Thurday October 31

The weather today will be rain and thunderstorms possible with a high near 66 and a low around 30. South wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. A wind advisory is in effect from 5pm today to 10am tomorrow (Friday).

Note: the ONLY municipality that has rescheduled their trick or treat event is the town of Friendsville. All other events are still on tonight as far as we know.

What do you think of these watercolor pieces by Yelena Lamm Art? I am amazed at this gorgeous work!

Yelena Lamm Art at Deep Creek Lake, MD 2 Yelena Lamm Art at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The news of the day is the official announcement of the 2019 Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Challenge winners! Here is a listing of winners but tomorrow we will share the 2019 guide, too. Drumroll, please….

1. Favorite Local Food
(Diamond) Glazed & Confuzed Donuts
(Platinum) Klotz Corn Shack Sweet Corn

2. Favorite Local “Must Try” Product
(Diamond) Pizza @ Brenda’s Pizzeria
(Platinum) Fire on the Mountain Donut @ Glazed & Confuzed Donuts

3. Favorite Local Burger
(Diamond) Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub
(Platinum) Black Bear Tavern and Restaurant

4. Favorite Local Crab Cake
(Diamond) Dutch’s at Silver Tree
(Platinum) Deep Creek Seafood

5. Favorite Local Donut
(Diamond) Glazed & Confuzed Donuts
(Platinum) The Rolling Pin Bakery

6. Favorite Local Drink
(Diamond) Vanilla Milkshake @ Englander’s
(Platinum) Rum Runner with Floater @ Honi-Honi Bar

7. Favorite Local Ice cream
(Diamond) Saffiticker’s Ice Cream
(Platinum) Katie’s Ice Cream

8. Favorite Local Pizza
(Diamond) Brenda’s Pizzeria
(Platinum) Mountain State Brewing Company – Deep Creek

9. Favorite Local Steak
(Diamond) Dutch’s at Silver Tree
(Platinum) The Manor Steakhouse

10. Favorite Local Shopping or Retail Store Products
(Diamond) Schoolhouse Earth
(Platinum) Oakland Farmers Market

1. Favorite Local Festival or Event
(Diamond) Autumn Glory Festival
(Platinum) Fire on the Mountain 4th of July Fireworks

2. Favorite Local Golf Course
(Diamond) Funland
(Platinum) Oakland Golf Club

3. Favorite Local Hike
(Diamond) Three-Waterfall Hike at Swallow Falls State Park
(Platinum) Rock Maze

4. Favorite Local Historical Site
(Diamond) Casselman Bridge
(Platinum) B&O Train Station Museum

4. Favorite Local Indoor Activity
(Diamond) Funland
(Platinum) A Thirst For Art

5. Favorite Local Outdoor Activity
(Diamond) Lake Time
(Platinum) Hiking Anywhere!

7. Favorite Local Rainy Day Activity
(Diamond) Funland
(Platinum) Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center

8. Favorite Local Lake View
(Diamond) Everywhere
(Platinum) Aces Run Restaurant & Pub

9. Favorite Local State Park
(Diamond) Swallow Falls State Park
(Platinum) Deep Creek Lake State Park

1. Favorite Beauty Professional
(Diamond) Brandi Krause – Cobblestone Hair Salon
(Platinum) Amanda Walker – Deep Creek Salon

