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  • First United Bank and Trust’s AJ Tasker Graduates From Maryland Banking School

    First United Bank & Trust is pleased to congratulate AJ Tasker, Vice President and Director of Information Technology, on his recent graduation from Maryland Banking School.  This program is an intensive three-year program where students spend one week per year at the University of Maryland University College campus learning about the banking industry.  During his time in the program, AJ attended nine community educational events which impacted 260 people, wrote several papers on a variety of topics facing the financial services industry, and was even appointed CEO for his group's banking simulation. 

    AJ joined First United in 2008 as a Network and Server Administrator and was promoted to Information Technology Assistant Manager in 2014.  Over the last few years, AJ has taken on additional responsibilities such as chairing the Internal Tech Steering subcommittee and playing a vital role in the bank’s cybersecurity efforts.  He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and with his latest promotion, AJ now supervises the company’s entire Information Technology department.  

    Mr. Tasker is a graduate of Fairmont State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Systems.  AJ has and continues to enjoy coaching and volunteering with several community youth league organizations including the Mountaineer United Soccer Association (MUSC), Mountaineer Middle School Volleyball (MMS), University High School Volleyball (UHS), the Morgantown Elite Volleyball Academy (MEVA), the Terra Alta Youth League (TAYL), and the Champion Training Academy (CTA) over the years.  When he is not at work, he enjoys sports, fitness, cars and the great outdoors.  He resides in Morgantown, WV with his wife Ashley and their daughter Jayden. 

    Matthew Growden, Vice President and Chief Information Officer commented, “This milestone exemplifies AJ’s strong work ethic and accelerated growth within our organization and industry.  His dedication to the customers and communities he serves can be seen daily, making him a true asset of the Bank.” 

    The Maryland Banking School, provided through the Maryland Bankers Association, offers perspectives on forces that shape the financial services industry. Through an emphasis on developing leadership, managerial and technical skills, and creating a resource network, students enhance their individual and corporate performance to thrive in the evolving financial services marketplace.
    First United Corporation operates one full-service commercial bank, First United Bank & Trust.  The Bank has a network of community offices in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties in Maryland, as well as Mineral, Berkeley, Harrison and Monongalia Counties in West Virginia.  First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.  As of 6/30/2019, the Corporation posted assets of $1.4 billion.

    Posted 10/9/19

     

  • Free Marketing Lunch n' Learn in McHenry!

    McHenry, Maryland — CurlyRed , a branding, print and web design company, with offices located in Mtn. Lake Park and Oakland— is proud to host a free Lunch n' Learn session on October 23rd at 11am.

    This free, 90-minute session entitled “How to Grow Your Business through Marketing and Design” will take place at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce (15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry, MD 21541) . This event is open to the public, and will be tailored to business leaders in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. In this session, business professionals will enjoy a free lunch while learning more about the power of strong branding, how to reach one’s target audience, social media strategy, creating “brand ambassadors,” and more.

    M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed will be the presenter. She has almost 20 years of professional experience in branding and design. Ms. Ludwig said, “I believe this session will be helpful to local businesses and organizations that wish to grow and better articulate their vision to the world.”

    There is no cost to attend this event, but registration is required, and seating is very limited. Please reserve your spot by October 18th by emailing office@curlyred.com or calling 410.878.2068.

    Posted 10/3/19

  • Nelson Marketing Recognized as Top Town Planner Performer

    Stephen Nelson, owner of Nelson Marketing and Publishing, Cumberland was recently honored at the publisher’s convention in Chicago for being the top Town Planner franchise performer for his category of mid to large circulation outperforming areas such as Indianapolis, In, Jacksonville FL, Cleveland OH, and Central NJ.  Nelson’s Town Planner franchise also ranked number four overall of the Town Planner franchises nationally.

    In addition to producing nine regional editions of the Town Planner Community Calendar and companion website and mobile app, the firm also offers graphic design and print services, and produces Chamber of Commerce directories as well the Allegany County destination guide.  Nelson also provides training services for Town Planner franchises and their employees.

    Nelson is active in various Chambers of Commerce and is past president of the Allegany County Chamber and recipient of their Outstanding Business honoree award in 2012.    He is a board member of the Rotary Club of Cumberland, First Peoples Community Credit Union, Tri County Council, and is a Scoutmaster Boy Scout troop 9.  He was also appointed by Secretary of Interior sally Jewell to the Federal Advisory commission for the C&O Canal National Historic Park.   Nelson also serves as a trainer for Town Planner franchises and their employees.

    Information about Nelson marketing and publishing can be found at their website: www.nelsonmarketingandpublishing.com

    Posted 10/3/19

  • Smoke N Mirrors Announces September 28 Musical Performance

    Oakland, MD, September 24, 2019 - Smoke N Mirrors Photography is pleased to announce a performance by guitarist Dan Baker in the 3rd Street Gallery on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

    There will a Reception with light refreshments beginning at 6:00 pm followed by a two set concert style performance at 6:30 pm.  Seating is limited so you will want to call (304) 277-7700 and reserve your spot!  This is a ticketed event and includes seating reservations and beverage vouchers, so bring a friend and come enjoy downtown Oakland and all it has to offer.  In addition to two featured wines, audience members will be invited to sample six different wines new to the Gallery and offer opinions on the selections.  

    For more information about the event, go to www.Smokenphoto.com or call (304) 277-7700.  Smoke N Mirrors Photography provides a full range of photo services for businesses, families, individual and eclectic portraiture and also offers a variety of gallery prints to help you satisfy that illusive interior design want.  Regular hours are Noon until 6:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

    Posted 9/24/19

     

  • New Post Labor Day School Start Study Shows Significant Economic Impact

    $115 million impact mirrors Maryland Bureau of Revenue Estimates forecast in 2013 report

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 19, 2019) - Starting school after Labor Day has “a clear, positive impact on both state and local government economies” with a total net economic impact of up to $115 million, according to a new analysis from the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) at Salisbury University.

    The report, entitled “The Economic, Employment and Fiscal Impacts Of Added Summer Vacation Days Attributable To Post-Labor Day Opening of Maryland’s Public K-12 Schools,” echoes an economic impact study conducted by the Maryland Bureau of Revenue Estimates in 2013, which forecast a significant increase in state and local tax revenues and wages resulting from a Post-Labor Day school start date. “This independent analysis validates what we already know: starting school after Labor Day is good for Maryland families, good for our local businesses and good for the Maryland economy,” said Comptroller Peter Franchot. “At a time when the state is considering new sources of revenue for our public schools, this adds millions of dollars to our state’s coffers, all while supporting great family-owned, small businesses and sustaining summer employment.”

    BEACON’s analysis found a total net economic impact -- incorporating direct, indirect and induced benefits -- of close to $58 million for six additional days of summer vacation and nearly $115 million for 12 extra days, depending upon when Labor Day falls on the calendar each year.

    Additionally, the report estimates additional wages earned by workers to be between $2.875 million and $5.75 million during the final days of summer with local and state government revenues increasing between $8 million and $16 million, also depending upon the timing of Labor Day.

