Monday October 30

Mostly cloudy today; highs in the upper 40s. Wind around 15-25mph with gusts up to 40mph.

The Snow Emergency Plan was in effect overnight beginning at 2130 on 10/29/17 and was just recently lifted at 0820 hours this morning.

What a beautiful sight this morning. Oakland looks to have gotten about 4 inches of snow:

Take a look at each of our webcams to see the snowfall around the county.

Fall Farmers Market: Fresh and seasonal produce, baked goods, and other items will be for sale in the LaVale library parking lot today starting at 1:00pm.

Tonight is Trick or Treat sponsored by Residence Life at Garrett College: Admission is 1 non-perishable food item per family. Food item(s) can be dropped off at Garrett or Laker Hall. All donations will be given to the Students in Need Group (SING) food pantry on campus. There will be games, crafts, costume contents by age group, trick-or-treating, and family fun! For more information, contact Amanda Johnson at 301-387-3163 or

Congrats to Mary Callis and the whole GLAF team. The Ballet Theater of Maryland’s production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ballet Sunday afternoon was a great success and very well received by all in attendance, especially the little ones.

There was an attempted kidnapping of a five-year-old boy in Cumberland Saturday. The boy is safe and the kidnapper has been apprehended.

Successful Rural Broadband Launch: A Garrett County initiative began ahead of schedule, bringing residents in Garrett County closer to broadband accessibility. This was one of two pilot programs established by the governor Hogan’s June 2017 executive order creating an Office of Rural Broadband to improve connectivity for economic and public safety purposes, with a focus on communities that have largely been ignored.

The Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack is searching for the owner of construction equipment items that were found on Friendsville Road (MD Route 42) between Friendsville and McHenry, during the week of 10/23/2017. Anyone that has lost construction equipment during this time frame is asked to call the MSP McHenry Barrack at 301-387-1101.

The Garrett College workshop on Grant Writing has been rescheduled to Monday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 29th, in room 102 of the GIEC building on campus.  It runs from 6:00pm-8:30pm each evening and will be taught by Cherie Krug. Call 301.387.3069 to register.

Friday October 27, Saturday October 28, Sunday October 29

Mostly sunny today; highs in the upper 60s. Some rain showers expected over the weekend — highs in the 50s for Saturday and ….brrrr…. highs in the upper 30s on Sunday.

Don’t forget to visit the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in Oakland on Saturday. It is their last Saturday of the season. They do plan on having some Winter Markets

A Touch of Class Limousine is holding their weekly wine and beer tasting tour event from 12:00pm – 4:00pm on Saturday.

I had a very interesting meeting Friday as part of The Greater Cumberland Committee Education Work Group. We had an interesting discussion led by Dr. Diane Romaine of Frostburg about prescription drug abuse issues and what is being done in the medical community to combat this epidemic. This is a huge problem even for rural, peaceful Garrett County.

The 2017 Wild Turkey Observation Survey Summary shows turkey reproduction in western Maryland was slightly below average, but high enough to maintain the population at previous levels. The Fall Turkey hunting season begins October 28th and ends November 4th.

On the other end of the spectrum, a Care2 Petition with over 119,000 signatures is seeking to put an end to Maryland’s black bear trophy hunt, which ran through Thursday in Garrett, Frederick, Washington, and Allegany Counties.

The Ruth Enlow Library and Garrett County Family Support Services will co-host a teen sensory and social event on Saturday, November 4, 10:00am – 11:00am, at the Oakland Library. This interactive, sensory friendly program will include activities specifically designed for teens that provide adaptive experiences based on multiple learning styles.

Garrett County is featured for “Building a Culture of Health in Appalachia” in the October edition of ARC in Focus as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award recipient.

