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The Department of Public Works – Roads Division has been advised that Glendale Road is planned to be re-opened to traffic  on Friday, September 29, 2023.

Zeddock Miller will be temporarily closed for approximately four weeks for the purpose of completing tie in to the Glendale Road realignment. 

Alternate routes of traffic during the closure will include Paradise Point Road and Paradise Heights Road.

56th Annual Autumn Glory Festival

Enjoy the beauty of the fall season in the mountains as Garrett County celebrates the 56th anniversary of the annual Autumn Glory Festival, which features two large parades, live music, band competition, antique and craft shows from Oct. 11-15. Team One GMC is the title sponsor of the festival.

Take in the breathtaking views of the spectacular fall foliage by driving or biking one, or both, of the county’s Autumn Glory Fall Foliage tours. Head to visitdeepcreek.com/autumnglory or the Garrett County Visitors Center in McHenry to pick up the full map and directions.

On Oct. 11, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner, sponsored by UPMC Western Maryland, features networking, dinner and a recognition of the annual Autumn Glory golden ambassador.

Oct. 12 features a fireman’s parade and the week continues with the town of Oakland’s Autumn Glory Carnival, Turkey Trail dinners, royalty court, Autumn Glory sales, corn maze, farmers markets and craft and antique shows.

The Official Maryland State Banjo, Fiddle & Mandolin Championships are slated for Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at Southern Garrett High School and will feature banjo, fiddle and mandolin contestants of all ages competing for top honors.

On Oct. 14, the town of Oakland’s annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, sponsored by First United Bank & Trust, begins at 1 p.m. Over 100 entries include floats, clowns, bands, antique vehicles and more. Saturday will also feature the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands at 6 p.m. at Southern Garrett High School with a high school field show competition.

Antique and craft shows continue throughout the county on Oct. 15 along with the Autumn Glory Festival Car Show by Mountain Top Cruisers in downtown Oakland from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more details, please log onto visitdeepcreek.com/autumnglory or call 301-387-4386.

County Commissioners Announce Public Meeting Agenda

Monday, October 2, 2023
Agenda Session Times are Approximate

Meeting will also be Live Streamed at https://www.facebook.com/garrettcountygovernment/
Agenda Session Times are Approximate

The Board of County Commissioners may close a portion of this public meeting and move into Executive Session to comply with a specific constitutional, statutory, or judicial requirement that may prevent public disclosure about a particular proceeding or matter.

*To comment on agenda items – please send to comments@garrettcounty.org

3:00        Administrative Session

  • Discussion – Letter from Garrett County Planning Commission requesting amendment to the Deep Creek Watershed Zoning Ordinance prohibiting the use of shipping containers as dwelling units
  • Board Appointments
  1. Garrett County Health Planning Council – 2 Members – Three Year Terms
  2. Garrett County Mental Health Advisory Council – 1 replacement
  3. Garrett County Police Accountability Board – 1 member – Three Year Term
  • Mr. Null will review a number of administrative and managerial matters under his authority and jurisdiction with the Board of County Commissioners

4:00       Call to Order of Public Session, Invocation, and Pledge of Allegiance

               County Administrator – Additions/Deletions to Public Meeting Agenda

               Approval of Public, Administrative, and Executive Meeting Minutes

4:05       Proclamations:  I Can Swim Month – October 2023
                                       National Digital Inclusion Week – October 2-6, 2023

4:10        Recognition – Sunrise Sanitation – 45th Anniversary

4:15        Garrett County Department of Financial Services – Purchasing Division

  • Contract Award – Request for Proposal #23–0815 – Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Reports Chestnut Ridge & Jennings Sewer Collection System

4:20       Public Commentary

4:25       John H. Frank – Recognition of Director Frank’s Retirement

Adjournment of Public Session

Public Issues or concerns that are to be presented to the Board of Garrett County Commissioners during any Public Meeting should be scheduled with Carol A. Riley–Alexander, Executive Assistant to the Board of County Commissioners/County Administrator.     

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners next scheduled Public Meeting will be Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at the Garrett County Courthouse beginning at 4:00 PM.

Maryland’s Foliage makes Top ‘Hidden Gems’ list

Each Fall, images appear online showcasing some of the most stunning examples of foliage. However, many Americans are perhaps unaware of alternative ‘hidden gems’ to see Fall’s foliage.

