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48th Autumn Glory Guide
The Republican Newspaper - Established 1877 - Garrett County, Maryland - Thursday, July 2, 2015 - www.therepublicannews.com
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Serenading The Athletes
Independence Day
           Independence Day  
Independence Day will be celebrated at Broadford Park this Sunday, July 3, when the Garrett Community Concert Band and the Garrett Choral Society will present a musical celebration of the nation's 240th "birthday." The band and chorus will present a variety of patriotic selections, including a salute to both active and retired members of all five branches of the U.S. military. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Pavilion #1, where there is ample room for picnics and enjoyment of the park's amenities. Concert goers are invited to bring chairs and/or blankets for seating. A fireworks display will begin at the conclusion of the playing of Sousa's famous "Stars and Stripes Forever," scheduled for approximately 9:30 p.m. The band will be under the direction of guest conductor Richard Clever, and the choral society is directed by Jim Tong. There is an admission charge to the park; however, the concert will be presented free of 
charge.
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Dog And Pony Rally Precedes MDE Session
           Dog And Pony Rally Precedes MDE Session  
A live dog and pony were featured in a rally last evening, June 29, at Garrett College, where local residents and guests expressed their opinions about the Maryland Department of the Environment's latest revisions to proposed regulations for the possible onset of fracking in Maryland. Approximately 225 people attended the public hearing, and about 50 people signed up to speak following the MDE officials' review of the newest regulations. Of the 50 speakers, approximately seven were in favor of bringing the gas fracturing process into Maryland, and the rest were opposed. Those in favor pointed to the economic gain possibilities, and maintained that the regulations set forth by the MDE provide enough safeguards to proceed. Some felt that the regs are too stringent, hurting the gas and oil industry. Those against the onset of fracking quoted statistics and study results that have determined the dangers that come with fracking, with documented damage to the environment, to public health, to water supplies, and to property values. The comments were often fraught with emotion, and some incited the audience to either break into applause or to react with voiced skepticism. Several elected officials were in the audience, including county commissioners Jim Hinebaugh and Larry Tichnell, Sen. George Edwards, Del. Wendell Beitzel, some mayors of county towns, and others. Also in attendance were representatives from Engage Mountain Maryland, Citizen Shale, the Food and Water Watch, and Garrett County Energy and Property Rights Coalition. The Maryland Department of the Environment is expected to propose a revised set of regulations in the Maryland Register in advance of the Oct. 1 promulgation deadline. Persons may continue to voice their opinions about the issue to the MDE officials via email at marcellus.mde@maryland.gov or by paper mail to Attn: LMA Director’s Office, Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 610, Baltimore, MD 21230. Comments will be accepted through July 16.
 

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Baker Named Interim Superintendent Of Garrett County Public Schools
The Garrett County Board of Education has announced that Barbara Baker will be the interim superintendent of the Garrett County Public School system for the 2016-17 school year. She was chosen from a field of three candidates who underwent an extensive interview process two weeks ago.
See today's issue for more information.
 
