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One only needs to experience the Garrett County Fair, hear the back to school sales announced or even sense the days getting a few minutes shorter to understand that we are officially on the backside of another summer season. While all your numbers may not be officially tallied, let’s take a few minutes to think how each of our businesses have created a positive experience for our summer guests and local residents. More than not, it is sometimes the small things we all do that make the biggest impact or influence on our customers. Maybe it was that smile from a tired waiter or waitress, perhaps just giving someone driving directions but your extra energies continue to place Garrett County as a destination and not an alternative. As we begin to see the docks being removed from the lake or the final cutting of the Wisp Mountain grass, much of our work is just beginning. The turn from flip flops to sweaters is under way. The brilliance of our fall season is but weeks away promising thousands of people visiting our county, all wanting to return home with special memories and the desire to return. The competition for dollars has never been greater. While price points are important, your business image and employee attitudes can help offset our current economic times. Give a listen to how your business sounds and take a peek at how your business looks to the public. Are you a destination or an impulse? Your Chamber management and staff remain busy but always have time to listen to your needs. If you have an idea that is working at your business, please consider sharing your thoughts. The Chamber Business After Hour receptions have been very well attended and remain a great way of merging ideas and meeting someone new. Finally, the passing of Helmuth Heise brought great sadness to our county. Helmuth was an innovator, a visionary and a friend. Let us all attempt to imagine the energy Mr. Heise possessed and how he developed his dreams into a reality that we all enjoy today. I challenge you to find the “Helmuth” in your business plan by always dreaming big. Mr. Heise proved that dreams can come true. Rob Michael Chairman

WTAE-TV’s Michelle Wright will be a Honorary Ambassador at the 42nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival’s Grand Feature Parade. Michelle Wright is the anchor of WTAE Channel 4 Action News weekdays at 6 p.m. A native of Lynchburg, Va., Wright graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a double minor in journalism and television. She arrived at WTAE in 1994 after leaving WSET in Lynchburg. Wright has won three Emmy Awards, a National Headliners Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award. She has also been honored by the Associated Press and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasting, among other groups. The best part of her job is “meeting people and knowing the information I’m able to pass along can improve lives.” Wright has volunteered with many organizations, including the Leukemia Society, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Project Bundle-Up, Race For The Cure and the Special Olympics. Her proudest moment in the TV news business was covering the Quecreek mine rescue in 2002. She remembers her most embarrassing broadcasting moment in the business: “I had to go from covering a train derailment in the rain straight to interviewing Barbara Bush, and I was covered in mud! Fortunately, Mrs. Bush was very gracious about it.” Wright is married with two children. Her hobbies include reading (“Angela’s Ashes,” Psalms, anything by Poet Laureate Billy Collins), watching movies (favorites include “The Wizard Of Oz,” “Life Is Beautiful,” “The Shawshank Redemption”), shopping for antiques, taking her kids out for ice cream, gardening and Pilates.

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My husband once had an ol’ dairy farmer friend who said that he attended at least one farm dispersal sale a year “just to keep his perspective.” In a very busy time with many things knocking on the door, I had a little adjustment last Saturday. My daughter-in-law called me from Countryfest and said that I just had to come out - the quilts were outstanding. Of course, once I got there, I was hooked and came home with a wall hanging many hours later. I also came home with a renewed appreciation for the volunteer efforts that contribute to the many good causes that make this area so special. Even in times that tax the best of us, the spirit of giving is alive and well. We are now pretty much through the summer season - the Fair is history, the kids are back in school and summer vacations are now over. I hope that we here in Garrett County have contributed to a lot of happy memories for the visitors that have come to see us. Although Deep Creek Lake is still the primary focus, we at the Chamber are seeing a lot of diversification in the interests of folks coming to our area. Whether it is visiting our state forests and parks (attendance was way up this year), canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking, biking, antiquing or just chilling out in o ne of our B&Bs, our guests continue to come and enjoy the many amenities that we offer. Once Labor Day is over, we will be looking forward to the Art and Wine Festival, the Savage Man Triathlon, and focusing on finishing up our plans for an outstanding 42nd Autumn Glory Festival. Our congratulations to Ian Aiken and Teresa Friend, this year’s Autumn Glory King and Queen. We look forward to getting to know them throughout the event. We are also delighted to have Mr. Art Rooney, Jr. as our Autumn Glory Grand Marshal and Michelle Wright from WTAE as our Autumn Glory Honorary Ambassador. Things are shaping up well with a lot of interest in all directions, and we are looking forward to a very successful event. We had the very sad task in August of saying goodbye to Mr. Heise. He was such an inspiration to so many of us, and we will miss him. His legacy will continue to be felt for many years to come. Our condolences to his family. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to meet and talk with many people about many things. We need to hear how owners are doing, and what our visitors are thinking. The Chamber staff is doing well, and I would encourage you to stop by and say hi. Your insight is important, and we want you to feel “at home.” It is a time of change for many reasons, and we need your input and support. Joyce D. Bishoff Interim President Office: 301.387.4386 Cell: 301.501.0301

