September 2017 Notes

Friday September 29, Saturday September 30, Sunday October 1


Mostly sunny, cooler again today, highs in the low 60s. This weekend will be partly to mostly sunny but cooler yet again with highs in the 50s tomorrow and low 60s on Sunday.

Happy #NationalCoffeeDay! Trader's Coffee House is giving away a free extra espresso shot in your drink and free mug refills (if you bring your own mug) today!

Learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs as we stroll through Friend's Delight. Meet at the kayak launch at 8:00am Saturday. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots. Walk is medium difficulty and will last approx. 2 hours.

Go to our newest State Park to celebrate and attend Fall Fest this Saturday at the Friends Store from 10:00am-1:00pm, with the new sign to be dedicated at 1:00pm.  

The Deep Creek Lions Club is holding the fourth annual Bark in the Park 5k race (off-road and pet-friendly) on Sept 30, 2017 at their dog park on Bumble Bee Road. Registration will be from 8:00am-8:30am and the race will start at 8:45am.
Get your fresh vegetables at Saturday's Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in Oakland from 10:00am- 1:00pm.

Dave Bruffy offers some great art, photography and music at his Smoke - N - Mirrors gallery in downtown Oakland.  The Jones' Bones with Cole Leathers will be performing this Saturday, September 30 from 6:00pm-9:00pm. $10 per person.

Nearby Frostburg, MD is holding the Annual Frostoberfest with live entertainment, German food and vendors from 1pm-11pm in CityPlace and Main Street.

Fuzzy dice and fire drills? Here is a list of the new Maryland laws taking effect on October 1.

Why not play some Fall golf this weekend?  The Golf Club at Oakland has some nice all-inclusive autumn pricing for their beautiful course.

Talking Turkey!  Thanksgiving will be here before we know it and that means the annual Festival of Trees will be here to make the holiday weekend complete. The Festival will be here November 24 and 25, at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall on Hwy. 219 in McHenry, general admission is $5 per person. Put this family-friendly event on your calendar now. 

We recently met with members of the GOBA Marketing and PR revitalization committee to continue planning the 50/50 raffle to celebrate 50 years of Autumn Glory and raise funds to promote the town. Tickets go on sale October 1 and we are still looking for some sponsoring organizations to help with ticket sales.

Speaking of money, WalletHub just released their latest report on the most and least financially savvy states. Maryland came in... Well, I'll let you find out in the link to the study.  Lots of juicy factoids there.


Thursday September 28


Partly cloudy today, cooler, high in the mid-60s.

We have so much beauty in the mornings here at Deep Creek! Photo captured by Mrs. Lisa Malone:

The picture is not so bright in Puerto Rico, where officials say the aftermath from Hurricane Maria has set the island back 20 to 30 years.

Bittinger Fire Department reported a response to a small structure fire at Moonshadow early this morning. Units were on scene for approximately 1 hour.

Flowering Shrubs will be the topic of a workshop today at the Garrett College Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville.  The course, offered in cooperation with the University of Maryland Extension, will be held today from 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Call the Garrett College CEWD registration desk at 301387.3069 for more information or to register.

The DNR's weekly fishing report came out yesterday and reports centered on fishing deep grass edges and rocky bottom for a mix of large yellow perch, walleye and smallmouth bass. There is some largemouth bass and smallmouth bass holding near floating docks, and trout feeding in streams.

In the last tournament for Southern Garrett Bass Slayers, here are the results:

1st place: Michael Mayles 8.12
2nd place: Nick Ponceroff & Garrett Henry
3rd place: Trent Lohr & Quinn Iden
4th place: Cameron Pomeroy & JT Mullins
5th place: Joe Embleton & Evan Paugh
6th place: Peyton Missimer & Evan Germain
7th place: Issac Graham & Darren Cosner

And, still another fish tale... The DNR also just confirmed that a Carroll County teenager set a state record with an 18-pound Sheepshead caught off Ocean City a few days ago.

Arts Connection, which is sponsored by the Garrett County Arts Council, will be held at Friends Store at the new Sang Run State Park this evening from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Bring something you have harvested or made to share at the harvest table and meet other artists and friends of the arts.

Found this photo on Appalachian Life Facebook site courtesy of a Mr. David Weiser and it just "spoke to me." Then and now, lest we forget our regional heritage...

The Maryland Insurance Administration will be in Garrett County at the Wisp to offer a variety of consumer materials on all types of insurance products from annuities to title insurance and health, auto and homeowners insurance. Trained staff will be available on October 4th (2:00pm-5:00pm) and 5th (8:00am-1:00pm) to answer consumer questions.