Last and definitely not least are all of the cool Halloween festivities being held in the area. Note we have added a few…

10/27 – Trick or Treat Night
Downtown Kitzmiller @6:00-8:00pm

10/28 – Trunk or Treat
GCC Technologies @noon-3:00pm

10/28 – Halloween Trick or Treat
Deep Creek Marina Club @3:00pm-7:00pm

10/28 – Free Family Fall Festival
Deer Park Community Building @6:00pm-9:00pm

10/28 – Halloween Party
Long Branch Saloon @9:30pm-12:00am

10/28 – Halloween Party
Black Bear Tavern @10:00pm-1:00am

10/30 – Trick or Treat Sponsored by Residence Life
Garrett College Residence  @6:00pm-9:00pm

10/31 – Trick or Treating in the Towns
Oakland @6:00-7:30pm
Mt Lake Park @5:30pm-6:30pm
Loch Lynn @5:30pm-6:30pm
Grantsville @5:30pm-7:00pm
Friendsville @5:30-7:00pm
Accident @6:00pm-7:00pm

10/31 – Crossroads Family Fun Friendly Fantastic Fall Festival
Crossroads Church @5:00pm-8:00pm

10/31 – Still Brewing Band
MoonShadow @7:30pm

Thursday October 26

Mostly cloudy & foggy turning mostly sunny today; highs in the upper 40s.

It happened. First snow of the season in the air last night:

Join fellow artists, woodworkers, musicians, writers and folks that have a passion for art at this month’s Garrett County Arts Council’s Arts Connection event. This month’s event will be held today at the B&O Train Museum in downtown Oakland from 6-8pm… come hangout! (FREE)

Congratulations to Ed Friend Sr. (paper) and Wayne Boarder (online), the winners of the GOBA 50/50 raffle. Congratulations are also in order for Laura and Mark Stutzman, who worked tirelessly to create, launch and promote the raffle.

October 28th is Garrett County’s Drug Free Communities Coalition “Take Back Day,” where County citizens can bring in over-the-counter and prescription medications to McHenry Police Barracks, Garrett County Sheriff’s office and Oakland City Hall.

Plenty of good fishing at Deep Creek Lake and throughout the state for all of you anglers.

How about Garrett County? Inc.’s open competition for its “second headquarters” location, expected to cost over $5 billion and take 20 years to compete, drew bids from 238 cities and regions, domestic and international.

There are two pairs of skis newly listed in our online marketplace. Check ’em out!

Remembering our local and national military: On November 10th, Garrett College will take part in a nationwide effort to honor American service men and women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade by holding a Remembrance Day National Roll Call in the auditorium located on the McHenry campus.  The event starts at 7:00am and runs into the afternoon. Contact Kathy Fauber at 301-387-3057 or for more information or if you would like to read names.

Wednesday October 25

Cool today; highs only in the mid-40s. Partly sunny and then chance of a scattered shower this afternoon.

The last Wednesday Mountain Fresh Farmer’s Market session of the season will take place today at the pavilion downtown Oakland from 10:00am-1:00pm.

Our Town Theatre’s Costume Shop, located on the second floor of The Backstage building at 105 E. Center Street in Oakland, offers costume rentals for all ages and a range of sizesfor any occassion (including Halloween). Options include traditional store-bought costumes as well as vintage clothing at a cost of $5 per outfit. Open tonight from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Are you a wedding vendor (or do you want to be a vendor) creating weddings in Garrett County or the surrounding areas? Tonight the non-profit Garrett County Wedding Professionals group is holding an educational session on “Bridal Shows 101” at Chanteclaire Farm from 6:00-8:00pm.

Garrett County may be in Appalachia, and may even share some of the problems, but we truly have it good compared to some other Appalachian communities, especially relative to medical services and mental health care access.

The Maryland State Department of Health just reported the number of drug and alcohol-related overdose deaths by county for the second quarter of 2017. Garrett County has had 2 opioid deaths in the past 12 months.

On Saturday, October 28th, the 1994 Laker men’s basketball team, which won Garrett College’s first state and Region XX championships, along with three former athletes and a coach will be inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame. There are other activities planned as well for the Hall of Fame weekend.

The Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MD PTAC), is presenting their “Maximizing Government Opportunities” open house and training on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Hagerstown, MD.  The session is for those companies seeking to learn more about the federally funded resources available to businesses to pursue Government contracts at the Federal, State and Local levels.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is looking for member businesses looking to host a Business After Hours event in 2018.

