Wednesday October 31

The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 63. and a low of 55. Southwest wind 11 to 16 mph. And a 30% chance of precipitation after 5pm.

Happy Halloween to all.  We wish you all a safe and fun holiday!

Today’s Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is the final outdoor market of the season.  It runs from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the downtown pavilion in Oakland.  There will be indoor markets on select dates over the winter starting November 17th.

Five new members were inducted into the Garrett College Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday evening, including:  Darryl Dupert, baseball (1987-89); Marcia DeBerry Knepp, women’s basketball (1989-91); Lawrence Nesselrodt, baseball (1979-81) and coach (1985-93); Ernie Shotwell, baseball (1973-75); and Erica McBride Stewart, women’s basketball and volleyball (1997-99). Congratulations to all of these exceptional individuals.

There’s a number of children’s activities today at the Oakland, Friendsville and Accident branches of the Ruth Enlow Library.

The Maryland Historical Trust is hosting workshops around the state for prospective applicants for the fiscal year 2019 Capital Grant Program for historic preservation projects. This grant is a competitive funding program for construction projects on buildings or structures on or eligible for the Maryland Register. I am guessing we definitely have some structures in the area that qualify.

There is a new listing in our online marketplace: a 2013 Buick Enclave. Take a look!

There’s a Women’s Networking Lunch this Thursday at Noon at Ace’s Run Restaurant and Pub. I bet you can still RSVP and attend.  I have heard nothing but good comments about these monthly events.  Contact Terah Crawford at 301.487.4914 for more information.

On a more ominous note, did you hear that famous Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger died yesterday in the prison in nearby Bruceton Mills, West Virginia (off of I 68, on the way towards Morgantown). It was apparently his first (and last) day at the prison where it looks like he may have been murdered. He was made famous as the subject of the Oscar-winning film “The Departed” and was also played by Johnny Depp in the film “Black Mass.” Fortunately, we don’t have any prisons in Garrett County and I like it that way.

Here’s a reprint of today’s Halloween activities again for our readers:

🍁🎃WEDNESDAY, OCT 31🎃🍁
Trick or Treat
Southern Garrett Rescue Squad @5pm-6:30pm

🍁🎃WEDNESDAY, OCT 31🎃🍁
Arrowhead Market Trick or Treat
Arrowhead Market @5pm -7pm

Candy Giveaway
Oakland Lowe’s @5pm-7pm

✭Town of Friendsville Trick or Treat
Friendsville Town Limits @5:30pm-7:30pm

✭Town of Grantsville Trick or Treat
Grantsville Town Limits @5:30pm-7pm

✭Town of Mountain Lake Park Trick or Treat
Mountain Lake Park Town Limits @5:30pm-6:30pm

✭Town of Oakland Trick or Treat
Oakland Town Limits @5:30pm-7pm

Divine Hope Church Trunk-or-Treat
110 Weber Road Oakland, MD 21550 @5:30 – 7pm
Also giving away Bibles and food; for more information: 240.321.4673

✭Town of Accident Trick or Treat
Accident Town Limits @6pm

Trunk or Treat
Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Dept @6pm-8pm

Fall Festival
Accident Fire Hall @7pm-9pm
Glow in the dark room, hay ride (weather permitting), photo booth and refreshments available. Sponsored by Accident Community Planning Group and Ruth Enlow Library (Accident Branch).

Mad Hatter Halloween Party
MoonShadow @8pm-11pm
A SPOOKY TEA PARTY with DJ/HOST: KRISS LOORE. Vintage halloween clips on the big screen, games, costume contest, spooky stories, & more! $5 cover

Here is a sunset photo I captured last evening:

Sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Tuesday October 30

Weather for today will be patchy fog before 10am; otherwise, mostly sunny with a high near 52 and a low around 44.

The Ruth Enlow Library is holding their children’s STEM Festival at the Kitzmiller branch from 10:30 am – 11:00 am this morning.

Don’t forget that early voting is open until November 1st at various sites around the county.  You can check out the ballot online to get the “lay of the land” before you vote.

Here’s the link to the Garrett County Board of Elections home page for additional insight on voting locations, etc. for election day on November 6th.

A special thanks to Kellie Zbignewich for this cute photo!

Kellie Zbignewich

The library also has a Lap Sit activity for children scheduled for today from 10:30 am – 11:00 am at the Oakland branch location.