2. Favorite Local Dental Professional
(Diamond) Dr. Lindsay Jenkins
(Platinum) Dr. William Yant

3. Favorite Local Doctor or Health Professional
(Diamond) Dr. Becky Crowell
(Platinum) Dr. Charles Walch

4. Favorite Local Financial Professional
(Diamond) Brian Boal
(Platinum) Jerry Merrick

5. Favorite Local Fitness Professional
(Diamond) Jennifer Sober
(Platinum) Jazzercise Team

6. Favorite Local Hospitality Professional
(Diamond) Sean Sober
(Platinum) Victoria Buckel

7. Favorite Local Insurance Professional
(Diamond) Terry Helbig
(Platinum) Ed Panther

8. Favorite Local Legal Professional
(Diamond) Justin Gregory
(Platinum) Craig Ingram

9. Favorite Local Photographer
(Diamond) Jessica Fike
(Platinum) Anna Brown

10. Favorite Local Band or Performer
(Diamond) The Terah Crawford Band
(Platinum) The Remedy

11. Favorite Local Community Champion / Volunteer
(Diamond) Jay Ferguson
(Platinum) Brenda McDonnell

1. Favorite Local Art or Music Venue
(Diamond) Mountain State Brewing Company – Deep Creek
(Platinum) Wisp Resort

2. Favorite Local Bank or Credit Union
(Diamond) First United Bank and Trust
(Platinum) Clear Mountain Bank

3. Favorite Local Auto Repair Shop or Dealership
(Diamond) Garrett Automotive Company
(Platinum) Glotfelty Tire Center (Glotfelty Enterprises)

4. Favorite Local Community Services
(Diamond) Dove Center
(Platinum) Habitat for Humanity

5. Favorite Local Non-Profit
(Diamond) HART for Animals
(Platinum) Garrett Mentors

6. Favorite Local Bed & Breakfast, Hotel or Motel
(Diamond) The Suites at Silver Tree
(Platinum) Inn at Deep Creek

7. Favorite Local Neighborhood Bar
(Diamond) JG’s Pub
(Platinum) Backbone Tavern

8. Favorite Local Real Estate Agent
(Diamond) Julie Mead – Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales
(Platinum) Jon Bell – Railey Realty

9. Favorite Local Real Estate Sales Company
(Diamond) Railey Realty
(Platinum) Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales

10. Favorite Local Vacation Rental Company
(Diamond) Railey Vacations
(Platinum) Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales

11. Favorite Local Wedding Vendor
(Diamond) Venue: The White Barn at Lucas Farm
Platinum) Venue: Chanteclaire Farm


Make sure to review our Events page for the Halloween fun in store tonight!

Wednesday October 30

The weather today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 61 and a low around 54. A chance of showers, mainly after 4pm. Southeast wind 3 to 8 mph.

“Color in the Mist” by Mark Richards:

Mark Richards a Pop of Fall Color

Maryland Department of Natural Resources crews stocked 600 rainbow trout yesterday in the Youghiogheny River at Friendsville.

AccuWeather offers a Halloween forecast to avoid being caught off-guard when the weather quickly changes while out Trick-or-Treating.

Maryland’s 16th annual black bear hunt has just ended. The largest bear taken weighed 539 pounds and was harvested in Garrett County by Carl Lee of Swanton. Another notable bear included a 529-pound bear, also taken in Garrett County, by Tyler Minnick of Grantsville.

The farmer’s market of the 2019 Summer Season will be today Wednesday, Oct 30th. The Winter Markets will be held indoors on select Saturdays at the Senior Center Building in Oakland.

The Washington Post published a story, stating the Maryland Department of the Environment is looking into a “seep from a riverbank at the Verso paper mill. The substance is leaking into the Potomac River. Verso is working to identify the substance and its origin”. An MDE spokesman says the riverbank is on the West Virginia side … near a tank that was used to store black liquor…

Don’t forget recipes from our 2018 newsletters have been compiled into a downloadable booklet format (2017 is here) and (2016 is here).

Congratulations to friend and colleague Mary Callis, who will be adding the responsibilities of the executive director for the performance arts center to be built at Garrett College to her duties as the executive director for the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF).

Tuesday October 29

The weather today will be increasing clouds, with a high near 64 and a low around 48. Light southeast wind.

Thanks to Alexi’ Shumar for sharing this view with us:

Alexi' Shumar Autumn at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Did you know that Swallow Falls State Park preserves one of only a few old-growth forests in Maryland?

The MD DNR just updated that the following fish have been stocked — the map has more details.

  • Youghiogheny River (D.H.): 500 rainbow trout
  • Youghiogheny River (C&R): 500 rainbow trout
  • Parkview Pond (Youth and Blind): 300 rainbow trout
  • Savage River: 500 rainbow trout

We were remiss in not mentioning Southern Garrett High School’s marching band’s Region 13 Championship over the weekend! Congratulations, kids! Way to go! Also, you can see a performance at the Oakland Halloween Parade tonight at the Oakland Community Center at 6:30pm.

