Fishing licenses are not required to fish in Maryland on July 4th as part of the Free Fishing Day program.
Fishing licenses are not required to fish in Maryland on July 4th as part of the Free Fishing Day program.
The Caleb Stine Fundraiser for OTT publicized earlier this month is now a free event with donations accepted.
The Maryland sales tax increase on alcohol goes into effect tomorrow.
The MD State Police are stepping up traffic patrols for the upcoming holiday weekend. As always, have fun but be safe as you embark upon your weekend.
The TriState Festival, Auction & Cruise-In is a two-day family affair to be held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. Local volunteers of Mennonite and Brethren churches work year-round to create items for the event.
Ray Miller of Pleasant Valley Dream Rides volunteers his time each year to provide pleasure rides both days. Coming from a strong service background with the Amish church, Miller states “I participate in the TriState Festival because I know where the funds go – to help people in disaster and needy areas in the United States and foreign countries and I want to help when I can”.
Beginning on Friday, July 15, a giant Silent Auction will be on hand to greet enthusiastic buyers. One-of-a-kind items including handcrafted wood and craft items, artwork, chain saws, gift certificates for local entertainment, golfing and B & B stays will be offered. A market place will offer fair-trade handicrafts from around the world, baked goods, plants, woven rugs, crib quilts and more.
Music performances Friday evening on the stage in the new Garrett County Fairgrounds Exhibit hall will include a Mennonite a Cappella chorus and Ashley Yoder from Delmar, Delaware.
Saturday July 16 will begin with a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast and will follow with chicken BBQ, homemade doughnuts, strawberry shortcake and more. A classic auto cruise-in is sponsored by the Oakland, MD car club. The first 50 entries will receive a free dash plaque. At 10:00 a.m. the benefit auction will begin - featuring over 100 beautiful quilts and wall hangings, handmade by local Mennonites and Amish, Feed Sack wall hangings and handcrafted furniture including children’s furniture and lawn furniture along with many other items.
Kids' activities include an auction at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, hands-on creating comforters and scavenger hunts. Everyone can bring their pennies and small coin to help make a difference for this year’s Penny Power project “A Gift of Lunch” for children who cannot afford the 26 cents in some countries for a daily lunch.
All proceeds benefit victims of hunger, famine and war, both worldwide and in the United States through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the relief and development arm of Mennonite and Brethren churches, based in Akron, PA (www.mcc.org). The American Institute of Philanthropy’s Charity Watch gives MCC an “A” rating.
The benefit will be held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds on Rt. 219S in McHenry, MD (Deep Creek Lake) 13 miles south I-68 exit 14A, 28 miles west of Cumberland, MD. For further information or to obtain a schedule of the Saturday auction, call (814) 442-4594 or go to www.tristatesale.org for a preview of sale items which will be continually updated.
Get Outside & Play at New Germany State Park!
Friday, July 1st:
Night Hike, 8:30 PM
Go nocturnal and put your senses to the test as you experience the outdoor world in this exciting new way! Following the night hike, participants are invited to gather around the campfire, roast some S’mores, and share family-friendly ghost stories. Ages 10 and up. Appropriate footwear required (no flip-flops). Meet at the new Nature Center, next to the Lake House.
Saturday, July 2nd:
Survival 101, 11:00 AM
Have you ever dreamed of exploring the wilderness, putting your survival skills to the test, and really “roughing it” in the outdoors? Join the park naturalist and discover what it takes to survive in the wild, including essential supplies and equipment, vital skills, endurance tips, and more. Dress for the weather (hiking boots recommended). Meet at the new Nature Center, next to the Lake House.
Jr. Ranger Program (Week 5), 1:30 PM
Children ages 7-14 are invited to participate in this 6-week program, designed to encourage environmental stewardship and appreciation for our natural and historical resources. The sessions will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday, from June 4 to July 9, at the new Nature Center. Jr. Rangers will receive patches upon completion, and will then have the opportunity to advance to higher levels, such as Naturalist, Explorer, Conservationist, and Guide. The Jr. Ranger program is limited to 15 participants and there is a $2 service charge. To register, please call 301-895-5453.
Flag Etiquette, 2:30 PM
The American flag may be flown upside-down only as a… (a) sign of defeat; (b) distress signal; or (c) symbol of mourning. Do you know the answer? Join a member of our Armed Forces and learn everything you need to know about proper flag etiquette – just in time for Independence Day! All children will receive a flag. Meet at the Lake House.
Critter Encounter, 7:30 PM
Join a park naturalist for an up-close encounter with wild animals from the Scales & Tales program. Scales & Tales, an environmental education program of the Maryland Park Service, uses live non-releasable birds of prey and reptiles to promote stewardship of our wildlife and other natural resources. Meet at the Lakeside Amphitheatre, next to the new Nature Center.
