Tuesday July 31

The weather today will be mostly cloudy during the day with showers and thunderstorms expected mainly after 4pm. A high near 71 and a low around 65. Southeast wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

94-year-old Neil Wolfe remains missing from Loch Lynn Heights, Maryland. Mr. Wolfe was last seen Thursday evening at Browning’s Shop ‘n Save and could be driving a light gray 2008 Chevrolet Impala. If you have any information or have seen him, please call 911.

Congratulations to Emma Rush as she was recently crowned the Garrett County Farm Queen!

The fair continues today with admission only $10 for all rides, attractions and entertainment:

Exhibit Barns open 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Senior Citizen’s Day- FREE Admission with proof of age (60&up until 5pm; seniors ride free until 5pm)

Senior Citizen’s Activity

Pet Show

Adult Breeding Goat, 4-H & FFA Breeding Goat
Show Ring

Rides Open

Ag Play Area Open

4-H Robotics Challenge
Outdoor Stage

Goat – 4-H & FFA Showmanship
Show Ring

Still Kickin’ Cloggers
Ag Heritage Hall

4-H & FFA Market Goat Show
Show Ring

Race Track

SURRENDER DOROTHY – Musical Entertainment
Ag Heritage Hall

*from the Garrett County Agriculture Fair schedule and subject to change

Check it out: Railey Realty just posted their blog on the Top Things to Do In August in Deep Creek Lake.

Coming up on August 5 to 11, 2018 is the 5th annual Maryland Trek to benefit Just In Power Kids, Inc. This 7 day, 329 mile journey across Maryland is a combination of hiking marathon distance plus biking each day and begins at Wisp Resort. This trek is on track to raise $50,000 for kids healing from cancer. You can join in for some or all of the journey or donate – more information can be found here on the Maryland Trek website.

High Country Creamery recently earned high honors at the American Cheese Society Competition in Pittsburgh, PA. Earning 2nd Place was “Trailhead” a Green Peppercorn Cheddar and winning 1st Place was “Sparky’s Fury” a Hot Pepper Cheddar.

Overall, the state of Maryland came in 8th place in a recent WalletHub study on the states with the best schools.

A big congratulations to 8-year old Lily and her lamb Lightning: winning Grand Champion Showman and Grand Champion Market Lamb at the Garrett County Fair!Grand Champion Market Lamb Grand Champion Showman Lily Zimmerman

Monday July 30

The weather today will be a day of showers and thunderstorms likely: high near 71 and a low around 63.

The Garrett County Agriculture Fair is happening today — $10 admission includes rides, entertainment and track events:

Exhibit Barns open 10:00am – 10:00pm

4-H and FFA Livestock Skill-A-Thon

Rides Open

Adult Breeding Sheep, 4-H & FFA Breeding Sheep
Show Ring

4-H, FFA Sheep Showmanship
Show Ring

Custom Car Show
Upper Parking Lot

Horsemanship Contest
Horse Barn

4-H Fashion Review
Outdoor Stage

4-H & FFA Market Lamb Show
Show Ring

Rick K and the All Nighters – Musical Entertainment
Ag Heritage Hall

Cow Patty Bingo
Show Ring

*from the Garrett County Agriculture Fair schedule and subject to change

Could your organization use a mini-grant? The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is holding an overview of the mini-grant program via webinar today at 3:00pm. Learn about successful past projects and the application procedures for your own potential mini-grant. Contact Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Director at 301-387-5238 to register.

The inaugural Barrel Ba$h will be held tonight (and tomorrow) at the Garrett County Fairgrounds track (horse barrel racing). Pre-entry has been waived – riders may register up to two hours before the event. $500 dollars added each night and $100 to the fastest time. Entry fee $35 dollars per class.

Maryland State Arts Council’s folklife program, Maryland Traditions, recognizes outstanding stewardship of Maryland’s living traditions. Each year, three awards are made in the categories of person/people, place and tradition. Nominations are due TODAY Monday, July 30.

