Thursday April 9

The weather today will be mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 42 by 3pm. Showers likely, mainly before 5pm. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 48 mph. Tonight, a chance of rain and snow showers – new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible – low of 28.

From NOAA: A Wind Advisory is in place from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM today. West wind of 25-35 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph is expected. Wind speed will increase with elevation and the highest gusts are expected in locations above 2500 feet.

Were you able to see the “Pink Supermoon”? I, personally, looked but couldn’t capture much on my cell phone. Note, the moon really doesn’t look pink — according to NBC, Pink moon” is just a nickname from folklore — a reference to the first pinkish flowers in spring. Read more about upcoming Garrett County skies.

Thanks to @lee_foto__ on Instagram for sharing his moon photo:

Lee_foto__ pink supermoon at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the wonderful Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Grantsville. A severe storm tore through and dropped several trees and caused building damage. Our friend Regina Holliday has started a Go Fund Me to help rebuild if you’re so inclined.

The Garrett County Commissioners released several pieces of news yesterday. A recording of the public meeting is online and more details were released regarding the offer of an Accommodations Tax Deferral for businesses, groups, and individuals who have had to pause vacation rentals due to COVID-19 and the purchase of a building for the Emergency Operations Center.

The Commissioners also are reminding visitors coming to Garrett County, or returning to their home, that all are required to self-quarantine.

Here’s an update from our friends at the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF).

Wednesday April 8

The weather for today includes a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9:00 am, then a slight chance of showers between 9:00 am and noon. Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 63. Northwest wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of more rain in the wee hours over night and a low of about 42.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Garrett County Landfill will continue on the winter schedule. The landfill will remain open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm for residential and commercial haulers and on Saturdays from 8:00 am. until 12:00 pm for residential use only. On Saturdays, the landfill scales and cell are not open; no commercial or large loads will be accepted. Residential users will have access to the refuse and recycling containers at the scale house.

Unfortunately, Tuesday’s announcement of 12 additional COVID-19 deaths brought the state’s coronavirus-related death toll to 103, an increase of about 54% in the past two days. Garrett County remains at four confirmed cases and no deaths.

People report that more folks in the County have been wearing masks while out and about, which is good news.  Our citizens also seem to be heeding the social distancing guidelines, which is also good news.  Hopefully we will remain a low-level outlier COVID-wise.

The Chamber of Commerce did a good job of putting on their coronavirus information webinar for small businesses yesterday morning.  They had speakers from the Small Business Administration as well as state representatives.  There are definitely some programs available and definitely a lot of people needing financial relief to keep their businesses afloat during this crisis.  I did hear that a number of local banks are basically at their current limit relative to accepting and processing Payroll Protection Program loans for small enterprises.  If you are interested, call your lender in advance to see where they are and where they stand on possibly accepting in the future.

With nearly all of the 50 states in some form of lockdown to fight the spread of COVID-19, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the Most Aggressive States Against the Coronavirus, as well as accompanying videos. To see the full report and where Maryland and other states ranked, click this link.

The Manor Steakhouse has several dinner Carryout options available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings that they asked us to share. Their chef has created some excellent dinners for you as they continue their take-out with an expanded menu. Call them at 240.488.1104 for more info or to order in advance.  I can truly say that I have never had a bad meal there and the food quality is excellent. Here’s their menu for you… Tell ’em Deep Creek Times sent ya!

Manor Tavern

Manor Tavern Take-Out Menu

Have a great Wednesday folks…

Tuesday April 7

The weather yesterday was wonderful.  Today’s weather includes the chance all day for showers and/or thunderstorms.  The high will be near 62 degrees today and the low will be about 53.

I keep hearing stories of people “chipping-in” and helping out others in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Well, I happen to live with one.  She has been making masks for many friends and family members all over the country and also working, with her Oakland Civic Club colleagues, to make masks for local instiutions such as Hospice and Dennet Road Nursing Home.  Here she is in our kitchen showing off some of the face masks she and her buddies in Civic have made.  Thanks ladies!

Jean Masks

Helping Out During COVID-19 Crisis

The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling has announced that, due to the COVID-19 crisis, plastic recycling will be suspended. Limited resources have forced the contracted recycling company to no longer accept the #1 and #2 plastics for recycling. Once the roll-off container currently available at each of the county collection sites is filled, the plastic recycling will be suspended until further notice.

