Thursday, December 9, 2010



Garrett County Weather

I usually get my Garrett County weather report by walking out my front door. I look at the Deep Creek Lake forecast and it never jives with what is going on in Bittinger MD. I recently heard that there is NO NOAA weather station in Maryland. I am not sure if that is true but when I tune in my scanner I can pick up PA, VA, and WV but no MD.
Good news is there is a new website dedicated to Garrett County weather and the phenomenons that occur here. GARRETTCOUNTYWEATHER.COM

This site has all kinds of information and some really cool links.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Penn Alps Restaurant Review

      Penn Alps bills itself as a old roots restaurant with its gift shop and artisan village conjuring thoughts of authentic home style cooking. Forget Expectations of essential service; timely greeting, prompt beverage order, follow up on food and check presentation were not met. Not being greeted at the door is a pretty big turn off for me and bad way to start any dining experience. Understanding that others also need attention when the dining room is sparsely filled on what should be restaurant prime time it usually is another indication.
    On our second visit everyone opted for the buffet, a showcase of the best of the best.
The salad bar was adequate the rest disappointing. In our opinion not much is cooked, a lot is fried at this restaurant. Canned fruits and vegetables and packaged restaurant service food are the norm and  BLAND.     Mostly fried items shrimp, fish, clams and the chicken looked absolutely perfect. The first bite had a pleasant crunch but there was absolutely no seasoning or flavor. Accompanying sides of baby carrots in orange juice and butter, limp green beans, what we think was velveta shells and cheese also lacked any punch. The mashed potatoes were ok but the packaged gravy hurt them.
    Ample dessert selections looked stale and tasted the same. There was one shining star. the white chocolate macadamia nut cookie was quite honestly the best ever remembered. 15 bucks for a salad and these cookies actually seemed reasonable the cookies were that good and the commercial sherbet.
     This easily accessed from the freeway restaurant can make a living on the weary traveler needing a bite. The gift shop surely adds to the profit margin. The setting and Penn Alps restaurant are very charming. It is the rest that leaves a bad taste. However that cookie was devine.
Appearance 3     Service 1    Food Quality  1.5  Overall Experience  1
FINAL RATING 1.5 stars

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Deep creek Lake Alien Visitors??

To see the full report you can CLICK HERE I am not sure if this will become a new attraction at Deep Creek Lake. "Come take the alien tour" it would help these slow season times. SO.... If you are interested in buying a house with potential UFO sightings please see my Selling Deep Creek website.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Deep Creek Lake Dog Sledding

UNBELIEVABLE is the best way to describe a dog sled trip from Husky Power Dog Sledding located near Deep Creek Lake

Brush Fire Near Deep Creek Lake State Park

Personally responding to fires usually means someone is losing property. In this case the fire departments responding were able to save 2 deep creek lake area homes from destruction. That said a night time brush fire is a surreal experience. More videos like this are available here. BLOG DEEP CREEK

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A trip around New Germany State Park

Located between Savage Mountain and the Continental Divide this Garrett County Oasis is a Deep Creek Lake Alternative. Offering fishing, boating, and swimming, Cabins for rent, pavilions, activities and 10 plus miles of multi use trails.

Monday, October 25, 2010


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU DADDY-O  Just got the new ride for the 2011 racing season. Of course this one will be all purple. And I have a winter project. I would also like to thank my sponsors LEDO PIZZA of Deep Creek Lake, BYCO ENTERPRISES, and  Special THANKS to everyone who came out and showed there support last season. It means a great deal to me and you know who you are. Ready to play in the DIRT.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cove Run Corn Maze offers a different activity.

Looking for a little something different to do around Deep Creek Lake this weekend. I highly suggest the corn maze at Cove Run Farm North of Deep Creek Lake.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October Trout Stocking Underway

Although the dry spell continues the Department of Natural Resources has been doing their best to insure more great fishing. The October stocking season has begun and about 20,000 fish will be finding new homes in the following weeks.
Beware of invasive species! DNR reminds anglers to clean their gear between streams or outings to prevent moving around unwanted invaders like didymo and whirling disease. Anglers can wash their gear with dish soap, a 5% salt solution or one of the convenient wader wash stations at some locations.
DNR’s trout stocking information telephone line, 1-800-688-3467, will be updated weekly beginning October 1 so that anglers may find out if their favorite area has been stocked. Stocked areas will also be posted online at once stocking is complete.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Garrett Trails Moonlight Hike

As a friend of Garrett Trails I sometimes lead hikes on some of Garrett Counties amazing trails. The last one was along the Eastern Continental Divide on the Meadow Mountain Trail. It was the harvest moon and a perfect night for a hike. Even though the leaves were still on the trees the moon was bright enough to hike with just the eyes.

