November 1, 2012
Linda Kemphfer held out overnight as the power, heat and water went out, but grew frightened as it became apparent she was trapped in her home deep in the woods of Garrett County. "We were going to freeze to death," she said of her decision to call 911 this week as superstorm Sandy continued to add to the snow mounds piling up around her. "It was stressful, worrying whether you're going to get out or not. " By the time three members of the National Guard arrived on snowmobiles, after having cut a path through fallen trees to her home with a chain saw, it was nearly dark, she said.
February 11, 2014
A federal grand jury indicted two Garrett County developers Tuesday on charges related to a $3.7 million bank fraud conspiracy. The indictment, announced by U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt, alleges that the two developers, who were involved in land deals together, used fake documents that included false names and inflated sales prices to secure a total of $3.751 million in bank loans for two properties...
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.
January 20, 1991
Winter conjures up images of frosty snowflakes dancing in midair, skating parties on frozen ponds, sleigh rides and cozy gatherings by fireside. There are, of course, less delightful images, but this is a reminder that those old-fashioned winter scenes still exist whether you find them around the corner or journey a little farther afield.Many travel west to Maryland's winter vacationland in Garrett County, where snowfalls average about 80 inches a year and winter activities abound. The big attraction there is Wisp Ski Resort on the shores of Deep Creek Lake.
November 27, 1990
Garrett County appears to have taken the lead in hunter success in the Maryland deer season with a bag of 1,729 deer on Saturday's opener. Incomplete totals rank Dorchester second with 1,057. Other totals are incomplete.In both counties, the kill was off about 20 percent from 1989's record breaker, which is attributed to unseasonable temperatures. In Garrett County, a lack of tracking snow contributed to the lag. However, the Department of Natural Resources' deer chief Josh Sandt figures the hunt still will meet his prediction of 38,000 to 40,000 deer.
January 13, 1996
IT WAS A STUNNING BLOW to folks in Garrett County, Maryland's western-most subdivision. Bausch & Lomb, the area's largest employer, announced it was shutting its 25-year-old plant in Oakland by the end of the year. That means a loss of 600 good-paying jobs in a town of only 1,700 residents. The company's contribution to the local economy nearly equals the entire county budget.Oakland's mayor said he was in "disbelief." There was no advance warning, no time for a counter-offer. Bausch and Lomb is struggling.