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Friday April 28
9:30 a.m.

Some thunderstorms ran through the area last evening, but today the sun is shining.  A gorgeous morning!  Rain and storms are a possibility through the weekend. 

Sign ups are open for the 2017 Veggie Box deliveries from Garrett Growers. Fresh, locally-grown produce delivered straight to your door every week (if you're in their delivery area).  Pick up locations are available too.

POA President, Bob Hoffman, provides some highlights from Monday's Deep Creek Policy and Review Board meeting.

Hope you or I never need this information, but worth a read:  what to do if a snake bites you on a remote trail.  (I changed the 'when' in the title to 'if'.  It felt better.)

Check out the Muttminster Dog Show  at the college or the Ramp Cook Off at the state park. Both will be held on Saturday.

A reminder that the annual training session of National Police Bloodhound Association begins tomorrow and runs through Thursday at Wisp and other area locations. 


Thursday April 27
9:30 a.m.

Overcast today and it's likely we'll see some thunderstorms tonight.  Not the mostly sunny day they promised us earlier in the week, but on the bright side, it will close to 80 degrees. 

You know what time it is?  Time to ramp it up!  Volunteers were digging up the local onions in preparation for the Ramp Cookoff this Saturday at the Discovery Center. 

USA Today named the best pizza in each state.  Their choice for Maryland is somewhere downstate, but Mountain State Brewing was ranked tops in West Virginia.  So technically, we have the best West Virginia pizza in Maryland.

The Maryland weekly fishing report includes a bit about fishing for walleye and more at Deep Creek.

Time is running out to get your Wisp season pass for $249.  Mission: Affordable expires on Sunday. 

Reminding a few friends out there that Sunday is your last chance to load up on Keystone Light and Michelob Ultra under the April sales price at McHenry Beverage. 

Today is the Job Fair at Garrett College from 3-6 p.m.


Wednesday April 26
9:30 a.m.

The morning fog burned off and we have sunny skies, as promised.  It looks like the cold spell is behind us for the foreseeable future, too. 

Hold the phone on the story I mentioned yesterday.  West Virginia's governor, Jim Justice, put the kibosh on the plan to start charging an entrance fee to some of the state parks.

For the third year in a row, U.S. New and World Report ranked Maryland schools best in the nation.

The agenda for the commissioners public meeting on Tuesday has been released.

Tonight is the Eat, Drink, Give fundraiser for Hospice of Garrett County.  Go to Dutch's at Silver Tree between 5 and 9:30.  Eat, drink, and 15% of your check will go to Hospice.  Easy, peasy.

The SHA identified its preferred alternative for the US 219 to I-68 expansion in Grantsville.  The plan introduces Garrett County to its first roundabouts. 

Check out the handsome couch just listed in the Marketplace built from local barnwood.  Also just added: a 2005 Hurricane Sundeck boat.  She's a beaut!


Tuesday April 25
9:30 a.m.

Another cold and rainy one, but we can add fog to the mix of misery today.  Tomorrow, though.  Mostly sunny and a high 76.  Thursday, too! 

Mayflies are swarming around the lake now.  Pesky little buggers.

Starting on Memorial Day weekend, West Virginia will be charging an entrance fee to seven of it's state parks including two regional favorites, Coopers Rock and Blackwater Falls. The fee is $2 per car or $12 for an annual pass. 

I guess all the rumors of a Chick-Fil-A or a Popeye's coming to the KFC in Oakland were false.  A public auction for the building and contents will be held on May 8 at 10 a.m.

Mountain State Brewing is now offering two new sandwiches at the Deep Creek location: a Reuben and a gyro.  Yum! 

This year the Discovery Center will add an art show to the annual Birdfest coming up next weekend.  Details on submitting an entry are available here


Monday April 24
9:30 a.m.

Cold and rainy this morning.  The mercury has dipped into the 30's.  Ok it's 39, but still.

The U.S. Department of Laborís Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Maryland March Jobs Report.

I forgot to mention that Friday was the first scheduled whitewater release on the Upper Yough of the season.  No worries, there's many more to come. 

A 1987 Cobalt Bow Rider has been added to the Marketplace.


Friday April 21
9:30 a.m.

Over 3/4 of an inch of rain since yesterday afternoon and it just keeps on coming in bands.  The brunt of the rain should be out by lunchtime and then just a slight chance for some scattered showers.  Rain, unfortunately, will be a factor through the weekend.

