Wednesday January 31

 

Yesterday certainly was snowy and brisk. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny with highs near 43 but wind chills at around 0. Windy.

The February schedule for pickleball has been set: Pickleball will be played at the Oakland Community Center gym (the old armory) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm beginning on February 2nd. Contact the College at 301.387.3069 for more information.

A very rare and interesting phenomenon happened this morning but, with cloud cover, we missed it: The rare blue blood supermoon eclipse. This hasn’t happened in over 150 years!

Sorry to hear that the Family Dollar discount store in downtown Oakland has closed. I hope we get a new enterprise in its place soon.

The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division of Garrett College will be offering Scottish Country Dancing at their main campus in McHenry on Fridays, February 16th to March 16th, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Call 301.387.3069 for more information.

Our congratulations to Mr. Gary Thompson a teacher at Southern Middle School. He was just honored by our State Delegates and Senators at a ceremony in Annapolis as Maryland History Day Teacher of the Year 2017. The program was part of the 19th annual Maryland History Day coordinated by Maryland Humanities. I had Mr. Thompson in school (…circa 1998 maybe) and he was an excellent history teacher!

Throughout the years Deep Creek has claimed vehicles, several lives, and even some of our pets, all because of thin ice or no ice at all.  Here are a few precautions and thoughts as provided by the Deep Creek Lake Property Owners Association this week: 

  • Places where streams flow into the lake there is quite often open water.
  • Runoff/road salt on the bridges also causes ice melting under the bridges 
  • The same is true for underwater springs where the ice is thin or melts, creating open water.  Under the west end of Glendale Bridge is a good example.
  • Along the shore – The ice usually melts first causing open water as it does so and as the lake level starts to rise.
  • Wind shifts – The wind can move large areas of ice and, if during the day the wind shifts into an off-shore direction, it can move the ice away from where it was accessed.  This situation can require a boat to exit the ice. 
  • Open water – If the lake has areas of open water, it is wise not to go on the ice at all.

There was another spectacular sunrise this morning!

Check out our photo gallery and photo of the month today to see January’s pics and check-in again tomorrow for our February edition for new pics/video!

Tuesday January 30

 

We’re going to pick up another 1-2″ of snow today with a high near 17 degrees and wind chill values are as low as -5. Wind gusts up to 35mph.

According to Bill’s Outdoor Center, ice on the lake is about 7 inches. This is typically deemed thick enough to walk on but ice is not ever said to be “safe”. Please use caution if attempting to go out on the ice.

I have been hearing some very good things about the PACE conference and related legislator meetings.  Seems like there was some good bi-partisan discussions and I heard there was also a mention of potential state funding for the proposed performing arts center at the College in the future.

The Discovery Center offers great programs for all ages and they just announced their February schedule (not up on their site yet).  They are open (and free) weekends during the winter months. As a sneak preview for our readers, they have programs in Snowshoeing for Beginners, Pinecone Bird Feeders, and Critter and Aviary feeding times this weekend alone!

Don’t forget to spread the word and/or consider entering this year’s Garrett College Power of Possibilities Business Plan Competition.  I have seen this program truly change people’s lives in many ways.

The Board of County Commissioners yesterday announced their next public meeting to be held on February 5th at 3:00pm in the Courthouse in Oakland. 

The flu vaccine continues to be available at the Garrett County Health Department on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 5:pm at 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland. “It’s important to remember that we still have weeks of flu season ahead of us,” said Cindy Mankamyer, RN, Garrett County Health Department.  GCHD can be reached at 301-334-7770 or 301-895-3111.

Be heard! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently seeking comment on proposed fiscal year ‘19 work plans for a number of State Forests, including those in Garrett County. The comment period is open until February 23rd.

Monday January 29

 

Increasing clouds today with a high of 35 degrees. Snow beginning in the evening and 2-4 inches accumulating overnight.

I had the pleasure of attending and exhibiting at the regional robotics competition at Northern High School on Saturday. Congratulations to all of the teams from Garrett County and the other states. A very impressive group of young people.

Join Ruth Enlow Library director Thomas Vose for a free TED Talk screening and discussion session this evening from 6:00pm – 7:00pm in the Oakland branch. Contact Bonnie Winters at 301.334.3996 for more information and to let them know you will be attending.