Tonight is the Trunk or Treat and parade event at the Swanton Community Center. The costume parade through downtown Swanton begins at 6 PM. Trunk or Treat at appx 6:30. Costume judging & games to follow. Food & refreshments are available for purchase inside.

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners has announced the public meeting agenda for their November 4th meeting.

Monday October 28

The weather today looks like a great day! It will be sunny, with a high near 63 and a low around 45. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Here’s a photo I took of a few cows enjoying a nice evening here on the mountaintop:

Cows on a Fall evening in Friendsville, MD

This week will continue to be a busy one with Halloween-themed events all around the county – get your little ghouls and goblins out for a chance to dress up and some fun treats:

First Peoples Annual Trick or Treat
Grantsville Shopping Plaza @5:30pm-7pm
Children dressed in costumes can stop by each of the participating businesses starting at the Shop N Save end.

Civil Signs Trunk or Treat
Brodak Plaza @6pm-8pm
Triple B BBQ LLC will be set up ready to serve you as well!

Trunk or Treat & Halloween Social
Swanton Community Center @6pm
Parade at 6pm through part of downtown Swanton. Trunk or Treat to follow. Food, drinks, and raffles too!
Oakland-Mtn Lake Park Lions Club Annual Halloween Parade & Games Oakland Community Center, Parade@6:30

Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Reception
Garrett College @ 5pm-7pm
—-> 2019 People’s Choice winners will be announced and FREE cake and ice cream!
Everyone invited!

Trunk or Treat with Halloween Dance Party
Jessica’s Creations@5:30-7:30pm
Dance Party from 6pm-7:30pm

Arrowhead Market Trick or Treat
Arrowhead Market @5pm -7pm

✭Town of Friendsville Trick or Treat
Friendsville Town Limits @5:30pm-7:00pm

✭Town of Deer Park Trick or Treat
Deer Park Town Limits @5:30pm-6:30pm

✭Town of Grantsville Trick or Treat
Grantsville Town Limits @5:30pm-7pm

✭Town of Loch Lynn Heights Trick or Treat
Loch Lynn Town Limits @5:30-6:30

✭Town of Mountain Lake Park Trick or Treat
Mountain Lake Park Town Limits @5:30pm-7pm

✭Town of Oakland Trick or Treat
Oakland Town Limits @5:30pm-7pm

✭Town of Accident Trick or Treat
Accident Town Limits @6pm-7pm

Trunk or Treat
Divine Hope Church @6pm-7:30pm.
There will also be Bible drawings!

Accident Fall Festival
Accident Fire Hall @7pm-9pm
Glow in the darkroom, hayride (weather permitting), photo booth and refreshments available. Sponsored by Accident Community Planning Group and Ruth Enlow Library (Accident Branch).

Annual Halloween PARTY
Mountain State Brewing Company @6pm-10pm
Costume Contest
DJ Connor Norman & more!

The Witch’s Den Halloween Party at Black Bear Tavern!
Costume contests, great prizes, & scary good specials!!!
2 Great Nights, Friday, November 1st & Saturday, November 2nd!

Even in the Southern Maryland Chronicle, photos of Garrett County fall foliage lead the way.

We have seen social media rumblings that the Rock Maze trail is now “gone” – we have a message into the Swallow Falls staff to get the full details.

Plan on the 2019 People’s Choice reception event on Wednesday evening … free food and a good time to celebrate the local “favorites”.

The Daily American reports that Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn has reached out by letter to his counterpart in Pennsylvania, Leslie Richards, and proposed the states join together to apply for federal funds to finish the last 8 miles of Route 219. The project would connect the four-lane highway in Meyersdale to Interstate 68 in Garrett County, Maryland.

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 25, Saturday October 26, Sunday October 27

The weather for the weekend will be a mixed bag: Friday will be partly sunny, with a high near 58 and a light west wind. Saturday will be cooler, windy and with rain likely, especially after 2:00 pm. Sunday has an 80% chance of showers, mainly before 2:00 pm. Check out our weather page for the full story and forecast.

