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The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a 2 for 1 restaurant promotion at area restaurants Sunday, April 26 – Thursday, April 30 & Sunday, May 3 – Thursday, May 7, 2015. Participating restaurants include Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub, Brenda’s Pizzeria, Ledo Pizza, Pasta & Pub, Mountain State Brewing Company, Pine Lodge Steakhouse, Smiley’s Grill & Fun Zone, Sorellee’s and Telli’s Deli.
For more information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, please call 301.387.4386 or head to www.visitdeepcreek.com.
The Nature Conservancy iis looking for volunteers to assist with their annual red spruce planting at the Cranesville Swamp preserve on Saturday, April 25th, from 10-4. For more information, interested volunteers can visit The Nature Conservancy's website.
The Board of County Commissioners has announced that the April 21, 2015 Public Meeting will be rescheduled for Monday, April 27, 2015.
Plans are underway at Garrett College to present and host two big events on Tuesday, May 5. The Power of Possibilities Spring Entrepreneurship Summit is scheduled to begin at 9 am and conclude by 6 p.m. Following the entrepreneurship conference, the college will host a free concert by an up and coming CMT artist, at 7 p.m. The Terah Crawford Band will be the opening act at the CMT concert.
The Power of Possibilities Spring Entrepreneurship Summit is geared for career seekers, entrepreneurs, want-to-be entrepreneurs, and community leaders.
The spring conference will cover topics such as entrepreneurship as a career path, agri-preneurship, the business side of the arts, funding and financing a start-up, community ecosystems and leadership to support small business formation and success. Presentations by the Small Business Development Corporation, local and regional business leaders, and the United State Census Bureau are on the agenda. In addition, regional business plan competition winners will be announced, along with Innovation award winners.
Power of Possibilities is a sequence of conferences, learning opportunities and business collaboration in the tristate area of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and represents a partnership with Garrett College, The Greater Cumberland Committee, and other regional organizations. The goal of the event series is to support small business growth and job creation, and therefore, improve the economic conditions of rural Appalachia. The spring summit is the second event in the series, and is a follow-up from the October conference.
Registration is now open for the spring entrepreneurship summit, and more information, including the event agenda, is available at www.4ruralsuccess.com or by contacting Mike Tumbarello at 301-387-3167 or Sarah Myers at 301-387-3771.
Following the spring entrepreneurship conference, in partnership with CMT Empowering Education and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Garrett College will host a concert by an up and coming CMT artist at 7 p.m. in the Garrett College Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the community and made possible by the Power of Possibilities entrepreneurship movement.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with information tables and a chance to win prizes. Local favorite, the Terah Crawford Band, will be doing an opening performance to kick off the event. Tickets are now available and must be reserved in advance, prior to the concert on May 5. Reserve tickets online at www.4ruralsuccess.com or by contacting the Continuing Education and Workforce Development office at Garrett College at 301-387-3069.
The Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 327, on Tuesday April 21st at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker will be Katia Engelhardt, Research Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s (UMCES) Appalachian Lab in Frostburg. Her presentation titled “Recent National Natural Landmark Designations at Nottingham Serpentine Barrens and Ice Mountain” will begin immediately following a brief chapter meeting. The public is welcome to attend.
National Natural Landmarks are considered the best examples of a geological and/or biological feature within a biophysical province. Designation encourages the preservation of these features. Dr. Engelhardt has been evaluating potential National Natural Landmarks for the National Park Service since 2007 and has developed evaluation reports that have led to the designation of Nottingham Serpentine Barrens (Chester County, PA), Ice Mountain (Hampshire County, WV), and, most recently, Albany Pine Bush (Albany County, NY). Dr. Engelhardt will summarize the National Natural Landmarks Program and then describe some of the features that have led to the designation of the sites, including rare and endemic plant species.
Katia Engelhardt received her MS and PhD both from Utah State University and has been at the Appalachian Lab since 2000. She has evaluated potential National Natural Landmarks (NNL) for the National Park Service since 2007, with Nottingham NNL designated in 2009, Ice Mountain NNL in 2012 and Albany Pine Bush NNL in 2014. When she is not evaluating NNLs, Katia studies ecogeomorphic feedbacks in tidal freshwater marshes that have consequences for marsh resilience; genetic and species diversity of submersed aquatic plants that may impact restoration and long-term sustainability; local adaptation in American chestnuts with citizen scientists with implications for restoration of Appalachian forests; and alternative grass species to be planted along highway right-of-ways in Maryland.
Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Drive a short distance and turn left, following signs for the Compton Parking Lot.