Friday June 29, Saturday June 30, Saturday July 1


The weather for this weekend looks to be fantastic — Sunny, with a high near 80 and a low around 64 today. Then, Saturday and Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 85 and with a low around 69.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Annapolis Capital Gazette shooting victims and their families.

The Friends of Deep Creek Lake just sent us an update. One key point they made was the need for “wake reduction” practices due to the high-water levels on the lake at this time. In addition to the impact from the “monsoon season” they also called attention to the fact that the lake is at the top-end of the “Rule Band.”

Hey there, lizard lips!  No, I wasn’t talking to my wonderful readers.  I was talking to the reptiles and amphibians that will be featured at tonight’s “What’s That Reptile?” at the Discovery Center at 2:00pm.

The Kitzmiller Farmers Market, a producers-only market, will be held in Kitzmiller from 4:00pm – 6:00pm this afternoon at the park in downtown Kitzmiller. For you visitors, Kitzmiller is an old coal town on the Potomac River south of Oakland. It is very different than the lake-area.

There are some good acts at local venues Friday evening (and throughout the weekend). Ronnie Burroughs and Optimus Riff will be at the Black Bear tavern, and the Still Brewing Band will be at MoonShadow. Check our events section for details and additional events

The Board of County Commissioner’s previously scheduled Public Meeting for July 2nd has been cancelled.  The next Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 17th, beginning at 6:00pm at the Swanton Community Center.

Railey Mountain Lake Vacations has just announced a full remodel of,, and This video is a neat animation to show the new site features.

Do NOT worry! I am unable to race in the Fast and Furriest Run and Walk Saturday morning, so there is a chance you can win.  This event will not only be a lot of fun, but it will benefit the good folks (and critters) at HART for Animals too.  If I do get to go, I will try to sneak-in disguised as a Miniature Schnauzer, so be on the lookout (and don’t tell anybody).

The second annual “Lions Chillin’ & Grillin’ for Vision: BBQ Fest” will be held Saturday at the Garrett County Fairgrounds (by the Lions Pavilion). This is another nice event for a good cause.

Terah Crawford will give a free performance at Noon Sunday at MoonShadow.

The Dove Center announced they are in urgent need of baby items, size 0-3 and 3-6 months, especially onesies, sleepers, socks, receiving blankets, and small diapers, wash cloths and towels, and bath items. Items may be dropped off at the office: 882 Memorial Drive, M-F between 8:30 and 4:30. The items do not have to be new but good condition, please. Thank you!

The Northern Garrett High School student team finished 5th in the recent state Envirothon competition. Students worked in small groups to complete tests in the areas of aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and current environmental issues.

Did you catch our broadcast from the historic Drane House last night on social media? Here is Caroline reporting:


Thursday June 28

Yesterday was rainy in the morning but it cleared into a pretty nice day. Today’s weather will be a chance of showers early and then partly sunny, with a high near 70 and a low around 60.

Get some exercise – with a view – this afternoon and also meet a celebrity!  Take a self-guided hike up to the historic Thayerville Fire Tower and get the opportunity to climb up the tower accompanied by a park ranger. You can also visit Smokey Bear at the Discovery Center before or after your hike.

Have fun and do good at the wings for young Bentley Blythe fundraiser this evening at Backbone Tavern. Music for adults and fun stuff for the kids.

Dr. Nicole Miller has been named the principal of Southern Garrett High School and will begin her appointment on July 1, 2018.

As someone (Mike) not originally from the Garrett County area, I love to learn about the history, places and people that helped make this great region what it is today.  Friends of Blackwater are giving a lecture this Sunday: Tucker County’s Immigrant History in nearby Thomas, WV from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.Tucker County Immigrants

There’s a “Pocket Park” movie this evening from 8:00pm – 11:00pm at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in Oakland. The film is Rock Dog!

This is different and a good value too: In celebration of Coney Days in Lonaconing, Dans Mountain State Park will be featuring a “Dollar Dip” at the pool on July 3rd. Adults pay only $1 per person and children five and under will get in free! The Dans Mountain Pool is just a few miles from Garrett County and the area’s only heated outdoor pool with a water slide.

