Friday July 31, Saturday August 1, Sunday August 2

The weather today will be showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog before 9am; a high near 73 and a low around 63. Saturday will be a chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. High near 76 and a low around 66. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 79 and a low around 62. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am.

GLAF (the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival) is looking for your help and insights for the arts in Garrett County. Take their quick survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M7PBXYV

An update on the current local COVID-19 numbers is provided.

The National Main Street Center has announced a new grant program to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program will fund solutions from 5,000 to 15,000 that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts.

Maryland Governor Hogan has updated the order on face coverings; coverings are now required in all public spaces, indoor or outdoor, if social distancing cannnot be maintained.

A leaf vacuum has been added to our Online Marketplace. Just in time for the weekend!

The Music at Penn Alps season has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter, the organization explained “We have essentially no endowment and survive from generous contributions from our audience as well as government and arts organizations. When we ask for support..we need your help simply to survive!”

Maryland Department of Health has also issued a travel advisory, which takes effect immediately. This advisory strongly advises Marylanders against traveling to states with positivity rates of 10% or higher – currently Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Idaho. Anyone traveling to Maryland from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results.

Read this week’s freshwater fishing report from the MD DNR.

We are happy to launch the 2020 People’s Choice Challenge! NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! This contest will celebrate what makes Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake, MD an awesome place! We also have a special announcement on how the voting will work this year! Stay tuned! 🙂

Remember to nominate your favorites across four categories:

SERVICES   |   PROFESSIONALS   |   PRODUCTS   |    EXPERIENCES

NOTE: For any of our readers who make nominations this weekend (before Monday, August 3, 8am EST): you’ll be entered to win a free Deep Creek Lake, MD is My Happy Place t-shirt! We will draw 3 randomly selected winners from the pool of all nominations received by the deadline. We want to celebrate all that is great at Deep Creek Lake so make as many nominations as you’d like!

Thursday July 30

I’m so sorry, dear readers! It looks like we had a glitch and the notes were not posted as timely as I had thought. I’ll make it up to you and have things posted EARLY tomorrow!

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 82 and a low around 63. A chance of showers and thunderstorms then showers likely after 8pm.

Did you know it is illegal to kill a snake in the state of Maryland?  It’s true! It’s a law on the books.

The Garrett County Board of Education has announced the upcoming school year will begin virtually on September 8th and run at least 9 weeks.

The Deep Creek Mountain Land Company is offering a mid-summer land sale!

Let’s pause a moment and have a proper sendoff for the legacy Deep Creek Times webcam …. this webcam has been located near the 219 bridge for over 20 years! Sadly, a tree fell (as seen in the photo below) and the camera has been taken offline for the last time. Check out our new camera view courtesy of Don Nemith Builders and M-TEK.

Legacy Deep Creek Times Camera on Deep Creek Lake, MD

Wednesday July 29

We had some localized rain storms in the area yesterday, but the rest of the day was really nice and the early evening was really beautiful.  Today we’ll have patchy fog before 7:00 am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 82 degrees. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of 63.

Here’s a photo Sarah took in my yard after the rain yesterday.  It’s the little things…

After the Rain SM 7-28-20

After the Rain

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is on at the pavilion in downtown Oakland today from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Check out the fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods and other neat items.

A hearty shout-out to my fellow Deep Creek Lake Lions Club members hosting our annual Blind Camper event at our park on Mosser Road this week.  Chris and the gang work really hard to give our campers a great experience.

The virtual Chautauqua Fannie Lou Hamer Portrayal and Q&A:  Raising Their Voices is on this afternoon from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Go to our event listing for more information and for information on how to sign-up.

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. he act provides prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life.

Recent evidence shows that millennials are fleeing large, more expensive cities for more affordable, smaller locales (like the Deep Creek Lake area). The COVID-19 pandemic may continue to fuel this trend as dense city living becomes less attractive. Additionally, the economic and financial uncertainty that many Americans now face will make buying a home in pricey, large cities less feasible. In Maryland, 42.8% of millennials own their homes. Check out this new study for more insight. 

And, here’s a photo of a triple bloom that my wife took yesterday in our yard after the rain. This one even has an added bonus with the grasshopper included at no extra charge.

