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  • Jenna Kidwell, RN, recipient of GRMC’s DAISY Extraordinary Nurse Award 

    Posted 6/10/21

    (Oakland, MD) – Jenna Kidwell, RN, was recently  announced as Garrett Regional Medical Center’s quarterly recipient of the DAISY Award program for Extraordinary Nurses®. Kidwell was nominated for the award by a former patient who was admitted to the GRMC emergency room in serious condition. The patient commended Kidwell for her compassion and providing exceptional care during a difficult time. 

    “Jenna is being recognized for her continued effort to go above and beyond when caring for our patients,” said Kendra Thayer, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at GRMC. “The heartfelt nomination submitted by a patient she recently cared for is a reflection of how she treats everyone she meets. She is an asset to GRMC and everyone she works with.”  

    According to the nomination, Jenna’s care and support helped lift the patient’s spirits in an extremely challenging situation. When the patient was unexpectedly admitted to the hospital, Jenna eased their concerns by talking them through the process, answering questions, and getting them in touch with family and loved ones. 

    Kidwell has been a nurse since 2016. While attending nursing school, she worked as a clinical associate in the cardiac stepdown unit at WVU. She continued at WVU as a nurse before coming to GRMC’s emergency department in 2019. 

    The DAISY Award program at GRMC launched in 2018 and was created by the Daisy Foundation with the mission of recognizing the extraordinary, compassionate care that nurses provide patients and families every day. More than 2,000 health care organizations nationally participate in the award program. A selection committee comprised of GRMC nurses reviews the nominees through a blind selection process and scores each nominee based upon a scoring rubric sanctioned by the Daisy Foundation. GRMC recognizes a DAISY recipient on a quarterly basis. Nurses may be nominated by patients, patient families, or colleagues. Forms are available on GRMC’s website at  https://www.grmc-wvumedicine.org.   

    Garrett Regional Medical Center is an award winning, progressive, Joint Commission accredited acute care facility with 55 inpatient beds in Oakland, Maryland. The hospital serves a population of 46,000 within Garrett County and surrounding communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Originally established in 1950, the hospital has continuously evolved to advance the health and wellness needs of the region. Through its clinical affiliation with WVU Medicine, GRMC offers comprehensive health care services unique to a rural location. GRMC is one of the county’s largest employers with more than 500 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/ 

  • Family Movie Nights Pick Back Up In Oakland

    Posted 6/8/21

    Dateline: [Oakland, MD, Jun-21] — Oakland’s Little Yough Family Flicks summer movie series at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion will return this week! 

    The Mayor and Town Council of Oakland, MD and The Oakland Heritage Community Foundation, Inc. are gearing up to host ‘Little Yough Family Flicks' a series of outdoor movies. The series will kick off Thursday, June 10th, 2021 with the 2020 film ‘Scoob!’, sponsored by Clear Mountain Bank. 

    The Little Yough Family Flicks is a rebranding of the formerly known Oakland Pocket Park Movies. The name has changed but the fun, family evenings will remain the same.

    The series will run from every Thursday, from June 10, 2021 to August 19, 2021. The sponsors for the 2020 Little Yough Family Flicks are Clear Mountain Bank, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales, Patriot Automotive Groups, Glamour Ray Apparel, Dairy Queen Chill and Grill, Club 21550, and Mountain Laurel Medical Center. 

    For additional information, upcoming scheduled movies, or questions, Like and Follow Oakland Little Yough Family Flicks on Facebook or contact Nicole McCullough at Oakland City Hall, 301-334-2691

  • “Fast & Furriest” Run/Walk Scheduled for June 26

    Posted 6/8/21

    “Fast & Furriest” 5K run and one-mile walk is returning this year in-person or virtually on Saturday, June 26, to benefit HART for Animals. The in-person run/walk will take place at the HART Animals. 

    Each participant who registers for the in-person or virtually before June 20 will receive an event T-shirt. Participants may run or walk with or without their dogs.

