Friday November 9, Saturday November 10, Sunday November 11

The weather for today is rain likely during the day and changing to snow after 9pm. High near 43 and low around 23. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 21 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 43 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Saturday is expected to have scattered snow showers, mainly before 9am and then partly sunny. A high near 29 and a low around 20. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Sunday, Veteran’s Day, will be sunny, with a high near 38 and a low around 27.

Observation: For a rural area, we are fortunate to have some excellent medical/dental professionals in Garrett County.  I have had a problematic dental “issue” and had a critical appointment yesterday and really feel blessed that we have Dr. Yant and his team. Real pros! Add Garrett Regional Medical Center and our other area physicians and health care providers and we are really in good shape (except for my jaw, but that will change). Feel good dear readers.

It’s Hands-on at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park all day on Friday in the science room. There’s also scavenger hunts on Friday, and other cool stuff all weekend.

Please don’t forget to honor our veterans this weekend (and Monday).  As mentioned earlier in the week, Garrett College will be holding their Fallen Veterans Roll Call starting at 7:00 am today, with special events held throughout the day, in and around the auditorium.  I have found that even attending for 15 minutes is quite moving and really puts things in perspective. Also, note that all veterans will be admitted for free to the basketball game Friday evening at 7:00 pm. Thank you to ALL of our veterans and their families.

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) is accepting nominations of local businesses that have transformed lives in our community during the past three years in the state.  While you have to be a MEDA member to submit the nomination, I am pretty sure one of our Economic Development folks would submit if you have a good nominee (start with Kim Durst and tell her Mike sent you).  Learn more here.

The annual Art Beckman Breakfast to Benefit Cindy’s Fund is on Saturday at the Southern Rescue Squad in Oakland from 7:00 am – Noon.  This is a great cause, good time and some great, all-you-can-eat breakfast grub too.

Even though we are in the “shoulder season” here at the lake, there’s still a number of events going on this weekend, including musidc at a few nice local venues, learning opportunities at the library and activities at the state parks.  See all that’s available at our Upcoming Events section.

Sunday evening the Loch Lynn Church of God is celebrating Pastor Brenda Bernard, who has been serving as the Children’s Pastor for 25 years!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is proposing some new regulations on a number of topics (snakeheads anyone?) and they are asking for public comment until November 18th.  Some of the topics don’t apply to us, but they do downstate and we have a pretty good “fishing” population of readers at Deep Creek Times, so thought I would share the “whole enchilada.”  

All that jazz! The newly-formed Garrett Jazz Ensemble will be hosting its first event on Sunday, November 25th at 6:00 pm at the special events center at Garrett College.  If Dr. Sean Beachy is involved, and he is, you know it will be well-done.

Garrett Jazz - Big Band Swing and Dance Concert

Thursday November 8

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 44 and a low around 35. Tonight will see some rain, mainly after 4am East wind 6 to 11 mph and gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

The Accident Adult Book Club will meet at the Accident branch of the Ruth Enlow Library today at 11:30 am this morning.

Alpine Lake near Terra Alta West Virginia will be hosting the Chamber’s November Business After Hours  this evening from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm. Alpine Lake is a short drive and a “world away” from Deep Creek Lake. 

There’s Music Express Karaoke this evening at the Black Bear Tavern in McHenry from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

It’s local night at Dutch’s this evening.  Check out their great food and get a discount just for living here!  Check out our Dining Specials section for more local specials.

Own a business? Find out if your company and your idea qualify for the upcoming DOD and NOAA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) solicitations to win Government seed money for your company at a one hour, free webinar on Friday. I have worked with TEDCO and some of the presenters and this is the real deal. 

The annual Garrett College Veterans Roll Call this year will be held Friday and will honor our fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan.  It will begin at 7:00 am in the college auditorium and include a (Nationwide) Minute of Silence at 2:00 pm followed by bagpipers playing Amazing Grace and a video of Steve Smith’s song The Brave. There will be a 21 Gun Salute and Taps at 4:30 pm. All are invited to attend all or a part and honor our fallen heroes!

