The Lake-Front Magazine

A Garrett County Original

The first edition of The Lake-Front Magazine hit the stands in January 1991.  Created by Skip & Linda Carr, this monthly magazine is unique in its appeal — the information within its pages appeals to all segments of the Deep Creek Lake market…visitors, locals and second home owners.

Skip & Linda not only wanted a publication that could provide comprehensive information in a fun format, they also wanted a vehicle to provide an affordable advertising options for local merchants to reach potential clients.  To this day, advertisers can reach thousands of clients for less than $50 a month.

The Lake-Front was the first area publication to feature local businesses with their “In The Spotlight” feature and Skip’s highly entertaining, off-the-wall column “Skip Around Town” remains a reader favorite.

From the Calendar of Events to Dining, Shopping and Live Music Guides, The Lake-Front Magazine keeps its readers #lakefrontlocals.

See how The Lake-Front and its sister publication The Menu Guide can work for you.  Call or email them today!

Lake-Front Magazine

Since 1991

Our Team

Linda Carr, Editor/Owner

Linda Carr is the co-founder and editor of The Lake-Front Magazine and President of CLS Ventures, Inc. A native of Weirton, WV, and West Virginia University alumna (Let’s Goooo Mountaineers!), Linda first moved to Garrett County in 1984. Linda loves all things Springsteen and is a self-proclaimed Parrott Head. She and her husband Skip published the first issue of The Lake-Front in January 1991. In addition to The Lake-Front, CLS Ventures, Inc publishes the bi-annual Menu Guide and offers printing services to their clients.

Linda Carr, Editor/Owner
Patrice Wray, Graphic Design

Patrice Wray, Graphic Design

Raised a WV girl who loves Deep Creek, but lives in Arizona, Patrice Wray has over 40 years’ experience in the printing and publishing business. Plus, she’s one of the owner’s bestest friends. Take advantage of the free ad design by Patrice in the Lake-Front and Menu Guide.

And if you want some printing done, Patrice can design brochures, rack cards, and more at reasonable prices. She’s sweet and plays well with others. Contact her at

Michael R. Fratz, Contributing Writer

Born and raised in Garrett County, Maryland, Mike Fratz always had a passion for the arts, particularly musical theater. He pursued his passion and earned a BFA in Musical Theater from Point Park University. Over the past 20 years Mike has honed his skills in various industries, including design, hospitality, and real estate.

With a wealth of experience, Mike Fratz returned to his roots in Garrett County and now works full-time as an interior decorator and home stylist, providing unique and personalized designs for homes in the Deep Creek Lake and surrounding areas. In addition to his design work, Mike continues to be involved in the local theater and music scene, participating in music productions with the Garrett County Choral Society and other organizations.

As a proud member of the community, Mike is also a contributor to The Lakefront Magazine, sharing his creative vision, social life, and expertise with readers. With his passion for the arts and his diverse range of skill sets, Mike is a well-rounded individual who is dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of others.

Michael R. Fratz, Contributing Writer
Collen DuBose, Contributing Writer

Collen DuBose, Contributing Writer

Collen-DuBose is an artist. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA in media design followed up by a Master’s in Special Education from Long Island University-Brooklyn. Collen was born in the late 1900s in Oakland, Maryland and raised in the northern end of the county in Grantsville. After leaving Garrett County he resided in various places including Ohio, Italy, West Virginia, and spent the last 12 years living in New York City in Brooklyn & Queens until the world ended in March 2020.

Since moving back to Garrett County Collen started a business Deep Creek Drive shuttling tourists home from Honi Honi, taught Art and Childhood Development at Garrett College, DJ’d Parties, tutored kids at Sylvan Learning in McHenry and sells paintings at Railey Design on Route 42. Beyond that he writes for The Lakefront Magazine and anything you say to him is on the record. Collen enjoys cats and Hot Tubs but not at the same time.

In Memoriam - Skip Carr, March 4, 1948 – October 19, 2021

Everett “Skip Around Town” Carr (3/4/48 – 10/19/21) was co-founder and self-described Paper Boy in Chief of The Lake-Front Magazine.  For over 30 years, Skip entertained readers each month with his individual and witty take on life in Garrett County.  Skip is deeply missed by family, friends, and his faithful readers.


Skip & Linda