Oakland Storage Center is a new business offering secure boat, RV, camper and ATV storage. Keep your boat protected from the inevitable upcoming winter weather! Call now to make your storage arrangements - 240-321-2008.


Wednesday September 27


Patchy fog this morning ... then mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s.

Governor Hogan has designated September 25-29 as Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week, when students in public schools in Garrett County and across the state will get a taste of fresh, Maryland-grown and produced food in their lunches. The kick-off this week was held at Crellin Elementary School.

Speaking of fresh and homegrown food, the Mountain Fresh Farmer's Market will be in downtown Oakland today from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Pavilion. Stop on by as only about month or so left until it closes for the season.

Another opportunity for fresh fruit is to glean apples at a local orchard in Allegany County today. The apples are being donated by the orchard owner and his wish is for the apples to be put to use or given as a donation. Volunteers are needed to pick apples today from 9:00am to 6:00pm at the orchard: 11101 Mount Fairview Rd., Cumberland, MD 21502.

And as mentioned in previous Notes, don't forget the free "Chasing the Dragon" film about the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse in America today at 12:00pm at the Garrett County Health Department in Oakland. Also, the AAUW meet-up to review and discuss "Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans" is tonight. The AAUW event is also free and open to the public starting this evening at 5:30pm at Garrett College's GIEC building, room 111. Both are important issues locally and nationally.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources just announced the continuation of their Tree-Mendous program to provide affordable and attractive trees and shrubs to community groups to plant on public lands in the state. Over 3,000 community groups have already participated in the past!

Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling announced yesterday that the 2018 Residential Refuse Permits will be available beginning October 2, 2017. The Permits cost $50 per year and utilize a radio frequency identification system (RFID) that allows the permit to be scanned for validity at each collection site.

Oakland Storage Center is a new business offering secure boat, RV, camper and ATV storage. Keep your boat protected from the inevitable upcoming winter weather! Call now to make your storage arrangements - 240-321-2008.

We're proud of our students! Friendsville Elementary students recently held a drive to collect school supplies to help victims of the hurricane that hit Houston.


Tuesday September 26


Partly cloudy to mostly sunny and highs approaching 80 degrees today.

"Chasing the Dragon" a powerful film about the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse in America will be shown for free at a lunch and learn at Noon today and tomorrow at the Garrett County Health Department in Oakland.

Today a Special Business Session of the Board of Education will be meeting to discuss the FY2017 Financial Statements and Single Audit Results.The meeting will be held at Central Office in the Board Room at 6:00pm.

MoonShadow on Mosser Road in McHenry announced yesterday that they will be providing a 10% discount for all Garrett College students. Just show them your ID.  

A busy agenda for the Board of County Commissioners meeting to be held on Monday, October 2nd.

Did you know? The top three YouTube "how to" searches are: 1.) How to kiss; 2.) How to tie a tie, and 3.) How to draw...

A Deep Creek Lake fishing map is available that shows HD contours of the depth.

Take a ride. Taste some wine. Adopt a fur-ball! Bring your furry friend for a day out in the autumnal beauty and celebrate the 16th Annual Ex-PAWS-ition on October first. Food, fun and clinics and the Fayette Friends of Animals will be there looking for their furever homes.

Garrett County ATV and Snowmobile permits go on sale October 1. You can purchase online or in-person.

A new poll released by Goucher College shows about 62% of state residents approve of the job Governor Hogan is doing as governor.

Oakland Storage Center is a new business offering secure boat, RV, camper and ATV storage. Call now to make your storage arrangements - 240-321-2008.


Monday September 25


Great weather this weekend and more to follow into mid-week... high of 78 degrees today!

Our Town Theater is holding auditions this evening from 7:00pm-9:00pm for Ghost Walks.

An introduction to the game of Mah-Jongg and its strategies is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27 at the GIEC building on the Garrett College McHenry Campus. The day starts at 10:00am and wraps at 4:30pm, with various sessions and panels.  Contact the Continuing Education Department at 301.387.3069 for more information.

The AAUW-Garrett College Student Chapter, in collaboration with AAUW-Garrett Branch, is sponsoring a meet-up to review and discuss "Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans", the newly published research report from AAUW-National. This event is free and open to the public on Wednesday, September 27 at 5:30pm at Garrett College's GIEC building, room 111.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their Business Policy and Competitiveness Conference on September 28-29 

The leaves they are a changing... The State of Maryland keeps track of foliage changes throughout the state.

Congratulations Garrett County Public Safety Chief of Communications Ken Collins for being selected by the Mid-Eastern APCO as the 911 Director of the Year for the state of Maryland!

