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  • Brian & Crystal Boal Named Garrett County's Most Beautiful Persons

    OAKLAND, MD - Garrett County’s 2017 Most Beautiful Persons are a couple — Crystal and Brian Boal of Oakland. The announcement was made during the Garrett County commissioners’ public meeting Monday afternoon at the courthouse in Oakland. The standing-room-only crowd included Sen. George Edwards and Del. Wendell Beitzel.
    Each year, the commissioners conduct a search for the county’s “unsung heroes,” those who donate their time and talents to help others in need. A local committee then chooses one person, persons, or group to be the “Most Beautiful.”
    “This program recognizes and honors individuals for unselfishly giving of themselves and for having a positive impact on our community,” said committee spokesperson Jim Shaffer at the 31st annual ceremony. “The board of county commissioners would like to emphasize what an honor it is to be nominated.”
    Five nominations were submitted for the 2017 award. The Boals were nominated by Liz Gilbert on behalf of the Our Town Theatre board of directors.
    “Brian and Crystal are two of Garrett County’s most beautiful people because they show their kindness and compassion in all they do for our community,” Gilbert wrote in her nomination letter. “They share their valuable volunteer work for local nonprofits, gifts of books and programs from their own Landon’s Library, and pro-bono financial service provided by Boal & Associates, just to name a few.”
    Gilbert noted they volunteer their time and talents to local schools and their church, and that Brian is a member of numerous boards, foundations, and such organizations as Christian Crossing and the Oakland/Mtn. Lake Park Lions Club. Landon’s Library was established in memory of their son.
    “Landon’s Library, now in its 11th year, invests 100 percent of its donations to monthly books through the Imagination Library, play dates, Kindermusik classes, a youth basketball league, and the Learning Beyond the Classroom bus, all benefiting Garrett County children and families,” Gilbert wrote.
    In 2009, she noted, the Boals partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, whereby a book is mailed to a child every month from birth through age 5. The program is funded 100 percent by Landon’s Library and, to date, has distributed more than 100,000 children’s books.
    “Crystal and Brian invest their warmth and goodwill, resourcefulness, and generosity for the benefit of all of us,” Gilbert wrote.
    The commissioners presented the Boals with a certificate, a commemorative piece of Simon Pearce glassware, and a container of Steyer Brothers maple syrup.
    Sen. Edwards and Del. Beitzel also presented them with resolutions from the state Senate and House of Representatives in recognition of their many contributions.
    “We’re absolutely honored,” Brian said about receiving the award. “And everyone who was nominated deserves this just as much as we do. We really appreciate this, and wouldn’t change living in Garrett County for the world.”
    Edwards expressed his appreciation to all of the nominees.
    “Without you, we wouldn’t get a lot of things accomplished,” he said.
    Beitzel also commended those who submitted the nominations so the volunteers could be recognized for their contributions to the county.
    “It’s an honor for me to represent such wonderful people in Garrett County as their delegate,” he said.
    Also nominated for Garrett County’s Most Beautiful Person were Hilda Maust, Bill Lohr, the Oakland/Mtn. Lake Park Lions Club, and Daniel Clark.
    Maust, who turned 84 on Monday, was nominated by Debbie Workman/Hospice of Garrett County. Maust became a patient care volunteer for Hospice in 2000 and has contributed more than 2,500 hours of caring, according to Workman.
    “When Hilda is given a patient to offer support and companionship, she goes immediately,” Workman wrote. “She offers end-of-life support not only to the patients but encouragement to the families as well. She often takes meals, offers spiritual support, and follows up with families long after their loved one is called home. Hilda has provided care to over 100 patients in Garrett County.”
    Nominated by Sandy Bell and Carolyn George, Lohr’s many volunteer efforts include transporting people to doctor appointments, giving away produce from his own garden, planning and cooking meals for fundraisers, and promoting the Bone Marrow Donor program.
    The Oakland/Mtn. Lake Lions Club was nominated by Eric Robison. Founded in 1940, the club holds numerous fundraisers throughout the year to assist efforts that benefit local residents, including vision screenings, Cindy’s Fund, Landon’s Library, Special Olympics, Boy Scouts, and the Deer Park Community Volunteer Fire Department.
    Clark was nominated by Ken Harris.
    “Daniel has been a positive role model for many of our youth over the last three decades,” Harris wrote.
    Clark was a Boy Scout Troop 22 scoutmaster, assisting many to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, and has been assistant wrestling coach at Southern Garrett High School for many years. In addition, he is a blood donor and an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
    “You have homework to do,” Shaffer told the audience at the end of the Most Beautiful ceremony. “About this time next year, we’re going to be at it again, looking for the Most Beautiful people. We’ll be needing nominees.”
    He noted that those who were not selected in the past can be nominated again for the award.

