Friday May 31, Saturday June 1, Sunday June 2

The weather for today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 70 and a low around 56. West wind 7 to 9 mph. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 73 and a low around 57. A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Sunday is mostly cloudy, colder, with a high of 67 and a low around 45. Showers likely before 11am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tonight from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Accident Elementary is holding an Art Gallery, Entertainment, Silent Auction Food & More.

Tomorrow is the first of three license-free fishing days in Maryland.

This weekend has tons of entertainment and outdoor events like the Garrett Trails Clean-up day, the Garrett County Celtic Festival, and the first outdoor Farmer’s Market of the season. Have fun!

Garrett College sophomore Zack Harvey shot a 163, to take fourth place overall in the DIII Region XX golf tournament, to advance to the NJCAA Golf DIII National Championship Touranment for the second year in a row.

Here’s a simple graphic and article related to, what seems to be, a surge of ticks this season:



NBC’s ‘The Voice’ to hold auditions in Pittsburgh on June 19.

The Garrett County Arts Council is hosting three events for the BlueShift Dance group — a masterclass, a workshop and a performance the weekend of June 15th and 16th. BlueShift Dance offers unique and immersive experiences with the human body in performance. The masterclass is for dancers, the workshop is for those who would like to learn dance, and the performance for the general public. Tickets are limited!

In light of the recent severe weather, State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci is reminding Marylanders about the life-saving precautions to take when operating portable generators:

  • It is important to remember to NEVER use portable generators inside a home, garage or shed. Generators should be used OUTSIDE ONLY.
  • While in operation, portable generators should be in a well ventilated area away from all doors, windows and vent openings.
  • Regardless of whether your garage is attached or detached to the house, do not use the generator inside of it.
    • Even opening the garage door does not make this a safe option.
    • Remember to allow the generator time to cool down before refueling, and never refuel while in use. Fuel must be stored in a proper, approved container that is outside of all living areas.
    • Make sure to have working Carbon Monoxide detectors properly installed in your home.

*Information contributed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Fire Protection Association.

Thursday May 30

The weather for today will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms expected after 1pm. High near 69 and a low around 56.

Glen Champlin of Glen’s Home Inspections shared this bear in his backyard:

There is a be-a-utiful canoe listed in our Online Marketplace under “BOATS”.

Tonight from 600pm-900pm, the last Have a HART Guest Bartender Challenge will be at Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub — there will be fun and some amazing silent auction items that supports HART for Animals.

The Celtic Festival is this Saturday from 10:00am-6:00pm offering 5 stages and 3 fields of all-day entertainment in Friendsville, MD. Some highlights are: Shanty Irish, Iona, Aurora Celtic, Greg Latta, Lynn Dale and more! Also, Chautauqua speakers, living history and the MASA Highland Athletic Games. Visit their website for the complete list!

The Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner is June 6th with a registration deadline of Friday, May 31. The dinner celebrates the Chamber members but also the Volunteer of the Year and the Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award are presented.

The closure of the Verso Luke Mill will have a big impact on our region —  state officials have appealed to the U.S. Department of Labor to rule that the plan closure was due in part to trade practices that disadvantaged the workers at Luke. A favorable ruling from the federal government will result in an extended severance for workers along with extra benefits for training and education. Also, the mill provides all the water and sewage service for the town of Luke that will need to be addressed.

Speaking of displaced Luke Mill workers, Camp Dawson in Kingwood, Preston County, WV, will be holding a Job Fair at the Oakland Armory, 14 North Eighth Street, Oakland, MD, tomorrow, May 31, 2019, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event is open to the public.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on June 1 to celebrate the completion of the Phase IV extension of the nearby Western Maryland Rail Trail.

Wednesday May 29

The weather today will be partly sunny, with a high near 74 and a low around 64. Scattered showers and a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. West wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Thanks to Russ Dijak for sending in this photo from over the weekend:

Russ Dijak Turtle Crossing at Deep Creek Lake, MD

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites anglers to three license-free fishing days: June 1, June 8 annd July 4, 2019. These annual events allow everyone the chance to fish without needing a license, trout stamp or registration. Read more.

