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Community Action's Area Agency on Aging Senior Nu-

trition Program menus for the week of April 13–17 are as


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Allegany & Garrett

Counties' Bird Club


meet on Tuesday, April 14,

at Frostburg State University,

Room 224, at 7 p.m. The

guests will be Dr. Dana Mc-

Cauley, principal of Crellin

Elementary School, and Fran

and Dr. Bill Pope. The topic

will be "What's happening at

Crellin Elementary School."

The event is free of charge

and open to the public. For

more information, persons

may email mar ybrd22@


Ruth Enlow Library

board of trustees

will meet

Monday, April 20, at 5 p.m.,

at the Oakland library. The

public is invited to attend.


Celebrate Recovery

group meets every Friday at

6:30 p.m. at Faith Evangeli-

cal Free Church, located at

1009 Maryland Highway,

Mtn. Lake Park. For more

information, persons may call


Members of



Off Pounds Sensibly) meet

each Wednesday at 5 p.m.

at the Oakland Nursing and

Rehabilitation Center, 706 E.

Alder Street, Oakland. For

more information, persons

may call Elizabeth Daniels

at 301-334-2319.


Garrett County Alz-

heimer's Association affili-

ated caregiver support group

meets the thirdWednesday of

each month at 6 p.m. at the

Oakland Nursing and Reha-

bilitation Center. The next

meeting is scheduled for April

15. For more information and

to RSVP to attend, persons

may call Diane Donham,

director of social services, at



Preston County Alz-

heimer's Support Group

meets from 7 to 8 p.m. at

Heartland of Preston County,

300 Miller Road, Kingwood,

W.Va., on the third Monday

of the month. For more in-

formation, persons may call



New Image Weight

Loss Surgery Support Group

of Western Maryland


the second Tuesday of each

month at 7 p.m. in the audi-

torium at Western Maryland

Regional Medical Center,

Cumberland. For more infor-

mation, persons may call 240-

964-8416 or 240-964-8420.


Alcoholics Anony-


group meets at the

Liberty Club, 125 Liberty

Street, Oakland, every Satur-

day and Sunday at 10 a.m.;

Sunday at 6 p.m.; Monday,

Thursday, Friday, and Satur-

day at 8 p.m.; Wednesday at

noon; and Tuesday at 7:30

p.m. A women's group also

meets in the club's back room

every Thursday at 8 p.m. The

McHenry chapter of AA

meets Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at

Deep Creek Baptist Church,

located along Rt. 219 across

from Uno's.


Oakland Al-Anon

Family Group

meets at the

125 Liberty Club, Oakland

(use side entrance), every

Monday at 8 p.m.


Narcotics Anonymous

(NA) group meets every

Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the

125 Liberty Club, located

along Liberty St. in Oakland.

For more information, per-

sons may call 301-334-1298.

Another group meets every

Saturday at 6 p.m.


Keyser Area Depres-

sion/Bipolar Support Group

meets the first and third Tues-

day of each month at Em-

manuel Episcopal Church in

Keyser, W.Va., at 6 p.m. Open

to all and free of charge, this

peer-led group offers a place

where people with depres-

sion or bipolar disorder and

those who care about them

can share experiences, discuss

coping skills, and offer hope

to one another. For more in-

formation, persons may call

Fred at 304-788-3048.


The Swanton Commu-

nity Center will hold a


steak dinner

this Saturday,

April 11, starting at 4 p.m. On

the menu will be baked steak,

mashed potatoes and gravy,

green beans, homemade rolls,

and homemade desserts. The

cost is $10 for adults, $5 for

children, and free for those

under 5 years of age.

The Apostolic Church,

located at the corner of G

Street and Rt. 135 in Mtn.

Lake Park, will serve



this Saturday, April

11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The menu will consist of

baked turkey, dressing and

gravy, mashed potatoes, green

beans, applesauce or sauer-

kraut, dessert, and a beverage.

The cost is $10 for adults

and $6 for children. Persons

may eat in or take out meals.

Deliveries are available in the

Mtn. Lake Park/Oakland

area by calling 301-334-5873.

The Terra Alta (W.Va.)

Church of the Nazarene will

hold its annual


cake and sausage dinner


Saturday, April 18, from 8

a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Terra

Alta Ambulance Hall. The

cost is $7 for adults and $4

for children.

