The Subacute/Rehabilitation Unit at Garrett County Memorial Hospital was recognized...
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Two electric service interruptions scheduled by Potomac Edison for Monday, April...
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Dr. Lillian Lowery, Maryland state superintendent of schools, made her Blue Ribbon...
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Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (AFHA) officials invite the public to attend their...
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This year's American Cancer Society's Relay For Life at the Southern High School track,...
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Ryan T. Wolf, teacher at Southern Garrett High School, has been named the 2014-15 Garrett...
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A five-star rating from U.S. News and World Report, the highest that can be achieved, was awarded this week to the Garrett County Memorial Hospital Subacute Unit. Facilities are rated on health inspections, staffing, and various quality measures. Pictured above with patient Hazel Manko are, from left, subacute staff member Melanie Platter, Dr. Dona Alvarez, staff member Sherry Lewis, and nurse manager Loris Davis. "There are not many places you go as a patient where the staff treats you like you are family," said Manko. "I love the people in this facility." See story for details.
Today is Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Music of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s will be performed in the spring concert of the Garrett Choral Society, slated for Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. The concerts will take place at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Second and Center streets in Oakland. Under the direction of Jim Tong, the chorus of 40+ local singers will be accompanied by Michael Broderick. Tenor Michael Horton will be a featured soloist, accompanied by Pat Shelton. The Con Brio Singers, an octet, will also perform, as well as Alice Fleischman of Aurora Celtic. Songs from the swing era, including "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "Sentimental Journey," and "You Are My Sunshine," will open the show, and the music will continue through the 1950s with songs of Brigadoon, a hit musical of 1954, and 1965's The Sound Of Music. Music from West Side Story and hits by the Beach Boys will also be presented. The singers are pictured above, with Tong at right and Broderick at left. Tickets to the program are $12 for adults and $5 for those 18 and younger. They are available at Jan Florist or from any choral society member. They will also be sold at the door.

Ryan Wolf Is Teacher Of The Year

An algebra and geometry teacher at Southern High School, Ryan Wolf, has been named the Garrett County Teacher of the Year for 2014-15. His selection was announced last week by the Garrett County Board of Education. A teacher at SHS since 2004, Wolf is a graduate of Frostburg State University, and is currently working toward a master's degree in education and practice. See story. Pictured from left are Jim Maddy, Southern High School principal; Paul Edwards, director of secondary education; Wolf; Barbara Baker, assistant superintendent of educational services and coordinator of the Teacher of the Year Program; and Kurt Lear, Southern High School vice principal.

Robotics Team Receives Donation

The Community Trust Foundation – Naylor Fund has donated $5,000 to the Garrett County FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League Team iLEGO, which recently won the Champion's Award at the Maryland State LEGO Championships. The students competed against 72 teams from across the state at the event, held at the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus. As a result of receiving the first-place award, iLEGO has been invited to compete at the North American Open Championship in Carlsbad, Calif., May 16–18. The coaches, parents, and iLEGO team members launched a Community Partner Campaign to gain the support needed for the team to represent Garrett County and Maryland at the event. "With the community's support, the team is now within 90 percent of its goal and is pressing forward to raise the remaining 10 percent," said a campaign spokesperson. "All funds collected will be used for team expenses and to defray the cost of travel." Donations will be accepted at iLEGO #7978, c/o Shane Grady, 317 East Oak Street, Suite One, Oakland, MD 21550. Pictured, left to right, are Kathy Getty, CTF board of trustees, team members Alexx Grady and Mariah Bolden, and Fred Leary, CTF board of trustees. Team members not pictured are Jalen Beeman, Jakob Long, Ava Rankin, and Olivia Warne, and coach Lorie Burdock. iLEGO is a rookie team composed of fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students from Rt. 40, Broad Ford, and Yough Glades elementary and Southern Middle schools. "Nature's Fury" was this year's competition theme. The students designed and programmed a robot to complete missions on the playing field, while focusing their research on preparing for and surviving a natural disaster.

Lifting Does A Body Good, And The Mind As Well

Southern High School senior Tristan Nazelrod recently set four state records in the 17-year-old, 221-240 lb. division at the USA Power Lifting Equinox Open held at Columbia, April 12-13. He set new state records in the bench press (369 lbs.), dead left (501 lbs.), squat (451 lbs.), and combined (1,321 lbs.). Nazelrod, who maintains a 3.9 GPA in honors courses, is a member of the National Honor Society, and is a four-year member of the Ram baseball and football programs. Nazelrod stated, "Weightlifting has had a great impact on my high school career. It has served as an outlet for stress experienced during school. One cannot be stressed about a calculus test if he has 400 pounds on the bar." Nazelrod is the son of Jon and Robyn Nazelrod of Oakland, and Jessica and Scott Briggs, also of Oakland. He plans on attending Frostburg State University in the fall, where he will major in biology. See story in sports section.