Thursday November 30

 

Partly cloudy this morning with a chance of rain showers this afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s.

Please don’t forget our local small businesses this season. According to Adobe Analytics, online shoppers spent $6.59 billion on Cyber Monday, with about $2 billion of that through smart phones. It was the biggest online shopping day ever!

Thank you, Railey Realty! Garrett College just announced that Railey Realty became a “Big Splash” Sponsor in support of the I Can Swim Program for Garrett County’s children. The Garrett College Foundation and the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) have teamed up and are offering sponsorship space on the electronic scoreboard within the CARC.

According to the Maryland DNR, Walleye fishing at Deep Creek Lake has been excellent this week. Most anglers are casting diving jerkbaits for the walleye, or drifting minnows along steep rocky shorelines. Large yellow perch and smallmouth bass can also be in the mix, especially when drifting minnows.

Are you ready? Garrett County is! National Weather Service officials just recognized Garrett County as a StormReady® community. Fred McMullen, Warning Coordination of the National Weather Service forecast office in Pittsburgh will present County officials with a recognition letter and special StormReady signs during a ceremony at the Garrett County Courthouse Public Meeting Room on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 4:00pm.

Pickleball play is available at the Oakland Community Center gym (old armory) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm beginning on December 1st. The Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC) will continue to offer play times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. For playing times at the CARC, contact 301-387-3786 or visit online at www.gccarc.com. Call the Continuing Education desk at 301.387.3069 for more information on the Oakland games or to register.

Heard that hotel rooms for the annual PACE event in Annapolis are going fast. In fact, Loews, the host hotel, may already be totally booked. If you plan on attending, book a hotel real soon.

The Maryland Water Monitoring Council is holding its 23rd annual Water Quality Conference on December 8th. The conference will include 70 talks and 41 poster presentations on topics as varied as citizen science, climate resilience, community engagement, ocean health and stream restoration. Students are encouraged to attend and there is a networking session.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday November 29

Today will be partly cloudy with a low of 38 degrees and a high of 47 degrees.

Wisp Resort is holding a Winter Job Fair tonight from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at The Lodge. There are a number of seasonal winter job openings, for both indoor and outdoor positions.

The Garrett College Adventure Equipment Center at the COAS building above the dorms on campus will be holding a sale on Friday December 1st from 9:00am-12 noon and on Monday December 4th from 9:00am -12 noon. They will be selling used mountain bikes, kayaks, camping gear, sleeping bags and back packs.

The Ruth Enlow Library and Garrett County Family Support Services will co-host a free teen sensory and social event on Saturday, December 2, 10:00am – 11:00am, at the Oakland Library, 6 N. Second St., Oakland, MD. All students must be accompanied by a responsible adult. To register for this event, contact Susanne at 301-334-3996 ext. 0105 or skight@relib.net.

As entrepreneurs, we are bummed to hear of the closing of a few local enterprises: Top Chefs in Oakland has closed (Note: Don Champion’s catering business is still open), Telli’s Deli in McHenry closed a few weeks ago, and we just heard Mountain Postal will be closing their McHenry (only) location (not the ones in Grantsville or Oakland) at the end of December.

Here’s something a little different: Dr. Reza Azad, “one of the leading experts of the Persian Arts on the East Coast,” will be giving a presentation on Persian Arts in America and showing rugs from his private collection at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts in Cumberland on December 3rd from 11:00am – 4:00pm.

Tuesday November 28

The weather will be sunny and mild with highs in the upper 50s.

Jess Daddio, travel editor for Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine, is scheduled to give a presentation, ‘A Woman’s Experience Biking the Great Tour Divide Route’ as part of the adventure sports colloquium series this evening at 7:00pm in Room 1013 of the Center for Adventure & Outdoor Studies (CAOS) building at the McHenry campus of Garrett College. For more information persons may contact the Garrett College Adventure Sports office at 301-387-3330.

A new addition to the Tumbarello Clan! I know so many of our readers – locals, second home owners and visitors alike – I thought I would share my first grandchild has arrived safely Monday morning.

Garrett Regional Medical Center’s Subacute Unit won its fourth consecutive Best Nursing Home award from US News & World Report. The annual award requires the facility to meet certain performance standards consistently throughout the 12 month period.

