Friday November 29, Saturday November 30, Sunday December 1

We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday! Now, maybe you’re already back home and sleeping off your Black Friday shopping?

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 36 and a low around 26. Saturday will be rain likely, mainly after 2pm, with a high near 36 and a low around 32. Freezing rain possible between 9pm – 1pm. Sunday will be rainy (mainly before 11am) with a high near 46 and a low of 32.

Susie Gergar Taylor has these views at Deep Creek Lake, MD:

Susie Gergar Taylor view at Deep Creek Lake,MD

Enjoy nature! Maryland DNR is offering its Maryland Natural Resource magazine subscriptions for just $5!  Also, receive a free magazine subscription with a purchase of the Annual State Park and Trail Passport. This pass grants unlimited day-use entry to state parks, unlimited boat launching, and concessions and boat rental discounts!

Also, MD DNR shares the latest fishing report – “Fishing for walleye and yellow perch is good at Deep Creek Lake, along the steeper rocky shorelines and the remaining deep grass. Drifting minnows or fishing them under a slip bobber is a good way to target those species. Casting small crankbaits is a good way to fish for walleye in the evening hours in these same areas…”

Don’t forget the Festival of Trees today and tomorrow at the Garrett County Fairgrounds!

Congratulations are due to Mike’s wife, Jean, and the women from the Civic Club for earning first place for their Festival of Trees entry: “Wooden it be Lovely?” .. stop by and see it!

A Great Small Town Christmas will kick off with a tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 6th at the community Christmas tree (outside B&O Museum) at 6pm till 8pm.

Will we have a white Christmas?

Accuweather White Christmas Chances

Wednesday November 27

The weather today will be cloudy with rain likely. A high near 56 and a low around 30. Windy, with a south wind 13 to 18 mph becoming west 24 to 29 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. A chance of rain and snow showers overnight with half an inch of precipitation possible.

Please use caution: Dangerous winds will be possible through Thursday at 10am.

The weather has been a bit off the wall — sunny, snowy, sunny and snowy this week it seems. Here’s a photo from the 50-degree day we enjoyed — I’m calling it “November Summer”

 

Treat your loved ones to an outing at Pine Lodge Steakhouse. Black Friday gift card specials receive $120 value for only $100. Call 301-387-6500 or visit the website www.pinelodgesteakhouse.com.

The next Chamber After Hours is at Pine Lodge on Dec. 12 from 5:30-7:30 pm. See you there!

Have you made your guess for the November “Where Am I?” Contest? This one is a little more obscure but there’s a hint buried in the Daily Notes!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Forest Conservancy District Boards invites all Maryland fifth-graders in private and public schools to participate in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest. The theme for 2020 is: “Trees Are Terrific…in All Four Seasons!”

The “Little Free Pantries of Garrett County” remind citizens there are Thanksgiving bags available — these bags are free for anyone in need — that contain stuffing, potatoes, gravy, corn, cornbread, green bean casserole ingredients, and cranberry sauce. There is a pantry by Oakland City Hall and one outside of Crellin Elementary School. Please spread the word!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday November 26

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 55 and a low around 41. Showers likely, mainly after 5am — chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Here’s a scene from this weekend shared with us by Tammy Cep Black:

Tammy Cep Black First Snowfall at the Cabin in Deep Creek Lake, MD

Children’s Story Time is today from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Ruth Enlow Library in Accident. Geared for children ages 3-5, come join us as we look, listen, sing, and play while learning through stories, crafts, and other fun activities.

It’s LADIES LOUNGE! All evening long at Sipside in Oakland, ladies receive 25% off all glasses of wine + bottomless chocolate & door prizes.

The Lodges at Sunset Village are offering an early Black Friday Deal! Book any Sunday through Thursday date for Just $109 a night! Call 301-387-2227 for the code!

Board of County Commissioners Public Meeting on December 2 has been canceled. The next Public Meeting and also the 2019 Garrett County Government Annual Update on Tuesday, December 17 at Garrett College.

Music at Penn Alps Executive Board wishes to thank all of their dedicated music lovers for a successful season and offer the program’s financial details in their fall report.