I was fortunate in that my guests were avid star watchers. Not only was the company great I learned many things about the night sky. We were able to identify several planets and really check out the surface of the moon.

To top it off I also learned some great new tricks for photographing things at night.

If you are interested in more information about Garrett Trails just click HERE.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Garrett County Autumn Glory Firemans Parade

Garrett County Black Bears

The leaves are turning and the weather cooling off and the bears know it. According to a DNR estimate the Garrett County black bear population is over 600 bears. that is 4 bears per 10 square miles. Knowing that on average Md black bears weigh between 125-400 pounds and some more than 600 pounds, that is a whole lot of bear running around. They are hungry now trying to increase their fat reserves in anticipation of a long winter. Bears are mostly like my hippy friends, organic vegetarian. However they will occasionally eat fish and garbage.

Bear season is also almost here and more information on that is found at this link

What do I do if I see a bear? Bear attacks are extremely rare if you are out and about in the woods make some noise. If you run across a bear unaware of you back away, if you spot a cub? Be aware that mom is probably close by. Above all stay calm, DO NOT RUN, avoid direct eye contact, and appreciate the opportunity to come in contact with such a unique animal.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Garrett County Historical Museum

Details Deep Creek Takes A Trip The Garrett County Historical Society Museum in Oakland MD.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Western Md on MPT Outdoors MD

This is an awesome video from MPT concerning western MD

Watch the full episode. See more Outdoors Maryland.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Truth About Negro Mountain

Commissioner Candidates Speak on Zoning

Here is a video on the issue of zoning from those running for commissioner. Glad to see they will answer some questions. I would happily discuss with you what "THEY HAVE NO COMMENT ON" when asked by myself.

To see more questions and answers just click the following link.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day Weekend

www.sellingdeepcreek.comTeam Nesline would like to wish everyone a GREAT Labor Day Weekend.

Although it is the holiday we will be working. If you would like to take the weekend and discuss your real estate needs please feel free to contact us. Click the banner to see our website.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

MD's Highest Point Hoye Crest

I was in the neighborhood and realized I have never been to the highest point in MD. Located on Backbone Mountain in the southern tip of Garrett County is the Hoye Crest. At 3360 it is the biggest elevation in the state. The hike is moderate in difficulty due to the elevation gain but the trail is easy to recognize and wide.

I met a father and son team from Oregon out 'peak bagging', attempting to climb the highest points in all 50 states. There is a picnic table at the top but no water source. As always remember pack it in pack it out

Wednesday, September 1, 2010



For more videos concerning Resentment Racing or our growing library of Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County MD videos be sure to check out 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lunch At ASCI Adventure Sports Center International

I recently took my lunch at the WORLDS ONLY mountaintop whitewater facility. Located atop WISP mountain. This man made river is completely adjustable and great for beginners or experts alike. Many national and International events are also held here. Even if your not getting wet the scenery is awesome.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Deep Creek Lake Garrett County Housing Trends

I just came across these very easy to understand indicators if what the market is like in our area and thought I would pass them along. I still am a firm believer that this is a great market to buy or sell in. Yes I said BUY or SELL. I would be happy to discuss your real estate concerns just drop me an EMAIL. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wedding Officiant For Hire

Beside being the most fun agent for your real estate needs at Deep Creek Lake, I also moonlight as a wedding officiant. I like to help with the two most stressful situations we can face. From traditional to the not so traditional. I have married in the back seat of a jeep. Commitment ceremonies or vow renewal. I would be happy to help in anyway I can. Please feel free to contact me  to discuss your future plans.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Deep Creek Sewer.... Odors,Fish Kill, Spills, A Messy Situation

With all the recent uproars over the Deep Creek Fish Kill and sewage spills answers and facts have been hard to come by and understand. In my travels around the lake there is one thing that is pretty apparent. THE WHOLE THING STINKS.  In response to the smell of the system that serves Deep Creek lake, the Garrett County DPU released the following fact sheet.Click below for the "facts"

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ledos Pizza Sponsors Race Car

Big Thanks to Ledo Pizza in the McHenry Plaze for sponsoring my race car.
Although racing does not happen in Garrett County it is just a few miles away. Roaring Knob Motorports Complex in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is my home track. Racing on Saturdays at 7:00pm.