Triple Bllo JT 7-28-20

Triple Bloom Day Lilly

Tuesday July 28

The weather for today includes a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2:00 pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 77 degrees and a west wind around 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tuesday Night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 62

Well, I guess it’s time to pass the buck!  No, these are real bucks photographed by local photographer and loyal reader Dee Dave.  She says they have been hanging out on Harvey’s Peninsula eating everything in sight.  Sounds like the deer…and woodchucks… and rabbits… and chipmonks around my house.  Nice photo Dee and thanks for sharing.

deer 7-25-20 dee dave

Young Bucks at Harvey’s Peninsula

Hey there folks, you too can contribute a nice wildlife, nature, location or family action photo to Deep Creek Times.  We can’t publish them all but we try to get them in and it really adds some additional context to these Daily Notes.  Submit any photos to info@deepcreektimes.com.  Thanks, we appreciate it and so do our other readers.

The Garrett County Health Department received positive COVID-19 results for six additional persons yesterday, bringing the current county total to 44. Four of the new cases were reported at Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home, with three residents and one staff member included. Maryland reported 1128 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. We wish all a speedy recovery.

The Garrett County Board of Education will meet today in Executive Session from 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm then will reconvene for the public session portion of the meeting from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm and will take action in the Public Session on certificated recommendations, negotiation parameters, and the plans for reopening of 2020-2021 school year. The Board will also discuss the draft five year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). There is no public comment at this meeting and it is virtual. Click here for more details.

A recent reader poll by Kiplinger found that 26% of respondents answered “yes, but I’m driving” when asked if they have plans to travel this summer. Almost two-thirds, 63%, answered “No, I’m staying close to home” and only 10% plan on flying.  The Deep Creek Lake area is well positioned relative to the new normal travel-wise.

The next public meeting of the Board of County Commissioners will be Monday, August 3rd at 3:00 pm.  It will be live-streamed.  Here’s a link to the agenda and connectivity information.

A new report by CoPilot identifies the states with the worst roads. Researchers analyzed road quality statistics from the Federal Highway Administration to rank states according to the percentage of all major roads in poor condition. In Maryland, 18.4% of all major roads are in poor condition, less than the national average of 26.4%. I do think Garrett County roads are even better, with limited potholes, which is surprising considering our winters.

Monday July 27

Another great weekend weather-wise and all around I think.  Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 83 degrees. West wind 7 to 9 mph. There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms, with increasing clouds, and a low around 67 in the evening.

The lake was very busy, as were surrounding areas and establishments, over the weekend.  I think people are so happy to get out of their houses and be in the open air. I have spoken to a number of local real estate professionals and also some restaurant and other entertainment venue owners and they are crazy-busy.  I hope for our collective health and  for the economy’s sake that we do not get any large bounce in cases locally and that things can stay robust.  I note that unemployment claims in some areas of the country have been increasing again due to second-wave business closures. Let’s hope for a great finish to summer here at the lake. With only 38 cases in the County, we are very fortunate!

Here’s an important message from the desk of Dr. Jennifer Corder, Deputy Health Officer for Garrett and Allegany Counties. Diagnosing COVID-19 requires either a PCR test or an antigen detection test. The PCR test is the type of test used for the majority of people diagnosed with COVID-19. The community needs to be aware of the imperfections of these tests. Recently there has been a lot of chatter about so-called “false positive” PCR tests. The likelihood of a false positive PCR for COVID-19 test results is exceptionally low. PCR tests are fraught with a different problem, however, in that they produce an abundance of false negatives. Check out the full press release here fin our Latest News section for the complete story.

There’s a lot of talk locally (and all over) about school reopening plans. Here’s a statement and a link for information on state school openings from Dr. Karen B. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools: “With the state firmly in recovery, local systems will have the flexibility to determine, in consultation with their local health officers, how they will open, and which groups of students and staff will be able to re-enter buildings. Some systems have begun to lay out a path to begin the year all-virtual, and some plan to move forward with a ‘hybrid’ approach. Our job is to help systems succeed and keep staff and students safe with established guardrails, regardless of which path they choose.”

Speaking of education, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Tuesday, July 28, 2020, meeting of the State Board of Education will be conducted entirely via livestream, and there will be no public access to the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., State Board members and presenters will participate in the virtual meeting, and members of the public will be able to hear the audio and see presentations in real time via live stream.  Click here for more information including details on how to call in.

The Mountain Laurel Garden Club is sponsoring a Garden Art & Collectibles Sale (rain or shine, no pets) on Saturday, August 1, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in the parking lot of Crossroads Church, Route 219/Sand Flat Road. The sale features items donated or made by members that were originally slated to be part of the boutique associated with the garden tour canceled earlier this summer. All workers and shoppers must wear masks and appropriate social distancing measures will be observed.