An interesting tidbit here is that the Maryland Traditions awards were created in 2007 and were then called the “Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts (ALTA) Awards,” named in honor of folklorist and Garrett County community leader Dr. Alta Schrock (1911-2001).

The students who recently earned their GED or workforce program certificate through Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development were recently honored and celebrated at a graduation ceremony. Congrats grads!

Are you going to the fair? Contact us if you’d like to report for the wDCT.live program!

Friday July 27, Saturday July 28, Sunday July 29

This weekend’s weather will be showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon and evening with a high near 74 and a low around 59. Saturday will be mostly sunny  with a high near 74 and a low around 56. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers after noon with a high near 74 and a low around 60.

The Loch Lynn railroad track crossing is now open for traffic!

The first pop-up farmer’s market of the season in McHenry will be held this evening from 4:00pm- 7:00pm and Saturday from 2:00pm-6:00pm near Slopeside Market. The address is7825 Sang Run Road, McHenry 21541 if you need your GPS.

Fair Week officially starts tomorrow!! Want to enter something in the fair? Check out the Premium Book for details — page 57 discusses the Agriculture categories, page  77 begins the home arts details, and page 187 is the school arts information (to name a few). Indoor exhibits are entered Saturday, July 28th from 10am-4pm and market animals and horses are entered Sunday, July 29th from 9am-4pm.

The Art Tour Open House event is this weekend – sponsored by the Garrett County Arts Council, there are over 10 artists opening their studios for visits this weekend from 10am-4pm both Saturday and Sunday.

The Thomas Pandolfi concert will be this Sunday at Wisp Resort (and there are still tickets available). But, today is the last day to make your reservations for an exclusive a pre-concert reception at Lake Pointe Inn. Thomas and Clara Pandolfi will join for wine and hors’dourves on the lake front patio from 4:00-5:30. For more details, contact GLAF at 301.387.3082 or glaf@artsandentertainment.org.

Check out our What’s New Around Town page — there is a new building at the Mountain Fresh Farmer’s Market and a new coal car has been delivered to the B&0 Railroad Station.

On Tuesday July 31 at 10:00am, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation & Brookfield Renewable will be announcing a public/private partnership to work to prevent the invasive zebra mussels from entering Deep Creek Lake.

Recently, 25 pieces of Asa Stanton original work were restored thanks to funding provided by the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area. Throughout his life, Asa was often referred to as “Garrett County’s Artist in Residence”.

According to Tri-State News, Megan Shaffer was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Shaffer was found guilty in March of this year and sentenced yesterday in Garrett County for the January 4, 2017 death of Alexander Stevens. She is also listed as a defendant in a suit filed by Stevens’ father to stop Shaffer from receiving about $188,000 as beneficiary of an Alexander Stevens’ investment account. The date for that trial is August 24th.

Nearby West Virginia University has been selected as first site to launch an innovative clinical trial for Alzheimer’s research. Ali Rezai, M.D., director of the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, will lead the initiative in collaboration an Israel-based medical technology company.


Laughing at Deep Creek Lake, MD


Thursday July 26

Good Morning!

Mike is on vacation for the next few days, so I (Sarah) will be taking over the note writing…. ENJOY! 😊

Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 78 and a low around 64.

The local State Parks each have several pretty cool-sounding activities happening today:

Join the naturalist at Sang Run State Park to learn how you can grow and harvest veggies in a small space from 11:00am-1:00pm. Meet our friend Smokey the Bear at the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center; from 1:00-3:00pm. And/or, play a fun-filled game of Tree Jeopardy at Herrington Manor State Park beginning at 6:30pm.

Take the whole family to Downtown Oakland this evening for the Pocket Park movie beginning at 8:00pm. Tonight’s movie is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sponsored by Rob Michael – State Farm Insurance.

