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48th Autumn Glory Guide
The Republican Newspaper - Established 1877 - Garrett County, Maryland - Thursday, July 2, 2015 -
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Strike Up The Band
     Strike Up The Band  The annual spring concert of the Garrett Community Concert Band is scheduled for this Saturday, April 30, in the Garrett College auditorium, beginning at 7:30 p.m. "From Gershwin to Tchaikovsky" is the title of the program, as the variety of pieces will indeed include works by these legendary classical and more contemporary composers, as well as pieces from various other musical genre, including jazz, Broadway, marches, movie soundtracks, and international selections. Performing two Gershwin numbers with band accompaniment will be soprano Debi Beachy, who is also a member of the flute section. Among the highlights of the concert lineup will be Dvorák's well-known New World Symphony (#9) and – complete with cannon fire – Tchaikovsky's famous "1812 Overture." Former Southern High School band director Rick Clever, who is a member of the band's saxophone section, will guest conduct two numbers. Moe Turrentine is the conductor and Stan Grimm will once again serve as the concert narrator. Tickets may be purchased at the door ($8 adults, $2 students). The GCC Band is a non-profit organization that receives some financial assistance from the Garrett County and Maryland state arts councils.     Today is Apr. 28, 2016.
60th Anniversary Fair Logo Chosen
           60th Anniversary Fair Logo Chosen  
The Garrett County Agriculture Fair Board recently held a logo contest to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the fair, with the idea that the celebration should use a logo that was created by someone in  the community. Mark Stutzman judged the entries and chose one submitted by Raine Baker as the winner. "The one that was chosen was absolutely amazing," said board member Heidi Qualls. "Our fair board is very appreciative, and will be using this logo for the 2016 60th celebration. We would like to thank Mark for judging, and everyone who submitted an entry." Pictured above, from left, are Jason VanSickle, board member; Deb Friend, board president; Baker; and Qualls. Baker noted that she has lived in Garrett County her entire life. She is a Southern High School graduate, and will be graduating from Garrett College in May. She hopes to pursue graphic design as a career.

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Named One Of Four Finalists Out Of 1,200
           Named One Of Four Finalists Out Of 1,200  
Northern High School senior Alexandra Miller has added a significant achievement to her long list of academic successes by being selected as a finalist in the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Fair, held early this month at the Carnegie Science Center. Of the 1,200 students competing in the event, just four are chosen as finalists, to move on to the Intel International Fair in May, to be held in Phoenix, Ariz. This event is considered the "Olympics" of student science competition, and will bring together nearly 1,700 students from 75 countries to vie for scholarships, grants, internships, and the grand prize – a trip to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden. Miller went to the Pittsburgh event with about 45 other local students, who also fared well at the fair. See a separate story and photo in today's issue. Miller has been the recipient of a wide range of honors and awards during her four years at NHS. She is an eight-time Carson Scholar, the recipient of the Maryland Good Citizen Award, a Global Youth Scholar, a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador, and an International Thespian Society inductee, among many others. Last year she was selected as one of 10 students for the Dean’s List Award, presented to her by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen. She is pictured with her winning science project, which she will now take with her to the international fair. She is the daughter of Jeff and Maxine Miller, Grantsville.

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SHS Presenting Little Mermaid
           SHS Presenting Little Mermaid  
The popular Disney film The Little Mermaid will be brought to life on the Southern High School stage this weekend, as the theatre department presents the show tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday, April 28, 29, and 30, with all shows beginning at 8 p.m. The musical tells of mermaid Ariel (Annika Naylor) and her wish to live on land rather than under the sea so that she can be with Prince Eric (Micah Friend). She makes a fateful deal with the sea witch Ursula (Molly Browning), even as her crab sidekick Sebastian (Anna Callis) begs her not to. The story is appropriate for audience members of all ages, according to director and teacher Erin White. It is based on the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. This production is being made possible via a special arrangement with Music Theatre International Inc. General admission is $5 per person. The cast is pictured. In the front, from left, are Alex Longest, Jada Childers, Savanna Kitzmiller, Jordan Landis, Trenton Rinker, Kelsey Eichorn (Scuttle), Korey Mitchum, Haley Friend, Allie Dillsworth, Ariel Elsey, and Angela Lowry. Second row, same order: Danielle Wolf, Callis, Aaron Friend, Cayla Friend, Brooke Miller, Shannon Miller, Lauren Helbig, Liam Elmlinger (Flounder), Naylor, Friend, Browning, Mary Tran, Emily Dawson, Sydney Friend, Kaylin Paugh, Brittney Johnson, and Kaitlin Shaffer. Back row: Brandon Broadwater, Billy Pariseau, Kenny Grace, Katie Shrout, Alanna Kinney, Gunnar Ward (King Triton), Dylan Moon (Grimsby), Kiara DiSimone, and Claire Grove. Not present for the photo was Michael Clapper. For information, persons may contact White at SHS at 301-334-9447.

