Monday April 9


New snow accumulation of 1-2 inches possible today and into the early evening. A high temperature of 36 and a low of 28.

I had a great time at the Garrett lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) production of Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble Saturday evening.  Great musicians and amazing dancing. The opening act by historian Al Feldstein portraying John Garrett was also great.

Girl Scout Troop #10070 also enjoyed Footworks! In the morning, the group attended workshops to learn about dance steps, rhythm and about Appalachian and Irish heritage in the Garrett County area. Then, the girls were able to attend the Footworks performance that evening with their families. Girl Scout Troop ##10070 at Footworks


Tomorrow at 9:00am is one of two informational sessions to be held to review “Improving our Worker Pool” hosted at the Casselman Inn.

The Allegany Arts Council has a great event schedule this month in support of their Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition. They have designated April as “photography month” and even have a show on works by famed photographer A. Aubrey Bodine.

The Maryland Environmental Trust is offering a one-day volunteer training session for individuals interested in helping to monitor state conservation easements. The training session will be held 6:00pm to 8:00pm on April 17th at the Trust’s HQ in Crownsville.

Are you a small or medium size business owner? Did you know that, according to the National Cyber Alliance, more than 70 percent of cyber attacks target small businesses? Nearly 50 percent of small businesses have been hacked and, of those, as many as 60 percent go out of business after six months. There’s a free in-person/webinar on cyber security on April 25th.  Looks like a strong agenda.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be presenting an evening of history and dinner on May 5th at 5:00pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Oakland. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from Sherry Georg (301.746.8357) or Denise Shay (301.334.1638).

The Ruth Enlow Library will host a discussion of Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City on Monday, May 7th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Oakland Library. This is a very interesting book on the intersection of poverty and profit. To register for this program, contact Bonnie at 301.334.3996 extension 0117 or

Maryland is the first state in the country to regulate political ads on social media sites. A bill approved by the General Assembly late Thursday would require social media platforms to track all political ads, keep copies of them and record which users are being targeted.

Friday April 6, Saturday April 7, Sunday April 8

Weather today will be cloudy with a high of 49 and a low of 23. Tonight into Saturday we can see some snow with accumulation (maybe 1-2 inches). Saturday’s high will be near 31 and a low of 17. Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 34 and a low of 26.

An Explore Garrett College event for prospective students and families will be held Friday evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in room 111 of the GIEC building.  This is a great way to find out more about the college and its programs and meet staff and faculty in a relaxed environment.  Placement testing is also available in the afternoon. All are welcome.

We have an interesting “Where Am I?” contest this month: take a guess and you can win!

The Department of Solid Waste and Recycling just announced that the County Landfill will resume full service hours on Saturdays from 8:00am until 2:30pm beginning April 21st. Normal fees will apply. If you have questions or need more information please contact the Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling at 301-387-0322.

The Adventure Sports Institute of Garrett College made it to Round 2 of the Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Adventure College contest – VOTE to support ASI!

Day Old News is playing Friday evening at 8:00pm at MoonShadow. They also have music Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

The Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame is holding their induction breakfast Saturday morning at 9:30am at Ace’s Run.  Congratulation to inductees Dana McCauley, Caroline Blizzard and Melissa Rank.

There are actually a lot of great events this weekend in the area.  Check out our newly redesigned Events page for details.  Have fun!

Serial entrepreneur Kevin Cuozzo, owner of A Touch of Class Limousines, just opened his second Doctor Tint and Details and this location is in Garrett County. He and his wife are great people and I am sure this venture will be another success for the dynamic duo! Best of luck and more to follow in the near future.

And, it’s not even Thanksgiving! The Junior Turkey Hunt begins on April 14th and the general hunt begins April 18th.

Both National Arbor Day (April 27th) and Maryland Arbor Day (first Wednesday) are celebrated in April.  While Nebraska was the first state to declare an Arbor Day in the 1870s, Maryland, with 51% tree cover, is the only state with a Forest Conservation Act.

Save these trail clean-up dates:
May 19 – Fork Run Recreation
June 16 – New Germany State Park
July 24 – TBD

Thursday April 5

Very windy and wintery last evening. The weather for today will be mostly sunny and a high of 38. The temperature will drop to about 32 and we could see scattered rain and/or snow showers overnight. Little to no accumulation expected.

Allegheny Mountains Weather posted this possible forecast into Sunday. It’s all estimates now but potentially another 8-12″ of snow into Sunday.
The Women’s Networking Luncheon is today at Ace’s Run restaurant from 12:00 Noon – 1:00pm.

Make plans for Team Trivia this evening at Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry starting at 6:30pm.

A nice desk listed in our Online Marketplace has been reduced in price! Check it out under the “furniture” category.

The Chamber is accepting applications for the 2018 Autumn Glory King & Queen. The applications are currently available at Northern and Southern High Schools.  For more information about the Autumn Glory King & Queen, please contact Melissa Margraff at 30.387.5237 or

The Chamber is also accepting nominations for the 2018 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.  The award, given in honor of Helmuth & Evelyn Heise, is presented to a local entrepreneur(s) for their contributions to the economic growth of Garrett County. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on June 7, 2018.

The semi-famous MuttMinster Dog Show will be held this year on April 21st from Noon – 5:00pm at Garrett College. Go ahead, enter your pooch.

Feeling stressed?  Well, you aren’t alone, though Maryland is relatively unstressed (less than California!) according to a recent study conducted by Wallet Hub. Check out the report to see where Maryland is on the scale.  Louisiana, New Mexico and West Virginia were the top three stressed states based on the methodology employed.

