Yesterday was a bit overcast and cooler but was still a nice day. Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy, scattered showers with a high near 76. Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then scattered showers with a low around 66.
Just received a “lake-oriented residential” real estate update from Mike Kennedy at Railey Realty: 49 homes sold year-to-date through April, with an average 12-month sales price of $524,274, and with an average 159 days on the market. Source: MRIS
Need work? Actually Needlework! 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 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm this afternoon at the Oakland library.
I have been hearing about a new venture coming to downtown Oakland. Actually, it is two ventures in one. Flipside Sounds, with a planned opening in July, will be offering new and vintage vinyl records and related items. The Sipside Lounge, with a planned opening in October, will be offering craft beers, and fine wines and spirits. Sounds interesting.
Did you know that the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake state park is now open every day for the season? As always, they have great programs to amaze, amuse and educate all ages. Plus, admission to the discovery Center is free. Check out their June calendar of events for June, which will be posted with our new edition tomorrow.
Just heard that some local folks are trying to get Scottish Country Dancing going again at the end of the year and thought that having a Scottish Night, just after the Celtic Festival would introduce people to this fun activity. The event is June 6th and costs $60 for two. Call or email Victoria Buckel at 301 501-3990 or email@example.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
On this last day of May, I thought I would share a few “tidbits” on the month: May is named for Maia, a Greek goddess. In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May does (no, I did not verify this). And, “across the pond” in the UK, the month of May is recognized as national smile month. Talk to you “next month!”
The weather for today will be mostly cloudy with isolated showers and scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. A high near 75 and a low around 66.
During a recent visit, David Brinkley, Maryland’s secretary of budget and management, said Garrett College’s new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Building will provide the tools necessary for “reeducating our workforce for the new economy.” The building is really taking shape and will be ready for the Fall semester.
The Belle Soirée, a Fancy Affair at Chanteclaire, will be held this evening at Chanteclaire Farm to celebrate the contribution the wedding industry makes in Garrett County. Open to all, there are about 10 last minute tickets left and I wanted to give a shout-out to the event and the industry, which is an integral part of our county’s economic vibrancy.
Make sure to enter your guess for the “Where Am I Contest” .. one random winner will be drawn from the correct answers to win a $25 Ace’s Run Gift Card!
Attention Deep Creek Times readers!! GLAF is offering a discount only for Deep Creek Times readers! Receive 15% off of your ticket purchase for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra using the code “dct15”.
The annual clean-up day for Accident will be June 4. Residents are asked to set their items at curbside by 8:00 am. Items taken will be white goods, furniture, tires and up to 100 pounds of construction debris per household. NOT allowed are appliances with refrigerant, paint and chemical cans and over 100 pounds of construction debris per household.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly! No, not the movie, a course on bugs. The class will be held on Thursday, June 14th, from 1:00pm -3:00pm at the Garrett College Southern Outreach Center in Oakland. Participants will learn about insects and how they can be a help in one’s gardening adventure or how to manage the pesky pests. The course is being instructed by Ashley Bodkins from the Extension Service. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.
We hope all our readers had a very nice, safe holiday weekend. The weather was mostly wonderful and it was certainly a magnet for tourists and locals alike to get out on the lake or outdoors at the numerous events and destinations around the area.
The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 78 and a chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight; low around 64.
I want to acknowledge the severe weather, devastation and the heroic efforts by public safety personnel in Old Ellicott City over the weekend. I lived there for well over two decades and it is a wonderful place, but this second massive flood in two years will really test the community and its citizens. Our thoughts and prayers are with all, including our readers from that area.
There’s a children’s lap sit session this morning at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 10:30am – 11:00am for children and caregivers.
Congratulations goes out to Southern Garrett Ram athlete Alec Horner for winning the State Championship in pole vault!
As part of the outreach for A Better Maryland, the Maryland Department of Planning has posted an online survey for those who were not able to attend one of its recent listening sessions. The survey will be active through the end of May. If you have not already, visit the survey page and take the five-minute survey.
The Town of Grantsville shared that the park basketball courts were repaved over the weekend and ask that patrons do not use the courts until the cones are removed.
Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry has a dog friendly back patio. Bring Fido and have a beer and a flatbread pizza. Or, bring the kids to the Greene Turtle as it is “Kids Eat Free Tuesday.” Check our Specials List for more deals for today.
The weather for this Memorial Day weekend looks like it will be beautiful (with just a chance of showers each day):
Today: Sunny, with a high near 77 with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10pm with a low around 62.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 76; mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 62. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62
Memorial Day: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78 and a low around 62.
Make a run for it! Or, just walk. The “Fourth Annual Kendall Trail 5K Run, 3K Walk” along the Upper Yough will take place in Friendsville starting at 8:00am on Saturday. Great way to see Appalachia in Spring, meet people and get a little exercise.