Garrett College is offering a Maryland Boater Safety course at the college’s McHenry campus.  The session will be held Saturday, July 7th, from 8:30am to 5:00pm. This course provides the basic information one will need to boat safely and enjoy your time on the water and is required for those born after June 1, 1972.  Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.

Did you know that about three out of four Americans recycle?  That’s great for the environment, but many of us are not following the rules according to the National Waste & Recycling Association.  Many of us mean well but include items that cannot be recycled or items contaminated with food, resulting in what the industry calls “wishcycling.”  Just thought I would share this public service message.

Speaking of recycling, here’s a shout-out to Bob Carney and the rest of the Deep Creek Real Estate crew that picked up trash yesterday on Glendale Road. Thanks folks.  It takes a village.

Deep Creek Real Estate Trash Clean Up

Wednesday June 27

Yesterday was a nice day; a little cooler though. Today’s weather will be showers and thunderstorms likely with a high near 72 and a low around 63. Rainfall could be heavy at times.

I hope you all voted in the primary yesterday. Thanks to all those that put their “hat in the ring” and ran for office. Locally, the commissioner race was tight in District 3; unofficial results are:

Commissioner District 1
Republican – Larry Tichnell
Democrat – Judy Carbone

Commissioner District 2
Republican – Paul Edwards

Commissioner District 3
Republican – Jim Hinebaugh

Want to travel the world with Girl Scout troop 1615?  Join them today in Friendsville as they travel from Australia to Tanzania to Russia, Brazil and China too.

It’s Locals’ Day at Mountain State Brewing Company, Crab Cake Night at Black Bear, Pasta Night at Ace’s, Steak Night at Penn Alps and there are discounts at Smiley’s and Pine Lodge Steak House.  Check out our dining guide for locations and contact information.

There’s Unplugged Bluegrass starting at 6:00pm at MoonShadow this evening and Team Trivia at the Greene Turtle starting at 7:00pm.

New Germany State Park just announced their lineup of events (most are free) for the rest of June and early July.  Some interesting activities including volleyball, owl spotting and some nice music, among other things.

A little history here from friend and historian Al Feldstein.  Here’s a photo, perhaps from the late 1800s/early 1900s, of Maple Street in downtown Friendsville.

Downtown Friendsville 1800s - Al Feldstein

Garrett College, in collaboration with Widmyer Driving School, LLC, will be offering Maryland Driver Education in a variety of settings in July:  July 9th – 20th, 9:00am to 12:00 noon at the Southern Outreach Center (old Oakland Armory); July 16th – 27th, 5:30pm – 8:45pm at the main campus in McHenry; and July 30th through August 10th, 9:00am to 12:00 noon at the main campus in McHenry. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will hold a State of the County at the next Business Before Hours on Tuesday, July 10th, from 8:00am – 9:30am in the Crawford room at Wisp Resort.

Sharing a special video that brought tears to my eyes for a number of reasons, including their passion for their “mission,” and my passion for entrepreneurship.  We all have unlimited possibilities for our lives.

Tuesday June 26

Yesterday was really nice. The weather for today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Tonight could have scattered showers, mainly after 11pm a low around 61.

The political advertising from candidates has been heating up, with signs, billboards and ads all over the county leading up to today’s primary.  Fortunately, it has been a very civil race so far, and I would expect nothing less for Garrett County.

Here’s a quick link to the Garrett County Board of Elections home page. It shows the various ballots for today’s primary election. PLEASE VOTE!

Butterflies are free! And, so is the Butterflies and Flowers Walk at the Discovery Center today at 2:00pm. Observe butterflies and learn about native and non-native plants in Garrett County.

The second of four Deep Creek Lake hydrilla herbicide treatments is scheduled to take place today. During the process, boaters are asked to stay clear of the treatment boat. Please be alert and note that the schedule might change due to weather.

Back to elections for a second, just in case you were wondering, the earliest state primary, held on March 6th is in Texas, and the latest is September 13th in New York. Now you know!

Not a sure if there is space available, but there is a camp for kids at Camp Deep Creek in Accident starting today and running through the 29th.

Photographer Jessica Fike will present “Basic & Creative Composition in Photography” at the Deep Creek Lavender Farm this evening at 5:00pm. It will start in a classroom setting and then students will put things into practice in the lavender field with models! Should be very interesting. There is a fee and registration is required.

