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  • Garrett College students can earn while they learn with STARS

    McHenry, MD – Members of Garrett College’s incoming freshman class will have the opportunity to earn while they learn this fall.

    The college is implementing a new retention program that allows first-time college students taking a full-time credit load to earn up to a $300 award that can be applied to books or other miscellaneous expenses for the spring 2018 semester.  The STARS (Striving Together And Reaching Success) program is meant to provide students with the tools for college success starting with the day they reach campus.

    “We’re offering to pay students for acquiring the skills and experience they need to become successful college students,” said Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College’s president.  “I’d say that’s a pretty good deal.”

    The program requires participants to attend New Student Orientation, receive a “C” or better in a First-Year Experience course (FYE 101 or equivalent major course), and participate in one campus activity a month as well as one of two options for learning about transferring to a four-year college or university.  Participants must also utilize at least one Academic Support Service and successfully complete two of several career and student development options, including workshops dealing with technology skills, financial aid, and long-term academic planning.

    Midcap said the STARS program, similar to one he was involved with at Chesapeake College, is built upon best practices in student retention.

    “We are frontloading retention activities to better prepare students for the college experience,” said Midcap.  “The students who participated in the program we ran at Chesapeake consistently produced higher retention and completion rates, as well as higher grade-point averages, than students who chose not to participate.”

    Ashley Ruby, coordinator of advising and academic support, said Garrett College already had many of the pieces in place to launch STARS.

    “The new twist is the integrated, incentive-based model we will be employing,” said Ruby, who is the college’s point person for the program.  “We’re using the financial incentive to get students interested, but the real value comes with the skills and knowledge they acquire by completing the STARS program.”

    Students who complete all of the program requirements and achieve at least a 3.0 grade-point average in the fall will receive a $300 award to be used in the spring.  Program completers who achieve between a 2.0 and 2.99 GPA will receive a $200 award.

    Midcap said that while the program is voluntary, the college will be energetically marketing STARS in an effort to include as many full-time freshmen as possible in the 2017 STARS cohort.

    “We will be sending personal emails and letters to those who are qualified to apply asking them to consider becoming part of STARS,” said Midcap.  ““We see this as a win/win program.  What college student can’t use an extra $200 or $300?  Of course, the most important benefit and goal of this program is its potential to dramatically increase the number of students who will have a successful college experience.”

    Posted 7/14/2017

  • WGW Community Youth Cup Makes Donation to I Can Swim! Program

    McHenry, MD – Cherie Krug, Executive Director of the Garrett College Foundation accepts a $1,500 check from the WGW Community Youth Cup Golf Tournament from Brian Boal of Landon’s Library and Boal and Associates to support the College’s I Can Swim! program.  

    Entering its sixth year, the WGW Community Youth Cup has returned over $350,000 to over 65 area youth charities and organizations.  Founder, Bill Weissgerber, organizes the WGW Community Youth Cup to benefit Landon’s Library, Samantha Funding the Arts, and the Andrew Woods Memorial Scholarship.   

    For more information on the I Can Swim! Program or the Garrett College Foundation, persons may contact the Foundation office at 301-387-3131.

    Posted 8/15/2017

  • 2017 Awards for FireFly Cheeses

    Accident, MD - Congratulations to FireFly Farms' cheese makers!  Their efforts and excellence were recognized again at this year's American Cheese Society Conference.  MountainTop, Black & Blue, and Cabra LaMancha earned ribbons in a judging of more than 2,400 American  cheeses! Firefly's new award total is 108! FireFly Farms offers nationally & internationally award‐winning goat cheese that features the distinct regional flavors of Mountain Maryland. Each cheese is artfully handcrafted and aged with precise detail; and, each offers distinguished flavor and exceptional texture. Since beginning commercial operations in 2002, its products have earned 108 individual awards of excellence. To read the full list of awards FireFly Farms has received visit their website HERE.

    Posted 8/14/2017

  • 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.

    Cayla Lewis, a 2017 graduate of Northern High School who resides in Accident, has been awarded the Allegany & Garrett County Chapter Maryland Municipal League Scholarship. She is pursuing her associate in arts degree in arts & sciences: social/behavioral sciences.

    David Walls, a current student from Sterling, Va., has received the Garrett College Foundation Grant. He is pursuing his studies in nursing.

    Casey Slagle, a resident of Oakland and a current student, has been awarded the Ann Mildred Sharpless Scholarship.  He is pursuing his associate in arts degree in business administration.

    Casie Wright, a 2017 graduate of Brunswick High School who lives in Gasburg, Va., has received the Garrett College Board of Trustees Scholarship and a Garrett College Foundation Grant.  She is pursuing her studies in physical theraphy.

    Summer Gordon, a current student who resides in Oakland, has been awarded the Lancelotta Family Scholarship. She is pursuing her associate in arts degree in arts & sciences: mathematics/science.

    Austin Baker, a 2017 graduate of Southern High School who lives in Oakland, has received the Aza and Louise Stanton Art Scholarship.  He is pursuing his associate of applied science degree in business & information technology: graphic/web design.