The Bittinger Volunteer

Fire Department will hold


"all-you-can-eat" wing


at the fire hall on Sat-

urday, April 18, from 5 to 8

p.m., or until sold out. The

cost is $10 for adults, and $5

for children 12 and younger.

Takeout orders will also be

available beginning at 4 p.m.

For takeout orders, persons

may call 301-245-4414. The

cost for these orders will be

$2 for fries and $.70 per wing.


fundraiser dinner


be held on Friday, April

24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the

Pleasant Valley Community

Center. The menu includes

boneless ribs, ham, chicken

breast, sides, salads, and des-

serts. The price will be on a

donation basis, with proceeds

benefiting Dr. Holmes Mor-

ton's Clinic for Special Chil-

dren in Strasburg, Pa., which

serves uninsured Amish and

Mennonite children with rare


The Divine Hope Church,

Weber Road, Oakland, holds


Soup Kitchen

on the third

Tuesday of each month from

4 to 6:30 p.m. All are wel-


The Loch Lynn Church

of God Helping Hands Min-

istry provides a meal for

those hungry for food and/

or company through its


the Flock

program every first

Wednesday of each month

(except for December). For

more information, persons

may call the church office at




"Wholehearted for

Jesus" women's conference

will be held on Saturday,

April 25, from 9 a.m. to 2:45

p.m. at Faith Evangelical

Free Church, 1009 Maryland

Highway, Mountain Lake

Park. Reservation may be

made by mailing a $6 check

per person to the church by

April 22. Tickets will be $8

at the door. Lunch will be

provided. For further infor-

mation, persons may contact

Gail Getty at 717-599-6418 or


New England Youth


will present a



on Saturday, April 25,

at 7 p.m. at the Mountain-

top Seventh-Day Adventist

Church, located five miles

north of Oakland along Rt.

219. The concert will feature

violinist GeofreyGua of Cali-

fornia, concert pianist Bea-

trice Serban of Georgia, and

violinist Alexander Marte of

Berkeley Springs, W.Va. A

freewill offering will be taken

to help defray the group's

three-week tour in Australia

this summer.

Friendsville United Meth-

odist Church is sponsoring


Friendsville Community

Kids Club

. Gatherings are

held the first Sunday of each

month at the church, located

along Water Street, Friends-

ville, from 5 to 7 p.m. Chil-

dren of all ages are invited

to participate in the monthly

events. Snacks and all activi-

ties – which include singing,

dancing, crafts, and Bible

lessons – are free. For more

information, persons may call




bingo fundraiser

will be

held at Northern High School

this Saturday, April 11, from1

to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. The

cost is $20 in advance or $25

at the door. Proceeds benefit

fine arts students at NHS and

NorthernMiddle School. For

more information, persons

may call Jay Paxton at 301-


Regina Crosco's Toxic

Twist Crew has created a Go

Fund Me account,


, to

defray travel expenses to Or-

lando, Fla., where members

will compete against other

dance teams from all over the

United States.

The annual

Mr. Garrett

County Contest

will be held

on Saturday, April 18, at the

Oakland Elks Lodge. Doors

will open at 5:30 p.m. The

Empty Pockets Band will

perform from 6 to 7 p.m.,

followed by the contest. Ad-

vance tickets are $25 and may

be purchased at Gregg's Phar-

macy, Naylor's Hardware,

Deep Creek Pharmacy, or

Winner's Circle. Tickets will

be $30 at the door. Proceeds

benefit Relay for Life and

Cindy's Fund.

To the Editor:

I feel like in order to "Be

the Change You Want to

See in the World," you must

spread love like mayonnaise.

In other words, treat peo-

ple how we all expect to be


I have been working with

elderly people at Dennett

Road Manor Nursing Home.

They are some of the sweet-

est and nicest people I've ever

met. Some of the men and

women don't ever get visitors

at all. So, it is really nice to see

their bright smiles when I sit

down to talk to them.

My brother and I made

Valentine's Day cards for

six of the residents. We also

found out their favorite col-

ors and made each of them

bracelets, as well. They all

were filled with joy when we

gave the cards to them.

I feel that a lot more people

should take time to volunteer

at any nursing home. It is a

great learning experience and

opens your eyes to something

a lot of people are too busy to

realize. It also makes you feel

really good about yourself

when you are able to make

people happy, especially by

being kind to one another and

taking the time to care and

listen to each other.

