Tuesday June 30

Yesterday was very nice and today should be even nicer.  There will be patchy fog before 9:00 am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 78 degrees with a calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 59.

Early on Friday morning, a group of workers clad in personal protective equipment took over the lots at the Northern Middle School in Accident, and were ready for the cars of non-symptomatic people desiring COVID-19 testing. In the first hour of operation, nearly 50 tests were administered, and by the time the last car drove away, the total had reached 175. Another testing day is scheduled for Friday, July 17th, in the parking lot between the Garrett County Health Department and the Mountain Laurel Medical Center, from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm. For more information, call 301.334.7770 or 301.895.3111.

GC Health Department testing

COVID-19 Testing in Accident

The next public meeting of the Garrett County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for July 6th at 4:00 pm.  The meeting will be Live Streamed at  tps://www.facebook.com/garrettcountygovernment/.  The agenda includes an update from Garrett County Health Officer Robert Stephens.  To comment on agenda items – please send to gccomments@garrettcounty.org.

This is interesting and timely: 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College on a webinar co-hosted by Ruth Enlow Library. You can register for this free virtual conversation with Dr. Kendi by visiting www.KendiPGC.eventbrite.com.

In order to determine where Americans’ health is recovering or worsening the most from the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus where reopening efforts can accelerate, WalletHub conducted a study that compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 13 key metrics. Those include the COVID-19 death rate, hospitalization rate and the rate at which people test positive. This report focuses on the latest developments in each state rather than which states have been hit the hardest throughout the pandemic. Below, are some key statistics about Maryland:

Maryland’s Health During Coronavirus (1=Most Improved; 25=Avg.):

  • 44th  Death Rate This Week
  • 32nd – Positive COVID-19 Testing Rate This Week
  • 17th – COVID-19 Current Estimated Transmission Number*
  • 35th – COVID-19 Hospitalization Rate This Week

*Estimates the average number of people to whom an infected person will transmit COVID-19.

Well, times sure have changed.  I thought I would include this throwback photo of the Glendale Bridge courtesy of Taylor-Made archives. Note the limited vegetation.  Gets you thinking…

Dam Pics Taylor Made Glendale Bridge

Glendale Bridge Back in the Day



Monday June 29

Nice weekend in between some showers/thunderstorms, but overall nice and lots of boats on the lake. Today we start with some patchy fog before 9:00 am, then we will have sunny skies and a high around 77 degrees, with a low around 58.

Went back to the CARC for the first time in three months Sunday.  I had a great swim and it looks like they took some good steps in response to COVID-19.  So glad they are back open!

Here’s a link to a message and update from  Karen B. Salmon of the State Board of Education. It covers COVID-19-related efforts and has embedded links to other information as well.  Check it out if you have kids or grandkids in K-12.

Garrett Regional Medical Center recently welcomed H. John Park, MD to the medical staff. Dr. Park is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement, arthroscopy, cartilage restorations, sports injuries, and trauma. He has practiced for over 35 years in medical centers across the country, most recently at Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma, Alabama. Welcome Dr. Park.

Don’t forget that Power of Possibilities (POP) is on for Tuesday morning.  Sarah and I were founders of POP and really believe in it.  Though we have not been involved with it relative to organization and content for a few years, we try to spread the word because entrepreneurship is so important to our local economy.  To find out more or to sign up for this year’s free, virtual event, please contact Cristey Kordyban at cristey.kordyban@garrettcollege.edu .

Also scheduled for Tuesday is the second of four Deep Creek Lake hydrilla herbicide treatments. Treatment is always subject to change due to weather conditions. During the treatment process, boaters are asked to stay clear of the treatment boat while it is underway so that the proper dosage of herbicide can be administered. Once applied, there are no recreational restrictions associated with the herbicide.

We’ve had a few inquiries about the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club annual boat parade.  It is a “go” and is planned for this Friday at 7:00 pm.  Boats will leave from McHenry cove and will wind-up at Dutch’s.  For more information you can go here.  FYI, I will be there but you won’t be seeing me, as I am trying out my new submarine.  Go LIONS!