    “We’re excited to have the in-person event back this year,” says “Fast & Furriest” co-chair Candy DeGiovanni. “It’s heartwarming to see our community come together for such a good cause. People came out to run, walk, and support HART and its mission. We had a lot of four-legged runners too!” 

    Registration is $30 for the 5K run and $20 for the one-mile walk. Registration after the June 20th deadline is $35 for the 5K run and $25 for the one-mile walk. Children under 10 may enter for free but will not receive a T-shirt.

    The top three 5K runners across the finish line will each receive a prize.

    For more information and to register, go to https://link.edgepilot.com/s/1e52d944/yi3tzOh2rEOzCxdZQMf8iQ?u=http://www.hartforanimals.org/ or call 301.387.7729. 

    The “Fast & Furriest” Fun Run and Walk is made possible in part by Taylor-Made Vacations and Real Estate. 

    HART for Animals, Inc. is a charitable animal welfare organization founded in 2003 to improve the condition of homeless animals in the Western Maryland region. HART is a 501 (c) (3) corporation and all donations are tax-deductible. For additional information on HART, the HART Animal Center or any of its programs, or to donate, visit the HART web site at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/1e52d944/yi3tzOh2rEOzCxdZQMf8iQ?u=http://www.hartforanimals.org/.

     

  • Garrett County Tax Sale Information

    Posted 6/1/21

    June 1, 2021, Oakland, MD – The Board of Garrett County Commissioners has authorized, via resolution, to have the 2021 Garrett County tax sale held as an online auction.

    The auction will be administered solely online at https://garrett.marylandtaxsale.com.

    Dates to note are below:

    Registration Opens – Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.  
     
    Registration Closes – Friday, June 18, 2021 at Noon
    Cannot bid unless registered by June 18, 2021
     
    Registration Fee (Refundable) – Friday, June 18, 2021 – Due by 4:00 p.m.
     
    Tax Sale Bidding Opens – Monday, June 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
     
    Tax Sale Bidding Closes – Friday, June 25, 2021 – 
    Bidding is a staggered close with five property batches, each, at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and Noon
     
    Payments Due – Friday, June 25, 2021 by 4:00 p.m.

    For sale questions, please contact the collection office at 301-334-1965 or email taxoffice@garrettcounty.org.

    For technical questions with the online sale or software, please call Real Auction Customer Service at 877-361-7325.

  • Brookside Health & Wellness Relocates Clinic to Garrett Highway

    Posted 6/1/21

    Rapid Growth and Increasing Patient Base Accelerates Need for Expansion May

    29, 2021, Oakland, MD – Brookside Health & Wellness, Rachel Friend-Lantz, CRNP, a nurse-managed primary health care center, has announced an office relocation to meet the needs of the practice’s rapid growth.

    Rachel Friend-Lantz, CRNP, has relocated her primary care medical office from the Thayer Center to 14689, Garrett Highway in Oakland, MD. Brookside’s expanded office space is now located on the lower level of the newly constructed log office building within the 219 Business Center.

    Appointments are currently being taken at the 14689 Garrett Highway location. This move has allowed for an increased number of patient examination rooms, space for additional diagnostic equipment, and additional integrative services to serve the practice’s growing patient base.

    Patients can visit Brookside Health and Wellness to receive a variety of primary health care services such as medical evaluations, laboratory services, specialty care referrals, immunizations, and hearing and vision testing.

    Patients can also schedule yearly, DOT/ CDL, employment, and sports physicals at Brookside.

    Brookside specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of both acute illnesses and chronic health conditions and offers on site diagnostics including rapid strep, influenza, and COVID testing.

    “It has been an honor to care for members of my community,” said Rachel Friend-Lantz, CRNP. “As health care continues to evolve, I look forward to this new endeavor and believe our new office location will provide us with the opportunity to continue to break down barriers and improve our community’s access to high quality, integrative, primary health care.”

    For more information about Brookside Health and Wellness, Rachel Friend-Lantz, CRNP, or to make an appointment, please call 301-334-5610, email: info@brooksidehealthandwellness.com or visit
    www.brooksidehealthandwellness.com.

