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Garrett County Republican: Franchot makes presentations in Garrett County

Garrett County Republican

Franchot makes presentations in Garrett County

July 13, 2017

By Brenda Ruggiero

GARRETT COUNTY —Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot spent the day in Garrett and Allegany counties on Thursday, July 6.

His first stop was at Hobbitat, a tiny home builder based in McHenry that started in 2012 with 13 cabins or “hobs” at Blue Moon Rising, a vacation retreat at Deep Creek Lake. The company, operated by Bill and Sue Thomas, now uses reclaimed and repurposed materials to create energy-efficient spaces.

Franchot presented Hobbitat with the 2017 Bright Lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Garrett County.

The award, given in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City, recognizes and celebrates innovation in the private and nonprofit sectors that strengthen Maryland’s economy, generate jobs and tax revenue, and develop new ideas that more effectively deliver services and products within the marketplace, according to a spokesperson.

Next, Franchot traveled to Grantsville, where he presented a proclamation to Linda Kling, manager at the family-owned High Country Creamery and Market. The business was founded in 2014 by the late Olen Beitzel with Linda, his grandson Brandon Kling, and partner Mark Folk.

“I was just thinking on the way here that Maryland needs a state cheese capital, and what better place for people to stop than here,” Franchot said.

The proclamation states, “In recognition of your family-owned business that crafts 10 different cheeses from milk produced by local farms in Western Maryland. With sincere gratitude on the development of this fine establishment and with deep appreciation for your accomplishments, as well as your importance to the local economy and the community, warmest wishes for many more years of continued growth, success and prosperity.”

Several local representatives were also in attendance and each spoke a few words of support for the business, including Sen. George Edwards, Del. Wendell Beitzel, Garrett County Commissioner Jim Hinebaugh, and Grantsville Mayor Mark Diehl.

“We could not be more thankful for all the support we have been receiving,” Linda Kling said. “We look forward to the positive effects of this partnership and are thankful for the continued support of our community.”

In Allegany County, Franchot presented the 2017 Bright Lights Award for Allegany County to Dr. Matthew Allaway, who operates Perineologic with his wife, Kelli Allaway. Dr. Allaway has developed a safer and more accurate device for prostate biopsies and has attracted the attention of specialists nationally and globally.

Finally, Franchot presented a proclamation during the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at1812 Brewery, which is the first farm brewery in Allegany County. The brewery was founded by Cory McCagh and his father, Sean. The younger McCagh is a member of the Comptroller’s Reform on Tap Task Force, charged with reviewing the state’s antiquated laws that govern the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of Maryland craft beer.

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