I learned over the weekend that Mike Dreisbach (of Cornucopia Café and Savage River Lodge fame) has filed to run for state delegate in district 1A. I also heard that former commissioner Bob Gatto is considering another run for Commissioner. Good luck to both these men and all those running to help our community.

Bittinger Fire Department members and Auxiliary gathered to celebrate service to the Bittinger Community. Among other awards of the evening, Firefighter of the Year is Jesse Warnick and EMS provider of the Year is Darrin Yoder.

Deer Park Fire Company, Oakland Fire Company and Deep Creek Fire Company had an ice rescue training at the Glendale Bridge yesterday. Thanks to all of the members and, please, be careful when going out on the Lake.

For all you cat lovers out there. I love cats and dogs equally, so I am guessing dogs accrue some great benefits to us as well.

The Appalachian Commission (ARC) is a very important friend to us here in Western Maryland and all of the Appalachian region. They just released a five-part study on the declining Appalachian coal industry and its implications.

We were blessed with a spectacular sunset last night! We saw many photos but this one from Terah Crawford of Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty took our breath away:

Deep Creek Lake, MD Sunset

Friday January 26, Saturday January 27, Sunday January 28

 

Sunny, high of 48 today. On Saturday, a chance of rain in the afternoon, high of 49. On Sunday, showers likely, mostly cloudy, high of 42.

Lots of musical entertainment scheduled for this weekend at the Black Bear, Greene Turtle, MoonShadow and Wisp. Check out our Entertainment Guide for times and locations.

Congratulations go to HART for Animals which was just awarded a 2018 grant by the Maryland Department of Agriculture as part of their Spay and Neuter Program designed to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs euthanized in shelters across the state. This is the fourth year in which HART has been awarded the grant and, to date has provided 1,618 no-cost spay/neuter surgeries to low-income Maryland residents in Garrett and Allegany Counties.

They were making snow on the mountain today; it’s certainly cold enough. Wisp Resort has a few cool things planned for this weekend: The Blackstrap Rail Jam, the Allegheny Collegiate Ski Conference and the Subaru WinterFest. Wait, I didn’t know Subarus could ski…

Dr. Katie Shoe has joined Wellspring Family Medicine and the medical staff at Garrett Regional Medical Center to provide family physician services and obstetrics care. Welcome to Garrett County!

Here’s something different: The Have a Nice Day Project at Trader’s Coffee on February 20th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County recently added 33 early literacy backpacks to its circulating collection as part of the library’s family engagement initiative. Funding for the backpacks came from the Family Engagement Grant, a total of $1250 received from the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Development (DECD). Each backpack is clear and has a “theme.” Contact Bonetta Winters at 301.334.3996 x 0117 for more information. https://www.relib.net/

Save a life: Garrett Regional Medical Center offers classes in CPR and lifesaving. There are classes coming up in a few weeks.

Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development has scheduled a free, 90-minute presentation on how to be prepared for, and how to respond to, an active shooter situation. This informative session is ideal to protect one’s employees from potential workplace violence. Contact Connie Meyers at 301.387.3084 for more information.

Finally, a polite way of getting rid of bears in your yard as submitted by Lisa C. Thanks Lisa!

Thursday January 25

 

Scattered snow early today tapering into mostly sunny this afternoon. High near 27 low near 17.

As I write this late Wednesday evening I can report that the wet roads combined with the low temperatures have made many of our roads quite slippery with ice.  While 219 was decent, the side roads were not good.  I am sure road crews will be out overnight and early morning but watch out, including when you walk out to your car first thing. 

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival has announced their 2018 season.  I just rotated off their board and I can say Mary, Andrew and friends do a great job bringing some great performances to Garrett County.

And the winners are… Candystore.com just released the results of their study of the favorite Valentine’s Day candies.  Yes, really. Now that I have your attention, the top Valentines candy for Maryland is M&Ms, followed by Conversation Hearts and Heart Shaped Boxes of Chocolate.

Just heard that there is a large regional FFA competition and program scheduled for the CTTC building in Accident on March 15th.  Well let you know more when we learn more, but in the meantime, all you future farmers and parents mark your calendars.

