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  • Garrett County Kicks-Off Sesquicentennial Celebrations

    Posted 12/1/21

    December 1, 2021, Oakland, MD – The upcoming sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, commemorates the incorporation of Garrett County on December 4, 1872. Garrett County was formed from neighboring Allegany County and was the last county to be created in the state of Maryland. 

    On Monday, December 6, 2021, a sesquicentennial events kick-off will be held at the Garrett County Courthouse in the public meeting room. As part of the scheduled Board of Garrett County Commissioners Public Meeting, this launch event will be a preview of the upcoming celebrations with light refreshments to be served.

    This short program will include a proclamation made by the Board of Garrett County Commissioners and special guest speakers Robert Boal and Albert Feldstein.
    The County will be celebrating throughout the 2022 calendar year with events, displays, commemorative coin souvenirs, and community participation opportunities based on the theme of the event: “Garrett County: Celebrating 150 Years of Connecting Communities”.

    The festivities will culminate with a large, free event scheduled for September 2022. This event will be a tribute to Garrett County and include a walking history tour, a tractor show, performances by local bands, local food and drink, and more.

    For a complete schedule of events and additional information, please visit www.Garrett150.com.

    If you are interested in contacting the planning committee, please reach out to Sarah Myers, County Communications Coordinator at 301-334-7242 or smyers@garrettcounty.org.

  • Garrett Regional Medical Center again Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

    Posted 11/22/21

    Oakland, MD, November 10, 2021 – Garrett Regional Medical Center received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction recognizes GRMC’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error while in the hospital. 

    “In every department, the staff at GRMC is committed to the community and our patients and managing through the pandemic health crisis.  Each and every day, the demonstrate courage and dedication by coming to work and caring for our patients, despite severe staffing shortages and the dangers of the pandemic,” stated Mark Boucot, GRMC’s President and CEO.  He continued, “It’s an inspiration and I am very grateful for their commitment to treat our patients like family.”
    The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. 

    The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

    “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of Garett Regional Medical Center for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”

    The A grade from Leapfrog marks the third top level achievement in quality care awarded to Garrett Regional Medical Center this year. 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. 

    To see GRMC’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

    About The Leapfrog Group
    Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, 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.

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

  • Garrett Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Rural Health Day 

    Posted 11/15/21

    Oakland, MD, November 9, 2021 – As part of the 2021 National Rural Health Day celebration, Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health with a Performance Leadership Award in Outcomes. 

    The Performance Leadership Awards utilize the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. INDEX data is trusted by rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints, hospital associations and state offices of rural health across the country to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.

    This is the second national recognition in rural healthcare that GRMC has received this year. In May, GRMC was named a Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital in the United States by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The rankings are based on a rigorous assessment of patient data from hospitals across the country using the Hospital Strength Index.

    “The recent recognitions Garrett Regional Medical Center has received all reflect the hard work and dedication of our incredible staff,” noted Mark Boucot, GRMC’s President and CEO. “I am honored and proud to be part of a team that makes excellent patient care the center of everything we do. We have established certain standards and quality measures that have become a way of life at GRMC. It shows in the distinctions we have won and in our exceptional patient care statistics.”

    The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) sets aside the third Thursday of every November for National Rural Health Day, which provides an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” and honor the selfless, community-minded spirit that prevails in rural America. 

    “We are proud to mark this year’s National Rural Health Day by recognizing rural hospitals’ steadfast commitment to serving their communities and delivering high quality care,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “In the face of tremendous challenges, these top quartile performers continue to exemplify the power of rural and create a blueprint for excellence in quality, outcomes and patient perspectives.”

    National Rural Health Day showcases the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health, and other rural stakeholders to address the unique health care challenges rural communities face and recognize the innovation, quality of care, and dedication rural health care professionals and volunteers provide. 

    For more information about the hospital, visit www.grmc-wvumedicine.org

  • Garrett County Chamber Wins Two Awards at the 2021 Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit

    Posted 11/12/21

    Hanover, MD - The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce won two awards at the 40th Annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit presented by the Maryland Tourism Coalition at Maryland Live Casino in Hanover, Maryland this week. Competing against nominees from other counties and businesses in the state, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce won the Best Small Event award from the Maryland Tourism Coalition for their 2020 Autumn Glory Float Contest and the Maryland Office of Tourism’s Market Expansion award for their Winter 20/21 Garrett County Advertising Campaign. 

    The Best Small Event award is presented to an event, tour, destination, program or experience that is innovative, a model for others and a successful Maryland tourism product with a budget of less than $5,000. During Fall 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing restrictions on crowd sizes, and with concern for the safety of our citizens and visitors, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel the main attraction of their 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Festival, the 2020 Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade. Since one of the most popular aspects of the parade are the autumn-themed floats, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce created the 2020 Autumn Glory Float Contest, sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine. The Chamber asked local businesses and organizations to create Autumn-themed floats that would be placed throughout the County to be viewed by visitors and vote for their favorite float at our website. Ten floats were displayed at seven locations throughout the County and the top three vote-getters received cash prizes.

    The Market Expansion award is presented to the entrant who has successfully offered a Maryland tourism product into a wider section of an existing, or new, demographic and geographic market. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce ran a comprehensive winter 20/21 advertising campaign, which included an increase in television flights, geofencing digital ads and specific digital ads running in target markets, resulting in increases in traffic to their website, visitdeepcreek.com; in County lodging collections and in Garrett County’s overall tourism sales tax revenues. 
    “We are so honored to accept the Best Small Event award from the Maryland Tourism Coalition and the Market Expansion award from the Maryland Office of Tourism,” said Sarah Duck, Vice President of Tourism & Marketing at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  “We want to thank all of our 2020 local businesses, and our title sponsor, Garrett Regional Medical Center, who participated in our 2020 Autumn Glory Float Contest. We are also thrilled to have our winter advertising campaign recognized by the Maryland Office of Tourism; it is always gratifying to be honored by our peers from around the State.” 

    For more information about the Maryland Tourism Coalition and the annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit, visit mdtourism.org. For more information about the Maryland Office of Tourism, please log onto visitmaryland.org. For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, please call 301.387.4386 or log onto visitdeepcreek.com. 

    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the largest professional business association in the region with 525 members representing every industry in the community.  The mission of the Chamber is to organize, support and represent Garrett County’s business community in advancing common interests and, additionally, to promote Garrett County’s hospitality and recreation industry by attracting visitors to the county through comprehensive marketing. The Garrett County Chamber also serves as the Destination Marketing Organization and Heritage Area Management entity for the County.

  • Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop Charity Basket Raffle raise over $12,000 for Cindy’s Fund

    Posted 11/5/21

    OAKLAND, MD -Garrett Regional Medical Center’s Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop has helped raise over $12,000 for Cindy’s Fund, the local charity that benefits Garrett County cancer patients and their families. 

    The gift shop, located in the hospital’s lobby, coordinated and sponsored a series of themed basket raffles over the past year. The volunteers who operate the Gift Shop sold chances on each basket to hospital staff. Winners were drawn each month.

    “This was such a wonderful fundraiser because the money stays in our community,” noted Kendra Thayer, Chief Operating Officer at GRMC. “It also involved our staff across departments in both creating the baskets and buying chances to win them. It was a welcome respite from the pressures we’ve experienced in the COVID pandemic.”

    Orchestrated by Sarah Folio, GRMC’s Gift Shop Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, and Darcie Ashby, Emergency Room Technician at GRMC, the raffle originally started as an annual fundraiser. Once each year various departments would provide themed baskets – movie night, pets, camping, etc. – and the Gift Shop would sell chances for winning each basket. 

    In 2021, the decision was made to do multiple baskets every few months. Over the course of the year, 24 baskets were created by the hospital’s various departments and donated to the Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop. Selling chances mostly to hospital staff allowed the Gift Shop to donate over $12,000 to Cindy’s Fund.

    “Hospital staff are completely responsible for the success of this fundraising effort,” said Ms. Folio. “They not only purchased chances on the monthly baskets, they also donated the items for the various baskets. Almost all of the hospital’s departments
    donated baskets in this effort. It’s a really wonderful show of support for cancer patients in our community.” 

    Cindy’s Fund helps Garrett County cancer patients, and their families cover miscellaneous expenses involved in seeking treatment that are not covered by insurance. Items supplied by Cindy’s Fund can include gas cards to cover the cost of travelling for care, hotel stays, medications, nutritional supplements, as well as hospital and physician co-payments.  The charity takes all requests into consideration.  Cindy’s Fund also works very closely with the GRMC Cancer Center to receive referrals of cancer patients in need of assistance.

    The next raffle will be held in December 2021 and will include Christmas trees with gift cards from businesses in the Oakland area.  

    For more information about the basket raffles or Cindy’s Fund, contact Sarah Folio at 301-533-4055 or sdfolio@gcmh.com

  • Serving Those Who Served: Honoring Veteran’s Day

    Posted 11/4/21

    Terra Alta, WV – As the nation honors American heroes for their military service on Veterans Day, Alpine Lake Resort extends that recognition as well. 

    On Thursday, November 11, from 4pm to 9pm, the resort is holding an event in the lodge to remember and honor our local veterans. The resort requests that patrons bring their photos and stories to share. 

    The resort is also collecting food donations for the fourth-grader Izabelle Dimick’s “Food for Vets” project. Izabelle's newly created food pantry is available through a partnership with local AMVETS Post 17. The food is made available to veterans and their families located in Preston County, WV and Garrett County, MD. 

    At Thursday’s event, a feature will be a luminaria walk outside the lodge. For a $10 donation, luminarias can be purchased “in honor of” or “in memory of” any veteran. The proceeds will benefit AMVETs, Disabled Vets, and Wounded Warriors and can be purchased by calling the Alpine Lake Resort front desk at 304-789-2481 or online at www.AlpineLake.com/honoring-veterans-day. 

    Alpine Lake Resort has made a $500 donation to Izabelle's project and is offering a collection box for the public in the lobby of the resort through the month of November. 

    PHOTO: Izabelle Dimick (L) accepts a donation check from Kellie Hardesty (R), Assistant Manager, Alpine Lake Resort.

  • Planning Continues for Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Posted 10/28/21

    Led by the Garrett County Government, this sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, commemorates the incorporation of Garrett County on December 4, 1872.

    The committee is organizing events, commemorative coin souvenirs, and community participation opportunities based on the theme of the event: “Garrett County: Celebrating 150 Years of Connecting Communities”. Also, the planning group is coordinating a large public celebration event for September 2022.

    On Monday, December 6, 2021 (immediately following the public meeting), a kick-off celebration will be held at the Garrett County Courthouse. This launch event will be a preview of the upcoming year-long plans with light refreshments to be served.

    “We’re proud of our county and the bright future we have in front of us” said Paul Edwards, Chair of the Board of Garrett County Commissioners. “This initiative is county-wide and will involve our towns, communities and citizen groups and highlight our rich local history.”

    A complete schedule of events and additional information will be updated weekly on www.Garrett150.com.

    If you are interested in contacting the planning committee, please reach out to Sarah Myers, County Communications Coordinator at 301-334-7242 or smyers@garrettcounty.org.

    About Garrett County Government: The County is governed by an elected Board of County Commissioners (the "Board"), whose three members serve four-year terms and must live in the District which they represent. The Board may exercise only such powers as are conferred by the General Assembly of Maryland. The County is administered under a line organizational method, with the County Administrator responsible for overseeing the financial planning, annual budget process, personnel management, and direction and management of operations within the organization.

  • Mobile Technology Enables Small Businesses to Compete 

    By Nakeita Stewart, director of sales for UScellular in the Mid-Atlantic 

    Posted 10/26/21

    Efficient use of mobile technology can have a positive impact on small businesses by increasing productivity and competitiveness. Mobile technology can help to enable small businesses with administration, communications and processes through automation. It also provides access to media wide range of online resources, allowing them to compete on a global scale through marketing, promotion, and advertising.

    At UScellular, our small business experts field questions about technology, devices, and mobile solutions from small businesses every day. Here are a few answers to common questions to help a small business survive and thrive in today’s competitive environment. 

    Q. How can 5G benefit my small business?
    A. The impact of 5G on small businesses cannot be over-stated. It provides a more robust mobile experience, with greater efficiency, meaning a small business will be able to do more in less time. Small businesses will be able to connect more devices, experience faster and more reliable connections, strengthen security, and improve their business’s mobility in today’s ever evolving remote-focused workforce. 

    Q. What is the most efficient way to manage wireless devices that are distributed to remote teams?
    A. Mobile Device Management (MDM) helps to protect data, financial information, and private customer and employee information from threats like device loss, exposure to third-party apps and malware. An effective mobile device management system, like IBM’s Security MaaS360, will help provide small businesses piece-of-mind when employees are on the organization’s network. 

    The best MDM solutions will provide device tracking, inventory control, application management, password verification and enforcement, and data encryption. MDM solutions give the company access and control over company-issued laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones, Internet of Things (IoT), and even an employee’s personal mobile device. A lost mobile device can easily be blocked remotely, and sensitive data erased. MDM solutions can also complete auto backups, ensure device updates are completed, provide third-party application control, and keep track of all devices on a network. 

