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Mountain Discoveries - A Free Western Maryland Publication  
Introduction & Credits

Mountain Discoveries is a new FREE publication printed twice yearly — Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Mountain Discoveries is focused on the Western Maryland region including neighboring Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The magazine features people, activities, places and articles of interest, and is written and produced by people in this area.

Mountain Discoveries web site ( is an active part of this publication, and is used to communicate and showcase feature stories and our advertisers.
Mountain Discoveries is for entertainment and to provide visitors with information in getting to know this region. It is owned by AAD-INC. (Advertising Art Design, Inc.) of Cumberland, Maryland. Comments and suggestions should be sent to “Mountain Discoveries” c/o AAD-INC., 6 Commerce Drive, Cumberland, MD 21502 or visit our web site. New advertisers are welcome — contact us for a rate sheet and information on advertising (301-759-2707).

Story suggestions are also welcome…human interest, activities, places, dining and shopping in this region will be considered. Please include your name, address, phone number and email (if available). We cannot promise the return of unsolicited materials, but we will make every effort to do so.
We are proud that Mountain Discoveries is printed on MeadWestvaco paper. MeadWestvaco has a major paper plant in Allegany County, Maryland. AAD-INC. supports and is a member of the Allegany & Garrett County Chambers of Commerce, as well as the Allegany County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Mountain Discoveries is a FREE publication and is produced twice yearly by AAD-INC., 6 Commerce Drive, Cumberland, MD 21502. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Address all correspondence to Mountain Discoveries, 6 Commerce Drive, Cumberland, MD 21502 and include your full name, address, and phone number. Printed in the USA. Copyright, 2002, by AAD-INC.About the cover: The inset photo of Melissa Maines at the loom in Spruce Forest Artisan Village at Penn Alps, was taken by Karla Haines.

I will never forget the date and time I shot the background photo. It was a beautiful but eerie morning on one of the mountains near Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. After I made it back to my car, a chill ran through me as I started the car and the radio announced the news, as it was happening. The date was September 11, 2001. — Lance C. Bell

Lance C. Bell
owner / editor / photographer

Kathie L. Smith
owner / editor / art

web design & production
Colby Ellsworth
Bill Howard

Robert L. Pyle

Staff writers
Titos Menchaca
Leslie Alderson
Mike Dawson

Lance C. Bell
Karla Haines

Titos Menchaca, writer, composer and actor, is a Native American of Choctaw descent currently based in Austin, Texas and formerly of Garrett County, Maryland.

Mike Dawson is an award-winning writer who has contributed feature articles for newspapers and magazines throughout the region. His work has appeared in the Cumberland Times-News, the Hagerstown Herald Mail and the Garrett County Vacation Guide. For nearly 20 years, he was a staff writer for the Voice of America and ABC Radio in Washington, DC. A native of Frostburg, he resides in LaVale with his wife, Beth, and their two children.

Leslie Alderson, a native of Baltimore, has called Western Maryland home for the past 13 years along with her husband Rob and their three children. While Leslie enjoys writing, her focus remains with the children, which she considers the most exciting full-time job she’s ever had!
Leslie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from Towson University and worked for the Governor’s Office in Annapolis during the Schaefer Administration.

Mike Lewis and Dan Whetzel are life-long residents of Allegany County, Maryland and are active in promoting overall quality of life in Mountain Maryland. As social studies teachers and researchers, they are passionate about developing sound principles and processes for recreating seamless sustainable communities of change. Presently, Mike and Dan are project directors for the Coal Heritage Trail — a Maryland Scenic Byway. They are supported by the Maryland Historical Trust, the Mountain Maryland Delegation and the Allegany County Board of Education. Elaine Eff, of the Cultural Conservation Program, serves as coordinator of the cultural survey.

Mountain Discoveries - A Free Western Maryland Regional Publication
Mountain Discoveries - A Free Western Maryland Regional Publication  
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6 Commerce Drive
Cumberland, MD 21502
(301) 759-2707