This amazing sunset photo was sent in to us by Dee Dave yesterday – WOW!

Sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD by Dee Dave

Also – don’t forget if you are a past or present Garrett Mentors board member or mentor, the 10-year celebration is tonight!

Garrett Mentors 10-year Celebration Event

Wednesday November 7

Heard we may be in for some potential snow this weekend.  We will follow and keep you apprised of the situation. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 50 and a low around 32. West wind 8 to 13 mph.

Unofficial voting results are in. At present time, the reports show wide-margin victories in several categories:

Commissioner District 1: Republican Larry Tichnell won over Democrat Judy Carbone
Commissioner District 2: Republican Paul Edwards won unopposed
Commissioner District 3: Republican Jim Hinebaugh won over write-in Republican Bob Gatto
District 1A House of Delegates: Republican Wendell Beitzel won over Democrat Mike Dreisbach
District 1A Maryland State Senate: Republican George Edwards won unopposed
District 2 Board of Education, Rodney Glotfelty won over Nathan Sorber

In the only local, tightly contested race, incumbent Monica Rinker won over Fred Gregg by 113 votes for District 3 Board of Education representative. For more information, visit

Potomac Edison has planned a brief power outage for the following locations: Accident, Friendsville, McHenry, Oakland.  The outages will occur sometime between 11:00 am and 11:30 am this morning.

Here’s an interesting read: I thought our readers might like to see Hazard Mitigation Plan from Allegany County. Once in, just click on the link. Detailed but interesting.

Frostburg State University (FSU), in partnership with regional chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, is conducting a survey of local businesses and citizens relative to the proposed implementation and impact of a $15 minimum wage. This anonymous survey should take 10-15 minutes of your time and your participation is very important. If you would like to receive the results of the survey, please indicate that at the end of the survey.

The Chamber reports that Garrett County’s unemployment rate in August, the latest month with available data, was 4.4%, as compared to Maryland’s 4.2% and the nation’s 3.9%.  Allegany County’s rate was at 5.9%.

Click here for a fun video a colleague sent me yesterday: A fox, a bear and mid-term elections, oh my?  Actually, I think it demonstrates the benefit of persistence and overcoming obstacles and since we have bears in our area I thought I would share. Note: This is not meant as a political commentary/endorsement, but the video is cool and worth watching (you can turn off the sound if you wish).

The “off-season” still offers some good fishing — here Matt Jones shares his chain pickerel catch with us!

Matt Jones _ Chain Pickerel _ Deep Creek Lake, MD


Tuesday November 6

Yesterday was cool and misty around the lake. Today will be partly cloudy and breezy, with a west wind 11 to 20 mph. Gusts as high as 43 mph. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before  3pm. High near 58 and low around 40.

Today is election day. Some would say “finally!” This has definitely been an interesting year, with some significant, contested races for a number of offices.  Here’s a link to the Garrett County Board of Elections which has another link to the sample ballot.  Best of luck to all the candidates and please get out there and VOTE.

We just heard about this new collaboration for the arts in our area: The JumpStart Theatre program will be implemented in Western Maryland beginning in the 2019-20 school year through a partnership between the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) and the Mountain City Center for the Arts (MCCA) in Frostburg. The JumpStart Theatre program creates sustainable theatre arts programs in middle schools. We’ll share more when we have more details.

Did you know that there are 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in the United States? Collectively, they employ 5 million individuals and have over $1 trillion in annual revenue (receipts).  Now you know.  The SBA has a nice fact sheet I thought my readers might be interested in perusing to learn more as a lead-up to veterans day later this week. Veterans just keep giving back to our community and country and we have a few very successful veteran-owned businesses here in Garrett County. Thanks!

So, you went and voted and now you are hungry.  Our newest advertiser, Ledo’s Pizza has a special today: two calzones or strombolis for $11.99.  Not too shabby.  If you are in the mood for something else, check out the specials on our Daily Specials board. Tell them the Deep Creek Times sent you!

