Thursday April 30

The weather today will be cloudy with a chance of showers. High near 57 and a low around 41.

We were asked to share: the project going on now at the intersection of Mosser Road and will U.S. 219 is primarily to widen the intersection. There will also be upgrades to the signal and resurfacing.

County. United Way and Wal-Mart will collect food items in Allegany County for the Western MD Food Bank on May. 5, 2020.

Garrett County Community Action is also collecting food here in Garrett County for individual distribution on several dates:

Friendsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Saturday, May 2nd 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department
Friday, May 1st 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Accident Volunteer Fire Department

Wednesday, May 6th 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Southern Rescue Squad
Thursday, April 30th 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 2nd 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Department
Tuesday, May 5th 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The MAERDAF fund has announced Fiscal 2021 application information. This grant is financial support to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education efforts.

Local resident Len Shindel is working on commemorating the Garrett County Road Worker’s Strike. That link is to the Baltimore Sun newspaper and it may not open but the victory was a to allow the workers to join the union.

Fentanyl contaminated drugs are becoming an increasing problem in Garrett County. The local health department has launched a campaign, Fentanyl Fast Facts, to help educate the public about the dangers of fentanyl.

Here’s a large home for sale just minutes from the lake. Listed by Jay Ferguson with Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales:

Wednesday April 29

Yesterday was another cool, dreary and rainy day.  I am thinking that after the last few weeks Mother Nature owes us some good weather soon and a great summer season as well. Today we will have a chance of showers, mainly after 2:00 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 65 degrees and a low of about 48. There will be a southeast wind of 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Kista Powell, teacher at Northern Garrett High School, has been named the 2020-21 Garrett County Teacher of the Year. Ms. Powell teaches Allied Health and Biomedical Science at Northern High School. She has been employed by Garrett County Public Schools since 2014.  Congratulations Kista.

Here’s a sign of the times.  Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is opening-up on May 8th, but with a twist.  You will have your own personal butler.  Really.  They will practice social distancing and are touting it as “Five Star Service from a Distance.” That’s innovative.

Under pressure from media and others, the state has agreed to post data on COVID-19 cases at nursing homes, which account for most COVID-19 deaths in some counties.

The Deep Creek Lake Lions Club has postponed its boat auction that had been scheduled for May 16th. It will hopefully occur in June, with a date TBD. I will keep you informed and please reach out if you have a boat you wish to donate.  This is a big fundraiser for the club and the proceeds go to help many in the community.

Looking for something enriching and different to do at home during the pandemic? Want to learn a new skill that could be used for your own personal interest or to advance your business? Then consider this online course on Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners at Garrett College that can get you started and help you learn how to develop a plan for content, setup, and maintenance. Here’s the scoop. h

That’s it for today folks.  Some technical Internet problems causing a somewhat truncated version of these Daily Notes.  Have a safe and healthy Wednesday.


Tuesday April 28

Yesterday was cool and cloudy until mid-afternoon, when the sun came out.  Today, showers are likely, mainly between 7:00 am and 2:00 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 52 degrees and with a low around 46.

So, I have some inside information that Barbie and Ken just had a Deep Creek Wedding.  Yeah, that Barbie and Ken and here’s a photo to prove it!  If you want some more insight as to what the heck I am talking about, go here.  More photos too. Oh, they are already on their honeymoon… at the lake, of course!

Barbie and Ken

Barbie and Ken at Deep Creek!

Even as Governor Hogan has prescribed his three-phase process to open-up the state, Maryland is expected to continue to see an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, since the state is increasing the number of tests being completed. Because of this, the main gauge officials will use to determine when the first phase of recovery can begin is the statewide rate of hospitalizations and the number of patients admitted to ICU.

The Chamber invites members to hear an update on the CARES Act and a discussion on returning to work. Stephen McAllister, Executive Director of the Eastern Region, Congressional & Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will discuss the recently passed supplement to the CARES Act including new funds for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) & Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. He will also discuss returning to work reopening the American economy including how Americans and businesses can return to work safely, successfully and sustainably. Here’s the link to more information.