Our friends at First United Bank & Trust reached out yesterday to remind people to beware of fraudsters using the COVID-19 crisis to scam consumers.  First United offered the following online suggestions and if you want to learn more about the current types of fraud, check out these helpful resources:

 

Garrett County Health Department yesterday reported a fourth positive COVID-19 case in the county.  The fourth case is a woman in her 20s who traveled outside of the area. She followed the Governor’s guidelines and has self-isolated since her return, and is currently recovering at home. Total COVID-19 testing numbers for Garrett County residents as of Monday, April 6th, are as follows:

154 – specimens processed

4 – total positive results for Garrett County residents

100 – negative results for Garrett County residents

50 – pending tests results

2 – of the positive cases have recovered and have been released from isolation

1 – of the positive cases remains isolated at home

1 – of the positive cases remains hospitalized

NOTE: The recommendation to wear a cloth face covering was recently added to a growing list of measures the public is asked to take to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

Around 68 percent of Americans who observe Easter say their Easter spending will be affected by the coronavirus this year, according to WalletHub’s new Coronavirus Easter Survey, released yesterday. Here’s some key stats from the study:

  • Worshippers don’t want to stay home: 56% of Americans who went to church on Easter Sunday last year say they will go to church for Easter this year, if it is open.
  • Republicans are more likely to attend services: Republicans are almost three times more likely than Democrats to attend church on Easter this year, if it is open.
  • Pandemics make us appreciate family and health more: The coronavirus has made Americans most grateful for their family (40%), followed by health (29%) and then freedom (13%).
  • Traditional Easter spending is down: Almost half of Easter-celebrating Americans are skipping out on candy, new outfits and Easter foods this year, in contrast with prior years.
  • COVID-19 itself is scarier than financial troubles: 68% of Americans are more worried about the coronavirus than the U.S. economy.
  • Many Americans think lockdowns should last: About half of Americans believe that non-essential business, restaurants and travel should not restart for at least 3 months.

 

Have a great Tuesday folks…

 

Monday April 6

Great weather over the weekend, especially Sunday until mid-afternoon, when some rain came.  Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 61 degrees. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. There’s a chance of showers tonight, mainly after 4:00 am, with increasing clouds earlier, and a low around 45.

Speaking of the weather, the sunny and warm weather has certainly created a “bloom” amongst lake-area flora and fauna. Went for a short hike with my wife Sunday afternoon and I almost stepped on a snake on a gravel road near my house.  It was a juvenile garden snake (certainly non-venemous) but our walks ( and slither?) almost intesected!  All good and s/he went on his/her way and got “lost” in the underbrush shortly thereafter.

Here’s a photo from June Harvey, taken last summer from her family’s cabin. They bought it in 1948 so they are entering their 72nd summer on Deep Creek Lake.  Wow!  Thanks June for sharing and congratulations to your faqmily for enjoying 72 years on the lake.  Summer is on the way!

from June Harvey

Cabin View from Last Summer

We have published our monthly Cover Story for April.  This month’s edition is titled “Making the Most of Your Time at Home” and it discusses some options and resources for these times of self-quarantine in and around your home at the lake. There’s even instructions, via a link, on how to build your own cloth mask.  Check it out.  I hope you enjoy!

I want to thank Clint B. for his insightful comments on the “Bear Markets Come and Go” article we posted and I referenced in Daily notes a week or so ago. While all bear markets eventually end, and end “relatively” quickly, there are a number of National, state and local factors that can and likely will come into play with this COVID-19 induced contraction. No one knows for sure what the recovery will look like and when it will come, and there are sure to be some lingering effects from the current situation. While job-1 is taking care of our collective and individual health, the economic future is hard to predict this time around.

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maryland have increased to at least 3,609 Sunday, with the death toll now at 67, officials said.  To my knowledge, there are still only three confirmed cases in Garrertt County as I write these Notes.

The Health Department, through the Joint Information Center Team yesterday, made the recommendation for all to wear a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.  CDC’s studies are showing that people who have no symptoms may still be COVID-19 positive and can unknowingly transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. Locations where these transmissions could happen include places such as restaurants offering carryout or drive thru, grocery stores, pharmacies, and medical settings.

Finally, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Sunday afternoon issued an emergency order aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes, many of which have been ravaged by outbreaks in the state and across the country. Among the measures, nursing home staff who interact with residents will be required to wear personal protective equipment, which includes a face mask, appropriate eye protection, gloves and a gown.

Stay safe, healthy and happy dear readers and have a great Monday…

 

 

 

Friday April 3, Saturday April 4, Sunday April 5

The weather today will be sunny, with a high near 51 and a low around 34. Breezy, with a northwest wind 18 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 55 and a low around. 39. Sunday will be scattered showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57 and a low around 41.

