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  • 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

  • NeuBeam Gives Back This Holiday Season

    Broadband Service Provider will contribute $10 per installation to Toys for Tots

    MELFA and OAKLAND, MD – November 28, 2018 – Garrett County Internet Service Provider NeuBeamTM, a service of Declaration Networks Group, is donating $10 to Toys for Tots (toysfortots.org) for every Internet installation completed through the end of 2018.

    "Declaration Networks is proud to give back locally, helping residents 'connect to what matters'," said Barry Toser, EVP of Sales & Marketing. He continued, “For the past several holiday seasons, we have offered a ‘Give the Gift of the Internet’ promotion and now we have made it even more enticing!”

    Garrett County residents can take advantage of this opportunity through a large direct mail campaign which is currently active or by contacting their local sales office. Additionally, more details on NeuBeam’s award-winning service and packages may be found at neubeam.com.

    About Declaration Networks & NeuBeam
    Declaration Networks Group is an award-winning company that designs, builds and operates local broadband networks which connect residential and business customers with its NeuBeamTM high-speed internet, voice, and other services.

    Posted 11/28/18

  • NeuBeam’s Computer & Internet Skills Seminar Series

    Additional Educational Sessions will Strengthen Computer Skills in Garrett County

    OAKLAND, MD and VIENNA, VA – October 29, 2018 – Garrett County Internet Service Provider NeuBeam, a service of Declaration Networks Group, will continue its series of enrichment courses focused on bolstering computer skills in the County. The sessions are aimed at residents who may be reluctant to use a computer or need some help getting started.

    Each Introduction to Computers and the Internet session will last 90 minutes and six sessions are planned. Garrett County residents may choose between two different locations: Salem School (2705 Lower New Germany Rd, Frostburg, MD 21532) or Garrett County Chamber of Commerce (15 Visitors Center Dr, McHenry, MD 21541). Three sessions will be held in each location and a full schedule may be found at neubeam.com/skills.

    Classes cost $10 (due at entry) for the first class attended and subsequent classes are free. Classes are free to NeuBeam customers. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices though NeuBeam will have a few devices on-hand to lend to those who do not have one. Refreshments will be served. Participants must RSVP to attend and may do so by calling 240-449-3360 or emailing garrettcounty@neubeam.com.

    "We are excited to be offering our second round of educational classes, allowing Garrett County residents another chance to participate at a location which may be closer to their home. " said Bob Nichols, CEO Declaration Networks Group, Inc. "Declaration Networks is committed to closing the digital divide with our NeuBeam high speed Internet service, including offering the community with a resource to acquire the digital skills that allows them to 'connect to what matters'. Providing access to affordable broadband is creating new opportunities for the residents of Garrett County by enabling innovation for families, students,
    farmers, healthcare professionals, educators, business leaders and others in the community."

    About Declaration Networks & NeuBeam
    Declaration Networks Group is an award-winning company that designs, builds and operates local broadband networks which connect residential and business customers with its NeuBeamTM highspeed internet, voice, and other services.

    Posted 10/30/18

  • Maryland Ranked 2nd In Nation In Emerging Technologies and Innovation

    Center for Digital Government Raises State’s Overall Grade in 2018 Digital States Survey

    ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Hogan administration today announced that Maryland is ranked second among all fifty states in emerging technologies and innovation by the Center for Digital Government. Additionally, Maryland’s overall grade in the Digital States Survey has improved from a B in 2016 to a B+ in 2018, reflecting an upward trend in many survey categories including streamlined operations, cost savings, and user experience. 

    "Our administration is committed to making state government services more accessible and efficient for Marylanders while saving millions of taxpayer dollars, and improving online services is an integral part of that effort,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This marked progress in our state’s overall grade demonstrates our continued commitment to innovation and investment in our digital resources and assets.”

    This ranking confirms Maryland’s role as a leader in emerging technologies and innovation and highlights the state’s efforts to incorporate best technology practices, serving as a model across the nation. Recent achievements have included bridging the digital divide for citizens and businesses in rural regions of the state by delivering access to affordable internet service. This was achieved using innovative wired and wireless technologies and practices never before tried in the state, resulting in a 2018 public private partnership with Microsoft and Declaration Networks Group to bring access to approximately 30,000 Marylanders in underserved populations.