Hunters reported taking 87 wild turkeys during Maryland’s 2018 winter turkey season, which was open Jan. 18-20 statewide. Garrett hunters “harvested” eight.

Speaking of Turkeys, I have had a few nice lunches at the new Harvest Moon Market at The Fort in McHenry. Worth a try for a quick sandwich that isn’t fast food. They also sell produce. Tell Matia that Mike at DCT sent ya’.

1 – 2 – 3! WalletHub has compared 50 states across 15 key education metrics. The data set ranges from share of adults aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma to average university quality to gender gap in educational attainment. Maryland ranked 1st in gender gap in educational attainment, 2nd in % of graduate/professional degree holders and 3rd in % of bachelor degree holders!

Garrett College is hosting a performance of the internationally acclaimed and award-winning play the Vagina Monologues on February 16th and 17th.  The play is part of the “V-Day” movement and is in support of female empowerment and success. 100% of proceeds go to charities, with 90% going to Garrett County’s Dove Center. Note that the play is not without criticism and controversy due to its subject matter and language and is for mature audiences. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and will be on sale at the College and local area establishments.

Valentine’s Day is coming so why not give blood to celebrate!  The American Red Cross will be at the American Legion Hall in Oakland on February 2nd and Garrett College on the 13th.  Times vary so check out the Red Cross website for more information.

For those of you attending the PACE event in Annapolis Thursday and Friday (or just interested in the focus” as our citizens speak to State officials), Here are the final, official “talking points” as distributed by the PACE committee for Allegany and Garrett Counties.

Wednesday January 24

 

A little snowy today with daytime accumulations of about an inch and high temperature near 28 degrees; tonight will still be snowing and could see accumulations of 1-2 inches with a low of 19 degrees.

Tonight is Pasta Night at Ace’s Run at Will O’ The Wisp. They always do a great job and if you show your valid lift ticket when you order you can get $2 off Ace’s Apparel.

Click here for an interesting fact about millennials and one that can have lasting impact on the economic vitality of the Garrett County region and the country.

Good news from the Friends of Deep Creek Lake: the funding for Arrowhead Cove pilot dredging project has been included in the Governor’s Budget! There is $1,150,000 allocated in the Waterway Improvement Fund in response to a grant application submitted by the County. This line item must be still be approved but we will know outcome by end of the Legislative Session, in early April. Congratulations to all that worked so hard on this.

Want to curl-up with a nice book on these cold winter nights? Ruth Enlow Library has a great program to motivate you.

The Maryland Department of Commerce is entering the third year of its “Best is the Standard” strategic plan and they have asked for help connect with additional stakeholders to gauge how they—and Maryland state government as a whole—are doing. Just click on the link if you have not already completed.

Workforce Fairness is a non-profit that provides up-to-date information regarding the new minimum wage and salary history laws and we thought we would share. We have NOT vetted their posts/site for accuracy, but we know our readers are savvy and can judge for themselves. If you have questions see a lawyer such as Noonan and Noonan.

Here is a neat photo that was shared with us on Instagram by Randy K; it was taken along Bumble Bee Road.

Tuesday January 23

 

Rain changing to snow this evening with little to no accumulation expected. Temperatures dropping from the 40s to around 32 and winds gusting to 30+mph.

Reservations for Our Town Theatre’s production of “Silent Sky” will open on February 1, 2018. You may call 301.334.5640 or email ourtowntheatre@gmail.com then to reserve a seat. The play, about early female astronomers, will run from Valentine’s Day through February 18th.

Don’t forget – get your professional headshot photo taken today! Stop by any time between 3-7pm and camera time will be first-come, first-serve @Headshots at HABco.

The Garrett County Commission for Women is offering a scholarship to help a woman resident of Garrett County complete her educational requirements leading to a degree or certificate beyond the high school level.  The scholarship may be used to attend academic or career oriented programs at a community college, a four-year institution, or for graduate school, or for technical training leading to a certificate.  It is open to all majors and the application is due no later than March 1, 2018.

On January 19, 2017, Western Union entered into an agreement with the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission admitting to processing payments involved in international fraud schemes. Criminals tricked thousands into sending money via Western Union to pay for fake lottery winnings, advance-fee loans, online purchases (e.g. pet transport scams), and bogus family emergencies. Western Union must now provide refunds to eligible claim victims. If you or a loved-one were a victim, please file a claim. You must submit your claim by February 12th.