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

    Posted 8/10/17

  • Phlebotomy Students Complete Program, Mark End of Third Year of GC’s Phlebotomy Program

    McHenry, MD – Garrett College just completed its third year of teaching the phlebotomy program. This course includes a 69-hour classroom and lab section and then an externship where the students work in the field alongside of a certified phlebotomist while improving their skills.  After completion of the externship, students are then eligible to sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam and earn national certification through the National Healthcareer Association. This standalone phlebotomy program is instructed alongside of the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) making the total student enrollment sixteen this year.

    A spring phlebotomy course is scheduled to start in January 2018 and will be offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center in Accident, Md. The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) course will begin in September 2017 at the same location. For additional information on the Phlebotomy or CCMA program or to register, persons may contact Doug Beitzel, program coordinator, by calling 301-387-3772 or email doug.beitzel@garrettcollege.edu. 

    Pictured are the 2017 Class of Phlebotomy students, from left to right: Christy Stoner, instructor; Nakita Rodeheaver, Tabitha Friend-Large, Morgan Tasker, Samantha Ashby, Amanda Lloyd, Brittany Welling, instructor; Brigette Friend, instructor. Missing from photo are: Soncera Musgrove and Jami Howdyshell.

    Posted 8/10/17

  • Paramedic Students at Garrett College Eligible to Sit for National Exams and Certifications; Entering Second Year of Program

    McHenry, MD – Students enrolled in the Paramedic program at Garrett College recently completed their second semester. After completing 330 classroom hours and 175 clinical hours, these students are now eligible to sit for the EMT-Intermediate exam with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). After passing this national written and practical exam, they will be eligible to sit for the Maryland Cardiac Rescue Technician (CRTI) exam to obtain state certification. 

    This fall, this group of students will enter in their second year of the program to obtain their paramedic certification. This will include an additional 240 hours of classroom/simulation hours and minimum of 280 clinical hours and national and state certification tests to obtain their National Registered Paramedic (NRP) and Maryland Paramedic certifications. 

    Garrett College is the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) approved Advanced Life Support training center for region 1 (Allegany and Garrett counties). Students in this course currently work or volunteer with EMS companies or fire departments from Maryland and West Virginia. 

    The paramedic program is offered at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center located in Accident, Md. For more information on the paramedic program at Garrett College, persons may contact Doug Beitzel, Program Coordinator, at 301-387-3772 or doug.beitzel@garrettcolleg.edu. 

    Posted 8/10/17

  • Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty Wins Guest Bartender Challenge for Animal Charity

    Oakland, MD— Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, a Deep Creek Lake franchise of Coldwell Banker Global, hosted a guest bartender challenge raising $3,348 to benefit local animal charity HART for Animals. Held on May 24 at Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry, Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty (CBDCR) agents took their turn behind the bar serving up drinks with all tips benefitting HART. 

    Also, many on the Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty team were on-hand to help bartend or offer assistance with the raffles and silent auction items. A special thanks goes to sales associate Ann Smith who was unable to make the event but made a significant personal donation.

    “We are always happy to work hard to benefit our community,” said Patrick Kane, owner and broker for Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty. “I’m proud of our team for winning this challenge!”

    HART is a local charity dedicated to improving the lives of animals in the western Maryland region. The Coldwell Banker Global tagline is “Because there’s nothing like coming home — especially when there’s a furry friend waiting on the other side of the door” puts this cause at the forefront for Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty.

    Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty is a total real estate solution for buying, selling, renting, or maintaining your home.  Learn more at www.DeepCreekRealty.com.

    Posted 8/8/2017

  • Smoke N Mirrors Announces August 13 Musical Performance

    Oakland, MD, August 3, 2017 - Smoke N Mirrors Photography is pleased to announce a performance by Jenny and Nathan Wilson in the 3rd Street Gallery on Sunday, August 13, 2017.  This performance will feature “Portraits in Jazz”, including images of Jazz Musicians presented by Dave Bruffy.

    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 8/4/2017

  • GILL Annual Picnic slated for August 10

    McHenry, MD – The summer social picnic is planned for August 10 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Lewis Family Pavilion in Oakland for those interested in the Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL).  GILL is a member driven organization whose mission is to enrich lives by offering a variety of educational, cultural, and social programs geared toward adults primarily 50+ years of age, but open to all. “It’s learning just for the fun of it” according to current GILL members. There is a $10 membership fee to join GILL.  

    The annual picnic is an opportunity to join GILL for the 2017-2018 season, to find out about the fall 2017 program plans and to discuss ideas for the future direction of the organization and future program offerings.  Topics already planned for this fall include the following:  Russian Tsars, Sausage Making, Native Plants, Medical Testing and Screenings, Craft Beer Tasting, Preparing your garden for winter, Mason Bees, Hot Topics and the ever popular, 'Soup and TED' discussions.

    The picnic often draws about 50 participants who enjoy good food and the company of friends. New members are welcome. If you wish to attend, please contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development to register (301-387-3069). 
    Administered through Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development, GILL originated as an experiment by members of the community to develop a group of like-minded people, with curious minds and a keen interest in learning for its own sake. The organization is now entering the fifth season of operation and generally draws over 100 members.  

    For more information on GILL membership or fall programs one may contact Jean Tumbarello at 301 387-3069 or jean.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu.

