The weather for today will be sunny with a high near 56 degrees and a low near 42 degrees.
We are happy to announce a new Deep Creek Times contest for our loyal readers: The contest is for a chance to win free tickets to the upcoming GLAF concert May 12th featuringInternationally acclaimed concert pianist Alina Kiryayeva. Just send us an email to email@example.com with GLAF in the subject line and tell us the last live performance event you attended. We will draw one winner for two tickets on Monday, May 7th! Good luck to all!
How big a deal was it to create the Sideling Hill “cut” on I-68 that many of us drive through so often? It is a welcome sign that I’m on my way “home”! Here’s an image taken during construction in 1984 that puts the effort into perspective.
Showers likely today with a high temperature of 57 and a low temperature of 44. Saturday, showers in the morning then turning partly sunny but then back to showers through the night; low of 29. A slight chance of snow on Sunday with high temp of 44 and low temp of 32.
Here’s something different: Members and guests will gather to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the Youghiogheny Glades Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Friday afternoon from 2:00pm – 3:30pm at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library.
There’s too much to list going on around the lake this weekend. Go to our events page to learn more about concerts, book signings, wine tastings and tours, brunches, and disc golf competitions and more.
The Ruth Enlow Library announced Thursday that it received a donation to its Early Literacy program from the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) through the Crimson Shamrock Literacy Fund. This will help the library add early literacy backpacks to its circulating collection as part of the library’s family engagement initiative. Way to go!
The Little Yough Summer Music Festival Committee is currently in the planning stage for its 22nd year! There are eight dates scheduled for this year’s lineup and it takes approximately $15,000 to break-even so they are looking for sponsors/donations. Contact Michelle Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Technology meets the great outdoors: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is launching new mobile-friendly volunteer angler surveys, making it easy to turn a fishing trip into scientific research by submitting catch data right from a phone.
So, what do Mah-Jongg, windmills, mazes, Gettysburg and churches have in common? They are all topics in May’s Garrett Institute of Lifelong Learning programming. Get more details at www.garrettcollege.edu/GILL.
For all you Sci-Fi buffs out there: The premier of The Avengers: Infiniti War at the Garrett 8 Cinemas takes place at a special time (7:00pm – 11:00pm) this evening. Be sure to check out other movies in our movie page as well.
If you are a painter, woodworker, photographer, musician, writer or just have a passion for the arts, you should consider attending The Garrett County Arts Council’s Art’s Connection at Smoke N Mirrors Gallery in Oakland this evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Contact GCAC at 301.334.6589 for more information.
This just in for all you creative folks! Maryland Citizens for the Arts will present “Mind Your Business,” a legal and financial education workshop for artists on May 5th at Frostburg State University from 1:00pm – 4:30pm. This traveling event is a symposium to help the state’s creative class better navigate budgets, contracts, copyright laws, insurance, and more.
The Garrett County Workforce Development Partners Summit will be held May 16 from 9:00am – 12:30pm is an opportunity for to share the mission of your organization and learn more about other local workforce resources available.
Yesterday I gave a few facts about the Kentucky Derby. Today I present the full report from WalletHub on the Nation’s most addicted states, along with some related facts. The study estimates that American gamblers experience about $100 billion in gambling losses a year! Want to know where Maryland ranks? Click here. I bet you can’t resist!
Today Samantha Funding The Arts sponsored The Save A Life Tour at Northern High School (yesterday was Southern High School). Students watch a very powerful video about drinking & driving and texting while driving and then get to use the simulators to experience reaction times while drinking & driving and texting while driving.
The weather for today will be mostly cloudy with a high of 55 and a low of 36 with a light wind; rain expected between 4pm – 10pm.
Give Blood! The Red Cross will be in McHenry today from 10:00am – 4:00pm collecting blood donations. Go to www.redcrossblood.org and type in Garrett College or call 1.800.Red.Cross to schedule an appointment.
Story time this morning starting at 11:00am at the Ruth Enlow Library Grantsville branch. There’s also a Homeschooler Series event at Granstville in the afternoon.
There’s a neat photography course being taught by Jessica Fike this evening from 6:00pm – 8:30pm (plus a second session May 2nd) at the College. Registration is officially closed but I think you can still probably get in. Jessica is a very talented photographer and a great lady. Call the Continuing Education line @ 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.
Don’t forget that starting at 9:00am today, CSX will be conducting maintenance at the railroad crossing on Fricks Road, with the expected closure being for three days, dependent on weather and train traffic.
Heard the Reptile Wonders workshops at the Ruth Enlow Library went very well. I have included a photo they sent us. That’s looks like a really big garden snake to me…
The weather for today will be partly sunny, increasing clouds and a high of 60 degrees. Tonight could have rain showers with a high of 48; winds could gust up to 29mph.
