Thursday January 31

The weather for today will be sunny and cold, with a high near 7. Wind chill values as low as -29. West wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight, snow likely (mainly after 4am). Increasing clouds, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -10. West wind 5 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Due to the frigid weather, the Oakland library’s “Choose Civility” event I included in yesterday’s Notes was cancelled and will now take place on Wednesday, February 6th at 6:00 pm. The College is closed today and mass at St. Peters is also cancelled for today, since Garrett County Schools are closed. Garrett County Administrator Kevin Null has also announced all county government offices will delay opening until 10:30 a.m. today. If you are coming into town, please check to make sure your intended destination is open as we face this very cold weather.

They knead more dough!  Garrett Mentors is a local non–profit organization providing children in the Garrett County area with positive, adult role models serving as lunchtime mentors at school. They are holding a “Dough Raiser” fund raiser at Uno’s today from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm including take-outs   I have had the pleasure of knowing a number of their dedicated mentors and meeting some of their student mentees and I give this organization a hearty “thumbs -up.” Check here to print the coupon to be able to have your meal help and also to learn more.  Thanks!

Oakland Jazzercise is holding its annual February Heart Health Challenge again this year. New/returning customers can sign up for just $50 and get unlimited classes now through February 28th and also have a chance to earn a limited edition Heart Challenge tank.  Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Garrett Regional Medical Center’s CT Scanner Campaign.

The Lodges at Sunset Village (across from the Fort and below Wisp) has announced a special deal for this weekend only: $398 for a two-night stay with free skiing, This weekend only – Friday February 1st – Sunday February 3rd.  This one is not available online, you must call to make a reservation – 301.387.2227. Tell them Deep Creek Times sent you!

Here’s the Winter Edition of Maryland Natural Resource Magazine from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  It includes an interesting article on the Bloede Dam removal project.

I know, I know.  It is really cold outside, so you have been wondering how birds keep warm in this weather. Well, here’s the answer.  Hint: They do NOT go and buy an extra jacket on Amazon or take a shot of whiskey every hour.. but they DO have some natural protections and behaviors they have developed. Check it out dear readers. And, stay warm!

Wednesday January 30

Yesterday, after flurries all day, the snow got very intense on the mountain late afternoon and with the temperature dropping, the roads were quite slick, even with the limited accumulations.


Today’s weather will be cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny and cold, with a temperature falling to around -3 by 5pm. Snow likely, mainly before 2pm. Wind chill values as low as -25. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around -9. Wind chill values as low as -30. West wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

What is the Caldecott award and how does an illustrator win one? Which books might win this year? Ruth Enlow Library staff and attendees will answer these questions, vote for your favorite books, create your own illustrator-inspired art and more in this hands-on book club designed especially for homeschooled kids. This sounds like an interesting program. Please register and confirm any weather postponement by calling 301.895.5298 or emailing before the event.

WW (formally Weight Watchers) is hosting an Open House on Thursday at 5:00 pm at the Mary Browning Community Center. This is a chance to try a workshop (meeting) for free, sample some snacks, get coupons and learn WW tips & hacks. Location details are at the WW site under “Find a Meeting”

As part of the Ruth Enlow Library’s “Choose Civility” program, there is a themed session this evening from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Oakland branch.  The premise of this program is to “demonstrate” how we can show respect even when we don’t agree with someone’s views. Come to this year’s first “Choose Civility” discussion, where the theme will be “Talking Politics: How and Why.”

It’s Team Trivia Night at the Greene Turtle this evening from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  It is free and open to all and you can win prizes. Good luck.

The Red Cross will be holding a Blood Drive on February 12th at the CARC at Garrett College from 11:30 am – 4:00 pm. Please call 1.800.RED.Cross or go to to schedule an appointment. Do it!

This event is not in Garrett County, but it can help our Garrett County businesses and their owners. If you are a small, minority-owned, woman-owned or veteran-owned business you might be interested in this “Ready, Set, Grow Procurement Program Connections Workshop” to be held in Baltimore County on February 21st. Here’s some more information, including a registration form, for this free workshop.

Tuesday January 29

Yesterday was clear, with clouds moving in as I write these Notes. Today’s weather will be cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 18 by 5pm. West wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Tonight: isolated snow showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of snow after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -6. West wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is holding a (healthcare) Uniform and Shoe Sale today from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. The sale will be in their dining area on the lower level. If you or someone you know is in the healthcare field, this is an opportunity to stock-up on some good fashions.