    Posted 8/2/2017

  • Workforce Development Open House Slated for August 9

    McHenry, MD – Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development will be hosting an Open House at the Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) in Accident.  The event will be held on Wednesday, August 9 from 5:30-7:30p.m. 

    This event is a prime opportunity to share and discuss information on the workforce development programs offered this fall. Tours of the facility to highlight the classrooms and training spaces will be offered for those in attendance. At that time, potential students will be able to ask any questions and begin the enrollment process for the fall session.

    The following programs are slated to begin this fall: adult basic education, CDL class a and b truck driving, certified apartment maintenance technician, certified clinical medical assistant, certified medical administrative assistant, certified nursing assistant, hospitality and tourism, machining, medical coding and billing, phlebotomy, school bus driver training, welding, and veterinary assistant.

    For additional information, persons may contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3136.

    Posted 8/2/2017

  • Third Annual Mountain Maker Fest Striving for Record!

    McHenry, MD – The third annual Mountain maker fest will be held at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) building in Accident the morning of Saturday, August 12.  This event is a celebration of the international maker movement that celebrates and enables those that create things for profit or for the sheer joy of making something themselves.  Makers include artists, woodworkers, foodies, craftspeople, technologists, Lego enthusiasts, tinkerers, inventors, scientists, metalworkers, DIYers and those that recycle common household articles into new designs.

    One relatively new component of the international maker movement is the coming together of makers of all ages, backgrounds and interests to create, on-the-fly, a Great Ball Contraption.  Great Ball Contraptions, or GBCs as they are known among enthusiasts, are devices that use Legos, mini soccer or basketballs and other components to depict or accomplish a certain task, usually involving moving the balls through a series of gates, slides, lifts, stairs, etc.  Some have compared the GBC to a Rube Goldberg-type of device that allows a group of individuals to come together without pre-planning to build a working contraption. In addition to having fun, participants of all ages come together to learn, experience, brainstorm, share ideas and learn teamwork and other skills.

    This attempt to create the biggest GBC in Garrett County’s history will be led by Chuck Trautwein, Lego guru, educator and coach of the county’s award winning FIRST Robotics Team 1629. General admission to the Mountain Maker Fest is free, with charges for some of the workshops being offered in the morning.  One addition to this year’s Fest is a Maker Meet-Up “happy hour” to be held at Smiley’s restaurant from 12:30-2 p.m.  Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided at the Meet-Up, which is sponsored by and will feature discussion driven by the Pittsburg Technology Council.

    Admission to the GBC event is free and is open to all.  Some of the workshops have fees associated with them and require registration.  The Maker Meet Up at Smiley’s is free with pizza provided and requires registration on event-brite (limited to the first 50 registrants).  See the separate article and advertisement in this edition, and go to www.4ruralsuccess.com for more information.

    Posted 8/2/2017

  • Tumbarello named Garrett College enrollment management director

    McHenry, MD – Mike Tumbarello’s broad experience in market analysis, strategic marketing and business development – along with his extensive ties to the Garrett County business community – were all factors leading to his recent selection as Garrett College’s new director of enrollment management.

    “The first step to growing enrollment is ensuring we have the right mix of academic programs to address local employment opportunities and potential students’ career goals,” said Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College’s president.  “That requires accurate market analysis, which is one of Mike’s key skills.  Once we know we have the right programs in place, and which programs appeal to what potential student groups, I am confident Mike can provide the leadership to effectively market those programs and recruit students.”

    Midcap said Tumbarello’s nontraditional background – as an entrepreneur, private sector executive, Johns Hopkins University business faculty member, and most recently as director of the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - will be an effective complement to the backgrounds of the admissions team members Tumbarello will be leading.

    “Our staff already has the traditional admissions and high school recruitment experience you’d expect to see in a college admissions office,” said Dr. Midcap.  “Mike brings a unique perspective and background that I think will create a strong, more diverse enrollment management team.”

    Nicole Christian, president and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, said Tumbarello’s appointment will be well-received in the Garrett County business community.

    “Mike’s business acumen, paired with his marketing expertise, will provide the college a connection with the local business community that has not previously existed,” said Christian.  “Through Mike’s work with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship he has developed an inside perspective that will certainly help to provide programming designed to meet the needs of our business community.”

    Tumbarello said he is looking forward to the opportunity presented by his appointment.

    “Garrett College has so much to offer to students of all backgrounds,” said Tumbarello.  “I’m looking forward to working as part of a broad-based college team to ensure we are fine-tuning our offerings to meet community needs and effectively marketing those offerings to our potential students.”

    Dr. Sarah Garrett, the college’s vice president for instruction and student services, said Tumbarello’s high-energy approach should help create an agile enrollment management team that can quickly address enrollment opportunities.

    “Mike truly understands how to market the best of what an institution has to offer and has demonstrated experience in putting that knowledge and understanding into action to gain real results,” said Dr. Garrett. 

    While the number of local high school graduates is declining, Tumbarello believes effective marketing can allow the college to gain a larger share of that shrinking market.  He also thinks expanded outreach to the county’s growing home-school market, exploration of additional dual enrollment and early college opportunities, increased online learning options, and a more interactive experience for individuals visiting the college’s website can help grow enrollment.

