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BYE BYE BIRDIE
SO MANY SHOWS OVER 20 YEARS!
           SO MANY SHOWS OVER 20 YEARS!  
Our Town Theatre in Oakland, founded in 1997 by the late Jane B. Avery, is officially 20 years old, and an open house and party to celebrate that milestone is slated this Saturday, April 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the theatre. Refreshments, staged scenes, tours, and more will be offered during the three-hour event. The doors will open at 1 p.m. for an informal met and greet, followed at 1:30 with a champagne toast and the start of the stage entertainment. Tours of the theatre and the Backstage Scene Shop will begin at 3 p.m. All are invited to this free celebration. Since Avery launched the theatre in '97, it has been in continual operation, offering a multitude of plays, concerts, original shows, student-led performances, and more. A collage of play posters, created by long-time OTT veteran Richard Hill, is pictured. All these shows have been performed at OTT, plus hundreds of others. The theatre is located at 121 Center Street. OTT is a non-profit organization supported by donations and memberships, as well as by the Garrett County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

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           "THE SUN'LL COME OUT TOMORROW!"  
And Annie Jr. will be staged this weekend at Southern Middle School, under the direction of music teacher Jason Shaw and featuring a large cast and crew of students. Performances are set for this Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, on the school stage, at 7 p.m. each evening. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin, Annie Jr. features the famous little redhead in her first adventure, Shaw said. Annie will be played by Lillian Argabrite, and Warbucks will be portrayed by Elisha Skipper. Brooke Rose will be in the role of Miss Hannigan. The players and crew members are pictured. In the front, from left, are Elizabeth Martin, Jayden Sisler, Aaliyah Rhodes, Dylan Beattie-Thornburg, Ashlee Casey, Connor Madigan, Jordyn Mullins, Elisha Skipper, Brooke Rose, Rayven Francillion, Emilia Germain, Madelynn Hanline, Athena Haefner, Katie Park, and Kaden Darkstar. In the second row, same order, are April Fike, Savannah Hamilton, Carly Friend, Brooke Holland, Brent Williams, Kelli Catulle, Kaylee Beattie-Thornburg, Amariah Skipper, Lillian Argabrite, Caroline Argabrite, Kaylee Beattie-Thornburg, Luci Dawson, Noah Beakes, Bailey Kelly, Josie Layton, and Josh Collins. Not available for the photo were Brent and Gracie Owens. Adults taking part are Annalea Catulle, choreographer;  Kimberly Madigan, costume designer; Rhonda Skipper and Leah Shaw, stage production; and James Michaels, set design. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. 

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Obituaries
BARBOUR, Phyllis, 81, Grantsville.
FRAZEE, Reda L., 82, Baltimore.
FRIEND, Michael L., 69, Oakland.
HANLIN, Velda R., 58, Kitzmiller.
HARSH, Rose I.L., 88, Eglon, W.Va.
NUTTER, Edward L. Sr., 87, Oakland.
RILEY, David C., 64, Oakland.
STEIN, Darrell F., 76, Grantsville.
TASKER, Osborne C., 72, Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., formerly of Swanton.
WELCH, Norman, 77, Westover, W.Va.