There is a new Garrett Grower’s Cooperative Farmer’s Market that will be held weekly in McHenry! The market will be set up on Friday’s from 4:30 to 7:00pm and Saturday’s from 11:00am to 5:00pm at High Mountain Sports next to Slopeside Market.

The proposed science curriculum textbook series for Garrett County Public School grades Kindergarten through 5th is available for review and feedback by the public. The series is available at Central Office on the first floor and at Northern Garrett High School through August 10, 2018.

Oakland water and sewer improvements will begin on Monday, July 30, 2018. There will be work on the sewer collector system on Second Street between the railroad crossing and Center Street in the, mostly, evening hours. Daytime construction work will also be occurring in the North Fourth Street and Memorial Drive areas with water line improvements near the hospital area. Additionally, there will be water line improvements in the Country Club Acres area and the Oakland and Broadford Water Plants.

We’re still hanging onto Summer! The next Boater’s Safety course will be held at Garrett College on Saturday, August 4th from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Be sure to call the college at 301-387-3069 sooner than later as there is some prework that needs to be completed.

There is a Wellness Retreat coming up at Haley Farm — it looks like a great way to spend a few days to get your health back on track! All meals and fitness classes are included.

We are getting excited for the Garrett County Agricultural Fair July 28 – August 4! Here’s what you need to know:

2018 Garrett County Agriculture Fair Info Sheet


Wednesday July 25

The weather for today will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm; a high near 69 a low around 62.

Julie Iden, Children’s Specialist at the Ruth Enlow Library will be presenting Libraries Rock…Pete the Cat. Join them for stories, activities, and crafts based on the popular Pete the Cat children’s books series written by James Dean. The event is this morning from 10:30am – 11:30am at the Oakland branch.

There’s other Reading Club events at the Accident and Friendsville branches today as well as a Libraries Rock – Geodes and Fossils session from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in Friendsville

Don’t forget to visit the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market today from 10:00am – 1:00pm for a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables along with other locally made foods and craft items. We have heard they have dealt with the traffic “flow” issues they were facing.

How do you like your tomatoes? With salt, pepper? Mayo, Miracle Whip? Peanut Butter? The Market is asking!

Market Fresh Tomatoes

There are free hay rides today at Sang Run State Park from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

The Greene Turtle is holding Psychic Paint Night this evening from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Come down to the Greene Turtle in McHenry and find out your fortune or who may be coming through to you from the other side. Yikes. The price includes everything needed to paint and psychic readings! And, of course, there’s great Turtle food, too.

The Stage Wisp Concert Series is hosting a free concert on the lawn this evening from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. The concert features Optimus Riff.

We are thrilled to announce a new contest! The Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Challenge is a fun, friendly competition to recognize and celebrate all that makes the Deep Creek Lake area special and memorable! Join us in nominating and voting for Deep Creek’s favorite services, experiences, products and professionals!

Nominate Your Favorites Now

Finally, here’s a video of our newest wDCT.live reporter, my grandson Andy, making his first report from the field.  Other than trying to eat the microphone, I think he did a great job!

Tuesday July 24

Yesterday was interesting with clouds and pockets of rain in a few areas but overall a very nice day. The weather for today will be a chance of showers with thunderstorms likely after 1pm. The high temperature near 70 and the low temperature around 63; winds can gust as high as 21 mph.

First United Bank and Trust will be holding a Blood Drive at their Operations Center in Oakland today in conference rooms one and two from 9:30am – 3:00pm. This drive is open to employees as well as the general public. You can register at www.redcrossblood.org by entering FirstUnitedOakland to schedule an appointment.

Just heard that the Mountain Maryland Writers’ Institute at Garrett College has been cancelled.  It was scheduled to run from Thursday – Sunday at a variety of locations in the county. That’s a shame as it was a really strong program.

The Science Room at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek State Park is open all day today for fun activities geared to exploration, learning and fun.  The Discovery Center is a nice place to visit on a rainy day or any day.