The Race Across America concluded over the weekend. The world’s toughest bike race, is a bicycle race where racers cover over 3,000 miles as they travel from Oceanside CA to Annapolis MD rarely sleeping and rarely getting off the bike. You may have seen the timestation / checkpoint in Deep Creek near Trader’s Coffee house. Christoph Strasser won the men’s single category and completed the continuous race in 8 days, 1 hour and 23 minutes.

AAUW Garrett College Student Chapter has sent students to a national leadership training.

OK, one more late-breaking factoid on the election. According to the Baltimore Sun online, it appears that, due to a computer error, up to 80,000 Maryland voters will have the wrong information in the system and will have to cast a provisional vote today. This is due to a problem with data collected by the MVA; all votes will count.

The Garrett County Arts Council is hosting an Arts Connection event for artists and those interested in the arts, on June 28th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  The event will be held at the Drane House, in Accident, the oldest house in Garrett County. Call GCAC at 301.334.6580 for more information.

A Swiftwater Rescue Technician class was held over the weekend with members from Kitzmiller, Bloomington, Oakland and Harford Fire Departments participating. All members completed and obtained their certifications. Thank you to Kitzmiller Volunteer Fire Department for sharing the photo below:


Monday June 25

Today’s weather will be partly sunny, with a high near 72 and a low around 54.

Had to make a quick overnight trip down-state this weekend. Just got back to the lake-area as I write this and it is VERY good to be back. I am reminded why my wife Jean and I chose to live in Garrett County: beautiful scenery, friendly people and a much slower pace. Down-state has a lot going for it, but at this point in my life, I’ll take Garrett County any day!

The Garrett County Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday in the board room at the central office, 40 S. Second St. The board will meet in executive session at 4:05 p.m. directly after public comment to discuss personnel matters and legal advice regarding carryover funding

Greater Oakland Business Association is looking for some additional volunteers to help out with the Little Yough Music Festival on July 13th and August 17th and 24th. If you can volunteer to hand out programs, sell 50/50 raffle tickets, etc. please let Michelle Ross at Town Hall know. She can be reached at 301.334.2691.

Did you hear that the 6th annual Garrett County Opry is coming to town this Friday, June 29th?  The Opry is sponsored by Community Action Committee, a local organization that does great things for those in need. The Opry runs from 6:00pm – 10:00pm-plus at Garrett College with a number of acts and all proceeds going to Meals on Wheels this year.

The Deep Creek Lake Lions Club does some amazing things with the proceeds from their boat auction/race, fundraisers and other events.  Here’s a listing that gives a little insight that I thought worthwhile to share:Deep Creek Lions Club Fundraising Goals

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales has announced that their organization continues to expand; they have recently added several new agents to their company.

The Ruth Enlow Library invites all gamers to a Super Street Fighter II Turbo Tournament on July 9th, at 5:30pm. The tournament features RYU versus Ken, as well as 14 other fighters. Entry into the tournament, to be held at the Oakland branch, is free, and prizes will be awarded to the champions. The library will provide all gaming equipment. For more information, contact Thomas Vose at 301.334.3996 or

My wife Jean (second from left in the photo below) had some friends up this weekend for their annual “girls weekend.”  They had a great time, including a fun shopping trip to Schoolhouse Earth.  I don’t know who that fellow with the horns is next to my wife but I intend to find out!

Jean Tumbarello and Friends at Schoolhouse Earth in Deep Creek Lake, MD

Friday June 22, Saturday June 23, Sunday June 24

This weekend’s weather will be partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms all weekend. Today a high near 65 and a low around 59; tomorrow a high near 70 and a low around 62; Sunday a high near 71 and a low around 58.

There’s an interesting “Create an Owl” program at the Discovery Center Friday afternoon at 2:00pm. You’ll get to meet a real live owl, learn about owl secrets and then create your own.

If you are hungry for some great seafood (and carved prime rib) visit Dutch’s at Silver tree Friday evening.  They have their weekly Dinner Buffet from 5:00pm – 10:00pm. They also have boat docking, patio dining and live entertainment at their Harbor Bar.

The Baer Bones Band is performing at 6:00pm Friday evening at the Black Bear Tavern at the Fort in McHenry.