Did you know that 70% of drug abusers get medications by stealing from family? The Garrett County Drug Free Communities Coalition now has three locations within the County to drop off your unneeded prescription drugs. Oakland City Hall, Garrett County Sheriff's Office and the McHenry State Police Barracks.     

We announced the opening of the new Monkey Business Adventure Park over the weekend.  If you get a chance, drive by and check it out as it is quite impressive and looks like fun. It's on Deep Creek Drive.

We know you don't want to think about it, but you have to protect your boat from the harsh winter weather! Oakland Storage Center is a new advertiser with us offering secure boat, RV, camper and ATV storage. Call now to make your storage arrangements - 240-321-2008.

The Adventure Sports Institute held a rock climbing course over the weekend. Check out this video of the class location:


*Bonus* Saturday September 23, Sunday September 24


It will be an exceptional weekend and we just had to share a few new things:

The forecast is now looking like it will be mostly sunny AND highs in the low 80s today and tomorrow!

Local Appreciation Weekend! High Mountain Sports will be offering FREE kayak and standup paddleboard rentals for locals! First come, first served for 2 hour rentals. Stop in! (Mention this ad and receive an additional 10% off summer clearance items)

Triple B BBQ is opening for the first time in Oakland on Saturday at Shimmer & Shine Car Wash (beside the Oakland Burger King). Pricing is as follows: Sandwiches (pulled pork $5 brisket $6) and meals with 2 sides ($10/$11), nachos $3, pulled pork nachos $4, & brisket nachos $5..

Monkey Business Adventure Park is open TODAY! Call (866) 325-7627 for more information.

photo from Monkey Business Adventure Park

We know you don't want to think about it, but you have to protect your boat from the harsh winter weather! Oakland Storage Center is a new advertiser with us offering secure boat, RV, camper and ATV storage. Call now to make your storage arrangements - 240-321-2008.


Friday September 22, Saturday September 23, Sunday September 24


Partly cloudy after patchy fog this morning; highs in the mid to high 70s.

There are a couple of interesting classes offered this weekend by local artists Peggy Nixon and Gary Yoder at Spruce Forest.

Don't forget to visit Oakland's Mountain Fresh Market for fresh fruits, vegetables and other producer-made items. Open in the downtown Oakland pavilion from 10:00am -1:00pm.

The Deep Creek Lake Discovery center is holding a Fall Colors Hike at 2:00pm on Saturday. Join the Naturalist for a guided hike on Meadow Mountain to experience fall colors and explore the changing seasons through trees, flowers, and wildlife. 2 hrs. Moderate hiking. Other State Park events are also planned for this weekend.

Oakland does it again! Right before the first day of Fall, TripAdvisor announced their list of 21 Best Fall Vacations in America and we have been featured!

Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill joined today with Maryland State Arts Council Chair Shelley Morhaim to announce Ken Skrzesz as the next executive director of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC).

This Saturday is national hunting and Fishing Day.  Check out this blog post and related links from the Wildfulness blog.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church reports that they have a new home for their services: St. Peter's at the Lake, 1140 Mosser Road, McHenry, MD 21541.

The Nurturing Family: Because Kids Don't Come With Instructions is being offered by the Judy Center through Garrett College Continuing Education. There are 11 sessions starting September 26th. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.

Garrett College has announced it will be adding intercollegiate wrestling to its varsity lineup in the 2018-2019 winter season.


Thursday September 21


Mostly sunny, highs in the upper 70s!

A very nice looking camper has just been listed in our marketplace - check it out!

As part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series,Beth Luers will give her final lecture on the Jewish Resistance at 6:00pm this evening in Room 102 in GIEC ($10 fee) on the Garrett College campus in McHenry.

The Ruth Enlow Library in Accident is hosting a S.T.E.A.M. Kids' activity where kids can experience and learn about science, math, art, engineering and technology from 2:00pm - 3:30pm this afternoon.

Local non-profit Garrett Trails is raising funds to complete the Meadow Mountain Trail System - you can sponsor a piece of the trail for "Ten Bucks a Foot".

Go Coach! Yesterday, U.S. Cellular announced the Top 50 nominees for its Most Valuable Coach program, and Jonathan Houser from Northern Garrett High School in Accident is among them. Go to the site to vote for Jon.

The Board of Public Works has unanimously approved the Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquisition of 2,009 acres in Western Maryland for the development of a new state park. This acquisition in Garrett County consists of three parcels near Kitzmiller, with two of the parcels being adjacent to Potomac State Forest.
Several Oakland roads will be closed before and during the 50th Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Sounds fishy. Lots of opportunities throughout the state for great fishing this time of year.