If it weren't for this project

I would have never realized

how much it would benefit

me and bring so much joy to

the residents of Dennett Road

Manor Nursing Home.


Jada Rinker

Grade 4

Broad Ford Elementary

To the Editor:

My name is Matthew and

I am in the fourth grade at

Broad Ford Elementary. Our

class was given an assignment

to "Be the Change You Want

to See in the World." I have

chosen to work hard on clean-

ing up my neighborhood and

recycling, too.

My mother and I take

walks around the neighbor-

hood and pick up cans and

glass bottles that people

throw out of their car win-

dows. We also collect plastics

and cans from my mother’s

work, and also our home.

Each weekend we collect all

of the recyclables we've col-

lected and take them to the

dump and place them in the

recycle bins.

In 2009, Americans gener-

ated 30 million tons of plastic

waste, and this is why I feel

recycling is so important to

this generation and all future

generations. Otherwise, all

of these cans and bottles take

space in landfills with all the

other trash. Recycled plastics

can be made into other new

products, such as lawn chairs

and shipping containers.

I would tell my friends to

do what I'm doing because it

would clean up their commu-

nity, and boost awareness in

the importance of recycling.

I learned that recycling helps

the world a great deal, and

by people seeing me recycle,

it may raise awareness so they

might find it in their hearts

to recycle, too. That is why I

chose recycling for me to be

the change I want to see in

the world.


Matthew Jubb

To the Editor:

My dad signed me up for

archery lessons with Dale

Paugh when I was 10 years

old. He set up a range in an

old elementary school right

off Md. 495 by Kurt's Cor-

ner. I learned to hit the target

with a recurve bow, and I was

hooked by the visual thrill of

hitting the bull's-eye. Dale

knew how to coach and teach.

He was a past state champion

archer, and he made me into

one too. My son and I still

shoot today.

During this time Dale

also taught the Hunter Safety

Course. I still carry the lami-

nated yellow card with his

signature in my wallet – I'm

very safety conscious and

have great respect for the

outdoors, in large part due to

Dale's initial instruction.

The golf bug caught us all,

and we started playing after

work. My Great-Uncle Dave

started me, but Dad and Dale

kept me interested. It was

great to hustle a round of golf

in after work, or on the week-

ends. Dale was a standard in

our foursome. I kept playing

in college and still hit it OK

when I get a chance to play.

When I left home for col-

lege, Dale and others got

interested in sporting clays.

Larry, Roger, Dad, Dale, and

I had a great time together

breaking clays and debating

the best shooter, and shotgun

makers. Dale was tough to

beat with any gun.

Dale had a bunch of other

hobbies along the way, too.

He liked to build and shoot

black-powder rifles, crash

model airplanes, and keep

up with the best new cars.

Each one of Dale’s new au-

tomobiles was "smooth on

the road."

As a kid I can clearly re-

member stopping in to fill up

our cars, and always seeing

Dale at the filling station.

Later I got to see Dale every

day at the Fred E. Beachy

Lumber Company. Dale was

a good businessman and

knew how to take care of his

customers. He was steady.

Dale never aged to me. He

had an intellectual curiosity

and desire to learn that kept

him young. He kept active

and was always ready to try

something new.

Dale was a father to many

of us, a brother to many

more, a great co-worker and

teammate, a husband, and

a world-class leader in our

community. He made our

lives better. We miss him very

much already.

Brent Beachy

To the Editor:

Congratulations to


(not exactly)


newspaper and its allies on

your apparently successful

effort to ban fracking in Gar-

rett County. This campaign

against fracking demonstrates

the ability of passionate and

organized people to have an

impact in a democracy.

However, I believe that the

anti-fracking folks now face

an ethical dilemma. Forty-

nine percent (49%) of the oil

and fifty-four percent (54%)

of the natural gas produced

in the U.S. comes from hy-

draulic fracturing. Our homes

are kept warm and electri-

fied, and our cars run, due to


How does

The Republican

and its anti-fracking friends

justify using energy produced

by other Americans through

fracking? If the technology

is inherently dangerous and

harmful to people and the

environment, is it morally

right to benefit from other

Americans' exposure to these

dangers? Which days of the

week will you turn off your

heat and park your car?