Here’s some interesting factoids from a recent survey conducted by WalletHub: Social Distancing Survey

  • Online shopping is a popular stress reliever: 36 million Americans use online shopping as their number one way to cope with social distancing.
  • Nearly half the population still ventures outside: 48 percent of Americans go outside at least once a day while self-quarantining.
  • Women worry more: Women are 40 percent more likely to feel anxious than men due to social distancing.
  • People want to see family most: 34 percent of Americans are most looking forward to seeing family once this is over, more than the amount that are most excited to see friends or go out to eat.
  • Most Americans use masks: 60 percent of Americans are now wearing face masks due to the coronavirus.
  • Social distancing provides an opportunity to build skills: Almost 29 million Americans are using the social distancing time to learn something new.

The complete survey results can be found here. There’s also information on the states: where it is easiest and most difficult to attain social distancing.

Finally, Manor Steakhouse just sent over their latest menu and a reminder that they are doing carry-out every week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Jean and I have gotten their carry-out a few times recently and the process is easy and the food is great. Please call between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to order your dinner (240.488.1104). Check them out and send me a note if you have a nice takeout story from Manor or another local-area establishment. Here’s a link to our Dining Guide.

Have a great Monday folks…


Monday April 27

We had a very wet Sunday.  Today’s weather will be cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The low will be around 38. When will the weather turn warm and sunny?

Maryland officials reported Sunday that the state has confirmed 815 new cases of the coronavirus along with 30 fatalities, a decrease in both the number of new cases and deaths after the state reported its deadliest day of the pandemic Saturday. Hopefully the start of a trend.

I heard the new Maryland unemployment portal was down yesterday.  It will hopefully be up and running again by the time you read this Monday morning.  They had to fix a few glitches.

We’re all getting sick of the “c word”. Data from Wikipedia reveals that traffic to the page “2019-20 coronavirus pandemic” has fallen by about 70% since its peak back at the end of March. As curves have flattened, so has interest. Google data agrees, with peak coronavirus searches coming in the week beginning March 15th, more than a month ago.

On the local and good news front, the number of COVID-19 cases for Garrett County residents is holding at 4 cases. There has not been a positive case identified since April 6th and the cases that were identified were each related to travel. There have been 224 tests administered to date, with the first testing beginning at Garrett Regional Medical Center on March 16.

Also locally, The 2019 Maryland Recycling Act Recycling Reports that were originally due on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 are now due on Friday, May 15, 2020, due to the pandemic. Businesses can continue to send in reports by fax, email, or first-class mail. It is not recommended to drop-off reports in person to recycling sites or the Landfill Office. If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Madigan, Recycling Coordinator at the Solid Waste & Recycling office at 301.387.0322.

Have a great Monday folks…

Friday April 24, Saturday April 25, Sunday April 26

The weather today will be rain showers mainly before 2pm. High near 52 and low around 44. Saturday will have a chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a high near 56 and a low around 44. Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2am. Sunday will have showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 49 low around 36.

There’s nothing official in the forecast but Allegheny Mountains Weather mentioned the higher elevations could see some ….uh, dare I say it, snow Sunday night into Monday. “Snow in the air to lower elevations to 2000-2500′ with coatings” ❄️

Friday-Flashback! Black Bear Tavern & Restaurant is running a photo contest on its Facebook page every week until they’re able to re-open. Each Saturday, they choose one winner for a $50 gift card to BBT. Last week’s winner was Lu Roe with her photo of the BBT Softball team “Bad News Black Bears” from many years ago:

Lake Salon Photo Contest Winner

From the Maryland Department of Labor: Today, April 24, the Maryland Department of Labor is launching a new one-stop unemployment insurance application to allow all Marylanders to file all types of claims entirely online.

There’s a free webinar on how to avoid COVID-19 related scams from Congressman Trone’s office; including the sale of fake COVID-19 testing kits, the offer of delivery of cleaning supplies, and the impersonation of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) personnel. Today at noon.

Barbara Baker, Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools, announces Kista Powell, Allied Health and Biomedical Science teacher at Northern Garrett High School, as the GCPS 2020-21 Teacher of the Year.