Garrett County needs you! Today is Giving Tuesday, an internationally recognized day of giving back to our communities. Consider joining the movement and giving back – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community.

And speaking of giving, Sabrina Liggett from the Painted Cupboard, will be walking around downtown Oakland on today and Wednesday of this week to get donations for the children’s treat bags for A Great Small Town Christmas on December 8th.  If you would like to donate please let Michelle Ross know and they can have someone swing by. Contact Michelle at GOBA (301.334.2691) for more information.

The Lodges at Sunset Village has a special going on until Wednesday, November 29th. They are giving 5% off a one-night booking and 15% off additional night rentals. These prices include free ski lift tickets and/or other discounts (check for specifics).

Here are the winners from the weekend’s Festival of Trees:

Tall Trees:
Best in Show: Dutch’s at Silvertree
1st Place: North Glade 4-H/
1st Place: Southern Middle School
2nd Place: Crossroads Church
2nd Place: Girl Scouts Troop 55004
Special Recognition: Mary Browning Senior Center
Special Recognition: Phi Theta Kappa

Smaller Trees: 
1st Place: Heather Hanline for Pat Hanline Excavating
2nd Place: Lori Nelson for Inn at Deep Creek

Centerpieces: 
Best in Show: Heather Hanline
1st Place: Stephen Rodeheaver for Schoolhouse Earth
2nd Place: GCC Technologies

Wreaths:
Best in Show: Garrett College Financial Aid Office
1st Place: Amy Schmidt, Garrett County Farm Queen
2nd Place: Judy Simpson, Pleasant Valley Woodcrafts

Monday November 27

Mostly sunny today with highs in the mid-40s. Winds around 10-15 mph and could gust to 25 mph.

Happy Cyber Monday! And, don’t forget, tomorrow is Giving Tuesday!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM education is really a focal point in today’s educational and career arenas. If you add-in the Arts, you make STEAM, which is really hot! STEAM education and experiences meld the sciences with the arts, artisanship and the maker movement. Ruth Enlow Library has three STEM/STEAM programs scheduled throughout the County today.

We hope you had a great long weekend, as we know a number of local organizations were closed, or employees took off on Friday, for a nice four-day weekend. Lots of folks went to the Festival of Trees on Friday and Saturday. Here’s a photo of the tree donated to the Festival by Melissa and the team at Ace’s Run. Those folks do great work!

Deep Creek Lake Festival of Trees

Speaking of weekends, Caroline Blizzard of Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery center just announced their December schedule. They will be open Friday- Sunday, every weekend in December with some really nice activities, including a holiday open house on December 2nd. We will post their detailed schedule on Deep Creek Times on Friday in our December edition.

According to the American Automobile Association, Mid-Atlantic, over 45 million Americans and 967,000 Marylanders hit the roads this week for the Thanksgiving holiday and motorists filling up their tanks paid the highest gas prices for the holiday since 2014. From the looks of local shops and restaurants, many folks traveled to the Deep Creek Lake area for the holiday weekend. We hope you had a great visit!

Just add snow! Wisp Resort has announced a few Cyber Monday deals for lift passes and lodging that will be offered for 24 hours only today.

The strong economy and our desirable location seem to be propelling the local real estate market. According to data received from Mike Kennedy of Railey Realty, there were 178 “lake-oriented residential” homes for sale as of November 1st. There were also 208 homes sold year-to-date through October with an average sales price of $518,695, both on the uptick from prior periods.

Friday November 24, Saturday November 25, Sunday November 26

We’ll have a sunny black Friday today with highs in the upper 40s. Tomorrow will be cloudy with a chance of rain or maybe snow with a low of 29 degrees and a high of 46 degrees. On Sunday, a chance of snow and temperatures hovering around 30 degrees.

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving as we sure did! There are lots of holiday-themed events going on this weekend in the area. We try to capture a bunch of them below:

The 10th annual Festival of Trees will be held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds today from 9:00am – 5:00pm and from 9:00am – 4:00pm tomorrow, with entertainment and a live auction to follow into the evening on Saturday. These beautiful Christmas wreaths, trees and other entries are all one-of-a kind and are truly works of art. The event is also a lot of fun – even Santa attends – and the proceeds from the auction benefits the Dove Center.