    “Tourism is one of our state’s most important economic engines and is especially critical to areas like my hometown of Baltimore City, where the tourism industry is an even more significant employer and source of local revenue,” said Michael Haynie, a hotel management consultant, former chairman of the Maryland Tourism Coalition and a member of the Governor’s Task Force to Study a Post-Labor Day Start Date for Maryland Public Schools. “The extended summer also means more employment opportunities for our city’s youth before heading back to the classroom, providing much-needed family income and experience in a major job sector.”

    The study’s findings are based on estimates that approximately 70 percent of all tourism-related expenditures statewide can be attributed to Maryland residents and data from tourism offices that show the majority of end-of-summer travel by Marylanders occurs within the state.

    “I am thrilled to see the positive results and increased economic impact caused by a post-Labor Day school start in Maryland; however, I am not surprised," said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. "Worcester County has accomplished a successful post-Labor Day start date for years and students in our schools have continued to thrive. In fact, our very own Ocean City Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon School for a second time in 2018."

    “A post-Labor Day school start benefits all Marylanders. The hard work and dedication to this initiative displayed by Governor Hogan and Comptroller Franchot have not only allowed Maryland families to enjoy more summer vacation together, but has also increased our room tax revenue and allowed seasonal employees to work longer. It’s incredible to see how common sense and thoughtful planning can create such a positive change for us all,” added Meehan.

    Tourism is the state’s 10th largest employment industry, supporting more than 200,000 jobs and producing over $15 billion, which represents four percent of the state’s total economy.

    The nonpartisan task force, created by the Maryland General Assembly and appointed by then-Governor Martin O’Malley, recommended a post-Labor Day start by a vote of 12 to 3 in May 2014 after meeting for nearly a year to consider all aspects of the issue. Public support for starting school after Labor Day has been strong and consistent throughout Maryland among teachers, parents and the business and agricultural community. More than 24,000 Marylanders signed the “Let Summer Be Summer” petition in 2016 -- endorsing the initiative that has given families more time together, provided teachers and students with a longer break to recharge without impacting summer learning loss, and afforded rural Marylanders the opportunity to participate in the Maryland State Fair, which runs the 10 days prior to Labor Day each year.

    "As a teacher, I know starting school after Labor Day not only is economically beneficial to our communities, it is crucial to the professional development and well-being of teachers and administrators," said Baltimore County public school teacher Jeffrey Freedman. "Many teachers take coursework during the summer and need that time to complete that work while others value the time to unwind with their families and recharge. A post-Labor Day start helps us be the most successful, effective teachers we can be.”

    An economic impact study conducted by the Bureau of Revenue Estimates in August 2013 projected a post-Labor Day school start would generate an additional $74.2 million in economic activity, including $3.7 million in new wages and a separate $7.7 million in state and local revenue. These findings mirror the study just concluded by BEACON, which will release its full analysis in October.

    “This study confirms what teachers and parents have been saying for years: starting school after Labor Day is good for parents, students and Maryland’s economy,” said Denise Avara, a longtime public school mom and PTA leader. “I’ve listened to families, educators and owners of small businesses for a long time who called for a later start to school for very good reasons -- mostly because it helps all of us.”

    Posted 9/19/20

  • COMMUNITY FEEDBACK SESSIONS REGARDING PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STRATEGIC FACILITIES COMMITTEE

    The Strategic Facilities Committee will hold three community feedback sessions on September 17, 18, and 19, 2019. These sessions will provide community members with an opportunity to offer their views on the preliminary recommendations of the Committee, which was appointed by the Board of Education in March 2019. The Committee will deliver final recommendations to the Board in November 2019. Since the community feedback sessions are critical to the success of the Committee’s work, they will be recorded so that no input, comments or questions are overlooked during the development of the final recommendations. Each listening session will be preceded by a brief presentation on the Committee’s preliminary recommendations.

    The community feedback sessions will be held between 6:30 and 8:30 pm at the following locations:

    • Tuesday, September 17: Southern Garret High School Cafeteria, 345 Oakland Drive, Oakland, MD
    • Wednesday, September 18: Garrett College, Room 111/112 of the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) Building, 687 Mosser Road McHenry, MD
    • Thursday, September 19: Northern Middle School Cafeteria, 371 Pride Parkway, Accident, MD

    Community members are encouraged to attend one of these sessions to share their feedback regarding the preliminary recommendations of the Strategic Facilities Committee. The recommendations can be found on the Garrett County Public Schools website under the Public Information Department in the Strategic Facilities Plan section: https://www.garrettcountyschools.org/public-information/strategic-facilities-plan/sfc-preliminary-recommendations.

    Posted 9/13/19

  • There is A Lot Happening at Smoke N Mirrors Gallery this Month!

    Smoke N Mirrors kicks off with Artists and Dreamers Paint Night Friday, September 6, from 6-8 pm.  There will be a Fall theme this session and it promises to be fun, as always.

    Next up is the Channel Cats Trio on Saturday, September 7, from 6-8:30 pm.  Come for some NOLA style bluezy jazz!

    On Thursday, September 12, the Rotary Satellite Club is holding a Jazz Night fund raiser for, "It's In The Bag".  Featured artists are Seth Maynard (guitar and voice) and Rich Norwood (sax).  Come and help support and fund meals for local kids!

    Then, rounding out the month, Dan Baker returns to the Gallery on September 28, 6-8:30 pm to astound us with one of his outstanding solo guitar performances.

    Reservations are always recommended for this intimate, limited seat venue.  You can find more information, along with ticket links, HERE.

    Posted 9/4/19

  • Local Stakeholder Survey Available

    Garrett County Department of Planning & Land Management Seeking Input

    OAKLAND, MD — Garrett County Department of Planning & Land Management announced today that a survey is available on the County’s Watershed Website for Garrett County residents and visitors to provide feedback to local and state agencies regarding stakeholder information, interests, news habits, and concerns.

    The survey is available at: https://www.garrettcounty.org/watershed/survey

    The Administrative Council (representatives from Garrett County, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Department of the Environment) is tasked with implementing the Deep Creek Lake Watershed Management Plan. One of the goals of the plan is to "nurture an informed and engaged citizenry regarding the Deep Creek Lake watershed" (Goal 2).

    The goal of this survey is to help the Administrative Council better understand what kind of information is needed and how best to disseminate that information to accomplish this objective. Your participation and input to this end is exceptionally valuable and greatly appreciated.

    The survey is open until September 2020.

    Responses will be complied and a report will be available on the Department of Planning & Land Management website upon completion.
    Any questions may be directed to Gary Aronhalt at 301-334-1923 or garonhalt@garrettcounty.org.

    Posted 8/28/19

  • Garrett Trails Nonprofit Organization Needs the Community's Support, "Ten Bucks A Foot" Fundraiser is Back and Better

    Mike Koch, owner of FireFly Farms won the Taste of Garrett County bike back in May and decided to so graciously donate it back to the organization. The Garrett Trails organization is giving it away again! A $10 donation puts you in the running for a brand new bike from High Mountain Sports. There is no limit on entries! Just simply donate to the organization through their website HERE or through their Facebook page or by mailing donations to PO Box 62 McHenry, MD 21541. 