The proposed new reading and language arts materials and resources for preK to 5th grade are available for review by the general public. Members of the community are welcome to review and comment. Contact Mrs. Stephanie Wesolowski, Curriculum Specialist, at 301-334-7656, for questions or for more information.

Be on the lookout for Spotted Lanternflies; be vigilant to prevent the spread into Maryland.

The most recent Garrett County Commissioners public meeting was streamed online.  Note, details were covered for statewide primary election that has been moved to June 2 and will mainly be vote by mail.

There’s a recently announced job opening in the State’s Attorney’s office.

Unacast – a data provider – is still producing the social distancing scorecard. Garrett County gets a grade of a D+. I’m still not certain of this company’s methodologies but you can use it to compare us to other areas.

And, speaking of comparing Garrett County, be sure to respond to your 2020 Census! Garrett County’s response rate is under 40%. Visit to respond.


Thursday April 23

The weather for today will be rain, mainly after 2pm. High near 54 and a low around 46. Southeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Today’s post seems loaded with gratitude! It’s a good day to pause and appreciate everything — we hope you all had a great Earth Day!

DCL is the BEST corner of this earth in my opinion!

Here’s a great photo showing our “Hailstorm Meets Spring” at the lake that was taken on Tuesday thanks to Jim Chason. Thanks for submitting Jim.

Hail Storm at Deep Creek Lake, MD by Jim C.

Did you participate in the “drive-thru thank you” parade that was held last evening for the frontline at GRMC? It was sort of an impromptu event organized by Mr. Chuck Nolan. Thank you, Chuck, thank you, to those who participated and, thank you, to the staff at the hospital going above and beyond.

Garrett County Public Schools would like to remind parents and families that applications for free and reduced meals are accepted at any time throughout the school year. If your income has been affected by the current circumstances with COVID-19, please fill out a meal benefit form and submit it to the Food and Nutrition Services office. Thanks to each of the teachers and staff for doing their best to help our kids through this crisis!

We’ve mentioned it before but all questions and local offers of donations related to COVID-19 should go to where Garrett County Community Action is coordinating all local contributions such as homemade face coverings, food assistance, volunteer sign-ups, and cash donations.
  • Friendsville Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Saturday, April 25th & May 2nd, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department, Friday, April 24th & May 1st, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Accident Volunteer Fire Department, Wednesday, April 29th & May 6th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Southern Rescue Squad, Thursday, April 30th, and Saturday, May 2nd, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Department, Tuesday, April 28th & May 5th, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
(Please check the Portal for contact information, a list of requested food donations, and future donation specifics.)
“The outpouring of support from our community has been truly inspiring,” said Courtni Helmick, Family Self-Sufficiency Manager at Community Actionf. “Times are certainly a little scary because there is so much unknown, but that has not stopped Garrett County! The portal is a wonderful tool to get the entire community involved…”
The Health Department has launched another survey to drive change and help them understand the needs of our community.

Here’s a great photo of a nesting Bald Eagle at Deep Creek Lake that was submitted by Vince Zello. (This was taken just recently!) Thanks Vince.

Bald Eagle Eagle at Deep Creek Lake, MD from Vince Zello

What an amazing sight; grace and beauty!

Wednesday April 22

Yesterday’s weather was crazy.  We got a late morning thunderstorm with some serious hail. It was preceeded and followed by rain.  See below for a photo I took from my front porch. More fell in the afternoon. Today will be sunny, with a high near 46 degrees and a low of 38. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Hail in April at DCL

Hail Storm at the Lake

And, here’s a great photo taken by Mark Richards of the approaching storm.  Thanks Mark.  Nice work.

Incoming storm

Incoming storm

Good news and bad news.  We wanted to do some carry-out from Brenda’s Pizzeria Monday evening and could not get through to them.  I thought their phone line was down but it turns out they were so busy they could not keep-up with the orders! That is good news for Brenda and her great team of folks and makes me happy. They are adjusting their personnel (they always give great service) and will be ready for next Monday.  Glad to see they are getting lots of orders.  Please keep ordering from them and our other local restaurants.