The 45th Annual Grantsville Days celebration is being celebrated all weekend in Grantsville, MD! The event starts with a parade tonight at 6:45pm and continues through the weekend with a craft show, food vendors, music and fireworks.

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be held Saturday from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Pavilion on first Street in Oakland.  Lots of goodies in addition to the fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Mountain Laurel Garden Club is holding its 18th annual Secret Country Gardens Tour on Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm, rain or shine.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at Arrowhead Market, the Discovery Center, Firefly Farms, Gregg’s Pharmacy, Green Acres Garden Center and from club members.

Charles Wesley Godwin will be appearing at Noon on Sunday at MoonShadow.

Finally, there’s a lot of other things happening around the lake this weekend. Check out our Upcoming Events section for more good stuff. Or, if the weather is not cooperating, check out a movie or have dinner at one of our local eating establishments. Have a GREAT weekend!

Here is the schedule for the downtown Oakland Pocket Park movies:

Pocket Park Movie Schedule in Oakland

Thursday June 21

Yesterday was rainy a good part of the day or there were pockets of sun depending on what part of the county you were in; today will be a slight chance of showers with a high near 73 and a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Be careful on Route 219 near the 219 bridge this morning; it seems they are still cleaning up from a box truck and a tractor trailer collision; both drivers are doing ok.

Hurry-up and get ready! You can take a guided hike with the naturalist to the historic Brant Mine this morning at 10:00am. The hike begins in the center of the newly-designed mine room at the Discovery Center. The hike is approximately 1 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.

Congratulations to Oakland’s Dave Bruffy who won a prestigious national professional award recently: the CTAA 2018 Transit Manager of the Year. Way to go Dave!

Our friends the next county over at the Allegany Arts Council are looking for paid teachers for their summer arts camp.  They offer a week-long art camp to kids around the area–lasting from 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday. Email Samantha at or call 301.777.2787 for more information.

Speaking of the Allegany Arts Council, they are hosting their 10th annual Plein Air Competition and Exhibition on September 24th – 29th and they are looking for host families to house the artists. My wife and I (Mike) are hosting again this year and have done it in past years and have met really nice, interesting, and talented artists. Call the Allegany Arts Council at 301.777.2787 for more information.

Meet my twin brother today at the Discovery Center! Smokey Bear (OK, he’s a lot better looking than me) will be there from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

Wendy, of Wendy’s Towne Restaurant in Oakland, has announced she will be stepping back and out of the business as of July 31 and her employees will be opening the new Third Street Diner in August.

There is a documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being screened at Cottrill’s Opera House in Davis, WV this evening at 6:30pm. Just a few miles from Deep Creek Lake.

This sounds fishy to me! Largemouth and smallmouth bass are most active in the early morning hours, which is the best time to be out on the lake due to boat traffic later on in the day. The evenings also offer good shallow-water fishing. The Department of Natural Resources presents a complete fishing report online, including all areas of the state, on a regular basis.

As reported previously in our Daily Notes, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been monitoring water quality at Deep Creek Lake since 2009. They now have an interactive map and additional reports showing trends and current data for all sorts of water-quality measures.

Today is #NationalSelfieDay!

SMILE from your Deep Creek Times Team! 🙂

National Selfie Day - SarahNational Selfie Day - Mike


Wednesday June 20

There were some brief and sporadic showers yesterday. Today’s weather will be more chance for showers and thunderstorms. A high near 74 and a low around 61.

It’s Open Mic Night at MoonShadow this evening from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. There are still openings.

Team Trivia is on for this evening at the Greene Turtle in McHenry from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Congratulations to friend and colleague Ashley Ruby, Director of the Advising & Academic Success Center at Garrett College, who was selected to join Complete College America, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating achievement gaps among students by providing “equity of opportunity” to all. Way to go Ashley!

Another “Congratulations” goes out to the Oakland Renaissance Arts & Entertainment District! The Application Committee was awarded the 2018 Asa M. McCain “Spirit of Oakland” Award at last night’s GOBA (Greater Oakland Business Association) meeting. This award recognizes individuals or groups that have contributed to the betterment of the community and is voted on by the GOBA membership.