I read this (really!) in a fortune cookie I received recently at a Chinese restaurant in the Cumberland area and thought I would share:  “You must get off your bottom to get to the top.” Well, I don’t know what philosopher came up with that, but I like it, as it reflects my own philosophy on life and business and is one I share with my consulting and coaching clients. Life can be tough and “you don’t have to be great to start, but you must start to be great.”  You get it…

Have a great week dear readers…

 

Friday July 24, Saturday July 25, Sunday July. 26

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms; a high near 76 and a low around 62. West wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 82 and a low of 63. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 82 and a low around 64.

The state fire codes are now available online.

The Maryland State Department of Education invites live public comments in future meetings of the Maryland State Board of Education beginning with the next virtual meeting scheduled Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

AT&T Adds 40 New 5G Markets, Goes Nationwide – including Garrett County.

Maryland legislature passed over 600 pieces of legislation, many of which relate to employment issues, that will take effect on October 1, 2020.

Maryland DNR offers a weekly fishing report — check it out — and you can submit your photos to the Maryland Angler’s Log. The Log provides fishing hints, suggestions and even prime fishing locations.

Maryland Public Television is sharing summer fun ideas of playful activities and simple crafts to do with kids.

At a special meeting and public hearing held on June 22nd, 2020 the Mayor and Town Council of Oakland, MD reviewed several written notices from persons interested in filling a vacant seat on the Town Council — the Council appointed Colleen Nordeck to fill the vacancy.

Did you now responding to the census is the law? Counting every person living in the United States is done every ten years following Article 1, Section 2 in the Constitution.

Teach your dog new tricks with Skyhoundz – today at 4:30 at the Lion’s field!

Tomorrow Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is open from 10am – 1pm.

Thursday July 23

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 80 and a low around 63. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. West wind 6 to 8 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Mike’s wife, Jean, is the President of the Civic Club of Oakland and they have this message to share:  “Some UN-happy news…We have cancelled the Antique & Maker Market this year. We know it is an Autumn Glory tradition for many people but we had to make the safety of our visitors, vendors and members a priority. This event is our main fundraiser. All of the money we raise goes back to local non-profits. If you would like to donate to this cause, visit our web site and click on the ‘donate now’ button https://civicclubofoaklandmd.com/about-us. Any funds donated this way will be earmarked for non-profit donations. Thank you for your understanding and support. See you next year!”

Also, the Garrett County Festival of Trees planning committee has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Festival of Trees. Please follow their Facebook page for updates and ways to donate to keep the festival going. I know everyone is anxiously awaiting the return of the festival on November 26 and 27, 2021.

Not all is cancelled — Skyhoundz is back!! This weekend the Skyhoundz Disc Dog Competition takes place at the Lion’s Club Ball Field next to the HART Animal Center on Saturday, July 25 from 9am – 4pm. You can learn tricks of your own with your pup Friday, July 24 at 4:30 for a $5 donation! Please remember social distancing!

There are no specific plans for school reopening just yet…. Superintendent of Maryland Schools, Dr. Karen Salmon, announced that MSDE will extend flexibility to local school systems to determine re-openings while instituting guardrails and protocols for in-person instruction.

The Garrett County Health Department received a positive COVID-19 result for one additional person yesterday, bringing the current county total to 35.

Funds remain available in the Garrett County COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant program and the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Grant program.

Have you completed the 2020 Census? Take a few minutes and save a visit, please!

There are a few more items that have had the price lowered in our online marketplace. Treat yo’self! 😊

Wednesday July 22

Today’s weather includes a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5:00 pm. Sunny, with a high near 83 degrees and a mild southwest wind of 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. There’s a chance of evening showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.

I thought I would start you off with a nice sunrise photo today.  It was submitted by Elizabeth DeVoss and taken in the Wisp area.  Nice job and thanks for sharing Elizabeth!

Liz Devoss sunrise at lake 7-20-20

Sunrise at the Lake

Good news for Garrett College and our community. Garrett College’s accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), one of six regional accrediting bodies across the nation. MSCHE’s accreditation decision covers the next eight years, with Garrett College’s next reaccreditation visit set to take place in 2028.  The Commission granted reaccreditation with no additional requirements.

