Three-Day Goose Hunting Season to Open at Deep Creek Lake

A new hunting opportunity on Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County will allow hunters to harvest geese at one of three open water sites on Nov. 23, 24 and 25, 2015. Goose hunting on Deep Creek Lake is by permit and reservation only during these select days of the season.

The hunt was developed to address resident concerns regarding health and sanitation issues caused by the abundance of Canada geese on the lake.

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Check out what’s new at Pittsburgh-area ski resorts this season

Pittsburgh’s regional ski resorts won’t be introducing any new snazzy ski lodges or other big ticket items this coming season, but they’ve made a number of improvements aimed at enhancing the overall experience for all snowsports enthusiasts.

They’ve spent millions of dollars — from lighting, to snowmaking and grooming improvements, to hotel and lodge renovations and equipment upgrades — to prepare for the 2015-16 season. What’s been done at your favorite resort? Read on.

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Mount Washington sold to company known for snowmaking technology

Vancouver Island’s snow-starved Mount Washington Ski Resort has been sold to a Utah-based company renowned for its snow-making technology.

The sale to Pacific Group Resorts Inc., reportedly in the works for years, includes the ski hill and most of the land surrounding the base of the resort, while the current owners will hang on to two pieces of prime development land.

“We’ve been working with George Stuart and Darryl Eddy for a couple years now on the transition of the resort to new ownership,” PGRI president and general manager Peter Gibson said in a media release. “It finally worked out that this was the right time, and we are very excited to have the opportunity to add Mount Washington to our portfolio.”

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Maryland black bear hunt yields record 95 bears


(AP) – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says hunters killed a record-high 95 black bears during last week’s four-day hunt.

The total is one more than the number of bears killed in 2013.

Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto says the results show that Maryland’s bear population is healthy. He says hunting is an essential tool for slowing the growth of the population.

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Garrett County Honored For Slalom Championships

October 29th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland Office of Tourism Development (OTD) – an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce – and the Maryland Tourism Development Board (MTDB) presented their 2015 Maryland Tourism Awards at the 35th annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit in Ellicott City, Maryland. The awards recognize excellence and major contributions in cultural heritage tourism, sports travel, economic impact, and elevating Maryland’s image as a tourism destination. Commerce Secretary Mike Gill and MTDB Chair Greg Shockley made the presentations during a luncheon at the conference. “I am proud to present the 2015 Maryland Tourism Awards,” said Secretary Gill. “Tourism is an important economic driver and today we recognize the outstanding achievements of our tourism partners who support OTD and MTDB in fulfilling their mission of increasing visitor expenditures to the state.” “These awards pay tribute to programs and organizations that have ramped up their performance and significantly contributed revenue to the state,” said Shockley. One major award was presented to Garrett County:

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Maryland Hospitals Rated First to Worst: Where Does Your Hospital Rate?

How does your hospital rate?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare sifted through data for nearly 5,000 hospitals and results from surveys from patients to rank the centers, from worst to first, in terms of in-patient care.

In its latest report, no Maryland hospital (out of 309 nationally) earned five stars, while six received one star. Poor scores can result lower reimbursement rates from Medicare under the government’s value-based purchasing program, according to the survey.

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Board Considers Lifting Limits on Deep Creek Small Craft

An advisory panel is considering a request to lift restrictions on personal watercraft at Deep Creek Lake, the biggest vacation destination in western Maryland.

The issue is on the agenda for Monday’s meeting in Oakland of the state-appointed Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board.

A boat-rental business has asked the state to remove a 25-year-old prohibition on personal watercraft and hovercraft use from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Memorial Day weekend, and on other weekend days and holidays from July 1 through Labor Day.

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Joanne Throwe Named Department of Natural Resources Deputy Secretary

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary (DNR) Mark Belton today announced the appointment of Joanne Throwe as deputy secretary. In this role, Throwe will manage the day-to-day operations and execute the direction and vision of DNR.

“Joanne’s level of energy, experience and expertise made her an obvious choice for this role,” Belton said. “Her past experience in financing various environmental initiatives will be a huge asset for DNR as we work to implement and achieve the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, and other critical departmental initiatives.”

Throwe brings 25 years of environment and natural resource experience at the state and federal level. Most recently, she served as the director of the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, where she provided technical assistance on financing issues related to environmental protection activities to help communities better manage their limited resources.

