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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.

Oktoberfest comes to the Wisp

Celebrate the autumn season with fall foliage, seasonal beer, harvest festivities, lederhosen, and dirndls. Join us for another Wisp Oktoberfest to enjoy seasonal beer, live music including the Oompah Band, kids’ activities, artisans, authentic German food, and more – PROST!

Oktoberfest Tasting Ticket from $39.00 includes:

  • Tasting wristband (for ages 21+, ID required, beer vendors will only pour to guests with wristbands)
  • Souvenir Oktoberfest 12oz. Beer Stein (must have beer stein for beer vendors to pour)
  • 3 wooden tokens good for: 3- 12 oz. Pours of your choice from over 16+ beer choices

Oktoberfest Schedule

12pm – 6pm: Beer Vendors (while supplies last)Main Stage + McHenry Lodge
12pm – 6pm: Bavarian Food McHenry Lodge
12pm – 3pm: The Remedy Band Main Stage
12pm – 6pm: Artisan Village Lawn + McHenry Lodge
12pm – Kids Krafts (while supplies last) Lawn
1:30pm: Contest Main Stage
3:00pm: Contest Main Stage
3:00pm – 6pm: Oakland Volunteer Fire Dept. Oompah Band Main Stage
4:00pm – Contest Main Stage
5:00pm – Contest Main Stage

Oktoberfest Lodging Package

Starting at $345 pp*

Enjoy a 1 Leaf Peeping Scenic Chairlift Ride, entry into the Oktoberfest event, charcuterie board with Oktoberfest themed finger foods

to go Oktoberfest – Wisp (wispresort.com) to grab tickets!

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.

Maryland named America’s third happiest state

In a new study released by WalletHubMaryland was named the third-happiest state in America.

With 50% of Americans saying they are “very satisfied” with the way their personal life is going, the personal finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Happiest States in America, as well as expert commentary.

To determine where Americans have the highest satisfaction with life, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 30 key indicators of happiness. The data set ranges from the depression rate and the share of adults feeling productive to income growth and the unemployment rate.

Happiness in Maryland (1=Happiest; 25=Avg.):

  • 4th – % of Depressed Adults
  • 4th – Suicide Rate
  • 24th – % of Civilian Labor Force Unemployed 15 Weeks or Longer
  • 24th – Number of Work Hours
  • 29th – Volunteer Rate
  • 17th – Separation & Divorce Rate
  • 18th – Safety
  • 22nd – Share of Adults Feeling Active & Productive

Overall rank for Maryland: 3rd

original article Maryland named third happiest state in America, says WalletHub study (fox5dc.com)

Our Million Dollar view

original post and author credits to Edward Poling (1) You know you’re from Garrett County, MD if you remember… | Facebook

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.

Annual Corn Maze opens at Cove Run Farms

As the autumn breeze ushers in cooler temperatures and the leaves begin to turn, one beloved tradition returns to the scenic Cove area of Accident, Maryland. Cove Run Farms Corn Maze, a staple of the community, is set to open its gates for its 23rd season on Saturday, September 9th. This year, the maze takes on a special theme, focusing on Dementia Awareness, which promises an engaging and enlightening experience for all ages.

Cove Run Farms Corn Maze is located at 596 Griffith Road, Accident. The maze is open from 4-9 p.m. on Fridays (excluding Sept. 8), noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2-6 p.m. on Sundays. Special arrangements can be made for groups outside of these hours.

Admission is $8 for ages 11 and up, $4 for ages 3-10, and free for children aged 2 and under. Additionally, pavilions and fire rings are available for rental for various gatherings.

Teachers interested in arranging field trips or anyone looking to make reservations can call 301-616-6111 or use Facebook Messenger for inquiries and bookings. Cove Run Farms Corn Maze also offers delightful baked goods, refreshing drinks, and the chance to witness the thrilling Rubber Duck Races.

U.S. Rep. Trone Announces Over $43 Million in Latest Funding for Schools and Libraries

In a significant development for education in Maryland’s Sixth District, Congressman David Trone has recently unveiled an infusion of $43,428,936 in federal funding through the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. This program, a product of the American Rescue Plan backed by Rep. Trone, seeks to bridge the digital divide by addressing the homework gap faced by students lacking reliable broadband and computer access. The funds, allocated during the third application window, will bolster schools and libraries in Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, and Garrett counties, ensuring that students have the resources they need to succeed academically.

Closing the Homework Gap

Congressman Trone’s dedication to his constituents is evident as he emphasizes the importance of equitable access to education. He highlights the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program as a crucial step in breaking down learning barriers that many lower-income students encounter. As the son of a public school teacher, Rep. Trone understands the significance of this funding in providing high-quality education to the nation’s future leaders.

