Monday April 30

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 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!

As we enter the warm weather selling season for lake properties, I thought I would mention this analysis of home listing features conducted by Zillow Research. Their scientific study of over three million home sales over the last few years identified some features that helped price or time-on-market.

Today is the last day to get your guesses in for our “Where Am I Contest“. Send us your guess — correct answers are entered to win a $25 Dutch’s At Silver Tree Gift Card!

Former long-time (and well-known) Allegany College of Maryland basketball coach Bob Kirk has passed away. His name is on the college’s basketball arena and physical education center.

The All Things Home Expo, presented by the Home Builders Association of Western Maryland will be at the Garrett County Fairgrounds on May 5th and 6th.

The Taste of Garrett fundraising event is coming again on Sunday, May 6th. From 4:00pm – 7:00pm.  This is always a great event that benefits Garrett Trails.

Don’t forget the Race Up the Face before the “Taste” celebration begins: A 400 meter length with a 124 meter (407 ft) ascent UP The Face (a black diamond ski trail).

The town of Grantsville will participate in the Maryland Pickers National Road Sale on Saturday, May 12th and the Garrett County Arts Council is taking donations to sell as a fundraiser. Your donations are tax deductible and they are especially interested in ‘artsy’ things!

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.

Sideling Hill Construction

Friday April 27

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.

We will be updating the site to our May edition next Tuesday and we are looking for an awesome cover photo! Will you send us what you have? Also, don’t forget we are always collecting photos for our cover, our gallery and our featured photo of the month pages — email is best: or tag us on instagram!

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 Winter Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be held in Community Action meeting room in Oakland Saturday from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

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 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.

The Garrett County Board of Education (BOE) is in the process of developing a strategic plan for the school system and they is seeking feedback on the preliminary report of strategic issues from community members, including parents, staff, students and Garrett County residents.

Get out there and network!  The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille will be hosting the Chamber’s May Business After Hours on Thursday, May 10th from 5:30pm- 7:30pm.

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

Thursday April 26

The weather for today will be mostly sunny with a high of 57 degrees. Later tonight there can be a chance of rain and a low temperature of 42.

The Department of Natural Resources is now accepting reservations for camping at state parks.

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.

Register of Wills Rita Watson and Hospice of Garrett Co. Inc. will co-host a free seminar, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Wills & Estates,” today from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Glade Mennonite Church.  For information, contact Donna Brenneman at 301-334-5151 or

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.

Here is the link you’ve been waiting for! The 🤖🌎World Championship Robotics Stream🌎🤖 #Garrett County Proud!

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.

A Flying Scot sailboat has been recently listed in our Online Marketplace under “Boats”.

Wednesday April 25

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 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.

The Garrett County Job Fair will be held this afternoon from 1:00am – 5:00pm in the Garrett College CARC Gym.  This is open to all ages and has a variety of employers and positions.

It’s Special Pasta Night at Ace’s Run this evening starting at 4:00pm. A great all-female chef team will be cooking up great pasta dishes to benefit the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  There will also be some special guests and 10% of all checks, as well as all tips, will be donated to the AAUW Garrett chapter.

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.

It’s Open Mic Night #15 this evening at MoonShadow in McHenry from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Governor Larry Hogan announced 30,000 Marylanders will be served by a public-private partnership with Microsoft Corp. and Declaration Networks Group, Inc (DNG). This partnership will expand rural broadband access, especially, in Garrett County.

The exercise bike we have listed in the online marketplace has been reduced to $50…. check under “Exercise Equipment”!

While Maryland has a strong history in horse racing, nothing beats the Kentucky Derby for pure spectacle.  Here’s a few facts I found on the upcoming Kentucky Derby, courtesy of WalletHub.

  • $209.2 Million – Total amount wagered on the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
  • $500 to $1,000 – Price of a high-end Kentucky Derby hat (90% of female spectators wear hats).
  • 120K – Number of Mint Juleps served over Kentucky Derby weekend, requiring 1K pounds of fresh mint and 60K pounds of ice.
  • 522,000 – Number of cans of beer that will be consumed. 163,000 hot dogs will be eaten.
  • $997.19 Million – Worldwide sales of thoroughbred horses in 2017.

I was going to get a new hat, but no-way at those prices!

Tuesday April 24

The weather for today will be periods of rain showers all day and most of the evening. A high of 50 and a low of 46 degrees and could get windy.

Tonight is the Spirit Night at Oakland McDonald’s where a portion of sales go to support Garrett County FIRST LEGO League robotics team at the FLL Razorback Invitational at the University of Arkansas in May. From 5:00-8:00pm.