Bambi asked me to include this one: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the state’s management of white-tailed deer. The input will be used to help revise the state’s 15 year deer management plan. Here’s the link to the DNR information. Note that there is a related public briefing in Frostburg on February 6th.

It’s Team Trivia at Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry this evening from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Not to be outdone, Moonshadow in McHenry is hosting their Trivia Night from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm this evening, with discounts on drinks and other goodies for you.

This is an interesting article from the American Bird Conservancy that reports the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is leading an effort to consider birds in their planning of wind energy development off the shores of California. Efforts under the plan will include using site-specific research and predictive mapping, among other approaches.  While California and the Pacific is far away, I thought our readers might find it interesting due to Garrett County’s own wind projects. Enjoy.

This photo of Deep Creek Lake is shared from Christian Mullin! Chris’ company does prints; can you imagine this printed on metal?

Christian Mullin Photography at Deep Creek Lake, MD

We just heard from Carol Riley-Alexander that the Board of Garrett County Commissioners will not conduct a Public Meeting on Monday, February 4th as previously announced.  On that date the Board will meet in Administrative Session to review administrative matters.  The next scheduled Public Meeting will now be held on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019.

We are very fortunate to have a strong, engaged, active health department in Garrett County. We just received this press release from the Garrett County Health Department’s Public Information officer Diane Lee. I thought I would include in its entirety for our readers as it is important.

Weather forecasts warn of extreme cold weather continuing over the next several days with single digit and below zero temperatures expected. Wind chills as much as 20 below zero may occur! Extreme cold increases the concern for seniors, children, and homeless persons. Anyone engaging in outdoor activities (especially children) should be carefully monitored for frostbite and hypothermia. This may NOT be the time for outdoor activities…persons should have full protection of winter clothing, hats, gloves and boots if possible.

–Neighbors should check on elderly neighbors and others who live alone.

–All pets/animals should have warm shelter or be brought indoors even in the daytime.

–Community members should be aware of the following resources:
*For cold weather emergencies, call 911.
*Persons needing emergency fuel assistance can call Community Action at 301-334-9431 (after hours, call 301-334-1926).
*Persons needing emergency shelter, call Department of Social Services at 301-533-3000.
*For assistance with pets or stray animals, call Garrett County Animal Shelter at 301-334-3553.
*Not sure who to call? Citizens may call the Garrett County Public Safety/Emergency Management non-emergency line at 301-334-1929 for assistance.

Monday January 28

The weather yesterday was nice, with intermittent flurries. Lots of folks at Wisp and I also saw a few groups sliding across the lake ice. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny with a high near 35 and a low around 33. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph. Rain and snow likely overnight; new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Where (and when) do LEGOs and Needlework come “together” in Garrett County you ask?  Why, at the Ruth Enlow Library, today I say.  There’s two LEGO Club sessions for kids and two (separate) Needlework sessions for adults. You can find information on the individual classes in our Events section.

It’s cold on the mountain and it looks like it will be getting even colder this week, so I thought I would include this interesting article from Zillow comparing the pros and cons of furnaces, boilers and heat pumps for you. Note that at the bottom of the linked page there is a “quiz” to help you determine what your dream cabin looks like.

Speaking of the cold weather, here’s a tip-sheet from Erie Insurance on winter driving.  I know all my readers are expert winter drivers, but perhaps share this common sense, simple piece with a friend or family member.

Calling all start-up entrepreneurs around the lake.  Maryland TEDCO has opened up applications for their second (business) builder fund and it looks like a fairly simple process. TEDCO does some great work for the state and county, so check out the application at this link if you are looking for funding.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Mountain State Brewing Company will be hosting their next Business After Hours on Thursday, February 14th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at their 6690 Sang Run Rd location in McHenry. Mountain State is known for their great homemade brews and their wonderful wood-fired flatbread pizzas. I will likely be there, so all readers should feel free to bring me my (hopefully high value) Valentines Day present that evening. I am all about my readers and convenience!

Last night’s sunset was a good one:

Sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Friday January 25, Saturday January 26, Sunday January 27

The weather for today is scattered snow showers before 1pm, then scattered flurries between 1pm and 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 20 (wind chills as low as -1). Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 9 (wind chill as low as -5) . Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers: a high near 24 (wind chill as low as -3)  a low around 20. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers: High near 32; low around 17.