The Greater Oakland Business Association is looking for member events for Christmas to put in their communications by this Friday.  They are also looking for donations for children’s gift bags and the sleigh ride. Contact Michelle Ross at GOBA (phone – 301.334.2691 or email – mainstreetgoba@gmail.com) for more information.  Note your organization must be a member of GOBA to donate.

Did you know that according to a survey conducted by Lend Edu, the average American intends to spend $185.50 on Halloween this year? This number is up from their report last year, which found that the average American intended to spend $169.81 on Halloween in 2017.

Monday October 29

Showers likely today, mainly before 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 41 and a low of 35 degrees. West wind around 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

On Friday, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh joined a coalition of 21 attorneys general and four major cities in filing written comments demanding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) withdraw their proposal to eliminate the national Clean Car Standards.

David Levesque, Employment Specialist and Workshop Facilitator with the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning at the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, will be at the Garrett College Southern Outreach Center/Oakland Armory Building today beginning at 8:00 am, for in-person job seeker assistance. Appointments encouraged (call 301.777.1221, ext. 317 to schedule), but walk-ins are welcome.

Congratulations to Mike Koch and Firefly Farms for being named 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing by the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI).  Firefly and other honorees will be celebrated at a November 29th gala in Baltimore.  

Here’s a “Watershed Wisdom Update” just issued by Friends of Deep Creek Lake. An “nteresting” photo of Arrowhead Cove is included.

What does your dream cabin look like?  Take this simple and quick “quiz” from Zillow to gain some insight into your personal “cabin style.”  Based on my answers, looks like I prefer simple and traditional, which doesn’t surprise me.

The 2018 Wild Turkey Observation Survey Summary shows turkey reproduction in Western Maryland was below average, but populations remain healthy and sustainable and should provide ample opportunity for hunters seeking to catch a bird for dinner.

Here’s the Halloween event listing that Sarah put together for you and as first published late last week. Please watch out for Ghouls and Goblins as you have some fun!

🍁🎃MONDAY, OCT 29🎃🍁
Trick or Treat
Hill Top Fruit Market (Grantsville) @5pm-7pm

First Peoples Annual Trick or Treat
Grantsville Shopping Plaza @5:30pm-7pm
Children dressed in costumes can stop by each of the participating businesses starting at the Shop N Save end.

🍁🎃WEDNESDAY, OCT 31🎃🍁
Trick or Treat
Southern Garrett Rescue Squad @5pm-6:30pm

🍁🎃WEDNESDAY, OCT 31🎃🍁
Arrowhead Market Trick or Treat
Arrowhead Market @5pm -7pm

✭Town of Friendsville Trick or Treat
Friendsville Town Limits @5:30pm-7:30pm

✭Town of Grantsville Trick or Treat
Grantsville Town Limits @5:30pm-7pm

✭Town of Mountain Lake Park Trick or Treat
Mountain Lake Park Town Limits @5:30pm-6:30pm

✭Town of Oakland Trick or Treat
Oakland Town Limits @5:30pm

Divine Hope Church Trunk-or-Treat
110 Weber Road Oakland, MD 21550 @5:30 – 7pm
Also giving away Bibles and food; for more information: 240.321.4673

✭Town of Accident Trick or Treat
Accident Town Limits @6pm

Trunk or Treat
Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Dept @6pm-8pm

Fall Festival
Accident Fire Hall @7pm-9pm
Glow in the dark room, hay ride (weather permitting), photo booth and refreshments available. Sponsored by Accident Community Planning Group and Ruth Enlow Library (Accident Branch).

Mad Hatter Halloween Party
MoonShadow @8pm-11pm
A SPOOKY TEA PARTY with DJ/HOST: KRISS LOORE. Vintage halloween clips on the big screen, games, costume contest, spooky stories, & more! $5 cover

 

 

Friday October 26, Saturday October 27, Sunday October 28

Today’s weather will be likely rain after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 42 and a low around 38. Saturday will be rain with a high near 45 and a low around 38. On Sunday, it will be cloudy with showers likely. A high temperature near 45 and a low around 38.

Interesting foliage throughout the state and region as a wet summer followed by an unusually warm fall led to a very different fall foliage season here in Garrett County and elsewhere.  For those readers downstate, there may still be an opportunity to catch some fall foliage according to the Fall Foliage and Festival Report put out by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Ronnie Burroughs will be appearing at Black Bear Tavern Friday evening from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm with no cover charge. Greg Short will be there on Saturday starting at 6:00 pm. 

