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Friday June 23
Rainy, rainy Friday. Over 1/2 an inch thus far
and more on the way. A Flash Flood Watch is in
effect until 2 a.m. The rain is supposed to
clear out tomorrow morning and the weekend
looks good; sunny and cool.
Don't forget Sunday at 8 p.m. is the premiere of
Lakefront Bargain Hunt: To Deep Creek Lake Maryland
and Beyond. Primetime, baby!
In its third annual study, SmartAsset analyzed Social Security income, cost of living data, and taxes across all counties to determine where people are getting the most mileage out of Social Security, and Garrett County ranked the top spot in Maryland.
How 'bout them apples? Allegany ranked second, proving that
Maryland's west is best!
A webinar will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. on the
DCL Dredging Evaluation. The POA provides more
Friends of Deep Creek Lake will be hosting a
Lake Appreciation and Restoration Gathering next
Saturday morning in the lower level at Uno's.
To register, visit
this link. (the one on that page isn't
As I mentioned yesterday, there will be a lot of
bikes in the area this weekend. If you're
driving four wheels, please give space and
right-of-way to those on two.
Brian Free and Assurance, a gospel trio, will be
performing in the Ag Hall at the Fairgrounds
tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at
Don't miss the other great
events this weekend including the
Secret Country Gardens Tour
on Saturday and the Frack-Free
Maryland Celebration on Sunday.
Thursday June 22
Around 1/3 of an inch of rain this morning, but it
is making its way out of the area. Partly
sunny skies and a high near 80 forecast for today.
Heavy rain will be arriving tonight and sticking
around through tomorrow bringing possible
flooding. The lake level is already above the
operating rule band at 2461.04.
Dottie Uphold of Dottie's Grill in Englanders will
be retiring on Friday after almost 50 years.
The grill will remain open, but Dottie will be
missed by all.
The Garrett Lakers baseball team
will host a summer camp next week for kids ages
Check out the
weekend activities at New Germany State Park.
Also, beginning today and every Thursday from 1-3,
the historic Thayerville Fire Tower will be open in
Deep Creek Lake State Park. Unbelievable
views! A $2 per person donation is requested to help
maintain the tower.
Southern High School
released a statement that a calculation error
deprived Jonah Facciolli of his designation as the
actual Salutatorian for the Class of 2017.
Certainly a unfortunate situation, so I wanted to
give a shout out to Jonah here. He will be
attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall.
Animals is overflowing with cats and kittens and
will be reducing adoption fees by half until the end
of June. Stop by the center or
check out them out online.
Wednesday June 21
Pretty dark out there is morning with some drizzles
here and there. The chance for rain and
thunderstorms increases later today.
The first rider in the
came through the Deep Creek time station early this
morning. The rest of the pack is a couple days
behind him. Organizers still need
volunteers to fill the shifts at the time
station, especially on Friday and Saturday.
It's all about the bikes this weekend as the Gran
Fondo will also be happening on Saturday.
Read about our local physician,
Dr. Thomas Johnson, who will be competing in the
Local students, Quinn Iden and Trent Lohr, are
representing Maryland in the
Costa Bassmaster High School National Championships
at Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee. The
Junior tournament is underway, but the high school
competition begins tomorrow. Good luck guys!
Tuesday June 20
After a pretty rainy day yesterday, the sky is blue
and the sun is shining. Expected high is only 71.
Pretty neat sunset last night. Although the
picture doesn't do it justice (does it ever?), there
was a bright blue hue through the trees and on the
water. Pretty cool clouds, too.
Summer will officially kick in while most of us are
sleeping tonight at 12:24 a.m. Time to make
those summer reservations
if you haven't already.
Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls will be offering
some weekday programs
The POA provides
an update on the next hydrilla treatment on the
southern end of the lake.
According to the DLLR,
Maryland's unemployment rate has fallen below
the national average at 4.2%.
The Chamber of Commerce announced its
2017/2018 Board of Directors.
Season passes at Wisp are 20% off until June 30.
Monday June 19
A rainy start to the week with showers and possible
thunderstorms. That WillyWeather graphic on
the Weather page uses the
term "unseasonably cool" and, after this weekend, I
like that term. It was a hot one and sunny,
for the most part -- except for a few torrential
downpours. Oakland had some flooding on
The Republican newspaper
has been sold after 127 years in the Sincell
family. NCWV out of Clarksburg, WV will take
over effective July 1.
The May Market Minute
for Garrett County is now available.
The commissioners are traveling to Bloomington this
evening for their public meeting and the
agenda is here.
Three new listings in our Online Marketplace: a 94
Kawasaki PWC and 2005 Glastron under
Boats for Sale
and a 12' X 16' dock platform under
Thursday June 15
No rain again yesterday. Over my head, anyway.
