Monday August 10

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 83 degrees and a light south wind. The evening will be partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

The weather was beautiful and the lake (and the lake-area) was busy this weekend.  This nice photo provided by Eric Willams taken from Wisp supports both of those statements.  Thanks for the great photo Eric.  Much appreciated.

From Wisp by Eric Williams

The Lake as Viewed From Wisp

Took a drive to Morgantown yesterday and we came upon a terrible accident scene on Eastbound 68.  As I write this Sunday evening, both directions are still closed hours after we passed the scene. It was a tractor trailer and I believe involved a fatality. Hopefully, all of our readers are safe and were not caught up in the many hours of road closures. FYI, if I68 is ever closed, you can always come back to Garrett County via Eastbound route 7, which will take you down into Terra Alta and then into Oakland.  That’s what we did to get back to Swanton.

I have heard that the lake level has been lowering, as is usual for this time of year. My HOA board just decided to add a section to two of our three dock clusters to push them out a bit more.  Please be aware of shallow spots, especially as summer progresses, and of course, depending on rainfall and lake drawdowns.

Yesterday, the Baltimore Sun announced that Maryland reported eight new COVID-19 related deaths and 922 new cases. I know this is a contentuous subject among some, but I believe that mask wearing and social distancing will go a long ways towards getting us all out of this national mess. I have certainly seen an increase in mask use among individuals at local retailers of late.  Keep it up…

Sarah mentioned a job opening at the Ruth Enlow Library in Daily Notes last week.  They have another opening now as well, for a library assistant. It is for 16 hours per week at the Ruth Enlow Library in Oakland.  Starting pay is $13.50/hr. You can pick-up an application at any location of the Ruth Enlow Library in Garrett County.  Applications are due by August 21st.

Here’s a nice photo taken by William Heinz of the sunset over Penn Cove.  Thanks for sharing William! I like the way the trees, homes and lake all “combine to black.”

Penn Cove Sunset


The Grantsville Lions Club will hold a pre-order chicken BBQ on August 22 in conjunction with the National Pike Festival. The dinners are carry out, pre-order only and can be picked up from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grantsville Park chicken BBQ building.  The deadline for ordering chicken dinners is August 14th. To order a chicken dinner, download the order form on the Grantsville Lions Facebook page. Click on the chicken BBQ photo and go to tickets. There will also be town-wide yard sales throughout the town.
Here’s a link to the latest issue of the Maryland Department of Education’s COVID-19 Response and Continuity of Learning newsletter.  It includes information on opening plans for all of the state’s school districts.
Have a great Monday folks…

Friday August 7, Saturday August 8, Sunday August 9

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 76 and a low around 59. Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 77 and a low around 58. Sunday will be sunny with a high near 80 and a low around 62.

The Livestock Expo and Sale continues today and Saturday. Stop by to appreciate the hard work of the kids and don’t forget the delicious “fair” food!

The Ruth Enlow Library is hiring an Associate.

The most recent local COVID-19 update has the total count of positive cases at 51.

The next community testing opportunity in Garrett County is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot between the Health Department and Mountain Laurel Medical Center at 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland. This free testing will be without the need for an appointment or a doctor’s order.

The Barn at Lake Shore is a local VRBO (vacation rental by owner) that, unfortunately, won’t be renting for the remainder of 2020 due to the coronavirus. Everyone’s fingers crossed for 2021.

Lake Title, LLC is the newest addition to Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, a full-service Deep Creek Lake real estate and vacation rental company. Offering competitive rates, it is one more way that they are making transactions smoother for buyers and sellers.

Glazed and Confuzed Donuts is open from 7 am until 2 pm Thursday through Sunday in the summer! Here is their menu:

Glazed and Confuzed Donuts Menu

The fishing report from the MD DNR Deep Creek Lake, a mix of large yellow perch, walleye, and smallmouth bass can be found along deep grass edges by drifting minnows.

