Monday July 31
9:30 a.m.

We hope you all made it through the rain and flooding without damages or injuries this weekend. Some areas were hit hard! Most roads are fine now but I know Steyer Gorman Road is washed out completely.

The weather outlook for today is looking great: clear, sunny and high near 76-degrees.

With all of the rain, Muddy Creek Falls was absolutely raging and we heard reports that the first descent via kayak happened on Saturday.

The Garrett County Agriculture Fair announced Amy Schmidt as the 2017 Farm Queen and Alana Harman as first runner-up.

Lots of other fair events, contests and shows scheduled for today.

Congratulations to Lin Gilbert, proprietor of the new Artists and Dreamers store in downtown Oakland. Lin and husband Michael had a great grand opening celebration last week.

Garrett College is accepting nominations for its Athletics Hall of Fame through August 15th.

Smart travelers are well prepared.  Here's a list of nine small travel accessories that fit on your key chain.

 

Friday July 28, Saturday July 29, Sunday July 30
9:30 a.m.

Rain, rain go away... The National Weather Service had issued a flash flood watch for portions of Western Maryland for Friday afternoon into Saturday (temps in the high 60s/low 70s) but a clear and sunny day is in the forecast for Sunday (temps in the low 70s).

We covered it yesterday but we wanted to mention again because we love it! The Garrett County Agricultural Fair starts this weekend! 2017 entry day for indoor exhibits is Saturday, July 29th.

Friday's Little Yough Music Festival free concert features the band "If Birds Could Fly". Bring a chair or blanket to the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in downtown Oakland tonight at 7pm.
cancelled 7/28

If dogs could fly? Check out the Skyhounds Open Qualifier and Disc Dogathon at the Lions Club ball park next to HART in McHenry from 9:00am-3:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

The MD DNR is accepting applications for this year's black bear lottery.

Governor Larry Hogan announced that former Communications Director Matthew Clark is returning to the administration as Chief of Staff.

 

Thursday July 27
8:15 a.m.

Today we are expected to have scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and a high temperature of 75 degrees.

Bring your chairs or blanket and check out Finding Dory at the Pocket Park Movie Night at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in downtown Oakland. The movie is free and starts at dusk.

The barn at Ridgeview Valley is hosting the Theater on the Lake production of Antigone, a Greek drama on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Tomorrow is the fair! The Garrett County Agriculture Fair will be in town from July 29 - August 5. The admission prices are listed here.

Don't drain the swamp! The Cranesville Swamp is a great place for the family to stretch their legs and experience a unique ecosystem.

A short black bear video taken by our friend Matt Cedro near Wisp Resort.

Hogan's Administration has been working on the More Jobs for Marylanders Act.

Well, my wife jean keeps attracting lost animals. Tonight a stray kitty walked up to her in our yard in Swanton off Glendale Road. Very sweet little girl. Please check out the picture and get in touch at info@deepcreektimes.com or 410.707.5377 if you know who her family is. She is in our guest room until we figure it out.

Lost Cat

 

Wednesday July 26
8:00 a.m.

Well, we sure goofed on the weather yesterday! Sorry about that - we saw warm temperatures and got too excited. The weather for today is going to be MUCH WARMER than the mid-50s we saw yesterday and should be partly cloudy and high in the upper 70s.

Head to High Country Cheese first thing this morning (around 9:00am) to watch the cheese makers stretch 125 pounds of mozzarella on their Italian mozzarella stretcher machine.

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be open at the Pavilion in downtown Oakland from 10:00am-1:00pm today. Shop farm-fresh food and pick up new recipes. Download last year's recipes, too.

Stage WISP concert series hosts the band "Mountain Ride" this evening starting at 6:30pm on the front lawn. Bring a chair or blanket and the family to this free event.

Results are in for the North Garrett FFA Chapter from the Washington County Fair: Samantha Wilt is going to Nationals for Dairy Handler and the Livestock Judging team got second place.

The second-home market in Deep Creek is HOT! Garrett County sellers are getting 95 percent of their asking price which means buyers want to own here in this community.

We've all driven past the Footer's Dye Works building just off I-68 in nearby Cumberland MD. Plans are progressing to add 24 apartments and a brewpub to the historic location.

Good News! The lost dog we featured in yesterday's notes has reunited with her owner after being missing since July 4th weekend.

 

Tuesday July 25
8:00 a.m.

