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 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:​ . 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  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 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.

Tuesday July 10

We wanted to share this July 4th photo submitted by Ed Blum — note the lightning strike in the background. Nicely done Ed!

Ed B Deep Creek Lake, MD Fireworks

Yesterday was a wonderful day at the lake.  Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1pm with a low around 60.

Spent a long weekend in Kentucky with high humidity and the temperature in the mid-90’s and the “cooler” air at the lake was really appreciated when we got home. It is warm and sunny but we are not “baking” here. I love this place!

Wow, this is the ultimate, man! Frisbee that is. The good people at the Discovery Center are holding a non-competitive, pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee this morning at 9:30am.  All ages invited and it is free.

Shepherd of the Hills is holding their monthly Life After Forty-Five (LAFF) dinner at Ace’s Run this evening at 6:00pm. It is Dutch treat and all are invited.

Grantsville Opioid Town Hall meeting is this evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the volunteer fire department.  The meeting is a collaboration between the Garrett County Health Department and Community Action to bring the community together for an open conversation about how drugs are affecting the community and what can be done to help this issue. Important work from two great organizations that do so much to help our community.

I am going to the Chamber’s Business Before Hours event this morning (Commissioners’ Annual State of the County) and will report back on any key findings in tomorrow’s Daily Notes. Also: there is a Business After Hours this Thursday starting at 5:30pm at The White Barn at Lucas Farm.

The Deep Creek Lake Lions Club is looking for high school students to volunteer for the Blind Camper Program, July 16th – 19th at the State Park. Volunteers will have a great time and receive service hours as a sighted guide to campers while tubing, going to Funland, etc.

Deep Creek Lake Lion's Club Blind Camper Program

Monday July 9

The weather for today will be sunny! A high near 78 and a low around 61. West wind 3 to 5 mph.

The Discovery Center has two nice aquatic events today: at 10:00am they have “Fishing with a Naturalist” and at 2:00pm they have “Aquatic Adventures” where participants get to observe underwater life at the dock.

There’s a Super Street Fighter Turbo Tournament (And no, did not make that name up) at the Ruth Enlow Library today from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

A Grand Opening was held over the weekend for Flipside Sounds; a new record store in downtown Oakland. We saw several folks enjoying pretty awesome vinyl finds!

Don’t forget to register for the Chamber’s Business Before Hours State of the County 2018 session with the County Commissioners at 8:00am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. It’s at the Wisp from 8:00am – 9:30am.

The United Way of Garrett County as arranged to have photographs taken for local advertising at 10am on Wednesday, July 11. Anyone (of any age) who participates will receive a free United Way t-shirt — which they will be asked to wear for the photos. Email us if you are interested in participating!

There is a new “In Search of” or ISO post in our Online Marketplace. A woman is looking for a long-term rental; preferably waterfront in the Deep Creek Lake area. Click through for more details.

Please welcome our newest advertiser, Haley Farm Inn and Retreat Center! A quaint inn where you can reconnect with nature…. There will be a Line & Wine dancing event coming up at Haley Farm this Wednesday.

What a great weekend! This little puppers, Andi, sure was enjoying it! (special thanks to Shane G. for sharing)

Andi Enjoying Deep Creek Lake, MD from Shane G.


Friday July 6, Saturday July 7, Sunday July 8

Today – showers early then partly sunny. A high near 74 and a low around 53. The weekend will be sunny, with a high near 70 and a low around 53 on Saturday and a high near 74 and a low around 57 on Sunday.

Bring the family to Sang Run State Park Friday at 11:00am to walk the scenic grounds and learn about the wildflowers that paint the landscape every color in the rainbow.

Where can you have a burger and listen to a Burger at the same time? Friday night from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. That’s when Paul Burger will be performing at the Black Bear Tavern in McHenry.

The 2018 Chautauqua living history presentation “Seeking Justice,” continues Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm at Garrett College.  This event, hosted by Garrett Lakes Arts Festival and produced by Maryland Humanities, will feature three important historical figures, one each day through July 7th.  Friday’s “speaker” will be Eleanor Roosevelt and Saturday’s speaker will be Thurgood Marshall.

Giddy-up.  If you and the family like rodeos or just want to experience something different, take note that the rodeo is in town Friday and Saturday this weekend at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. Did I say Giddy-up?