GCPS is pleased to announce that their JumpStart 20-21 summer program is now in full swing.

The Board of County Commissioners for Garrett County adopted a resolution to designate Garrett County as a Second Amendment Preservation County.

Take the “Create Your Own State Park” Summer Challenge to Turn Your Home into a State Park.

Wednesday August 6

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 73 and a low around 60. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm.

I have a chance to go golfing in Oakland today. This is the first I’ve been in a few years …  wish me luck!

Thanks to Ren Nazareno for the sunrise photo this morning:

The Paycheck Protection Program application deadline is looming – August 8.

Remember to take your chances on the “Wine & Weekend Raffle!” (since this year’s Art & Wine Festival has gone virtual)

Due to the pandemic, the Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop (at Garrett Regional Medical Center) is remains closed to the public.

The Garrett County Farm Bureau is continuing the Livestock Expo and Sale this week at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. There were 100 market swine, 38 market lambs, 56 market beef, and 44 market goats registered to show and sell this week.

Also, several “fair food” booths are open:

Dairy Bar: Wednesday-Saturday 2pm – 8pm
Northern Garrett Athletics: Wednesday-Saturday 6am – 10pm
FIRST Robotics Team 1629 GaCo: Wednesday-Friday 11am – 5pm, Saturday 11pm – completion of sale
Oakland Rotary French Fries: Wednesday-Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 3pm – 11pm

Friendsville Library announces monthly Enrichment Packets with crafts and educational materials for enhanced learning opportunities for pre-school & school-age students. ALL STUDENTS MUST Register: Call 301-746-5663 or email

Our lake camera has a bird’s eye view of the lake this morning:

Wednesday August 5

Yesterday was windy, but overall very nice, if a bit cooler.  Today we will be mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 75 degrees. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Increasing clouds, with a low around 58 in the evening.

Wishing a Happy 42nd Anniversary to my wife Jean. She sat in front of me in senior English class, I asked her to the prom, she said yes, and the rest, as they say, is history!  Getting up the courage to ask her to the prom was the best decision I ever made! Life is good.

The Deep Creek Lake Lions Club offers an annual program for visually impaired campers as one of our signature service activities! Last week, we brought visually impaired kids and their families to the area for camping, boating and fun! Cudos to my colleagues that did a great job (as ususal) with this wonderful event.  And, cudos to all of our donors throughout the year whose donations support this great effort.  Check out this link for more information and photos! 

Yesterday I mentioned the new 20,000 square foot spec building in the McHenry Business Park. I just heard that availalble building services include propane gas, broadband, and high-capacity electric.  There is also planned space onsite for additional expansion of the building. In addition, Garrett County Economic Development may provide interest-free leasehold improvement loans up to $10 per square foot.

Don’t forget that the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is open today at the pavilion in downtown Oakland from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  They always have good, healthy goods and it is a nice environment.

And, before or after you go visit the farmers market, take a few minutes to nominate your favorite local organizations, professionals, products, services and places in the 2020 Deep Creek Times Peoples’ Choice Awards.  Nominations close soon!  Just. Do. It. Now.

Here’s a link to some important and interesting information from the American Health Care Association and the National Association for Assisted Living. It shows a state-by-state breakdown of COVID-19 testing positivity rates among the general population. Check it out!

The Health Department will be holding two by-appointment immunization clinics for students in need of these vaccines for school entry.  The first clinic is August 18th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Health Department location at 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland.  The second clinic is August 28th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Grantsville location at 28 Hershberger Lane.

I heard from fellow Deep Creek Lake Lion Ed King that he is planning on holding a yard sale on August 22nd.  He will have some good stuff at his place at 680 State Park Road in Swanton.  You enter the garage from Toothpick. Tell Ed Mike at Deep Creek Times sent you and you will WIN…well nothing… but it got your attention, and Ed will be impressed that I sent someone his way!