Congratulations to the Garrett County Health Department’s Population Health, Innovation, and Informatics Unit — this group received the Maryland Rural Health Achievement Award at the 2018 Maryland Rural Health Conference Annual Association Meeting & Awards Ceremony Dinner this October.

The Southern High Football Team is home Friday evening, and will match-up against Allegany starting at 7:00 pm. Root on the home team!

Run Mr. Turkey, Run! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday that the fall turkey hunting season will open October 27th and continue through November 4th in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties with a bag limit of one turkey per hunter.

We have compiled a list of upcoming Garrett County Halloween Events — there’s something going on for everyone!

 

🍁🎃FRIDAY, OCT 26🎃🍁
Yough Glades Annual Fall Fest
Yough Glades Elementary School @6pm
For Yough Glades students and their families; Kidz Bop DJ, food, cake walk, games, dress up and more.

 

✭Town of Kitzmiller Trick or Treat
Kitzmiller Town Limits @6pm-8pm

 

Judy Center and Partners Family Event *NEW LOCATION*
Old Gym at Garrett College @5pm-7pm
Costumes and fall festivities! The gym will be set up as a mad scientist lab where the kids will visit all the decorated tables and receive all kinds of goodies. There will be face painting and other activities.

 

House of Illusions Haunted House
Kitzmiller Elementary School @8pm
Cost $ 5.00 per person; Questions? Call Heather Berg 301-334-7730. Event sponsored by the Kitzmiller Empowerment Group

 

🍁🎃SATURDAY, OCT 27🎃🍁
Trick or Treat Open House
WoodmenLife (103A Drane Drive, Accident) @11am-3pm
Come out in your best costume and check out the area WoodmenLife office. Enjoy refreshments and sign up for prizes.

 

GCC Technologies Annual Trunk or Treat
GCC Technologies (across from 84 Lumber) @12-3pm
Trick or Treating for kids 12 and under; haunted house, Halloween games, contests, bake sale… and more!
Please donate a canned good per person for admission. All proceeds to benefit Garrett Mentors and Cindy’s Fund.

 

Trunk or Treat
Oakland Tractor Supply @1pm-4pm

 

FOR THE THRILL OF IT *NEW LOCATION*
White Barn at Lucas Farm @5pm
Presented by Brenda’s Body Shop and Samantha Funding the Arts: fun, games and dancing activities. Working to break the record of 147 zombies so recruit your friends!

 

No Tricks, All Treats Family Glow Night
Sunny Daze Salon (115 Arnold Lane, Mt Lake Park) 5pm-8pm
Candy, games, bob apples, face painting, prizes – kids and adults! The brightest glowing costume wins!

 

Kitzmiller Fall Social
288 W. Main St, Kitzmiller @5pm
Costume judging @5:30pm; raffle, food, games and activities for all ages.

 

✭Swanton Community Halloween Social
Swanton Community Center @5pm
Parade at 5:30 through part of downtown Swanton. Trunk or Treat to follow. Food, drinks, and raffles too!

 

House of Illusions Haunted House
Kitzmiller Elementary School @6:30pm
Cost $ 5.00 per person; Questions? Call Heather Berg 301-334-7730. Event sponsored by the Kitzmiller Empowerment Group

 

Halloween Party
Mountain State Brewing Company @5pm-10pm
Costume Contest, DJ Shawn and more!

 

🍁🎃SUNDAY, OCT 28🎃🍁
Trunk or Treat
Crellin United Brethren (Church past Gibson’s gas station on left) @2pm-4pm
The community of Crellin is joining together to make Trunk or Treat bigger and better than before; If you are interested in decorating your vehicle and handing out candy, please be in a parking spot between 1-1:30 so we can be set up and ready by 2! Any questions contact Amber Martin 240-442-7619

 

🍁🎃MONDAY, OCT 29🎃🍁
First Peoples Annual Trick or Treat
Grantsville Shopping Plaza @5:30pm-7pm
Children dressed in costumes can stop by each of the participating businesses starting at the Shop N Save end.

 

🍁🎃WEDNESDAY, OCT 31🎃🍁
Arrowhead Market Trick or Treat
Arrowhead Market @5pm -7pm

 

✭Town of Friendsville Trick or Treat
Friendsville Town Limits @5:30pm-7:30pm

✭Town of Grantsville Trick or Treat
Grantsville Town Limits @5:30pm-7pm

✭Town of Mountain Lake Park Trick or Treat
Mountain Lake Park Town Limits @5:30pm-6:30pm

✭Town of Oakland Trick or Treat
Oakland Town Limits @5:30pm

 

Divine Hope Church Trunk-or-Treat
110 Weber Road Oakland, MD 21550 @5:30 – 7pm
Also giving away Bibles and food; for more information: 240.321.4673

 

✭Town of Accident Trick or Treat
Accident Town Limits @6pm

 

Trunk or Treat
Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Dept @6pm-8pm

 

Fall Festival
Accident Fire Hall @7pm-9pm
Glow in the dark room, hay ride (weather permitting), photo booth and refreshments available. Sponsored by Accident Community Planning Group and Ruth Enlow Library (Accident Branch).