Tuesday October 24

Mostly cloudy this morning; slight chance of showers and highs in the upper 50s. Not as windy today but we could experience gusts up to 25mph.

There’s nothing to say about this:

Snow Forecasted Oct 30

The Lion’s Club Annual Halloween Parade tonight at the former Oakland Armory on 8th Street starting at 6:30pm or the First People’s “Trunk and Treat” in Grantsville starting at 5:30pm at the Grantsville Shopping Plaza. See below for some other ghoulishly fun Halloween activities.

Well, the four-day long Maryland bear hunting season started yesterday and a number of bears have already been harvested. The Maryland Department of natural Resources also cautions that this is the time of year when black bears are most active as they seek calories for their winter hibernation. Please be careful and follow the DNR’s tips.

Mary Callis of the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) says there are still some tickets left for Sunday’s performance of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow with the Ballet Theater of Maryland. The event is this Sunday, starting at 2:00pm at the Garrett College Auditorium.

Allegany County has decided to replace their 14 year old tourism website and is seeking proposals for a new site.

Friendsville Library Quilters raised $4,120 in the raffle for their outstanding quilt this year – “Wildflowers of Garrett County – A Community Quilt!” The winning ticket is Karen Mager! Proceeds from this raffle benefit the Friendsville Branch of the Ruth Enlow Library.

The Friends of Deep Creek Lake have a brief, educational presentation on DCL funding and the need for securing state financial support that they would be interested in giving to local organizations or groups. Contact FDCL if you would like a presentation at

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s next Business Before Hours will feature Andreas Weissenborn, Director of Research & Analytics at Destinations International, who will present national and Maryland state tourism trends on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Wisp Resort.

Here is what we know for Halloween events in the area:

10/24 – First People’s Trunk or Treat
Grantsville Shopping Plaza @5:30-7:30pm

10/24 – Lion’s Club Halloween Parade
Oakland Armory @6:30pm

10/26 – Halloween at the B&O Train Museum – Arts Connection
Historic B&O @6:00pm

10/27 – Trick or Treat Night
Downtown Kitzmiller @6:00-8:00pm

10/28 – Halloween Trick or Treat
Deep Creek Marina Club @3:00pm-7:00pm

10/28 – Free Family Fall Festival
Deer Park Community Building @6:00pm-9:00pm

10/31 – Trick or Treating
Oakland @6:00-7:30pm
Mt Lake Park @5:30pm-6:30pm
Loch Lynn @5:30pm-6:30pm
Grantsville @5:30pm-7:00pm
Friendsville @5:30-7:00pm
Accident @6:00pm-7:00pm

10/31 – Still Brewing Band
MoonShadow @7:30pm

Monday October 23

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers this afternoon; temps staying in the mid-60s and we could see wind around 15-20mph with gusts up to 40mph.

There will be open Pickleball at the Oakland Community Center today and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. Equipment is provided, just bring your tennis shoes and yourself! Contact Garrett College Continuing Education at 301.387.3069 for more information.

A great time had by all at Commissioner Paul Edwards’ fundraiser Sunday afternoon: good music, conversation and food, and nice to support a great fellow working tirelessly to help our County. It was also good to see a number of attendees present that “crossed the aisle” to support Paul.

We all know Garrett County is a great place and that we all have reason to be optimistic, but it looks like the rest of the country is catching up. The just released University of Maryland Consumer Confidence Index shows a surge in consumer confidence from a year earlier.

Garrett College Continuing Education Operations Coordinator, Ag program manager and overall great person, Sarah Friend has posted a survey for farmers and others in agriculture to complete.

Oakland’s GOBA needs your help. Please buy a ticket for the GOBA 50/50 raffle on sale online until Noon today or on paper through tomorrow 5:00pm.  If Oakland succeeds, the County succeeds…

Don’t forget about the Lion’s Club Annual Halloween Parade TOMORROW night at the Oakland Armory beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event will have games, cake walks, prizes, raffles and the winner of the GOBA 50/50 Raffle will be announced!