Heard the K-12 Arts Fair at the CARC was a huge success Saturday. I had to be at another event on campus, but the art crowd was significant and came away impressed with all the exhibits and performances. Congratulations to all our talented students! By the way, the CARC pool reopens today after a week of cleaning and maintenance.
The Ruth Enlow Library is holding S.T.E.A.M. Kids and also LEGO Club sessions in Oakland, Kitzmiller and Grantsville today. Check our event calendar for details, times and locations.
Hope you all had a great Earth day yesterday. Did you know that Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and that it is now celebrated each year on April 22nd and in 193 countries? This year’s theme was plastic pollution. Here’s a short video by Dr. Jane Goodall, which certainly resonates here in Garrett County as it does globally.
Hey, Have a HART! HART for Animals is holding four fun fundraisers with guest bartenders at a number of local establishments in May. It was a fun time last year and it should be this time around as well.
The weekend weather will be sunnier! Today will be sunny with a high of 48 and a low of 28, tomorrow will be sunny with a high of 52 and a low of 34 and Sunday will be sunny with a high of 56 and low of 39.
The Muttminster Dog Show is back and will be held Saturday at the Garrett College Special Events Auditorium, from Noon – 5:00pm. This show is a great way to showcase your dog’s beauty, intelligence and friendliness and also demonstrate the joys of adoption. Proceeds benefit HART for Animals.
Say hey to a new advertiser! Smiley’s Fun Zone has just recently announced their Local’s Season Pass. For $50, you can have up to 5 attractions per day from June 1-August 31.
Here’s a blast from the recent past! Traci and Kylie Royce’s famous Get’N Go café and bakery sign hasn’t been up for a while but I thought it still pertinent. Many miss these two great folks and their store (and their chicken salad) but the Royces are doing great! Tell them you saw this…
Rain and snow today; accumulation of less than one inch. High temperature to be 38 degrees and low temperature to be 26. Gusty winds of up to 37mph.
Bring your own needlework – whether it’s knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, embroidery, or lap quilting and join in for two hours of relaxation and fun from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Oakland library.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports that the Walleye season has opened at the lake. They even tell us the best bait and locations and also have some words of caution, along with insight into other fishing opportunities in the state.
If you want to see some impressive local talent check out the 2018 Student Arts Fair this Saturday at the CARC at Garrett College. Student performances and artworks from elementary through high school are scheduled. A number of activities also available. From 9:00am – 2:00pm. Refreshments will be available from the SHS Marching Band.
Another snowy and cool day yesterday. We can’t wait for Spring to arrive…. The weather for today will be mostly sunny with a high of 55 degrees and a low of 39 degrees. We may have some rain showers overnight.
Think Summer! Garrett College is offering a Maryland Boater Safety course at the College’s McHenry campus April 28th from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The Maryland Basic Boating Course is packed full of the basic information one will need to boat safely and enjoy your time on the water. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.
After a cool and snowy Monday, the weather for today will be more of the same. Snow showers throughout the day and into the evening with high temperature of 33 and low of 28. Less than one inch of snow accumulation expected.
There’s a GOBA meeting this evening starting at 6:00pm at Oakland City Hall. They will be hearing updates from various volunteer teams and discussing details for the upcoming annual dinner in June. Open to all and I believe they are looking for additional volunteer members for their teams.
Know a student looking to explore a low cost, caring, supportive college education? Garrett College is hosting an “Explore Garrett” open house this coming Saturday morning, April 21st. Meet faculty, learn about programs and financial aid and get a campus tour. Call Admissions at 301.387.3044 to register.
Nice weather this weekend, especially Saturday! The temperature got well into the 80s! Rain showers changing to snow today; highs near 40 and a low of 26. Little to no accumulation expected. There is a flood warning until 10:30am today.
Took advantage of the wonderful Saturday weather to hike Swallow Falls with my wife. While most people photograph the larger Muddy Creek Falls, I took this photo looking towards the lower Swallow Falls and wanted to share it with our readers. And, yes, there were people swimming and even wading under the falls!
There’s an information session this evening from 5:30pm – 6:30pm on “Improving Our Worker Pool” at the Oakland Armory. The session will explain the new high school program being launched this Spring that is designed to develop more “work-ready” graduates.
In honor of Earth Day, volunteer naturalist, Jack Slocomb, will be leading a guided nature walk at New Germany State Park from 3:00pm-4:00pm April 21st. The hike will begin at the Lake House and will be suited for ages 8 and older.
The weather today will feel like summer! sunny and a high of 74 and low of 55. We could see wind gusts of 34 mph. Tomorrow will be more sun, high of 72 and low of 56. Showers will roll in Saturday night and into Sunday. Showers mainly in the afternoon on Sunday with a high temp of 65 and a low of 39 degrees.
