Wednesday May 31
9:30 a.m.

A bright, sunny and especially green morning after a thunderstorm rolled through around 3 a.m.  Storms are possible this afternoon and the daytime high will remain only in the high 60's.

Maryland Environmental Service, the agency hired to study the feasibility of dredging in Deep Creek Lake, released a newsletter with an update on the process.

The county roads department announced the Oakland Sang Run Road bridge will be closed for replacement effective 6/12 until approximately 9/1.  The bridge is not far after turning right at the Mayhew Inn intersection onto Oakland Sang Run Road.  Alternate routes are offered through the link.

The Moonshadow Cafe location in Accident closed on Monday so they can make the move to the new, larger McHenry location on Bumblebee Road.  Can't wait!  Also, be sure to check out the Lakeside Grille (next to the Lakeside Creamery) which is now run by Harvest Moon Market, a sister company to Moonshadow.

Tonight is the final HART Guest Bartending Challenge.  Your host is the crew from Coldwell Banker at Mountain State Brewing from 6-9.  It's another dog-friendly event with seating/dining on the back patio.

Speaking of outside dining, the new deck at Ace's Run is now complete and open.  Very nice!

There was a water main break on 2nd Street in Oakland yesterday and the courthouse and administrative offices closed at 2 p.m.  Everything is fixed and running normally today. 

After 71 years in business, the owners of Helbig Jewelers in Oakland will be retiring and closing the doors.  All merchandise is currently 1/2 off and the sales will continue until everything is sold.

Tuesday May 30
9:30 a.m.

A bright, dry morning with showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for today.  Expected high of 70.

For the first time in my 26 years living here, I was out of town for Memorial Day weekend.  I don't have a first-hand account, but it sounds like it was a wet one.   I must have brought the sunshine back with me because it was pretty nice yesterday when I returned.

The Kelly Miller Circus is coming to Grantsville tomorrow.  There will be two shows at the town park at 4:30 and 7:30.  The event is sponsored by the Grantsville Lion's Club and tickets are available online or at local ticket outlets.

The Spring Dispatch from the DCL POA is now available and chock-full of great information on all-things-Deep- Creek. If you aren't a member of the POA, please consider joining today

It was a record year for the Maryland Spring Turkey Hunt and Garrett County recorded the highest harvest.

In case you didn't hear; Maryland owns lacrosse!  Both the male and female teams at the University of Maryland earned national championships over the weekend.

Thursday May 25
9:30 a.m.

Around 3/4 of an inch of rain overnight, but the rain has cleared out for the most part today.  Just a chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm.

So, ignoring the weekend forecast didn't do much good.  It could be better, but it could be a lot worse, too.  Chances are we will see some rain, especially on Sunday.  On the bright side, it doesn't seem that rain will be a constant and it will be a bit warmer with highs in the 70's. 

No change in the lake temperature since the beginning of the month.  It is still around 61 degrees.

The HART for Animals Guest Bartender Challenge returns tonight.  Railey Mountain Lake Vacations will be your servers at the Harbor Bar from 6-9.  The event is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your pooch. (leashed, of course)

The Kendall Trail Walk/Run will be held on Saturday along with other town events in Friendsville. 

Oakland's Farmer's Market doesn't open until next weekend, but the one in Springs, Pa. opens this Saturday.

No post from me tomorrow.  Enjoy the long weekend and take time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  Oakland will hold a Memorial Day parade Monday at 10:30.

Wednesday May 24
9:30 a.m.

We're just going to ignore weather forecast and maybe it will go away.  That is all I'm saying.

The Frederick News Post provides some information and advice on holiday weekend travel with a mention on Deep Creek Lake. 

The Discovery Center is now open for the season: seven days a week from 10-5.

The POA sent out two Eblasts: one on the process for removing dead trees from the buffer strip and the other on upcoming herbicide applications for hydrilla.

If you haven't been to Mosser Meadow nursery (Halian Landscaping) on Mosser Road, you need to stop by.  I went for a few filler flowers and was surprised by the great selection of beautiful flowers, baskets, and plants.   Let's just say I came home with more than a "few filler flowers." 

Tuesday May 23
9:30 a.m.

Cloudy today with a chance for rain this evening.  Our trees have finally reached really, really green status.  So pretty.

We were treated to another spectacular sunset last night.  Thanks to Tim Schmidt for sharing this beaut.

