Corridor H segment expected to open by late Nov.

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Another section of Corridor H in West Virginia is expected to open by Thanksgiving.

Corridor H coordinator Tommy Collins tells The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/1wqvhN6 ) that the 1.5-mile segment is near the connector to W.Va. Route 42 and W.Va. Route 93 in the Mount Storm area.

Collins says another 4-mile section could open by the end of the year. But he says an early spring opening is more likely due to the weather.

Read More Here:  http://www.wric.com/story/26826568/corridor-h-segment-expected-to-open-by-late-nov

 

Fracking’s risks are manageable, so what’s the holdup?

Your recent editorial argued that “the longer we wait before embracing fracking, the better informed we will be” (“Fracking still worrisome,” Oct. 7).

Why should Maryland continue to delay when the science overwhelmingly shows that hydraulic fracturing is safe?

Garrett anglers win Md. high school tourney

And the winners are...

OAKLAND — Joe McClosky and Morgan Winegardner, fishing for the Southern Garrett Bass Slayers, won first place at the Maryland State High School Bass Fishing Championships on the Potomac River in Charles County recently.

The pair’s two-fish weight of 5 pounds, 6 ounces earned the top spot. McClosky caught the largest bass during the tournament at 3 pounds, 8 ounces.

Read More Here:  http://www.times-news.com/sports/outdoors/article_be1177e6-5744-11e4-ac5c-93b7c5b5b440.html

 

US Winter Forecast: Cold, Snow to Seize Northeast; Wintry Blasts to Slick South

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Though parts of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic had a gradual introduction to fall, winter will arrive without delay. Cold air and high snow amounts will define the season.

Farther south, ice storms and snow events will threaten the Tennessee Valley and parts of the southern Plains. Much of the South can prepare for a wet winter, with some severe weather encroaching on Florida.

 

Read More Here:  http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/us-2014-2015-winter-forecast/35422753

POA opposes vertical drilling for Marcellus shale

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DEEP CREEK LAKE — The Garrett County Property Owners’ Association has voted to oppose vertical drilling for Marcellus shale gas within the boundaries of the Deep Creek Watershed as defined by the map included in the Deep Creek Watershed Zoning Ordinance.

In a position letter, the POA encourages the Garrett County Commissioners to amend the ordinance to prohibit vertical drilling and associated surface infrastructure within the watershed.

The POA’s decision to oppose vertical drilling was motivated by concerns about preserving the watershed, sustaining water resources and drinking water quality, and protecting property values, according to the letter from president Bob Hoffman to the county commissioners. Concerns associated with the drilling are noise, odor, traffic congestion and viewshed impact, according to the position paper.

“These are simply inherent in the natural gas recovery process. Regarding water resources, protecting groundwater sources and well water against contamination are particular matters of continuing debate and concern, despite serious and appreciated attention as part of the state effort,” states the position paper.

Read More Here:  http://bakken.com/news/id/223164/poa-opposes-vertical-drilling-marcellus-shale/

 

Black Bear Activity Increases in the Fall

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Cooling fall temperatures signal black bears to begin a period of increased feeding activity to prepare for hibernation. During this time bears may be attracted to human-provided food sources ─ such as trash, pet food and birdfeeders ─ and lose their natural fear of people, which can lead to dangerous encounters and conflicts.

Keeping trash and pet food in a place where bears can’t get to it is the best way to avoid problems with bears. Citizens should also delay feeding songbirds until the winter months to avoid attracting these animals.

Read More Here:  http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2014/10/10/black-bear-activity-increases-in-the-fall/

Fracking still worrisome

2:20 p.m. EDT, October 7, 2014

The development of natural gas supplies located deep in the rocky landscape of Western Maryland carries significant environmental risks, but there are regulations the state can impose that would reduce those dangers. The latest study of this issue — a draft report released last Friday by Maryland’s Department of the Environment and Department of Natural Resources — takes a somewhat optimistic view of that circumstance, but isn’t exactly a game-changer.

The assessment looked at the various phases of the fracking process, from site preparation and drilling to production and finally, reclamation, and rated the potential risks involved from low to high. Most surprising was that the authors regarded the risk of water contamination as being “low” and at worst, “moderate.”