Mixbook, a #1 rated photo book brand, carried out a survey of 3,000 respondents, asking them which under-the-radar destinations they would most like to visit to see fall foliage this year.

Maryland made the list a whopping three times. Sitting at #20 nationally is MD’s Swallow Falls State Park.

#20 Swallow Falls State Park:

Tucked away from the bustling city, its ancient hemlock and hardwood forests burst into a mesmerizing array of reds, oranges, and yellows during autumn. This off-the-beaten-path sanctuary offers not only stunning waterfalls but also a serene escape to witness the seasonal transformation.

Other locations within the state that were cited were:

#117 Gambrill State Park:

The park’s mix of oak and maple trees burst into a captivating array of red, orange, and gold hues during the autumn months, creating a picturesque contrast against the rolling hills and panoramic vistas. Its relatively undiscovered status ensures a more peaceful and authentic encounter with the changing leaves, making it an ideal destination to relish the stunning colors of fall while hiking its trails.

#150 Green Ridge State Forest:

Its vast expanse of diverse deciduous trees, from maple and oak to hickory and birch, erupts into a symphony of vibrant hues during autumn. A kaleidoscope of colors against the backdrop of the Allegheny Mountains creates an unforgettable and often overlooked seasonal spectacle.

GC Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting Announced

The Garrett County Diversity and Inclusion Committee is having a meeting on Wednesday September 20, 2023 from 3 PM until 4:30 PM at Garrett College in the Offutt STEM Building in Room 211. 

for more information GC Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting Announced – Board of Commissioners – Garrett County Government

Maryland Fall Foliage Forecast 2023

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources presents its fall foliage report as the first day of autumn approaches on the 23rd.

As autumn ushers in a boom of vibrant colors across the landscape, it’s a season that captivates our senses. The changing leaves, with their shades of orange, yellow, and red, have long been a subject of fascination and wonder. But what exactly causes this breathtaking transformation?

For years, scientists have dedicated their efforts to unraveling the intricate process behind the mesmerizing autumn foliage. According to the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, three primary factors orchestrate this dazzling display: leaf pigments, the length of night, and the weather. Let’s dive into the science behind this natural spectacle.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources State Forest Manager, Melissa Nash, provides valuable insights into the role of leaf pigments. She explains that during the warm summer months, leaves don a vibrant green hue, courtesy of the chlorophyll pigment. However, hidden beneath this dominant green are pigments like xanthophylls and carotenes, which impart yellow to orange tones to the leaves. These are the same pigments responsible for the vibrant orange color of carrots.

The transition from the lush green of summer to the warm autumnal hues is a result of the interplay between the length of daylight and temperature. As autumn approaches, the days grow shorter, and temperatures begin to drop. These environmental cues signal to the trees that it’s time to prepare for the winter months.

Nash elucidates this process further, stating that as fall takes hold, the changes in daylight duration and decreasing temperatures disrupt the process of photosynthesis. This disruption leads to the breakdown of chlorophyll, causing the green color to fade away, revealing the underlying yellow and orange pigments. Simultaneously, some trees produce pigments called anthocyanins, which contribute to the striking red and purplish hues we associate with autumn.

for more information Maryland Fall Foliage Forecast 2023

Embrace the Beauty of Autumn: Best Fall Activities in Garrett County, MD

As the crisp air of autumn descends upon Garrett County, Maryland, it ushers in a vibrant tapestry of colors and a host of exciting activities. Known for its stunning landscapes, this region transforms into a fall wonderland, drawing visitors from near and far. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply looking for a relaxing escape, Garrett County has something special to offer during the fall season. In this article, we’ll explore the best fall activities in Garrett County, MD, to help you make the most of this enchanting time of year.

