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The Republican Newspaper - Established 1877 - Garrett County, Maryland - Thursday, July 2, 2015 - www.therepublicannews.com
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Tragedy Was Averted
           "Don't Frack Maryland!"  "Don't frack Maryland" was shouted during a rally held at Allegany College of Maryland Wednesday evening. The protest was held prior to a public meeting hosted by the Maryland Department of the Environment to discuss "issue papers" on proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations. The papers were just released online yesterday morning. The Don’t Frack Maryland coalition included representatives from several groups: Citizen Shale, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, the Food & Water Watch, and HoCo Climate Change. The representatives also presented their concerns about the proposed regulations during the MDE meeting. See story for details. Gradient overlay - click to view online paper
 
Many Of The World's Elite Bikers
           Many Of The World's Elite Bikers  Many of the world's elite bikers are participating in the 35th annual Ride Across America – from California to Annapolis – and the current leader of that event rolled through Oakland this morning. He is Pierre Bischoff of Germany, who is competing in his first-ever RAAM. The remaining 250 riders will be passing through Garrett County over the next several days, so all drivers are urged to be alert and extra careful as the participants make their way from Red House to the northern edge of the county. Time station #47 is located along U.S. Rt. 219 across from High Mountain Sports, where all riders are welcome to take a break for rest and refreshments. Photo provided by Evan Byrne.  Gradient overlay - click to view online paper
 
A Symbol Of Hope
           A Symbol Of Hope  
A symbol of hope and promise is the rainbow, and is certainly appropriate for the "entrance" to the annual WGW Youth Cup Benefit Golf Tournament, which is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday in McHenry and Oakland. Proceeds from the event go to three local nonprofit organizations founded by the parents of three young people whose lives were lost prematurely to illness or accident, all three of which provide funding and support to literally thousands of Garrett County's youth. Those organizations are Landon's Library, founded in memory of Landon Boal, which routinely provides books to every child in the county; Samantha Funding the Arts, founded in memory of Samantha Gibson; and the Andrew Woods Scholarship Fund. A story providing the schedule of the tournament, including a list of items that will be sold in the event's silent auction, appears on page A-11.

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Obituaries for June 23
CORLISS, Olive F., memorial service.
DOWNER, John F., 85, Oakland.
GIBSON, Maxine L., 98, Oakland.
KOLB, Fannie M., 91, Accident.
MCROBIE, Phyllis J., 62, Oakland.
SANDERS, Dewey D. Sr., 81, Oakland.
SHAFFER, Paul E., 88, Deer Park.
SINES, Jeffrey C., 59, Salisbury, Pa.
SMITH, Marvin, 86, Covington, Va.
STEWART, Donald, 61, Elk Garden, W.Va.
TEETS, Dorothy J., 92, Accident.
Jeffrey Craig Sines, 59, Salisbury, Pa,, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, Pa. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Oakland, on Friday, June 17. Services were conducted at the Pine Grove Church of the Brethren, Oakland on Saturday June 18 with Pastor Donnie Savage officiating. Interment was in Taylor-Sines Cemetery, Oakland. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Laurel Glen Church of the Brethren, 251 Laurel Glen Lane, Terra Alta, WV, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 4600 Fairfax Dr. #900, Arlington, VA 22203. Condolences may be sent to his family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
Donald F. Stewart, 61, Elk Garden, W.Va., died on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at his home. Friends were received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Kitzmiller on Friday, June 17, where a funeral service was held on Saturday, June 18, with Pastor Lee Robertson officiating. Interment followed in the Kalbaugh Cemetery, Elk Garden. Condolences may be left for the family at www.csfredlockfh.com.
Fannie M. Kolb, 91, Accident, died Saturday, June 18, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family. Friends were received at Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Tuesday, June 21. A service was held on Wednesday, June 22, in Zion Lutheran Church, Accident, with Rev. Robert Riebau officiating. Interment was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Accident. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials be given to Hospice of Garrett County or Zion Lutheran Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.newmanfuneralhome.com.
Marvin Smith, 87, Covington, Va., died June 13, 2016. A memorial service will be held June 25, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Elk Garden Church of God, at 3 Oak St. Elk Garden, WV 26717. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Smith’s name to the Mountain Regional Hospice at P.O. Box 637 Clifton Forge, VA 24422. The online guest registration is available at arrittfuneralhome.com.
Phyllis J. McRobie, 62, Oakland, died Thursday, June 16, 2016, at her home. A graveside service was conducted at Ashby Cemetery on Tuesday June 21, with Pastor Samuel Moon officiating. Newman Funeral Home, Oakland, was in charge of her arrangements. Condolences may be sent to her family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
A memorial service will be held for Olive F. Corliss, who died on Nov. 21, 2015, on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. The service will be held at the Oak Park Church of the Brethren, 110 Church Lane, Oakland, MD 21550. All of her friends and family are welcome to attend.
Dewey D. Sanders Sr., 81, Oakland, died on Monday, June 20, 2016, at his home with his family by his side. Friends will be received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, on Thursday, June 23, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Gary Clem officiating. Interment will follow in the Garrett County Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Garrett County, P.O. Box 271, Oakland, MD 21550. Condolences may be left for the family at www.csfredlockfh.com.
Maxine L. Gibson, 98, Oakland, died on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the Dennett Road Manor. Friends were received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland. A funeral service was held in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Oakland, on Thursday, June 23, with Pastor Matthew Paugh officiating. Interment followed in the Garrett County Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Southern Garrett Athletic Department, 345 Oakland Dr., Oakland, MD 21550; or a charity of one's choice.
Dorothy J.Teets, 92, Accident, died Monday, June 20, 2016, at her daughter’s residence, Oakland. Friends were received at Newman Funeral Home, Accident (McHenry). Funeral services were conducted in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Thursday, June 23, with Pastor Nathan Hall officiating. Interment was in the Bittinger Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Hospice of Garrett County or Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.
John F. Downer, 85, Oakland, died on Monday, June 20, 2016, at the Western Maryland Health System. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the American Legion Post #71 in Oakland, with a time of remembrance to follow until 3 p.m.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland. Memorial contributions may be made be in John’s name to Hart for Animals Inc. P.O. Box 623, McHenry, MD 21541-0623; or to the Garrett County Animal Shelter, 152 Oakland Sang Run Road, Oakland, MD 21550. Condolences for the family may be left at www.csfredlockfh.com.
See full obituaries in the June 23 issue of The Republican.

