Friday September 28, Saturday September 29, Sunday September 30

The weather for the weekend will be cloudy today then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 63 and a low around 52. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 60 and a low around 53. Sunday will also be mostly sunny, with a high near 67 and a low around 61.

The Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park has their All Day Hands-on Science Room and Scavenger Hunts on Friday.

As previously reported, the Deep Creek Lake Property Owner’s Association held their annual meeting on August 18th. Their just-released September newsletter summarizing the event, including links to some important presentations given that day.

Matt Tichon is at Black Bear Tavern and BlackingCoal is at MoonShadow Friday evening. Some good entertainment along with tasty food and drink.

Here’s the Fall Foliage Report provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for September 29th -30th.

There’s a free reception and special exhibit featuring artist David Greene at the Gallery Shop in Oakland Saturday evening from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

The Red Cross will be in the area in October: Oakland on October 5th and 19th and Swanton on October 19th as well. Call them at 1.800.RED.CROSS or go to www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to sign-up.

Maryland Tourism, Film & the Arts Insight newsletter is an interesting read that I recently came across. It covers tourism and art-related events in the state and I thought our readers might find it interesting.

To see all that is going on around the Deep Creek lake area, please check out our Upcoming Events.

Pressley Ridge Foster Care reports that the need for foster parents in our area is urgent. Foster parenting class in Cumberland, MD will be held Saturday October 20 from 10:00-3:00 and Saturday November 3 from 10:00-3:00. Call 301-724-8413 to register.

November’s Official Ballot for Garrett County MD can be found here https://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2018/general_ballots/garrett.pdf.

The Appalachian Regional Commission recently announced approval of a $50,000 grant to Garrett Trails, Inc. for a Trail Feasibility Study of the Casselman River Railroad project. This study will assess connectivity to the Great Allegheny Passage in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania and the existing Meadow Mountain Trail System south of Grantsville in Garrett County, Maryland. Total project funding is $100,000.

Thursday September 27

Yesterday was another rainy day and many, including this writer, are ready for some SUN! Today’s weather will be cloudy, with a high near 57 and a low around 51. Rain likely, mainly after 2pm — chance of precipitation is 70%.

Well, Sarah and I are still enjoying the experience and feedback relative to the People’s Choice Challenge and Tuesday afternoon’s celebration reception. The results were very rewarding and we can’t wait until next year! If you missed yesterday’s Daily Notes, Sarah posted all of the winners there. Check them all out and congratulate the winners when you see them. 

The buck stops here!  Actually the Buckwheat runs through Sunday at the 77th annual Preston County Buckwheat Festival. Some interesting history and eats at this event.

Fall Decorating and Garden Clean-Up is the topic of a session presented by Master Gardeners at the Grantsville branch of the Ruth Enlow Library today from 2:00pm – 3:00pm.

While our area lakes and streams are pretty healthy, some areas in and around the country are experiencing problems. This issue of Fish News from NOAA highlights some serious fishery problems on the West Coast and East Coast along with some restoration work elsewhere. Thought our avid fishermen and naturalists would find this interesting.  Some real challenges.

Speaking of fish… Fisheries biologists recently conducted the annual survey of the Savage River tailwater trout fishery with assistance from the department’s Hatcheries Division, Maryland Forest Service, Maryland Biological Stream Survey and Wildlife and Heritage Service. Native brook trout, wild brown trout, and a few rainbow trout inhabit the river. For this and more information on fishing in the area, including what’s going on with lake fishing, check out the DNR Maryland Fishing Report.

A Touch of Class Limousines has just announced some specials including a 20% discount on five hour reservations made this week. Give them a call at 888.460.2457 for more information.

Cooling temperatures, colorful foliage and unpredictable wildlife – all signs that the fall season is upon us! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is urging motorists to be alert for animals, especially deer, foraging for food and looking for mates. I have already noticed more or the furry ones along the road in the past week or so and the rainy weather with reduced visibility doesn’t help. Please be careful.

The Maryland State Arts Council will be hosting a town hall style event for arts organizations and individual artists on October 4th called Collaborative Conversation and Professional Development. This will be held at City Place, 14 S. Water Street in downtown Frostburg, from 6:00pm -9:00pm. The event is free.