    Maryland also received an overall grade of B+ in the Digital States Survey, up from B in 2016. Cited as a contributing factor in this year’s grade was the implementation of the Maryland OneStop Statewide Licensing Portal, which includes a modern, intuitive search engine and browsing options to quickly and accurately assess a customer’s needs and connect them with the right resources in the shortest amount of time. This portal, along with the consolidation of state agency data centers, save the state millions of dollars in maintenance of outdated systems. 

    "I congratulate our team and state partners for this achievement and successfully delivering innovative services, platforms, and solutions that benefit all Marylanders," said Maryland Secretary of Information Technology Michael Leahy. "We will continue working to ensure that Maryland is an innovation leader in the addressing challenges facing government.”

    The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. Through its diverse and dynamic programs and services, the Center provides public and private sector leaders with decision support, knowledge, and opportunities to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

    The Digital States Survey is one of the most powerful market surveys and benchmarking tools for state, city and county government leaders. The survey assesses how the nation's jurisdictions are applying technologies to better serve their constituents.

    Read more about the Digital States Survey here and read more about Maryland’s grade here.

    Posted 10/17/18

     

  • Deep Creek Lake Property Owners' Association Receives Award from North American Lake Management Society 

    Last August the President and a Vice President of the Deep Creek Lake Property Owners’ Association (POA) collaborated on an article for the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) discussing the effectiveness of public/private partnerships for both the POA and the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation (DCWF).   The POA was awarded the 2018 Lake Management Success Stories Award.  This award "recognizes an individual or team with notable accomplishment of lake and reservoir management efforts that demonstrate improvements in lake/reservoir condition or watershed management in a cost-effective manner."  Needless to say, the POA is very appreciative of this honor and recognition.  

    Paul Edwards, Chairman of the Board of Garrett County Commissioners, commented on the award saying: 

    "This is well deserved recognition for a wonderful organization that provides resources, financial and otherwise, to entities responsible for caring for Deep Creek Lake.  The Property Owners Association is a great conduit of information to the property owners around the lake, as well as other interested stake holders, through their newsletters that detail decisions and programs that the County and State make for the lake.  The Watershed Foundation is a fantastic partner that works with both the County, State and private enterprises and the lake to bring private money to the table to help support programs for the Deep Creek Watershed that otherwise might not happen due to lack of funds.  It's a great example of how public/private partnerships are designed to work."

    The POA is proud to have been recognized for its efforts, and look forward to continuing to facilitate communications and programs that help protect and preserve the lake for its members and the entire watershed community.    

    Also noteworthy, the Friends of Deep Creek Lake received an award from NALMS: The Leadership and Service Award, Volunteer.  Congratulations for this recognition!
    Awards will be presented at the Annual NALMS Conference in November. 

    Posted 10/17/18

  • DCL Mountain Maids & Home Services Donating House Cleaning to Women With Cancer

    Mountain Lake Park, Maryland – October 9, 2018 – For the past three years, DCL Mountain Maids & Home Services, a locally-owned professional cleaning company, has been partnered with Cleaning For A Reason, an international nonprofit serving women with cancer. The company is committed to making family life easier and cleaner by donating free house cleaning services to women cancer patients in the area.

    “We are proud of our association with Cleaning For A Reason,” stated DCL Mountain Maids owner Pamela Trickett. “Sadly, Garrett County seems to have such a high rate of cancer.  Everyone on our staff knows a woman who is fighting cancer. We can help these women by focusing on the dust bunnies and the germs so that these brave women can concentrate their energy on this personal battle.  I remember getting to know a wonderful, spirited, generous woman, Sue Beckman, who loved to clean and had done so for years.  Sue had to give up her cleaning job to fight her battle.  About the same time she lost her battle I met the founder of Cleaning for a Reason and signed our company up!  This October, also known as “Pinktober” and Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are challenging ourselves to double the number of women we can help for the next few months.”

    Through the partnership with Cleaning For A Reason, DCL Mountain Maids & Home Services works with area families affected by cancer by cleaning two homes per month for three consecutive months free of charge. This is an ongoing service throughout the year to local residents in Garrett County by DCL Mountain Maids well-trained staff who are committed to complete satisfaction of their clients.   For more information about this maid service, go to their Facebook page.

    Cleaning For A Reason is a nonprofit that partners with residential cleaners throughout the United States and Canada to offer free house cleaning to women who are battling cancer. Since its founding in 2006, the nonprofit and its partners have donated more than $10 million in free services, helping more than 30,200 women. In 2017, Cleaning For A Reason was adopted by ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. It is now positioned to achieve its long-desired goal of outreach expansion. Based in Lewisville, TX, Cleaning For A Reason works with more than 1,200 professional cleaning companies and continues to grow and gain support. To learn more about Cleaning For A Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see www.cleaningforareason.org.