The Ruth Enlow Library will host a free class titled How to Get Published with Phil Berardelli of Mountain Lake Press on Wednesday, October 11, 6 p.m. at the Oakland Library.


Wednesday September 20


We are enjoying this Indian Summer! Mostly sunny and highs in the mid-70s today.... a gorgeous day!

Jam out at Moonshadow tonight from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Bring an instrument and join in or sit back and listen! For more information, contact  

Don't forget from 10 to 1 today is the Mountain Fresh Farmer's Market!

Garrett Regional Medical Center's press conference was held yesterday to announce the news that Garrett County, MD, is one of eight winners of the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This Prize honors communities for their unwavering efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live healthier, happier lives. Garrett is the first community in Maryland to receive this coveted award. Click on the image below to view the video.


The awards keep coming ... Oakland has been named one of the's 30 Most Gorgeous Fall Towns.

The Loar Auxiliary has reached the 1 million dollar mark in contributions to the Garrett Regional Medical Center through sales made at the Loar Gift Shop. Since 1951, the Loar Auxiliary has dedicated its work to supporting and improving access to health care.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, have secured a provision in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to extend federal HUBZone eligibility to small businesses in Garrett County. Woo!!

Unfortunately, 35 bronze vases were stolen over the weekend from the Garrett County Memorial Gardens. Police have been alerted but, if you have any tips, please call 301-334-9141.

The Leaf Peepers Festival will be held in Tucker County this weekend and it's not too late to join one of the local Garrett County teams in the Run for It event! Kalie's Crew, Warriors of Wisp, Rotary Club of Oakland and Garrett Trails are all welcoming runners and walkers to their teams.

There are a few new businesses or expansions around town - check out our What's New page.

The local barn quilt trail... paintings on local barns ... remind us of traditions!


Tuesday September 19


It should be another great day! Partly sunny and highs in the mid to upper 70s.

Garrett County may get cold and snowy but... Hurricane Jose is predicted to cause rough surf, rain, winds and beach erosion and possibly brush the North East by mid-week and category 4 Hurricane Maria is heading straight for Puerto Rico. We really feel for all those folks and hope for the best.

Just announced: Orbital ATK is to be sold to Northrop Grumman for a total of $9.2 billion. (Orbital ATK currently has a facility in nearby Rocket Center, WV)

Give blood! The American red Cross is conducting a blood drive in Accident today from 12:00pm - 5:00pm at the Zion Lutheran Church at 209 North main Street. 

Thinking of hosting a blood drive in the future? Your organization will need to find a suitable location, help recruit donors and schedule appointments. The Red Cross makes it pretty simple and easy.

Our Town Theater in Oakland is hosting their 2017 Annual Membership Meeting this evening at 7:00pm at their location in Oakland. Topics include: Review of the past year, plans for the future, and presentation of the Bea Crosco Volunteer of the Year Award.

On September 18th, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the property formerly known as Friends Delight will be officially opened and renamed Sang Run State Park.

This Thursday, Sept 21, the Deep Creek Lake Management office of the Maryland DNR will be applying a follow-up herbicide treatment to a small patch of Hydrilla found growing in the Arrowhead Cove. Access to the cove may be limited briefly while the applicator is conducting the treatment, but there are no water use restrictions once complete. Water may be slightly darker for a few hours after treatment.

FireFly Farms earned prestigious awards at the recent 2017 Maryland Cheese Guild Competition:
    Merry Goat Round Spruce Reserve - Best-in-Show
    Cabra LaMancha - Judge's Choice
    Black & Blue - Gold Medal
    Merry Goat Round - Silver Medal
    MountainTop - Bronze Medal
    Cave Dweller - Bronze Medal

Garrett County Public Schools, in partnership with Garrett College, has been working hard to build a College Expo to be held at the College on October 10th. Here's a photo of the team working hard to finalize the event which will have over 40 colleges, technical schools and military branches participating.

The Maryland State Arts Council is currently conducting a feasibility study for a Maryland Sate Folklife Center. Complete this quick survey by the 20th to help the Council gain public insight.


Monday September 18


We had great weather over the weekend. Today is starting with patchy fog that will clear into partly sunny skies. There is a slight chance for rain this afternoon;highs in the low 70s.

The Garrett Mentors Barn Dance was a great success Saturday evening. Lots of folks came out to support a great organization. Congratulations to Laura Fike, her Board of Directors and all the volunteers for pulling off such a nice event. We had a great time.

Another SavageMan Tri is also in the books. Check here for results as they become available.  And, our congratulations to all the racers for their great achievement.

Speaking of great events, large and small, we want to hear from you about your organization's upcoming events, milestones and stories. Send your information and/or press release to or call Mike @ 410.707.7725. We'll do our best to get your organization in our Daily Notes.