    “The way prospective students interact with colleges is rapidly changing,” said Tumbarello.  “And that relationship is becoming more technology-driven.  We have to make sure we are able to communicate with prospects using the latest technology while still providing the personal touch.”

    Posted 8/2/2017

  • WHO PAYS? The Economics Of Healthcare Coverage

    Many questions about the future of healthcare are emerging as the Nation debates the future of how American’s will pay for medical expenses. Engage Mountain Maryland (EMM) is hosting a nonpartisan panel discussion at the Garrett College Auditorium on Tuesday, August 15 from 6:00PM-8:00PM. WHO PAYS? THE ECONOMICS OF HEALTHCARE COVERAGE, will feature a panel discussion comprised of area healthcare leaders. The free program is relevant for any citizen insured through a private company or the government run Affordable Care Act. Medical professionals may also like to learn more about how changes to the current healthcare system could impact them personally, through their work, or in their medical practice. Even though the event targets Garrett County, the subject matter is applicable to any rural economy.  
     
    What began as a grassroots group of concerned citizens blossomed into a public meeting focused on learning more about the present healthcare system and possible changes being debated. Locally known as the Garrett County Women’s Huddle, a small group formed, looking for answers about how Garrett County residents would be impacted by suggested changes in personal healthcare coverage and how local services like nursing homes, doctors and the hospital would be affected. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often shortened to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010.
     
    Three "Huddle" group members presented the idea for a public panel discussion to EMM, including local resident, Mary Helen Spear. "I have long been aware of some of the highlights of the ACA such as no preexisting conditions, no lifetime cap on benefits, and children on parents’ plans until age 26,” explains Spear. "But in the last few months I’ve learned that Medicaid covers 49% of births in the US, keeps 60% of people in nursing homes in Maryland, and insures almost 30% of people in Garrett County! The ACA also has helped keep our rural hospitals open (and I am so proud of ours). Rural hospitals are frequently the major employer in the area. This has been a huge wake-up call for me. We need to hear from Garrett County healthcare providers to understand what some of the proposed changes might mean.” 
     
    Patrick Hunt, another Huddle group member looked into the amount of Medicare and Medicaid dollars Garrett County residents rely on. This was particularly interesting to Hunt since proposed changes could include drastic cuts to beneficiaries of these programs. "As you get on in years you become much more aware of health care services, even if you are in good health,” Hunt shares. "When I heard a discussion on TV about the challenges rural hospitals would face if the ACA was changed, I began to investigate. It was shocking to learn how critical Medicare and Medicaid are to the well-being of our hospital and our community. We have to spread this message.”
     
    Hunt dove into the numbers and revealed that 20.5% of Garrett County’s population relies on Medicare and 29.2% on Medicaid — a 1,910 beneficiary expansion following the ACA’s rollout. This translates into $114,471,013 in healthcare benefits received in Garrett County alone. 
     
    “We’re really thrilled that the huddle group came to us to help reach out to the community with this event,” says Mark Stutzman, President EMM. “This kind of citizen initiative really reflects what is important to area residents. Compelling research by the group unearthed how Garrett County and many rural communities like ours could be profoundly impacted. EMM is happy to help bring this to the public at large.”
     
    The event will be moderated by the recently retired editor of the Garrett County based newspaper, The Republican, Donald Sincell. He will guide the evening's conversation from distinguished guest panelists including; Mark Boucot, President and CEO, Garrett Regional Medical Center, Marjorie Fridkin, MD, FACS Garrett Surgical Group, James “Smokey” Stanton, MSW, Board Chair, Mountain Laurel Medical Center, Jennifer Lee-Steckman, Dir. of Nursing and Certified Midwife, Garrett County Health Department, and Elizabeth Collins, President, Oakland Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Clinic. 
     
    Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the experts on-hand following the panel discussion. Some of the topics for the panel will include what sources fund local medical services, what are the benefits of the current Affordable Healthcare Act, and what are its shortcomings? Guests can also learn what short and long-term effects of the ACA can be expected, and what citizens can do about it? EMM is looking to share factual information only, and is requesting panelists and attendees avoid political agendas that could cloud a better understanding of the issues a play.
     
    Judy Carbone, EMM Board is also a member of the Huddle group. Acting as a liaison, Carbone saw an opportunity for a wonderful collaboration to educate county residents. "The challenge of how to address the healthcare needs of growing numbers of Americans at a high quality but affordable cost is an issue that impacts all of us, regardless of political affiliation,” begins Carbone. “Finding a solution has to start with looking at healthcare facts in our own community. We need to be on the same fact-based page."
     
    Handouts will be made available at the event with information covered during the discussion. Engage Mountain Maryland has set up a Facebook event page where residents can join and share the event with their social media circles. This is encouraged to ensure everyone has the opportunity to attend this important event according to Carbone. Full details can also be found on the EMM website at EngageMMD.org.

    Posted 7/28/2017

  • 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.

    Kendra Friend, a current student who resides in Friendsville, has been awarded the Dorothy Brock Leighton Scholarship. She is pursuing her associate in arts degree in teacher education: early childhood education.

