Wednesday February 28

 

A chance of rain showers today with a high of 52 degrees and a low around 40 degrees.

After four days, nearby West Virginia school teachers settle strike for a 5% Raise and a promise to evaluate their benefits plan.

The Garrett County Wedding Professionals educational series kicks off this evening at 6:00pm at MoonShadow with a social media panel designed to cover a variety of topics in a short amount of time. Four professionals and creatives will share insights about blogging, marketing strategy, and branding across platforms.

Calling all techies! (and you know who you are) The Mountain Maryland Tech Network is hosting their free FeBREWary networking event in Garrett County this evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Mountain State Brewing Company. Meet others working in tech companies or in tech jobs in western Maryland.

Mobile Military Vet RV Visits Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Mobile Vet Center Unit out of Morgantown, WV will be at Garrett College today (in Lot A) from 9:00am until about 2:00pm. The purpose of the Vet Center is to provide counseling services to our military men and women; those which are readjusting back to civilian life, and those who suffer from PTSD, military sexual trauma, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, and other conditions. It is free to stop by.

In a ranking done by Niche.com, Garrett County Public Schools are considered the safest in the state.

The Maryland Environmental Trust is offering a one-day volunteer training session for individuals interested in helping to monitor conservation easement properties. The training session will be held 10:00am to 2:00pm March 3rd at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, 600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville.

The County Commissioners have announced their next public meeting date for March 5th at 3:00pm in the County courthouse in Oakland.

Garrett College in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension is sponsoring a one-session course, Smart Use Health Insurance™ – Understanding and Estimating Health Care Costs, on two different dates and locations. The first session will be held on Monday, March 5th, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the College’s Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. The second session will be held Monday, March 19th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Southern Outreach Center in Oakland. Students only need to attend one session. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.

Here’s something a little different: Deep Creek Pottery is holding a Paint Your Own Pottery event at Mountain State Brewing Company on March 20th, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Tuesday February 27

 

The weather for today will be sunny; a high near 50 degrees and a low of 37 degrees.

There’s a HART adoption wing open house today from 10:00am – 7:00pm.  You can even bring your own dog (on a leash).

Deep Creek Lion’s Club is sponsoring a pizza buffet at Uno’s this evening at 6:00pm where you can hear the stories from the slope from the skiers and their high school guides.

Motivational speaker and marathon world record holder Dave Jones, who grew up in Garrett County, will speak at Garrett College at 7:00pm this evening in the college’s auditorium. Not your average runner at well over 200 pounds, his story is one all can relate to. Contact the College’s Adventure Sports Institute at 301-387-3330 for more info on this free event.

Interested in playing softball? The league plays on Thursday nights at 6 pm 2 games a night. Looking for players and teams. Check out the Mt Top Womens Softball League facebook page. Leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Garrett College, in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension, is sponsoring a one-session course, Small Fruit for the Home Garden, at the College’s Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. The class will be held on Thursday, March 1st, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.

Kalie’s Crew of Garrett County had 60 participants at 2017’s Run For It. The team’s enthusiasm raised over $3,800 for the Kalie Hostutler Academic Fund which honors the memory of Kalie Hostutler-Ashby and her belief in the highest levels of academic success. #funfact

A map was released by the CDC that shows the number of opioid prescriptions by county.

Garrett County is a place of beauty and tranquility. Yet sometimes we all get caught-up in the stressful activities of the day. Check out this video for a little perspective.

Monday February 26

 

After a warm and rainy weekend, most of the snow is gone. Mostly cloudy this morning and then clearing off this afternoon; high of 44 degrees and a low of 27 degrees.

The Ruth Enlow Library has a number of programs scheduled for today, including their Board of Directors meeting, which is open to the public.

Heard the Deep Creek Dunk went very well. They had so many entrants they even started a little earlier than planned. The fundraiser for little Grace Ann Fratz was also a success with over 1,000 dinners served.

Mondays during the winter months can sometimes have limited local events — check out our movie guide for showings.  I have heard Game Night is good.

Garrett County Public Schools’ Superintendent Barbara Baker has posted a timely message about Garrett County school safety on their website. Prompted by the recent tragedy in Florida, it is worth a read.