The Deep Creek Lake Lions Club wants your creativity! We’ll mail you a 3D printed panel of Meshach Browning for you to paint/decorate and return to us to be included in a community art project. You’ll also receive a mini-sculpture of him and history brochure/map about Browning that are yours to keep. Great boredom-busting project and you’ll be contributing to a community art project that will be publicly viewable at our Bumble Bee Rd park and trail system. Click this link for more information from my fellow Deep Creek Lake LION Chris Nichols.

On a final note, this Daily Notes is a bit shorter than most. The reason?  I intentionally left out any reference to the pandemic or related problems, statistics and impact.  I needed a break from it and think many readers needed one too.  Be safe, happy and healthy folks…

Tuesday April 21

Yesterday started out overcast and then turned sunny. Today will have showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1:00 pm, then showers likely. High near 46 degrees. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph, and gusts as high as 37 mph.  The low, at night, will be about 25, with a chance of snow showers.

Congratulations are in order for Carissa Rodeheaver. Carissa who is CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of First United Corporation, has been named one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” by The Daily Record. Way to go and well deserved Carissa!

This just in: All Ruth Enlow Libraries will be closed until at least May 18th and all library programs will be cancelled until June 1st. The library’s free Wi-Fi and new external hotspots (in partnership with CHIPS Network) will be left on 24/7 and no passwords are required to access them. Additionally, there will be no fines given on materials during this time and you will still be able to put holds on items through their online catalog. All book drops are closed (please hold on to all library materials until we re-open).

Congratulations are also in order for Joe Burris a student at Northern Middle School. The Accident Community Planning Group sponsored a contest titled “wherever you live and breath, make it nicotine free” and Joe’s photo essay was chosen.  Way to go Joe!

I love innovative thinking and here’s a local example of it from one of our small business owners, Marcia Warnick at Cashmere and Company, who has started Monthly Mondays with Marcia. Please support Marcia and all of our small businesses during the pandemic and help maintain one of the cornerstones of our local economy. Thanks!

The tick season is coming around as the weather gets warmer. The Garrett County Health Department (GCHD) is actively monitoring tick populations and species in Garrett County to better assess the risk and inform the public. If you find a tick and would like to have it identified, please go to and download the form. Fill it out, attach the tick, and mail it to GCHD Environmental Health, 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD 21550. These ticks will not be tested for pathogens but will help in data collection and mapping tick distributions in Garrett County.

The Garrett County Heath Department and the Joint Information Task Force  recommend the following relative to the use of face masks during the pandemic:


  • Use a medical-grade mask such as an N95. (Save these for health care workers and first responders.)
  • Touch or move the face covering while wearing it.
  • Wear the face covering in any position other than over your mouth and nose.
  • Talk on your cell phone while wearing the face covering.
  • Take the face covering off from the front.
  • Put the face covering down on other surfaces after taking it off.
  • Put a face covering on a child under the age of 2 or someone with breathing problems.

Have a great Tuesday dear readers…

Monday April 20

Yesterday was cloudy, but the temperature reached into the upper 50s.  It was a good day for a walk!  Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 52. and a northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. It will get cloudy in the nighttime, with a low around 38.

Frankly, it still doesn’t feel completely like spring here on the mountain.  Even with the flowers and trees budding and blooming, the clouds and cooler temperatures have had an effect.  Here’s a photo from Jamie White taken early Saturday.  Note the ice on the chairs.  Thanks Jamie! Please send us one during the summer months from the same location.

Photo JW

The lake on Saturday morning


Good News as reported by the Baltimore Sun late Sunday afternoon: The 522 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland Sunday marks the second consecutive day the state has seen a decrease in the number of new cases over a 24-hour period. Let’s hope it continues.
The Governor’s statewide order to wear cloth face coverings (that went into effect Saturday) is apparently “worrying” some residents, but it doesn’t need to. The face coverings can be as simple as a bandana or a scarf, or can be made from basic patterns that can be completed with or without sewing. Governor Hogan’s executive order requires the wearing of face coverings when inside any retail or foodservice establishment or when riding any form of public transportation. It’s important to remember that the Governor’s mandate is designed to slow the spread of the virus and help keep people who may already have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others. These kinds of coverings will not keep you from getting the virus.