Happy birthday wishes today to my wife and best friend of over 40 years, Jean. If you see her wish her a happy, happy day! She is the best!! 

The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County and Our Town Theatre will co-host a free World War I Canteen to honor Garrett County’s veterans on Saturday, November 11, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the theatre. The event will feature keynote speaker Matt Borders on the topic of “The First Air War: The Men and Flying Machines of World War One.” For more information, contact Our Town Theatre at or call 301-334-5640 and leave a message.

A little too close for comfort? Thanks to Shawn Bender for keeping his composure to snag this awesome video over the weekend:

Friday October 20, Saturday October 21, Sunday October 22

Mostly sunny today and for the weekend; highs in the mid to upper 60s and may even reach 70 on Sunday.

Blueberry Jam is appearing at the Moonshadow this evening.

The Arthurdale Heritage Craft Show and Fall festival is this Saturday. Arthurdale is a historic village built as part of the New Deal program and was a pet project of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

The Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park has four interesting and fun events scheduled for this weekend.

Spots are still available for a free composting workshop offered at Rocky Gap State Park from 1-4pm this Saturday, 10/21, at the Hawk’s Nest concession building in the Day Use Area. Contact Ranger Sarah Milbourne to reserve your spot.

There’s a feather carving workshop on Saturday at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village with artist Gary Yoder. Students will work to create a Ruby Throated Hummingbird tail feather. The fee for the session is $100, including all materials. Call 301.268.4318 to register.

JG’s Pub is hosting their Oktoberfest Celebration and German buffet on Saturday starting at 4:00pm.

Deep Creek Pottery says “Come in and do a mosaic project or paint a piece of pottery just in time for Halloween!!” This Sunday, October 22nd from 1:00pm-4:00pm. A fun activity for kids and grown-ups!

There were two recent “anniversaries” of events that impacted us all in Garrett County: Wednesday marked the 45th anniversary of passage of the U.S. Clean Water Act. This major legislation was created to protect and restore our nation’s waterways from pollution and decline. Also, yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the Black Monday stock market crash, now a distant memory.

large record collection and a substantial wooden table were just added for sale in our marketplace.

Congratulations to Megan Fitzwater, the winner of the Civic Club of Oakland’s Antique Show raffle prize of $1,000.

State health officials announced Thursday they’ve confirmed the first three cases of seasonal flu of the 2017-18 flu season. The laboratory-confirmed cases were diagnosed in three Baltimore-area adults. One was briefly hospitalized. The flu strain in all three cases was type A (H3).

Here’s something different: Backbone Tavern is hosting Art Music Fusion with Nathan Shaffer and Rob Lightner on Wednesday evening, October 25th starting at 6:00pm. The $45 fee includes wine, painting supplies and live acoustic music.

The Cornucopia Cafe is collecting Box Tops on behalf of Grantsville Elementary School. Also, they recently organized a highly successful donation drive for “It’s in the Bag”; a weekend and holiday take-home food program for at-risk elementary school children. With the generous support of their patrons, The Cornucopia Cafe donated over $3,000. The owners of Cornicopia Cafe present the donation check to Mary Jane Fike and Reverend Chip Lee of “It’s in the Bag.

Thursday October 19

Mostly sunny today. High of 64 degrees.

Our Town Theater in Oakland is holding their annual Ghost Walk beginning this evening at 7:00pm (sold out) but also Friday and Saturday evenings.

Grantsville Community Museum Annual Dinner & Fundraiser program will be held this weekend October 21. The program will be Archaeological Discoveries Found in the Design of the New Route 219 at Hilltop. Cost is a $20 donation and dinner reservations can be made by calling Lynn Patton at 301-616-6126 or Sue Beachy at 301-707-7205.

The Allegany Arts Council is hosting professional watercolor artist Alexis Lavine at the Saville Gallery in Cumberland through October 29th.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources issued their latest Fall Foliage and Festival report yesterday. While Autumn Glory is over and some of our vistas may be a bit “past peak” there is still some good leaf peeping here and in the area.