Did you know that in a new program, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers are being taught to perform “raptor triage”, providing a bridge to get birds in trouble out of danger and into the care of a regional network of trained volunteers and rehabilitation specialists? Now, you know!

Been a lot warmer the past few days. Speaking of warmer and our friend Chuck H’s photo on Instagram, just a reminder that Bill’s Marine is now taking reservations for boat rentals for the Summer.

OK, back to Winter. Just heard from Michelle Ross of GOBA that they are still looking for sponsors for Winterfest ice carvings and business donations. Michelle can be reached at 301.334.2691 or mainstreetgoba@gmail.com

Garrett County’s unemployment rate in November, the latest month for which data is available, was 4.5%. Not surprisingly, booming Howard County was lowest, at 3.1%. Six jurisdictions had higher unemployment rates than Garrett in November: Allegany, Baltimore City, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worchester

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, as well as Congressman John Delaney (all D-Md.), have announced a $100,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to the Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC). The grant will fund the purchase of a new telemedicine and telecommunications system that will allow the hospital’s healthcare providers to provide patients with real-time medical consultations from a distance.

Look at this awesome photo taken with a Nikon D750 over Deep Creek Lake found on https://www.astrobin.com/329609/?nc=allAstro Photography over Deep Creek Lake, MD

Monday January 22

 

Whoa… heat wave! It will turn mostly sunny today with a high of 62!

Since many of our dedicated readers are not local all of the time, you may not be aware of this weekend’s melt. Herrington Manor State Park just announced that they will not be renting ski/snowshoe equipment until the next significant snowfall. They can be reached at 301.334.9180 or james.riley@maryland.gov for more information.

Thanks to the GC Snowdrifters group, we found out it is International Snowmobile Safety Week. The key points of safe, responsible riding are:

  • Snowmobiling and alcohol don’t mix – Don’t drink and ride.
  • Smart Riders are Safe Riders – Take a snowmobile safety training course.
  • When night riding slow down – Expect the unexpected.
  • Know before you go – Always check local ice conditions
  • Cross with Care
  • Know the risks and be prepared – Make every trip a round trip
  • One is the loneliest number – Never ride alone.
  • Ride safe, stay on the trail – Respect private property

STEAM Kids @ the library, geared for children of all ages interested in exploring a variety of activities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, will be held at the Kitzmiller branch of the Ruth Enlow Library this afternoon from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Other activities at other branches as well today.

Speaking of STEAM, there will be a regional robotics competition at Northern High School on Saturday, January 27th. If you want to be impressed, fascinated and entertained, come check out the event, which runs most of the day. I’ll post more in the next day or so; I’ll be there.

Check out our new Cover Story. For the first part of the month we covered New Year’s resolution ideas. Now, we have a helpful guide and interpretation relative to the new tax law as provided by Brian Boal of Boal & Associates, CPAs in Oakland. Thanks to Brian for sharing his insight with our readers.

Watched “The Post” yesterday at Garrett 8 with my wife. Great movie and some great acting by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Very suspenseful with no gore or violence.

The County Commissioners have initiated a third search for an Economic Development Director for the County which will be advertised beginning today. They have removed the requirement for a Certified Economic Developer designation.

Edward Lytle of ERL Financial Services of McHenry has some tips for talking about financial and related matters with aging parents. For example, he suggests starting the conversation before they get too far into their years and have serious health issues.

Don’t forget to plan ahead to participate in Oakland’s Winterfest on February 18th and 19th. There will be lots of good stuff (music, food, fun) in addition to those always cool (pun intended) ice sculptures.

We also hear that the Deep Creek Dunk is February 24th but have not seen or heard much on it yet this year. We’ll let you know when we have more details.

So, what does it take to live to reach 100? Check out this TED talk to learn about some of the surprising factors that can help us live longer. Enjoy!

Friday January 19, Saturday January 20, Sunday January 21

 

Today will be sunny, with a high near 35 and low of 27 and tomorrow will be similar: sunny, with a high near 41 and low of 33. Sunday will be warmer yet and mostly cloudy with a light rain and highs near 46 and low around 39.