Robert A. McIntire

Editor's note: The writer

of the following letter to the

Garrett County commissioners

requested that it be published in

this column:


While the challenge be-

fore you is daunting, please

consider the policy option of

not undertaking another un-

needed and costly economic

analysis of Marcellus shale

drilling in the county. The

expertise and platform is al-

ready in place, and it is you.

Each of you – and Monty

– has a deep understanding

of the beliefs, values, and

attitudes of the people you

represent. A comparative

review of the methodology

and findings of what has been

done in other states and pre-

vious local studies will give

you enough information to

update and apply to Garrett


Commissioner Hinebaugh

and the just-arrived economic

development director have

professional backgrounds

in this area, and along with

community participation

gleaned through a series of

meetings throughout the

county could provide what is

needed without the need for

another study.

Monday night (commis-

sioners' public meeting in

Friendsville) was a classic

example of democracy in

action, and I thank you for

listening to the people you

represent. It is only by do-

ing so that people will have

confidence in the process

that you implement. In my

judgment, enough time has

evolved on this issue, and it's

time to move forward.


John N. Bambacus


Note: Mr. Bambacus is a

former Maryland state senator.

To the Editor:

The Children's Organ

Transp l ant As soc i a t ion

(COTA) was founded in 1986

when residents of Bloom-

ington, Ind., rallied around

a toddler who needed a life-

saving liver transplant. In less

than eight weeks, the commu-

nity raised $100,000 to place

the boy on the organ waiting

list. But the child died before

an organ became available.

Those community volun-

teers, along with his parents,

turned tragedy into triumph

by using the funds they raised

to help other transplant fami-

lies. That was the beginning

of COTA.

Since that time, COTA has

assisted thousands of patients

by helping to raise funds for

transplant-related expenses.

COTA has built extensive

volunteer networks across the

nation in an attempt to ensure

that no child or young adult

needing an organ or tissue

transplant is excluded from a

transplant waiting list due to

a lack of funds.

COTA needs your help

to make sure that tragedies

like the one that was the

catalyst in founding COTA

are not repeated. Every day,

21 people die waiting for an

organ transplant here in the

United States.

April is National Donate

LifeMonth. One organ donor

can save eight lives. Please

register today to become

an organ donor by going to

and reg-

istering to be an organ donor

in your state.

You can do more. Find out

how you can help a COTA

family living nearby who

needs your help by visiting

and clicking

on the COTA Families link

at the top of the page.


Rick Lofgren,

CFRE President

Editor's note: The writer of

the following letter to the Garrett

County commissioners requested

that it appear in this column.

To the Editor:

Prior to the previous elec-

tion, I attended the forum

sponsored by

The Republi-


, where candidates for

local offices presented their

platform/position and ques-

tions were asked. This was a

wonderful and much needed

forum. My memory is that

all three of you mentioned

the importance of transpar-

ency in county government

and how you would strive to

be as transparent as possible.

Clearly, you were aware then

of complaints of the previous

elected administration in this


The Garrett County De-

velopment Corporation is the

hallmark of such privately de-

veloped plans for the county

which clearly serves special

interests. The recent debacle

by the Garrett County Cham-

ber of Commerce's behav-

ior regarding responding to

MDE's regulations further

shows the power of a few in

this county.

You are soon to put out an

RFP for an economic study.

How this study is conducted

and developed is critical to

the end result. Now is the

time for you to stand behind

your words, show – through

action – that your words are

sincere and not just playing

to what we wish to hear.

I am asking that the public

have input into this process

prior to the RFP being devel-

oped so that all in the county

can be sure we have had a

say in what this study will

produce. Do not follow past

administrations' reliance on

the GCDC for direction and,

need I say, favoritism, for

their membership's goals not

county-wide goals. I propose

that you hold a public scoping

forum prior to this RFP being

developed. It would serve as a

model for future public input


Stand behind your words

now and set up a forum for

public input on this RFP for

an economic study.

Kenny Braitman

To the Editor:

The Garrett County Hu-

mane Society (GCHS) was

able to give a brief presenta-

tion to the Garrett Coun-

ty commissioners in mid-

March about what we do to

help homeless, abused, and

neglected animals. We are

thankful for all the great me-

dia coverage that we get from

The Republican


The Garrett County Ani-

mal Ordinance covers dogs

and cats only – leaving rab-

bits, mice, snakes, birds,

chickens, horses, livestock,

and all others to be covered

by the GCHS.