Here’s my three wishes for the rest of the season (and year) in the Deep Creek Lake area:

  1. That locals treat tourists with the respect they deserve and that service providers go out of their way to make tourists feel welcome and “at home” during their stay
  2. That tourists treat locals, especially our front-line retail and food service workers with respect and appreciation
  3. That everyone, including business owners, managers, workers, locals and visiitors take personal responsibility for stopping the spread of coronavirus and keeping each other safe and healthy

As news over the weekend turned to renewed intererest in closures and new precautions under consideration or enacted due to the recent “surge” in COVID-19 cases in some areas of the US (I am not talking about Garrett County) I thought I would include this interesting graph that provides a global perspective.  I’ll let our readers draw your own conclusions from the data as presented.  I thought it was interesting.

Chartr Coronavirus Global Perspecitve

Rolling Average of New Coronavirus Cases Globally

Have a great Monday folks!

Friday June 26, Saturday June 27, Sunday June 28

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 75 and a low around 64. West wind 8 to 13 mph. A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Saturday will be partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. High near 75 and low around 63. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with showers likely. High near 74 and low around 62.

No cost COVID-19 testing sites have been announced by the Garrett County Health Department. Today the testing will be held at Northern Middle School (371 Pride Parkway in Accident) from 7 am-1 pm. This is asymptomatic testing ONLY.

The link to the latest episode of Wildfulness podcast is live. Thank you, Lisa!

Garrett County has a current census response rate of 48.1% … it’s not too late to respond!

“Simple tactics like slow reeling a nightcrawler, jigging, or a minnow under a slip bobber should do the trick,” according to fisheries biologist Kenny Wampler. “Targeting weedline edges and submerged trees is the key to success for walleyes, smallmouth bass, and yellow perch… ”

Tonight or tomorrow The Manor Steakhouse is offering a special on crab stuffed snapper with an imperial sauce. Wow! Sounds delish! They are now open for outside dining or carryout with an expanded menu. Reservations are recommended! 240-488-1104

The Farmer’s Market is tomorrow from 10am – 1pm in the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in Oakland.

Yay for live music! Black Bear Tavern is having Paul Burger from 7-10pm tomorrow (no cover).

Community Action has announced nonperishable food will be collected at the following additional locations:

• Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department:
June 26th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

• Southern Rescue Squad:
June 27th 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Thanks to Dee Dave for this deer “statue” photo!

Thursday June 25

The weather today will be mostly sunny with isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. High near 73 and a low around 57.

There’s a sailboat that has been newly listed in our Online Marketplace! $850 takes this Sunfish home! 🐟

So, what do you call them? Here is a regional representation by Josh Katz.

The 79th Annual Preston County Buckwheat Festival (in neighboring Preston County) has been canceled.

The Garrett Institute of Lifelong Learning (at Garrett College) has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Annual Membership Picnic and all fall courses.

Garrett County Community Action in partnership with the Garrett County Volunteer Fire Departments, Crossroads Church, and Garrett County Government hosted a huge COVID-19 relief food drive and collected enough food to fill 118 emergency food boxes. This will feed 216 people in need! THANK YOU!

This month during the Health Planning Council we will be hearing from agencies and volunteers that make a direct contribution to addressing food insecurities in Garrett County. Join Thursday’s webinar today from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM via Google meet meet.google.com/gyx-yavi-duq or by phone at 1-321-442-0239 (PIN: 961134551).

I saw this vintage Deep Creek Lake lapel pin on eBay. I have no connection to the seller but I thought it was neat.

Also, here’s a “Fall Flashback” photo posted to Reddit. This is taken from the overlook over the town of Oakland.

Western Maryland Small Town Charm – Fall Flashback Found While Switching Phones – Oakland, Maryland – Near Deep Creek Lake from maryland

Wednesday June 24

Yesterday was nice until mid-afternoon, then the promised showers appeared in some parts of the county.  Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 71 degrees and a low of 56.

Don’t forget that the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be held today from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the pavilion in downtown Oakland.  Lots of fresh veggies and other good stuff.  And, please remember, they have some COVID-19-related rules in effect (see the link).

I am a judge this year for the business plan competition for Garrett College’s Power of Possibilities.  They had a couple of good new-business ideas proposed by a couple of young, local entrepreneurs mentored by Jodi McClintock.  This year’s condensed e-conference, where the winner of the competition will be announced, will be held virtually at 9:30 am on June 30th. Here’s the link for more information and to sign-up.