If you write poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction and reside in the Garrett County area and/or are a member of Garrett County Arts Council, they are looking for you to submit your creative writing work.  Deadline for submission is Oct. 31, 2017. Call 301-334-6580 or email to receive a copy of the submission guidelines.

Walleye, large yellow perch and smallmouth bass fishing at Deep Creek Lake has improved due to cooler water temperatures.

You have likely heard of the newest attraction at the lake – Monkey Business Adventure Park.  Lisa Cole of Wildfulness tried it out and wrote this blog post on it.

As part of the Garrett College Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations this fall, Charles Ota Heller, Holocaust survivor and author, will speak to the community on Wednesday, November 1st at 7:00pm in the Garrett College Auditorium on the McHenry campus. For more information, persons may contact Dubose at 301-387-3008

There is a mobile home available for sale in our classifieds. Remember for just $25, you can list your item for sale, too. The small truck recently mentioned was sold on the same day after listing with our Online Marketplace.

Wednesday October 18

Areas of patchy frost again this morning. Sunny, warmer, highs in the mid-60s.

Ruth Enlow Library is hosting a “One Maryland, One Book” discussion this evening at the Oakland library from 6:00pm-7:30pm. The book is Purple Hibiscus.

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be open this Wednesday and Saturday and does not close until October 28th. Some Winter dates are also planned. Wednesday’s market opens at 10:00am and goes until 1:00pm.

The Master Gardeners, under the direction of Ashley Bodkins, University of Maryland Extension, have been answering questions at the Market each month this year. You can also bring a sample of a problem to the Extension Office and let her help you there. Just call ahead to be sure she is on the premises before you visit: 301-334-6960.

Eat your veggies! We have great restaurants offering a variety of dishes here in Garrett County, including Vegan and Vegetarian fare. With 8 million Americans either Vegan or Vegetarian, we know some of our readers are as well. Travel site WalletHub just announced the results of their “Best Cities for Vegans Study” and New York, Portland and Orlando came in first through third, respectively. The study also has some related interesting facts.

Engage Mountain Maryland launched the You+2 Initiative yesterday in Garrett County. The intiative asks residents to pledge to vote in the 2018 midterm election and also challenge two more people to do the same. The goal of this is to achieve the greatest per capita voter turnout in the country.

Congratulations to George Kullgren from Westminster, Maryland. George supported the Garrett County Arts Council by purchasing chances on the raffle quilt and was the lucky winner, as drawn and announced at the Heritage Craft Fest.

Famous painter Thomas Kinkade’s brother, Patrick, visited Oakland over the weekend and had this to say:
“If Placerville, where Thom and I grew up, were uprooted and moved to Maryland, it would become the mountain town of Oakland, where I visited this weekend. From the local landmarks and community parade to the collection of colorful characters that live there, I honestly love the place. Yes, I will say it. “Ich bin ein Oaklander.”

The “Most Awesome Bake Sale and trail Town Quilt Show” will be at the Confluence Creative Arts Center this weekend.

Garrettt College is offering a course, Fly Tying, on Thursdays, October 26 to November 16, 6:00pm-7:30pm. at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. The class will be taught by local fly fishing expert, guide and instructor Tony Lolli.  Call the College at 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.

Tuesday October 17

Areas of frost this morning, sunny, highs in the mid-50s.

Congratulations to the winners of the 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Commemorative Glass pieces made by Simon Pearce! Two winners for each piece were drawn as follows: Ornaments – Rich Mattingly & LuAnn Watson; Acorn – Diane Maust & Jan Russell; and Tankard (Stein) – J.J. Bolyard & Gary Shafer.

If you’re not ready to say #MeToo on social media, but would like to talk to someone, you can call the local Dove Center hotline, 24/7, confidentially and anonymously 301-334-9000 or 1-800-656-HOPE. You can also schedule an appointment for free, in-person counseling. #endsexualassault

As part of its strategic planning process, the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County will hold community conversations over the next few months at all branches. The purpose of these conversations is to gather input from members of the community about the library’s role in their lives. Questions about these meetings may be addressed to the local branch manager or to Thomas Vose at 301-334-3996 x0102.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources yesterday reported that the 2017 young-of-year striped bass survey in the Chesapeake Bay shows the fish is reproducing in strong numbers. The annual survey’s index is 13.2, above the 64-year average of 11.7. Rockfish, as they are commonly known, are an important sport and commercial fishery and this is good news for the state and region.