Saturday is officially Small Business Saturday where we all can help support local entrepreneurs and small businesses for all of your holiday shopping.

There are lots of great small retail businesses worthy of a visit on Saturday: Bear Creek Traders in McHenry (open 9:00am – 7:00pm Saturday) has a great mix of household, clothing, Deep Creek Lake exclusive and other items. Also, at the Lake is Grand Central Home Furnishings offering national furniture brands for a great value. Up the road a bit is Anne Davidson’s Deep Creek Lavender Farm, which will be open for a limited time this Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm, selling all sorts of lavender goodies. In Grantsville, High Country Creamery will be open 8:00am – 4:00pm and Penn Alps Craft Shop will be open 11:00am-8:00pm. There are many others all around the County…

Before, during and after shopping, there are a number of great locally-owned eating and drinking establishments, including: Smiley’s Bar and Grill, Brenda’s Pizzeria, MoonShadow, Ace’s Run, Trader’s Coffee House, Harvest Moon Market and others…

And don’t forget downtown Oakland and all they have to offer. The Gallery Shop, operated by the Garrett County Arts Council, will be celebrating its first anniversary at the new location on 2nd street. They will be open from 10:00am – 5:30pm on the 24th and 25th and will be offering door prizes, free giveaways, a kids’ craft and refreshments.

Downtown Frostburg also has quite a big day planned for from 9:00am – 5:00pm Saturday, with a number of small businesses offering special deals. There’s also a Handmade Holiday Fair from 11:00am – 4:00pm, and other features, including a variety of freebies.

Settle into the holiday season with the Honi-Honi Christmas Tree Lighting at 7:00pm on Saturday and the Handmade Holiday with Local Artisans at Little Crossings Suites on Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and, Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Beginning November 26th Santa will place his special mailbox in the Garrett Regional Medical Center hospital lobby. He will have letters there ready for children to write a message on to him. Place the letter in Santa’s special box. Children will receive a personal response from Santa. Please include a full return address to make sure Santa’s response can find your child.

Thursday November 23

Today will be partly cloudy today with highs in the mid 30s; cold.

 

We at Deep Creek Times are very thankful for all of our readers, advertisers and contributors and we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Check back tomorrow for more Notes…

Wednesday November 22

Scattered rain showers this morning turning to snow showers this afternoon. Little to no accumulation. Highs in the mid-30s this morning falling to low 30s this afternoon. Cold. Winds gusting to 25 mph.

If you are traveling for the holiday, please note that the AccuWeather forecast calls for rain to hug the East Coast, Lake-effect snow to slick roads near the Great Lakes and if you look closely at the map, snow close to us here in Garrett County. Check local weather channels for updates and please be safe.

Here’s something different: There’s a “Make your own Sage Bundles and Incense Sticks” workshop sponsored by MountainShine Creative and Bloomheart Botanicals in Cumberland today from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

Consider stopping by the Christmas Market at our Town Theater on Saturday, December 2nd, from 9:00am – 3:00pm. They are also looking for elves to bake and/or serve at the market for the event. Contact Kim Madigan at kmadigan@garrettcounty.org for more information or to volunteer.

Just received word that tickets are now on sale for what is billed as the world’s largest outdoor show. I know we have a number of hunters, fishermen, boaters and outdoors enthusiasts so thought I would share. Its runs from February 3rd through the 11th in Harrisburg PA.

Speaking of outdoorsy stuff, New Germany State Park will be hosting their Free Hunter Education Field Day Workshop on December 11th from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Lake House. Must be 13 and have completed the Maryland Hunter Education Course.

Don’t forget to save your turkey necks and giblets for tasty treats for the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center Aviary birds! They must be uncooked and from a reputable supplier. You can freeze them and drop them off at the main office or anytime Friday-Sundays 10-4. They love them and it is good for their beaks and well being!

Tuesday November 21

Increasing clouds with a low temperature of 27 degrees and a high of 48 degrees.

