Ready, set, go: Cyber Monday travel deals

Practically everybody knows that Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is when folks can score some of the season’s best prices on items like electronics and fashion. Now savvy travelers have discovered that they too can land sensational deals if they wait just a few days later, for Cyber Monday, held this year on Dec.1.

Of course, there are countless travel websites broadcasting great deals every day. So, are Cyber Monday deals really that extraordinary by comparison?

“Yes, I can say absolutely,” says Robert Firpo-Cappiello, editor in chief of Budget Travel magazine. “Last year we saw Starwood Hotels [including the W, Westin and Sheraton brands] offering all of its Caribbean hotels for 50 percent off, and Liftopia [a ski website] held a week-long sale offering 75 percent off lift tickets at 120 ski resorts.”

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Residents hope that newly elected commissioners will reconsider maintenance of Overlook Pass

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 3:42 pm


MCHENRY — The current Garrett County commissioners are not planning on maintaining Overlook Pass and Judy Pitman of High Line Property Owners Association is hopeful the newly elected commissioners will reconsider the decision not to maintain the road and will make it a priority.

Commissioner-elect Paul Edwards indicated that he is aware of the issues with Overlook Pass but declined to comment on the matter until he is officially sworn in. Attempts to contact Commissioners-elect Larry Tichnell and Jim Hinebaugh on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

“With Thanksgiving next week and rentals and homeowners having to use this road, it is of great concern that the county will not maintain it,” said Pitman. “There are rental and sales agencies that are contacting the incoming commissioners and having meetings on this issue.”

Public Hearing Notice – Proposed Revision of the Garrett County Water & Sewer Master Plan

Garrett County Sanitary District
Proposed Changes for the Public Hearing

Boundary Change for the Garrett County Sanitary District

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 9-503(c) of the Environment Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland Notice is hereby given that a public hearing of the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County, Maryland, is scheduled for  Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. in the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County, Maryland, public meeting room, located at the Courthouse, Oakland, Maryland, to consider the proposed revision of the Garrett County Water and Sewer Master Plan.

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Eight modular classrooms to be constructed at Garrett County school


OAKLAND — An update on the construction progress of the eight modular classrooms that will be placed at Broad Ford Elementary School will be provided during the Garrett County Board of Education’s work session Monday.

The modular classrooms are needed to help alleviate overcrowding at the school, which has been going on for several years, according to Jim Morris, Garrett County Public Schools supervisor of research, evaluation and information.

Mobile Modular Management Corp. is constructing the classrooms and each classroom is approximately 790 square feet, according to Morris. The modular classrooms will be located on the southeast corner of the school.

DNR Welcomes Public Input on State Forest Annual Work Plans

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the proposed 2016 fiscal year work plan for Potomac Garrett, Green Ridge, Savage River, Chesapeake and Pocomoke State Forests.

State forest annual work plans identify the work that is to be accomplished for the fiscal year within the scope of the forest’s long-range management plan. The plans address establishment, growth, composition, health, quality forest management operations, as well as maintenance and construction projects, and other required work.

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New spay and neuter program announces its first grant recipients

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) – through its new statewide Spay and Neuter Grant Program – is awarding nearly $475,000 in grants to 14 nonprofit and governmental organizations across the state to provide low-cost spay and neuter services targeted to low income pet owners. A total of 51 applications, requesting more than $1.8 million were received.

The Spay and Neuter Grants Program was created by the General Assembly during the 2013 Legislative Session as a new program within MDA. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of cats and dogs euthanized in shelters across the state by providing competitive grants to local governments and animal welfare organizations that promote and provide spay and neuter services and education. The legislation requires the program to give priority, whenever possible, to those projects that serve low income communities and populations. All funding for this program comes from a special fee paid by pet food companies that sell product(s) in Maryland.

“The demand for these services is evident not only by the number of grant applications we received but also by the high quality of those applications,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance.  “As this program provides resources to the organizations that are best able to provide spay and neuter services, we expect to see those euthanasia rates go down.”

A seven-member Spay and Neuter Advisory Board, appointed by Secretary Hance, has spent the last year developing regulations, criteria and materials for the program. The board also reviewed each application before making funding recommendations to the Secretary. In addition, a coordinator was hired to manage the program.


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Snow to Plaster Appalachians, New England as Cold Arrives


A storm riding a blast of cold air will continue to unleash heavy snow on the central and southern Appalachians Saturday and will turn toward part of New England Saturday night and Sunday.

Heavy wet snow and falling trees could block some roads in parts of the Appalachians.

Even in the absence of heavy snow for the major cities, including along the I-95 corridor, gusty winds can lead to travel problems for a time. Flight delays are possible in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

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Machines flip GOP votes to Democrats in Maryland


Voting machines that switch Republican votes to Democrats are being reported in Maryland.

“When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the ‘x’ on the candidate I chose — a Republican — but it would put the ‘x’ on the Democrat candidate above it,” reported Donna Hamilton.

“This happened multiple times with multiple selections. Every time my choice flipped from Republican to Democrat. Sometimes it required four or five tries to get the ‘x’ to stay on my real selection,” the Frederick, Md., resident said Thursday.

Queen Anne County Sheriff Gary Hofmann said he encountered the problem, too.

“This is happening here as well. It occurred on two candidates on my machine. I am glad I checked. Many voters have reported this here as well,” Hofmann wrote in an email Sunday evening.


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Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Receives ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce was honored by the announcement that they have received a Readers’ Choice award from the publication and editors of ConventionSouth Magazine out of Gulf Shores, Alabama. ConventionSouth is a national multimedia resource for planning events in the South. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce was selected as one of 800 nominees and one of the only 175 winners in the South.

“Over the past two years, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has been working on an initiative to increase group business, including meeting travel, in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland,” said Jen Durben, Group Sales & Marketing Manager. “This award is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of our area members that have provided outstanding meeting and convention services in our region. We only hope to continue to grow and thrive in this market.”

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Drivers Should be Alert for Deer as Activity Increases

Cooling temperatures, colorful leaves and unpredictable deer ─ all surefire signs that fall is upon us. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges motorists to be alert for deer and other wildlife as these animals seek fall food supplies and search for mates.

Deer, especially males, are prone to traveling without concern for roadways and automobiles during the fall, which is their breeding season. Motorists need to be especially alert from sunset to dawn as deer are more active during this period.

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