Thursday March 30
9:30 a.m.

Cloudy today and rain will arrive tonight and for the next couple days.  Hopefully you had a chance to soak up yesterday's sunshine.  It was a gorgeous day!

The crew from American Pickers is returning to Maryland in May.  If you have a collection or know someone who does, contact information is available through the link.

The agenda for Monday's commissioners meeting has been released. 

The Maryland Fishing and Crabbing Guide is now available for download.  Also of note, recreational crabbing season opens on Saturday in Maryland.

 

Wednesday March 29
9:30 a.m.

Temperatures dipped into the 30's this morning, but clouds will clear through the day with an expected high of 56. 

Engage Mountain Maryland shares how to show your support for the PILOT bill which aims to provide a fair and equitable reimbursement to Counties for State Land.  The bill could mean an additional $1 million in Garrett County.

Chefs are invited to submit recipes for the governor's Buy Local Cookout to be held at the Government house in Annapolis on July 20.  Recipes must be submitted by May 19 and include products from at least one Maryland farmer, waterman, or other producer.

It's so nice to hear new chirps and sounds of spring.  Check out this map to see when the hummingbirds will be joining the party. 

 

Tuesday March 28
9:30 a.m.

Rainy, gloomy and foggy this morning and it looks like it may stay that way all day.   Yesterday turned out to be quite lovely.  A nice taste of what's to come.

The Maryland Senate voted 35 to 10 to ban fracking in the state.  All that remains is the governor's signature and Maryland will officially be frack-free. 

According to the Times-News, The Voice's Season 11 winner, Sundance Head, will headline the Garrett County Fair on August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. 

The West Virginia Only in Your State page features the Cranesville Swamp, which, of course, is shared with Garrett County.

Check out the spring newsletter from the Deep Creek Lions Club.

 

Monday March 27
9:30 a.m.

Rain this morning, but skies will be partly sunny today with at high of 64. 

A nice weekend overall.  Yesterday had a little rain and it didn't get as warm as forecast, but it was all good. 

Wisp pulled off a great Spring Carnival weekend and the lifts stopped turning for the season at 5 p.m. yesterday.

Governor Hogan sent lawmakers a supplemental budget that will include additional funding for education in Baltimore city schools and 10 other counties.  Garrett County would get $456,000.

Savage River Road will be reduced to one-lane traffic until further notice.  The road was closed due to a rock slide on the 18th of March.

A Glastron boat and trailer were just added to our Online Marketplace.

 

Friday March 24
9:30 a.m.

This morning's rain has moved out and we should be dry until Saturday night/Sunday morning.  Not a lot of sunshine, but dry. Highs will be around or in the 60's.  Woo!

Check out the Beat the Winter Blues Cornhole Tournament held on Saturday in the Ag building at the fairgrounds.  Fun for all and supports a great cause!

Don't forget the Spring Carnival weekend at Wisp.  Nothing's been officially announced, but I'm guessing this will be the last of skiing and riding for the winter.

Maryland's Fishing Report is available here.  Trout season opens tomorrow and the updated stocking efforts are here

Happy Maryland Day tomorrow. 

 

Thursday March 23
9:30 a.m.

The lake froze over again last night which is especially surprising given that it looked like an ocean most of the day.  The wind had it churning.  Sunshine today and a high of 46 today should be enough to end that.

Bill's Marine Service has taken advantage of the early dock installation.   Some of the rental docks at the 219 location are already in.

Wisp plans to make it through the weekend with ski operations and tubing. They even blew some snow last night to seal the deal.  The All-Access deal continues.  Twenty-nine dollars for unlimited ski, tubing and mountain coaster rides.  Theme of the weekend is Spring Carnival.

US News and World Report reports on the possible fracking ban in Maryland.  The ban bill was approved in committee 8-3 and now goes to the full Senate for a vote.  Possibly as early as today.

The commissioners voted to appoint Friendsville resident, Dr. Nathan Sorber, to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Education.

The bloodhounds are returning to Garrett County this April.

 

Wednesday March 22
9:30 a.m.

Skies are clearing, but it is cold and really windy.  Temperatures this morning are in the teens and will only reach into the low 30's today and drop back in the teens again overnight.  Then it's all uphill from there.