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) Fall conference is at Rocky Gap Casino and Resort this year on October 21st – 22nd and has a “site selection” focus. For those readers interested in economic development, this should be a nice event.

Check out this view from Marcia Chocinsky… whoa…

Marcia Chocinsky at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Wednesday September 26

The weather for today will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 68 and a low around 49.

We had an enjoyable evening yesterday at our People’s Choice Challenge reception event. There were over 80 in attendance for the presentation of the awards and a special thank you goes out to County Administrator Kevin Null, Economic Development Director Michael Hough and Commissioner Larry Tichnell for attending.

See a gallery of the event and a full-list of winners here.

2018 People's Choice Challenge

(If you or your business are listed as a winner and were not able to attend our event, please message us to get your award.)

We will be back with our regular Daily Notes tomorrow.

Tuesday September 25

Not a great day weather-wise yesterday. Today will be mostly showers and thunderstorms before 3pm; high near 68 and a low around 64.

The Garrett County Chamber is celebrating a local library media specialist at Northern Middle School with the Hometown Hero distinction during the 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival. This year’s Hometown Hero is Ali Schilpp, who was named the 2018 National School Librarian of the Year by the School Library Journal. Congratulations Ali!

ali schilpp named as Garrett County home town hero

Mountain State Brewing Company is hosting Team Trivia this evening starting at 6:00pm.

Please come out and help celebrate all the great Deep Creek area enterprises (for-profit and non-profit) and experiences with us this afternoon from 4:30pm – 6:00pm.  We will be announcing the winners of the 2018 Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Challenge at the Transportation Museum in Oakland.  Sarah and I are really thrilled to be sharing the final results of the over 100,000 votes cast by locals, second home owners and visitors.  Join us for this casual reception to celebrate the 2018 People’s Choice Challenge nominees and winners.

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. has petitioned the Circuit Court for Baltimore City for an immediate order to rehabilitate Paramount Insurance Company with the company’s consent. This means the company has entered into a type of receivership and I mention it because they have over 8,000 policyholders in the state of Maryland.

WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States for Teachers as well as accompanying videos. Maryland did well, ranking 9th overall.

Just heard that we were erroneously told that the date for National Drug Take Back day was October 17th. It is actually October 27th.

The Board of County Commissioners has announced the agenda for the next public meeting. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 1st at 3:00pm.

Bill’s Marine Service is holding their annual Customer Appreciation Weekend October 13th and 14th, with refreshments from Noon – 5:00pm both days. Contact them at 301.387.5536 for more information and note they are open both days from 9:00am – 6:00pm both days.

The Fall Foliage in Garrett County is expected to peak around October 10th. Do you know why the leaves on our trees change color?  It may not be for the reason you think.

Monday September 24

Yesterday was rainy and cooler. The weather for today will be scattered showers, mainly before 5pm. High near 58 and low around 57. Southeast wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Spent the weekend in New York for a family event.  Long Island was very hectic and congested and my wife Jean and I are very happy to be back in Garrett County.  Whenever we see the barn quilt on Interstate 68, we breath a sigh of relief and know we are almost home.

Penn Alps Restaurant and Craft Shop is hosting a bluegrass, gospel, and old-time jam this evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

If you are looking for funding for your business this event may be for you: Join SBA, USDA, SBDC, SCORE & HCC for a free event connecting business owners and lenders on October 11th at Hagerstown Community College.

The Cherry Glade Mennonite Church in Accident, which is celebrating its 80th year, is offering a gospel concert by The Chuck Wagon Gang on October 5th. The Gang was inducted- along with Neal McCoy, Irlene Mandrell, Linda Davis, Leon Rausch, Red Steagall, and several other Texas country music icons- into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas recently. Contact the church at 301.616.8113 for more information.

Heard the Garrett Mentors dance this weekend was a big hit as always! Congratulations to all involved for another great event.

The Garrett County Health Department is sponsoring Drug Take Back Day in the county on October 17th. This is a great opportunity to get rid of old prescription or over-the-counter medications.

There is a mobile home that has been newly listed in our online marketplace – check it out!

Small businesses in Maryland that provide paid sick and safe leave to their employees will soon be able to apply for a refundable tax credit administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. The Small Business Relief Tax Credit offers businesses that meet certain criteria a state income tax credit of up to $500 per employee and $7,000 per small business for every year in which they qualify.