The Ruth Enlow Library has a number of activities geared toward children going on today as well as a Community Conversations listening session in Oakland from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

Just in time for holiday shopping the Loar Gift Shop at the Garrett Regional Medical Center is holding its famous everything $6.00 sale today until 4pm. Jewelry, scarves, gloves, rings, socks, leggings and much more. Plus, the event benefits the patients, staff and guests of GRMC because all proceeds are used by the Loar Auxiliary to purchase medical equipment.

Our Oakland Walmart is offering bags full of “All the Sides You Need” for a Thanksgiving meal. For every bag you purchase (up to 20 bags) Oakland Walmart will donate a matching bag to a local church or food pantry.

Congratulations to the Garrett College Lakers men’s basketball team. They swept their two David K. Martin Classic contests over the weekend to remain undefeated and nationally ranked in NJCAA DII play!

The Ruth Enlow Library announced yesterday that it has added Hoopla Digital – a unique digital entertainment/media service – to its online resources for patrons. This service provides thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks, comics, and graphic novels – all available for mobile and online access with a valid library card. Contact your local library branch for more information.

As we enter this season of giving, we urge you to be a smart giver. Check out give.org to find BBB Accredited Charities that have fully disclosed information to the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. There are also some “charities” with names that are very close to well-known charities.

While Thanksgiving as an expression of gratitude for divine blessings dates back to the 1530s, it was Abe Lincoln that fixed the date on the calendar in 1863. He decreed that it be on the final Thursday of November, which FDR changed to the third Thursday, until critics forced him to move it back to the fourth in 1942 — a great factoid to impress your dinner guests on Thursday!

Speaking of gratitude, I am thankful for the variety of great small businesses, and entrepreneurs, in Garrett County. Today is #NationalEntrepreneursDay to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and hard work of all entrepreneurs.

Plus, this Saturday, November 25th is Small Business Saturday. More to follow over next few days on local efforts to support our small businesses.

Monday November 20

Following yesterday’s snowy, blustery day, the weather for today will be mostly sunny with highs around 40. It will be a little windy at times with gusts up to 35mph this morning.

The snow plan for Garrett County went into effect last night at 8:30pm for the entire county.

And, speaking of snow, The Wisp fired-up their snow making “guns” late Sunday afternoon. Check out their website for updates, photos and info on all that’s going on with their snowmaking efforts.

Moving in from the cold, Deep Creek Times’ own Sarah Myers, along with Jessica Fike, are holding the first-ever “HABco Morning Mojo” this morning from 7:30am-9:00am. So, get out of your PJs right now (you know who you are) and head on over to 1272 Friendsville Road for this fun morning meet-up.

Back outside for a second: Thanks to Suzie Crawford for this cool photo of a rainbow she snapped Saturday morning about 7:00am at the Hazelhurst section of the lake. Really nice how it reflects on the lake. Thanks Suzie…

Garrett Regional Medical Center had a great week last week. Their Friday evening Gala was well attended and got rave reviews and their Subacute Unit won its fourth consecutive Best Nursing Home award from US News & World Report. The hospital received a five-star rating. Way to go!

The Chamber of Commerce is holding its November Business Before Hours tomorrow Tuesday, November 21 starting at 8:00am. It’s the annual Tourism Update with a presentation by Andreas Weissenborn, Director of Research & Analytics with the Destinations International Foundation.

Feeling outnumbered? In beautiful Garrett County we humans have a right to feel in the minority. Your intrepid blogger/researcher finds that there are about 3.04 trillion trees on the planet as indicated by a 2015 research study. That’s over 400 living trees for every human on earth, and the ratio is probably higher in Garrett County!

According to the Garrett County Chamber, The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (NDAA) has recently passed both the House and the Senate and is on its way to the President’s desk. The NDAA includes important changes to the HUBZone program such as a freeze on HUBZone maps until January 1, 2020 and a 5-year map update transition after 2020. Several Garrett County businesses currently rely on the HUBZone program.


 

 

Friday November 17, Saturday November 18, Sunday November 19

Today will be cloudy most of the day with highs in the mid-40 degrees. Saturday will be rain showers with a low of 31 and a high of 51 degrees. Sunday will be snow showers with a low of 22 and a high of 31 degrees.