The Southern High School Boys Basketball team is home versus Allegany High School Friday evening starting at 6:00.

Kelly Lynott is playing at Black Bear Tavern Friday evening from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  Also on Friday evening, Jason McDonald and Jimmy Nash will be playing together for the first time at Moonshadow from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Here’s the Maryland Department of Tourism’s Newsletter that came out yesterday.  It includes some nice winter activities in Western Maryland including at Wisp.

Thank you to Paul Heller for sharing this photo from the other night — he says it is through a window with his Google Pixel phone on “Night Mode”; he didn’t even realize the deer was there until looking at the photo! You can even see stars in this one if you look closely…

Paul Heller Night Mode at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Thinking of becoming a lifeguard? Need to get your recertification? Check out the upcoming lifeguard classes at the CARC, including one on the 26th starting at 9:00 am. Register over the phone at 301.387.3786 or online. Got questions? Ask their Aquatics Coordinator at or 301.387.3788.

As usual, there’s a lot of other events this weekend, including bingo, more live music, disc jockeys, and more. Check it all out on our Events pages here.

The Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park is open on weekends during the winter months.  Here’s a listing of their activities this weekend:

Friday January 25
All Day
– Hands on Science Room Open and Scavenger Hunts Available

Saturday January 26
11:00 a.m. Backyard Birding – Learn the birding basics from, overwintering birds, feeder types and basic ID. Approx 1 hour
1:00 p.m. Snowshoeing for Beginners – Learn the basics of snowshoeing and join the Naturalist for a trek around the Discovery Center. Snowshoes are provided. Free—please call for reservations. Will be a hike if no snow.

Sunday January 27
11:00 a.m. Snowflake Discovery – Join the Naturalist to learn about snowflakes! Make a snowflake craft and try to capture “snowflake prints” if weather permits.
2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding – Join the team to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat.

Thursday January 24

Yesterday was warmer with a bit of rain in the afternoon and evening hours.

Today’s weather will be rain and snow showers likely between 9am and 10am, then snow showers likely after 10am. Temperature falling to around 24 by 5pm. Breezy, with a west wind 11 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Tonight is a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. West wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Speaking of the weather, or more specifically the night sky, I saw the Super (Blood) Moon clearly for the first time this season when the clouds “broke” the other evening.  It was huge and looked like it was “just” over the tree tops. It wasn’t red when I saw it, but if you want to learn more and see it in its “red phase” and learn why it turned red, check out this link. Very Impressive.

Congratulations are in order for Mike, Pablo and their team at FireFly Farms in Accident. We just heard that one of their soft-ripened goat’s milk cheeses, MountainTop, is a 2019 Good Foods Awards winner. The 2019 awards were announced at a ceremony held recently in San Francisco, California.  My wife and I love their cheese products and they are good guys and a great success story for artisan foods produced in Garrett County.

Sailing? On the Lake? In January? Yep. According to this piece by Maryland Public Television, Deep Creek Lake has the fastest growing ice boat fleet in the world!  I am not sure when exactly this was “shot” but it first aired in November of last year. The section on our local “ice fleet” starts at 17:20 into the video. This looks like a lot of fun.  Ships ahoy!

If fishing is more your thing, there is still good fishing in the lake and surrounding streams.  Check out this Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing Report for the latest.  Please note that as I write this most of the lake is open water, as the temperatures have risen from the extreme cold of a few days ago.  Where there is ice, I am guessing it is NOT safe to ice fish on.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the proposed fiscal year 2020 work plans for the following state forests: Chesapeake Forest/Pocomoke, Green Ridge, Potomac-Garrett and Savage River. The comment period concludes February 22nd.

Good luck to all that have traveled to Annapolis for the annual PACE conference.  PACE stands for Positive Attitudes Change Everything and it is intended to allow all Garrett citizens to travel to meet, chat and ask questions of our elected officials and administrators at the state level.  In addition to the numerous meetings with legislators and others, there is a reception and breakfast with speakers.  It helps all get involved and keep Western Maryland issues and opportunities in front of those in Annapolis.