The Chamber is hosting their Business Before Hours on Tuesday starting at 8:30am at Wisp.County Commissioner Jim Hinebaugh will speak on the topic of economic development and there will be a recognition of new businesses and growing/expanding businesses at the breakfast event.

We hear that Garrett Regional Medical Center is holding a press conference on Tuesday, September 19th at 11 a.m. in the hospital's main lobby where "an exciting announcement regarding the Garrett County community will be made" with comments by hospital and other dignitaries. We'll let you know what we find out!

Tomorrow the Moutain Laurel Garden Club is hosting an informational session on "The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests" by Joan Maloof at 10am at Dutch's at Silver Tree. Guests should contact Susan Offutt at 240-381-3168 for registration

The Garrett County Commissioners will be hosting a public meeting Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Eastern Garrett County Volunteer Fire Hall.

History and railroad buffs take note: Kathleen Waters Sander, author of John W. Garrett and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad will be the speaker at the 1884 Oakland B&O Railroad Station and Museum on Saturday, September 30 at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and the doors open at 6:30 for museum tours.  For more information call 301-616-0661.

It's property owners association meeting "season" in Garrett County and now is a great time to find out when your association meets, learn what is going on, meet the neighbors and get involved.

The Community Development Network of Maryland is kicking off the fourth annual Community Development Week this week starting on the 20th. There's not much happening out here in Western Maryland, but it looks like some really thought-provoking sessions are planned.


Friday September 15, Saturday September 16, Sunday September 17


Partly sunny today with highs in the upper 60s and, while this weekend will be warmer with highs in the low 70s, there is a chance of rain Saturday and Sunday.

The Mountain Fresh Farmer's Market will be open in Oakland at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion this Saturday from 10:00am - 1:00pm.

Good luck to all the SavageMan Triathlon participants this weekend! Water temperature is under 78 degrees so USAT regulations allow for wetsuits to be worn ... And, for those not inclined to participate in the grueling race, there are lots of places to watch the racers and cheer them on.

There's still room for you! The Garrett Mentors Barn Dance is Saturday evening at the Sang Hills Barn, at 6428 Sang Run Road, McHenry, starting at 5:30pm.

Again, don't forget about the Appalachian folkways, great food and great music at FSU's Appalachian Festival on Saturday.

In addition to what we've already mentioned, there are several more good programs and events for the whole family this weekend: Visit Deep Creek State Park Discovery Center, the Friendsville Maker Market, the Women's Empowerment Vendor Show, the local FFA fundraiser, the Kitzmiller Fall craft show, the Spruce Forest Quick Draw or take the furbearers trapper class.

Whoa, if you can't find something to do tomorrow. you're not trying! I love our little community.

James Friend has been appointed the Principal at Friendsville Elementary School. Mr. Friend has been with the Garrett County BOE for over 20 years and attended Friendsville Elementary as a child.

On the other side of Garrett County, Kitzmiller's Coal Bucket Cafe was just featured on a Maryland website #onlyinyourstate.

21 year old Megan Virginia Shaffer is arrested for the murder of a Frostburg man from a strange incident in January 2017; she is currently held in the Garrett County Detention Center.

High County Creamery and Market shared a quick video of stretching mozzarella (note: the title says 300x but it is only 3x)


Thursday September 14


Cloudy and several showers this morning and highs in the mid-60s.

The Garrett Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business After Hours this evening at the Wisp. Both members and non-members may attend at a cost of $10 (at the door). The event goes from 5:30pm-7:30-pm.

The Garrett County Arts Council is coordinating a bus trip to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Wednesday, Sept 27. Stop in at The Gallery Shop, 108 S. Second Street in Oakland, or call 301-334-6580 to reserve your seat.

The 50th annual Autumn Glory Festival is coming to Garrett County in October. Check out the Deep Creek Times Cover Story for a nice write-up by the Oakland Civic Club on their annual Antique Fair at the Armory. web portal has recently been acquired by Sarah Myers - Deep Creek Times co-owner/publisher and Garrett County resident. This locally-focused wedding resource website strives to promote the Deep Creek Lake and surrounding area as a Top 20 wedding destination in the United States.

The US 219 Improvement Project has entered the Design and Right-of-Way phases of project development after The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) granted "Location Approval" in July. Go here to see a map of the proposed roundabout and route changes.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has issued a Fall Foliage and Festival Report for this weekend.  The report has a map of fall foliage hot-spots and notes Garrett County's leaves will begin changing soon and peak in mid-October, just in time for Autumn Glory.