Don’t forget to visit the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market on Saturday from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Downtown Oakland Pavilion. Everything is locally produced and includes fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs and meats, baked goods, jams and jellies, and crafts and gifts.

Observation: The new lower-level pizza take-out at Brenda’s Pizzeria is a winner, as are the sandwiches and wholesome foods at the Harvest Moon Market at the Fort in McHenry.  Try Harvest Moon’s “Rachel” turkey sandwich. Yummy!

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced $110,543 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to Garrett College. This investment will provide $60,543 for the College to purchase state-of-the-art STEM equipment and $50,000 to improve internet access and IT infrastructure.

You can get a sign to mark your roadside Milkweed (for a donation) at the Deep Creek Discovery Center! In partnership with the County Roads Dept, these signs help identify Milkweed patches and will prevent mowing. The funds raised through this program go to providing Monarch tags to all of our local schools.

No Mow Milkweed Signs from Deep Creek Lake State Park

A Touch of Class Limousine is offering a wine and beer tour and tasting event Saturday.  Their van departs and returns to Deep Creek Beverage, 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Includes visits and tastings at the following venues: Mountain State Brewing Company, Fireside Wine & Deli, Black Bear Wine and Words, Deep Creek Beverage.

And, if you just want a one-stop wine tasting experience, McHenry Beverage Shoppe has wine tastings from 1:00pm – 5:00pm on Saturday.

The Deep Creek Lake Lions Club Boat Parade will be starting from the McHenry Cove on Saturday at 7:00pm and will proceed past a number of judging points on the lake until 10:00pm.  Always a great event and for a great cause.

Lots of other events continuing this holiday weekend. Check out our Events page for more ideas and have a great weekend!

Thursday July 5

We hope you had a great 4th of July! We sure did. The weather for today will be increasing clouds; showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. A high near 80 and a low around 68. South winds about 5 to 7 mph and the chance of precipitation is about 60%.

You may have had a few too many hamburgers or hot dogs yesterday. But that’s OK, because you can hike one of Garrett County’s many trails to work off the calories.  And, depending on which trail, you can then walk or drive over to the Deep Creek Lake State Park beach and take a dip in the lake to refresh. Deep Creek Lake has you covered!

If you want a hike guided by a naturalist, you can take the hike to the historic Brant Mine at 10:00am. It’s reported as a “moderate” hike and lasts approximately 1 ¾ hours. You’ll end up right near the Deep Creek Lake State Park beach for that dip in the lake.

Whoever thought this one up is a genius – Story Tails: Kids Reading to Dogs – is at the Ruth Enlow Library Accident Branch at 3:30pm. Children get to practice reading to dogs! Each child gets to read to a therapy dog for about 15 minutes to practice. Less stress for the child.

The 2018 Chautauqua living history presentation “Seeking Justice,” starts today at 7:00pm at the Garrett College auditorium. This event, hosted by Garrett Lakes Arts Festival and produced by Maryland Humanities, will feature three important historical figures, one each day through July 7th. Today’s “speaker” will be Frederick Douglass.

After a busy day you may want to take the kids to the free Pocket Park Movie Night which runs from 8:00pm – 11:00pm at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in downtown Oakland.  Always a fun family event.  Tonight’s show is Smurfs: The Last Village and it is sponsored by Dairy Queen.

Here is Allison reporting for We were watching the fireworks from the Lodges at Sunset Village where parking was a $5 donation to benefit our local GaCo Robotics Team 1629.

Anyone can report for our program….. Who here wants to show us how you spend your time at Deep Creek Lake? 🙂

Lastly for today check out this fun little time-lapse video (taken with my cell phone) of the Deep Creek Lake, MD fireworks finale:


Wednesday July 4

Happy 4th of July

The weather for today will be partly sunny, a high near 82, and a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly cloudy tonight with a low around 68.

There’s a bunch of things to do today, from traditional fireworks shows to music performances and it is even a free fishing day at the lake!  Find it all on the Deep Creek Times Events Calendar.

FYI – our lake temperature reading was 80 degrees at the surface yesterday mid afternoon. Enjoy!

Have fun and be safe! And, it is even ok to…Party Like It's 1776

Tuesday July 3

Yesterday was another in a string of really nice days, with some cooling later in the afternoon along with some scattered thunder storms. Today’s weather will be partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. A high near 84 and a low around 69.