Garrett College is offering a Dog Obedience course that starts next Wednesday evening and runs for five nights over a five-week period. Contact the College at 301.387.3069 for more information and specific times and dates.

Sarah had an opportunity to interview a group of fishermen that have been coming to Deep Creek Lake for 35 years! Read our feature story on the “Brothers Challenge”.

Monday October 16

So the weather forecast was off a bit for the weekend … it turned out sunnier and warmer than we anticipated but we will take it! Today will be cooler with showers this morning and then partly cloudy this afternoon. Highs only reaching the upper 40s.

We hope everyone had a great Autumn Glory weekend! From the feedback received from friends and family, and our own experiences out and about, it looks like it was another successful event.

The Garrett County Fire & EMS Fallen Heros Memorial was dedicated on Sunday in McHenry, MD.

The Tri County Council reminds citizens: If you own a certified historic property in Maryland, you may have the opportunity to earn a state income tax credit on qualified rehabilitation expenditures. There’s a Rehabilitation Tax Credit Workshop on Tuesday, October 17th, 6:30pm, at the Allegany Museum 3 Pershing Street in Cumberland. For more information on tax credits, contact Elizabeth Totten at 410.697.9551 or Megan Klem at 410.697.9560.

Mike volunteered at the Civic Club Antique Show Saturday afternoon while his wife was in the parade and hobnobbing with the big-wigs. In the photo from left: Pat Shelton, Governor Hogan, Jean Tumbarello and Sandy Hill (aka, Uncle Sam). The Civic Club ladies should be proud of another great fundraiser… Garrett County is lucky to have you all!

While the Governor was in Garrett County, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford lead a trade and diplomatic mission to Europe that kicked-off Friday with stops in France, Belgium, and Estonia. In addition to trade-related topics, the Maryland delegation will also be learning about cybersecurity and drug and opioid abuse efforts in Europe.

The movie Iron Jawed Angels tells the true story of how brilliant young activists took the women’s suffrage movement by storm and helped American women gain the right to vote. The movie, sponsored by the newly formed Garrett College chapter of American Association of University Women, is free and open to the public.  It will be shown at 3:00pm and 6:00pm on October 18th in the Garrett College auditorium.

Sheriff Rob Corley has announced that the month of November will be designated as No Shave November for the employees at the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office to raise funds for the Garrett County “Police Providing Presents Christmas Project”.

October 22-28 is Maryland Economic Development Week. The MEDA Economic Fall Conference will be held on October 23 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, and will feature opportunities and benefits related to Maryland’s 12 military bases. While many innovations take place “on base,” every community can identify opportunities to acquire these advancements and turn them into commercial applications for local companies.

Stick to the Knitting! The Ruth Enlow Library is offering beginning knitting classes for all ages every Thursday for five weeks, from 3:30pm – 5pm at the Oakland Library. Class dates are October 26 and November 2, 9,16, and 30. Contact Susanne Kight at 301-334-3996 x0115 for more information.

Friday October 13, Saturday October 14, Sunday October 15

Rain drizzle today with highs in the low 60s but clearing up for a great parade-day tomorrow: Partly sunny, cooler, high of 58 degrees. Then, Sunday, rain showers likely with highs in the low 70s.

Visit the Glorious Harvest Farmers Market & Craft Show today and Saturday, from 9:00am-5:00pm for an old-fashioned farmers market & craft show in and out of an open-air pavilion!

Looking for antiques and vintage items?  Come on down to the 44th Annual Civic Club Antique, Vintage & Collectible Sale at the Oakland Community Center (formerly the Armory) at 8th and High Street.  Mike will be there working (not as an antique) in the kitchen and out-front on Saturday afternoon. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The 50th annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade will be in Downtown Oakland starting at 1:00pm on Saturday.  Be sure to get there early as there will be street closures and lots of people and traffic.

