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Thursday May 25
Around 3/4 of an inch of rain overnight, but the
rain has cleared out for the most part today.
Just a chance for an isolated shower or
So, ignoring the weekend forecast didn't do much
good. It could be better, but it could be a
lot worse, too. Chances are we will see some
rain, especially on Sunday. On the bright
it doesn't seem that rain will be a constant and
it will be a bit warmer with highs in the 70's.
No change in the lake temperature since the
beginning of the month. It is still around 61
The HART for
Animals Guest Bartender Challenge returns
Mountain Lake Vacations will be your servers at
Harbor Bar from 6-9. The event is
dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your pooch.
(leashed, of course)
The Kendall Trail Walk/Run
will be held on Saturday along with other town
events in Friendsville.
Oakland's Farmer's Market doesn't open until next
weekend, but the one in
opens this Saturday.
No post from me tomorrow. Enjoy the long
weekend and take time to remember those who gave the
ultimate sacrifice for our country. Oakland
will hold a Memorial Day parade Monday at 10:30.
Wednesday May 24
We're just going to ignore weather forecast and
maybe it will go away. That is all I'm saying.
The Frederick News Post provides
some information and advice on holiday weekend
travel with a mention on Deep Creek Lake.
Discovery Center is now open for the season:
seven days a week from 10-5.
The POA sent out two Eblasts: one on the process for
removing dead trees from the buffer strip and
the other on
upcoming herbicide applications for hydrilla.
If you haven't been to Mosser Meadow nursery (Halian
Landscaping) on Mosser Road, you need to stop by.
I went for a few filler flowers and was surprised by
the great selection of beautiful flowers, baskets,
and plants. Let's just say I came home
with more than a "few filler flowers."
Tuesday May 23
Cloudy today with a chance for rain this evening.
Our trees have finally reached really, really green
status. So pretty.
We were treated to another spectacular sunset last
night. Thanks to Tim Schmidt for sharing this
The electricity is mounting as we prepare for the
big holiday weekend and kick-off to summer.
Everyone's hustling to get their properties in
tip-top shape, but the tree cutting (or weed eating)
in my neighborhood at 6:45 this morning was a bit
The Harbor Bar opens for the season on Thursday and
the Entertainment Schedule
has been updated with the weekend line up there.
Has anyone seen a 14' trampoline rolling through the
countryside? Maybe near Klotz Farm or over the
hill into Ridgeview Valley? Some homeowners
came to their house on Sunday in Sunset Ridge and
found that it was missing. If you know
email the owners.
Check out the nice
truck has just listed in the Online Marketplace.
Monday May 22
Some drizzles and showers in the area this morning, but clouds
will clear to mostly sunny skies later today.
The weekend weather was pretty good. Saturday
was very nice and Sunday was overcast and foggy, but
it didn't rain until late afternoon.
Sky Valley Association and the Town of Oakland
are recipients of grant money from Keep Maryland
head to Kitzmiller today for their public
offers 20 photos that will inspire you to visit
Deep Creek this summer. Lovely!
Grantsville and the Grantsville Revitalization Organization (GRO) were one of six, statewide recipients to receive a 2017 Sustainable Growth Award. Check out the video presentation
on the award.
Friday May 19
These mornings lately... absolutely
spectacular! The chance for showers and storms
begins today after 2 and runs through the weekend.
It will be a bit cooler, too, with highs in the
upper 60's and low 70's.
basset hound got loose
yesterday and isn't wearing a collar.
Folks in the Sang Run area, keep an eye our for
Livvy. Update: Livvy found
her way back home.
reopens for the season today. Stop by
between 11 and 12 today for a Dutch oven dessert.
The Deep Creek Lake Loop race
will be held tomorrow at the State Park to benefit
Cindy's Fund. Then head over and check out the
Lion's Club Boat Auction at
1 p.m. Or take the kids to New Germany State Park
for the annual Youth Fishing
Thursday May 18
Last day of a rain-free forecast. The chance
for showers and thunderstorms begins tonight and
runs through the weekend. Looks like just
passing-through showers, not a wash-out weekend.
The lake was perfectly still this morning and the
skim of pollen is plentiful. I feel for all
you seasonal allergy sufferers 'cause you are really
suffering right now.
Gourmet and More, a sister store to
Schoolhouse Earth, will open on Saturday in The
Fort. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and
there will be drawings and giveaways.
According to WCBC Radio, Grow West MD, the medical
marijuana grower issued a license for Garrett
wants to move to Allegany County. That's
40 start-up jobs with the potential to grow to 100.
Maryland Weekly Fishing Report
has been released.
Wednesday May 17
Morning clouds are clearing to another sunny day
ahead. Today we may reach into the 80's and
the real kicker; overnight temperatures stayed in
the 60's. It's actually a warm morning!