There were reports of storms nearby and I could hear
the thunder, but not even a drop. Same story
today, tomorrow and Saturday. Your plants
might get watered or you might have to pull out the
Tonight is the first Pocket Park
movie of the season. Check out Storks
tonight at dusk in the Oakland Mountain Fresh
There was a
tractor trailer fire on I-68 in Cumberland
yesterday and both lanes of traffic were closed for
several hours. There was also a fire along
Oakland Sang Run Road yesterday that completely
destroyed a family's home. Thankfully no one
was hurt in either event.
Congratulations to Karen DeVore on her
appointment as Director of Curriculum, Instruction
and Administration for Garrett County Public
The DNR announced
$10.5 million in grants to enhance boating
access and navigation across the state.
Garrett County gets a big goose egg.
new state record white catfish was caught in the
Guess what's back? Zima!! Pick some up
at McHenry Beverage or
Creek Beverage and get your 90's on!
I'll be unavailable for a post tomorrow, so check
out the weekend activities on the
Events page. Also, don't miss the free
Front & Center Stage production of a
Midsummer Night's Dream at
Spruce Forest this weekend and one of my
favorite events of the year:
The Taste of Garrett.
Wednesday June 14
Clouds have rolled in this morning and the chance
for rain and thunderstorms increases as the day
moves on. Yesterday's area storms missed us.
Here is the
agenda for Saturday's General Membership meeting
of the Deep Creek Lake Property Owners Association.
The DNR has provided a
list of frequently asked questions about camping
in Maryland State Parks.
Check out the video under Highlights on the
University webpage featuring Tristan Nazelrod,
national champion power lifter. Tristan is
from Garrett County and a Southern High School
McHenry Beverage will host
a Bottle Engraving event on Friday from 4-7. A
unique idea for Father's Day. Brands include
Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Basil Hayden's, and Knob
In honor of Flag Day, here's a
guide to Flag Etiquette.
Tuesday June 13
The sun is out this morning, but there's a slight
chance for thunderstorms through the day. Last
day in the 80's for a bit. Personally, I'm
more of a fan of the 70's.
The GRMC medical
associates at Grantsville offer
helpful tips for summer safety.
The attorney generals from Maryland and DC
have filed a federal lawsuit against Donald
Trump alleging he violated the Constitution.
Yesterday was the last 1/2 price pizza Monday until
after summer at
Also, don't forget that bridge on Oakland Sang Run
closed for replacement yesterday.
Monday June 12
The beautiful weather continues today. It's a
shame perfect weekends like that have to end.
The chance for thunderstorms begins tomorrow and
continues through the week.
Today is the deadline to get tickets for the
Rhapsody in Food fundraiser for GLAF on Friday.
Congratulations to Nancy Railey, this year's winner
of the Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, Brenda
McDonnell Volunteer of the Year and Patty Manown
Mash Chamber Diplomat of the Year . The
awards were handed out that Chamber of Commerce
annual dinner on Thursday.
The location for the
Engage Mountain Maryland picnic has changed.
It will now be held at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion
in Oakland on June 25.
map has been created by the DNR with official
cove names of Deep Creek Lake.
Friday June 9
This morning begins our stretch of sunshine. The
lake temperature is holding in the mid-60's this
morning, but a little sun and warmer air should help
it warm up a bit.
Taylor-Made Vacations webcam is now up and
running in a new location. Some presets will
be added soon.
The Maryland Department of Health released the
2016 Drug- and Alcohol-Related Intoxication Deaths
in Maryland and 2,089 people died from overdoses
last year, a 66% increase from 2015. Garrett
County had only one alcohol-related death and none
for drugs, but we're certainly not immune from this
Another Free Fishing day in Maryland tomorrow.
Toss in a line. No license required.
Stop by the 10th Annual Deep
Creek's Got Talent showcase tomorrow at the Honi.
Lots of great items are available in the silent
auction and it should be highly entertaining.
Proceeds will benefit the Deep Creek Lions Club and
HART for Animals.
Spruce Forest will hold its
annual Family Day tomorrow from 10 - 2.
Western Maryland Pulling Championships will be
held at the fairgrounds at 6:30 tomorrow evening.
Or just take it easy and enjoy this fabulous weekend
ahead. Soak up the sun, enjoy some
great music and
Thursday June 8
One more day with a chance for rain and then a nice
5-day stretch of sunshine. It will get warmer
each day, too. I'm telling you, you're going
to want to be here this
McHenry Beverage's annual
Stock Up Sale begins today and runs through June
24. Great prices on some great favorites.
Maryland Weekly Fishing Report is now available.
Check out the weekend activities at
New Germany State Park, Herrington
Manor/Swallow Falls State Parks and the
Deep Creek Discovery Center.
The McHenry Barrack of the Maryland State Police
announced they will have a DUI checkpoint next
Friday (June 16) in an undisclosed location in
The Hogan administration
announced the Department of General Servicesí successful implementation of a reverse auction for energy purchases, which will save Maryland taxpayers $25 million over the next four years through 2021.
Local municipalities and non-profits were able to
participate in the electricity pool, including some
in Garrett County.
