February 2019

Student Volunteerism Leads to National Recognition and $10,000 Prize for Local Nonprofit
A local eighth grader at Southern Garrett Middle School has been nationally recognized as one of U.S. Cellular’s 16 under 16 award recipients through The Future of Good program.
FSU Spearheading Counties' Economic Development Project
Dr. Eyad Youssef, MBA Coordinator at FSU, and his students are seeking information from employers and employees regarding regional workforce needs. They survey response deadline is March 21st.
15th Season Under Way for Robotics Team 1629
Garrett County’s FIRST Robotics Team 1629, GaCo, welcomed the community to an open house at GEARS on Sunday afternoon to mark its 15th season.
Deep Creek Axe Throwing Company Open for Business
Axes are flying at Deep Creek Lake, but they are not being used for chopping down trees.
Several Awards Received by White Barn at Lucas Farm
The White Barn at Lucas Farm in the Red House area near Oakland, which opened for business in June 2017, has received three awards in the wedding industry already this year.
Business Credits Power of Possibilities Competition for Successful Startup
In addition to building a solid foundation for the business plan, Bowers and Beckman received key support and mentoring throughout the competition which proved to be the most vital asset.
Employer Registration Now Open for Job Fair
Garrett College invites area businesses to participate in the upcoming Garrett County Job Fair slated for Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Garrett College CARC gymnasium.
"Friendsville Way" Soliciting New Members, Businesses
Members of Friendsville’s business association, known as “The Friendsville Way,” have been thinking of ways to attract new companies and spruce up the town.
New Research Documents Economic Resilience Across Appalachia
The ARC recently released Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia, a new study identifying factors common across communities experiencing persistent economic disruptions.
"Stepping up to Supervisor" Course to be Held at Garrett College
A "Stepping up to Supervisor" course will be held at Garrett College. Understand your role as a coach, explore your coaching dynamics, understand your team, and learn to communicate more effectively.
Power of Possibilities' Business Plan Competition Classes Begin February 26th
Have you ever thought about owning your business? Not quite sure where to start? If so, the Power of Possibilities' Business Plan Writing Series and Competition is for you!
Garrett College Responds to Growing Needs of the Transportation Industry
The truck driving industry is experiencing a crisis. There are simply not enough workers to fill jobs. Garrett College is answering that call.
Sipside Lounge Set to Open in Oakland on February 15th
Sipside Lounge is set to be the newest destination spot in Oakland, with its opening planned for 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 15th.
Winter Fest Set in Oakland Next Weekend
Oakland’s 12th annual Winter Fest will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, and will once again feature expert ice sculptor Bill Sandusky. Sculptures will remain on display on Sunday, as well.
Lightning Fast Home Internet from ProCom Is Now More Affordable Than Ever
Think that lightning-fast home internet packages are only for business professionals and those with hundreds of dollars to spend on their connectivity package? Think again!
Free Counseling Services for Employers Available Through MD Occupational Safety and Health
Maryland employers have access to free counseling services, seminars, publications, and speakers at locations around the state from the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH).
Annual Business Filings Due April 15th
The 2019 Annual Reports and/or Personal Property Tax Returns are now available from the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.
Deep Creek Sign Committee Working on New Regulations
Members of the recently formed Deep Creek Watershed Sign Committee have been busy preparing proposed changes to the watershed zoning ordinance.
Governor's Budget Includes $12 Million for Local Projects
Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled his proposed $46.6 billion FY2020 budget during a press conference in Annapolis on Jan. 17th. The document includes nearly $12 million for capital projects in Garrett County.
Bittinger Paper Artist Transforms Plants Into Colorful Artwork
In her studio near Bittinger, Annie Simcoe, transforms plants into what she calls “paper quilts” — an unusual combination of collage and quilting.
New Work on Exhibit at Gallery Shop
Members of the Garrett County Arts Council and staff at The Gallery Shop in Oakland hung new work on the shop walls this week.