A rousing and celebratory event to welcome the world's kayak and canoe elite took place at Garrett College's Community Aquatic and Recreational Complex last night at the opening ceremonies of the ICF Canoe-Kayak Slalom World Championships, taking place now and through the weekend in McHenry. The international crowd was introduced to the Garrett County community by Garrett Countians themselves, as youngsters from Boundless Energy, a Brenda's Body Shop group fresh from a summer performance trip to California's Disneyland, put on a show, as did the Garrett County Gives participants. Students from the Northern and Southern high school ROTC programs opened the evening by bringing in the colors, and the Garrett Highlands Pipes & Drums serenaded the crowd as well. The USA team's entrance is pictured, along with Eddy the Otter, the mascot of the games. See coverage in today's issue, and watch for it next week as well. To see the entire issue, click on "Your Virtual Newspaper" link above. Photo by Fabian Green. Today is Sept. 18, 2014.