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is open today at the pavilion in downtown Oakland from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  They are following some specific precautions due to the pandemic.  Click here for details.

As of yesterday afternoon, the Garrett County Health Department received positive COVID-19 results for three additional people, bringing the current county total to 34. The new positive COVID-19 cases include:  An asymptomatic female in her 50’s, staff member at Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home, isolating at home; A male in his 50’s, with symptoms, isolating at home; A female in her 20’s, with symptoms, isolating at home.

Here’s a link to a great Deep Creek Lake vacation video as submitted by Karl Schmitt.  Looks like Karl and his family had a GREAT time!  Thanks for sharing Karl.

Here’s a link to another video, this time to a video of a bear and a lady with the bear really close.  This video is not from the Deep Creek Lake area, but I thought it was interesting.  I am not sure I could or would be so calm if a bear came right up next to be like that.

Finally today, the 2020 People’s Choice Challenge is starting soon.  This is Deep Creek Times’ exclusive and original celebration to recognize Deep Creek Lake area attractions, organizations, products/services and professional favorites. Nominations will be from July 29th through August 12th and voting will take place from August 17th through September 7th. More to follow in coming Daily Notes.

Tuesday July 21

Yesterday proved to be a nice day at the lake.  Today we have a slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11:00 am. Partly sunny, with a high near 81 degrees. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunderstorns in the evening, with a low around 67.

Here’s a great photo of some “docked” sailboats as submitted by Kellie Zbignewich yesterday.  Thnks for sharing Kellie!

sailboats Kellie Zbignewich

Sailboats

Congratulations are definitely in order here: Garrett Regional Medical Center’s Subacute Unit has won its sixth Best Nursing Home award from US News & World Report, receiving a five out of five-performance rating for short-term rehabilitation care. Winning this award means of the 226 nursing home facilities in the state of Maryland, Garrett Regional Medical Center is one of only 67 to achieve a top performance rating. This year the Short-Term Rehabilitation Ratings incorporated several measures of quality including consistency of registered nurse staffing, use of antipsychotic drugs and success in preventing falls. Way to go GRMC!

This is an interesting tidbit from State Attorney General Brian Frosh: Although around 160 million “stimulus” payments have been made to eligible U.S. residents, a recent report estimates that 12 million people, including 147,000 Marylanders, are missing out on receiving a payment. The payments yet to be distributed add up to around $12 billion, $157 million of which is owed to Maryland residents.

According to an online post by the Baltimore Sun, The rise in coronavirus cases in Maryland slowed a bit on Monday, when the state reported 554 new cases.

The Garrett County Health Department, in cooperation with state and local partners, tested 527 participants at a community COVID-19 testing event in Oakland on Friday. Of the 527 persons who participated in testing, 443, or 84% were from Garrett County. Marylanders from outside of Garrett County and West Virginia residents each made up a total of 25 participants. A few of those tested were from Virginia and Pennsylvania, and the rest were from across the U.S. All tests are currently pending.

Here’s another nice photo as submitted by regular contributor Dee Dave.  Thanks Dee!

button buck dee dave 4-19-20

A young local fellow

Monday July 20

The weekend was just about perfect weather-wise, with the thermometer at my home registering 86 degrees yesterday. Today we have a slight chance of showers before noon. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 81. West wind around 7 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

While rain has been somewhat scarce lately, we have been treated to some interesting summer cloud formations. Here’s a photo taken Friday afternoon showing the fluffy lower clouds and the higher cirrus (I think) whispy clouds. We tood this from the car on Chestnut Ridge Road.

Summer Clouds Chestnut Ridge Jean T

Summer Clouds

The lake was crowded over the weekend and I heard there were some fender benders and accidents on the roads, so please be especially careful, as we are in peak season. As a contrast to the busy roads, here’s a serene scene as submitted by Ed O’Connor showing a very early morning at the lake. Thanks Ed.

Early Morning at the Lake ed oconnor 7-19-20

Early Morning at the Lake

I heard over the weekend that Manor Steakhouse in Oakland has closed.  Not sure of the exact situation (and hopefully it is not permanent) and will let readers know when we hear more.  I also heard that Festival of Trees has been cancelled.  Frankly, I am concerned about our small businesses as well as our non-profits that benefit from some of our wonderful events.

Here’s a link to the latest newsletter update from State Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon.  There are embedded links to a number of previously reported items, including the reopening matrix.  Note there are also special grants available to schools and groups submitting projects that work to help students succeed during these challenging learning times. Lots of information.