After 7 inches of snow this week, slope conditions are primed and the weekend forecast is looking ideal for spending time on the mountain according to the folks at Wisp Resort!

If you arrive Friday evening be sure to check out the Stage Wisp Concert Series free music at Wispers Bar with good music, food and drink, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

A Winter’s Farmer’s Market will be held at the Mary Browning Senior Center, 104 Center Street, Oakland, MD, 11am-1pm on Saturday!

Join HABco for a professional headshot event this Tuesday from 3:00pm-7:00pm. Stop by anytime between 3pm-7pm and, for just $25, you can pose receive 5 professional photos to use as you wish. Pizza provided!

Here’s an interesting and inspiring article on a fellow, Joe Kapp, that has done some great things in West Virginia. Sarah and I have both worked with Joe on Garrett County entrepreneurship projects. The article talks about his adventure from Washington DC liberal to advocate for entrepreneurship in Appalachia. Worth the read.

Don’t forget to check out the wine tour and the wine tastings available on Saturdays. Go to our events listing to get the specifics.

The Ruth Enlow Library will host a talk on “Making Sense of It All: Thinking Clearly in the Information Age” on Wednesday, February 7th, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Oakland Library. Presented by Director Thomas Vose, this talk will feature topics such as how our brains fail us, how to win an argument, pushing our buttons, and fake versus real. Sign up for this free event by contacting Bonnie at 301-334-3996, ext. 0117 or bonnie@relib.net.

“Flu season is here in full, and there is literally no geographic area in the continental United States that isn’t seeing cases,” says Lance Rhodes, Director of Pharmacy at GRMC. “The flu strains this year seem to be particularly virulent. If you haven’t gotten a flu vaccine, you should probably consider doing so. It can make a significant difference in maintaining your health throughout the winter.” GRMC also suggests a number of items to help keep you healthy.

 

Flu Weekly Report Geography

There are Seasonal Herrington Manor State Park jobs open now.

The first night of Grantsville Little League signups will be at the Grantsville Library Monday Jan 22 from 5:30-7:30. T-ball will be $20, minor and little league individuals will be $35 and the max pay for a family will be $50.

Thursday January 18

 

The weather for today will be sunny with a high near 26 degrees but wind chill values as low as -13.

The Snow Emergency Plan for Garrett County was officially lifted as of 1:30pm yesterday. Some roads are still icy though, so be careful.

Here’s something a little different: It is Senior and Hall of Fame Night at Northern Garrett High School this evening from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Go cheer on our local kids!

REMINDER from Garrett County Public Schools: Yesterday, January 17, was a full day of school for students. The Professional Day has been changed to Tuesday, January 23, with a three hour early dismissal for students.

The Dove Center reports: “we have received funding in the amount of $609,000, from the Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Community Development Block Grant Homeless Initiative. We will utilize these funds to construct three transitional housing units on the site of our existing facility. These units will provide 6-24 months of temporary housing, with intensive case management, support services, and counseling for individuals escaping domestic violence. This is an expansion of the current emergency shelter services that we currently provide, for which a shelter stay averages 60 days.” CONGRATULATIONS!

Note to parents and grandparents: The Spring semester starts soon at Garrett College and other institutions. One of the “scariest” aspects of the application process is financial aid and the FAFSA form. But it doesn’t have to be too scary with good counseling and more information, such as the US Department of Education site on Federal Student Aid.

The Oakland Rotary Satellite Club is kicking off its 4th Annual Sock Drive on January 15th. Those interested can drop off new children’s socks (and underwear) through February 19th at: Southern Middle School, local branches of First United Bank & Trust, Trader’s Coffee House, Wildwood Athletic Club, Jazzercise – Oakland, Winner’s Circle, Ruth Enlow Library in Oakland/Grantsville, Gregg’s Pharmacy and Totally Teasin Salon. The donations will go to Garrett County elementary and middle school children in need during the cold winter months.

Research firm Credible just did an analysis of the debt loads of over half a million individuals with student loan debt in all 50 states. Michigan, Arkansas and Delaware had the lowest overall debt-to-income ratios. Check out the study report and see how you compare to others in your state.

Did you know that 44 people leave West Virginia every day? That is apparently a statistic (not verified by DCT) put out by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and cited in a release by Generation West Virginia.