Hard to believe that the first day of school is just next week. That means buses will be on the roads carrying precious cargo. Below is a video of Captain Obvious from the WY police.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Fishing Contests Scheduled.

With all the recent commotion about the fish kill and health of the lake. I wanted to pass along some information that can help you make a more informed decision and have some fun in the process.

Next Fishing tournament scheduled on DCL is Sept. 4 & 5 – Bill’s Outdoor Center.
FYI –Tournaments cancelled in August were cancelled by the Tournament Directors themselves.  They wanted to give the fish a chance to recover from the stress.  Actually they were protecting the resource.  Hats off to them for caring as much as they do.   
Here are the remaining Fishing tournaments planned on DCL.
Sept.  4- Saturday              7 am – 3:30 pm                          30 boats
Bill’s Outdoor Center & RMLV – 5th Annual      
Justin Hershman    301-387-3474
Sept.  5 – Sunday                7 am – 3:30 pm                          30 boats
Bill’s Outdoor Center & RMLV – 5th Annual      
Justin Hershman    301-387-3474
Sept. 11 – Sat –           5 am Registration      7 am -  3:30                       30 Boats
One or Two man tourn. - Garrett Bassers -        OPEN tourn.
Jake Fazenbaker – 301-616-1985      546 Limosine Ridge Rd;  McHenry, MD   21541
Sept. 12-  Sunday                 6am– 3:00 pm                            20 boats
Tri-State Bass Circuit
Todd Rifenbery;  2632  Hyndman Rd; Hyndman, PA  15545
301-784-1000  ext. 4017   /  home: 814-842-6875  / cell:  814-842-6875

Sept.18 & 19NO Tournaments permitted due to 4th Annual SavageMan Triathlon  

Sept. 26        - Sunday        8 am – 4:00 pm                                  30 boats
Yough Walleye – Club Tourn – members only
Steve Popson - P.O. Box 613,  Hopwood PA   15445    SHelter
724 438 0465 / Cell:  724-323-4696
Oct. 2  – Saturday                      7am – 3:30 pm                   40 boats
Butch Ward Memorial – W. Regional Division
Dick Brown   301-471-9519  / office 301-695-9091/  home 301-695-0775
5766 Hanover Ct.; Frederick, MD  21703
Oct. 8 – Friday                  6:30 am – 3:30                                  16 boats
Fish on BASS Anglers – Club tournament
Greg Snider; 18210 Dark Star Way; Boyds, MD  20841
Oct. 9 –Saturday         6:30 am – 3;30 pm                               16 boats
Fish on BASS Anglers – Club tournament
Greg Snider; 18210 Dark Star Way; Boyds, MD  20841
Oct. 9  – Saturday                      7am – 3:30 pm                   40 boats
MD BASS Federation
Dick Brown   301-471-9519  / office 301-695-9091/  home 301-695-0775
5766 Hanover Ct.; Frederick, MD  21703
October 10 – Sunday              7 am – 3:00 pm                          30 boats
Yough Walleye – Club Tourn – members only
Steve Popson - P.O. Box 613,  Hopwood PA   15445
724 438 0465 / Cell:  724-323-4696
October  16 - Saturday          8 am – 4:00 pm                          30 boats
Yough Walleye – Club Tourn – members only
Steve Popson - P.O. Box 613,  Hopwood PA   15445
724 438 0465 / Cell:  724-323-4696                              SHELTER
Oct. 17- Sunday         6:00 am – 3:00 pm                               40 boats
Classic Bass   3rd Annual Open Bass Tournament,
Marlon Whoolery   724-322-0169
Tony Slovak  301-616-1154

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Garrett Open Recovery Race

Garrett Open / Recovery Run gains Saucony Sponsorship
The planning committee of the Garrett Open  / Recovery Race (GO/RR) was
recently informed that the race will be sponsored by Saucony running
shoes.  The 6 Kilometer (3.75 mile) run on Saturday, August 28th is
being held on established trails at Herrington Manor State Park.  The
looped course will be through hardwood forests, glades and along the
banks of Herrington Lake.