Lawrence Hogan, Sr., former Maryland congressman and father to our current governor passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

Maryland is hiring candidates for the Natural Resource Police.  The deadline to apply is May 2.

Check out the wooden deck cooler just added to the Marketplace.  Perfect for outdoor entertaining at the lake.

The deadline to register your pooch for the Muttminster Dog Show to benefit HART is Tuesday April 25. 

The Peabody Ragtime Ensemble will be at the college tomorrow as GLAF kicks off its 31st season.

Two volunteer clean up days are planned to celebrate Earth Day.  The Lion's Club welcomes helpers beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow to clear trails along the new Meshach Browning trail system at the park on Bumblebee Road.  Or head over to New Germany State Park at 1 p.m. for the annual Earth Day Work Day.  Call 301-895-5453 to preregister.


Thursday April 20
9:30 a.m.

Today's rain fell in the wee hours of the morning and more will return tonight, but we should be dry in between.  There's a "marginal risk" of some severe thunderstorms later this afternoon and tonight.

Good news from the Chamber of Commerce:  2016 was another record year for tourism in Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County.

Here's the official release of the 2017 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey from the DNR.

Not much local information on this week's Maryland Fishing Report, but I'll share it anyway.

Just heads up.  All Maryland MVA offices will be closed this Saturday for a computer upgrade. 


Wednesday April 19
9:30 a.m.

Well this doesn't look like much fun.  April showers, I guess.

The DNR selected the Maryland Migratory Game Bird seasons based on public input.  The US Fish and Wildlife Services will need to make final approval.  

Super Days are back at Wisp.  Rounds of golf at Fantasy Valley are just $39 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Congratulations to Heather Roth, Garrett County's Teacher of the Year.


Tuesday April 18
9:30 a.m.

Yesterday turned into a lovely day and we have another one ahead of us today.  Loving this spring, so far.

Happy Tax Day -- extended.  To all the accountants and tax preparers, you're almost to the finish line.

It's also the opening day of the spring turkey hunt in Maryland. 

The Maryland General  Assembly passed legislation that prohibits the use of certain pesticides that harm pollinators on designated state habitat.  The Maryland Pesticide Network is asking everyone to write our governor and urge him to sign the bill into law.  Information on doing so is provided in the link above.

A doozy of a lake house has just been added to the Online Marketplace.


Monday April 17
9:30 a.m.

We had a stormy night and continued rain this morning.  It is supposed to clear out any minute and then we'll be dry for the rest of the day. 

The DNR provides information on how to stop the spread of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer

The Garrett County Market Minute for April has been released.

If you spend any time on local trails, you've probably seen rock piles, or cairns, during your travels.  This article claims the seemingly harmless practice can actually be bad for local ecosystems.


Friday April 14
9:30 a.m.

A beautiful Friday morning, but it looks like chances are good we'll see rain and storms at some point this weekend.  Hopefully, they'll just pass on through quickly. 

Good news from the Chesapeake.  The blue crab population is at its highest level in two decades. Officials predict a "robust" crabbing season which is expected to translate to lower prices for consumers.

HB929, Garrett County Alcoholic Beverages - Licenses and Sunday Sales,  was signed into law and will go into effect on July 1.  Among other things, it will allow for alcohol sales -- both on-premise and carry-out -- from 10 a.m. to midnight on Sundays instead of the current hours of 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Railey Mountain Lake Vacations is under new ownership.  Virginia-based TowneBank acquired the company.  Best of luck to Nancy Railey in her new endeavors.  Also, Railey Realty released a statement to clear up any misconceptions that it was part of the sale.  They've been separate entities for over 25 years. 

  We're all about the Easter eggs this weekend.  Stop by the Discovery Center tomorrow to color your own eggs with natural dyes.  Head to New Germany State Park for the EGGStreme Egg Hunt tomorrow.  Taylor-Made Vacations will also host an egg hunt at 11 a.m. at the lake office or head to Broadford Lake Park for the Oakland -Mt. Lake Park Lions Club hunt with registration beginning at noon and hunts beginning at 1.  Then on Sunday, the lawn at Uno's will be a hunting ground from 1 - 3.  Whew!  I think I got them all -- or at least enough. 


Thursday April 13
9:30 a.m.