Allocation Breakdown

The latest round of funding, known as “Window 3,” includes the following allocations for schools and libraries in Maryland’s Sixth District:

  1. Frederick County Public School District: $1,165,644
  2. Frederick County Public Libraries: $40,440
  3. Garrett County Public School District: $457,506
  4. Montgomery County Public Libraries: $22,784,400
  5. Montgomery County Public School District: $13,660,946
  6. Washington County Public School District: $5,320,000

Moreover, previous allocations from “Window 1” and “Window 2” have further fortified educational institutions in the district:

  1. Ivymount School in Rockville: $88,223
  2. Frederick County Public School District: $5,022,279
  3. Gaithersburg Community Support Services: $20,890
  4. Garrett County Public School District: $472,745
  5. Head Start of Washington County in Hagerstown: $14,038
  6. Montgomery County Public Libraries: $15,975,170
  7. Washington County Public School District: $391,680
  8. YMCA of Frederick County: $101,034

The Impact of the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program

Launched in 2021, the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program has been instrumental in supporting off-campus learning, including nightly homework and summer online learning programs. This initiative ensures that students have the necessary resources to stay on track with their education.

To date, this funding has made a significant impact by providing support to approximately:

  • 18 million students
  • 11,100 schools
  • 1,050 libraries
  • 120 consortia

The program has also distributed:

  • Approximately 13 million connected devices
  • Over 8 million broadband connections across the country

Remarkably, this has resulted in $145,091,619 in federal funding being channeled into the state of Maryland alone, underscoring its immense value in bolstering education and closing the digital divide.

for more information U.S. Rep. Trone announces over $43 million in latest funding for schools and libraries | Garrett News | wvnews.com

Grantsville native to star on ‘Chopped’ on Tuesday

Adam Finzel, a native of Grantsville, is set to make a captivating appearance on the popular Food Network show “Chopped” airing at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5th. The competition offers an enticing prize of $10,000.

Hailing from Northern Garrett High School’s class of 2011, Finzel’s culinary journey led him to Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he pursued his passion for the culinary arts. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in food service management, his quest for culinary excellence took him to Paris, France, where he completed his college degree at the prestigious Alain Ducasse study abroad program.

Currently, Finzel has established himself in the vibrant culinary scene of Tampa, Florida, where he holds the position of Senior Sous-Chef at Lilac, one of the three Michelin-starred restaurants in the region.

Speaking about his inspiration for joining “Chopped,” Finzel credits his girlfriend, Jada Vidal, who herself has competed in various culinary shows. Vidal’s encouragement pushed him to take the plunge into the culinary competition world. The audition process was no cakewalk, involving several Zoom calls. Finzel’s excitement peaked when he received the final call confirming his selection for the show.

To prepare for the competition, the couple immersed themselves in the world of “Chopped.” They meticulously studied numerous episodes to gain insights into the show’s challenges, the placement of ingredients, and the use of kitchen equipment.

“Being on the set was surreal, reminiscent of my high school sports competition days,” Finzel remarked, highlighting the welcoming atmosphere created by the Chopped team.

The experience also opened Finzel’s eyes to the vast opportunities in the culinary industry beyond restaurant kitchens. He expressed enthusiasm for the exciting and challenging world of television cooking competitions, which can offer a refreshing change for chefs who may sometimes feel weighed down by the demanding nature of the restaurant business.

When asked about his plans for the $10,000 prize, Finzel revealed his dream to visit Tokyo, where he is eager to explore the vibrant cuisine and immerse himself in a new cultural experience.

Regardless of the outcome on “Chopped,” Finzel remains resolute in his culinary journey. His unwavering goal is continual improvement in his craft, acknowledging the ever-evolving nature of the culinary arts. He aspires to shape his own unique culinary style and make progress with each passing day.

In a heartfelt message, Finzel expressed his pride in representing Garrett County and conveyed his deep appreciation for the overwhelming love and support he has received from his hometown.

The 19th annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival

The 19th annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, benefiting HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF), features beautifully handcrafted works by local and regional artisans, more than 200 wines to taste from Maryland and national wineries, a lounge to watch college football games and purchase beer on tap, a cigar bar, live entertainment, food, wine store, lodging packages and more, all set in the beautiful mountains of western Maryland.

schedule is as follows-



for more information and ticket purchases Home – Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival (deepcreekwinefest.com)

County Commissioners Announce August 28, 2023 Public Meeting Agenda

Monday, August 28, 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

  •  Declaration of Surplus County Property

60” Restaurant Electric Range
Bally Walk–in Freezer
1982 Galion Roller
1987 Mack Truck 

  • 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       Appointments: 

Garrett County Commission for Women

        Appointment                   Reappointments
        Heather Hanline              Melita Friend
                                               Amanda Mattingly
                                               Erin-Ruth Natividad
                                               Juliet Sanders
                                               Pam Trickett

4:10    Garrett County Department of Financial Services – Purchasing Division

Bid Award – Town of Mountain Lake Park Sanitary Sewer System Improvements Phase 4A

The County participated in this cooperative bid with Mountain Lake Park.  The County portion of the project was for a waterline replacement (approximately 1,010 LF including meters, valves, and valve boxes) at the request of Garrett County Department of Public Works – Utilities Division.  The Town of Mountain Lake Park will manage the project with the assistance of Highland Engineering & Surveying, Inc.  The County will reimburse Mountain Lake Park for the cost of water line alternate included in the project.

4:20       Public Commentary

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 Monday, September 11, 2023 at the Deer Park Town Hall beginning at 6:00 PM.

for more information County Commissioners Announce August 28, 2023 Public Meeting Agenda – Board of Commissioners – Garrett County Government