Partly cloudy this morning with a chance of rain showers this afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s.

Please don’t forget our local small businesses this season. According to Adobe Analytics, online shoppers spent $6.59 billion on Cyber Monday, with about $2 billion of that through smart phones. It was the biggest online shopping day ever!

Thank you, Railey Realty! Garrett College just announced that Railey Realty became a “Big Splash” Sponsor in support of the I Can Swim Program for Garrett County’s children. The Garrett College Foundation and the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) have teamed up and are offering sponsorship space on the electronic scoreboard within the CARC.

According to the Maryland DNR, Walleye fishing at Deep Creek Lake has been excellent this week. Most anglers are casting diving jerkbaits for the walleye, or drifting minnows along steep rocky shorelines. Large yellow perch and smallmouth bass can also be in the mix, especially when drifting minnows.

Are you ready? Garrett County is! National Weather Service officials just recognized Garrett County as a StormReady® community. Fred McMullen, Warning Coordination of the National Weather Service forecast office in Pittsburgh will present County officials with a recognition letter and special StormReady signs during a ceremony at the Garrett County Courthouse Public Meeting Room on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 4:00pm.

Pickleball play is available at the Oakland Community Center gym (old armory) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm beginning on December 1st. The Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC) will continue to offer play times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. For playing times at the CARC, contact 301-387-3786 or visit online at www.gccarc.com. Call the Continuing Education desk at 301.387.3069 for more information on the Oakland games or to register.

Heard that hotel rooms for the annual PACE event in Annapolis are going fast. In fact, Loews, the host hotel, may already be totally booked. If you plan on attending, book a hotel real soon.

The Maryland Water Monitoring Council is holding its 23rd annual Water Quality Conference on December 8th. The conference will include 70 talks and 41 poster presentations on topics as varied as citizen science, climate resilience, community engagement, ocean health and stream restoration. Students are encouraged to attend and there is a networking session.