Friday February 29, Saturday February 29, Sunday March 1

The weather will be a chance of snow showers today, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28 and a low around 12. West wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Saturday will be a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24 and a low around 18. Wind chill values as low as zero. West wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 46 and a low around 36. What a wild weekend!

There was a big swing as seen recently on our temperature gauge.

Deep Creek Lake, MD Water and Air Temperature Gauge

But, look at this beautiful snow this morning:

Deep Creek Lake, MD Snow on Feb 28

Did you know? Garrett College has rolled back the tuition rate to make college more affordable for students.

There is a beautiful wood and metal coffee table that has been listed in our Online Marketplace. Check it out!

Buyer and Seller Beware: Phishing scams are getting more creative and widely circulated on the internet. Please beware of odd-sounding offers even as it relates to our local Deep Creek marketplace. We had a fraudulent buyer contact a customer on our site – there is not much we can do but remind our loyal readers to be cautious!

The Military March Promotion includes special offers from A Touch of Class Limousines; Bear Creek Traders; HART for Animals; MoonShadow; Mountain State Brewing Company; Railey Vacations; Suites at Silver Tree; Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales; The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille and Wisp Resort. To redeem the offers, military members simply need to show a valid military ID when purchasing.

The Maryland Park Service has openings at several facilities around the state. View the online jobs site for more information (scroll to seasonal positions and click the individual park listings for specific descriptions).

Maryland Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division found that the Allegany County business, Cash-N-Go, was making illegal consumer loans with interest rates of 360%. The final order requires Cash-N-Go to pay over $ 2.2 million in restitution to Maryland consumers and a $1,200,750 penalty to the State of Maryland.

The Mt. Fresh Winter Farmers Market is Saturday morning from11:00 am – 1:00 pm. In the Community Action Building Conference Room. They’ll have fresh produce, winter storage veggies, baked goods, meats, eggs, jams & jellies, baked goods, crafts, and more!

Leap Day at the Greene Turtle – 29¢ wings ALL DAY!

Entertainment such as Kelly Lynott at Black Bear Tavern, Paul Burger at MoonShadow, Ladies’ Night feat. DJ Thoro at BBT!, Eli Helbig & Brunch at MoonShadow

Remember the Ruth Enlow Library System online systems will be down for maintenance March 2, 3, and 4. You can still check out books with your physical library card.

Thursday February 27

The weather today will be snow showers. High near 23 and a low around 20. Breezy, with a west wind around 24 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible and night-time snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in place until 12pm today (Thursday) and, at the time of writing, the Snow Emergency Plan is in effect.

The rumors are not true — WIsp Resort IS making snow! Most of their trails are open and 24 of 39 groomed.

Gena Sweeney shared her “wake-up” view with us:

Gena Sweeney Snow Day Feb 27

The first measurements are showing that we received about 3″ of snow overnight. The schools are closed and we have a snow day!

Applications for the fall paramedic program are now open. An Associate’s (AAS) Degree is also available for current paramedics. See the Garrett College story about the program.

Our little community has news to share on the recent coronavirus news: “We want you to know that there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maryland or neighboring states, but now is the time to prepare,” said Cindy Mankamyer, Communicable Disease Nurse at the Garrett County Health Department. “Since this virus is known to spread by respiratory droplets, much like seasonal influenza, frequent hand-washing with soap and water or alcohol-based gel, coughing or sneezing into a tissue, and avoidance of touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands are proven strategies.”

Also, the Garrett County Health Department is offering a drug prevention program for parents and/or caregivers of children grades 5-12 called “How to Drug Proof Your Kids”. This free class begins on March 10th. To register call 301-334-7730 or 301-895-3111.

Plan for tomorrow’s Friday Night Game Night at Garrett College. FREE from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

An interesting event is coming up this weekend at nearby Alpine Lake — Paint ‘n Sip tomorrow, Friday, February 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Choose one of two paintings or a holiday ceramic figure. $35 per person includes a glass of wine in the price.