Maryland officials have ordered public schools to remain closed until May 15th. Maryland stopped short of joining other states that have closed schools for the rest of the academic year, requiring students to complete their spring work remotely. I wanted to make sure all heard the news.  It is certainly a challenge for some parents and their student children, but I believe it makes good sense in these times.

We heard from Mary Callis, Director of Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) that GLAF’s concert with Clipper City Brass Quintet has been rescheduled in accordance with Governor Hogan’s executive orders and that they will be releasing the new date very soon. In addition, the May 30th West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) concert has also been rescheduled, also with a date to be released soon.

Hey there boaters.  We have a neat new Poparazzu Howdy Folks Towable Tube coming to our Deep Creek Times Marketplace today. The seller says it was only used for one week and it is deeply discounted “from new.” The seller can be reached at  You can check for this item and many others in our online Marketplace.

Have a great Monday folks and stay safe and healthy!


Friday April 17, Saturday April 18, Sunday April 19

The weather today will be rain likely, mainly after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 49 and a low around 33. South wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Saturday will be rain and snow likely before 8am, then a chance of snow between 8am and noon. Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 44 and a low around 32. Sunday will be partly sunny with a chance of showers after 2pm; high near 56 and low near 38.

We’re so proud to announce we have a BRAND NEW Deep Creek Lake webcam! I just can’t wait for you to check it out! A special shout out to Don Nemith Builders and Mountainside Technologies for their assistance. Press the “play” button and watch it cycle through the presets … (those gray boxes are privacy screens btw!)

Don Nemith Builders is the Lake’s premier home builder with more than 38 years of experience in building architecturally-designed custom homes; owned and operated by local Deep Creek Lake residents, Don and Amy Nemith.

Mountainside Technologies offers top of the line technology services including VOIP phones, video surveillance, home and business automation, security systems and more.

There’s a new business in town – Deep Creek Food Taxi!  Tell em Deep Creek Times sent ya.

The agenda for the next Garrett County Commissioners’ public meeting has been announced.

Unfortunately, there are always unscrupulous people in this world. The police are warning that this text message is a SCAM! DO NOT CLICK.

Thursday April 16

We woke up to more snow. Is that a “yay” or “nay” where you’re from?! I’m on the YAY-side… it’s so pretty!

April Snow at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The weather today will be isolated snow showers before 10am. Cloudy early, then gradual clearing, with a high near 39 and a low around 30. West wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Are you managing or assisting with a non-profit related to heritage tourism? The Garrett County Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area has compiled some grant resources.

The online marketplace is happenin’ … we had a bear-proof trash container go REALLY quickly and now we have a really nice looking Subaru Outback under “Vehicles”.

A message from Garrett County Superintendent of Schools:


Also, there is a live stream of the Garrett County Board of Education meeting that was held on April 14, 2020, at 6:00 PM. (slide to about the 10 minute mark)

Make Magazine has put together a list of projects to make to help fight COVID-19 …. maybe you have these materials around your house?

There’s a fun family activity tonight: it’s the Disney Family Singalong at 8 p.m. on the ABC channel.

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) graphic outlining a few examples of the Dos & Don’ts of Social Distancing. It seems simple but this emergency is not yet over, & it’s very important that we don’t let our guard down yet.

MEMA Social Distancing

Wednesday April 15

Yesterday was cold and blustery, with snow showers most of the afternoon.  Today will be sunny, with a chance of showers, a high near 42 degrees and a northwest wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. A chance of rain and snow showers before 11:00 pm, then a chance of snow showers. Increasing clouds, with a low around 27.