The GOBA (Greater Oakland Business Association) Annual Dinner will be on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:00 pm at the Elk’s Lodge. It is open to the public, GOBA business and/or their representatives and volunteers and the meal will be catered by the Elk’s Lodge.

Season 2 Episode 2 of Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation will air this weekend on June 1 at 9pm on HGTV. About the episode: “Fix Up on Deep Creek: A couple heads back to their favorite spot from their college days to search for a new vacation home. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, Deep Creek Lake is the largest freshwater body of water in the state of Maryland and the couple thinks it will be a great place to settle down. They’re searching for a fixer upper they can customize with three bedrooms, an open concept design, a large outdoor living space and easy lake access for everyone in the family.”

The Garrett County Board of Commissioners Public Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2020 Constant Yield Rate will be held at 5:30pm (after the public meeting) on June 3, 2019 at the Garrett Information Enterprise Center at Garrett College.

Tuesday May 28

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. High near 76 and low around 64. West wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

We had a nice long weekend and some of our readers shared their photos with us! It wasn’t all play for Michael Baumstark over the holiday but at least his office has this great view:

Michael_Baumstark_work at Deep Creek Lake, MD

We’d love it if you share your DCL photos with us!

I spent the weekend all over the county: First, the town-wide yard sale in Friendsville. Then, the Downtown Oakland Kick-Off to Summer (where I was able to get the always-delicious Rotary french fries) and then kayaking with my family on Jennings Randolph Lake. Monday was more somber as we honored the loss and sacrifice made by our military members and families at a picnic in Swanton.

A local family celebrates 50 years working the same tree farm. Congrats to the Bittinger-Helbig-Miller family who owns 60 acres in southern Garrett County!

There was a major accident on I-68 Eastbound that had traffic stalled for several hours on Friday afternoon; we are thankful there were no fatalities. Maryland State Police McHenry investigated and was assisted by the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office, Natural Resources Police, MSP Aviation, Northern Garrett Rescue, Grantsville VFD and Eastern Garrett VFD.

The Mountain Fresh Farmer’s Market summer season will start June 1st and run through Oct 31st with markets on both Wednesdays and Saturdays. These markets will be held outdoors at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion (in the Oakland Town Parking Lot) from 10:00 am til 1:00 pm come rain or shine.

Maryland is often referred to as “America in Miniture” and we love our mountains here on the Western side of the state. Deep Creek Lake was named an “essential summer outing mountain getaway” by the Washington Post. Read the article about the best in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Monday May 27

Partly sunny today with a high near 73 and a low around 59. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm.

Today we honor the men and women who died while serving in our U.S. military. Have a blessed day.

Friday May 24, Saturday May 25, Sunday May 26

The weather for today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 70 and a low around 60. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high near 75 and a low around 66. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 73 and a low around 60. Also, a 50-70% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer and we’re SO excited! I bought this lightweight hoodie at Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Center yesterday — I LOVE it!

Deep Creek Lake State Park Hoodie For Sale

The Garrett County Arts Council has announced that Mrs. Kathy Beachler will be the new Executive Director on July 1. She takes over for the retiring Ms. Karen Reckner after a 10-year tenure.

The Garrett County Sheriff’s Office has clarified a recent point: “The Sheriff’s Office had recently placed a notice for residents to be cautious of individuals posing as Potomac Edison employees who may be trying to gain entry into their homes. Although this was a true statement, one local company should not be confused with those individuals who had a criminal intent. HOT SHOTZ Home Performance is a local reputable home energy service provider … should you receive literature from them, please understand that they have your best interests in mind. I am sorry for any confusion that this may have caused. – Sheriff Rob Corley”

Double Oak Farms has mentioned their freezers are stocked fully with steaks, brisket, patties, kabobs, ribs, burger, and roasts for the weekend! Located across from Lee’s Corner Market in Swanton. Open today until 8pm and Saturday Sunday and Monday 9am to 6pm.

The United Way of Garrett County is requesting partnerships with any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a focus of education, financial stability or health. Learn more about partnering here but note the deadline for application is approaching soon.

There are many events happening and entertainment acts performing this weekend. Check out the events calendar and entertainment guide but here are some brief mentions: the Kendall Trail 5k, the Oakland Kick-off to Summer, music at Sipside Lounge, MoonShadow and Black Bear Tavern.

