Partly sunny this morning turning to partly cloudy but warmer with highs in the low 40s.

Important reminder for our readers: Potomac Edison is planning a power outage today that will impact customers in the McHenry and Oakland areas between 9:00am – 9:15am. This is an outage for construction/repairs. In the event that it needs to be rescheduled for weather, they will move it to Thursday, November 9th from 9:00am – 9:15am.

Lots of interesting programs today for kids and adults at the Ruth Enlow Library branch locations throughout the County.

One more reminder: Women’s Networking Lunch @Ace’s Run at 12pm today!

Maryland Matters recently shared a LTE with more information on the Garrett County College Tuition Program that was followed up with a response from Dr. Bernard Sadusky Executive Director of MACC (Maryland Association of Community Colleges). The “promise” program is an excellent program for our community!

Congratulations to my colleague Max Hill on his election to the town council of Loch Lynn Monday. Way to go Max!

We have heard of some local restaurants offering Veterans Day (November 11th) discounts, including:

  • Denny’s: (Nov 10) Free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5:00pm to noon
  • IHOP: (Nov. 10) Free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7:00am-7:00pm
  • Perkins: (Nov 11) You can enjoy a complimentary Magnificent Seven Breakfast
  • Uno’s:  (Nov 11) Enjoy a free entrée or individual pizza (with an entrée or pizza purchase of equal or greater value.)
  • Green Turtle: Nov 11) Offer valid for a free item up to $12 or $12 off on a more expensive item

*Check participating locations before you go and note that you will probably need your ID Card or DD 214 for each of these*

In 2013 Brett Simpson entered into and completed what is considered to be one of the hardest bike races in the world, Tour Divide. Simpson is scheduled to give a presentation as part of the Adventure Sports colloquium series on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00pm in room 1013 in the Center for Adventure & Outdoor Studies (CAOS) building at Garrett College. Call 301-387-3330 for more information.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and since Americans collectively spend nearly $200 billion per year on obesity-related health costs, the personal-finance website WalletHub yesterday released its report on 2017’s Fattest States in America. Interesting fact: Maryland ranks 24th.

The Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs is offering two programs on government procurement and related topics in Crownsville on November 28th. It’s a drive but government contracts can really help any business grow.