Do you know your local acronyms? #GCGF Registration opens December 1st! That’s the County’s *best cycling event* the Garrett County Gran Fondo! Registration will be 20% OFF with a single-day code! #EARLYBIRD20

Monday November 25

The weather today will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 48 and a low around 36. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

I was surprised to wake up to snow yesterday morning but it didn’t stop me from taking a hike at Deep Creek Lake State Park. My friend and I did the Indian Turnip Trail, to the Lookout Trail, to Beckman’s Trail, and finally to Meadow Mountain Trail. About 5 snowy and windy miles. Some of the best scenery around, though!

Deep Creek Lake State Park has a few camp host positions available for the summer of 2020. For more information, please contact Ken Dzaack at ken.dzaack@maryland.gov or the park at 301-387-5563. A typical camp host is a volunteer that stays at the campground all summer to help other campers, answer questions, and maintain the campground.

There is a 2004 Chrysler Sebring Limited Convertible for sale in our online marketplace. A daily driver.

This is a short week for a lot of us and I know, for one, I am looking forward to our family get together here at the lake! Share a photo of your favorite part of Thanksgiving (…food / family / friends / whatever it is that makes you smile…) with us! Send it to us by Friday and we will choose one random winner to receive a free gift from Deep Creek Times!

Take a minute to browse the Maryland State Arts Council’s Maryland Marketplace. This site includes links to Maryland artists of all disciplines.

Plan to attend the 12th Annual Festival of Trees Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with a live auction at 6:00pm! Stroll through decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces, take your own picture with Santa & Friends, and much more! Event proceeds benefit the Dove Center.

Hear This.. Frozen Turkey

Friday November 22, Saturday November 23, Sunday November 24

The weather today will be showers early then gradually becoming mostly sunny; temperatures falling to around 35 by about 5pm with a low of 26. Northwest wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Saturday will be showers, mainly after 1pm and mixed with snow in the evening, with a high near 43 and a low around 32. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Sunday will be rain and snow showers likely and then partly sunny, with a high near 38 and low around 21. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

This weekend is chock full of entertainment! Kelly Lynott, Buffalo Run, Paul Burger, Rus Reppert Live!, and Ally Norris to name a few!

Mt. Fresh Winter Farmers Market begins at 11:00am on Saturday — don’t forget, it is the winter market held at Garrett County Community Action, 104 East Center Street
in Oakland. They’ll have fresh produce, winter storage veggies, baked goods, meats, eggs, jams & jellies, baked goods, crafts, and more!

The Matewan film showing will be tomorrow at the Oakland Library at 1:00pm. This movie is based on the 1920 Matewan, WV coal miners’ union strike and the events that followed. Snacks will be provided.

Take it easy and enjoy Sunday Bingo! at Mountain State Brewing Co. at 1:00pm.

‘Tis the season: A study was shared with us of the top categories to buy on Black Friday:

Top 5 Product Categories
1. Jewelry (70%)
2. Books, Movies & Music (44%)
3. Apparel & Accessories (39%)
4. Consumer Packaged Goods (37%)
5. Toys (33%)

Congratulations to Jason L. for winning the “Woolly Bear” contest from Monday, November 4!

The December 4 HR Roundtable Meeting will cover the new rule that most salaried workers who earn less than about $35,500 per year will be eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay and how to implement the minimum wage increase. It will be presented by Doug Desmarais, a labor and employment attorney with the firm Smith & Downey. Register with Regina at the Chamber at regina@garrettchamber.com.

Bear Creek Traders Nov19

Thursday November 21

The weather today will be increasing clouds, with a high near 50 and a low around 42. Tonight is a chance of showers, mainly after midnight.

The lighted Christmas tree at the Southern Outreach Center is up!

The Economic Impact of Tourism in Maryland report says visitors to Maryland spent more than $18 billion last year, up about 2.1% from the previous year.

As a reminder, NeuBeam has opened an Internet Connection Center at 360 W. Liberty Street in Oakland. The “ICC” is open from 8 am – 8 pm, seven days a week. For further info, please call 240-449-3360.