TEDCO, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, is reaching out to hear from entrepreneurs who have started or plan to start a for-profit, technology-based, product company located in Maryland, and researchers or scientists who are thinking about commercializing a technology in Maryland. If you are in either of these categories, please take a few minutes to participate in a research project.

Had the pleasure of hearing from a few of the college’s bright, energetic and interesting Adventure Sports Management students yesterday morning. They talked about their experiences in this nationally ranked program and a recent conference presentation on technology and adventure learning. Very impressive! Here they are with Professor David Erbe addressing the President’s Circle.

Presidents Circle Presentations


Wednesday April 4

Today will be rainy this morning and a chance of showers this afternoon. Temperatures will fall to 27 degrees by the end of the day and a low of 21 overnight. Wind gusts could be as high as 50mph today. Slight chance of snow accumulation of an inch overnight.

This is a photo from my front porch Monday morning.  Beautiful, but most of us are ready for sun and warm weather.

Snowy Swanton, MD Near Deep Creek Lake April 2, 2018

I heard the St. Peter’s Senior Moments 50+ Group will be holding their monthly lunch get together at Pizza Hut in Oakland today at 1:00pm. All are welcome.

New advertiser, Jessica Fike Photography is holding a second shooter workshop this weekend. A chance for you hobbyists to see if there is an opportunity in wedding photography or see how to be better at second shooting.

Note our new events format! You can see a list of upcoming events or view all events in a calendar format.

The Town of Oakland is opening their new dog park on May 26th and they are soliciting donations.  While no donation is too small, donors of $1,500 get their name on a park bench! Contact Michelle Ross from City Hall at for more information.

GOBA also just announced their next meeting to be held at Oakland City Hall on April 17th at 6:00pm. The town of Oakland is also holding their Spring Clean the week of April 23rd where they urge all property owners to clear unnecessary debris and the town waives certain hauling fees.

According to the Baltimore Sun, officials from counties and towns across Maryland are pushing the General Assembly to change the laws governing the tax lien auction system to help combat blight. In cases where the debt exceeds the value of a property, the current system breaks down.

Calling all history buffs:  The lecture on Pershing and Marshall together in France by WVU professor Dr. Gerald Pops will be held at the Ruth Enlow Library in Oakland this evening from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Its free but call Bonnie at the library at 301.334.3996 to reserve your place.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), about 4.57 million people were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, and fatalities topped 40,000 for the third straight year. In Maryland, fatalities were up 7 percent year over year in 2017. Be safe!

Local vacation rental company, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales celebrates their10th Anniversary!

Tuesday April 3

We can expect thunderstorms today; maybe a quarter inch of rain. Temperatures will be hovering around 57 degrees today and tonight.

We received about five inches of snow yesterday and it was beautiful all over the county. Some of the locals got an itch and went wake surfing…. thank you to Amanda Bosley for the photo of her husband Corey.

Cory Bosley Wake Surfing in the Snow

Due to a malfunction of an air release valve this past Saturday on Mayhew Inn Road, there was a sewer spill of approximately 4,500 gallons.  Fortunately, the county’s crews arrived quickly, contained the spill and there was apparently no drainage into the lake.

Calling all kids (and their parents).  Kids eat free today at The Greene Turtle in McHenry (when accompanied by a parent buying an entrée).

What’s New Around Town? The new Discount Duo retail store will be opening this week in Oakland next to Denny’s (exact day TBD).  They will be offering brand name clothing, shoes, home décor, tools, bikes, accessories and more at a deep discount from mall prices.  Here’s a photo from their Facebook page.

Discount Duo Store

Speaking of new businesses in the county, we have seen the new Casselman bakery location coming to life on the corner of 219 and Glendale.  Here’s a photo.

Casselman Bakery Near Deep Creek Lake

Good to see new businesses opening in the county.

April is Financial Literacy Month and the Small Business Administration has compiled 10 Steps to Staring a Business guide for those interested in taking the plunge.

Deep Creek Times does not get involved in political debates nor take a side.  That stated, I thought this website by a Boston law firm (they sent the link to the press) was worth a share.  It appears to be apolitical and lists some interesting facts about gun laws and guns.  NOTE:  They are not an advertiser, we are not endorsing them and we have not verified any of the information. You decide for yourself.

Monday April 2

We received some snow overnight; about 5 inches of accumulation here! Today will be cloudy with a high of 42 degrees with an additional 2-4 inches of snow possible. Low temperature tonight will be 36 degrees.

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend and that you didn’t eat too many chocolate eggs!

Don’t forget the public County Commissioners meeting this afternoon at the Thayer Courthouse in Oakland.

The Discovery Center just released their April events. Lots of good stuff. They are open weekends during April – we have the full schedule on our State Parks page.

Yogi would be proud.  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that a Delaware resident won this year’s Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest. Check out the design of this new stamp here!

The Accident library will be hosting a new “poetry corner” Wednesday evenings from 5:00pm – 6:30pm with the first to be held on April 11th. They also have their usual full schedule of interesting events scheduled for this month including some sessions this afternoon and evening.

Also at the Ruth Enlow Library on April 16th, this time at the Oakland branch, the Maryland Insurance Administration will be on hand to answer any questions from 9:15am-noon.

A special message from Mary Callis of Garrett lakes Arts Festival (GLAF):  If you are attending the Footworks show on Saturday the 7th, please be sure to get there by 7:00pm to hear a presentation on John W. Garrett by noted historian Al Feldstein.

The month of April is all about the opening of the warmer season that it welcomes in.  Check out our April Cover Story for a piece on outdoor (and indoor) activities for this month and the whole warm weather season at the lake and beyond.