Two more days with no rain in the forecast.  Just a chance for showers/storms on Saturday, but likely on Sunday.

The story of a lost bear cub roaming a porch in Lonaconing made the Baltimore Sun. 

The agenda for Tuesday's commissioners meeting has been released. 

A state record white perch caught in Baltimore County, the DNR confirmed.  Is it just me or does that fish look like it weighs a lot more than 1.9 lbs.?

Speaking of fishing, walleye season opens on Sunday, April 16. The Western Region Freshwater Fisheries program staff recently surveyed Deep Creek Lake, and collected the fish at a rate of 305 walleye per hour of electrofishing. This compares to the five-year (2012-2016) mean of 202 walleye per hour of electrofishing. Most of the walleye collected in the survey were of legal size (15 inches) and larger, with a good number of the walleyes in the 18 to 24 inch size class.

Congratulations to Jon Bell and Bill Weissgerber of Railey Realty.  Both agents ranked in the top 1% of realtors in the state of Maryland for dollar volume in 2016.  

Love, love, love the idea of this new hospitality program offered by Garrett College! 


Wednesday April 12
9:30 a.m.

A bit cooler this morning and a little rain overnight, but the rest of the day is expected to be dry and clouds will clear out to mostly sunny skies and a high of 60.

I usually don't like to share crime stories, but maybe someone know this person who tried to break into the Friendsville Pharmacy yesterday. The suspect is described as a male, small-medium build, wearing camouflage shorts, a dark colored long sleeve shirt, a knit hat and a handkerchief/bandanna over the face. Anyone with any information may contact Cpl. Whitaker at the McHenry Barracks at 301-387-1101 or Garrett County Crime Solvers at www.garrettcountycrimesolvers.org.

Another piece of bad news, Michelle, the long-time resident bear in Thousand Acres (and star on their Facebook page), passed away in her den over the winter.  She was almost 20 years old. 

Fantasy Valley Golf Course at Wisp is slated to on Friday.  Oakland Golf Course opened on April 1.

Mark Belton, Secretary of the DNR, delivers an April message.

The POA provides a bit of detail on two bills affecting Garrett County including some clarification on the bill I mentioned yesterday.  I was wrong. Again.  It only affects Garrett and Allegany counties.  Also, Governor Hogan signed the More Jobs for Marylanders Act into law.  The legislation provides tax incentives to manufacturers and aims to create more jobs.  Here's hoping we'll be greatly affected by that one.  


Tuesday April 11
9:30 a.m.

Weather perfection again today.  For a while anyway.  Rain is expected later in the afternoon and through tomorrow. 

Daffodils and forsythia are in bloom.  The tree tops are red with new buds.  Grass and bushes are getting greener. It is spring, my friends!  I even saw my first snake of the season during my walk yesterday.  No bigger around than my pinky finger, but still managed to scare the heck out of me.

I was a bit disheartened to see all the empty driveways at the rental properties on Saturday during my morning walk.  Then, I was surprised to see them full yesterday.  Spring break!  I forgot. 

Thanks to everyone who alerted me to my error yesterday.  Turkey season for adults opens Tuesday, not Monday.  Please do NOT shoot turkeys on Monday!  :-)

If I'm reading this correctly, it looks like SB273 passed.  Great news for our county and others with state-owned land, but we have the most.   

Some regional news, Colorado groups have purchased Snowshoe Resort


Monday April 10
9:30 a.m.

A beautiful day ahead and a pretty good looking week, too.  I think spring is finally here to stay -- and now the winter clean up work begins. 

Brandi Krause, owner of Cobblestone Hair, will be opening a boutique soon in Dry Dock Plaza.  If you know Brandi, she's a woman with great style and taste, so I'm excited to see what she brings in. 

Wisp announced a $249 season pass sale going on now through April 30.  That price is for everyone at any age.  Huge savings especially for adults where the regular rate is $599. Purchase yours online now. 

The legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly ends tonight at midnight.  SB273, the bill that would provide additional funds to Garrett County for state owned land, passed in the Senate.  Hopefully, it is one the agenda for a vote in the House today.

Maryland's spring turkey season opens on Saturday for a Junior Hunt Day then again on Tuesday for everyone.


Friday April 7
9:30 a.m.