Don’t forget that the nomination forms for Garrett County’s Most Beautiful Person are still available online.  Anyone can nominate an exceptional volunteer in the county that deserves recognition through August 24th.

A recent reader pointed out that we had only shared the unofficial primary election results thus far so here is a link to the 2018 official results — the key contested race was for District 3 Commissioner: Fred Fox had 828 votes, Bob Gatto had 1,221 votes and Jim Hinebaugh won with 1,302 votes (a margin of 81).

Here’s a link to late July and early August events at New Germany State Park. NGSP and our other parks are a wonderful asset for our community.

Speaking of state parks, here’s a listing we just received for activities at Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls State Parks for activities later in the week. Some nice activities for the whole family:

Herrington Manor State Park Events

Monday July 23

The weekend was another nice one, with just some sparse showers on Sunday. Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms; a high near 75 and a low around 66.

There’s a lecture this morning at the Ruth Enlow Library titled “Civility Today” by Daniel Buccino, co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Initiative in 1998 and currently its director.

Delusional Dissonance, featuring the artwork of Jennifer Lynne Ziemann and Syprian Harvey is at the Saville Gallery in Cumberland until August 11th.

Speaking of the arts in Cumberland, Yumi Hogan, Maryland’s First Lady will be featured in an exhibit and a special reception at the Gilchrist Museum in Cumberland starting this afternoon at 4:30pm. Arts “Nature’s Harmony: East and West” will be held featuring the paintings of Yumi Hogan, Mark Nicolas and art from the Janice Gilmore Youth Scholarship workshop.

As a cofounder (Mike) of the Mountain Maryland Tech Network, I can tell you that there are a lot more “techies” in Western Maryland than you might think and there’s a program this Tuesday in Hagerstown on SBIR and STTR tech funding.  Good stuff if you own/manage a technology business or are thinking of a start-up.

Here’s a link to an interesting piece by Steven Doctor, Ocean City area fish biologist. It deals with salt water fish mysteries but I thought readers might find it interesting.  I wonder if DNR ever encounters any “surprise” species here in or around the lake?

Talking about (mostly) saltwater species, here’s your reminder that it’s Shark Week! A very popular week-long series of shark-themed programming on the Discovery Channel in its 30th year!

Welcome to D&H Paving as a new DCT advertiser — this family-owned business serves Maryland, Northern Virginia, West Virginia, and Southern Pennsylvania with paving, grading, resurfacing, seal coating, asphalt, hot tar, or excavation services.

Music at Penn Alps will present Ismar Gomes and Wan-Chi Su playing cello and piano, respectively, July 28th in the Great Hall at Spruce Forest in Grantsville at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 (age 19 and under are free) and may be purchased at MusicAtPennAlps.org at the door, or at the gift shop.

Check out our Online Marketplace … you can find a deal on a newly listed Wave Runner with low hours.

Follow us on Instagram, too @deepcreektimes! Here’s some recently tagged photos from the area … we love #lakelife!

Deep Creek Times Instagram Grid

Friday July 20, Saturday July 21, Sunday July 22

Yesterday was just about perfect weather wise – sunny and not too hot. The weather for the weekend will be mostly sunny, today, with a high near 76 and a low around 64. Saturday and Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Saturday’s high near 68 and low around 62. Sunday’s high near 72 and low around 62.

Well, its not every day that you get to meet an owl up-close and personal, but you can today! You get to meet an owl and then create your own, while learning “owl secrets and facts” at the Discovery center at 11:00am.

Tomorrow will be an event downtown Oakland to unveil a plaque honoring Marilyn Moors.

The 19th Annual Tri-state Relief Sale is taking place at the fairgrounds Friday afternoon and Saturday. This is something different where you can experience local food, a silent auction, a cruise-In, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

Theatre on the Lake is presenting Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” at the Barn at Ridgeview Valley this Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm.