The lake level is still
pretty high at 2461.25.
is participating in the Click It or Ticket campaign.
The April Garrett
County Market Minute is now available.
The Governor announced that almost $83 million
will be available for student need-based
scholarships in 2017/18 through the Maryland
Higher Education Commission.
Cicadas are emerging downstate this year.
Unexpectedly and off schedule. Although not
unprecedented, it's a bit unsettling -- to me,
Tuesday May 16
Another blue sky day and it will be a bit warmer
than yesterday with an expected high of 75.
It's not just the day skies that thrill. The
clear, starry nights are pretty spectacular, too.
Cumberland, MD was
named the second cheapest housing market in the
U.S. by the National Board of Realtors.
The annual Boat Auction to benefit the Deep Creek
Lion's Club is this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the park
on Bumble Bee Road.
of boats up for auction are now available on the
club's Facebook page.
The End of the Line Bookstore is
now open for the 2017 season. The perfect
place to pick up your summer reads.
Monday May 15
A beautiful start to the workweek. Not a cloud
in the bluest of skies. Our trees aren't fully
enveloped yet, but the green is starting to take
The weekend weather was a pleasant surprise.
Rain ended Saturday morning and we had periods of
sunshine and clouds for the duration. It
wasn't exactly warm, but it wasn't the rainy, cold
weekend that was forecast.
It's been officially announced... the old Boardwalk
location will offer frozen yogurt and toppings from
the food truck.
I am sorry to report that missing woman I mentioned
on Friday was found, but she had passed away.
Free Fishing Days in Maryland
have been announced: June 3 & 10 and July 4.
The MD DNR
is now recruiting 35 full-time individuals
between the ages of 17 and 25 for the Maryland
Friday May 12
Foggy and dismal this morning, but it is not
raining. Yet. Oh, and we dipped into the 30's
this morning with a current temperature of 39. Ugh!
Looking past the weekend, the weather will be
shaping up a bit.
Over an inch and half of rain yesterday. I did
get my morning walk in between the raindrops and
enjoyed all the new water features on my normal
ASCI announced they will push opening day until next
Saturday instead of tomorrow.
On behalf of the Maryland state Police McHenry barrack a silver alert has been issued for a missing 73 year old female.
TERESA, ANN BURCH. SHE IS A WHITE FEMALE, 5 foot 2 inches tall, 165 pounds, BLONDE HAIR, AND HAZEL EYES. Teresa may be driving a Green in color 2012 SUBARU FORRESTER with
Maryland TAGS, 6AN2904.
LAST SEEN ON MAY 9 2017 IN MCHENRY, Maryland.
IF FOUND CONTACT Maryland state police MCHENRY barrack at, 301-387-1101 or call, 9 1 1.
A picture is available via
Michael Goodfellow, founder of The Goodfellow
Agency, passed away on Wednesday. Our sincere
condolences go out to his wife, Lisa, and the entire
A great piece from the Road Team of Blue Ridge
Outdoors on their recent stay at Blue Moon
Rising and other area adventures.
How To: Deep Creek Lake, MD
According to a
Facebook post from the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage
Service, a pair of peregrine falcons have been
found nesting in Western Maryland for the first time
since 1940. They don't say 'where' exactly,
for obvious reasons, but the nest is in "a popular
hiking and rock climbing area". Staff
has set up a closure area around the nesting spot
and asks that visitors please respect the birds'
The Maryland Public Service Commission
awarded renewable energy credits for two
offshore wind projects near Ocean City.
A nice Centurion
wakeboat has been added to the Online
Marketplace. Pristine condition and only 96
Grantsville National Road Festival kicks off
tomorrow with lots of activities including a
town-wide yard sale.
The 4th Annual Native Plant Sale
will be held tomorrow at New Germany State Park and
check out the weekend activities at
Manor and Deep Creek
Happy Mother's Day to all the fellow mothers out
Thursday May 11
Storms arrived around 5:15 this morning and by 7
a.m. over an inch of rain had fallen.
Unfortunately, it isn't over yet. Rain is in
the forecast through the weekend.
lake level is above the operating rule band at
2461.16. 2461 is the highest desirable
reservoir level and this rain is only going to add
to it. We can expect additional releases.
Another alert to set your DVRs, HGTV
air the Lakefront Bargain Hunt episode on Deep
Creek Lake -- June 25 at 8 pm and June 26 at 3 am.
(Regular readers may recall this episode aired on
some country channel a few months ago.
Finally, those of us who didn't get that channel
will get to see it. Myself included.)
Saturday is opening day at ASCI.
Call now to make your reservations!