That would seem to contradict a University of Maryland study released just two months ago that concluded there was a “moderately high” likelihood of pollution from fracking, which involves the injection of pressurized water, sand and chemicals into wells to break up underground rock and release natural gas that is trapped within it. But that study, too, recommended ways the state could reduce that risk through regulations such as keeping fracking wells a healthy distance away from drinking water wells.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-fracking-20141007,0,7372301.story#ixzz3G1w37CVt

47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival – Schedule of Events

Friday October 10

High Mountain Sports Annual Autumn Glory Ski & Snowboard Swap
9 am – 6 pm @ Trader’s Landing.  Stop in during Autumn Glory Weekend to find that perfect pair of used skis or a kickin’ snowboard to start junior snowboarding.  Drop off used equipment Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday morning.  Antique wooden skis & snowshoes welcomed.  This is a perfect time to outfit the entire family at a bargain price!  For more information please call 301-387-4199.

Glorious Harvest Farmers Market & Craft Show
10 am – 1 pm @ Mt Fresh Pavilion in the Oakland town Parking lot.  An old fashion Farmers Market & Craft Show in an outdoor pavilion: Handmade Arts & Crafts, Homemade Baked Goods, Pumpkins & Fall Decorations, Home Grown Fresh Vegetables & Fruits, Jams & Jellies & more.

Autumn Glory Fine Arts Exhibit
10 am – 5 pm @ 206 E. Alder St.  Artwork of Jane Cardi in featured exhibit that includes oil and watercolor paintings.  Fine art and handcrafted gifts from over 150 regional artists.  Free Admission.

12th Annual Quilt Show and Sale
10 am – 5 pm @ St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Hall.  See beautiful hand-made quilts from area artisans.  Vendors, raffle quilts, quilts for sale and vote for your favorite.  Admission $2. 301-387-2064

Glassblowing & Retail Store at Simon Pearce
10 am – 5 pm @ 265 Glass Drive, Mt. Lake Park.  Interact and observe Simon Pearce master glassblowers demonstrate the art of glass blowing and shop in the retail store including a sale on 2nd quality glass and pottery.  Children welcome. Free Admission.

7th Annual Craft & Basket Sale
10 am – 6 pm @ 1046 E. High St. Oakland.  Wide variety of crafts and gifts including handmade primitive cabinets, hutches & stands, fall & winter seasonal crafts, Longaberger baskets, jewelry, pottery, candles & totes and much more.  FREE ADMISSION. 301-334-6298

41st Civic Club Antique Show & Sale
10 am – 6 pm @ the Oakland Community Center (formerly the Armory).  A very upscale antique show, our dealers come from PA, WV, OH, and MD and offer various primitive furniture, coins, jewelry and glassware.  Free parking and homemade food available.  Admission: $3 for adults and good for all 3 days.  301-334-4420

Mountain Lake Park Museum/Ticket Office
1 pm – 5 pm, G St & Spruce St. in Mountain Lake Park.  Experience the Victorian past of Mt. Lake Park.on Friday, Pleasant Valley Dream Rides will provide a Buggy Tour and members of the Historic Association will be available in the “Ticket Office” to answer questions.  Free Admission, Fee for Buggy Ride.

Heritage Craft Fest
Friday: 1 pm – 6 pm & Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm. Broad Ford Elementary &
Southern Middle Schools. Autumn Glory’s original juried fine art and craft
event. Functional, decorative, traditional and contemporary items. Paintings,
photography, wood working, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, pottery and more! Food
available on site. Sponsored by Garrett County Arts Council to benefit local arts
programs. Free Admission. 301-334-6580.

“Taking it to the Streets”
5 pm – 8 pm, Downtown Oakland. The Town of Oakland and the Greater Oakland
Business Association/Main Street will be hosting “Taking it to the Streets” on
Friday, October 11, 2013 from 5 pm – 8 pm in downtown Oakland. There will be
fun for the entire family including live music on the Front Page Stage. Check out
www.agreatsmalltown.com for up-to-date schedules and information. Hope to
see you in our Great Small Town. Free Admission though some fees may apply.
301-334-2691.

Fundraiser: Big Bucks Bingo
Doors open at 5 pm, Games start at 6:20 pm, Oakland Elks Lodge #2481. 3 $500
Games, 15 $100 Games and 3-Speed Games. Come out and support the Oakland
Volunteer Fire Department & Oakland Elks Lodge. Admission fee: $30 a pack +
speed games. 301-387-9868.