Sunday, July 3rd:
Little Guards, 2:00 PM
Children ages 3-11 are invited to join the lifeguards at the New Germany beach to learn the basics of water safety and what it takes to be a lifeguard. All activities will take place on the beach (not in the water).
Build an “Enchanted Fairy House”, 3:30 PM
Children ages 3-8 are invited to unleash their creativity and explore the imaginary world of “enchanted fairies.” Children will build their own “fairy houses” that will double as habitat for small mammals, such as chipmunks, rabbits, and mice. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the new Nature Center, next to the Lake House.
Monday, July 4th:
Trees in History, 10:30 AM
Join the park naturalist on a leisurely hike and discover the many ways trees have been used to shape our world, both past and present. Dress for the weather (hiking boots recommended). Meet at the new Nature Center, next to the Lake House.
Let Freedom Ring, 1:30 PM
Celebrate Independence Day with the park naturalist and learn about the majestic Bald Eagle, and how this bird of prey became our national symbol. Children will paint a miniature version of a Bald Eagle to take home and display with pride. Meet at the new Nature Center, next to the Lake House.
Nature Center Open Daily, 10 AM – 6:00 PM.
New Germany State Park
349 Headquarters Lane
Grantsville, Maryland 21536
U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced a $50,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to Garrett County to construct a hiking/biking trail. The County expects 27,000 people annually to use the trail, which will greatly benefit the area's tourism industry and other local businesses.
ARC funds will be used to construct a 1,100-foot long paved trail between the Visitor Center in McHenry to the Fork Run Trailhead, and enable safe travel for users to access the WISP Resort, the Adventure Sports Center, and visit local businesses along Route 219. The connector trail will also link to the Continental Divide Loop Trail system, a 150-mile, multi-user, multi-surface trail connecting to the Great Allegheny Passage to the north. The project includes construction of a trailhead kiosk with benches and bike racks.
In addition to ARC funds, the state will provide $23,000, and local sources will provide $27,000, bringing the total project funding to $100,000. The ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of the Appalachian region to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.
The second annual Garrett County Gran Fondo, coordinated by the organizers of the SavageMan Triathlon Festival is being held tomorrow. The event is a fundraiser for the Joanne M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. The Gran Fondo has been chosen as a promoted event of Cycle Maryland, a program run by Maryland's Office of Tourism.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) will participate in Operation Dry Water, a nationally-coordinated program to raise awareness about the dangers of using of alcohol in a boating environment from. Detection and enforcement of boating under the influence will be a nationwide priority for the program taking place from June 24 through 26.
“Our main focus with Operation Dry Water is to prevent accidents and fatalities while making our waterways safer and more enjoyable for all boaters,” said NRP Colonel George F. Johnson IV.
Operation Dry Water is organized by the National Association of State Boating Law Enforcement Administrators. NRP, the United States Coast Guard and local law enforcement agencies will utilize increased personnel to patrol during the weekend. Officers will be targeting high-accident areas and areas where boating and alcohol have been a problem in the past, but patrols will take place in every part of the State.
Nationwide, 16 percent of boating fatalities result from alcohol use in 2009. In Maryland, alcohol and illegal drug use were a contributing factor in 8 percent of the 219 reportable boating accidents and 169 alcohol-related charges were placed against boaters in 2010. The maximum penalty for operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol is a $1000 fine and a year in jail for the first offense.
NRP would like to remind citizens that the sun, wind and water can cause fatigue in boaters. Alcohol use magnifies this fatigue, impairs judgment and can lead to accidents and death. NRP reminds boaters to boat safe, boat smart and boat sober!
Have you started following the Bear Trail yet? I found my first bear last night. Discover the Bears, Carve a Memory, is a fun new activity and fundraiser organized by the Western Garrett County State Park Volunteers to raise money for the Forest Canopy Walkway to be built at Deep Creek Lake State Park.
To participate, pick up a Guide at one of the sponsoring businesses and then visit all of the locations on the Bear Trail. There are various ways to find the bears, including using GPS coordinates if you're game. When you've completed the trail and have every entry stamped by the sponsoring business, take your Trail Guide to the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park for verification. You will then be entered into a drawing which will take place during a Dinner/Auction Gala, to be held on November 5, 2011. Prizes include a 5' tall carved bear, a plasma HDTV, a handheld GPS Navigator and a MD State Park Passport. If you find that you're particularly enamored with one of the bears, they will be up for auction at the November 5th event.
Below is Black-Eyed Susan, painted by local artist Judy McCaughey.
Our Town Theatre’s Board of Directors invites all who savor high quality music and want to support community theatre to make a reservation for its July 2nd concert by one of Maryland’s most gifted Americana musicians, Caleb Stine. A reservation for this fundraiser is $25 per person. Please call OTT at 301-334-5640 to make reservations today. Payment, made payable to OTT, can be mailed to the theatre at 121 Center Street Oakland, Maryland 21550, or paid at the door.