Governor Hogan will be coming out to Western Maryland to ride in the Autumn Glory parade and visit several sites throughout Garrett and Allegany counties.

The Autumn Glory Festival Car Show Mountain Top Cruisers, the biggest car show in Garrett County, will be in Oakland from 9:00am-3:00pm on Sunday.

There are MANY more Autumn Glory events going on all over the County this weekend. Here is the online version of the Chamber’s Guide for all the details.

If you are planning to attend tonight’s Southern Garrett High School home football game, plan to wear ORANGE. Tonight will be a orange-out to support a Southern student named Sarah who is battling cancer. #SarahStrong

A Bear in a Bikini? That’s what the Friends of Deep Creek Lake have planned for their Autumn Glory Parade float. Actually, it is not uncommon to see a bear swimming in the lake this time of year. The next DCL Policy and Review Board meeting is scheduled for October 23, 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Discovery Center.

Ms. Jennifer Browne, Director of the Frostburg State University Center for the Literary Arts and a lecturer for the Department of English, will give a reading, “New Short Works”, as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series presentations on Wednesday, October 18, from 7:00pm until 8:00pm in room 511 on the Garrett College McHenry campus.  For more information, persons may contact GC Professor Jack Dubose at 301.387.3008

The first segment of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season opens statewide October 19th. This is one of several deer hunting opportunities offered in the state and typically coincides with pleasant fall weather. The early muzzleloader season runs from Oct. 19-21 in Deer Management Regions A and B, which includes Garrett County.

The Ruth Enlow library will be participating in the third annual Maryland S.T.E.M. Festival with official events scheduled at the Friendsville, Grantsville, Kitzmiller, and Oakland locations in early November.

A small truck has been posted for sale in our online marketplace!

Thursday October 12

It will be a bit cooler today with temps hovering at about 60 degrees. Cloudy with a slight chance of rain but otherwise a great Autumn Glory evening .. we wait all year for this event … let’s make the most of it!

Get your Flu shot today at the Garrett County Health Department in Oakland from 10:00am-6:00pm at no out of pocket cost to you.

The Scottish Rite Masons are holding a free Childhood Speech and Language Disorders Clinic for children up to 21 years of age that are exhibiting speech or language issues. The Clinic will be held at the Paul B. Naylor Masonic Hall in Oakland today, October 12th, starting at 5:30pm.

The action tonight will be in downtown Oakland! Remember those road closings again … The famous Oktoberfest dinner in the fire hall, The Fireman’s Parade and then the last year of the official “Oompah” band. (Here’s the complete Autumn Glory schedule)

During the Fireman’s Parade tonight (and Saturday during the Grand Feature Parade), Fur Baby Fine Art will be sold at Fetch’s Dog Salon and Wash downtown Oakland.

A great Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner was held last evening at the Garrett County Agriculture Fair Grounds.”Congratulations!” for a great event go to the Chamber and “Way To Go!” to Patty Manown Mash for being named 2017 Golden Ambassador.

Here’s the official Fall Foliage and Festival Report from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  Good details for you leaf peepers living here or for those of you coming to the area to see the foliage.

As mentioned in a previous Notes, October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. I was able to get this link to a nice,simple list of “to-do’s” to protect yourself and your information from Garrett College’s Jill Horner.

In an effort to promote healthy watersheds, the Garrett County Department of Planning & Land Management has prepared a fact sheet outlining some best management practices regarding yard waste. Please take some time to review the information contained on the fact sheet on their site for ideas and tips on managing your yard waste.

The next GOBA meeting is next Tuesday, October 17 @ 8:30am at the Oakland B&O Museum. There will be an update on the search for an Economic Development Director, a representative from Neubeam to discuss broadband options and a representative from the Town will update us on the water/sewer project, parking meter removal, etc.  Please RSVP to Michelle Ross at 301.334.2691. This meeting is open to the public.

Garrett College has scheduled a forklift certification course for October 20 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the college’s Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. Call the registration desk for more info at 301.387.3069.

