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  • GRMC sponsoring Superhero 5K for Cindy’s Fund

    Calling all superheroes, Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is sponsoring a Superhero 5K to benefit Cindy’s Fund, a local charity that provides support for cancer patients and their families.  The event will be held on Saturday, September 8, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. at Broadford Park in Oakland, Md.  

    “Cindy’s Fund supports our efforts to provide the best care and support to cancer patients in our community,” said Kendra Thayer, Senior Vice President of Patient Services at GRMC.  “A great deal of stress accompanies a cancer diagnosis; not only does the patient and family have to deal with the disease, they also have to deal with a lot of ancillary issues. Financial pressures, getting the patient to their numerous medical appointments, nutritional struggles – it is often overwhelming. Cindy’s Fund is there to help Garrett County families through what is a very, very difficult time. GRMC is happy to help support the organization through our Super Hero 5K. It’s something we hope to do every year.” 

    Participants in the 5K – both runners and those walking the course - are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero. All ages are invited to join the race, and families are welcome.  In addition to the race itself, a variety of children’s activities will be on site that morning, including a bouncy house, face painting, balloon characters, and a cotton candy station. 

    “We’re excited to partner with Cindy’s Fund on what promises to be a fun-filled event for our community,” Thayer added.  “We hope to see a lot of families come out in their super hero costumes ready to make a difference.”  

    Race registration is $20 in advance and $25 on race day.  The registration includes a t-shirt; participants are encouraged to register before August 23 to guarantee their shirt size.  Forms are available on GRMC’s website at www.grmc-wvumedicine.org and can be e-mailed to superheroregistration@gcmh.com or mailed to GRMC 5K at 251 N. Fourth Street, Oakland, MD 21550.  For more information, please call 301-533-4366. 
    About Cindy’s Fund 

    Cindy’s Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance for Garrett County citizens who have been diagnosed with cancer.   Proceeds from Cindy’s Fund covers miscellaneous expenses not covered by insurance which may include gas cards for transportation costs, hotel stays and medical/nutritional supplies.  For more information, visit http://cindysfund.org.

    Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) 
    Garrett Regional Medical Center is an award winning, progressive, Joint Commission accredited acute care facility with 55 inpatient beds in Oakland, Maryland.  The hospital serves a population of 46,000 within Garrett County and surrounding communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  Originally established in 1950, the hospital has continuously evolved to advance the health and wellness needs of the region. Through its clinical affiliation with WVU Medicine, GRMC offers comprehensive health care services unique to a rural location. GRMC is one of the county’s largest employers with more than 450 team members, who are each dedicated to our mission of striving to treat every patient like family.  Learn more at https://www.grmc-wvumedicine.org/  

    Contact: For more information, contact Miranda Kessel, Marketing Coordinator, at 301-533-4178 or mkessel@gcmh.com.


  • Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Wins Communications Excellence Award

    McHenry, Maryland (July 5, 2018) — The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has been named an “Award of Excellence” winner in the Communications Excellence awards program presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). ACCE, an Alexandria, Va.-based association, represents more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, around the world. 

    ACCE’s annual Awards for Communications Excellence is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the organization’s Awards for Communications Excellence, which is now in its thirty-fourth year.

    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce received an Award of Excellence for its Digital Deep Creek Virtual Reality Experience.

    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce launched a 360° virtual reality experience of Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County on their website, visitdeepcreek.com, in September 2017. The experience, a result of the Chamber’s partnership with virtual reality company, YouVisit, includes 360° video and photos shot at 22 locations throughout Garrett County. Many of the locations include “living video scenes” where people come to life – either participating in the activity (golfing, whitewater rafting, kayaking) or speaking directly to the visitor telling them about the location they are viewing. Not only is the experience available for anyone who visits the Chamber’s website, visitdeepcreek.com, via desktop or mobile devices, the experience is compatible with virtual reality headsets which the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will be taking to travel and consumer shows so prospective visitors can view the beauty and activities of the area. 

    “We are honored to accept the ACCE Award of Excellence for our 360° Garrett County virtual reality experience,” said Nicole Christian, president & CEO at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “Our 360° experience allows us to showcase all that Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area have to offer to our visitors in an innovative and unique way and to be recognized by our chamber industry peers with this award is particularly gratifying.”   

