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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2010
Something's killing the fish at Deep Creek Lake. The die-off appears to be weather-related, but some people wonder if it's an omen for the future of this mountain resort, as the "crown jewel" of rural western Maryland becomes increasingly crowded with vacation homes, boaters and tourist attractions. Over the past couple of weeks, about 1,000 yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, catfish and bluegill have been found floating belly-up on the 3,900-acre manmade lake. Though the fish kill is small compared with die-offs around the Chesapeake Bay, it's the largest here since the state Department of the Environment began keeping track.
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By Donna Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
More than 150 years ago, famed philosopher Henry David Thoreau published his iconic book “Walden,” which chronicled his two years living as one with nature in a cabin set on Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Today, some travelers who seek a Walden-esque experience still want 21st-century amenities and perks. At Blue Moon Rising, a new eco-friendly vacation village nestled in the mountains of Western Maryland, they'll find the best of both worlds. Following a soft opening in fall 2013, the retreat officially opened to guests June 27. Tucked away on 15 wooded acres replete with towering oak, hickory and hemlock trees, various flora, fauna and a quiet stream, the property boasts 14 environmentally conscious, compact and energy-efficient cabins (ranging from 300 to 450 square feet)
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By Theresa Sintetos, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
Deep Creek Lake Deep Creek Dunk Missed the Polar Bear Plunge in January? Here is your second chance to freeze for the Special Olympics. The 15th Annual Maryland State Police Deep Creek Dunk will be held Feb. 23. After dunking into the frigid water, there will be plenty of food and a wine tasting to warm you up. Registration for the Deep Creek Dunk is noon Febg. 23, with the dunk scheduled at 2 p.m. There is a $50 minimum donation to register. You may also register online at dunkmd.com.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
The chairman of the committee seeking to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the Washington area said Thursday that he is intrigued by the possibility that an Olympic stadium could be built on the RFK Stadium site, perhaps becoming the future home of the NFL's Redskins. "When the ownership of the Washington NFL team talked about looking, that's probably one of the places they'd like to look, so that's something we'd like to understand better," said Russ Ramsey, who has been visiting other potential Olympic venues in Maryland and around the region.
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By Megan Brockett, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Tourism gains boosted Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area during the last fiscal year, the result of record accommodations sales for the county and a sharp increase in tourism sales tax revenue, according to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. Garrett County, roughly three hours from Baltimore by car, attracts visitors year-round with the state's largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, and its only ski resort. Tourism sales tax revenues for the county climbed more than 6 percent during the fiscal year that spanned July 2012 to June 2013, while tourism sales tax revenues for the state as a whole grew by less than 1 percent.  Nicole Christian, president and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, attributes much of the county's tourism growth to aggressive marketing strategies that span print, television, radio and online mediums, among others.
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By Kayla Cross, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | July 13, 2010
The town of Oakland in Garrett County near Deep Creek Lake was recently named one of America's Top Summer Lake Towns of 2010 by Budget Travel magazine. Oakland, the county seat, has a population of about 2,000 and sits just to the south of Deep Creek Lake. "We are thrilled that Budget Travel has chosen Deep Creek Lake and Oakland for this honor," said Joyce Bishoff, interim president of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. The town was noted for its old-fashioned ice cream parlor, Lakeside Creamery, and the popcorn specialties created by Copper Kettle Popcorn.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
Once thought to be a somewhat out-of-the-way spot for winter ski trips and summer getaways from the scorching heat, Deep Creek Lake and the adjacent Wisp Resort could become "the No. 1 - bar none - adventure sports destination spot in the world" if Todd Copley has anything to do with it. Toward that goal, Copley's Deep Creek 2014 LLC will be helping run next weekend's USA Canoe Kayak Slalom Team Trials there, as well as the sport's world championships in...
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2013
Garrett County officials have restricted swimming and fishing at Deep Creek Lake, a popular vacation destination, after about 36,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a stream that feeds into the lake. On Friday, county officials notified the public that an overflow of sewage from the McHenry Sewage Holding Tank had affected the state-owned lake, which is Maryland's largest. The overflow, which occurred at the corner of Deep Creek Drive and Town Center Drive, caused about 36,000 gallons to enter a nearby steam that flows into the lake, near the northwestern end of Marsh Run Cove, officials said.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2011
The owners of a ski resort near Deep Creek Lake have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-law protection while they try to resolve financial difficulties related to another business. DC Development LLC, which owns Wisp Resort in Garrett County, announced the filing Sunday. The company has been unable to renegotiate the repayment of a $28.5 million loan with BB&T Corp. The loan was tied to the construction of an 18-hole golf course and community called Lodestone Golf Club. The golf club property, which is near the ski resort, has experienced lackluster sales of home sites.