Wednesday February 26

Seems like we have had a number of days this season with a mix of snow and rain and today/tonight will fit into that category.  We will start with some rain in the afternoon, with a high of 51 degrees, but then get to a low temperature of around 22 degrees. We will have evening winds 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. The rain during the day will turn into a mix and then go over to snow after midnight, with an accumulation of one – three inches possible.

The weather is part of a larger storm system coming to the northeast and we will be getting our precipitation as part of a “southern extension” (note the light blue “finger”) coming down right through Garrett County.  Here’s what it looked like last evening as predicted and mapped by AccuWeather.

Winter Storm

Weather System


The Department of Natural Resources has announced the winner of the Arbor Day Poster art contest and it was a student in Sykesville that took home first place. Pretty impressive.  Wish I had that kind of talent.

Arbor Day 2020

MD DNR Arbor Day Poster First Place

There’s a home school program this afternoon up at the Grantsville Library starting at 2:00 pm and led by noted naturalist and great speaker, Kevin Dodge.  The session is called: Salamanders and Frogs and Snakes, Oh My!

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce announced that The Rooster’s Nest will be hosting the next Business After Hours on Thursday, March 12th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at their 12336 National Pike location in Grantsville. I know Sandy, the owner, who was one of my (very bright, hard-working) students at Garrett College and she has put a lot of effort into achieveing her dream of owning her own restaurant. I will, unfortunately, be out of town that day, but stop by if you can and tell her Mike sent you. She deserves our support.

Finally, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is supporting a joint resolution proposed by the Maryland General Assembly that will move the state closer to controlling the invasive blue catfish population by establishing commercial harvest.  Native to the Mississippi River basin, blue catfish were introduced to the mid-Atlantic in the 1970s. Since then it has exploded in population and range, and can now be found throughout Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River watersheds. Blue catfish are a significant threat to the ecosystem because of their rapidly increasing populations and capacity to consume significant amounts of native species.  They are NOT at Deep Creek Lake, but thought I would share as this is important to all Marylanders.

Tuesday February 25

As I begin these Daily Notes early Monday evening it is increasingly cloudy, but no sign of rain yet.  Today (Tuesday) weather will be mild, with a high around 47 degrees and a low around 41 degrees and it looks like it will be rainy a good part of the day.

Here’s a nice photo taken by Dee Dave from the Glendale bridge.  Note the way the reflection of the clouds appear to swirl in the water.  Thanks Dee!

Glendale Bridge

From the Glendale Bridge

Things are quieter at the lake now that the Deep Creek Dunk weekend has concluded and a lot of the second home owners and visitors have gone home.  Here’s a photo of the crosswalk between Uno’s and the Garrett 8 Cinema/Church lot saturday afternoon before the dunk.  Lot’s of folks (I was first in line on my side and note line of cars in oncoming lane) and the police did a good job of keeping things flowing.

Dunk 2020

Getting to the Dunk

The next public meeting of the county commissioners and community presentation will be held on Monday, March 2 at Garrett College starting at 5:30 pm.  Here’s the agenda and more specifics. I heard there was a standing room-only crowd at the last meeting!

Good “stuff” going on for children at the various branches of the Ruth Enlow Library today.  After or before the library event of your choice, you can check-out Taco Tuesday at Black Bear Tavern or Ladies Night at Sipside.  Check out our events calendar for details.

Get your Celt on!  There’s a fundraiser at Uno’s on March 17th to help raise funds for the Celtic Festival.  Always a great and popular event, please try to support it if you can.  We’ll post as an event with more specifics as soon as we can in the near future.

Monday February 24

We had some nice weather for “dunk weekend” the past few days. The weather for today will be mild, with a high of 46 degrees and a low of 36 degrees.  There’s a slight chance of rain late afternoon and a good chance of rain after 10:00 pm.