    Ouray Gaines, a resident of California, Pa. and current student, has received the Garrett College Foundation Grant. He is pursuing his associate of applied science degree in natural resources and wildlife technology.

    Salena Kelly, a current student who resides in Albright, W.Va., has been awarded the Fred Carroll Memorial Scholarship.  She is pursuing her studies in nursing.

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

    Posted 7/25/2017

  • Garrett College Athletics Accepting Nominations for 2016-2017 Athletics Hall of Fame

    McHenry, MD – Garrett College Athletics and members of the Garrett College Athletics Hall of Fame welcome fellow alumni and members of the community to attend this year’s celebration to induct the class of 2016 -2017. Former athletes, coaches, etc. will be honored during the Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC).
     
    Nominations for the class of 2016-2017 will be accepted until August 15, 2017. Criteria for nominations include:
    The alum must have participated in at least one season of athletics at Garrett College and have been in good academic and disciplinary standing
    The athlete cannot be considered for at least five years after they participated
    Teams that exhibited exceptional levels of success and were exemplary representatives of Garrett College may be nominated
    An individual or company who has made special contribution(s) to the support, growth, popularity and/or community acceptance of the intercollegiate programming at Garrett College may be nominated
    Self-nominations are acceptable
    Nominations may be made in memory of an athlete
     
    For more information or a nomination form please visit www.garrettlakers.com. 
     
    Pictured is the Garrett College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2015-2016, front row, left to right, are: Ann Welham, Sue Jack, Nicole Myers, Stacy Sines Wilt, Heather Shepherd Phillips, Phil Caruso, Alfred “Bo” Bishop. Second Row: Mick Bayle, Dr. Denis Fearnow, Matt Hill, Wesley Tubs. Third row: Chuckie Moore, Dennis Gibson.
     
    Posted 7/25/2017
  • SHS Graduate, Lauryn Moon, Signs with Garrett College

    McHenry, MD – Recent graduate of Southern Garrett High School, Lauryn Moon, recently signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball and softball for Garrett College.  This fall, she will study mathematics and science in the associate in arts degree program at Garrett College.

    She is pictured with her father, Clifford, mother, Jennifer, and brother, Will Moon.

    Posted 7/25/2017

  • DCYC 2017 Photo Contest

    This photo contest is offered to promote the sport of sailing on Deep Creek Lake and to highlight the numerous recreational activities and awareness of the natural beauty of Deep Creek Lake. This contest is seeking photographic images that will compete in two separate categories:

    1). Sailing on Deep Creek Lake: photos of sailboats, sailors, sailboat racing and/or cruising for
    pleasure—images that capture the thrill, passion and/or serenity of sailing.

    2). Beauty & Recreation of Deep Creek Lake: Scenic shots of people and the lake's natural beauty
    —people of all ages using the lake for fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, skiing or just plain fun.

    No Entry Fee…

    Submit entries between
    7/25/17 & 8/31/17

    The 1st place winner in each category to be selected by guests in attendance at the Annual Commodores’
    Reception to be held at DCYC on September 2, 2017 will receive a guest sail by a DCYC sailor.

    STEP #1
    Complete and submit the online registration form HERE.

    STEP #2
    Attach your photo to an email to dcyc.photocontest@gmail.com. Be sure to include your name and a caption/title, date taken, and category of each pictured to be entered.

    Posted 7/25/2017

  • Oakland’s Downtown Jubilee Presented by Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty a Success Funds Raised to Benefit Landon’s Library

    Oakland, MD—A crowd of over 1,000 participants joined together for a celebration of small-town charm at the first annual Downtown Jubilee event held on Friday, July 7. The event, presented by Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, was held throughout the streets of downtown Oakland, Maryland from 1pm to 7pm not withstanding a severe thunderstorm warning that caused several vendors to pack up early for safety reasons.
    The Downtown Jubilee was a first-of-its-kind event held throughout Downtown in a music-festival style. Bands such as Mateo Monk, the Terah Crawford Band, Sarah Twigg, Day Old News, The Masons, Jason Shaw, and the Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers played throughout the day on various stages. In addition, Dr. John Rathgeb, Mr. John Wilson, Mr. Neal Brooks and Mr. Patrick Lee presented history lessons in costume and/or dramatic style at the Transportation Museum.

    There were exercise demonstrations, food trucks, raffles and an opportunity for attendees to shop local at many downtown Oakland businesses. The Loch Lynn Church of God and Landon’s Library each hosted a kids’ area with activities.

    “For a first-time event, I think this event was a success. We had a great crowd and great feedback from attendees. Hopefully this is just the beginning of what’s possible for Oakland,” said Sarah Myers, event co-organizer and owner of Curb Appeal Marketing.

    Total monies raised are still being tallied but donations to benefit Landon’s Library were gratefully accepted from attendees and were requested of for-profit vendors for their participation in the event.
    “This shows what can be done when a few very dedicated people get together. All it takes is cooperation, hard work and a passion for what you do,” said Patrick Kane, Owner, Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty. 
    Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty would like to send special thanks to all of the vendor participants and attendees for a fantastic event and especially to Terah Crawford, Marketing Director, Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty.

