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Friday February 24
Partly sunny skies today and an expected high of 71.
A chance for snow by tomorrow night.
WTOP offers an interesting look at
how this winter stacks up historically.
(Washington-based data, but interesting.)
So, tomorrow is Dunk
Day. The water temperature is right around
45 and the forecast calls for 53 degrees, rain, wind
and possible thunderstorms. Yes, thunderstorms.
I assume organizers will be watching the radar
closely to make sure it's safe to send hundreds of
people into the lake. Just crazy!
Remember there are no early
movies tomorrow at
Garrett 8 to allow for parking for the Dunk.
NBC Washington features
10 Maryland Day Trips for Spring and Deep Creek
Lake tops the list.
Check out the 2011
Polaris snowmobile just added to the Online
Don't forget the Goosebumps and
Grapes event tonight at the Honi to kick off
Dunk weekend and the rescheduled
Winter Fest celebration in
Oakland this weekend, too.
A full six weeks earlier than usual,
New Germany State Park announced the White Oak and
Pines Loop are now open for walk-in campers.
No reservations are required (until April 7). Campers may register at the Ranger Station from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.
Thursday February 23
Rain fell at some point overnight or in the wee
hours of the morning. Just a slight chance for
a shower today and another day with highs in the 60's.
It's just not right...
Here's the deal on Winter Fest in Oakland. The
ice sculptures and live ice carvings will be out on
Sunday instead of Saturday due to the high temps and
rain forecast for Saturday. All the other
activities including the book signing, crafters, carriage rides, etc.
will still be held on Saturday as planned.
If you've noticed a lot of skunk smell lately that
because it's mating season. Going on now
Wednesday February 22
A slight chance of rain today and another high near
Wisp reported on
the blog that ski operations
"will be open as long as the snow coverage allows however with a week of warm temperatures forecasted, we just can't predict how long that will be".
Night skiing has been adjusted and lifts will close
at 8 p.m.
Working H Meats is running a freezer special. Beef are $3.99 a pound hanging weight.
Pigs are $2.25 a pound hanging weight. Price includes processing,
vacuum sealing, and delivery within 50 miles of
Friendsville. Prices are for whole and half orders.
Tuesday February 21
Partly sunny skies today and a high near 60.
airport recorded a high of 55 yesterday, but my
car read 64 in Oakland. Crazy weather for
Just a few days away from the
Deep Creek Dunk.
The forecast is calls for a high of 50 degrees that
day with morning rain. I'll take the water
temperature on Friday, but I can assure you it will
be one of the warmer dips in the 19 years of the
The DNR is
accepting public comment on the 2017/18
Migratory Game Bird Hunting Season. The public
comment period will close on March 8.
Now through next Monday, save
70% at the Rossignol Concept Shop and 40% off at the
other retail outlets at Wisp.
Monday February 20
Morning clouds are expected to clear out and an
expected high of 55. Daytime temperatures will
be in the 50's and 60's all week.
It's was busy holiday weekend. Lots of people
in town for a not-so-wintry winter break. I
know it's not over yet, but this winter has been
quite a bust. Not the worst though.
Evidently in 1942, we only got
53 inches of snow and Wisp recorded 56 so far
this season. I also checked my records of lake
temperatures (since 2004) and it looks like in 2012
the lake didn't freeze over for an extended time
either. So, this isn't unprecedented.
Winter will be great again! :-)
Randy French will speak tomorrow
night at the college about his recent trip to
Antarctica. The presentation is part of the
Adventure Sports Colloquium. The public is
invited to attend.
Congratulations to Debbie Carpenter, Garrett
County's Director of Planning and Land Management,
selected to the Leadership Maryland Class of 2017.
The Baltimore Sun reports more on
fracking and the current situation in Garrett County.
Friday February 17
Temperatures dipped into the teens overnight and it
was enough to allow another skim of ice on the lake
this morning. It won't last long as the
temperature today will reach into the high 40's and
won't dip below freezing until next Saturday.
It is going to be a beautiful weekend.
Sunshine and highs in the 50's. You'll be able
to ski and mountain bike on the same day.
I mentioned the vacancy on our local Board
of Ed yesterday. The commissioners are now
accepting letters of interest from persons
wishing to be considered. Applicants must live
in District 2.
The DNR provides a
Mid-winter Fishing Report and also the
final tally from all the 2016/17 deer seasons.
Backyard Birdcount is going on this weekend.
You can participate in your own backyard or head to
New Germany State Park tomorrow.
Take your prince or princess to the
Winterfest Ball being held
tonight in the Oakland Community Center.
Thursday February 16
A generous dusting on the ground this morning.
