Dan Rodricks: In Oakland, Md., tradition demands a Memorial pause for those departed

OAKLAND — In this “great small town” at the western edge of Maryland, they have observed Memorial Day on the last Monday of May every year since 1893, with a procession up the hill from Third Street and a ceremony under an oak tree and a hemlock in the town cemetery.

The oak and the hemlock are still there, big as history, and providing shade for the ceremony by the grave of an unknown Union soldier who died in Garrett County during the Civil War.

“He was wounded in Winchester, Va., and they brought him to Oakland to be treated by Dr. [Josiah Lee] McComas,” said Randall Kahl, the historian for the American Legion post here. “The soldier died, and they didn’t know his name.”

So the townspeople buried him between the oak and hemlock. For decades, a wooden cross marked the grave. The Legion replaced it with a handsome stone in 1950. Every Memorial Day, an Oakland woman put a red rose atop the stone at 6 a.m. The woman’s daughter has continued the tradition, Kahl said, pointing to the long-stemmed rose that had been placed on the stone Monday morning.

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Supreme Court strikes down Maryland tax law

WASHINGTON —The Supreme Court on Monday struck down as unconstitutional a Maryland tax that has the effect of double-taxing income residents earn in other states.

Maryland officials say the 5-4 ruling means the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues. It also could affect similar tax laws in nearly 5,000 local jurisdictions in other states, including New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The justices agreed with a lower court that the tax is invalid because it discourages Maryland residents from earning money outside the state.

The unusual split wasn’t along ideological lines. Writing for the court, Justice Samuel Alito said the tax “is inherently discriminatory” under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause. The court has interpreted that provision to ban states from passing laws that burden interstate commerce.

Alito was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.

Read More Here:  http://www.wbaltv.com/money/supreme-court-strikes-down-maryland-tax-law/33082896

National Safe Boating Week!

NRP Steps Up Patrols As Boating Season Gets Underway

With the Memorial Day holiday approaching, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers will be stepping up enforcement of state maritime laws as part of National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22.

Late May begins the annual boating boom and the four-month stretch in which the majority of boating accidents in Maryland occur.

Last Memorial Day weekend, the state recorded eight boating accidents and two fatalities.

“For many people, Memorial Day weekend marks the first time they’ll be on the water since last fall,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. “It’s important to review procedures, do a bow-to-stern inspection, and make sure all required safety gear is on board and in good working order.”

From today through Memorial Day, NRP officers along with allied agencies will be conducting saturation patrols to intercept impaired boaters and educate the public about best practices.

Maryland boasts a flotilla of more than 178,500 registered powerboats and sailboats, and countless smaller watercraft that ply the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic coastline, and lakes and rivers.

Read More Here:  http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2015/05/15/nrp-steps-up-patrols-as-boating-season-gets-underway/

Backbone Farm Keeps Tradition Alive in the Appalachians


Even if Backbone Food Farm didn’t sit below Backbone Mountain, its name still would be very appropriate. That’s because Max Dubansky and his family farm the way he learned from the old folks, letting pigs turn the soil and using horses to work the land.

Max Dubansky and his family farm 50 acres in Pleasant Valley outside Oakland, Maryland, on the edge of the Allegheny Mountains.

I joined Max for a walk around Backbone Farm in early spring. The sun was just breaking through the clouds onto a scene of serene, rolling green hills.

“Being high elevation where we are here, we like to grow a lot of cool-weather crops so, you know, lots of lettuces and greens, carrots,” he said.

The farm also produces several kinds of edible and medicinal mushrooms, along with berries and fruit.

Read More Here:  http://wvpublic.org/post/backbone-farm-keeps-tradition-alive-appalachians

It’s a Cold Water Swim

6 Hour Qualifying swim: COMPLETED

The Channel Swimming Association requires solo swimmers to complete a 6 Hour swim in 60 degree or less water in order to attempt a solo crossing of the English Channel. On Sunday, May 10th, 2015, I did just that!

Check out this blog from a woman who completed her 6-hour, cold-water swim last Sunday in Deep Creek to qualify to cross the English Channel.



Plan your “Spring Fling”!

spring_flower_bloomIf you are at all familiar with Deep Creek Lake and our mountainous region, then you may know that our seasons tend to run a little different than most areas. While most regions get to experience Spring in March and April, our Spring starts closer to May. Once it finally comes to bloom, it is nothing short of spectacular. It’s the simple acting of waiting. Now the wait is over and it’s time to call to book your family’s spring getaway at the lake! Docks are in the water and most marinas are now open and ready to start the boating rental season. Rent a pontoon to take the whole family out and experience Deep Creek from the “inside perspective”! Truly a delight! The trees have buds, wildlife is scampering about, and the mountains are turning a beautiful lush green! Don’t think that there is anything to do? Hiking at one of the many state parks, golfing at our top notch golf courses, boat rides, horseback riding, and our list of activities is long and full of all kinds of family fun!

 We are running some amazing specials now as well. If you haven’t made plans for the Memorial Day weekend, you can now reserve 3 nights for the price of 2! Give us a call and let us help you find your dream vacation home (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) Speaking of “Dream Home”, don’t forget that we also now sell real estate. Imagine not only getting to visit your favorite vacation area but you get to live there too!
Spring is finally upon us! Come experience the true beauty that Mother Nature offers us here at Deep Creek Lake! Call today, we can’t wait to see you at the lake! #deepcreeklake #taylormadevacationrentals #springfling #marylandmountains

Maryland lawmakers announce funding for Allegany and Garrett County improvements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbra Mikulski and Ben Cardin, along with U.S. Rep. John Delaney (all D-Md.) announced that $900,000 dollars combined was awarded to Allegany County access road improvements and the Garrett County Memorial Hospital in Oakland for the Department of Health and Human Services Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) received $700,000 of the funding to improve three sections of access roads serving the North Branch Industrial Park in Cumberland, Md. This will be used to make improvements for approximately 1.6 miles of roads including southeast Mexico Farms Road, Burbridge Road and Pittsburgh Plate Glass Road.

“Investing in upgrading and expanding our infrastructure is at the heart of job creation in this country,” Cardin said. “Western Maryland is quickly becoming a new hub for high-tech business. ARC grants go a long way in creating jobs and opportunity in the region, and I will continue to support initiatives to ensure growth in Allegany County.”

Commissioners Approve First Phase of New Emergency Operation Center

The Garrett County Commission has approved the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Proposed Project Descriptions (PPDs) priority ranking list, which includes Phase 1 of a new Garrett County Emergency Management Operations Center.
Due to Federal?Aviation Administration restrictions, Garrett County Emergency Management may no longer operate from the Garrett County Airport, according to April commission meeting minutes. A new 5,400-square-foot emergency operations center is proposed to be located in the McHenry Business Park.
The total cost of the project is $1 million, $500,000 will come from?ARC and $500,000 will come from local/state funding. The total project cost is estimated at $3.4 million and will consist of multiple phases. Phase I includes architectural design and engineering, along with the commencement of the construction of the primary building structure, according to the minutes.

Taylor-Made’s New Technology

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is proud to once again announce that they are bringing the newest, cutting edge technology to the vacation rental & real estate market in Deep Creek Lake with a major breakthrough in our 3 Dimensional virtual tours. From the company the first introduced the  Drone to the Deep Creek area, this new major breakthrough will allow buyers, sellers, and vacation rental guests to take the most realistic and immersive way possible to view our homes. This online experience allows viewers to effortlessly move throughout the home and see it from every angle in this 3 Dimensional showcase. No longer second guessing what you might be missing, feel confident in your choices by taking advantage of this revolutionary new technology.

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