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     JOY OF CHRIST ADDS NEW FEATURE  The 18th annual Joy of Christ Celebration is set for next week, Monday, Dec. 5, through Friday, Dec. 9, starting daily at 6:30 p.m. at the Oakland Community Center, located along 8th Street, Oakland. Upon arrival, guests will see that there is a new feature of the yearly celebration, as pictured. On the lawn of the center, a continuous light show has been set up. The display is made up of more than 2,400 individually controlled multi-color lights, with arches consisting of hundreds more lights each. The musically choreographed light show runs through a 25-minute cycle, repeated throughout every evening, and underway now. It is activated daily at dusk and runs until about 10:30 p.m. Viewers may listen outside or tune in with their car radios. The show was created, designed, and assembled by Breanna Holt, Larry Shue, and Paul Browning, who is the founder and organizer of the Joy of Christ. The three have worked on the project since January. See the entire schedule of performances on page A-8. Photo by Lindsay Mulliken.   Today is Dec. 1, 2016.
Southern Garrett High School students Trent Lohr, left, and Joe McClosky, right, will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Outdoor Channel's "Fishing University." Filming is scheduled for Dec. 12-15 in Ellijay, Ga., on Carters' Lake. In the episode, the local duo will compete against another team from Kentucky for a $10,000 cash scholarship, a $28,000 four-year tuition scholarship to Bethel University in Tennessee, and placements on the BU Wildcat Bass Fishing Team. The teens are members of the Southern Garrett Bass Slayers Team, coached by Bret Winegarder (center). See story on Page A-10 for details. The photo was taken shortly after the team won the Student Bass Federation Maryland State High School Championship back in July.

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           "A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS"  is what most who celebrate this particular holiday are hoping for, and it is also the title of the annual holiday concert of the Garrett Community Concert Band, which will be presented this Sunday, Dec. 4, on the Garrett College stage, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Under the baton of conductor Moe Turrentine, the concert will consist of favorite holiday tunes conveyed via a variety of musical styles. The program will also feature soprano vocalist Debi Beachy, who is a local music educator and a member of the band's flute section. Stan Grimm will be the program narrator, and Ben Sincell will handle the lighting. The cost of admission is $8 for adults, $2 for students, and free for children age 5 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the gallery shops of the Garrett County Arts Council and at the door. The GC auditorium is handicapped-accessible. The Garrett Community Concert Band is a nonprofit organization open to all persons who enjoy playing a band instrument; no audition is required, and there are no age restrictions. Persons desiring more information are invited to contact any member of the band or send an email to Turrentine at The GCC Band operates solely on tax-deductible donations, proceeds from tickets sales, and grants from the Garrett County and Maryland State arts councils. Photo by Lindsay Mulliken. Gradient overlay - click to view online paper
are among the song lyrics the Southern High School theatre students will being singing out next weekend as they present the popular musical Grease. The shows will be given on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Dec. 8, 9, and 10, at the high school, beginning at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $5 each, and are now being sold at the school during open hours. Seating is limited, according to teacher and director Erin White, and sell-outs are expected, so the public is encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as there may not be any available at the door. This show is best suited for audience members age 13 and older, White said. The starring roles of Danny and Sandy will be played by Jonah Facciolli and Jessica Thayer. The cast is pictured. In the front row, from left, are Bailey Morris, Jenna Griffith Newlin, Lauren Helbig, Jordan Landis, Savanna Kitzmiller, Linzy Britner, Shannon Miller, Alex Butina, Brooke Miller, Chelsea Davis, and Katie Shreve. Second row, same order: Andrea Belanger, Emily Dawson, Haley Livengood, Brooklyn Flanigan, Claire Grove, Sylvia Watson, Piper Schenk, Jamie Nobles, Lynsey King, Kiara DiSimone, Kaylie Hall, Taylor Reams, and Haley Hinebaugh. Third row: Luke O'Brien, Tristen Neel, David Stephens, Jonah Facciolli, Jessica Thayer, Lauryn Moon, Brittney Johnson, Haley Friend, Zach Slaubaugh, and Billy Pariseau. Back row: August Uphold, Jimmy Schwab, Michael Clapper, Trevor Getson, Isaac Graham, Cayla Friend, Gunnar Ward, Arial Elsey, Cat O'Brien, Micah Friend, and Aaron Friend. Actors not pictured are Devin Landers and Sydney Sisler.

