Hometown Heroes – Masks, Masks, and More Masks!

The community response to the needs of medical masks for our professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing short of astonishing. From small businesses along George’s Creek sowing during the non-essential business closures, to the hi-tech 3D printed solutions from Western Maryland Works, to individuals working at Frostburg State, Allegany County’s citizens have proactively taken on a national shortage of medical masks.

She’s So Pretty, a boutique, custom sewing studio and alteration service in Lonaconing, has been busy sewing masks and dropping them in the mail. She even posted a “Baby Shark” mask and we are reporting on it just to get the song stuck in your head. (Do, Do, Do, Do, Do, Do!)

Sewing is a family affair for Freda Williams and daughters. Other than being the daughter in law and granddaughters of Cumberland Facebook historian Dave Williams, Freda Williams also reached out to a contact with UPMC Western Maryland. Thanks to Freda, individuals wishing to donate masks can reach out to Patricia Wright at Pwright@wmhs.com.

Joel Hoover, and employee of Frostburg State University, is teaming up with Rommel Gonzaga, who is the CEO of Gonzaga Health. He’s got all kinds of designs, including Mickey Mouse, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc. They are providing the masks to employees of Gonzaga Health.

Finally, while the doors of Western Maryland Works, a makerspace partnership, are currently closed to the public, it didn’t stop Allegany County Government employee Matt Shipway from setting up the 3D printers purchased through a grant with the Appalachian Regional Commission to print a mask adjuster which can be used to alleviate ear pain associated with long periods of mask wear.

Have other good news on Hometown Heroes? We’d love to share it. Email bbutler@alleganygov.org.