Sunny and highs in the low 80s today; mostly sunny and highs near 90 tomorrow!

Judy Center Playgroup this week at Friendsville Elementary School from 9:45am-11:00am for ages birth through four years. Free and no need to pre-register but for more information call 301-334-4211.

For the birds! Deep Creek Lake State Park is hosting an Aviary Encounter today where participants get to see the birds eat and learn about their lives.

Garrett College is open during the summer: All About Composting, Growing and Preparing Tomatoes and Bulbs for Your Fall Garden are just some of the Continuing Education classes available.Another kids' camp is available for sign-up - Deep Creek Pottery is holding their Summer Art Camp August 7-11.

Little lost dog. The folks at Mountain Top Truck Driving Institute in Grantsville found a little female Chihuahua mix caught in some high weeds yesterday. See photo below and contact the Oakland animal shelter at 301-334-3553 for more information.

Dog Found

 

 

Monday July 24
9:00 a.m.

Partly sunny this morning with a 40% chance of scattered showers and maybe a pop-up thunderstorm this afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s.

A Happy Happy Birthday to our friend and colleague, Mary Callis! (GLAF Executive Director)

Bummer about the bad weather during Kitzmiller's Homecoming Day festivities on Saturday... there were damages but there were no serious injuries.

Learn about animals that live in Deep Creek lake at the 2:00pm Aquatic Adventure Session at Deep Creek State Park/Discovery Center today.

Backbone Farm and All Earth Eco Tours are partnering to offer a farm day camp for kids starting next week.

Meet the Makers! Mike and I are looking for makers (artists, techies, craftspeople, hobbyists, DIYers, etc.) to share their creations and story for a few minutes at the upcoming Mountain Maker Fest.

Love is in the air! <3 Oakland has been featured on Trip Advisor's recently compiled list of "15 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the US".

Do you know someone that has enriched the lives of GC citizens through kindness and generosity? The Board of Garrett County Commissioners is seeking nominations for Garrett County's Most Beautiful Person contest. 

Elon Musk just announced his company has "verbal [government] approval" to build a hyperloop connecting New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.

 

Friday July 21, Saturday July 22. Sunday July 23
6:30 a.m.

Cloudy and scattered thunderstorms today; not quite as warm as it has been. Looks like we will stay in the high 70s.

There is an entertainment news site being shared around Facebook. No, Deep Creek Lake is not going to be drained.

21 students in the Mountain Maryland Music Institute (MMMI) will give a free performance at 4pm this afternoon in the Garrett College auditorium. The duration of the performance is approximately 45 minutes.

Attend the Garrett County Arts Council ice cream social and preview party at the gallery shop in Downtown Oakland tonight. It goes from 5:30-7:00pm tonight and is the kickoff for the Studio Tour Weekend.  

It's a small town summer: Plan for theFriendsville Days Festival and the 29th annual Kitzmiller Homecoming this weekend.

Off-road vehicle enthusiasts can get ready to take on a new trail as the Maryland Department of Natural Resources opens St. John's Rock ORV Trail and Campground.

One more reason to be young. Millennials are five times more well-traveled than their grandparents, according to a new report from European online travel agency eDreams.

 

Thursday July 20
6:30 a.m.

I saw some red in the sky this morning but it looks like it will be a great day: Partly cloudy and highs in the mid 80s.

Lots going on at Herrington Manor State Park tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday...

Bring your chairs or a blanket and check out this week's free Pocket Park movie --Zootopia-- tonight at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in downtown Oakland.  Movie starts at dusk.

FY 2018 Heritage Area Mini-Grant Applications Available

Who knew that aerosol cans could be deadly in the summer? Please check out this video and check your vehicle.

Check out the Habitat for Humanity Home Store for new and gently used furniture, home goods, construction material and more.

 

Wednesday July 18
8:00 a.m.

Mostly to partly sunny today! Highs in the lower 80s.

The Mountain Fresh Farmer's Market is open 10:00am-1:00pm today at the Oakland Pavilion off Second Street. Check out this week's harvest.

Happy "Hump Day"! By noon today we will officially be "over the hump" of this week and getting closer to a wonderful Garrett County weekend.... :)

Don't forget the 10th annual Artist Studio Tour this Saturday and Sunday: visit and buy from over 30 artists in 13 locations in the County.

Did you know the Deep Creek Yacht Club offers adult sailing classes and private lessons?