Even as the Garrett County real estate market gains strength, it makes sense to deal with any home “flaws” that are easily fixable, especially if you will be listing your home for sale soon. Zillow has five easy “fixes” for under $1,000.

Author Daryl Davis will be sharing insights and experiences about his book, “Klan-destine Relationships” this evening at FSU’s Lane University Center starting at 7:00pm. The book shares Davis’ experiences and insights as a black man forging relationships with KKK members.

Friday February 23, Saturday February 24, Sunday February 25

 

It was a very foggy night last night and fog will continue today. Showers expected today, tomorrow and Sunday. Temperatures will be in the high 50s and with a low of high 40s until Sunday with a high of 67 and a low of 36.

There is a flood watch for the entire weekend as we are expecting heavy rainfall and the ground has not had time to recover from last week.

DO THE DUNK! The 20th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk is tomorrow! Crazy fundraisers will brave the icy waters to raise money for the over 7,000 Special Olympics athletes. Even if you’re not crazy enough to dunk, it is a sight to see!

To commemorate the closing weekend of the Olympics, Wisp is hosting another Gold Medal Weekend with indoor and outdoor events from Friday through Sunday.

The Garrett Regional Medical Center Subacute Unit was recently recognized by the American College of Health Care Administrators as a recipient of the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. Way to go GRMC!

Well, there are lots of fundraisers, other events and entertainment around town this weekend. I want to call your attention to the benefit dinner on Saturday for little Grace Ann Fratz, who was born in November and who has already had two open heart surgeries.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comment on the proposed 2018-2019 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons until noon, March 14th.

The Mountain Maryland Tech Network (MMTN), of which Mike Tumbarello is a co-founder, is holding a networking event at Mountain State Brewing Company on Wednesday Feb 28th, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Mike will be there and will be bringing students from his Entrepreneurship class.

To TED or not to TED… The Ruth Enlow Library is hosting a variety of TED talks over the next few months. Great ways to meet people, learn and be “entertained” at the same time.

Feeling lucky? Play Sunday Bingo at the McHenry Mountain State Brewing Company from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

Here are a few throwback photos our reader Lynn sent in from 1981! She and her husband Bob were staying in their *not-winterized* cabin on Harvey’s Peninsula.

Bob Murphy on Deep Creek Lake, MD in 1981 Lynn Murphy on Frozen Deep Creek Lake, MD in 1981

Thursday February 22

A rainy day today. Showers with a high of 44 degrees and a low of 39 degrees.

The Greene Turtle Mug Club Party tonight from 5:00pm – 7:00pm tonight 1/2 Priced Mugs, give aways 50/50 tickets to support the Deep Creek Dunk!

The Chamber reports Garrett County’s unemployment rate in December was 5.2%, compared to 5.7% for December 2016.  The unemployment rate for the US as a whole this December was 3.8%, with the state registering 4.1%

Oakland Native Dave Jones is the first person in history to complete 7 public marathons on 7 continents in 7 days plus a marathon in each of the 50 states in one year. Wow! He will be visiting Garrett County to speak at the Adventure Sports Colloquium on Feb 27 at 6:30pm.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering free trees until March 30th to Garrett County landowners that have a buffer area close to a body of water.

Local entrepreneur and former Power of Possibilities entrant Chris Nichols just announced his latest product in the Card Caddy line: The Citadel Dice Tower! Check it out and good luck Chris.

Join the Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club at Uno’s on Tuesday Feb 27th at 6:00pm for a pizza buffet where you can hear stories from skiers and guides from the club’s blind skier program.

The Chamber has announced their next Business After Hours networking event to be held on March 8th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Casselman Inn in Grantsville.

Heard that Senator Ben Cardin will be holding a Town Hall meeting at Allegany College this Saturday from 10:30am-11:30am at the Dr. Robert Zimmer Theater.  Contact Robin Summerfield at events@cardin.senate.gov or 301.777.2957 for more details.