    "Ten Bucks A Foot" is a campaign being run by the Garrett Trails Organization to generate funding for, as well as interest in, their ongoing trail construction of Meadow Mountain Trail System. Buy a foot, build a trail, and you could win a bike. Garrett Trails will draw a winner live on Facebook Autumn Glory Week. 

    The nonprofit trail advocacy organization is asking the local community, outdoor and recreational enthusiasts, and true trail advocates to purchase a foot of trail in support of completing the Meadow Mountain Trail System and helping with future trail projects. Corporate Sponsorship of the trail construction is also available.

    A foot can go a long way! When you show your financial support for Garrett Trails, you become a part of a distinguished group of people dedicated to creating, maintaining and enjoying the Garrett County Trail System. Help Garrett Trails build Meadow Mountain Trail System one foot at a time. 

    Posted 8/27/19

     

  • Mountaintop Tabletop Club Raises Money for Oakland B&O Museum

    This past month Mountaintop Tabletop Club, a public board game group, hosted its first charity tournament. The Ticket to Ride tournament benefited the Oakland B&O Museum and was organized, promoted, and run by the Club. 

    Ticket to Ride is a railroad building game that tasks players with creating routes across the United States. Players were able to compete in 3 rounds of games at the historic train station. Prizes consisting of donations from local businesses were raffled off throughout the event as well as awarded to the winners.

    Sixteen people competed in the tournament proper, while also drawing a variety of spectators and guests. Over $200 was raised to support the maintenance and improvements of the museum. With the success of this tournament both Mountaintop Tabletop and the Oakland B&O Museum are hoping to make this an annual event! 

    Mountaintop Tabletop Club hosts board game events all over Garrett County thoughout the year. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mtntoptabletop/ to find out where we'll be next! 

    Posted 8/27/19

  • FIRST UNITED BANK & TRUST PROMOTES ANNETTE M. CHAPMAN TO VICE PRESIDENT

    Keith R. Sanders, Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer and Jason A. Sweitzer, Vice President & Senior Wealth Advisor and Team Leader announce that Annette M. Chapman has been promoted to Vice President and Senior Wealth Advisor serving the Garrett County, Maryland market. 

    Annette has over 35 years of local financial services, trust, investment and insurance experience.  She began her financial services career at First United in 1983 as a teller.  From there, she progressed through various customer service and trust and investment roles and most recently serves as a Senior Wealth Advisor.  Annette is NASD Licensed in Series 7, 63 and 66 as well as Property & Casualty and Life & Health Insurance. She is a graduate of University of Maryland University College as well as an honor graduate of Cannon Trust School.  Annette is also a licensed Certified Financial Planner which allows her to counsel clients in investment management, estate and tax concerns, and financial planning through a consultative relationship in which her customers’ experience is tailored to their needs and not product-driven.

     “We are so proud and excited to announce Annette’s latest promotion.  Her investment and trust knowledge, customer service and experience working with the local community will continue to serve her and our customers well. Congratulations Annette.” commented Jason A. Sweitzer.

    Chapman is active in the community and has served on a number of non-profits throughout her career.   Currently, she is a treasurer for the non-profit group Garrett Mentors as well as an American Cancer Society Relay for Life volunteer.  
      
    Annette resides in Oakland with her husband Terry and has three children, Sean, Ashton and Jaclyn.  In her free time, Annette enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family.  Her office is located in Downtown Oakland at 19 South Second Street and you may contact her directly by calling 301-533-2393.  

    First United Corporation operates one full-service commercial bank, First United Bank & Trust.  The Bank has a network of community offices in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties in Maryland, as well as Mineral, Berkeley, Harrison and Monongalia Counties in West Virginia.  As of 06/30/19, the Corporation posted assets of $1.4 billion.  First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.

    Posted 8/15/19

  • Beat Salad with Guest Artist Cole Leathers to Perform Live

    Arguably the most popular guest artists to ever visit the Smoke N Mirrors Gallery, Beat Salad, with guest guitarist Cole Leathers, will perform their unique brand of Americana with a few stops along the Brazilian music coast (August 17). While preparing for the show, lead creative artist Daria Jones asked, "Is it ok if we run over? We just have so much material we want to share with everyone." ~ The answer? "Yes, Daria. The show will go on until you've shared all your favorite songs and stories!"

    This is a seated concert style performance and reservations are recommended as seats are limited and will be in very high demand for this show. Tickets include two drink vouchers per person for anyone over the age of 21 (wines, craft beer, sodas, punch, water, etc.) and hors d'oeuvres. The Reception for this event will begin at 6:00 pm. There will be a featured Red and White wine for this event, featuring an Argentinian Sauvignon Blanc matching the music to the wine!?

    Posted 8/12/19

  • Hogan Administration Announces New State Development Plan, A Better Maryland 

    More than 85 Meetings and Listening Sessions Held Since Fall 2017 to Engage Local Officials, Citizens and Planners 
     
    REVISED (August 7, 2019) ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Hogan administration today announced the filing of a new state development plan, A Better Maryland.  In 2017, Governor Larry Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2017.18, directing the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) to coordinate with local governments and other stakeholders to prepare a revised State Development Plan. 

    “This new state development plan was developed to coordinate the planning needs of state agencies and local governments while encouraging Maryland to grow responsibly,” said Governor Hogan.  “This inclusive bottom-up approach listens to the needs of our communities and puts planning authority in the hands of local government, where it belongs, while balancing economic development and environmental preservation.”

    The Executive Order established objectives for growing responsibly and protecting Maryland’s resources to support existing communities, create quality places, coordinate state investment, and preserve natural, cultural, historical, and heritage resources.

    A Better Maryland, which includes a digital resource center, can be found at abetter.maryland.gov.  The website contains data, tools, and information sources intended to be a virtual library of state and local plans and related resources used to plan responsible growth and resource protection.
    In addition to working closely with the public, local government, state agencies and other stakeholders, Planning closely coordinated with the Smart Growth Subcabinet, Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, the Maryland Municipal League, and the Maryland Association of Counties during the development of A Better Maryland. Planning also coordinated with the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association and local Planning directors and staff throughout the process. 

    “It was only through local feedback and interaction that we collectively created this dynamic new state development plan,” said Planning Secretary Rob McCord. “This approach to planning where we work closely with all of our state and local partners, ensures continued economic growth and helps meet local planning needs.”

    More than 85 meetings and listening sessions were held between fall 2017 and early 2019 to gather feedback in every Maryland county and Baltimore City.  Several hundred comments were received and documented over the initial 18 months, which included two separate rounds of meetings and online surveys.  This critical feedback formed the framework for the final plan.

    “This new plan addresses the needs of each region of our state and is focused on increasing coordination between state agencies and local governments,” said Special Secretary of Smart Growth Wendi Peters.  “The plan supports responsible growth and infrastructure planning, revitalization of existing communities, and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.”

