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The Republican Newspaper - Established 1877 - Garrett County, Maryland - Thursday, July 2, 2015 -
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The Garrett Choral Society, under the direction of Jim Tong, will present three performances of George Frideric Handel's masterpiece, Messiah, this weekend, Dec. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m., and on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. The group of about 40 local singers will be accompanied by string players from West Virginia University, as well as by brass players and vocal soloists. The performances will be given at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Oakland, located at the corner of Second and Center streets. There will be four violins, two violas, two cellos, and one bass, as well as tympani and two trumpet players. Lynn Grimm is the harpsichordist. The vocal soloists are Debi Beachy, soprano; Paula Signorino-Richter, mezzo soprano; Michael Horton, tenor; and David Callis, bass. Standing in front, from left, are Grimm, Tong, Horton, Callis, and Beachy. Tickets are available from any choral society member, or at the Gallery Shop along Second Street in Oakland. A sell-out is highly possible, so patrons are encouraged to obtain tickets early. Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James version of the Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742. The masterpiece includes the famous "Hallelujah" chorus and "Glory To God!" among other familiar works. The Garrett Choral Society is a volunteer singing group with multi-generational members from across Garrett County. This event will be part of Oakland's Great Small Town Christmas weekend. Photo by Lindsay Mulliken.
           TREES FOR TROOPS  
Local Christmas tree growers once again participated in the annual Trees for Troops program by donating over 50 Fraser and Douglas fir trees that will be enjoyed by U.S. military families based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.  The trees were among some 700 of them being donated by the members of the Maryland Christmas Tree Association. Loading the trees in the photo above, from left, are Taylor Sines, Cody Myers, and FedEx driver Matt Plum. The pickup site was Woodlake Tree Farm in Oakland. See story on Page A-2 for details. Photo courtesy of Cindy Stacy.

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The board of directors of the newly formed Deep Creek Watershed Foundation Inc. announced this week that local property owner Ted Giovanis will donate $100,000 to the foundation. The funds will be utilized for a water budget for the maintainance of more consistent/efficient water levels at Deep Creek Lake. The donation is being made in memory of Jayne Koskinas, wife of Giovanis. As a token of gratitude to Giovanis and on behalf of the DCWF board, chairman Pat Franc (above right) presented him with a framed photo of Deep Creek Lake. See story.

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will be celebrated in Oakland this weekend, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, with the annual lighting of the town tree, a visit from Santa Claus, the Polar Express, and more. The tree will be lit on Friday at 6 p.m. in front of the Oakland B&O Train Station. Volunteers from the Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) will provide hot drinks and cookies inside the train station. The Southern Middle School Chorus will perform, as well as students from Brenda's Body Shop. Santa Claus is to be at Nola's Salon from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The grand opening of the newly relocated Gallery Shop of the Garrett County Arts Council will take place Friday as well, with a ribbon-cutting set for 5:30 p.m. Aurora Celtic will be performing in the new shop, which is located at 108 S. Second Street. Top Chefs, located along Alder Street, will be catering the event, and will also bring some menu items to the train station area during the lighting. The House of Hope will hold its annual canned food drive on Saturday, Dec. 10, in the morning. Santa will be a Nola's Salon again, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free sleigh rides will be given from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Garrett Choral Society will present Handel's Messiah over the weekend as well. (See photo on this page.) A Great Small Town Christmas is sponsored by the town of Oakland, the Greater Oakland Business Association, and GRMC.

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Obituaries for Dec. 8
BARNARD, Rose M., 74, Salisbury, Pa.
BARNES, Wanda M., 86, Cross Timbers, Mo.
BERNARD, Gene, 79, Casper, Wyo.
BROADWATER, Robert M., 58, Westernport.
BROADWATER, Thelma R., 83, Grantsville
COMFORT, James L. Sr., 72, Alexandria, Va.
DURST, Lewis C., 57, Aurora, W.Va.
KITZMILLER, Pat D., 56, North August, S.C.
KOCH, Daniel, 78, Whitehall, Pa., formerly of Oakland.
NOLAN, Helen D., 80, Oakland.
SCHAIBLE, Todd, 70, Springfield, Mo.
SMITH, Robert D., 79, Brunswick, Ohio.
TASKER, Cecil D. Tasker Sr., 68, Oakland.