    About Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty:
    Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty is a total real estate solution for buying, selling, renting, or maintaining your home. Knowledgeable sales agents and staff take great satisfaction in offering exceptional service at every opportunity. Learn more at  www.deepcreekrealty.com. 

    About Landon’s Library:
    Landon's Library is an IRS approved Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization to encourage the importance of books and parents' active involvement in their children's lives. It was established in the most loving memory of Landon Bryant Boal. Learn more at www.LandonsLibrary.com

    Posted 7/24/2017

  • Smoke N Mirrors Hosting Local Author Rose Gordy

    Oakland, MD, June 19, 2017 - Smoke N Mirrors Photography is pleased to invite the public to an afternoon conversation with local author, Rose Gordy.  Rose will visit the Smoke and Mirrors Gallery on Sunday, July 30 at 1:00 pm.  Rose will offer conversations and select readings at the 3rd Street Gallery. 

    The public is invited to tea, punch and light fare while we learn about Rose’s life as a Nun, Dream Interpreter, Writer and Poet.  Working on her 8th book, Rose brings a spell-binding collection of life experiences to the ears of her audience and takes the listener to other times and places with her unique perspectives and life experiences.  This is a free event but seating is limited so you will want to call (304) 277-7700 and reserve your spot!  

    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 7/24/2017

  • Director of the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex Appointed to Advisory Council for NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation

    McHenry, MD – Steve Putnam, director of the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex, has been appointed to serve as a member of the 2017-18 Small Programs Advisory Council of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.

    NIRSA – a national higher education organization based in Corvallis, Oregon – has a stated mission of advocacy for the advancement of recreation, sport and wellness.  As part of its mission, NIRSA provides education and developmental opportunities, generating and sharing knowledge while promoting networking and growth for its members.  Founded in 1950, NIRSA currently has nearly 4,500 professional, student and business members and serves an estimated 8.1 million students.

    According to the NIRSA website, the Small Programs Advisory Council was formed as a result of the Small College and Community College Task Force implemented by NIRSA in 2015. The goal of this task force was to bring the needs of staff at small programs forward as well as to evaluate current and potential resources for that section of the Association’s membership. It has also set the wheels in motion for NIRSA to expand its offerings to meet the unique needs of small program staff. 

    Putnam, who has been a NIRSA member since 2012, was selected for the Small Programs Advisory Council after a highly competitive nomination process.  He previously earned NIRSA confirmation as a Registered Collegiate Recreation Sports Professional (RCRSP). 
    As part of the SPAC, Garrett and the CARC will host a small program/community college meeting this fall called “Face to Face”.  The goal is to recruit more small programs into NIRSA and provide networking opportunities for current members.

     “Steve’s appointment is a testament to the high regard in which he’s held within the national college recreation community,” said Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College’s president.  “This is an honor for Steve as well as recognition of the work he and his staff have done in making the CARC a model aquatic and recreation facility.”

    Putnam will join representatives from six other institutions – Roanoke College, St. Edwards University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Stevenson University, Texas A & M University at Galveston, and Seminole State College of Florida – on the SPAC.  The council is currently working on a preconference workshop for the 2018 Annual Conference; webinar and professional development opportunities across the country; and retention and recruitment initiatives to strengthen the network of small program NIRSA members.

    “I am looking forward to working with all the talented professionals on the advisory council and the opportunity to promote recreation at the small program level for NIRSA.  The success at Garrett College and the CARC over the past six years is a testament of what can be done in the promotion of health, fitness, and recreation at the small program level,” stated Putnam. “We have a great staff and all the credit for this success is attributed to their hard work and dedication. This has resulted in Garrett College gaining a piece of the national spotlight in collegiate recreation.”

    Putnam has served as CARC director since October 2012.  He previously served as director of The Wellness Center in Tucker County, West Virginia.  Putnam earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise physiology from West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively.

    Posted 7/24/2017

  • Great Ball Event Highlight of Upcoming Mountain Maker Fest

    McHenry, MD – Garrett College is hosting the third annual Mountain Maker Fest on Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at the college’s Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) located in Accident.  The program will have a smaller “footprint” and different components this year, with the focus centered on enabling and celebrating “makers” in our mountain region.  The maker movement is a huge, global effort comprised of all those that make, fabricate or craft things for sale, fun or as a “do-it-yourselfer.” Makers include artists, craftspeople, techies, woodworkers, metalworkers, Lego enthusiasts, electronic designers, engineers and are represented throughout our region.

    The highlight of this year’s event will be an attempt to create the largest-ever Great Ball Contraption in Garrett County (for a short video, visit www.4ruralsuccess.com).  All those that wish to participate, young and old, will take part in creating this hopefully record contraption made of Legos and other materials.  The effort will be led by Chuck Trautwein and his team of Lego gurus and will take place in the back bay of the CTTC building.  

    There will also be five courses offered (some free and some with a charge, with all requiring advance registration) on-site throughout the day.  One course will provide instruction and activities around basic soldering.  Another will cover conductive (as in electricity) paint and art (a very innovative approach to art), while another course will cover entrepreneurial thinking for makers, artists and artisans.  Two free courses will be offered to current/future volunteers for the First Lego League (FLL).  These courses will cover “Rudiments of FLL” and the “Robot Challenge.” 