 

Mad Hatter Halloween Party
MoonShadow @8pm-11pm
A SPOOKY TEA PARTY with DJ/HOST: KRISS LOORE. Vintage halloween clips on the big screen, games, costume contest, spooky stories, & more! $5 cover

Scott Alexander is at Moonshadow in McHenry on Friday evening from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Moonshadow will also be hosting 18 Strings on Saturday evening from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

There’s more than ghosts and goblins around this time of year and National Cybersecurity Awareness Month brings to mind the need of small businesses in Garrett County and elsewhere to protect themselves.  In fact, an estimated 25 percent of businesses don’t open again after a major disaster, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety. Protect your small business by identifying the risks relevant to your location, both natural and man-made, and developing a plan of action.

Some animals are actually born with a bad reputation! Check-out this interactive program, First Impressions,  at the Discovery Center on Sunday to learn if their reputations are truly deserved.

Thursday October 25

The weather for today will be increasing clouds with a high near 47 and a low around 35.

You may have heard about a big Nor’easter supposedly headed our way… currently it is looking like it will be a rain-filled weekend. Keeping an eye out, though, anything is possible.

There was a Maryland House of Delegate candidate forum held at Allegany College earlier this week.  Some interesting and opposite perspectives and opinions related to the fracking issue (yes, “that” again) came out in the discussion.  I think it’s worth a read whatever your position.

Garrett College announced that it is the recipient of a $2 million gift from a trust set up by the late Daniel E. Offutt III, an Oakland native who was an artist, metal sculptor and philanthropist. This gift will go towards supporting the college’s new STEM building, programs and scholarships. Congratulations!

Speaking of grants and Garrett College, their Continuing Education division is offering an “Introduction to Grant Writing” workshop on November 5th and 12th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the G.C. Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. Call 301.387.3069 for more information or to register. This introductory workshop is for those who are unsure of how to write a grant, approach funding sources, or make grant dollars work for their needs.

You can choose an old favorite or a new tune and sing your heart out with Music Express at Black Bear Karaoke tonight from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Black Bear Tavern!

The Maryland Environmental Trust, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation, and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is accepting applications through November 15th for “Keep Maryland Beautiful” grants. This program will help volunteer-based, nonprofit groups, communities and land trusts in Maryland to support environmental education projects, litter removal, citizen stewardship and to protect natural resources in urban and rural areas.

The Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) has a few events coming up:

  • Trick or Treating in Oakland is Wednesday, October 31st, from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm.
  • The Veterans Day Parade is Sunday, November 11th, at 11:00 am.
  • A Great Small Town Christmas will be December 7th & 8th.

Wednesday October 24

The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 42 and a low of 27. Still a bit windy with Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph.

The Market Fresh Farmers Market is winding down for the season over the next two weeks, with one market today from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  They are also planning on holding their Winter Market again this year.

Congratulations to two Garrett College golfers: Sophomore Zack Harvey won the WPCC championship held at the Links of Spring Church in Apollo, Pennsylvania this weekend. Also, teammate Brady Merrick, a freshman, was selected to the five player WPCC all-conference team. Way to go gentlemen.

Check out the bedroom set and an antique motorcycle for sale on the Deep Creek Times online marketplace.

Kam Gillespie of Haley farm is giving a lecture this evening from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Indira Gandi, the first female prime minister of India.

The Garrett County Commission for Women is hosting a program around the short documentary Heroin(e) this Saturday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) in Accident. The cost is $10.

Oh Deer! Garrett College is offering a Home Deer Processing workshop to provide hunters with basic skills to process their own deer. Topics include field dressing, knives, skinning the deer, meat cutting and packing. The course is November 5th, 7th and 12th, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Career Technology Training Center in Accident. Contact Continuing Education at 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.

