Tuesday February 28
9:30 a.m.

Cloudy this morning with showers on the way this afternoon.  Expected high of 60 today.

The Baltimore Sun reports on Wisp's early season closing and the unseasonable February in our region.  Thankfully, our area is so much more than just a ski resort. Still hurts, though.  I love the quote "the kayakers are having a wonderful winter."  So true.

It's Fat Tuesday and Brenda's Pizzeria will be whipping up Buttermilk Pancakes, Pancake Dippers, and Sausage Gravy & Biscuits ALL DAY!!   Why pancakes?  Here's why.

Ace's Run is adding another Open Kitchen Night to the schedule.  Tonight is the first Tuesday Food Truck Night from 5 to 9. 

A march is being held March 2 in Annapolis to support the bill to ban fracking in the state.  If you can't make the march, but support the ban, an online petition is available.

Our interim superintendent of Garrett County schools is now permanent.  Our Board of Education voted to officially appoint Barbara Baker at a special meeting held yesterday.


Monday February 27
9:30 a.m.

Cold and still enough this morning that there are areas of ice skim atop the lake.  Rain and another warm-up are on the way through Wednesday night.

Wisp announced yesterday evening that they are closed for ski, tubing and ice skating for the 16/17 season as of 5 p.m. yesterday.  Sadly, this was just not the year for winter in the mid-Atlantic. The Mountain Park will continue to operate on weekends with the Mountain Coaster, Aerial Ropes Courses, Archery and Gem Mining.

Weather was not great for the Deep Creek Dunk.  Cold and raining sideways for most of the pre-dunk activities.  I kid you not, though, as soon as the dunkers finished the clouds broke and sun came out.  The most important thing is to raise money and that it did.

The Washington Post featured another article on the divide on the issue of fracking in Western Maryland.

Garrett County's own, Backbone Farm, is featured in the February/March issue of Mother Earth News.

A 2016 graduate of Northern High School has developed and received a provisional patent for Get Up ‘N’ Go, a walker stabilizing device.

Six deer harvested in Allegany County tested positive for chronic wasting disease.


Friday February 24
9:30 a.m.

Partly sunny skies today and an expected high of 71.  A chance for snow by tomorrow night. 

WTOP offers an interesting look at how this winter stacks up historically.  (Washington-based data, but interesting.)

So, tomorrow is Dunk Day.  The water temperature is right around 45 and the forecast calls for 53 degrees, rain, wind and possible thunderstorms. Yes, thunderstorms.  I assume organizers will be watching the radar closely to make sure it's safe to send hundreds of people into the lake.  Just crazy!

Remember there are no early movies tomorrow at Garrett 8 to allow for parking for the Dunk.

NBC Washington features 10 Maryland Day Trips for Spring and Deep Creek Lake tops the list.

Check out the 2011 Polaris snowmobile just added to the Online Marketplace.

Don't forget the Goosebumps and Grapes event tonight at the Honi to kick off Dunk weekend and the rescheduled Winter Fest celebration in Oakland this weekend, too. 

A full six weeks earlier than usual, New Germany State Park announced the White Oak and Pines Loop are now open for walk-in campers.  No reservations are required (until April 7). Campers may register at the Ranger Station from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.  


Thursday February 23
9:30 a.m.

Rain fell at some point overnight or in the wee hours of the morning.  Just a slight chance for a shower today and another day with highs in the 60's.  It's just not right...

Here's the deal on Winter Fest in Oakland.  The ice sculptures and live ice carvings will be out on Sunday instead of Saturday due to the high temps and rain forecast for Saturday.  All the other activities including the book signing, crafters, carriage rides, etc. will still be held on Saturday as planned.

If you've noticed a lot of skunk smell lately that because it's mating season.  Going on now through mid-March. 


Wednesday February 22
8:30 a.m.

A slight chance of rain today and another high near 60. 

Wisp reported on the blog that ski operations "will be open as long as the snow coverage allows however with a week of warm temperatures forecasted, we just can't predict how long that will be".  Night skiing has been adjusted and lifts will close at 8 p.m.