    Posted 10/6/2017


  • First United Bank & Trust Promotes Sarena L. Rodeheaver to Vice President

    Robin E. Murray, Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking and Philip L. Rodeheaver, Market President for Garrett/Allegany/Mineral Counties announce the promotion of Sarena L. Rodeheaver to Vice President and Community Relationship Manager for the Deep Creek Lake and Friendsville offices.

     Sarena has 23 years of financial services experience and joined First United in 1992.  She began as a Customer Service Representative and has held a variety of positions including Loan Operations Representative, Customer Service Center Day Shift Supervisor as well as Assistant Community Office Manager in the Oakland office.  She was then promoted to Community Office Manager for the Oakland, Mid-Towns and Express Offices.  Currently, she is the Community Relationship Manager for the Deep Creek Lake and Friendsville community offices.  Sarena graduated from Allegany College of Maryland with a degree in Retail Management.   

    Philip L. Rodeheaver commented, “Sarena is a great team player who understands the local financial market as well as the importance of community and superior customer service.   Sarena’s knowledge and expertise makes her a tremendous asset to the Bank and her customers.”  

    Rodeheaver is active in the community and supports several non-profits.  Currently, she serves as treasurer and board member for the Garrett County Agriculture Fair.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Garrett County.  Sarena is a member of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Diplomat Committee.

    Sarena resides in McHenry with her husband Mark.  They have two children Derek and Carly and she is also an active member at the Oak Grove Church of the Brethren.           
    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 and Monongalia Counties in West Virginia.  First United’s website can be located at MyBank.com.  As of 6/30/2017, the corporation posted assets of $1.3 billion.

    Posted 9/18/2017

  • Wisp Resort set to open Wisp Escape Games, First adventure game of its kind in Deep Creek Lake 

    DEEP CREEK LAKE, MD (September 12, 2017) – Wisp Resort is set to open Wisp Escape Games on Saturday, September 16.  An Escape Game is a themed physical adventure game where players are put in a room and must use team building and problem solving to complete puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to ‘escape’ the room in a set amount of time.  The Race to the Slopes game accommodates six to ten players and the cost is $24 per person.  Reservations are required and available at www.wispresort.com or by calling 800.462.9477.

    Wisp’s first Escape Game, Race to the Slopes, sets the fictional scene in the first big snow storm of the winter season.  The lifts start turning in exactly one hour!  The problem is, you’re stuck at work in the ski shop and on top of that, you’ve misplaced your lift ticket.  The first thing you need to do is complete all your work tasks.  Next, you’ll need to find your lift ticket which will guide you to the escape key.  Hurry, before you miss all the freshies – tick, tock, tick, tock…

    “Wisp Escape Games will add another dimension to Wisp’s menu of activities – it’s not dependent on weather, the games will be offered into the evening hours and it is an ideal team building activity for groups,” said Eric Anderson, Mountain Park Manager.  Anderson also stated, “The closest game of its kind is located in Morgantown, WV so this will be a unique attraction for Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County.”

    Wisp Resort is Maryland’s only all-season ski, golf and recreation resort, overlooking Deep Creek Lake from Marsh Mountain in the heart of Garrett County, the state’s westernmost county. With more than 65 miles of shoreline, Deep Creek Lake is Maryland’s largest freshwater lake. Wisp Resort offers 172 acres of skiable terrain along with a Mountain Park for snow tubing, mountain coaster and ice skating and a Nordic Center for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  Spring, summer and fall feature an array of outdoor recreation including three canopy tour zip lines, segway tours, archery, orienteering, chairlift rides, mountain coaster, paddleboard and kayak rentals, downhill mountain biking, gem mining and disc golf.  Groups gather in Wisp Resort’s 40,000 sq ft of function space for meetings, conferences, retreats, reunions and weddings during all four seasons.  Visit www.wispresort.com for pricing and details.