The Garrett Regional Medical Center Night Under the Tuscan Stars Gala is tongiht beginning at 6pm! Gourmet food, entertainment, and unique auction items reflecting an Italian flair. Semi-Formal Attire/Black Tie Optional. $100.00 per Person ($50 Tax Deductible) to benefit the GRMC Cancer Care Patient Relief Fund. For tickets call or email Steve Bortz at 301-533-4304 or sbortz@gcmh.com.

The Enablers will be playing at Moonshadow Friday evening starting at 8:00pm.

They’re back! The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is back this Saturday. The Winter Market will be held indoors at the Mary Browning Senior Center in Oakland from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Total Biz Fulfillment (in the Northern Garrett Industrial park, Grantsville) is having their warehouse sale tomorrow, November 18 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Science kits, dolls, games, housewares, and miscellaneous items are for sale with all proceeds to benefit tri-state area charities. For more information, email kdurst@totalbizfulfillment.com.

The Garrett County Public School system is conducting a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis to assist in the development of a Strategic Plan. The SWOT analysis survey seeks feedback from GCPS staff, parents, and the community regarding the strategic planning for the future success of the school system.

The Scariest House on the Block was written by kids for kids! This show is appropriate for all ages and is being performed Saturday and Sunday at Our Town Theater in Oakland. Come see why scary can be funny. Reservations required.

Garrett College Winter Session classes are scheduled to begin on January 3, 2018, and will end on January 19, 2018.  Courses are available online or on the McHenry campus. Great way to pursue a special topic or to earn some quick credits.  Go to the College’s website and click on Quick Links tab.

A survey by the National Retail Federation revealed that more people shopped online than in stores during Black Friday weekend last year.  We know many of our readers shop online so we offer these simple tips to ensure your shopping is “safe.”

The Dove Center is hiring a part-time (16-20 hours/week) Crisis Advocate to work directly with clients staying in the domestic violence shelter, and to answer hotline calls. MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OLD. AA degree in human services related field preferred; intensive training will be provided. Must be very flexible, and able to work various shifts (midnight-8 am, 8 am-4 pm, and 4pm-midnight), weekends, and some holidays. It is crucial that the individual hired is very reliable, as the shelter must be covered 24/7. Interested persons may send a resume to Heather Hanline, Executive Director, Dove Center, 882 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD, no later than Nov. 21.

Southern Garrett High School recently honored their State Champion wrestlers and teams on the school’s Wall of Fame. Stop by and check it out. Pictured below is the school’s first State Champion John Hayhurst in 2001.

 

Thursday November 16

The weather for today will be cloudy with a chance of rain and maybe some snow. Little to no accumulation. Highs in the low 40s this morning but falling into the 30s this afternoon; winds can gust to 35mph.

Speaking of the weather, AccuWeather yesterday issued a forecast for cold weather that could possibly disrupt travel to the Midwest and Northeast around Thanksgiving. Still early, but if you are traveling you may want to check it out and track developments.

Edna Forsyth will be teaching a Beginners Knitting class at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library today from 3:30pm until 7:00pm. The class is free to all and supplies will be provided. Contact Susanne Kight at 301.334.3996 x0105 or skight@relib.net for more information and to register.

There is also an Icon Painting Workshop tonight (and for the next 3 Thursdays). Learn to paint icons the way they were painted years ago using egg tempera made of eggs and powdered pigment. Most supplies will be included. Bring any small paintbrushes you may have and a styrofoam egg carton. Space is limited. Email amishconnections@outlook.com to sign up or call 301-501-0539.

The Garrett County Concert Band is presenting “A Christmas Flourish” on Sunday, December 3 at 2:30pm in the Garrett College Auditorium. Band members range in age from 11 to 80 years old and come from four states!  It is sure to be a great show.

Significant project improvements along the Western Maryland Rail Trail will force temporary closures (with detours) along sections of the trail between Nov. 27, 2017 and Jan. 27, 2018. This two-phase project will clean ditch lines and replace damaged guardrails and fencing along the trail.

Epilepsy is a disease that can impact anyone here in Garrett County. With November being National Epilepsy Awareness month, I thought I would post this link to the “Take a Shot” at Epilepsy campaign that is in progress.