Have you seen the Maryland Scenic Byways website? There is a feature on our neck of the woods: Mountain Maryland or Western Maryland.

“The fall turnover of surface and bottom waters at Deep Creek Lake has occurred and stabilized. There are wonderful fishing opportunities for several coldwater species.”

Nearby Timberline Ski Resort has a new owner.

AccuWeather is forecasting some dicey mid-west weather next week– here’s the travel outlook for Tuesday, November 26:

Accuweather Tuesday Travel Forecast

Wednesday November 20

The weather today will be patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 38 and a low around 30.

Rise and Grind Coffee is holding their soft opening this week in Oakland at Brodak’s Plaza. Today and Thursday from 7am-12pm. Tell em Deep Creek Times sent ya!

I was able to attend the Garrett Chamber’s Tourism Update yesterday and hear Tom Riford, Assistant Secretary of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts of the Maryland Department of Commerce, speak: He says, “If Maryland is America in miniature, then Garrett County is Maryland in miniature. You have it all here.”

Tourism Update by Tom Riford

Tonight is Choose Civility: Teens Only! from 5:00-6:00pm where the teens in Garrett County to hang out and talk about the world around them and the news in it, in a friendly, nonpartisan atmosphere. Pizza provided!

Then, at 6:00pm, it’s Choose Civility – Law & Order.

The monthly Acoustic Rock Jam is also happening tonight at MoonShadow from 7:00-9:00pm. Bring your instrument, and join in on the open jam! Or, simply sit back, and take it all in, while enjoying some delicious food & drink.

The Maryland Park Service has announced the statewide recruitment for Maryland Park Rangers; there are two openings at Deep Creek Lake State Park.

State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci would like to wish residents across the State of Maryland happy holidays and remind them of safe practices when celebrating this season.

Tuesday November 19

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 41 and a low around 32. A slight chance of sprinkles and flurries before 7pm, then a slight chance of flurries.

Caption this!  (photo by Patty O’Leary!)

Deer at the Door by Patty O'Leary

Ladies Lounge at Sipside: 25% off all glasses of wine with bottomless chocolate plus door prizes from 3:30-9:30 every Tuesday.

Young Readers’ Book Club is today from 4:00-5:00pm at the Oakland Ruth Enlow Library. YRBC is a book discussion group for children in grades 6 and up.

Yesterday, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) released the Industrial Make-Up of the Appalachian Region; a new report examining employment and earnings across Appalachia.

Southern Garrett High School bowling tryouts will be held at The Alley tomorrow November 20th and Thursday, November 21st at 3:45 PM.

Nearby Preston High School reports that there are lockers full of unclaimed yearbooks being stored — are you, or someone you know, on the list?

Today is the last day to VOTE KATIE and keep HART for Animals in the running for $20,000.

Monday November 18

The weather today will be cloudy then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 46 and a low around 32.

Here’s the cutest throwback photo for this chilly morning — sent in to us by Maura Wells:

Maura Wells Puppy Playing at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Deep Creek Winter Sports Team (DCWST) registration for the 2019-20 Winter Season is now open! Children ages 7 to 18 can compete regionally and locally in sanctioned ski races and snowboard competitions. This year the team is also offering a “New Members” reduced dues rate for first time members.

We heard that the Kitzmiller Empowerment Group is thinking about sponsoring (holding) a hunter safety course in Kitzmiller. If you’re interested in taking a course (including kids and adults), please contact Mike Brady 301-453-3193 or Heather Berg 301-334-7730. Please don’t call the DNR, this is just an attempt to see who would be interested before we continue with the plans. Thank you!

Nearby Comedy Club at Mezzo’s in Cumberland, MD will be bringing in Kevin Farley (the brother of late Chris Farley) to perform live on Saturday, November 23rd at 8:00pm.

The lake temperature is falling … and, the lake may be freezing over soon. Monitor the status on our lake webcam. A top-level sponsor is available!

U.S. Congressman David Trone and Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $85,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program funds to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low and very-low-income residents in Garrett County. The nonprofit corporation Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. will offer low-income homeowners grants and/or low-interest loans to fund critical home improvement projects and ensure that residents meet property and safety standards.