  • Oakland’s Kick Off to Summer Event Scheduled for June 12th

    Posted 5/28/21

    Dateline: [Oakland, MD, May-21] — While summer does not begin until June 21, GOBA’s Events Team is kicking things off Saturday, June 12th with its “Kick Off to Summer” event in the Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Oakland!  This event will run from 2pm to 6pm. Activities include a cornhole tournament, a Beer Walk, food vendors, live music, sidewalk sales, artist exhibits, kid’s activities, a car show, and much more.   

    The Beer Walk is from 2pm-6pm and tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event for $15 per person. Participants must be at least 21 years old and present a valid ID to one of the TIPS trained event personnel on staff. Tickets can be purchased on the porch of the Garrett County Historical Society building. This is a limited 400 ticket event. There are six locations where each participant can sample two different types of local, craft beer. Participants can receive a free commemorative glass if they go to all six stations located at the B&O Museum, The Gallery Shop, Sipside Lounge, Gean & Olive, The Vagabond Taproom, and Smoke n Mirrors. The Beer Walk is sponsored by the following businesses: Craig Ingram, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales, Deep Creek Times, and Terah Crawford- Real Estate Agent.  

    The event will also feature the inaugural cornhole tournament that is open to players 12 and up and will be held in the parking lot of the Front Page Stage off Green Street. Cornhole is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing beanbags at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. A bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the board scores 1 point. The entry cost is $10 per person and the tournament will be blind draw and double elimination. There will be a cash payout for winners. The title sponsor for the cornhole tournament is MasterCraft Printers, LLC and the boards are sponsored by the following businesses: Ashby Builders, State Farm Agent David Jochynek, The Chips Network, Ashby Lawn Care, Patriot Automotive Group, and the Vagabond Taproom. 

    “We are really looking forward to this event after a long drought throughout Covid,” said Nicole McCullough, Oakland’s Business Coordinator. “It will be amazing to see our community come together again.”

    There will be numerous activities for children and families as well. Local writers and actors will be at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion from 2-3pm and 4-5pm for short “Play Bake” readings/performances. There will also be a Family Yoga Demonstration at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion from 3-4pm. The Oakland Arts and Entertainment District will also be sponsoring a scavenger hunt. In partnership with the Ruth Enlow Library, the Town of Oakland will be setting up a self-guided “Story Walk”, which is an outdoor reading experience where a children’s book is deconstructed and the pages of the book are spaced on a set walking trail. 
      
    Jason Shaw will be performing live at the Front Page Stage from 2:30pm-4:30pm. This live music is sponsored by the Oakland Arts and Entertainment District.
     
    The Farmer’s Market will be at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion until 1pm that day and local businesses will be having in store specials and sidewalk sales all day. Sweitzer’s Rolling Racks BBQ, D’s Eats, Rotary Fries, and Grantsville Lions Club Kettle Corn will be on hand with concessions. The group from Cars and Ice Cream will be bringing their vehicles for a car show to be held on Liberty Street.

    Make sure to bring your smile to the event and visit the Little Glamper Camper from 1:30pm-6:30pm. This adorable vintage camper was remodeled and turned into a mobile photo booth. Grab your friends and family and stop by for a fun memento from the event. The Little Glamper Camper is sponsored by The Painted Cupboard, Nola’s Salon, and The Book Mark’et & Antique Mezzanine. 

    This is a rain or shine event. A complete map and listing of free parking locations, events and times can be found at www.oaklandmd.com.   

    Additional sponsors of this family friendly event include: Meraki Style Studio, Lohr Distributors, CurlyRed Design, and Oakland Sheetz. 

  • GRMC Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

    Posted 5/28/21

    Oakland, MD –Garett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) received its third consecutive “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing GRMC’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care. 

    “This award is a direct reflection of our clinicians’ and staff’s continued dedication to quality health care and we are very proud to receive another ‘A’ grade this spring,” noted Kendra Thayer, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services. “Earning this recognition three times in a row demonstrates our ongoing commitment to ensure that safety is at the forefront of everything we do.”

    Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

    “An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We find that straight ‘A’ hospitals have strong structures of safety in place. These hospitals are continuously learning, monitoring data, and addressing areas of improvement.”

    Founded in 2000, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

    The A grade from Leapfrog marks the third top level achievement in quality care awarded to Garrett Regional Medical Center in recent months. GRMC was named a Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital by the National Rural Health Association and received a Performance Leadership Award for Outcomes from the National Organization of State offices and Rural Health. 

  • HART Announces Macy’s Fund: A Free Spay/Neuter Program for Community Cats

    Posted 5/25/21

    Macy’s Fund provides free spay and neuters for cats in neighborhoods to reduce the overpopulation of kittens in Garrett County.  HART will provide free cat surgeries for families who are caring for outside cats to avoid becoming overwhelmed with kittens once the cats start reproducing.

    Cats follow their instincts to reproduce. While female dogs go into heat twice a year; female cats are induced ovulators, meaning that the act of breeding stimulates the release of eggs from the ovaries. They have multiple heat cycles during the breeding season. “If you were to look at this in actual numbers, one female cat and her female offspring can have up to 5,000 kittens in just 7 years,” says Caroline Robison, Program Manager at HART. “Because of this, outside kittens can become feral within a very short period of time and go from ‘cute kittens’ to reproducing cats, developing into a cat colony, almost impossible to provide adequate care for, and to control.” 

    Many Garrett County residents are happy to acquire ‘barn’ or ‘community cats’, but realistically cannot take on the expensive burden of spaying or neutering them. As a result, hundreds of kittens are relinquished to HART or left at the Garrett County Animal Shelter during kitten season every spring and summer.

    Macy’s Fund is a free program created to support spay/neuters of community and barn cats in Garrett County regardless of income.

    Vouchers for the free spay/neuters may be picked up at the Garrett County Shelter, or county residents may call HART at 301.387.7729 for an appointment. The fund is for adult cat (6 months and older) surgeries. If the resident is keeping kittens, an appointment may be made for HARTHelp if they meet income requirements. 

    The program is named in memory of Macy Dawson, a HART Adoption Wing Animal Care Attendant, who died too young in a tragic accident on March 22, 2020. “Macy cared deeply for all animals and loved working with the adoptable cats and dogs at the HART Center,” says Caroline. Funds for the program were allocated by HART, donations from other donors, and fundraising events.

    For additional information on HART, the HART Animal Center, or any of its programs, or to donate, visit the HART website at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/77ec14d2/GHmFuUH2GE2nAzBPywY6lg?u=http://www.hartforanimals.org/ or become part of the HART for Animals community on Facebook at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/2fcc7c68/g4H0X2Vwt02fYlbheqSg4g?u=http://www.facebook.com/HARTforAnimals.

  • UScellular Named to Forbes List of Best Employers for Diversity 2021

    Posted 5/25/21
     
    ROANOKE, Va. (May 25, 2021)– UScellular, for the second year in a row, has been named to the Forbes list of Best Employers for Diversity. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list can be viewed on the Forbes website.
     
    The Best Employers for Diversity were selected based on Statista's innovative methodology, guaranteeing unbiased results and providing reliable insights. Over 50,000 U.S. employees were surveyed in companies with a minimum of 1,000 employees to identify The Best Employers for Diversity.
     
    “At UScellular, we embrace diversity in our workplace as one of the foundational elements of our culture,” said Deirdre Drake, executive vice president and chief people officer for UScellular. “We know that having a diverse workforce across all levels and within all functions of our organization is important to serving customers in our communities and attracting and retaining the best associates.”
    The evaluation was based on four different criteria: 
     
    Direct recommendations: Employees were asked to give their opinions on a series of statements regarding Age, Gender, Ethnicity, Disability, LGBTQA+ & General Diversity in their current workplace. The recommendations of women, elders, and ethnic minorities were weighted higher than the non-minority groups. 
     
