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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Garrett County Awarded Federal Sewage Grant

September 21st, 2015 by WCBC Radio U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin together with Congressman John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County has been awarded nearly $1.3 million in federal grant funding to upgrade critical wastewater infrastructure serving businesses in Western Maryland and support continued job growth in the region. This federal funding is made available through the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant program. EDA is funded through the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, of which Senator Mikulski is the Vice Chairwoman. “This federal funding is great news for Western Maryland communities because it will support the creation of jobs today and jobs tomorrow,” said Senator Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Commerce Department. “Maryland cities and towns need to upgrade their water and sewer infrastructure but they can’t do it on their own. I went to bat for Garrett County to secure this federal grant funding to make needed upgrades and updates to critical water and sewer infrastructure. I will continue to fight for infrastructure upgrades for Western Maryland to support a long-term roadmap for jobs and economic development.” “Investing in infrastructure is the right thing to do for our environment, public health and economy. For each public dollar we put into water infrastructure, for example, we see an increase in private long-term GDP output of more than six dollars,” said Senator Cardin, author of S. 741, The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act. “The residents of Garrett County deserve proactive federal investments in their wastewater systems, making these EDA grants a wise investment in Western Maryland’s quality of life and economic growth.” -

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Garrett commissioners suggest passive recreation use of Turkey Neck

OAKLAND — The chairman of the Garrett County Commission has sent a letter to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources suggesting a nearly one-acre tract of land in the Turkey Neck development be used for passive recreation, not public access.

“Public access is basically a boat launch for kayaks and canoes with a parking lot,” said Paul Edwards. “Passive recreation is basically preserving the land as is with no infrastructure improvements for people to bird watch, fish, etc.”

In June, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved the DNR’s $1 million proposed land buy. Public lake access would be created on the .96 acres.

Overlook Pass

The county commissioners approved to maintain the road Overlook Pass including Winter Maintenance.

Overlook Pass – Overlook Pass is a roadway leading to and from Marsh Hill Road and Wisp Mountain Road and, while not part of the county road system, was utilized by the general public as if it were a public road. The prior Board of Commissioners agreed to partially fund winter maintenance of the road, a practice that the current Board continued. Since the road did not meet “current” County specifications the road was not accepted into the County road system. The Board of Commissioners have agreed to accept Overlook Pass as a County road; 1) has always been used as a public road and is “grandfathered” into specifications and 2) serves a number of homes and businesses as well as future development in the area.

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Flight 93 memorial center ready to open this week

By Sean D. Hamill / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gordon Felt has been working for 14 years to see his brother, Edward, and all 40 passengers and crew who were aboard United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, honored properly.

Four years ago, Mr. Felt, president of the Families of Flight 93 organization, got to see that done when the Memorial Plaza opened in Stonycreek, Somerset County, attended by the last three U.S. presidents.

But Mr. Felt and the families have also long sought to see the story told of what their loved ones endured on that plane, and how what happened that day fit into the larger story of international terrorism.

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Mountain Maryland Energy Advisory Committee Recommends Solar, Biomass, and Energy Efficiency Projects

The Mountain  Maryland Energy Advisory Committee (MMEAC) today presented its final recommendations to the Garrett County Board of Commissioners. These recommendations focused on solar power, biomass energy, and home energy efficiency.

Created in  November 2013, the MMEAC has advised the Garrett and Allegany County Commissioners on local and state policy, regulation, programs, and legislation. The Committee guided energy planning in an attempt to maximize positive effects and minimize potentially negative consequences of energy production. Representing a diversity of perspectives, the 12 committee members are private citizens, business owners, and leaders in economic development, health, education, and recreation.

“Working with the Committee has been both enlightening and inspiring,” said Cheryl DeBerry, Natural Resources Business Specialist for Garrett County Economic Development. “Committee members and members of the public have provided us with some great ideas that will help Garrett County government as well as local businesses and residents learn about  energy conservation and efficiency as well as  sustainable energy development.”

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GCMH Announces Name Change

Garrett County Memorial Hospital is changing its name to Garrett Regional Medical Center and is moving forward with a clinical affiliation with WVU Medicine, the newly branded name for the Health System of West Virginia University. The new logo for Garrett Regional Medical Center will include a tagline, “A proud affiliate of WVU Medicine”, as WVU will be bringing specialty services to the Garrett Region.  Both organizations are equally important to each other as partners in developing healthcare services for the region.

The Hospital Board of Governors passed the resolution to change the name from Garrett County Memorial Hospital to Garrett Regional Medical Center because the new name is more reflective of the regional community that Garrett serves. Of the roughly 20,000 visits to the emergency department each year, 9,000 of those are from residents outside the county. Similar percentages hold true for inpatient care, orthopedics, and general surgeries performed at Garrett. “During the strategic planning process, we reviewed a lot of data that showed we draw patients to Garrett from all over the region, not just Garrett County, and not just Maryland, but West Virginia and Pennsylvania” stated Henrietta Lease, chair of the hospital strategic planning committee of the Board of Governors.

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B-52 bomber crash in Western Maryland, 1964

A B-52 bomber with a crew of five and two thermonuclear bombs on it crashed in a snow storm on Big Savage Mountain, near Grantsville, Garrett County, on January 13, 1964. The result was a massive search for the location of the plane, and for the crew, four of whom had ejected from the plane. The military were heavily involved in the search and rescue, but the people of Garrett and Allegany joined in to walk through deep snow looking for parachutes, to plough the roads for the search personnel to travel more easily, run telephone line and feed the large number of people participating.

This collection comprises the news stories published at the time by the Cumberland newspapers, the Cumberland Evening Times, Cumberland News, Cumberland Sunday Times and Cumberland Times-News and by The Republican from Oakland, Garrett County.  Both towns also reported on all commemorative events. In addition there are several in-depth articles about the events, bringing the perspective of time to the story.

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Maryland Public Television (MPT) Focuses on Garrett College Adventure Sports Program

Maryland Public Television (MPT) camera and crew were on site in Garrett County, videotaping activities involving the Garrett College Adventuresports Institute in an effort to produce a segment for their ‘Outdoors Maryland’ series, focusing on adventure sports and the College’s efforts to train and credential a workforce in support of the adventure recreation industry. The segment will be aired sometime this fall. An exact date has yet to be determined.

Among the sessions being taped included the institute’s Transition Age Youth (TAY) program working with area middle and high school youth in rock climbing, mountain biking, and trail hiking at Fork Run Recreation Area; Garrett College students being trained in team building and group leadership dynamics on the college’s challenge course; and whitewater kayak learners being taught basic kayaking skills on the currents of the Adventure Sports Center International’s whitewater course.

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Maryland lottery for black-bear hunting permits is open

The Maryland Division of Pure Assets is accepting purposes for this yr’s lottery for black-bear searching permits.

Profitable candidates will obtain a allow legitimate for the four-day black bear searching season Oct. 26-29 in Garrett and Allegany counties. DNR will difficulty 500 permits.

The annual bear hunt is a administration device used to sluggish the expansion of Maryland’s black bear inhabitants because it expands eastward.

Hunters might apply in one of many following methods: on-line via COMPASS; by telephone at (weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.); by visiting a DNR Service Middle; or at one among greater than 250 sport license brokers throughout the state.

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