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GLAF To Present IONA To Open New celtic Fest
           GLAF To Present IONA To Open New celtic Fest  
The Washington, D.C., based band IONA will provide the opening event of the new Garrett County Celtic Festival, slated for June 3 and 4. The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is bringing IONA to the county on Friday, June 3, in concert at the Friendsville town park. The gates will open at 6 p.m. and the show will follow at 7. Tickets are $7.50. (Patrons should note that this event is not included in a GLAF season subscription.) Conceived in 1986, IONA has evolved into one of the top rated pan-Celtic groups in the world, a spokesperson said. Co-founders Barbara Tresidder Ryan (lead vocals, Celtic bouzouki, guitar, and bodhrán) and Bernard Argent (wooden flute, whistles, doumbek, and back-up vocals) are joined by Air Force Band veteran Jim Queen on fiddle, banjo, and vocals, and Chuck Lawhorn on 6-string bass guitar, whistles, and vocals. The group has released 11 albums, the most recent of which, Silver, is in celebration of the band's 25th anniversary. For more information about IONA, persons may go online to For tickets or reservations for IONA's performance, persons may call the GLAF office at 301-387-3082 or visit the web site at As part of GLAF's education mission, the band will also present a private performance to Friendsville Elementary School students earlier that day. This portion of the visit is being sponsored by Marci McClive. The Celtic Festival will continue Saturday, with a wide range of activities and events. See page B-1 for more festival photos and information. Persons may also go to GLAF is funded by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and Garrett County Arts Council. Season sponsors are Wisp Resort, Coldwell Banker/Deep Creek Realty, Sincell Publishing, FirstEnergy Foundation, and Garrett College.

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Sen. Edwards Receives
           Sen. Edwards Receives "Helping People" Award  
Maryland comptroller Peter Franchot presented a William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award to Sen. George C. Edwards on Wednesday at the courthouse in Oakland for his outstanding public service in both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly. Edwards, who was a minority leader in the House of Delegates, has served exclusively on the budget-writing committees of the House and Senate during his entire 33-year career in Annapolis. Franchot created the award in 2012 to honor individuals and organizations in all 24 Maryland jurisdictions who best exemplify the late Gov./Comptroller Schaefer's legacy of public service. Winners are recognized for improving the community, swiftly solving a problem through effective government intervention, directly aiding the most vulnerable in society, or creating a public-private partnership to improve the lives of Marylanders. Pictured, from left, are Franchot, Edwards, and Garrett County commissioner Paul Edwards (the senator's son). Photo by Lindsay Mulliken.

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BOWMAN, Dessie B., 83, Oakland.
BOWSER, Blaine M. Sr., 74, Grantsville.
FILSINGER, Charles M. Jr., 66, Swanton.
HETRICK, Gary A., 74, Sharpsburg, Ga.
KESNER, Sheila K., 56, Green Spring, W.Va.
MEDDINGS, Eric C., 50, Aurora, W.Va.
ROBINETTE, Linda L., 66, Mtn. Lape Park.
SPAID, Dorothy L. 88, Aurora, W.Va.
Dessie B. (Sines) Bowman, 83, Oakland, died Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home. Friends will be received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, on Sunday, May 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., and also on Monday, May 23, from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time a funeral service will be held, with Rev. William C. Skipper officiating. Interment will follow in the Garrett County Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839; the American Heart Association 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979; or to Rocky Drean Assembly of God Missions Fund, 883 Bray School Road, Oakland, MD 21550. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Sheila K. (Hare) Kesner, 56, Green Spring, W.Va., died on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Piney Valley Nursing Hoome, Keyser, W.Va. In accordance with her wishes, Sheila's body will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, is in charge of arrangements. 
Linda Lou Robinette, 66, Mtn. Lake Park, died on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Friends were received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland, where a funeral service will be held today, Thursday, May 19, with Pastor Scott Shafer officiating. Interment will be in the Bayard Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Linda's name to the Mountaintop Seventh-Day Adventist Church School, P.O. Box 628, McHenry, MD 21541; or to Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 378, Oakland, MD 21550. 
Gary A. Hetrick, 74, Sharpsburg, Ga., died on Monday, May 16, 2016. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. at Word of God Lutheran Church, Peachtree City, Ga. Burial will follow at Westminster Memorial Gardens in Peachtree City. The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mowell Funeral Home, Peachtree City Chapel.
Eric C. Meddings, 50, Aurora, W.Va., died Monday, May 16, 2016, at Grafton City Hospital, Grafton, W.Va. There will be a memorial gathering for his family and friends at the Meddings home, 838 Brookside Road, Aurora, WV 26705, starting at noon on Saturday, May 21. Condolences may be left for the family at
Dorothy Lee Wilt Spaid, 88, Aurora, W.Va., died Monday May 16, 2016, at the home of her granddaughter, where she was living, surrounded by family. Family and friends were received at the Maple Spring Church of the Brethren, Eglon, W.Va., where a service was held today, Thursday, May 19, with Rev. Gary Meeks officiating. Interment followed in the Eglon Cemetery. Donations may be made in her honor at Hospice Care Corporation, P.O. Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520. Condolences may be left for the family at
Charles Michael “Mike” Filsinger Jr., 66, Swanton died Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., with his family at his side. Friends will be received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, Oakland on Friday, May 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time a funeral service will be held in the funeral home, with Pastor Barbara Rexroad and Rev. John Reardon officiating. Interment will follow in the Deer Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Landon's Library, 317 East Oak Street Suite 1, Oakland, MD 21550; or Living Legacy Foundation, 1730 Twin Springs Road, Suite 200 Baltimore, MD 21227. Condolences may be left for the family at
Blaine Milton Bowser Sr., 74, Grantsville, died Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at his residence. Friends will be received in the Newman Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Friday, May 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. A funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 6 p.m. on Friday, with Pastor Eric Bowser officiating. Interment will be in the Bowser Family Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Bittinger Vol. Fire Dept., or in care of the family.
See the full obituaries in this week's issue of The Republican.