The photo below is courtesy of the Garrett County Arts Council and shows GOBA President Fred Gregg presenting the award to team members Mikey Virts, Michelle Ross, Bob Carney, Karen Reckner and Frank Shap.
Oakland Renaissance Arts & Entertainment District Application Committee - Spirit of Oakland

Theatre on the Lake starts its season with the Old Red barn New Play Reading Series on June 29th, with the main season beginning on July 5th with the presentation of People at the Edge of Town.

Local writer and “dream consultant” Rose Gordy will present “Dreamscape Poetry’ as part of the 2018 Mountain Maryland Writers Workshop. Her session is scheduled for Friday, July 27th from 11:00am until 12:30pm at Swallow Falls State Park. There are other experts presenting that week as well.

The AAA forecasts that 64% of American families travelling this summer plan to take a road trip.  Of course, the lucky ones will travel to the Deep Creek Lake area.  WalletHub has actually conducted an analysis of the best and worst states to take a road trip. I’ll let you decide if you like their findings and methodology and find out where Maryland lands.

Tuesday June 19

Yesterday was another beautiful day at the lake. Today’s weather will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms likely with a high near 76 and a low around 63. Some rain could be heavy.

Join the Naturalist at 2:00pm today for a walk around the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that use our native plants and learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment.

There’s a rabies clinic this evening at Bittinger Fire Hall from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. You can bring your animal to get vaccinated and they will also have dog and cat licenses available.

The good folks at Cindy’s Fund are hosting their Cancer Support Group for those with cancer or those supporting them this evening at 6:30pm in the Hospital Board Room. It is open to all.

Summer officially starts this week and so does HABco’s summer coworking hours! They’ll now be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays for anyone wanting to use the space to get some work done!

The Garrett County Courthouse was evacuated yesterday morning after a suspicious envelope containing a white powder and a handwritten note was found at about 10:30am. Later, Sherriff Rob Corley said the envelope was not hazardous.

From Town of Oakland: CSX will be closing the Railroad Crossing at Second Street, Monday, June 25 at 7am and it will remain closed through Wednesday, June 27th at 5pm to complete the railroad crossing/tracks repair and replacement.

Did you know that Frederick Douglas, Eleanor Roosevelt and Thurgood Marshall will be in Garrett County on July 5th – 7th?  They will be here courtesy of the Maryland Humanities Council as part of “Chautauqua 2018: Seeking Justice.”  Chautauqua, presented by GLAF at Garrett College, is always a great event and this year should be no exception. was out in the field yesterday – it’s a hard job but someone has to do it! …..but, you could do it, too!


Anthony Istrico shared a few photos of his family having a blast on the water at Deep Creek Lake, too!


Monday June 18

The weather was great this weekend, with a large number of folks out on and around the lake. The weather for today will be mostly sunny with a high near 84 and a low around 69.

In my lake-area travels this weekend, I saw a lot of families and extended families enjoying themselves and celebrating Father’s Day. I hope all of you Dads had a great weekend, as I sure did.

Libraries Rock!  That’s the theme for this Summer’s Reading Club that begins today and runs through August 31st this year at all branches of the Ruth Enlow Library. Stop by your local branch and pick up the reading list.

While at the Oakland branch of the Library this afternoon, you can bring any unwanted papers to Free Shred Day. The library is partnering with Sunrise Shred to offer a free paper-shredding event for the public from 3:00 – 6:00pm.

The Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake is accepting board nominations until June 30th. They have some very specific guidelines that are followed.

Learn some of the history of the early 1700 era farm at the Friends Store today at Sang Run State Park. Meshach Browning was there, Native Americans had an encampment nearby, and the Friend family has quite a significant history in the area.

Don’t forget! The primary election is June 26th, and early voting (Voting Centers open from 10:00am to 8:00pm) ends this Thursday. There are two centers to vote until then: Oakland Community Center and the Northern Outreach Center (in Grantsville).

Join us in welcoming a new advertiser Flipside Sounds! Flipside Sounds will be a new record and accessories shop located in Downtown Oakland with a planned opening in early July: “A music shop to rewind or fast forward into the wonders of vinyl records”. Flipside’s sister business, Sipside Lounge, has an estimated opening in October of this year.