There are many leaves still hanging on the trees all around the lake.  We are a bit past peak but there are some beautiful sights around the lake and all around the mountain.  Here’s a great photo submitted by Clinton Bradley from Accident-Friendsville Road near the library.  Thanks Clinton!

From Clinton Bradley

Fall in Garrett County

While we may be a bit past peak, but still very nice foliage-wise, here’s a state foliage map for this weekend should you be inclined to take a drive up to the lake or down the mountain:

Fall Foliage DNR

Fall Foliage throughout Maryland

What are the safest cities in Maryland you ask?  Well here’s a link to a recent report.  Frostburg came in at number four.  I am sure some of Garrett County’s cities and towns would be listed, but I am guessing they were too small.

Here’s an interesting event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, scheduled for this Saturday, sent courtesy of Judy Carbone and the AAUW:


Unique Event this Saturday

There’s a ton of stuff going on in the area this weekend.  Events include high school football, trick/trunk or treat, great music at a few local venues, a craft show and the farmers market down in Oakland.  Check these and other events out on our Deep Creek Times Events section, and have some fun.

Have a great fall weekend folks!

Thursday October 23

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 62 and a low of 40. There will be a light southwest wind of six to eight mph.  Should be a pleasant day.

Even with this nice fall weather, we all know that winter is just around the corner.  And, while snow is definitely beautiful here on the mountain, and a boost to the local economy, winter weather can be trying at times, as this snowy gentleman might attest. I say go with the flow and “bring it on.”

Snow Storm Man

Winter is coming…

Speaking of the weather, Garrett College has an interesting continuing education class, “Understanding Weather and Climate”, with instructor Joe Bastardi, coming along on November 6th and 13th (two sessions) in McHenry from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. If you interested in registering or finding out more information you can call 301.387.3069 or go to this link 

Well, back to the present, here’s a very nice photo of some pumpkin art submitted by our reader Karen Harman.  Thank you Karen, nice work!

Karen Harman

Nice Pumpkin Art

Even with fall fully under way, there is some very good fishing to be had on the lake. The Maryland Fishing Report says “most of the floating docks (at the lake) have been pulled so largemouth and smallmouth bass will be on the prowl for any type of cover. Sunken wood, rocks, fallen tree tops and grass lines are good places to look. Casting small crankbaits and jigs that resemble crayfish are a very good tactic. Crayfish are migrating from shallow cover to deeper cover and so have to cross open bottom, smallmouth bass in particular will be waiting in these transition areas to pick them off. Northern pike can be found along grass lines and cove mouths.”

Finally today, in keeping with our “seasonal” theme, orders are being accepted for the spring 2020 planting season for shrubs and trees from the John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery, managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Supplies are limited, so place your order soon (minimum 25 seedlings).

Have a great Thursday folks.


Wednesday October 23

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 50 and a low around 40. West wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.  So, hold onto your hats folks!

Taking this time to wish my wife Jean a very Happy Birthday.  She turns 21 (again) today.  If you see her please wish her a happy day.

Here’s an impressive photo (looks like a work of art!) taken and submitted by Shane Robertson, of Crows Point Road in Swanton. Well done and thanks Shane.

Beauty at Deep Creek Lake

Photo by: Shane Robertson

The second to last Wednesday Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is today in Oakland. Many of the farmers have had frost, but there are still greens and tomatoes from vendors with high tunnels, and potatoes, sweet potatoes and other “from the ground” vegetables as well as other storage items such as winter squash, garlic, beets, carrots, and more.

Mary Callis of Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) asked us to remind our readers that their Ballet Theater of Maryland (BTM) production of Alladin and the Prophecy of the Ring is coming to the lake on November 3rd at 2:00 pm in the Garrett College auditorium.  As always, we expect a great show from GLAF and BTM and I am sure they won’t disappoint.

It’s Team Trivia Night at the Greene Turtle this evening from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Fun times and a chance to win nice prizes.