MoonShadow is hosting live music every day this weekend, with Union Sound Treaty on Friday, Paul Burger on Saturday and Jason McDonald on Sunday. For you late-nighters, you can check out DJ Everline at the Black Bear Tavern starting at 10:00pm Friday evening.

Music at Penn Alps is pleased to present the Gerdan Trio Saturday in the Great Hall at Spruce Forest at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 (19 and under are free) and may be purchased at http://MusicAtPennAlps.org, at the door, or at the gift shop.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Harvey Winters Drive, at the intersection of Memorial Drive, will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, July 23 and 24, 2018, in order to complete culvert installation. The roadway will be re-opened daily at 4 PM

Bubba’s Wings in Oakland announced that September 22 will be their last day open for business due to changes with their building’s ownership.

Discount Duo Retail Store in Oakland just received a shipment of Victoria’s Secret PINK lotions and clothing. They mentioned it should all be put out by this weekend!

I know many of our readers like to stay informed relative to our natural habitat, so this one is for you:  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) are jointly proposing revisions to regulations that implement portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and there will be a public comment period.

A reminder: The CSX Railroad tracks in Loch Lynn will be closed from July 23rd to July 28th.

Finally, I have a question for our readers: Are you summer savvy?  Take this short survey from Erie Insurance to find out, or at least get you thinking about summer safety.

Have a great and safe weekend…

katiejdamann shared this pic of Gordon and Steve playing at Mountain State Brewing Co:https://www.instagram.com/katiejdamann/


Thursday July 19

Today’s weather will be sunny with a high near 78 and a low around 59.

Team Trivia is on this evening at the Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry starting at 6:30pm.

It’s Open Mic Night at Our Town Theatre in Oakland this evening starting at 7:00pm. It is open mic for any performance you wish to give including singing, poetry, music, comedy, etc. Give it a try as a performer or member of the audience.

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area’s Mini Grant Program is now accepting applications for dollar-for-dollar matching grants up to $2,000. Projects should seek to attract cultural and heritage tourists to the region, with non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions eligible.

A Touch of Class Limousine is offering some hot summer deals including discounts, packages and free hours. Check out their site for more information and their contact number. It’s OK to splurge once in a while

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will be performing on July 29th, at 6:00pm at the Wisp Resort.  Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) is bringing Mr. Pandolfi back by popular demand to present “Burt, Barry, and Beyond: The Music of Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow.”  I heard him play the last time he was here and he is VERY good.

WalletHub just did an analysis of the most- and least- stressed cities in America. The good news is that Garrett County didn’t and wouldn’t make the most-stressed list even if we had some big cities. The bad news is some regional cities, some where our readers reside, did make the list.  The really good news is you can keep coming to the Deep Creek Lake area to decompress whenever you need to!

The Civic Club of Oakland is looking for the back story on this quilt project. This quilt and several quilt blocks were found in an closet; kept there since about 1993. Does anyone know the story?

Civic Club of Oakland Quilt

Wednesday July 18

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

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is open in downtown Oakland today from 10:00am – 1:00pm. They have lots of fresh offerings for all tastes.

Speaking of downtown Oakland, there has been a request for feedback on a proposed design for the 2nd Street entrance to the town parking lot (below). If you are not familiar, this design is in an effort to “improve the parking lot experience … (and) smooth traffic and pedestrian flow…for safety and efficiency.” Any comments or opinions can be added to the original Facebook post or emailed to us for anonymous sharing with the designer.

Mark Stutzman Proposed Pedestrian Entrance

Lots of programs for kids today at the various branches of the Ruth Enlow Library, starting at 10:30am. There’s also an adult coloring club starting at 5:00pm in Accident.

Congratulations to Bob Carney, sales manager at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, as he just received his Real Estate Broker license. Way to go Bob!

I think the Greene Turtle is hosting Team Trivia all day today, but I could not find it on any of their sites, so give them a call to confirm.

