Friday March 8, Saturday March 9, Sunday March 10

The weather for this weekend will be as follows:  For Friday we expect snow of from 1-3 inches, with a high near 32. Saturday is showing a chance of rain after 5:00 pm, with a high near 40 and winds from 5 – 14 mph.  Sunday has a chance of showers, mainly before 7:00 am, with a high near 54 and it will be breezy with a west wind of 17-23 mph. Sounds like there are definite opportunities for hitting the slopes.

By the way, the official National Weather Service “weather spotter” in Oakland has recorded 9.6″ of frozen precipitation so far in the month of March through 7:00 am Thursday morning.  That includes snow, sleet and pellets.

Just heard that Bill Meagher is the “mystery man” that purchased the Subway Sandwich shop next to High Mountain Sports across from the lake on 219.  Bill owns Lakeside Creamery, Deep Creek Donut Factory and other area ventures and is a very good businessperson and a great guy.  We wish him well in his latest venture.

Shane Masters is playing at Moonshadow Friday evening.  Enjoy country music and some good food too starting at 8:00 pm.

Considered by many to be one of the best romantic musicals ever written, “She Loves Me” is playing at Our Town Theater this Friday and Saturday.

The Lodges at Sunset Village has some nice discounted rates for late Winter skiers, including $99/night (weekdays) and $149/night (weekends) lodging and ski packages.  They have some other March specials for Veterans and couples as well. Give them a call at 301.387.2227 to get specifics or to book.

This sounds like quite a sticky situation: There will be a Maple Syrup making demonstration on Saturday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Friends Store at Sang Run State Park.  Sounds interesting.  Maybe bring a pancake or two…

The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department is having their MEGA BASH this Saturday, from  Noon – 7:00 pm.  There will be over $33,000 in cash prizes! 185 chances to win, Drawings every 2 minutes and each ticket has two chances to win! Only 500 tickets will be sold! Plus, proceeds go to a good cause.  I have been to this in the past.  Good food and a fun environment. Bring a friend and see if you can win something.

There’s a LOT of neat things going on at and around the lake this weekend in addition to the above.  Go to our Events page to get additional information on music, educational and other cool opportunities to experience the Deep Creek Lake area.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources mid-winter waterfowl survey is part of an annual, nationwide effort to survey waterfowl on their wintering grounds to monitor local distribution and habitat affiliations. This Winter’s count showed 566,300 total waterfowl in the state.

Finally, don’t forget about our contest to win Wisp tubing and ski/board vouchers.  This week’s contest ends midnight Friday evening. Just send in a statement of what you like most about the Deep Creek Lake area to info@deepcreektimes.com and if your submission is randomly drawn, you win.  See Monday’s Notes for more details. Good luck.

 

Thursday March 7

Yesterday was cold with flurries, but the sun was out for a good part of the day and it was beautiful, with the reflection on the snow.

Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 26 and a low around 19. A chance of snow showers, tonight, mainly after 2am. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Do you have a vacant commercial building or site in Garrett County? Let the Garrett County Economic Development Department know and they will include your property in their ZoomProspector database. For more information, please contact Kim Durst at 301.334.1992 or kdurst@garrettcounty.org.

There’s another Women’s Networking Happy Hour this evening from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the Black Bear Tavern. Terah Beitzel Crawford is hosting the event.  You can find out more information on our Events page.

If Trivia is more to your liking, there’s Team Trivia at Mountain State Brewing Company this evening from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. There are prizes given out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.

The Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library will host a meeting of the Friends of the Library on Wednesday March 13th at 5:30 pm. The public is encouraged to join and to share ideas about how donations to “the Friends” should be used.

There is a meeting for Grantsville Baseball club tonight at Grantsville Elementary; for kids ages 4-12.

Be sure to get your tickets to She Loves Me: now playing at Our Town Theatre!