    Indirect Recommendations: Participants were also given the chance to evaluate other employers in their respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively with regard to diversity. Only the recommendations of minority groups were considered. 
     
    Diversity Among Top Executives/Board 
     
    Diversity Engagement Indicators 
     
    About UScellular
     
    UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier is building a stronger network with the latest 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with UScellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.
  • LakeStar Lodge Announces Trade Name Change to LAKEFRONT LODGE

    New name will emphasize the property’s premier lakefront location and amenities

    McHenry, MD - May 27, 2021 – LakeStar Lodge a Trip Advisor award-winning resort hotel property announced today that the operation will begin operating under a new trade name; LAKEFRONT LODGE. This renaming and rebranding strategy reflects the vision to emphasize the property’s premier lakefront location and amenities set within a true east coast four-season resort area. Along with this change, a newly redesigned company logo has been revealed. The change in name is the result of a 2020 change in ownership of the hotel property/operations and a planned renaming/rebranding initiative.

    LAKEFRONT LODGE is an established resort hotel featuring 20 rooms and a 3-bedroom suite. All rooms are lakefront and each has a picturesque view of Deep Creek Lake and the mountains, which feature the Wisp Resort. It is situated on a calm, no-wake cove in the heart of McHenry, MD with easy access to all the recreational, dining and shopping activities the area has to offer.

    Posted 5/18/21

  • Deep Creek Watershed Zoning

    May 18, 2021, Oakland, MD – Garrett County currently has land-use zoning only within the Deep Creek Watershed. Additionally, the towns of Friendsville, Oakland, Accident, Mountain Lake Park, Grantsville, and Loch Lynn Heights have their own zoning requirements

    Zoning provides the rules and regulations for the permitted use and development of properties in a defined area.  

    The following information pertains to the Deep Creek Watershed and the following map (https://bit.ly/3tSQwbS) shows the zoning districts within the Deep Creek Watershed. 

    Erecting a new structure or making changes to land or buildings within the Deep Creek Watershed typically requires a zoning permit. Upon review of the proposed project, it may be determined that the use requires a special exception or that a variance from certain zoning regulations, such as setbacks, is necessary.

    The Deep Creek Watershed Ordinance defines a special exception as:
    A use for which the Board of Appeals may grant zoning approval following a public hearing and findings of fact consistent with the provisions of this chapter [DCW Ordinance], and provided the use complies with conditions and standards stated in this chapter [DCW Ordinance]. 

    And defines a variance as:
    A modification only of density, bulk or area requirements of this Zoning Ordinance where such modification will not be contrary to the public interest and where owing to conditions peculiar to the property, and not the results of any action taken by the applicant, a literal enforcement of the chapter would result in unnecessary hardship and/or practical difficulty.

    Special exceptions and variances require a formal hearing before the Deep Creek Board of Zoning Appeals. This Board is a quasi-judicial board consisting of five members appointed to three-year terms by the County Commissioners. The Board of Zoning Appeals generally meets on the third Thursday of every month.

    Current members of the Board of Zoning Appeals are:

    Robert F. Browning (Chairman)
    Bruce Swift
    William Ingram (Vice Chairman)
    Michael Beard (alternate)
    Steven Gnegy
    Russell T. Sines (alternate)
    Bob Hoffmann

    Special Exceptions

    Certain uses are listed in the Deep Creek Watershed Zoning Ordinance as requiring a special exception. 

    The Board shall have the power to approve special exceptions for any of the uses for which the Zoning Ordinance requires obtaining of such exceptions and for no other use or purpose. The Board shall not grant a special exception except in conformance with the conditions and standards  

    The Board of Zoning Appeals may grant special exception approval following a public hearing if the Board finds adequate evidence that the use is consistent with the provisions of the Ordinance and is suitable for the property. The Board may also impose conditions to ensure the development complies with the objectives of the Ordinance.

    Variances

    The Board of Zoning Appeals has the power to vary or adapt the strict application of any of the requirements of the Deep Creek Watershed Zoning Ordinance in the case of exceptionally irregular, narrow, shallow, or steep lots, or other exceptional physical conditions whereby such strict applications would result in practical difficulty and unnecessary hardship depriving the owner of the reasonable use of land or building involved.