The Garrett College Athletics department will be hosting an upcoming golf tournament fundraiser on Sunday, August 12th, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Fantasy Valley Golf Club at Wisp Resort in McHenry.  The tournament will be a four-person scramble.

The Stage Wisp Concert Series continues this evening with the Eli Cook Band from 6:30pm – 9:30pm on the lawn at Wisp. The concert is free, with food and drink available for purchase. Bring the family and a lawn chair.

Here’s a photo of Wisp Resort from way back when. Things sure have changed:

Wisp Resort in Deep Creek Lake, MD

Tuesday July 17

Yesterday was relatively warm and a nice day.  Today will be scattered showers and possibly a thunderstorm: high near 75 and a low around 56.

There’s a Tree Identification Hike this morning at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park starting at 9:30am.

The Friends of Deep Creek lake just issued a “Words of Wisdom” update. It reads a “bit choppy” (water-related pun intended) but some interesting “stuff” included.

The Ruth Enlow Library in Oakland is holding their Summer Reading Club for children six years of age and older today from 10:30am – 11:30am at the Oakland branch. Music Educator Laura Dahlen will be presenting “Libraries Rock…Music Camp” with a sign-along, games, and crafts.

Don’t forget that Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry has a dog friendly back patio.  You can take Fido with you for a beer and flatbread next time. Arf!

Cindy’s Fund will be sponsoring a Cancer Support Group meeting this evening from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the Garrett Regional Medical Center’s board room in Oakland.  This meeting is open to people with cancer, caregivers and family/friends of all ages.

What’s for dinner? Here’s a brief but good piece on cooking in the great outdoors from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The Banana Boat sounds good!

As the news of a 26-year old local man’s drowning is released this morning, we are all reminded to PLEASE be mindful of water safety this summer. Although we don’t know many details from this incident over the weekend, it WAS NOT at Deep Creek Lake, but in neighboring Preston County, West Virginia.

Not to end on a bad note but the Maryland Natural Resources Police share that, so far this year, 12 people have died in boating accidents across Maryland, three more than all of last year. In this case, eleven of the victims were not wearing life jackets. Here is where we stood numerically on July 17 (final total for the year in parenthesis):

2013…..6 victims (14)
2014…..7 victims (12)
2015…..9 victims (21)
2016…..6 victims (17)
2017…..4 victims (9)
2018…..12 victims (?)

Please #WearItWearIt Maryland
Please enjoy the wonderful summer weather and sparkling lake but be mindful of water safety! Have a great day!

Monday July 16

Really nice weekend, with some scattered showers Sunday afternoon. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny with a high near 81 until after 1pm with a chance of showers and thunderstorms and a low around 67.

The Garrett Arts Council put on another nice Art in the Park show this weekend.  There was more than art in the park, however, as this photo of the Discovery Center booth shows: owls, snakes and turtles were there as well as well as a lot of folks interested in meeting the critters.

Discovery Center Art in the Park

Check out the Friends Store at Sang Run State Park all day today to learn about the area’s history.

There’s more to do at the lake than swim and boat. The Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park has two programs today. Fishing with the Naturalist at 10:00am and Aquatic Adventures at 2:00pm.

There’s an Orienteering Course at the Herrington Manor State Park ranger station today starting at 11:00am.  There’s some other programs in the afternoon if you or the family are looking for a nice experience combined with some learning.  Give them a call to verify – 301-334-9180

The Board of Trustees of the Ruth Enlow Library will meet today from 5:00pm – 7:30pm at the Oakland library. The public is invited to attend.

If you are “into” science and fishing, you may find this brief article interesting. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently undertook a study of early “fishing habitat” maps from the 1920’s – present for the coast of Alaska and found some surprising similarities between those early efforts and those done recently with far more sophisticated technologies.

A quick reminder to check out Sarah’s Cover Story article on her experiences biking in the Gran Fondo ride in Garrett County. Many do not realize that Garrett County holds two world-class races every year: Gran Fondo and Savage Man.

