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.

Read More Here:  http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/david-florence-up-deep-creek-with-a-paddle-1-3544058 

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.

For More Information, click here:  http://roadapp.org/ 

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!

Read Full Report Here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/36489324/DC_Annual%20Report_WEB.pdf  

















































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.

Read More Here:  http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/fall-foliage-forecast-exceptio/33676385


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.

Mountain Biker 3


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.

Read More Here:  http://deepcreektimes.com/news.asp

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.

Read More Here:  http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2014/09/08/nrp-charges-10-men-with-riding-off-road-vehicles-on-protected-state-land/


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 (http://bit.ly/1pIqDmg ) 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.

Read more: http://wtop.com/41/3697665/Md-planning-third-Cumberland-area-prison#ixzz3CpiyxeYC


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

Black Bear


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.

Read More Here:  http://www.deepcreekadventureracing.com/#!black-bear-adventure-race/c1k8g

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 www.msunitedstates.com


Read More Here:  http://deepcreektimes.com/news.asp

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!

Find Out More About this Event at: https://www.deepcreek2014.com/


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.


Read More Here:  http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-towns-for-fall-colors/2

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 www.deepcreekvacations.com



It’s in the Bag!

Its in the Bag

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 www.wispresort.com 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 www.highmountainsports.com.


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.

Read More here: http://www.garrettcounty.org/planning-land-development/deep-creek-lake-watershed-management-plan

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.

Read More Here:  http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/26355817/man-walks-from-deep-creek-lake-to-ocean-city-md


Proposed Water & Sewer Service Area Amendments – Property Listings

Monday, August 25th:

The Garrett County Department of Public Works – Utilities Division is proposing to amend all service area boundaries to match where existing water and sewer service lines are located. Please be advised that all properties located within a service area are subject to ad valorem taxes where applicable. These rates are available at the bottom of this page. The maps of the proposed changes were posted to the website on July 3, 2014 under the “Current News, Events, and Press Releases” section. These maps continue to be available for review.  The lists below identify the properties that we are proposing to remove from the service areas as well as the properties we are proposing to add to the service areas.  For questions or comments regarding these amendments please contact the utilities office @ 301-334-6983.

Read More Here:  http://www.garrettcounty.org/public-utilities/proposed-service-area-amendments

Operating Rule Band

Thursday, August 21st:

Deep Creek Hydro is permitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).  During the permitting process, MDE balances stakeholder concerns and requests with generation opportunities.  The result is the operating rule band.  This rule band was amended in 2011.

The Operating Rule Band is defined by the Upper and Lower Rule Bands, which represent the highest and lowest desirable reservoir levels at any given time. Deep Creek Hydro strives to maintain the lake between these two rule bands at all times. Periods of high run-off or extreme drought conditions can result in reservoir levels outside of the Operating Rule Band. During these times, the hydro project attempts to restore the reservoir to the proper level in a reasonable amount of time.


Read More Here: http://www.brookfieldrenewable.com/content/deep_creek_hydro/operating_rule_band-37854.html

Media Advisory: Comptroller Franchot to Present 2014 Schaefer Award in Garrett; Champion

by: Comptroller Franchot’s Announcements Aug 19, 2014

Comptroller Franchot will present a 2014 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award to honoree Sandy Bell, who founded an organization called Cindy’s Fund. The fund was named after her twin sister, Cindy Kutchman, who died of ovarian cancer in 2003. The organization helps Garrett County cancer patients and their families who can’t afford proper care and also covers expenses such as gas cards, hotel stays and medical/nutritional supplies.

At noon, the Comptroller will join local elected, business and tourism officials at the Lakeside Creamery to promote “Let Summer Be Summer,” a campaign to start schools after Labor Day with a goal of collecting 10,000 signatures on a petition to present to the Maryland General Assembly when it reconvenes in January. In late May, a governor’s task force recommended to delay opening the state’s public schools until after Labor Day – a proposal that seeks to extend summer vacation for a week or more in many areas. The state task force met for nearly a year and voted 11 to 4 to embrace a later start date statewide.

- See more at: http://www.afro.com/media-advisory-comptroller-franchot-to-present-2014-schaefer-award-in-garrett-champion-school-starts-after-labor-day-at-deep-creek-lake-business/#sthash.1AgcSAKK.dpuf


New Bridge Opens to Traffic Ahead of Schedule Before New School Year Begins
(August 18, 2014) – The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will reopen the US 219 (Garrett Highway) Bridge over Cherry Creek near Oakland, Garrett County by 5 p.m. today following a bridge replacement project.  US 219 has been closed and detoured since June 18 and the re-opening is earlier than originally expected.

Would drilling hurt Md. tourism? Report unclear

Associated Press Updated: August 18, 2014 at 5:31 pm •

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — A Towson University study of the potential economic impact of shale gas drilling in far western Maryland fails to answer what some critics said Monday is their biggest question: How would hydraulic fracturing for natural gas affect the tourism that accounts for a large share of the economy in Garrett County, where most of the drilling would occur?

Several members of the state panel that commissioned the study, including state Delegate Heather Mizeur, asked the authors to include language in their final report next month highlighting their lack of information about the tourism impact, as well their lack of cost analysis of a potential disaster such as widespread contamination of drinking water.

“Let’s just get real about what we were able to discover and, quite honestly, how much more there is that we didn’t even begin to touch on that was the whole initial charge of this commission to begin with,” Mizeur said. The Montgomery County Democrat made her opposition to hydraulic fracturing a part of her failed gubernatorial bid earlier this year.

Study author Daraius Irani of Towson’s Regional Economic Studies Institute, said his team found a dearth of usable data about the impact of hydraulic fracturing in tourist areas. The institute produced the $150,000 study for a state commission that aims to recommend regulations this fall for safe drilling in Maryland’s portion of the Marcellus shale formation.

Read more at http://gazette.com/would-drilling-hurt-md.-tourism-report-unclear/article/feed/148129#7DRrZqwT1o7rzFeJ.99

2014 Western Maryland Amateur Championship

Tuesday, August 12th:

The Annual Western Maryland Amateur is a stroke play event open to all male amateurs and is played over 54 holes. There is a “cut” after Saturday’s round combining the 2 day gross scores, with the low 30 players and ties competing in the Championship flight on Sunday, while all others not making the “cut’ will be flighted for play on Sunday.  The 3 day total score is used to determine the winners in all of the flights. All players making the championship flight are guaranteed to receive a prize.

We also have a senior division with 3 age flights for those 55 & older as of the tournament date. Other events include “Closest to the Pins” on Friday & Saturday sponsored by the Women’s Golf Association. A practice round is included on Thursday with an option 2 man Best Ball Tournament with prizes being determined by the number of participants.

Read More Here:  http://www.golfatoakland.com/western-maryland-amateur-tournament/