Sign ups are open for volunteers to man the Deep
Creek Time Station during the Race Across America in
Congressman Delaney will hold
an urgent meeting with Garrett County businesses
to discuss his legislation to extend HUBZone
eligibility. Without congressional action,
Garrett County would lose HUBZone status in early
2018 affecting 11 HUBZone certified businesses that
about 500 people in the county.
Weekly Maryland Fishing Report has a picture of
father, son, and a nice largemouth bass pulled from
Broadford Lake. Speaking of fish,
a new state record muskie was caught in the
upper Potomac in Washington County.
Creek Docks dropped off yesterday! It's
not new, but new-to-me anyway. Isn't she a
beaut? So ready for summer now. Thanks
to Justin and his staff. A pleasure to work
Wednesday May 10
A perfect mirror lake this morning. Here's a
look from the
Railey cam at the Creamery.
Partly sunny skies in store today and a high of 64
and then rain will come in for the rest of the
According to the Tri-State News Center, the
Pennsylvania budget includes funds for the Rt. 219
expansion from Meyersdale to Somerset.
Tonight is the second Celebrity Bartender Night to
for Animals. Staff from
will be your host at the Greene Turtle from 6-9 p.m.
Moon Market is celebrating its one year
anniversary today with 10% off everything (excluding
artwork) from 9 to 6.
To my fellow Lake Shore Drivians, we got a fresh new
center line painted on Monday and a crew from
Taylor-Made came and picked up trash yesterday
(along their adopted road portion anyway).
Tuesday May 9
Another beautiful, but cold morning. The
mercury is going up, though, and will stay out of
the 30's for the foreseeable future. It's safe to
put those plants back out for a while.
Blue Moon Rising was the subject of a
recent post on Only in Maryland.
Garrett Trails is seeking volunteers for the
upcoming Gran Fondo Race on June 24. Morning
and afternoon shifts are available. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Remaining homes from
Taylor-Made Vacations will be offered at 3
nights for the price of 2 for Memorial Day weekend.
(not retroactive and participating properties only.)
A digital edition of the
Deep Creek Lake Activities Guide is available.
The sinking canoe I mentioned the other day has been
returned to its owners with some help from these
Notes, some ladies who knit, and the crew at the
Aquatic Center, who had saved it before it sank.
Teamwork and happy endings. Yay!
Monday May 8
A bright and sunny Monday ahead with an expected
high of 50. Fifty sounds pretty darn good
compared to the 32 degrees at daybreak. We
have a couple nice days ahead. Each getting a
bit warmer before the chance for rain returns on
Saturday was pretty much a washout of a day and
Sunday was dry, but pretty cold. Not the
finest of weekends for outdoor adventures. The bird
hikes went very well, according to the BirdFest
organizers, with over 100 species tallied and a few
rarities for the area.
Hope you were able to catch the Lakefront Bargain
Hunt Renovation episode
set in Deep Creek
this weekend. What great publicity for our
area and the buyers picked the right house (meaning
they picked the one I would have) and it turned out
Alex McCoy, our county Economic Development
Director, tendered his resignation effective May 30.
McCoy only served as director for two years before
accepting a job as CEO of the Greater Lawrence
County (Pa.) Regional Chamber of Commerce which will
allow him to be closer to family.
The DNR announced
funding for 23 municipalities for improvements
to town parks. Mt. Lake Park and Broadford
Park will both receive money. Broadford Park
will use its funds to build a shell stage for
concerts, plays and other events.
Anyone looking for a seasonal dock rental should
check out the new listing
in our Marketplace. Last one available at
Logan Hinebaugh got another monster pike.
Friday May 5
The morning rain has cleared out for now and we will
get into the high 60's today after all. Then
it's all downhill from here as another cold front
arrives. The past couple days have exceeded
the forecast expectation, so maybe that trend will
continue through the weekend. *fingers
Set your DVRs. An upcoming episode of
Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation will feature
Deep Creek Lake and Railey Realty's Jon Bell.
Showings are on HGTV on this Saturday at 10 p.m. and
Sunday at 1 a.m.
The MDE will hold a
public hearing on an application from the
Garrett County Sanitary District to pump 145,000 of
water per day from two wells in the Hoyes Run area
to be used in the McHenry Water System.
While all eyes are on the American Health Care Act,
has asked for an average 52% premiums increase
on plans in the state health exchange plan.
Ironically, that announcement makes me sick to my
Birdfest weekend kicks off tonight with the art
reception. The weather forecast isn't really
cooperating for the hikes, but if the birds can live
in it we can walk in it, right? Dress
Tickets will be available at the door for the
Floral Designs by Sylvia
presentation tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the St. Peter's
Don't miss the Garrett Community
Concert Band spring concert tomorrow night in
the college auditorium. A foot-tapping tour
Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls state parks now
have weekend activities
to begin the season.