Wisp is making snow while they can to get the slopes
in top shape for the upcoming holiday weekend.
We're looking at a three-day weekend that looks an
lot like spring.
Thomas Carr, Vice President of the Garrett County Board of Education,
resigned from the Board at the beginning of the February 14, 2017, meeting.
The commissioners will need to appoint a new member
to replace Mr. Carr.
If you're looking for someone to sponsor in the Deep
Creek Dunk, my daughter's team page is now up on the
Dunkin Donuts. Proceeds support Maryland
now carries six-packs of
Mountain State Brewing Co. microbrews.
Pick some up today!
Wednesday February 15
A chance for snow showers today and maybe some
accumulating snow overnight in the 1-3 inch range.
Maryland Sweater Day, a challenge to put on a
sweater and turn down the heat to save energy.
I received an email from the father of one of the
girls that fell through the ice back in January.
He asked that I send along his family's heartfelt
appreciation to everyone who helped in the search,
assist and rescue of the two girls. If you'll
recall, a team of ER personnel happened to be
vacationing nearby, saw the girls in the water, and
sprung into action. So thankful for a happy
Once again, our area will celebrate our nation's
heroes with the Military March
promotion. Special discounts for military
members will be offered all through March.
The January Market
Minute for Garrett County is now available.
Tuesday February 14
Partly sunny skies today with an expected high of
41. Snow is on the way tonight through
Thursday night, but no indication it will be an
Due to the high temperatures forecast for this
weekend, the Winterfest
celebration in Oakland will be rescheduled for
next weekend (2/25). Ice sculptures do not
like 50 degree weather. The
Winterfest Ball will still
be held this Friday night, though.
Hold the phone on the Boardwalk situation. I'm
getting conflicting reports and need to clarify some
things. I can tell you that as of March 4, the
current owners/staff will no longer be operating the
bar and the building and adjoining property have
Monday February 13
Holy wind storm last night! The forecast
called for 2-4 inches of snow and gusts in the 60
mph range. We didn't get the snow and,
thankfully, the gusts weren't that strong either,
but with the saturated ground from rain on Sunday, I
thought for sure a tree was going to uproot any
moment and land on my house. Scary night!
Snow showers will clear out this morning to mostly
sunny skies and a high of 30.
I am very sorry to report the
Boardwalk and the adjoining property have been
sold and the bar will cease operations after March
4. So many memories in that place.
Anyway, it is business as usual until then, so stop
by and say goodbye to the 'round bar.' :-(
Residents with a drainage ditch, stream, creek, or
river running through their property could qualify
free "Buffer in Bag" from the DNR.
Railey Realty breaks down
why it is a great time to buy at Deep Creek Lake.
I had the wrong link to the
survey from the Town of Oakland mentioned on
Friday. It is now fixed, so please try again
if you'd like to participate.
Friday February 10
Bitter cold this morning at 7 degrees, but we'll
work our way up to around 30 today. Wisp recorded
almost 8 inches of snow through this storm that came
in absolutely blinding squalls yesterday. I-68
was closed for a bit in the evening around Frostburg
for white-out conditions.
Certainly, a good day to stay inside yesterday, but
I ventured out for my morning walk anyway. No
pain, no gain, right? Worth every goosebump
and body shiver.
Partly sunny and a high of 30 today, but hold on
tight because here comes another turn on the weather
roller coaster. Highs over the weekend will be
in the 50's and it's most likely going to rain
starting Saturday evening.
The town of Oakland is asking county residents to
quick online survey for market research for the
Frostburg didn't make it to the top 5 in the
Small Business Revolution Main Street contest.
The system is rigged! Fake contest! ;-)
So, tonight there will be
a full moon, a lunar eclipse and a comet.
In honor of the Snow moon, New Germany State Park
will be illuminating the green
trail tonight until 9 p.m. for cross country
skiing -- or hiking if the conditions don't allow
for skiing. Fun!
Thursday February 9
It is snowing, as promised. I have about 2
inches this morning. Wisp is reporting 4.
More to come through tomorrow morning and the Winter
Storm Warning has been extended until 10 p.m. Local
schools are closed for the day.
Railey Mountain Lake Vacations
blogged about Accident -- it's history and it's
I've been waiting for the green light to announce
this and I finally got it:
Cafe will be moving to McHenry on Bumblebee
Road. Read more about it
its spring outlook. Technically, we are
under the 'wet' shading, but traditionally tend to
follow the 'delayed warm up' region.
New for 2017,
Bill's Outdoor Center will be renting Aquaglide
Summit Express Slides delivered right to your dock
for a day, days or a week. Of course, they
still offer kayaks, SUPs, and trampolines too.