 

Wednesday February 21

My car’s outside temperature reading yesterday afternoon hit 75 degrees! Beautiful day. Showers expected today and possibly a thunderstorm this afternoon. High of 66 degrees and a low of 41 degrees. We could see about a quarter of an inch of rain.

The Allegany Arts Council is hosting a free Student Arts Showcase now through March 3rd.

Had a great time the other evening at the home of Vianne and Mike Bell. They hosted their annual Chinese New Year celebration and a fundraiser for Garrett College athletics. Dean Yuan’s recipes were delectable as always.

The Friendsville Library will host Coloring Therapy with Beverly this evening at 5 p.m. All ages are welcome at this free program, and all supplies are provided.

Come out to the Greene Turtle for a free and fun game of Team Trivia starting at 7:00pm this evening!  Team Trivia allows you and any number of players on your team to compete and test your knowledge for some Greene Turtle prizes.

MoonShadow in McHenry is holding their monthly Acoustic Rock Jam from 7:00pm – 9:00pm this evening. Come on out, bring your instrument, and join in on the open jam!

Congratulations to Judy Carbone who has announced her intent to run for County Commissioner.  We wish Judy and all citizens seeking office the best of luck.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, is the deadline for an individual to file as a candidate for the upcoming 2018 Primary Election. The Election Board office will be open until 9:00 p.m. Please see the Candidate Information page for more information including the required paperwork needed when filing.

The Landon’s Library Youth Basketball (LLYB) wrapped up its second season on Sunday evening with the Championship Games at Garrett College after a week of tournament games: the Champions were the Tar Heels and the Mountaineers. Our dedicated group of coaches recognize that coaching these kids goes well beyond the game of basketball.

2018 Coaches of LLYB near Deep Creek Lake, MD

Front Row – Left to Right – Ashlee Spady, Robbie Zimmerman, Todd Tasker, Scott Hershman, Scott Weeks, Andrew Eiswert, Mandi Hetrick, Brian Boal;; Second Row – Shane Whitehair, Tim McCauley, Amie Uphold, Mandy Shaffer, Katie Tasker, Heather Roth, Mandy Sines;; Third Row – Aaron Shotwell, Joe Refosco, Ryan Upole, Jonathan Price, Jason Shreve;; Unable to be present: Jody Roberson, Justin Liller, Chad Panther, Josh Hinebaugh, Shana Healey, Josh Perry

LLYB Tournament Details:

K/1 Division – Rd 1
Terps over Hokies
Tigers over Blue Devils

 

Semi Final
Tar Heels over Tigers
Terps over Shockers

 

Final
Tar Heels over Terps

 

2/3 Division – Rd 1
Spartans over Nittany Lions
Hoyas over Wolfpack

 

Semi Final
Cowboys over Hoyas
Mountaineers over Spartans

 

Final
Mountaineers over Cowboys

 

The Champion Rosters are:

Team: TAR  HEELS Coach: Jason Shreve, Heather Roth, Josh Perry
Name: Breanna Shreve, Logan Preston, Noah Savage, Wheeler Rush, Westlee Glotfelty, Amelia Roth, Ryan Roth, Samantha German, Hudson German

Team:  MOUNTAINEERS Coaches: Tim McCauley, Joe Refosco, Shane Whitehair
NameGage Schwinabart, Kenzie Pysell, Landon Whitehair, Alexis Spotts, Jorja Refosco, Graham Harvey, Sydney Scott, Connor McCauley, Luke Seib, Jessie Campbell

Tuesday February 20

 

Lots of open water on the lake yesterday and still a few skiers going down Wisp’s Main Street.  Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 70 degrees and a low of 55! Spring is in the air! Wooo! Sunny in Deep Creek Lake, MD

Oakland’s Winter Fest this weekend was a success and they certainly had winter weather on Saturday. Sadly, all good things come to an end.  Here’s one of the ice sculptures downtown Monday afternoon that was still intact but many were melted.

Winter Fest Ice Sculpture near Deep Creek Lake, MD

Congratulations to Shirley Bailey of GCC Technologies.  She was chosen to participate in the next class of Leadership Maryland.  Shirley was one of the key folks in the County to help us retain HUBZone status.  Well done and well-deserved Shirley!