    Q. What are options to keep employees connected on the go? 
    A. Small businesses looking to connect to the internet on the go, should consider a hotspot or a mobile router. Hotspots are portable devices that provide mobile network connectivity on the go allowing users to connect multiple devices, like laptops and tablets, to the internet through a shared connection. A hotspot is a better option if access to the internet is needed more frequently while on the go. 

    A mobile router is a device that establishes a connection to the internet that is reliable, secure, and fast. It’s a better option for small businesses that will need a secure connection on a regular basis. Mobile routers also offer a wired connection for added security when traveling. 

    Q. What are the benefits of fleet management solution?
    A. Today’s fleet management solutions do more than just tell a company where their vehicles are. Fleet management software allows companies to track their vehicles, conduct mechanical diagnostics, monitor driver safety, optimize routes, provide dashboard cameras, monitor temperatures in the trailer and secure their fleet. From increasing fuel efficiency to reducing accidents to more efficient customer deliveries, a fleet management system can help a small business thrive. 

    Q. How can mobile technology help my small business become paperless?
    A. Creating a paperless office has become an achievable goal thanks to the abundance of mobile applications, online software, a variety of mobile devices and faster networks. A mobile form is a digital form that runs on a smartphone or tablet and enables users to collect data. With mobile forms, users can collect any type of data, such as notes, forms with input fields, photos, and signatures. Apps like doForms, provide businesses with customizable forms, reduced paperwork, and real-time integration with the office. 

    USCellular’s business solutions experts can help a business become more efficient, save money, and reach new audiences. Contact Nakeita Stewart at nakeita.stewart@uscellular.com or visit www.uscellular.com. 

  • Garrett Regional Medical Center cancels 2021 Foundation Gala due to COVID-19

    Re-Posted 10/21/21

    Oakland, MD- Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has announced the cancelation of the 2021 GRMC Foundation Gala. The event, which was scheduled for November 13th at Wisp Resort, has been canceled due to the ongoing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.

    “This is a tough decision for us. People are sick and tired of dealing with the pandemic and tired of being in isolation.  This would have been a nice distraction from that.  But, if anyone was thinking this wave of the pandemic wasn’t a real issue, I can tell them firsthand how families in our community were devastated by the loss of loved ones: my heart hurts for them.  As a healthcare leader, I feel a personal responsibility to encourage the safety and health of the community by not having even a possibility of contributing to the continued spread of the COVID virus,” said Mark Boucot, President and CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center. “Canceling the 2021 Gala is a preventative measure I feel we need to take to keep our region safe and to ensure that the health and wellbeing of our attendees, sponsors and staff are put above all else.  Besides that, our hospital staff is overworked, tired and worn out.  I feel like it would be indifferent of their sacrifices, if while they are tired and overworked, our hospital would be focused on putting on a celebratory gala.”

    All proceeds from this year’s event were slated to go towards the hospital’s Regional Behavioral Health Center in order to address the ongoing impact of the COVID pandemic on mental health. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 4 in 10 American adults have reported increased symptoms of anxiety and/or depression since the pandemic began, up from 1 in 10 adults pre-pandemic. Findings also indicate increased depression and anxiety among teens and children.

    Before the decision to cancel was made, many preparations and sponsorships for the bi-annual event were already in place. GRMC and the Foundation would like to thank the community sponsors who donated to the event before it’s cancelation, including Gary and Luanne Ruddell (Total Biz Fulfillment), First United Bank, M&T Bank, Dr. Willis and Robin McGill, Brookfield Energy, Bryan Chaney, Railey Realty, Beitzel Corporation/Pillar Innovations, Deep Creek Lions Club, Kevin & Nishita Henry, Oakland Oil & Propane, Golden Key Property Management, Betty Rouse & John Wilmot, Assured Partners, CBIZ Employee Benefits, First Peoples, and Welding Rod LLC. 

    GRMC would also like to recognize the dedicated Gala Planning Committee for the work they did in preparation of the event. Members include co-chairs Janis Bush and Joyce Flynn, Kathy Beachler, BJ Gallagher, Chrissy Mariucci, Dr. Willis and Robin McGill, Betty Rouse, Mary Alice Simpson, Julie Stuck, Jane Wildesen, and John Wilmot. 

    This year, the hospital teamed up with the Garrett County Arts Council for a special project in honor of the event. The gala’s theme, Masquerade on the Mountain, was to feature handmade masks created by local artists. Masks in a variety of themes were created by six local artists before the cancelation and will be available for sale at The Gallery Shop (108 S. Second Street, Oakland) and online at SEYMOURart.org.

    “We want to thank the community for their support and understanding,” said Emily Tobin, Garrett Regional Medical Center’s Executive Director of the Foundation and Marketing. “This was not a decision we took lightly; the gala is the Foundation’s most important fundraising event, but we believe that the safety of our community comes first.” 

    The next GRMC Foundation Gala will be held in November of 2023. For more information contact Emily Tobin, Foundation Executive Director, at 301-533-4178 or eltobin@gcmh.com.

    Garrett Regional Medical Center has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 GRMC Foundation Gala due to the ongoing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.

    Before the decision to cancel was made, many preparations and sponsorships for the bi-annual event were already in place. GRMC and the Foundation would like to thank the community sponsors who donated to the event before it’s cancelation, including Gary and Linda Ruddell (Total Biz Fulfillment), First United Bank, M&T Bank, Dr. Willis and Robin McGill, Brookfield Energy, Bryan Chaney, Railey Realty, Beitzel Corporation/Pillar Innovations, Deep Creek Lions Club, Kevin & Nishita Henry, Oakland Oil & Propane, Golden Key Property Management, Betty Rouse & John Wilmot, Assured Partners, CBIZ Employee Benefits, First Peoples, and Welding Rod LLC. 

    GRMC would also like to recognize the dedicated Gala Planning Committee for the work they did in preparation of the event. Members include co-chairs Janis Bush and Joyce Flynn, Kathy Beachler, BJ Gallagher, Chrissy Mariucci, Dr. Willis and Robin McGill, Betty Rouse, Mary Alice Simpson, Julie Stuck, Jane Wildesen, and John Wilmot.