The electricity is mounting as we prepare for the big holiday weekend and kick-off to summer.  Everyone's hustling to get their properties in tip-top shape, but the tree cutting (or weed eating) in my neighborhood at 6:45 this morning was a bit overzealous. :-)

The Harbor Bar opens for the season on Thursday and the Entertainment Schedule has been updated with the weekend line up there.

Has anyone seen a 14' trampoline rolling through the countryside?  Maybe near Klotz Farm or over the hill into Ridgeview Valley?  Some homeowners came to their house on Sunday in Sunset Ridge and found that it was missing.  If you know anything, please email the owners.

Check out the nice Toyota Tacoma truck has just listed in the Online Marketplace.

Monday May 22
9:30 a.m.

Some drizzles and showers in the area this morning, but clouds will clear to mostly sunny skies later today. 

The weekend weather was pretty good.  Saturday was very nice and Sunday was overcast and foggy, but it didn't rain until late afternoon.

Sky Valley Association and the Town of Oakland are recipients of grant money from Keep Maryland Beautiful program.

The commissioners head to Kitzmiller today for their public meeting.

Taylor-Made Vacations offers 20 photos that will inspire you to visit Deep Creek this summer.  Lovely!

Grantsville and the Grantsville Revitalization Organization (GRO) were one of six, statewide recipients to receive a 2017 Sustainable Growth Award. Check out the video presentation on the award.

Friday May 19
9:00 a.m.

These mornings lately...  absolutely spectacular!  The chance for showers and storms begins today after 2 and runs through the weekend.  It will be a bit cooler, too, with highs in the upper 60's and low 70's.

A basset hound got loose yesterday and isn't wearing a collar.  Folks in the Sang Run area, keep an eye our for Livvy.  Update:  Livvy found her way back home. 

Friend's Store reopens for the season today.  Stop by between 11 and 12 today for a Dutch oven dessert.

The Deep Creek Lake Loop race will be held tomorrow at the State Park to benefit Cindy's Fund.  Then head over and check out the Lion's Club Boat Auction at 1 p.m. Or take the kids to New Germany State Park for the annual Youth Fishing Rodeo

Thursday May 18
8:30 a.m.

Last day of a rain-free forecast.  The chance for showers and thunderstorms begins tonight and runs through the weekend.  Looks like just passing-through showers, not a wash-out weekend.

The lake was perfectly still this morning and the skim of pollen is plentiful.  I feel for all you seasonal allergy sufferers 'cause you are really suffering right now.   

Gourmet and More, a sister store to Schoolhouse Earth, will open on Saturday in The Fort.  Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and there will be drawings and giveaways.

According to WCBC Radio, Grow West MD, the medical marijuana grower issued a license for Garrett County, wants to move to Allegany County.  That's 40 start-up jobs with the potential to grow to 100.

The Maryland Weekly Fishing Report has been released.

Wednesday May 17
9:30 a.m.

Morning clouds are clearing to another sunny day ahead.  Today we may reach into the 80's and the real kicker; overnight temperatures stayed in the 60's.  It's actually a warm morning!

The lake level is still pretty high at 2461.25

Maryland is participating in the Click It or Ticket campaign.  Buckle up!

The April Garrett County Market Minute is now available.

The Governor announced that almost $83 million will be available for student need-based scholarships in 2017/18 through the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Cicadas are emerging downstate this year.  Unexpectedly and off schedule.  Although not unprecedented, it's a bit unsettling --  to me, anyway.

Tuesday May 16
9:30 a.m.

Another blue sky day and it will be a bit warmer than yesterday with an expected high of 75.  It's not just the day skies that thrill.  The clear, starry nights are pretty spectacular, too.

Cumberland, MD was named the second cheapest housing market in the U.S. by the National Board of Realtors.

The annual Boat Auction to benefit the Deep Creek Lion's Club is this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the park on Bumble Bee Road.  Photos of boats up for auction are now available on the club's Facebook page.

The End of the Line Bookstore is now open for the 2017 season.  The perfect place to pick up your summer reads.  

Monday May 15
9:30 a.m.

A beautiful start to the workweek.  Not a cloud in the bluest of skies.  Our trees aren't fully enveloped yet, but the green is starting to take over. 

The weekend weather was a pleasant surprise.  Rain ended Saturday morning and we had periods of sunshine and clouds for the duration.  It wasn't exactly warm, but it wasn't the rainy, cold weekend that was forecast.