The March 19th meeting of the Greater Oakland Business Association is a morning meeting at the Oakland Community Center/Armory at 8:30 am. Brian Boal will be the featured speaker and will discuss the new changes to the tax code that may affect your business (and personal) taxes.  The event is free to members.  Contact Michelle Ross at mainstreetgoba@gmail.com by March 14th to RSVP or for more information.

Don’t forget that there is a Lions Information Night on Wednesday, March 20th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Garrett College Auditorium (Bldg 700) 687 Mosser.  There will be door prizes, refreshments and a chance to learn more about and maybe join a local Lions Club. Contact Chris at 301.616.7881 for more information. I may actually attend to learn more myself.

Well, I am sad to have to put this in this Daily Notes, but it is important and may save a life:  The Garrett County Health Department just issued an overdose alert after learning that there has been a  recent increase in overdoses related to opiates in and around Garrett County. Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens stated that “while we are not certain what caused the spike… there has been an increase of overdoses in Maryland due to the presence of the powerful synthetic opioid drug fentanyl.” Here’s a link to the alert.

Wednesday March 6

Yesterday was cold with flurries throughout the day. A slight chance of snow showers today before 2pm. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 14. Wind chill values as low as -11. West wind 16 to 18 mph. Tonight will be a chance of snow showers, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -4. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wind chill advisory in effect until 11:00am today.

A group of MBA students at Frostburg State University is seeking information from employers and employees, both in paper format and digitally, to not only determine workforce needs in the region, but also to gauge the discrepancy between unfilled regional positions and unemployed regional workers. They are working with Garrett County Economic Development and other organizations to gain insight into these important workforce development issues.  Click here for more information and for links to the two surveys.

I bet you didn’t know today is Oreo Cookie Day?  Well it is and here’s some key facts for you to ponder and use to impress your friends and family: Oreo’s were first manufactured in 1912 and they are now available in over 100 countries! They are also the best-selling cookies in the world, with over $2 billion in annual sales.  So, go ahead and break your keto diet and have an Oreo today to celebrate.

There’s haddock at the lake!  Actually, cooked haddock at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Oakland for their annual Lenten Friday Fish Dinners.  It’s a good deal, goes to a worthy cause and you can even do take-out. Dinners are served 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm most Fridays (take-out open at 4:15). Contact Donna at 703.795.2198 or donna@garrettsstpeter.com for more information.

As a result of local eighth grader Caroline Argabrite’s award winning contributions to promoting literacy and integrating technology to help serve the organization’s mission, The Reading Station will receive a $10,000 prize from U.S. Cellular at 5:15 pm on March 21st at the Oakland U.S. Cellular store (13180 Garrett Highway). The public is invited to attend the event, enjoy refreshments, and learn more about the organization’s efforts to promote literacy in Garrett County. Nice Job Caroline!

I know we have some very engaged readers, especially when it comes to helping the lake-area succeed from an economic development perspective, so I thought I would mention that Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) is presenting a workshop downstate on March 22nd that has been created to provide participants with an introduction and overview of how Maryland practices economic development. Here’s more information on the workshop and registration.

ATTENTION ALL READERS: We have still have lift tickets (2), ski/snowboard rentals (2) and tube park (3) vouchers to give away!  We will bundle the two lift/two rental vouchers into one prize and the three tubing vouchers into another prize.  So, two (2) of our readers can WIN. If you want to enter, please complete this form or send us an email to info@deepcreektimes.com by Midnight Friday, 3/8 with your requested prize in the subject line AND tell us one thing you really like/love about the Deep Creek Lake area. We will randomly pick one winner in each category!

Check out this photo by Dot Sisler — Wisp looked pretty cool with the blowing snow moving off the mountain yesterday.