    The next GRMC Foundation Gala will be held in November of 2023. For more information contact Emily Tobin, Foundation Executive Director, at 301-533-4178 or eltobin@gcmh.com

  • Garrett County Diversity Committee Request for Letter of Interest-Community Members

    Posted 10/21/21
    The Board of County Commissioners is accepting Letters of Interest for appointment   
    to the Diversity Committee. The Committee shall serve for one (1) year and will:
    ● Conduct Listening Tours around Garrett County to understand and develop solutions to improve communications and disseminate information about the diverse population in the County. 
    ● Prepare and present a report, to the Board of County Commissioners, on the results of the Listening Tour.
    Committee members will serve at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners.  
    Committee members will consist of:
                  -Representative of the Garrett County Board of Education
    -Representative of Garrett College
    -Representative of Community Action
    -Representative of Appalachian Crossroads
    -Three (3) Community Members selected from a list of interested persons   
      who submitted a letter of interest.
    Letters of Interest may be sent to:
    Board of County Commissioners
    203 South Fourth Street, Room 207
    Oakland, Maryland 21550
    Via Email at
  • GRMC, PVH, and UPMC Western Maryland urge residents to vaccinate against COVID-19

    Posted 10/14/21

    Michele Martz, President of UPMC Western Maryland in Cumberland and Mark Boucot, President & CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland and Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser, are urging residents of the counties served by the three hospitals to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. 

    COVID-19 has spiked once again in the region, and all three hospitals are seeing an increase in COVID-19 positive patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. 

    “Vaccines are one of the strongest tools we have to change the pandemic. Vaccines offer excellent protection against serious illness.,” said Martz. “You aren’t just getting the vaccine for yourself; you are doing it for those around you – your parents, your children, your neighbors, your coworkers and the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and all the other health care heroes who continue to work countless hours to save lives.” Boucot agreed.

    “We are trying to keep our community as safe and as possible,” Boucot stated. “The COVID-19 vaccines available can mean the difference between life and death.  We are seeing the impact of low vaccination rates. By getting vaccinated you are less likely to get COVID-19, but even if you have a breakthrough case, you are far less likely to be hospitalized.”
    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Delta variant has caused the most recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country. Rural areas have been particularly hard-hit, as vaccination rates in rural communities lag behind those of more heavily populated areas.

    Also, according to the CDC high vaccination rates are proven to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus as well as its ability to mutate; the less that the virus spreads, the less likely that new variants will emerge.

    “The CDC statistics regarding COVID’s impact demonstrate that people who are not vaccinated are 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with the virus, and 11 times more likely to die, than people who choose to be vaccinated,” Boucot stated. “Those statistics should make everyone stop and think. This virus doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care who you are or where you live. If the opportunity presents itself, the virus will infect you.” 

    Rates of infection in the region served by the three local hospitals, which include 8 counties across Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, remain high. Garrett and Allegany counties lead the state of Maryland in rates of infection, while the state of West Virginia currently has some of the highest infection rates in the country. The Pennsylvania counties bordering Garrett and Allegany counties in Maryland have infection rates that mirror those of the region, and all have vaccination rates below 50%.“It’s not too late to get vaccinated. Every person that chooses to get vaccinated can make a difference,” Martz said.

  • First United Bank & Trust Names Denise D. Phelps Director of Diversity and Engagement

    Posted 10/14/21

    Carissa L. Rodeheaver, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of First United Bank & Trust and Chuck Olsson, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer are proud to announce Denise D. Phelps as Vice President and Director of Diversity and Engagement, overseeing the Bank’s diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI) strategy within all the markets served by the company. 

    “It is with great pleasure that we announce Denise in this role. She will take on the important responsibilities of executing our ongoing vision and leadership related to the diversity and inclusion strategies at the Bank. First United always strives to ensure that a wide range of perspectives be considered while advancing diversity and inclusion efforts within our market areas. Denise will play an important role in driving these efforts forward as we continue to seek, attract, and retain diverse talent, so that we may continue to most effectively serve our diverse customers and communities.” stated Rodeheaver.

    Ms. Phelps has over 24 years of banking expertise and experience.  Throughout her career at the bank, she has held various positions serving both existing and perspective customers of the bank, providing financial guidance and advice.   Most recently, she served as the Director of Retail for Frederick, Washington and Berkeley Counties. 

    Denise is a graduate of Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  She continued her education and received her MBA/MA in International Development from American University in Washington, D.C.  Denise is also a top honors graduate of the Maryland Bankers School and was awarded the Lillian Moffett Award, one of the highest awards from MBA Bankers School.  She is also a graduate of Maryland Executive Banking School.  

    Chuck Olsson commented, “We’re excited about the potential of this role and for the positive impact that we know Denise will have on the community and the markets that we serve.  She brings a high level of knowledge and professionalism to this position which will make her a tremendous asset to the bank and to the community.”    

    Phelps is active in the community and supports many non-profits.  Currently, she is serving as International Director for Civitan International, Advisory Board Member of the West Virginia Women’s Business Center, and Membership Chair of Rotary Club of Martinsburg.  Denise also served as President and Treasurer of Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation, International Committee Chair of Rotary Club of Frederick, and Treasurer of the Foundation for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

    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 6/30/2021, the corporation posted assets of $1.8 billion

  • M. Kendall Ludwig named 2021 Leading Woman by The Daily Record

    Posted 10/13/21

    Baltimore, Md., October 13th, 2021 — The Daily Record selected M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed to receive one of the 2021 Leading Women awards.

    The Daily Record’s Leading Women awards honor women who are 40 years of age or younger for the accomplishments they have made so far in their careers. Winners were selected for the honor based on their professional experience, community involvement and commitment to inspiring change.

    They were selected by previous Leading Women and Maryland's Top 100 Women winners.

    “The 2021 Leading Women are extraordinary. They are juggling tough jobs, family commitments, community service, mentoring, education and a world that has been impacted by a global pandemic,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, senior group publisher of The Daily Record. “These young leaders are the future, and The Daily Record is honored to recognize their accomplishments.”

    The winners will be honored Dec. 7 at a virtual celebration from noon to 1 p.m. at
    www.thedailyrecord.com/leading-women/. Each of the winners will be celebrated for their achievements through video storytelling. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the program with their congratulations and cheers using social media platforms from their homes or offices. For tickets, visit thedailyrecord.com/leading-women/. The event hashtag is #TDRevents.

    A happy hour for winners and sponsors will be held Dec. 7 from 4 to 6:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel.

    Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the Dec. 8 issue of The Daily Record and available online at www.TheDailyRecord.com.

    Sponsors of The Daily Record’s 2021 Leading Women awards include Recognition and Diamond Sponsor Keswick and Virtual Celebration Sponsor Epsilon Registration.

    For more information about sponsorships and tickets for The Daily Record’s 2021 Leading Women awards, visit www.TheDailyRecord.com or email Erin McLaughlin at emclaughlin@TheDailyRecord.com.