Peter Skylstad, professor at Garrett College, will present The Naturalist's Odyssey: Walking with Darwin as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series presentations on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 12 noon until 1 p.m. in Room 511 at the Garrett College campus in McHenry.

GLAF and The Ballet Theater of Maryland will bring the Legend of Sleepy Hollow to Garrett College October 29th at 2:00pm.


Wednesday September 13


Today will be partly sunny with the temperature possibly making it into the lower 70s. Yes!

The Farmer's Market will be in Oakland today from 10:00am - 1:00pm at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion.

"A Tale of the Civil War" lecture with Dr. Duane Cummins will be held tonight at the Oakland Library from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. To register for this event, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x0117.

Tomorrow beginning at 8am: A yard sale, silent auction and 50/50 drawing will be held in the Oakland Town Parking Lot to benefit two local brothers, Turner and Thomas Ashby, each diagnosed with cancer.

Dallas Ouellette, CPA, friend, and fellow Leadership Garrett graduate has been named a manager at the Rodeheaver Group in Oakland. Congratulations, Dallas!

Vote for Deep Creek Lake as Maryland's Top Attraction in USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Contest! You can vote until Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 11:59 am EDT.

FirstEnergy Corp. utilities has sent nearly 900 linemen, damage assessors, electrical contractors, forestry crews and support personnel to help utilities in Florida with restoration efforts following Hurricane Irma. It appears a number of those crew members were Garrett County-based employees. Thanks folks!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that archery hunting for white-tailed and sika deer opens statewide Sept. 8, and continues through Jan. 31, 2018. Specific limits are explained further here.

The Frostburg State University's free and family-friendly Appalachian Festival is returning this Thursday through Saturday to celebrate the area's heritage, culture, food, music and crafts.

 Join us Sept 30 for the unveiling of the new Sang Run State Park:


Tuesday September 12


Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of rain; highs in the mid 60s.

Shepherd of the Hills is holding a L.A.F.F. (life after 45) Dinner at Ace's Run tonight starting at 6:00pm.  Dutch treat and all are welcome.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has launched two new task forces: Strategic Initiatives Task Force to drive economic development and the Workforce Development Task Force.  Membership on the task forces is open to Chamber members. Contact Nicole Christian at 301.387.8745 for more information.

Just noticed a new storefront about to open in downtown Oakland: J&S Pawn & Gun

Bob and Beth Luers might just have one of the cutest grand dogs ever. Little Alex is a poster child for the breed!

Are you feeling Happy? WalletHub just released a study on the happiest states in the US. Maryland came in 11th place overall.

Parents and grandparents take heed: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every family member make sure their whooping cough vaccination is up-to-date. A recent study found that 85% of infants diagnosed with whooping cough contracted it from a family member.

The Friendsville Business Association will be hosting their second Maker Market this Saturday from, 10:00am - 3:00pm. Makers of all types are welcome to participate and sell their creations.

The Deep Creek Lions Club will hold the fourth annual Bark in the Park 5k Race, Saturday Sept 30th at 8am to benefit our off-leash dog park.


MondaySeptemberr 11


Never Forget: 9/11

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 60s today.

Our thoughts and prayers for all of those in the path of Hurricane Irma.

Hey SavageMan Triathletes, the water temperature at the end of the dock at Stilwater was 68 degrees on Saturday afternoon. (Stilwater is between Beckman's and Harvey's peninsulas)

Sarah had an absolute blast competing in the 12-hour Black Bear Adventure Race this past Saturday! I'll share some video and photos later this week!

Congratulations to HART and GLAF for a great and very well attended Art and Wine Festival on Saturday. This video by Engage Mountain Maryland gives you all of the details.

Our Town Theater in Oakland is holding auditions starting at 6:00pm for their annual children's show.  Kids from kindergarten through 8th grade may audition.

Do Ya Zumba? Garrett College's Continuing Education Division is offering Zumba Toning at Saint Ann's Catholic Church in Grantville on Mondays starting tonight and running through October 16th. Contact the College's CEWD registration line @ 301.387.3069 for more information and to register.

A fundraiser paint party will be held for the Garrett Lakers Men's Basketball tomorrow at 6pm. Hosted by Sip N Dip Painting Parties, tickets are $40 and includes all necessary supplies.

A warning to those in Hoyes Sang Run area, particularly those with young children and outside pets. There is a fisher in the area that has killed numerous cats and has attacked a small dog in the middle of the day. We have heard that DNR will be setting a trap.

Leadership Garrett County, offered by Garrett College in partnership with Garrett County Economic Development, is now accepting applications for its second-year program.