    No variance in the strict application of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be granted by the Board unless the Board finds that the specific requirements and standards are satisfied. The appellant must show that the variance will not be contrary to the public interest and that practical difficulty and an unnecessary hardship will result if it is not granted

    The applicant must prove to the Board that a true hardship exists, and the hardship cannot be self-created or based on a desire for greater profit. The power to authorize a variance is to be sparingly exercised.

    The Zoning Board of Appeals also entertains requests for an interpretation where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the Department of Planning & Land Management. 

    Appeals concerning an interpretation shall exactly set forth the interpretation that is claimed by the applicant to be the more correct interpretation.

    The six county municipalities with adopted zoning ordinances have each established a Board of Zoning Appeals for their town and follow a similar process for variances or special exceptions within their jurisdiction.

    Additional information can be found on the Garrett County Department of Planning’s website at https://www.garrettcounty.org/planning-land-development, by calling 301-334-1920, or by emailing planning@garrettcounty.org

    Posted 5/18/21

  • MDOT SHA COMPLETES US 219 REALIGNMENT AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN GARRETT COUNTY

    New Four-Lane Highway Enhances Safety Amid Region’s Economic Growth

    (May 5, 2021) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) announces that the US 219 (Chestnut Ridge Road) highway realignment in Grantsville, Garrett County, is complete and will officially open to traffic Thursday, May 6. This three-year, $63 million project includes a new four-lane section of US 219 between I-68 (National Freeway) and Old Salisbury Road. The project is part of Governor Larry Hogan’s $1.97 billion investment in highways and bridges, and has been a top priority of Garrett County for decades.

    “We are proud to deliver this long-awaited project to residents and businesses in Garrett County,” Governor Hogan said. “This new segment of US 219 will support continued economic development and tourism throughout Western Maryland and enhance safety and reliable travel throughout the region.”

    Prior to the project, US 219 between I-68 and Old Salisbury Road was a two-lane highway serving residents and businesses in the community. As plans for development increased in the region, improvements in the US 219 corridor became a priority to spur economic development and provide safe and efficient connectivity.

    The new 1.5-mile section of US 219 provides additional space for through-truck traffic along US 219 Business, allowing improved separation from local traffic. The new four-lane highway has two 12-foot lanes, an 8-foot inside shoulder and a 10-foot outside shoulder in each direction. The highway also includes two roundabouts, turn lanes connecting to US 219 Business and a new median.

    “These improvements on US 219 are a testament to the partnership between MDOT SHA, the Federal Highway Administration, neighboring states, local officials and residents,” MDOT Secretary Greg Slater said. “Together, we’ve created a safer route that serves regional commerce, expands access and improves the quality of life for those who use this highway every day.

    “During my MDOT career, I’ve seen this project advance from concept stages to planning and design, then to construction, and now to completion,” Secretary Slater added. “Over those years, the collaboration and support from partners such as Senator George Edwards, Delegate Wendell Beitzel and The Greater Cumberland Committee have been essential in bringing this project home to Garrett County.”

    The US 219 project also represents a significant step toward development of the Appalachian Development Highway Systems, a 3,090-mile network of modern highway corridors designed to generate economic development in previously isolated areas, supplement the interstate system and provide access to markets in the region and across the nation.

    “Expanding this corridor in Garrett County is vital to ensuring Maryland’s supply chain continues to run efficiently,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Tim Smith. “This is another example of how MDOT SHA continues to deliver projects that provide mobility within Maryland as well as connectivity to our neighboring states.”

    Triton Construction Inc. of West Virginia was MDOT SHA’s contractor on the US 219 project. While the roadway will open to traffic Thursday, May 6, crews will perform some landscaping in the weeks to come. For more details, go to the project website here. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, go to roads.maryland.gov. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to chart.maryland.gov.