The third of four Deep Creek Lake hydrilla herbicide treatments is scheduled to take place on Tuesday. During the treatment process, boaters are asked to stay clear of the treatment boat so that the proper dosage can be administered. Once applied, there are no recreational restrictions associated with the herbicide. Dive teams will also be on the lake periodically throughout the summer, with divers in the water monitoring the hydrilla emergence and response to the herbicide. If you see red and white dive flags, please stay at least 100 feet away as divers are in the water.

Ever wonder about how “Dan’s Mountain” got its name?  Well, according to some material posted on  Feldstein’s Historical Stuff (thanks, as always, Al), here’s some insight:
“As the story goes, one day Daniel Cresap (1728-1798) and the famed Native American guide and hereditary Chief of the Delaware Nation, Nemacolin, were hunting bear. They treed some bear cubs and as Daniel climbed after them a limb broke and he fell to the rocks below, breaking several bones and becoming unconscious. Nemacolin transported Daniel home on a litter. The ridge where he fell became known as ‘Dan’s Rock.’ Years later, Daniel was pursuing another on that mountain. Both shot at each other simultaneously, and both were mortally wounded. The mountain henceforth became known as, ‘Dan’s Mountain.’ Daniel had also been a son of the famous Colonel Thomas Cresap.” Some history to consider the next time you pass the sign for Dan’s Mountain on the highway!
Have a great Monday folks….

Friday July 17, Saturday July 18, Sunday July 19

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 80 and a low around 63. West wind around 8 mph. Saturday will be sunny with a high near 86 and a low around 65. Calm wind. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 85 and a low around 69.

Dr. Dana McCauley, Principal of Crellin Elementary, has been named as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

Also, Joyce Flinn, Vice President and Information Security & Disaster Recovery Officer at First United Bank, has been named to the Cyber Risk Institute Board of Directors. Congratulations!

A last-minute reminder that the free COVID-19 testing is today from 7:00am – 1:00pm.

Plan to get your veggies at the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market tomorrow from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. View the guidelines for shopping.

Also, Monday, the Ruth Enlow Library is cohosting Ibram X. Kendi event on “How to Be an Antiracist” (Virtual Event) from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The MD DNR fishing report: Most trout streams are running low and clear this week … fishing at Deep Creek Lake has settled into a summertime swing where largemouth and smallmouth bass can be found holding under thick grass … feisty bluegills always offer plenty of fun to vacationers and a mix of yellow perch and walleye can be found along deep grass edges … the upper Potomac River is also running low and warm …

A second overdose alert in 8 days has been issued in Garrett County. Signs of an opioid overdose may include constricted pinpoint pupils, a limp body in a person who does not wake up or respond to touch, low, shallow breathing, slow or faint heartbeat, and choking, gurgling or vomiting. Call 911 if you witness someone experiencing an overdose.

The Garrett County Board of Education has voted to delay the first date of school until September 8, 2020 at their most-recent board meeting. A FAQ document on the reopening situation can be found here.

Happy 95th Anniversary Deep Creek Lake!

Thursday July 16

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 80 and a low around 66. A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am.

Who had a chance to order from Lebanese Taverna for the DCL stop this week?! I can’t wait for my delivery! 🙂

The Garrett County resident COVID-19 count is up to 26.

“Young adults have been fueling a sharp rise in coronavirus cases around the country…newly confirmed infections among those in their 20s and 30s in Maryland is alarming health officials and experts… in recent days they have contributed up to 55% of new cases, according to an analysis by The Baltimore Sun.”

A “thank you” to Frank S. for sending us this awesome Deep Creek sunset photo:

The Garrett County Public Schools have teamed up with the Garrett County Government: “In an effort to help us better understand the challenges and areas of need, we invite you to visit the page below to fill out the Garrett County Internet Coverage and Quality Survey within. This data will be used to help us target our efforts to provide quality, equitable instruction for the upcoming 20-21 school year: https://www.garrettcounty.org/gcgov/speedtest

The Board of County Commissioners Public Meeting previously scheduled for July 21, 2020 has been cancelled.  The next scheduled Public Meeting will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020 beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Community COVID-19 Testing will be tomorrow, July 17, from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm in the parking lot between Garrett County Health Department & Mountain Laurel Medical Center at 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland. This free testing is for those who are asymptomatic.