FridaySeptemberr 8, Saturday September 9, Sunday September 10


Partly sunny and maybe, just maybe, we may make it to 60 degrees today. A chance of a scattered shower this afternoon. Mostly sunny, lows in the mid-40s and highs in the low 60s the rest of the weekend.

Speaking of the weather, the 2017 SavageMan Triathlon will be taking place September 16th and 17th. We know the water temperature is important for swimmers to know if they are allowed to wear a wetsuit so we will be reporting water temperature over the coming week.  

Good things going on at the Garrett County State Parks this weekend including a the Brant Mine Hike, Fishing with the Naturalist and Wilderness Wayfinding activities. 

Spruce Forest Artisan Village has an interesting, rich history and some great artisans in their historic cabins. A nice place for a Saturday visit.

Crellin PTO Pig Roast is this Sunday -- 2:00-5:00pm.

Tobacco cessation classes begin on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Oakland Garrett County Health Department from 5:30-6:30. There are free cessation aids- Zyban, nicotine patch, nicotine lozenge, or nicotine gum. And, classes continue weekly for 10 weeks. Contact: Mike Wilburn at 301-334-7730 for more information.

Why not take a nice drive and check out the historic Friend's Store this Sunday? It is open from 9:00am-4:00pm and provides information on the history of Friend's Delight Farm.

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners will be attending a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the newly completed Oakland Sang Run Road Bridge on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. The new bridge is a 61 foot galvanized steel beam bridge that also has an increased width to allow pedestrian/ bike lanes. The existing abutments were modified to accept the new structure.

Northern Virginia magazine just published a nice article on "What to Do and See on a Vacation to Deep Creek Lake." A variety of places and activities are covered in the article.

Schools across the country are back in session and Education Week just announced state rankings.  Maryland came in 5th place!


Thusday Septemberr 7


Partly cloudy with an isolated shower this afternoon; highs only making it to the upper 50s.

Don't forget there is painting at the Grantsville Woodmen of the World tonight to benefit the Friendsville Veteran's Memorial Building Fund.

After Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, it's a good idea to make sure we are prepared for any type of weather event, even in our area...remember Sandy?. FEMA has actually designated September as National Preparedness Month iwith tips for a number of emergencies.

Locally, SERVPRO of Allegany & Garrett Counties has a comprehensive list of restoration and cleaning services to help businesses and homeowners in case of an emergency. They have an informative site and 24 hour emergency service so I thought I would pass along their information.

Oakland has done it again. According to WTOP Radio, US News & World Report just announced Oakland as one of the 50 small towns across America with gorgeous fall foliage.

Transforming Appalachia, a regional conference put on by the Appalachian Regional Commission is coming to Pittsburgh on October 17-19.  Looks like a strong agenda and they even have football great Franco Harris appearing.

Bicycle Magazine has named the nearby Great Allegany Passage as the number one Rail Trail in the US!

Two positions are currently open to serve through Americorps at the Garrett County Health Department.

Thankfully, there were no injuries in this accident this past Sunday.


Wednesday September 66


Considerable cloudiness and 50% chance of showers; highs only barely reaching the low 60s.  

A different kind of job opportunity: Did you know thatt Garrett County's Alternative Sentencinggprogram gives judges an alternative to sentencing, lowers jail population and reduces taxpayer expenses? All while providing cost-effective labor to non-profit organization and government agencies??

Perusing Getty Images for something else and came across this image dated December, 1937 of farmer ""Wooley Bittinger and his wifee." I am guessing we all know some relatives of the Bittingers..

Does your child or grandchild know what to do if she or he encounters a gun? Thee Eddie Eagle GunSafeeprogram is a gun accident prevention program that seeks to help parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators navigate a topic paramount to our children's safety. Founded in 1988 the program just reached its 30 millionth child..

A sheepadoodle named Otis, bred by TLC on the Lake Poodles and Doodles here in Garrett County, was featured on thee Today Showw.

The Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department is holding aa Crab Feastt(across from the Garrett County Fairgrounds) from 5:00pm - 9:00pm Saturday, Sept. 9th..

Thiss fun videooby Made Vlogs makes me miss the summer already!!


Tuesday September 55


Yesterday turned into a great day weather-wise but today will be scattered showers and thunderstorms all day. High temperature not quite reaching 70 degrees and winds gusting to 25mph..

Hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend; we sure did! Farewell, Summer 2017..

School for grades K-12 started back in the County last week and Garrett College starts today. Please watch for students walking along and crossing the roads and exiting buses..

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners will be holding ann open session todayystarting at 3:00pm in room 207 at the Courthouse. Call 301-334-8970 for additional information..

Since it is going to be rainy, check out the movie of the week: Tuesday showings off Logan Luckyy(at 5:10 & 7:55) are only $5.50!!

