Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all of our readers and your families!
Today’s weather can turn colder and develop into snow showers; a high of 35 this afternoon and a low of 26. Little to no accumulation expected. Tomorrow, when most of the egg hunts are happening, will be sunny with a high of 52 and a low of 32. Saturday night into Sunday we can expect a mix of rain and snow showers with a high of 41 and low of 26.
Many Christians do not know the origins of Passover, so here’s a little bit of history for you: The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, March 30-April 7, 2018. Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.
Local First Lego League Team 3659 NeXT GEN recently won the first-place Champion’s Award at the Maryland State First Lego League Championship. For the 2017-2018 season, the topic was hydrodynamics (exploring problems with water) and NeXT GEN decided to solve the problem of elderly people not drinking enough water. The team’s solution is the Pick Me Up Coaster, a drink coaster that reminds the user to drink more water by using lights and sounds.
Next week is National Public Health Week (April 2-8) and the Garrett County Health Department is sponsoring a step challenge with prizes awarded for the most steps. Participants may use total steps recorded on any kind of fitness tracker from 12:00 am to midnight each day. Sign up or learn more about the Step Challenge here!
Don’t forget to enter our “Where Am I Contest” today before the new edition is posted! One random correct entry will be pulled to win a $25 gift card to Dutch’s!
I’ll leave you with this photo my wife Jean took at Swallow Falls State Park (Tolliver Falls) a few years ago. Spring, and then Summer, may get here yet… Have a great holiday weekend!
Showers today with thunderstorms likely tonight. A high near 60 and a low near 36. There is a hazardous weather warning indicated there could be localized flooding overnight.
Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, which honors the sacrifices of American soldiers and their families during the period of the Vietnam War. Today is the date of departure of United States military personnel from Vietnam in 1975. I truly thank you all for your service.
There’s a fundraiser this evening at Cornucopia Café in Grantsville to raise money for the Tim Umbel Memorial Scholarship from 6:00pm-8:00pm! Each year, the scholarship awards two Northern High School students $500 to honor Tim Umbel, a previous Northern Garrett Husky who passed in 2002.
If you didn’t click on the event above, you’ll want to know that we are excited to announce a new format to our events page. You will be able to view events in a list or a calendar format! Also, there will be a link to the address and photos if available. The full changeover will be in our April edition (Monday).
Did you hear the buzz? There was a class on beekeeping this week at Garrett College. Here’s a photo of instructors Chip Lee and Jerome Hope Cassidy in action with a “bee box.” All students received one!
Yesterday morning we had a freezing rain that covered local trees and structures and extended through the afternoon. Today will be rain showers and patchy fog; high of 54 and low of 47. We could receive a quarter of an inch to half an inch of rain today.
Just heard that Liz Morin, Garrett Container Systems, Inc. and Paul Cornish, Patriot Chrysler Dodge and Jeep have been appointed to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Congratulations to Liz and Jim.
Team Trivia is available this evening at the Greene Turtle in McHenry from 6:30pm – 8:30pm and its open mic night at MoonShadow.
The Maryland Office of Small, Minority and Women Business connects the small business community with public and private sector opportunities throughout the state. A lot of people are not familiar with this organization, so here’s a link.
There is a warning for freezing rain today until 1pm then it will warm up to about 45 degrees and we will have rain showers through the afternoon. A low of 41 degrees tonight and rain showers will continue through the night.
Southern Garrett High School newspaper staff members are creating a 90th Anniversary edition of The Acorn paper and would like to hear from former staff members, editors, and advisors who helped the seed, which began at Oakland High School, grow into the Mighty Oak over the years. Please send any stories, quotes, memories about The Acorn to Acorn advisor Heather Savage at email@example.com
Congratulations to Casey, Stacie and Ella Griffith on the grand opening of Ella’s Enchanted Treehouses! These treehouses are neat, raised structures (with indoor plumbing) in Bittinger, MD.
Dear readers, please don’t forget to send us all of your non-profit event or community news information. We are always looking for relevant events/developments to share with our readers. Send any information to firstname.lastname@example.org and please be sure to include a link to your website or Facebook site, where applicable. THANKS!
