It will be cloudy this morning and highs in the upper 50s falling to the upper 40s by this afternoon. Chance of rain is 90%.

The public Commissioners Meeting is this afternoon at the Oakland Courthouse.

According to just-released figures from the Chamber of Commerce, Garrett County saw an 11% increase in county accommodations collections in August 2017 over August 2016, a 53% increase in heads on beds and an 8.3% increase in sales tax collections. According to the Maryland Office of Tourism, Garrett County’s increases even outpaced Maryland’s tourism growth, with State tax revenues specific to tourism increasing by 4.1%, while Garrett County grew tourism sales tax revenues 6.8%.

Congratulations to the Oakland Fire Department for a great Gun and Cash Bash on Saturday. I had a great time introducing a downstate buddy to a little Garrett County culture. Great prizes, great food, great people all for a great cause.

Congratulations are also in order for friend and colleague J.R. Kearns, Director of the Garrett College Library. JR’s law review article on the legal history and religious practice of snake handling was cited by the prestigious journal The Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties.

The town of McHenry, including the Deep Creek Lake area has been named by TripAdvisor as one of America’s 18 America’s 18 Best Fall Foliage Getaways by the Water.

A big THANK YOU to Helen and Walter Atwill, Garrett County residents since 1986, who celebrated their last day as volunteers at Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) last week. The Atwills, both in their 90s and married 72 years, have donated well over 8,000 hours to the hospital over the last 26 years!

Helen and Walter Atwill at the reception desk on their last day at GRMC

Lots of insight into the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ progress and programs on their website, including Secretary Belton’s November Letter. http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2017/11/01/secretarys-message-november-2017/

Part-time Garrett County resident and Deep Creek Times reader, Alice, shared her guest room decor with us! After a recent move into a new part-time home on the other end of the state, the “DCL Room” just had to be set up first!

The Garrett County Arts Council and Grantsville Arts & Entertainment committee will host a public meeting at Penn Alps Restaurant Tuesday evening at 6:00pm to explain the benefits of renting or purchasing property in the A&E District. They will also explain the tax benefits to artists in the district. All are welcome to attend.