  1. Leaf Peeping:
    • Garrett County is renowned for its picturesque foliage. Drive along scenic routes like the Garrett Highway and Savage River Road to witness the breathtaking display of red, orange, and gold leaves. Don’t forget your camera!
  2. Hiking and Nature Walks:
    • Lace up your hiking boots and explore the county’s extensive trail network. The Deep Creek Lake State Park offers a variety of trails suitable for all skill levels. Discover hidden waterfalls, serene lakes, and panoramic views.
  3. Pumpkin Picking:
    • Head to a local farm, such as Brant’s Apple Orchard or Double Oak Farms, for a quintessential fall activity: pumpkin picking. Choose the perfect pumpkin for carving or decoration.
  4. Fall Festivals:
    • Garrett County hosts several fall festivals, including the Autumn Glory Festival in Oakland, featuring parades, craft shows, and live entertainment. It’s a must-visit for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the local culture.
  5. Wine Tasting:
    • Savor the flavors of autumn with a visit to a local winery. Several vineyards in the county offer tastings, often with picturesque vineyard views. Deep Creek Cellars and Firefly Farms Creamery & Market are popular options.
  6. Fishing and Boating:
    • Enjoy the serene waters of Deep Creek Lake, a popular spot for fall fishing and boating. Rent a kayak, go fishing, or take a leisurely cruise to soak in the stunning fall scenery.
  7. Corn Mazes and Hayrides:
    • Farms like Cornucopia Farms and Coder’s Farm offer family-friendly activities like corn mazes and hayrides. Get lost in the maze or take a relaxing ride through the countryside.
  8. Photography Expeditions:
    • For photography enthusiasts, Garrett County provides endless opportunities to capture the beauty of fall. Sunrise and sunset shots, misty mornings, and reflections in calm lakes are just a few subjects to explore.
  9. Cozy Cabin Getaways:
    • Embrace the cozy side of fall by booking a cabin in the woods. Garrett County is known for its charming cabins with crackling fireplaces, ideal for snuggling up after a day of adventures.
  10. Apple Picking:
    • Visit local orchards like Kitzmiller Farms and enjoy apple picking. You can also indulge in freshly made apple pies, cider, and other apple treats.

Governor Moore Announces $25.5 Million for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects Across Maryland

In a significant move towards enhancing Maryland’s transportation infrastructure, Governor Wes Moore recently unveiled a $25.5 million investment in 40 bicycle, pedestrian, and trail projects across the state. The grants allocated for the Fiscal Year 2024 consist of $20.8 million in federal funding for 22 projects through the Transportation Alternatives Program and the Recreational Trails Program, alongside an additional $4.7 million in state funding for 18 projects through the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program.

Governor Moore highlighted the importance of these investments, stating, “To grow our economy and attract a world-class workforce, we need to build new pathways from home to work to leisure. An investment in making Maryland more livable is an investment in making Maryland more competitive. I’m proud of the strong bonds we’ve built between leaders at the local, state, and federal levels to secure this funding, and we will continue moving in partnership to enhance physical and economic mobility for all Marylanders.”

Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld emphasized the need for comprehensive community service through transportation networks, stating, “In order to comprehensively serve our communities, Maryland’s transportation network must include high-quality, convenient, and equitable bike and pedestrian access. We’re working every day to create a transportation network that serves all users, whether they’re driving, walking, biking, scooting, or using mobility devices. We’re excited to support local projects that help expand that network at the grassroots level.”

Here is an overview of the key grant programs and some notable projects:

Transportation Alternatives Program Grants The Transportation Alternatives Program is a federally funded discretionary grant program designed to strengthen the transportation system through community projects. This program supports initiatives that create bicycle and pedestrian facilities, convert abandoned railway corridors into pedestrian trails, mitigate highway runoff, and other transportation-related enhancements. Some of the notable projects funded this year include:

  1. $6.4 million for a 1.2-mile extension to the BWI Loop Trail in Anne Arundel County.
  2. $4 million for the construction of a 1.4-mile shared-use path along the east side of Dobbin Road from MD 175 to Oakland Mills Road in Howard County, including other improvements.
  3. $1.2 million for the rehabilitation of 11 miles of the C&O Canal Towpath in Allegany County.
  4. $1.4 million for the construction of the LaPlata Bikeway: Radio Station Road Sidepath in Charles County.

Recreational Trails Program Grants The Recreational Trails Program, another federal initiative, provides funds for various recreational trails, including pedestrian, bicycle, equestrian, off-highway vehicle, and paddle sports trails. States are required to allocate funds to facilitate diverse recreational trail use. Notable projects funded this year include:

  1. $1.8 million for the construction of the first phase of the Pope’s Creek Rail Trail Public Pedestrian Trail in Charles County.
  2. $420,000 for the Western Region Multi-year Trail Maintenance Program in Allegany and Garrett counties.
  3. $40,000 for the construction of a skills progression mountain bike trail for Broadford Park Trail System in the Town of Oakland, in Garrett County.
  4. $48,351 for improvements to the Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail in the College Park area of Prince George’s County.

Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program Grants The Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program, established in 2011, provides state funding for planning, design, and construction of bicycle infrastructure, such as protected bike lanes and shared-use paths. Some of the key projects funded this year include:

  1. $1.2 million for the construction of the seventh phase of the Three Notch Trail in St. Mary’s County from Hollywood to FDR Boulevard.
  2. $465,000 for the final design of the Metropolitan Branch Trail upgrades in Takoma Park.
  3. $400,000 for the final design of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Circulation Trail in Princess Anne, Somerset County.
  4. $400,000 for the construction of the Carroll Street Cycle track in Salisbury.
  5. $385,517 for the construction of the LaPlata Bikeway in Charles County.

Additionally, feasibility studies and advanced designs for low-traffic-stress bicycle facilities in various Maryland cities have also received grant awards through the Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program.

This comprehensive investment in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure underscores Maryland’s commitment to fostering sustainable and inclusive transportation options. These projects not only promote healthier lifestyles but also contribute to economic growth, environmental sustainability, and improved quality of life for all Maryland residents.

For a complete list of grant awardees and project details, you can visit the official Maryland Department of Transportation’s website.

Our Million Dollar view

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How many times have you crested Hooppole Ridge on US 219 above Little Sandy’s Restaurant and looked to the East to catch a glimpse of Deep Creek Lake and Backbone Mountain in the far distance? I must admit, this view still thrills me today, even after seeing it thousands of times over the past 60+ years.

We all jointly own this view. It is ours. Our eyes naturally seek out Paradise Point jutting out into Deep Creek at left center just past the Sand Flat bottomland of Pawn Run. To the left is the southern most end of Meadow Mountain, silently standing guard over Deep Creek Lake State Park. Rising to the right is Little Snaggy Mountain which hosts Sky Valley on one side and Thousand Acres on the other. Further to the right is another glint of Deep Creek waters leading towards Green Glade and Hazelhurst. This scene, lorded over by the majestic Backbone Mountain in the far distance, contains hundreds of small farms and thousands of homes owned by full time and part time Garrett Countians alike.

For me, this scene embodies who we are. The stalwart mountains and forests represent our strength to face oft times harsh weather conditions. The meadows, glades and valleys reflect our determination to wrestle a productive and joyous life in our remote rural location. The cool and calming waters of our lakes and rivers encourages us to adjust to and embrace changes brought to us by outside influences, while maintaining our local heritage handed down from Garrett Countians who came before.

Look closely at this scene. You will see a stoic figure observing the view and future that lies ahead, while contemplating memories and visions from the past. That figure is us.

Garrett County Community Action Committee Receives $220,000 Grant for Homeownership Program

In a significant stride toward making homeownership a reality for low- to moderate-income residents, the Garrett County Community Action Committee has been awarded a substantial $220,000 grant through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), this federal grant is set to empower first-time homebuyers by providing crucial financial assistance for down payments and closing costs.

The grant funds are poised to amplify the Garrett County Community Action Committee’s mission to foster homeownership opportunities. Over the years, the committee has made commendable strides, helping more than 500 individuals and families achieve their dreams of homeownership. Their initiatives, including the Garrett County Pathway to Homeownership Program and the Homeownership Education & Finance Program, have been instrumental in providing prospective homeowners with essential knowledge regarding financial, legal, and other aspects of the homebuying process.

One of the most significant barriers that low- and moderate-income first-time buyers face is the daunting down payment required to purchase a home. Paul Edwards, Chairman of the Board of Garrett County Commissioners, expressed, “The Department award directly contributes to Garrett County’s goal that all County residents will be able to live in comfortable, safe, and affordable housing by assisting first-time homebuyers with the down payment assistance required to purchase a home.”

Katherine Shadel, the Asset Development Director at the Garrett County Community Action Committee, added, “Between the county’s Pathway to Home Ownership project and the CDBG award, over 70 households will be able to purchase a home in Garrett County.” This grant is not just financial assistance; it’s the key to unlocking the doors of homeownership for many families.

The $220,000 grant awarded to the Garrett County Community Action Committee through the CDBG program is a testament to the power of community development and collaborative efforts to make homeownership a reality for deserving individuals and families. It reflects Maryland’s commitment to creating safe, affordable, and vibrant communities that empower residents to achieve their dreams. This grant is more than just financial assistance; it’s a beacon of hope and opportunity for those striving to secure a place they can proudly call home.

For a full list of awards, please visit https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Documents/PressReleases/SFY24-CDBG-Awards.pdf.