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E S T A B L I S H E D 1 8 7 7

Vol. #138, Issue #6





Garrett County, Maryland · Thursday, April 9, 2015 ·


Arts............................... A8

Births............................ A5

Church.......................... B4


Comics.......................... B9

Farm........................... C10


Movies.......................... A8

Obituaries.................. A6-7

Public Auctions............. C8

Sports.................... A10-12

TV&Ent...................... B5-8

Weather........................ A3

W.Va............................. A9

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ANTHEMSAND GERSHWIN is the title of the Garrett

Choral Society's spring concert, slated for Saturday and

Sunday, April 11 and 12, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church,

located at the corner of Second and Center streets in

Oakland. The concert will be given on Saturday at 7

p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. This year's presentation

will feature a combination of sacred pieces and popular

show tunes. Under the artistic direction of Jim Tong,

the 40-member chorus will open with several sacred

works, including "For the Beauty of the Earth" by John

Rutter, followed by a piece by Gabriel Fauré. "Greater

Love Hath No Man" by John Ireland will be next, with

a special introduction by Rev. Dr. C. Scott Robinson.

Soloists in that piece will be Carolyn Deverse, soprano,

and Michael Horton, tenor. "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling

Place" from the German Requiem by Johannes Brahms

will be presented, along with pieces by John Rutter and

Ovid Young. The second half of the program will begin

with a medley from George Gershwin's opera

Porgy and


featuring soloists Beth Mankin, soprano; Dave

Callis, baritone; and Horton. A series of Gershwin tunes

will follow, including "Fascinating Rhythm," "Strike Up

the Band," and "I Got Rhythm." Spirituals will be next by

composers John Leavitt and Mark Hayes. Robert Shaw's

"Set Down Servant" will be performed, with soloists Karen

Winkelvoss, alto, and Callis, bass. Accompanists for the

programwill be Mike Broderick on piano and Pat Shelton

on organ. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for youth 18

and younger. They are available from any choral society

member, or at Jan Florist in Oakland. The organization

is funded in part by the Garrett County Arts Council, as

well as by the donations of individuals and businesses.

Grantsville Area

Blaze Results In

$100,000 Loss

The cause of a Grantsville-

area house fire that caused an

estimated loss of $100,000

last Friday afternoon has

been deemed accidental in

nature and the result of an

electrical problem in the liv-

ing room of the two-story,

single-family dwelling.

Firefighters from the Bit-

tinger, Grantsville, Accident,

Deep Creek, Eastern Garrett,

and Salisbury, Pa., volunteer

fire departments were alerted

at 2:39 p.m. and directed to

the residence of Dean and

Bryan Rounds, located at

5637 New Germany Road.

Approximately 30 firefight-

ers brought the fire under

control in about 20 minutes,

according to a report filed

by deputy state fire marshal

Jamie Rodeheaver.

Th e d ama g e t o t h e

structure was estimated to

be $80,000, while loss to

contents was estimated at

$20,000. There were no inju-

ries reported.

The owners/occupants of

the house were not at home

at the time of the fire, which

was discovered and reported

by a passerby, according to

Rodeheaver's report.

GC Commissioners Take Their "Show On

The Road" To The County's Oldest Town

The Ga r r e t t Coun t y

commissioners held their

bimonthly public meeting

Monday evening at Friends-

ville Town Hall. About 70

people attended the standing-

room-only event.

Traditionally, commis-

sioners' meetings have been

held in the morning at the

courthouse in Oakland. The

change of venue and time are

part of the new commission-

ers' plan to make government

more accessible to the citizens

of Garrett County, according

to commission chair Paul


"We wanted to take our

show on the road, if you

will, and visit some of the

municipalities and areas of

the county where residents

would be more likely to come

for a county meeting, rather

than travel to Oakland," he

said. "And it's a great chance

to see some other parts of the


Edwards said out-of-Oak-

land meetings will occur

four or five times this year.

Friendsville was selected first

because of its 250th anniver-

sary. The big celebration takes

place on Sept. 19 and 20, but

numerous activities are being

held prior to the main event.

More information is available


"We wanted to come down

here andmeet [with residents]

and show support," Edwards

said about being in Friends-

ville, the county's oldest town.

Mayor Spencer Schlos-

nagle noted that local towns

have struggled financially in

recent years because of state

cutbacks in highway user fee

allocations. Prior to 2008,

Friendsville received $75,000

in HUF funds. That has been

reduced to $7,500, according

to the mayor.

"It was very difficult,

but we made it through it,"

Schlosnagle said.