We just found this in the Baltimore Business Journal online edition. A massive home situated on the lake will go to auction later this month after being previously listed for $2.69 million. The six-bedroom home on Shingle Camp Road spans 13,215 square feet of indoor and outdoor space that includes a private dock. The estate will sell without reserve, and bidding will take place via an online marketplace beginning Oct. 25th through Oct. 29th.

The annual Art Beckman Breakfast to benefit Cindy’s Fund will be held at Southern Rescue Squad on Saturday, November 10th from 7:00 am – Noon. There’s all you can eat pancakes, French toast and plenty of other breakfast goodies available, all for a donation.

Tuesday October 23

The weather for today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 52 and a low around 32. Breezy, with a west wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

As reported by Allegheny Mountains Weather, we are to keep an eye out for potentially a significant winter event this upcoming weekend. As always, models do vary but the Euro model shows potential Noreaster heading our way this weekend.

Author Melanie Burgess will share her award winning book, Stinky Owl, at the Kitzmiller branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 10:30 am to 11:30 am this morning. The story is inspired by the birds at Rocky Gap State Park Aviary. The program is free and open to the public and copies of the book will be available for sale, so fly on over!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting orders for shrub and tree seedlings from the John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery for the spring 2019 planting season. The nursery offers more than 50 species of shrubs and trees for large-scale plantings on private land. Orders can be made by emailing seedlingsales.dnr@maryland.gov.

Garrett County Economic Development Director Mike Hough will present results of his 90 day listening sessions regarding issues and opportunities for our county as it applies to building a framework for an economic development strategic plan today.  There will be two sessions available to the public, with both held at Ace’s Run Restaurant at Deep Creek Lake. Session one will start at 10:30 am and session two will start at 1:00 pm. 

This week is School Bus Safety Week and governor Hogan has asked all drivers to please obey school bus signs and be aware of our children leaving or boarding the bus. According to a Maryland State Department of Education study of of school bus “stop arm” violations in Maryland, a total of 3,812 violations were recorded on a single day last spring, compared to 3,384 observed violations in 2017.

Congratulations go out to Judy Carbone, president of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Garrett Branch, who was named the 2019 AAUW-Maryland Woman of Distinction at the 2018 Fall Conference of AAUW-Maryland this past weekend.

Saturday, October 27th, is National Drug Take Back Day, when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is providing the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. There are three permanent collection points in Garrett County. Americans turned in 450 tons of prescription drugs at almost 10,000 sites during this event last April!

Just heard that St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Oakland is having their next Senior Moments 50+ Gang lunch get-together at Tomanetti’s on November 7th. Everyone can gather for the 12 noon Mass in the Daily Mass Chapel and then meet for lunch.  They will also have a little discussion regarding what to do for  Christmas donations to various charities in the community.

Monday October 22

We had our first snowfall of the year yesterday.  Just a dusting of less than an inch, but it was still beautiful. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny with a high of 51 and a low of 39. Here’s a photo from our back yard yesterday morning.

First Snow of the Year at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The monthly Lego Club, designed for children ages four and up and featuring free building time with lots of building bricks, is on from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm this evening at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library. Children are encouraged to build a creation based on a new theme each month.

We are happy to welcome two new physicians to Garrett County:  Mariana Bollinger, MD, and Jason Van Antwerp, MD, are both on staff at Garrett Regional Medical Center. Both are serving general patients and both will also be serving OB patients, which Dr. Bollinger has already begun. Welcome to our community!

Deep Creek Winter Sports Team (DCWST) registration for the 2018-19 Winter Season is now open for children, grandchildren, relatives or friends ages 7-18 who are avid/aspiring skiers or snowboarders. Joining DCWST provides for a great experience and skill-building, along with opportunities to compete regionally and locally in sanctioned ski races and snowboard competitions.

For those of you really into state-level public works details, I wanted to make you aware that the next Maryland Public Works meeting will be held in Annapolis on October 31st.

The Civic Club of Oakland is sponsoring its first-ever bus trip to the Pennsylvania Christmas Show in Harrisburg, PA on Thursday, November 29th. This Christmas Show is one of the largest in the country according to the event web site www.pachristmasshow.com. Tickets are available through www.eventbrite.com (search PA Christmas – Civic Club of Oakland) and are $53 (including fees).

While the warm-weather months are traditionally seen as the best time to buy a home, there is something to be said for purchasing in the fall season according to a recent article in Zillow.com.  Now all of you out-of-town readers have no excuse not to act and buy a second, or first, home in our great community.