 

Wednesday January 17

 

Yesterday was cool and snowy, with local accumulations of between 6-7”. The weather for today will be mostly sunny with a high of 11.

Great turn-out and very informative presentation at yesterday’s Business Before Hours Chamber event at the Wisp. Dr. J.D. Foster from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave an economic update for the nation that was pretty much very positive, with just a few potential challenges ahead.

Business Before Hours

Check out Moonshadow in McHenry this evening for their Acoustic Jam from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Bring your instrument and join-in or sit back and enjoy the music. Call them at 240-442-5542 to confirm.

OK, I really try to work out a few times a week. Here’s a very short video of me at the CARC yesterday. Not one of my better workouts… But, the CARC has open swim nights on Wednesdays and a great spinning class with Sally as well. Call for details.

There’s a meeting of the Drug-Free Communities Action Team at the Health Department in Oakland this evening from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.

The Friends of New Germany State Park will be celebrating the park’s unique beginnings as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp March 11th from 1:00am to 4:30pm. Join them at the Lake House for a premier showing of “New Germany – Past & Present,” a new documentary film featuring local historian, Bill Martin. Showings will take place at 1:30pm and 3:00pm. For more information on this free event, please call 301-895-5453 or check out their Facebook site. Facebook.

New Germany

Many of Deep Creek Lake’s needs are managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The Deep Creek Lake Property Owners’ Association sent out DNR’s informative newsletter with some interesting information.

Tuesday January 16

 

2-4 inches of snow expected today with high temperatures in the upper 20s falling to the lower 20s by this afternoon. Winds 5-10mph.

The Ruth Enlow Library has a number of programs today for children and young readers. They may also be holding their monthly board meeting tonight at 5:00pm, due to yesterday being a holiday. Call them at 301.334.3996 to confirm.

With wild turkey populations apparently at all time highs in many areas, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has opened another hunting season that will run from January 18th – 20th statewide. Please contact the DNR for weapons, hours and bag limits.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Influenza activity increased again this week. All U.S. states but Hawaii are reporting widespread flu activity. The overall hospitalization rate is also high and the CDC also is reporting an additional seven flu-related pediatric deaths, bringing the total number of flu-related pediatric deaths to 20 so far. Flu activity is likely to continue for several more weeks. It is not too late to get a flu shot.

The Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland is holding an industry stakeholder discussion on January 17th in Timonium. The subject on the technology and talent required to compete in the 21st century.

Kearstin Hinebaugh and QuintEssential Oils are hosting a free event on essential oils this Thursday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Deep Creek Marina Club on Deep Creek Drive in McHenry.

Maryland roads are on a low-salt diet; an effort is being made to reduce salt usage by 30% this year using a few different techniques. One method is a mobile brine-making machine currently being tested in Garrett County.

Monday January 15

 

The weather will remain cold; partly cloudy today with a high of 22 but windchill temperatures  as low as -4 degrees. Some light snow accumulation through the night and into Tuesday.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  It is a federal and state holiday today, so a number of local institutions will be closed, including the school system and the college. Did you know the federal holiday honoring King was signed into law in 1983, but it was not until 2000 that all 50 states recognized the holiday, the last being South Carolina?

Don’t forget to preregister for Tuesday’s Chamber Business Before Hours to be held at the Wisp starting at 8:00am.  The subject will be the economic forecast 2018.

Check out the new game at the Wisp; it is called Wisp Escape Games and it is a team sport, with reservations required.

Want a relaxing MLK day inside out of the cold?  Check out a movie at Garrett 8 and a meal at one of our great locally owned establishments.

Many people do not realize the great robotics teams at the 9-12 and College-levels that are fielded by Garrett Countians. Our teams continue to excel at regional, national and international competitions. This weekend some of our teams were in Pennsylvania and downstate Maryland and did exceptionally well.  Here’s a photo of some of our great coaches and students at the Upper Saint Clair FTC Qualifier in Pennsylvania! They won 1st place and are moving on to the PA state competition! Way to go!

Garrett County Robotics

The lowest gas prices across the state can be found here (as of the end of last week).

i had a chance to go out on the Lake and talk to two ice fishermen, Mike and John, from Southwest, PA yesterday. They had been out in the frigid temperatures for over 12 hours!