He reported that the cur-

rent board of commissioners

plan to increase county al-

locations to six local munici-

palities, beginning in fiscal

year 2016. Friendsville will


Ranger Caroline Blizzard was recently honored with the Edmund Prince Award by the

Maryland Park Service (MPS). This award is the highest honor given to a park ranger

who personifies the culture, heritage, and proud tradition of the MPS. "Ranger Blizzard

is truly an inspiration – to our agency, our state, and its citizens and visitors," said

Nita Settina, superintendent of the Maryland Park Service. "We're very proud of her

accomplishments and grateful for her many years of exemplary service connecting

children and families to nature." Blizzard works as a lead ranger and oversees the

management of the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center, a popular nature and cultural

interpretive center within the state park. Here, she developed one of the first "Friends

Groups" to support the park, and engages the local community in many outdoor

and environmental education programs. She is recognized as a leading force in the

development of new technologies, such as social media and teaching students in virtual

classrooms. Also working for the conservation of the monarch butterfly, Blizzard is an

active participant with the national effort Monarch Watch. Through the program, she

led two different citizen groups to the butterfly's roosting sites in Mexico, and later

developed a butterfly education and tagging program for children at the Discovery

Center, which is still offered today. Blizzard began her career with the Maryland Park

Service in 1989 as a seasonal ranger at Rocky Gap State Park. She eventually became

a law enforcement and interpretive ranger at Gunpowder Falls State Park, where she

helped develop the Northern Central Railroad Rails to Trails project. In 2002, Blizzard

voluntarily resigned her law enforcement commission and became a lead ranger at

DCL State Park. In 2012, the University of Maryland presented Blizzard with the Richard

A. Johnson Award for Environmental Education, given to individuals who contribute

to environmental education throughout their lifetime and careers.

Man Sentenced

To 12 Years In

DOC For Arson

Garrett County Circuit

Judge Ray Strubin sentenced

a 41-year-old Oakland area

man yesterday to 12 years

in the Maryland Division of

Correction for first degree


Six years of Dayton Alex-

ander Bolyard II's sentence

were suspended. He will be

on supervised probation for

five years upon his release

from prison.

Bolyard was arrested and

charged by state fire marshal

Jamie Rodeheaver, who in-

vestigated the April 20, 2014,

fire at the residence of the

Bolyard family in Nest Lick

Acres. Rodeheaver concluded

the fire was incendiary in

nature, with flammable liquid

poured throughout the main

floor of the residence and

then set ablaze. The house

was entirely destroyed, de-

spite the immediate notifica-

tion and response of numer-

ous fire companies, according

to state's attorney Lisa Thayer


While Bolyard's spouse

was at the Garrett County

Sheriff's Office waiting for

a court commissioner, to

apply for a protective order

from events earlier in the

night, she received calls from

Bolyard and a message with a

photo attached, showing the

residence on fire.

"Neighbors reported Bol-

yard was located behind the

residence, sitting in his ve-

hicle, drinking a beer and

watching the house burn,"

Welch. "It was at this location

where deputies found him

and took him into custody

after a brief stand-off. Depu-


Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 1629 (GaCo),

consisting of Garrett County high school students,

competed last weekend along with 58 other teams from

around the world at the Chesapeake Regional, held at

the University of Maryland, College Park. The local team

fared well, lasting through the quarterfinal playoffs. Team

GaCo will now travel to St. Louis later this month for a

national event. The students won two significant awards

at the regional, and one student earned a prestigious

"dean's list" designation. See story. Shown from left are

Phil Malone, Larry Mullenax, Lorie Burdock, Matthew

Knauff, Pam Trautwein, Patrick Lee, Alexandra Miller

(dean’s list finalist), Titus Beitzel, Justin Hershberger,

Chuck Trautwein, Ian Bramande, Dawson Beitzel, Joshua

Smith, Abby Burdock, Bethany Hershberger and Bethany

Phillips. Not available for the photo were Brody Collins,

Nick Glotfelty, and Alexander Meyer.

Education Board

To Hold Regular

Meeting At SHS

The Garrett County Board

of Education will hold its

regular monthly meeting on

Tuesday, April 14, at South-

ern Garrett High School in

the cafeteria. The public is

welcome to attend.

The meeting is being held

at SHS in order to accom-

modate a presentation of

the findings of an economic

study requested by the board.

The board members will

first meet in executive (closed)

session, from 4:05 to 5 p.m.

The work session, which is

open to the public, will begin

at 5:30 p.m.

During this session, the

Business Economic andCom-

munity Outreach Network

(BEACON) will present the

findings of an economic im-

pact study of school system

operations. Garrett County

Public Schools, in partnership

with Allegany, Washington,

Frederick, and Carroll coun-

ties, recently utilized the ser-

vices of BEACON to conduct

this study.

The study examined four

factors: the economic and

employment impact of the

school system; the economic

value of degrees awarded; the

impact of the system on eco-

nomic development; and the

system’s role in the reduction

of public costs, such as crime,

health care, and welfare.

Other items on the work

Continued on Page A-12

ties noted the strong smell of

gasoline coming from Bol-

yard and his clothing."

Additional investigation

revealed full gas cans missing

from the shed at the Bolyard

residence and fromMrs. Bol-

yard's nearby business. The

fire marshal also obtained

video of Bolyard purchasing

gas and diesel fuel at Arrow-

head Market less than half

an hour prior to the fire being

reported. None of the fuel

containers were found and

were presumed to have fully

burned in the fire.