Did you see the “Deep Creek Times Bears” over the weekend? This photo was taken from Marta S’ yard just up from our webcam on Lake Shore Drive:
After a sunny and cold weekend, the weather for today will remain sunny and warmer, a high of 41. Tonight will have increasing clouds, low of 25, and wind gusts up to 25mph. Be careful on your commute tomorrow morning as we could have some freezing rain until about 11am.
CONGRATULATIONS! 🎉 Over the weekend, GaCo Team 1629 was undefeated to win the Chesapeake Central Maryland Qualifier!! A strong showing by the seniors – Patrick Lee (Chairmen’s Presenter / Programmer), Tori Miske (Chairmen’s Presenter / Drive Coach), and Dawson Beitzel (Robot Driver) – helped take the team to the top! Team 1629 also took home the Chairman’s Award which is the most prestigious award at FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), It honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.
Samantha’s Beat the Winter Blues & Corn Hole Tournament will be at the County Agriculture Hall in McHenry starting at 11:00am Saturday. Music, food, beer, games with all proceeds going to Samantha Funding for the Arts.
The $1.3 trillion spending agreement reached by Congress this week contains good news for conservation efforts in rural areas including the Farm Bill, America’s largest single source of conservation on private lands; full funding for the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund; and $425 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Well, its been a white Spring so far but we didn’t quite get all the snow that was expected. Today will be partly sunny with a high of 32 and a low of 19.
There is one weather-related change for the weekend and there may be more: New Germany State Park’s EGGstreme Easter Egg Hunt has been rescheduled from this Saturday to March 31st due to the weather. It will run from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
There’s a Kids Consignment Sale in Morgantown, WV starting today and into Saturday. If you need “stuff” for the little ones, take a ride. Planning for 150 consignors and 30,000 items for sale.
Don’t forget that pre-employment testing for Deputy Sheriff and Correctional Officer with the Garrett County Sheriff’s Department will take place this Saturday, March 24th at 8:00am in room 111 at the Garrett College GIEC. For additional details visit https://www.garrettcounty.org/sheriffs-office/career.
A Frostburg State University alum is going into space! Check out the video on Ricky Arnold. I hear he will also be telecasting down to earth for area students to ask him questions on April 9th. I will share more when I get the specifics.
A recent study found Maryland to be the second most innovative state in the Nation! With the U.S. projected to spend $553 billion on research and development in 2018 and multiple cities vying to become the location of Amazon’s HQ2, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Most & Least Innovative States. Some info on Maryland from the study:
Innovation in Maryland (1=Most Innovative, 25=Avg.):
2nd – Share of STEM Professionals
4th– Projected STEM-Job Demand by 2020
28th– Eighth-Grade Math & Science Performance
2nd– Share of Science & Engineering Graduates Aged 25+
2nd– Share of Technology Companies
3rd – R&D Spending per Capita
11th – Venture-Capital Funding per Capita
This video was NOT recorded at Deep Creek Lake but it easily could have been — I have seen more than one bear on the golf course!
Yesterday started with an ice storm which then transitioned to snow. We had somewhat of a break last night while today’s weather will continue on as snowy. Temperatures expected to be a high near 28 and low near 20 and, at least, 3-5 inches of snow accumulation. Winds could gust over 25mph and make conditions difficult.
There are many closings and delays today: we’ve heard about Garrett and Allegany County Public Schools, several small businesses as well as, surprisingly, the LaVale’s Country Club Mall.
Here’s a view of my front yard and driveway from my porch yesterday, the first day of Spring, about Noon. Difficult to see the individual snow flakes but it was really snowing hard at that point, and there is ice underneath it all.
Here’s some wisdom shared by Shannon Shine of Shine Time Creative Studio in Cumberland:
At 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.
At 24, Stephen King was working as a Janitor and living in a trailer.
At 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.
At 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.
Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at 40.
Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting at 42.
Morgan Freeman landed his first MAJOR movie role at 52.
Louise Hay didn’t launch her publishing company, Hay House until she was 62.
If you haven’t found your dream career yet, it’s not too late. You aren’t a failure because you still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up. It’s OK if you have literally ZERO idea of what to do next.
=> Never tell yourself you’re too old to make it.
=> Never tell yourself you missed your chance.
=> Never tell yourself you don’t have what it takes.