We received a flyer from Herrington Manor State Park and Swallow Falls State Park yesterday with a listing of their activities for this weekend. Deep Creek Lake State Park and New Germany State Park also have some nice activities planned.
To reduce the number of drunken and drugged drivers on Garrett County highways, Maryland State Police reports that a sobriety checkpoint will be conducted sometime within the next seven days.
Here’s a wDCT.live report from our correspondent Marcia:
Have a fun, relaxing and safe Memorial Day weekend and please honor all the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. military. While Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of Summer, they are the reason we celebrate the day. “Talk” to you again on Tuesday.
We had a nice day yesterday at the lake. Today’s weather will be sunny with a high near 73 and tonight will be clear with a low around 56.
It’s been nice to see some pleasure and fishing boats out on the lake the past few days in between the rainy periods. We expect a nice flotilla this weekend!
Garrett County Master Gardeners are presenting a “Getting Started with Herbs” session at the Grantsville library today from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Registration is required by calling Kim at the library or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wallethub just put out a report on the “Best Places to Live in Maryland for Families.” Most all of us would say Garrett County is #1, but it seems they focused on larger cities within the state. See the report for their methodologies and rankings.
Save the Date! The Oakland Downtown Jubilee will be held Friday, July 6 from 1-7pm. Sarah is coordinating the festival and she wanted to share that Alder Street (between Second and Third Streets and Liberty Street (between Second and First Streets) will be closed from 11:30am-7:30pm that day. Also, the planning committee is still taking on business, vendors, artists and performer participants. Email us if you’re interested and we’ll get your info to Sarah!
Here’s a nice video on the Civic Club from one of our wDCT.live! field reporters. Since the reporter was my wife, Jean, I should disclose that and also say that the Civic Club does some really great things for the community and is a great way to meet with and “hang-out” with some neat ladies. I hope I get some brownie points for this.
Today’s weather will be partly sunny, with a high near 69 and a low around 51.
This may be too late for some readers, but we just heard that the Chamber has cancelled this morning’s planned session “What Can the Chamber Do for You? Come to Orientation and Find Out!” They say more information to follow about a reschedule.
The Ruth Enlow Library is holding their monthly Homeschooler Series this afternoon from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at the Accident branch. For students and their families.
Garrett College is offering a Maryland Boater Safety course at the College’s McHenry campus on Saturday, June 9th, from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The course provides the basic information one will need to boat safely and enjoy your time on the water. Contact the college at 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.
Yesterday turned out to be a nice, sunny day by the afternoon. Today is rainy now with showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm. A chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 70 and a low around 58.
Don’t forget that the Oakland Dog Park Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, May 26th. There will be live music, special treats and a dog parade. The new park is located at 27 Oakland Rosedale Road. Arf!
The Habitat Home Store Community Fair (5411 Hutton Road in Oakland) will be held on June 9th, from 11:00am – 3:00pm. The Mountaintop Cruisers Car Club along with antique tractors will be set up in the parking lot. Music will be provided and there will be food for purchase. Proceeds go to local non-profits.
While there was some rain and thunderstorms this weekend, there was really nice weather in between. Today’s weather will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms – mostly cloudy with a high near 73 and a low around 59.
There was a rock slide on Rt. 135 near Luke on Saturday. The road was closed for a while as cleanup and hillside assessment continued. Last we heard one lane was now open with flaggers on-site.
We are sad to hear of the passing of local entrepreneur Rick Hartman. He owned the Liberty Service Station/Food Mart in Accident and Curt’s Corner off 495. Condolences to the family.
Garrett College celebrated its 41st commencement on Saturday. I had the pleasure of being part of the proceedings and it was really nice to see all those fresh grads ready to take on the next stages of their life. Here’s a photo of HR director Janis Bush, president Rich Midcap and dean JR Kerns as we were preparing for the big event. Check out the wDCT Live video (below) as well.
Ever wonder what the Civic Club does and why you should consider joining? The Civic Club of Oakland is holding an open house at the Mountainside Marina (near Lakeside Creamery) tomorrow, Tuesday, from 4:00pm – 6:30pm. Note that some local ads had the day as Wednesday, but it is Tuesday. Email email@example.com for more information.
This weekend’s weather will be showers and rain with a high near 64 and low near 55 degrees today. Warmer but chance of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday. A high in the lower 70s and a low of 60 degrees both days this weekend.
Lots of localized flooding in the region. A part of Shallmar Road near Kitzmiller in Garrett County was closed at 6:00pm yesterday due to an active landslide in the area. The closure affects approximately 34 houses and 60 people and residents are urged to evacuate. This photo of the Great Falls area of the Potomac is downstream from Garrett County but gives a sense of the rainfall volume in the region.
Speaking of Kitzmiller, the Ruth Enlow Library’s Kitzmiller branch will be holding an Adult Maker Time from 10:30am – 11:30am Friday. Call them at 301.334.8091 to confirm.