There is a 50/50-Bowling Gift Certificate Raffle going on at The Alley for the Sisler Family (who recently lost their home in house fire). The drawing will be November 22 at 5pm and tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Stop in at The Alley to buy a ticket.

The deadline for MEDA’s “Marketing Propels Community Progress” award submissions is December 8th.

Yesterday’s Greater Grantsville Business Association’s New and Expanding Business Roundtable meeting was streamed on Facebook:

Wednesday November 15

Mostly to partly sunny today with highs in the lower 40s.

There’s an Acoustic Rock Jam this evening at Moonshadow in McHenry from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Bring your instrument or just hang out and listen.

The Adult Coloring Club meets tonight at the Accident branch of the Ruth Enlow library starting at 5:00pm. This ongoing program is intended to give adults some relaxing quiet time. All supplies are provided.

Help sustain the natural beauty that is Garrett County. Today is America Recycles Day, an initiative of Keep America Beautiful. Check out their site and think about what you can do to help our environment

Congratulations to the 19 new Maryland Park Service Rangers that graduated Nov. 10 from Maryland Park Service Ranger School, which took place at New Germany State Park in Garrett County.

Speaking of the great outdoors in Garrett County, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday that it is continuing the Canada goose hunt on Deep Creek Lake and waterfowl hunt at Broadford Lake. Reservations are being taken for November 20-22.

Oakland, the Greater Oakland Business Association and their merchant members appear to have a whole bunch of neat events and promotions for the month of December. They are getting ready to issue their comprehensive flyer but you can go to their site now to see a schedule of some of the events.

Here’s the new Garrett County Fall video that will air on NBC4 in D.C.!

A note to our readers: If you or someone you know is sponsoring a non-profit event or a breaking news story that you wish for us to include in our Daily Notes, please send it to our mailbox at info@deepcreektimes.com. We’ll do our best to get it in. Thanks!

Tuesday November 14

The weather for today will be cold but turning partly sunny with a high in the upper 30s by this afternoon for the Trader’s Cookie Party from 3:00pm-6:00pm.

Also, plan to attend the HART benefit buffet dinner and dessert Til Death Do Us Part Murder Mystery tonight at Dutch’s at Silver Tree from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Call 301-387-7729 to register.

The Greater Grantsville Business Association is holding a free Garrett County Business Formation and Expansion roundtable starting at 8:30am tomorrow, November 15th. The non-profit roundtable will immediately follow. Contact ggba@visitgrantsville.com to register or for more information.

Congratulations to J.T. Lewis, who won his opening game as the Garrett Lakers’ head ladies basketball coach on Friday! The men also won their first game of the season. NOTE: These games are convenient, are a lot of fun to attend and are a great “night-out” for folks on a budget.

The next public meeting of the Board of Garrett County Commissioners will be held starting at 3:00pm on November 21st.

Terry Helbig and team at the B&O Museum in Oakland are always looking for new volunteers to work at the museum on projects ranging from model train display set-up to Christmas decorations. Give Terry a call at 301.616.0661 to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the museum.

The holiday season is right around the corner, which means the 10th annual Festival of Trees is almost here. Many groups, including two from Garrett College, are busy working on their submissions to support the Dove Center. Come see all the trees, centerpieces and wreaths on November 24 and 25 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds!  All can be bid-on at the live auction at 6:00pm that Saturday.

Garrett Institute of Lifelong Learning is presenting a special program on November 17th beginning at 11am at the Oakland Community Center (old armory) on 8th Street. Helen Lorenz, mother of local resident Donna Miller, was about 10 years old during WWII when her family was relocated to an internment camp in Crystal City, Texas. Her parents were German. All are welcome to attend this free session of GILL programming, even if you are not a member.

Here’s another reminder that the Maryland Health Exchange sign-up for health and dental plan coverage is open until December 15th. Registration is open all year for certain other groups, such as those experiencing a life event or those on Medicaid.

Yesterday, a ribbon cutting was held for the Meadow Mountain Trail system of Garrett Trails. This multi-purpose trail is 14 miles long (one-way) and, they say that, it has “one of the best overlooks in the county”. Congratulations, friends!