    Posted 9/14/2017


  • TheDeepCreekWedding Website Under New Ownership

    Deep Creek Lake, MD – TheDeepCreekWedding.com has recently assumed new ownership under Garrett County business proprietor Sarah Myers. This local focused business directory and advertising website strives to promote the Deep Creek Lake and surrounding area as a national Top 20 wedding destination in the United States.

    Under the ownership of Myers, the site’s mission will remain to create a connection between couples, their loved ones, and the Deep Creek Lake area. The site communicates that the Deep Creek Lake area is a cooperative and friendly place for planning and holding the ideal wedding no matter what landscape setting is desired.

    The ownership change of The Deep Creek Wedding (TDCW) does not impact the ownership of its sister organization Garrett County Wedding Professionals (GCWP). The GCWP will continue to work alongside TDCW to promote growth of the local wedding community through social networking events and educational sessions for professionals.

    “I am eager to take on TheDeepCreekWedding.com; I am committed to working to helping make the Deep Creek Lake area a great place to live, work, visit and get married,” says Myers.

    Mrs. Myers has been working in community development in Garrett County for over three years and is the owner of Curb Appeal Marketing. She holds an undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and a MBA from Mississippi State University. 

    Learn more about The Deep Creek Wedding at www.TheDeepCreekWedding.com or contact Sarah at info@thedeepcreekwedding.com. 

    Posted 9/12/2017

  • Garrett College Foundation Notes Scholarship Awards

    McHenry, MD – The Garrett College Foundation annually presents scholarships to Garrett College students. Following are the names of scholarship recipients for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Kara Kyle, a current student who lives in Barton, has been awarded the Amy Mildred Sharpless Scholarship. She is pursuing her associate in applied science degree in natural resources & wildlife technology. 

    Liutarias Repsys, a current student and resident of Lithuania, has received the Garrett College Board of Trustees Scholarship and the Rev. Carol Henry Youse Memorial & Dolores Youse Scholarship.  He is pursuing his associate in arts degree in arts & sciences: mathematics/science.

    Sean Perry, a resident of Oak Ridge, N.J. has been awarded the Garrett College Foundation Grant. He is pursuing his associate in arts degree in general studies.

    Morgan Carr, a resident of Oakland and a 2017 graduate of Northern High School, has received the American Association of University Women Scholarship.  She is pursuing her studies in occupational therapy.

    Andrew Haberkorn, a current student who lives in Grantsville, has been awarded the Daniel Edward Offutt, III Achievement Award Scholarship.  He is pursuing his associate in arts degree in general studies.

    Amber Shaw, a resident of Baltimore, has received the Garrett College Foundation Grant. She is pursuing her associate in arts degree in arts & sciences: mathematics/sciences.

    Daniel Duggan, a 2017 graduate of Southern High School who resides in Swanton, has been awarded the Colonel J. Haig & Mrs. Ruth Ridder Jackson Scholarship. He is pursuing his associate in arts degree in business administration.
    Philip Checkes, a resident of Grantsville and a 2017 graduate of Northern High School, has received the Garrett College Employee Scholarship. He is pursuing his associate in arts degree in general studies.

    Kelsey Eichorn, a current student who lives in Swanton, has been awarded the Amy Mildred Sharpless Scholarship. She is studying physical therapy.

    Bethany Meyers, a resident of Friendsville and a current student, has received the Dr. Jeanne H. Neff Scholarship.  She is pursuing her associate in arts degree in arts & sciences: mathematics/science.

    Irie Jefferson, a resident of Cheverly, Md., has been awarded the Garrett College Foundation Grant. He is pursuing his associate in applied science degree in adventure sports management.