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Garrett County showcases fall colors, Appalachian culture during 5-day Autumn Glory festival

OAKLAND, Maryland — Maryland’s westernmost county is showcasing fall colors and Appalachian culture during its annual Autumn Glory festival.

The event kicked off Wednesday evening at the Wisp Resort and continues through Sunday at various locations around Garrett County.

It includes the Maryland State Banjo Championship on Friday, the state fiddle and mandolin championships on Saturday and a parade Saturday afternoon in Oakland.

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New laws take effect in Maryland on Thursday

WASHINGTON — Many of the laws taking effect in Maryland this Thursday have to do with driving.

  • The speed limit on highways can be raised from 65 to 70 on a case-by-case basis. That’s happening first on I-68 in western Maryland. The State Highway Administration says it will study whether the speed limit can be safely raised in other locations.
  • You can leave your car unattended and running for up to five minutes if it has a remote ignition system or if it’s on private property and locked.
  • Any driver accused in a deadly crash and found to have a blood alcohol content above the legal limit will have their license suspended for at least six months. It used to be 45 days.

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48th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Set For October 7 – 11, 2015


McHenry, MD — Enjoy the beauty of the fall season in the mountains as Maryland celebrates the 48th anniversary of Autumn Glory with two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique and craft shows and much more from October 7 – 11, 2015 in Garrett County, Maryland. The 48th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine.

Known for scenic Deep Creek Lake and Maryland’s only ski resort, Wisp Resort, Garrett County is also home to the annual Autumn Glory Festival, a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the local fall foliage. From Wednesday through Sunday, the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or outdoors.

Take in the breathtaking views of our spectacular Fall Foliage by driving or biking one, or both, of the county’s 2015 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours. The first tour is a scenic route which includes Several Barn Quilts, Friend’s Store, Cranesville Swamp, Swallow Falls State Park, Fork Run Recreation Area and Maryland Scenic Byways.   The Extended Fall Foliage Heritage Tour includes Bear Creek Traders, Historic Oakland, Maryland High Point, Historic African Methodist Episcopal Church, Loch Lynn Walking Trail, Simon Pearce Glassblowing Factory & Retail Store and Maryland Scenic Byways. Head to or the Visitors Center in McHenry to pick up the full map and directions.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner featuring live musical entertainment and recognition of the annual Autumn Glory Golden Ambassador will kick off the festival on Wednesday, October 7 at Wisp Resort in McHenry.

Thursday features the Oktoberfest dinner and concert by the Oom-Pah band and a fireman’s parade. The week continues with historic area tours, antique and craft shows, fine arts exhibits, farmers’ market, 5-K walk, musical concerts, dogsled events, a quilt show, corn maze, art glass exhibits, outdoor adventures, quilt shows, food and drink specials, live entertainment, comedy basketball game, pumpkin chucking contest, horseback trail rides, shopping specials and a wide variety of other activities.

For more details about Autumn Glory, please visit or contact the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 888.387.5237.


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Garrett County Home Show

2015 Garrett County Home & Garden Show September 26 & 27, 2015.
Exhibit Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds,
Route 219, McHenry (Deep Creek Lake), Maryland

Saturday, Sept 26, 2015
9:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
11:00am – 4:00pm

Set up is 9/24  3 – 7pm or 9/25 10am – 8pm   Tear Down is 9/27  4-7 pm or 9/28 9am – 1pm

Rain or Shine • No Visitor Admission Fee • Ample Free Parking

Our fourth annual show promises to be the best place to see what’s available in building, remodeling, decorating, landscaping, crafts, and home-related services in Garrett County. And the show date is timed this year to offer even more exciting things to do and see!

Promoting the Show

We will be promoting the show throughout the year by direct mailings to targeted Chamber of Commerce and other businesses, ads in the county newspaper, The Republican, the Weekender, and Cumberland Times-News, and in online sources such as Deep Creek Times.  As the event draws near, we will send direct mail to a targeted list of likely visitors, promote the show on electronic bulletin boards, in local media outlets such as WKHJ-FM 104.5 (KHJ), and through roadside banners erected on major highways in Garrett County.  We are encouraging exhibitors to promote the show in their own regular advertising, on Websites, and by displaying the event poster that is provided.
What’s New This Year

Contact Michael Bratton at 301-722-4343


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