Obituaries for June 30
BECKMAN, Carolyn R., 73, Oakland.
BENNETT, Elaine M., 61, Friendsville.
BENSON, Mary E., memorial service.
BROWNLEE, Gay N., memorial service.
CORLISS, Olive F., memorial service.
FEASTER, Ellen C., 66, Anchorage, Alaska.
HAINES, Charles W., 89, Deer Park.
HOMA, Irene M., 92, Grantsville.
KEMPHFER, Linda L., 62, Swanton.
MILLER, D. Blanche, 91, McHenry.
MILLER, Robert C. Sr., 74, Swanton.
MOATS, Cindy J., 62, Aurora, W.Va.
ROBINETTE, Wesley S., 40, Mtn. Lake Park.
SHARPS, Amos B., 101, Oakland.
WILBURN, Dorothy M., 103, Grantsville.
Cindy J. Moats, 62, Aurora, W.Va., died at her home on June 23, 2016.Friends were received at the Aurora Memorial Building, where funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 29, with Rev. Debbie Strawser officiating. Interment followed in the Aurora Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left fort the family at www.hinklefuneralhome.com.
Dorothy M. Wilburn, 103, Grantsville, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at her granddaughter’s home in Rootstown, Ohio.Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Homes, Grantsville, where services were conducted on Tuesday, June 28,, with the Rev. Daniel Agnew officiating. Interment was in the Bittinger Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
Corliss Service: A memorial service will be held for Olive F. (Lewis) Corliss, who died on Nov. 21, 2015, on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m.  The service will be held at the Oak Park Church of the Brethren, 110 Church Lane, Oakland, MD 21550. All of her friends and family are welcome to attend.
Brownlee Service: A memorial service has been planned for Gay Nadine (Killius) Brownlee, 73, Harrisonburg, Va., and formerly of Springs, Pa., who passed away on June 5, 2016. Visitation will be at Lindale Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 7; and at Springs Mennonite Church in Springs from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, prior to the 11 a.m. memorial service, to be officiated by Pastor Eric Haglund. 
Elaine M. Bennett, 61, Friendsville, died Friday, June 24, 2016, at WMHS Regional Medical Center, Cumberland. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Friendsville, where services were conducted on Tuesday, June 28, with the Rev. Pascal Crites officiating. Interment was in Steele Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
Linda L.Kemphfer, 62, Swanton, died Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Garrett Regional Medical Center, Oakland, At Linda's request, her body will be cremated. No services are planned at this time. Newman Funeral Homes, Oakland, is in charge of her arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the funeral home to help defray cost. Condolences may be sent to her family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
D. Blanche Miller, 91, McHenry, died Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Hospice Care in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Accident. Services were conducted on Wednesday, June 29, at Zion Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Robert Riebau officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Zion Church Building Fund or Hoyes United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
Amos B.Sharps, 101, died Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Oakland Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Oakland. Friends were received at Newman Funeral Home, Oakland, where services were conducted on Wednesday, June 29, with Rev. Donald Matthews officiating. Interment was in Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery, Flintstone. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to his family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
Irene M. Homa, died Friday, June 24, 2016. She was a recent resident at Goodwill Retirement Community, Grantsville. Memorial services will be held in Ithaca, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Institute on Aging Budget Officer, Financial Management Branch, Building 31, Room 2C-06, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2292, Bethesda, MD 20892-2540. 
Ellen C. Feaster, 66, died at home in Anchorage, Alaska, on June 22, 2016. A celebration of life was held at Anchor Park United Methodist Church, Anchorage, today, Thursday, June 30. Her cremated ashes will be spread in both Alaska and Maryland. Memorial donations can be made to Anchorage Project Access, 2401 E. 42nd Ave. #104, Anchorage, 99508, which serves the uninsured/underinsured local population with medical care. Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Benson Service: A service has been planned for Mary E.Benson, Lady Lake, Fla., formerly of Terra Alta W.Va., who died on Sept. 7, 2015, at the Villages Regional Hospital, in Lady Lake. Friends will be received at the First United Methodist Church in Terra Alta, where she was a long time member, on Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. until the noon Celebration of Life service. Interment will be in the Terra Alta Cemetery.
Wesley S.Robinette, 40, Mtn. Lake Park, died on Friday, June 24, 2016, at his residence. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 5, at 1 p.m., at the Loch Lynn Church of God. Interment will be in the Bayard Cemetery. C&S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences for the family may be left at www.csfredlockfh.com.
Carolyn R. Beckman, 73, Oakland, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 27, 2016, at the Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home. Friends were received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, where a funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 29, with Pastor Dave Marsh officiating. Interment followed in the Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Garrett County, P.O. Box 271, Oakland, MD 21550, or Cindy's Fund, P.O. Box 182, Oakland, MD 21550. Condolences may be left for the family at www.csfredlockfh.com. 
Charles W. Haines, 89, Deer Park,died on Monday, June 27, 2016, at Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home. Friends will be received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, on Thursday, June 30, from 4 to 7 p.m.  A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Friday, July 1, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Terry Cumberland and Pastor Barbara Rexroad officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Deer Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Deer Park United Methodist Church, 81 Church Street, Deer Park, MD 21550. Condolences for the family may be left at www.csfredlockfh.com.
Robert C. Miller Sr. 74, Swanton, died on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland.Friends will be received at C & S Funeral Home, Oakland, on Friday, July 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, July 2, at 10 a.m.,with Pastor Ron Beiler and Rev. Don Matthews officiating. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Swanton.  Memorial donations may be made to the WVU Cancer Institute, Garrett Regional Medical Center, 251 N. 4th St., Oakland, MD 21550. Condolences for the family may be left at www.csfredlockfh.com.

 
Second Showing Of Fracking Film Set At Garrett 8
The documentary film Fracking Western Maryland? by Michael Wicklein, much of which was taped in Garrett County, will be shown at Garrett 8 Cinemas, Deep Creek Lake, on Saturday, July 9, at 9 a.m. For this second public showing, Wicklein has created a new segment covering the recent Mary-
land Department of the Environment hearings on proposed fracking regulations. A panel of local and state activists will share with the audience their assessment of next steps. 
See today's issue for further details.
 
Rural IMPACT Initiative Representatives Conduct All-Day Site Visit In Grantsville
The Garrett County Community Action Committee (GCCAC) and Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (HRDC) hosted an all-day site visit in Grantsville last Wednesday for federal and state agencies participating in the Rural IMPACT Initiative.  IMPACT stands for Integration Models for Parents And Children to Thrive.  
For more information, see today's issue.
 
'16 Chautauqua: Ellington, Brooks, Hemingway; Masters Of Their Craft
Chautauqua 2016 marks the 22nd summer Maryland Humanities has brought this free event to Garrett College, in cooperation with the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival. This year's event, Masters of Their Craft, will feature Duke Ellington on July 5, Gwendolyn Brooks on July 6, and Ernest Hemingway on July 7.
See today's issue for details.
 
GC Commissioners Approve Program Open Space Funding For Local Projects
The Garrett County commissioners approved fiscal year 2017 Program Open Space (POS) funding for six local projects during their public meeting last week at the courthouse. 
Zoning administrator Bill DeVore, Garrett County Department of Planning and Land Management, said the available POS funding for Garrett County next fiscal year was $117,928. 
For more information, see today's issue.
 
Local Management Board Awarded $530K For Youth/Families Programs
The Maryland Children’s Cabinet, through the Governor’s Office for Children, last Friday announced $15.1 million in statewide grant awards to Maryland’s Local Management Boards. This includes $530,263 through the Garrett County Health Department.
For further information, see today's issue.
 
Resurfacing Work To Begin This Month On Interstate 68
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin resurfacing I-68 (National Freeway) between U.S. Rt. 219 and Shade Hollow Road in Grantsville early in July.  Weather permitting, the more than four-mile, $4.6 million project will be completed by late fall.
For more information, see today's issue.

 
Driver's Life Saved In Parking Lot Of Inspection Station
Members of the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division were able to save the life of a Missouri man Monday morning after he reportedly collapsed in the weigh station parking lot in Garrett County.
See today's issue for more details.
 
 
 
 
 
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