    Posted 10/15/18

  • 2018 People’s Choice Challenge a Success

    Deep Creek Times announced today that the inaugural 2018 People’s Choice Challenge is now complete and both the competition and reception were deemed a great success.   

    “Mike and I couldn’t be happier about this first year of the Challenge. From a simple brainstorm session in early-July to the October 25th reception, we have been thrilled with the response of the citizens and organizations in the area. People really jumped on the bandwagon and the word-of-mouth and online buzz was incredible,” stated co-owner Sarah Myers.

    The 2018 People’s Choice Challenge had 40 individual nominating categories in four major groupings: experiences, services, products and professionals, with wide-ranging categories.  According to co-owner Mike Tumbarello, “We were really impressed with the pride and passion of the 2,000-plus nominees along with our readers, citizens and visitors that together cast over 175,000 votes in the six-week voting window.”   
    The Challenge culminated in a reception on September 25th, with top category (Diamond) winners, and second place (Platinum) winners receiving framed certificates as well as window decals and the top overall (across all categories) receiving a trophy. The reception, held at the Garrett County Transportation Museum in Oakland drew over 80 individuals and the spirits were high as the names were read and the awards given (see below for a list of People’s Choice winners). 

    “We would like to thank all of the nominees, voters and the community that supported this celebration of the institutions, people and experiences that make the Deep Creek Lake area and all of Garrett County such a great place to live and visit.  A special thanks goes to Bob Boal and the folks at the Transportation Museum for serving as a wonderful venue for the reception.  Mike and I are thrilled and we can’t wait until next year’s challenge and event,” stated Myers.

    For more information about the Challenge, deepcreektimes.com, advertising  programs and event posting policy, please contact Sarah Myers (sarah@deepcreektimes.com or via phone at 240.321.9925) or Mike Tumbarello ( mike@deepcreektimes.com  or via phone at 410.707.7725).

    Posted 10/2/18

  • 2018 People’s Choice Challenge: The People Have Spoken!

    Deep Creek Times announced today that voting is complete for the 2018 People’s Choice Challenge. After two weeks of open nominations in 40 categories and six weeks of voting, the contest closed to new votes on September 8th. Votes in each of the categories have been tabulated, with winners to be announced at the Challenge Reception scheduled for September 25th from 4:30pm – 6:00pm at the Transportation Museum in Oakland.   

    “We were absolutely thrilled with the level of support and involvement of the community and nominated companies. We received over 2,500 nominees and 100,000 votes during this inaugural challenge” stated co-owner Sarah Myers. “We really had no idea what type of response we would receive when we launched the Challenge.”

    The 2018 People’s Choice Challenge had 40 individual nominating categories in four major groupings: experiences, services, products and professionals, with wide-ranging categories including best cheese pizza, best locally made product, best area medical professional and best lake view.  According to co-owner Mike Tumbarello, “our goal has always been to make this a fun celebration of all the things that make the Deep Creek Lake area such a great place to live, work and visit.  We really got some passionate involvement and some friendly competition going among the nominees. Category winners get some nice online exposure, a sense of pride and a year’s worth of bragging rights.”   

    Winners will also be recognized at the Challenge Celebration on September 25th, with top category (Diamond) winners, and second place (Platinum) winners receiving frameable certificates as well as window decals and the top overall (across categories) receiving a trophy. The top finalists in every category will be contacted and encouraged to send a representative to the event.  All winners will be announced and receive their awards and have a photo taken at the event, which will be held in the Deep Creek Lake Room on the second floor of the Transportation Museum.

    All nominees are invited to attend the celebration and light refreshments will be served as winners are announced.  A winners list will also be published on the deepcreektimes.com site, with those winners that advertise and that are listed on the site’s Business Directory and Guides also receiving a notation next to their names. Invitees should RSVP to info@deepcreektimes.com or click “going” on the Facebook event by September 22nd, as space is limited at the Transportation Museum.