The Official Maryland State Banjo & Mandolin Championships
Doors open at 6 pm, 7 pm Program Start, Southern High
School. The best sounds of the Appalachian Mountains
are showcased by musicians of all ages as they compete
for prizes and the state title! Sponsored by the Town
of Oakland and the Mountain Maryland Gateway to
the West Heritage Area. Admission fee: $15, $12 in advance, under 10 free.
301-387-4386.

Saturday October 11

High Mountain Sports Annual Autumn Glory Ski & Snowboard Swap
9 am – 6 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Trader’s Landing .5 miles south of the 219 Bridge. Stop in during Autumn Glory Weekend to find that perfect pair of used skis or a kickin’ snowboard to start junior snowboarding. Drop off used equipment Fri 9-7 and Sat morning. Antique wooden skis & snowshoes welcome. This is a perfect time to outfit the entire family at a bargain price! 301-387-4199. Free Admission.

Parade Food Vendors
9:30 am – 5 pm. Food vendors are primarily located in the M&T parking lot and
along Green Street between 2nd & 3rd. Support these 20 vendors supplying a
large variety of food items. 301-387-0033.

Glorious Harvest Farmers Market & Craft Show
9 am – 5 pm, Mt. Fresh Pavilion at 2nd Street & Town Park Lane in Downtown
Oakland. An old-fashioned Farmers Market & Craft Show in an outdoor pavilion:
Hand Made Arts & Crafts, Homemade Baked Goods, Pumpkins & Fall Decorations,
Home Grown Fresh Vegetables & Fruits, Jams & Jellies & more! For info, visit
facebook.com/mountainfreshfarmersmarket or www.MountainFresh.org.

Oakland Shuttle
10 am – 5 pm Saturday. The Garrett Transit service will provide a shuttle service
circulating between downtown Oakland (Town Parking Lot), the craft/antique
shows, and dinners. For more information, call 301-334-9431, ext. 301 or 305.
Three buses will circulate the area and the fare is $3 for all day or $1 per ride.

Autumn Glory Fine Arts Exhibit
10 am – 5 pm, @ The Gallery Shop, located at 206 E.Alder Street, Oakland. Artwork of Jane Cardi in featured exhibit that includesoil and watercolor paintings. Fine art and handcrafted gifts from over 150 regional artists. Sponsored by Garrett County Arts Council. Free Admission. 301-334-6580.

12th Annual Quilt Show and Sale
10 am – 5 pm , St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Hall, corner of Oak and 4th Streets, Oakland. See beautiful hand-made quilts from area artisans. Vendors, raffle quilts, quilts for sale and vote for your favorite. Presented by Heritage Quilters. Admission: $2. 301-387-2064.

Autumn Glory Craft & Gift Sale
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm at the Exhibit Hall at the Garrett
County Fairgrounds in McHenry. Join us for a wide variety of contemporary crafts
& gifts including woodworking, candles, painted décor, jewelry, specialty foods
and much more.  Doors open at 10 am. Refreshment sales available. 888.387.5237. Free
Admission.

Glassblowing & Retail Store at Simon Pearce
10 am – 5 pm Daily, Simon Pearce, 265 Glass Drive, Mt. Lake Park. Interact and observe Simon Pearce
master glassblowers demonstrate the art of glassblowing and shop in the retail store including a sale on 2nd quality glass and pottery.Children welcome. Free Admission. 301-334-5277

41st Civic Club Antique Show & Sale
10 am – 6 pm , Oakland Community Center (formerly the Armory) at 8th & High St, Oakland, MD 21550. A very upscale antique show, our dealers come from PA, WV, VA, OH and MD and offer various primitive furniture, coins, jewelry and glassware. We also have a King size handquilted quilt and pillow covers to chance off. Free parking and homemade
food available. Admission: $3 for adults & good for all 3 days. 301-334-4420.

7th Annual Craft & Basket Sale
10 am – 6 pm . 1046 E. High St. Oakland, between Southern High School and Oakland Community Center. Wide variety of crafts and gifts including handmade primitive cabinets, hutches & stands, fall & winter seasonal crafts, Longaberger baskets, jewelry, pottery,
candles, purses & totes and much more. 301-334-6298. Free Admission.

