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The new Family Centered Maternity Suite at Garrett Regional Medical Center recently celebrated the birth of Easton Knepp, the first baby born in the new unit. He arrived at 1:51 p.m. on Aug. 24 and weighed 7 pounds, 4.6 ounces. The delivering physician was Dr. Daniel Buckingham. Easton's parents, Megan and Stephen Knepp, spoke highly of their experience in the new unit. "It was wonderful and the staff was great," Megan said. Also quite pleased with the new addition to the family was 2-year-old Conner, big brother to Easton. The Knepp family was presented a welcome basket with items donated by the Book Mark'et, Broken Road Associates, Ashley Davis, the Family Centered Maternity Suit, GRMC Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop, Madalyn Hoffeditz, Mindy Bernard Photography, Simon Pearce, Smart Style, Garrett 8 Cinemas, and Uno's Restaurant. From left are Stephen, Connor, Easton, and Megan.

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           AN AMAZING FEAT   
requiring strength, determination, and stamina was demonstrated at Deep Creek Lake on Saturday, Sept. 10, when 50-year-old Janet Kylander Manning swam from the Turkey Neck Yacht Club to the dam and then back to the club, a distance of some 18 miles. She started her swim at 5 a.m. and completed it 11 hours and 28 minutes later, emerging from the water at the yacht club at about 4:30 p.m. The swim was done according to English Channel rules, among which is that the swimmer may not use or be assisted by an artificial aid of any kind. The conditions were calm for the first crossing to the dam, but became rough on her return trip, with winds of 4-5 mph and choppy conditions caused by considerable boat traffic. Her crew in an accompanying boat included two international open-water swimmers. Manning, who was manager of the Deep Creek Yacht Club some 30 years ago, swam a single crossing of the lake last September. Her swim has been recorded with the Channel Swimming Association. Photos provided courtesy of Jim Clifford.

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           SAVAGEMAN DRAWS 215   The annual SavageMan triathlon was held over the weekend, beginning and ending at Deep Creek Lake State Park. The SavageMan 20 (miles) was held Saturday with 242 participants, and the SavageMan 70 was held on Sunday, drawing 215 competitors from all over the United States and several foreign countries. The overall winner of the 70-mile event was Andrew Drobeck, 35, of Missoula, Mont., who completed the swim, bike, and run in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 28 seconds. He was followed by Iain Alexandridis, 23, Princeton, N.J, in 4:46:28; A.J. Baucco, 30, Willoughby, Ohio, 4:51:24; Cameron Wurf, 33, Mt. Rumnes, Austrailia, 4:53:06; and former Oakland resident and Southern High School graduate Nathan Rickman, 37, Fairfax, Va., placed fifth in 5:06:20. Steve Green, 49, McHenry, placed 28th in 6:08:25, while Clark Warnick, 48, Oakland, was 47th in 6:23:19. Rickman, son of Jack and Norma Rickman, also competed in the SavageMan 20 on Saturday and, despite having to cope with a flat tire, still placed 11th among the 242 participants with a time of 1:21:28. Jimmy Railey, 55, Oakland, was 14th with a time of 6:23:19. More details of the event will appear in next week's issue of The Republican. Gradient overlay - click to view online paper
Obituaries for Sept. 22
BEE, Ralph E., 67, Oakland.
BENDER, William D., 87, Grantsville.
EMORY, Mary J., 84, Oakland.
HINEBAUGH, Robert, 76, Keyser, W.Va. 
MAUST, Emily R., 79, Grantsville.
OAKLEY, Rita D., 69, Oakland.
YODER, Dorcas A., 61, Grantsville.
Emily R. Maust, 79, Grantsville, died on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at Goodwill Mennonite Home, Grantsville. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville. Funeral services were conducted in the Maple Glen Mennonite Church on Sunday, Sept.18, with Pastor Tim Yoder officiating. Interment was in the Maple Glen Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at
William D. Bender, 87, Grantsville, died on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Goodwill Mennonite Home, Grantsville. Friends will be received at Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, today, Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Grace Community Church, Main St., Grantsville, on Friday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m, with Pastor Matt Widder officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the services. Cremation will follow funeral the services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to Grace Community Church, P.O. Box 147, Grantsville, MD 21536; or Hospice of Garrett County, P.O. Box 271, Oakland, MD 21550. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Robert Hinebaugh, 76, Keyser, W.Va., and formerly of Deer Park, died on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at Moran Manor in Westernport. Friends were received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, on Monday, Sept.19. A funeral service was held in the funeral home on Tuesday, Sept.20,  with Pastor Carl Lee and Pastor William Kady officiating. Private interment will take place on a later date in Deer Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Moran Manor Activities Fund, c/o Wendy Moomau, 25701 Shady Lane SW, Westernport, MD 21562. 
Ralph E. Bee, 67, Oakland, died on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at the Oakland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Ralph’s family will hold a memorial service on a later date, with interment in the Mount Olivet Cemetery. The C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland has been entrusted with arrangements.
Mary J. Emory died on Sept. 19, 2016, at Dennett Road Manor, Oakland. Burial, followed by a celebration of her life, will be private. In lieu of flowers, anyone desiring to honor her memory by making a contribution may do so to the AORN for the continuing education of operating room nurses, a cause dear to her heart (; 800-755-2676; or AORN Foundation, 2170 South Parker Rd., Suite 400, Denver, CO  80231). Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, is in charge of cremation arrangements. Condolences may sent to the family at
Dorcas A. Yoder, 61, Grantsville, died on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa. Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Friday, Sept. 23,  from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be conducted in the Mountain View Mennonite Church on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Merlin Beachy and Pastor Stuart Swartzentruber officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the services. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Destinations, International Missions.
Rita D. Oakley, 69, Oakland, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at her home. Friends will be received at Newman Funeral Home, Oakland, on Friday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 4  and 6 to 8 p.m. At Rita's request, her body will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Hospice of Garrett County, P.O. Box 271, Oakland, MD 21550; or the Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad, 200 Baltimore Ave., Oakland, MD 21550.

See full obituaries in the Sept. 22 issue.

3-Yr. Accreditation Earned By Garrett Behavioral Health
CARF International (the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) has announced that the Garrett County Health Department’s Center for Behavioral Health has been accredited for a period of three years for its outpatient mental health and addictions treatment programs....
For more details, see today's issue. 

Mtn. Laurel Medical Center To Receive Nearly $46K For IT
Maryland Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on Friday that the Western Maryland Health Care Corporation would receive $45,954 for health information technology enhancement. In all, more than $1 million in Delivery System Health Information Awards was allocated to 17 health centers in Maryland....
See today's issue for details. 

Governor Hogan To Be Grand Marshal Of Festival Parade
Maryland governor Larry Hogan will be the grand marshal of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce's 49th annual Autumn Glory Festival Grand Feature Parade, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. in downtown Oakland....
See today's issue for more information. 

GCHD Announces Flu, Pneumonia Vaccine Clinics
The Garrett County Health Department will offer seasonal flu and pneumonia immunizations in October and November.  The vaccines will be available at walk-in clinics at the senior centers listed below, and at the two health department sites: 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland, and 28 Hershberger Lane, Grantsville....
For further information, see today's issue.

GC Commissioners Adopt Agreement With MD-PACE
The Garrett County commissioners held their bimonthly meeting Tuesday evening at the Pleasant Valley Community Center. Three local residents attended the half-hour long event.....
See today's issue for more details.

Fracking To Be Topic Of MPT State Circle Show
State Circle, a program of Maryland Public Television, will air a round-table discussion on fracking in western Maryland in this week's episode, set for 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 23....
Today's issue contains further details.

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