Friday October 19, Saturday October 20, Sunday October 21

Weather-wise, Friday will be sunny during the day, with showers likely in the evening, with a high of 56 and a low of 44.  Saturday is forecast to be rainy as well, with a high of 49 and chance of rain/snow mix in the evening, with a low of 31.  Sunday has a 30% chance of snow showers during the day and a partly cloudy evening, with a high of 37 and a low of 28. Get the winter wear ready folks!

I am sorry to report a house fire in Friendsville overnight on Wednesday.  The investigation notice from the State Fire Marshall indicated it likely started in the laundry room, in the dryer.  I share this because I have heard of a number of dryer fires or “near-fires” in the past.  We all need to check the lint filters in our respective dryers.

Taylor Made is holding their 10th anniversary celebration and grand opening Friday evening from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Congratulations to them and to all they add to the community.

Matt Tichon is appearing at Black Bear Tavern Friday evening from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  No cover charge.  And, Jason McDonald is playing at Moonshadow at 8:00 pm Friday.

If you are in the Halloween Spirit (or should I say Spirits) you may want to visit Broadford Park Friday or Saturday evening for a haunted hayride to see the “reaper.” The hayrides start at dark and cost $5. Watch out for that reaper fellow…

One of the last Mountain Fresh Farmers Markets of the season is Saturday in Oakland from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Always good “stuff” and good people there.

There Pumpkin Paining at Smiley’s on Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  All supplies and pumpkins are supplied along with prizes, for a cost of $10.

Don’t worry, I won’t be able to make it, so you still have a chance to win. Yes, you have a chance to win at the 5th annual Oakland Volunteer Fire Department Arm Wrestling Contest on Saturday. $10 to enter goes to a good cause.

There’s lots of other events going on around town this weekend, from a zombie run, to the opening of a new park in Kitzmiller, plus… Check out our Events Guide for more.

A cute family photo from A.J. B.: Roasting marshmallows with the family.

aj_ballantineatdeepcreeklake

Thursday October 18

The weather for today will be mostly sunny during the day and clear in the evening with a high of 42 and a low of 32.  Winter is coming!

Just heard that Friends of Deep Creek Lake will receive the Leadership for Service Volunteer Award from the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS). Congratulations for all you do!

Speaking of Friends of Deep Creek lake, they are asking all interested in the lake to rally and ask Governor Hogan to set-aside $25 million for lake restoration and sediment dredging.  Read their latest newsletter for all the details.

And, speaking of the lake and awards, The Deep Creek Lake Property Owners Association just won the  NALMS 2018 Lake Management Success Stories Award for their article discussing the effectiveness of public/private partnerships.  The article may be seen here.  We are fortunate to have such active, effective organizations supporting the lake, watershed and our community .  Congratulations!

While it pertains to September’s designation, we just received this video of Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford showing some important “signs” for us in Maryland. I thought my readers would be interested and I certainly learned something from the video. Enjoy.

Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development has scheduled a Commercial Driver’s License Learner’s Permit Prep Course on October 27th and 28th, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the College’s Mountaintop Truck Driving Institute in Grantsville. If you know someone looking for a job, truck driving can provide a nice living. For additional information contact Terry Beachy at 301.895.4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. 

The League of Women Voters of Maryland (LWVMD) has published printable files of their nonpartisan Voter’s Guide for every Maryland county and Baltimore City on its website at https://www.lwvmd.org/2018_voters_guides. The LWVMD asked candidates to respond to questions relating to the duties of the office they are seeking, and also to list their websites and social media pages to provide voters with access to even more information. The Voter’s Guides also include information about state and local ballot questions.

So, you want to improve your mussel mass you say?  Read this newsletter from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources that documents how the Patapsco River is doing just that!

Wednesday October 17

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 45 and breezy, with a west wind 15 to 21 mph. Winds will continue into the evening with a low of 30 forecast.

Regional employers are welcome to join Garrett College from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm for a Workforce Development Employment Summit designed to provide you with resources to help you attract, train and retain employees. Highlights include a visit from Secretary of Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation Kelly Schulz. https://deepcreektimes.com/event/workforce-development-employer-summit/

The Southern High School Volleyball team is hosting Mountain Ridge this evening. If Soccer is more your thing, Southern’s Boys Soccer is hosting arch rival Northern High this evening as well.  Speaking of Northern High School, we would love to get postings from them for their events as well. Tell them to contact us. We are “non-political” and support both of our local high schools.