Well, we knew it was coming and we know it won't stay long, but it just -- for lack of a better term -- sucks!  Cold, windy, snowy, and miserable.  When season collide...

photo by Boo Boo Rogers

Oh, the sun will come out tomorrow.  Bet your bottom dollar...   Temperatures will rise each day, too.  Just a heads up here.  You're going to want to call in sick on Monday -- mostly sunny and a high of 70!

Dress it up tonight at the Garrett College Foundation's Starry Night spring fundraiser or get down and dirty at the JTF Pop-Up Event at Friendsville Elementary School.

Don't miss the Garrett County Health Fair going on tomorrow morning at the college.  Lots of free testing, information and guest speakers. 


Thursday April 6
9:30 a.m.

Looks like another washout of a day ahead. I guess we should be thankful that this didn't start as snow or we'd have quite a bit by now.  A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for tonight from 8 until 7 p.m. tomorrow.  Four to six inches of snow are possible. 

Railey Realty has Lot 2 & Lot 3 on the previous site of the Point View Inn now listed for $519,000 and $525,000, respectively.  Million dollar views!

The April Tails Up Newsletter from HART is now available.

The county tax sale will be held on May 12.  A list of properties scheduled for sale is available here

Check out this week's Maryland Fishing Report

Black bears are emerging from their dens.  The DNR reminds us how to avoid attracting hungry bears.

An interesting read on the history of the dams on the Yough.


Wednesday April 5
9:30 a.m.

 A beautiful sunshiny morning and it's only going to get better as the mercury rises into the 60's.  That snow remains in the forecast for Thursday night and through Friday, but, so far, the only advisory is for possible flooding.  Up to an inch of rain is expected before it turns to snow. 

Due to weather, Saturday's EGGStreme Egg Hunt has been postponed until April 15. 

It is official.  Governor Hogan signed the bill that will ban fracking in the state.  Six other bills were signed into law at the ceremony, as well. 

With the Grains, blogged an overview on Blue Moon Rising and also about her stay in the Moonshine cabin.  A great look at the village and an inside view of one of the lovely cabins.

Ace's Run is currently replacing the outside deck at the restaurant.  Coming soon: upgraded outdoor seating with a fantastic view.

Mark your calendars with the upcoming Youth Fishing Rodeos in Maryland.  A calendar of local (and statewide events) is available on the linked page.


Tuesday April 4
9:30 a.m.

April showers are making an appearance this morning.  Sometimes more than just a shower, but the rain is expected to clear out by afternoon. 

Nice to see some dock and boat activity on the lake yesterday. Gearing up for the summer season!

Governor Hogan signed the School Funding Bill into law which will provide supplemental funds to Garrett County Public Schools amongst others.

In regional news, the West Virginia House voted 51-49 to sell the Hopemont Hospital in Terra Alta.

The Spring 3-2-1 Promotion is still underway through May 11.  Stay for three, pay for two and add a discounted activity. 

Hey, hey, hey check out the Segway now available for sale on our Online Marketplace.


Monday April 3
9:30 a.m.

The sun is shining now, but clouds and rain are on the way.  Don't look now, but there are some snowflakes in the forecast for Thursday night. 

Street sweepers were on Deep Creek Drive on Friday collecting the winter anti-skid.  A sure sign of spring. 

Spring also means babies!  The DNR reminds us to Think Twice Before Rescuing Young Wildlife.

Anglers, check out the Maryland weekly fishing report.

Railey Realty released its Market Update for March. 

Regular readers have been enjoying the photography of Rob Paine on this site for years.  I am pleased to announce he has published his first book of photography:  A Place Called Deep Creek Lake.  A perfect gift for anyone who loves our lake.


Friday March 31
9:30 a.m.

A pretty steady rain this morning.  Looks like today may be a soaker from start to finish.  Rain is forecast to move out by early afternoon tomorrow and stay out until Monday night.

Registration is open for the Deep Creek Sailing School.  Weekly sessions are available for juniors, teens and adults.  The school will be celebrating 25 years this summer. 

Happy 149th anniversary yesterday to the Maryland Natural Resources Police, the state's oldest law enforcement agency.

Today is the deadline for the Autumn Glory Photo Contest sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Beginning Monday at 9 a.m. the state parks reservations system will transition to a new site: https://parkreservations.maryland.gov/.

Check out the propane fireplace just added to the Online Marketplace.