Working H Meats is running a freezer special.  Beef are $3.99 a pound hanging weight. Pigs are $2.25 a pound hanging weight. Price includes processing, vacuum sealing, and delivery within 50 miles of Friendsville.   Prices are for whole and half orders.


Tuesday February 21
9:30 a.m.

Partly sunny skies today and a high near 60.  The airport recorded a high of 55 yesterday, but my car read 64 in Oakland.  Crazy weather for sure.

Just a few days away from the Deep Creek Dunk.  The forecast is calls for a high of 50 degrees that day with morning rain.  I'll take the water temperature on Friday, but I can assure you it will be one of the warmer dips in the 19 years of the Dunk. 

The DNR is accepting public comment on the 2017/18 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Season.  The public comment period will close on March 8.

Now through next Monday, save 70% at the Rossignol Concept Shop and 40% off at the other retail outlets at Wisp. 


Monday February 20
9:00 a.m.

Morning clouds are expected to clear out and an expected high of 55.  Daytime temperatures will be in the 50's and 60's all week.

It's was busy holiday weekend.  Lots of people in town for a not-so-wintry winter break.  I know it's not over yet, but this winter has been quite a bust.  Not the worst though.  Evidently in 1942, we only got 53 inches of snow and Wisp recorded 56 so far this season.  I also checked my records of lake temperatures (since 2004) and it looks like in 2012 the lake didn't freeze over for an extended time either.  So, this isn't unprecedented.  Winter will be great again!  :-)

Randy French will speak tomorrow night at the college about his recent trip to Antarctica.  The presentation is part of the Adventure Sports Colloquium.  The public is invited to attend.

Congratulations to Debbie Carpenter, Garrett County's Director of Planning and Land Management, on being selected to the Leadership Maryland Class of 2017.

The  Baltimore Sun reports more on fracking and the current situation in Garrett County


Friday February 17
9:30 a.m.

Temperatures dipped into the teens overnight and it was enough to allow another skim of ice on the lake this morning.  It won't last long as the temperature today will reach into the high 40's and won't dip below freezing until next Saturday.  Maybe. 

It is going to be a beautiful weekend.  Sunshine and highs in the 50's.  You'll be able to ski and mountain bike on the same day. 

I mentioned the vacancy on our local Board of Ed yesterday.  The commissioners are now accepting letters of interest from persons wishing to be considered.  Applicants must live in District 2.

The DNR provides a Mid-winter Fishing Report and also the final tally from all the 2016/17 deer seasons.

The Great Backyard Birdcount is going on this weekend.  You can participate in your own backyard or head to New Germany State Park tomorrow.

Take your prince or princess to the Winterfest Ball being held tonight in the Oakland Community Center. 


Thursday February 16
9:30 a.m.

A generous dusting on the ground this morning.  Wisp is making snow while they can to get the slopes in top shape for the upcoming holiday weekend.  We're looking at a three-day weekend that looks an awful lot like spring. 

Thomas Carr, Vice President of the Garrett County Board of Education, resigned from the Board at the beginning of the February 14, 2017, meeting.  The commissioners will need to appoint a new member to replace Mr. Carr. 

If you're looking for someone to sponsor in the Deep Creek Dunk, my daughter's team page is now up on the site, the Dunkin Donuts.  Proceeds support Maryland Special Olympics.

McHenry Beverage now carries six-packs of Mountain State Brewing Co. microbrews.  Pick some up today!


Wednesday February 15
9:30 a.m.

A chance for snow showers today and maybe some accumulating snow overnight in the 1-3 inch range.

Tomorrow is Maryland Sweater Day, a challenge to put on a sweater and turn down the heat to save energy.

I received an email from the father of one of the girls that fell through the ice back in January.  He asked that I send along his family's heartfelt appreciation to everyone who helped in the search, assist and rescue of the two girls.  If you'll recall, a team of ER personnel happened to be vacationing nearby, saw the girls in the water, and sprung into action.  So thankful for a happy ending!

Once again, our area will celebrate our nation's heroes with the Military March promotion.  Special discounts for military members will be offered all through March.

The January Market Minute for Garrett County is now available.


Tuesday February 14
9:00 a.m.