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 2nd, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Caleb Stine will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. In between his sets will be an intermission of light refreshments and sales of Caleb’s CDs. Guests can quench their thirst with a free cold micro-brew handpicked by George Collins of McHenry Beverage Shoppe, or a selection of cold teas and soft drinks. Sweet and savory goodies of local All-American favorites like OTT’s apple crisp and vanilla ice cream and fresh pepperoni rolls will be served. An extra special treat for the audience will also be a sneak peak of what is in store for OTT’s upcoming 2011-2012 season.
“We are honored to have Caleb perform on our stage for the first time, “ notes OTT Artistic Director Jane B. Avery. Tune Magazine describes his music as “...somewhere between the renegade cowboy-poetry of Townes Van Zandt and the sweet rough and tumble sound of Neil Young’s Harvest. The power in his music comes not from overwhelming volume or violent guitars but from simple strums and carefully measured words that together carry an army of unmatched strength.” The New Yorker goes on to describe Caleb’s music as “...appropriately train-like, steady and powerful.” Another fan notes, “His music poetically evokes images as familiar as the Appalachian Mountains and as universal as our most personal hopes and fears. In addition to the John Phillip Sousa standards we will all enjoy July 4th weekend, Caleb’s beautiful melodies will connect with you on a personal level.“
A local family is sponsoring this event so all proceeds will help pay for next season’s production of Quilters and OTT Backstage’s mortgage. The Board of Directors asks local residents to support Our Town Theatre by attending this fundraiser.
The remains of a female Northern Goshawk were found on June 17 by a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Biologist in the Savage River State Forest, near Grantsville. Evidence supports that the female was shot and killed, leaving three orphaned chicks in the nest to die. This was Maryland’s only known nesting goshawk, a State listed endangered species.
“This is a symbol of Maryland’s last remaining wild places,” said Jonathan McKnight, who manages DNR’s non-game wildlife programs. “Why someone would kill this amazing and beautiful animal is difficult to comprehend.”
The Northern Goshawk is a large, powerful and secretive forest raptor or bird of prey. Goshawks were driven out of Maryland in the early 1900s by extensive timber harvesting, but returned in 2001 because of improved forest habitat. This would have been Maryland’s first successful goshawk nest recorded since 2006.
“We were excited to see a thriving breeding pair in Maryland after four years without any record of nesting, despite repeated searches of former nesting areas,” said DNR Biologist Dave Brinker who found the remains. “This was our only known breeding pair of goshawks, which makes this incident just that much more heartbreaking.”
Scientists can accurately monitor these and other rare deep-forest birds because of funding from public donations to the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species tax check off box on Maryland’s tax returns.
The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person(s). “Maryland’s sportsmen have no tolerance for this act of vandalism against nature,” said Foundation Chair David Sutherland.
The Natural Resources Police (NRP) are asking for the publics’ help in identifying the person or persons responsible for this crime. The investigation has determined that the hawk was shot between May 16 and June 17 in the Savage River State Forest near Westernport Road and McAndrews Hill Road. If anyone has information about this crime or description of individuals or vehicles seen in the area, please call the Catch-a-poacher hotline at 800-635-6124. Callers may remain anonymous and are eligible for reward money.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin accepting applications for this year’s lottery for black bear hunting permits starting July 1. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the black bear hunting season scheduled to take place October 24-29.
“This year’s lottery will follow the same successful model we’ve used for the recent bear hunting seasons, except we are expanding the application period by one month,” said Harry Spiker, DNR’s Game Mammal Section Leader. “We will continue to use the popular Preference Point System that gives applicants who were unsuccessful in the past an advantage this year.”
DNR implemented the Preference Point System in 2007. Hunters who apply will receive one entry in the random drawing as well as one additional entry for each past consecutive year they have applied. For instance, those hunters who applied unsuccessfully in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 will receive five entries in the drawing when they apply this year. The following rules also apply:
* Applicants must apply each year to retain preference points. If an applicant skips a year, all preference points will be forfeited.
* Once an applicant is selected to receive a bear hunting permit in the random drawing, all preference points will be forfeited.
* If an applicant is selected in the random drawing, but forfeits the permit, all preference points will be forfeited.
* Applicants will have the opportunity to purchase a preference point. This will allow those hunters who cannot hunt in 2011 the opportunity to retain their preference points for use in future drawings.
DNR will issue 260 bear hunting permits with a quota of 55-80 bears and will close the hunt when the quota is reached. The opportunity to hunt black bears in Maryland remains limited to Garrett and Allegany counties.