Wednesday July 15

Yesterday was very nice and today should be even nicer, with a high of 83 degrees and a low of around 65.  There will be a light south wind, sunny during the day and partly cloudy in the evening. Enjoy.

For the month of June, the average high temperature in Garrett County was 76 degrees. The average low was 55.8 degrees and we had a total of 4.53 inches of rain.  We could actually use a nice rain soon, as the ground is getting a bit parched in some areas. Thanks go to Glenda Chandler at Garrett Regional Medical Center for compiling the results and sharing with us.

Here’s a great photo submitted by Maggie Shubert as taken by her husband. It is of an early morning water skier on July 4th from their dock in the Pergin Farms area of the lake.  Very well done and thanks for submitting for all to enjoy.

Pergin Farm area 7-4-20 by Maggie Schubert

DCL Water Skier at Dawn

Today is tax day. So, if you haven’t submitted your taxes, you need to get that extension filed. And, if you have any $$$ left over, please consider sending a donation to one or more of our local charities or non-profits.  They do great work and can use funds, especially during this crazy pandemic.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s Daily Notes, Lebanese Taverna is coming to town JUST ONE DAY to deliver pre-ordered meals Thursday afternoon.  Orders must be in today.  If you are from the DC, Northern Virginia area you may be familiar with their food. I personally love Lebanese food, especially the kabobs and desserts.  Also, Lebanese dishes tend to be healthy, so that is an added plus.

Lebanese Taverna Neighborhood Deliveries

Here’s a somewhat sobering “reminder” from a press release received from Governor Hogan yesterday.  I have included in its entirety here.  We are all in this together.  Let’s all do our part and stay safe and healthy.

Governor Hogan Presses Local Leaders to Enforce Public Health Requirements In Bars and Restaurants
State Health Officials Have Connected An Increasing Number of COVID-19 Cases to Non-Compliance. Local Leaders Must Enforce Physical Distancing and Capacity Restrictions at
Bars and Restaurants. Penalties Should Include Fines, Actions Against Licenses, and Closure. Positivity Rate Among Younger Marylanders Continues to Rise

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today directed local leaders to step up enforcement of public health requirements in bars and restaurants across the state. State health officials have connected an increasing number of COVID-19 cases to non-compliance with face covering and physical distancing rules.

“The vast majority of bars and restaurants in our state are in compliance, but some are flagrantly violating the law and endangering public health,” said Governor Hogan. “You have the responsibility to enforce these laws. Violators should be warned, fined, have actions taken regarding their licenses, or closed if necessary. Local health departments, local liquor boards and inspectors, and local law enforcement agencies must work together to ensure public health is protected.”

Read the governor’s letter to county leaders.

As of today, the positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 is now 84% higher than it is for Marylanders 35 and over.

Under Executive Order 20-06-10-01, which was issued on June 10, and accompanying directives from the Maryland Department of Health:

  • Bars and restaurants are open for seated service only with physical distancing and capacity restrictions. Customers must be seated at least six feet apart from other guests. Standing and congregating in bar areas is strictly prohibited.
  • All staff must wear a face covering while working and interacting with customers.
  • For facilities with booths, every other booth must be closed.
  • No more than six people may sit at a table.

In recent weeks, at least 12 other states have moved to re-close bars and restaurants statewide or in targeted localities following COVID-19 spikes and outbreaks.

“Our continued economic health and recovery depend on the active and aggressive local compliance and enforcement of these critical public health measures,” continued the governor. “We cannot allow a small segment of willful violators to squander the collective efforts of the overwhelming majority of Maryland citizens and businesses.”

The state continues working to further increase the convenience and accessibility of COVID-19 resources and testing. Learn more about COVID-19 in Maryland, or make a plan to get tested at one of more than 220 testing sites, by visiting coronavirus.maryland.gov.

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Garrett County, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has decided to transition their Annual Membership Meeting to a virtual event on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The Chamber’s annual Membership Meeting will feature the announcement of the Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winner, Volunteer of the Year Award winner and Diplomat of the Year award.

Thanks to Jay Ferguson for sharing this photo of the Neowise Comet in the night sky over Deep Creek last night.

Jay Ferguson Comet July 2020 at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Finally, today, don’t forget that the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be in downtown Oakland as it is every Wednesday and Saturday.  Eat your vegetables…

Tuesday July 14

Yesterday was a nice day until the clouds moved in  and then some localized light rain hit late afternoon, with clearing in the evening, which was very nice.  Today will be sunny, with a high near 77 degrees. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning. We will have a low of about 57 tonight.

