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     "CAN'T YOU SEE  we're starving here, mother!" (Baby house-wren translated into English.) Moms all over the world – and throughout the animal kingdom – are exceedingly familiar with such regular demands from their youngins', and this encounter was captured on camera by Lisa Rook in her back yard. Speaking (writing?) of animals, pet owners are reminded that during such times of soaring temperatures, their four-legged family members should not be left in hot automobiles, and should have access to plenty of water as well as shade. The weather prognosticators predict that the mercury could rise into the low 90s this weekend.    Today is Jul. 21, 2016.
An Amazing Speciman
           An Amazing Speciman  
A 1940 Packard 160 Super-8 automobile is currently on loan to the Garrett County Historical Society's Transportation Museum in Oakland, courtesy of the vehicle's owners, Jeannette and Gary Fitzwater of Mountain Lake Park. According to the informational certificate accompanying the vehicle, this was the first year of what some people refer to as the "small" Packard. The body and trim of the larger original were redesigned to give the car a more updated appearance. It is an extremely rare vehicle, as no more than 160 of this particular model were produced and sold worldwide, and it is believed that fewer than 20 of them still exist today. The Fitzwaters have owned the car for over 35 years and have fully restored it during that time. It recently garnered first place in its class at a major antique auto show in Hershey, Pa.

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Biloxi Blues
           Biloxi Blues  
Biloxi Blues is the title of the next offering of Theatre on the Lake (TOTL), with performances slated for July 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30 p.m. each evening. A semi-autobiographical comedy by Neil Simon, Biloxi Blues portrays the conflict of Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey and Pvt. Arnold Epstein, as seen through the eyes of Pvt. Eugene Jerome, one of many soldiers stationed in Biloxi, Miss., during World War II. Cast members pictured above, from left, are Casey Johnson, David Kirk, Todd Hull, Josh Adili, AJ DeLauder, and Daniel Crowley. All performances of TOTL, a nonprofit organization, are staged at the Barn at Ridgeview Valley, located at the end of Gravelly Run Road, just off Rt. 219 at McHenry. Reservations may be made by calling 304-680-1002 or tickets may be purchased online at Photo provided by John Feather.

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Obituaries for July 21
BITTINGER, Willard R., 74, Grantsville.
CATHELL, Carl M., 89, Oakland.
COX, Donna, 65, Newark, Del.
GASTER, Beth A., 64, Swanton.
HARVEY, Joanna L., 83, Garrett County.
LEONARD, Sean C., 51, Oakland.
McCOMAS, Jerry A., 57, Oakland.
MOON, Dorothy S., 84, Watkinsville, Ga.
SINES, Bonnie S., 68, Friendsville.
SKINNER, Ruby G., 87, Mtn. Lake Park.