FINALLY: Have a great (over the) Hump Day folks! But, before you leave today’s Daily Notes, please read this:

There are so many cats at the Garrett County Animal Shelter, many who come in as strays and are not claimed by an owner. We work closely with the staff there to see that every adoptable cat has a chance of being adopted. It’s the basis of our mission. Sammy was once such cat who was not well socialized with people or other animals when she came to us. We worked lovingly and tirelessly with her to get her where she needed to be. Sammy wasn’t with us for too long when a young couple came in and fell in love with this beautiful girl. Sammy, being the now well-socialized cat she had become, won the young couples hearts. They wanted to adopted right away and add another fur baby to their home. Our staff in the Adoption Wing worked like the well-integrated team they are to get Sammy ready. Other staff members answered all of the couple’s questions about Sammy and what she needed from them at home. Soon, the three of them were on their way to their happily ever after. 

Are you ready to add a feline or canine companion to your home and heart? Please ADOPT and never shop or take a “free to a good home” animal. All pets adopted from HART are up-to-date on their shots, defleaed/dewormed, microchipped, spayed/neutered, and assessed for basic health and behavior. To learn more about adopting from HART for Animals, go to I don’t know the young couple discussed above and pictured below, but I do know I like them and thank them!

Adopting at HART

Another Kitty Finds its Forever Home!



Tuesday October 22

Well, yesterday started out really foggy in most places, but the fog burned off and it was a decent day.  Today’s weather will include showers, mainly after 8:00 am. High near 58 with a low in the evening of 39. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

When I first saw this photo taken by Maura Sacco, I did a double take.  It appeared that there was an owl in the tree, but it really is just the tree.  A bit of an optical illusion.Thanks Maura.

Owl in a tree?

Congratulations are in order as the Garrett College cross country team took home the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference team title last week. The newly reinstated program had three finishers in the top five.  Way to go gentlemen.

Speaking of the college, Annie Simcoe, a very talented paper artist working and living in Western Maryland, and also an avid mountain biker, runner and kayaker, will will presenting her story at the Adventure Sports Colloquium speaker series this evening at 6:30 pm in the CAOS building room # 1013.

Tonight is Ladies Night at Sipside Lounge in Oakland. They have 25% off glasses of wine and bottomless chocolate.

Have a great day folks.


Monday October 21

Yesterday was warmer, but a bit wet at times. Today will start with some heavy fog, be mostly sunny, with a high near 63 and southeast wind of 6 to 13 mph. Showers likely toward morning.

It seems that the area’s fall colors are still near their peak about now. Here’s a nice photo submitted by Dee Dave.  Thanks Dee.

Fall at the lake

Fall at the lake

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a FROG!  This is a real frog on the window glass the other day at the college in McHenry. While the photo gives the illusion of size and height (and its ability to leap tall buildings…) s/he is just a regular-size amphibian. To my knowledge, there are no giant mutant frogs invading the lake.  But, you never know… Be on the look-out!

Frog at Deep Creek Lake

Giant Frog Jumps Buildings at DCL…

Coming back down to earth: The Appalachian Laboratory is hosting a Lab After Hours- a Guided Tour as part of the Watershed Moments Community Learning Series on November 7th, They will be hosting guided tours of the Laboratory from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm that evening. During the tour, participants will be able to visit laboratories and learn about the research conducted there from the scientists and students who work in those facilities. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free, but registration is required. Register at or by calling 301.689.7102.

There’s a Young Artists Workshop this evening at the Ruth Enlow Library in Oakland. This looks like it is both informative and fun. Find out more here.  While society increasingly puts emphasis on STEM education, and for a lot of good reasons, I believe in STEAM education, adding arts makes for a well-rounded individual. Just a little editorial.

Finally, Sarah and I have been very busy preparing for our 2019 Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Challenge celebration party (and related program guide, etc.).  The celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 30th from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm in the GIEC on the Garrett College campus in McHenry.  We will announce all of the winners at that event, so if you were nominated, you definitely want to attend. Please help us spread the word.

Have a great Monday!