Sushi night returns tonight at DC's Restaurant

Our Town Theatre's presentation of Almost Maine opens tonight and runs through the weekend. 

Garrett County is participating in the Maryland Energy Association's Anemometer Loan Project to determine if Swanton and Grantsville can support a community wind turbine.

I've had some buffleheads frequent my lakefront recently.  Love, love, love watching diving ducks!

 

Tuesday March 21
9:30 a.m.

Rain overnight leaves more mud than snow now.  Lots and lots of mud.  Rain will clear out this morning, but there's a slight chance for some snow showers tonight.

Tonight's Tuesday Food Truck theme at Ace's Run will be tacos.  Margarita specials, too.  It all starts at 5.

Two Tuesday Movies of the Week  offered at Garrett 8 today: The Shack and Kong: Skull Island.

A dog has been missing in Garrett County since 12/9 and the owner shares the backstory, his ongoing efforts to find Asuka, and details on how we can all  help. 

 

Monday March 20
9:30 a.m.

Happy first day of spring!   Still a good bit of snow on the ground here, but we made it through another winter.  Cloudy today with an expected high of 46.  Rain is a likelihood overnight.

Wisp announced it will stay open as weather and conditions allow.  Mountain Park activities will be open only on the weekends.

In case you missed it... In an absolutely stunning turn of events, Governor Hogan held a press conference on Friday and announced his full support of a statewide ban on fracking.  Mind blown!

An auction will be held on April 4 on a commercial property on Rt. 219 just south of the lake.  It used to be a Remax and a few other things. 

 

Friday March 17
9:30 a.m.

A still, cold night brought a skim of ice over parts of the lake this morning.  Hopefully, for the last time.  Mostly sunny skies today and a chance for snow tonight and rain, wintry mix and snow through the weekend.  Accumulation is not expected to be an issue.

Wisp gives the final scoop on the Life's a Beach celebration this weekend.  Not only are lift tickets just $29,  that price will include unlimited snow tubing and mountain coaster rides.  A season pass holder gets the same access.  Make your last-minute lodging reservations and join us!  The icing on the cake?  It's St. Patrick's Day, so we have some great parties and live entertainment, too. 

A Sap-to-Syrup demonstration was tentatively scheduled for tomorrow at Swallow Falls State Park, but unfortunately will not be held as hoped.  Too cold. No sap.

 

Thursday March 16
9:30 a.m.

Eleven inches covered on the ruler this morning.  Wisp is reporting fourteen.  Our advisory was extended again until 11 a.m. this morning with just a bit more snow possible today.  Schools are on a two-hour delay.

We waited all winter for this and it comes one week before spring. Pffft.

The Garrett County Market Minute for February has been released. 

The commissioners have announced the agenda for the public meeting on Tuesday. 

High school students with an interest in forestry, fisheries, wildlife or parks management should check out the Natural Resources Careers Camp at Hickory Environmental Education Center held this summer.

 

Wednesday March 15
9:30 a.m.

My snow piles now reach 9 inches high and the mercury only reaches 7.  An additional 1 to 3 inches are possible today, but the wind is the real issue, blowing once-open roads shut and dropping the wind chill to negative double digits.  Local schools are closed again and it is another good day to stay inside, if you can.

Remember you can check live road conditions on I-68 via the links on our webcam page

Kudos to our state troopers on the arrest yesterday of an alleged heroin dealer.  Sounds like Mother Nature had a part in the takedown, as well.  Whatever it takes!

Wisp announced it's plans for reopening.  Lifts won't turn until Saturday for a Life's a Beach weekend celebration. 

 

Tuesday March 14
9:30 a.m.

About six inches of new snow out my window this morning and we aren't done yet as snow will continue to move through the area until Thursday morning.  The Winter Storm Warning has been extended until 8 p.m. on Wednesday.  No school today and lots of business closings and delayed openings today.  If you're venturing out for something, call ahead.

No official word from Wisp yet on the reopening date.

Happy Pi Day! 

 

Monday March 13
9:30 a.m.

Did you hear?  There's a storm a'comin.  Winter Storm Warning goes into effect tonight at 8 through 8 a.m. Wednesday with 8-12 inches expected.