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Mankamyer Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, P.C.

Advertising Contracts have been mailed out and they are due back to the Chamber by October 16, 2009. If you’d like to update your Community Profile contact information, please send it to by Sept. 30, 2009.

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The Chamber’s latest Business After Hours at the Grantsville Fire House on August 25 was a hit with 96 people attending and over 20 exhibiting businesses. Guests enjoyed refreshments from Penn Alps Restaurant, Savage River Lodge, The Casselman Inn and the Stonebow Inn as they perused exhibits from Grantsville area businesses: My Bank! First United Bank & Trust, Beachy’s Pharmacy, Bear Foot Yoga/ Bear Foot Designs, Blue Moon Antiques, Bluebell Farm Alpacas, Carriage House Mike Dreisbach of Savage River Lodge, Joyce Bishoff, Interim President Florists & Gift Shop, Cathy Paine, Certified of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Jan Russell of Savage Feldenkrais Practitioner, Closetmaid, DNR/ River Lodge attend the Chamber’s Business After Hours event in State Parks, First Peoples Community FCU, Grantsville on August 25. Over 20 Grantsville area businesses had Goodwill Retirement Home, Kentuck Knob/ exhibits at the monthly networking event. Falling Water, Leadership Advantage, M&T Bank, Medical Rehabilitation Systems, Music at Penn Alps, Robosson Supply West, Savage River Lodge, Spruce Forest Artisan Village, The Herb Barn, Think Outside/Garrett Trails, Total Biz Fulfillment, and Whispering Pines Furniture. The next Business After Hours will be held in McHenry at Garrett College on Thursday, September 24 from 6 pm – 8 pm. The cost is $6 per person. To register to attend, please RSVP to Jessica at 301.387.4386 ext. 16 or

Rob Michael, Chairman Tony Doerr, First Vice Chair Robin Murray, Second Vice Chair Jan Russell, Secretary Phil Rodeheaver, Treasurer Robert Browning Judy Devlin Denny Glotfelty Shane Grady Cristine Kepple Bill Meagher Bob Nickel Nancy Railey Pam Trickett

Joyce Bishoff, Interim President

The 2009 Autumn Glory Royalty Court has been selected for the 42nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival. This year’s King is Ian Aiken and the Queen is Teresa Friend. Teresa Friend is the daughter of Lu Beitzel of Accident. She is involved in Northern High School Student Council, and she is active in Mock Trial, Best Buddies, Garrett County Association of Student Councils, Prom Committee, Peer Mediators and the National Honor Society. Teresa has also been involved with 4-H for the past 6 years. Ian Aiken is the son of Bill and Becky Aiken of Accident. He is active in the Northern High School Student Council, the Garrett County Association of Student Councils, and he is a student member on the Garrett County Board of Education. Ian is also a member of the Tennis and Golf Teams and in the winter, he is also a ski instructor at Wisp Resort. The Autumn Glory King & Queen will be present at the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception to be held at Wisp Lodge on Wednesday, October 7 and they will be featured in the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 10. Besides having the honor of representing their home county during the Autumn Glory Festival and at other events, the Royalty Court will receive scholarship funds.

Regina Sweitzer, Director of Office Administration Sarah Duck, Director of Marketing Katie Tasker, Director of Advertising Jessica Stullenbarger, Executive Assistant Wendy Friend, Shoppe at Heritage Square Manager Doris Bittinger, Tourism Specialist Connie Margison, Tourism & Membership Specialist Charlotte Sebold, Tourism Specialist & Business Services Support Lillian Steele, Tourism Specialist

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