Thursday December 7


Partly cloudy today, highs in the mid-30s with a chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Little to no accumulation expected.

On Tuesday, an individual from Massachusetts was arrested at a residence on Arrowhead Lane in McHenry. The subject initially had called the Garrett County 911 Center multiple times asking for help, stating that he was homicidal and suicidal. After allegedly verbally threatening police on the scene, he was taken into custody.

A substitute teacher at Southern Garrett High School was recently making inappropriate postings on social media; this situation was addressed by the GCPS Superintendent.

On a brighter note: Wisp Resort reported that it began making snow yesterday! December 16th is the planned opening day.

Senator George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel will hold their annual pre-legislative public meeting this evening starting at 6:00pm, in GIEC Room 111 on the Garrett College campus. This session is open to the public.

Garrett County Community Action Head Start and Early Head Start is currently taking applications for prenatal women and children ages birth to 5 years old for enrollment in home-based and center-based programs. Please call 301-334-9431 for more information and to set up an appointment for an application. Enrollment is based upon eligibility and openings.

Mountain Laurel Medical Center to open a new location in McCoole, MD.

WVU Hospitals and Garrett Regional Medical Center have entered into a management agreement. Also, GRMC CEO Mark Boucot will lead Potomac Valley Hospital.

Enrollment, advising and registration for credit and non-credit programs at Garrett College are in-process and extend until just before the formal start of the winter and spring semesters, which begin on January 3rd and January 23rd, respectively. Visit or call admissions at 301.387.3044.

If you feel like driving a little, check out all the holiday festivities going on this month in Frostburg!

MFC Ministries Inc. (Joe & Rena Perozich) are holding a marriage counseling workshop at the Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown on February 16-17, 2018.

The 10th annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air painting “competition” call for entries is now open. They are trying something really different this time around: They are moving the 2018 Mountain Maryland Plein Air to the fall!

Wednesday December 6

The weather for today will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid-30s. Winds could gust up to 35mph.

Lots of events going on throughout the day today at the various Ruth Enlow Library locations in the County. 

Oakland’s Lucky Elf promotion is still going strong. For every $25 spent in any local business displaying “the elf”, shoppers receive one chance to win up to 16 local gift certificates.

The Deep Creek Winter Sports Team (DCWST) is a parent-run, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the development of young athletes (ages 7-18) in the winter sports of alpine ski racing and snowboarding. While regular registration has passed, late registration is ongoing.

The Joy of Christ celebration is on again this evening at the Oakland Community Center. The free event starts at 6:30pm but you may join at any time. Music, history and goodies available for locals and visitors alike.

Just in case any of our readers want to get away on a cruise this winter, I have included a link to the December Cruise Trends Survey results which is provided by Cruise Compete.  Some Interesting tidbits of information!

A note of interest to all of our technology and entrepreneurial readers:  The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Winter Forum will be held in Falls Church on December 13th.  Looks like it might be worth the drive.

Garrett County’s High School Robotics Team 1629, GaCo, will celebrate the National Hour of Code week by hosting its ninth annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) qualification tournament to be held at Northern Garrett High School this Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Tuesday December 5


Today will be full of showers with highs in the upper 50s. Winds could gust to 30mph in the afternoon.

Deep Creek Winter Sports Team is currently accepting registration for the coming winter season. The team is open to skiers and snowboarders ages 7-17. Members receive professional coaching, the opportunity to compete, and a great way for kids to get to know other kids with the same passion for skiing and snowboarding. For additional information regarding team dues and team training schedule visit the website at or contact Kellyann Green

Maryland Community of Practice (Cop) & Life Course Framework will be presenting “Supporting Families Across the Lifespan” today from 1:00pm – 3:00pm in the GIEC building, room 111 at Garrett College. This workshop addresses support for families and people with developmental disabilities to create “The Good Life.”

Many Appalachian Christmas traditions date back to the Scottish-Irish settlers that made the Appalachian Mountains their home. Some of these traditions are still followed and have even spread beyond the mountains.

Did you know there is actually a lake under Deep Creek Lake? Read the just-released issue of the Deep Creek Dispatch, Newsletter of the Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake, Inc. to find out about Brown Lake and other lake-related issues of a more current nature.

Senator George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel will be holding their annual pre-legislative public meeting Thursday, December 7th, at 6:00pm in the GIEC building on the Garrett College campus.

Garrett County has over 900 small businesses and the Small Business Administration (SBA) wants to hear from you, via their new online survey!