Partly sunny skies today with an expected high of 41.  Snow is on the way tonight through Thursday night, but no indication it will be an accumulating snow. 

Due to the high temperatures forecast for this weekend, the Winterfest celebration in Oakland will be rescheduled for next weekend (2/25).  Ice sculptures do not like 50 degree weather.  The Winterfest Ball will still be held this Friday night, though.

Hold the phone on the Boardwalk situation.  I'm getting conflicting reports and need to clarify some things.  I can tell you that as of March 4, the current owners/staff will no longer be operating the bar and the building and adjoining property have been sold. 


Monday February 13
9:30 a.m.

Holy wind storm last night!  The forecast called for 2-4 inches of snow and gusts in the 60 mph range.  We didn't get the snow and, thankfully, the gusts weren't that strong either, but with the saturated ground from rain on Sunday, I thought for sure a tree was going to uproot any moment and land on my house.  Scary night! 

Snow showers will clear out this morning to mostly sunny skies and a high of 30.

I am very sorry to report the The Boardwalk and the adjoining property have been sold and the bar will cease operations after March 4.  So many memories in that place.  Anyway, it is business as usual until then, so stop by and say goodbye to the 'round bar.'  :-(

Residents with a drainage ditch, stream, creek, or river running through their property could qualify for a free "Buffer in Bag" from the DNR.

Railey Realty breaks down why it is a great time to buy at Deep Creek Lake

I had the wrong link to the survey from the Town of Oakland mentioned on Friday.  It is now fixed, so please try again if you'd like to participate.


Friday February 10
9:00 a.m.

Bitter cold this morning at 7 degrees, but we'll work our way up to around 30 today. Wisp recorded almost 8 inches of snow through this storm that came in absolutely blinding squalls yesterday.  I-68 was closed for a bit in the evening around Frostburg for white-out conditions. 

Certainly, a good day to stay inside yesterday, but I ventured out for my morning walk anyway.  No pain, no gain, right?  Worth every goosebump and body shiver.

Partly sunny and a high of 30 today, but hold on tight because here comes another turn on the weather roller coaster.  Highs over the weekend will be in the 50's and it's most likely going to rain starting Saturday evening. 

The town of Oakland is asking county residents to complete this quick online survey for market research for the town. 

Frostburg didn't make it to the top 5 in the Small Business Revolution Main Street contest.  The system is rigged! Fake contest!  ;-)

So, tonight there will be a full moon, a lunar eclipse and a comet.  In honor of the Snow moon, New Germany State Park will be illuminating the green trail tonight until 9 p.m. for cross country skiing -- or hiking if the conditions don't allow for skiing.  Fun!


Thursday February 9
9:30 a.m.

It is snowing, as promised.  I have about 2 inches this morning.  Wisp is reporting 4.  More to come through tomorrow morning and the Winter Storm Warning has been extended until 10 p.m. Local schools are closed for the day.

Railey Mountain Lake Vacations blogged about Accident -- it's history and it's present.

I've been waiting for the green light to announce this and I finally got it:  Moonshadow Cafe will be moving to McHenry on Bumblebee Road.  Read more about it here

Accuweather released its spring outlook.  Technically, we are under the 'wet' shading, but traditionally tend to follow the 'delayed warm up' region.

New for 2017, Bill's Outdoor Center will be renting Aquaglide Summit Express Slides delivered right to your dock for a day, days or a week.  Of course, they still offer kayaks, SUPs, and trampolines too.  Call 301-387-3474 to book yours.



Wednesday February 8
9:30 a.m.

After the rain cleared out yesterday morning, it turned into a sunny, warm day.  Break out the shorts! Tonight we go under a Winter Storm Warning from 7 p.m. until 7 p.m. tomorrow with 6 to 8 inches expected. Break out the shovel!  Just throw your arms up and scream.  It's the best way to enjoy a roller coaster.

I did see some ice fisherman out at the very tip of McHenry Cove yesterday. There is more open water than ice, but when you want to bore a hole and sit on the ice, you should do it.

The POA is asking that we all show our support for SB273 which would provide an equitable reimbursement of funds to counties for the land owned by the state of Maryland.

