Md. county wants to increase eating of locally-sourced food
OAKLAND — Garrett County says it wants to expand production and consumption of locally produced food. The county’s economic development agency is surveying food producers and distributors, as well as wholesalers, buyers and restaurants, to better understand their challenges and opportunities. The survey process began Aug. 6 and continues through the end of the month. […]
Garrett County administrator ‘liked to stay ahead of things’
OAKLAND — When Monty Pagenhardt says “the good people of Garrett County,” that’s not just empty rhetoric. Pagenhardt, who is retiring Friday after 20 years as the county government’s administrator, believes nothing points that out better than the response of the high country citizenry upon the death of his developmentally disabled older brother, Steve, who […]
Federal grant to help Garrett County study fracking impact
WASHINGTON — The federal government is awarding funds to help a western Maryland county study the potential economic impact of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski announced the $37,500 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission on Friday. It must be matched with an equal amount of local funding The project […]
Md. county wants more info on fracking’s economic impact
The Garrett County Commissioners say they want an objective study of the potential economic impact of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in western Maryland.
After shades pulled, Garrett Co. got to work
A recent NACo report tells the story of Garrett County as a role model for economic development.
Allegany Museum seeks $2.75M from state of Md.
CUMBERLAND — A historical museum in Cumberland is asking Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley for $2.75 million for renovation work. Allegany Museum President Gary Bartik told The Cumberland Times-News the renovations would make the downtown museum a national heritage attraction. Allegany County and neighboring Garrett County, along with 16 West Virginia counties, comprise the private, nonprofit,[...]
Report suggests closing 3 Garrett County schools
OAKLAND — A consultant is suggesting that three elementary schools in Garrett County be closed to cut costs. The Cumberland Times-News reported Wednesday on a school consolidation study done by Facility Engineering Associates of Fairfax, Va. A company representative says closing three of the county’s eight elementary schools is the most extreme option for reducing […]
Western Md. wildlands proposal hits opposition
SWANTON — The Garrett County Planning Commission is opposing a state plan to strengthen protection of land along the Youghiogheny River in far western Maryland. The Cumberland Times-News reported Monday on the dispute over the state’s proposal to designate the nearly 4,000-acre Youghiogheny River Corridor as a state-protected wildland. It would be among the largest […]
Western Md. gas supplier seeks surcharge
HAGERSTOWN — Columbia Gas of Maryland is seeking to add a surcharge of $1.92 a month to the bills of residential customers in Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties starting Feb. 1. The Herald-Mail reported Sunday that the company has asked the state Public Service Commission to approve the surcharge to help pay for infrastructure replacement. […]
AG Gansler: Part of wind turbine bill unconstitutional
OAKLAND — Maryland’s attorney general has deemed a portion of a law aimed at putting distance between wind turbines and homes unconstitutional. The Times-News reports that Attorney General Douglas Gansler wrote Gov. Martin O’Malley in May noting that a portion of the law is unconstitutional because it would give adjacent neighbors zoning authority. Garrett County […]
Deep Creek Lake planning moves forward
Representatives of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Garrett County officials signed an agreement outlining the development of a comprehensive watershed management plan for Deep Creek Lake.
Sewage spill prompts Deep Creek Lake restrictions
McHENRY — Garrett County officials say about 36,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a creek that flows into Deep Creek Lake. Officials imposed swimming and fishing restrictions in the north western end of Marsh Run Cove where the domestic wastewater spilled on Friday. After the overflow at the McHenry sewage holding tank, the Maryland Department […]