Monday September 30

The weather today will be cloudy with a chance of showers; high in the low 70s and low in the low 60s.

Andrew Peterson shared this shoreline view from the boat. I love when the fall colors start to pop but it’s still warm enough for the boat!

Andrew-Peterson-fall-day-boating-at-Deep-Creek-Lake,MD

The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is an anonymous reporting app (in the App Store and Google Play) and phone line (Dial 1-833-MD-B-SAFE) used to report threats to the safety and/or well-being of our public school students. Students, parents, faculty, staff, and members of communities throughout Maryland may use this anonymous, app- and web-based reporting system to share their concerns, such as:

  • Mental health crises
  • Bullying
  • School and community violence
  • Drug activity
  • Abuse
  • Harassment
  • Other issues affecting our Maryland students

Remember tomorrow the age to buy cigarettes, cigars, and vaping devices increases 21 years old in Maryland.

Also, tomorrow, there is a new owner in town: Brenneman’s Store will now be Country Roads General Store.

There is a good bit of discussion regarding the water levels of Deep Creek Lake. The Yough relies on releases for thriving wildlife and recreation. But, if lake levels drop too low, some Deep Creek Lake docks get trapped by dry land. A public informational hearing has been scheduled on October 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM, at the Auditorium of Garrett College to discuss the renewal of the Brookfield Renewable permit to operate the dam.

Friday September 27, Saturday September 28, Sunday September 29

Our sincere apologies, dear readers. We had a website issue beyond our control happening yesterday morning and we weren’t able to publish the Daily Notes for Thursday, September 26. All is well now.

This weekend is looking pretty good weather-wise! Today will be sunny with a high near 71 and a low around 60. Southeast wind 10 to 13 mph. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 78 and a low around 62. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Windy: west wind 7 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 76 and a low around 59.

We had a fabulous sunset last night. Ahhh!

Sarah Myers Sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Bark in the Park 5k Race is tomorrow to benefit the Deep Creek Lion’s club’s off-leash dog park in McHenry. The route will utilize the recently opened Meshach Browning trail system.

Lend a Hand for Public Lands! is tomorrow at New Germany State Park — Join staff for a volunteer work day in celebration of National Public Lands Day. They will construct and install a bulletin board at the trailhead and paint signposts. (best suited for ages 12 and up)

Fall Fest at Sang Run State Park is also happening this Saturday! FREE pumpkin picking and decorating, hayrides, Dutch Oven foodies, a craft table for kids and more! from 10-3pm.

Plan to attend the community Pasta with a Purpose event on Sunday, September 29 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad. This spaghetti dinner fundraiser will benefit Hair and Faces by Tina as her shop was a total loss in a recent fire.

According to AccuWeather, after a slow start to autumn in the Northeast, the region is likely to enjoy colorful fall leaves for a shorter period than normal this year.

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The Maryland Native Plant Society will be planting 470 3-gallon native trees along a headwater section of the Savage River in October. You can volunteer! Individuals interested should contact Trout Unlimited’s Western Maryland Conservation Coordinator, Seth Moessinger, by phone at 301-268-5751 or by email at seth.moessinger@tu.org.

In the 1970s, National Geographic dubbed Maryland, “America in Miniature,” due to the fact that nearly every kind of terrain can be found across Maryland. Take a tour!

There is a Women’s Leadership Conference to be held at Garrett College on October 24th. Register by contacting 301-387-3142.

Wednesday September 25

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 72 and a low around 60.

A gorgeous view of the Deep Creek Lake State Park by Shealee Brown Photography:

ShealeeBrownPhotography at Deep Creek Lake, MD State Park

The next Choose Civility discussion will be tonight, September 25, from 6:00-7:00pm at the Oakland Ruth Enlow Library. The topic will be “What Is America?”

Pumpkin season is upon us at Double Oak Farms! More Pumpkins, Mums and Gourds Added to the SELF SERVE location. Open daily: daylight to dark across from Lee’s Corner Market in Swanton.

The 18th annual Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) in Baltimore.  MDE would like to extend this invitation to all high school students.

