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a member of the U.S. Whitewater Canoe/Kayak Team, is now in the running for the

fourth annual Mr. Garrett County fundraising event. Proceeds from the event benefit

the American Cancer Society. Eichfeld is pictured above right with Devin McEwan, his

C2 partner, and in the head shot at right. See story for details.

Garrett County resident

Samantha Gittere, 19, gradu-

ated as a United States Navy

seaman on March 27 at the

United States Naval Training

Base in Great Lakes, Ill.

Gittere enrolled at Garrett

College in 2013 at age 17,

and because of her success-

ful completion of a number

of AP courses while a senior

at Southern High School, she

earned her associate's degree

in mathematics and science

early (last December) from

GC. She then enlisted in

the U.S. Navy in February

and will conclude technical

school training by May 15,

which will allow her to par-

ticipate in commencement

exercises at Garrett College.

Gittere's academic plans

include enrolling in the Uni-

versity of Pittsburgh this

fall, where she will pursue a

bachelor's degree, with her

ultimate goal of gaining ac-

ceptance in the U.S. Naval

Collegiate Dental Program

and obtaining a doctorate

from the University of Pitts-

burgh School of Dentistry.

She is the daughter of

Daniel and Jessica Seib, Oak-


Editor's note: The above ar-

ticle appeared in last week's issue;

however, an important piece of

information was missing. The

omission is regretted.


Honored As A

Tree City USA

Friendsville was named a

2014 Tree City USA by the

Arbor Day Foundation in

honor of its commitment to

effective urban forest man-


Friendsville achieved Tree

City USA recognition by

meeting the program's four

requirements: a tree board

or department, a tree-care

ordinance, an annual com-

munity forestry budget of at

least $2 per capita, and an

Arbor Day observance and


The Tree City USA pro-

gram is sponsored by the

Arbor Day Foundation, in

partnership with the U.S.

Forest Service and the Na-

tional Association of State


"Everyone benefits when

elected officials, volunteers,

and committed citizens in

communities like Friends-

ville make smart investments

in urban forests," said Matt

Harris, chief executive of

the Arbor Day Founda-

tion. "Trees bring shade to

our homes and beauty to

our neighborhoods, along

with numerous economic,

social, and environmental


Cleaner air, improved

storm water management,

energy savings, and commer-

cial activity are among the

benefits enjoyed by Tree City

USA communities.

More information on the

program is available at arbor-

Woman Arrested

After Syringe Is

Found On Person

An Oakland woman was

arrested last Friday after-

noon following a traffic stop

along Broadford Road by

Garrett County sheriff ’s


April Lynn McEwan,

29, Oakland, was stopped

a t app r ox ima t e l y 2 : 30

p.m. for traffic violations.

Upon making contact with

McEwan, deputies observed

her to be under the influ-

ence of a controlled danger-

ous substance. She did not

complete field sobriety tests

to the satisfaction of the

deputies, and she was placed

under arrest. A search of her

person revealed she was in

possession of a hypodermic


McEwan is charged with

possession of CDS adminis-

tering equipment, unlawful

removal of a prescription

label, and altering the out-

come of a drug test. She was

taken to the Garrett County

Jail to await a bond hear-


Eichfeld Also

Competing For

Mr. Garrett Co.

Casey Eichfeld, whitewa-

ter slalom Olympian, will

also be vying for the title

of Mr. Garrett County on

Saturday, April 18. Although

his hometown is Drums,

Pa., and he currently resides

in Charlotte, N.C., Eichfeld

reportedly did not hesitate

to participate in this year's

event, which benefits Cin-

dy's Fund.

"I was first introduced

to Cindy's Fund when it

became one of the chari-

ties involved with the Deep

Creek World Champion-

ships," said Eichfeld. "The

members of Cindy's Fund

and all Garrett County were

so welcoming toward me. It

is an honor and a pleasure to

have the opportunity to give

back to the area through a

great cause."

Eichfeld also served as the

ambassador of the House of

Hope/Garrett County Gives

drive this past year. He is

currently a member of the

Potomac Whitewater Racing

Club and worked as a guide

at ASCI in 2007.

"This cause is also very

close to my heart because

my dad was diagnosed with

cancer when I was a teen-

ager," he stated. "It was a dif-

ficult time for my family, as

it is for any. We are fortunate

that my dad pulled through

and has been cancer free

for nearly 10 years. Besides,

what event could be a better

opportunity to raise money

by wearing a dress?"

Eichfeld, who star ted

paddling in whitewater at

the age of 2 and racing sla-

lom at age 5, was the young-

est national slalom cadet

team member at age 8 and

the youngest solo competi-

tor at the U.S. Whitewater

Slalom National Champi-

onships. He competed in

Europe as a national junior

team member at age 14. He

is currently competing in the

U.S. and around the world in

C1 and C2 divisions.

He is engaged to Sarah

Anderson, whom he met

while working at ASCI, and

they are planning a 2016

wedding. She is the daughter

of Melissa and Dr. Stephen

Anderson of Pineview Vet-

erinary Hospital.

Advance tickets for the

April 18 luau event are still

available for a $25 donation

at Deep Creek Pharmacy,

Gregg's Pharmacy, Naylor's

Hardware Store, and Win-

ner's Circle. The night of the

event, tickets will be sold for

a $30 donation at the door.

The event will be held at the

Oakland Elks Lodge #2481,

with the doors set to open at

5:30 p.m. The Empty Pock-

ets Band will perform from

6 to 7 p.m., at which time a

cash bar and hors d’oeuvres

will be available. The show

will begin at 7 p.m.

Gold Sponsors for the

event are Peggy and Lew

Wheeler, Mountain Postal

in Oakland and McHenry,

Dr. Dona Alvarez, Dr. Mar-

jorie Fridkin, and Dr. Todd

Feathers with Garrett Coun-

ty Orthopaedics, Garrett

Surgical Group, Dr. Charles

A. Walch, Dr. Marjorie S.

Fridkin, Dr. Stephen P. Ba-

yuk, Clerk of the Circuit

Court Tim Miller, Oakland

Elks Lodge #2481, Rob W.

Michael with State Farm

Insurance, C&S Fredlock

Funeral Home, WKHJ, and

Art’s Images.

Driver Leaves

Accident Scene;

Issued Citations

A West Virginia wom-

an was charged by Garrett

County sheriff ’s deputies

after they responded to a re-

ported hit-and-run incident

at a George Washington

Highway residence early

Sunday morning.

Deputies located Jessica

Lynn George, 23, Aurora,

at her home after she report-

edly struck a mailbox and

guardrails with her vehicle

and then left the scene of the

accident. She was charged

with failure to stop after

property damage accident

and failure to locate and

notify owner of property

damage accident.

George was issued cita-

tions and was released upon

signing them.