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  • National Primary Care Week

    Posted 10/5/21

    The first week in October is National Primary Care Week. National Primary Care Week highlights the importance of primary care in our healthcare system. This year’s theme is "Health Outside of the Hospital," highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on community and health care. Pictured above are staff members from Garrett Family Medicine. The practice is located at 69 Wolf Acres Drive in Oakland and provides comprehensive primary care services for people of all ages. From left to right: Carol Wilson; Shasta McDaniel; Clarice Tannebaum, CRNP; Brooklyn Ayersman, CRNP; Jeremiah Broadwater; Dawn Lohr; Michelle Vansickle; Lisa Shaffer.

  • A Letter from Mark Boucot, President & CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center 

    Re-posted 9/17/21

    I am writing to you today to ask you to encourage your employees to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 Virus. What we are seeing at Garrett Regional Medical Center and other hospitals around the region is unprecedented. Even our most experienced physicians have never witnessed anything like what is happening right now in our communities. Emergency Rooms everywhere are overwhelmed with COVID positive patients. The ICUs at all hospitals are experiencing long waitlists. The Urgent Care Centers around the region are seeing unprecedented numbers of people. 

    The overwhelming majority (over 80%) of the people utilizing hospital services are unvaccinated. The Delta strain of the virus shows no mercy for a person’s age or health condition. It attacks the body quickly and causes rapid respiratory distress syndrome. Aside from the obvious costs to you as an employer, people are losing their lives to this virus. Our hospitals are seeing people die every day because of this virus. I am asking you to help our community; help our hospitals; and to help one another by having your employees get vaccinated. Garrett Regional Medical Center took a bold step forward as the State of Maryland mandated a vaccine requirement for healthcare workers. I am asking you to join us. Will you take that bold step as a business leader and help decrease the rapid spread of this virus in our community? 

    If you need any information on the vaccine or the virus, our healthcare professionals are more than happy to come to your business and provide educational sessions for your employees. If you are interested, please reach out to me directly and I will be happy to help coordinate. Time is of the essence. Please help our community. We need local leadership now more than ever.

    Mark Boucot
    President & CEO
    301-501-7270 cell phone


    Garrett County Government Public Works Department – Roads Division

    Posted 9/14/21

    Texas Eastern Transmission will be performing maintenance, replacement and repair work to pipes and casings on Buffalo Run Road in Garrett County.  This work will begin Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 12 p.m. and will continue through Friday, October 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. 
    • Construction Start – September 14, 2021 @ 12 pm

    • Construction End – October 1, 2021 @  5pm

    • Location: Buffalo Run Rd 

    • GPS Coordinates: 39.687209, -79.414687

    • Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/PEDr94ieofUkszru6

    • Closest Street Address: 1200 Buffalo Run Rd, Friendsville, MD

    • Temporary Spoil Site #1: 39.686297, -79.413119 (https://goo.gl/maps/98EgrR1QujSdJHpJ8)

    • Description of Work - Texas Eastern Gas Transmission is planning to cut out and remove the existing pipe/casing at Buffalo Run Rd and replace with new pipe

    • Roadways included for detour – (Meyers and Good Hope Roads) Google map screenshot provided for Buffalo Run Road site

    Questions may be directed to Calvin Drake, Engineer III– North Central Project Execution
    TEL: 717-540-8321 | CELL: 781-296-2191| Calvin.Drake@Enbridge.com
    2601 Market Place, Suite 400, Harrisburg, PA 17110
    Calvin Drake
    Engineer III – North Central Project Execution


  • Garrett Regional Medical Center earns national recognition for efforts to improve stroke treatment

    Posted 9/1/21

    OAKLAND, MD - Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has received the American Heart Association’s Silver Plus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

    Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.

    Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to assist healthcare professionals in providing the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients. 

    “GRMC is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival after a stroke,” said Kendra Thayer, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Operating Officer. “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

    Each year program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, participants also provide education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.

    “We are pleased to recognize Garrett Regional Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

    Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.

    Garrett Regional Medical Center is an award winning, progressive, Joint Commission accredited acute care facility with 55 inpatient beds in Oakland, Maryland. GRMC was recently named a Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital by the National Rural Health Association. 

  • First United Bank & Trust’s Carissa L. Rodeheaver Named One of the Most Influential Banking Services Leaders in Maryland

    Posted 8/25/21

    Congratulations to First United Bank & Trust’s President and CEO, Carissa L. Rodeheaver, on being recently featured in The Daily Record’s Power 30 Banking & Finance List as one of the most influential leaders in the Maryland banking industry. The Power 30 list highlights leaders in Maryland who played a significant role in helping the financial services industry get through 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic.  As the COVID-19 pandemic touched every part of daily life the Bank’s biggest success was being able to stand strong and offer support to employees, customers, and communities.  

    “I am honored to be part of such a distinguished list of leaders and bankers within Maryland. I believe our board, management and all associates grained a stronger appreciation and better understanding of the essential role that our bank plays in the economic wellbeing of our communities as we supported struggling businesses and consumers,” said Rodeheaver.  “We learned that we can adapt quickly, work under challenging circumstances and lean and depend on our work family.”

    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.  First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.  As of 3/31/2021, the corporation posted assets of $1.8 billion.

  • Garrett Regional Medical Center now mandating  COVID-19 vaccine for all employees

    Posted 8/25/21

    OAKLAND, MD –Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) announced to its staff on August 23rd that the hospital will fully comply with the Maryland governor’s mandatory vaccine policy by implementing a mandatory policy for vaccination as a condition of employment at the hospital.  Prior to the announcement, the hospital’s Board of Governors and Medical Staff both voted to support the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy that will require the vaccine as a condition of employment.  The new GRMC policy also reflects the policy of West Virginia University Health Systems, which requires all employees to be fully vaccinated by October 31, 2021.  The hospital policy will allow for exemptions on a very limited basis for medical and religious reasons.

    “GRMC is the county’s leading healthcare provider, and we have an obligation to our patients as well as to each other,” said Mark Boucot, President and CEO of GRMC. “We want our hospital to be as safe as possible for our patients and staff.  A fully vaccinated workforce will help ensure that safety.  We also must ensure that we maintain the integrity of our operations and not allow a situation to develop where many of our employees are out due to COVID-19.  Furthermore, the hospital cannot allow for the ethical dilemma of having a two-tiered work force, one that is vaccinated and one that is not as it puts a significant burden on the vaccinated staff. ”

    The decision came after the Maryland Hospital Association and the West Virginia Hospital Association both issued statewide commitments from their hospital memberships to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies. 