Our congratulations to world champion France on their World Cup victory over Croatia yesterday.  Viva la France!

Lastly- enjoy the cute faces of the pet photos that were shared with us! And, we’d like to give a special $25 gift card to Lucy C. and her mom Jannie for entering our contest!

Friday July 13, Saturday July 14, Sunday July 15

Yesterday was another great day at the lake. The entire weekend looks to be mostly sunny! The high temperature will be in the upper 70s and the low temperature will be in low to mid-60s.

I hope you do not suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia!  Click the link to a web site in Norway to find out what it is and have a wonderful day at the Lake or wishing you were here.

The Science Room at the Discovery Center is open all day Friday.  If you and the kids or grandkids get too hot or just like nature and science stop on over.

The Plate Scrapers are performing at MoonShadow this evening at 8:00pm.

Jean and I try to get to Art in the Park every year at Deep Creek Lake State Park and we are never disappointed. It is back this Saturday and Sunday with over 50 vendors offering fine art work and quality crafts.

Pre-employment testing for Deputy Sheriff and Correctional Officer with Garrett County Sheriff’s Department will be Saturday morning.

You can visit the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in Oakland Saturday from 10:00am – 1:00pm to get fresh fruits, vegetables and other goodies.

Don’t be a chicken. The Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department is holding their annual chicken BBQ Saturday from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. This dinner will also support lifetime member and Chaplain Leon Beitzel who was recently diagnosed with cancer: 50% of the proceeds from the event will be donated back to the family.

Michelle Anne Fincham will perform a free dinnertime show at Mountain State Brewing Company from 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturday.

Trial by Fire is performing at Black Bear Tavern Saturday evening from 10:00pm – 1:00am.

Garrett County Schools will receive $1 million over the next three years as part of the federal Striving Reader Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant. This grant is awarded by the Maryland State Department of Education to school districts who designed a literacy plan that would advance literacy skills, including pre-literacy skills, reading and writing.

Don’t forget that Jasper Riley Road in Pleasant Valley will be closed beginning on Monday, July 16th and will continue until the bridge project completion.

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners will be holding their next meeting at the Swanton Community Center at 6:00pm on July 17th.

Thank you for sending all of the pet photos! And, the winner is…. drumroll, please……

🏆 Tanner Thomas 🏆

Tanner Thomas

He was the only pet that wasn’t a dog sent to us…. And, look, he doesn’t even care. Typical cat. (sent in by gthomas33)

We will share everyone’s pet photo on Monday and put the submissions in for a random prize drawing just for playing with us!

Our newest wDCT.live correspondent Aana has been busy… she first was reporting from the Stage Wisp concert and, now, she is having fun on the Lake! Thanks to Aana and  her sister Jessica!

Thursday July 12

Yesterday turned into a really nice day at the lake. Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 76 and a low around 59.

The jury is still out on the pet contest winners … if you forgot to send us a pic of your pet, get it in as soon as possible and we will feature the winner tomorrow!

The movie Despicable Me 3 is playing for free at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in downtown Oakland this evening starting at 8:00pm.

DJ Dubya will be running Karaoke night at Black Bear Tavern this evening from 7:00pm – 11:00pm or Check out Little Bird, performing at MoonShadow this evening starting at 8:00pm.

Here’s two photos from the recent Flipside Sounds vinyl store grand opening:

Flipside Sounds Grand Opening in Oakland, MD

Flipside Sounds in Oakland, MD - from Garrett Chamber






Take a minute to read Sarah’s recent editorial cover story about participating in the Garrett County Gran Fondo a few weeks ago.

We have decided that we will begin an email newsletter called “Keeping Up with the Times” to be mailed out about once a week. The email will be short but will contain a summary of news and events and occassional special offers. If you’re interested, please sign-up.