Here’s a photo taken yesterday from the top of the Meadow Mountain trail of Route 495.  On a clear day, you can see forever and definitely worth the 1.5 mile hike up…

Jean Tumbarello Photo of Meadow Mountain Trail in Garrett County, MD

View from the top of Meadow Mountain Trail

And, now we go from the serene to the not so serene.  Here’s a great photo taken by Brian Trehan of participants as they were just about to enter the lake for the dunk on Saturday.  They look a bit chilly, but at least there was no ice.  Thanks for sharing Brian!

Brian Trahan Deep Creek Dunk 2020 at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Just Before the Dunk, by Brian Trahan

Had a nice dinner with partner Sarah and our respective spouses at Alpine Lake in Terra Alta Saturday evening, which was Rib Night in their lounge. Sarah took this “action photo” of a rack of ribs just before we annihilated it.  The ribs were great and the price was right too.

Alpine Lake Resort Rib Night Special

On a sad note, local resident, Civic Club member, and generous volunteer Pat Shelton passed away Saturday evening. Pat was a super nice, giving, retired school teacher that was a big contributor to the lake area.  She will be missed by many and in many ways.  Our condolences go out to her family and all her many friends.

Have a great Monday folks…

Friday February 21, Saturday February 22, Sunday February 23

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 30 and a low around 20. Wind chill values as low as -4 and gusts as high as 21 mph. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 41 and a low around 25. Sunday will be sunny with a high near 47 and a low around 30.

Julie Gardiner shared her slopeside sunrise with us:

Julie Gardiner Slopeside Sunrise at Wisp Resort at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Did you know? The Garrett County Arts Council operates The Gallery Shop in downtown Oakland; a retail gallery of fine arts and crafts of regional artists. There are more than 340 artists and artisans participating in juried displays and exhibits. Make sure to stop by soon; a new show just went on display.

The Manor Steakhouse has announced new lunch & dinner menus! I had the drunken mushrooms the other day and they were excellent!

Have you heard of the Backyard Buffers Program? There are free trees (such as Swamp White Oak, Serviceberry, Hazelnut, River Birch, Silver Maple) available to landowners with a stream, pond or other waterway on their land. Each packet contains 25 bare-root seedlings of species suitable for planting in wet areas. Call 301-334-3296 or email to sign-up.

The Deep Creek Watershed Foundation is asking supporters to send letters to Senator Edwards and Delegate Beitzel. In addition to the $1 million allocations under the State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund (SLPRF), the aforementioned representatives have introduced companion bills SB 582 and HB 877. This proposed legislation will increase SLPRF funding to $3M/year. Contact the DCWF with any questions.


More trout were recently stocked in Garrett County:

  • Casselman River (Delayed Harvest): 2,450 rainbow trout
  • North Branch Potomac River/Barnum: 900 golden and rainbow trout
  • North Branch Potomac River/Kitzmiller: 450 golden and rainbow trout
  • North Branch Potomac River/Westernport: 900 golden and rainbow trout
  • Youghiogheny River/Friendsville: 450 golden and rainbow trout
  • Youghiogheny River/Oakland: 900 golden and rainbow trout

Mark your calendars for a spaghetti dinner to benefit local radio personality and colleague Jim Shaffer. The dinner will be held February 29 from 12:00 – 6:00 at the Oakland Fire Hall.

Ask the Deep Creek Mountain Land Company about free Wisp lift tickets with a property tour!

Spring is in the air! Sign-ups are for Central Garrett Little League still open till February 28th. The draft will be Saturday, February 29th, at Friendsville Elementary school gym. All new softball and little league kids and kids moving up a division must attend.

Also, Oakland Youth Baseball League sign-ups are still open online. Sign-up as soon as possible; teams will be forming within the next few weeks.

Thursday February 20

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 29 and a low around 12. North wind 7 to 9 mph.

Check out this graphic from Ski Southeast … Thanks to Joe Stevens and Meteorologist Brandon Butcher of WSAZ-TV in Charleston, West Virginia for putting a “face” on the snow-drought ….