Wednesday January 23

Yesterday was a bit warmer and less breezy. The snow emergency has been lifted but there are still icy spots on roads, so be careful. Today’s weather will be rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 46 and a low around 33. South wind 13 to 16 mph. Tonight will be rain; amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Our congratulations go out to Northern Garrett High School senior Sam Beeman, who recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Garrett College. Sam not only played baseball at Northern but also football and wrestling. Way to go Sam.

Hey, it’s cold out and the (little) kids/grand kids need something to do indoors.  The library has programs for the little and not so little ones today at three of their branches.  Check out the Ruth Enlow Library calendar here for ideas and more information.

Just heard from Eric Robison at the Oakland – Mt. Lake Park Lions Club about their involvement in the Health Department’s Play Hard, Live Clean initiative for our local students.  Most Garrett County youth don’t smoke, don’t drink, and don’t misuse drugs. But some do. And Garrett County cares about all our kids, so the Play Hard, Live Clean campaign is designed to give every Garrett County youth the opportunity to be rewarded for making good choices.  Check out this link for more information and please spread the word to parents and students over 13 years of age.

Here’s the latest newsletter from Generation West Virginia.  There’s a piece on jobs and also a job opportunity for a Network Engagement Director.  As you may recall, this organization is working to help engage and keep young adults in nearby West Virginia.

Here’s a video clip I got yesterday of the shimmering ice on the trees in McHenry:

Hey there baseball fans: The Baltimore Sun reports that Mike Mussina, the right-handed pitcher who anchored the Orioles rotation in the 1990s, will join Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay and Edgar Martínez in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. Mussina is from Williamsport, PA, just a few hours from Garrett County. We have a number of readers from Baltimore and central Pennsylvania and a bunch are Orioles fans, so this one is for you.

A new report, released yesterday by the Maryland State Board of Education, found that 47 percent of the State’s kindergarteners had demonstrated readiness for kindergarten.  “Readiness” means that the students were fully prepared to participate in the kindergarten curriculum.  This compares to 45 percent in 2017-18 and 43 percent in 2016-17.  As I expected, Garrett County schools performed well compared to peer districts.  Here’s the summary numbers for you:

 Overall Results for the 2018-19 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment for Maryland

·        District_ID ·        District_Name ·        Demonstrating ·        Approaching ·        Emerging
·         All ·         Maryland ·         47% ·         33% ·         20%
·         1 ·         Allegany ·         41% ·         33% ·         26%
·         2 ·         Anne Arundel ·         48% ·         33% ·         18%
·         3 ·         Baltimore County ·         49% ·         32% ·         19%
·         4 ·         Calvert ·         45% ·         40% ·         15%
·         5 ·         Caroline ·         45% ·         39% ·         16%
·         6 ·         Carroll ·         61% ·         30% ·         9%
·         7 ·         Cecil ·         32% ·         42% ·         26%
·         8 ·         Charles ·         40% ·         40% ·         20%
·         9 ·         Dorchester ·         40% ·         39% ·         20%
·         10 ·         Frederick ·         59% ·         29% ·         12%
·         11 ·         Garrett ·         55% ·         32% ·         13%
·         12 ·         Harford ·         43% ·         38% ·         19%
·         13 ·         Howard ·         56% ·         31% ·         13%
·         14 ·         Kent ·         53% ·         29% ·         18%
·         15 ·         Montgomery ·         54% ·         28% ·         18%
·         16 ·         Prince George’s ·         39% ·         32% ·         29%
·         17 ·         Queen Anne’s ·         57% ·         31% ·         11%
·         18 ·         St. Mary’s ·         42% ·         38% ·         20%
·         19 ·         Somerset ·         60% ·         25% ·         15%
·         20 ·         Talbot ·         42% ·         41% ·         17%
·         21 ·         Washington ·         43% ·         33% ·         25%
·         22 ·         Wicomico ·         41% ·         36% ·         23%
·         23 ·         Worcester ·         66% ·         26% ·         8%
·         30 ·         Baltimore City ·         39% ·         36% ·         26%

Tuesday January 22

Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 27 but wind chill values as low as -2. Tonight, a chance of freezing rain, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to near 24 by 8pm, then rising to around 35 during the remainder of the night.

Congratulations to Garrett County Commissioner Jim Hinebaugh, who has been named to the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Board of Directors. MACo is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that serves Maryland’s counties by articulating the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly. I am sure Jim will do a great job representing us here “on the mountain.”