Neglect calls come in from

many sources – phone calls

to the GCHS neglect line or

the Garrett County Animal

Shelter (GCAS), emails, and

referrals from HART. Each

call is evaluated and then

the necessary steps are taken

to check on the animals in-

volved. Both the GCHS and

GCAS respond to calls, de-

pending on the severity and

kinds of animals involved.

Both entities can prosecute

offenders, but only the GCAS

officers can issue citations for

violations such as dogs run-

ning loose, and lack of dog

license or rabies vaccinations.

We want to clarify that the

GCAS staff works hard every

day to care for the other cats

and dogs at the shelter – they

clean, feed, water, walk, and

bathe when needed, 24/7.

Over 1,300 animals came into

our local shelter last year, and

they were cared for, whether

they were there for a day or

weeks. Plus, they handle li-

censing, kennel inspections,

adoptions, animal issues, and

the rabies vaccination clinics.

We appreciate their care and

dedication to make sure each

animal feels loved.

Animals that need new

forever homes are cared for

and placed by all three coun-

ty animal organizations –


for animals. Without all three

groups working together,

there would not have been the

happy endings for 836 Garrett

animals in 2014.

Lisa Baker

GCHS President

No Anecdotes Here...

The groundswell of opposition to fracking in

Maryland, led primarily by people who live here in

Garrett County, has proven moderately successful, as

legislators in Annapolis are now just a couple of rub-

ber stamps away from approving a roughly 2½-year

state moratorium on the practice. This result is quite

impressive, as many of our state's legislators know

little about what goes on out here in the mountain-

ous westernmost part of the state and thus will often

support the positions of the elected officials who

represent us. The fact that both of our representatives

pushed hard to allow fracking to move forward makes

this moratorium a far more significant "coup" than it

otherwise would have been. In fact, this is historic,

as Maryland is now the first state that has Marcel-

lus shale to legislate a moratorium. (Vermont did

likewise, but has no Marcellus shale, and New York

simply banned the practice altogether.)

A common claim of fracking proponents is that

so many of the hundreds of allegations of pollution

and other environmental hazards made by opponents,

or by those in fracked areas of the country, are "an-

ecdotal." That is, they are deemed by proponents as

hearsay, misleading, inaccurate, blown out of propor-

tion, etc. However, there is rapidly mounting,


evidence, being collected by


entities, that

fracking is absolutely too dangerous – at least for now.

A couple of examples:

According to a recent article published by the

Oklahoma Geological Survey in

National Geographic


in 2008 there were two earthquakes in that state that

measured a magnitude of at least 3.0. In 2014, there

were 584 such earthquakes in Oklahoma, or nearly

300 times as many as there were in 2008, and more

quakes of that magnitude than in the prior 30 years


. The article identified Oklahoma as home

to the new epicenter for earthquakes, an "honor"

held for centuries by California. Research by the U.S.

Geological Survey has shown that as quakes increased

in number in Oklahoma, so had the use of injection

wells by the fracking industry to bury billions of gal-

lons of polluted wastewater.

While there was no loss of life caused by the 584

earthquakes, the damages incurred by 3.0+ earth-

quakes can sometimes be staggering. The relatively

mild earthquake that occurred a few years ago near

Washington, D.C., resulted in hundreds of thousands

(perhaps millions) of dollars in damage just to the

Washington Monument.

A recent study by Duke University in Pennsylva-

nia yielded some shocking results. Geochemists have

found dangerous levels of radioactivity and salinity at

a fracking disposal site near Blacklick Creek, which

feeds into water sources for Pittsburgh and other

western Pennsylvania cities. Even after waste water

was treated at the plant to remove dangerous chemi-

cals, radiation was detected far above regulated levels,

showing radium levels 200 times greater than control

water from the area. They also found high levels of

bromide, which when combined with common water

treatment chemicals such as chlorine produce highly

toxic by-products.

A little more objectivity: The European nations

(not states, but entire nations) of France, Germany,

Ireland, Bulgaria, and Scotland have all banned frack-


How long will fracking proponents continue to turn

a blind eye to so many elephants in the room?