DCL State Park launch stewards successfully interdicted zebra mussels - an aquatic invasive species of shellfish - before they entered Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County this week. Close call!

Got Crayons? A 2017 study published in the journal Art Therapy found that the simple act of coloring an image lowered anxiety and improved mood.

 

Tuesday July 18
8:30 a.m.

Well, yesterday's forecast didn't come true. It was a hot one! Today will be sunny until the afternoon with scattered thunderstorms and hot again with "feels-like" temps in the mid-80s.

Looking for some cool things to do this week? Check out this list from Visit Maryland.

We are hometown proud of the town of Grantsville and the Grantsville Revitalization Organization for receiving 2017 Sustainable Growth Awards from the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission!

Congratulations are also in order to Northern Garrett High School Graduate and basketball standout, Kaitlynn Fratz for being named to the University of Maryland Women's Basketball coaching staff!

Garrett County is currently designated HUBZone and some of our small businesses and related jobs depend on our designation. It may be going away. 

Check out this gorgeous handmade table that was recently added to our online marketplace. 

 

Monday July 17
8:30 a.m.

Sunny and cooler this morning (60-degrees) but warming up a bit (74-degrees) with isolated thunderstorms this afternoon/evening.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Hancock of Virginia. Elizabeth won our drawing at the Oakland Downtown Jubilee and is receiving a $25 gift card to Brenda's Pizza compliments of Deep Creek Times.

Oakland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is offering free classes for family members every Thursday evening in July to raise awareness and understanding of Dementia. Call 301.334.2319 to reserve a spot.

The 13th annual Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival is September 9th at the County Fairgrounds. Please consider signing-up to volunteer at this great event that benefits HART for Animals and GLAF.

The GCPS/Wendell Teets Foundation has been established to enhance County programs from pre-school through the 12th grade.

Don't worry, we did not miss #nationalicecreamday - check out this Curious George sundae at Devler's Ice Cream Co.

Curious George Sundae

The MD Comptroller's Office received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 37th straight year.

 

Friday July 14, Saturday July 15, Sunday July 16
9:30 a.m.

We're in for day of clouds and scattered thunderstorms with highs in the mid-70s. Note there is a flash flood watch until 8pm tonight. Stay safe.

The Garrett County Opry, Tri-State Festival, Auction & Cruise-In, Little Yough Summer Music Festival, Farmer's Market, 52nd Annual Fiddle & Banjo Contest and more are happening this weekend.

The GCPS Summer Food Service Program is holding a free triathalon adventure for kids.

Wildflowers of Garrett County - A Community Quilt will be raffled off to benefit the Friendsville Branch of the Ruth Enlow Library.

At some point during the week of July 16-22, 2017 the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack will be conducting a DUI sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Garrett County.

The Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) has formed several volunteer committees to involve community members who are anxious to help with Oakland revitalization efforts.

Garrett County Commissioners presented the State of the County report earlier this week.

 

Thursday July 13
9:30 a.m.

It will be mostly cloudy today wth PM thunderstorms. A warm afternoon high of 80 degrees.

The Silver Alert from yesterday was cancelled. I'm happy to report Mr. Yohn was found unharmed in Morgantown, WV.

Smokey Bear will be at the Discovery Center from 1:00pm-3:00pm today! There is also a self-guided walk to the Thayerville Fire Tower at the same time.

Families can bring their chairs or blankets to the Market Fresh Pavilion in Oakland tonight to enjoy the Trolls movie at dusk.

Governor Hogan has directed the Committee on Paid Leave to collect data through a survey to better understand access to paid leave policies and how this benefit is best met by a fair and flexible statewide leave policy.

Maryland hunters bagged 4,175 turkeys this spring, with Garrett County leading the state with 429 gobblers takenaccording to the Wildlife and Heritage Service.

Congratulations to Garrett County NeXT GEN robotics team on winning the Innovative Solution Award at the Mountain State Invitational in Fairmont, WV!

 

Wednesday July 12
9:30 a.m.

A day of clouds will make way for sun late this evening with highs reaching in the low 80's.

A Silver Alert was issued early this morning for Jere Leslie Yohn, 81, from Grantsville, MD. Yohn left his residence driving a black, 2014 Ford Escape, MD registration 2AK1351. Please contact the MD State Police if you have any information.

Head to the Wisp for a FREE concert tonight, from 6:30-9:00pm as part of their Stage Wisp Concert Series. Bring the family and lawn chairs and hear Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts.