Ski Southeast Snow Drought

According to our records, we have only received 43 inches of snowfall this year.

Despite the relatively small amount of snow, have you been tubing at the Wisp? Here’s an article from “Only In Your State”.

Garrett Regional Medical Center has earned the highest rating possible from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): winning 5-stars for quality of care. GRMC is one of only eight in the state.

Garrett County has a new option for handling emergency reports: TEXT-TO-911

Garreett College offers a wide variety of programs; for example, Make your own Yogurt is coming up through Continuing Education and two high school dual enrollment information sessions will be on February 25th and 27th.

It seems as though out here in Western Maryland, we are especially interested in how the Kirwan legislation will be read and accepted in the legislative sessions. At this time, we know there is expected to be a significant local share due to help fund the sweeping changes.

As an option to help find the funding, leaders in the House of Delegates proposed legislation to expand the state’s sales tax to professional services and reduce the overall sales tax rate to 5%.

Art with Angie! Eye for Art at MoonShadow tonight from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Try printmaking! $20 per person/pay at the event.

Wednesday February 19

Yes, it’s already Wednesday, otherwise known as “hump day,” folks and it’s all downhill (skiing) from here to the end of the week!  In the meantime, the weather for today will start out mostly cloudy and then become mostly sunny.  Temperatures will range from a high of 34 degrees to a low of 18 degrees, with a moderate Northwest wind.

If you or someone you know has sub-standard or no Internet service at your home in Garrett County, or if you just want to let County Government know what the speed of your broadband connection is, there is a portal they set up for you to go and answer some questions online.  You can check it out here.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is hosting a Cocktails and Convos night at Mountain State Brewery this evening starting at 5:30 pm.  They also have discounted memberships available for those that attend and wish to join AAUW.

It’s Open Mic Night at Sipside Lounge this evening from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Sounds like fun, so stop on by at Sipside in Oakland.

This is an impressive project here in Western Maryland and I will certainly try to attend: Mountain Maryland Tech Network members and guests are exclusively invited to tour Western Maryland Works! Join us on Tuesday, March 10th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Allegany County’s newest entrepreneurial endeavor, Western Maryland Works, a full-service makerspace, training facility, and small-business incubator project that provides access to state of the art technology and equipment to help you make ideas into reality. Attendees will learn more about this exciting new opportunity for entrepreneurs in the region and receive a tour of the facility. There’s complimentary hors d’oeuvres while networking with other MMTN members; guests are welcome! Register here.

Tuesday February 18

The weather for today will be wet, with showers likely from mid- morning onward.  The high will be near 47 degrees and the low, in the wee hours, will get down to around 26.

Here’s a photo my wife took as we were driving out to Morgantown yesterday around Noon.  It is from 219 right across from Brenda’s Pizzeria. I thought the blue sky and the blue water contrasted well with the somewhat stark Winter foliage.

Photo of the lake on 219

The Lake and Blue Sky

And, oh what a difference a week or so makes.  Here’s a photo submitted and taken by Ann Stuck from just off Glendale road that she took after a recent ice storm. It was actually daylight out.  That is the sun in the photo. Thanks Ann!

Phot after ice storm

After the Ice Storm
By: Ann Stuck

Don’t forget that Garrett College’s All-in Business Plan Writing Competition starts today.  Great for any want-to-be entrepreneurs and there’s mentoring and coaching along with workshops and also a chance to win a $1,000 prize for best business plan.  Contact Jodi McClintock at 301.387.3142 or at ASAP for more information.  There’s still time to sign-up.

For learning of a different sort, and for a different age group, the Oakland Ruth Enlow Library is holding their monthly Young Readers’ Book Club this afternoon from 4:00 pm -5:00 pm.  This is a book discussion group for children in grades six and up, with books distributed and learning and fun for all.  Check this link for more info.

Finally, don’t forget that the County Commisioners are holding their Public Meeting at the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department this evening starting at 5:30 pm.  Here’s the link to the agenda.

