Monday December 9

The weather was cool, as expected, but not at all bad this weekend.  Today’s weather will be rain, mainly before 5pm. High near 51 and a low around 46.

Wisp Resort has announced its opening date: This Friday, December 13!

Here’s a little bit of Yuletide “hearth history” from the Wall Street Journal of all places. While yule log videos are now a part of many folks’ holiday traditions, they started way back in 1966! That year WPIX launched the first “The Yule Log,” a 17 second, somewhat jittery 16mm film loop that was broadcast to New Yorkers seeking a TV-sized “fire.” I (Mike) remember it fondly.

I recently had an opportunity to purchase a great book from fellow Deep Creek Lake Lion, Ed King.  Ed has done a superb job documenting Deep Creek lake history with his latest book: Deep Creek Lake: the Founders.  It is chock-full of information and fun-facts and is worth a read. To obtain more information about his signings or how to purchase his book, email or call 301.616.5702. It would make a great gift for someone that loves the lake area and/or history!

Deep Creek Lake History

Ed King’s latest book

The December Business After Hours Chamber networking event is this Thursday starting at 5:30 pm at Pine Lodge Steakhouse.  For tickets, contact Holly Lane at 301.387.6171 or Don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped gift for a donation to the local Toys for Tots campaign and you will receive a free ticket to a future Business After Hours event.

Congratulations to FTC team 2818 G-FORCE! At the West Central Pennsylvania Qualifier Tournament this weekend, they ended the day as the finalist alliance and won the top award: The Inspire Award. They are also qualified for the Pennsylvania State Tournament on March 1st.

End of the line: The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling has announced the holiday schedule for the landfill and six waste collection sites:

  • All locations will close at Noon on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019
  • All locations are closed all-day on Christmas Day, December 25, 2019
  • All locations are closed all-day on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2020
  • All locations will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 20, 2020

The holiday waste collection schedule is also included on the county calendar located on the Garrett County Government website homepage at For additional information, please contact the Solid Waste & Recycling office at 301.387.0322.

Have a great start of the week folks.  And, please be Merry!

Friday December 6, Saturday December 7, Sunday December 8

The weather today will be rain likely after noon, mixing with snow after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 43 and a low around 22. West wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

But isn’t it “…red in the morning, sailors take warning…” ? Because, look at this — Just spectacular views from the Railey Realty webcam this morning — scroll down the “other area webcams” page to see several views around Deep Creek Lake, MD and Garrett County.

Good Morning Deep Creek Lake, MD from the Railey Realty Webcam

The rest of the weekend looks to be partly sunny. Saturday will have a high near 34 and a low around 23. Sunday will have a high near 41 and a low around 32. Rain and snow showers likely after 1am; new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

There are a few new things “New Around Town” — we’ver heard grading has begun on what will be a new Dollar General Store in Deer Park. CNN just published an article saying DG will be adding over 1,000 new stores in the next year. Also, a grant has been awarded to create a memorial park in Mountain Lake Park.

The holiday events and entertainment are in full swing this weekend!

2019 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes is this evening from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm and only $10. Proceeds from this tour will benefit Garrett County Habitat for Humanity.

It’s Christmas in the Village — stroll through the Spruce Forest Artisan Village listening to live music and browsing the selection of artists and vendors located throughout the Village and the Great Hall of the Penn Alps Restaurant. Food, crafts, a scavenger hunt, free popcorn, and apple cider and more ….

Join the Town of Oakland for A Great Small Town Christmas, December 6th and 7th, 2019. A tree lighting ceremony is tonight at 6pm.

The last night of the annual Joy of Christ Celebration continues tonight. FREE performances, food, and LED light show outside!

Shabby Patina Winter Market is tomorrow! Featuring local crafters and producers, it’s an indoor vendor event. Tell Tina Deep Creek Times sent you!

We have also compiled a list of where you can get your photo with Santa this month at Deep Creek Lake, MD.

Garrett County residential waste disposal permits are now available for renewal. The $75 fee can be paid online and there is no need for a new sticker.

Love this photo by Holly Slusser Kern‎:

Holly Slusser Kern‎ Deer at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Now that the winter weather has arrived…. to learn about local closings and delays please listen to local radio stations, check the organizations’ websites and social media. Garrett County Public Schools update their Facebook page, Garrett College updates Facebook and their weather line at 301-387-3198, and the County Government will update their Facebook and their weather line at (240) 212-0403.

Be sure to note the following #MDWinterSafetyWeek Winter Driving Tip:
Stopping distance for vehicles will change as the weather worsens. For a car going 35mph, the est. stopping distance is:
・60-100ft on a dry road
・120 ft+ on a wet road
・180 ft+ on a packed snow road
・600 ft+ on an icy road

Thursday December 5

The weather will be a chance of snow, mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, otherwise, with a high near 31 and a low around 28. West wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

It was a snowglobe in downtown Oakland last night….

Bill’s Marine will begin taking Summer 2020 Reservations on Thursday January 2nd! 🎉 They are open 8:30am to 5:00pm.

The Future of Hemp in Garrett County is tonight from 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm — Learn more about Garrett County hemp projects including how to grow hemp, the different varieties of hemp, and the production of hemp. Is there a future farming opportunity for Garrett County? The cost is $15 per person

Nominate young people ages six through 17, who are making a positive impact in U.S. Cellular communities as a “Future of Good” winner. Each will receive $10,000 each to put toward a cause they care about.