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Jamie M. Haydel, daughter of Walter and Susan Haydel, McHenry, and a paralegal for the U.S. Department of Justice, was recently presented with the Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service, the highest honor bestowed by the office of the attorney general. She was recognized for her work as part of the successful trial team in the cases of the United States v. Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the U.S. v. Dias Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov, and Robel Phillipos, all companions of the Tsarnaev brothers. During the summer of 2014, Haydel assisted with trial preparation in the latter case, helping with jury selections, assembling exhibits, and serving as a runner between the courthouse and the office of Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. Haydel, a graduate of Northern High School and St. Mary's College of Maryland with a degree in political science, received her award from AG Lynch on Nov. 10 at a ceremony at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Just last year she transferred to the Natural Resources Section of the Dept. of Justice because of her interest in the environment, as she minored in environmental studies at St. Mary's.
Obituaries for Dec. 1
EVANS, Delmus W., 72, Oakland.
FRIEND, Robert W., 84, Oakland.
GLOTFELTY, Hazel M., 84, Oakland.
HELBIG, L. Barbara, 88, Oakland.
OFFUTT, Daniel E. III, 85, Weston, Conn.
SNYDER, Phyllis B., 82, Mtn. Lake Park.
SWARTZENTRUBER, Saloma Y., 96, Oakland.
THAYER, Earl B. Jr., 77, Oakland.
Phyllis B. Snyder, 82, Mtn. Lake Park, died on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home, Oakland. Friends were received at Newman Funeral Home, Oakland, where services were conducted on Sunday, Nov. 27, with Dave Terlizzi officiating. Interment was in Eglon Cemetery, Eglon, W.Va. Expressions of sympathy may be mailed to Broken Roads Associates, c/o Boal & Associates, 317 E. Oak St. Suite 1, Oakland, MD 21550; or given on their web site at Condolences may be sent to her family at
Earl B.Thayer Jr., 77, Oakland, died at home on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, after battling health issues for over 26 years. Bryan donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Southern Garrett Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 378, Oakland, MD 21550; or to Hospice of Garrett County, P.O. Box 271, Oakland, MD 21550.
Saloma Y. Swartzentruber, 96, Oakland, died on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at her home and the home of her son David. Friends were received at Gortner Amish Church, Oakland, where services were conducted on Wednesday, Nov. 30, with Bishop Alvin Beachy officiating. Interment was in the Gortner Amish Cemetery. Newman Funeral Home, Oakland, was in charge of her arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to her family at
Hazel M. Glotfelty, 84, Oakland, died on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at Oakland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Oakland. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Oakland. Services were conducted at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Oakland, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, with Rev. Matthew Paugh officiating. Interment was in Flatwoods Cemetery, Accident.Expressions of sympathy may be sent to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 318 E. Oak St., Oakland, MD 21550; Cindy’s Fund, P.O. Box 182, Oakland, MD 21550; or to the Garrett County Historical Society, 107 South Second Street, Oakland, MD, 21550. Condolences may be sent to her family at
L. Barbara Helbig, 88, Oakland, died on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at the Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home. A funeral service will be held at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, this Saturday, Dec.3, at 11 a.m. Friends will be received for one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Legion Post #71, P.O. Box 492, Oakland, MD 21550; VFW Post #10077, 4107 Maryland Hwy., Deer Park, MD 21550; or to a charity of one’s choice.
Delmus W. Evans, 72, Oakland, died on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, after a lengthy battle with leukemia. The family will receive friends at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, this Friday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 325 Weber Rd., Oakland, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Delmus requested that memorials be made to the Kimmel Cancer Center, P.O. Box 17029, Baltimore, MD 21297-1029.
Daniel E. Offutt III, Weston, Conn., 85, died at Meadow Ridge Health Center, Redding, Conn., on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, after an illness. A private funeral is planned.

See full obituaries in the Dec. 1 issue.

Elderly Couple Falls Victim To Home Invasion, Assault, Burglary
An Oakland man was arrested on various burglary and assault charges, as well as malicious destruction of property early Thanksgiving day. Garrett County sheriff's deputies responded to the 1:45 a.m. scene after receiving a report from a 73-year-old female that she and her husband had been physically attacked in their home by the suspect....
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Commissioners To Hold Next Public Meeting On Dec. 5
The Garrett County commissioners will hold their next public meeting next Monday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. in their meeting room at the courthouse in Oakland....
For more details, see todays issue
Innovator Michael Delligatti Dies In Pittsburgh At 98
Michael “Jim” Delligatti, inventor of the iconic Big Mac sandwich and founder of several businesses in Garrett County, died Monday night in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was 98 years old....
See full story and obituary in today's paper.

GC Health Dept. Earns National Accreditation
The Garrett County Health Department last week became one of six health departments in the state of Maryland – and one out of just 200 in the United States – to receive national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Only a small number of health departments serving populations of less than 50,000 have been able to meet the best practice standards set by the accreditation board....
More information can be found in today's issue.

Edwards, Beitzel Schedule Annual Prelegislative Mtg
Sen. George Edwards and Del. Wendell Beitzel will hold their annual prelegislative meeting for the public on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Garrett College Continuing Education Building, Rooms 205-207....  
See details in today's issue.
Community Action Awarded $50,000 For Oakland Proj.
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development announced yesterday that the Garrett County Community Action Committee is among the fiscal year 2017 Community Legacy grant awardees. The local nonprofit agency will receive $50,000 for the Oakland Façade Project to assist businesses in making improvements to their buildings. The initiative is an integral part of the town's revitalization efforts.....
For full story, see today's issue.
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