#MyHappyPlace was named #15 on “The Best Small Towns for Seeing Fall Foliage” by Country Living Magazine:

Friday September 21, Saturday September 22, Sunday September 23

The weather for the weekend will be mostly sunny, with a high near 79 and a low around 54. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. A chance of showers this evening. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 64 and a low around 53. Sunday will have a chance of showers, mainly before 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59 and a low around 52.

The Kitzmiller Farmers Market at The Park is where the community meets every Friday from 4:00pm – 6:30pm. Kitzmiller Farmers Market is a producer’s only market with various products available each week. It’s a nice drive down there to a part of the county that many visitors don’t experience.

The Swan Meadow School Harvest Sale takes place Friday evening from 5:00pm – 7:30pm at the Pleasant Valley Community Center. Sounds like a nice time!

There’s a lot of music all around town this weekend. Please check out those events and others at our Upcoming Events section.

There’s an Old-Fashioned Community Picnic open to all at Broadford Park from 1:00pm – 5:00pm this Sunday with music and free meat and drinks provided (bring a covered dish). RSVPs are needed, please respond by phone to (301) 501-0693 or by email to gcdemclub@gmail.com.

Did you know about the new federal law effective today (9/21) that gives consumers the right to place a freeze on their credit reports and temporarily or permanently remove the freeze without charge? With all the cyber crime in Maryland and nationally, this is good to know and Maryland’s attorney general has issued a press release on it with more information.

Looking for end-of-season deal? Our online marketplace has a few items for sale with price reductions!

Now in its fourth year, U.S. Cellular Community Connections program provides sponsorship support for youth organizations in local communities to earn up to $1,000.

The seasons are changing and the Department of Natural Resources has issued its first Fall foliage and festival report for this weekend. We can’t wait for the wonderful fall foliage in Garrett County and, of course, Autumn Glory.

The Maryland Department of Commerce has announced that it is offering a tax credit for investments in cyber security companies. This is a big industry nationally and in Maryland and I would love to see some more cyber-related jobs in Garrett County.

Thanks to Clint Bradley for sharing this early morning photo with us:

Photo by Clint Bradley

Thursday September 20

The weather for today will be areas of fog before 11am and then mostly sunny, with a high near 76 and a low around 65. Southeast wind around 9 mph.

The Ruth Enlow Library is hosting an adult book club over lunch today at the Cornish Café in Oakland from 12:00pm – 1:00pm to discuss the touching novel “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. Registration is required. Sign up at the Oakland Library or contact Susanne Kight at 301.334.3996 ext. 0105 or skight@relib.net. Attendance is limited to 10. Lunch is at your own expense.

Lots of demand for good truck drivers out there. Garrett College is accepting applications for the next series of courses geared toward training individuals to obtain a commercial driver’s license. Training for both Class A (in 30 days) and Class B (in six days) will be provided. Training for Class A, weekday will begin on October 8th and the weekend is slated to start on October 6th. Class B training will be arranged to fit the individuals schedule. Contact Terrie Beachy at 301. 895.4700 for more information.

It’s Open Mic Night at Our Town Theatre in Oakland this evening from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Go ahead and share what you got: music, stories, talent, poetry.

Garrett College and Garrett County Public Schools are partnering to host the annual Garrett County College Expo. This daytime only event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9th from 9:00am – 11:30am in the Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC) in McHenry.  This is a free event and open to the general public.  Home school and private students, as well as parents are invited and encouraged to attend. Call 301.387.3044 for more information.

Did you know that October 15th – 24th is Community Development Week? This is a nice event statewide and the Community Development Network of Maryland will be in Garrett County on October 22nd celebrating our own Community Action Committee’s work.

Bear Creek Traders is holding their Summer Clearance with up to 50% off through the end of this month. Schoolhouse Earth is holding their End of Summer Sale as well with 20% – 60% off select items.

We are blessed here in Garrett County with a good road system and very limited traffic, but it is an issue nationally and elsewhere in the state, with implications for us here on the mountain. The Greater Baltimore Committee is hosting 2018 Transportation Summit: “Our Neglected Transportation Infrastructure” on October 13th in Baltimore. I thought I would share.