Garrett County Public Schools will once again participate in the “Maryland Farm to School Week” from September 30th – October 4th. The school system will serve the following:
All week – cheese curds from High Country Creamery
Monday – Italian sausages from The Butcher Block and fresh pears
Tuesday – hamburgers from The Butcher Block, lettuce and tomatoes from Garrett Growers, and fresh melon
Wednesday – goat cheese from Fire Fly Farms, fresh apples, and buckwheat brownies made with flour from Stanton Mills
Thursday –sausage patties from Working H Meats and maple syrup from Steyer Brothers
Friday – smoked pork from Working H Meats using GCPS’s own BBQ sauce.

WV Division of Forestry has implemented a statewide ban on open burning (with the exception of camping fires on State land). “We have a very explosive situation right now…it is for the protection of the public and their private property.” As you know, we are surrounded on two sides of the county by the state of West Virginia — it is very dry out here!

Tuesday September 24

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 64 and a low around 50. Northwest wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

I think this photo sums up the past weekend: Georgann Gall’s kayaks at Deep Creek Lake, MD:

Georgann Gall Kayaks at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Sipside Ladies Lounge is tonight from 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Discounts, door prizes and more!

TIPS for Concessions class is this evening — there’s probably still time to get in — from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Garrett County Health Department.

MD DNR is seeking comments on proposed fishing regulations changes. All comments may be emailed by October 15.

The “Partners After School” programs provided 7 days of team-building, physical activity, healthy eating, fun-filled field trips, and life skills education for their participants over the summer. Accident’s program included 17 participants, and Oakland’s had 25 participants.

REI has compiled a 6 episode series on “How To” bikepack the nearby 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage — the finale “Episode 6: To Pittsburgh We Go!” was just published on YouTube.

Help the Deep Creek Lake Lions club raise money for the Blind Skier and Camper programs by dining out at Ledo Pizza in McHenry tonight. Mention the Deep Creek Lake Lions and up to 20% of your bill will be donated to the club!

ALERT – A published phone number for Somerset Trust Company has recently been spoofed and the scammer has posed as an employee to request personal information. If you think you may have been a victim of the scam, please call 1-800-972-1651 for assistance.

Monday September 23

The weather this weekend was just about perfect and visitors on and around the lake reflected that. The weather for today will be increasing clouds with a high near 71 and a low around 51. Scattered showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. West wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

An affordable private Deep Creek Lake, MD “For Sale” courtesy of KellyAnn Green:

Mike attended the Garrett Mentors Fundraiser Dinner-Dance Saturday evening and reports it was a great event. The event was sold-out with great food (from Dutch’s), great music (from The Remedy) and lots of families enjoying the activities, which included hayrides, dancing, and a nice silent auction.

We want to give a shout-out to one of our avid readers, Margaret Ann Coulter from Pittsburgh, whom Mike just met this weekend.  She has been coming to the Deep Creek Lake area for decades and even commutes for the day to experience the lake and take her boat out, hoping to someday own a home here. And, she loves the Deep Creek Times. She also sells scented candles and she was so nice, we said we would mention her candles in the Daily Notes – Check her site out!

The winner for the Mountain Coaster vouchers we said we would give away is Patti Mauer! CONGRATS!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has decided to have the public vote for “fan favorite” photos over on Facebook. “Like” your favorite photo and the photo with the most likes will be featured with the other contest winners in our 2020 calendar.

We have over 10,000 votes in the 2019 People’s Choice Challenge — did you see the Leaderboard?! See the top three leaders in each category below:

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Friday September 20, Saturday September 21, Sunday September 22

The weather for today and Saturday will be sunny with a high near 75 and a low around 59. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 78 and a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 20% after 2am.

This looks like a great weekend to enjoy the like — here is @taylor_aka_taytay’s pup:

instagram - taylor_aka_taytay at Deep Creek Lake, MD

There’s entertainment around the lake this weekend!

The Drive 4UR School fundraiser will be tomorrow September 21 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Northern Garrett High school student parking lot.