Tuesday August 4

Yesterday was beautiful and the rain held off, at least in Swanton.  Today we have a chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11:00 am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 72 degrees. In the evening, showers and thunderstorms are likely before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 1:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Speaking of the weather, here’s the official July weather summary for Garrett County as submitted by Glenda Chandler of Garrett Regional Medical Center:  The average high temperature for the month was 85 degrees, with an average low of 62.5 degrees and 3.79 inches of rainfall recorded. Thanks Glenda!

Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has opened a new primary care facility on Wolf Acres Drive in Oakland. Garrett Family Medicine will provide comprehensive primary care services for people of all ages, from infants and children through those in need of geriatric care. The new practice is located in the same building that previously housed the primary care practice of Dr. Daniel Miller, who recently retired

The Garrett County Health Department received a positive COVID-19 result for one additional person, bringing the current county total to 46. The new positive COVID-19 case is a male in his 30s who has symptoms and is isolating at home.

Heard yesterday that the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has postponed the fall and winter high school sports seasons due to the pandemic.  I know there will be a lot of dissapointed student athletes (and parents and fans), but this is not at all surprising based on the current situation.  I heard that from a news feed from the Baltimore Sun, but the release was not up yet on MPSSAA site last evening when I wrote these Notes. 

Here’s a link to the August newsletter from the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources.  Some good content for all and some nice photos as well.

The MEDCO spec building located in the McHenry Business Park adjacent to the Garrett County Airport, is now available for lease. The building consists of 20,000 square feet of flex space, and tenants may be able to choose to rent all or part of the space (from 5,000 to 20,000 square feet).

Monday August 3

Another great weekend at the lake folks.  Saturday had some late rain, but the rest of the weekend was wonderful  Today’s weather looks like it may be of the “wet” variety. There’s a  chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1:00 pm with a high near 75 degrees. In the evening, showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2:00 am, then showers likely with a low around 63.

Happy first Monday of August!  I have posted the August Cover Story here, and it provides an update on the state of the county relative to my take on the impact of the pandemic on  the economy and businesses. I spoke to both Railey and Taylor Made for this cover story and provide some additional insight from both of those important to-the-community organizations.

With the current pandemic, many local charities have had their fundraising plans change.  I know Sarah reported on this, but I wanted to also cover the replacement “event” for Art & Wine.  You can click here to find out more about their innovative approach!

Congratulations to Steve Green of High Mountain Sports who was named the 2020 Heise Award Winner!  Congratulations to Steve and very well deserved. Steve is a true entrepreneur.

Hearty congratulations also go out to Brenda McDonnell of Brenda’s Pizzeria, who was named to Maryland’s Top 100 Women and Dr. Dana McCauley of Crellin Road Elementary School, who was also named.  Both are VERY deserving of this honor and we salute them here!

Since we are recognizing those in the community, we would be remiss if we did not give a shout-out to Connor Norman, who was named Friday as Diplomat of the Year by the Garrett County Chamber.  Connor is a hard-working, smart, great fellow that I had the pleasure of teaching at Garret College.

Here’s a link to Issue 12 of the Maryland Board of Education COVID Response & Continuity of Learning Success newsletter.  There’s some good information and updates here for all you parents and grandparents.

Fellow Deep Creek Lake Lion Barry Krewson and his wife Mary Ann are co-directors of golf operations at Alpine Lake Resort, just south of Oakland. Barry said if any readers mention Deep Creek Times when they play they will give give them a free soft drink and snack to complement their already very low prices for 18 holes.  You have to play on a Sunday through Thursday this week to get the deal. The cost for 18 holes is only $33 for those under 55 and is even lower, $25, for those of us better than 55!

Don’t forget to nominate your favorite buisness, service, professional or place in this year’s Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Competition.  Here’s the link.  We plan on doing things a little different this year so be sure to get your nominations in before they close and follow the progress.

That’s it for today.  Have a great Monday folks…