HART for Animals has moved their thrift shop to Sand Flat Road Plaza, with a planned-for re-opening on Thursday, July 2nd. HART’s Pick of the Litter Thrift Shop is behind Shooters Bar & Grill and carries items such as housewares, fashions, home accesories, pet accessiries, baby and kids wear, toys, gifts, furniture and more. They are worth a visit and remember the store helps with fundraising for HART’s noble goals.  Here’s a photo – nice job Paula and team:

HART Thrift Store 6-20

HART’s new Pick of the Litter Thrift Store

The annual Fireworks Celebration at the Broadford Lake Recreation Area will be held on Friday, July 3rd, with a rain date of July 5th.  There is a small admission charge of $3 per person, with $1 for children under eight yers of age.

Fireworks will also light up the sky on July 4th as the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presents the annual “Fire on the Mountain” Fireworks Display. The display is set to begin at dark with fireworks launched from the top of the Tubing Park at Wisp Resort. Prime viewing locations include the Scenic Overlook on Route 219, Wisp Resort, local businesses in McHenry, and from a boat on the lake, particularly around McHenry Cove.

Now that we are all emerging from various degrees of being cooped-up and with vacation travel taking off, I thought I would post these sobering statistics on speeding in Maryland.

A recent analysis by CoPilot Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and NHTSA, found that in Maryland, 26.6% of total traffic deaths involve speeding. Here is a summary of the data for Maryland and please drive safe:

  • Traffic fatalities that involve speeding: 26.6% of total
  • Speeding-related traffic fatality rate per 100k: 2.24
  • Total traffic fatalities that involve speeding (past 5 years): 676
  • Total traffic fatalities (past 5 years): 2,543
  • Maximum posted speed limit: 70 mph
  • Worst county for speeding: Baltimore City

If you see Barry or Mary Ann Krewson around the lake, congratulate them on being chosen as co-directors of the golf course at Alpine Lake Resort for this summer.  Both are avid golfers and great people, and Barry is a member of Deep Creek Lake Lions along with yours truly!  I’m sure they will do a great job and have lots of fun while doing it. Fore!


Tuesday June 23

Yesterday was nice, but with some thunderstorms in the area.  Today starts with a chance for showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 79 degrees and a low of about 59. There will be a south wind 7 to 10 mph and a chance of precipitation of 60%.

I know things are a bit “off” due the coronavirus and self isolation/working from home, but it seems like the end of June just crept up on me here. I am going to take a breath and smell the wild roses I think!

Somewhere over the fogbow… Here’s a very cool photo taken by Charles Walch yesterday morning. It is a photo of a fogbow, sometimes referred to as a white rainbow.  As you would expect from the name, it occurs in foggy weather and is a much rarer phenomena than a rainbow.  Thanks Charles and here’s the photo he took:

Fogbow 6-22-20 Charles Walch


In addition to the COVID-19 testing scheduled for this Friday, the Garrett County Health Department  has announced a second testing opportunity (also for thoe without symptoms) to be held at the Mountain Laurel Medical Center at 1027 Memorial Drive in Oakland on Friday, July 17th from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. More information will be forthcoming closer to that date.

Yesterday the state of Maryland reported 297 new COVID-19 cases with eight new deaths.  I believe that brings totals for the pandemic in Maryland to 64,656 and 3,060 for cases and deaths, respectively.  While some parts of the country are seeing large increases, we in Maryland are holding fairly steady, with Garrett County one of the lowest counties in the state.

The 2020 Autumn Glory Royalty Court has been selected for the 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Festival. This year’s King is Jarrett Miller and the Queen is Olivia Warne. Patriot Automotive is the title sponsor of the 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Festival. Both Jarrett and Olivia are very involved and active students and are well deserving of this honor.  Congratulations.

This is interesting and a little different as we get ready for July 4th.  To determine where Americans have the most red, white and blue pride, WalletHub recently compared the 50 states across 13 key indicators of patriotism. Their data set ranged from the state’s military enlistees and veterans to the share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election to AmeriCorps volunteers per capita. Here’s some key facts from the full report, where you can also see an interactive map and find where Maryland and other states ranked overall (we did well):

Patriotism in Maryland (1=Most Patriotic; 25=Avg)

  • 26th – Average Number of Military Enlistees per 1,000 Civilian Adults
  • 15th – Active-Duty Military Personnel per 100,000 Civilian Adults
  • 5th – Peace Corps Volunteers per Capita
  • 14th – % of Adults Who Voted in 2016 Presidential Election
  • 13th – Volunteer Rate
  • 1st – Civics Education Requirement
  • 4th – Volunteer Hours per Resident
  • 24th – AmeriCorps Volunteers per Capita


Monday June 22

Some spotty storms over the weekend, but pretty much a nice weekend. Today we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 4:00 pm and a slight chance after 8:00 pm.  The high will be near 78 degrees and the low will be around 63.  Looks like the late afternoon is the best time to plan an outdoor activity.