The Garrett County Health Fair will be at the Community Aquatic Recreation Center (CARC) in McHenry Saturday from 8:30am – 1:00pm.
Don’t forget to visit the Mountain Fresh Winter Farmers market this Saturday from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Community Action/Mary Browning Senior Center in Oakland.
The Northern High School JROTC Cash Bash will be held at Garrett College Saturday afternoon from Noon to 4:00pm. Tickets can be purchased from cadets and parents for $20. Note: No alcohol and family friendly.
Garrett College will be offering a history course, Railroads of Garrett County: A History, on Thursdays, from April 19th to May 10th, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. The class will be held at the B & O Railroad Museum in Oakland and will be taught by noted historian Dr. Neal Brooks. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.
A recent study by WalletHub found that New York, (13.04%) and Hawaii (11.57%) have the highest state income tax burdens for individuals, while Alaska (4.94%) and Delaware (5.68%) have the lowest tax burdens. To find out where Maryland ranked, click here.
Cloudy, then clearing this afternoon; a high of 66 degrees and a low of 51 degrees. Winds could gust up to 45 mph.
You can bring your own needlework – whether it’s knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, embroidery, or lap quilting and join others for two hours of relaxation and fun at the Oakland library today from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.
Garrett College, in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension, is sponsoring a one-session course, Edible Landscaping, at the college’s Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. The class will be held on Thursday, April 19th, 1:00 – 3:00pm. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.
You may have new neighbors soon! Now is the time when black bears emerge from their dens. After hibernating for a few months, they are hungry and can be attracted to human food so please take precautions. There is a bear family that we have already seen out on Lakeshore Drive this year.
Always a great event, the 16th annual Taste of Garrett will be held on Sunday, May 6th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at WISP Resort. Patrons can sample a variety of food offerings prepared by their favorite local eateries. All proceeds benefit Garrett Trails, a non-profit engaged in supporting the great trail network in Garrett County. New this year will be craft beers!
According to a recent study, 22% of Americans would switch political parties for a tax-free future. 37% would move to a different country and 24% would get an “IRS” tattoo in exchange for no taxes.
The lake is not too cold for this puppy. This photo, submitted by Keith and Sara B. of their dog Autumn, is a harbinger of things to come for us humans (after the lake warms up another 30+ degrees).
Yesterday turned out to be pretty nice. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, too. A high of 48 degrees and a low of 38 degrees with a light wind at about 9-11mph.
An amended State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund bill that was termed “a poor compromise” by The Friends of Deep Creek Lake was adopted by the General Assembly Monday in the very last hours of the session.
A quick thanks to Leah Diehl for her assistance last night!
Honest Abe is coming to town this evening. Dr. Duane Cummins from Johns Hopkins University is giving a lecture this evening on “Abe Lincoln: Roots of His Moral Integrity” at the Ruth Enlow Library in Oakland from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. To register, contact Bonnie at 301.334.3996 or email email@example.com
Each year, the Maryland Forest Service responds to an average of 210 wildfires that burn about 2,325 acres, with the two peak seasons being Spring and Fall. Homeowners can help protect their land and homes before a fire breaks out by following tips from the DNR’s Firewise site.
Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development is offering a course, Introduction to Wilderness Survival, at the college’s main campus in McHenry. The course is scheduled for Tuesdays, April 17th and 24th, from 5:30pm to 8:45pm. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.
From books to taxes… According to a recent study, nearly one-third of people (30%) say their biggest Tax Day fear is making a math mistake on their taxes, topping not having enough money (29%), identity theft (25%) and getting audited (16%).
After a snowy and icy Monday, the weather for today will be mostly cloudy with a high of 38 and a low of 26.
Three Garrett County women were honored at the Garrett County Women’s Commission Hall of Fame breakfast: Dr. Dana McCauley, Caroline Blizzard, and Melissa Rank (pictured below with Garrett County Commissioners Jim Hinebaugh, Larry Tichnell and Paul Edwards).
Just received word that CSX Transportation will be closing Swanton Hill Road for repairs at their rail road crossing from today at 9:00am until April 12th. If you have any questions regarding traffic control call Greg Bishop, Traffic Control Designer 304.993.8293.
A focus group is planned for this evening as an effort to understand consumer behavior for a potential new business in Oakland. If you are able to attend this evening and would like to be considered for participation in this informal discussion (to enjoy free pizza and salad), please complete the interest form by 1pm today.
Did you know that Americans spend 8.1 billion hours doing taxes each year? The average person spends 15 hours and $270 completing his or her 1040. No wonder so many of us are grouchy! Seventy percent of taxpayers get a federal tax refund. The average refund in 2018 is $2,925, as of 3/23/2018. More on taxes over the next few days…