Monday February 17

I hope you all had a nice Valentines Day.  The weather over the weekend was nice too.  The weather for today will be a bit hazy to start, then mostly sunny with a high near 42 and a chance of rain and snow showers between midnight and 2:00 am, with the day’s low around 32 or so.

Happy Presidents’ Day folks. There has certainly been an uptick in activity and “traffic” at and around the lake this weekend with lots of visitors and second homeowners in town.

Happy Presidents’ Day

The origin of Presidents’ Day lies in the 1880s, when the birthday of president Washington was first celebrated as a federal holiday. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. During debate on the bill, it was proposed that Washington’s Birthday be renamed Presidents’ Day to honor the birthdays of both Washington (February 22) and Lincoln (February 12).  Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change. After the bill went into effect in 1971, however, Presidents’ Day became the commonly accepted name, due in part to retailers’ use of that name to promote sales and the holiday’s proximity to Lincoln’s birthday. Source: Encylopedia Britannica

The Ruth Enlow Library system is now offering portable mobile hot spots for checkout. For a period of time, patrons will be able to have internet access in their own homes through WiFi and tethering using these handheld rechargeable devices. Up to 10 devices can be connected at one time.Two hotspots will be available in Oakland and one in Friendsville. Stop by for more information and sign-up today to check out a hot spot!

Ruth Enlow Library is expanding by 28,000 titles! Allegany County libraries are joining Garrett County’s Polaris catalog, so customers anywhere in Western Maryland will be able to find and request items from any of the partner counties with just a click of a button. Due to this expansion, there will be three days, March 2-4, when Polaris will be unavailable. There will be no access to our online catalog, patron accounts, or Marina during this time. You will be able to check out items on these days (please bring your physical library card). The library also requests that you not return items on these dates, since the library will be unable to process the returned items until their system merger is complete.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources just reported final deer harvest numbers this season.  Hunters took almost 80,000 antlered and non-antlered deer this year, up just a bit from the prior year.  Weather impacted Garrett County numbers, which were down a bit from the previous year.  Here’s all the details, by county.

This one got me thinking about Deep Creek Lake.  Maryland DNR just placed some artifical, recycled fish habitat in a lake at Cunningham Falls State Park and I wonder if we have any opportunity for that at DCL?  I have not heard of anything like it before here in Garrett County.  Check out the article and let me know if you know of any artificial habitat at the lake here.

Have a great Monday folks…

Friday February 14, Saturday February 15, Sunday February 16

The weather will be mostly cloudy today with a high near 22 and a low around 12. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Saturday will be sunny with a high near 36 and a low around 27. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers after 1pm, mixing with snow after 5pm. High near 38 and a low around 26.

I visited local business Tees Me T’s recently to pick-up t-shirts I had printed for our family vacation. What a cool little shop! Call Penny and see what she can do for your business or group.

Local Pastor Mr. Matthew Paugh, a self-described Methomennocostal, was a contributor to a new book available on Amazon. Mennocostals: Pentecostal and Mennonite Stories of Convergence (Pentecostals, Peacemaking, and Social Justice) speaks on the convergence of Mennonites and Pentecostals and their stories.

There are several dining specials this evening and entertainment options, too!

Winter seems to be back for the weekend just in time for downtown Oakland’s Winter Fest! Be sure to join the Wine Walk!

Also in Oakland (this weekend only) is the play 39 Steps. Four actors play all of the characters!

Something new and different is tomorrow: Pong For Pups is from 2- 5 pm at Black Bear Tavern. $5 per person includes drink chip and half of all drink proceeds benefit HART for Animals during the tournament.

Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed 2020 to be the Year of the Woman in Maryland.

Wow .. Facebook really has a way of choosing the best feature frame (below — ughh! haha ☺️) but here I am with Marcia of Cashmere Clothing Co., our newest advertiser! Marcia and I went live together on Monday!