Sean C.Leonard, 51, Oakland, died Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at his home. At his request, his body will be cremated. A memorial service will be planned for a later time. Newman Funeral Home, Oakland, is in charge of his arrangements.
Bonnie S.Sines, 68, Friendsville, died Sunday, July 17, 2016, at her residence. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Friendsville, where services were conducted on Tuesday, July 19, with Pastor David Terlizzi officiating. Cremation followed the services. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Hospice of Garrett County. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Ruby G. (Evans) Skinner, 87, Mtn. Lake Park, died on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Dennett Road Manor. In accordance with Ruby’s wishes, she will be cremated. Friends and family will be received on Saturday, July 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 6 South Second Street, Oakland, at which time a memorial service will be held, with Rev. Dr. C. Scott Robinson officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland. Memorial contributions in honor of Ruby may be made to the Dennett Road Manor Activities Department, 1113 Mary Drive, Oakland, MD 21550. Condolences may be left for the family at
Jerry A.McComas, 57, Oakland, formerly of Milton, W.Va,, died July 16, 2016, as a result of an ATV accident. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Oakland, where services were conducted on Wednesday, July 20, with Pastor Jonathan Moon officiating. Friends will be received at Chapman’s Mortuary Inc., 2851 3rd Ave., Huntington, W.Va., on Friday, July 22, from noon to 2 p.m., with services following at 2 p.m. Interment will be in the White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, W.Va.. The family requests that expressions of sympathy be directed to a cancer treatment center of choice. Condolences may be sent to his family at
Willard R. Bittinger, 74, Grantsville, died Sunday, July 17, 2016. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville. Services were conducted at the Jennings Church of God on Wednesday, July 20, with the Rev. George Plants and Pastor Dottie Grew officiating.  Interment was in the Casselman CemeteryMilitary gravesides rites were accorded by Grantsville Post 214, American Legion. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Carl M. Cathell, 89, Oakland died on Monday, July 18, 2016, at the Cherry Hill Assisted Living in Accident. Friends will be received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, on Saturday, July 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.  A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Sunday, July 24, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Dennis Caton officiating.  Interment, with military honors, will follow in the Garrett County Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Garrett County, P.O. Box 271, Oakland, MD 21550.  
Joanna L.Harvey, Garrett County, died Sunday, July 3, 2016, in Winchester, Ky. She was 83. In lieu of flowers,the family requests those that those wishing to make material contributions do so in Joanna’s name to: Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Maryland, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD  21093 On Sunday, July 31, Joanna’s family will receive friends at a luncheon to be held from 1 p.m.until the time of the service at the Deep Creek Baptist Church, 19841 Garrett Highway, Oakland Maryland, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m., with Rev. David Helton, Pastor, officiating. Inurnment will be in  Garrett County Memorial Gardens.  
Donna Cox, Newark, Del.,, died at her home on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, July 23, at Deerfield Country Club, 507 Thompson Station Rd., Newark, where visitation will begin at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 2033 Graves Rd., Hockessin, DE 19707, or the Emmanuel Dining Room, 121 N. Jackson St., Wilmington, DE 19805.
Dorothy S. Moon, 84, Watkinsville, Ga., died Friday, July 8, at her home. The family received friends at Lord and Stephens Funeral Home West, Watkinsville, Ga., and at Watkinsville First United Methodist Church. A private burial was held at Walker United Methodist Church, Greensboro, Ga. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Watkinsville First United Methodist Church.
Beth A. Gaster, 64, Swanton, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at WMHS Regional Medical Center, Cumberland. A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Oakland, on Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m. Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at

See full obituaries in the July 21 issue.

SHA To Conduct Resurfacing Work On Rt. 40 Alternate
Next week the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin resurfacing 3.5 miles of U.S. Rt. 40 Alt. (National Pike) between U.S. Rt. 219 (Chestnut Ridge Road) and Green Lantern Road. Weather permitting, the $2 million project will be complete in spring 2017....
For more details, see today's issue.

Risk Of Asthma Attacks Elevated Among Patients In Fracked Areas
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) linking asthma attacks and proximity to drilling and fracking opera-
See today's issue for further details.  

Annual Kitzmiller Homecoming Set For This Saturday
The 28th annual Kitzmiller Homecoming is scheduled for this Saturday, July 23. The event will commence at 10 a.m. with local vendors, including craft makers, photographers, artists, and musicians at the former Kitzmiller Elementary School yard, 288 West Main Street....
See today's issue for more details. 

GC Commissioners Sign Resolution To Enable Businesses To Join MD-PACE
The Board of Garrett County Commissioners recently passed a resolution enabling property and business owners in the county to take advantage of Maryland’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (MD-PACE) program....
For more information, see today's issue.

Dung Hill Road Will Be Closed For Eight Weeks
The Garrett County Department of Public Works – Roads Division announced yesterday that Dung Hill Road, at the bridge, will be closed to through traffic beginning on Monday, July 25. This closure will be effective for approximately eight weeks....
See full story in today's issue.

Survey Conducted To Obtain Data On GC Landfill Waste
What does Garrett County throw away? The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling is expecting some answers to that question in the coming months....
Today's issue contains the full story.

GC Commissioners Give Good News, Bad News On Bloomington Water Proj.
The Garrett County commissioners presented some good news and some bad news about the proposed Bloomington Water System Project during their public meeting in the town's fire hall Tuesday evening. About 20 local residents attended the event....
See today's issue for full story.

Sierra Club Announces At Local Seminar Campaign To Ban Fracking
Approximately 70 people joined representatives from the Maryland Sierra Club, Friends of Deep Creek Lake (FoDCL), Citizen Shale, and the Youghiogheny River Watershed Association (YRWA) on Saturday for a day-long learning seminar about on-the-ground dangers of shale gas development in Garrett County....
For more details, see today's issue.

Oakland Man Is Sentenced For Soliciting Minors
A 23-year-old Oakland man was sentenced last week in Garrett County Circuit Court in three cases, resulting in an aggregate sentence of 10 years in the Division of Correction. Of that sentence, 8½ years were suspended....
For further details, see today's issue.

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