February 2024 Issue

Dear Friends,

What a January! We had a lot of snow fall and Wisp is operating at full capacity for the first time in a few years. Skiers, snowboarders, and snowtubers are enjoying nature’s winter bounty. I, however, have been sticking close to home although I do appreciate the beauty the season has to offer. For me, it’s a quiet time to reflect and plan for the year ahead (and catch up on some reading!)

Our staff has been busy, however, and this month you will find several articles on the unique and original in our community. Beginning on page 3, read Collen DuBose’s look at Garrett County’s chapter of the NAACP, who in just a few short years, have already accomplished so much, both in terms of membership and events!

Collen also brings an update on the Garrett County Health Department’s Naloxone Initiative (also known as Narcan) in an effort to save lives. Read about them on page 26. He also takes a look at a brand new organization to our area, the Iron Mountain Roller Derby girls. I had the privilege of attending a meet in Fort Worth, TX several years ago and it remains one of the funnest (and coolest) experiences of my life. Their story begins on Page 48. As always, you’ll find the latest musings from our very own Mike Fratz on page 30 and Anthony Wroten of the Garrett County Arts Council talks with well-known culinary artist (an old friend) Larry Roby in our Artistically Speaking feature beginning on page 42.

Linda Carr, Editor

July 2023