Here’s a video shared by Debbie Feaster showing a mama bear and her four cubs in the Stilwater neighborhood in Swanton off Glendale Road. I love seeing these beautiful creatures among us.

Wednesday September 19

Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 74 and a low around 58. 20% chance of showers between 11am and noon today.

Even as Summer winds down there are some great offerings at the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in downtown Oakland from 10:00am – 1:00pm today.  What things you ask? Here’s a list and some other information for your information. Enjoy!

I bought a Jeep over the weekend at Auto Land Jeep Chrysler in Accident. I had Jackie as my salesperson. I think it was the most stress-free vehicle purchasing experience I have ever had. Nice, honest folks and very laid back. And, no they are not advertisers, just giving them a nice shout-out from a satisfied customer.

Come on, you know you need some fresh air! Get some air and watch the Northern Girls Soccer team host Mountain Ridge this evening at 6:00pm.

Just heard from Michelle Ross that GOBA is sponsoring a Garrett Reads Festival this Friday, from 9:30am – 2:00pm for about 500 local first and second graders celebrating literacy and books with the support and participation of local businesses. They will visit a number of fun learning stations throughout the day. Note that Liberty Street from first to second will be closed to traffic.

2018 Reads Festival in Oakland, MD

The Chamber presented Business and Industry Appreciation awards at yesterday’s Business Before Hours event. Happy to see lots of new businesses in the county along with lots of expansions and milestones. Here are some of the honorees (photo from the Chamber):

Garrett Chamber Business and Industry Appreciation

This sounds fun! The Springs Historical Society and the Meyersdale Public Library are joining forces to preserve early photos of the Southwest PA area and to archive them for future reference. A free photo workshop will be held Saturday Sept. 22nd in Springs, PA. A photo expert from the Carnegie Museum will share tips on preserving photos at 1:00 pm and there is a morning session, too.

Each year the Community Development Network of Maryland honors organizations engaging in extraordinary community development work. The deadline is October 5th, 2018 at close of business. Awardees will be honored at their Annual Meeting on October 24, 2018.

The Garrett County Board of Education at its September 11, 2018, meeting, discussed possible scenarios regarding school configuration options as part of the RISE Strategic Plan. The Board is seeking public input regarding the options.

Double Oak Farms is now selling fall decor such as pumpkins, mums, corn stalks, gourds and Indian corn — Open Daily Daylight to Dark- SELF SERVE

Garrett County Habitat just posted a listing looking for a volunteer Home Store Manager. The store manager position requires approximately 30 hours per week. For more information, please contact the Garrett County Habitat Office by October 1st at 301-533-0600 or office@garrettcountyhabitat.org.

Tuesday September 18

Yesterday was rainy most of the day. Today, we will see clouds then gradually becoming mostly sunny with a high near 70 a low around 62. Chance of showers mainly before noon.

Clean air means a clean lake! Unfortunately, on Friday, the EPA signed a final agency decision denying Maryland’s petition for relief asking out-of-state power plants to run their already installed pollution control equipment in order to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), which contribute to ground-level ozone problems downwind in Maryland.

S.T.E.A.M. Kids is being held at the Oakland Branch of the Ruth Enlow Library this afternoon from 2:00pm – 3:30pm.

The Southern Garrett High School Volleyball team earned over $800 through a car wash this weekend– a special shoutout to First United Bank & Trust for hosting!

All Chamber members are invited to attend the next Marketing Roundtable on Wednesday, September 19th from 11:00am – 12:00pm in the Chamber conference room. They will be hosting Ruth Toomey, Executive Director of the Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC). This event is free but there is limited seating and registration is required.

The Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club fifth annual “Bark in the Park” 5k race will take place on Saturday September 22nd at 8:00am to benefit their off-leash dog park. It’s an off-road (headphones OK), pet friendly race that will start and end from their park on Bumble Bee Road.

Speaking of the Lions Club, they need skiers, both adult and high school age, to serve as sighted guides, as well as a couple of snowboarders to take video and pictures, on Wisp this Winter for their Blind Skiers Program. Contact them to learn more about this great opportunity to serve.

Sarah and I are really looking forward to announcing the winners of the Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Challenge on September 25th at the Challenge Reception at Transportation museum in Oakland. All of the top finalists will be invited to hear the winners in each category.