Below is the schedule for the last few weeks of school in Garrett County for the 2018-19 school year:

Monday, May 27: Memorial Day; schools closed
Wednesday, May 29: Seniors last day of school
Saturday, June 1: High School Graduation at the CARC
(Southern High at 10:00 AM, Northern High at 2:00 PM)
Monday, June 10: Three hour early dismissal for students
Tuesday, June 11: Last day of school for students; three
hour early dismissal
Wednesday, June 12: Last day for teachers

Have a fun and enjoyable weekend!

Thursday May 23

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 72 and a low around 57. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 3pm. West wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Large hail and damaging wind can be threats this afternoon / evening.

This morning’s sunrise courtesy of the Railey Realty camera at the Lakeside Creamery:

Railey Realty Webcam at Lakeside Creamery at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Have a HART Guest Bartender Challenge is tonight at Dutch’s at Silver Tree — HART hosts take your bar and food orders and their tips support our homeless animals. Plus silent auctions, 50/50 drawing and lots of fun!

Tomorrow, early, is Birding at Sang Run. Learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs, as we stroll through Friends Delight. Meet at the kayak launch. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots. Walk is of medium difficulty and will begin at 8am and last approximately 2 ½ hours.

From the Southern Garrett Athletic Association: Congratulations to Josiah Hebb (High Jump), Mike Leydig (High Jump), Aiden Schwab (300 Meter Hurdles), Tia DeGiovanni (Long and Triple Jump), Heidi Nelson (Pole Vault) and Makayla Maule (Discus and High Jump) for qualifying for the State Track and Field Meet this Thursday and Saturday!

The Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center is celebrating 20 Years of “Bringing People and Natural Resources Together” this summer! Stay tuned for special events throughout the summer to celebrate.

The 2019 Graduation ceremony for both Northern and Southern Garrett High Schools will take place at the CARC at Garrett College on Saturday, June 1, 2019. More specific information for Southern can be found here.

A local 11-year-old child, Aaron Ashby, needs help to fight his leukemia. Cindy’s Fund is holding a chicken bbq and blood drive on Friday, June 7, at the Oakland American Legion and they are looking for a  bone marrow match. If you’re a match, they are looking for donations. More details can be found at the link above.

Wednesday May 22

The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 70 and a low around 60. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am.

Tonight is Pine Lodge Steakhouse’s 17th birthday! Drink specials and dinner from 4-8pm; entertainment with Jimmy Flanigan from 6-8pm.

Take your kids (of any age) to the Kitzmiller library and explore a variety of activities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) tonight! From 4:30-5:30pm.

Here’s a photo from behind the scenes of the styled shoot I participated in at North Glade Inn yesterday. Isn’t it just gorgeous?! If you’ve not heard of a styled shoot before it’s basically a mock wedding where vendors can get marketing images taken by photographers.

North Glade Inn Styled Shoot

As the unofficial start to summer approaches (Memorial Day Weekend), the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the nearly two million motorists anticipated to travel MTDA roadways this holiday to plan ahead, travel off-peak and put safety first:

  • Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
  • Buckle Up!  Every Trip.  Every Seat.  Every Time.
  • State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency, transportation, service and utility vehicle or tow truck with red, yellow or amber flashing lights.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  • Do not tailgate – keep a safe following distance.
  • Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”  If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.

Tuesday May 21

The weather today will be cloudy then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 61 and a low around 47.

County Roads Division crews will be completing culvert replacement on Crellin Underwood Road today and delays can be expected between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. The suggested alternate route for traffic during the time of delays includes Route 39 and Underwood Road. Any questions can be directed to the Oakland County Roads Garage at 301-334-9337 or 301-334-1510

Tonight is the Glade Garden Party if you’re looking for something fun to do: networking, mac and cheese bar and the Terah Crawford Band will provide entertainment! Tickets will be available at the door.

From our friend Lisa with the Wildfulness podcast: an extensive episode on the “Chautauqua Then and Now” Festival in July is posted!