The first-ever Mountain Lion Trek – A Deep Creek Scavenger Hunt is tomorrow September 21 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at Wisp Resort. It will be Deep Creek Lake’s biggest Scavenger Hunt of the year. Pick your team of 4 people to compete against other teams to win prizes and awards. 11am registration.

The Garrett Mentors Barn Dance also happens tomorrow September 21 from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm at Sang Hill Farm. As the biggest fundraiser of the year for Garrett Mentors, I’ve heard the event is sold out. BUT! There usually are some last minute cancellations so email Laura if you’d like to be added to the list!

The Cumberland Astronomy Club will host a public stargazing event at the New Germany Lake House on Saturday beginning at 8:00pm. Seasoned astronomers will share telescopes and teach about the night sky.

Read more about animal species in Maryland that have been brought back from the brink of extinction in Maryland.

There is a FREE TIPS for Concessions training at the Health Department on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Call Brenda Sislter at the Health Department to register — 301-334-7730.

Being that it’s the first day of fall tomorrow (and my birthday!) it only seems right that the leaves across Garrett County are “changing” … the DNR foliage report map is cool to follow each week.

Have a great weekend! 🎉

Thursday September 19

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 69 and a low around 47. This weather lately has been absolutely perfect!

This summer weather has everyone out and enjoying the lakes and the sun!

Keep an eye out for the 2019 People’s Choice Challenge leaderboard … we will post the stats on the Latest News page TODAY!

The Strategic Facilities Committee assembled by the Garrett County Public Schools is requesting community feedback. A total of three sessions will be held to provide community members with an opportunity to offer their views on the preliminary recommendations of the Committee, which was appointed by the Board of Education in March 2019. The Committee will deliver final recommendations to the Board in November 2019. Since the community feedback sessions are critical to the success of the Committee’s work, they will be recorded so that no input, comments or questions are overlooked during the development of the final recommendations. Each listening session will be preceded by a brief presentation on the Committee’s preliminary recommendations.

The ONE COMMUNITY FEEDBACK SESSION REMAINS and will be held between 6:30 and 8:30 pm at the following location:

  • Thursday, September 19: Northern Middle School Cafeteria, 371 Pride Parkway, Accident, MD

Even if you do not have children in school, the Board encourages community members to attend and share their feedback regarding the preliminary recommendations of the Strategic Facilities Committee.

Accident Elementary School had a new sign donated by Savage Design and Gary Savage:

Accident Elementary New Sign by Gary Savage and Savage Design

The International Space Station will make 2 incredibly bright passes over the Northeast tonight (Thursday) evening and another tomorrow (Friday) evening.

Here’s a feature by the Cumberland Times-News newspaper on “...how one man and the lake (Deep Creek) grew up at the same time“. It’s the story of Jonathan Kessler and his businesses (previously) Smiley’s Restaurant and Fun Zone, the current Pine Lodge Steakhouse, and The Lodges at Sunset Village cabin suite locations.

There is a 2019 Load Rite Wakeboard/Ski Boat Trailer newly listed in our online marketplace under “BOATS”.

Here is the Maryland Natural Resource Magazine for Summer 2019. One highlight is the story of the formation of the DNR 50 years ago.

Wednesday September 18

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 68 and a low around 51.

Thank to instagram.com/ashley_s_life_lens:

The Farmer’s Market is today from 10am-1pm. Also, the market has recipes from the 2018 newsletters compiled into a downloadable booklet format.  You can print these off to make a handy guide or even as a gift for a friend.  Previous year’s collections are also available (2017 is here) (2016 is here). If you don’t have a printer, they will have black/white copies at the market to share!

Be sure to vote in the 2019 People’s Choice Challenge once per day, per device until September 27! We’re going to announce the current leaders in each category tomorrow!

We have posted the September “Where Am I?” contest to Facebook this morning; don’t forget to make your guess!

The Chamber held its business and industry appreciation event yesterday — click through to see the list of new or expanding businesses.

A reminder: will you take this quick survey on local non-profits?