I hope all the dad’s out there had a great day yesterday.  I sure did. My own dad passed away in 1983, and was a great guy and wonderful father that I miss to this day. So, here’s a shout-out to all the great dad’s that are important in so many ways to their families and our community.

And, speaking of dads, I erroneously put Bob Boal’s name as author for this month’s Cover Story instead of his son Brian. They are both great fellows and great accountants, but my fault for the screw-up name-wise.  You can check out the article, with some important, timely tax advice, here.

Moving on to the moms in our community, here’s a great photo (and video) of one with her four cubs (one is hidden in the photo) taken by Rich Heironimus near Heron Cove off of Paradise Point Road.  Thanks for submitting the photo and also a video Rich!

Rich Heironimus 6-21-20

Mama Bear and Her Cubs

Here’s a link to a COVID-19- related communication from the Maryland State Department of Education.  It covers the list of 13 things local school systems must do in order to be ready to open in the fall.  And, if you scroll down, you will see a piece on two student investment teams at Southern High School that placed first and third in the state of Maryland Stock Market Game Competition.  Impressive and congratulations to those students and their advisors!

The Garrett County Health Department is now offering no-cost “Drive-Through” COVID-19 (swab) testing for non-symptomatic persons (not exhibiting synptoms of COVID-19).  The first community clinic will be held at Northern Middle School in Accident on June 26th, rain or shine, from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm. Here’s more information for you.

A hearty and well-deserved congratulations to Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) as it celebrates its 70th anniversary! The history of the hospital dates back to 1946, when George W. Loar, a resident of Oakland, left the town $135,000 in his will to be used for the construction of a county hospital. On May 15, 1950, Garrett County Memorial Hospital officially opened its doors. Today, GRMC has grown into an award winning, progressive, Joint Commission accredited acute care facility with 55 inpatient beds and a plethora of outpatient services.  CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for all you do for the community!!! Check out this early photo of the hospital:

GRMC 70th anniversary

GRMC 1950

In case you were wondering, today is national chocolate eclair day, national onion rings day, and as my kitties just reminded me, national bring your cat to work day! Meow.

Have a great Monday folks…


Friday June 19, Saturday June 20, Sunday June 21

The weather today will be partly sunny, with a high near 69 and a low around 58. Scattered showers likely. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 73 and a low around 58. Chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 77 and a low around 63. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms through the afternoon and the night.

Happy Juneteenth Day. The holiday gets its name from June 19, 1865. That’s the day the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that all African-American slaves in the state were free in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The state was the last in the Confederacy to receive word that the Civil War was over and that slavery had been abolished and the last where the federal Army established its authority.

Due to COVID-19 related school closures, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals will get up to $370.50 in extra food benefits from the state. These benefits, called Pandemic-EBT, or P-EBT, are intended to help families in Maryland purchase food while schools are closed.

Neighboring WV establishment, Screech Owl Brewing has closed its doors temporarily due to an employee coming into contact with COVID-19. The employee who was exposed to the virus returned to work from vacation Monday. As soon as the business was made aware of the exposure, they had all employees tested as an extra precaution. Owners also explained that no customers had been exposed to the employee.

Despite many closures and cancellations, we’re all adjusting and there are a few events beginning to happen again:

The Graduation Ceremonies of both Northern Garrett and Southern Garrett High Schools will air on June 20th. Northern Garrett High School will air at 10:00am and Southern Garrett High School will air at 2:00pm. Please set a reminder and encourage family and friends to help us celebrate the incredible accomplishments of our graduating seniors!

Get on the water for cheap! The Lion’s Club Boat Auction will be held Saturday, June 20, 9am at 1249 Bumble Bee Rd Accident MD. Over 25 boats will be sold and the proceeds benefit blind skiers and campers.