Cashmere Clothing is a women’s clothing boutique offering sizes Small through 3XL. Marcia is open at The Fort in McHenry (by Black Bear Tavern) on Wednesdays through Sundays: Wednesday 9am – 6pm, Thursday through Saturday  10am – 6pm and Sundays 10am – 3pm.

First United Bank and Trust recently shared their most recent installment of Uncommon Stories.

I offer you the opportunity to “Come Get Married in Deep Creek!”

Imagine an intimate and effortless lakefront Deep Creek wedding … The water will be reflecting diamonds at your feet and the lush mountain views will be the backdrop for a most memorable day …


We can take those seemingly far-away dreams and make them come to life this spring! …. Jessica Fike Photography and The Deep Creek Wedding are joining together to create the first-ever Deep Creek Pop-Up!


This wedding package is designed to fit any budget and it’s perfect for the couples not sure how to go about planning details, those who are interested in a small ceremony, or those who want a bit of an escape-from-it-all elopement option on the water’s edge.


From the beginning, you’ll be in direct contact with two locals sharing their extensive wedding vendor connections and vast Deep Creek knowledge. Did you know Jessica has photographed over 200 weddings?! Both of us are here in Deep Creek 24/7 and we will be here for you through the entire process with no additional cost.


Our specific Pop-Up package will offer the couple, and up to 30 guests, access to our expansive lakefront lawn, Deep Creek’s largest floating dock, a day-of-coordinator, a ceremony officiant, the best local beauty vendors, a sophisticated floral design, and two hours with Jessica – an amazingly talented natural light photographer.

To make this special deal happen, The Deep Creek Pop-Up offer has VERY limited availability — message us today for full package details at


Thursday February 13

The weather today will be rain and snow showers likely. Temperature falling to around 34 by 5pm. West wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected during the day but 1 to 2 inches possible overnight.

It has been a little on the gray side here at the Lake but still beautiful views from Sieta Bonner-Achampong:

Don’t forget, send us an email to be entered in our lift ticket giveaway! The Wisp has announced they will be making snow through Saturday – as conditions allow – so we may just pick a winner on Friday (so you can visit the Wisp this weekend!)

Heidi’s Bakery Cafe in Oakland is opening for the 2020 season on Friday the 14th at 7 am. Also, This N That Grocery will be open on February 28th!

Check out the featured photo of the month!

The 2020 – 2021 Garrett County Public School calendar has been released.

MD DNR has reported the recent Trout stocking activities in Garrett County:

  • North Branch Potomac River/Kitzmiller: 450 golden and rainbow trout
  • Youghiogheny River/Friendsville: 450 golden and rainbow trout
  • Youghiogheny River/Oakland: 900 golden and rainbow trout

This weekend is a Donation Only Benefit Spaghetti Dinner for the Ashby Family! Saturday,February 15th from 11am-4pm. Dine in or take out at the Masonic Lodge in Oakland.

Garrett County Board of County Commissioners remind the public of the three upcoming Community Update Meetings:

Wednesday February 12

Gee, more rain yesterday and fog as well.  The weather for today will be… MORE RAIN! Yes, rain is likely before 5:00 pm, then rain and some snow likely, then rain again in the evening, including wind, with gusts as high as 34 miles per hour.  Temps will be in the mid 40’s to the low 30’s. No real accumulations expected.

Had a very nice time at dinner with fellow Lions last evening. We hosted a dinner for our blind skiers after they spent a day on the mountain. Great kids and families and a wonderful time had by all.  Ed King even led us all in a funny song on sausage making (who knew):

Blind Skiers

LIONS Blind Skier Dinner

Jodi McClintock at Garrett College is looking for a few more participants for the All-In: Business Plan Writing Series and Competiton.  Classes officially begin next Tuesday, February 18th.  Participants will learn how to create a practical business plan, conduct market and competitor analysis, understand offer development, build financial and operating plans and design a go-to-market roadmap.  Plus, all participants get a mentor and also receive valuable start-up coaching.  If you (or someone you know) are considering starting a business, call Jodi ASAP at 301.387.3142 or email at

Dedicated reader and regular Deep Creek Lake visitor, Clark Frazee, contacted us to share the recent passing of his uncle, Mason Wainwright Callis, Jr.  Mr. Callis was a great fellow, loved the lake area and knew and positively impacted a number of folks in the community.  I wanted to mention the passing of Mr. Callis here and thank Clark for sharing.  Condolences to family and friends.