Other events this weekend
include the All Things Home Expo in the exhibit hall
at the fairgrounds, the first Old Time Jam of the
season at New Germany State Park and the Baltimore
Ravens cheerleaders return to Deep Creek for their
annual training camp. They'll be a the Honi
tonight from 5-7, so wear your black and gold!
(I'm kidding, I'm kidding...)
Cinco de Mayo today + the Kentucky Derby tomorrow =
good fun and specials at our local watering holes.
Thursday May 4
There was a bit of rain this morning and more
possible through the day, but right now the sun is
out and hopefully it will stay that way.
Unfortunately, the wind will return today. No
advisory thus far.
Speaking of winds, if anyone is missing a green
canoe in the McHenry Cove area, I saw one sinking in
the cove right beside the old Point View property on
Tuesday. I'm sure it got caught up in the wind
and then the waves took over.
May Tails Up newsletter from HART is available.
That face on Bravo! Too much cuteness.
Also now available, the
May Real Estate Update from Railey Realty.
For any aspiring actors out there,
open auditions for a movie being filmed in
Preston County next year will be held on Sunday.
great press on Firefly Farms and information on
a possible expansion of the business.
winners of the Black Bear and Migratory Bird Stamp
contest have been announced. Also, I may
have mentioned this before, but it's worth
annual DNR Photo Contest is now open.
Maryland Weekly Fishing Report has a photo of
another monster pike caught in the lake.
The State Highway Administration released the
E-Road Ready electronic brochure featuring
information on road construction across the state.
A pretty neat tool for travelers and commuters.
A police chase through the county
led to the arrest of a woman who identified
herself as Hillary Clinton. Obviously, it
wasn't Hillary Clinton, but still the story made it
to the US News and World Report website.
May the 4th be with you. (Sorry. Still cracks
me up every year!)
Wednesday May 3
No rain in the forecast for today, but it is cold with
temperatures in the high 30's this morning.
My morning walk was a bit tense yesterday -- just waiting to hear the crack of a tree in the
Smithsonian Magazine named Oakland one of
The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2017.
The Maryland State Police, McHenry Barrack, will
host "Chasing the Dragon - The Life of an Opiate
Addict" from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Monday, May 15, 2017.
The presentation includes a 45 min movie and will be
held in Room 111 of the Garrett Information
Enterprise Center. The event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Opiate and Heroin epidemic in our area. Please visit
their Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/mspmchenry/ more information.
The fair board announced today that gate entry on
Thursday and Saturday of fair week will be $15
instead of $10 due to "fantastic entertainment."
The official fantastic announcement is coming soon.
Hugs from Holly day. A day to celebrate the
birthday and memory of Holly Heap who was tragically
killed. Spread the love today and everyday.
Tuesday May 2
Just a slight chance for showers this
afternoon and a wind advisory goes into effect at
noon and runs until 7 tonight. Forty-one
degrees this morning. Here's a fun (?) fact:
that's 25 degrees less than the same time yesterday.
Another round of hellacious storms yesterday
afternoon. Rain fell in buckets and the wind
just howled downing trees including this one along
Oak Street in Oakland. (photo courtesy of the
Some good news to report. The snowflakes on my
weather graphic turned to rain -- except on Sunday.
The bad news is nothing above a 5 in the tens digit
of the temperature through next Thursday.
I saw my first hummingbird of the season yesterday.
The Garrett County Planning Commission
has decided to let a consultant lead the
discussion on possible county-wide zoning.
Also of note in the article, the commission approved
a variance for Deep Creek Marina to install a
zip-line park on Deep Creek Drive.
Registration is now open for the
10th Maryland Park Quest family adventure
Tonight kicks off the Guest Bartender Challenge to
Made Vacations will be the host at JG's Pub from
Monday May 1
Party sunny and warm this morning, but a cold front
is on the way this afternoon bringing thunderstorms
with it. Some storms may be severe.
Are we really seeing this?
After some rather raucous storms early Saturday
morning, the weekend turned quite lovely. Nice
to see a good number of boats out on the lake.
Except one particularly loud boat that ran through
all day Saturday. Really, really loud!
Check out this monster caught in the lake this
weekend by Logan Hinebaugh. Holy pike!
Today starts the
Marine Service All-Family Boat Show, running
until Memorial Day weekend. Stop by and see what's
new in boating. Demonstrations, food, and
drink will be provided on the weekends.
Both Southern and Northern High Schools
were awarded the Bronze medal status by the US
News and World Report's 2017 Best High School
ranking. They were rated the 60th and 61st best in
the state, respectively.