    The A Better Maryland Vision Statement, which was developed based on the results of the first round of listening sessions and Governor Hogan’s Executive Order is: A Better Maryland is a dynamic, evolving plan that provides a framework to support a thriving economy and environmental stewardship. The plan supports collaboration among state and local governments and all other stakeholders, providing resources and tools for the long term economic success of Maryland.

     

  • Wisp Hires Ski Industry Veteran as New General Manager

    Background includes experience from Vermont to South America

     
    DEEP CREEK LAKE, MARYLAND – Wisp Resort has hired ski industry veteran Ron Hawkes as its new general manager replacing Jerry Geisler who is retiring after 45 years at the western Maryland resort.  Hawkes is intimately familiar with the Mid-Atlantic ski market having served as President and General Manager at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania for eleven years, and he brings wide ranging experience to the job having worked at ski resorts in Vermont, New York, Colorado, and even Chile in South America.
     
    Hawkes comes to Wisp from Camelback Resort in Pennsylvania which, like Wisp, has both summer and winter resort activities.  Prior to that he was the general manager at Montage Mountain Resort near Scranton, Pennsylvania and was previously the GM of the Wyndham Garden York hotel in York, Pennsylvania. 
     
    Vern Greco, CEO of Pacific Group Resorts, Inc. which operates Wisp, indicated Hawkes rose to the top of a strong pool of candidates which included applicants from ski areas as far away as New Mexico and China and as close as Virginia.  Greco noted the experience Hawkes has accumulated in the non-ski related aspects of the business were equally important for a place like Wisp which includes a conference hotel, large event venues, and active summer operations.
     
    “When you are looking to replace a guy like Jerry who has been at Wisp for more than four decades, it helps to bring in strong and relevant expertise which is what Ron provides,” Greco explained.  “Experience alone wasn’t enough, however.  Since we introduce so many new people to skiing and snowboarding, we were looking for someone who loves the sport and could spread that enthusiasm to our guests.  Ron is an avid skier and ski instructor who enjoys the sport so much he even spent time teaching at Winter Park Resort in Colorado this past spring after Camelback finished its ski season.”
     
    Hawkes’ affinity for skiing led to his entree into the ski business which included nine seasons teaching skiing in Chile in the South American winter months.  During that time, he ran the ski school at Whitetail Resort in Pennsylvania in the early 90’s and was the Ski School Training Director at Mt. Snow in Vermont in the mid 90’s.  He then spent ten years at Hunter Mountain in New York as the Director of Skiing and Snowboarding.  While he was the assistant general manager at Camelback, he also took on the position as the staff trainer for the ski school because of the importance of a beginner’s first experience on the slopes.
     
    As a year round destination, Wisp features 36 holes of golf, and Hawkes has experience on the links as well, both as a recreational and tournament player and working at Jack Frost National Golf Club in Pennsylvania.  “Being the General Manager at Wisp Resort is a perfect crescendo for my career in this business.  It’s an exact culmination of the experiences I’ve gained from skiing to lodging to golf, and even to the water sports at Wisp which in many respects are equivalent to my experience overseeing the waterpark at Camelback.  I’m very much looking forward to helping the Wisp guests enjoy all the adventure the resort and the Deep Creek Lake area have to offer.”
     
    ABOUT WISP
     
    Wisp Resort, Maryland’s only all-season ski, golf and recreation resort, overlooks Deep Creek Lake from Marsh Mountain in the heart of Garrett County. With more than 65 miles of shoreline, Deep Creek Lake is Maryland’s largest freshwater lake. In winter, Wisp offers 172 acres of skiable terrain along with a Mountain Park with snow tubing and a mountain coaster plus a Nordic Center for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  Spring, summer and fall feature three canopy tour zip lines, Segway tours, archery, orienteering, chairlift rides, the mountain coaster, paddleboard and kayak rentals, downhill mountain biking, gem mining, disc golf, and the popular Escape Room Game.  Groups gather in Wisp Resort’s 40,000 sq ft of function space for meetings, conferences, retreats, reunions and weddings.  For more information about Wisp Resort, call 844.259.0267 or visit the website at www.wispresort.com.
  • Carissa L. Rodeheaver Elected as 124th Chair of Maryland Bankers Association

    Annapolis, MD (June 4, 2019) – Carissa L. Rodeheaver, President, Chairman and CEO of First United Bank & Trust, was elected 2019-2020 Chair of the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) at MBA’s 124th Annual Convention on June 4. In this role she will lead the Association’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee and work directly with the MBA’s President and CEO on all matters relating to the banking industry. For her 12-month term of office, Rodeheaver will lead the MBA in achieving its mission of promoting the strength and success of Maryland banks and bankers. She will continue the Association’s positive momentum through broad engagement of banks across Maryland; being the best advocate for the industry at all levels of government, and equipping members for success in a rapidly changing world through timely and relevant education programs and services.

    “Our future success as bankers and financial providers for our customers and communities is very dependent upon the success of our industry. The Maryland Bankers Association strives to be the leading advocate, trusted partner and exceptional resource for Maryland banks and the banking industry. I consider it an honor to work with the exceptional team at MBA and to lead our Association as we work with bankers throughout our state to elicit their engagement and support in promoting the future strength and success of Maryland Banks.”

    According to the Association’s President and CEO, Kathleen Murphy, "Carissa Rodeheaver is leading one of Maryland’s most successful banks. Her depth and breadth of experience as a banker has enabled her to make a lasting impact in the communities she serves. Through her election as MBA’s 124th Chair, Carissa’s peers acknowledge the deep respect they have for her as a banking leader as well as the significant impact she has made in the banking industry, both in Maryland and nationally. I’m excited to be working with Carissa as she challenges MBA’s members to engage more broadly in the political process and through Association resources that help Maryland banks and bankers succeed.” Carissa Rodeheaver is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer for First United Bank & Trust, a publicly traded bank headquartered in Oakland, Maryland. Carissa is passionate about customizing financial solutions for customers throughout Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, having worked in the banking industry for over 27 years. She is an avid supporter of the financial industry through her involvement as Vice-Chair for the American Bankers Association BankPac Committee and member of the Maryland Bankers Association Council for Professional Women in Banking and Finance Advisory Council. Locally, Carissa serves on boards for the Garrett College Foundation, the Garrett Development Corporation, Western Maryland Health Systems, serves on the Garrett County Board of Education Strategic Facilities Planning Committee, the Garrett County Public

    Schools CTE Committee and is a member of the Oak Grove Church of the Brethren. She is a certified public accountant with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland at College Park.

    Also elected to the Board’s Executive Committee as Chairman-Elect is Robert “BJ” E. Goetz, Jr., President & CEO, Middletown Valley Bank; as Vice Chairman is William J. Pasenelli, Vice Chairman & CEO, Community Bank of the Chesapeake; and as Immediate Past Chairman Kenneth C. Cook, Co-President & CEO, Revere Bank. For a complete listing of the MBA Board of Directors click here. Founded in 1896, the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) is the only Maryland-based trade group representing banks in the state. In Maryland, MBA’s member banks employ nearly 30,000 banking professionals and hold 97 percent of the FDIC insured deposits in more than 1,600 branch offices. MBA serves its members as a legislative and regulatory advocate at all levels of government, as the public relations voice for the industry, as a provider of professional education to members, and as a promoter of financial education to the community.