Don’t forget the “Have a Nice Day Project” at Trader’s Coffee House this evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Actually, you can go to the Red Cross blood drive at First United Bank and Trust’s Operations Center in Oakland first, then attend the Commissioners meeting and then reward yourself with some great coffee and treats at Traders.

Congratulations are in order to the crew and cast of both “Silent Sky” presented at Our Town Theater and the “Vagina Monologues,” hosted by Garrett College over the weekend.   Rave reviews from all that attended Silent Sky and those in attendance at VM were truly moved by the stories presented.

Garrett College in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension, is sponsoring a course, Tools to Extend the Growing Season, at the College’s Southern Outreach Center in Oakland this Thursday, February 22nd, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.  Students will learn some tools and ideas for getting vegetables started earlier in the spring and growing longer into the fall.  Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.

West Virginia public school teachers across the state are planning a two-day walkout over disputes in wages and insurance premiums this Thursday and Friday. Those same teachers, however, are also assuring students will not go hungry.

This little guy sure enjoyed all of the precipitation over the weekend – a special thanks to Stephanie P for sharing her video:

 

 

 

Monday February 19

 

Really interesting weather weekend: Rainy and warmer Friday, then cool with snow accumulations on Saturday, then it seemed to be warming again Sunday night. Today will be rainy with a high of 59 degrees and a low of 50 degrees.

Happy Presidents Day 2018. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. It became the third Monday in February in 1971.

This week is National FFA week — Northern Garrett FFA students have planned the following: Monday some students will be at tractor supply in Oakland selling paper emblems to support future FFA projects. Tuesday is camo day at school and the chapter officers are traveling to Annapolis to the general session. Wednesday is hat day. Thursday is FFA color day. Friday is flannel Friday and ice cream on lunch shifts.

Join Garrett County leaders for a special business networking breakfast at Wisp Resort tomorrow at 8:00am to celebrate Garrett County’s recent Culture of Health Prize award and discuss related opportunities.

The Board of County Commissioners will be holding their second February meeting tomorrow afternoon at 3:00pm at the County Court House.

Garrett College’s Bee Keeping class has been moved from tomorrow until February 27th, so there’s still time to register. Call 301.387.3069 for more information.

The Maryland Department of natural resources announced that over 86 thousand dear were harvested statewide during the 17/18 hunting season. The DNR provides a detailed county-by-county breakdown for those interested.

The Ruth Enlow Library will host a class on Bullet Journaling: Doing It Your Way, on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:00pm at the Oakland Library. This class will show participants how to organize their lives with a technique called bullet journaling. Contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996, ext. 0117 or bonnie@relib.net to register.

Here is an interesting opportunity: Outgoing and athletic men and women ages 18 and older who are interested in serving as ballboys and ballgirls for the Baltimore Orioles baseball team during the upcoming 2018 season are invited to try out for a position at Oriole Park beginning at noon on March 3.

Northern Middle School was among the top 48 teams in the region to be represented at the Maryland State FIRST Tech Challenge Championship over the weekend at UMBC in Catonsville. Special thanks to Doug Beitzel for these photos of his daughter Jasmine’s FTC Team 13405 mid-competition.

FIRST FTC Regional Championship 2018

FIRST FTC Regional Championship 2018

 

Friday February 16, Saturday February 17, Sunday February 18

 

Today will be rainy potentially changing to show showers. Temperature falling to 32 this afternoon and a low of 19. Wind gusts could be as high as 30mph. Saturday is a chance of rain and snow with temperature high near 35 and low around 28 degrees. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 41 and a low of 35. Depending on how the weather patterns shake out, Garrett County could get up to 6 inches of snow accumulation on Saturday into Sunday.

There is a flood watch in place until 6pm tonight; this means conditions could create the potential for flooding. This picture shows the radar from the National Weather Service:National Weather Service Radar 2-15-18

Fish dinners at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church begin today and continue through Lent from 4:30 to 6:30 in the Parish Hall.

Winterfest is this weekend in Downtown Oakland! Full schedule here.