VetNow, a collection of resources for veterans, is now available to website users of Western Maryland libraries. The free online service offers live tutoring and job coaching, along with test prep help, resume templates, interview tips and more. Library users can find the VetNow link on the databases page of the Ruth Enlow library website:  https://www.relib.net/?q=databases#V​ . They will be asked to create a free login.

Volunteers from the Washington, D.C. Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, devoted much of June 20th to pulling invasive species from the forest as part of their summer camp.  They pulled over 700 pounds of the invasive plants that day! Thanks for helping our local bio-diversity.

The 2018 Garrett County’s Most Beautiful Person contest is now accepting nominations through August 24th. The contest is for those who have enriched the lives of our citizens through volunteer acts of kindness and concern and is awarded by the County Commissioners. Nomination forms are available at www.garrettcounty.org  or by calling Carol A. Riley-Alexander at 301.334.8970.

Music at Penn Alps is presenting pianists Susan Zoller and Michael Lundien as part of their Young Artists selection of 2018. The two will be performing this Saturday at 7:30pm.

I know, I know, you were dying to read something about how to be a good septic system owner.  So here are some tips direct from the EPA:

  • Have your system inspected every three years
  • Have your tank pumped when necessary, generally every three – five years
  • Avoid pouring harsh products (e.g., oils, grease, paint) down the drain
  • Discard non-degradable products (e.g., floss, cat litter) in the trash, not the drain
  • Keep cars and heavy vehicles parked away from the drain field and tank
  • Follow the manufacturer’s directions when using septic cleaners and additives
  • Repair leaks and use water efficient fixtures to avoid system overload
  • Maintain vegetation near the system to ensure roots do not block drains
  • Use soaps and detergents that are low-suds, biodegradable and phosphate-free
  • Prevent system freezing during cold weather by insulating vulnerable system parts

Well there you go and now you know!

Lastly, here’s a recent wDCT.live report from last evening:

Wednesday July 11

The weather yesterday was very nice. I saw a couple sitting lakeside drinking a few Summer Shandy’s… they said it was perfect! Today’s weather will be mostly sunny (after some fog burns off) with a high near 76 and a low around 57.

Good turnout at yesterday’s State of the County Business Before Hours Chamber meeting. The commissioners gave a nice update, stressing accomplishments centered around relationship building, infrastructure development, education and services.  They also stressed the 2019 budget of $80 million was developed without an increase in taxes

State of Garrett County - July 2018

The Summer Reading Club for Children at the Ruth Enlow Library’s Accident branch takes place today from 11:00am – Noon. All ages are welcome as you learn to make your own instruments.

Ouch!  The Baltimore Sun reports that due to the rainy weather in late Spring and early Summer, mosquitos are at three times the “average” number in the state of Maryland.

Hay there esteemed readers! There will be free hayrides available at Sang Run State Park today from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Here’s something different. Haley’s Farm has a Line and Wine session at the farm today starting at 6:00pm.  The dancing will be led by a seasoned line dancer and it is BYOB.  If I know Haley and her mom, this will be fun, informative and healthy!

The Stage Wisp Concert Series continues this evening on the Wisp lawn from 6:30pm -9:00pm with the Jakobs Ferry Stragglers.

Did you know that today is All American Pet Photo Day? Well, it is, and in honor of our pets, send us a photo of your pet – dog, cat, turtle, fish whatever – and we will run them all by our esteemed panel of Nobel Laureates, choose a winning photo, and print the winning photo in a future column of Daily Notes. Doesn’t your pet deserve to be famous?  

Check out Team Trivia at the McHenry Greene Turtle this evening from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. I didn’t see this week’s Trivia on the site, so give them a call to confirm.

Cheyenne Biser, 2018 graduate of Southern Garrett High School, just took home the gold medal for First Aid/CPR at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Congrats Cheyenne!

Cheyenne Biser SkillsUSA Gold CPR-First Aid

Readers please note: On July 23rd, the CSX Railroad tracks in Loch Lynn will be closed until July 28th.