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…
Reptile Wonders at Ruth Enlow

GOBA’s annual meeting is planned for June 19th at 6:00pm.  They are accepting awards for the Asa McCain Sprit of Oakland award and also for two soon-to-open board positions.

New Germany State Park has announced the schedule for the ninth season of free “Old Time Jams” celebrating Appalachian music on Friday evening over the summer.  They have also scheduled a number of free performances by Greg Latta. Thanks, New Germany!

Just in case you want to get away for a day or two in May during the royal wedding, the Royal Lancaster hotel in London is offering a taste of royal life. The stately package includes an overnight stay in the hotel’s Royal Suite, with panoramic views over Hyde Park and the London skyline.  All for about $5,000/night, not including airfare! I think I’ll be staying at the lake enjoying the mountain air….

Monday April 23

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.

It pays to be a little older sometimes. The Greene Turtle is holding their Senior Buffet this evening from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for $8.95. Likewise, MoonShadow is holding their 15% off night this evening for those over 55 years of age.

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.HART Guest Bartending Challenge

Attention boaters: Boating accidents have claimed the lives of four people in Maryland so far this year (NOT at DCL).  Last year, none of the nine boating victims were wearing life jackets. It only takes 60 seconds for an adult to drown and 20 seconds for a child. Yet, in many cases, life jackets are stowed out of reach or are still in their original wrapping.

Here’s an opportunity to help a local entrepreneur and Power of Possibilities (POP) graduate from a few years ago. Chris was a winner in the POP Competition for his Card Caddy product and is now launching a new Dice Tower. His start-up has gone international and this is his latest product, so please consider helping a fellow Garrett Countian succeed.  And, for the record, DCT has no financial interest in his business or sales, just trying to help a local entrepreneur.Card Caddy Dice Tower

CONGRATULATIONS to Jennifer Virts for being named Garrett County Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Virts is an English and theater arts teacher at Northern High School.

Friday April 20, Saturday April 21, Sunday April 22

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.

It’s adult maker time at the Kitzmiller branch of the Ruth Enlow Library today from 10:30am -11:30am.

There’s an all-you-can-eat spaghetti fundraiser Friday to help First Lego League robotics team 3659 represent Maryland at the Arkansas competition.  The event will be held from 4:00pm – 8:00pm Oak Park Church of the Brethren in Oakland.  This is a great cause!

Visit the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park 10:00am Saturday to celebrate Earth Day and learn ways that you can help Mother Nature in your everyday life. Program will include hands on activities and is for all ages! They also have a Herp Search (Amphibians and Reptiles) with naturalists at 1:00pm that day.

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.

Lots of events this weekend. Check out our Events Guide for additional events.

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…

Get N Go Sign


Thursday April 19

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.

It’s Open Mic Night starting at 7:00pm at Our Town Theatre in Oakland this evening. Come out and share your musical, poetic, theatrical or storytelling talent.

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.

There’s gold in these hills! A new (recreational) gemstone mining operation has opened overlooking Deep Creek Lake.

I am willing to bet a Mackerel that you didn’t know that this Saturday is World Fish Migration Day!  Check out this NOAA site to learn about some interesting facts and programs relative to helping migratory fish.

I hear from folks all the time that they want to start or buy a business, so here’s a simple, self-paced “course” available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) on the process of buying a business.

Take a trip back in time to 1917 to the C&O Canal in Cumberland. This is a short video, with mixed quality, but very cool. Enjoy!

Wednesday April 18

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.

MoonShadow Café in McHenry is holding their monthly Acoustic Rock Jam this evening from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Come on over, bring your instrument, and join in the open jam or just sit back, and take it all in.

Or, go out to the Greene Turtle this evening from 7:00pm – 9:00pm for a free and fun game of Team Trivia!  Team Trivia allows you and any number of players on your team to compete and test your knowledge for some Greene Turtle prizes.

Just a note that Wet and Wild Wednesday at the CARC will NOT be held this evening. The CARC is doing their annual pool maintenance and cleaning this week.

LOOK!! We have a great looking RZR newly listed in the online marketplace under “vehicles”.

The Rural Maryland Council and the Community Development Network of Maryland are jointly hosting a Garrett and Allegany Community Development Stakeholders meeting in Cumberland on May 3rd at 10:30am.

This year’s Power of Possibilities entrepreneurial summit will be held the morning of April 27th at Garrett College. While Sarah and I are not involved this year, we expect a very nice event. Cost is $39/person. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.

We collect photos of Garrett County and the Mountainside of Maryland is collecting photos of Allegany County — a new photo contest runs through this summer until October 31 and a top prize is $250! Categories are Arts and Entertainment, History and Heritage, Active Outdoor Recreation, & Nature and Scenic Landscapes.