Wisp announced they plan to reopen sometime this week depending what Winter Storm Stella brings.

In Boardwalk news, Carol and Parker Jacobs announced they have purchased the Boardwalk and the property across the street.  The couple currently owns The Aquatic Center adjacent to the property. From their announcement on Facebook: "It was amusing and difficult watching all of the rumors about it being torn down for condos and other things, especially when we are not sure of our own plans yet. We simply knew that if we did not purchase it, then it would have possibly been four home sites. It is important to have places to go by boat on the lake. Please bear with us, while we navigate our opportunities of what types of activities/businesses will be good for our community as well as for our family. Currently, it will be closed for cleaning and renovations."

The POA announced that the DNR will relax the April 1 dock deployment rule and allow commercial and private owners to put docks in beginning March 16.  Of course, 2017 permit fees must be paid. 

In other good news, the McHenry Post Office recently returned the outdoor mailbox with the slot you can access from your car.  Hip, hip, hooray!!  This may not seem like big news, but people who use it regularly know what I'm talking about.

The Washington Post analyzes our local Delegate Wendell Beitzel and this article: Pro-fracking Md. lawmaker criticized for potential personal financial stake in drilling.

The Southern Girls Basketball team made it to the finals this weekend in the state 1A tournament, but fell short of their ultimate goal of winning the big game.  They are still champions in our hearts.

 

Friday March 10
9:30 a.m.

At some point yesterday our forecast for snow showers turned into a Winter Weather Advisory.  Two inches so far this morning and the advisory remains in effect until 1 p.m. today with another 1-3 inches possible.   Weekend weather will be dry, but cold.  Nights will be frigid.

In case you missed it, James Corden trying to pronounce Maryland on a recent show.  Funny!

Not so funny, there was a bomb threat at Northern Middle School yesterday afternoon.  K9 units scanned the building and gave the "all clear." 

Check out the 65" LED Smart TV just added to our Online Marketplace.  

There will be an indoor flea market tomorrow in the exhibit hall at the fairgrounds.

Also, don't miss the first JTF Pop-Up Event tonight at tomorrow at Grantsville Elementary School. A family friendly event filled with activities for everyone. Activities will include Archery Tag, Snookball, Ping Pong, Corn Hole, and much more.

Tomorrow at 10 a.m., gather the hounds and enjoy a dog-friendly hike with the staff at the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center. 

Don't forget to spring your clocks forward Saturday night as Daylight Savings Time begins. 

 

Thursday March 9
9:30 a.m.

Sunny skies again this morning and an expected high of 51, but hold on, the weather roller coaster is taking another turn.  Snow is on the way tonight and through Friday.  The good news is that winter storm forecasters were eyeing during the early part of the week will not hit us.  The bad news is we're in for a stretch of cold weather.  Temperatures will be around or below freezing beginning tonight and through next week.  

The Baltimore Sun provides an update on status of the fracking ban bill.

Check out the video on the Maryland DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service Facebook page of a bobcat feeding on a deer carcass (set as bait for golden eagles) in Garrett County.  A fisher even makes an appearance for a taste.

You know what's better than Wednesday Pasta Night at Ace's Run?  Wednesday Pasta Night with a view like this...

And, just 'cause we can all use a feel-good story nowadays... Herbert Hoover High School in West Virginia will make it's first trip to the state basketball tournament ever.  The team's high school and gym, located in Clendenin, were destroyed during the devastating flooding that hit last June.  Go Huskies!

 

Wednesday March 8
9:30 a.m.

 A gorgeous sunny day today, but a Wind Advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today with possible gusts up to 55 mph. 

I forgot to mention I had my first official robin sighting on Saturday and many since then.

Big news!  Garrett Regional Medical Center has been chosen as a finalist for the fifth annual RWJF Culture of Health Prize given by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

Blue Ridge Outdoors features an article on the B-52 bomber crash in Grantsville on January 13, 1964.

 

Tuesday March 7
9:30 a.m.

Dry so far this morning, but showers are a possibility through the day.  Tomorrow's skies will be clear, but gusting winds will return. 

Buzz is beginning about a possible winter storm headed our way this weekend.  I'm agreeing with Taylor-Made on this one...