    For a complete listing of the MBA Board of Directors click HERE.

    Founded in 1896, the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) is the only Maryland-based trade group representing banks in the state. In Maryland, MBA’s member banks employ nearly 30,000 banking professionals and hold 97 percent of the FDIC insured deposits in more than 1,600 branch offices. MBA serves its members as a legislative and regulatory advocate at all levels of government, as the public relations voice for the industry, as a provider of professional education to members, and as a promoter of financial education to the community.

    Posted 6/5/19

  • Clear Mountain Bank Hires Susan Foley as Director of Sales and Service

    Bruceton Mills, WV, April 25, 2019 — Clear Mountain Bank, has hired Susan Foley as its Director of Sales and Service. 

    In her position, Foley will oversee the bank’s branch management team and retail branch network, which will include developing and executing business development and customer service plans and strategies, for the products and services offered by the bank’s commercial, consumer and mortgage lending, deposits, digital banking and business banking departments. 

    Foley brings to Clear Mountain Bank more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry and more than 15 years in management. She most recently served as sales and service leader for a regional financial institution, overseeing an extensive branch network and providing leadership and coaching for retail banking associates. 

    “We are very excited to have Susan as part of our retail team to provide leadership, encouragement and guidance to our branch network, while ensuring that our customers receive superior service,” said David M. Thomas, president & CEO of Clear Mountain Bank. “Her extensive knowledge and background in the banking industry will be a tremendous asset to our company and will allow us to serve our customers at the highest levels.”

    Foley is a Preston County native and currently resides in Morgantown with her family. She has been active with several organizations in the community, including formerly serving as an employee campaign coordinator for United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, as well as United Way of Marion County.  

    She is located at Clear Mountain Bank’s Pierpont office at 102 Venture Drive in Morgantown, WV and can be reached at 304.291.2265 or email sfoley@clearmountainbank.com

    Clear Mountain Bank is a locally-owned and managed community bank serving north-central West Virginia and western Maryland.  Clear Mountain Bank offers a comprehensive array of banking services.  The company is a leader in providing electronic banking services, including mobile banking and remote deposit.  Additional information is available at www.clearmountainbank.com. 

    Posted 4/29/19

  • Potomac Edison’s 2019 Tree Trimming Program Underway

    Work Includes Special Program to Remove Trees Damaged by Emerald Ash Borer 

     

    Williamsport, Md. – Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), continues to conduct tree trimming work in communities across its service area in western Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia as part of its ongoing efforts to help enhance service reliability. 

    The work helps keep power flowing to customers around the clock by preventing tree-related outages. Maintaining proper clearances around electrical equipment can help reduce the frequency and duration of power outages, especially those associated with severe weather such as the storms experienced this past winter. 

    Since the beginning of the year, tree contractors have trimmed more than 575 miles of distribution and transmission lines in the Potomac Edison service area as part of the company’s approximately $33.6 million vegetation management program for 2019, with an additional 2,235 miles expected to be completed by year end. 
      
    The 2019 budgeted amount includes about $750,000 to complete a special program in the Maryland service area to remove dead and dying ash trees damaged by the Emerald Ash Borer, targeting approximately 3,500 trees. 

    “The tree trimming we have done over the last several years has helped cut the number of outages from trees and limbs falling into our lines by nearly half, significantly reducing service interruptions for our Potomac Edison customers,” said James Sears,  President of Maryland Operations for Potomac Edison. “Between 2011 and 2019, our trimming program helped reduce both the number of tree-related outages by about 41 percent and the number of Potomac Edison customers impacted by a tree-related service interruption by 29 percent. We expect our special ash tree removal program will further enhance service reliability for our customers.” 
      
    The vegetation management work is conducted by certified forestry experts under the company’s direction, including Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Lewis Tree, N.G. Gilbert, Nelson Tree Service, All Reliable Services and Wright Tree Service. 
      
    As part of its notification process, Potomac Edison works with municipalities to inform them of tree trimming schedules. In addition, customers living in areas along company rights-of-way are notified prior to vegetation management work being done. 
    During the upcoming months, Potomac Edison will be conducting tree trimming work in the following counties and communities: 

    • Allegany – Cresaptown, Corriganville, Cumberland, Flintstone, Frostburg, LaVale, Little Orleans, Luke, McCoole, Mt. Savage, Oldtown, Rawlings, Westernport 
    • Berkeley (WV) – Bunker Hill, Falling Waters, Glengary, Hedgesville, Inwood, Martinsburg 
    • Carroll – Taneytown, Union Bridge 
    • Frederick – Frederick, Myersville, New Market, Thurmont, Woodsboro, Yellow Springs, 
    • Garrett – Crellin, Deer Park, Hutton, Mtn. Lake Park, Mt. Zion, Oakland, Swanton 
    • Grant (WV)– Petersburg 
    • Hampshire (WV) – Augusta, Springfield, Sunrise Summit 
    • Jefferson (WV) – Bardane, Charlestown, Kearneysville, Harpers Ferry, Ranson   
    • Mineral (WV) – Bloomington, Carpendale, Keyser, New Creek, Ridgeley, Wiley Ford 
    • Montgomery – Damascus 
    • Morgan (WV) – Berkeley Springs, Great Cacapon, Hedgesville 
    • Washington – Big Pool, Cascade, Clear Spring, Funkstown, Hagerstown, Mt. Lena, Sabillasville, Sandy Hook, Williamsport 

    Tree trimming is done on a five-year cycle in Maryland. Beginning in June 2019, trimming in Potomac Edison’s West Virginia service area will transition from a five-year cycle to a four-year cycle. Vegetation is inspected, and trees are pruned in a manner that helps preserve the health of the tree, while also maintaining safety near electric facilities. In some cases, trees that are considered to present a danger or are diseased may be removed. 
      
    Potomac Edison serves about 270,000 customers in seven Maryland counties and 137,000 customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Follow Potomac Edison at www.potomacedison.com, on Twitter @PotomacEdison, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PotomacEdison. 
      
    FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at www.firstenergycorp.com.

  • Smoke N Mirrors Announces September 30 Musical Performance

    Oakland, MD, April 21, 2019 - Smoke N Mirrors Photography is pleased to announce a solo performance by Dr. Alyssa Schwartz in the 3rd Street Gallery, downtown Oakland, Maryland on Saturday, April 27 beginning at 6:00 pm.Alyssa will be presenting "The Versatile Flute" - The flute is the earliest musical instrument on record and flute music has been a part of the human experience for cultures all around the world, even before the advent of civilization. This concert will take the listener on a journey through time, exploring flute music and flute literature from ancient traditions through modern practice, exploring the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern Eras, and more!

