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     RAISING, LOWERING,   setting the spinnaker pole, and – trickiest of all – jibing the spinnaker. These were among the many skills taught to and learned by 37 women of all ages and sailing abilities who participated in a three-day sailing clinic at Deep Creek Lake last week. The clinic was an all-volunteer effort, led by Joni Palmer Gauthier of the Turkey Neck Yacht Club and director of basic sail training at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. See sailing column on the sports pages for details.   Today is Aug. 18, 2016.
in this little girl's face as she lets a monarch butterfly wander along her nose. She was among a class from Broad Ford Elementary School visiting last fall at the Discovery Center of Deep Creek Lake State Park, where the distinctive orange and black butterflies are fostered and protected during their mystical metamorphoses. The staff members at the center have become strong advocates for the insect, especially in light of its continuing decline over the past decade. See story. Photo by Caroline Blizzard.

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           HAPPY 106TH BIRTHDAY!   
Helena (Bridges) Robinette recently celebrated her 106th birthday at the Goodwill Retirement Community in Grantsville. According to Rodney Durst, Area Agency on Aging spokesperson, she is Garrett County's oldest resident. She was born on Aug. 10, 1910, in Mount Savage. The oldest of nine children, she left school when she was in the eighth grade to help raise her brothers and sisters. The centenarian worked as a dress shop helper in Cumberland for over 40 years. In addition to being an active member of the Mount Savage Methodist Church, Robinette was the church clerk and sang in the choir. "She was a wonderful cookie maker and baked many different kinds of cookies for the holidays," noted a family spokesperson. Robinette has three children, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. 

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           GRAND CHAMPION BABY?   
No, little Maddox Gordon was not an exhibit at the Garrett County Agriculture Fair, although he could've won for cuteness. The 15-month-old son of Rachel Schmidt of Accident and Elmer Gordon of Lonaconing just wanted to hold that big ribbon. The toddler did indeed have a rabbit at the fair, but he didn't win a ribbon. There's always next year, Maddox! See The Republican's extensive coverage of the annual fair compiled in a special section inside today's issue. Photo by Linda Bittinger.

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Forum Held To Discuss Need For Dredging Of Sediment From DCL
A community forum on sediment removal from Deep Creek Lake, promoted and hosted by the Friends of Deep Creek Lake (FoDCL), was described by the organization leaders as "the most important DCL meeting in 91 years."...
See the full story in today's issue.

GC Commissioners Extend "Pathway To Homeownership" Prog. For Another Year
The Garrett County commissioners have extended their Pathway to Homeownership program for another year. The decision was unanimous and took place Tuesday evening during the commissioners' public meeting at the Aviltion Community Center. Ten people attended the 45-minute session....
For more details, see today's issue.

Finzel Rd. Bridge Slated To Reopen This Weekend
After a 10-week construction closure, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will reopen the Rt. 546 (Finzel Road) bridge over I-68 this Saturday or Sunday, depending on the weather...
See details in today's issue.
Mexico-Bound Monarchs Given A Boost At Discovery Center, Schools
by Mary Sincell McEwen
These August days have been hot and bright, but the geese are beginning their fly-overs, and the harvest of summer crops is in high gear. All these things point to the inevitable change of seasons, which is not far off, and that means it is soon time for the monarch butterfly to begin its important work in Garrett County....
For more information, see today's issue.

Company Awarded Preliminary License To Grow Medical Cannabis In Garrett Co.
The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission announced on Monday the initial 15 firms to be fully vetted for consideration to receive a growing and/or processing license for medical cannabis in Maryland. One of those firms, Grow West MD LLC, plans to locate a facility in Garrett County....
For more information, see today's issue.

Celebration Of Grantsville's Arts District, GLAF's 30th Set Sunday
Blue Jeans, Boots, and Blue Grass, a celebratory festival, is slated at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Grantsville on Sunday, Aug. 21, to recognize the town's recent designation as a Maryland Arts and Entertainment District, and to mark the 30th anniversary of the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF).....
For further details, see today's issue.

SHA Reopens Rt. 135 Bridge Near Altamont
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) reopened state Rt. 135 over the CSX Railroad near Altamont Road last Friday, Aug. 12....
See today's issue for further details.
Obituaries for Aug. 18, 2016
BOWSER, Ruth M., 88, Friendsville.
ELLIFRITZ, Faye K., 76, Oakland.
FREEMAN, William H., 82, Westernport.
HARVEY, James W., 67, Friendsville.
MIELENZ, Klaus D., 87, Oakland.
SPEAR, Alice M., 80, Friendsville.
STEMPLE, Melvin A., Oakland, service.

Ruth M. Bowser, 88, Friendsville, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore. Friends were received in the Newman Funeral Home, Friendsville, where funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Aug. 13, with Rev. Charles Teets officiating. Interment was in the Asher Glade Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Alice M. Spear, 80, Friendsville, died on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. Friends were  received at the Newman Funeral Home, Friendsville. Services were conducted in Friendsville United Methodist Church on Monday, August 15, with the Rev. Tim Bittinger officiating. Interment was in Steele Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Friendsville Fire & Rescue Ladies Auxiliary or Northern Garrett County Rescue Squad. Condolences may be sent to the family at
James W. Harvey, 67, Friendsville, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at Oakland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Oakland, .A graveside service was held on Friday, Aug. 12, at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Newburg, W.Va. Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, is in charge of arrangements.
William H. Freeman, 82, Westernport, died at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va., on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. The family received friends at the Fredlock Funeral Home in Piedmont, W.Va., A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Westernport on Tuesday, Aug. 16, with Monsignor Paul Byrnes as celebrant. Interment followed at St. Peter Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Veteran’s Honor Guard from Cumberland. The family request that memorials for Bill be directed to the American Cancer Society, 24 S. Centre St. Cumberland, MD 21502.
Faye K. Ellifritz, 76, Oakland, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va,  Friends will be received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home,, Oakland, on Thursday, Aug. 18, and Friday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time a funeral service will be held, with Pastor Phillip Marcum officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guard from the American Legion Post #71 and the Deer Park VFW Post #10077. Interment will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Elk Garden, W.Va., on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. 
A memorial service has been planned for Melvin Anton Stemple, 95, Oakland, who died on July 8, 2016, at Oakland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Oakland. At Melvin's request, his body was cremated, and a memorial service will be held at Crellin Assembly of God Church on Saturday, Aug. 27,  at 1 p.m., with Pastor Ray Beahm officiating. Newman Funeral Homes,  Oakland, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Klaus D. Mielenz, 87, Oakland, died on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.. In accordance with Klaus’s wishes, he was cremated.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11:a.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Oakland.  Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland. Condolences for the family may be left at
See full obituaries in the Aug. 18 issue.
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