Our water temperature gauge is working! The water temperature at the Northern end of the lake at surface is currently 74 degrees.

There’s just about a week left to sign-up for the Garrett College’s boater safety course on July 7th. There’s pre-work required and this course usually fills up, so if you are interested call 301-387-3069 for more information or to register. Happy boating!

The Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBTC) bus is having some minor mechanical issues but, not to worry, the LBTC activities will still be held bus or no bus! No registration required; just show up with your little ones – the schedule is below:

Friendsville Town Park 9:30-11am
McHenry Apartments 1-2:30pm

Grantsville Senior Center 9:30-11am
Avilton Community Center 1-2:30pm

Bloomington Park 9:30-11am
Kitzmiller School Building 1-2:30pm

Glades Park in Oakland 9:30-11
Loch Lynn Church of God 1-2:30pm

Pleasant Valley Community Center 9:30-11
Crellin Church of the Brethren 1-2:30

Friday June 15, Saturday June 16, Sunday June 17

Yesterday’s weather was wonderful. The weather for this weekend will be mostly SUNNY the entire weekend! Today will have a high near 73 and a low around 49. Saturday will have a high near 77 and a low around 61. Sunday will have a high near 83 and a low around 67.

I went to what was likely the best Chamber Business After Hours event last evening at Trader’s Coffee House. Saw Brenda’s cool new take-out area, had some great conversations with folks and had some amazing food, including my favorite, Brenda’s meatballs!

The Masons appear Friday evening at 8:00pm at Black Bear Tavern in McHenry.

Check out Shakespeare in the Park at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at 7:00pm. The Cumberland Theater will be performing Twelfth Night.

There have been multiple counterfeit $100 bills used at local Oakland businesses recently. The $100 bills do say “For Motion Picture Purposes”, but they look very realistic. If you have any information on these counterfeit bills, please contact the Oakland Police Department at 301.334.2100.100 Dollar Bill Counterfeit Alert

Fish at the lake appear to be transitioning to their summer mode and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has the details and also recommends bait for everything from Bluegills to Walleye.

The Canaan Valley Mountain Bike Festival is being held this weekend. There are a number of components so check out our events listing and then go to their site for details. Garrett County Artist Annie Simcoe designed the festival poster and will have her work displayed at Blackwater Bikes during the festival.

Canaan Mountain Bike Festival Poster

Did you know that the Lodestone Golf Course at Wisp was ranked the “#2 course you can play in Maryland” by GolfWeek Magazine, 2018? They also have stay and play deals. Call 800-462-9477 for details.

The 23rd Annual Walk for Hospice of Garrett County will be held on Sunday at Glades Town Park in Oakland starting at 2:00pm. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Hospice.

Learn about our state’s transportation plan; Every five years, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) develops a 20-year vision for transportation in the state known as the Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP). Comments and questions can be emailed to and all comments received through June 29th will be addressed in the draft plan anticipated in Summer 2018.

Calling for makers! The Civic Club is looking for a few makers for their Antiques, Makers and Collectibles Fair during Autumn Glory – makers of rugs, pottery, re-purposed, cast iron, quilts, wood work and the like. They already have a basket maker and blacksmith joining them. Email for more information.Civic Club Autumn Maker Fair

Thursday June 14

Yesterday was a really nice day. Today’s weather will be sunny with a high near 72 and a low around 51.

Hurry up and get dressed! Why, you ask? So, you can take the guided hike at 10:00am this morning with a naturalist to the historic Brant Mine. The hike begins at the Discovery center and once at the mine site you will see the remnants of a coal mine that was operated in the 1920’s.

Heard that Paul and Naomi Yoder who own the farm next to Heidi’s Bakery & Café (Heidi is their daughter) named their newborn horse after my friend Millie Shilke.  That is a nice honor for a wonderful lady. Thanks folks and I wish Millie the Philly a long and wonderful life just like my friend Millie.

As I write this Wednesday evening, my wife jean is out with some of her friends at their monthly needlework night. Well, you also can enjoy your hobby with some folks today at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

New Germany State Park has some nice programs for kids and adults throughout the second half of June.  And, most of them are free!