Dot Sisler - Wisp Resort at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Tuesday March 5

Continuous flurries and increasing cold yesterday.  Today’s weather will be partly sunny with a chance of snow showers, mainly after 4pm. High near 16 and wind chill values as low as -10. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight, chance of snow showers will continue with a low around 6 and wind chill values as low as -11. West wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

We heard from our AccuWeather Reporting Station that, as of 7am yesterday, we had received 8 inches of snow for the month of March. And, it’s only March 4th. Hopefully our luck will continue and we will get more of the white stuff and continue downhill and cross country skiing into April this year. Speaking of skiing, Wisp was making snow and Herrington Manor State Park is currently grooming their trails. Herrington Manor is renting skis and snow shoes seven days a week when conditions are favorable. Call 301.334.9180 for information.

Here’s a photo of my twin brother all decked out for St. Patrick’s Day.  I know, I know, good looks really do run in my family. Anyway, he works at HART for Animals and he asked me to share a few facts they just sent our way via their March newsletter: HART volunteers donated a total of 781 hours in February and HART has performed a total of 82 spay & neuters, 68 rescues and transports and 41 adoptions YTD through  February. HART will be the recipient of the Greene Turtle’s “Funds for Friends” this Wednesday (and the first Wednesday of every month).  The Turtle will donate 20% of proceeds to HART, so check it out.

Mike's Twin Brother who Works at HART at Deep Creek Lake, MD

ATTENTION ALL READERS:  We have some vouchers for lift tickets (2), ski/snowboard rentals (2) and tube park (3) to give away!  We will bundle the two lift/two rental vouchers into one prize and the three tubing vouchers into another prize.  So, two (2) of our readers can WIN. If you want to enter, please complete this form or send us an email to info@deepcreektimes.com by Midnight Friday, 3/8 with your requested prize in the subject line AND tell us one thing you really like/love about the Deep Creek Lake area. We will randomly pick one winner in each category! Good luck!

The Town of Accident is holding elections for town officials today from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Positions up for election include mayor and two town councilmen. Here’s more details for those that live in Accident.

It’s National Consumer Protection Week this week and the Maryland Insurance Administration is promoting consumer education related to their Rapid Response complaint program and other consumer-centered programs this week.  Click here for more details.

Dylan Jones and Nikki Forrester, publishers of Highland Outdoors, a digital and print publication, located in Davis, West Virginia will be presenting this evening at the Adventure Sports Colloquium at Garrett College starting at 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Oakland has received a lot of recognition over the years for its small town flavor, Autumn Glory Festival and for many other reasons.  Here’s a link to a a piece on The Discoverer Blog that places Oakland as the best small town in Maryland.  The piece also presents the author picks for best small town in each state. Way to go Oakland!

Monday March 4

We had some frozen fog on Friday evening and some significant snowfall on Sunday, with a Snow Emergency Plan put in place by the State Police 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon. Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers until about 2pm. A high temperature near 19 and a low around 5 with wind chill values as low as -10.

We’ve gotten at least 6 inches of snow this weekend. GET OUTSIDE! 🙂

Here’s a semi close-up of the frozen fog or rime ice on a small tree on my property. It basically formed crystals and then “nodules” that kept layering on top of one another.Frozen Fog or Rime Ice on Deep Creek Lake, MD Tree

We are thrilled to have begun a relationship with Jay Ferguson, Owner/Associate Broker of Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales and 2018-2019 Realtor of the Year.  Jay is truly engaged in the community as well as the lake-area real estate market. You can check out Jay’s new page on Deep Creek Times right here.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has contracted with West Virginia University to conduct a survey of 2,400 county visitors over the next year in an effort to learn more about visitor demographic and usage profiles and economic impact. Data will be compared to findings from a similar survey done in 2009 to ascertain any changes.  I am looking forward to seeing the results when WVU issues the report.

This one is for all you veterans, as I know we have a number of retiree veteran readers: A few weeks ago, Governor Hogan declared 2019 the Year of the Veteran.  As part of that effort he is also trying to get legislation passed in this session that would exempt veteran pensions from Maryland state income taxes.  This could be huge for our retired veteran readers so I wanted to loop-around and make sure you were all aware of this.