Heritage Craft Fest
10 am – 6 pm. Broad Ford Elementary & Southern Middle Schools. Autumn Glory’s original juried fine art and craft event. Functional, decorative, traditional and contemporary items. Paintings, photography, wood working, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, pottery and more! Food available on site. Sponsored by Garrett County Arts Council to benefit local arts programs. Free Admission. 301-334-6580.

Garrett Highlands Pipes & Drums Concert
10:30 am, Oakland Volunteer Fire Department located at 31 3rd Street in Oakland
(between Center & Alder Streets). Enjoy the spirit of the Highlands! Free concert
of traditional Scottish and Irish tunes played on the Great Highland Pipes. Lunch
available at the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department. GHPD is sponsored by the
Garrett County and Maryland Arts Councils. Free Admission. 301-501-0304.

The Still Kickin’ Cloggers
10:30 am – 11 am, Boxcar Stage, Liberty Street, Oakland. Enjoy mountain
clogging, as well as clogging to different musical styles.

PFM Youth Group
10:30 am – noon, Front Page Stage. Enjoy a late breakfast as you watch the
enthusiastic worship & drama team from Loch Lynn Church of God perform. Free
Admission.

“Autumn Declares God’s Glory” Musical Presentation
11: 30 am – 12:30 pm Saturday, October 12 before the Grand Feature Parade, In front of the Oakland Post Office on Second Street. Exciting music and the Pleasant View Puppets. FREE ADMISSION. 301-334-8515.

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade
1 pm, Downtown Oakland. Enjoy the 47th Annual Parade of over 100 units including bands, marching units, clowns, drum and bugle corps and many unique floats by local clubs and organizations. Free Admission.

Mountain Lake Park Museum/Ticket Office
3:30 pm – 5 pm , G Street & Spruce St in Mountain Lake Park. Experience the “Victorian” past of Mountain Lake Park. Visit the “Ticket Office/Museum” (Rt. 135 & G St) to use a tape or CD to guide you on the walking/driving tour of the Historic Area. On Friday, Pleasant Valley Dream Rides will provide a Buggy Tour and members of the Historic Association will be available in the “Ticket Office” to answer questions. 301-334-4314. Free Admission,
Fee for Buggy Ride.

Western Maryland Tournament of Bands
6 pm, Southern High School Athletic Field. Marching bands from the tri-state region come together for a judged field show competition at Southern High School. This is great entertainment for the entire family! Concessions available. $6 for adults, $3 for students K-12, free for those 4 and younger. 301-334-1679.

The Official Maryland State Fiddle Championships
Doors: 6 pm, 7 pm Start at Southern High School. The 47th Annual State Fiddle Championships features fiddlers from 5 – 85 from a multi-state region as they
compete for prizes and the state title. Sponsored by the Town of Oakland and the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area. Admission fee: $15, $12 in advance & under 10 free. 301-387-4386

Sunday October 12

Autumn Glory Festival Car Show
9 am – 4 pm, downtown Oakland. Antique, Street Rod, Classic Car, Truck and Tractor Show. Non-judged show, first 150 registered will receive wall plaques. Step back into time and see lots of beautiful vehicles. Food, raffles, door prizes, games and Chinese Auction. Free admission to spectators. Oakland-area businesses will be open. Registration 9am – 1pm, registration fee: $10. 301-334-8130

High Mountain Sports Annual Autumn Glory Ski & Snowboard Swap
9 am – 6 pm. Trader’s Landing .5 miles south of the 219 Bridge. Stop in during Autumn Glory Weekend to find that perfect pair of used skis or a kickin’ snowboard to start junior snowboarding. Drop off used equipment Fri 9-7 and Sat morning. Antique wooden skis & snowshoes welcome. This is a perfect time to outfit the entire family at a bargain price! 301-387-4199. Free Admission.

Dogsledding Presentation and Kennel Visit
10 am – noon, Husky Power Dogsledding Home Kennels near McHenry. Enjoy an educational and entertaining dogsledding presentation. Grill mushers; see mushing equipment; meet and hug Huskies; watch films. Learn how real sleddogs
live and work – see a demo run if it is cold enough. No reservations today – two-hour program STARTS AT 10 AM (not a drop-in event). $20 each. 301-746-7200,

Annual Great Pumpkin Festival
10 am – 1:30 pm, Competitions begin at 11 am, Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI). Eighth year of pumpkin mania on the mountain. Registration opens at 10 am for pre-carved pumpkin contest, followed by the Greased Pumpkin Plunge and the Great Pumpkin Regatta, where numbered pumpkins are released to ride the rapids for prizes. Plenty of fun fall activities for families. More than $500 in prizes. Food available! 301-334-6255. Free Admission.