Shabby Petina is holding a Summer Solstice Market on Saturday from 9am-4pm; Shabby Patina is a charming mix of primitive, shabby chic, upcycled and repurposed items, old and new accents, and home decor!

In keeping with a Pine Lodge Steakhouse tradition, they will be offering a FREE Father’s Day meal on Sunday, June 21 only. (With the purchase of an entree of equal or lesser value.) Reservations are strongly suggested: 301-387-6500.

Also, this weekend is the 25th Annual Walk for Hospice.  With a $50.00 and up donation, you will receive an honorary 25th Anniversary Walk for Hospice shirt! Contact Hospice of Garrett County Inc with ANY questions at djbrenneman1@gmail.com or 301.616.3593.

Mark your calendars: Ace’s Run Pasta Night is BACK!

What’s New Around Town?

Community Planning Groups across Garrett County are using alternative approaches during June to motivate their communities to increase physical activity. The theme for the overall project is “Every body needs physical exercise.”

Thursday June 18

The weather will be mostly cloudy, showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. A high will be near 67 and the low will be around 58.

Congratulations to the recipients of the county’s Work Ethic Diploma!

We had reported that the Oakland Pocket Park Movies were canceled for the 2020 season but the town of Oakland is now looking into alternative strategies to safely continue this event. We will keep you posted!

The drive through COVID-19 testing station will be closing at Garrett Regional Medical Center as of June 19th. The testing will be resuming at the hospital Monday through Friday 7am to 7pm and Saturdays 7am to noon. Patients with physicians’ orders to receive a COVID-19 test are asked to check-in through the emergency department for screening and to keep a mask on at all times while inside the hospital.

A COVID-19 outbreak has been reported in neighboring Preston County, WV has been traced to travelers to and from Myrtle Beach. Eight people have tested positive, and all eight recently returned from a trip to Myrtle Beach. Health officials urge residents who have traveled back from Myrtle Beach, or any other crowded vacation destination in the last two weeks to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The Garrett County Economic Development Department has sent out its newsletter summarizing business COVID-19 resources. Mike mentioned the two local grants yesterday but there’s additional information from a few state and federal agencies, too.

This has been a very LONG winter…and a long intermission, but GLAF will be back! The virtual Chautauqua performances have been announced!

The Ruth Enlow Library will be reopening on a limited basis on Monday, June 22. Here are the specific guidelines.

Take a look at our Featured Photo of the Month! Thank you, Betsy!

Wednesday June 17

Yesterday was a little on the cool side, but was a nice day nonetheless.  Today will be mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers (mainly in the afternoon and evening) with a high near 68 degrees. Showers are likely in the late evening, mainly after 2:00 am, with a low around 58.

Don’t forget it is Wednesday, so the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is open today at the pavilion by the town parketing lot in downtown Oakland.  The market is open from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Just heard that the Garrett County Fair is a “go” for early August.  I hope all attendees stay safe.

The late Paul W. Weiler was posthumously awarded the Dr. Jeanne H. Neff Award for Distinguished Service on behalf of the Garrett College Foundation on Friday, June 12th at the GCF Board of Directors meeting that took place remotely over Zoom. I knew Paul and attended that meeting and I can say it is truly deserved.  He was a smart, kind and giving individual that was a quiet asset to the college and community.

Two new grants have been made available to local businesses. Formerly known as the Garrett County Kick-Start Grant program, a modified grant for small businesses will now be known as the Garrett County COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant. In addition, a new grant program known as the Garrett County Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Grant has been developed. These are available as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic and are offered through Garrett County Economic Development to native Garrett County businesses. 

The Mountain Laurel Garden Club is hosting its popular perennial plant sale this Saturday, June 20th, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (rain or shine, no pets) in downtown Oakland. The sale will be held in Daley Park, the area outside the Garrett County Historical Society at 107 S. 2nd St. The sale features over 60 varieties of native plants, perennials, shrubs, and herbs that have been grown and potted from members’ gardens in Garrett County. Entrance is free and tickets are not required. Note: In accordance with state and Garrett County Health Department guidelines, all workers and shoppers must wear masks and appropriate social distancing measures will be observed.

The Power of Possibilities Conference will be held on June 30th, starting at 9:30 am. This is a virtual event made possible by the collaboration efforts of Garrett County Economic Development and the college. Power of Possibilities is a business plan competition that is held annually. and that encompasses a focus on emerging industries, business collaboration, and entrepreneurship. To register for this free event, please email cristey.kordyban@garrettcollege.edu before 5:00 pm June 26th.