Winter Farmer’s Market (from 11am-1pm at the Mary Browning Senior Center) should have the following vegetables: Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Garlic, Sweet Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Winter Squash and Sweet Potatoes.

The Vagina Monologues are tonight and tomorrow at Garrett College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for non-Garrett College students and $1 for Garrett Students.

Don’t forget about New Germany State Park’s Winter Night Hike at 7:00pm Saturday night. Please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and flashlight. Snowshoes will be available for rent if conditions allow. Registration is preferred; please call 301-895-5453.

Grantsville rebrands medical center to better reflect the growing list of specialty medical services now provided at the facility.

The County Commissioners award bid for maintenance projects on the Visitor’s Center and part of the Roger Glotfelty Building. Total project costs will be $32,419.40.

Make plans for the Arts Connection: Have a Nice Day Project coming up on Tuesday at Trader’s Coffee House, 6:00-8:00pm.

There was the potential tornado in nearby Fayette County, PA (about an hour north of Garrett County). Photos shared by Janelle Hall from WTAE news.

Janelle Hall WTAE Tornado in Fayette County

 

Thursday February 15

 

Cloudy most of today but warm with a high of 62 degrees. Some rain this afternoon and a low of 46. There is a flood watch in effect from this evening through Friday afternoon.

The Utilities Division of the Dept of Public Works is advising customers on the Bloomington Water system that a temporary water outage is planned for Friday, February 16, 2018.  This is necessary as part of the water tank replacement project and should take a couple hours between 9am and 3pm.

Today is a Lunch N Learn event at HABco. Learn about Mindful Goal Setting for Your Best Year Ever! Bring your lunch and it’s just 10 bucks!

I saw the Silent Sky play last night at Our Town Theatre. It was truly exceptional! Your chance to see it tonight is at 8 pm. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $8.00/each.

Winterfest is planned for this weekend in Downtown Oakland — ice carvings, live music, games, crafts, vendors, food, shopping, museums, Extreme Power Sports and Marine display and MORE! Full Oakland Winterfest schedule on our events page.

Employer registration is now open for the Garrett County job fair.

A nearby hospital system in Cumberland, Western Maryland Health System, has just announced a clinical affiliation with UPMC.

Here is an ice hummock on Deep Creek Lake. When the edge of the ice gets pushed upwards from the pressure from the main body of water it is called a hummock. If the ice on the edge gets pushed down by the pressure, it’s called a bummock.

Deep Creek Lake, MD Ice Hummock

Ice Conditions in Garrett County are ever-changing so BE CAREFUL!

Cpl. May from the Maryland Natural Resources Police reported the following on Feb 10:

–Deep Creek Lake:
McHenry, 9 to 12 inches
Marina Club in McHenry, 9 inches
Cherry Creek, 6 to 9 inches on main body
State Park boat ramp, 12 inches
Bill’s Outdoor Center main lake, 12 inches
State Park Cove, 10 to 12 inches

–Piney Dam:
Main body, 7 to 8 inches
Near dam, 3 inches
Where Piney comes into the dam, 4 to 6 inches

–Savage Reservoir:
Main body, 8 to 12 inches, with slush on edges. It is about five feet from bank to good ice. Many areas, where the streams come into the reservoir, are without ice.

Various regions have been trying to lure the new Amazon headquarters (and their promised 50,000 jobs) in… Baltimore reveals a failed proposal.

Wednesday February 14

 

A slight chance of rain on this Ash Wednesday; especially in the early afternoon. Warmer — a high of 54 and a low of 51. Note: Moderate to heavy rain should result in elevated river and stream levels, and a potential for flooding Thursday afternoon through Friday. A flood watch may be needed.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕

Garrett College is holding a talent show tonight from 8pm-10pm in the Auditorium. Questions? Contact Jacob Hannah at 301-387-3020 or at Jacob.hannah@garrettcollege.edu.

Our Town Theatre’s play Silent Sky opens tonight at 8 pm. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $8.00/each.You can make reservations by going online to www.ourtowntheatre.org or by calling the theatre’s answering machine (301-334-5640) and following the instructions.

