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Friday June 23
9:30 a.m.

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 information in this Eblast

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 working.)

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 the door.

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
9:30 a.m.

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 6-13.

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. 

HART for 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
9:30 a.m.

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 Race Across America, Christoph Strausser, 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 race.

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
9:30 a.m.

After a pretty rainy day yesterday, the sky is blue and the sun is shining. Expected high is only 71.  Ahhh.

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 beginning tomorrow. 

 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
9:30 a.m.

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 Thursday evening. 

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 Docks.


Thursday June 15
9:30 a.m.

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 hose. 

Tonight is the first Pocket Park movie of the season.  Check out Storks tonight at dusk in the Oakland Mountain Fresh Pavilion.

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 Schools.

The DNR announced $10.5 million in grants to enhance boating access and navigation across the state.  Garrett County gets a big goose egg.

A new state record white catfish was caught in the lower Potomac. 

Guess what's back?  Zima!!  Pick some up at McHenry Beverage or Deep 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
9:30 a.m.

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 Frostburg State University webpage featuring Tristan Nazelrod, national champion power lifter.  Tristan is from Garrett County and a Southern High School graduate. 

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 Creek.

In honor of Flag Day, here's a guide to Flag Etiquette.


Tuesday June 13
9:30 a.m.

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 Brenda's.  Also, don't forget that bridge on Oakland Sang Run Road closed for replacement yesterday.


Monday June 12
9:30 a.m.

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. 

A map has been created by the DNR with official cove names of Deep Creek Lake. 


Friday June 9
9:30 a.m.

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. 

The 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 crisis.  Tragic. 

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. 

The 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  excellent food


Thursday June 8
9:30 a.m.

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 weekend. 

McHenry Beverage's annual Summer Spirit Stock Up Sale begins today and runs through June 24.  Great prices on some great favorites. 

The 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 Garrett County. 

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 Flying Scot.

The Watersports Industry Association offers an entertaining video highlighting wakeboard etiquette.  Education is key to us all getting along. 

Another classic boat listed in the Online Marketplace; a 1978 Cobalt with trailer.  Priced right for a handyman's special.


Wednesday June 7
9:30 a.m.

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 great one.

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 what's fresh.

Just for fun on this Wednesday... try your hand at this quiz on identifying poison ivy

Check out the classic Supra now for sale in the Online Marketplace.


Tuesday June 6
9:30 a.m.

Mostly cloudy today and a chance for showers through the day.  Temperatures will only reach into the high 50's.

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 inch.

North Glade Inn is slashing prices for a two-night stay from June 26 to July 13.  Just $90 per night!  Book now.

The commissioners voted yesterday to approve the 2018 Fiscal Year Budget

The June Tails Up newsletter from HART for Animals is now available. 

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 Deep Creek 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 project here


Monday June 5
9:30 a.m.

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 the 40's.

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
9:30 a.m.

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 weekend.

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 Railey Realty), 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 anniversary.

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
9:30 a.m.

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)

The 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. 

Deep 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.

Dutch's 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 chapbook Looking for Ireland at the Garrett County Celtic Festival at 5:30.