    Courtney Sanders, a 2017 graduate of Southern High School who lives in Oakland, has received the Hazel Fratz Wright Scholarship. She is pursuing her studies in nursing.

    Devon Rounds, a resident of Accident and a 2017 graduate of Northern High School, has been awarded the James H. & Gladys “Happy” Nordeck Memorial Scholarship I.  He is pursuing his associate in applied science degree in natural resources & wildlife technology.

    Garrett Owens, a current student who lives in Oakland, has received the Rev. Carol Henry Youse Memorial & Dolores Youse Scholarship. He is pursuing his associate of science in engineering degree in electrical engineering.

    Erin Frazee, a resident of Friendsville and a current student, has been awarded the William Henry Schmidt Memorial Scholarship. She is pursuing her associate in arts degree in general studies.

    Matthew Maust, a resident of Accident and current student, has received the Charles L. Briner Memorial Scholarship. He is pursuing his business & information technology associate in applied science degree in business management & entrepreneurship.

    Francesca Gullion, a current student who lives in Lonaconing, has been awarded the Garrett College Foundation Grant. She is pursuing her associate in applied science degree in natural resources & wildlife technology.

    For more information on the Garrett College Foundation, contact the Foundation office at 301-387-3131.

    Posted 9/12/2017

  • GC’s Peter Skylstad to Present “Walking with Darwin”

    McHenry, MD – Peter Skylstad, professor at Garrett College, will present The Naturalist’s Odyssey: Walking with Darwin as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series presentations on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 12 noon until 1 p.m. in Room 511 (Garrett College Library) at the Garrett College campus in McHenry.

    Skylstad is the Professor of Biology and Associate Director of the Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology program at Garrett College. For the past 15 years, he has taught classes abroad on Neotropical ecology in Nicaragua and Costa Rica and has studied nature in southern China and the Peruvian Amazon. He is also a published author and avid photographer of the rare and sometimes strange creatures that live in some of the most remote regions on Earth. He will speak of his travels and experiences during his presentation.

    In memory and in honor of the dynamic educator Joan R. Crawford, the Garrett College faculty created the Joan Crawford Lecture Series.  Crawford, who died on October 5, 2010, had served the College community for more than 30 years.  She joined the staff of the fledgling community college in 1972 and worked in many capacities in the decades that followed, including serving as the head of the Humanities Division and Director of Enrollment. After her retirement, Crawford was named Professor Emerita.

    “Joan was a teacher and writer who cared about words and how they can move people,” said Joan Crawford Lecture Series Coordinator and Professor of English, Jack DuBose. “We offer a wide range of programs in the series, and I think she’d be proud.”

    The Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge and the general public and community members are invited to attend. For more information, persons may contact Dubose at 301-387-3008 or jack.dubose@garrettcollege.edu. 

    Photo:  Peter Skylstad on the Amazon in northeastern Peru.

    Posted 9/12/2017

  • Garrett College Welcomes New Faculty

    McHenry, MD – Garrett College’s 2017-18 faculty will include three new additions that President Richard Midcap said “strengthen what was already an impressive group of talented, committed professionals.”

    David Erbe (associate professor of adventure sports), John Taylor (assistant professor of education), and Anna James (assistant professor of English) all officially joined the faculty last week.  Each indicated there were many things that drew them to Garrett College.

    “I like the small class sizes, as well as the opportunity to work closely with my colleagues,” said Dr. Taylor, who had been professor of health and special education at Glenville (W.Va.) State College since 1999.  “Working at a community college also gives me more opportunity to focus on my classes which is really the goal of providing a quality education to our students.”   

    Dr. Taylor also has experience as a special education teacher in both Preston and Marion counties, and has also taught at Frostburg State University, West Virginia University and Potomac State College.  Dr. Taylor – who earned all five of his collegiate degrees, including a doctorate in education, from West Virginia University – indicated keeping in mind why teachers teach is critical.

    “We should never lose focus on our students,” said Dr. Taylor, who will also serve as the college’s program assistant in arts and humanities.  “Seeing a student learn, grow and mature over the time I work with them is such a rewarding experience.”
    James said the first thing that attracted her to Garrett was the values statement on the college’s website.