 
Southern Rescue Squad Board Voices Concerns About County FY '17 Budget
Members of the Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad are not pleased with the county's fiscal year 2017 budget, which goes into effect on July 1. The Garrett County commissioners unanimously approved the new $75 million operating/capital budget Tuesday afternoon at the courthouse.
See full story in today's issue.
 
Garrett County Developer Sentenced To Prison In $5.7M Bank Fraud Scheme
U.S. district judge Marvin J. Garbis sentenced Samuel R. VanSickle, 52, Accident, last Thursday to two years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to commit bank fraud. The charge stems from three fraudulent bank loans in which VanSickle received proceeds from the sale of real property in Garrett County and Cheat Lake, W.Va., totaling over $5.7 million. 
See details in today's issue.
 
County Officials Issue Statement On Sewage Spills
The Garrett County commissioners have issued a statement on two sewage spills that recently occurred at Deep Creek Lake.
As a result of recent heavy rains, a section of culvert pipe under the Glendale Road spur washed out, causing a break in a 6-inch sewer line. This spill was reported on Friday, June 17, approximately at noon and was repaired by 2:30 p.m.
For more information, see today's issue.
 
Chamber Hosting "Fire On The Mtn." Fireworks Display
Fireworks will light up the sky on Monday, July 4, at the annual "Fire on the Mountain," presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.
The display is set to begin at dark. The fireworks will be launched from the top of the Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort, McHenry. Prime viewing locations include the Scenic Overlook on Rt. 219 and from a boat on Deep Creek Lake, particularly around McHenry Cove.
See details in today's issue.
 
BOE Slates Mtg. To Appoint New Superintendent
The Garrett County Board of Education will hold a special business meeting on Tuesday, June 28, to appoint a new superintendent of schools. The event will be held in the board room at the central office, 40 South Second Street, Oakland.
For further details, see today's issue.
 
MDE Drilling "Issue Papers" Now Available
 The Garrett County Shale Advisory Group announced yesterday that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has developed Marcellus shale "issue papers" that discuss specific topics that generated "extensive" interest when the department proposed new regulations for oil and gas exploration and production in January 2015.  
See more information in today's issue.
 
Don't Frack Maryland Coalition Renews Call For Statewide Ban
A coalition of community groups, business leaders, environmental advocates, and western Maryland citizens rallied in Cumberland last evening outside a Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) public meeting on proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Members of the Don’t Frack Maryland coalition are demanding that the Maryland General Assembly pass a permanent ban on fracking before the state's current, two-year moratorium expires in October 2017.
See more details in today's issue.
 
 
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