Meeting To Be Held On Rt. 135 Bridge Project
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (SHA) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Southern Garrett High School cafeteria to provide information about a Rt. 135 bridge project. 
A brief presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m., but members of the public may arrive at any time during the meeting hours and walk through the informational display area at their own pace...
More information can be found in today's issue.
Senate Approves ARC Funding For Regional Projects
U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), vice chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, on Monday announced Senate passage of the fiscal year  2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which includes $75 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) base program, $5 million over the president’s budget request level and the current funding level....
Further details are provided in today's issue.
Funding For Army Corps Of Engineers Receives Approval
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), vice chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, on Monday announced Senate passage of fiscal year 2017 energy and water development funding legislation, which includes $112 million for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Maryland...
More details are in today's issue.

Grantsville Area Garage Sustains Major Damage
Fire of as yet undetermined origin caused an estimated $50,000 in damages to a detached two-car residential garage near Grantsville early Wednesday morning.
Volunteers from the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department were summoned to the residence of Terry and Tina Hersh, 6986 New Germany Road, at 1:07 a.m....
More details can be found in today's issue.

Woman Charged After Allegedly Starting Fire
An Oakland woman was arrested on arson charges by Garrett County sheriff's deputies last Thursday evening...
More information can be seen in today's issue.
Two Charged By GC Deputies With Assault
Two local people were arrested by Garrett County sheriff's deputies on assault charges this past Sunday. The following incidents are completely unrelated....
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Garrett County Commissioners Receive Legislative Update From MACo Officials
Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) representatives gave an overview of the 2016 General Assembly session for the Garrett County commissioners during their public session on Tuesday afternoon.
MACo is a nonprofit/nonpartisan organization that serves Maryland’s counties by being an advocate for them in the state legislature. The association’s membership consists of county elected officials and representatives from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Garrett County commissioner Jim Hinebaugh is the local representative....
More information can be found in today's issue.
Cumberland Man Is Sentenced To Six Years In DOC
A 26-year-old Cumberland man pleaded guilty in Garrett County Circuit Court last week  to conspiracy to commit second degree burglary. Related charges against Tyler Matthew Zalewski were dismissed upon his plea.
Judge J. Frederick Sharer then sentenced Zalewski to six years in the Division of Correction, and suspended three of those years. Upon his release from prison, Zalewski will be on probation for five years, with conditions that include remaining away from the victim business and paying restitution of almost $2,500....
More details can be found in today's issue.
Rep. Delaney Files Garrett HUBZone Redesignation Act
Congressman John Delaney filed legislation on Monday to extend federal HUBZone eligibility for Garrett County businesses through 2022. The Garrett HUBZone Redesignation Act would reform the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) management of the HUBZone program, giving Garrett County and similar communities nationwide significantly more time to benefit from the program and adjust to potential changes....
Further information can be seen in today's issue.

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