Call 301-387-3474 to book yours.
Wednesday February 8
After the rain cleared out yesterday morning, it
turned into a sunny, warm day. Break out the
shorts! Tonight we go under a Winter Storm Warning
from 7 p.m. until 7 p.m. tomorrow with 6 to 8 inches
expected. Break out the shovel! Just throw
your arms up and scream. It's the best way to
enjoy a roller coaster.
I did see some ice fisherman out at the very tip of
McHenry Cove yesterday. There is more open water
than ice, but when you want to bore a hole and sit
on the ice, you should do it.
The POA is asking
that we all show our support for SB273 which
would provide an equitable reimbursement of funds to
counties for the land owned by the state of
will send four teams to the Maryland State FTC
(First Tech Challenge) Championship this weekend at
St. Mary's College.
Tuesday February 7
Well, the rain arrived overnight and removed most of
the snow leaving mud in its place. The
expected high is 63 and we could see a thunderstorm
today. Sixty-three and a thunderstorm... in
February!?! Snow and cold returns tomorrow
The public meeting on the US 219 expansion in
Grantsville was finally held last night after being
postponed twice and I completely forgot about it.
The Times-News was on hand, though, and
breaks down the options presented and some of
the feedback from the public.
Also in Grantsville news, a ribbon cutting was held
yesterday at the new Garrett Regional Medical Center
Urgent and Primary Care Center along Corporate
KDKA in Pittsburgh
reports on the DirecTV outage during the Super
Bowl. Spoiler alert: A bunch of
finger-pointing and a bunch of disgruntled customers.
Frostburg is in the running for a $500,000 Main
Street Makeover and a featured spot in a HULU documentary series from Small Business Revolution on Main Street, sponsored by Deluxe Corporation.
The top 5 finalists will be announced on Thursday
and a week-long online voting campaign will begin.
Monday February 6
Monday mornings are easier when they're bright and
sunny like today. The temperature will make
it's way up into the high 40's today and rain will
We had a surprise snowstorm Friday night. Not
much in accumulation, but low visibility, for sure.
Low temps allowed the lake to freeze pretty tight
over the weekend, but this warm up is not helping it
hold. I've officially lost faith that it will
freeze over this winter.
The Railey Real Estate Showcase
was updated over the weekend new listings.
Did you catch the greatest comeback in Super Bowl
history? A lot of us didn't. Local Fox
signals on DirecTV began cutting in and out
literally as it started to unfold and through the
end of the game. Unbelievable!
Here is the
agenda for today's commissioners' meeting.
bill to permanently ban fracking in Maryland was
introduced on Friday.
Firefly Farms released an
Open Letter in response to the Washington
Post article on politics in Accident. (link
provided on Feb. 2 post)
Friday February 3
Overcast and cold this morning. Clouds will
move out as the day goes on and tomorrow will be
sunny with a expected high of 26. Perfect ski
day! Possible snow arriving on Sunday.
A little more ice on my lakefront this morning.
I tried out
YakTrax for the first time yesterday and they
just may be the best invention ever. If you
like to get out in this weather (or have a dog that
needs her walk), they're a must. I'm pretty
sure they sell them at
Bear Creek Trader's.
The State Highway posted a No Turn on Red sign at
the 219 and Alder Street intersection (in front of
the courthouse). It's new. Just an FYI.
Check out the February issue of HART for Animals
Also check out the featured listings from
Estate this month. There's some great,
affordable options for Garrett County home
If you've wanted to try cross country skiing, New
Germany State Park will offer a
lesson tomorrow at noon. If you can't make
that one, there's another opportunity next Sunday.
Thursday February 2
No precipitation in the forecast over the next few
days, but it will be cold with highs in the 20's and
lows in the teens and single digits. Looks
like another fantastic ski weekend.
Six more weeks of winter according to Punxsutawney
The Washington Post
came to Accident to talk discuss politics with
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day will be held on
Lobbed an easy to you for this month's
Where Am I?. You're
Sharing this again because the family still needs
A Pittsburgh man is missing and he is a frequent
visitor to Deep Creek Lake.
Please take a look at his picture and call if
you know anything.
Wednesday February 1
Snow showers this morning with a chance for 1-3
inches today. Snow will clear out tomorrow
morning and we'll have a break until Sunday.
We may even see some sunshine. What!?
It is going to get colder with temperatures in the
teens Thursday night through Saturday. Just
one still night is all we need and that lake will
snap shut and hopefully stay that way.
The State Board of Education unanimously
approved the waiver request from our local board
to start school next year before Labor Day.
Inn is slashing
room rates for the month of February. Just
$95/night and that includes a hot breakfast.
used social media to capture several deer