School’s out for summer! The Superintendent of Garrett County Schools, Ms. Barbara Baker, has announced Mr. James Maddy will be the new principal of Northern Garrett High School beginning July 1, 2018.

Don’t forget that the Chamber’s Business After Hours is this evening starting at 5:30pm at Trader’s Coffee House (under Brenda’s Pizza). You should be able to pay at the door as a walk-in. I hope they serve Brenda’s famous meatballs, as they are my favorite.

On a more serious subject, there is an Opioid Town Hall Meeting at the Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad from 6:00pm – 8:00pm this evening. My opinion:  I have been very impressed with the response to the Opioid epidemic from our law enforcement professionals, health department and other local organizations. Thanks folks.

I bet you didn’t know this was sea turtle week!  Well it is and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a nice site with some very interesting information and videos for you to visit.

Wednesday June 13

Today’s weather will be scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76 and a a low around 57. Some of the storms tonight could be severe.

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is today at the Pavilion in Oakland from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Here’s a listing of what you can expect to see.

Bear Creek Traders is celebrating the 93rd birthday of Deep Creek Lake with a number of specials throughout the month including souvenirs for $.93.

The Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park has two nice programs scheduled for today. They have “Buzz into Pollination” where attendees can learn about pollination and pollinators at 11:00am. They also have “Aviary Encounters” at 2:00pm where you can meet the center’s raptors, learn about them and even watch them eat.

There’s a “Poetry Corner” at the Ruth Enlow Library’s Accident branch this afternoon from 5:00pm – 6:30pm.

After you learn about bees at the Discovery Center this morning you may want to attend this event in Frostburg in the evening. The Draft Sports Bar and Grill will be hosting Sharon Ryan from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. This paint night is dedicated to raising awareness of several types of bees that have been put on the endangered species list. There is a fee for supplies and food is available for purchase.

Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO) does some really important work state-wide and has worked with entrepreneurs here in Garrett County over the past few years. They just announced a new “partner fund” to provide funding and technical support for entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds. If you are thinking about a tech start-up or know someone that is, check this out.

The Garrett County Health Department has schedules rabies clinics around the county from 5-6 p.m and the cost is $5 for each animal.

Garrett County Sheriff’s Office will be absorbing Animal Control duties. According to Sheriff Rob Corley, the new Animal Control officers will streamline the process because they are also deputized and will handle all of the animal bites, quarantines as well as attacks.

There is FREE Taco Bell nationwide today because the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA playoffs.

There is a boat in the Online Marketplace that has recently been reduced in price.

Tuesday June 12

Yesterday was a drizzly and dreary day. Today’s weather will be cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 68 and a low around 60. A chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight.

You can stop by Sang Run State Park today or any day the Park is open through June 24th for traditional crafts and activities: wood craft, quilt squares, tin punching, corn hole, and more.

There will be a property lot auction today at 12pm; auction to be held at the intersection of Gallatin Drive & Tree Top Way in the Gallatin Woods subdivision.

I spoke to Big Bird and he told me to tell our readers to go see Little Bird. The band, that is. Little Bird is playing at MoonShadow in McHenry this evening at 8:00pm.  Originally from Annapolis, this Indie band now hails from Charleston, SC. and plays a mix of modern R&B and ambient soul.

The Garrett County Arts Council Annual Membership Meeting and Reception will commence this evening beginning at 5:30pm. The evening will include a Friend of the Arts presentation, grant award announcements, and light refreshments. MoonShadow Cafe is hosting. Free for members, $20 fee for guests. Call 301.334.6580 for more information.

Sponsorships and ads for the Little Yough Music Festival are due in to GOBA this Wednesday.  Contact Michelle Ross at 301.334.2691 to learn more or to secure a spot. Wednesday is also the deadline to vote and register for the annual GOBA dinner.

Unfortunately, the 2018 Downtown Jubilee, scheduled for July 6 in downtown Oakland, has been cancelled.

Neighboring Preston County, WV has started a summer school readiness bus; designed to allow children to think outside of the box and grow in knowledge through physical and scholastic activities.

The Dove Center was recently awarded $20,000 to expand and improve their facilities to shelter the pets of their clients on site.