A calendar has been published to the Garrett County Government website homepage, located at www.garrettcounty.org, in an effort to improve government communications efficiency. Scroll towards the bottom of the page to view.

Wisp Resort is offering the Mission: Affordable Season Pass again this year. Purchase your pass by 11:59pm on September 22 to get up to 15% off!

Tuesday September 17

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 68 and a low around 53. East wind 6 to 9 mph.

The Deep Creek Watershed Foundation shares this video:

It’s Story Time @ the Kitzmiller Library! This program is geared for children ages 3-5. Look, listen, sing, and play while learning through stories, crafts, and other fun activities beginning at 10:30am.

Or, plan Lap Sit at the Oakland branch. Lap sit is a storytime program designed especially for babies and toddlers under 3 years of age.  This program stimulates children’s language development and social skills through stories, music, rhymes, and other activities. Beginning at 10:30am.

St. Peter the Apostle Church is resuming choir practice tonight at 5:15pm in the church. New members are always welcome — contact Donna at 301-334-2202 for more information.

Our local Walmart is holding a car seat take-back event — trade-in your expired car seat for a $30 gift card. The circular says September 16-30 but I’ve also seen September 28 from 12pm-4pm; Call the store 301-334-8400 to confirm.

The Southern Garrett Bass Slayers team held a Club Tournament over the weekend:
1st place – Jett Miller & Derek Kleppinger – 5.7lbs
2nd place – Nick Butina & Will Moon – 3.0 lbs
3rd place- Dalton Perando & Jeremiah Mellinger – 2.12 lbs

Timbrook Ford Oakland is What’s New Around Town.

Officials from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) have confirmed the first person this year to be infected with the West Nile virus in Maryland…. not in Garrett County.

Monday September 16

The weather today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 77 and a low around 59. Tonight has the possibility of scattered showers mainly before midnight. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

You’ve probably heard this phrase spoken of Garrett County: “If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes”. That was exactly the phrase to describe this Saturday as evidenced by the following photos sent to us by Ed O’Connor at 7am and at 10am:

Ed O'Connor Weather Change at Deep Creek Lake, MD4Ed O'Connor Weather Change at Deep Creek Lake, MD3Ed O'Connor Weather Change at Deep Creek Lake, MD2Ed O'Connor Weather Change at Deep Creek Lake, MD

State Troopers are looking for more information on the theft of a compound bow and a red pneumatic air compressor between 9/13 and 9/14. If you have any information, please contact TFC Ervin at the McHenry Barrack at 301-387-1101.

The company Air BnB reports the number of stays and revenue made this summer in Maryland — Garrett County had 10,500 guest arrivals and over 1.8 million in revenue.

If you have a moment, will you give your response to this quick, local, non-profit survey?

Plan to attend the Garrett College blood drive being held at the CARC tomorrow 09/17 from 11:30am – 4:00pm.

We have some nice Mountain Coaster Vouchers for the Wisp to give away to readers. We have four (4) available right now.  If you are interested in possibly winning all four send us an email to info@deepcreektimes.com stating your favorite Deep Creek Lake area destination, product or service and you will be entered to win.  We will announce the winner in the Friday, September 20th Daily Notes.  Please note that the vouchers are only good through September 30th, so please don’t enter if you are about to leave on a trip around the world. Good luck.

The Deep Creek Lake Lions (Mike’s a member) continue to do some great work in the area. But like all non-profits, they depend on donations to help them continue their work helping those in need. One of their most important fundraising events is their annual boat auction: if you have an end-of-season desire to end your relationship with your boat, please consider a donation. You can check out their Facebook page here.

You may have seen more dragonflies than usual — so many, in fact, they appeared on the weather radar across the tri-state area.

Friday September 13, Saturday September 14, Sunday September 15

The weather today will be cloudy with a high near 66 and a low around 60. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Southeast wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. High near 71 and a low around 58. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Sunday will be sunny with a high near 76 and a low around 60.

The fishing has been good at Deep Creek says Barbara Gruse!

