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Friday March 24
This morning's rain has moved out and we should be
dry until Saturday night/Sunday morning. Not a
lot of sunshine, but dry. Highs will be around or in
the 60's. Woo!
Check out the Beat the Winter
Blues Cornhole Tournament held on Saturday in
the Ag building at the fairgrounds. Fun for
all and supports a great cause!
Don't forget the
Spring Carnival weekend at Wisp. Nothing's
been officially announced, but I'm guessing this
will be the last of skiing and riding for the
Maryland's Fishing Report is available
here. Trout season opens tomorrow and the
updated stocking efforts are
Happy Maryland Day tomorrow.
Thursday March 23
The lake froze over again last night which is
especially surprising given that it looked like an
ocean most of the day. The wind had it
churning. Sunshine today and a high of 46
today should be enough to end that.
Marine Service has taken advantage of the early
dock installation. Some of the rental
docks at the 219 location are already in.
Wisp plans to
make it through the weekend with ski operations
and tubing. They even blew some snow last night to
seal the deal. The All-Access deal continues.
Twenty-nine dollars for unlimited ski, tubing and
mountain coaster rides. Theme of the weekend
is Spring Carnival.
US News and World Report
reports on the possible fracking ban in
Maryland. The ban bill was approved in
committee 8-3 and now goes to the full Senate for a
vote. Possibly as early as today.
The commissioners voted to
appoint Friendsville resident, Dr. Nathan Sorber,
to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Education.
bloodhounds are returning to Garrett County this
Wednesday March 22
Skies are clearing, but it is cold and really windy.
Temperatures this morning are in the teens and will
only reach into the low 30's today and drop back in
the teens again overnight. Then it's all
uphill from there.
Sushi night returns tonight at
Our Town Theatre's presentation of Almost Maine
opens tonight and runs
through the weekend.
Garrett County is
participating in the Maryland Energy Association's
Anemometer Loan Project to determine if Swanton
and Grantsville can support a community wind
I've had some buffleheads frequent my lakefront
recently. Love, love, love watching diving
Tuesday March 21
Rain overnight leaves more mud than snow now.
Lots and lots of mud. Rain will clear out this
morning, but there's a slight chance for some snow
Tonight's Tuesday Food Truck theme at
Ace's Run will
be tacos. Margarita specials, too. It
all starts at 5.
Two Tuesday Movies of the Week
offered at Garrett 8 today: The Shack
and Kong: Skull Island.
A dog has been missing in Garrett County since 12/9
the owner shares the backstory, his ongoing
efforts to find Asuka, and details on how we can all
Monday March 20
Happy first day of spring! Still a good
bit of snow on the ground here, but we made it
through another winter. Cloudy today with an
expected high of 46. Rain is a likelihood
Wisp announced it
will stay open
as weather and conditions allow. Mountain
Park activities will be open only on the weekends.
In case you missed it... In an absolutely stunning
turn of events, Governor Hogan held a press
conference on Friday and
announced his full support of a statewide ban on
fracking. Mind blown!
will be held on April 4 on a commercial property
on Rt. 219 just south of the lake. It used to
be a Remax and a few other things.
Friday March 17
A still, cold night brought a skim of ice over parts
of the lake this morning. Hopefully, for the
last time. Mostly sunny skies today and a
chance for snow tonight and rain, wintry mix and
snow through the weekend. Accumulation is not
expected to be an issue.
Wisp gives the
final scoop on the Life's a Beach celebration
this weekend. Not only are lift tickets just
$29, that price will include unlimited snow
tubing and mountain coaster rides. A season pass
holder gets the same access.
Make your last-minute lodging
reservations and join us! The icing on the
cake? It's St. Patrick's Day, so we have some
great parties and live
A Sap-to-Syrup demonstration was tentatively
scheduled for tomorrow at Swallow Falls State Park,
but unfortunately will not be held as hoped.
Too cold. No sap.
Thursday March 16
Eleven inches covered on the ruler this morning.
Wisp is reporting fourteen. Our advisory was
extended again until 11 a.m. this morning with just
a bit more snow possible today. Schools are on
a two-hour delay.
We waited all winter for this and it comes one week
before spring. Pffft.
The Garrett County
Market Minute for February has been released.
have announced the agenda for the public meeting
High school students with an interest in forestry, fisheries, wildlife or parks management
check out the Natural Resources Careers Camp at
Hickory Environmental Education Center held this
Wednesday March 15
My snow piles now reach 9 inches high and the
mercury only reaches 7. An additional 1 to 3
inches are possible today, but the wind is the real
issue, blowing once-open roads shut and dropping the
wind chill to negative double digits. Local
schools are closed again and it is another good day
to stay inside, if you can.