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) took a group of Northern and Southern Garrett High School students to see the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and a presentation of “Tosca” over the past weekend.

A small tech firm based in nearby Salisbury, PA is controlling the snow machines during the current 2018 Winter Olympics. It’s pretty neat to have a nearby Olympic connection!

Garrett County Commissioner Paul Edwards recently participated in Leadership Allegany! session on local government.

The state of Maryland has made Naloxone (a lifesaving medication that can quickly restore the breathing of a person experiencing an opioid overdose) available without a prescription beginning in June 2017. Now, the Garrett County Health Department is partnering with local pharmacies to distribute packets of information to clients who are purchasing Naloxone. For more information on this project, call the health department at 301-334-7730 or 301-895-3111.

Hill has been named the Garrett College Head Golf Coach.

Salvation Army has started a campaign to collect 40 Items in 40 days. Starting today and for each day during Lent, simply place one gently used item you no longer need in a bag. Then, on Apr 1, you will have 40 items to donate. The closest Salvation Army in our area is in Kingwood, W.Va. However, I think this is a great way to get started on spring cleaning and, locally, we have the following donation centers: Christian Crossings in Loch Lynn, two Goodwill stores, St. Matthews Episcopal Church Nearly New Shop in Oakland, the Highland Thrift Shop in Grantsville and Pick of the Litter Thrift Shop in McHenry.

Donate 40 Items for 40 Days

Valentine’s Day Facts by Wallet Hub: $19.6B: Total Valentine’s Day spending projected for 2018 ($143.56 per person celebrating) // $191 vs. $99: Men plan to spend nearly twice as much as women, on average, for Valentine’s Day 2018 // $8.5 Billion: Amount Americans will spend on jewelry ($4.7B), flowers ($2B) and candy ($1.8B) // 9 Million: Number of marriage proposals made each Valentine’s Day.

Tuesday February 13

 

Temperatures in the low 30s today; rain showers likely.

Today is the Town of Friendsville Municipal Election; to be held at the Town Hall, the polls are open from 11am to 7pm. The persons who filed are as follows: Petition for the office of Mayor: Spencer R. Schlosnagle; Petition for the office of three open council seats are: Jerry C. Fike, Pamela S. Humberson, Edward B. Kelley and Julia V. Sines.

MoonShadow is having a game show night today from 7:00pm-10:00pm. The game is The Chase; answer trivia questions and take on THE BEAST to WIN BIG! Prizes are a $25 Gift Card, Menu Items and Free Music Nights.

The Shepherd of the Hills L.A.F.F. Dinner is today from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

We heard that the Food Resources brochure that we linked to yesterday may have a few errors and omissions; stay tuned for the updated copy.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been making plans for the state’s young anglers when spring and summer finally arrive. This year, 38 different organizations in 11 counties across the state are hosting free youth fishing rodeos to help ensure everyone has a chance to earn their “first catch”. Maryland’s youth fishing rodeo program receives financial support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.

First United Bank & Trust sponsors the upcoming Childhood Connections Conference.

The Tucker Community Foundation has more than 35 scholarships available for high school and college students in Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties, W.Va. and Garrett County, Md. Scholarships range from $500 to $10,000 with most of the awards around $1,000. Scholarship applications available here.

Some members of the Garrett County Planning Commission believe that more paid emergency medical services personnel may be needed in the future to counter a decrease in volunteers. The discussion was part of the planning commission’s review of community facilities in the county comprehensive plan. Currently, all fire departments in the county are staffed by volunteers. In fiscal year 2015, the county had 10 full-time and six part-time providers. During the fiscal 2017 budgeting process, the county’s public safety/emergency services budget was increased by nearly $877,000 to more than $1.5 million.

Monday February 12

 

A chance of snow showers this morning and then clearing for the remainder of the day; less than 1/2 inch of accumulation possible. High of 39 and low of 20.

Congratulations Southern Garrett Wrestling Rams for winning over Patterson Mill and Sparrows Point for the 1A State Dual Championship!

Also, the Mini Toxic Twist Crew of Jessica’s Dance Creations placed second at JAMfest in St. Louis over the weekend. Go girls!