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Zika Virus Info, Precautions Are Issued By GCHD
This week, April 24-30, has been proclaimed Maryland Zika Awareness Week. The campaign is part of Gov. Larry Hogan’s effort to raise Maryland's awareness about the virus and its prevention.
“After reviewing the current facts about what we know and what we don’t know about Zika infection, it is clear that the most certain way to prevent Zika from affecting an unborn child is for a pregnant woman to defer travel to any area with active transmission of the Zika virus,” said Dr. William Pope, deputy health officer for Garrett County. “This would also include persons who are considering pregnancy but not using the most reliable means of deferring pregnancy, and those persons who would be in intimate contact with a pregnant woman...
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Traffic-Related Deaths Increase In Md.; New Safety Plan Launched
With several hundred federal, state, and local traffic safety experts meeting at the 2016 Strategic Highway Safety Plan Summit to develop solutions to save lives on Maryland roadways, officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Maryland State Police, and National Safety Council on Tuesday announced that in 2015, 520 people died in traffic-related crashes on Maryland’s roadways. 
According to data collected by MDOT, the preliminary figure represents an increase from the previous year when 443 people were killed and follows a trend that has seen roadway deaths increase nationwide....
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Various Conservation Groups To Be Featured At Annual Plant Fest
The third annual Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival will be held at New Germany State Park on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with various experts from local non-profit conservation organizations planning to be on hand to answer questions about native plants and other conservation topics. There will be a large variety of plants and seeds native to the mid-Atlantic for sale from regional nurseries. Native plants and biodiversity will be the focus during various scheduled programs and activities....
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Tractor Trailer Slips Off Road, Flips Onto Side
A Pennsylvania driver was injured in a tractor trailer accident investigated by Garrett County sheriff's deputies last Friday morning. 
Deputies responded to the area just east of Sand Flat Road in time to witness driver Bernard E. Mckenzie, 56, Meyersdale, climbing out of the truck...
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Northern, Silver; Southern, Bronze In Nat'l Report
U.S. News & World Report recently published its 2016 Best High Schools rankings, and Garrett County's two high schools fared well in the list, with Northern Garrett earning a silver ranking, and Southern earning a bronze.
More than 6,000 schools were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals in this year’s national ranking. The Best High Schools rankings are produced in conjunction with RTI International, a global research firm....
Learn more in today's issue.
Local Voters "Stay With Ray" Strubin As Garrett County Circuit Court Judge
Raymond G. Strubin received 56.7 percent of local votes during Tuesday's primary election in his bid to retain his seat as Garrett County Circuit Court judge, according to the Garrett County Board of Elections' unofficial results. His only challenger, Daryl T. Walters, garnered 43.3 percent of the votes in the hotly contested nonpartisan race.
Strubin was appointed to the position in August 2014 by former Gov. Martin O'Malley, following the retirement of Judge Jim Sherbin. Judges in Maryland circuit courts are elected to 15-year terms, but must retire at age 70...
More information can be found in today's issue.
Death Notices
Bobby L. Harsh, 80, Eglon, W.Va., died on Monday, April 25, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Friends were received at the Aurora United Methodist Memorial Building, where funeral services were held . on Thursday, April 28, at the Aurora United Methodist Building, with Rev. Shaun Roberts and Rev. Wally Weeks officiating. Interment  followed in the Accident Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Kidz at the Grove Youth Group, C/O Maple Grove Assembly of God Church, 685 Accident Road, Eglon, WV 26716. The Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at
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