Barbara Gruse Fishing at Deep Creek Lake, MD2

Dancehall Twerkshop- Ladies Night Out tonight at 6:00pm. Come shake what your mama gave ya’ with your best friends and ladies from the community in a fun, safe, carefree, and judgment-free movement class!

There’s Greg Short at Moonshadow tonight at 8:00pm.

Farmers Market tomorrow morning beginning at 10:00am. This market is a “Producer-Only” market with fresh fruits, vegetables, berries, baked goods, crafts, jams, jellies, herbs, plants, flowers, and more!

A fundraiser with Aurora Celtic will be held at Our Town Theatre tomorrow at 7:00pm. Traditional music for guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, whistle, mandolin and tenor banjo that bridges the cultures of Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia.

Enjoy brunch with Tom Batchelor & Fiddle Mike at MoonShadow on Sunday beginning at 12-noon.

Sunday Bingo! at Mountain State Brewing Co. begins at 1:00pm.

The YAPPY HOUR fundraiser is happening at Dutches at Silver Tree on Sunday. 2:00pm-5:00pm Tito’s Vodka will donate $1 for every Tito’s drink purchased.

Today is the deadline for nominations for the Maryland Historical Trust 2020 Maryland Preservation Awards! This is the highest level of recognition for historic preservation, heritage education, and community development projects in the state.

Did you know A Touch of Class Limousines is offering NFL or College Football Game transportation!? Get 2 hours FREE with any 6 hour reservation.

The Surgeon General has issued an advisory for marijuana intended to raise awareness of the known and potential harms to developing brains, posed by the increasing availability of highly potent marijuana in multiple, concentrated forms. “No matter what your opinion is about marijuana use, the Surgeon General’s Advisory confirms there is no safe level of marijuana for pregnant women or for youth,” said Health Officer Bob Stephens.

The MD Fall Foliage reporting has started…. I just love watching the fall colors sweep over the state!

Thursday September 12

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 78 and a low around 62. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

A lovely sunset photo was shared by Scon Boccuti:

Deep Creek Lake, MD Sunset by Scon Boccuti

Newly listed in our online marketplace is a 2001speedboat — check it out under “boats”.

The Ruth Enlow Library is holding the first discussion about this year’s One Maryland One Book. A discussion on “What The Eyes Don’t See” by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will be at the Accident Library at 11:30am. The second discussion will be October 16th at the Oakland Library at 6:00pm and the third discussion on October 21st at the Grantsville Library at 6:00pm.

A Jazz Night Fundraiser for, “It’s In The Bag” is tonight from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Tickets are $30/each to help support and fund meals for local kids. Plan to stop by for a nice evening event.

Every Thursday is Team Trivia Night at Mountain State Brewing Co. Deep Creek. Trivia starts at 6:30pm and house prizes are awarded for first, second & third places!

The SavageMan Triathlon is this weekend — there are several different courses and race distances happening. It all begins at the Deep Creek Lake State Park tomorrow at 5pm.

A reminder: Lake Management reported that the boat ramp will be closed at the DCL State Park this weekend because of the Savageman race.

There is a Western Maryland Health System affiliated urgent care opening soon in McHenry. Our What’s New Around Town page has the details.

Several Negro Mountain Elevation signs have been removed from local roadways. The signs seem to be missing and the story behind the mountain name could be one of three stories.

We have an opportunity for a local sponsor for our webcam! We are working to get an updated camera system but I’ll publically say that if you sign up with us now, you’ll get 12 months’ sponsorship (once the new camera is live) for our current “vintage” price. Message us if you’re interested!

Wednesday September 11

We’d like to take a moment to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001 and in the aftermath.

God bless.

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The weather for today will be mostly sunny with a high near 84 and a low of 64.  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

The Farmer’s Market is today beginning at 10am — a reminder to get your fresh fruit, veggies and baked goods.

The Maryland State Police McHenry Barracks celebrated their 25th anniversary at their location at the intersection of Route 219 and Route 42.