Garrett College is offering a Maryland Handgun Qualification class on Saturday, December 9th in Grantsville. If you wish to purchase a handgun in Maryland, this is the first step in the application process. Call 301-387-3069 by Wednesday for more information or to register.

The Chamber will be hosting their December Business After Hours on Thursday, December 14th at Halian & Associates Landscaping in McHenry starting at 5:30pm.

Local Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales business owner, Jodi Taylor Refosco has been named the President-Elect of the national Vacation Rental Management Association.

Monday December 4

Today will be partly sunny with a low of 33-degrees and a high of 49-degrees.

The annual Joy of Christ Celebration and concert is presented this evening starting at 6:30pm at the Oakland Community Center on 8th street. Admission and goodies are all free and you may attend at any time. A nice, free family event to help get all in the seasonal spirit!

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas! Kearstin Hinebaugh is offering one of her always popular essential oils classes – the 12 Sprays of Christmas – tonight in the GIEC at Garrett College from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. It is a “make-and-take” class with all materials provided. Call 301.387.3069 for more information and to register.

Country Life: Dan Duggan reports “Picked this gal up on O’Brien Road during my walk this morning. She followed me back to the house. Give me a call if you know who she belongs to.”

Goat in Swanton, Deep Creek Lake, Maryland Garrett County

We hear that the Democrats for Garrett County are holding their annual holiday party at Ace’s Run on December 7th. Social hour starts at 6:00pm followed by dinner and a program. Cost is $40 and you can make reservations/get more information at or 301.501.0693. If the Republicans are having a party, someone let us know and we will be happy to post that as well.

The Maryland State Police McHenry Barracks is asking the public for information regarding subjects with Active Arrest Warrants, originating from incidents in Garrett County, Maryland. They have photos on their site and ask anyone with information to contact the Duty Officer at 301-387-1101

Check out this short Christmas video I chose especially for all you pet lovers. Consider adopting a puppy (or kitty) from HART or the Garrett County Animal Shelter this season.

Our winters in Garrett County force many people indoors for extended periods which can lead to low vitamin D levels. Many of my friends and colleagues suffer from “low D” and take supplements. They apparently have a lot of company, as the Council for Responsible Nutrition recently reported that 76% of Americans take dietary supplements… Take your vitamins!

Significant project improvements along the Western Maryland Rail Trail has caused temporary closures along sections of the trail from Nov. 27 through Jan. 27, 2018. This two-phase project will clean ditch lines and replace damaged guardrails and fencing along the trail from mile 12.5 to mile 22. For more information, please contact 301-842-2155. All closures subject to change.

Friday December 1, Saturday December 2, Sunday December 3


The weather for today will be mostly sunny but colder with temperatures staying in the 30s. Saturday and Sunday have identical forecasts at this point: mostly sunny with a low of 29/30 degrees and a high of 44 degrees.

Moonshadow is presenting the Fly Birds Friday evening and the Glenn Strother Project Saturday evening.

First United Bank & Trust are proud sponsors of the 2017 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes on Friday and Saturday. The proceeds from this tour will be donated to the local charity – Samantha’s Funding the Arts – a non-profit organization that helps keep the ARTS alive in our schools and our community in Garrett County.

Spruce Forest is presenting the 32nd Annual Christmas in the Village, Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday from noon until 8:00pm. Come enjoy live music in the Village Church, and activities throughout the Village buildings, and luminaries throughout the Village and over the Casselman River Bridge.

The Little Crossings Holiday Market will also take place all weekend, hosting over a dozen local vendors and artisans Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 12-8 pm, and Sunday 10 am-4 pm.

If you are thinking about getting your Christmas tree this weekend take note: It will likely be harder to find Christmas trees this year and prices may be up 5% – 10%, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. It takes 8 – 10 years for a tree planted to mature and be ready for sale. Less trees were planted at the beginning of the great recession, hence the shortage.

On the topic of Christmas Trees: Woodlake Tree Farm was the pick-up site for the annual Trees for Troops program in Maryland on November 27th. More than 50 Garrett County-grown Christmas trees were transported – courtesy of FedEx Corporation – to Fort Bragg, North Carolina for Trees for Troops weekend, Dec. 1-3.

Don’t forget the Christmas Market at our Town Theater on Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm. There’s also other activities going on in Downtown Oakland over the weekend.

Thank you to Michelle Ross for sharing the video clip below of the light display outside of the Oakland Armory designed by CHIPS Network’s Paul Browning. The LED tree syncs up to a local radio station to put on a dazzling light and sound display.

Also, Monday through Friday evening is the Joy of Christ celebration held each night beginning at 6:3pm at the Armory.