terah Crawford
Terah Beitzel-Crawford welcomes attendees to the Women’s Networking Luncheon.

Staff photo by Brenda Ruggiero

The featured speaker for the event was Kendall Ludwig, who spoke about her new venture, Jitterbug Movement Studio in downtown Oakland.

She started her presentation by having the audience participate in some stretching exercises.

Ludwig speaks
Kendall Ludwig speaks about Jitterbug Movement Studio.

Staff photo by Brenda Ruggiero

“Most of you know me … I am the president and principal designer of Curly Red, which is a full service creative firm,” she said. “So I do logos. We do print a lot of brochures, annual reports and then we do a lot of web work. We do social media. We just bought a building this past August in downtown Oakland, right across the street from the parking lot.”

Ludwig stated that when she found the building, she looked at the back area and thought it would be a great space for a movement studio.

“I’m a lifelong dancer, so I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old,” she said. “It’s always just been a hobby of mine … a lot of it’s been through musical theater.”

Ludwig said she took a lot of classes and realized early on that dancing would just be a hobby for her.

Kendall Ludwig outlines speaks for her passion for dance and the creation of Jitterbug Movement Studio in Oakland.

Staff photo by Brenda Ruggiero
“I’m clearly not built to be a ballerina,” she said. “But I embrace the curves. It’s fine. So I decided to do art as my career, but dance has been a lifelong love of mine.”

When she got to Garrett County, Ludwig said she looked around and really wished that there were more movement classes in the county, particularly for adults.

“So that was really what the idea was behind Jitterbug Movement Studio,” she said.

The studio was launched in October.

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Taylor, Lewis compete at state golf tournament

The Garrett County Republican

COLLEGE PARK — Northern senior Chase Taylor and Southern freshman Hank Lewis both battled valiantly through substandard weather conditions on Tuesday, but the two fell just short of making it to the Day 2 of the Maryland state golf championships.

The state golf tournament began on Tuesday and was held at the University of Maryland in College Park. Though both Taylor and Lewis were both eliminated, they each had strong starts as they were both above the cutoff line at one point during the back nine.

Taylor finished 15-over (86) to tie for 31st. For him, it was the stretch from holes No. 12-18 that were his undoing.

“The conditions were pretty tough out there, and I’m just not used to hitting off Bermuda grass,” said Taylor. “I finished off so bad. I think I finished double, double, bogie, triple, double on the last five holes. It was a mess. I just blew up.

“It was just the small stuff that I was messing up. I just couldn’t hit an iron, really that’s just all there is to it. If I hit a fairway, I wouldn’t hit a green. I was chunking everything. The ground’s wet and it’s Bermuda grass, so I was just deep swinging and catching everything fat.”

The senior had made it to states when he posted a 79 at the west regionals a month ago.

“I’m really glad I got to come here in the first place; it’s awesome,” Taylor said. “The course is really nice.It’s in good shape too besides it being wet today. I’m really glad I got to come here and play, it was fun.”

Lewis finished just behind Taylor by going 16-over (87) and also had a rough time down the stretch as he double bogeyed two of his last five holes.

“I played OK. I could’ve done a lot better,” Lewis said. “Wind, just specifically the swirling of the wind, I didn’t know what club to hit at times. I couldn’t really make a decision.

“It’s a learning experience. I want to improve everything about my game. … It’s an honor to be with seniors (Taylor and Darian Bauer). Darian’s the best in the region, so it’s an honor to be here with them as a freshman.”

Bauer, the senior from Allegany, won the 1A/2A regional title and advanced to Day 2 on Wednesday.

The top 40% of individual male and female competitors advanced to the Day 2 Finals, as well as those who tied with the cutoff score.

Military March promotion offered

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — The Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County salute the nation’s heroes with a Military March promotion.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is offering discounts for military members on its website, visitdeepcreek.com. The promotion runs from March 1-31, non-holidays.

Nineteen businesses are participating in the promotion offering military discounts on dining, shopping, lodging, party and event rentals, heating & cooling, veterinary services and products, flooring, printing services and wireless services.

“The Military March promotion is a terrific way for military members to save on a trip to the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County,” said Sarah Duck, vice president of tourism & marketing for the chamber. “We are proud to honor our nation’s heroes with discounts from a wide variety of our area’s businesses.”

The Military March Promotion includes offers from Advanced Heating & Cooling; Bear Creek Traders; Blue Moon Rising; Cashmere Clothing Co.; Christmas Chalet; HART for Animals; Joint Training Facility; Long Branch Saloon & Motel; Master Craft Printers; MoonShadow; Mountain State Brewing Co.; Perkins Restaurant & Bakery; Riggleman’s & Sons Flooring; Savage River Lodge; Ski Cove #3; Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales; the Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille; The Tourist Trap; and US Cellular.

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Rotary Satellite Club raises $2,000 for ‘It’s in the Bag

From The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — The Oakland Rotary Satellite Club, operating in partnership with the Oakland Rotary, raised $2,000 for the “It’s In The Bag” weekend and holiday backpack food program at a fundraiser in October.

The event was hosted at Smoke & Mirrors and included food and beverages and a silent auction.

“A special thanks to Dave Bruffy for donating use of the gallery, Scott Alexander for providing live music, and others across the community for their generous donations to the silent auction,” said Amy Bortz.

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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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Up on the rooftop – Southern High School snow removal

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

Oakland — Crews work atop Southern High School’s roof, clearing the accumluated snow with a snow blower Tuesday at the Oakland facility. All schools in Garrett county will be open today, except for Southern, Northern High School, Northern Middle School and Grantsville, Crellin and Dennett Road elementary schools.

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