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  • 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