But, speaking of politics, the Greater Grantsville Business Association is hosting an open candidate forum this evening from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  It is open to all, with candidates providing an overview of their positions and answering a few questions.  Get “the scoop” and be informed on the candidates in this important election! Rumor has it that good friends Donald Trump and Elizabeth Warren will be attending and serving tea and biscuits to all.  You heard it first here at The Times!

Kam and Haley at Haley Farm Inn and Retreat Center are hosting their second annual Apple Cider Party this coming Sunday.  They have hired a band and will be making apple cider the old fashioned way from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

The annual National Remembrance Day Roll Call for veterans killed in our wars will be held at the Garrett College auditorium on November 9th.  Kathy Fauber, Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs Counselor is coordinating the event and is looking for readers.  Give her a call if you are interested in donating a little time to honor our veterans. Kathy can be reached at 301.376.3057. Thank you.

As a follow-up item, The E-ZPass Maryland Call Center, website and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system are now operational and back in service. You can all reload your respective E-ZPass toll account and drive to the lake seamlessly and from anywhere.

Here’s a photo from a young lady, Chelsea K., enjoying Deep Creek Lake well into October! Way to go.

Swimming at Deep Creek Lake from Chelsea Kaiser

Tuesday October 16

Today’s weather will be cloudy, with a chance of meatballs.  Actually, I always wanted to say that, but Sarah usually does the weather, so I couldn’t slip it in until now! Today will be partly sunny with a high of 49 and a low of 38.  Please note that the National Weather Service has now lowered their forecast for Wednesday to show a low of 30 that evening. Bring in your plants and maybe the meatballs too!

Here’s a great photo of the lake taken this past Saturday by Eduardo Santillan Monsibais.

Deep Creek Times

There’s a Children’s Lap Sit this morning at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 10:30 am – 11:00 am.  This program is designed to build language skills in children from birth on up to 36 months of age.

Apparently the Maryland State Department of Transportation (MSDT) website and interactive voice response system (IVR) went “down” on Friday. I believe this is just for E-ZPass-related content. The MSDT reported yesterday afternoon that they are working on the problem and that the E-ZPass Maryland (phone) call center is operational at this time and customers may call 1-888-321-6824 to reach a customer-service representative.

There will be quilt drawing for “Meandering Along the Yough” today at Noon at the Friendsville branch of the Ruth Enlow library.  Tickets are available at the library, town office & various town businesses.  Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh yesterday announced that the State of Maryland has sought judicial review, in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to deny Maryland’s petition for relief under Section 126 of the Clean Air Act.  The petition had asked EPA to impose additional controls on upwind emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) a precursor to Ozone. Here’s the link to the press release from the AG. 

The Garrett County Planning Commission is issuing a call for volunteers to serve on the Deep Creek Watershed Signage Committee. Per Maryland state guidelines, the Committee would be tasked with advising the Planning Commission on recommended changes to the sign chapter of the Deep Creek Watershed Zoning Ordinance. Letters of interest, as well as any questions, can be directed to Deborah Carpenter, Director, Garrett County Planning & Land Management at dcarpenter@garrettcounty.org or 301.334.1924.

With November 1st being World Vegan Day and research showing that skipping meat can save the average person at least $750 per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub yesterday released its report on 2018’s Best Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians as well as accompanying videos. Washington D.C. came in a very respectable 11th best nationally.

Monday October 15

The weather for today will be wet and cool, with showers likely, especially in the morning, and with a high of 61 and a low of 35.  Early forecasts show below freezing temperatures Wednesday evening.  I’ll keep checking and provide an update as the week progresses.

One of the benefits of my life and career here in Garrett County are the “positive collisions” I have with all sorts of neat and talented people. Saturday morning I had the benefit of co-hosting a brainstorming session at the college with a group of women CEOs and executives from downstate and Virginia.  Brought to the lake as guests by second home owner Renee Lewis, we had some great brainstorming and opportunity discussions. With smart, dedicated people like that interested in collaboration, the future is bright for the Lake and Garrett County.

I had numerous other “positive collisions” at the Civic Club’s Antique and Maker Fair on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  One such collision was a nice conversation, as we were packing-up, with Deep Creek Times readers Jerry and Gary from Lochandean Pottery Studio at the lake.  Nice guys with some beautiful pottery. My congratulations to the ladies of the Civic Club for another great fundraising event.

Deep Creek Times

Calling all job-seekers: David Levesque, Employment Specialist and Workshop Facilitator with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, will be in the Garrett College Southern Outreach Center/Oakland Armory Building today starting at 8:00 am.  Schedule an appointment at (301) 777-1221, ext. 317 if you can or just walk-in for a consultation.