Congratulations are also in order for eight school-based therapists and social workers in Garrett County.  They all recently completed a nine-class Advanced Trauma Treatment certification program through The Ferentz Institute in Pikesville. The program focused on a strengths-based approach to the assessment and treatment of adolescent and adult survivors of trauma, abuse, and neglect.

Thank you to Vicki Schwinabart for sharing her Blood Moon Photo with us. Look closely and you can see the ice sparkling on the trees:

Moon Photo at Deep Creek Lake, MD by Vicki Schwinabart

If you are looking for some fun, engaging, low-cost entertainment with a local flavor, check out the Northern High School Girls Basketball game this evening.  You can root for our local team in a family-friendly atmosphere as they take on Bishop Walsh at 6:00 pm.  Go ladies!

Garrett College is offering  a Certified Apartment/Building Maintenance Technician (CAMT) course in March, which is designed to provide an overview of the apartment and building maintenance profession and prepare students for an entry level position in the industry. The course may also be of interest to homeowners looking for information on DIY repairs that include: basic maintenance and repair of electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems; maintenance, repair and installation of appliances, and proper home maintenance activities. Contact Kaitlyn Fike at 301.387.3087 or for more information.

How educated are Maryland citizens you ask?  Well, check out this link for a full report from WalletHub on the Most Educated States, including state educational attainment and rankings. Hint: Maryland was ranked very high! I know the Garrett County school system ranks quite high in the state, so this study is further good news for us and our community.  Here’s some state-level “tid-bits” for you:

How educated is Maryland? (Rankings – 1 = Most, 25 = Average):

  • 25th – % of High-School Diploma Holders
  • 11th – % of Associate’s Degree Holders or College-Experienced Adults
  • 3rd– % of Bachelor’s Degree Holders
  • 2nd– % of Graduate- or Professional-Degree Holders
  • 20th – Avg. University Quality
  • 25th – Racial Gap in Educational Attainment
  • 1st – Gender Gap in Educational Attainment

Landon’s Library Youth Basketball (LLYB) is asking for help — this week two players in their youth league, Carter Goff (Bearcats) and Brecklin Marsh (Hoyas) each tragically lost their father. The LLYB has established a College Savings Fund for the benefit of Carter and Brecklin and, alongside the WGW Community Youth Cup organization, will be matching donations raised. There will be a donation jar at the scorer’s table at the gymnasiums during league games and donations can also be mailed to: Landon’s Library (c/o: College Fund), 317 E Oak Street, Oakland, MD 21550 — read more here about how you can help these little boys.

Monday January 21

Well, the story this weekend was certainly the “interesting” and ever-changing winter weather around the lake.  As I write these Daily Notes late Sunday afternoon it looks like a winter wonderland outside but is quite cold and windy. The weather for today will be partly sunny and cold, with a high near 8. Wind chill values as low as -26. Blustery, with a northwest wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight, will be partly cloudy, with a low around -1. Wind chill values as low as -12.

We hope everyone had a nice, fun weekend whether your pursuits took you inside or outside. It certainly looks like our friend Joseph Coddington and his pup did:

Joseph Coddington in Oakland MD

Just a thought on the photo above: I really wish all of our local and visiting drivers would focus on driving like Joseph’s pup. He is definitely focused!

Happy Martin Luther King Junior Day today. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. Note that today is a federal holiday and that many local organizations (banks, libraries, schools) are also closed in observance.

Who was able to see the blood moon last night? If you snagged a picture, will you share with us at

While the Ruth Enlow library may be closed today, I thought I would mention one of their newer and cooler services: They now have experts available during special hours at the Oakland branch to assist patrons doing research into local history and genealogy. Learn where to find historical maps, family histories, archived issues of The Garrett County Republican and special online resources too.

The Garrett County Health Department tells us that influenza is increasing its geographic “footprint” across the United States.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a report saying an estimated 6 million Americans have been sickened by flu so far this season. The health department still has a good supply of flu vaccine for all ages (and including Flu Mist®, the nasal spray flu vaccine for healthy persons aged 2 to 49 years). For more information please call the Health Department at 301 337-7770.

I know from speaking to our readers that many are passionate and quite engaged in historic preservation in a variety of areas. The Maryland Department of Planning has announced this year’s Maryland Preservation Awards program which is free and open to the public and will be held on January 31st.