A recent Seton Hall Sports Poll found that 72% of Americans would not attend a sports event before the introduction of a vaccine to prevent coronavirus. Twelve percent of respondents said they would attend a sports event if social distancing could be maintained. Only 13 percent said they would feel as safe as fans as in the past. Medical experts predict that a vaccine will not be approved before 2021. The poll, conducted among 762 Americans on landlines and cellphones, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

With declining travel threatening to wipe out 5.9 million US jobs by the end of April and the tourism industry greatly impacted by social distancing, WalletHub yesterday released its report on the States Hit Hardest by COVID-19’s Impact on Tourism, along with accompanying videos. This is an interesting report and all the more relevant to us here based on our tourism-driven economy.

When was the last time you and the family had a nice dinner out?  I know, due to the current situation, it has been a while.  But I have an idea:  Why not check-out our dining guide and order take-out!  You get a break and you help our local establishments and their employees.  You can also buy a gift card to use for a future meal. Please call your favorite restaurant or visit their website to verify that they are open and offer take-out.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the Garrett County Health Department sent us this list of available resources. It is also important to recognize the stigma that continues to surround alcoholism and reaching out for treatment.  Alcoholism is an illness, and there is no shame in seeking help. There are many resources available, both national and local:


  • National Helpline at 1-844-289-0879
  • Alcoholics Anonymous at 1-212-870-3400
  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics 1-888-554-2627
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at
    1-800-662-4357 (HELP).


  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Program – 301-334-7730
  • Substance Use Disorder Program – 301-334-7670

Tuesday April 14

Yesterday was wet and very windy.  Today’s weather holds a chance of showers before 2:00 pm, with a high near 40 degrees and a low around 29.  There will be rain showers in the evening before 9:00 pm, possibly changing to snow showers after 11:00 pm.

Here’s an interesting YouTube video on the history of Deep Creek Lake.  It was compiled by TaylorMade Vacations and Sales and has some nice, historical photos.  Enjoy.  Here’s a photo of construction of the dam way back in 1924:
Building DCL dam

Building Deep Creek Lake Dam

In partnership with the Ruth Enlow Library, CHIPS Network has installed exterior hotspots to provide free Wi-Fi to local communities throughout Garrett County. Currently available at the Oakland, Friendsville, Grantsville, and Accident libraries with a location coming soon to the Kitzmiller branch! That should really help those of us without connectivity at home.  Please spread the word.

The Garrett County Health Department stresses that the best way to protect yourself and your household is to stay at home during this crisis, but if you need to go out for essential reasons, do your part to protect everyone by wearing a face covering. The internet is full of examples of how to make a face covering from bandanas and t-shirts without sewing (see also past columns of Daily Notes). There are also many patterns and designs to sew your own if you are crafty. This link,, will take you to the CDC file that gives several suggested ways to make a face covering, explains how to wear it, and how to take care of it.

Now for a little rant folks.  I had to go out the other day for essentials and I stopped in a local “store” in Oakland.  Well, contrary to best practices and recurring suggestions/orders from the authorities, people in this establishment were not practicing social distancing, did not have face masks on (except for me) and workers handling food and money did not have a mask nor gloves on. Please, please, please stay home, but if you must go out, please take precautions.  I was frankly, surprised at the situation I witnessed and wanted to share so you can help spread the word as well. So, spread the word and not the virus! (Yes, I just made that saying up) Hopefully, things have improved and they are taking more precautions now.  I hope so.

While we remain at four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Garrett County, the rest of Maryland and other parts of the county continue a mighty strugle. The confirmed coronavirus cases in Maryland had reached 8,936 as of Monday, with the death toll at 262, officials say. Just when we think it is tough, along comes a string of tornadoes Easter Sunday that does serious damage to life and property.  Let’s all keep those in the South that are injured or lost their lives and homes in our thoughts and prayers.  I can’t imagine…

With problems come solutions.  The Garrett County Health Department in partnership with Garrett County Community Action (CAC),  have prepared a website for those seeking ways to help those in need: Check this site out and use it if you have something to offer or need help. The people and institutions of Garrett County continue to come through!