11th Annual Quilt Show and Sale
10 am – 3 pm, St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Hall, corner of Oak and 4th Streets, Oakland. See beautiful hand-made quilts from area artisans. Vendors, raffle quilts, quilts for sale and vote for your favorite. Presented by Heritage Quilters. Admission: $2. 301-387-2064.

Glassblowing & Retail Store at Simon Pearce
10 am – 5 pm Daily, Simon Pearce, 265 Glass Drive, Mt. Lake Park. Interact and observe Simon Pearce master glassblowers demonstrate the art of glassblowing and shop in the retail store including a sale on 2nd quality glass and pottery. Children welcome. Free Admission. 301-334-5277

40th Civic Club Antique Show & Sale
10 am – 4 pm , Oakland Community Center (formerly the Armory) at 8th & High St, Oakland, MD 21550. A very upscale antique show, our dealers come from PA, WV, VA, OH and MD and offer various primitive furniture, coins, jewelry and glassware. We also have a King size handquilted quilt and pillow covers to chance off. Free parking and homemade food available. Admission: $3 for adults & good for all 3 days. 301-334-4420.

6th Annual Craft & Basket Sale
10 am – 4 pm , 1046 E. High St. Oakland, between Southern High School and Oakland Community Center. Wide variety of crafts and gifts including handmade primitive cabinets, hutches & stands, fall & winter seasonal crafts, Longaberger baskets, jewelry, pottery,
candles, purses & totes and much more. 301-334-6298. Free Admission.

Mountain Lake Park Museum/Ticket Office
12 pm – 4 pm, G Street & Spruce St in Mountain Lake Park. Experience the “Victorian” past of Mountain Lake Park. Visit the “Ticket Office/Museum” (Rt. 135 & G St) to use a tape or CD to guide you on the walking/driving tour of the Historic Area. On Friday, Pleasant Valley Dream Rides will provide a Buggy Tour and members of the Historic Association will be available in the “Ticket Office” to answer questions. 301-334-4314. Free Admission, $5 Fee for Buggy Ride.

No Hands Sundae Eating Contest
Contest begins at 2 pm. Registration begins at 1:15 pm, Lakeside Creamery, 20282 Garrett Hwy., Route 219, Deep Creek Lake. Kids & kids at heart will bury their faces in 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, gooey chocolate syrup, sprinkles & whipped cream at this annual contest. 15-25 contestants compete at a time by age group. Advance registration is suggested by calling 301-387-2580. $5 benefitting local charity, Garrett Mentors.

Fireman’s Parade Tonight!

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Oktoberfest Dinner and Celebration

4 pm – 7 pm – Dinner will be served at the Oakland Fire Hall Featuring German style food, drink and live “Oom-pah” band. Lots of good family fun. The band begins after the parade. Oktoberfest is sponsored by the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department.  Free Admission, Dinner Charge.

Fireman’s Parade

7 pm in downtown Oakland. Gigantic fireman’s parade with fire and rescue

units traveling over 200 miles from throughout the tri-state area. Free Admission.

 

For More Information Click Here:  http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/47thAnnualAutumnGloryFestival1

Deep Creek watershed plan OK’d

Posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 11:30 pm

OAKLAND — The Garrett County commissioners ap-proved the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan but voted to withhold a Memorandum of Understanding until the mechanics of it are fully resolved.

The plan calls for the development of a memorandum between the county and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to create the management structure, hire an executive director and establish a committee to guide the process.

 During the commission meeting Tuesday, Commissioner Jim Raley voiced some concerns about the executive director position.

Watershed plan seeks to limit hydraulic fracturing for gas near resort lake

OAKLAND, Maryland — A management plan for the Deep Creek watershed seeks to limit hydraulic fracturing for natural gas near Maryland’s largest freshwater lake.

The plan prepared for presentation Tuesday to the Garrett County Commissioners would prohibit wellheads within more than 41,000 acres around Deep Creek Lake. The watershed comprises about 10 percent of the county.