From the Property Owner’s Association: DNR undertook a pilot Zebra Mussel Monitoring project from May 2018 – October 2018. Zebra Mussels are an invasive freshwater mussels species. The following bullets summarize the findings but click here to view the full report:

• Temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen and pH are within or near the preferred zebra mussel habitat range in the lake.
• Overall, Deep Creek Lake is thought to be at low risk for zebra mussel colonization due to low calcium and water hardness concentrations in the lake, as these factors are important for zebra mussel growth, reproduction and survival.
• No zebra mussels were found in the lake, at any location, during any of the 2018 visual surveys suggesting the species is not currently present in Deep Creek Lake.
• The 2018 monitoring effort should be continued in 2019 and 2020 to account for inter- annual variability in temperature and precipitation, which can affect water quality.
• Visual surveys should continue at a similar frequency, as in 2018, to ensure that no populations of zebra mussels exist in Deep Creek Lake.
• Additional monitoring, such as random dock surveys, as well as eDNA studies should be considered if determined to be appropriate and resource feasible.

The Del McCoury family has invited any Verso (Luke Mill) employee, spouse and their children to be admitted free on the final day of their four-day bluegrass music festival Delfest. The festival begins this Thursday, May 23 and goes to Sunday, May 26 at the Allegany County Fairgrounds.

Be sure to register for the 5th Annual Kendall Trail 5K Run/3K Walk that will be held this Saturday. It is a fundraiser for Friendsville Ruth Enlow Library and there are cash prizes for 5K first, second and third place male and female runners ages 18 plus. Special gift prizes for the top three Youth under 18 and to the oldest and youngest runners.

Monday May 20

The weather this weekend turned out truly perfect. I didn’t have any of the pop-up thunderstorms in my area until after dark… I’ll take a few more days like that this summer! 🙂

The weather today will be partly sunny, with a high near 71 and a low around 43. Some scattered showers possible before 10am and a West wind 13 to 18 mph gusting as high as 29 mph.

Shoutout to Mike G! His correct answer of Nessie put him in the pool to win and his name was drawn for 2 Garrett County Celtic Festival Tickets! We will be in touch, Mike!

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners are holding their public meeting today at 4:00pm at the Garrett County Courthouse. Topics will be Purchasing Bid Awards, the Maryland Community Development Block Grant Resolution, and the Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Tax Rate. The full agenda can be found here.

The Chamber’s Business Before Hours event is tomorrow morning at the Sundown Village Cafe Yurts at Wisp Resort. This “Legislative Wrap-up” will provide more information on the legislative impacts to Garrett County directly from Senator George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel. Register with Holly at 301-387-6171.

There is a ski boat recently listed for sale (under “BOATS”) in our Online Marketplace.

The Garrett County Public Schools Dr. Wendell Teets Foundation is the recipient of a gift of over $617,000 from the Daniel E. Offutt III Charitable Trust. The funds have been specially allocated to the Garrett County Public Schools Special Education Department to support a literacy program.

The National Safe Boating Council has kicked off it’s annual boating safety campaign with National Safe Boating Week held this May 18-24. We also have our boating regulations and watersports safety guides published here on our site.

The End of the Line Bookstore is looking for children’s books! Please drop off any donations at the boxcar bookstore at the Oakland Train Station during open hours: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 11am-3pm. All proceeds go to support women and girls in our community. Thank you!

Friday May 17, Saturday May 18, Sunday May 19

Today will be cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible after 2pm. High near 68; low around 59. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 76 and a low around 65. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am. High near 78 and a low around 65.

We have published a special “thank you” to the community, volunteers and donors from Northern High School After Prom Committee.

The DNR has released the 2019 planned hydrilla treatment schedule for Deep Creek Lake. In case you need to know, Hydrilla is a fast-growing aquatic invasive plant that scientists first found in the lake in 2013 and have been treating with a herbicide each year since 2014.  The herbicide treatment takes place each summer — for an overview of 2019 treatment locations and plans, including other information related to the treatment process, please visit The first treatment is scheduled for June 3.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds drivers that it’s common to find eastern box turtles, snapping turtles, painted turtles and red-eared sliders on the road this time of year. If you need to help a turtle cross the road, check for traffic and move the turtle in the direction it was traveling, until it is safely out of vehicle lanes. Do not move the turtle to the side it started from or far away from where it is found. Read more.