Friday October 18, Saturday October 19, Sunday October 20

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 47 and a low around 31. Widespread frost, mainly after 3am. Saturday will begin with frost but turn otherwise sunny with a high near 60 and a low around 43. Sunday will have a chance of showers from 2am to about 2pm. Some sun with a high near 62 and a low around 45.

Here’s another neat shot by Howard Hartman and Capital Sky Eye.

Today is “chocolate cupcake day” … any excuse for a delicious treat from Trader’s Coffee House!

Maryland Humanities Executive Director Phoebe Stein is stepping down; under her tenure the humanities have been brought to Garrett County by way of Chautauqua, One Maryland One Book, Grants to Garrett organizations, and other programming.

Did you know that Garrett County is home to several ORV trails? ORV may sound intimidating but it stands for “off-road vehicle”. Here’s a map of the St

St. John's Rock ORV Trail Map

While you’re interested in ORV, the Maryland DNR has a website to make purchasing hunting, fishing, and ORV licenses easier than ever! Also, there’s more about regulations and other important information about outdoor recreation in Maryland.

“Stunning. The colors of fall (foliage) are not shy this week! The forests, parks, riversides, scenic overlooks, and even roadways in Garrett County are all worth finding the time to slow down and enjoy. Remember this window can be short, come see it before it’s gone,” says Ranger Adam Stachowiak, assistant manager of Herrington ManorSwallow Falls, and Wolf Den Run state parks.

Wisp Resort will be hosting the next Business After Hours on Thursday, November 14 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Speaking of Wisp, here’s more information on their Oktoberfest celebration happening tomorrow:
Saturday, October 19 (Noon – 6pm at Mountain Park)
This event is free to enter. All activities, Artisan Village crafts, food, and beverage will be a la carte.

TICKETED OKTOBERFEST KIDS ACTIVITIES: Bounce House, Knocker Balls, May Pole, Root Beer Garden, Hot Pretzel Twisting, Crafts Table, and games such as Sack Races and Yodeling contest

TICKETED OKTOBERFEST ADULT ACTIVITIES: Grape Stomping, Hammer-Hammer-Faster-Faster, Cornhole Tournament, & Lederhosen Contest

TICKETS: Individual tickets for Oktoberfest activities: 1 ticket = $2 or 10 tickets for $15

MOUNTAIN PARK ACTIVITIES: Archery, Mountain Coaster, Canopy Tours, & Gem Mining

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: Artisan Village, food and beverage including brats, pretzels, Oktoberfest beers & more!

Noon – 3pm Joe Maloy Accordion Player
3pm – 6pm: Oompah Band

DJ Connor Norman

PARKING: Mountain Park Parking Lots
Schedule of Events & Tickets per Activity TBA

National Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for October 26th.

Motorists are reminded to stay alert for deer! 🦌

Thursday October 17

The weather for today will be scattered showers, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42 and a low around 36. Wind advisory as it will be breezy, with a west wind 21 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

We have a few fabulous photos that were shared with us by Howard Hartman with Capital Sky Eye. This first one of McHenry, MD.

Harold Hartman deep creek lake, MD 7b

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners will be holding its semi–annual Board of Health meeting during the monthly Garrett County Health Planning Council on Thursday, October 31, 2019 beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Garrett County Health Department

Deep Creek Mountain Land Company is holding a Fall Builders’ Fair THIS SATURDAY from 11am – 4pm at Wisp Lodge!

Newly listed in the online marketplace is a wood stove >> check it out under the “MISCELLANEOUS” category.

It’s HomeTown Night at the Manor — from 5:00 – 9:00pm, they’re offering a 10% discount on all dinner menu items.

We have M-A-R-Y-L-A-N-D pride! Every Monday on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, the Maryland Office of Tourism is joining with their sponsors to give away great Maryland travel experiences on Maryland Mondays! This week’s contest is for a pair of tickets to the Pride of Baltimore’s Sunset Sail, October 25, or a pair of VIP tickets to Bennett’s Curse for October 24-27; October 30-November 2.

Deep Creek Lake is providing some excellent fishing opportunities for a mixed bag of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch, walleye, crappie and northern pike.