Here’s a photo my wife jean took Sunday afternoon from our porch.  All the trees are coated in ice:

Icy Trees at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Friday January 18, Saturday January 19, Sunday January 20

The weather for today is snow showers mainly before noon. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 32 and a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Saturday will be snow and freezing rain before 4pm, then freezing rain and sleet. High near 32 and a low of 19. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible during the day. Saturday night will be freezing rain and sleet before 2am, then rain and snow between 2am and 3am, then snow after 3am. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunday will be snow showers likely before 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 21 and a low around 0. Northwest wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. A chance of snow showers in the evening, mainly before 10pm.

Just heard the keynote speaker for the 43rd annual Western Maryland PACE in Annapolis on January 24th and 25th will be Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. There will be other dignitaries present at both the Thursday evening reception and the Friday morning breakfast. PACE is always a great event to meet and greet other locals and second home-owners as well as state government officials.

Wisp Resort is opening many new trails this weekend! Happy skiing and boarding! Thanks to Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales for this photo taken last night:

Wisp Resort by Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales

Don’t forget to share this if you know a family in need with a dog: Come to the HART Animal Center between 10:00  am – 2:00 pm Friday to get free dog food from a donated supply HART just received.

The Northern High School Boys Basketball team hosts rival Southern High School Friday evening in a county rivalry game starting at 6:00 pm. Should be some good, passionate action and fun at this one.

There may still be room at Haley Farm’s Wellness Retreat running from Friday evening into Sunday. The retreat includes all-inclusive healthful meals and cooking demos, plus personal and group fitness training, wellness coaching, nutrition education, and a take-home exercise and wellness plan.

Black Bear Tavern has some nice music on tap (along with some good beer) this weekend, with Matt Tichon on Friday evening, then Paul Burger Saturday evening and also Trial by Fire later that evening.

MoonShadow Cafe has multi-instrument artist Mateo Monk appearing on Saturday “whose music is a synthesis of multiple genres of world roots music, heavily informed by the spontaneous freedom of psychedelic jam culture.” He has performed with a number of well know artists yet is a “new age” one-man-band with virtuosity in a number of instruments.

Mountain State Brewing Company hosts Bingo on Sunday at 1:00 pm, with valuable prices to say nothing of their great brews, pizza and other goodies.

There’s a worthwhile, free training effort scheduled for February 12th at Uno’s.  TIPS training (for those that serve alcohol at events) will be put on by the Garrett County Health Department and is supported by both HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF), who sponsor the annual Art, Wine and Beer Festival fundraiser. If you are a volunteer pourer, please consider attending. Here’s more specifics:

Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
Uno’s Restaurant (downstairs) 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Contact: Brenda Sisler at 301-334-7730, ext. 6534 for more information

Everything will be 1/2 price at Dairy Queen and Orange Julius on Oakland on Saturday, January 19th! (No $5 or $6 lunch and no snack melts or pretzels this day).

As I write these Daily Notes Thursday evening, I hear we may be in for some “tricky” weather this weekend.  Please stay safe and warm and keep up with the local weather on our Deep Creek Times Local Weather section! Lots of our readers use this every day, as we meld multiple forecasts into one, easy report. We’ve got ya covered!

Thursday January 17

Yesterday was cold with some mixed precipitation throughout the day and into the evening.  Today’s weather will be snow showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 29 and a low of 28. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible and 1 to 3 inches possible overnight.


You can bring your own needlework – whether it’s knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, embroidery, or lap quilting – and join others for two hours of relaxation and fun this afternoon! This Needlework  meet-up  goes from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Oakland library in downtown Oakland.

Do you know what the oldest hiking club in Maryland is? Neither did I, but you find out and learn about their interesting and fun “work” on the Appalachian Trail and elsewhere by following this link. Hint: they started way back in 1934! Cool stuff.

Our Town Theatre in Oakland opens their stage to anyone who has something to share this evening from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Music, short stories, poetry, dance, skits, etc., are all welcomed, so go on out and show off your creative side and meet others too at this monthly Open Mic Night event!

Here’s a link to the latest issue of Maryland Tourism, Film and the Arts Newsletter.  This issue covers a lot of “stuff” including Maryland Arts Day, Maryland Tourism Day, Destination Maryland and Maryland Mondays, to name a few topics.