Friday November 15, Saturday November 16 and Sunday November 17

Sorry for a bit of a late post this Friday morning.  We have had a system problem the past few days, so I will make it “short and sweet” for this weekend.

The weather continues to be brisk, but is actually pleasant due to the nice sunshine. Friday will be sunny and have a high of 40 degrees and a low of 22, with some gusty weather possible. Saturday will be sunny, with a high of 34 and a low of 20 and Sunday will continue to be sunny with a high of 38 and a low of 26.  Looks like a good time for us locals to get the car washed to get the weather-related salt off.

Here’s a photo taken by Sarah the other day.  It almost looks like an impressionist painting from Monet.  Nice work Sarah and that is why we pay you the REALLY BIG buck$! Seriously, a nice and interesting photo 🙂

The Gloaming Hour

The Gloaming Hour at DCL

If music is your thing, there’s plenty of acts around town at Sipside Lounge, Black Bear Tavern, Moonshadow and Mountain State Brewing Company this weekend. There’s also a Lion’s Club “chicken and biscuits” fundraiser, a play at a local school and the big Garrett Regional Medical Center gala this weekend.  You can see these and other events here.

Have a great weekend folks!

Thursday November 14

The weather will be partly sunny with a high near 37 and a low around 25. Southwest wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

There were SO MANY beautiful sunset photos last night but this one. wow. Courtesy of Terah Beitzel-Crawford, Real Estate:

Terah Crawford Real Estate Sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD

November 21, anytime between 10am-12pm, is the very first HART for Animals SEWING CIRCLE. There is always hand mending to do on items such as soft toys, beds, and blankets and sometimes some machine work to do, too.

The Vagabond Taproom will officially be open tomorrow at 3pm! Congratulations Pat and Michelle!

The County Commissioners have extended the public comment period on the recommended changes to the Deep Creek Watershed sign ordinance. CXomments must be submitted to County Administrator Kevin Null, knull@garrettcounty.org and Planning and Land Management Director Deborah Carpenter dcarpenter@garrettcounty.org, no later than close of business on November 18. Questions should be directed to Deborah Carpenter at (301) 334-1924 or carpenter@garrettcounty.org.

Police Providing Presents” event will be held by volunteers from Garrett County Law Enforcement agencies along with the Garrett County Department of Social Services and members of AmeriCorps to benefit local children.

November 13 MD DNR Fishing Report: Deep Creek Lake is offering some exciting fishing as the cold water temperatures have caused walleye and yellow perch to move into shallower waters.

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is warning Marylanders that scammers are contacting individuals claiming they are entitled to, or have been awarded a “Community Development Block Grant,” “Community Services Block Grant,” or “CSBG for seniors.”  This is a scam to obtain personal information and/or money in the form of upfront “fees”.

Wednesday November 13

The weather today will be mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then becoming sunny, with a high near 28 and a low around 19. Wind chill values as low as zero. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm.

Warm and sunny to cold and icy…

Here’s a Deep Creek Lake, MD status report from Philip Alexander:

Philip Alexander November Ice at Deep Creek Lake, MD

I have a meeting with the Advisory Committee of United Way of Garrett County today — under the County United Way umbrella, our United Way fights for the education, financial stability, and health of every person in Allegany, Garrett, Hampshire, and Mineral Counties. We are always recruiting new committee members; message me if you’re interested in serving!

A couple who are part-time residents of the Deep Creek Lake area have established a $1 million estate gift to the Garrett College Foundation to be used in connection with either the college’s proposed performing arts center or a future student center.

To help feed those in need this Thanksgiving, MARTIN’S Food Markets donated 500 turkeys to Maryland Food Bank’s Western Branch in Hagerstown. Even though we don’t have a MARTIN’S store here, some of those turkeys will make their way to Garrett County families.

The Garrett County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting last night on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 but the Strategic Facilities Committee (SFC) Recommendations and Final Report, originally scheduled to be presented at that meeting, has been postponed until the December 10, 2019 Board Meeting. The SFC’s final report and recommendations will be available prior to the December 10th Board meeting;  the public is welcome to send concerns regarding school facilities to: sfc@garrettcountyschools.org.

