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is Maryland's state insect, and was plentiful throughout the state when it received that designation back in 1973. However, loss of habitat and possibly other reasons have cut the numbers of the species significantly, to the point that only about 11 colonies of the butterfly are known in the state, with Garrett County still being one of its locations. Efforts are now underway to reintroduce the insect and improve existing habitats. See story on Page A-9.

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As part of an ongoing project at Our Town Theatre (OTT), in association with the Women's Civic Club of Oakland, a cast of youngsters will this weekend present their own show. The kids worked together in OTT's Build-A-Play series throughout the year, meeting at the theatre and coming up with characters, themes, music, and dialogue. This weekend will mark the culmination of that work as the young people present Colon the Coal; an Original Rock and Roll Fable. Performances will be held this Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, at the theatre, located at 121 Center Street, Oakland. The show will begin at 1 p.m. both days, with the doors opening at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted. This production is appropriate for all ages. The cast is pictured. In the first row, from left, are Savannah Hamilton, Rachel Mager, Kiara Perando, Isaac VanMeter, Connor Madigan, Evangeline Cedro, Sarah Mager, and Emilia Germain. Second row, same order: Conrad Pfaff, Samantha Mager, Arianna Kahly, Lia Rinker, Lillian Sadowski, and Adrienne Cedro.

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Roberto Rezek Is Given Credit For Time Served
Roberto Oscar Rezek, one of the two men convicted of murdering Garrett County sheriff's deputy David Livengood in 1979, has been granted an early release from prison, to which he had been sentenced for life. The proceedings took place Friday in Washington County Circuit Court, with Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. presiding....
For more information, see today's issue. 

Laws On Drunk Driving, Public Safety, Workers' Rights Take Effect Saturday
Beginning this Saturday, Oct. 1, various new laws will go into effect in Maryland, including laws to deter drunken driving, increase police accountability and public safety, promote workers’ rights, establish opioid addiction outreach programs, and protect the freedom of the press....
See today's issue for more details. 

GC Commissioners To Hold Next Public Meeting On Oct. 3
The Garrett County commissioners will hold their next public meeting next Monday, Oct. 3, beginning at 4 p.m. at the courthouse in Oakland....
For agenda items, see today's issue. 

ARC Awards $500K For Keyser's Ridge Treatment Plant
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently announced approval of a grant in the amount of $500,000 to the Board of Garrett County Commissioners for Phase I of the Keyser's Ridge Business Park Water Infrastructure Project....
See today's issue for details.

State BOE Begins Process To Handle Hogan's Ex. Order
The Maryland State Board of Education has initiated the process to give school systems a way to seek waivers from Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent executive order mandating that public schools stay closed until after the Labor Day holiday.
See more information in today's issue.
Tickets Available For Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception
Tickets are still available for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce's 49th annual Autumn Glory Festival Kick-Off Reception, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Wisp Resort. 
Further details can be found in today's issue.
MDE Presents Its Oil, Gas Draft Regulations To AELR Committee
The Maryland Department of the Environment on Monday submitted its "Draft Regulations: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production" to the  General Assembly's Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee. In 2015, legislators tasked MDE with adopting regulations "to provide for the hydraulic fracturing of a well for the exploration or production of natural gas in the state” by Oct. 1, 2016....
See more information in today's issue.
MDOT Officials To Hold Annual Tour Meeting On Oct. 7
Maryland Department of Transportation staff members recently began their annual tour of 23 counties and Baltimore City to update local officials and the public on the state's six-year capital investment program....
Further details can be found in today's issue.
Obituaries for Sept. 29
BURKLE, Claire C., 88, McHenry, formerly of New York. 
EADS, Charles C., 92, Baltimore. 
FOWLER, Richard L. Jr., 69, Miami, Fla., formerly of Baltimore. 
HEISE, Evelyn J., 88, Oakland. 
NEWCOMB, Shirley M., 93, Oakland, formerly of Westernport. 
UMBEL, William K. Jr., 94, Uniontown, Pa.
Claire C. Burkle, 88, McHenry, formerly of New York, died on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at the home of her daughter. Private family interment will take place in the Greenfield Cemetery, Hempstead, N.Y., on a later date. Donations in memory of Claire may be made to Hospice of Garrett County, P.O. Box 271, Oakland, MD 21550. The C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, is assisting the family with arrangements.  
William K. “Bill” Unbel Jr. 94, Uniontown, Pa., died on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, in Marquis House, Uniontown, Pa. Friends were received in the Donald R. Crawford Funeral Home, Farmington, Pa., A service was held on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Markleysburg Union Church, with Rev. Michael Grantz and Rev. John DeVincent officiating. Interment was in Thomas Cemetery, Markleysburg, Pa.
Shirley M. Newcomb, 93, formerly of Westernport, and most recently of the Oakland Nursing and Rehab Center, died on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at the nursing center. Friends and family were received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport, where a service was held on Tuesday, Sept. 27, with Rev. Andrew Agnew officiating. Interment was in Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser, W.Va. Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at
The Rev. Charles Carroll Eads, 92, Baltimore, died on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. A celebration of life service will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Keyser, W.Va., on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the educational scholarships Father Eads set up: The Wilson Scholarship at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 103, Street, MD 21154; or The Eads Scholarship at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 301 South Mineral Street, Keyser, WV 26726.
Richard L. Fowler Jr., 69, Miami, Fla., formerly of Baltimore,  died on Sept. 6, 2016, at Gilcrest Hospice Care, Columbia. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in his name to either the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Diabetes Association, or the SPCA. Funeral arrangements were handled by McNabb Funeral Home, Catonsville. A memorial service was held at the cemetery. The Rev. Sue Dheedene officiated at a graveside service.  An Honor Guard was provided by members of the Maryland National Guard. His remains were cremated, and he was interred with his wife's cremains at the Baltimore National Cemetery, Catonsville.
Evelyn J. Heise died on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home. Friends will be received at Newman Funeral Home,  Oakland, on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Evelyn's funeral service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 6 S. Second St., Oakland, of which she was a member, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Dr. Scott C. Robinson officiating. Friends may call 1 hour prior to her services. 
A reception will be held at Will O' the Wisp following interment in Garrett County Memorial Gardens. For those who might wish to honor Evelyn with a charitable donation in lieu of flowers, contributions to the House of Hope, to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Oakland, or to any worthy charity are respectfully suggested.

See complete obituaries in the Sept. 29 issue.
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