Wednesday October 16

The weather today will be

WTAE is reporting that there may be some snowflakes possible in the higher elevations tomorrow morning.

Wow. What a view Deb Silka Reighard had when flying over Deep Creek Lake, MD:

Deb Silka Reighard Flying over Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources presents opportunities for Canada goose hunting on Deep Creek Lake and waterfowl hunting at Broadford Lake, both in Garrett County has been approved for Canadian goose hunting on Deep Creek Lake and Broadford Lake on Nov. 25, 26, and 27, 2019.

Local resident Matt Krause has earned the rank of Lieutenant with the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services.

Note: Bloomington Water System residents are urged to conserve water. The water levels are low due to a leak in the system.

Plan on attending the AAUW event to celebrate Garrett County Women Small Business Owners tomorrow evening at 6pm.

Tuesday October 15

The weather will be sunny with a high near 62 and a low around 52. South wind around 11 mph.

Gihan Liyanage shares his view of Deep Creek Lake, MD:

Gihan Liyanage at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Janel Lindner Grossinger celebrates her friend Wendy’s 50th Birthday at Deep Creek Lake, MD:

Janel Lindner Grossinger 50th Birthday at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Tomorrow is Children’s Hour with Commissioner Edwards from 10:30am to 11:30am at the Oakland library: designed for preschoolers ages 3 and up.

Neighboring Allegany County invites the community and visitors are invited to share images from life in the area or from their recent getaway experiences to the area; specifically, the county’s story of culture, lifestyle, and recreation during the 2019 Mountain Maryland Photo Contest.

Frostburg continues the discussion on an interesting project: a self-operated tram, that would run between the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad turntable on Depot Street to the back of the former Au Petit Paris Restaurant building on East Main Street.

Deep Creek Lake had once again provided variety, and memories, for this father and son duo.”

SAVE THE DATE: The 2019 People’s Choice Challenge Celebration (and the announcement of winners!!) will be held on Wednesday, October 30 at 5:00pm.

Monday October 14

The weather today is colder but it’s so gorgeous! Sunny today with a high near 58 and a low around 38.

What a view on Sunday from Moses Alva:

Moses Alva at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Friends of Deep Creek Lake are asking supporters to join them in contacting Governor Hogan to: 1. ask him to include Arrowhead Cove dredging in the FY 2021 budget and 2. earmark funds for the development of the DCL Financing Plan.

Here’s an interesting guide on black bears from the Maryland DNR.

Columbus Day is state holiday so we’ll take it easy today and add more photos of the weekend tomorrow! Enjoy!

Friday October 11, Saturday October 12, Sunday October 13

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 67 and a low around 50. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light east in the afternoon. Saturday may have some showers expected during the Grand Feature Parade (mainly between noon and 5pm). Mostly cloudy otherwise with a high near 59 and a low around 37. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 61 and a low around 42.

It’s a beautiful morning! Anticipation is in the air …. and on Second Street in Oakland. Chairs have been set out and ready for the parade:

Second Street in Oakland ready for Autumn Glory Parade

The Civic Club of Oakland is holding its Antiques, Vintage and Maker’s Market fundraiser this weekend. This photo is only part of the display:

This weekend will be great! Check out the complete schedule of the 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival running through Sunday. I’ve already been out and about this morning and the weather is perfect!

Remember the federal REAL ID deadline of October 1, 2020. The REAL ID Act is a federal law that establishes specific minimum federal standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards to be accepted for certain federal purposes.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources aims to expand tree cover on public lands across the state, offering affordable and attractive trees for planting on community lands and open space through its Tree-Mendous Maryland program. New this year, the department is offering high quality, native shrubs and trees, which are grown and provided by American Native Plants in Baltimore County.

Garrett County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Organizations Receive $997,767 in Grant Funding.

This week’s fall foliage report is issued — I’m not sure what stage they are reporting Garrett County to be in right now. The trees were really starting to look good early two weeks ago but then it rained and it sort of stalled the change. Now, this map shows sort of heading to “past peak”? But, I’m looking out the window and I see a few bare trees but also a majority of green…. sigh …. I guess we just have to be patient.