There’s a Hound Hike at the Discovery Center this morning starting at 9:30am.  Hurry-up and bring Fido and have a nice walk with some other humans and canine friends.

Both Railey Realty and Taylor Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales have issued their Summer season Real Estate Guides, showing homes, lots and land for sale.  If you are like me and like to keep track of sales prices and offerings these are a fun read. And, if you are considering a purchase these are a great place to start in addition to our Deep Creek Times links (above) for each company.

Cindy’s Fund is hosting their Cancer Support Group this evening from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the hospital boardroom in Oakland.  These are open to all.

We just found out that the May unemployment rate in Garrett County is 4.5%, unchanged from a year ago. That compares to a state unemployment rate of 3.9% and a U.S. unemployment rate of 3.8%. Howard County had the lowest in the state at 3.0% and Worcester County had the highest at 6.8%. These numbers were communicated by the Chamber with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, I believe, as the source.

Garrett County is updating its Comprehensive Plan, which lays out a long-term vision for the future of the county.  There is a related “sustainable environment” open house being held at Garrett College on July 16th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.

That little body of water downstate called the Chesapeake Bay just received an “improved” report card showing increased bay health in a number of areas, including fisheries. The 2017 Chesapeake Bay Report Card issued by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is good news for all of us in the state.

I have been hearing a lot of firecrackers going off around the lake already, so thought I would include this chart and information as provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  I know fireworks have been a part of 4th of July celebrations for years, but safety is a must, especially with children in the vicinity. And, don’t forget the professionally produced fireworks displays in the area as a safe and recommended alternative…

The Commission suggests these safety tips when using fireworks:

Fireworks Safety

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them

We’re also adding the fact that a lot of dogs will get anxious around fireworks; be considerate not to spook someone’s pet.

Monday July 2

Well, I think it is safe to say this past weekend’s weather was just about perfect. Lots of folks in and around the lake and our local establishments had plenty of activity.

Today’s weather will be partly sunny, with a high near 84 (HOT for Deep Creek Lake) with a “summer’s chance” (Sarah’s words) of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 69.

Julius Caesar

Welcome to the month of July. This month is named after Roman leader Julius Caesar, whose government named it upon his death to commemorate his month of birth. On this day in 1937 Amelia Earhart went missing and the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Johnson in 1964.

We want to take a moment to thank you, our faithful readers, for sticking with us as Sarah and I are celebrating one year of working for you!

Congrats to Jackie F. for winning our “Where Am I?” contest for June. Be sure to enter your guess for July’s contest today!

Children’s author Maggie Kemp will be at the Accident Library today from 1:00pm – 2:00pm and at the Grantsville library from 4:30 – 5:30. Her book “Sam, Fisherwoman: The Reel Story” about the adventures of a young girl, was inspired by Maggie’s own experiences at Deep Creek Lake.

The Maryland Geological Survey just installed a new seismometer on the Garrett College campus in McHenry. The state-of-the-art sensor detects vibrations in the Earth and feeds that signal into a nationwide monitoring system.  While quakes are rare in our region, there have been four centered in Maryland in the last decade.

Wisp just sent a release outlining their schedule of events for the fourth. We will have more comprehensive coverage of all lake-area activities for the fourth in the next couple of Daily Notes.

The Town of Accident’s 4th of July Homecoming is Wednesday, July 4 beginning at 9am.

Two local fireworks shows are planned for this week:

Broadford Lake Fireworks – Tuesday, July 3 at dusk (rain date July 5)
-admission is $3 per person, children 8 and under $1; the Community Concert Band and an octet of singers from the Choral Society will be on hand the evening of July 3 performing at Pavilion #1. Kona Ice and Lakeside Creamery will have items for purchase.


Deep Creek Lake “Fire on the Mountain” Fireworks – Wednesday July 4 at dusk (rain date July 5)
-check out the view from Garrett County Fairgrounds or The Lodges at Sunset Village with parking for $5 to benefit Team 1629 Robotics

Sorry, folks. We are having a technical issue with our webcam and it is currently down; we are working hard to get it back ASAP.

Way to go Ruth Enlow Library! They just became an official affiliate of the Choose Civility program that was started in Howard County a decade or so ago. They kicked it off Friday with a movie and have another event planned as well.

Ruth Enlow Choose Civility Affiliate

Is this perfection or what? This is a simple at the Deep Creek Lake State Park over the weekend….