It's been officially announced... the old Boardwalk location will offer frozen yogurt and toppings from the food truck.

I am sorry to report that missing woman I mentioned on Friday was found, but she had passed away.

Free Fishing Days in Maryland have been announced: June 3 & 10 and July 4.

The MD DNR is now recruiting 35 full-time individuals between the ages of 17 and 25 for the Maryland Conservation Corp.

Friday May 12
9:30 a.m.

Foggy and dismal this morning, but it is not raining.  Yet. Oh, and we dipped into the 30's this morning with a current temperature of 39. Ugh!  Looking past the weekend, the weather will be shaping up a bit.

Over an inch and half of rain yesterday.  I did get my morning walk in between the raindrops and enjoyed all the new water features on my normal loop. :-)

ASCI announced they will push opening day until next Saturday instead of tomorrow.

On behalf of the Maryland state Police McHenry barrack a silver alert has been issued for a missing 73 year old female. TERESA, ANN BURCH. SHE IS A WHITE FEMALE, 5 foot 2 inches tall, 165 pounds, BLONDE HAIR, AND HAZEL EYES. Teresa may be driving a Green in color 2012 SUBARU FORRESTER with Maryland TAGS, 6AN2904. LAST SEEN ON MAY 9 2017 IN MCHENRY, Maryland. IF FOUND CONTACT Maryland state police MCHENRY barrack at, 301-387-1101 or call, 9 1 1.   A picture is available via this link.

Michael Goodfellow, founder of The Goodfellow Agency, passed away on Wednesday.  Our sincere condolences go out to his wife, Lisa, and the entire family.

A great piece from the Road Team of Blue Ridge Outdoors on their recent stay at Blue Moon Rising and other area adventures.  How To:  Deep Creek Lake, MD

According to a Facebook post from the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service, a pair of peregrine falcons have been found nesting in Western Maryland for the first time since 1940.  They don't say 'where' exactly, for obvious reasons, but the nest is in "a popular hiking and rock climbing area".   Staff has set up a closure area around the nesting spot and asks that visitors please respect the birds' space. 

The Maryland Public Service Commission awarded renewable energy credits for two offshore wind projects near Ocean City. 

A nice Centurion wakeboat has been added to the Online Marketplace.  Pristine condition and only 96 hours.

The Grantsville National Road Festival kicks off tomorrow with lots of activities including a town-wide yard sale.

The 4th Annual Native Plant Sale will be held tomorrow at New Germany State Park and check out the weekend activities at Swallow Falls/Herrington Manor and Deep Creek state parks. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the fellow mothers out there. 

Thursday May 11
9:30 a.m.

Storms arrived around 5:15 this morning and by 7 a.m. over an inch of rain had fallen.  Unfortunately, it isn't over yet.  Rain is in the forecast through the weekend. 

The lake level is above the operating rule band at 2461.16.  2461 is the highest desirable reservoir level and this rain is only going to add to it.  We can expect additional releases.  Rafters rejoice!

Another alert to set your DVRs, HGTV  will air the Lakefront Bargain Hunt episode on Deep Creek Lake -- June 25 at 8 pm and June 26 at 3 am.   (Regular readers may recall this episode aired on some country channel a few months ago.  Finally, those of us who didn't get that channel will get to see it.  Myself included.) 

Saturday is opening day at ASCI.  Call now to make your reservations! 

Sign ups are open for volunteers to man the Deep Creek Time Station during the Race Across America in late June.

Congressman Delaney will hold an urgent meeting with Garrett County businesses to discuss his legislation to extend HUBZone eligibility.  Without congressional action,  Garrett County would lose HUBZone status in early 2018 affecting 11 HUBZone certified businesses that about 500 people in the county.

The Weekly Maryland Fishing Report has a picture of father, son, and a nice largemouth bass pulled from Broadford Lake.  Speaking of fish, a new state record muskie was caught in the upper Potomac in Washington County.

Look what Deep Creek Docks dropped off yesterday!  It's not new, but new-to-me anyway.  Isn't she a beaut?  So ready for summer now.  Thanks to Justin and his staff.  A pleasure to work with. 

 

Wednesday May 10
9:30 a.m.

A perfect mirror lake this morning.  Here's a look from the Railey cam at the Creamery.

Partly sunny skies in store today and a high of 64 and then rain will come in for the rest of the workweek.