Because whatever you were born to do, you can still do it. Thanks for sharing this Shannon
And, speaking of Easter Egg hunts, and to hopefully totally EGGcede your expectations (and be inclusive), Sarah has posted a comprehensive list of all the local Easter Egg hunts on our events page and Facebook page.
21 year old Megan Shaffer has been found guilty of Second Degree Murder in the death of 24 year old Alexander Stevens. Garrett County Circuit Court Judge Ray Strubin revoked bond after the jury verdict, and Shaffer will be sentenced at a later date. It was in January 2017 when Stevens was found naked with a slashed throat in Savage River State Forest below High Rock and near Pine Swamp Road.
Today will be clear but increasing clouds a high of 46 and a low of 27. Things will make a turn to snow and freezing rain overnight; snow accumulations of 1-2 inches possible.
FSU’s Performing Arts Center will present “Musical Journey to Bulgaria” this evening at 7:30pm. The concert will be performed by Bulgarian musicians Lora Tchekoratova, pianist and Georgy Valtchev, violinist, with the goal of introducing music from the Balkans to the Western stage.
We just posted a rustic dining room table and chairs for sale in our Online Marketplace under ‘Furniture”.
The Ruth Enlow Library will host a free lecture titled “Abraham Lincoln: Roots of His Moral Integrity” with Dr. Duane Cummins, Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Oakland library. To register for this event, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x0117 or email@example.com.
Congratulations to the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Retrievers, who made history over the weekend by becoming the first 16th seed to defeat a #1 seed in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. I know there are a number of UMBC alums in Garrett County. Be proud!
Partly sunny today – some snow showers expected. A high of 28 and low of 22. Tomorrow will be a chance of snow, sleet and freezing rain but it doesn’t look like there will be any accumulation. A high of 33 and a low of 20. Sunday will be mostly clear with a high near 42 and low near 20.
MoonShadow in McHenry is hosting live music Friday (Herb & Hanson at 8:00pm), Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon this weekend.
Don’t forget to stock up on healthy, local goodies at this Saturday’s Winter’s Farmer’s Market which runs from 11:00am to 1:00pm this Saturday at the Community Action building on Center Street in Oakland.
Need fleas? The Garrett County Flea Market, including yard sale items, crafts, vendors, and more, runs this Saturday from 8:00am until 3:00pm at the Garrett County Fair Grounds. Concessions will be provided by the Garrett County Fair Board.
The Maryland Humanities Council just announced this year’s book selection – Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence by Tim Junkin. The book encapsulates a historical criminal justice milestone that took place in the State of Maryland. I am sure the library and local book clubs will be holding discussion.
The Garrett County Sheriff’s Department will conduct pre-employment testing for the positions of Deputy Sheriff and Correctional Officer on Saturday, March 24th, at 8:00am at the Garrett College GIEC Building – Room 111. A full job description, minimum requirements, and employment application can be found by visiting www.garrettcounty.org/sheriffs-office/career.
The Property Owners of Deep Creek Lake just issued their Winter edition of Deep Creek Dispatch. Good information on the lake and an especially nice piece on famed outdoorsman Meshach Browning.
West Virginia University at Potomac State College will be presenting Willy Wonka, a musical, this weekend and next. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Music Direction is by Sean and Debi Beachy, (both of Garrett County) and whom will also be playing keyboards for the production on:
Friday, March 16 @ 7:30
Saturday, March 17 @ 2:30
Sunday, March 18 @ 2:30
Friday, March 23 @ 7:30
Saturday, March 24 @ 7:30
Sunday, March 25 @ 2:30
It snowed all day yesterday but not quite as bad as it was on Tuesday. The weather for today will be a bit more snow: We will get somewhere between 1 inch and 5 more through tonight. A high of 35 and low of 19.
Join the American Association of University Women-Garrett Branch for an evening of Cocktails and Convos! They’ll be meeting in the bar at Ace’s Run for a casual night of drinking, networking, and sharing of ideas. All are welcome! Runs from 5:30pm – 8:00pm.
Go for it! The Black Bear Tavern has Black Bear Karaoke Feat tonight from 7:00pm – 11:00pm with DJ Dubya. They have great burgers too!