Saturday is Home Fire Sprinkler Day! According to the Maryland State Fire Marshall, a home fire can become deadly in as little as two minutes due to today’s construction and furnishing materials. Check your fire alarms and sprinklers and consider installing them if you don’t have them.
Here’s a little history. We missed the anniversary of VE Day on May 8th, but better late than never! When looking out from our calm and beautiful Garrett County at today’s world, I always feel very lucky. Well, it was even crazier “over there” in the ‘40s. Photo courtesy of Al Feldstein and of course, the Cumberland Evening News.
Was rainy on and off with thunder storms yesterday. The weather for today will be more of the same: showers, with a few thunderstorms possible. High near 66 and low around 56. New rainfall could be between a half and three quarters of an inch.
I had the pleasure of spending the past three days participating in the invitation-only Rural Rise Summit dedicated to creating ecosystem success in rural communities. Lots of actionable ideas and connections made and it is really clear to me that collaboration will be key for rural communities like ours to grow and succeed.
Feel like getting out this evening? Let’s see: The Greene Turtle has 50 cents Wing Night, Mountain State Brewing has Team Trivia starting at 6:30pm, and The Black Bear has Karaoke starting at 7:00pm. For more options for a good meal, drink or snack, check out our lake area dining guide!
Congratulations to Ginny Grove and the Civic Club of Oakland for being recognized by the Western District of the Maryland Federation of Womens Clubs for their great work with the international students at Garrett College.
Best of luck to the Phil Malone and all the Garrett County “robot kids” (and their parents) on the way to the Razorback Invitational First Lego League tournament in Arkansas. We are very fortunate to have such a vibrant multi-grade STEM-related program in our County.
A Community Visioning Workshop will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Garrett College Special Events Center from 7:00-9:00pm. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. This strategic visioning exercise is the first of a number of public engagement opportunities to gather input from citizens to create an image of a desired future for the county in 20 years.
The Belle Soiree (sponsored in part by The Deep Creek Wedding) is expected to be the social event of the season. Join us on May 30 from 7-10pm to learn more about the impact the wedding industry has on Garrett County and also share your input and perspectives with us. This is about our collective businesses being a driver of economic development! Buy your tickets by May 18.
Janelle H. had a hungry visitor in her yard over the weekend:
What’s New Around Town: Snazzi Stitches is changing their name to Custom Thredz and Honeysuckle Cottage furniture is going in near Fox’s Pizza Den.
From the Garrett County Government: PHONE SCAM: The Garrett County Sheriff’s Department is warning local residents of a phone scam in which the caller claims to work for Potomac Edison. The caller then threatens to shut off the electricity to the person’s residence unless they purchase a money card and use it to pay the caller. The sheriff’s Department wants people to know the calls are not being made by Potomac Edison, and instead are part of a scam. Extreme caution should be used whenever callers request any funds, bank account information, credit card information or personal data, and none of it should be provided to callers, deputies warn.
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm today. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight with a low around 63.
We hope all of the mothers out there had a wonderful day yesterday!
The Mayor and Town Council of Oakland wishes to notify Oakland Water Customers in the area of Winters Place and to include Sunshine Drive, that water service will be interrupted Monday, May 14 between the hours of 8am to 12pm.
Join Maria Day of the Maryland State Archives for an interesting history presentation this evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Casselman Inn in Grantsville. The presentation will provide a virtual tour of state attractions and events in the early 20th century.
The Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its bi-monthly Business Before Hours for Tuesday, May 15th at Wisp Resort. This “Legislative Wrap-up” will provide information on legislation that impacts Garrett County citizens and businesses.
Just received the official announcement that End-of-the-Line Bookstore will be opening on May 23rd for the summer season. (End-of-the-Line Books is a not-for-profit bookstore that resells used books for $1.00 or less, to benefit charities. It is located in the historic boxcar at the B&O Railway Station on East Liberty Street in Oakland. The bookstore is open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am – 3:00pm.)
Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 70 and a low around 60. Tomorrow will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm; high near 76 and a low of 59. Sunday is a greater chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 73 and a low around 59. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market “Mother’s Day Market” (last winter market of the season) will be held this Saturday at the Community Action Center building on Center Street in Oakland from 11:00am – 1:00pm.
Come have fun and help a young one and his family in need on Saturday. Bentley was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015 and after being cancer-free, a second tumor has emerged. There’s a Disney Character parade and then a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in Downtown Oakland on Saturday starting at 3:00pm.
GLAF is offering a special deal on this Saturday evening’s piano recital. Buy one ticket and the second is free. A great gift for that special Mom in your life! Use promotion code WELOVEMOM.
Mr. Matthew Paugh, Board President, recognized Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7 – 11, 2018, with a proclamation. Mr. Patrick Damon, GCEA President and teacher at Accident Elementary School, and Stephanie Lewis, Southern High School teacher, accepted the recognition on behalf of all teachers in Garrett County.