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 (www.mountaindiscoveries.com)
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
owner / editor / photographer
Kathie L. Smith
owner / editor / art
web design & production
Robert L. Pyle
Lance C. Bell
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 shes ever had!
Leslie received her Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication
from Towson University and worked for the Governors
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.