Since bears may travel many miles in search of food, motorists traveling in Maryland’s western counties, especially Allegany and Garrett, are reminded to watch for them crossing roads, especially during October and November. Bears will begin entering dens in mid-November with most inside dens by mid-December. More information about living with black bears can be found online or by calling 410-260-8540 or 301-777-2136.

The Board of Trustees of the Ruth Enlow Library will be meeting this afternoon stating at 5:00 pm.  The public is invited this meeting held at the Oakland branch.

The next open GOBA meeting is a morning meeting this Tuesday at 8:30 am at the Transportation Museum. Michael Hough, the Director of Economic Development for Garrett County, will be speaking. Fred Gregg will also be presenting a new and exciting initiative for new homes owners in Oakland that businesses will be able to get involved in. Please contact Michelle Ross at mainstreetgoba@gmail.com to see if there is still room at the event.

Here is a quick video of Amanda T’s Happy Place at Deep Creek Lake, which is beautiful even on a cloudy day:

Friday October 12, Saturday October 13, Sunday October 14

 

The weather for Friday will be partly sunny, with a high near 47 and a low of 37 with a good chance of showers. West wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Saturday, showers are likely, mainly before 8:00 am, gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 44 and a low of 35. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 54 and a low of 47.  Get ready to bring your house plants inside folks.

Congratulations to the Town of Friendsville on their new “Way Finding” signs around town.  They look great and are the result of a lot of efforts and patience. Great job folks!

Friendsville New Sign - DCT

 

The Garrett County Arts Council is producing the new Seymore: An Art Experience on Friday. This new, free and interesting arts event will be held at Simon Pearce from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. SEYMOUR will feature Fine art, traditional fine craft and regional food exhibitors who will be selling all hand-crafted work. Bring the kids!

The Maryland State Banjo, Fiddle and Mandolin Championships will be held at Southern High School Friday and Saturday.  An Autumn Glory tradition with some really talented folks at this event.

If music competitions aren’t your thing, but you still want to experience some nice sounds and great food Friday evening or the rest of the weekend, check out the offerings at Black Bear tavern and Moonshadow.  Those events and others are easy to find on our events pages.

Don’t forget the Town of Oakland is offering a shuttle on Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. With the parade and other activities, consider the shuttle as an easy means of transport to the various events.

Be sure to follow our Instagram this week — the amazing Jessica Fike from Jessica Fike Photography will be doing a takeover and has some fun things to share!

Don’t forget to visit the Civic Club’s Antique and Maker Fair in Oakland at the old Armory building from Friday through Sunday.  It’s always a hit, with great vendors and great food that is provided by the ladies of the Civic Club.  I’ll be there Saturday afternoon selling raffle tickets for them and helping as cashier in the cafeteria.  If you stop by, say “hi.” And, remember, the $3 admission fee is donated back to the community!

Thursday October 11

It looks like things are cooling off and getting a bit rainy before Autumn Glory. Today will have a high of 67 and a low of 38, with showers likely throughout the day. I think the cooler weather may help move the color change along, which seems to be lagging prior years a bit.

I had a nice lunch yesterday at Ledo’s Pizza in McHenry.  I usually get their pizza/pasta/salad buffet which is a nice value and fast. They are our newest advertiser, so please check them out and be sure to check out their daily specials.

There’s a S.T.E.A.M. Kids session this afternoon from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library.

Sen. George Edwards asked Maryland state-level officials Thursday to focus more attention on funding north-south highway projects in Allegany and Garrett counties. Edwards spoke at an annual public meeting about the state’s Consolidation Transportation Program at the Allegany County Complex on Kelly Road.

The Department of Natural Resources latest Fishing Report says that cooler water temperatures at the lake are keeping fish active and will likely cause less boat traffic on the water. Anglers should be able to find quiet fishing spots on the lake and good fishing for a variety of fish, including Pike and Bass.

This is the Garrett County Board of Education’s October 9th meeting live stream — they discussed capital improvements, enrollment and plans moving forward:

The Superintendent of Schools, Barb Baker has written an open letter summary as well.

Speaking of our local public schools, students will be dismissed three hours early today for staff development activities in the afternoon and schools will be closed Friday, October 12, 2018, for the Autumn Glory celebration.

The big news this week is Autumn Glory. One special event is the Oktoberfest held at the Oakland Fire Hall tonight starting at 4:00 pm with dinner followed by the Oompah Band and Firemen’s Parade plus lots of other fun stuff.