According to Oakland Volunteer Fire Department: Oakland, along with Deer Park, Kitzmiller, Southern Rescue, GC EMS, GC Emergency Management, GC Hazmat Team, Oakland Police and MD State Fire Marshall office responded to Walmart in Oakland for a suspicious package yesterday afternoon. Upon arrival Chief 40 assumed command and placed ER43 and E23 and T44 crews on fire standby, while Oakland police secured the area with U48 and Trailer serving as command post for the incident. Command also requested MD State Fire Marshall Bomb Squad and GC Hazmat Team to Assist in identifying the suspicious package. Fire Marshall’s were able to assess the package thru multiple techniques and quickly deemed the package safe.

There’s a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels/Grantsville Senior Center this Friday evening starring Wheeling Jamboree star Steve Smith, with special Guest Rusty Halo and the Durst Brothers Band. It’s at the Grantsville Senior Center from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Call-301-895-5818 or 301-334-9431 ext. 6139 by November 7th to reserve a spot (if you are dining). Cost is $10, and only $3 for music only.

It has been an exciting year for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, as it celebrates its 150th anniversary and looks to the future with enhanced equipment, manpower and technology. This month the department welcomes 44 new officers to their ranks.


Monday November 5

Sunday was a brisk, breezy and sunny day with some showers overnight. The weather for today will be mostly cloudy with showers likely, mainly before 10am. High near 54 and a low around 49. Southeast wind 6 to 16 mph.

Story Tails, a program at the Grantsville branch of the Ruth Enlow Library, is offered today from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Designed to help children develop confidence in reading, each child reads to a dog for 15 – 20 minutes, with the dog’s handler sitting nearby to give reading assistance if necessary. All dogs are certified by Therapy Dogs International. All dogs are then given a multiple choice test to see if they remember what the children read to them (only kidding). This is a great program!

A Touch of Class Limousines just let us know that they are offering a 10% discount on their hourly rate for reservations made in November.  There are some qualifiers, so ask when you give them a call on 301.698.2650 if you are interested in learning more.

There’s a free workshop on Choosing Health Insurance this evening at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. University of Maryland Extension Educator Lisa McCoy, RD, offers this free workshop on understanding your health insurance options, making sure you have the right insurance for your family, preparing for unexpected expenses and taking control of your healthcare costs. Registration is not required.

The Chamber’s next Marketing Roundtable event will feature updates on the town of Oakland. The meeting is November 7th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Chamber conference room. This is an opportunity for area marketing professionals and Chamber member businesses to get an update on all of the new happenings in downtown Oakland, including Brenda McDonnell’s new restaurant and Pat Franc’s SipSide Lounge. There will also be a general update from GOBA’s Michelle Ross. Registration is required and is limited to 30 individuals.

November is American Diabetes Month.  With about 29 million American adults having type 2 diabetes, I wanted to share “the month” and that statistic as diabetes can really throw you a curve, including a 100- to 200- percent increase in medical expenses. I took the quick American Diabetes Association diabetes risk test online just now as I prepped for this post. Took me less than a minute to complete.

If you don’t feel like going to work today or don’t like your job, check out this photo of the inside of a coal mine in Frostburg, circa 1905.  Pretty primitive and dangerous looking conditions to be sure. This photo is courtesy of local historian Al Feldstein — thanks for sharing with us Al!

We just received this listing of activities available at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek State Park later this week.  As usual, they have a nice program schedule planned for the month.  We’ll share more as the month progresses:

Friday, November 9
All Day – Hands on Science Room Open and Scavenger Hunts Available

Saturday, November 10
11:00 am Hungry Critters – Meet us inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters! You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian!
2:00 pm. First Impressions – Some animals are born with a bad reputation.  This interactive program shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature.  At the end of the program, get the opportunity to meet one of the real animals behind the misconceptions.