It’s even raining trout! DNR just yesterday placed over 2,400 rainbow trout in the Casselman river, with more planned stockings around the state and in Garrett County. You can check the scehdule and even a map to see where the next batch will “land.”

OK, as a reward for you for reading today’s Daily Notes, here’s an opportunity to win some lift tickets. Send an email to with “Lift Tickets” in the subject line by this Sunday, midnight. Tell us your favorite season at and around the lake and why, for a chance to win.  The randomly chosen winner will win two lift tickets that you can use any time THIS season. That’s it. We’ll report the vote counts and winner next week.

Tuesday February 11

After a rainy Monday, the weather for today will be rainy, with showers, mainly before noon, then a chance of rain after 2:00 pm. High near 43 and a low around 26.

Don’t forget that today is municipal election day for citizens of Friendsville.  Polls are scheduled to be open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.   Running for one of the three open council seats are incumbents Pamela Humberson, Edward Kelley and Julia Sines. Also running is James Hook. Good luck to the candidates and be sure to vote if you are a resident of Friendsville.

It’s Ladies Lounge Day at Sipside Lounge in Oakalnd.  They have 25% off wine, unlimited chocolate and prizes.  Check it out. After, or before you stop for a drink, consider going to Southern High School to watch the Boys Team take on Notre Dame starting at 6:00 pm.

The Board of County Commissioners have announced the agenda for their next public meeting which will be held a week from today (February 18th). Some good topics on the agenda and note it starts at 5:30 pm and will be held in the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department and not the courthouse in Oakland!

Review request: For anyone interested in Meshach Browning (or pioneer-era western MD history for that matter), please take a look at the draft tri-fold brochure in this post’s images below and let the Lions Club know if you see any issues, especially with historical accuracy. These brochures will be distributed as part of a community-based art project, and then probably the remainder provided to the visitor’s center and at the Meshach Browning trailhead. Comments can be done via Facebook messenger or email Chris Nichols at! 

Lions Club Brochure

Lions Club Brochure

And, here’s the map for the reverse of the brochure.  Interesting…

Lions Club

Map for M.B. Brochure

Monday February 9

After a snowy weekend, the weather for today will be rainy, with a high near 44 and a low about 40. There will be a southwest wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

All-in, we probably had snow of 3-4 inches from Friday through Sunday morning.  Here’s a photo I took for you off my front porch Sunday, just to give out-of-towner’s a sense of the accumulations (after some melting):
Sunday 2 9 20

After Weekend Snow

First United Bank & Trust recently donated $5,600 to the Garrett County Habitat for Humanity.  This donation was collected during the 2019 Christmas Charity Tour of Homes sponsored by First United.  The mission of the Garrett County Habitat for Humanity is to build safe, adequate houses for those in need who live or work in Garrett County, Maryland.  Nice job to all involved. Here’s the photo of the check presentation:

Tour of Homes

Tour of Homes Check Presentation


The state just posted the agenda for the Board of Public Works meeting in Annapolis on February 19th.  Here it is for those interested.

On Thursday, March 5th, at 6:30 pm, Dr. Deborah Landau, Conservation Ecologist with Maryland/DC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Appalachian Laboratory fire ecologist Dr. Mark Cochrane will present “Wildfire in Appalachia: Fire history of the Central Appalachians and implications of a changing climate to our forests’ health” as part of the Watershed Moments Community Learning Series. This presentation will be held at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Maryland, and is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Contact Rhonda Schwinabart, Coordinator of Outreach, at 301.689.7102 or visit

Happy Monday folks!