This one is a little weird. The Office of the State Fire Marshal has been made aware of a fictitious online poster circulating on various social media accounts, referencing Independence Day celebrations and Social Distancing. The author would have the reader believe Governor Hogan has issued a directive on a specific way to handle sparklers as well as a limited time celebrating outdoors. This poster is fake and was produced without the authority of the Governor’s Office or the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Speaking of fireworks, readers can check the Maryland State Fire Marshal website at www.firemarshal.mdsp.org for listed public fireworks displays throughout the state. And yes, I believe our own Fire on the Mountain public display is a “go” and will be great as usual.

So, now I am thinking about holidays.  I bet you didn’t know that today is: National Eat Your Vegetables Day, National Apple Strudel Day and also National Cherry Tart Day in the USA! So please make sure you EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!!!  And, then you can have your apple strudel or cherry tart for dessert. Have a great one folks…

Tuesday June 16

Yesterday was a nice day, even if a bit cooler and with some clouds.  Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 69 degrees and with a low around 53.

The Allegany Arts Council just announced that the virtual home of the 6th Annual National Photography Competition & Exhibition is up and running! Although the exhibition doesn’t officially open until Saturday, June 27th, you can get a sneak peak at the incredible photography being showcased this year by visiting www.alleganyphotoshow.org.  This is always an impressive show and note that the photos are for sale too!

Nicole at the Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) has sent over some signage for use during the pandemic as businesses of all types begin to open. The signs are from the State of Maryland and were distributed through the Governor’s office.  Here’s a link for you to see the downloadable samples available.

Thought I would post this link to information from the Small Business Administration (SBA) relative to changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses, including new guidelines for eligibility and also for foregiveness.

Garrett College will reopen the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) on Friday, June 19th at 5 p.m. as permitted by Governor Hogan’s latest executive order. The CARC will operate under its normal hours – 6:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday; 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturdays, and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sundays – but patrons will notice changes implemented to provide a safer and healthier environment. I am really looking forward to getting back to the swim of things at the CARC!

The County’s Joint Information Team sent us a reminder I am passing on here: Governor Larry Hogan’s Executive Order from June 10th removed many of the restrictions placed on businesses and gatherings. However, the Governor’s Order kept in place the requirement for the use of face coverings in retail, food service, and personal care businesses for both staff and customers.

Check out this month’s Cover Story from Bob Boal at Boal & Associates in Oakland.  Sarah and I thought it was timely due to all the tax law changes from the coronavirus pandemic.  Thanks Bob for your easy to understand insight that will definitely get folks thinking and also acting.

Two new postings to our Online MarketPlace for boats in the past two days.  Go to the Online Marketplace for details, photos and more:

#1. A 2003, 115 HP Mercury fuel injected 4 stroke, 2003 Bass Pro Pontoon Trailer – Duel Axle with brakes. 25 inch pontoons with lifting strakes, under deck wave shield, 5 step stainless ladder, full Sunbrella Mooring Cover, full instruments with dept finder, vinyl floor covering, on-board washing down system, large Bimini Top, ski tow bar, Kover Clamp winter storage system (pictures available), all life preservers and accessories, 370 engine hours – excellent condition. Asking $15,000, if interested call Dave @ 724-693-9769

#2. A 2008 Tahoe 215 I/o Deck Boat – 4.3 L engine. Garmin GPS navigation/fish finder. Bimini Top. Brand new upholstery on all of the cushions. Radio and speakers updated last season. New prop spring of 2019. Also included: table and 2 fishing chairs. Low hours, very clean. Swim ladders on front and back of boat. Comes with custom dual axle trailer. This boat has always had regular annual maintenance, stored in a mine every winter, never exposed to harsh winter elements. Sink and faucet are operational. The only reason we are getting rid of it is we are finally fulfilling my wife’s desire to own a pontoon boat. $19,100 OBO. call John 412-295-5035

Monday June 15

Saturday was really nice, yesterday was rainy.  Today we have a chance for showers early morning, then partly sunny, with a high near 66 degrees. Southeast wind 11 to 13 mph. It will be partly cloudy in the evening, with a low around 52.