    The third component of this year’s Maker fest will be a one-hour period where various regional makers share their products and processes and answer questions.  Presenters for these quick (about 10 minutes each) “show and tell” sessions include fly fishing “ties,” seed bag crafts, knitting art, and others. There will also be a few interactive maker exhibits available in the building during the day for all to experience high- and low- tech efforts.  Discussion and questions are welcome and encouraged. In addition, a follow-up meet-and-greet, discussion session is planned after this year’s Mountain Maker Fest event at Smileys from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.

    Admission to the general event is free and all ages are encouraged to attend.  For additional information, persons are encouraged to visit www.4ruralsuccess.com or to register for the classes (the rest of the program is setup as a walk-in).  Those wishing to participate in the adult maker “show and tell” by sharing their skills, ideas, and creations are encouraged to contact Mike Tumbarello at 301-387-3167 or mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu. 

    Posted 7/24/2017

  • Garrett College Athletes Named to NJCAA 2016-17 All-Academic Team, Region XX All-Academic Team

    McHenry, MD – The national office of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) announced Thursday a record-number 6,006 student-athletes earned distinction one one of three prestigious 2016-17 NJCAA All-Academic Teams following their success in the classroom.

    Garrett College student athletes Brianna Evans (Women’s Volleyball, Oakland, Md.) and Jafar Musa (Men’s Basketball, Benin City, Nigeria) were recognized for obtaining this high achievement. Evans was named to the NJCAA All-Academic Second Team (3.80-3.99 GPA) and Musa was named to the NJCAA All-Academic Third Team (3.60-3.79 GPA).

    With over 59,000 student-athletes participating in the NJCAA for the 2016-17 academic year, 10.1 percent earning a slot on one of the three highly regarded All-Academic Teams – a significant increase from the last year’s record number of 7.9 percent.

    A total of 1,333 student-athletes qualified for First Team accolades (4.0 GPA), shattering the previous record of 663 set last year. New records were also established in the other two award designations as 1,992 student-athletes earned Second Team honors and a total of 2,681 individuals qualified for inclusion on the Third Team.

    Additionally, both Evans, Musa and Allison Riesco (Women’s Volleyball, McHenry, Md.) were named to the 2016-17) NJCAA Region XX All-Academic Team. All three Garrett College athletes received this honor.

    The NJCAA has been annually recognizing the academic success of its student-athletes since 1983. 

    Posted 7/24/2017

  • Students Complete First Year of GC’s Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Program

    McHenry, MD – The first year of students have completed the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) program at Garrett College. The duration of the CCMA program is a year, and consists of 13 courses (taught three evenings a week since last September), and equates to 426 hours of classroom and lab time, followed by 120 hours of externship, working with experienced Medical Assistants and Phlebotomists in the field.

    After completion of the externships, students are eligible to earn three national certifications through the National Healthcareer Association by sitting for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT), Certified Medical Administrate Assistant (CMAA), and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exams.

    Certified Clinical Medical Assistants are versatile healthcare professionals who are engaged in a variety of tasks in a medical office or hospital. Certified medical assistants can be found in a number of healthcare settings including nursing homes, medical centers, laboratories and hospitals. 

    These professionals are involved in the clinical and administrative aspects of a hospital or practice. Clinical medical assistants help doctors and nurses by preparing examination rooms, taking and monitoring patient vital signs, interviewing patients for medical histories, preparing patients for X-rays and assisting in medical procedures such as the administration of electrocardiograms. Clinical medical assistants are allowed to perform more advanced duties such as drawing blood, administering injections and medications and properly disposing of biohazards, just to name a few. 

    Orientation dates are currently being set up for the fall program and registrations are currently being accepted. Class is slated to start September 18, 2017 and will run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center in Accident, Md. 

    For additional information or to register for the next class, persons may contact Doug Beitzel at 301-387-3772 or doug.beitzel@garrettcollege.edu.

    Photo Cutline:  2017 Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) students: (Sitting L to R) Sierra Miller, Julie Frazee, Stephanie Norris & Taylor Ashby. (Standing L to R): Instructor Brigette Friend, Jordan Henson, Diana Mayne, Chastity Beckman, Instructor Brittnay Welling. Missing from photo: Deborah Beckman.

    Posted 8/15/2017

  • GCC Technologies, LLC Announced as 2017 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards Finalist!  

    Congratulations to GCC Technologies on being selected as a finalist for the 2017 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award. Help them win the Community Excellence Award as well by voting HERE.

    Finalists for the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award and the Business Achievement Awards will be entered in to an online ballot for our Community Excellence Award. Online voting will allow the people who know a company best—its customers, employees, and neighbors—to cast a vote for their favorite business.

    Cast your vote for your favorite business today. VOTE NOW! Voting closes on July 31. #GCCTechnologies #GreatSmallBusinesses

  • 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.

    Alyssa Bahner, a 2017 graduate of Southern High School who lives in Oakland, has been awarded the Caroline A. McNiece Scholarship. She is pursuing her studies in nursing.