     The Recovery Race is annually held in recognition of
National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month which recognizes
those brave individuals who are in recovery from an addiction. Nearly
every family has been touched by the affects of drug and alcohol abuse.
Garrett Trails is co-sponsoring the event to draw attention to the
magnificent trail system throughout Garrett County.  Each year the
Garret Open is held on a different trail to expose participants to a
*new* or sometimes forgotten trail.  The Garrett Trails Committee
has developed a master plan that includes a loop trail approximately 150
miles long, to connect existing trails and many of the county*s towns
to the Great Allegheny Passage.  Proceeds from the race will benefit the
Garrett County STEPS Committee and Garrett Trails.

The race will start at 9:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 8:00
a.m.  In addition to the  6 kilometer run, a one mile *fun run/walk*
is available for those persons wanting to support the cause and just
enjoy the trail.  Participants whose applications are postmarked by
August 14th will receive an $8.00 discount from the regular registration
fee of $20.00.  All pre-registered participants will receive a
commemorative t-shirt and other promotional items.  Late registrants
will receive t-shirts while the supply lasts.   A $50 cash prize and
complementary rafting pass at ASCI will be awarded to the top male and
female runners.  Non-cash awards will be given to the top male and
female runners in 7 different age groups.  The top three male and female
walkers will also receive awards.

     The race application and a course map are available on the Garrett
Trails website at .  For more information on the
GO/RR call race director Bob Stephens at 301-616-6300.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Garrett County Elections Where Legends Are Made?

With all the political campaign signs littering our supposed Maryland Scenic Byways it can be hard to tell who is who. I saw a sign the other day and thought for a minute they were getting the band back together. It can be confusing figuring out who is who in the upcoming election. I myself have asked questions of the Commissioners and all three flat out REFUSED to comment. As a REALTOR I was glad to get a voters guide from our local board. I share it with yo below so you may decipher the spin.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Ledo Pizza Rocks deep Creek Lake

A very BIG Thank You to Ledo Pizza in McHenry. Not only do they have the best cheesesteak in Garrett County but a full menu to please everyone. I am very glad to have their support for the remainder of the race season on my car. If you have never seen dirt track racing I encourage everyone to come out and support the local drivers. Of course eat at Ledo's.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Facts on Deep Creek Lake Fish Kill

Thanks to Patty Manown Mash of the DNR Below is an extensive Q&A concerning the recent fish kill at Deep Creek Lake.