We had storms roll in late afternoon yesterday.

Sarah Myers in Oakland, MD at Deep Creek Lake, MD

With the new April edition comes the Featured Photo of the Month; check it out —  it’s a neat view of a downtown Oakland feature.

The “Where Am I?” contest is posted, too. Don’t think too hard on this one!

Yesterday we had posted some guidance on “essential” businesses from the County but, as turns out, there were a few inaccuracies. Our apologies for this — the Federal guidance on “essential” businesses and sectors can be found at https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce.

Our friends at Railey Realty are sharing “Zoom Backgrounds” for your online work conferences. It’s just like you’re here at the Lake! There are more than 10 Deep Creek backgrounds to download.

I’m happy to report I have seen our community working together in so many different ways: there have been so many local restaurants donating food to our first-line workers and essential employers. Also, I saw a generous donation to a local assisted living home, Cherry Hill, when a resident shared a sign that said “I’m doing well – send peanuts” and another sign said, “send chocolate”.

Keep these wonderful humans in your thoughts and prayers. Stay well this weekend.

Thursday April 2

The weather today will be sunny, with a high near 45 and a low around 31. Northwest wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Despite the recent challenges, there’s a new business in town! Check out our “What’s New Around Town” page for more info on this crazy-good barbeque.

Governor Hogan has recently issued a Stay at Home Directive which has raised some questions. During this COVID-19 crisis, the Garrett County Health Department is the lead agency with the Garrett County Government is working to share community resources and recent news.

Also, several agencies and organizations are working to interpret and clarify the Governor’s orders:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources published a few answers:

Can I go hunting?

Limited hunting is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

Can I go fishing?

Limited fishing is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

Can I go boating?

Recreational boating is prohibited until the governor lifts the executive order or until the State of Emergency has ended. However, if an individual is boating to seek food for them or their family, boating is permitted. Boats used to transport essential employees or goods as defined in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce are also permitted.

Does kayaking or paddle boarding count as recreational boating?

Since kayaking and paddle boarding are a form of exercise, they are permitted under the executive order. Guidance on social distancing and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

I live on my sailboat – can I still be in my boat slip or moored out?

If your boat serves as your residence, you can remain on the vessel.

Can I go to a state park?

Hiking, biking, and walking are allowed under the executive order but social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed. Most state parks are open but some have been closed or have restricted areas. Please choose a park nearest your home to limit travel and be sure to check our website before you leave for the park and read our guidelines for social distancing in state parks. Natural Resources Police and Maryland Park Service rangers are authorized to enforce the governor’s executive order and will close areas and disperse crowds as necessary.

Can you fish in a state park?

Limited fishing is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

The officials say that scammers are knocking on people’s doors and offering to test residents for COVID-19. This is not a standard procedure for EMS; officials urge residents not to answer the door if someone they don’t know is at their residence.

Wednesday April 1

Yesterday was cool but the sun came out for a while.  Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 47 degrees. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy in the evening, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 30.

Today is April Fools’ Day! While our current crisis has us all focused on some very serious issues, I thought I would share some (light) history for the curious among us. On April 1, 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other. Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery. Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582. Now you know…

This came in yesterday from the Garrett County Health Department.  They are doing an excellent job of keeping us informed and also wanted to reiterate some previous points and add some new ones, so here goes.  Please follow these and other communications from County government and the state:

>>Please call 911 only for medical emergencies, not for coronavirus information or questions. yesterday, public safety reported a large number of calls that were not emergencies. Tying up a dispatcher with non-emergency calls keeps them from answering other calls that may be about a life-threatening situation.

>>The Garrett County Health Department has established a COVID-19 Hotline to answer questions about symptoms, and other non-emergency medical questions. Call the COVID-19 Medical Hotline at 301.334.7698.

>>Many are asking what essential businesses can remain open during this state of emergency. The website govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business helps answer this question and offers many other resources, including new COVID-19 business relief programs.

>>All transient vacation rental units were ordered closed on March 27th. This category includes individually rented properties such as Airbnb and vacation rental by owner, but does not include hotels or motels. For more information about this issue go to bit.ly/healthorders.

Here’s a photo submitted by Jim Chason showing docks being put in place at the lake thew other day.  A positive image providing some hope for all of us in “isolation” at home.  Perhaps by summer we will be “licking our wounds” but on an upward, healing path as a community and Nation. Thanks for sharing Jim!

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