    In the past few weeks Garrett County has seen a steady increase in COVID-19 cases. The new Delta variant is up to 60% more contagious than previous iterations of the virus and now accounts for the great majority of cases in the US.  Although individuals who are vaccinated can still get a breakthrough case, the rate of hospitalization and death from the virus in those who are vaccinated remains extremely low compared to those who are not. 

    “As COVID-19 once again spreads throughout our region, requiring vaccinations for staff is the responsible next step to protect our patients, employees and community,” stated Mr. Boucot. “From the very beginning of the pandemic, we have put the care of our patients at the forefront of everything we do. The COVID-19 vaccine mandate is no exception. In the midst of an unprecedented health crisis, this is a crucial step in reducing new cases and unnecessary deaths. ”

    While there is a common belief that the development of this vaccine was “rushed,” both the research and development of mRNA-based vaccines has been in the works for decades. Messenger RNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein – or even just a piece of a protein – that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. Moderna and Pfizer did not start from the beginning and produce vaccines in less than a year. They used the platforms they had spent years developing and perfecting, then inserted the necessary piece of genetic code and completed the design for an effective mRNA vaccine for COVID.  The vaccine became available to the public in December 2020, when the FDA issued an emergency use authorization; the Pfizer vaccine has since received full FDA approval. 

    “The vaccines have proven to be very safe and highly effective in preventing hospitalizations, death, and spread of the virus.” said Marjorie Fridkin, MD, Chief Medical Officer at GRMC. “We have a duty as healthcare providers to ensure the safest environment possible for our patients, and that means vaccination to prevent illness and spread.”

  • Garrett Regional Medical Center CFO, Tracy Lipscomb, CPA, CHFP elected to the Maryland Hospital Association’s Council on Financial Policy

    Posted 8/25/21

    OAKLAND, MD – Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is proud to announce Tracy Lipscomb, Senior Vice President of Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer, has been elected to serve on the Maryland Hospital Association’s Council on Financial Policy.  

    “I am honored to be elected to this prestigious council. I look forward to the opportunity to work closely with the Maryland Hospital Association on important financial policies the affect not only our own hospital, but hospitals throughout the state,” stated Ms. Lipscomb. 

    The Financial Policy Council consists of hospital senior executives who focus on helping hospitals and the state succeed under Maryland’s unique agreement with the federal government that regulates hospital rates. The Council helps create the vision and structure for implementation of Maryland's hospital payment system, and promotes support for these changes. Through the ongoing evaluation of all aspects of the payment system, the Council works to secure the financial resources needed to help hospitals take care of people and make communities healthier. 

    “Maryland Hospital Association’s Council members provide guidance and insight on the significant and complex issues that Maryland hospitals face,” said Brett McCone, Maryland Hospital Association Senior Vice President, Health Care Payment. 

    A native of Garett County, Ms. Lipscomb graduated from Southern High School before attending Frostburg State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She began her career at Bausch and Lomb, where she worked in accounting for twelve years. In 1999 she joined GRMC as the Director of Accounting before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2007. Over the years, Ms. Lipscomb has been instrumental in helping direct enhancements to the hospital’s accounting processes and systems. She is an active member of the Healthcare Finical Management Association and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. 

    Garrett Regional Medical Center is an award winning, progressive, Joint Commission accredited acute care facility with 55 inpatient beds in Oakland, Maryland. GRMC was recently named a Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital by the National Rural Health Association.

  • First United Bank and Trust’s Jennifer S. Kreighbaum Maryland Banking School Award Winner

    Posted 8/25/21

    The Maryland Banking School recently announced that Jennifer S. Kreighbaum, Compliance Officer and CRA Officer for First United Bank & Trust, was awarded the Lilian T. Moffat Award for the 2021 session.  

    The Moffat award was created in honor of Lilian Moffat, a longtime MBA staff member who served the banking industry and Association for 27 years.  She was the devoted registrar and administrator for the Banking School from its inception in 1975 until her retirement in 1986.  It is proudly awarded to the student with the highest overall GPA while serving as an outstanding leader and role model for their fellow students.  

    J. Eric Goff, Vice President, Operational Risk and BSA Officer commented, “This recognition exemplifies Jennifer’s strong work ethic and accelerated growth within our organization and industry.  Her dedication is a true asset of the Bank.” 

    Jennifer began her financial services career at First United Bank in Loan Servicing during breaks from college.  After graduating from Bridgewater College and Bethany Theological Seminary, she worked as a teller and ATM Specialist for Chase Bank.  She later came back to the area and First United as a Compliance Specialist then was quickly promoted to Assistant Compliance Officer and CRA Officer.  She now serves as the Bank’s Compliance and CRA Officer.  Jennifer lives in Oakland with her husband, Jason, and daughter and enjoys pastoring, football, baseball, and music.    

    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 6/30/2021, the Corporation posted assets of $1.8 billion.

  • Declaration Networks Named Again to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies

    Leading provider of broadband has impressive three-year growth rate of 239%

    Posted 8/25/21

    VIENNA, VA. (PRWEB) AUGUST 19, 2021 - Declaration Networks Group, Inc. (DNG), a leading provider of broadband services, announced today that it has made the annual Inc. 5000 list for the second consecutive year. DNG’s rank increased over 300 spots with an impressive three-year growth rate of 239%, joining the list of the fastest growing and most successful companies in America, which has previously included the likes of Microsoft, Dell, LinkedIn, and others.

    “The DNG team is proud and delighted to again be recognized as an industry leader by being named to the Inc. 5000 list,” said Bob Nichols, CEO of DNG. “We continue with our mission of helping to close the digital divide, while driving positive economic, educational, healthcare and social benefits that broadband access energizes in the communities that we serve. Making the Inc. 5000 list, especially during the past challenging year with the pandemic, reflects our ongoing commitment to the areas that we serve and the success that we have had in deploying our networks in rural America.”

    Under the NeuBeam™ brand, DNG provides residential and business customers affordable high- speed internet services allowing them to telework, participate in online learning, receive telehealth services, as well as providing digital transformation for rural agriculture and utility industries through increased access to advanced fiber, wireless and cloud application technologies.

    DNG has successfully deployed its cooperative model in Virginia, Maryland and Washington State through private equity, public Federal awards via FCC and USDA broadband programs, as well as through a strategic relationship with Microsoft as a partner in their Airband Initiative.

    Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies are also being featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20.