Frequently asked questions about the dead fish in Deep Creek Lake
August 3, 2010
Is it safe to swim in the water at Deep Creek Lake?  Yes. The fish are not dying because of a water contact problem but because two pathogens have taken advantage of the stressed condition of the fish and caused them to become weakened and die.  Recreational users of the lake should always use caution when swimming in natural waters by avoiding contact with the water if they have open or new wounds or have a compromised immune system, as all such waters contain a wide variety of naturally occurring bacteria.
Why are the fish stressed? The temperature of the water in Deep Creek Lake during July has been the highest ever recorded over several decades of temperature monitoring. The fish are finding very warm water in the upper surface waters (78 – 80 degrees F).  The lower layer of the lake water has naturally occurring low dissolved oxygen, limiting good available habitat for the fish.  These two factors cause stress for fish.
What caused the fish to die? The Maryland Department of Environment fish biologist who specializes in determining the cause of fish kills has determined from samples taken from affected fish in Deep Creek Lake that two pathogens are at work here: one is a protozoan (gill parasite) and the other is a bacteria Aeromonas hydrophila.
Why is Aeromonas hydrophila here in the lake this year?  This bacteria is probably not new to the lake.  It is common in most aquatic systems in Maryland and other areas with warm climate.  The difference this year is that fish were stressed and vulnerable to an infection.  Aeromonas hydrophila is described as a "saprophytic" meaning it becomes pathogenic when fishes are physiologically unbalanced, nutritionally deficient or there are other abnormalities which allow opportunistic organisms to invade.
Where did the bacteria come from?  There is not a specific source for the bacteria. It is considered a common bacteria in aquatic systems (from freshwater to salt water), mainly affecting cold blooded critters (NOT a common human pathogen).  Many kinds of bacteria are found in aquatic systems and are part of the natural system.
Is there any monitoring for any bacteria in Deep Creek Lake? There are different measures for acceptable bacteria levels depending on the designated uses of the water.  Deep Creek Lake is not a drinking water supply.  It is a hydroelectric generating impoundment and a water based recreational resource. The only bacteria monitored in recreational waters is E. coli which is considered the standard indicator for contaminated water. The Garrett County Health Department monitors the amount E. coli bacteria at numerous places around the lake each month from April through September. 
How much bacteria is in the water?  Data from the Garrett County Health Department indicates that E. coli counts at all data points on Deep Creek Lake are low and would not indicate unsafe swimming conditions.
Can my dog swim in the water?  Yes. But dog owners are cautioned to prevent animals from eating dead fish that may be washed up on the shoreline.  Floating dead fish should not be retrieved by pets either. 
What can be done about the dead fish along the shoreline? With the warm air temperatures it will take a few days for the fish to decompose and disappear leaving rotten fish odors.  Avoid direct contact with dead fish. If possible, dead fish should be scooped up with a shovel and buried under several inches of soil somewhere away from human activity. If the fish are left to rot on the shoreline, sightings of eagles, raccoons, crows or bears may become more commonplace.
How long will the situation last?  No one knows the answer to that question.  Cooler weather should alleviate the conditions as more normal water temperatures will provide fish with suitable habitat, causing less stress.  Once the fish are healthier they will be able to fight off the influences of the protozoan and bacteria.
Can I fish from our dock?   Fishing is ok.  Extra care should be taken to wash hands often and if in injury from a hook or spine should occur, wash the wound carefully with soap and water and keep the wound away from the lake water.
Can I eat the fish I caught in Deep Creek Lake? Fish not showing signs of disease are safe to eat, as long as they are thoroughly cooked.
If 1000 fish have been found dead along the shoreline in a little over 2 weeks  time– are there any fish left in the lake? The DNR Fisheries Service biologists who manage the fishery don’t have an exact count of the number of fish in the lake but have made an educated guess that several hundred thousand fish live in Deep Creek Lake.  The fish mortality from this event is a very small percentage of the overall fish in the lake.
My children are playing with the dead fish – is that a problem?  Direct contact with dead fish should be avoided by everyone.  Remove dead fish from the shoreline with a shovel and bury them.  Wash thoroughly after contact with dead fish.
Who should I call to report dead fish or turtles in Deep Creek Lake?  The Frostburg office of MDE is taking calls during business hours for fish kill reports or algae blooms that occur more locally – Garrett County. That number is 301-689-1480.  Or there are two telephone numbers to call anytime at 1-866-MDE-GOTO or 877-224-RBAY. If the message recording does not come on, hang up and call again.  These numbers are both used for reporting of fish kills and algae blooms anywhere in Maryland and late summer is a busy time for these environmental situations

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Garrett County Artist Studio Tour

Back again and better than ever is the Artists Studio Tour. This year offers 13 locations with 35 artists. As a believer in "if it moves you it is art" the varied selection of works will surely have something for everyone. For more information check out the Garrett County Arts Council Website:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Garrett Trails Building NEW Trails in Fork Run

Thanks to a partnership with Garrett Community Action, Garrett Trails was able to secure funding through the American Recovery Reinvestment Act and secure NEW green jobs for young people. Thanks to training from the International Mountain Biking Association work is underway on a sustainable natural surface single track trail. Located in the Fork Run Recreation Area. Currently almost 3000 feet of trail is developed. I went with Garrett Trails President steve Green and viewed the progress and got an explanation. 

For more information check out the Garrett Trails website:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Maryland 4H Center A Deep Creek Alternative Oasis

If you are looking for a little more mellow Deep Creek Lake alternative for relaxing, fishing, swimming or a picnic you may want to consider the Md. 4H Center in Bittinger. This free park offers all of the beauty of a mountain lake with a little less crowd.

For more information on mountain lakes check out

Monday, July 19, 2010

Outdoors Woman Workshop


  Registration is now open for the next Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) weekend workshop to be held Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24 at the Western Maryland 4-H Center in Garrett County near Deep Creek Lake.
     BOW enables women to learn about a wide variety of outdoor opportunities in a casual, non-threatening environment.
     Participants may choose from more than 30 classes, including outdoor photography, geocaching, turkey and deer hunting, fly fishing, hiking, kayaking, outdoor survival skills and many others. In addition, BOW places special emphasis on the camaraderie that goes along with outdoor recreation.
     These outdoor skills workshops are offered specifically for women 18 years of age and older; however, men are also welcome.