On a positive and innovative note, Dave Bruffy of Smoke and Mirrors Gallery and Studio in Oakland is putting on a Alone Together Virtual Concert on April 24th featuring Seth Maynard and Rich Norwood.  Dave is trying to support our musicians, provide some entertainment and help the economy.  The cost is only $5.  Here’s the link to purchase a ticket.  Nice job Dave! Thanks…


Monday April 13

The weekend had some good weather, though a little snow on Friday! The weather for today will be interesting: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers. Temperature rising to near 61 degrees by 11:00 am, then falling to around 51 during the remainder of the day. Windy, with a south wind 22 to 29 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. The temperature will drop to about 32 during the night.

Even with the mixed weather we have experienced the past week, the trend in temperatures appears upward and that is a sure sign of things to come.  Here’s a photo of a variety of daffodils gathered from my garden Sunday.  They smell great too!

Mike Jean Daffodils

Daffodils a-Bloom

I hope you all had a nice weekend and a nice Easter and a continuing nice Passover.  I know a lot of the Seders and Easter dinner gatherings were smaller this year, but I hope you still enjoyed the time. Here’s a photo of our dear friends Vicki and David’s Seder table for two. Still beautiful setting as always. As a Christian, I hold fond memories of attending seders at the homes of my Jewish friends over the years.

Seder for Two - 2020

Seder Setting for Two

Garrett County government, the health department and others have been working hard to interpret and communicate guidance from the Governor’s office and elsewhere relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been asked to provide some clarification to all, so here it is almost verbatim: Pertaining to commuters to/from adjacent states, and persons transiting Maryland, Governor Hogan stated that persons traveling into Maryland from anywhere outside Maryland are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. This is not expected of: persons who regularly commute into Maryland from an adjacent state or the District of Columbia, or vice-versa, unless such persons should otherwise self-quarantine under applicable CDC or MDH guidance (for example, because of recent travel to the New York/Tri-State area); It is not deemed essential travel to come to Garrett County for the weekend. Visitors, or second homeowners returning for the summer season, should not come to the county unless they self-quarantine for 14 days. This quarantine requirement does not apply to commuters, as referenced above, or to those traveling for essential services. For example, West Virginia residents can travel to Garrett County for food or medicine. Also, Garrett County residents can travel to appointments in West Virginia and will not be stopped by State Troopers unless there is a motor vehicle violation. I wanted to make sure all readers were aware. 

The Health Department has send guidance to retail businesses in the County over the past week to help ensure employee and customer safety. Strategies already being used by some essential retailers, and recommended to those not yet complying include:

  • marking floors to ensure adequate distance between customers
  • limiting the number of people at one time in the facility or establishing customer flow patterns to avoid contact between customers
  • setting up barriers between the employee and the customer when the six-foot minimum for social distance is not possible
  • employees wearing a facemask if social distancing and barriers are not sufficient

In addition, establishments were reminded that it is imperative to disinfect surfaces that customers regularly touch, including shopping carts, door handles, checkout areas, and other high-touch surfaces.

Finally today, here’s some information on a request from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency that is asking for donations of masks, boots, protective gear and cleaning supplies to meet the critical needs of Maryland first responders. Give if you can and as you can…


Donations Needed

Donations Needed

Have a wonderful Monday folks…


Friday April 10, Saturday April 11, Sunday April 12

The weather today will be windy — a west wind 21 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. A chance of snow showers, mainly before 3pm then gradually becoming mostly sunny, High near 38 a low around 28. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 48 and a low around 37. Easter Sunday will be a chance of showers, mainly after 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 62 and a low around 50.

A special shoutout goes to Susie Crawford for sharing this spectacular sunset with us!

Susie Crawford Hazelhurst Sunset

We miss the lake views and lake life! Hopefully, we all can return to “normal” soon! In the middle of all of this, we are excited about a new way for you to check-in on the lake … stay tuned for an announcement next week.

The Mountain Fresh Farmer’s market has several sellers set-up to sell online and pick up at the market.

There are so many examples of our community joining together to get through these times we can’t mention them all but I wanted to thank Kaycee and Kylee King here: These two sisters collected and donated “go bags” of items for children entering foster care. THANK YOU!

Garrett County remains at 4 residents with positive COVID-19 tests. Here is the local Health Department’s Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Today we observe Good Friday as part of the Holy Week for Christians:

Holy Week