Garrett County will send four teams to the Maryland State FTC (First Tech Challenge) Championship this weekend at St. Mary's College.


Tuesday February 7
9:30 a.m.

Well, the rain arrived overnight and removed most of the snow leaving mud in its place.  The expected high is 63 and we could see a thunderstorm today.  Sixty-three and a thunderstorm... in February!?!  Snow and cold returns tomorrow night.

The public meeting on the US 219 expansion in Grantsville was finally held last night after being postponed twice and I completely forgot about it.  The Times-News was on hand, though, and breaks down the options presented and some of the feedback from the public.

Also in Grantsville news, a ribbon cutting was held yesterday at the new Garrett Regional Medical Center Urgent and Primary Care Center along Corporate Drive. 

KDKA in Pittsburgh reports on the DirecTV outage during the Super Bowl.  Spoiler alert:  A bunch of finger-pointing and a bunch of disgruntled customers.

Frostburg is in the running for a $500,000 Main Street Makeover and a featured spot in a HULU documentary series from Small Business Revolution on Main Street, sponsored by Deluxe Corporation.  The top 5 finalists will be announced on Thursday and a week-long online voting campaign will begin.


Monday February 6
9:30 a.m.

Monday mornings are easier when they're bright and sunny like today.  The temperature will make it's way up into the high 40's today and rain will arrive overnight.

We had a surprise snowstorm Friday night.  Not much in accumulation, but low visibility, for sure.  Low temps allowed the lake to freeze pretty tight over the weekend, but this warm up is not helping it hold.  I've officially lost faith that it will freeze over this winter. 

The Railey Real Estate Showcase was updated over the weekend new listings. 

Did you catch the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history?  A lot of us didn't.  Local Fox signals on DirecTV began cutting in and out literally as it started to unfold and through the end of the game.  Unbelievable!

Here is the agenda for today's commissioners' meeting.

A bill to permanently ban fracking in Maryland was introduced on Friday. 

Firefly Farms released an Open Letter in response to the Washington Post article on politics in Accident. (link provided on Feb. 2 post)


Friday February 3
9:30 a.m.

Overcast and cold this morning.  Clouds will move out as the day goes on and tomorrow will be sunny with a expected high of 26.  Perfect ski day!  Possible snow arriving on Sunday.

A little more ice on my lakefront this morning.  It's trying...

I tried out YakTrax for the first time yesterday and they just may be the best invention ever.  If you like to get out in this weather (or have a dog that needs her walk), they're a must.  I'm pretty sure they sell them at Bear Creek Trader's.

The State Highway posted a No Turn on Red sign at the 219 and Alder Street intersection (in front of the courthouse).  It's new.  Just an FYI.

Check out the February issue of HART for Animals newsletter, Tails Up.

Also check out the featured listings from Taylor-Made Real Estate this month.  There's some great, affordable options for Garrett County home ownership.

If you've wanted to try cross country skiing, New Germany State Park will offer a lesson tomorrow at noon.  If you can't make that one, there's another opportunity next Sunday.


Thursday February 2
9:30 a.m.

No precipitation in the forecast over the next few days, but it will be cold with highs in the 20's and lows in the teens and single digits.  Looks like another fantastic ski weekend.

Six more weeks of winter according to Punxsutawney Phil.

The Washington Post came to Accident to talk discuss politics with some locals.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day will be held on February 11.

Lobbed an easy to you for this month's Where Am I?.  You're welcome!  :-)

Sharing this again because the family still needs help:  A Pittsburgh man is missing and he is a frequent visitor to Deep Creek Lake.  Please take a look at his picture and call if you know anything.


Wednesday February 1
9:30 a.m.

Snow showers this morning with a chance for 1-3 inches today.  Snow will clear out tomorrow morning and we'll have a break until Sunday.  We may even see some sunshine.  What!?

It is going to get colder with temperatures in the teens Thursday night through Saturday.  Just one still night is all we need and that lake will snap shut and hopefully stay that way.

The State Board of Education unanimously approved the waiver request from our local board to start school next year before Labor Day.

North Glade Inn is slashing room rates for the month of February.  Just $95/night and that includes a hot breakfast. 

DNR officials used social media to capture several deer poachers.