This is a fantastic art piece of the Oakland B&O Train Station by Joe McNemar Photography:

Joe McNemar Photography Train Station in Oakland near Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) has begun offering a new service to its members. GOBA will now advertise job openings on their website. The ads will run for 30 days and then will be automatically removed. Please contact Michelle Ross at for more information.

The Maryland State Board of Education just issued their January Maryland Education Bulletin which includes information on new Blue Ribbon schools, State Board of Education actions and the Maryland After school Program for students in “food insecure” homes.  It also includes a link to the 2018 Maryland School Report Card, which is interesting reading.

Several local organizations partnered to conduct a survey of Western Maryland organizations to determine their views of a proposed $15 per hour minimum wage in Maryland.  Here’s a summary of findings: “With 282 Western Maryland organizations, including for-profit and non-profit employers, participating in the survey, 69% felt that it would not improve the standard of living in Western Maryland. 69% agreed that minimum wage is the standard for no/low skill jobs. 64% agreed that minimum wage is not intended to be a living wage.” I am pretty sure this will be a discussion topic around the county, as it is nationally, so I thought I would share a little. As always, no politics or position intended! Read the summary report and see the entire summary here.

Wednesday January 16

The weather for today will be patchy freezing drizzle before noon, then scattered flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28 and low around 21. West wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

I attended the Chamber’s Business Before Hours yesterday afternoon that included an economic briefing from an analyst at the Federal Reserve. It was well-done and well attended. My summary interpretation: The national picture is not as bad as some might think, Maryland has, surprisingly, been lagging the rest of the US on some measures and Garrett County has been turning around slowly.

Wow, this one from HART for Animals is great: HART will be holding their Food For Fido dog food giveaway today from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at their offices on Bumble Bee Road. This is for dog owners in need and is on all week until supplies run out.

We just heard that the Town of Oakland is now able to accept water/sewer/trash payments online using major credit cards.  You will need your 10-digit account number.  Here’s the link to their site that explains more.

Don’t forget that the popular women’s networking lunch has now expanded into a Women’s Networking Happy Hour. The first Happy Hour will be this Thursday, January 17th at Black Bear Tavern from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. The speaker will be Laura Clapsaddle. Laura is a local entrepreneur that owns Black Bear Tavern and other local enterprises.

Just a heads-up that Oakland’s Downtown Winter Fest will be back again this year on President’s Weekend, February 16th and 17th.  Here’s a link with some additional information including how to make a donation and how to reserve an ice sculpture.

Planning is underway for the annual (and free) Financial Aid Completion event to be held at Garrett College on Sunday, January 27th, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Room 309 (300 building, across from the new STEM building).  This effort is designed to assist students and parents in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Also note that the Spring Semester at the college starts next week and that there is still room for new full or part-time students.  Contact Admissions ASAP at 301.387.3044 for more information on getting admitted and registered for spring.

Tuesday January 15

Yesterday started with some flurries and finished with a little freezing rain as the temperature cooled. Today’s weather will be patchy freezing fog before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 25 and a low around 21. Tonight west wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph and snow showers after 2am.

When it comes to better heart or lung health, diabetes education and prevention as well as empowering yourself to eat healthier, Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has multiple outpatient programs to help people make healthier choices and improve their health and lifestyle in 2019.  For more information about these services, please call 301.533.4000 or visit the GRMC website.

For a Tuesday, there’s a lot to do at and around the lake today and this evening. Check our Events Section for a number of programs, including ones at the library, high school basketball and team trivia.

Here’s an interesting site that lists government job openings in the State of Maryland. There’s quite a few and a number in Garrett County.  They even show salary ranges, which is cool to see if you are into that kind of stuff (like me). Check it out and spread the word.

So, what is in the background of Sarah’s video below?

Note that there is a date change to Jan. 23rd at 10:00 am for the ribbon cutting at the regional behavioral health center at Garrett Regional Medical Center.  Congressman Trone will be joining for the opening that day. You can call 301.533.4178 to RSVP or for more information on this important new facility.

The County Commissioners have announced their next Public Meeting to be held on January 22nd at the County Courthouse. The public section of the meeting begins at 4:00 pm (approximate) and will include a discussion of amendments to the County Floodplain Management Ordinance.  You can see the entire agenda here.

Check out this January episode of Maryland Public Television’s Farm and Harvest series. You may see some familiar faces from the FSU Appalachian Lab in this episode.

