Friday March 9, Saturday March 10, Sunday March 11


We woke up to some snow this morning … 10″ in the last 48 hours! Today it will continue to snow until about noon and then scattered snow showers overnight; another 1-2 inches of accumulation possible. High temperature of 29 and a low temperature of 20. Winds gusting to 30mph could cause some drifting snow problems. Saturday and Sunday look to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 30s and lows in the high teens.

S.T.E.A.M Kids for children six and older will be held at the Ruth Enlow Library Oakland branch today, from 2:00pm – 3:30pm.  Please check with the library to confirm if there is inclement weather. Also, don’t forget, S.T.E.M. Like a Girl will be held tomorrow at the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center at 1:00pm.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds homeowners that only licensed tree experts should be hired to trim branches and remove damaged and downed trees – they are the only tree care professionals who lawfully can perform this work in Maryland.

Some good live music this weekend at MoonShadow in McHenry: Mateo Monk appears Friday evening at 8:00pm, Brian and Matt from Rusty Haywhackers on Saturday, also at 8:00pm, and Jason Macdonald at Noon on Sunday.

Sharks in Deep Creek Lake? No, but they will be coming to Pittsburgh March 28th! These sharks are of the species found on the TV show Shark Tank, where investors hear pitches from inventors and entrepreneurs seeking funding.

Garrett County was ranked Maryland’s #1 county for buying instead of renting a home by Smart Asset. See the study and interactive map that shows those places where buying becomes a better financial option than renting in the shortest amount of time.

A Touch of Class Limousine is having a flash sale this weekend. They are offering 20% off hourly reservations, with a four-hour minimum.  Check out their website for more information on their fleet and contact information.

We have a newly listed glass-top table and chairs in our Online Marketplace… scroll to “Furniture”.

There’s a community seed exchange this Sunday at the Frostburg City Place from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.


Thursday March 8


The weather last evening got tough pretty fast. About 8:00pm the snow was really coming down and the winds made for very tough visibility. The State Police issued a snow emergency plan declaration for all state roads in Garrett County beginning at 6:30pm yesterday evening.

The weather today will be snowy with wind gusting to 28mph. The forecast is calling for high temps of 28 and low temps of 19; snow accumulations of 1-3 inches this afternoon and the potential for an additional 3-5 inches overnight tonight.

Today is International Women’s Day 2018.  The Washington Post is streaming a live interview with Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, this evening from 6:00pm – 6:45pm.

Tonight, is Team Trivia Night at Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry starting at 6:30pm.  It’s free and there are prizes.

Sounds sappy: Cunningham Falls State Park in Thurmont is holding their annual Maple Syrup Festival this weekend and next. We certainly have our share of syrup farms in the Garrett County area, so some of our readers might be interested in this interesting event.

The Town of Accident is accepting applications for a part-time employee. The applicant must be self-motivated and able to do minor electrical and plumbing work, lift 50 pounds, drive a standard transmission, operate a snow plow, operate a lawn mower and weed eater. The applications must be in the town office by Monday, April 2, 2018. Please contact the town office at 301-746-6346 with any questions. Authority of the Accident Mayor and Town Council.

Arrff! HART for Animals is hosting its second “MuttMinster” Dog Show on Saturday, April 21st. It’s a fundraising event to help raise awareness of the joys of pet adoption. All dogs are eligible to compete in this event which has a number of categories.

Garrett Regional Medical Center has announced a new website in an effort to better reflect their growing list of services and their affiliation with WVU medicine, while still showcasing the hospital’s Garrett County roots.

Here’s an interesting map of Maryland in 1856!

I took this quick time-lapse video this morning:

Wednesday March 7


Fortunately, the potential ice accumulations from yesterday never materialized! Now we are facing new snow accumulation: a low of 17 and high of near 33 today with a total of about 4-6 inches of snow through the overnight.

I just attended the “Dinner Party: Making Waves, Making History” that runs through March 29th in room 620A at Garrett College. The exhibit celebrates contributions from women throughout history. It’s free and all will enjoy.

It’s Wet-n-Wild Wednesday at the CARC this evening. See our events listing for more details.

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners has announced that they have joined Montgomery, and other counties in Maryland, in litigation seeking compensation for the damage caused by the production and distribution of opioids.

Coming up this weekend is something really neat: The DCL Discovery Center is holding S.T.E.M. Like a Girl event this Saturday, March 10th. Join the Discovery Center at 1pm to celebrate Henrietta Leavitt (main character of the recent “Silent Sky” play at Our Town Theatre) and other women of science in making crafts and doing experiments.