ATTENTION ALL READERS:  We have some vouchers for lift tickets (2), ski/snowboard rentals (2) and tube park (3) to give away this week!  We will bundle the two lift/two rental vouchers into one prize and the three tubing vouchers into another prize.  So, two (2) of our readers can WIN. If you want to enter, please complete this form or send us an email to info@deepcreektimes.com by Midnight Friday, 3/8 with your requested prize in the subject line AND tell us one thing you really like/love about the Deep Creek Lake area. We will randomly pick one winner in each category and will also print some of the “what I like” statements in a future edition of Notes. Note: these vouchers are only good for this winter season, so if you are about to fly to Fiji for a month, you may want to pass! Good luck!

Congratulations to the Garrett County robotics teams! The FTC 2818 Team G-FORCE is going to World Championships in Detroit after winning the State Championship and FIRST Team 1629 is going to the CHS District Championships at George Mason University!

Here’s the quick list of March activities at the Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Center. They always have great indoor and outdoor experiential learning (and fun) things going on. We will also be including each one in our events section, as always:

Saturday, March 9th – 9:00 am- 3:00 pm Sang Run State Park –Maple Syrup Making Demonstration. 

Sunday, March 10th – 1:00 pm  Women with Wings  Join us for this special Women’s History Month program at our aviary.

Saturday, March 16th – 1:00 p.m  S.T.E.M. like a Girl Join us in the science room to discover hands on science exploration pioneered by women.

Saturday, March 23rd – 1:00 pm  Mosses and ‘Manders Hike  Learn basic moss identification and search for the salamanders that call the Appalachian Plateau home.

Saturday, March 30th – 11:00 am  Signs of Spring Hike   Join the Naturalist for a two-mile hike searching for plants, birds and animal activity that tell us it’s spring.

Friday March 1, Saturday March 2, Sunday March 3

The weather for today will be a slight chance of snow and freezing rain after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 32 and a low around 29. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Saturday will be a chance of rain, snow, and freezing rain before 1pm, then a slight chance of rain between 1pm and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36 and a low around 26. Sunday: snow with a high near 31 and a low around 19.

After judging hundreds of entries from throughout the state, the winner of the 2019 Maryland Arbor Day Poster Contest (for fifth graders) was announced yesterday and the winner is Lydia Secrist of Accident.  Our congratulations go out to Lydia and her school, which will receive 15 trees for planting. Here’s a photo of Lydia’s winning entry with state dignitaries, including first lady Yumi Hogan. Congratulations Lydia!

First Place Winning Entry with Dignitaries

Just heard that A Touch of Class Limousines is offering a special for this weekend of 20% off booking of any limousine for a minimum of four hours. Contact them at 301.698.2650 or 301.501.5466. Tell them you heard about it on the Deep Creek Times!

Maybe learn something new with March’s “Where Am I?” contest … I’ve tried to make it an easy one! 🙂 Congratulations are in order to Trish Y for winning the February contest.

Can you Fondue? The North Glade Inn is sponsoring a Fondue Night (chocolate and cheese) along with beer and wine on Saturday from Noon until 9:00 pm.  Here’s the link to event particulars.

The Allegany Arts Council is presenting Emerging Artists at their Centre Street, Cumberland gallery from 6:00 pm on March 2nd through March 23rd. The exhibit features artwork from elementary, middle and high school students representing Allegany County public schools in a variety of mediums – watercolor, collage, assemblage, pottery and more.

This one’s definitely for the birds…and bird lovers.  It’s the 6th Annual Garrett County Birdfest at the Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Center from 7:00 am 5:00 pm on Sunday (and other days).

We just heard from Tri-County Council that USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program is accepting applications through March 29th. These are competitive grants designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and have less than $1 million in gross revenue.

Here’s a special kind of rodeo for our young ones:  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the schedule for Youth Fishing Rodeos for 2019 and there are four rodeos in Garrett County, all in the month of May. Annually, youth fishing rodeos in the state connect about 6,000 young people with the Maryland outdoors each year, often providing the first fishing experience for our children.

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