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


  • UScellular Offering Customers Free Calls to Afghanistan

    Posted 8/25/21

    CHICAGO (August 24, 2021) – In the midst of the escalating situation in Afghanistan, UScellular is offering customers free calls to Afghanistan from the United States. As of Monday, August 16 and through December 31, 2021, customers will be able to make outbound calls to Afghanistan at no additional charge, as international dialing rates for these calls will not apply. 

    Postpaid customers will have charges automatically removed. Prepaid customers whose plans allow for international dialing can call customer service at 1-888-944-9400 or *611 from their mobile phone to receive credits for applicable calls.

    “While we cannot take away the pain of this humanitarian crisis, we hope to make it easier to connect with friends, family and those who need our help and support,” said Courtland Madock, vice president, marketing at UScellular. 

    For more information on UScellular’s international dialing options, go HERE.


  • First United Bank & Trust Promotes April Jones As Residential Loan Originator

    Posted 8/6/21
    Mary Bond, Vice President and Director of Retail and Scott Hostetler, Vice President and Director of Mortgage Services, congratulate April Jones in her new role as Residential Loan Originator for the Garrett County market.
     April has 10 years of mortgage and financial services experience.  She began her career as a Realtor with Long and Foster Real Estate in Fredericksburg, VA.  She also held the position of Loan Officer in Thomas, WV before coming to First United.  For the last three and a half years, she has held the position of Residential Loan Specialist at the First United Operations Center.  April is a graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Strategic Communications.       
    “We are thrilled that April has taken the position of Residential Loan Originator and will continue to be a member of our team.  Through her knowledge of operational mortgage services as well as customer service experience, she’ll bring a fresh perspective working in the local community that will serve her and our customers well,” commented Scott Hostetler.
    April resides in Eglon, WV with her husband and their three children – William, David and Elizabeth.  Her office is located at the Deep Creek Lake Community Office, in McHenry, MD and you may contact her by calling 1-301-533-1616.
    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.  First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.  As of 3/31/2021, the corporation posted assets of $1.8 billion.
  • First United Sponsors 33rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

    Posted 7/26/21
    Oakland, MD -- First United Bank & Trust sponsored the 33rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Oakland Golf Club on Friday, July 9, 2021.  This was the 23rd year that First United organized the event.  The tournament has become a tradition over the past 32 years and has raised over $551,500 for Garrett County charities.  Participants were able to enjoy a challenging round of golf, and at the same time, help raise much needed funds for worthy community projects. This year, the recipient of the tournament proceeds was the United Way of Garrett County, to which First United donated $40,000. 
    According to Carissa Rodeheaver, President and Chief Executive Officer, “We are thrilled to organize the golf tournament to benefit the United Way of Garrett County.  It is because of the generosity of our sponsors and local businesses that we were successful in raising the funds that will benefit our community through United Way’s mission.”
    Michele Walker, Executive Director of County United Way stated, “Our United Way family is overwhelmed by the generosity and commitment of First United, their associates and this year’s golf tournament entrants. While this year was incredible, we are well aware of the long-standing importance of this fund raiser as a key connection between United Way of Garrett County and the non-profits who work so hard in their communities. If First United’s commitment to us is any indication, the future of Garrett County is a bright one.”
    We would like to recognize the top winners of this year’s tournament.  The first place (low gross) team was Shrimp on the Barbie and they won $500. The first place (low net) team was Team Livengood and they also won $500.  Congratulations to all the winners and a special thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, and participants.

    Posted 7/26/21

    Volunteers are needed for the annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 10th and 11th, at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry. This year the committee added Friday night premium wine tasting to the weekend. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festivals and provides participants the chance to taste new wines and see unique wares of juried artists.  Volunteers will be needed for set-up, Friday night and Saturday wine pouring, security, silent auction, tear-down, and staffing the front gate, wine store, and information areas. Volunteers will receive free non-tasting admission and a festival t-shirt, or have the option to purchase a tasting ticket at a discounted price.  For more information and to sign-up, please go to deepcreekwinefest.com and click on VOLUNTEER at the bottom of the home page.  It is requested that volunteers sign up by August 5th.  Advance tickets to the event may also be purchased on the website. 

  • Comptroller Franchot Presents Final 2020 Helping People Awards

    Western Maryland recipients stepped in to save the lives of the most vulnerable


    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (July 21, 2021) - Comptroller Peter Franchot today virtually presented the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award to recipients in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties. 

    "This final round of 2020 honorees showcase the best and brightest spirits of their communities. They stepped up to provide critical resources and create pathways for vulnerable neighbors, friends and families facing life and death struggles," Comptroller Franchot said. "It's my honor to recognize their efforts in memory of the late Governor William Donald Schaefer and his "Do It Now" approach. Today's award recipients embody his spirit. They recognized the needs of their communities, took action and continue to inspire the rest of us to face and address our challenges."

    Mindy Wilkinson, owner of She's So Pretty dress shop in Lonaconing received the award for Allegany County. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mindy selflessly dove right in, turning her dress shop in to a PPE production zone, making thousands of masks and isolation gowns to keep those on the front lines safe from the deadly virus. 
    In Frederick County, Hayden's Heroes was chosen as an award winner for their tireless fight to find a cure for Histiocytosis - a rare, incurable disease. After her son Hayden was diagnosed, founder Melissa Golden formed the nonprofit to invest in research and provide support to families battling this life threatening disorder. Despite losing Hayden to the disease in 2015, Melissa continues her work to fund a cure. 

    HART for Animals received the nod for Garrett County. HART provides grants to low-income families for spay/neuter surgery and other costly medical expenses. During the pandemic, they offered free pet food and straw to make sure fur and feather companions were fed and warm, while keeping their families free from worry and added financial stress.   
    Washington County's Rick Wilson, founder of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, took home the award for his humanitarian efforts. Twenty-three years ago, Rick founded the organization to provide donated meat to starving families in underserved communities. Since that time, it has grown into a nationwide initiative - saving countless lives and combatting food insecurity every single day.

    Since 2012, Comptroller Franchot has presented Schaefer Awards to individuals or organizations serving their community in each of Maryland's 24 jurisdictions. This year due to continued COVID-19 concerns, all award presentations were held virtually. Press releases were sent announcing the honorees in each region, along with video links to view the virtual ceremonies.



    Posted 7/13/21

    The “Skyhoundz” Classic World Canine Disc Championship Series, which is the largest disc-dog series in the world, is set for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 23rd through 25th at the Lions Club Ball Park, adjacent to the HART Animal Center, on Bumble Bee Road, in Accident, Maryland. The three-day event will feature an amateur day on Friday at 4:30, and approximately 30 teams competing in various qualifying events on Saturday and Sunday. The event is free to spectators. Pepperoni rolls, pretzels, cookies, beer, and water will be available for sale by HART volunteers. 