Norman  Welch, 77, Westover, W.Va., died on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Mapleshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Morgantown, W.Va. Friends and family were received at Hastings Funeral Home, Morgantown, where a service was held on Sunday, April 23, with Pastor Doug Strother officiating.  A graveside committal service took place at the Garrett County Memorial Gardens, Oakland, on Monday, April 24.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 841 Country Club Dr., Morgantown, WV 26505.Online condolences may be made at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com
Phyllis Barbour, 81, Grantsville, died on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at her residence. At Phyllis’ request, her body will be cremated, and no services are planned at this time. Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, is in charge of cremation arrangements. 
Rose I. L. Harsh, 88, Eglon, W.Va., died on Friday, April 21, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family. Friends were received at the Maple Spring Church of the Brethren, Eglon, where a service was held  on Tuesday, April 25, with Rev. Gary Meeks officiating. Interment will follow in the Eglon Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Ina’s hospice care provider, West Virginia Caring, P.O. Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520; or to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, 204 Sigma Drive, RIDC Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15238, or at www.core.org. Arrangements have been entrusted to C&S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.csfredlockfh.com.
Edward L. Nutter Sr., 87, Oakland, died on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Garrett Regional Medical Center, Oakland. Friends were received at Newman Funeral Home, Oakland, where a service was conducted on Wednesday, April 26, with Russell Sines officiating. Interment was in Garrett County Memorial Gardens, Oakland. Military honors were accorded by the various veterans organizations of Southern Garrett County. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Meals on Wheels. Condolences may be sent to his family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
Osborne C.  Tasker, 72, Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., and formerly of Swanton, died on Friday, April 21, 2017, at his home. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 26, in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, with Pastor Gary Rankin officiating. Interment followed in the Sharpless Cemetery. Military honors were accorded by the combined Honor Guard of the American Legion Post #31 and the Deer Park VFW Post #10077.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, c/o Nellie Harvey, 283 Mt. Zion Rd., Swanton, MD 21561. Condolences may be left for the family at www.scfredlockfh.com.
Darrell F. “Frank” Stein, 76, Grantsville, died on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Garrett Regional Medical Center, Oakland. Friends were received at Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, where a service was conducted on Wednesday, April 26, with Pastor Pascal Crites and Brother Jim Hinkle officiating. Interment was in the Grantsville Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Grantsville Fire Department or the Calvary Tabernacle Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
David C.Riley, 64, Oakland, died on Monday, April 17, 2017, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.  According to his wishes, Craig was an organ donor whose kidneys went on to help save the life of another, and his body was cremated. A memorial service, with military honors, will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 1 p.m. in the Bethel United Methodist Church, with Pastor Chris Duckworth and Pastor Regina Beard officiating. Friends will be received for one hour prior to the service. Honors will be accorded by the U.S. Marine Corp and the combined honor guard of the American Legion Post #31 and the Deer Park VFW Post #10077. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675; or the Safari Club International by contacting the SCI Foundation office at 520-620-1220, ext. 322. The C&S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Glenes E.Dumire, 84, Oakland, died at his home on April 23, 2017. Friends will be received at Hinkle Funeral Home, Davis, W.Va., today, April 27, from 4 to 8 p.m..A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow,  April 28, at Creation for Christ Ministry in Oakland, with Rev. Ron Hull officiating. Interment will follow in Accident Cemetery, Eglon, W.Va. Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at www.hinklefuneralhome.com.
Velda R. Hanlin, 58, Kitzmiller, died on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Garrett Regional Medical Center.  Friends will be received at the C&S Fredlock Funeral Home, Kitzmiller, tomorrow, April 28, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the Kitzmiller Assembly of God this Saturday, April 29, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Kalbaugh Cemetery, Elk Garden, W.Va. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kitzmiller Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 438, Kitzmiller, MD 21538. Condolences may be left for the family at www.csfredlockfh.com.  
Michael L.Friend, 69, Oakland, died on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at his home. Friends will be received at the C&S Fredlock Funeral Home. Oakland, today, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., after which time a funeral service will be held, with Pastor Carl Fike officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Army and the combined honor guard of the American Legion Post #31 and the Deer Park VFW Post #10077.  Interment will take place in the Rocky Gap Veteran’s Cemetery on a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Garrett County, P.O. Box 271, Oakland, MD 21550; or the Allegany County Animal Shelter, 602 Furnace St., Cumberland, MD 21502. Condolences may be left for the family at www.csfredlockfh.com.
Reda L. Frazee, 82, Baltimore, died on April 19, 2017. A service was held on April 25, with interment at Holly Hills Memorial Gardens in Middle River. Memorials can be made to Ormes United Methodist Church, 1020 Orems Rd., Middle River, MD 21220.

See full obituaries in the April 27 issue.
 

 
 
SHA Identifies Preferred Alternative For U.S. 219 Improvement Project
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has identified the preferred alternative for the U.S. 219 Improvement Project. 
See story in today's issue for details.
 
Woman Charged With Manslaughter By Motor Vehicle
A Grantsville woman was charged by Garrett County sheriff's deputies with criminal negligence/manslaughter by motor vehicle in the August 4, 2016, death of a juvenile male.
Details can be found on today's front page.
 
Garrett County Tourism Numbers Point To Record Increases In 2016
Last year was a record year for tourism in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, with a 3.6% increase in county accommodations sales, a 7% increase in "heads on beds," a 2.3% increase in sales tax collections, and a 23% increase in visitors to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s website, visitdeepcreek.com, according to chamber spokesperson Sarah Duck.
See today's issue for details.
 
Rabies Vaccination Clinics To Be Held At Six Local Sites
The Garrett County Health Department's Environmental Services office has announced this spring's low-cost rabies clinics for the vaccination of dogs, cats, and ferrets at six locations. No other animals will be vaccinated. 
Full storycan be found in today's issue.
 
Education Board To Hold Regular Meeting Tuesday
The Garrett County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 2, in the board room of the central office in Oakland, 40 South Second Street.
Today's issue contains full story.
 
"All Things Home" Expo To Be Held At GC Fairgrounds
The Home Builders Association of Western Maryland (HBAWM) will hold its annual "All Things Home" Expo at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Full story can be found in today's issue.
 
 
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