Wednesday October 11

A bit of rain today and highs in the upper 60s. There may be a thunderstorm this afternoon.

The 50th Annual Autumn Glory festival kicks off today! Here’s the complete Autumn Glory schedule for you.

(Remember that tomorrow there will be road closings downtown Oakland for the Fireman’s parade beginning at 6pm.)

The Autumn Glory Kick-Off dinner & Reception is tonight and is reportedly sold-out. If you have tickets we will see you at this great event that starts at 6:00pm in the Agriculture Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds.

Visit the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market today from 11:00am-1:00pm to pick up some autumn fruits and veggies and other goods.

Kristin Spiker, Food Supplement Nutrition Educator, University of Maryland Extension, has been a popular feature at Mt Fresh, showcasing recipes using seasonally available fruits and vegetables. Her final demo day this season will be October 12th, during Autumn Glory Festival. See some of recipes at the University of Maryland Extension site. Note to our readers: Please confirm this date when you visit the market today, as they may have meant the 11th.

The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County will host a class today titled How to Get Published with Phil Berardelli of Mountain Lake Press at 6:00pm at the Oakland Library. Contact Bonnie at the library at 301.334.3396.

An interesting fish story: A new analysis by Oregon State University suggests that open-ocean aquaculture for three species of finfish is a viable option for industry expansion under most climate scenarios — an option that may provide a new source of protein for the world’s growing population.

Back on land, the John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery is now open for spring orders, and the online tree seedling catalog is now available.

Garrett Regional Medical Center will hold the next Look Good…Feel Better workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 5:30pm at the GRMC Lower Level. The workshop is for individuals currently undergoing treatment for cancer. The program is offered free of charge and each participant receives a complimentary make up kit valued at $250. To register or obtain more information contact Bev Rasel at 301.533.4366 or Gina Artice, RN, Cancer Patient Navigator at 301.533.4133.

The Sky Valley Homeowners Association is holding a class on titled Deep Creek Lake Water Quality and Your Garden. The class is open to the public and will be held at the Sky Valley Board Room on October 27th from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

Tuesday October 10

A little foggy this morning turning into partly sunny with a slight chance of showers this afternoon. Highs in the low 70s.

Did anyone else see the pinkish glow of the sunrise through the fog this morning? I didn’t quite catch the experience on camera but it was pretty cool … don’t forget to send us your sunrise, fall foliage and beautiful Deep Creek Lake area photos to feature in our gallery next month.

October has been designated as I Can Swim! month by the Garrett County Commissioners. I Can Swim! is a free water safety and swim instruction program in partnership with the Garrett College Community Aquatic Recreation Complex, the Garrett County Board of Education, the Garrett College Foundation and the County.

Smoke N Mirrors Gallery will be hosting a live model drawing session this evening at their downtown Oakland studio from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. This is a mature modeling session that requires preregistration and a $15 fee. 

L.A.F.F. DINNER is today at 6:00PM. Shepherd of the Hills is sponsoring a gathering for food and fellowship at Deep Creek Seafood. Dutch treat. Invite friends and neighbors. (L.A.F.F.= Life After Forty Five, but all ages are invited) 

Did you know that more people – 145 million-  participate in outdoor recreation each year than attend an NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL games combined!  A recent report also indicates that people are spending much more on “experiences” and that crowdfunding has enabled more new products geared to the outdoor market than ever.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently welcomed 35 new young adult members into the Maryland Conservation Corps. The class will start will begin work immediately treating hemlock trees in Savage State Forest for the hemlock wooly adelgid, a destructive invasive insect.

Gobble Gobble.  Autumn Glory is almost upon us. In addition to many festivities, the first annual Turkey Trail is alive and well (except for the turkeys that is). The dinners are a tradition dating back decades.

More than three million women in the United States are in treatment or have completed treatment for breast cancer and 1 in 8 American women will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more about the disease.

On Friday, October 27th, bwtech@UMBC & TALLsmall Productions are partnering to offer an interactive training opportunity to help small businesses develop the tools needed to deliver a concise business pitch to potential partners, investors and future employees. If you are looking to raise money this might be worth the drive.