Read More Here:  http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/013e839afcf048409d1ca2bf564638a9/MD–Deep-Creek-Lake/

 

Fall foliage reaches high color in Garrett County

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We are approaching prime time for viewing fall foliage in the mountains of Western Maryland, according to a report Monday.

Much of Garrett County has reached a “high” level of foliage color, according to the Foliage Network, with peak color likely not far behind. The network, a group that pulls foliage reports from spotters around the country, considers high color to be when 61-80 percent of leaves have changed color.

Travel + Leisure magazine named the Garrett town of Oakland as the best place in the country to view changing leaves.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/weather/weather-blog/bal-wx-fall-foliage-reaches-high-color-in-garrett-county-20141006,0,5859993.story#ixzz3FTXsmwdx

Capitol Cup Mountain Bike Race

DEEP CREEK LAKE, MDWisp Resort announces the Capitol Cup Mountain Bike Race to be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 – 5, 2014.  Four race disciplines will define this race as an all-mountain challenge including downhill, enduro, dual track and pump track. 

The Capitol Cup Mountain Bike Race will take place on a variety of terrain all over Wisp Mountain including Smooth Operator and High Roller downhill trails, BMX dual track and the two new pump tracks.  One overall winner for the best combined time will be crowned on Sunday.  Entry fee is $75 for amateur and pro class riders and includes a 3-day lift/trail pass. Nationally known bike trail builders, Racer’s Edge, will construct the courses and are recognized for creating challenging and spectator-friendly racing formats.  The Monster Energy Team will provide three stunt and skills demonstrations by the Monster Energy Pro BMX Team, drink samples, prizes and giveaways from Monster Energy.  Wisp Resort has received sponsor support from Monster Energy, Racers Edge, Gravity Soul, Wicked Wash and Dakine.

Read More Here:  http://www.usaranationals.com/race.aspx

 

U.S. Olympic bid picking up momentum and support

(Reuters) – The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) gave the clearest indication yet that it will make a pitch for the 2024 Summer Games, saying on Friday that next year it hoped to be in the final stages of preparing a bid.

After stunning rebukes to New York to host the 2012 Olympics and Chicago’s failed attempt for the 2016 Games the USOC has taken a cautious and methodical approach in its latest effort to land the sporting world’s biggest prize.

But prudence has slowly given way to confidence and the overwhelming buzz around the USOC’s annual general assembly that wrapped up Friday was that America’s time to stage a Games again has come.

“A year from now, hopefully we’ll be in the final stages of preparing a bid for the 2024 Games,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun told a receptive audience of sporting delegates. “We’re excited because the last time we hosted a Summer Games was 1996 which means there is a whole generation of Americans who haven’t been able to see the (Summer) Olympic Games on American soil and that is very, very important for us.”

Read More Here:  http://universalsports.com/2014/09/26/u-s-olympic-bid-picking-up-momentum-and-support/

Road Closings Announced for the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival

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Several Oakland roads will be closed before and during the 47th Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 11.

Second Street will be closed to traffic from Liberty Street to Center Street at 9:30 am. Both Second and Third Streets, from Omar Street to Alder Street, will be closed to all vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Traffic needing to bypass Oakland will be directed to detour along Fourth Street until the parade ends. Center Street will remain open until 12:45 p.m.

Memorial Drive also will be closed to through traffic from Fourth to Eighth Street. No one will be able to turn onto Fourth Street from Memorial Drive. Barricades and police officers will prevent access onto Memorial Drive from Fourth to Eighth streets. Emergency vehicles should use Kings Run or Eighth Street to Memorial Drive.

Parking along the parade route, which includes parts of Second, Third and Alder streets, is prohibited prior to and during the parade. Business owners or employees should contact Oakland City Hall at 301.334.2691, Oakland Police Department at 301.334.2100 or the Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.4386 in advance to obtain a pass to gain access inside the parade route, this includes the handicapped parking at the Masonic Lodge on First Street.

Read More Here:  http://deepcreektimes.com/news.asp 

 

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Announces 2014 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours

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The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the 2014 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours.

Travel along some of Garrett County’s most scenic routes. Enjoy spectacular fall foliage, panoramic vistas, historical landmarks, museums and stunning natural features. This year, the Chamber is offering two Fall Foliage tours. The Fall Foliage Heritage Tour Highlights include: Friendsville, Friend Family Museum, Youghiogheny Lake, the Cove, Schoolhouse Earth, and Meshack Browning’s grave.  The Extended Tour Fall Foliage Highlights include: Bloomington Viaduct, Savage River, Monroe Run Scenic Overlook, Barn Quilts and Historical Markers and Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway.

