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Cumberland Times-News: Comptroller to promote summer tourism in Garrett County

OAKLAND — Comptroller Peter Franchot will visit Garrett County on Wednesday, part of a statewide pre-summer promotion of family-friendly venues.

Franchot will start at the Simon Pearce Factory Store and Glassblowing Workshop to present a proclamation and tour the studio. The facility opened in 1999 and is an expansion of the factory’s headquarters in Vermont, founded by Simon Pearce in 1981.

The comptroller will next visit Lakeside Creamery to present a proclamation to owner Bill Meagher, who has operated the shop known for its homemade desserts and scenic views of Deep Creek Lake for more than 20 years.

Franchot will then present the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for Garrett County to Landon’s Library at the Garrett County Transportation Museum.

Established in 2006, Landon’s Library is a nonprofit that provides a new book each month to every child born in Garrett County from birth until they start kindergarten — the first countywide effort of its kind in Maryland. It was founded in memory of Brian and Crystal Boal’s son Landon, who died just after his second birthday.

The Schaefer award honors the legacy of public service left by the former mayor, governor and comptroller. It is presented in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City to individuals and organizations with a commitment to helping people.

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