For more information or to register for the upcoming workshop, visit .

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Deep Creek Lake a top 8 Perfect Lake Town

As reported on & The Secret is definitely out. Deep Creek Lake is a perfect lake town. Maryland is known as America in miniature, Garrett County can be called Maryland in miniature. There is no better time than the present to stake your claim to a parcel of land in our area. To investigat what is available please see my website:

Friday, July 2, 2010

Resentment Racing ReOpens Doors

    After an equipment failure and disappointing start to the 2010 season Resentment Racing has stepped up in class and ready to take the green again. A very special THANKS to my dad who put up with me AND drove the 14 hours to get this car. I am very excited about the increase in power and rear wheel drive and will be running Roaring Knob, Elkins, Cumberland & Bedford this season. We love your support and hope to see you at the track.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Independence Day concert @ GCC

Rain or Shine!
Garrett College Auditorium in case of rain
FREE (donations invited)

A true celebration of patriotism the Garrett County way! Join us for the second annual concert featuring BOTH the Garrett Community Concert Band and the Garrett Choral Society.
Round out the evening with the perfect spot to view the community fireworks display immediately following the concert.
Garrett Community Concert Band is relatively new, formed in May of 2000, entirely as a volunteer group, under the guidance of a very accomplished local musician. Starting with its Fourth of July premier performance in 2000, it has presented three concerts a year. Members include people from all walks, including businessmen, teachers, homemakers, retirees and high school and college students. It is strictly a volunteer organization.

The Garrett Choral Society is a community chorus open to all singers--non-auditioned. The society's concert season includes a holiday concert in December, a Spring Concert, and other special presentations. The organization has quite an extensive list of repertoire that includes many major works. The director rarely needs to hire soloists - they come right from the choir! The society's artistic director is Julie S. Turrentine; the founding director is Nancy K. Learey; the accompanist is Lynn Grimm.

Monday, June 28, 2010



Come by boat or car – enter thru main gate. Bring your friends & family members! Many artists throughout the Park – Selling & displaying original artwork, Including: Pottery, Photography, Jewelry, Artwork & more. Food, Roving Naturalist programs, Silent Auction, Entertainment, Art demonstrations in a beautiful natural setting.
* Service Charge Applies *
Call 301-387-7067 for more info

Monday, June 21, 2010

Search Deep Creek Lake & Garrett county Foreclosures

Click below to search for properties in foreclosure.

33rd Grantsville Days June 25-27 2010

In 1977 the Grantsville Business Association came together to create an event that would encourage local organizations to work jointly to sponsor a weekend of fellowship for the community.  It was envisioned as a non-commercial means for of fund-raising for the participating organizations.
That tradition has contiued to the present day, separating Grantsville Days from other events that allow commercial food vendors.

Marcellus Shale Documentary To Air On HBO

A new documentary on drilling natural gas in the Marcellus Shale area which includes all of Garrett County on HBO tonight, June 21, 2010 at 9:00pm.

 . If you are predisposed to distrust big business and the bureaucrats who regulate it, then “Gasland,” a soberly muckracking film about the health and environmental dangers of the current nationwide rush to drill for natural gas, will light a flame in you. It might resemble the flames Mr. Fox films sprouting from people’s kitchen faucets or from the surfaces of polluted creeks, in places where methane has turned water into a fire hazard.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mt. Beulah Restoration Association Music Fest Slated

Mt. Beulah Restoration Association will be holding a music festival this Saturday, June 19th from 11:00 - 5:00 at the Town Park in Grantsville. The concert is free and their will be raffles, food vendors, a silent auction and most importantly Great Music!  Proceeds will be used to restore an abandoned  historic church building along the Twin Churches Rd. near New Germany State Park.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

First Tomato Of The Season


     Today I was dreaming of that first BLT of the season. This years will of course be on home baked bread. Bacon from a local 4-H project. Mayo made from local fresh eggs. Lettuce and tomato from the garden. A special THANK YOU! to Max, Katherine and all the little Dubanskys from Back Bone Food Farm. Once again this year they have provided the plants and seeds for my garden. Some of the staples and a few things that will be identified when grown. For me the best thing is these plants are all organic planted in my completely organic plot. It was very close to 9:00 pm when I wen to check the garden. In the fading light of springs last days I discovered 3 small tomatoes on the vine. Don't forget that all the fruits of the farmers labors are coming to the Mountain Fresh Farmers Markets. Click below for locations and schedules.