    Olivia Bennett, a resident of Frostburg and a 2017 graduate of Northern High School, has received the Michael Vaughn Vitez Memorial Scholarship I to pursue her studies in dental hygiene.

    Collin Bucher, a resident of Clear Spring and a current student, has been awarded the Garrett College Board of Trustees Scholarship and a Garrett College Foundation Grant. He is pursuing his associate of applied science degree in natural resources and wildlife technology.

    Justin Hershberger, a 2017 graduate of Northern High School who resides in Kitzmiller, has received the Daniel Edward Offutt, III Achievement Award Scholarship.  He is pursuing his associate in arts degree in general studies.

    Samantha Cherry, a 2017 graduate of Northern High School who lives in Friendsville, has been awarded the Civic Club of Oakland: Patience W. Grant Memorial Scholarship and the Josh Fike Scholarship.  She is pursuing her associate of applied science degree in natural resources and wildlife technology.

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

    Posted 7/13/2017

  • First United Bank & Trust Helps Save Lives

    First United Bank & Trust will host a community blood drive in partnership with American Red Cross on Tuesday, July 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The drive will be held at the First United Operations Center at 12892 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD.

    About 1 in 5 people entering a hospital need blood, so donors are always in constant demand.  Patients with cancer, victims of accidents, and those undergoing surgery are just some of the recipients who benefit from blood donations.  By donating just one pint of blood, you have the potential to save up to three lives.

    Anyone who is at least 17 years old, weighs a minimum of 110 lbs. and is in generally good health can donate blood.  The entire process takes about an hour and all blood types are needed.  Donors should bring a photo ID.

    To schedule an appointment to donate blood visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter: FirstUnitedOakland in the Find a Drive search box.  Walk-ins are welcome at this drive.  If you have any questions you may also contact Maureen Brewer at First United at 1-301-533-2430 or email mbrewer@MyBank.com.

    Posted 7/12/2017

  • Smoke N Mirrors Announces July 15 Musical Performance

    Oakland, MD, June 19, 2017 - Smoke N Mirrors Photography is pleased to announce a performance by guitarist Dan Baker in the 3rd Street Gallery on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

    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 7/10/17

  • Garrett College enacts border rate for Pa., W.Va. counties

    McHenry, MD – It’s suddenly a lot more affordable for some West Virginia and Pennsylvania residents to attend Garrett College.

    The comprehensive Maryland community college, quickly responding to a new state law, has enacted a border state tuition rate for the four West Virginia and two Pennsylvania counties that border Garrett County.  The rate – $235 per credit hour – is a $35-per-credit-hour reduction over the out-of-state rate the college normally charges out-of-state students, and applies to residents of Somerset and Fayette counties in Pennsylvania as well as Preston, Tucker, Mineral and Grant counties in West Virginia.

    Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College’s president, said the college is seeking to expand access to postsecondary education to the residents of the affected counties.

    “While our primary mission is to serve Garrett County residents, we want to be as accessible as possible to other potential students from neighboring states,” said Dr. Midcap.  “A resident of one of these counties can use this rate to save about $2,100 in tuition while earning an associate’s degree from Garrett College.”

    The new state law authorizing lower tuition rates at Maryland community colleges for residents of counties contiguous to Maryland counties with community colleges was championed by Senator George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel, who represent Garrett County in their respective houses of the Maryland General Assembly.

    “Garrett College greatly appreciates our legislators’ work in helping pass this legislation,” said Dr. Midcap.

    Dr. Midcap noted students from these counties don’t necessarily have to travel to McHenry to take advantage of the new rate.

    “We currently have an associate degree in general studies that can be completed entirely online and we’re looking at expanding our number of fully online programs,” he said.

    Dr. Midcap said Somerset and Fayette County residents who would like to explore attending Garrett College can connect with the college’s Admissions Office either online (admissions@garrettcollege.edu) or by calling 301.387.3044.  Potential students may also go to www.garrettcollege.edu to learn more about programs, residence housing and other areas of interest.

    Students may contact the college’s Office of Financial Aid (http://www.garrettcollege.edu/payingforeducation/financialaid/generalinfo) to learn about scholarships and other aid for which they may be eligible.

    Posted 7/5/2017

  • Hospice To Host Its Second Blast From the Past Bowling Night

    Hospice of Garrett County will be rolling some fun and food into Oakland on July 14th, 2017, from 8:30pm-11:30pm at The Alley in Oakland, MD. The hosts of this charitable fundraiser encourage dressing up in festive clothes representing the 70's, 80's and 90's, for those who would like to, but costumes are absolutely not required for attendance or participating in the fun! Attendees last year included hippies, disco dancers, and hip hop performers. This Hospice bowling fundraising event will include unlimited bowling, table games, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, and a buffet of food throughout the evening, Teams can sign up for $100 for four people, or $25 for individuals. 

    Retro music, photo booth, and special dances are sure to bring a smile to your face, while supporting an organization which helps so many families in our community. 
    For more information, or to register your team, please call or email Kelly at the Alley: 301-334-3040 kelly@partyatthealley.com   OR contact Donna at Hospice djbrenneman1@gmail.com

    Posted 7/3/2017