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     "In Flanders Fields The Poppies Blow,  Between the crosses, row on row, that mark our place; and in the sky, the larks, still bravely singing, fly, scarce heard amid the guns below." So goes the first stanza of In Flanders Fields, a poem penned by Canadian military doctor Major John McCrae, who wrote it upon the death of his friend, Lt. Alexis Helmer, killed in the Second Battle of Ypres of World War I. Thus the poppy, which was blooming in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of France and other war-torn lands, has become an internationally recognized symbol of remembrance, and synonymous with the great loss of life in such conflicts. However, the flower and its connection with the memory of those lost has been expanded to help the living as well. Moina Belle Michael worked at the YMCA Overseas War Secretaries' headquarters in New York, and just before Armistice Day was declared on Nov. 11, 1910, she had read the McCrae poem. She was mesmerized by the final stanza, which reads in part: "To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields." It is said that at the moment, Moina made a personal pledge to “keep the faith," vowing always to wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance. In time, the sale of the small flowers was instituted, with the funds raised used to help those affected by the ravages of war. Moina was inspired to write her own stanza to the poem, which appeared on every poppy sold: "O! You who sleep in Flanders Fields, Sleep sweet – to rise anew! We caught the torch you threw, And holding high, we keep the Faith, With all who died." May the nation keep the faith this Memorial Day weekend by honoring those who fell, and aiding all those affected by the scourge of war. Memorial Day ceremonies are slated Monday in Accident, Grantsville, Oakland, and other sites. All are encouraged to attend any of these events to help "carry the torch." Photo by Fabian Green.   Today is May 26, 2016.
Inclement Weather
           Inclement Weather  
 that forced the annual Northern High School Relay for Life effort indoors did nothing to deter the overwhelming success of the event, as nearly $50,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society. The relay was moved from the NHS athletic field track to Ag Heritage Hall in McHenry because of rainy conditions. Pictured holding the survivors' banner in the photo above are NHS Relay Princess Kelsey Harding, left, and NHS student Kaley Hare, NHS Relay Ambassador 2016. Those donning purple shirts at the event are all survivors of cancer. See story for details.

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Share The Road, Protect Your Pets
           Share The Road, Protect Your Pets  
Cyclists will most likely be a common site on the area roadways this Memorial Day weekend and on through June, with many preparing for the 2016 Garrett County Gran Fondo, slated for June 25. Residents are asked to share the road with the bikers, and to keep dogs and other pets at a safe distance away from the roadways, especially on the day of the event. Some of the routes are new this year, with cyclists pedaling from Garrett College to Friendsville, the stockyards, Bittinger, Barton, Big Run, and back to Garrett College. Residents along these roads are encouraged to go to (do not include a hyphen) to check out the cycling routes to see if they might be impacted by riders on the roads between now and the event on June 25. Besides those training for the event, there are many other bikers on the roadways now. All cyclists are to follow the rules of the road, the same as cars and trucks, and vehicle drivers should be alert and careful when making turns or when passing by the cyclists. Roughly 1,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the Gran Fondo, which this year is being hosted and organized by Garrett Trails, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and creating easily accessible and sustainable biking and hiking trails in Garrett County. More information on the event will be published as the date nears. 