Remember you can check live road conditions on I-68
via the links on our webcam
Kudos to our state troopers on the
arrest yesterday of an alleged
heroin dealer. Sounds like Mother Nature
had a part in the takedown, as well. Whatever
Wisp announced it's plans for
reopening. Lifts won't turn until Saturday
for a Life's a Beach weekend celebration.
Tuesday March 14
About six inches of new snow out my window this
morning and we aren't done yet as snow will continue
to move through the area until Thursday morning.
The Winter Storm Warning has been extended until 8
p.m. on Wednesday. No school today and lots of
business closings and delayed openings today.
If you're venturing out for something, call ahead.
No official word from Wisp yet on the reopening
Happy Pi Day!
Monday March 13
Did you hear? There's a storm a'comin.
Winter Storm Warning goes into effect tonight at 8
through 8 a.m. Wednesday with 8-12 inches expected.
Wisp announced they plan to
reopen sometime this week depending what Winter
Storm Stella brings.
In Boardwalk news, Carol and Parker Jacobs announced
they have purchased the Boardwalk and the property
across the street. The couple currently owns
The Aquatic Center adjacent to the property. From their announcement on
Facebook: "It was amusing and difficult watching all of the rumors about it being torn down for condos and other things, especially when we are not sure of our own plans yet. We simply knew that if we did not purchase it, then it would have possibly been four home sites. It is important to have places to go by boat on the lake. Please bear with us, while we navigate our opportunities of what types of activities/businesses will be good for our community as well as for our family. Currently, it will be closed for cleaning and renovations."
announced that the DNR will relax the April 1 dock
deployment rule and allow commercial and private
owners to put docks in beginning March 16. Of
course, 2017 permit fees must be paid.
In other good news, the McHenry Post Office recently
returned the outdoor mailbox with the slot you can
access from your car. Hip, hip, hooray!!
This may not seem like big news, but people who use
it regularly know what I'm talking about.
The Washington Post analyzes our local
Delegate Wendell Beitzel and this article: Pro-fracking Md. lawmaker criticized for potential personal financial stake in drilling.
The Southern Girls Basketball team made it to the
finals this weekend in the state 1A tournament, but
fell short of their ultimate goal of winning the big
game. They are still champions in our hearts.
Friday March 10
At some point yesterday our forecast for snow
showers turned into a Winter Weather Advisory.
Two inches so far this morning and the advisory
remains in effect until 1 p.m. today with another
1-3 inches possible. Weekend weather
will be dry, but cold. Nights will be frigid.
In case you missed it,
James Corden trying to pronounce Maryland on a
recent show. Funny!
Not so funny, there was a
bomb threat at Northern Middle School yesterday
afternoon. K9 units scanned the building and
gave the "all clear."
Check out the 65"
LED Smart TV just added to our Online
There will be an indoor flea market tomorrow in the
exhibit hall at the fairgrounds.
Also, don't miss the first JTF Pop-Up Event
at tomorrow at Grantsville Elementary School. A family friendly event filled with activities for everyone. Activities will include Archery Tag, Snookball, Ping Pong, Corn Hole, and much more.
Tomorrow at 10 a.m., gather
the hounds and enjoy a dog-friendly hike with
the staff at the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center.
Don't forget to spring your clocks forward Saturday
night as Daylight Savings Time begins.
Thursday March 9
Sunny skies again this morning and an expected high
of 51, but hold on, the weather roller coaster is
taking another turn. Snow is on the way
tonight and through Friday. The good news is
that winter storm forecasters were eyeing during the
early part of the week will not hit us. The
bad news is we're in for a stretch of cold weather.
Temperatures will be around or below freezing
beginning tonight and through next week.
The Baltimore Sun
provides an update on status of the fracking ban
Check out the video on the Maryland DNR Wildlife &
Heritage Service Facebook page of
a bobcat feeding on a deer carcass (set as bait
for golden eagles) in Garrett County. A fisher
even makes an appearance for a taste.
You know what's better than Wednesday Pasta Night at
Wednesday Pasta Night with a view like this...
And, just 'cause we can all use a feel-good story
nowadays... Herbert Hoover High School in West
make it's first trip to the state basketball
tournament ever. The team's high school
and gym, located in Clendenin, were destroyed during
the devastating flooding that hit last June.
Wednesday March 8
A gorgeous sunny day today, but a Wind Advisory is
in effect from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today with possible
gusts up to 55 mph.
I forgot to mention I had my first official robin
sighting on Saturday and many since then.