Check out the
June newsletter from
The Watersports Industry Association offers an
video highlighting wakeboard etiquette.
Education is key to us all getting along.
Another classic boat listed in the Online
1978 Cobalt with trailer. Priced right for
a handyman's special.
Wednesday June 7
The rain missed us (me) yesterday, but the chance
still remains for today and tomorrow. Heads up
for the weekend. It's looking like another
Today is the last day of school locally. Happy
summertime, Garrett County kids! Teachers have one
more day tomorrow.
Today is the first Wednesday Farmer's Market of the
season in Oakland. Stop by and see
Just for fun on this Wednesday... try your hand at
quiz on identifying poison ivy.
Check out the
classic Supra now for sale in the Online
Tuesday June 6
Mostly cloudy today and a chance for showers through
the day. Temperatures will only reach into the
Rain yesterday came pretty much in two events.
One in the late morning and one again in the
evening. Total rain was right around 1/2 an
North Glade Inn is
slashing prices for a two-night stay from June
26 to July 13. Just $90 per night! Book
The commissioners voted yesterday to approve the
2018 Fiscal Year Budget.
Tails Up newsletter from HART for Animals is now
You may have noticed these signs along the road
leading to Deep Creek Lake. The campaign is an
effort to educate boaters to clean, drain and dry
before launching to help stop the spread Aquatic
Invasive Species (AIS). Thanks to the
Lake POA for donating the funds to purchase the
signs and the Sky Valley HOA for providing the
manpower to install the signs. The POA
also donated the funds for AIS disposal stations at
various launch locations. Read more about the
Monday June 5
A cloudy Monday morning and rain is on the way with
possible thunderstorms, hail, and damaging wind.
Cooling off a bit this week, too, with daytime
temperatures in the low 60's and nighttime lows in
It was a truly spectacular weekend with plenty of
sunshine, higher than expected temperatures and a
nice breeze (sometimes gusts).
An article on the
economic struggles of Allegany and Garrett counties
is featured on the CBS Baltimore website.
The POA provides
information on the upcoming hydrilla treatment
in the southern end of the lake.
The agenda for today's commissioners meeting is
here and it includes the adoption of the 2018
tax rates. The rate will remain at $.99 per
$100 of assessed value.
The DNR secretary
reminds us that June is Great Outdoors Month and
it's time to get out and play in Maryland.
Friday June 2
Another bright, beautiful morning. Hey, hey a
good weekend of weather ahead with sunshine and no
rain in the forecast until Sunday night. We
won't break any heat records with highs in the upper
60's and low 70's, but a dry weekend is a good
The deadline to apply for the
Garrett County Economic Development Director
position is June 9.
Today is National Donut Day and I'm happy to
announce that the Smith Family, Larry (of
his wife Kim, and their three girls have taken over
at the Glazed and Confused donut truck on the
Funland parking lot. Stop by and welcome the
new owners and pick up some donuts.
Speaking of Railey Realty, the
June Real Estate Review is now ready.
The Oakland Farmer's Market opens for the season on
Saturday. Check out
what you can expect this week.
Tomorrow is National Trails Day. Garrett
Trails will be holding a trail clean-up day at
Margraff Plantation Trails in Accident from 9 to
1. Bring your gloves and tools for that trail,
then grab your mountain bike and
join the ride on the new trails at Deep Creek
State Park at 2.
Don't forget the Garrett
County Celtic Festival tomorrow in Friendsville.
Also, tomorrow is a Free Fishing Day in Maryland.
No license required.
On Sunday, stop by Our Town Theatre for a
special play-reading and
refreshments to celebrate the theatre's 20th
Garrett County high schools will hold graduation
ceremonies tomorrow in the CARC gymnasium.
Southern's begins at 10 a.m. and Northern's at 2
p.m. Congratulations to the Class of 2017.
On a personal note, my youngest will receive her
diploma tomorrow. Crazy how time flies.
Thursday June 1
Sunny skies today and an expected high of 66.
Rain rolled through around 8 last night and then
some thunderstorms around 10:30. Around 1/2
inch of rain total and the first storm left this
behind. (photo by Jim Chason)
first whitewater release on the Savage River
will be this Saturday. Additional releases
will be July 2 & September 30.
The commissioners will host a public signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Garrett County Government, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Friday, June 9, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Garrett County Courthouse Public Meeting Room.
Creek Beverage now has an ice
cream truck on the parking lot. The kids
can get a treat there while the adults get their
treats inside. Win, win. Of course,
adults can get treats at the ice cream truck, too.
at Silver Tree is now open for lunch at 11:30 7
days a week. Sweet summatime!
Garrett College held graduation for 122 students on
May 20. The class held an impressive 3.16 average
GPA. Congrats to the Class of 2017.
Laura Treacy Bentley, author, poet and a regular
photo contributor to this site, will be reading from
her book The Silver Tattoo and her new
Looking for Ireland at the
Celtic Festival at 5:30.