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GC President MacLennan Resigns, Accepts Top Role At North Idaho
Garrett College president Dr. Richard MacLennan has announced that he is leaving the McHenry campus to assume his new role as president of North Idaho College. MacLennan has served as Garrett's president since 2010. Just prior to his arrival at GC, he served as the vice president of student services for 12 years at Olympic College in Washington....
See today's issue for more details.
Grantsville VFD To Receive $37,836 In Federal Funding
The Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $37,836 through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment.  
U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.), made the announcement on Monday....
More details can be found in today's issue.
Northern High School Relay For Life Event Raises Nearly $50,000 For ACS
Relay For Life of Northern Garrett High School recently took place and raised a record $48,000 with approximately 300 participants. This is the fourth year the NHS event has taken place. In 2013, the event raised $7,500. 
"This event is near and dear to the hearts of many of the team members who have suffered recent tragic losses of loved ones due to cancer," said Courtney Case, senior community manager of Relay For Life, American Cancer Society. "This Relay event has grown due to the passion of the community to fight cancer."
See further details in today's issue.
DCL Policy, Review Board Covers Many Topics At Quarterly Meeting
The Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board recently held its spring quarterly meeting at the Discovery Center, Deep Creek Lake State Park, with about 20 citizens attending and a variety of items on the 
Kevin Null, county administrator, reported that a memorandum of understanding has been signed by the county, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to move forward on implementation of the Deep Creek Watershed Plan. Deborah Carpenter, director of planning and land management, will take the county lead, and a management plan coordinator will be hired by the county and tasked with plan implementation....
Further information can be seen in today's issue.
Crash Claims Lives Of Driver And Passenger
Two people died in a head-on collision investigated by Maryland State Police on Monday afternoon. Troopers responded to Garrett Highway/Rt 219 at Fox Den Road, Deep Creek Lake, at approximately 2 p.m....
More details can be obtained from today's issue.
DCL Named One Of TripAdvisor's 11 Great Places
Deep Creek Lake has been named by TripAdvisor as one of 11 "great" places to rent a summer lake house. 
"We are delighted to be included in this list by Trip-Advisor," said Nicole Christian, president and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. "As one of only 11 lake towns selected in the country, we are honored to be included in this national listing. We hope visitors are able to join us in person this summer to see all that Garrett County has to offer."
More details can be seen in today's issue.
Garrett Regional Medical Center Seeking Stroke Ready Certification
Garrett Regional Medical Center has applied for stroke certification from the Joint Commission of hospital accreditation. The certification was developed by the commission's new Disease-Specific Care Advanced Certification Program for Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals....
See details in today's issue.
Obituaries for May 26, 2016
BEACHY, Amy L., 39, Meyersdale, Pa., died on Monday, May 16, 2016, at the Cancer Treatment Center of America, Zion, Ill. Born Oct. 5, 1976, at Meyersdale, she was a daughter of Paul and Linda (Schartiger) Bittinger, Salisbury, Pa. Friends were received at the Oak Dale Church, Salisbury, where funeral services were conducted on Monday, May 23, with Pastor Kenneth Sigler officiating. Interment was in the St. Paul Wilhelm Cemetery. Newman Funeral Home, Salisbury, was in charge of arrangements.
FERGUSON, John W., 54, Martinsburg, W.Va., formerly of McHenry, died Monday, May 16, 2016, at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. Born Nov. 9, 1961, in Baltimore, he was a son of, and is survived by, Raymond Arthur Ferguson Sr. and wife Bernadette, and Dorothy Elizabeth Louise (Sorrell) Simms and husband Floyd. A memorial gathering will be planned by the family and held at a later date.
GONDER, Sara F., 100, Deep Creek Lake, died Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Garrett Regional Medical Center, Oakland. Born Aug. 8, 1915, in Waynesburg, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Lewis W. and Sallie (Cooke) Sayers. Her family requests that memorials be sent to the charity of the donor's choice. The Newman Funeral Home, Oakland is in charge of her arrangements.
HERSHBERGER, Margaret E., 73, Fairview, Mich., died on May 20, 2016, following a nearly five-year battle with ovarian cancer. She died in the loving presence of her husband at the Home at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Fairview. Born on Oct. 11, 1942, in Meyersdale, Pa., she was a daughter of Joel and Annie (Hershberger) Beachy. Funeral services were held on May 24, at the Fairview Mennonite Church, with Pastor Dave Price officiating. In accordance with Margaret's wishes, cremation  followed. Memorial gifts will be channeled to local charities His Love Family Resources, Love Inc.., and Habitat for Humanity of Oscoda County.
KUHN, Paul E. "Frank" Jr., 76, Oakland, died Friday, May 20, 2016, at Oakland Nursing and Rehab Center. Born June 4, 1939, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was a son of the late Paul Ernest Kuhn Sr. and Wilda (Rotruck) Kuhn. A service will be held on Friday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at Garrett County Memorial Gardens Chapel, Oakland, with Rev. Larry Idleman Sr. officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Markwood Funeral Home, Keyser. 
MCBEE, Patricia G., 77, Oakland, died on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. Born on Jan. 14, 1939, in Crellin, she was a daughter of the late Elmer Willard and Esther (Hollis) DeWitt. A funeral service was held at the Crellin United Brethren in Christ Church on May 23, with Pastor Ed Calhoun officiating. Interment followed in the Garrett County Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Southern Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 378, Oakland, MD 21550; or Crellin United Brethren in Christ, 65 Otterbein St., Oakland, MD 21550. The C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, was in charge of arrangements.
REGAN, Dianah L., 58, Friendsville, died Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home, Oakland. Born Oct. 23, 1957, in Euclid, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Ethel (Humberson) Frantz. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home,  Friendsville, with cremation  following. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the American Cancer Society or HART for animals.
RODERICK, Paul Richard Sr., 82, Westernport, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Dennett Road Manor Nursing Center, Oakland. Born Nov. 11, 1933, in Westernport, he was the son of the late Leonard Carl and Edna Mae (Sollars) Roderick. Friends and family will be received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport, today, May 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home chapel on Friday, May 27, at 1 p.m. Interment will be in Moon Cemetery, Deer Park.
WHORTON, Bryan L., 60, Accident, died Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser, W.Va. Born Sept. 5, 1955, in Meyersdale, Pa., he was the son of the late Carl Edward and Retha May (Groer) Whorton. A service was held at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, on May 21, with the Rev. Roland E. Nairn III officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Maryland Forestry Boards Foundation in name of Bryan Whorton, 124 South St. #3, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Paugh Service
Set For May 29
A memorial service for H. Blake Paugh, Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Garrett County, who died on April 26, will be held on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at the Deer Park Community Center. Rev. Bob Lee will officiate.

Yoder Service
Set For May 28
A memorial service for Esther E. Yoder, Goshen, Ind., formerly of Grantsville, who died on Tuesday, March 1, will be held at Springs Mennonite Church on Saturday, May 28, at 1:30 p.m.

For full obituaries, see the May 26, 2016, issue of The Republican newspaper.
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