    Dr. Alyssa Schwartz comes from Jamestown, New York.  She serves on the faculties of Dickinson College as the Flute Professor and West Virginia University as the Adjunct Professor of Music Theory and Music Education.  She debuted at New York City's Carnegie Hall in November 2017 and returned for a second performance the same month as a result of winning 1st prize in the 2017 Golden Classical Music International Competition and 2nd Prize in the 2017 Concert Artists International Music Competition.  For her full and extensive bio, please visit https://www.alyssa-schwartz.org/bio

    The performance is seated concert style and reservations are recommended as seats are limited.  Tickets include two drink vouchers per person for anyone over the age of 21 (wines, craft beer, sodas, punch, water, etc.) and hors d'oeuvres.   The Reception for this event will begin at 6:00 pm.  We will pair the performance with a South Australian Merlot and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to help transport you to faraway places.

    For reservations, visit www.SmokenPhoto.com or call (304) 277-7700.

    Posted 4/22/19

  • Allegheny Chamber Players Return to Perform in Oakland, MD. on April 7.

    Oakland, Md.—The Allegheny Chamber Players will present a concert at Smoke N Mirrors Gallery & Studio, 114 South 3rd Street, Oakland, MD on Sunday, April 7.  
     
    The concert begins at 4:00 p.m. preceded by a reception beginning at 3:30.   Tickets ($20 each) are available on-line at www.smokenphoto.com and seating is limited.  Tickets include hors d’oeuvres with two drink vouchers, and in the spirit of the compositions being performed, featured wines will include an American Sauvignon Blanc from Tortoise Creek – Ca and an Argentinian Malbec by Renacer Punto – Mendoza.
     
    The program includes four works for woodwind quintet, two trios, and a short piece for solo clarinet.  With one exception, the composers of these works are Americans, the exception being the famed Argentinian composer of music based on the tango: Astor Piazzolla.
    Christopher Wilkinson, director of the ensemble, stated that “speaking for my colleagues, I am very pleased that we have the opportunity to return to the Smoke ‘N Mirrors Gallery & Studio to perform.  Last year, the audience was very enthusiastic about our performance, and we are happy to play for it again.” 
    The program will begin with the Suite for Oboe, Clarinet, and Viola (1941) by Randall Thompson, which will be followed by Gunther Schuller’s Suite for Woodwind Quintet (1958).  A charming arrangement for wind quintet of Scott Joplin’s Bethena—A Concert Waltz from 1905 will conclude the first half of the concert. 
     
    Four compositions make up the second half of the performance.  A trio by the young American composer Edgard F. Girtain IV for flute, violin, and cello from 2014 is followed by an arrangement of Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla for wind quintet.  Un Seul (1998) by Kalmen Opperman for unaccompanied clarinet precedes the concert’s concluding work: Umoja: The First Day of Kwanzaa written in 2003 by flutist/composer Valerie Coleman.
     
    The members of the Allegheny Chamber Players who will perform are Sara Beattie (cello), Catherine Dowd (horn), Matthew V. Held (bassoon), Evan Klein (oboe), Gabrielle Padilla (viola), Stephanie Pratt (violin), Alyssa Schwartz (flute), and Christopher Wilkinson (clarinet).
     
    For more information contact David Bruffy at DaveB@smokenphoto.comor Christopher Wilkinson at Chris.Wilkinson@mail.wvu.edu.
     
    Posted 4/1/19
  • Ski Industry Veteran Announces His Retirement

    Wisp General Manager to retire this summer after 45 years at the resort

    DEEP CREEK LAKE, MARYLAND – Wisp Resort announced today that General Manager Jerry Geisler will be retiring this summer after more than four decades at Maryland’s only four season resort. Geisler has been the resort’s General Manager for the past six years and has served as an executive at the resort since 1982 when he became Operations Manager.  His career at the ski area commenced in 1974 as a bartender at night and a ski instructor during the day shortly after he graduated from West Virginia University, and he has become a fixture at Wisp Resort over the ensuing 45 years.
     
    “My attachment to Wisp started even before I began working here,” noted Geisler.  “I’ve been a season pass holder since 1968, so Wisp has been a big part of my life for 51 years. I met my wife, Nancy, here, and we raised our two daughters on these slopes, so Wisp has been home for us for both work and play for a very long time.”
    Artie Speicher, Director of Mountain Operations for Wisp, noted all that time at the mountain resort had its benefits, “Jerry has worked in almost every department at the ski area: bartender, waiter, ski instructor, marketing and advertising manager, race director, facilities manager, director of golf operations, transportation director, rental shop manager, manager of human resources, hotel manager, and I don’t even know what else, plus he has deep operational knowledge of our snow making systems, our tubing park, the mountain coaster, our lifts, and the whitewater course.  When Jerry talks about running this place, it’s always worth listening because you know he has been there and done that.”
     
    During Geisler’s time at Wisp, the resort saw substantial growth.  “When I got here, we had two chairlifts and three surface lifts.  Today we have seven chairlifts and seven surface lifts for skiing plus one of the best teaching areas for beginner skiers and snowboarders in the country.  In the summer we have two golf courses, a mountain adventure park with canopy tours, ropes courses, and a mountain coaster, plus a world famous mountain top whitewater rafting course.  We’ve come quite a long way.  When I took the job as Ops Manager, the owner of Wisp at the time, Helmuth Heise, promised me I’d never be bored, and he was right about that!”
     
    “I’ve been fortunate to work with three very committed ownership groups at Wisp over the last forty-five years,” commented Geisler.  “The Heise family is the hardest working family and the greatest risk takers I’ve ever had the privilege to work for.  Then came DC Development, and while they faced the challenges of the Great Recession, they did a lot of good too, from building the Lodestone Golf Course to developing the north side of the mountain to securing the water we have for snowmaking and the whitewater course.  Most recently it’s been Pacific Group Resorts.  One of the first things they did was show their commitment to skiing and snowboarding and the growth of the sport by building the Sundown Village and the new beginner terrain which is one of the best beginner areas in the U.S.  I’m quite proud of the team here and what we have accomplished, and I’m very pleased to pass along a solid foundation for the next generation to build upon."
     
    Garrett County Commissioner Jim Hinebaugh explained Geisler has been an icon in the local community in addition to his involvement at the resort. “Jerry has been part of the fabric of the business community in the Deep Creek Lake area for decades.  He’s been president of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, has served two terms on the Maryland State Tourism Board, has been a two term director of the Maryland State Chamber of Commerce, has been on the board of the Adventure Sports Center International, and has represented Wisp in numerous business organizations in Western Maryland. I know the resort is going to miss his presence, but as a community we’re going to miss him, too.”
     
    The daughters the Geislers raised on the slopes of Wisp maintained their enthusiasm for the mountains and about ten years ago they both moved to Park City, Utah where the alpine skiing and snowboarding events were held during the 2002 Winter Olympics. “I’m not sure if it was a blessing or a curse, but once I introduced our girls to the mountains of Utah, it wasn’t long before they headed there for good,” remarked Geisler.  “Nancy and I bought a place to retire to out there, and we look forward to spending our senior years together as a family enjoying our love of the outdoors while I’m still young enough to ski the black diamond runs with them.”
     