    For more information about the Challenge or deepcreektimes.com please contact Sarah Myers (sarah@deepcreektimes.com or via phone at 240.321.9925) or Mike Tumbarello ( mike@deepcreektimes.com  or via phone at 410.707.7725)

    Posted 9/17/18

     

  • The Belle Soirée: A Fancy Affair at Chanteclaire Makes Donation

    Celebration Showcases County Wedding Industry and Empowering Females

    OAKLAND, MD, August 27, 2018 — A first of its kind, semi-formal event, The Belle Soirée, was held May 30, 2018 at Chanteclaire Farm. At this social event of the season, Garrett County Wedding Professionals and TheDeepCreekWedding.com shared the details of Garrett County wedding industry with over 175 attendees.

    Since the special event and hospitality industry is dominated by women, many of whom are also local business owners, Garrett County Wedding Professionals saw an opportunity to potentially inspire future industry leaders by partnering with the young women's mentorship program GEMS.

    A project of Garrett County's American Association of University Women (AAUW) Garrett Branch, Girls Empowerment Middle School pairs volunteers with middle school students in weekly one-on-one sessions throughout the school year. 

    Before the main Belle Soiree event there was an informal reception for the middle school GEMS participants and their mentors. The ladies were invited to get hair and makeup accents and talk directly with local entrepreneurs and business owners.

    Also, a portion of the proceeds from The Belle Soirée event ticket sales were donated to GEMS.

    Garrett County Wedding Professionals (GCWP) committee member Elizabeth Williams shared, “Beyond a financial contribution, inviting GEMS to The Belle Soirée also provided an opportunity for the mentors and mentees to interact outside of the classroom, and engage female business leaders in their community.”

    The AAUW-Garrett Branch received a check for $500.00 presented to GEMS organizer Linda Carr by Sarah Myers of The Deep Creek Wedding.

     “An empowering role model is important in our world today and we are thrilled to support this initiative in Garrett County,” said GCWP committee member Marcia Warnick.

    “We appreciate these local female role models partnering with our organization. GEMS is important as a component of the AAUW organization and topics covered with mentees are self-image, their role as a young woman in our society and how to keep herself healthy, whole and safe,” said Carr.

    For more information about GEMS or to volunteer, contact Linda Carr at 301.746.4433 or lindacarr7125@gmail.com.

    Posted 8/30/18

  • NeuBeam Internet Collaborates with Microsoft and Connect Americans Now for Project

    OAKLAND, MD - NeuBeam Internet has collaborated with Microsoft and Connect Americans Now (CAN) on a recent video project which features several of NeuBeam’s Garrett County customers.  The video illustrates the importance of high-speed broadband and how significant this is for healthcare, agriculture, and business in general in the County. You can view the video HERE

    Posted 8/29/18

  • NeuBeam’s Computer & Internet Skills Seminar Series

    Sessions will Strengthen Computer Skills in Garrett County

    OAKLAND, MD and VIENNA, VA – August 21, 2018 – Garrett County Internet Service Provider NeuBeam, a service of Declaration Networks Group, will conduct a series of enrichment courses focused on bolstering computer skills in the County. The sessions are aimed at residents who may be reluctant to use a computer, need some help getting started, or would like to learn about topics such as social media, effective internet searches, computer security, and more. Courses will last one hour each and will be conducted at the Garrett County Community Action Conference Room at 104 E. Center Street, Oakland. 

    The first class, Introduction to Computers and the Internet, will be held September 12 at 11:30 AM. This class will also be repeated on September 14 and 15. During the week of September 17, courses will focus on Effective Internet Searches/Learn “How-To” With YouTube. The following week, NeuBeam’s classes will spotlight Facebook/Social Media/Chat with Friends & Family via the Internet. A full schedule of the sessions can be found at neubeam.com/skills.

    Classes cost $10 (due at entry) for the first class attended and subsequent classes are free. Classes are free to NeuBeam customers. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices though NeuBeam will have a few devices on-hand to lend to those who do not have one. Refreshments will be served. Participants must RSVP to attend and may do so by calling 240-449-3360 or emailing garrettcounty@neubeam.com.

    "Declaration Networks is committed to closing the digital divide with our NeuBeam high speed Internet service, including offering the community with a resource to acquire the digital skills that allows them to 'connect to what matters'," said Bob Nichols, CEO Declaration Networks Group, Inc. "Providing access to affordable broadband is creating new opportunities for the residents of Garrett County by enabling innovation for families, students, farmers, healthcare professionals, educators, business leaders and others in the community."

    About Declaration Networks & NeuBeam
    Declaration Networks Group is an award-winning company that designs, builds and operates local broadband networks which connect residential and business customers with its NeuBeamTM high-speed internet, voice, and other services.

    Posted 8/29/18