Ice Fishing on Deep Creek Lake

Friday January 12, Saturday January 13, Sunday January 14

 

It will be rainy and mild today with highs in the 50s. Freezing rain overnight possible. Tomorrow will be snow: up to an inch or two in accumulation with a temperature near 16 degrees. Sunday will be mostly sunny and cold with highs near 14.

MoonShadow in McHenry has music every day this weekend. Tom Batchelor Band, Day Old News and Dan Stevens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Check them out.

Hey there Garrett County non-profits: The Maryland Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Maryland Nonprofit Development Center, is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations seeking short-term operational support. The Nonprofit, Interest-Free, Micro Bridge Loan Account (NIMBL) is an interest-free, micro bridge loan fund that provides funding up to $25,000 to qualifying nonprofits.

Wisp is hosting Their Rail Jam competition series for skiers and riders on Saturday afternoon, with cash and prizes. Registration required by noon.

The Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club Blind Skier Program is coming up again and volunteers are always welcome! There will be four groups of visually impaired kids this year: Jan 30/31, Feb 6/7, 13/14 and 20/21. Call or email Chris Nichols at 301.616.7881 or dimesy23@gmail.com.

The band Red Hawk (J.B. Tenney, Jared Roy, Seth Young) with guest vocalist Juliana Warkentin will be throwing down some great tunes at Mountain State from Hendrix, Cream, Zeppelin, and others on Saturday evening starting at 9:00pm.

I will be teaching a credit class – Entrepreneurship – this semester at Garrett College. Still some room. The semester starts January 23rd. This class is adopted from one I developed and taught at Johns Hopkins on the critical things to undertake to help a start-up succeed. Contact me at mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu if you have any questions. Call Admissions at 301.387.3044 to register.

Speaking of entrepreneurship, this year’s Power of Possibilities (POP) business plan competition is gearing-up. They have some nice workshops scheduled over the winter for those enrolled in the competition. This is the program DCT co-owner Sarah Myers and I co-founded in 2014. Under the new direction of Jodi McClintock, I am hoping this year’s programming will be the best yet! Contact 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.

The Garrett County Health Department extends an open invitation for Garrett County residents to attend the “Garrett County Gives Back” event on January 18, 2018, at the Garrett County Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for a community-centric event.

Remember lots of public and private organizations will be closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Have a great weekend.

Thursday January 11

 

It was actually a fairly nice day yesterday; I would even say it felt a bit warm at times. The weather for today will be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon and highs in the mid 50s.

Yesterday the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the 2018 Annual Photo Contest. Last year almost 300 photographers (both amateur and professional) entered over 1,500 photos for awards and prizes. MD DNR will be accepting entries until August 31st.

By the way, based on the number and quality of photos submitted to Deep Creek Times by our readers, we think you talented folks should really consider submitting to the DNR contest. Some of the photos we receive are truly exceptional. Keep up the good work!

Congratulations to Tina Buckel on her recent retirement from the Garrett County Health Department!

The Pittsburgh Boat Show is coming up in a couple of weeks, the weekend of January 12th – 14th and the weekend of January 19th – 21st, and Bill’s Marine is offering free tickets (two maximum). Just email them at sales@billsmarinservice.com to find out more and ask for some tickets.

Garrett College just published their latest Continuing Education and Workforce Development catalog. You can call them at 301.387.3069 to ask for a paper copy to be mailed or go on the College’s website to find a PDF version.

Congratulations to Lazy Dayz Farms’ Crystal DeBerry and her son Dustin. One of their goats just gave birth to “quadruplets” to start the kidding season off right. Way to go DeBerry family!

From the County Government: If you are a customer of the Mt. Lake Park & Loch Lynn water system, please be advised that the system is experiencing water loss. Please conserve water for the next week and check for dirty water before doing any laundry.

Initial coin offerings, or ICOs, have become a popular way for companies in the blockchain and digital currency space to fund themselves. But, Maryland law firm Venable LLP says there may be some potential legal issues in the future based on what definition of “securities” comes out on top. A complex subject, but with all the news about Bitcoin and the fact that there are some serious crypto currency investors in Garrett County, we offer this link to a white paper on the subject. There will be a test!