Road Closings Announced for the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival



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.

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


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.

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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.

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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.


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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.”

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David Florence: Up Deep Creek with a paddle

Edinburgh canoeist David Florence believes he is peaking at the right time as he prepares to defend his two world slalom titles at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland this week.

The double Olympic silver medallist struck gold in the C1 singles and C2 doubles in Prague last September and recent form suggests that the 32-year-old is well capable of producing a repeat performance in America.

Florence was a close second in this summer’s World Cup C1 singles standings after winning in London and finishing second in Prague and Augsburg and he confirmed: “I’ll take confidence from my performances. I’ve had a really good season, even though you always want it to be better. Winning in London [at the Olympics] was fantastic and the season steadily built as it went along. I couldn’t ask for any more.”

His old rival, Slovak legend Michal Martikan, pipped him to the overall World Cup title by just 15 points, but Florence feels there is no clear favorite this week.

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Public Meeting Scheduled on U.S. Route 219 Expansion Project

A public meeting on the U.S. Route 219 Expansion Project (North/South Appalachian Highway) will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Grantsville Elementary School.  The completion of this project is expected to have a positive impact on Garrett County businesses, especially those located in the northern portion of the county. Please attend and express your support for this important economic development project.

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Office of Economic Development Releases Annual Report

2013 marked a promising chapter in Garrett County’s economic narrative. Fifty new businesses found a home in Garrett County, and eight existing businesses expanded. Education continued to play a vital role in the county’s economic development initiatives, and opportunities for affordable homeownership were expanded when Community Action began construction of a new 36-unit lease purchase housing development in Oakland. Great things are happening in Garrett County, and we are excited to share them with you!

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Fall Foliage Forecast: Exceptional Year in the Offing for Northeast


Leaf-peepers, get set: Experts say the summer season has set the stage for potentially exceptional fall colors in the Northeast, though the weather through mid-October will ultimately determine how stellar of a display will emerge.

The Northeastern states have had a good to excellent growing season without any major disturbances, according to Dr. Michael Day, University of Maine research professor of Physiological Ecology.

“In addition, adequate precipitation and lack of wind disturbances has resulted in trees with an exceptional amount of foliage still attached,” he said.

Slight drought stress in the late summer helped to signal a seasonal change but did not force an early leaf drop.

The upcoming weather will play a critical role.

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Wisp Resort to host Capitol Cup Mountain Bike Race

– Sponsored by Monster Energy. Presented by Racers Edge & Gravity Soul–

Wisp Resort will host 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.

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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.

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NRP Charges 10 Men with Riding Off-Road Vehicles on Protected State Land

Acting on a citizen complaint, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers charged 10 all-terrain vehicle riders Saturday with illegally operating in the Youghiogheny Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA) in Western Maryland.

Officers staked out an area near Youghiogheny Mountain Resort in Oakland at 2 p.m. and issued tickets to 10 riders from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia:

David Alan Bateman, 24, Arbutus; Christopher Matthew Bryant, 27, Alexandria, Va.; Kevin Lawrence Eckart, 23, Ellicott City; Bradley Joseph Fowler, 26, Ellicott City; Matthew Thomas Fowler, 23, Ellicott City; Jeffrey Alan Santmyer, 22, Ellicott City; Joshua Joseph Sebrosky, 23, Bethel Park, Pa; William Robert Setzler, 29, Glen Burnie; Brett James Smith, 24, Sykesville; and Jason William Vizzini, 25, Severn.

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MD planning third Cumberland-area prison

Monday – 9/8/2014, 5:10pm  ET

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is proposing a third state prison near Cumberland.

The Cumberland Times-News ( ) reported Monday that Secretary Gregg Hershberger outlined the $15 million project in an email to local state legislators.

Hershberger says the 140-bed, minimum-security facility would be built between North Branch Correctional Institution and Western Correctional Institution in Crespatown, south of Cumberland. Each of those maximum-security prisons houses more than 1,300 inmates.

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Get ready to challenge your body, mind and spirit in this difficult adventure race in the beautiful area surrounding Deep Creek, MD. The Black Bear Adventure Race will be a Regional NAARS qualifier!

Saturday, September 6, 2014 in Deep Creek, Maryland

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Friday, September 5th 7-9pm at the Mountain State Brewery

This race is suitable for beginner racers with proficient orienteering skills, intermediate and advanced adventure racers.