Take a look at this gorgeous brown trout (about 14 inches!) that was caught over the weekend byy Lou Waldennin the lower Savage River..


To be honest, I never thought I'd go so far to call a fish gorgeous but, it is, isn't it??

The Roads and Engineering Divisions for Garrett County advises the public thatt bridge inspectionnwill be taking place at the Glendale Road Bridge in September 6th and will impact traffic flow from the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..

Check out a well-written and interestingg history of the Deep Creek Art & Wine Festivallwhich returns to the County fairgrounds this Saturday, September 9th. Consider attending and/or volunteering!!

As an added incentive to support this great event, check out Casper the Friendly Dog, a little guy looking for a forever family att HARTT.  

The County United Way has opened a search for the position forr Executive Directorr; accepting applications until September 11th..


Monday September 44


Happy Labor Day!!

The weather for today will be mostly sunny and highs in the mid-70s.... it should feel like summer again!!

Over the last few days (when it didn't feel so much like summer), Jean and Mike saw "The Glass Castle" --it was a little long but a powerful story about a hardscrabble West Virginia family and the daughter that basically "raised" her parents as she reached for a better life.  

Here's some background about Labor Day sourced primarily from

"Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events..

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts' wages..

Working conditions, pay and long hours spurred significant unrest in the 1890s. In the wake of this unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories in 1894..

More than a century later, the true founder of Labor Day has yet to be identified. Many credit Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, while others have suggested that Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, first proposed the holiday.""

If you or your family has Snapchat, find us (DeepCreekTimes) and look for our custom filter nearr Brenda's Pizzeriaaor thee movie theaterrtoday between 1:00pm-10:00pm and send us a selfie! Even if you don't Snapchat,, send ussa "Good Times in DCL" photo! We'll pick a favorite and send you some Deep Creek Lake goodies!!

Have a great Labor Day holiday!!
Mike and Sarahh


Friday September 1, Saturday September 2, Sunday September 33


Partly cloudy and back to "unseasonably cool" temperatures. Highs only reaching the upper 50s..

We are working hard behind the scenes to update the code of our site but there seems to be problems this morning. If you see funny pages, please bear with us; it should be back to normal by tomorrow..

This bear visited Haley Farm a few days ago. He's so perfect that he looks just like a statue. Maybe you'll get to see him at the upcomingg Noshes and Knowledge,Vol. 55-- learn facts about food, prepare a healthy meal and enjoy a wonderful dinner at the farm..

First United Bank is hosting the 19th annual Hot Dogs for Hospice in Grantsville today from 10:00am-4:00pm. The event will be in the parking lot of the Grantsvillle Community Office at 157 Main Street. Stop in for lunch, a snack or grab a tray of dogs to take home! All proceeds go to the Hospice of Garrett County..

The Early Migratoryy Game Bird Hunting SeasonssAnnounced; several seasons open today.  

The Terah Crawford Band is performing the last concert of the season at the Little Yough Summer Music Festival tonight starting at 7:00pm. The event is held at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in Oakland and is free, with food available for purchase..

A buckwheat pancake dinner will be held on Saturday, September 2nd at 4:00pm at the Swanton Community Center. Call (301) 387-9191 for more information..

Owls, Reptiles, Amphibians, Oh My!! The Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Centerrhas a bunch of neat programs for all ages this holiday weekend..

The Farmer's Market will be holding Customer Appreciation Day Corn Roast in appreciation of your customer support this season. Starting at 10:00, customers will be able to avail themselves of a free, fresh-cooked, buttered ear of corn..

Sloppy Dawgs Hot Dog food truck will be located in Garrett Square beside Enterprise this Saturday beginning at 11am until sold out..

Fish tales NOT at Deep Creek... Dave Alveberg caught aa 13.73-pound Maryland state recorddbreaking Sheepshead Aug. 17, in roughly 4 feet of water off South Marsh Island near Tangier Sound..

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) just released itss Economic Status and Distressed Areas in Appalachia Reporttthat shows Garrett County and Western Maryland designated as "transitional". Some interesting analysis and interactive maps are a part of the analysis and report..

A reminder that State Park Boat ramp will be closed on Saturday September 16th from 8:00am-10:am and Sunday September 17th from 10:00am -4:00pm for the Savage Man Triathlon..

Please consider attending or sponsoring:: The Oakland Rotary club will be holding its 4th annual charity golf tournament at noon on Friday, September 15. In particular, the monies raised from the tournament will be spent on education endeavors such as college scholarships, the Garrett College Foundation, and books. Organizers are looking for sponsors, golfers, and silent auction items; please contact Steve Lantz at 301-616-63411