I watched a fun, action-packed movie on Saturday at Garrett 8 Cinemas: Baby Driver (rated R) will NOT win an Academy Award (IMHO) but there were lots of great music and driving stunts.

This Saturday! Garrett Trails is holding its 3rd Trail Cleanup Day at New Germany State Park from 9am-1pm. 

On August 28, 2017, the National Park Service Lifetime Senior Pass price is increasing from $10 to $80.

 

Tuesday July 11
9:30 a.m.

Mostly cloudy today then becoming partly sunny. Scattered thunderstorms and numerous showers throughout the day they say.

Cloudy with a chance of... barn quilts? Should we get those summer thunderstorms, check out the 42-quilt Garrett County Barn Quilt Trail.

The Garrett County Board of Education is holding its monthly meeting today at 4:00pm at the central office in Oakland. Part or all of the meeting may be closed to the public.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to finding the person(s) responsible for the apparent abandonment of a kitten in a Broadford Lake Park trash can.

A new state law authorized lower tuition rates for Garrett College students living in neighboring PA and WV counties. This $35/credit hour reduction saves about $2,100 on the cost of an associate's degree.

Friends of Deep Creek Lake request that you "Send the Governor a DCL Postcard"

Monday July 10
7:30 a.m.

It's going to be a brilliant sunny day with a high of 74 today.

Nature is all around Garrett County, especially at the Discovery Center. Monday’s activities include “Fishing with the Naturalist” at 10:00am and Aquatic Adventures at 2:00pm.

Garrett County means business! The Garrett County Commissioners, as part of the Chamber’s Business Before Hours July meeting, will be delivering conducting “State of the County” discussion tomorrow, Tuesday July 11 at Wisp Resort. The meeting starts at 8:00am and is in the Crawford room at Wisp Resort.

Blueberries are ready at Backbone Food Farm. You can pick-em yourself.

Congrats, Hobbitat! Maryland comptroller Peter Franchot presented the 2017 Bright Lights Award for Garrett County for innovation and contributions to Maryland’s economy to the tiny-home builder based in McHenry.

One more reason Garrett County is a great place to live and visit: A recent study found that people are “significantly and substantially happier outdoors in all green or natural habitats than they are in urban environments.” I could have told them that…

 

Friday July 7, Saturday July 8 & Sunday July 9
7:00 a.m.

The forecast for today is expected to be thunderstorms in the morning, cloudy throughout the day, and more thunderstorms in the late evening with a high in the mid-70s. The weekend will begin with scattered thunderstorms but end in mostly-sunny fashion with temperatures in the mid-70s.

I am downright jubilant to share information on the first annual Downtown Oakland Jubilee presented by Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty to be held in Downtown Oakland today from 1:00pm-7:00pm. This event is free of charge and to be held "in the streets" with donations accepted to benefit a local charity, Landon’s library. There will be activities for children, live music every hour, vendors, history presentations, food trucks, plus a chance to experience one of Maryland’s greatest small towns. Deep Creek Times will have a booth so stop by and say hello!

The rest of the weekend offers Little Yough Summer Music Festival, Art in the Park, classical music at Penn Alps, and A Band Called Honalee.

Many Garrett County farmers sell their products to the Wholesome Market in Frostburg; read the market's latest update. Learn more about Western Maryland food and regional programs in this video produced by local talent.

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced that his Consumer Protection Division entered into a settlement with Deep Creek Mountain Land Company over false advertising claims.

 

Thursday July 6
9:30 a.m.

It has already rained this morning. Today is calling for a 70% chance of Thunderstorms and will be a bit cooler with highs only in the upper 60s.

Seven miles and a world away from Deep Creek Lake... Check out the Friendsville Interactive History Tour, a fun and educational walking tour in Garrett County's oldest settlement.

Are you missing Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake? Here's your fix.

There are a TON of events happening around the County. Plan to fit it all in this weekend!

Start off right by taking the family out to see the Oakland Pocket Park movie, LEGO Batman, at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in downtown Oakland. Bring your chairs or blanket and watch for free this evening.

After 41 years, Garrett County Health Officer Rodney Glotfelty has retired and will be replaced by long-time health department employee Bob Stephens.

Our little slice of heaven is mentioned several times in this article detailing recreation activities in West Virginia and the surrounding region.

 

Wednesday July 5
8:00 a.m.