Qing Yuan has been named the Chief Academic Officer at Garrett College.

The 2018 Maryland State Parks and Trail Passport has been announced; it grants you unlimited day-use admission and boat launching, as well as a 10 percent discount on boat rentals and state-operated concessions. Golden Age Passes are also available, granting seniors 62 and older free entry to parks, half-price weekday camping and unlimited boat launch access.

At the County Commissioner’s meeting on Monday, February 5th Gary Aronhalt, Watershed Coordinator, gave an update on the activities of the Administrative Council and the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan. Here is the presentation.

Do you know someone who is hungry? Help is available. Check out the Western MD Food Council’s Guide to Free Food Resources in Garrett County.

Here’s a short clip of the torch parade from the Gold Medal Weekend Kick-Off at Wisp Resort on Friday night:
Wisp Gold Medal Weekend

Wisp Gold Medal Weekend Torch Parade

Friday February 9, Saturday February 10, Sunday February 11

 

The weather today will be cloudy with a high near 41 and a low around 34. Saturday there will be rain likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 48 and low near 41. Rain is likely again on Sunday, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 50 and a low of 27. New precipitation amounts between a tenth of an inch to over a half of an inch possible over the entire weekend.

The water conservation notice has been removed for Friendsville, MD. You can read more here but the Town water was safe to drink and at no time did contaminated water enter the system.

Southern Garrett Wrestling Rams are West Region Dual Champions! Best of luck at the State Dual Championship Saturday starting at 12 pm at North Point High School. Go Rams!

Wisp is hosting their Gold Medal Weekend this weekend. There are lots of things going on.  I would love to attend but I will be skiing the Giant Slalom in Korea as part of team USA. Just sayin’…

Here’s something a little different: Local business A Touch of Class Limousines is offering bus tours of distilleries, wineries and breweries out of Frederick.  Trips are February 10th and 17th. You can book online or contact ATC at 301.698.2650 with questions.

For tasting a little closer to home, check out the wine tasting at McHenry Beverage Shoppe or the tour starting at Deep Creek Beverage.

MoonShadow has music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

Crocheting Basics, at Garrett College’s Southern Outreach Center (the Armory) in Oakland is scheduled for Wednesdays, February 21st to March 14th, from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm. Call 301.387.3069 for information or to register.

Please don’t cry! Sunday is officially Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day.

 

Thursday February 8

Scattered snow showers this morning and turning partly sunny. Highs of 23 but with wind chills of 0. A low of 17 tonight.

The Department of Public Works, Utilities Division, is asking their customers on the Friendsville water system to conserve water through Monday, February 12th. We are unable to produce water at the water treatment plant due to a residential fuel oil spill into the Youghiogheny River.

Friendsville Elementary School will be operating under normal hours and conditions on Thursday and Friday (February 8-9, 2018), pending any weather related delays or cancellations — Friendsville School will be able to conserve water in normal operations mode and there will be bottled water available for students and staff.

The Ruth Enlow Library’s Adult Book Club meets today at 11:30 at the Accident branch. Newcomers are welcome.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations just announced the launch of a new workforce development and skills training program focused on the environment and natural resources.

There’s a Women’s Networking Lunch today at Ace’s Run Restaurant starting at Noon. For profit NeuBeam and non-profit HABco will be the speakers. Cost is $15 per person.

You can donate blood to the Red Cross on Tuesday, February 13th at Garrett College from 11:30am -4:00pm.  Call 1.800.RED.CROSS to schedule your appointment.

Know a want-to-be entrepreneur?  Please tell them to consider the College’s Business Plan Competition, which kicks off on February 15th; deadline for entries is February 12th. Call Jodi McClintock at 301.387.3069 for more information.

Hey, Garrett County homeowners. Did you know that interest on a home equity loan will no longer be tax deductible under the new tax law?  Check out this interesting study by LendEdu for some insight on borrowing habits/perceptions.

Our apologies again for a late post yesterday – this is a photo of a fire from a downed line West of Oakland that caused a power disruption. The “square” in the image is a storage shed and the fire was down over the bank:

West Oakland Electrical Fire