Today is the last day to enter the drawing for two Celtic Festival tickets! Scroll down to Thursday’s notes see the details of the contest!

A reminder that Garrett County Public Utilities may be flushing fire hydrants in McHenry today.

Lastly, we have A LOT of events and entertainment going on this weekend — check the calendar for the details on birding, End of the Line Bookstore, the rabies clinic, a fishing rodeo and more! Be sure to wave if you see Mike or I out and about this weekend!

Thursday May 16

The weather today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 66 and a low around 55. A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am tonight.  


WIN WIN WIN! Win 2 tickets to the upcoming Garrett County Celtic Fest by emailing us the name of the “monster” in this photo — the kids will lean the story at the festival. You have until tomorrow at 4pm to email us your guess at or use this form:

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There’s a Dough Rai$er to benefit Garrett Mentors today — visit this link and print their flyer and tell em Deep Creek Times sent ya! Garrett Mentors provides the Pre-kindergarten through grade five children in the Garrett County Public Schools with caring, committed, adult mentors.

Maryland Humanities is pleased to announce that a Garrett County student won an award at Maryland History Day! Leah Mackenzie won the Dr. Dean Mesologites Awards for Medicine and Society for her exhibit on penicillin.

Also, Maryland Humanities is seeking both experienced discussion facilitators as well as those interested in learning the skill of leading engaging conversations for several of their programs. A free, two-day workshop will be offered on June 11 – 12 in Annapolis. Deadline to apply: May 31, 2019. If you have questions about the training, contact program officer Andrea Lewis You will find more information and the application here.

Maryland’s regular striped bass season gets underway today!

Let Michelle Ross of the Town of Oakland know if you can help with the renowned Little Yough Summer Music Festival. She is looking for sponsorships and volunteers. Contact her at or 301-334-2691.

Wednesday May 15

The weather for today is clearing off from what seemed like years of rain (thank goodness!) … today will be increasing clouds, with a high near 61 and a low around 47. Chance of showers mainly between midnight and 4am.

I took this photo looking up from my deck this morning!

Looking up into blue sky and green tree leaves this morning in Deep Creek Lake, MD

Tomorrow, May 17, is National Bike to Work Day! Plan to ride your bike into work or just get out and cruise around the block. Biking is one of my favorite hobbies!

Cornerstone Family Medicine has announced they will be providing OB services at the Grantsville Medical Center. Read more on this announcement here.

Subway at the Lake has been renovated and is now open (under new ownership).

Are you interested in volunteering at the Discovery Center and/or Deep Creek Lake State Park? Or, just want to find out more about the volunteer group and what they do for the park? Plan to attend the quarterly meeting TONIGHT at 6:30 pm in the science room at the Discovery Center to learn more. No RSVP necessary.

Last minute tickets are still available for the next business casual networking social for the Deep Creek community – the Glade Garden Party! The 2019 “Social for the Locals” party generously hosted by North Glade Inn is on Tuesday, May 21!  Enjoy the homemade food, dance to the DJ, sing along to the band entertainment and swap stories with new friends over cocktails. We are Deep Creek and we can’t wait to meet you!

The Maryland State Police have announced that there will be a sobriety checkpoint at some point during the week of May 19, 2019 and May 25, 2019 in an attempt to reduce the number of drugged and drunken drivers on Garrett County Roadways.

The Appalachian Regional Commission announced the creation of a Substance Abuse Advisory Council (SAAC). This group will develop recommendations for building a recovery ecosystem throughout Appalachia. This will be important work in reversing the opioid epidemic — I am blown away by the statistic that the 2017 death rate for opioid overdoses in Appalachian counties was 72 percent higher than non-Appalachian counties.

The Garrett County Celtic Festival contest is still open! Check out the Celtic Fest schedule at and email us the name of the monster kids will learn about at 11:00am. Winner will be randomly drawn from all correct entries received by Friday May 17th at 4:00pm EST.

Tuesday May 14

The weather for today will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers mainly before 4pm. Gradually becoming mostly clear overnight; a high near 47 with a low around 40.