Bolyard pleaded guilty to

the crime in January, and the

court ordered a presentence

investigation report be com-

pleted prior to sentencing.

Also on Wednesday in

Garrett CountyCircuit Court,

Harold Ernest Dillsworth III,

28, Oakland, pleaded guilty

Continued on Page A-5

KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON – A grassroots effort

in Garrett County has grown and persisted in its quest

to persuade Maryland lawmakers to hold off on the

practice of gas drilling, more often referred to as fracking.

While western Maryland's elected officials maintain a

general in-favor stance on the practice, the anti-fracking

contingent has fought against that during this General

Assembly season, attending rallies inAnnapolis, meeting

with lawmakers, instituting email and letter-writing

campaigns, taking polls and publicizing the results, and

other efforts. A number of local residents took part in

a rally last Thursday in the state capital, during which

Del. Clarence Lam spoke in support of their efforts, as

shown above. Lam is a co-sponsor of House Bill 449

that would institute a moratorium on fracking until Oct.

1, 2017. The bill first included an 8-year moratorium, but

has been argued and amended to the current 2½ year

wait. As of this morning, the bill and its companion in

the senate, SB 409, were on the verge of being approved.

Eric Robison, president of Save Western Maryland and a

member of Engage Mountain Maryland, is pictured above

left, just behind Lam. Robison has been active in the

anti-fracking movement for several years, and said this

morning that he is basically pleased with how the events

have proceeded regarding the moratorium, even though

many of the protective items in the original bill have

been stripped out. "This is historic. This will be the first

legislative moratorium [for fracking] in a state that has

gas that can be extracted," he said. Robison also noted

that he and the others working for no fracking have been

pleased to be allowed to speak at county commissioners'

meetings, as well at the meetings of the Board of Garrett

County Commissioners Marcellous Shale Natural Gas

Advisory Group, which is going to engage in an economic

feasibility study for the county. "I feel we are being heard,"

Robison said. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Blackden.

receive a total of $25,000 on

July 1, the start of FY 2016.

"We thank you for think-

ing of municipalities," Schlos-

nagle told the commissioners.

"This is where our homes and

families are, our schools and

communities. This is where

we grow together."

He noted that Friendsville

Elementary School's enroll-

ment numbers are up, busi-

nesses want to expand, and

people have expressed interest

in moving to the town.

To make that potential

growth a reality, however,

Friendsville needs help from

the county and state. Cur-

rently, only three taps are

available in the town for

new businesses or homes to

hook up to the county-owned

wastewater system. Adminis-

tration/environmental chief

Pat Hudnall, GC Public Utili-

ties Division, has petitioned

the Maryland Department of

the Environment for 45 ad-

ditional taps in Friendsville.

"We think that's probably

the most we can ask for,"

Edwards told town officials.

"I don't think we'll get that

many, but we're hoping that if

we ask for 45, maybe we can

get 30, which would help you

guys with your goals."

One of the commission-

ers' goals for the county is

economic development. Ed-

wards reported that three

local businesses are planning

"significant" expansions.

"We can't make any an-

nouncements yet," he said.

"We're still in the preliminary

stages. But I would hope all of

thatwould take place in2015."

In addition, at least three

new companies are planning

to locate in the county: one

in Oakland, one inMcHenry,

and one in Grantsville.

"[These] will be major ad-

ditions, both in the employ-

ment sector and tax base, and

probably with a significant

increase in jobs," Edwards

said. "Although, a lot of those

jobs, probably, might be on

the lower end of the end [of

the pay scale].

He added that the com-

missioners are also working

on a "game changer deal"

for the northern end of the

county. Edwards said it would

be a private/public partne-

Continued on Page A-8

Local Robotics

Team Fares Well

At Md. Regional

FIRST Robotics Com-

petition (FRC) Team 1629

(GaCo) competed last week-

end at the Chesapeake Re-

gional, considered Mary-

land's premier event for the

FIRST (For Inspiration and

Recognition of Science and

Technology) Robotics. Tak-

ing part were more than

1,000 high school students

on 58 teams from Maryland

as well as several other states

and countries.

The event took place at

the Xfinity Center on the

campus of the University

of Maryland, College Park.

Teams came from Israel,

Canada, and the United Arab


The local team finished

qualification matches as the

7th ranked team and then

was eliminated in quarterfinal

playoffs. However, the local

group was the recipient of

the Chairman's Award and

the Entrepreneurship Award,

and one student, Alexandra

Miller of Northern High

School, earned a regional

"dean's list" placement.

Among the highlights of

the regional tournament was

a visit by Dr. Lillian Lowery,

Maryland State Department

of Education superinten-

dent, and Cindy Hasselbring,

special assistant to the su-

perintendent in the area of

STEM (science, technology,

engineering, and math).

Lowery and Hasselbring

attended as a result of a

special invitation extended

by Team 1629 during their

visit to Garrett County two

weeks ago.

The Regional Chairman's

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