And the winner is? We held the drawing for the winner of our Wisp lift and rental passes this morning. The winner is CHUCK C.
Longing for the dog days of summer? We are too. This photo of Sarah’s dog will have to do for now.
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 Monday, March 19th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Southern Outreach Center in Oakland. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.
Hey all you entrepreneurs and want-to-be entrepreneurs: Consider this Mugs and Pitches breakfast event in Hagerstown Friday if you want to pitch your idea or see others pitch theirs.
Congratulations to the Garrett College Lakers Men’s Basketball team for a strong finish to their season. They upset the #1 seed in the Regional Tournament and then took the #4 seed into overtime. Nice job guys!
A reasonably priced exercise bike has been added to our Online Marketplace… take a look under “Exercise Equipment”.
After a very snowy Tuesday that included some white-out conditions, the weather for today will be much of the same. Snow accumulation of 2-4 inches possible during the day and another 1-3 tonight. High temp of 25 degrees and a low temp of 22 degrees. Watch out for the white-outs again as there will be wind gusts of up to 33mph.
With all the great snow this week, we are doing another giveaway. One (1) lucky reader will win three (3) one day lift ticket vouchers and three (3) ski or snowboard rental vouchers. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Free Wisp Vouchers” in the subject line and you may be the lucky winner drawn tomorrow morning at 7am. The vouchers are good for this season only but we should be able to get them extended to next season if necessary. Conditions apply and DCT assumes no liability.
Don’t forget to follow and share with us on Instagram @deepcreektimes, on Facebook and on Snapchat @DeepCreekTimes if you have the apps!
As part of National Nutrition Month, the outpatient nutrition counseling services at Garrett Regional Medical Center urges patients diagnosed with chronic illnesses to develop healthy habits.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites high school students with an interest in forestry, fisheries, wildlife or parks management to participate in Natural Resources Careers Camp, July 22nd – 28th at Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County.
The Maryland Handgun Qualification (HQL) class is being offered through Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Garrett College. The class runs from 9:00am until 2:00pm on Saturday, March 17th, at the Southern Outreach Center in Oakland. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.
Some snow accumulation possible today; 1-2 inches during the day and 1-3 inches possible tonight. A high of 27 and a low of 17 degrees. A winter weather advisory is in effect. Ski season isn’t over yet!
Results from the Oakland City election show a change for only one Town Council member. Mayor Peggy Jamison retained her seat and the three Council member positions went to Sherwin Teagarden, Wayne Mowbray, and newly-elected Terry Helbig.
You can explore women’s history in a new way, using Google Expeditions Virtual Reality Tours, at the Ruth Enlow Library today from 2:00pm – 3:30pm. Sign up at the Oakland Library circulation desk. Each half-hour spot in limited to 8 people.
Smoke N Mirrors Gallery & Studio in Oakland is hosting their monthly live model drawing this evening, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. This is a mature modeling session email Daveb@smokenphoto.com for more information.
The Ruth Enlow Library will host a lecture on Pershing and Marshall Together in France, WWI, presented by Dr. Gerald Pops, professor emeritus of public administration at West Virginia University. Scheduled for Wednesday, April 4th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Oakland Library, this lecture is free and open to the public. To register for this event, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x0117 or email@example.com.
We had quite a snowfall on Friday and there were some serious accidents in the County. The weather for today may be a bit more snow. Flurries throughout the day with accumulations of about an inch. High of 33 and low of 21.
Had a great time and learned a lot at the New Germany State Park Civilian Conservation Corps event yesterday afternoon. Great documentary and conversations, including a talk with local expert Bill Martin.
If you are an Oakland resident, don’t forget to vote today for mayor and city council positions. The polls are open until 6:00pm.
Congratulations to Maryland State 1A Girls Basketball Champions: The Southern Garrett County Rams! The video of the celebratory caravan (at 2:30am Sunday morning) below is courtesy of Ryan Wolf.
Congratulations to Spencer Schlosnagle, who was reelected and sworn in as mayor of Friendsville on Friday. I believe that this will be his 17th term!
Even as snow covers the ground here in Garrett County, today is National Plant a Flower Day. With over 400,000 known flowering plant species, we have a lot of options to choose from. So even if you start some seeds indoors, you can be ready for the coming of spring.