According to the Tri-State News Center, the Pennsylvania budget includes funds for the Rt. 219 expansion from Meyersdale to Somerset.

Tonight is the second Celebrity Bartender Night to benefit HART for Animals.  Staff from Railey Realty will be your host at the Greene Turtle from 6-9 p.m.

Harvest Moon Market is celebrating its one year anniversary today with 10% off everything (excluding artwork) from 9 to 6.

To my fellow Lake Shore Drivians, we got a fresh new center line painted on Monday and a crew from Taylor-Made came and picked up trash yesterday (along their adopted road portion anyway).  Exciting stuff! 

Tuesday May 9
9:30 a.m.

Another beautiful, but cold morning.  The mercury is going up, though, and will stay out of the 30's for the foreseeable future. It's safe to put those plants back out for a while.

Blue Moon Rising was the subject of a recent post on Only in Maryland.

Garrett Trails is seeking volunteers for the upcoming Gran Fondo Race on June 24.  Morning and afternoon shifts are available. Contact ed@garretttrails.org for more information.

Remaining homes from Taylor-Made Vacations will be offered at 3 nights for the price of 2 for Memorial Day weekend.  (not retroactive and participating properties only.)  Book today.

A digital edition of the Deep Creek Lake Activities Guide is available.

The sinking canoe I mentioned the other day has been returned to its owners with some help from these Notes, some ladies who knit, and the crew at the Aquatic Center, who had saved it before it sank.  Teamwork and happy endings. Yay!

Monday May 8
9:30 a.m.

A bright and sunny Monday ahead with an expected high of 50.  Fifty sounds pretty darn good compared to the 32 degrees at daybreak.  We have a couple nice days ahead.  Each getting a bit warmer before the chance for rain returns on Thursday.

Saturday was pretty much a washout of a day and Sunday was dry, but pretty cold.  Not the finest of weekends for outdoor adventures. The bird hikes went very well, according to the BirdFest organizers, with over 100 species tallied and a few rarities for the area.

Hope you were able to catch the Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation episode set in Deep Creek this weekend.  What great publicity for our area and the buyers picked the right house (meaning they picked the one I would have) and it turned out beautifully. 

Alex McCoy, our county Economic Development Director, tendered his resignation effective May 30.  McCoy only served as director for two years before accepting a job as CEO of the Greater Lawrence County (Pa.) Regional Chamber of Commerce which will allow him to be closer to family.

The DNR announced funding for 23 municipalities for improvements to town parks.  Mt. Lake Park and Broadford Park will both receive money.  Broadford Park will use its funds to build a shell stage for concerts, plays and other events.

Anyone looking for a seasonal dock rental should check out the new listing in our Marketplace.  Last one available at Cedar Shores.

Logan Hinebaugh got another monster pike.  Yowza!

Friday May 5
9:30 a.m.

The morning rain has cleared out for now and we will get into the high 60's today after all.  Then it's all downhill from here as another cold front arrives.  The past couple days have exceeded the forecast expectation, so maybe that trend will continue through the weekend.  *fingers crossed*

Set your DVRs. An upcoming episode of Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation will feature Deep Creek Lake and Railey Realty's Jon Bell.  Showings are on HGTV on this Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 1 a.m.

The MDE will hold a public hearing on an application from the Garrett County Sanitary District to pump 145,000 of water per day from two wells in the Hoyes Run area to be used in the McHenry Water System.

While all eyes are on the American Health Care Act, CareFirst has asked for an average 52% premiums increase on plans in the state health exchange plan.  Ironically, that announcement makes me sick to my stomach.

Birdfest weekend kicks off tonight with the art reception.  The weather forecast isn't really cooperating for the hikes, but if the birds can live in it we can walk in it, right?  Dress accordingly.

Tickets will be available at the door for the Floral Designs by Sylvia presentation tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the St. Peter's Fellowship Hall. 

Don't miss the Garrett Community Concert Band spring concert tomorrow night in the college auditorium.  A foot-tapping tour around America.

Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls state parks now have weekend activities to begin the season.

Other events this weekend include the All Things Home Expo in the exhibit hall at the fairgrounds, the first Old Time Jam of the season at New Germany State Park and the Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders return to Deep Creek for their annual training camp.  They'll be a the Honi tonight from 5-7, so wear your black and gold!  (I'm kidding, I'm kidding...)