We love Traders Coffee House across the street from TS47. But they can’t top a tasty and authentic espresso made at dawn by an Italian crew member on a RAAM team shared with a TS47 volunteer. Race Across America starts Tuesday and racers and crews from around the world w. We can’t guarantee Italian espresso for volunteers, but the odds are good you’ll have fun and walk away with a story to tell having had a front row seat to this majestic race. To help out – click the SIGN UP button on our FB page and check out available shifts or DM us and we’ll get back to you.

Race Across America (RAAM) is (up to) 12 day solos race and (up to) 9 day relay race across the country on bicycles. Time station 47 is right here in Garrett County (across from Trader’s Coffee House) and riders are expected to pass through from June 20-24. Come out and cheer the racers on and, please, be careful on the roads!

Here’s something a little different: Lunch and Lavender. Garrett College’s Institute of Lifelong Learning (GILL) ‘Lavender Farm Tour’ is slated for this Wednesday, June 13th in Accident.  Anne Davidson will share with the group how to grow and care for the plants and how she dries and produces some of the lavender products such as candles, jams and jellies. It’s lavender bloom season, so you are also invited to pack a picnic lunch. Contact 301.387.3069 for more information.

Here’s something a LOT different for you.  This video is about the Bad Boys Club in Baltimore and how they are using coding to counter the Opioid crisis, which impacts lives all over the USA, even here in bucolic Garrett County.




Monday June 11

Even with the threat of rain, there were lots of people at the lake and boats on the lake this weekend. The weather for today will be showers likely, cloudy, with a high near 61. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Here’s an “action” photo of Lucy our kitty enjoying the great weather Saturday and doing what she does best – hanging out and doing nothing at all.

Lucy the Cat Deep Creek Lake 2018

Went to the GLAF Maryland Symphony Orchestra “Space” concert at Wisp Saturday evening. Performance was wonderful and my wife and I also got to house a few of the musicians overnight. Great people with tremendous talent.  Can’t wait until next year!

Kids seven and older can join a naturalist on the shores of the Discovery Center for fishing basics. Poles, bait, and tackle are provided. $4/person, adults (16+ must have a license). Pre-registration is required as space is limited.  Call this morning if interested to see if there is still room.

The Grantsville Library will host Daisy Beiler Townsend, former resident of Grantsville and author of Sarah’s Legacy, a work of historical Christian fiction set in Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, on Monday 3:00pm – 7:30pm.

WoodmenLife Chapter 11 is sponsporing a food drive to support the food pantry through the Mountain Laurel Medical Center. A collection bin will be in place at the Oakland Shop N Save store (old Browning’s Foodland) from June 4th – 16th, and is open to public donations.

Tom and Sara Jane Kuhn from Funland Family Fun Center announced as the 2018 Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit award. Their business, Funland Family Fun Center, opened in 1971.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Monty Pagenhardt and wife Nancy as their home was destroyed by fire last week.

First United Bank has an interesting new checking account solution. For a small monthly or discounted annual membership fee, both of the “YouFirst powered by BaZing” subscription accounts will offer simplified banking solutions and have exclusive access to valuable coupons for local and national retail stores.

A 20,000-square-foot shell building will be constructed at the McHenry Business Park in partnership with the Maryland Economic Development Corp. and the Department of Commerce. “We’re contributing the land for the building,” Commissioner Jim Hinebaugh said. “So, it’s an attempt on our part to try to get some activity going in the McHenry Business Park.”

Garrett County/Deep Creek Lake have seen record increases in tourism during fiscal year 2018 with a 6.3% increase in county accommodations sales, a 12.2% increase in “heads on beds,” a 3.9% increase in admissions/amusement collections and a 5.5% increase in tourism sales tax revenues.

We have some really talented photographers among our readers, so here’s a reminder that the Department of Natural Resources photo contest is now open and accepting entries through August.  And, keep your submissions to Deep Creek Times coming as well.  We love to see and share your work!

Need a headshot for marketing material, or just want a nice one for your Facebook or LinkedIn account?  HABco on Friendsville Road is hosting a headshot photo event on Tuesday evening for just $25.

The Ruth Enlow Library invites adults to participate in their system-wide Adult Summer Reading Club running from June 18th – August 31st. Designed to be easy for adults to participate, you can sign up at your local branch and also receive a copy of the reading log free.