    “In particular were the three phrases ‘encouraging a culture of appreciation for the power of knowledge, creating opportunities to reveal brilliance, promoting ageless, life-long learning,’ ” said James, who spent the previous seven years on the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College faculty.

    “I was also drawn by “recognizing diversity, fostering a sense of belonging, and fostering innovation and creativity,” added James, who also served as an adjunct instructor of English at Present Bridge Valley Community and Technical College.  “What dynamic and vibrant language pertaining to values that was close to my own heart.  I thought immediately:  I want to be a part of Garrett College.” 

    James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and public relations from Eastern (Pa.) University, where she won the Senior Thesis Award for Communications, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Queens (N.C.) University. 

    Like Dr. Taylor, James is drawn to community college education.

    “I have a heart for the types of students that community colleges serve,” said James.  “Because class sizes are small, there’s more of an interpersonal relationship between faculty and students, and I have a real opportunity to impact student lives.” 

    Erbe recently served as a field instructor for Colorado Outward Bound School in Moab, Utah.  He earned a Master of Arts in College Student Development in the area of college outdoor program administration from Appalachian State University in 2016 after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science and technology from the University of Maryland.

    Erbe said he is excited to be joining one of Garrett College’s signature programs, which he said has value beyond its specific academic training.

    “Through leadership and group experiences in the outdoors, students learn about their strengths and weaknesses, which is knowledge that can be applied to other areas of their lives,” said Erbe.  “Students develop their understanding of who they are and are better prepared to step up to the challenges they will face in life.”

    In addition to his field instructor experience, Erbe spent two academic years as a graduate assistant in the outdoor program at Appalachian State, and was also a teaching assistant in recreation management at ASU.

    Pictured is Anna James, assistant professor of English, with Dr. John Taylor, assistant professor of education. At the time of the photo, David Eribe, associate professor of adventure sports (not pictured), was in the field instructing students enrolled in the Back Country Living course.

    Posted 9/8/2017

  • STEM Renovation Progress at Garrett College

    McHenry, MD – Construction is well underway at Garrett College for the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building at the McHenry campus. The STEM building renovation is an $8.5 million project funded by the state and county government.

    The capital project is a renovation of the College’s existing Continuing Education building and will consist of a building addition for new science labs. The new facility is scheduled to be complete next summer and is on target to open in August of 2018. Garrett College’s new STEM facility will house instructional classrooms and labs for the following programs: physics, biology, chemistry, math, engineering, as well as activities for robotics.

    For more information on the STEM renovation and construction progress, please visit www.garrettcollege.edu/stem or contact gcstem@garrettcollege.edu.

    Posted 9/8/2017

  • Smoke N Mirrors Announces September 30 Musical Performance

    Oakland, MD, September 15, 2017 - Smoke N Mirrors Photography is pleased to announce a performance by The Jones’ Bones with Cole Leathers in the 3rd Street Gallery on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

    Husband and wife duo, Randy and Daria Jones, have been performing for 40 years in various musical groups. They play steel string, nylon and electric guitars, percussion and assorted sounds with vocals, weaving original songs and not-so-covered covers through different styles and places that take you through an Appalachian Spring to Texas Swing to Brazil and back. Cole Leathers, a Pennsylvania native and solo performer in Folk and Americana styles will be joining them as a guest performer to add additional tasty vocals and guitar.

    There will a Reception with light refreshments beginning at 6:00 pm followed by a concert style performance at about 6:30 pm.  Seating is limited so you will want to call (304) 277-7700 and reserve your spot!  This is a ticketed event and includes seating reservations and beverage tickets, so bring a friend and come enjoy downtown Oakland and all it has to offer.  

    For more information about the event, go to “Smokenphoto” on Facebook or call (304) 277-7700.  Smoke N Mirrors Photography provides a full range of photo services for businesses, families, individual and eclectic portraiture and also offers a variety of gallery prints to help you satisfy that illusive interior design want.  Summer hours Noon until 6:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm Saturdays and 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday.  For more information, visit www.SmokenPhoto.com.

    Posted 9/18/2017