The Greater Grantsville Business Association (GGBA) has announced a General Election candidate Forum to be held October 17th at Garrett College from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Thank you GGBA for stepping up and holding this event so that all may be more informed voters.

Monday September 17

Well, we had some misty days this weekend and the remnants of Florence have not reached us yet. Today’s weather will be rain with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. High near 71 and low around 65. East wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph …FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING…

Consider having Coffee with a Cop this morning at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 11:00am – Noon. This is an opportunity to have a casual chat and ask questions with two police officers. Nice idea.

RewardExpert just released the results of their study of top school systems by region and Garrett County was ranked fourth in the Northeast according to their methodology, which included graduation rates and other factors.

The public is invited to attend the Ruth Enlow Library Board of Trustees meeting this evening from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at the Kitzmiller branch.

There are a few new businesses coming to the County — see more on our Whats New Around Town page.

A United Way Sponsors a report, ALICE, that details out Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed information. Of Maryland’s 2,192,996 households, about 10 percent earn below the federal poverty level of $11,880 for a single adult and $24,300 for a family of four. But far more, 28 percent, or 616,398 households, are defined by the United Way as living below the ALICE threshold.

Here’s something outdoors and different: Why not attend the Northern High School girl’s soccer team hosting Allegany this evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Cheer on our local students and don’t forget your poncho!

Real estate website Zillow suggests 12 tasks for homeowners to tackle before Fall arrives.

The 10th annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Exhibition and Competition begins on September 24th.  This even draws some really talented artists to the area, with some nice accompanying events.

The 45th annual Antiques, Maker and Collectible Show and Civic Club Café and Bake Sale is a “go” for Autumn Glory Weekend at the old Oakland Armory. Due to a SNAFU with the printed Autumn Glory program this event was left off. Hours for the event are Autumn Glory Friday and Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm. Always a fun event and the food and baked goods are homemade.

There were approximately 400 people in attendance at the Baldwin Dedication Ceremony in Oakland this past Saturday in Oakland.

OAKLAND B&O MUSEUM THE 1920 BALDWIN 006

Friday September 14, Saturday September 15, Sunday September 16

The weather for the weekend will be: Friday: cloudy, with a high near 70 and a low around 63. A chance of showers, mainly after noon and East wind around 10 mph. Saturday: cloudy with a high near 71 and a low around 61. A chance of showers, mainly before 2pm and East wind around 11 mph. Sunday: mostly sunny with a high near 68 and a low around 62. East wind around 11 mph. 70% chance of showers mainly after midnight.

We are hoping Florence does not do too much damage, but it is a scary situation along the coast and we will likely be impacted by significant rain early in the week.

Friday is hands-on in the Science Room all day at the Discovery Center. They will also be holding scavenger hunts.

Don’t forget to check out Wings of a Dove at the Garrett 8 Cinemas this morning from 9:30am – 11:00am. Wings documents the efforts of the students, teachers and administrators of Crellin Elementary on their quest to create 15 steel drums in five days. Free and donations accepted at the door.

The Masons are playing at Black Bear Tavern Friday evening from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Mateo Monk is playing at MoonShadow Friday evening as well from 8:00pm – 10:00pm.

Don’t forget the Dedication Ceremony for the Baldwin Steam Locomotive at the Oakland B&O Museum Saturday from 11:00am – 1:00pm. In addition to the ceremony there will be kids’ activities, live music and tours, plus hot dogs and chicken dinners.

Sad news to share: a friend’s little chihuahua terrior mix was struck and killed on last evening on Garrett Road. Here is your reminder to slow down, put the phone down and carefully watch the road… thanks, folks.

A MasterCraft boat has been listed for sale in our Online Marketplace.

Get Your Art On! Saturday there will be juried Outdoor Quick Paint at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village. The event starts at 8:00am and runs until 4:30pm.

Lots of other events, both indoor and outdoor, going on throughout the weekend. Check out our Upcoming Events listings and don’t forget to check out our Guides and Dining Specials as well.