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By CINDY STACY and CINDY STACY,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 9, 2005
McHenry Madalyn and Chuck Hoffeditz vividly remember the day they retired to Garrett County's Deep Creek Lake: July 1, 1999. "Chuck retired that day from the National Weather Service, and I also retired the same day from a private Episcopal school," said Madalyn, 61. "We moved up here that afternoon." Like many of the area's growing number of retirees, the Hoffeditzes were already familiar with the state's second-biggest county in size, an area known for its 3,900-acre lake, spectacular changes of season, year-round outdoor activities and small-town ambience.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Hundreds of hearty souls waded into icy Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland on Saturday for the annual Deep Creek Dunk to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. The Maryland Natural Resources Police had to cut away a thick layer of ice from the lake to make room for the 850 dunkers, who waded into the water from a spot near the Honi Honi bar. "It looks like Alaska with the backdrop of the chunks of ice," said Jason Schriml, vice president of communications for Special Olympics Maryland.
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Dan Rodricks | February 13, 2014
If you think it's been a long winter here in the Patapsco Drainage Basin, imagine Western Maryland: The first snow landed out there in October; they've had 90 inches so far, with about 2 feet of it held in place by a freeze that has made Deep Creek Lake safe for ice fishing. Of course, winters are almost always like that in Garrett County; it's the snowiest part of Maryland. But I enjoy going over Garrett weather facts now and then for their shock value and for the perspective they provide for my winter-weary and weather-worried neighbors in Baltimore.
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By Megan Brockett, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Tourism gains boosted Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area during the last fiscal year, the result of record accommodations sales for the county and a sharp increase in tourism sales tax revenue, according to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. Garrett County, roughly three hours from Baltimore by car, attracts visitors year-round with the state's largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, and its only ski resort. Tourism sales tax revenues for the county climbed more than 6 percent during the fiscal year that spanned July 2012 to June 2013, while tourism sales tax revenues for the state as a whole grew by less than 1 percent.  Nicole Christian, president and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, attributes much of the county's tourism growth to aggressive marketing strategies that span print, television, radio and online mediums, among others.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
Comptroller Peter Franchot's campaign to push back the start of the public school year until after Labor Day picked up the cautious support of Gov. Martin O'Malley Wednesday. After Franchot opened a meeting of the Board of Public Works by laying out the case for an extended summer vacation, O'Malley said he hopes a task force studying the proposal support the idea. "I'm for that. Hopefully the task force will come out our way," said O'Malley, who generally doesn't show much enthusiasm for the comptroller's ideas.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2013
Swimming and fishing have been discouraged at Deep Creek Lake since Friday after sewage overflowed into the popular summer vacation destination.. Garrett County officials, through the county website, said Sunday that water quality samples taken earlier in the day led them to continue the restrictions on swimming and fishing, and promised more information would be released Monday. On Friday, 36,000 gallons of sanitary sewage overflowed from the McHenry Sewage Holding Tank into the northwestern end of Marsh Run Cove, in a stream that feeds into the state-owned lake.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
Once thought to be a somewhat out-of-the-way spot for winter ski trips and summer getaways from the scorching heat, Deep Creek Lake and the adjacent Wisp Resort could become "the No. 1 - bar none - adventure sports destination spot in the world" if Todd Copley has anything to do with it. Toward that goal, Copley's Deep Creek 2014 LLC will be helping run next weekend's USA Canoe Kayak Slalom Team Trials there, as well as the sport's world championships in...
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By DAN BERGER | March 5, 1992
Jesse, come back! All is forgiven.George must decide whether to chase voters leaning toward Buchanan or those drifting Democratic. Think carefully, George.Bosnia-Herzegovina, which declared independence, has no ethnic majority, no seacoast and no agreed spelling of Hercegovina.Western Maryland without a Representative Byron will be like Western Maryland without Deep Creek Lake.
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By Dan Berger | April 5, 1999
Gambling is OK if it (A) benefits charities; (B) funds schools; (C) improves horses; (D) reflects Native American rights; (E) keeps mad-money in-state or (F) lightens taxes. What can never justify it is fun.The state bought Deep Creek Lake and will move it to Prince George's County.Cheer up. Studies show that bottled water is, on average, as safe as tap water.Beat Tampa Bay!Pub Date: 4/05/99
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By Theresa Sintetos, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
Deep Creek Lake Deep Creek Dunk Missed the Polar Bear Plunge in January? Here is your second chance to freeze for the Special Olympics. The 15th Annual Maryland State Police Deep Creek Dunk will be held Feb. 23. After dunking into the frigid water, there will be plenty of food and a wine tasting to warm you up. Registration for the Deep Creek Dunk is noon Febg. 23, with the dunk scheduled at 2 p.m. There is a $50 minimum donation to register. You may also register online at dunkmd.com.
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