The Board of County Commissioners has announced the following changes to their public meeting schedule:
The Board will be testifying before the Maryland General Assembly on March 4, 2014 therefore, the March 4 Public Meeting will be rescheduled for March 11, 2014 commencing at 1:00 PM.
The public meeting for March 18, 2014 will be canceled and the next public meeting of the Board will be scheduled for April 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM.
The Board has also scheduled an administrative work session for Tuesday February 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM.
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is hosting a Celebrate Heritage Tubing Night from 4 pm – 8 pm on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort, located at 296 Marsh Hill Rd in McHenry, MD 21541.
Bundle up the kids in hats, scarves and mittens and head for the mountain for an evening filled with pizza and tubing fun. $20 per person includes a tubing ticket valid from 4 pm – 8 pm and a slice of pizza and a drink. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area. Purchase tickets online at www.visitdeepcreek.com or call 301.387.4386 with questions.
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and supports heritage tourism in Garrett County through technical assistance and grant opportunities with a focus on heritage related initiatives that preserve valuable heritage resources and enhance tourism in the County. As a state certified heritage area, effort is made to create public and private partnerships to preserve historical, cultural and natural resources focusing on under-utilized resources fostering a greater sense of community pride.
Over the past year, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has been working on an initiative to increase group business, including meeting travel, to the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland. This forward movement comes at a perfect time as data has recently been released indicating an increase in economic impact from the meetings industry.
The 2014 Economic Significance Study commissioned by the Convention Industry Council and researched by PwC indicated that not only has participant volume at meetings and events increased by 10% from 2009 to 2012, but that the industry’s contribution to federal, state and local tax dollars has also seen an increase of 8.97% from 2009 to 2012.
“We understand the impact that the meetings industry has on a destination. We have developed meeting and retreat planning tools via www.visitdeepcreek.com,.” said Jen Durben, Group Sales & Marketing Manager. “The goal is to help meeting planners easily find meeting space, lodging, and activities. We’re happy to assist planners with arrangements from beginning to end including RFP distribution, site visits and selection, as well as creating unique webpages for attendees to access pertinent information directly tied to their event. Since launching our initiative, we have hosted three meetings/retreats with one more slated this June.”
Those interested in planning a meeting, conference or corporate retreat to Garrett County can find information online at www.deepcreekgroups.com or contact Jen Durben directly at 301.387.5238, email@example.com.
The western-most county in Maryland, Garrett County is home to Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort, the state’s only ski resort, and Adventure Sports Center International, the world’s only mountaintop recirculating whitewater course. Garrett County is less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, two hours from Pittsburgh, PA, Winchester, VA and Hagerstown, MD and a 45-minute drive from Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD.
This weekend is the Special Olympics Maryland's 16th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk. Join in the fun on Saturday February 22, 2014 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm at Uno's.
The DNR has released the Maryland Botanical Heritage Work Group report, which details the richness of Maryland’s native flora and explains how a fairly small State is home to such a diverse range of plant species. The report explores why certain native plants and their associated habitats have become scarce, and recommends State solutions.
The Botanical Heritage Work Group was an ad-hoc team of scientists, natural resources professionals and legislators created by the General Assembly in 2013 to carry out a study of Maryland’s native plants. The group was tasked with reporting on the current status and conservation needs of native plants, and associated threats to their communities, as well as guiding a protection and enhancement plan to preserve this important resource for future generations.
To view or download the report visit, http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/26excom/html/04botanical.html
A decision on the mini-marina ordinace is expected today.
The Garrett County Department of Community Planning & Development, Permits and Inspection Services Office, will present increases to the Board of County Commissioners at their February 18th public meeting.
The recommended fee increases can be viewed at the link below:
Recommended Permit Fee Increases 2014
The Deep Creek Lake Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee invites public attendance at all meetings of the steering committee and its four subcommittees. Some meetings will have a conferencing option for those who cannot attend. Those interested in that option are to contact Deborah Carpenter at 301-334-1920 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting announcements, agendas and pre-meeting educational materials for both the Steering Committee and the subcommittees will be posted at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/deepcreekwatershedplan/. The following meetings will be held in the next month.
Lake Levels subcommittee – February 12, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Garrett County Health Department Conference Room (RM 107), 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland MD 21550
Impacts of Growth subcommittee – February 13, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry MD 21541
Water Quality subcommittee – February 20, 2014 from 9:00 – 11:30 am at the Garrett County Extension Services office, 1916 Maryland Hwy, Mt Lake Park MD 21550
Accountability subcommittee – February 21, 2014 from 9:00 – 11:30 am – this meeting is held via conference call only. Please contact Deborah for details.
Steering Committee – March 3, 2014 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm at the Garrett County Health Department Conference Room (RM 107), 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland MD 21550
The Times-News recaps Tuesday's Garrett County Commission Meeting and the retirement of two Garrett County officials.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will begin releasing Rainbow and Brown Trout in streams and lakes across the State in early February. The stocking dates and locations will be dependent on stream, ground and weather conditions. By the start of summer, DNR will have released around 335,000 trout at more than 130 areas throughout Maryland.
The stocking schedule is available online at the Trout Fishing page, and at DNR Regional Service Centers and license vendors. Updates are also available on the DNR Fisheries Service Facebook page, Twitter feed, email news service, and by calling 800-688-3467 and pressing option #2. DNR offers an excellent Google Map of stocked streams to help anglers find their way to the hot spots, and encourages everyone to follow the action and share their successes using the DNR Angler’s Log.
Put-and-take areas have a five-trout limit and specific closures depending on location. Anglers should consult the 2014 Maryland Fishing Guide for closure dates and special management area restrictions.
The daily limit in areas that are not put-and-take or special management areas is two trout with no minimum size and no closed season.
Maryland fishing licenses and trout stamps are not required for anglers under the age of 16.
Anglers should clean and dry their gear between streams and outings to prevent the spread of harmful invaders such as didymo and whirling disease. This can be done by washing all waders, boots and gear with dish soap or a five percent salt solution, or at wader wash stations located at the most popular access points.
Anglers who catch and register a trout that meets or exceeds the Angler Award minimum sizes ─ 20 inches for a Rainbow and 21 inches for a Brown ─ will earn a certificate, free passes to the Maryland Seafood Festival, and the chance to win great prizes at the 2014 Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale in September.
DNR’s trout stocking program is funded entirely by the sale of non-tidal fishing licenses, trout stamps and Federal Sportfish Restoration Program funds, which are generated by a dedicated excise tax on fishing and boating equipment.