Tuesday November 12

We had some accumulation overnight; maybe the official tally will be about an inch.

The snow showers are likely to continue today with an additional daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Overall, cloudy, with a high near 27 and a low around 11 (wind chill values as low as -1). Northwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

It’s going to get frosty tonight!

Winter Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Manor Steakhouse has earned a designation at the Top Steakhouse in Garrett County by TripAdvisor!

Don’t forget to vote for Katie; help HART for Animals win $20,000.

The Trader’s Coffee House Cookie Party is tonight! Cookie. Party. What else is there to say?!

Maryland Area Health Education Center West — best known as AHEC West — has launched a dental access project specifically for adults in recovery.

Is there a future farming opportunity for Garrett County? Learn more about the Garrett County Hemp projects by discussing how to grow hemp, the different varieties of hemp, and the production of hemp at the Garrett County Hemp Conference. Presented by Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development on December 5.

Monday November 11

Home of the free because of the brave…

Today we take a moment to celebrate and honor our Veterans. Thank You for your service.

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 50 and a low around 25. Southwest wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Overnight, there will be rain before 2am, then rain and snow between 2am and 3am, then snow after 3am. Low around 25. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Veterans Day at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Friday November 8, Saturday November 9, Sunday November 10

The weather today will be a bit colder; the high only reaching 29. Some scattered snow showers before 1pm and a low of 19. Tomorrow will be partly sunny with a high of 39 and a low of 30. Sunday will be warming up: mostly sunny with a high near 49 and and low around 37.

We got the snow that was forecasted … just a skiff on my deck!

Deep Creek Times Snow on November 7, 2019

There’s several awesome entertainment acts planned around the county this weekend.

Want to learn more about a REALLY unique event?  The Oakland Ruth Enlow Library is holding a “Cybersecurity Capture the Flag competition” tomorrow. Hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC), you can solve puzzles online as a team, earn points, and see if Garrett County can take the prize! Registration is required, and the event is limited to five people – first come, first served!

Saturday is also the Garrett County Snowdrifters‘ first meeting of the season!

The Western Maryland STEM Festival is this Saturday, Nov. 9, 10am to 2pm at FSU.

The Wisp Resort Job Fairs are scheduled! meet the Managers from different departments and learn what position fits you best! Saturday, November 16th (9am – 12pm) and Wednesday, December 4th (5pm – 7pm)

Maryland DNR shares safety reminders for those participating in bow season:

• Always identify your target and background before you shoot.
• Never walk or climb a tree with a knocked arrow in a vertical bow or a crossbow loaded with a bolt.
• Unload or uncock your crossbow before transporting. An unloaded crossbow does not have a bolt or arrow in the firing position. Uncock it by using an uncocking device or by shooting into a safe backstop.
• Keep your fingers and thumb down on the crossbow forearm out of the path of travel for the string and cables.
• Never shoot if there is a doubt about the shot.
• Never shoot if the animal is alert and excited.
• Know exactly where the arrow or bolt will hit before you pull the trigger or release the string (practice, practice, practice).
• Limit shots to distances you are accurate and comfortable with (typically 40 yards maximum for crossbows and 30 yards for vertical bows).
• Always use manufacturer recommended arrow or bolt weights.
• Practice with the same type broadhead you plan to hunt with.

There is a fundraiser happening for the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation — their mission being “to Support, Promote, And Advance Scientific Study, Environmental Protection And Educational Programs Relating To The Deep Creek Watershed. We want to enjoy our breathtaking surroundings for many years to come!” Donate right within Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/donate/527369114660495/10221149524990106/

“A few remaining red oaks are still clinging to their leaves,” says Potomac-Garrett State Forest Manager Scott Campbell. This is without a doubt the end of the fall foliage season in the most western parts of Maryland…

There’s a snowblower listed in our online marketplace — go ahead, get a head start on winter.

Someone shared this recipe for edible cinnamon ornaments on Facebook. Are these an Appalachian / East Coast thing? These are the ornaments we made when I was a kid and most of those same ones still make it on my parents’ tree. It really got me thinking about the holidays.