Last night’s Chamber Business After Hours event was a lot of fun! Here’s Sarah on the ropes course:

Sarah Myers on the Ropes Course at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Don’t forget to register for the 3rd Annual Tech at the Gap: Igniting Innovation, which will be held at Rocky Gap Casino Resort on October 24th.  This is an important, high-value event for techies and others in Western Maryland.

This is different:  It isn’t in our area but I know we have a lot of Oriole’s fans as readers and they need some good news this season…sorry, couldn’t resist…There will be a celebration of the 1983 World Championship Orioles team as a fundraiser on November 14th.  Lots of former players attending and a good cause.

Finally, we wish all a safe weekend…

Thursday September 13

The weather for today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 72 and a low around 64. A 30% chance of scattered showers, with thunderstorms possible after 3pm.

Florence is approaching landfall. The latest projections show Florence making landfall about 2am Friday.

Hurricane Florence Timeline

The Accident Bookclub meets today at the Accident branch of the Ruth Enlow Library starting at 11:30am.  Newcomers are welcome.

The Garrett County Chamber is hosting the September Business After Hours this evening at the Monkey Business Adventure Park in McHenry from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  The fee is $6 in advance and $10 for non-members and at the door.

Don’t forget to check out the Deep Creek Times Movie Guide if the weather gets rainy and you want something fun to do.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will stock thousands of brown, golden and rainbow trout in select creeks, lakes and rivers from mid-September through the end of October. These are good size fish from one to three pounds.

Garrett College in coordination with AARP Maryland is sponsoring a class, A Day with AARP Maryland, at the Grantsville Senior Center on Friday, September 21st, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The free session includes lunch and discussions on fraud prevention, home adaption to aging and tax reform. Contact the college’s CEWD office at 301.387.3069 for more information and to register.

The 10th annual Garrett Mentors Barn Dance is scheduled for September 22nd at the Barn at Sang Hill Farms. While online tickets are sold out there are still likely released sponsor tickets available and room. Always a very nice event.

Unfortunately, based on past experience, I feel the need to post this warning from our State Attorney General regarding fraud after natural disasters. Please note if you live in areas likely to be affected by Florence.

Wednesday September 12

Yesterday had some early mist but turned into a relatively good day. Today’s forecast is cloudy with a high near 69 and a low around 63. Showers likely, mainly after 5pm and before midnight.

All eyes are on Florence. The hurricane remains a dangerous category four storm as of this writing, with rain in some areas expected to exceed 30 inches.

This weekend’s Savageman triathlon races have been cancelled due to the impending weather — racers will receive their shirts via mail and a code for 50% off next year’s races.

Don’t forget to visit today’s Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in downtown Oakland from 10:00am – 1:00pm. In addition to the normal fare there will be additional vendors and non-profits present later in the week.

In light of Governor Hogan’s declaration of a State of Emergency on Monday, Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. has temporarily lifted insurance restrictions on when prescription medications can be refilled at pharmacies within the state. Please check your prescriptions and supplies and make sure you are prepared, as travel could get tough, even in the mountains.

Ruth Enlow Library is hosting their regular Friends of the Library session this evening at their Oakland branch from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.  They are looking for more friends of the library to contribute ideas and talents.

The Greene Turtle in McHenry is hosting Team Trivia this evening from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. The free game is open to all and all can win prizes and have fun. And don’t forget their half price appetizers and happy hour specials.

There’s a free showing of the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary Recovery Boys this Friday evening, September 14th in the Garrett College auditorium starting at 7:00pm. I have heard nothing but positive things about this documentary being brought to us by the Garrett County Health Department and other entities.

Saint Peter’s Church in Oakland is hosting a free Oldies Night of Rock and Roll this Saturday, September 15th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. A casual evening of good music and conversation.

Just for the fun of it! Kathy Barach shared this photo of a 6-person waterski at Deep Creek Lake to celebrate Labor Day!Kathy Barach Labor Day Ski at Deep Creek Lake

Tuesday September 11

Rainy and dreary yesterday. Today’s weather will be cloudy, with a high near 65 and a low around 60. Slight 30% chance of showers after 10am. Light northwest wind.

It’s unclear just which path the upcoming hurricane will take but some weather sites are warning of flooding after a record-breaking summer of rain. The Weather Channel recently shared this map:

Weather Channel Florence Flooding Prediction

Please take a moment today to remember the nearly 3,000 individuals that lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on our country.

The Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library is hosting Lap Sit this morning from 10:30am – 11:00am. Lap Sit is a special program that incorporates singing, rhymes, stories, and other activities that will entertain and stimulate very young children’s language skills.

If your organization, church, restaurant or grocery store is serving turkey dinners during Autumn Glory, you can be listed on the annual Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area Turkey Trail map.

This is a great idea: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering to lend a variety of wildlife education “trunks” for use by classroom teachers, home-school educators, naturalists, scout leaders and other instructors. They include all sorts of cool stuff and a guide.

The Garrett County Commissioners are holding their next public meeting at the Grantsville Town Hall on September 17th starting at 5:00pm.

Plans are already underway for the annual Police Providing Presents event this holiday season. The program is funded entirely by donations – would you please assist in making Christmas special for underprivileged Garrett County children? More information can be found here.

It’s coming up on homeowner’s association “season” at the lake, with many local subdivisions meeting to discuss small and big issues that impact their respective developments, homes and homeowners. I urge all readers to attend theirs and to be represented.

According to the Maryland Board of Realtors, there were 35 homes sold in Garrett County in August, with an average price of $352,494, and the month ended with 455 active listings.

WalletHub just announced their 2018 study of the Happiest States in America and Maryland came in a very respectable 7th. Well, that makes me happy. Check out the site to see their methodology and where other states rank. I bet Garrett County was the happiest county in the state! Just saying.

Monday September 10

After a rather rainy, cooler weekend, the weather for today will be more rain with a high near 65 and a low around 57. A flood watch is in effect until 12:15pm today.

As I write these Daily Notes, Florence has once again strengthened to hurricane strength and could pose a problem for the east coast. Please keep an eye on this storm, especially if you are travelling.

Garrett County Public Schools are on a two-hour delay this morning due to the widespread flooding.

Thank you to everyone for a successful People’s Choice Challenge — the voting has now been closed and we will be tabulating the winners of each category! Winners will be announced at our People’s Choice Challenge reception on September 25 and, of course, here in the Daily Notes on September 26!

The grand opening of the college’s new STEM building drew quite a crowd Saturday, with both of our US senators as well as regional and local dignitaries and many from the community present. This building is a really nice addition to our county. Here’s a photo of the new digital, 3-D dissection table being demonstrated. The only one in the state!

3D Dissection Table at Garrett College STEM Building

There was also quite a crowd at the Art, Beer & Wine Festival Saturday. I saw lots of engaged, happy faces as I served as Guest Pourer for one of the wineries.

On Friday, State Troopers responded to Meyersdale Road for a destruction of property complaint and found a 2013 Ford F150 truck that was severely damaged while the owner went four wheeling. The police ask anyone with information to contact the Maryland State Police McHenry Barracks at 301.387.1101.

Garrett County Department of Planning is hosting an open house this evening at the College from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. The session, “Thriving Population” will cover issues such as housing, population and the county’s services.

Are you related to “the missing link”? If you want to be sure, you can attend the “Find Your Ancestors” class at the Ruth Enlow Library Oakland branch this evening from 5:30pm -7:30pm? It’s free and will cover research methods, strategies and a Q&A with genealogical research experts.

Nearby, on the GAP Trail near mile marker 58, a large boulder and debris have fallen on to the trail; the trail is still passable. Somerset County crews are aware of the debris and are preparing tactics for removing the boulders this week.

We have posted a new Cover Story for September. The story was prepared by Brian Boal, CPA of Boal & Associates and covers some interesting, important tax law changes that will impact 2018 tax filings. I know it’s only September but he says not to wait until 2019 to understand and account for the changes.

Did you know that Washington College in Chestertown was the first college in Maryland? Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, it was also the first college chartered in the new nation. That little “tid-bit” of information comes to us from Governor Hogan, who wishes all students a successful year.

This video from Allegany Mountains Weather on Facebook shows the Casselman River in Grantsville overflowing its banks:

Cassleman State Park Grantsville Md 9/9/18

Posted by Allegheny Mountains Weather on Sunday, September 9, 2018

 

On a more restrained note, please take a moment today and tomorrow to remember all of those that perished in the attacks on 9/11. Doesn’t seem like 17 years ago.  While time heals, we should never forget.