Saturday, June 12, 2010



     I recently became a member of the Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department. I always took for granted the emergency services in Garrett County. I am proud to give back to the community and have a very deep appreciation for all those who have come before me. I have seen first hand the dedication, efforts, and sacrifices of these men and women who protect and serve the community for FREE. I encourage everyone to think about this when not in a time of crisis and know these services are there when need be. Visit a BBQ or Spaghetti dinner this summer and say your Thank You. Ask your Commissioner what they have done for a Fire Department Lately.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


After more than 2.5 inches in a twenty-four hour period, I went outside and was treated to this.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Taste of Garrett to Benefit Garrett trails.

BIG Thank you to all the vendors, athletes, volunteers, and guests who came out on a dreary Monday evening. This years Taste of Garrett was a great success. The new format with tickets seemed to work well as everyone I talked with had a full stomach and extra tickets.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010



Wednesday, May 5, 2010



At DCLSP – ALL users of boat ramp will NOT enter thru the main gate at Deep Creek Lake State Park as in the past. Anyone going to use the Boat RAMP will enter thru the 2nd gate, the old AFTER HOURS entrance. There will no longer be that After Hours – it Shall be the only entrance for Boat Ramp users. Now if you have family/friends following in a vehicle, They will have to go thru the main entrance like all other Park users. Just go past the regular entrance to Park and make the next Left TURN.

REASON is: This should eliminate the traffic congestion we’ve seen at the main entrance to Park.
Everyone will still need to pay the LAUNCH fee $10 in State and $11 out of State. But you will not have to pay the Park Service Charge. They are constructing a toll booth at the new entrance.
Best idea is to get a PASSPORT Pass – save $$ and time.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Garrett County Park Quest Family Events

Families can go kayaking, hiking, and biking in some of Maryland's most beautiful State Parks this summer as part of Park Quest. Join the Maryland Park Service's Park Quest outdoor adventure competition with your family. Become a Park Quest team and find adventure in 24 State Parks across Maryland.
Park Quest 2010 registration is now open. Start your adventure by completing your team's information using the 2010 Registration button above. Registration is limited to 750 families -- so sign up early!
Quests can be completed between May 29th and September 6th 

Click the picture or this link for more information.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Legislation to provide safer boating on Deep Creek Lake


  New legislation is in effect changing the use of PFD's (personal flotation devices) on MD waterways. Children age 13 and younger are now required to wear a PFD. Going into effect on October 1, 2010 are new requirements for boat operators. 

     The new law will require children under the age of 16 to possess a certificate of boating safety education before they can operate a boat AND (1) either be supervised by someone 18 years or older who is also aboard the boat, or (2) be supervised by someone 16 years or older with a boating safety certificate who is aboard the boat.

Garrett Trails Earth Day Cleanup

WHEN: APRIL 22, 2010 9:00AM

Garrett Trails would like to invite the entire community to help clean-up the debris, litter and other obstacles left behind from the unforgettable winter.  The project will take place on the 5.5 miles of trail between Herrington Manor State Park and Swallow Falls State Park.
Possible tasks may include: picking up litter, clearing downed branches, replacing and moving gravel, and minor pruning. Trash bags will be provided.  Anyone who would like to donate to the event should contact Nick Pratt at (301)801-3362 prior to the event.  Things to bring include drinking water, appropriate clothing, work gloves, and boots.  Things not to bring include pets, unsafe equipment, chain saws, and motorized vehicles. 
With the hiking and biking season quickly coming up, there is no better time to roll up your sleeves and celebrate Earth Day by helping to maintain our outstanding network of quality trails that provide access to Garrett County’s historic, municipal, and environmental treasures.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I was piddling around the WWW and remembering my days as a 4H-er. In my travels on the web I came across the Garrett Extension website. My childhood memories of the Extension were of a very kind lady named Alice. Alice "Was from the EXTENSION" was all I knew. I started playing on their site and found it was full of all kinds of useful information for me. I thought I would pass it on. From plant identification and parenting teens to financial planning and hog prices. It was there. Click below to visit their site.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Portable Garrett County Sunrise From Meadow Mountain

4 Minute sunrise from Meadow Mountain

This Garrett Trail is south of Frank Brenneman Road along the Eastern Continental Divide

Thursday, April 15, 2010