The Chamber of Commerce has released a new Garrett County Weddings Guide.  You can pick up a copy at the Visitor's Center, order via mail through this online form or view it electronically here

The Winter 2017 Deep Creek Dispatch from the Deep Creek Lake POA is now available.

The Bottom Line, a student newspaper at Frostburg State University, features an article on the Deep Creek Dunk and some students' roles in the event.  By the way, current tally on the donations for the dunk are now over $187.

Black Bear Tavern has a new Un*Bear*Able Wing Challenge.  Eat 12 of their hottest mace-in-the-face wings in 12 minutes and burn for another 8 minutes and you'll get your picture on the Wing Wall of Fame and a free t-shirt. 

 

Monday March 6
9:30 a.m.

Cloudy this morning and rain is in the forecast today and through tomorrow night.  All the recent rain has really brought the lake level up quickly.  My little adjacent cove seemed to fill up overnight.  This morning we're at 2459.34 which is above the Operating Rule Band for this time of year. 

A lovely weekend here overall.  The snow squalls on Friday stayed a little longer than expected and the Sunday temperature didn't get as high as expected, but the skies were the bluest of blue both Saturday and Sunday.

Congratulations to the Southern Garrett High School Lady Rams on earning their 5th consecutive trip to the Maryland 1A State Basketball Tournament.  The girls play in the semifinals this Friday at 9 p.m. at Towson University.

The March issue of HART's newsletter Tails Up is now available. 

Also, check out the March newsletter from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

An episode of Log Cabin Living that was filmed in Western Maryland (with one home from Deep Creek) aired over the weekend.  If you missed it, check your guide for a repeat showing.  Season 4, episode 4:  Allegheny Mountains Abode.

 

Friday March 3
9:30 a.m.

About an inch of new snow and periodic squalls continue to move through the area this morning.  Snow will clear out by evening and we'll have a sunny winter day on Saturday and a sunny spring day on Sunday.  Mother Nature continues to mix it up.

So this weekend is final weekend at the Boardwalk under the current ownership and management. (Note the bold print.)  Rumors continue to circulate, but only the new owners know what the future holds for the old place and they haven't announced anything.  I'm still on Team Believe and think it will remain.  Time will tell.  In the meantime, stop by this weekend and say goodbye to Calvin, Brittany, and Chris.   (Not sure if Audrey is returning for the festivities.)

The death of the man found in Savage River State Forest back in January has now been ruled a homicide

Bill's Marine Service is holding it annual end-of-season clearance sale.  Save big on all in-stock snowmobiles.

Check out the Railey Realty Real Estate Update for February.  All the arrows are pointing in the right direction.

 

Thursday March 2
9:30 a.m.

Over 2 1/2 inches of rain fell yesterday and the wind started gusting in the afternoon causing some downed trees and power outages around the area.  This morning we have snow showers and a chance for 2 to 4 inches by tomorrow afternoon. 

The annual DNR Photo Contest is now underway. Entries will be accepted until August 31 and can include images featuring birds, insects, flora, outdoor recreation, nature in action, scenic landscapes, and wildlife.

Onlyinyourstate.com features Grantsville in a recent article as a Fascinating Town Straight Out of a Fairy Tale.

The Huffington Post included a piece on local kayak gear designer and Friendsville councilman, Jess Whitemore, and his fight against fracking in Maryland.  (The story is part of a collaborative photojournalism project, “The Human Cost of Energy Production,” about the threat of expanded fracking for natural gas to rural areas of Pennsylvania and Western Maryland.)  WBALTV also reports on the issue with interviews with some familiar local faces. 

Set your DVRs.  The episode of Fishing University featuring local teen anglers, Joe McCloskey and Trent Lohr, will premiere on Monday at 7:30 a.m. on the Outdoor Channel.

 

Wednesday March 1
9:30 a.m.

March came in like a lion.  Not the normal snowy lion, but rainy downpours and thunder that will make you jump out of your seat.  A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until this evening and temperatures will drop overnight and it will change to snow.

The Department of Planning and Land Management has launched a watershed management website to provide a centralized location for information, resources and news.

US News and World Report released its Best State Rankings and Maryland was ranked #8.  Not too shabby.

Two HP plotters are available for sale in our Online Marketplace.