    A panel of communications and marketing professionals from five U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category — based on the chamber’s annual budget — and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital and publications. With more than 150 entries submitted in 2018, judges recognized 13 entries as Grand Award winners and 41 as Award of Excellence winners. Three Best in Show awards were announced July 18 at the ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.
    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the largest professional business association in the region with 600 members representing every industry in the community.  The mission of the Chamber is to organize, support and represent Garrett County’s business community in advancing common interests and additionally to promote Garrett County’s hospitality and recreation industry by attracting visitors to the county through comprehensive marketing. For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, log onto visitdeepcreek.com.


  • First United Bank & Trust Helps Save Lives

    First United Bank & Trust will host a community blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, July 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The drive will be held at the First United Operations Center at 12892 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD.

    Following a tough Fourth of July week for blood donations, the American Red Cross is now facing an EMERGENCY BLOOD SHORTAGE and has issued an urgent call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and help save lives.  Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to prevent delays in urgent medical care to vulnerable patients.  By donating just one pint of blood, you have the potential to save up to three lives.

    Anyone who is at least 17 years old, weighs a minimum of 110 lbs. and is in generally good health can donate blood.  The entire process takes about an hour and all blood types are needed.  Donors should bring a photo ID.

    To schedule an appointment to donate blood visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter: FirstUnitedOakland in the Find a Drive search box.  Walk-ins are welcome at this drive.  If you have any questions you may also contact Maureen Brewer at First United at 1-301-533-2430 or email mbrewer@MyBank.com.


  • Warrior to Soul Mate Workshop

    A Warrior to Soulmate (Couple Relationship: Renew Reconnect) Workshop is coming to Garrett College July 20-21, 2018. The primary purpose of the Warrior to Soulmate Program is to strengthen a Veteran’s relationship with his/her significant other. For registration, or more information please contact Chaplain Hardy at 304-263-0811 ext. 3302.  

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is trying this new path to caring for and healing the nation's wounded Veterans. Now, in addition to repairing their damaged bodies and minds, VA is going one step further and helping to repair their crumbling intimate relationships.  The W2SM program is a national Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program designed to assist Veterans and their significant other develop relationship skills in order to better communicate and create greater intimacy. This effort is related to the stress and trauma that is a product of deployments and combat experience by the Veteran as well as the stress experienced by family members who seek to support our nation's warriors.

    VAMC Martinsburg’s Chaplain Service competed with more than 500 applicants in the 2018 VA Innovators Network Spark-Seed-Spread Innovation Investment Program for funding the project with the vision to reach out into the rural communities with the Warrior 2 Soul Mate Workshops and Retreats.  Garrett County was selected as the first rural community outreach.


  • First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union Named One of America’s Best In-State Credit Unions by Forbes

    Preeminent business publication compiles national ranking of 145 highly regarded credit unions.

    CUMBERLAND, MD- First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union was recently named one of the Best In-State Credit Unions for 2018 by Forbes. First Peoples ranked 1st within their charter area, 2nd in Maryland, and 20th among the 145 institutions featured on the list, translating to the top 2.5% of Credit Unions across the nation.

    “We’re honored to be recognized by Forbes. We have always worked to provide our membership with not only a superior customer experience, but also a superior product offering. We see this recognition as a direct reflection of that commitment,” said Mr. Stacey Bingaman, President & CEO of First Peoples. “Sometimes being headquartered in rural America comes with the assumption that our services aren’t top notch. We want our membership to know that their credit union can not only compete regionally, but also on a national level. We have a full product offering and exceptional employees that have led us to this point. We couldn’t be happier with this recognition and are honored to continue providing our members with the high quality financial services they deserve.”

    To determine an accurate ranking, Forbes Media partnered with Statista, an online statistics provider, to conduct a survey asking more than 25,000 participants to rate credit unions on various criteria including trustworthiness, digital services, financial advice, branch services and general satisfaction.

    For a complete list of America’s Best In-State Credit Unions, visit Forbes.com.