I am working on this Daily Notes column late Sunday afternoon and when I look outside my window I see a palette of shades of green on the trees, shrubs, flowers and grass. Very peaceful and feeling blessed to be here on the mountain. After seeing the national news lately, I wish all in all locations could know our Deep Creek Lake area peace and happiness. I urge you to take a minute, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment – your moment – here at the lake or wherever you are reading this.

Speaking of peace at the lake, It is the season and lots of folks are in town and that is good for them and our small businesses, and yes, even for us locals on many levels (even with the additional traffic). Please be patient with one another, tourists, service workers and establishments trying to incorprate the “new normal” and the myriad rules associated with the pandemic.  Thanks.

June is Great Outdoors Month across America.  All the more reason to get out and enjoy the lake area’s environment, both flora and fauna.  Here’s a link to a U.S. Census Bureau page with some interesting statistics on participation in various activities and related expenditures.

We get a lot of questions from folks related to some of the big events around the area.  It looks like the July 4th “Fire on the Mountain” fireworks display is a “go.”  I hear the county agricultural fair is still under discussion as to “if” and in what form.  I have heard that Art & Wine will likely not happen in its usual form, and will keep readers informed when we know more.  I believe Autumn Glory is still being assessed, along with the myriad other, related events.

For information from the Governor’s office on COVID-19 incidence and related, including statewide testing locations, please click here.  They also have some interesting county-level statistics for comparison. It sounds like the Governor is cautiously optimistic, based on recent numbers.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will hold a virtual Business Before Hours, Legislative Wrap-Up, from 8:00 am to 9:30am on Tuesday, June 23rd. District 1 Senator George Edwards and District 1A Delegate Wendell Beitzel will be featured and provide their perspectives on the 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly. They will discuss legislation that passed, what did not pass and how businesses and Garrett County will be impacted. Cost is $5/person and you can register online at visitdeepcreek.com or contact Holly Lane at holly@garrettchamber.com

HELLLLLOOOO to all the Learning Beyond the Classroom folks out there!  It’s BUS WEEK and we are so excited to send you on an adventure this week. We challenge each family to work as a team and complete the family scavenger hunt posted! Each time you complete a task sign the square. If you do not have a printer at your home, feel free to use any piece of paper you can find and make a list of one to nine! We would love to see pictures of you and your family on the scavenger hunt.

On Friday, June 19, Garrett County will be celebrating everyone who completed their Family Scavenger Hunt, by giving you a coupon for a free large pizza from several local businesses. You will need to bring your completed paper to one of the following three locations between 10:00-10:30.

Grantsville Senior Center
125 Durst Ct., Grantsville, MD

Friendville Fire Department
122 Walnut St., Friendsville, MD

Garrett County Community Action:
41 Highview Dr., Oakland, MD

HAPPPPPY SCAVENGER HUNTING!!! Check this video out for more insight into this effort: https://youtu.be/cceF1I9srtM

Have a great Monday folks…


Friday June 12, Saturday June 13, Sunday June 14

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 74 and a low around 48. Saturday will be increasing clouds, a slight chance of showers before noon, with a high near 65 and a low around 49. Sunday, partly sunny, chance of showers with a high near 63 and a low around 51.

Many local restaurants are sort of scrambling to be able to open to a 50%-capacity outdoor dining today, Friday, at 5pm. Please be patient as this is new for everyone!

Also, outdoor amusements businesses such as go-karts and mini-golf are allowed to resume today.

A big DCT welcome to Lawn Coach, LLC – Growing the best lawns in Garrett County! Are you looking for a reliable landscaping professional in the Deep Creek Lake area? Lawn Coach can do landscape installation, weekly lawn mowing, weed control, brush learning, leaf clearing, and projects like walkways and more! Give Jeff a call at (301) 616-8472 and tell him Deep Creek Times sent ya!

Currently, a majority of the county has cable or satellite television programming from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania instead of Maryland because of our geography and FCC markets — the county has looked into this situation and the Commissioners have said they will investigate adding Maryland channels while not removing Pittsburgh channels.

The Chamber is offering a free webinar next Wednesday at 9am to talk PPP updates, loan forgiveness & “what’s next” in Coronavirus legislation. Register with Holly at holly@garrettchamber.com.

There are new construction cabins on the mountainside at The Lodges at Sunset Village – that’s what’s new around town! These cabins will be known as the Grandview cabins and you can sign-up to be the first to know when they available for reservations.