Monday November 13

The weather for today will be scattered rain and even snow this morning changing to light rain this afternoon. Highs in the mid-40s.

The Ruth Enlow Library has three interesting events going on today, including a LEGO Club meeting in Kitzmiller, a Community Conversation session in Grantsville and a talk on the Bayeux Tapestry in Oakland.

Speakers Brooke Neel, Henry Scully & Steve Clark will provide an informative presentation on the Flight 93 Memorial features and updates, educational programming, the Visitor Center and Learning Center. The event is free at the Springs Museum/Folk Meeting House at 1711 Springs Road in Springs, PA starting at 7:30pm tonight.

On November 10th, Governor Hogan announced that that all military veterans, including residents and nonresidents, will be granted free admission and entrance to the network of 72 state parks managed by the Maryland Park Service. There are currently 414,000 veterans living in Maryland.

I attended a wonderful Veteran’s Ceremony at the Veteran’s Park on Saturday 11/11 at 11:00am. Note the frigid temperatures had the fountain half-frozen.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is sharing information about a recent recall of portable fire extinguishers manufactured by the Kidde Corporation. There have been almost 400 reports of problems related to these Kidde fire extinguishers and Kidde has recalled almost 38 million fire extinguishers due to alleged malfunctions. Remember to check your numbers if you have a Kidde.

Saw a number of fishermen in boats out on the lake in the mild weather on Sunday. According to the Maryland Department of Natural resources, the focus is on walleye, smallmouth bass and yellow perch along steep rocky shorelines and deep grass.

We breathe in the clean, crisp Fall air here in Garrett County, consider the fact that India’s Delhi residents are facing a serious smog “event.” CNN reports that breathing air in Delhi is the equivalent of smoking 44 cigarettes a day!

I went to Kitzmiller over the weekend and saw the Apple Maps car …. wish I could have gotten a photo!

 

Friday November 10, Saturday November 11, Sunday November 12

Chance of snow this morning (there are already flurries in some places) and unseasonably cold highs in the 20s. Winds could gust up to 35mph. Tomorrow will be partly sunny with a low of 25 and a high of 32 and Sunday will be chance of rain and snow – low of 32 and high of 43.

We salute you! A heartfelt thank you to all the men and women that have served their country, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Garrett College is holding their annual Remembrance Day Roll Call on today in the auditorium from 7:00am – 4:30pm. This year members of the community will read the names of our men and women who died in Afghanistan and Iraq in the past decade.

Here’s our list of local restaurants offering Veterans Day (November 11th) discounts, including:

  • Denny’s: (Nov 10) Free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5:00am 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*

Oakland will be holding a Veteran’s Parade tomorrow at 10:30am in Downtown.

On Saturday, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Our Town Theatre and Ruth Enlow Library will co-host a Canteen at the Theatre. The Canteen will begin with a Presentation of the Colors, with the American Legion’s Color Guard, and the service songs will be played to honor each branch of the armed forces, followed by a reading of “letters home” and other programming.

Anybody know who belongs to this doggie that was found at the intersection of 495 and North Glad on Thursday? If so, please call the Garrett County Animal Shelter at 301-334-3553.

Just heard that the WMXA Cash Bash scheduled for Saturday evening at the Oakland Elks Lodge has been rescheduled to January 13th

Moonshadow in McHenry has concerts by The Tonehounds, Mateo Monk and Jason McDonald this weekend.

Garrett County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Baker plans to seek feedback from parents and the community regarding the strategic planning for the future success of the school system. See the link for the complete schedule.

Some tidbits (giblets?) for Thanksgiving table conversations: According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, an adult turkey has between 5,000 and 6,000 feathers. And, turkey droppings tell a bird’s sex and age. Male droppings are j-shaped; female droppings are spiral-shaped. The larger the diameter, the older the bird. Now you know!

The Rural Maryland Council will host its biennial summit “Bridging the Divide: Strengthening Rural and Urban Communities” on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland.

A new community organization, HABco, is holding a Monday Morning Mojo event on November 20 from 7:30am-9:00am. This event intends to create an opportunity for coffee, collaboration and motivation among creatives, entrepreneurs and community leaders. This event is $10 per person and limited to the first 20 participants.