    The “Skyhoundz” Series consists of Distance and Accuracy disc competition, using one disc; freestyle choreographed routines set to music, using up to five discs, performing a variety of tricks and maneuvers; and pairs freestyle, choreographed routines set to music and using up to ten discs, performing a variety of tricks and maneuvers. 
    Competitors may register for six classes of events, from youth and novice to master and expert. Registration forms are available online at    https://link.edgepilot.com/s/d77eab6d/dH_maGQG60ibPER1oVBBIQ?u=http://www.mad-dogs.org/. Registration at the event begins at 8:30 am on Saturday. The competition begins immediately after registration. The proceeds of the event will benefit HART for Animals.

    For those interested in trying their pet’s jumping and fetching skills, expert disc competitors will conduct an amateur event at 4:30 pm on Friday, July 23rd. “We’ll be showing how to properly throw a disc and teaching your dog the basic skills of jumping,” says Ray Lowman, “Skyhoundz organizer. “The training is free, but a donation to HART is most appreciated.”

    MAD Dogs (The Mid-Atlantic Disc Dog Club) is hosting the “Skyhoundz” Classic. The regional club supports all K9 Disc Enthusiasts and Spectators alike. Their focus is competitive fun, welcoming all new members, both human and canine, at all competition levels. 

    MAD Dogs encourages all canine lovers and their furry friends, through hosting fun events, well run, competitive, and varied, and promote good sportsmanship. 

    For additional information on HART, the HART Animal Center or any of its programs, or to donate, visit the HART website or become part of the HART for Animals community on Facebook.


    Posted 7/8/21

    [Oakland, MD, Jul-21] — At the regular meeting of the Mayor and Town Council of Oakland, MD on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, Principal of Southern Garrett High School, Ryan Wolf, presented a check to the Town in the amount of $2704 to cover the cost of electricity used during a Christmas light display at Broadford Lake Park this past winter. 

    Southern High School introduced the Christmas light show project in 2020 as a fundraiser to finish the lighting, fencing, and fieldhouse at the new athletic park. Christmas lighting displays and inflatables were placed along a 1.5 mile drive-thru course inside Broadford Park and donations were collected per vehicle. 

    The Town thanked Mr. Wolf for the contribution and proceeded to donate the monies back to the high school. The Mayor and Town Council additionally approved allowing Mr. Wolf to proceed with plans for the LED light show again in December of 2021 with the same arrangements made previously. Interested businesses, organizations or individuals should contact Mr. Ryan Wolf at ryan.wolf@garrettcountyschools.org to participate in this year’s light show.

  • Garrett Family Practice welcomes new Certified Nurse Practitioner, Clarice Tannebaum

    Garrett Family Practice welcomes new Certified Nurse Practitioner, Clarice Tannebaum


    OAKLAND, MD - Garrett Regional Medical Center welcomes Clarice Tannebaum, Certified Nurse Practitioner, to Garrett Family Medicine. 

    Tannebaum received a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from Daemen College in Amherst, New York before attending Frontier Nursing University for her nurse practitioner degree. While obtaining her degree she worked at Chautauqua Center, a multidisciplinary federally qualified health home clinic in New York, to fulfill her preceptorship. While at Chautauqua Center, she provided comprehensive primary care to underserved populations throughout Chautauqua County. Services included health education, illness prevention, family planning, well-baby and women visits, and gynecological exams. 

    “We are excited to welcome Clarice Tannebaum, NP-C, to the team at Garrett Family Medicine,” said Kendra Thayer, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services. “Her experience in rural healthcare and dedication to improving the overall health in a community make her an excellent addition to our staff.”

    Before pursuing her nurse practitioner degree, Tannebaum spent four years in bedside nursing, where she gained a wide range of experience which included inpatient mental health, detox, and emergency medicine. She is certified in pediatric advanced life support and is a certified trauma nurse. 

    “I am excited to join the award-winning team at Garrett Regional Medical Center and begin working at Garrett Family Medicine,” Clarice Tannebaum, NP-C, stated. “As a nurse practitioner, I have the versatility to provide comprehensive primary care to patients of all ages. I look forward to caring for patients in the Garrett County community and surrounding areas.”

    As a certified nurse practitioner, Tannebaum provides advanced level care, including diagnosis, treatment, health promotion, health prevention and disease management. Nurse practitioners (NP) are advanced practice registered nurses who undergo rigorous national certification, periodic peer review, and clinical outcome evaluations. NPs are trained to assess patient needs, order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests, diagnose disease, and formulate and prescribe treatment plans.

    Garrett Family Medicine provides comprehensive primary care services for people of all ages, from infants and children through those in need of geriatric care. The practice is located at 69 Wolf Acres Drive, Oakland, in the building that formerly housed Dr. Daniel Miller’s practice. Garrett Family Medicine is open Monday through Friday with evening hours on Thursdays. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 301-533-2929.

  • First Peoples Community FCU Unveils New Logo & Website

    The Credit Union announces a refreshed and modern design. 

    Posted 7/1/21

    CUMBERLAND, MD- First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union is excited to share recent design updates to their brand identity, complete with new company logo and website. Members will begin to see the new modern design as early as July 8th, when the new website launches.

    “First Peoples has established a reputation for being a leader in our communities. It was time that our brand identity matched the modern and forward-thinking institution that we are,” says First Peoples President/CEO, Mr. Stacey Bingaman. “We have taken the time to reflect and embrace our identity as a not-for-profit credit union with a dedication to the communities we serve. It’s never been more important for our members to understand that we’re a solid institution, standing firm in the three states we serve, with a continued focus on helping to create prosperity. We are really pleased with how this design aligns with our institutions personality, and look forward to seeing it rolled out to our 20 locations across the tri-state area.”

    The updated look will be implemented across all platforms and channels in phases, spanning 12-18 months. In addition to the new marketing materials and refreshed website, the interiors of all branches will also be receiving design updates. 

    The Credit Union’s new website, www.firstpeoples.com, will go live on July 8th. The refreshed site boasts a clean design with intuitive navigation and easy to use features. The website upgrade will not affect FP@Home, and home banking login will remain accessible from the First Peoples Community FCU homepage. 

    First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union has been servicing the community since 1960. We currently have 20 community locations, providing full service banking with convenient and friendly service. First Peoples consists of more than 32,000 member/owners and manages assets in excess of $589 million. For more information, visit any First Peoples location, call the Member Connection Center at 301-784-3000, visit us online at www.firstpeoples.com, or join us on Facebook