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.

Get a free bumper sticker from Railey Mountain Lake Vacations Dog Friendly Deep Creek!

Tuesday April 17

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.

Let’s go GaCo! Support the joint Southern/Northern High School’s Robotics team’s journey to compete in the World Championship in Detroit with a night out at Uno’s. Starts at 4:00pm with up to 20% of the check going to GaCo.

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.

The folks at Cindy’s Fund are hosting a cancer support group this evening starting at 6:30pm in the hospital boardroom. It is open to everyone: patients, caregivers, kids, relatives, friends, anyone. They sit and vent and laugh and eat, etc. It’s very informal and comforting. Tonight Dr. Rick Perry will be discussing medical marijuana and use for those with cancer.

The United Way is conducting a community survey and asked Sarah, as a board member, to “spread the word.”  The survey is open to all as the United Way seeks to gain insight into health and human services issues in the region.

A reminder that CSX Transportation has announced that Boiling Springs Road will be closed today at the crossing from 9am to (estimated) Thursday at 5pm. The length of closure will be dependent on track time and/or equipment or weather related issues.

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.

There is a free youth fishing rodeo on April 28th at the Dan’s Mountain State Park “Pond” from 8:00am – 12:00pm.

Thanks to Matt Cedro for this live video outside his house last evening:

Monday April 16

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.

Our Town Theatre in Oakland is holding auditions for The Dining Room this evening from 7:00pm-9:00pm in the basement of the theatre. This is a play that’s perfect for anyone who has wanted to be in a show but doesn’t want a big part.

Here’s a link to a follow-up letter from the Property Owners Association of Deep Creek Lake on the State Lakes Preservation Fund Bill.  They think it is a good “start” and organization president Bob Hoffman concludes the letter by stating “I am optimistic about the future of our watershed and DCL!”  Thanks Bob and all who worked to get bill this passed.

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.

With “tax day” officially tomorrow, here’s the summary results of an interesting study by SmartAsset on state income taxes in Maryland. Garrett County ranks second lowest.

Here’s something different for those looking to take a drive out of the county in late April. There will be an 18th Century Market Fair at Fort Frederick State Park from April 26th – 29th.  You may want to stop and check it out on the way to the lake that weekend.

Be sure to check out our Photo Gallery for this month’s edition! Please submit your photos to to be featured!


Friday April 13, Saturday April 14, Sunday April 15

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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.

Lots of other events around the County this weekend.  Check out our newly redesigned events page for all the details.

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.

According to Only in Your State, Garrett County has more outdoor activities than any other county in Maryland. We love it!

The State of Maryland has recently purchased 2,000 acres of land along the North Branch of the Potomac River near Kitzmiller for, what will be, a new State Park. The State Park Superintendent says the service is looking for potential park names — if you have a suggestion, contact Nita Settina at 410-260-8157 or

Hospice is co-sponsorng a free class on wills & estate planning on April 26.

The Garrett County Board of Education is in the process of developing a strategic plan and is seeking feedback on the preliminary report of strategic issues from community members, including parents, staff, students and Garrett County residents.

Thursday April 12

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.

The Chamber is hosting a Business After Hours this evening at the Ruth Enlow Library in Oakland from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

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).

Puppy in Deep Creek Lake, MD

Wednesday April 11

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.

The Property Owners Association of Deep Creek Lake seemed a little less “disappointed” in their assessment of the State Lakes bill.

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

Tomorrow HABco is hosting a Lunch N Learn event where Jessica Fike will explain “Why Pictures Matter” for your business. Just $10!

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.

Speaking of the College, my colleague Jenny Meslener, Assistant Librarian at Garrett College put together this infographic in celebration of National Library Week.  For example, did you know there were 119,487 libraries in the United States? Now you know!

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%).

Tuesday April 10

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.

Kids eat free (with an adult meal purchase) all day today.

Kathy Friend has been selected to fill the position of Executive Director of Maryland Salem Children’s Trust. Friend has been employed by Salem for 10 years.

Yesterday was “sine die” for the Maryland General Assembly; any legislation that did not pass by midnight last night will not go forward.

Two interesting events coming up at New Germany State Park: Weed or Wildflower will be held on April 16th (and a few other dates) and the Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival will be held on May 12th.

On Monday, Maryland lawmakers approved legislation that expands the state’s medical marijuana industry in a way that gives minority-owned companies a better shot at opening a new cannabis business.

Roll the dice and take a chance! There may be an opportunity for Garrett County businesses that want to sell to Rocky Gap Casino and Resort.  The Maryland Office of Small, Minority and Women Business is holding an information session on May 2nd where you can learn more about what Rocky Gap needs and also meet their buyers.

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…