    Vern Greco, President and CEO of Pacific Group Resorts, expressed his appreciation for Geisler, “Jerry is one of those highly skilled industry veterans who have seemingly been around forever, and who have seen almost everything the business can throw at you.  Even with all that knowledge and experience, Jerry has always been open to new ideas, and he has been a great resource for both us and for the Garrett County community. His exit strategy is vintage Jerry.  He’s leaving in good health, he’s in a good place, and he has given us enough time to allow for careful selection of a new general manager and the time for a thorough knowledge transfer between Jerry and the new GM.  Everything he does, he does thoughtfully.”
     
    Geisler summed up his career succinctly saying, “To be able to work at one area for four and a half decades, and to help it develop from very modest beginnings into a one of the top resorts in the Mid-Atlantic has been a privilege and a lot of fun. To have a job at a place I fell in love with as a kid, and to be able to do something that has been a passion all my life is a pretty good way to spend a career if you ask me.”
     
    ABOUT WISP
     
    Wisp Resort, Maryland’s only all-season ski, golf and recreation resort, overlooks Deep Creek Lake from Marsh Mountain in the heart of Garrett County. With more than 65 miles of shoreline, Deep Creek Lake is Maryland’s largest freshwater lake. In winter, Wisp offers 172 acres of skiable terrain along with a Mountain Park with snow tubing and a mountain coaster plus a Nordic Center for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  Spring, summer and fall feature three canopy tour zip lines, Segway tours, archery, orienteering, chairlift rides, the mountain coaster, paddleboard and kayak rentals, downhill mountain biking, gem mining, disc golf, and the popular Escape Room Game.  Groups gather in Wisp Resort’s 40,000 sq ft of function space for meetings, conferences, retreats, reunions and weddings.  For more information about Wisp Resort, call 844.259.0267 or visit the website at www.wispresort.com.
  • Local State Parks Benefit from Photography Promotion

    In an effort to say "thank you" to our local state parks and continue to share their natural beauty, Jessica Fike Photography is offering a weeklong promotion of the new JFP Canvas & Print Line. Recently launched this past January, the JFP Canvas & Print Line showcases the beauty of Garrett County through pictures and helps spread the love we have for our corner of Maryland. Canvases and prints of various sizes are available and include recent snowy and frozen scenes photographed by Jessica in Garrett County. Pictures of Swallow Falls State Park and Herrington Manor State Park, as well as countryside and roadside scenes are part of the current #TundraofMaryland collection. 

    From Friday, March 8th to Friday, March 15th, a portion of the canvas and print sales will be donated directly to Friends of New Germany State Park and Friends of Deep Creek Lake State Park non-profit organizations. Canvases and prints can be viewed and purchased online by visiting the "about" page of the JFP website. Jessica will make an official announcement about money raised sometime after March 15th. 

    Posted 3/8/19

  • Angie Kave, RN named Garrett Regional Medical Center Employee of the Year

    January 7, 2019 (Oakland, MD) – During GRMC’s annual employee recognition ceremony, Angie Kave, RN was named the hospital’s “Employee of the Year.”   
     
    “I cannot think of a more deserving employee to receive this honor than Angie Kave, who truly embodies our mission to treat each patient like family,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC President and CEO.  “Angie was selected by her peers not only once, but twice as the Employee of the Month during 2018.  Her colleagues recognized her willingness to go above and beyond to help her teammates and provide exceptional, compassionate care for our patients.”   
     
    Ms. Kave was nominated for “Employee of the Year” by a fellow employee who was spending time in the med-surgical unit with her grandfather, who was unfortunately in the last few hours of his life.  Angie Kave stayed after her Registered Nurse shift ended to continue to provide comfort and support to this individual as her grandfather passed.  The nomination stated, “Angie is an amazing person and I know God sent her to be there like an angel watching over us.  Death is a hard part of life and I made it through with her support.”  
    Ms. Kave has been an employee of GRMC for ten years and works in the med-surgery unit, which handles general admissions and post-surgical patients.  She graduated nursing school at Allegany College.  A resident of Oakland, she enjoys church, family activities and spending time with her grandchildren.   
     
    The “Employee of the Year” program was created by the Employee Engagement Council, whose membership is comprised of GRMC’s frontline staff.  Each month, any employee can nominate a fellow teammate for employee of the month and the nominations are voted on at the monthly council meetings.  The Employee Engagement Council is part of GRMC’s shared governance management model, where staff members provide ideas, expertise and feedback for various hospital programs, policies and procedures.  
     
    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 residents 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/

    Posted 1/8/19

  • First United Bank & Trust Proud Sponsors of the 2018 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes

    First United Bank & Trust are proud sponsors of the 2018 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes.  The proceeds from this tour will be donated to the local charity – The “I Can Swim!” Program –this organization provides free American Red Cross basic swimming and water safety instruction for all kindergarten children in Garrett County.

    “By partnering with Garrett County schools and incorporating the “I Can Swim!” program into the school day, all kindergarteners have access to this lifesaving instruction, and of equal importance, it may be their first introduction to an institution of higher education.”

    The tour will take place in four different locations in Garrett County and will be held on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th.  Tour hours on Friday will be from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, the hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

    The price of the tour will be $10 in advance and $12 on the tour days.  Tickets are available at the Oakland, Deep Creek Lake, Grantsville and Friendsville Community Offices of First United Bank & Trust; Arrowhead Market & Deli, Oakland, MD; and Gregg’s Pharmacy, Oakland, MD.

    “We are so privileged to live in such a wonderful and giving community.  Again, our thanks to these amazing homeowners for contributing to such a worth cause,” remarked 
    Julie Peterson, Director of Credit Administration & Lending Risk, First United Bank & Trust and Chairperson for the Tour of Homes.

    The first property for this year’s tour is Richard and Dena Crouse’s home located at 2141 Frank Brenneman Road, Grantsville, MD.  This stunning French Country style house was constructed in 2004 and was previously owned by Ruth and the “Late” Olen Beitzel.  This property touts an approximate 7,600 sq. ft. floor plan with five bedrooms, 7 full and 3 ½ baths and other beautiful amenities situated on over 25 acres of rolling countryside.   Mr. and Mrs. Crouse elected to make the transition from city life to tranquil Garrett County to be closer to their family.    The Crouse’s have decorated their home with a mixed décor from traditional to contemporary combining glowing whites to bright colors. 

    Our second property for the 2018 tour is Jamie & Cindy Hauser’s gorgeous home located at 620 Sanders Lane, Oakland, MD.  This rustic home was constructed and designed by Jamie in 2012.  This 5,000 sq. ft. property touts 4 bedrooms with a four-car attached garage.  The house is comprised of all hard woods and was saw planed, corrugated tin ceilings with a standing seam metal roof.  The home is situated on by 60 acres of farmland that was Cindy’s original home place.  The two-story barn was constructed by Cindy’s father, Kenneth Sanders, and grandfather, Forrest Sanders, and serves are the residence of their three beloved donkeys and beef cattle. 