”This will be the eighth season since black bear hunting was reestablished as a management tool in Maryland in 2004,” said Spiker. “Our data indicates that the black bear population growth rate has slowed in Garrett County since the onset of the program. The bear population continues to increase at a more rapid rate in Allegany County and in areas east of the hunting area.”
Online applications for the Maryland Black Bear Lottery will be accepted from 9 a.m. on July 1 until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 2. Phone applications will be accepted at 1-888-579-6768 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on August 22-26 ONLY.
To apply, a $15 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted via credit card, check, or money order. All payments must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Monday. Checks and money orders should be made payable to MDDNR Black Bear and mailed to MDDNR Black Bear, P.O. Box 360, Frostburg, MD 21532.
Only one application per person will be accepted. Duplicate applications will result in disqualification and forfeiture of all fees.
Applicants will again have the option of voluntarily contributing to the Black Bear Damage Reimbursement Fund when they apply for a permit. Donated funds will be used to directly reimburse Maryland farmers who have suffered agricultural damage caused by black bears. The Black Bear Damage Reimbursement Fund was established in 1996 and has paid out more than $100,000 in eligible claims to Maryland farmers. Last year, hunters voluntarily donated $1820 to the fund.
On June 10, 2011 the Savage River Watershed Association (SRWA) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently completed Savage River Headwater Dam Removal and Stream Restoration Project, constructed on property owned by the City of Frostburg. The ceremony was attended by local representatives, project partners and funders.
The project restored natural stream conditions to a 600’ reach of the Savage River to improve habitat for Brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis, Maryland’s only native freshwater trout species. In 2006 the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) listed brook trout as a “Species in Greatest Need of Conservation” leading to the development of a brook trout Fisheries Management Plan that includes a focus on the upper Savage River resource. This area comprises over 100 miles of interconnected streams that are 25% of all brook trout stream miles in Maryland. Brook trout require cool stream temperatures that do not exceed 70ْ F. Headwater ponds and impoundments are known to adversely affect stream temperatures and block fish passage. When a pond is built in-line with a stream, the surface water of the pond warms. As the water re-enters the stream it increases the stream temperature below the pond. When stream temperature exceeds 70ْ F for extended periods, brook trout cannot survive. This condition is known as a thermal impact.
In the early 1900’s an impoundment was built on the upper Savage River as part of a municipal water supply for the City of Frostburg and surrounding communities. This impoundment was abandoned in 1986 with the upgrade of the Savage groundwater collection system and replacement of Piney Dam and Reservoir. Though the upper Savage River reservoir was no longer needed, the old dam remained in place causing increased water temperatures and acting as a barrier to fish passage. The City of Frostburg provided key support to remove the deteriorating dam in order to improve water quality and fish habitat in the Savage River watershed. During the 2008-2010 summer seasons, biologists with Maryland DNR’s Inland Fisheries Management Division monitored the temperature at this site. Data recorded showed peak stream temperatures that exceeded 75ْ F below the impoundment, yet never exceeded 65ْ F above the impoundment. Savage River Watershed Association and partners identified this as a priority restoration site as the impoundment was not only causing a thermal impact, it also blocked fish passage to a headwater reach along the mainstem of the Savage River.
Canaan Valley Institute engineered a natural stream design plan to create a free flowing channel that bypassed the reservoir and converted it to a wetland. Natural stream design methods were used to create in-stream structures that add aquatic habitat and provide streambank stability. Stream restoration allowed fish access to 2.5 stream miles upstream from the preexisting dam; improved aquatic habitat by restoring natural stream features; decreased water temperature; and decreased the amount of sediment contributed by streambanks downstream of the pre-existing dam. The former pond area was converted to a wetland, providing wildlife habitat, water quality improvement, and flood storage. The site will serve as a demonstration for stream restoration activities and brook trout habitat improvement projects.
Restoration of this site was possible as the result of partnership efforts coordinated by SRWA staff. SRWA would like to thank all partners, and funders for their strong support to complete this important project. We would also like to thank our local representatives for their interest in, and support of SRWA activities. Project partners that provided funding were: Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT), FishAmerica Foundation (FAF), Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). Partners who provided professional support and in-kind services were: Canaan Valley Institute (CVI), the City of Frostburg, DNR, and SRWA. Project construction was completed by Pine Mountain Coal Company, Frostburg, MD. Sign design, construction, and installation, was done by Custom Concepts, Frostburg, MD. Final planting of the project was done by Conservation Services, Verona, VA. NFWF was the major funder of the project which will have a final cost of nearly $300,000.
For more information about this project or to participate in future site tours, please contact Laura Haynes, SRWA Director, at 301-689-7156 or email@example.com. SRWA is a group of local landowners and other citizens dedicated to preserving and enhancing the rural nature and natural resources of the Savage River watershed in Garrett County. Members assist interested landowners and public land managers with environmental stewardship efforts and educational outreach.