Oysters on the full shell anyone?  I know there are no oysters in the lake, but I have two little factoids I thought I would share here: First, an adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day!  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that we have lost about 85% of oyster reef habitat over the past 130 years.  Fortunately, projects in the Chesapeake and other areas are creating habitat and seeding oyster beds with some good success. Now you know.

And, speaking of Molluscs, in this instance the bad kind, zebra mussels, we are happy that our launch stewards caught the boat that was about to launch in the lake with zebra mussels attached on July 3rd.  According to the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation, the terribly destructive zebra mussels have sharp shells that are a danger to swimmers who step on them, they clog hydroelectric dams such as the one at Deep Creek Lake, and they have a toxin that has killed thousands of birds. “If the zebra mussels begin to propagate here, our lake, which is the cornerstone of this beautiful area, can be lost as a practical matter,” stated David Myerberg, President of the Foundation.

Be sure to check out all the new updates added to the Ruth Enlow Library website! They’ve revamped the layout for downloadable materials under “Books and More” to make things easier to find, their online databases are now found under the “Learning and Research” tab where everything is organized into different sections, and you can try their new “Find Something New” service to get personalized recommendations from library staff based on things you like (and don’t like) in your reading materials. To use this feature, you can either visit a physical library branch, or use our form at https://www.relib.net/content/find-something-new to fill in your preferences. Sounds like the library team has been busy.  Good stuff.

As of July 1st, Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has resumed limited visitation. The new policy follows guidelines from state and federal public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to slow the spread of COVID-19. The new guidelines have been put into place in order to protect the health and safety of the hospital’s patients, staff, and the community.

I have heard that the Garrett County Farm Bureau will host an educational tour of Cove Pastures Farm in Accident on July 26th at 6:00 pm.  Chester and Trish Yoder of Cove Patures have done a great job planning and growing their Branch Bender Cidery at 1202 Harmon Road.  You can text or call Arlene Lantz at 240.321.8205 with questions or for more information.

Here’s something different for you: Lebanese Cuisine is coming to the lake! Lebanese Taverna, from the DC area will be delivering their food at the lake on Thursday, July 16th. You pre-order and then pick up in the afternoon. Click here for more information and the pick-up order form!

FInally, we have had some price reductions from sellers on a few items on our Online Marketplace.  Check out the new prices of these items and the rest of the marketplace as well.  Happy shopping.

 

 

Monday July 13

Yesterday was a very nice day until clouds and some localized weather moved in in the late afternoon hours.  Today we have a slight chance of showers before 9:00 am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 75 degrees, with a chance of precipitation at 20%. The evening will be mostly clear, with a low around 56.

My wife and I took advantage of the nice weather yesterday to take a hike to Meadow Mountain Trail Overlook.  Here’s a photo I snapped.  Even with a  bit of summer haze, we could see well over 10 miles.

Meadow mountain Trail Overlook 7-12-20

Meadow Mountain Trail Overlook

Positive results were received for two additional staff members at a County nursing home. One of the persons who tested positive was a female Garrett County resident who is in her 60s. She does not have any symptoms and is isolating at home.  The other was in her 30s and lives outside the County.  Total number of confirmed cases in the County now stands at 25 individuals.

The next community COVID-19 testing opportunity in Garrett County is scheduled for Friday, July 17th, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot between the Health Department and the Mountain Laurel Medical Center at 1025 Memorial Drive in Oakland. This free testing will be without the need for an appointment or a doctor’s order. This is not an antibody test that may identify a previous infection and is for individuals not exhibiting symptoms.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will hold a virtual Business Before Hours: State of the County via Zoom from 8:00 am to 9:30 am on Tuesday, July 21st.. Garrett County Commissioners Paul Edwards, Larry Tichnell, and Jim Hinebaugh will provide their perspectives on FY20, including top priorities for the coming year. They will be specifically focusing on the County budget, broadband expansion, economic development.  The Chamber appears to be charging an admission fee for this event. Register online at visitdeepcreek.com or by calling Holly Lane at 301.387.6171.

Finally, keep on the lookout for upcoming information on our 2020 Deep Creek Times Peoples’ Choice Awards.  This is our third year of celebrating all that is great about Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding area, including people, places and businesses. As always, we will have an online nominations period followed by a voting period. Always fun and remember, we are the original peoples’ choice awards!

Have a great Monday folks…