It looks like a GREAT weekend to grill! The State Fire Marshal offers top safety tips for gas and charcoal grills:

  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders should always be transported in the upright position
  • Ensure all connections are tight
  • Make sure grease is not allowed to drip onto the hose or gas cylinder
  • Store the cylinder (including those attached to barbecues), outdoors in a shaded, cool area
  • Read thoroughly and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for gas grill use.


  • Use only a small amount of charcoal starter fuel
  • Once a fire has been started, never add more starter fuel!
  • Use great caution in disposing of ashes.


The Farmer’s Market is tomorrow morning from 10am to 1pm in the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in Oakland.

Also, it’s another FREE FISHING DAY all day!

Last but not least, as we reopen around town, we are SO excited to see entertainment is beginning again: Tonight and tomorrow there will be an acoustic duo — LIVE — at 6pm on the Mountain State Brewing Co. DCL patio.

Thursday June 11

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 71 and a low around 53. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Governor Hogan held a press conference last evening to announce that Maryland is moving forward with additional Stage Two openings as of 5 pm tomorrow (June 12):

  • INDOOR DINING. Restaurants can resume indoor operations at 50 percent capacity, with appropriate distancing, and following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association. Maryland Department of Health directives.
  • OUTDOOR AMUSEMENTS. Outdoor amusements and rides, including miniature golf and go-kart tracks, may resume with appropriate health and safety protocols. Capacity restrictions at pools will be increased to 50 percent with strict safety guidelines still in place. Guidelines and best practices.

Reopenings Effective Friday, June 19 at 5pm:

  • CHILD CARE PROVIDERS. All child care providers may begin to reopen, and the number of individuals child care providers can have in one room has been expanded to a maximum of 15.
  • OUTDOOR HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS. Outdoor high school sports may begin to resume practice and training activities within the same guidelines that were previously announced for youth sports programs.

While things are opening up at the state level, more local cancellations have been made:

There will be no Oakland Pocket Park movies for the 2020 Season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The members of the Accident Vol Fire Department have canceled the 2020 4th of July Homecoming Celebration. Also, the August Friendsville Days Festival is canceled.

As far as we know, the Fire on the Mountian Deep Creek Lake fireworks display is still ON for July 4.

Parents: The Garrett County Public Schools will be sending out a survey to gain your feedback on school reopening. They are encouraging one survey per public school student. The most-recent GCPS meeting can be found here.

Mt. Lake Independent Baptist church recently met with members of the Oakland City Police Department and the Garrett County Sherriff’s Office to present them with personalized gifts in recognition of their service to the community.

There is a WaterQuest 15.4 canoe newly listed in our Online Marketplace. Includes 3 new Skis life preservers & 2 paddles for $400 cash. Call (301) 387-5374 for information.

Wednesday June 10

Yesterday was another great day around the lake, with temperatures reaching the mid-80s.  Today we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon and evening. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83 degrees and a low of about 61, with the wind picking up later in the day.

Just in time for the season, a number of local eateries are now providing outdoor seating options in addition to carry-out.  I know Manor Steakhouse is, as is Dutch’s and Greene Turtle, plus Moonshadow and Mountain State. Check out our dining guide and be sure to call in advance to confirm a specific establishment’s availability.  And, don’t forget it is summer season, so expect crowds at peak times.

Speaking of food, the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is open today from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in downtown Oakland.  They always have an array of good local and regional produce and other goodies.

The Baltimore Sun reported 500 new cases of the coronavirus yesterday, while the state’s hospitalizations from COVID-19 remained beneath 1,000. Things continue to look up locally and in the state.

Members of the Town of Oakland’s Clean and Green Team recently cleaned up planters and filled them with flowers so they can be placed throughout the downtown area. This year the flowers were purchased with funds raised by the Clean and Green Team at The Tucker County “Run For it” last September. The Clean and Green Team is one of several revitalization teams formed in 2016 to assist with revitalization projects for Oakland. Keep an eye out for the planters and thanks Clean and Green Team!

Oakland Green Team planters 6-9-20

Planters in Downtown Oakland

The Board of County Commissioners Public Meeting previously scheduled for June 16th has been cancelled.  The next scheduled Public Meeting will be held on Monday, July 6th  beginning at 4:00 pm.