The 2019 National Preparedness Report highlights the diverse range of preparedness challenges the Nation faces—from terrorism and active shooter incidents, to cyber attacks, to natural disasters, as well as how stakeholders across the Nation are using preparedness grant funding to invest in preparedness improvements.

Western Maryland Farmers were recently featured on MPT’s Maryland Farm & Harvest program. Beginning at 2:08 in the linked video, learn more about how ALL Produce uses the internet to remotely monitor their farm and crops.

Wednesday December 4

The weather today will be snow showers, mainly after 1pm. A high near 32 and a low around 25. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible and overnight snow accumulation of an additional 1 to 3 inches possible.

There is a winter weather advisory in effect from noon today to 9am EST Thursday.

The Featured Photo of the Month is by Keith Brown!

The Union Rescue Mission of Western Maryland, located in nearby Cumberland, is giving away free beds from noon to 6pm. A local hotel that has donated their gently used beds to give to those in need; there are 14 King Beds and 26 Queen Beds to give away. Pick up only, no holds, no deliveries, first come first serve.

Make Your Own Clay Ornaments is this afternoon from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Ruth Enlow Library in Friendsville. For kids, teens. Celebrate the season by making ornaments with air drying clay, embellish with glitter, sequins, glitter glue. Contact Phone Number: 13017465663

Wisp Resort Winter Job Fair is hiring this evening from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

There’s a midweek Holiday Wine Tasting tonight 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at The Cornucopia Café. Taste four wines that will pair perfectly with any special holiday meal and the spirit of the season. $20 per person — reservations strongly encouraged: call 301-895-8142 and tell them Deep Creek Times sent you! Cheers!

The annual Joy of Christ Celebration continues through Friday. FREE food and entertainment!

The Garrett County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting next Tuesday, December 10, 2019. The meeting will be held at Southern Garrett High School in the cafeteria. The Strategic Facilities Committee (appointed by the Garrett County Board of Education to develop a long-term facilities plan for the school system) Recommendations and Final Report will be presented at this meeting at approximately 6:15 p.m. The complete agenda can be found here.

A state rating system, introduced last year, gives Maryland public schools one to five stars based on a variety of criteria — from student achievement on tests and attendance to whether students are offered a well-rounded curriculum. The map indicating ratings, and including Garrett County, is below:

Maryland Public Schools Star Rating 2019

Tuesday December 3

The weather today will be a chance of snow showers and freezing drizzle, mainly between 11am and 3pm. Otherwise, cloudy with a high near 30 and a low around 27. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Here is Corey Friedman’s cabin in the woods yesterday at Deep Creek:

Corey Friedman Cabin at Deep Creek Lake, MD

On this “Giving Tuesday”, HART for Animals shares their “Pledge Change” program: “Change is Good; donate your spare change … and save some lives!” Join the HART program to automatically “round-up” and donate your change from everyday purchases!

1. Connect a card — First, connect the debit/credit card that you use to make daily purchases.
2. Make Purchases — Purchases on that card will “Round-Up” to the next dollar amount as change.
3. Change is Donated — Your “Round-Up” change will accumulate and be donated at the end of every month! You can set a limit on the amount you donate per month!

This Thursday is “Funds for Friends Day” at the Greene Turtle at Deep Creek to benefit Landon’s Library Youth Basketball. The LLYB will receive 20% of the proceeds raised that night to buy equipment.

Today is the Holiday Open House from 1-8pm at Shentel in Oakland. FREE sleigh rides with Santa, the Hallmark Chrismas movie “Mingle All The Way” next to the fireplace, refreshments all afternoon and special giveaways!

Did you know the Town of Grantsville has their very own, large elf that moves around the town each day? Today’s clue is:
“I skip, I jump, I cannot stop, I bounce around, I _ _ _, _ _ _, _ _ _.”

Congratulations to GRMC! Congressman David Trone and other local dignitaries attended a ribbon-cutting yesterday at Garrett Regional Medical Center’s expanded James & Shirley Bailey Regional Cancer Center.

Monday December 2

We hope each of you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed time with friends and family! I was able to enjoy my favorite green bean casserole and rest over the long weekend.

The weather today will be snow showers; a high near 31 and a low around 25. West wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible and, tonight, new snow accumulation of an additional 1 to 3 inches possible.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 7am tomorrow.

Today’s morning view out my door:
December Weather at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The new December edition is in progress! The site will be updated all this week— Start this month making your guess in the December “Where Am I?” contest! Congratulations to Matthew G. for winning November’s contest!

From the Maryland State Police: “a total of 58 vehicles were involved in 29 separate collisions (yesterday). 10 people were transported to Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland with non life-threatening injuries. It is unknown at this time what started the initial collision. There was heavy fog in the area at the time of the collision which is believed to be a factor in the collisions. Westbound I-68 was shut down for approximately 4 hours.”

All week long is the 2019 Joy of Christ Celebration. Tonight from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Oakland Armory (now the Oakland Community Center): FREE performances and hot food and drink options.

November snowfall totals are in! According to our weather-watchers in Oakland, we received 3.7 inches of snow in the month of November.