Little Crossings Pantry & Grant’s Mercantile will be hosting the Chamber September Business After Hours tomorrow September 12 from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm. Register with Holly Lane at (301) 387-6171.

The Eyes on the Lake newsletter reviews several of the lake management programs.

Tuesday September 10

The weather today will be warm! Sunny with a high near 81 and a low around 63.

The new mountain bike trails are open and complete at Deep Creek Lake State Park! On this linked map of the State Park, the trails indicated as “coming spring 2019” (yellow and purple) are open!

Obviously, the new trails are magical … photo by @courtroland

@courtroland_mountain_biking_at_deep_creek_lake,MD

The first date of the three-class Maryland Hunter Education Course is tonight at New Germany State Park from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. The class is for first-time hunters obtaining their hunter education certification. Students must attend all three sessions to be eligible. Any student under the age of 13 must have an adult (21 years of age or older) accompany them during all three sessions.

Deep Creek Lake water quality monitoring allows scientists and managers to form a baseline assessment of water quality conditions from which any future changes can be assessed. The 2019 sampling season is the third year in which nearshore, shallow water monitoring is the focus, with 25 nearshore locations being monitored in addition to four mainstem historic sites.

The Chamber’s Business & Industry Appreciation Business Before Hours is next Tuesday, Sept 17 from 8:00am – 9:30am. New businesses, growing/expanding businesses and businesses that have hit milestones of 50, 75 or 100 years in operation will receive recognition. Contact Holly Lane at (301) 387-6171 to register.

The organizers of the Savageman Race need bikers to escort lead runners Saturday and Sunday. Saturday report at 0945 and start leading athletes around 1020, done by 1215. Sunday report at 11 and start leading at 1145. Contact Steve Green if you can assist!

Today kicks off palindrome week … if you write your dates month / day / year:

9/10/19
9/11/19
9/12/19
9/13/19
9/14,19
9/15/19
9/15/19
9/16/19
9/17/19
9/18/19
9/19/19

GC Commissioners announce public meeting agenda for Tuesday, September 17th – http://ow.ly/3FwW50w3iR1

Monday September 9

There’s a slight chance of rain before 11:00 am today, then a chance of showers between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2:00 pm. Overall, there’s a 30% chance of rain with a high near 71. There will be a light and variable wind with a low temperature Monday night of 57 degrees. Hopefully there will be more sun than clouds and the rain will hold off.

I can’t believe it is “deep” into September already.  Where did the summer go? There were still a good number of boats and personal watercraft on the lake yesterday cruising around and taking advantage of the great weather late-season.

My wife Jean and I were volunteer pourers at the Art, Wine and Beer event on Saturday. Lots of engaged and happy people sampling various beverages and checking out the art offerings. We always enjoy interacting with the attendees. Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) and HART for Animals and all the volunteers did a great job as usual.  I hope these two very worthy non-profits also did well financially as I know it is a very major undertaking that takes many months of planning and action.

Sarah also volunteered.  Here’s a photo of her (on the right) and her (soon-to-be) sister in law Jenna Fadely from HART channeling their inner Rosie the Riveter at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) booth at the event.

Art, Wine and Beer Festival 2019

As the summer season winds down, don’t forget to keep in mind all of the other, non-lake specific activities available to us all in Garrett County.  Here’s a downrange photo of Lisa Schoberg from San Diego (in silhouette) target shooting at the New Germany State Park range this past week. Fall is a great time to try something different “on the mountain.”

New Germany State Park Practice Range

Speaking of something perhaps a little different on the mountain, I think Swallow Falls State Park is worth a trip even if you have been there recently.  Every time I visit I experience the trails and the falls in a different light, both literally and figuratively. On a recent visit just last week, the falls were great and the park was beautiful.  Based on the comments, visitors and locals were also impressed. Even my little grandson Andy was engaged in exploring the paths and playing with things he found (and getting dirty). Here’s a photo of Andy and his Nana on the path near Muddy Falls. Check it out and be sure to take your out-of-town visitors there in any season.

Swallow Falls State Park Muddy Falls area

I hope you all have a great Monday!

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