Cecil D. Tasker Sr., 68, died on Wednesday, Nov, 30, 2016. Friends were received at the Old Loch Lynn Church of God,  Loch Lynn. A funeral service was held in the church on Sunday, Dec. 4, with Pastor Barbara Rexroad and Pastor Donald Matthews officiating.  Interment followed in the Tasker Family Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 43, Oakland, MD 21550; or the Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 378, Oakland, MD 21550. The C&S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at 
Rose M. Barnard, 74, Salisbury, Pa., died on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at WMHS Regional Medical Center, Cumberland. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville. A private funeral service and burial will be held. 
Robert M. Broadwater, 58, Westernport, died on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland. Friends were received at Boal’s Funeral Home, Westernport, where funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec.7. Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at In keeping with his compassionate and philanthropic nature, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: Allegany County Habitat for Humanity,; Lisa Wade 5K/Corey's Course, c/o Lisa Wade Memorial Scholarship, Steve Amann, 483 Walnut St., Westernport, MD 21562; or American Red Cross,  
Pat D. Kitzmiller, 56, North Augusta, S.C., died on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at WMHS Regional Medical Center, Cumberland. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home today, Thursday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Paul Goldizen officiating. Interment will be in the Sharpless Cemetery at Mt. Zion, Swanton. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to in care of the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at 
James L. Comfort Sr., 1SG – (Ret), U.S. Army, age 72, died on Nov. 30, 2016, at his home in Alexandria, Va., after a prolonged illness. The family received friends at Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, Va.. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Dec.7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Alexandria, Va. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations made in Jim’s honor to The Walter Reed Society Warrior/Family Support Fund (
Dr. Daniel Koch, 78, Whitehall, Pa., formerly of Oakland, died on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, Arrangements were made by  John F. Slater Funeral Home Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa. If desired, the family suggests that contributions be made to the American Heart Assoc., 4 Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, PA 15222; or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Robert D. Smith, 79, Brunswick, Ohio, died on Sunday, Dec.4, 2016, at his residence. Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Masonic service will be held in the funeral home on Friday at 6 p.m. by Mountain Lodge #99 A.F. & A.M. Funeral services will be conducted in the St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Peter Suwak officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the services. Interment will be in the St. John’s Cemetery (ELCA), Accident.
Dr. Todd Schaible, Springfield, Mo., died on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, from injuries sustained in a fall at his home. He was 70. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at King’s Way United Methodist Church, Springfield, with Pastor Laura Murphy officiating, under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burrell Behavioral Health for the Todd Schaible Memorial Fund, 1300 E. Bradford Parkway, Springfield, MO  65804.
Lewis C. Durst, 57, Aurora, W.Va. (Amboy community), died on Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016, at home with family by his side. Donations may be made in his memory to the Amboy U.M.C. Sunday School Fund c/o Patty Myers, 1135 Aurora Pike, Aurora, WV   26705. Family and friends will be received at the Amboy U.M.C. Fellowship Hall on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and at the Amboy United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, until the 11 a.m. time of service, with Pastor Cheryl George officiating. Burial will follow in the Aurora Cemetery, Aurora. Condolences to
Gene Bernard died the morning of Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Casper, Wyol, at Central Wyoming Hospice surrounded by his family – he was a few days short of 80 years old. A memorial service will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home in Casper on Monday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m.. with a reception following at the VFW of Casper. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VFW and Central Wyoming Hospice. 
Helen D. Nolan, 80, Oakland, formerly of Baltimore, died on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at the Garrett Regional Medical Center. In accordance with Helen’s wishes, her body will be cremated, and no services are planned at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to the C&S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland.  
Wanda M. Barnes, 86, Cross Timbers, Mo., died on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at her home. Friends will be received at the Walnut Bottom Assembly of God Church this Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 to 10 a.m., at which time a funeral service will be held. Interment will follow in the Turner Cemetery. The C&S Fredlock Funeral Home., Oakland, has been entrusted with arrangements. 
Thelma R. Broadwater, 83,  Grantsville, died on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at Goodwill Mennonite Home, Grantsville. Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, this Thursday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Mert Maust officiating. Interment will be in the Grantsville Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at

See full obituaries in the Dec. 8 issue.
Local Property Owner Donates $100K To Deep Creek Watershed Foundation
The board of directors of the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation Inc. today announced that long-time local property owner Ted Giovanis will donate $100,000 for a needed water budget to ensure more consistent and efficient water levels at Deep Creek Lake. The donation is made in memory of Jayne Koskinas, wife of Giovanis.... 
See full story in today's issue.
Health Effects Of Fracking To Be Topic Of EMM Public Meeting
Engage Mountain Maryland (EMM) will host a public meeting to address health effects of fracking on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It will take place at Ace's Run Restaurant in the lower level (20160 Garrett Highway)....
Full story can be found in today's issue.
County Awarded $216,607 Public Safety Grant
The Garrett County commissioners and the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management announced Monday that county government has been awarded $216,607 in grant funding....
See today's issue for details.
Heritage Area Grants Awarded To Local Projects
Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area officials have announced the recipients of fiscal year 2017 mini grants awarded through the Heritage Area. 
See details in today's issue.
Local Developer Sentenced To Two Months In Prison
A 50-year-old Oakland area man was sentenced last Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to two months in federal prison for his role in a bank-fraud conspiracy scheme involving land deals amounting to nearly $6 million....
For more details, see today's issue.
Commissioners Ask For Legislation To Protect Roads From "Fracking" Traffic
The Garrett County commissioners asked Sen. George Edwards and Del. Wendell Beitizel on Monday to introduce legislation in the Maryland General Assembly to protect roads and bridges from potential damage caused by vehicles used in the development, construction, and production of oil and natural gas....
Full story can be found in today's issue.
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