Lt. Col. Robert Turbyfill, retired US Federation Orienteering Coach, will speak to the general public on Adventure Orienteering Coaching, as part of the Adventure Sports Colloquium Series on Tuesday, March 13th at 7 p.m.  His presentation, ‘Where Does Life Take You’, will be held in Room 1013 in the CAOS building on the GC campus in McHenry. Contact the Adventure Sports office at 301-387-3330 for more information.

While we sometimes battle invasive grasses in Deep Creek Lake, the Chesapeake Bay actually needed additional grasses to help its ecosystem. It appears that due to limited nutrient runoff there is an unprecedented growth of the needed aquatic vegetation in the bay.

Americans consume over 16 billion jelly beans on Easter.  Based on a recent study, licorice is the favorite flavor in the country.  Want to know Maryland’s favorite? Click here.

A Community Arts Development Coordinator position is open until March 16, 2018!
Click to see the entire ad.Garrett County Arts Council Position







Tuesday, March 6


The weather for today may be icy. We have a winter weather advisory today until 8pm with potential snowy and icy conditions making travel hazardous. Temperatures to stay between 27 and 34 with the potential for some light snow accumulations.

The winners of our Wisp prize drawings are:

  • Mountain Coaster: random number 13 is Bill B.
  • Lift Tickets and Rentals: random number 20 is Morgan K.

We hope both winners have fun and send us pics! For those that didn’t win this time, we have a few more giveaways coming soon.

Jordan Day of Northern Garrett High School is a Maryland State Wrestling Champ!! Congratulations!

There is a new sport in town- join the Cumberland Area Triers; a new team for the 2018 Season competing in youth triathlon events. Typical race distances vary by age and race course but are usually similar to 100m swim, 2-3 mile bike and 1/2-3/4 mile run for ages 7-10 and 200m swim, 4-6mile bike, and 1-1.5 mile run for ages 11-15. Contact with questions.

The Casselman Inn will be hosting the Chamber’s next Business After Hours on Thursday, March 8th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at their 113 Main Street location in Grantsville.

New Germany State Park will be hosting the third-annual EGGstreme Easter Egg Hunt on March 24th, from 10:00am – 2:00pm. This event is designed for families to experience the outdoors and will feature 1,000 eggs hidden along 10 miles of trails within the park. The Friends of New Germany is seeking donations of eggs, candy and cash to help the event; call 301-895-5453 for more information.

If you like mountains and adventure sports consider attending the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Morgantown on April 6th.  There’s live music to start and then some really cool films.

The Appalachian Commission (ARC) is a Federal agency that I have worked with and that plays an important role in enabling success in Appalachia, including Garrett County, through education, funding and programs. Check out their latest newsletter to gain additional insight.

Did you know that March is National Peanut Month?  Founded as National Peanut Week in 1941, it later morphed into National Peanut Month in 1974. Well, now you know.

Since you are probably really interested in learning more, here’s some fun peanut facts from Fastachi, a nut purveyor in Boston:

  • It takes about 720 peanuts to make a pound of peanut butter
  • The average American child will eat 1500 peanut butter & jelly sandwiches before the 12th grade!
  • Peanut butter is consumed in 94% of homes
  • In 1976, Tom Miller pushed a peanut to the top of Pikes Peak (14,000 feet) with his nose!

Monday, March 5


Yesterday was bright and pleasant with a few of skiers and tubers at Wisp. May get some winter weather later in the week.  Today will be sunny with a high near 38 and a low near 24.

Speaking of Wisp, we are giving away two (2) vouchers for a one day lift ticket and two (2) vouchers for ski or snowboard rentals OR two (2) vouchers for mountain coaster rides to our loyal readers! The ski/board voucher expires after this season (but we can likely extend for you) and the two mountain coaster rides expire September 30th. Email us at to enter (say which prize you’d like) and we will draw a name for each giveaway tomorrow morning! Conditions apply and DCT assumes no liability.

I recommend “The Dinner Party: Making Waves, Making History,” an exhibit at Garrett College that opens today at 3:00pm (through the 29th) in room 620A and that celebrates contributions from women. This is always a very well-done effort put on by the student chapter of the AAUW and Terry Kasecamp’s psychology class.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Before Hours: Maryland Elections Preview featuring political analyst Barry Rascovar, will be held on Tuesday, March 20th, from 8:00am – 9:30am in the Crawford Room at Wisp Resort.