It's overcast with showers and thunderstorms expected most of the day. We were able to get in yesterday's fireworks with just a few raindrops during the show.

DCL Love! The Friends of DCL Board was very proud to receive a Proclamation from Governor Hogan announcing July as Maryland Lake Appreciation Month.

Tri-County Council invites the region to guide economic development efforts by helping to prioritize issues that affect Western Maryland. This survey seeks to understand the views of community members on the opportunities and threats associated with the region's growth and development.

Eat healthy and local. The Mountain Fresh Farmer’s Market is open in Oakland from 10:00am-1:00pm.  The market is downtown Oakland at the covered pavilion.

Check out the 23rd annual Chautauqua starting at 7:00pm at the Garrett College auditorium. This free humanities program, presented by GLAF, commemorates the United States’ entry into WWI and features “General John Pershing” tonight.

Accident Elementary, Broad Ford Elementary, and Northern Middle Schools were selected as Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University “2016-17 Schools of the Year”.

 

Tuesday July 4
9:30 a.m.

Happy Independence Day!

We have some scattered rain and maybe a few thunderstorms in the forecast for today but everything should clear out by this evening.

Feeling nostalgic for a little small-town pride? The town of Accident will be holding its annual July 4th homecoming from 9:00am- 7:00pm, with a parade at 11:00am.

Unfortunately, a fire was started in the Monongahela National Forest at nearby Seneca Rocks, WV by illegal fireworks. At last update, the fire was 0% contained.

Be sure to check out the Chamber’s Fire on the Mountain Fireworks display this evening starting at dusk. Lots of viewing sites around the lake and Wisp… Team 1629 Robotics would be happy to park your car for the show!
 

Monday July 3
8:00 a.m.

We have big shoes to fill.

The weather has been great the last few days – sunny and warm even if the forecast called for otherwise. Today is expected to be a little cooler with a mix of sun, clouds and possible thunder storms.

 Please focus on family and fun while driving to, from and at the lake! CNN reports on a recent Road Rage incident in Pennsylvania.

Give a little! The Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the CARC at Garrett College today starting at 11:00am. Contact the CARC for more information – 301.387.3786.

Special shout-out to the team at The Republican newspaper. The paper has been sold after being in the Sincell family since 1890. Thanks for your service to our community and best of luck to you all and to the new owners.

Don’t forget to check out Broadford Park fireworks display this evening starting at 7:30. The Garrett Community Concert Band and The Garrett Choral Society will also be performing.

 

Friday June 30
9:30 a.m.

Storms will be making their way through the area this afternoon and through tomorrow.  I guess for most people, this is an especially long weekend with the holiday on Tuesday.  I expect the mass influx will begin soon. 

Odyssey lists 5 Must Try Casual Eateries in Deep Creek Lake.

WMAR lists 9 Things You Must Do in a Maryland Summer.  Besides the ocean, you can check off the other 8 right here in Garrett County.

Grow West LLC, the medical marijuana grower originally approved to operate in Garrett County, just signed a one year commercial lease on a building in Allegany County.  *sigh*  No matter how you feel about the industry, a  job is a job and we need jobs!  I can't believe our local officials let these slip away.  The move across county lines will still need to be approved by the Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission. 

The Maryland Attorney General announced a settlement has been reached with Deep Creek Mountain Land, LLC over misleading advertising. 

The rodeo is coming to town this weekend. Giddyup!   Get your morning exercise out of the way early on Saturday with the 1st Annual Fast and Furriest 5K/1K Walk to benefit HART for Animals.  There's also the Dog-Gone Fundraiser to benefit the Garrett County Humane Society on Saturday.  And, as always, lots of great live music to keep you entertained. 

Finally, I have an announcement.  After 20 years, this will be my last day as Editor of Deep Creek Times. Two local business people, Sarah Myers and Mike Tumbarello, will take over as of July 1 as owners and Editors.  I want to thank everyone for the years of support, for the wonderful photos you've shared, and for the words of encouragement along the way.  I can't tell you how many people have reached out to say how much they appreciate that this site allows them to stay in touch with the place we all love most.  I appreciate that you allowed me to do something I love for 20 years.  Sarah and Mike will continue to provide the same service, but will add some fresh ideas, updated technology and a renewed passion.  It's the end of "The Martacles", as my neighbor Brian Knopp calls them, but the beginning of a new chapter for Deep Creek Times... and me. 
Peace,
Marta