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March 30, 2011
I am the owner of Garrett County's oldest land and water adventure company. Our eco tourism business will be a joke if everywhere we turn there are trucks, smells, bad water, gas wells, compressor stations and gas pipelines crisscrossing our forested mountains. My wife and I own a home in Garrett County and have lived in this home on the banks of the Youghiogheny River Wild and Scenic River Corridor for almost 20 years. One of the first natural gas wells using the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, technique is scheduled to begin just outside of our small town, and the first horizontal gas fracking shaft is coming within 500 feet of my front door and just across our beautiful wild and scenic river.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
We are approaching prime time for viewing fall foliage in the mountains of Western Maryland, according to a report Monday. Much of Garrett County has reached a "high" level of foliage color, according to the Foliage Network, with peak color likely not far behind. The network, a group that pulls foliage reports from spotters around the country, considers high color to be when 61-80 percent of leaves have changed color. Travel + Leisure magazine named the Garrett town of Oakland as the best place in the country to view changing leaves.
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NEWS
December 7, 2013
The Maryland State Highway Administration is destroying Mountain Maryland. During the winter of 2012, the agency applied 48,352 tons of salt on 600 lane-miles of highway in Garrett County. That is more than 80 tons per lane-mile of highway. During the same winter, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan received 305 inches of snowfall - 50 percent more than Garrett County - yet used only 24 tons of salt per lane-mile. Other locations, such as Minnesota and Maine, used only 10 to12 tons per lane mile during the same season.
FEATURES
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 Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
NEWS
May 6, 2014
While the rest of the citizens in the Free State will have the opportunity to watch the first televised gubernatorial debate among Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur, I will have to be content watching "Jeopardy!" ( "The debate debate," May 1). That's because I live in a part of Garrett County that is an "orphan" media market - meaning someone in the federal government decided my local news is from Pittsburgh, not Annapolis, Baltimore or Washington, D.C. A democracy is based on informed citizenry, but out here we are precluded from learning about the candidates through these debates.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
We are approaching prime time for viewing fall foliage in the mountains of Western Maryland, according to a report Monday. Much of Garrett County has reached a "high" level of foliage color, according to the Foliage Network, with peak color likely not far behind. The network, a group that pulls foliage reports from spotters around the country, considers high color to be when 61-80 percent of leaves have changed color. Travel + Leisure magazine named the Garrett town of Oakland as the best place in the country to view changing leaves.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | 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...
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
A 9-year-old boy was badly burned over half of his body in Garrett County on the Fourth of July after a sparkler set fire to his shirt. The boy, whose name was not immediately released, was in critical condition in Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh with burns over 50 percent of his body on his chest, neck and arms. State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci said in a news release that the boy was injured at about 10 a.m. Friday while camping at Savage State Forest in Swanton.
FEATURES
By Dorothy Fleetwood | 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.
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By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Six public schools and three Catholic schools in Maryland were named Tuesday as National Blue Ribbon Schools, a designation given to the most successful schools in the country. The public schools honored this year included Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, a magnet school in Baltimore County, and Linthicum Elementary School in Anne Arundel County. Three Baltimore-area Catholic schools also were given the award: The School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, Immaculate Conception School in Towson and Our Lady of Grace School in Parkton.
TRAVEL
By Karen Nitkin and For The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Something about these chilly almost-autumn days makes us want to sip wine outdoors, watch a parade, browse a manicured garden, or, you know, get scared out of our wits. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities in the region for all of the above. Here are a few: Maryland Autumn Glory Festival You might have been to Garrett County in summer to swim in Deep Creek Lake and in winter to ski at Wisp, but maybe you haven't yet experienced it in fall. The Autumn Glory festival is a good reason to travel to Western Maryland for leaf-peeping, craft shows, live music and parades.
BUSINESS
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 Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
A 9-year-old boy was badly burned over half of his body in Garrett County on the Fourth of July after a sparkler set fire to his shirt. The boy, whose name was not immediately released, was in critical condition in Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh with burns over 50 percent of his body on his chest, neck and arms. State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci said in a news release that the boy was injured at about 10 a.m. Friday while camping at Savage State Forest in Swanton.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
In a cabin built in the 1750s, just a few hundred feet from a 201-year-old stone bridge across the quiet Casselman River, a man sits at a slab of a wooden table, an array of carving tools spread before him. The rush of traffic from nearby Alternate U.S. 40, also known as Route 40, does not bother Gary Yoder. Nor does the "thump-thump-thump" of the weaving loom from the cabin next door. The most celebrated crafter of wooden bird sculptures in Western Maryland is too engrossed to notice.
NEWS
May 6, 2014
While the rest of the citizens in the Free State will have the opportunity to watch the first televised gubernatorial debate among Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur, I will have to be content watching "Jeopardy!" ( "The debate debate," May 1). That's because I live in a part of Garrett County that is an "orphan" media market - meaning someone in the federal government decided my local news is from Pittsburgh, not Annapolis, Baltimore or Washington, D.C. A democracy is based on informed citizenry, but out here we are precluded from learning about the candidates through these debates.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
By Bill Burton | 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.
SPORTS
By Andrew Conrad, Baltimore Sun Media Group | March 15, 2014
Despite running a full-court press for the entire second half and pushing to erase a 14-point halftime deficit, the New Town girls basketball team never ran out of energy against Southern Garrett. "We've been running all season," said New Town senior Tiana Davis, who led New Town with eight rebounds. But the Titans (21-6) did run out of time. Southern (22-4) defeated New Town, 52-47, for the Class 1A state championship Saturday evening at Towson's SECU Arena. The Rams jumped out to a 6-0 lead, and New Town did not score until junior Destiney Taylor-Betts' (10 points, five steals)
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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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