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Ms. United States 2014 To Be Grand Marshal of Autumn Glory Festival Parade

Ms. United States 2014, Crystal Rush, will be the Grand Marshal of Garrett County’s 47th annual Autumn Glory Festival Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 11. Crystal will be featured in the annual Grand Feature parade, sponsored by My Bank! First United Bank & Trust, which begins at 1 pm in Oakland on Saturday, October 11th.

Crowned in July 2014, Crystal will serve as Ms. United States for one year, which will include hundreds of official appearances, including staring on a televised reality show, modeling in national print ads and television commercials, and appearing as a headline model in New York and South Beach Fashion Weeks. She will also take part in numerous charity events, with her platforms Foster Care, Autism and Mental Health: End the Stigma. Crystal grew up in Garrett County. Her grandparents are Grace Rush of Friendsville and the late Deane Rush of Friendsville. Her father is Dana Rush of McHenry and Cindy Lamastra of Bethany Beach, Delaware. Crystal was recently signed as a model for New York MMG modeling agency and works as a pageant coach. She is a former Baltimore Ravens Playmaker. More information about Crystal is available at


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Deep Creek 2014

History will be made here @ Deep Creek Lake!


Here we are now just 18 days shy of this epic event and the excitement in Deep Creek is definitely evident. The fact that we get to share our beloved region with so many guests from all around the world is quite a privilege. We are excited to encourage the Team USA members as they all strive to do their best and to accomplish their goals.

The Countdown is On! Don’t miss out on this memorable event!

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America’s Best Towns for Fall Colors


Oakland took top honors as the best town in America for leaf-peeping, thanks primarily to the blazing colors found just nine miles north of town at Swallow Falls State Park. As the Youghiogheny River flows through rock gorges, the oldest stands of eastern hemlock and white pine—more than 360 years old—blanket the area in gold, orange, and red. For five days in early October, residents turn out for the annual Autumn Glory Festival, including two parades, concerts, and band competitions. Oakland also embraces the Halloween spirit, hosting a hayride along the lakefront that passes scenes of zombies and ghosts.


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Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival


September 5-7, 2014

Friday Night Wine Pairing Dinners

Saturday Festival

Garrett County Fairgrounds

Noon – 6 pm (wine store open til 7 pm)

Sunday Brunch

Weekend Lodging Packages

Come for the Weekend!  Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is offering specials for the weekend!  Check them out at



It’s in the Bag!

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This Thursday, August 28, Celebrity Bartenders from The Episcopal Church in Garrett County will serve up your favorite libation and food at the Sand Trap at the Oakland Golf Club from 5 to 8PM. This event will benefit It’s In The Bag, a program to provide weekend meals during the school year for at-risk elementary school children. It’s in the Bag is beginning its 6th school year and will provide a backpack with 7 easy to prepare meals each weekend for close to 250 children in Garrett County. It costs $280 to feed a child for the entire school year and It’s in the Bag relies solely on donations and fund raisers like this. So come out and have some fun with us at the Sand Trap at the Oakland Golf Club. Tips and a percentage of sales will go to It’s in the Bag to help get us through our sixth school year. Sea you there!!!

Labor Day Activities

Labor Day weekend is almost here!

The Wisp has an abundance of activities going on including the Mountain Coaster, Zip Lining, Segway Tours and their Labor Day weekend Sale .  Check out for all the happenings.


High Mountain Sports will be hosting their annual Labor Day weekend sale.  It is 70% off storewide!  For more information check them out at


From the looks of the weather report, it is going to be a BEAUTIFUL weekend here in Deep Creek Lake!!



Deep Creek Lake Watershed Management Plan

Tuesday, August 26th

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Garrett County have partnered to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan for Deep Creek Lake. The Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan will serve as a comprehensive, best practices guide to ensure that one of Maryland’s most visited, revenue-generating sites is protected far into the future. In addition to protecting the lake’s sensitive natural resources, the plan will address water quality and recreational activities like swimming, fishing, boating and scenic viewing.  For more information please visit the DNR Lake Management Plan website.

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Man walks from Deep Creek Lake to Ocean City, MD

Posted: Aug 24, 2014 7:42 AM EDT


A man walked and biked over 300 miles across Maryland to raise money for kids with cancer.

Justin Berk started last week at the top of mountain of the Wisp Ski Resort at Deep Creek Lake Maryland. He finished 312 miles later in Ocean City, MD yesterday. He dedicated each day to one “Cool Kids’” child who has either survived or is battling cancer.

Berk was 14 when he nearly lost one of his legs to a staph infection. This week long journey was a way for him to commemorate his hard battle at such a young age.

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