    The third property for the 2018 tour is Scott and Audrey Lohr’s beautiful house located at 400 N Second Street, Oakland, MD.  This gorgeous 3,715 sq. ft. cape cod style home was constructed in 1941 and has 6 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.  This home was originally owned by Dr. Mance whose father actually milled their own lumber to build this house.  It features a mix of oak, cherry, cedar and wormy chestnut.    This home will be decorated in primarily a traditional Christmas style.

    The fourth awesome property on this year’s 2018 Christmas Charity is Thomas and Elaine McDonald’s home located at 672 White Oak Drive, Swanton, MD.  This stunning lakefront home was constructed in 1984 and boosts a 2,608 sq. ft. floor plan.  This home features 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.  Come and view this property which will be decorated in a traditional Christmas style.

    First United Corporation operates one full-service commercial bank, First United Bank & Trust.  The Bank has a network of community offices in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties in Maryland, as well as Berkeley, Harrison, Mineral, and Monongalia Counties in West Virginia.  As of 09/30/17, the Corporation posted assets of $1.4 billion.  First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.

    Posted 12/4/18

     

  • The Greater Cumberland Committee Announces New Executive Director

    The Greater Cumberland Committee is pleased to announce that local attorney, Jennifer M. Walsh, Esquire has been named the new Executive Director.  Born and raised in New Mexico, Jennifer graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2001. Following law school, she served as a Law Clerk for Justice Joseph Baca at the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe, New Mexico and then for Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo at the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington, D.C.  Jennifer worked as a Legislative Assistant at the United States Senate for former US Senator, Jeff Bingaman, before moving to Cumberland in late 2003.  Jennifer has been practicing law in Cumberland since 2004 and will continue practicing law part time.  Jennifer is a member of the Allegany County Bar Association and has served on numerous Board of Directors, including the Allegany Law Foundation, Beginnings Montessori School, and the Cumberland Cultural Foundation, C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts. 
     
    TGCC’s Chairman, Bill Meagher, shared that “he is thrilled to have someone as capable and energetic as Jennifer to lead our organization going forward.  We believe she is the absolute right person for this position and are excited for the years to come under her stewardship.”

    Jennifer is excited to have been recruited by TGCC. This is a unique moment in the organization’s history and Jennifer is looking forward to working with the Executive Board and membership to articulate a coherent strategy, including identifying new issues and initiatives targeted for special attention.  “I am excited about the opportunity this position presents to help move our region forward from an economic development perspective and look forward to working with the members, business leaders, government officials, other non-profit organizations and citizens to shape strategies that will have a positive impact on the growth of the region.”

    Jennifer plans to use the next ninety days to meet with the organization’s members, evaluate and integrate the findings of the I-68 Regional Economic Partnership Study and to work with the Executive Board and members to establish Work Groups focused on priority areas, including population growth, infrastructure development, education and workforce development, entrepreneurship and innovation and targeted industry clusters, including manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, information technology, sciences, tourism, and others, with the goal of creating a 2019-2020 Work Plan which will be published to the public in early Spring 2019.

    Posted 11/29/18

     

  • First United Bank & Trust Proud Sponsors of the 2018 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes

    First United Bank & Trust are proud sponsors of the 2018 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes.  The proceeds from this tour will be donated to the local charity – The “I Can Swim!” Program –this organization provides free American Red Cross basic swimming and water safety instruction for all kindergarten children in Garrett County.   “By partnering with Garrett County schools and incorporating the “I Can Swim!” program into the school day, all kindergarteners have access to this lifesaving instruction, and of equal importance, it may be their first introduction to an institution of higher education.”

    The tour will take place in four different locations in Garrett County and will be held on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th.  Tour hours on Friday will be from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, the hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

    The price of the tour will be $10 in advance and $12 on the tour days.  Tickets are available at the Oakland, Deep Creek Lake, Grantsville and Friendsville Community Offices of First United Bank & Trust; Arrowhead Market & Deli, Oakland, MD; and Gregg’s Pharmacy, Oakland, MD.

    “Our sincere thanks to the homeowners who have so graciously agreed to open their homes to raise money for this worthwhile charity, as well as those businesses that are ticket outlets,” remarked Julie Peterson, Director of Credit Administration & Lending Risk, First United Bank & Trust and Chairperson for the Tour of Homes.

    The first property for this year’s tour is Richard and Dena Crouse’s home located at 2141 Frank Brenneman Road, Grantsville, MD.  This stunning French Country style house was constructed in 2004 and was previously owned by Ruth and the “Late” Olen Beitzel.  This property touts an approximate 7,600 sq. ft. floor plan with five bedrooms, 7 full and 3 ½ baths and other beautiful amenities situated on over 25 acres of rolling countryside.   Mr. and Mrs. Crouse elected to make the transition from city life to tranquil Garrett County to be closer to their family.    The Crouse’s have decorated their home with a mixed décor from traditional to contemporary combining glowing whites to bright colors.  

    The second property for the 2018 tour is Scott and Audrey Lohr’s beautiful house located at 400 N Second Street, Oakland, MD.  This gorgeous 3,715 sq. ft. cape cod style home was constructed in 1941 and has 6 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.  This home was previously owned by Dr. Mance whose father milled his own lumber to build this house.  It features a mix of oak, cherry, cedar and wormy chestnut. This home will be decorated in primarily a traditional Christmas style.

    First United Corporation operates one full-service commercial bank, First United Bank & Trust.  The Bank has a network of community offices in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties in Maryland, as well as Berkeley, Harrison, Mineral, and Monongalia Counties in West Virginia.  As of 09/30/18, the Corporation posted assets of $1.3 billion.  First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.

    Posted 11/28/18

  • FIRST UNITED BANK & TRUST PROMOTES ERIC GOFF TO VICE PRESIDENT

    Jason B. Rush, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer is pleased to announce the promotion of Eric Goff to Vice President and Compliance & BSA Officer.  

    Mr. Goff has 20 years of financial services expertise with eight years at First United.  He spent several years as an Associate Examiner with the Federal Reserve before coming to First United as an Internal Auditor.  He was then promoted to Manager of the Compliance Department.  Eric holds the Management Information Systems (MIS) Training Institute IT Audit Certificate from the MIS Training Institute as well as receiving his certification as a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager.       
    Jason B. Rush, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, stated, “It gives me great pleasure to announce this well-deserved promotion.  Eric’s customer service skills, financial services experience and being a team leader are all true assets to the company as well as our customers.  These skills will continue to serve him well in this position.  Congratulations Eric.”

    Outside of the office, Eric enjoys golfing, skiing, attending sporting events, listening to music and watching movies.  Eric resides in Hazelton, West Virginia with his wife Sharon Titchnell.  

    First United Corporation operates one full-service commercial bank, First United Bank & Trust.  The Bank has a network of community offices in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties in Maryland, as well as Mineral, Berkeley, Harrison and Monongalia Counties in West Virginia.  First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.  As of 06/30/2019, the Corporation posted assets of $1.4 billion.

    Posted 9/6/19