A reminder that anyone affected by the Luke Mill closing can go to to register for assistance.  A recruitment fair will be held today at the Bruce Outreach Center from 11-7pm.

There is also a meeting for loggers affected by the Luke Mill closure: Today’s Mountain Loggers meeting will be at the Garrett County Fairgrounds Ag Heritage Building at 6pm and state legislators, county commissioners, and county economic development staff will be in attendance to discuss the impact of the Verso Mill closing. They ask that anyone planning to attend RSVP to Andrew Sisler at 304-288-1927.

The Garrett County Health Department will be holding rabies clinics this week and various locations throughout the county — tonight the event will be held at the Gorman Fire Dept. from 5-6pm.

Fisherman (dad and son) and Goslings along the Lake

The Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas is now available from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This atlas is a result of over 1,000 community scientist volunteers and biologists working together to document distributions of reptiles and amphibians across the state.

Win 2 tickets to the Garrett County Celtic Festival, in Friendsville, MD on June 1st. Take the whole family to celebrate the cultural heritage of Celtic peoples from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany and their influence on Appalachia with a daylong festival by the bonnie banks of the Youghiogheny River in the Town Park in Friendsville, Maryland.  The Celtic Festival is a family friendly event featuring traditional and contemporary Celtic music, Irish and Scottish dancing, Highland athletes, Pipe & Drum bands, Clans, living history and educational presentations, Celtic Marketplace, Bairns (Children’s) activities area, and many activities planned throughout the day.
TO WIN: Check out the Celtic Fest schedule at and email us the name of the monster kids will learn about at 11:00am. Winner will be randomly drawn from all correct entries received by Friday May 17th at 4:00pm EST.

From the Maryland MVA — Some Maryland driver’s licenses & ID cards may be recalled if they are not in compliance w/ federally-mandated Real ID requirements. Need to check if you’re affected? Use our #REALID lookup tool: and learn more here.

Monday May 13

Sunday was rainy and everything is really green around the lake. Today will be showers with a high near 50 and a low around 38.New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

The Orioles are here at the lake.  No, not the baseball team, the birds.  Been putting out grape jelly and oranges and we had our first pair at our house on Saturday. They flew the coop (yes, that was witty) too fast for me to get a picture, but they are a sure sign summer is on the way!

Speaking of summer, the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club held their annual boat auction Saturday afternoon.  Good turnout and lots of boats sold, with some really good buys I think.  Here’s a photo of auctioneer Dana and club president Chris in action. Nice job folks!

Lions Boat Auction

The Garrett County Health Department joins the country in celebrating National Prevention Week this week. This observance is dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance abuse and the promotion of mental health and brings together individuals, organizations, coalitions, states, and communities to celebrate the events and activities held throughout the year to raise awareness about the importance of preventing substance abuse and mental disorders.

The Friends of Deep Creek Lake just issued their May newsletter and it includes some interesting history, thoughts, funding insight/opinion and even a call-to-action for all their constituents.  You can read it by clicking this link.

The Board of County Commissioners will conduct a Public Work Session today starting 5:30 pm on the Preliminary Garrett County Government Fiscal Year 2020 Operating and Capital Budget. This meeting will be held at the Garrett County Courthouse in the Board of Garrett County Commissioners Public Meeting Room.  The public is invited to attend.

Get involved with Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF)!  They are holding an information session for potential volunteers this evening from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the home of Betty and Troy Ellington. I (Mike) have had the pleasure of serving on their board in the past and Mary, Andrew, Betty and the team do some great work bringing performing arts to our county, but they can’t do it alone. Stop by and chat, have a glass of wine and maybe you can help continue their great work.

We have two free tickets to give away to the Garrett County Celtic Festival. The festival will be held in Friendsville on June 1st and is a family-friendly event featuring traditional and contemporary Celtic music, Irish and Scottish dancing, Highland athletes, Pipe & Drum bands, Clans, living history and educational presentations, Celtic Marketplace and many other activities. Check out the schedule of kid friendly events and then send us an email at and tell us the name of the monster children will learn about at 11:30 am.  We’ll draw a winner from the correct answers and let you know if you are the lucky one!