Sunday, November 11
11:00 a.m. Pine cone Bird Feeder Making – It’s that time of year again! As you are making a pine cone bird feeder to take home with you, learn about the birds that are stopping by the Discovery Center bird feeders.
2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding – Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!


Friday November 2, Saturday November 3, Sunday November 4

Yesterday turned out to be a wonderful day at the lake, except for some clouds in the early evening. Todays weather is cloudy with a high near 51 and a low around 36. Showers likely, mainly after 5pm and a Southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Saturday rain and snow showers likely until about 2pm; mostly cloudy, with a high near 41 and a low around 34. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a crisp high near 48 and a low around 40.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  Bittinger’s All You Can Eat Wings are back! Come out to the Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department on Friday night and enjoy all you can eat wings for $15! Eat-in starts at 5:00 pm and take-out begins at 4:30 pm.

Wanted to let our readers know that our Railey Realty webcam at Lakeside Creamery is down for maintenance and an upgrade.  Our Deep Creek Times webcam and our other webcams around the lake, county and Wisp are all up and running and available to give all a good view of the weather, traffic and conditions. They are a great way to get a real-time look at things when you are out of town or en-route to the area.

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. There are over 50 varieties of trees and shrubs available for purchase, including over 20 pollinator friendly options. Minimum order is 25 seedlings of the same variety.

HART for Animals is hosting their annual Black Tie and Tails event at Wisp on Saturday.  This is great event, by a great organization, for a great cause. Give them a call to see if there’s still room to squeeze-in.

The MD Small Business Development Center, Western Region, is partnering with the Federal Reserve to conduct a Small Business Credit Survey for both pre-start and existing businesses and would like business owners or managers to participate.

The Allegany County Arts Council is hosting Will’s Creek Exhibition – “Overlooked” – a juried arts exhibition of contemporary American art.  In its 19th year, the submitted artworks will be on display at the council’s two professional art galleries from this Saturday through December 1st.

There’s lots to do at and around the lake this weekend, including high school football and a bunch of music.  Check them all out in our Events section. 

Finally, as I write this, there’s a group of lovely and talented Civic Club ladies in my basement working on their decorations and tree for the Festival of Trees event later this month.  Here’s a quick photo I took of the team around their work-in-progress tree.  They do great work for our community!

Oakland Civic Club Ladies

Thursday November 1

Yesterday was unseasonably warm (remember Hurricane Sandy!) and it was a nice day here at the lake. Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 68 and a low around 50. Southwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Rain likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 1am.

I heard the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF)  Halloween party was well attended and a lot of fun last evening. I had to teach or I certainly would have attended. Here’s a photo of the Lake Pointe Inn that Sarah took as they were preparing for the event:

Spooky Soiree at Lake Pointe Inn at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Happy November dear readers!  November gets me thinking about the holiday season and all that goes along with that.  Did you know that November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar and retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning “nine”) when January and February were added. November occurs in late spring in the Southern Hemisphere and late autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

Working H Meats has started taking orders for fresh, GMO-free Thanksgiving Turkeys. Order online here.

Don’t forget that there is a Women’s Networking Lunch today at Ace’s Run Restaurant and Pub at Noon. Contact Terah Crawford at 301.487.4914 for more information and to see if there is still room.

Chill out! The Adult Coloring Club meets from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm today at the Grantsville branch of the Ruth Enlow Library. This program is free and designed as a quiet time for adults to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.  To register contact Kim at 301.895.5298 or

There’s Music Express Karaoke this evening at the Black Bear Tavern from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Congratulations to Audrey W. for correctly guessing Autumn Glory in Downtown Oakland as our October “Where Am I?” contest. Be sure to send us your guess for this month’s contest!

Did you know that Maryland ranks as one of the fastest-growing states for distilleries in the country, with 25 distilleries of all sizes and over 100 brands on the market. Garrett County even has its own cooperage (distillers’ barrel maker) in early development.  To celebrate Maryland’s growing presence, November has been declared Maryland Spirits Month.  Check out this interactive map site for more information.