    The US 219 improvement project is an example of the work MDOT SHA has undertaken during Maryland’s COVID-19 State of Emergency while maintaining focus on the health and safety of our team and the public. MDOT SHA works hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews and our customers. Drivers need to stay alert, focus on driving, and look for reduced speed limits and other driving pattern changes. Please slow down and stay alert in construction zones to help ensure our team gets home safely to their families.

    Posted 5/6/21

  • B&O Committee Looking for Volunteers 

    [Oakland, MD, May-21] — The Museum Operations Committee (MOC) of the Oakland Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Museum Train Station has an active committee and is looking to grow their volunteer base. 

    The mission of the Oakland B&O Museum is centered on the education of people of all ages in the rich heritage of the Oakland B&O Train Station and railroad. Guided tours are given to visitors as they walk through the door including the workings of each of the rolling stock (1920 Baldwin 2-8-0 locomotive, coal/water tender, boxcar/library, and caboose featuring its original 1954 design).

    The gift shop is fully stocked with clothing, toys, mementos, and railroad memorabilia including dinnerware of by-gone days, making any historian or railroad enthusiast smile with delight.    

    A $500.00 scholarship program funded through the museum and the Town of Oakland, MD is the newest addition to the services offered through the museum.

    Lectures are routinely given by professionals and historians in the railroad industry.

    Come, take a walk through yesteryear, listen to the steam engine blow its whistle and watch as the simulated smoke and steam bellows out from this behemoth. Enjoy the occasional CSX coal train, as it moves along the tracks just outside the station, enticing you to pump the air, thereby encouraging the engineers to sound off their thunderous air horns in celebration of your visit.

    Give some thought to becoming a member of the B&O Museum volunteers who look forward to presenting to the public an unforgotten time of railroad history.

    Currently the museum’s hours are: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00pm to 3:00 pm.

    The public hungers for the museum to be open more. With your help and willingness for interaction, more hours of operation can indeed be opened to the public.

    Best Wishes to All:
    Museum Operations Committee

    Posted 5/3/21

  • NeuBeam Announces Opening of New Garrett County Office

    Posted 1/8/2021

    NeuBeam is pleased to announce the opening of its new Garrett County headquarters office in Oakland, Maryland. NeuBeam delivers affordable, high quality Internet services to Garrett County, helping customers “connect to what matters.” The new office will facilitate the continued growth of its customer base, operations and market expansion throughout the region.

    NeuBeam’s new office is located at 89 Pleasant Hill Drive, Unit 1B in Oakland, and it will create a full-service facility staffed with local sales, service, technical support and operational personnel responsible for the Garrett County market area.

  • Comptroller Franchot Awards R. Clayton Mitchell Award for Garrett County to Peggy Jamison

    Posted 1/6/21

    Comptroller Peter Franchot virtually presented the R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. Awards for Distinguished Public Service on December 21, 2020. The Mitchell Award recognizes past or current elected officials at all levels of government who exemplify Mitchell's spirit of public service, demonstrating strong leadership, humility and compassion for their communities. For Garrett County, this year’s winner is Peggy Jamison, municipal circuit rider and former Oakland mayor and councilwoman.

    Regarding Peggy's service Comptroller Franchot said, "Peggy Jamison’s lifetime of service to Oakland and Garrett County has been exemplary. She worked tirelessly to transform municipal government into an effective agent for its citizens while supporting the small businesses that built Oakland’s Main Street into a tourist destination. The lasting impact of Peggy’s adroit leadership as a dedicated public servant will be felt for decades to come.”

  • Boal & Associates Reaches 20 Year Milestone

    Posted 1/4/21

    Boal & Associates PC is celebrating 20 years in business in Oakland as of Jan. 1. The company was founded in 2001 by Brian R. Boal, a certified public accountant. He purchased the business from another CPA, Willetta W. Mateer, and first called it Brian R. Boal, CPA before changing the name to Boal & Associates. Since then, the business has grown from only one employee to seven associates. The company offers such services as business and individual tax preparation and planning, payroll services, small business accounting and estate tax planning.