Big news! Garrett Regional Medical Center has
been chosen as a finalist for the fifth annual RWJF Culture of Health Prize given by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Blue Ridge Outdoors features
an article on the B-52 bomber crash in
Grantsville on January 13, 1964.
Tuesday March 7
Dry so far this morning, but showers are a
possibility through the day. Tomorrow's skies
will be clear, but gusting winds will return.
Buzz is beginning about a possible winter storm
headed our way this weekend. I'm agreeing with
Taylor-Made on this one...
The Chamber of Commerce has released a new Garrett
County Weddings Guide. You can pick up a copy
at the Visitor's Center, order via mail through this
online form or view it
Winter 2017 Deep Creek Dispatch from the Deep
Creek Lake POA is now available.
The Bottom Line, a student newspaper at
Frostburg State University, features
an article on the Deep Creek Dunk and some
students' roles in the event. By the way,
current tally on the donations for the dunk are now
Tavern has a new Un*Bear*Able Wing Challenge.
Eat 12 of their hottest mace-in-the-face wings in 12
minutes and burn for another 8 minutes and you'll
get your picture on the Wing Wall of Fame and a free
Monday March 6
Cloudy this morning and rain is in the forecast
today and through tomorrow night. All the
recent rain has really brought the lake level up
quickly. My little adjacent cove seemed to
fill up overnight. This morning we're at
2459.34 which is above the
Operating Rule Band for this time of year.
A lovely weekend here overall. The snow
squalls on Friday stayed a little longer than
expected and the Sunday temperature didn't get as
high as expected, but the skies were the bluest of
blue both Saturday and Sunday.
Congratulations to the Southern Garrett High School
Lady Rams on earning their 5th consecutive trip to
the Maryland 1A State Basketball Tournament.
The girls play in the semifinals this Friday at 9
p.m. at Towson University.
The March issue of HART's newsletter
Tails Up is now available.
Also, check out the
March newsletter from the Maryland Department of
An episode of Log Cabin Living that was
filmed in Western Maryland (with one home from Deep
Creek) aired over the weekend. If you missed
it, check your guide for a repeat showing.
Season 4, episode 4:
Friday March 3
About an inch of new snow and periodic squalls
continue to move through the area this morning.
Snow will clear out by evening and we'll have a
sunny winter day on Saturday and a sunny spring day
on Sunday. Mother Nature continues to mix it
So this weekend is final weekend at the
Boardwalk under the current ownership
and management. (Note the bold print.)
Rumors continue to circulate, but only the new
owners know what the future holds for the old place
and they haven't announced anything. I'm still
on Team Believe and think it will remain.
Time will tell. In the meantime, stop by this
weekend and say goodbye to Calvin, Brittany, and
Chris. (Not sure if Audrey is returning
for the festivities.)
The death of the man found in Savage River State
Forest back in January
has now been ruled a homicide.
Marine Service is holding it annual
end-of-season clearance sale. Save big on all
Check out the Railey Realty
Real Estate Update for February. All the
arrows are pointing in the right direction.
Thursday March 2
Over 2 1/2 inches of rain fell yesterday and the
wind started gusting in the afternoon causing some
downed trees and power outages around the area.
This morning we have snow showers and a chance for 2
to 4 inches by tomorrow afternoon.
The annual DNR
Photo Contest is now underway. Entries
will be accepted until August 31 and can include images featuring birds, insects, flora, outdoor recreation, nature in action, scenic landscapes, and wildlife.
Onlyinyourstate.com features Grantsville in a recent
article as a
Fascinating Town Straight Out of a Fairy Tale.
The Huffington Post included
a piece on local kayak gear designer and
Friendsville councilman, Jess Whitemore, and his
fight against fracking in Maryland. (The story is part of a collaborative photojournalism project, “The Human Cost of Energy Production,” about the threat of expanded fracking for natural gas to rural areas of Pennsylvania and Western Maryland.)
also reports on the issue with interviews with
some familiar local faces.
Set your DVRs. The episode of Fishing
University featuring local teen anglers, Joe
McCloskey and Trent Lohr, will premiere on Monday at
7:30 a.m. on the Outdoor Channel.
Wednesday March 1
March came in like a lion. Not the normal
snowy lion, but rainy downpours and thunder that
will make you jump out of your seat. A Flash
Flood Warning is in effect until this evening and
temperatures will drop overnight and it will change
The Department of Planning and Land Management has launched a
watershed management website to provide a centralized location for information, resources and news.
US News and World Report released its
Best State Rankings and Maryland was ranked #8.
Not too shabby.
plotters are available for sale in our Online