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Friday April 28
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
what to do if a snake bites you on a remote trail.
(I changed the 'when' in the title to 'if'. It
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
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.
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
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
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
ranked Maryland schools best in the nation.
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
at Silver Tree between 5 and 9:30. Eat,
drink, and 15% of your check will go to Hospice.
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
Sundeck boat. She's a beaut!
Tuesday April 25
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.
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
Monday April 24
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
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
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.
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.
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
Thursday April 20
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
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
Not much local information on this week's
Maryland Fishing Report, but I'll share it
Just heads up. All Maryland MVA offices
will be closed this Saturday for a computer
Wednesday April 19
Well this doesn't look like much fun. April
showers, I guess.
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
$39 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Congratulations to Heather Roth,
Garrett County's Teacher of the Year.
Tuesday April 18
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
It's also the
opening day of the spring turkey hunt in
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Thursday April 13
Two more days with no rain in the forecast.
Just a chance for showers/storms on Saturday, but
likely on Sunday.
story of a lost bear cub roaming a porch in
Lonaconing made the Baltimore Sun.
agenda for Tuesday's commissioners meeting has
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
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
hospitality program offered by Garrett College!
Wednesday April 12
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
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
Oakland Golf Course opened on April 1.
Mark Belton, Secretary of the DNR,
delivers an April message.
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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!
Tails Up Newsletter from HART is now available.
county tax sale will be held on May 12. A
list of properties scheduled for sale is available
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
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
It is official. Governor Hogan
signed the bill that will ban fracking in the
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
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
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!
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
Spring 3-2-1 Promotion is still underway through
May 11. Stay for three, pay for two and add a
Hey, hey, hey check out the
now available for sale on our Online Marketplace.
Monday April 3
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
Spring also means babies! The DNR reminds us
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
A Place Called Deep Creek Lake. A perfect
gift for anyone who loves our lake.
Friday March 31
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
will transition to a new site:
Check out the
fireplace just added to the Online Marketplace.