OK, so we all know that winter has definitely arrived in Garrett County. Which leads me to a piece on snow blowers:  Here’s a list of safety tips provided by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) for you and/or a family member to review to make sure all goes well after the next snowfall. I am going to bet that you didn’t even know that there is an Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. Now you know.

Monday January 14

We had a very nice, snowy weekend at the lake. Really beautiful. Today’s weather will be cloudy, with a high near 28 and a low around 19. West wind 6 to 8 mph.

I had the pleasure of attending the regional robotics competition for middle and high school students at the college on Saturday. They had a great turnout and three of the four finalist teams were comprised of Garrett County students. STEM education is alive, well and growing in the mountains of Garrett County.  Well done to all the students, parents, coaches and judges that made the event such a success.

Garrett County Rover Ruckus January 2019 Robotics Competition at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Just heard that the Maryland Park Service is eliminating several dozen park-unique social media accounts, consolidating its messaging on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram into single accounts, much to the chagrin of some park goers who like and want park-specific information. Here’s a link to an article on the Baltimore Sun’s article that explains more.

I just saw this article on rural innovation that talks about the economic diversity between different rural regions and the impact of entrepreneurship and broadband among other topics. Not a long piece and if you are interested in such things, might be of value to you. As always, no political or editorial position intended.  

We are sad to report on the passing of two local area residents: Leon “Shep” Beitzel, 31 year member of the Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department, and 92 year old Abe Kaufman, a local carpenter that resided in the Pleasant Valley area of Garrett County and that worked on many lake-area homes. Rest in peace gentlemen.

Here’s an interesting article on which Maryland counties brought in the most Airbnb guests in 2018 and how much was earned by hosts across the states.  Garrett County looks to have some significant activity, which is not surprising based on all we have to offer.

Friday January 11, Saturday January 12, Sunday January 13

Lots of wind and snow yesterday without much accumulation, but very cold and a very low wind-chill. Today’s weather partly sunny, with a high near 25 and a low around 18. Saturday will be snowy, mainly after 1pm. A high near 27 and a low around 22. Southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Sunday will be chance of snow, mainly before 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 28 and a low around 21.

Note that the State Police have rescinded the Snow Emergency Plan in effect for Garrett County effective 9:00 pm Thursday evening.

Friday is 2019 4-H Day at the Wisp Resort, with some really good deals on snowboarding, skiing, tubing and other activities.  But, they say that tickets should be purchased by January 9th, so I am not sure if you can still get the deals.  I recommend giving them a call after you check the site.  Check here for more information.

Matt Fields is playing at Black Bear Tavern Friday evening from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Matt Borror and Derek McCauley are playing at MoonShadow, also on Friday evening, from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Both those venues have great food, service and libations and both are in McHenry.

Each year, teams compete in local, state and national FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competitions.  The ultimate goal is to earn an invitation to the World Championship in Detroit Michigan in April. This year, Garrett County’s G-FORCE is acting as the host team for the Mountain Maryland FTC Qualifier. The event will be held in the CARC at Garrett College Saturday, and is sponsored by GEARS Inc. If you want to see some really cool and smart kids and some really interesting robots, come on by and check it out on Saturday.\

The Ruth Enlow Library and the Garrett County Family Support Services are co-hosting two events that provide interesting sensory experiences for teens (Teen Zone in the morning) and special needs children age 3 – 12 (Sense-A-Tion in the afternoon) on Saturday. Very interesting and potentially helpful experiences for our young folks.

On Saturday evening, you can see Buffalo Run at MoonShadow and Dustin McCray at Black Bear Tavern.  Black Bear also has a DJ starting at 10:00 pm.  Check them all out on our events page here.

The Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake, an advocacy, communication and lake support organization, has posted their latest newsletter which also has information on online dues renewal.  They do good stuff on a number of fronts and deserve our support.  Here’s the link to their latest newsletter.

Speaking of organizations that work to help all of us protect and preserve the lake and watershed, the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation has issued their first newsletter.  You can see their newsletter at this link.  Note that their holiday and New Year message is also linked on our home page here.  Please check them out if you are not aware of who they are and what they are doing and give them any and all the support you can. Thanks!

On Sunday, there is Bingo at Mountain State Brewing Company from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Always fun and they have great pizza and other stuff.

Gobble, Gobble! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers hunters who did not bag a turkey in the fall another chance, as the winter turkey season runs statewide from January 17th – 19th.