“This year’s colors are absolutely spectacular and the driving tours are the perfect way to take in the colors of the fall season and experience Garrett County in all its splendor,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “Be sure to bring your camera – you’ll have plenty of scenic photo opportunities during the tour.”

Stop into the Garrett County Visitors Center from 9 am – 5 pm daily at 15 Visitors Center Drive in McHenry to pick up a copy of the Fall Foliage Driving tour(s) and you’ll receive a complimentary pair of Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area binoculars, while supplies last.

Read More Here:  http://deepcreektimes.com/news.asp 

Deep Creek 2014 Set To Host United States National Championship of Adventure Racing

Deep Creek 2014 in collaboration with the United States Adventure Racing Association is excited to host the 2014 Adventure Racing National Championships here in Deep Creek Lake, MD on October 2-4.

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The National Championships will be a 30 hour long unsupported expedition style endurance race based exclusively on strategic wilderness navigation. The race is comprised of mountain biking, long distance trekking and flat water paddling. There is no course and only a time limit of 30 hours to navigate to as many points as possible between the start line and the finish line.

The AdventureSports Institute, coached by Todd Copley, will be fielding a team in their quest for the Collegiate National Championship. ASI won the National Championship in 2007 and the team is anxious to bring the title back to the epicenter of adventure sports, Garrett County.

Summit Adventure Racing Team, locals Eric Lapp, Joey DiSimone and Todd Copley, will be looking to better their third place finish from last year’s Nationals. The team is currently ranked the #1 team in the North American Adventure Racing Points Series.

Read More Here:  http://deepcreektimes.com/news.asp 

Public Hearing in Garrett County on Fracking

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) – Garrett County residents are getting a chance to hear about the potential public health risks of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in their region.

The local health department is hosting a presentation Thursday night on a study conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

 

Read More Here:  http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/public-hearing-garrett-county-fracking 

Hydrilla Update

“Attached are 2 maps.  The first map indicates the location of 2 new areas where Hydrilla was identified by DNR staff during the comprehensive Deep Creek Lake survey conducted the week of September 15, 2014.  The new locations are near Sorbus Lane, and 4-5 small patches of Hydrilla near Thousand Acres Road. The second map indicates the locations of all Hydrilla identified by DNR in 2013 and 2014.

DNR staff will treat the newly identified small patches of Hydrilla on Monday, September 29 with herbicides.  The 4-5 patches that are in close proximity with each other near Thousands Acres Road will be treated as a block of about 2-3 acres. The remaining treatment will be approximately 1/10 acre total near Sorbus Lane.  

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Welcome to the US 219 I-68 to Meyersdale Project

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) are moving forward with the US 219 I-68 to Meyersdale Project Planning Study. The US 219 I-68 to Meyersdale Project Planning Study was recently reinitiated after it was put on hold during the economic downturn in 2007.

The US 219 I-68 to Meyersdale Project intends to improve the economic development potential along US 219, roadway linkage between I-68 and the Meyersdale Bypass, safety of motorists, and level of service by providing safe and efficient access. For more information, click the Project Newsletter to the right.

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Deep Creek 2014: Spectators flock to Western Maryland for Olympic atmosphere

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Ryan jumps around on the concrete lining the Adventure Sports Center International course in an U.S. Soccer jersey and matching bandanna and American flag face paint. He watched all of this summer’s World Cup and plays soccer, but this is his first time watching slalom canoe or kayak.

When asked which he enjoys more, international soccer or international kayaking, the 7-year-old finally stops moving and takes a few seconds to answer. “Kayaking,” he decides, and goes back to playing on the grass and the tiered seating area.

His mom, Cathy Witt, is impressed that a day at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships near Deep Creek Lake had such a quick impact on him. Witt saw a posting on Facebook about a world championship just 45 miles from their home in Cumberland, Md., and figured it was worth checking out.

“I figured it’s a once in a lifetime thing, being here and watching it,” she said. “It has an Olympic-feel, and the kids are really into the Olympics so for them to be here and in this type of atmosphere.”

Read More Here:  http://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/09/deep_creek_2014_spectators_flo.html