Cinco de Mayo today + the Kentucky Derby tomorrow = good fun and specials at our local watering holes.  Enjoy!

Thursday May 4
9:30 a.m.

There was a bit of rain this morning and more possible through the day, but right now the sun is out and hopefully it will stay that way.  Unfortunately, the wind will return today.  No advisory thus far. 

Speaking of winds, if anyone is missing a green canoe in the McHenry Cove area, I saw one sinking in the cove right beside the old Point View property on Tuesday.  I'm sure it got caught up in the wind and then the waves took over.

The May Tails Up newsletter from HART is available.  That face on Bravo!  Too much cuteness.

Also now available, the May Real Estate Update from Railey Realty. 

For any aspiring actors out there, open auditions for a movie being filmed in Preston County next year will be held on Sunday.

More great press on Firefly Farms and information on a possible expansion of the business.

The winners of the Black Bear and Migratory Bird Stamp contest have been announced.  Also, I may have mentioned this before, but it's worth repeating:  the annual DNR Photo Contest is now open.

The Maryland Weekly Fishing Report has a photo of another monster pike caught in the lake.  

The State Highway Administration released the E-Road Ready electronic brochure featuring information on road construction across the state.  A pretty neat tool for travelers and commuters. 

A police chase through the county led to the arrest of a woman who identified herself as Hillary Clinton.  Obviously, it wasn't Hillary Clinton, but still the story made it to the US News and World Report website.

May the 4th be with you.  (Sorry. Still cracks me up every year!)

Wednesday May 3
9:30 a.m.

No rain in the forecast for today, but it is cold with temperatures in the high 30's this morning. 

My morning walk was a bit tense yesterday -- just waiting to hear the crack of a tree in the strong winds.

Smithsonian Magazine named Oakland one of The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2017.  Awesome!

The Maryland State Police, McHenry Barrack, will host "Chasing the Dragon - The Life of an Opiate Addict" from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Monday, May 15, 2017. The presentation includes a 45 min movie and will be held in Room 111 of the Garrett Information Enterprise Center. The event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Opiate and Heroin epidemic in our area. Please visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/mspmchenry/ more information.  

The fair board announced today that gate entry on Thursday and Saturday of fair week will be $15 instead of $10 due to "fantastic entertainment."   The official fantastic announcement is coming soon.

Today is Hugs from Holly day. A day to celebrate the birthday and memory of Holly Heap who was tragically killed. Spread the love today and everyday. 

Tuesday May 2
9:30 a.m.

 Just a slight chance for showers this afternoon and a wind advisory goes into effect at noon and runs until 7 tonight.  Forty-one degrees this morning.  Here's a fun (?) fact: that's 25 degrees less than the same time yesterday.  :-(

Another round of hellacious storms yesterday afternoon.  Rain fell in buckets and the wind just howled downing trees including this one along Oak Street in Oakland.  (photo courtesy of the Oakland VFD)

Some good news to report.  The snowflakes on my weather graphic turned to rain -- except on Sunday.  The bad news is nothing above a 5 in the tens digit of the temperature through next Thursday.

I saw my first hummingbird of the season yesterday.

The Garrett County Planning Commission has decided to let a consultant lead the discussion on possible county-wide zoning.  Also of note in the article, the commission approved a variance for Deep Creek Marina to install a zip-line park on Deep Creek Drive.  

Registration is now open for the 10th Maryland Park Quest family adventure program.

Tonight kicks off the Guest Bartender Challenge to benefit HART for AnimalsTaylor Made Vacations will be the host at JG's Pub from 6-9. 

Monday May 1
9:30 a.m.

Party sunny and warm this morning, but a cold front is on the way this afternoon bringing thunderstorms with it.  Some storms may be severe.

 Are we really seeing this?

After some rather raucous storms early Saturday morning, the weekend turned quite lovely.  Nice to see a good number of boats out on the lake.  Except one particularly loud boat that ran through all day Saturday.  Really, really loud!

Check out this monster caught in the lake this weekend by Logan Hinebaugh.  Holy pike!

Today starts the Bill's Marine Service All-Family Boat Show, running until Memorial Day weekend. Stop by and see what's new in boating.  Demonstrations, food, and drink will be provided on the weekends.  

Both Southern and Northern High Schools were awarded the Bronze medal status by the US News and World Report's 2017 Best High School ranking. They were rated the 60th and 61st best in the state, respectively.