It looks to be an interesting local election season, with some real competition and interesting matchups for a number of positions.

The current legislative session is at the midway point. Here’s a link to Governor Hogan’s list of his legislative priorities.

New Germany Sate Park is hosting a free celebration, discussion and documentary film highlighting its past and present, including the role of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the park’s history on March 11th.

In closing, I thought I would share this video. Are you kidding me? Thanks to Sharon at the Adventure Sports Institute at Garrett College for sharing. Think Spring!

Friday March 2, Saturday March 3, Sunday March 4


Looks like another Bomb Cyclone is headed to the East Coast. Today is windy with some snow accumulations and a high of 31 degrees and low of 19 degrees. The weekend will be mostly clear and sunny and temps both days with a high of lower 30s and a low of lower 20s. Winds will remain gusty through Sunday morning.

Due to high winds and snowmaking operations, ski and ride operations are suspended at Wisp for today. Plans are to be open tomorrow, Saturday, March 3 from 9am – 5pm.
The Mountain Park is currently also on a wind hold for snow tubing, ice skating and mountain coaster operations.

Kudos to the McHenry Emergency Medical Response team! A colleague needed assistance yesterday afternoon and they arrived just eight minutes after the call was placed!  Thank you all.

Terah Crawford Band is playing at Ken’s Irish Pub Friday at 8:00pm.

Some good acts playing at MoonShadow in McHenry this weekend. Campfire Gypsies Friday evening at 8:00pm, Kenny Fetterman Saturday at the same time and Tom Batchhelor & Fiddle Mike play free Sunday at Noon.

The Mountain Fresh Winter Farmers Market will be held at the Mary Browning Senior Center starting at Noon this Saturday 11:00am-1:00pm. The market is expanding to the main level board room in the Mary Browning Senior Center in the Community Action building! Starting tomorrow, enter from the parking lot through the main entrance to the building. It’s handicap accessible and we have room to grow!

Spoke to Sheriff Rob Corley and Deputy Mike Bittinger Thursday afternoon. They are looking for some good applicants for a number of open positions in law enforcement, corrections and emergency response. If you know of some strong candidates that can pass a background check tell them to consider the County.

Here’s something a little different: Hand Lettering with Hannah will be held at HABco’s Friendsville Road location Saturday evening starting at 6:30. Space is limited and there is a fee.

The presentation on “Bullet Journaling: Doing It Your Way” at the Oakland Library has been rescheduled from March 21st to Wednesday, March 28th at 6:00pm.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on a number of topics that can impact Garrett County, its citizens and its resources.

Sound fishy?  Actually, it’s not, but if you are into fish of all kinds, even those not found at Deep Creek Lake, check out this report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Here are the 2018 Garrett County Primary Candidates as well as the 2018 Primary Candidates from across the state.

Thursday March 1


The weather for today will be rainy with a high of 50. Tonight, the rain will turn to snow showers with a low of 27; accumulation of an inch or so possible.

Great event last evening at the Mountain Maryland Tech Network.  My students enjoyed meeting local entrepreneurs and techies and I appreciate them taking the time to chat with my students and share their insight and stories.

Sarah was a guest panelist at last night’s GCWP Social Media panel; there were over 20 attendees and we all walked away with a nugget of wisdom for our own businesses.

There’s a Women’s Networking Luncheon today at Noon at Ace’s Run Restaurant.

Are you ready for solar? There’s a meeting this evening at 7:00pm in the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC) at the College. It is free, sponsored by Engage Mountain Maryland and will help people understand more about the Mountain Maryland Solar Co-Op.

Do you love DCL?  Support growth of our resort-based economy? Are you concerned about local jobs, schools and future for our kids? Then check out this Action Alert from the Friends of Deep Creek Lake.

The Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park has announced their March events calendar.  They have some good programming scheduled for this weekend, including a Dr. Seuss reading, animal feeding and pinecone building.

The March GOBA meeting will be held March 13th, 8:00am – 10:00am, in Room 111 in the GEIC at Garrett College.  This seminar will help employers understand the specifics of the “Earned Sick and Safe Leave” law that went into effect February 11th, 2018. Contact Holly Lane at the Chamber – 301.387.6171 to register.

This warms the heart: The Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC) recently announced a new partnership agreement with The Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation. The new agreement provides critically ill children and their families’ access to the facility’s swimming pools when staying in the McHenry area for respite housing.

It’s National Wedding Planning Day! Have your fiancé visit (our partner) The Deep Creek Wedding for photos of our gorgeous venues and more information on hiring local vendors.