Friday February 26, Saturday February 27, Sunday February 28

The weather today will be a chance of rain and snow after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 37 and a low around 32. Light east wind becoming southeast 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. Snow and sleet likely before 1am, then a chance of freezing rain and sleet — little or no ice accumulation expected and less than a half inch of new snow and sleet accumulation possible. Saturday will be mostly cloudy, rain likely, mainly before 1pm. A high near 49 and a low around 37. Sunday will be showers with a high near 51 and a low around 33.

Check out the cabin rental styles from Railey Vacations:

February Railey Vacations Specials

More than 50 years after a B-52 bomber carrying two nuclear bombs crashed into Big Savage Mountain in eastern Garrett County, a virtual event was held by the George’s Creek Regional Library to memorialize the lasting legacy of the crash. Video, maps and other information about the crash can be found at https://buzzonefour.org/.

Here’s your reminder that the Garrett County Commissioners next public meeting is March 1 @ 4:00 pm.

As of Monday March 1, please note that Pine Lodge Steakhouse will have new hours:

Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-9p.m.
Friday-Saturday 11:00am-10p.m
Sunday 11:00am- 9p.m.

AYCE FISH DINNERS are happening tonight at Alpine Lake Resort! Just 7 miles from Oakland in WV, from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

🕗 There are 12 HOURS LEFT in the GLAF February online auction — http://bit.ly/3uhZaSq. Speaking of GLAF, the storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston event is on Sunday.

Deputy State Fire Marshals concluded an electric heater was the cause of an early morning fire in Garrett County where two cats are believed to have perished. This was the first of two fires in our Western Region where space heaters were the cause. Citizens are reminded to use caution when using these devices.

Thursday February 25

The weather today will be mostly cloudy then gradually becoming sunny with a high near 35 and a low around 21. West wind around 9 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Make your bid! The February GLAF online auction — http://bit.ly/3uhZaSq — is ending tomorrow! Bid on this 24″x36″ photo canvas created and graciously donated to GLAF by local artist Caroline Blizzard.

The Garrett County Sheriff’s Office is reminding all citizens to be aware of scams being conducted in the area. Recently a citizen was contacted by phone, and text messages, stating that they would cause harm to the person’s family if they did not send money. The money was requested to be sent via Money Grams: do not send money via Money Grams, Green Dot cards, etc to unknown individuals.

Daniel Egtvedt, of Oakland, was arrested without incident Feb. 13 in the area of Boy Scout Road for his role in the January 6th capitol riots according to a statement Monday by Maryland State Police.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses.

Garrett College Board is seeking nominations for outstanding contributor.

Progressive Maryland is opening applications for its 2021 Spring Cohort of the Maryland People’s Leadership Institute.

It’s sort of last minute but the Maryland Tourism Office will be doing a photoshoot today at Wisp Resort! Get in touch with Wisp (855-990-0262) for more details!

Wednesday February 23

Today we have a slight chance of showers after 1:00 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 51 degrees (Wow!) and southwest winds 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Tonight we have a slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11:00 pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

The Leigh Friend Solar Project is a new 3.2 megawatt DC (MWdc) community solar project located in Friendsville. With 9,300 ground-mounted solar modules, the project generates enough clean, renewable solar energy to power the equivalent of 405 homes per year. Here’s a photo for you, which is beautiful, but also a bit ironic, as it shows dense clouds over the solar panels.  Great new addition to the area and one more step toward environmental sustainability.

Leigh Friend Solar Project

Leigh Friend Solar Project

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that a 90 year old woman in Seattle walked three miles each way in the cold and snow to get her vaccine so she could be comfortable and see her two great-grandchildren. Oh, I forgot to mention that she had a hip replaced a year ago. Way to go Fran Goldman!!!!

The Garrett County Health Department announced yesterday that they have received the delayed shipment of vaccines. In related news, the Health Department has been notified of additional deaths due to COVID-19 complications this week, bringing the total county deaths to 60 persons. “Each death from COVID-19 complications is sad, and we offer condolences to their loved ones,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “The age range for deaths in Garrett County is from 18 to 102, with the average age being 81. Sarah and I send our condolences to the families of the victims.

I heard a rumor yesterday that a coffee shop is going in on Alder Street in downtown Oakland.  Great news and we will let you know when we get additional, verified information.

We have covered the recent donation of Water Quality Meters for the lake by the Deep Creek Lake Watershed Foundation.  Here’s a photo of a DNS biologist deploying one in the lake a few months ago.  Should help provide some perspective on the size of the meters.

water meter 2-21-21

Tourism accounted for 10% of the global economy before the pandemic, but it has been hammered since. When 200 tourism experts, owners and officials in 70 countries were asked in January about the prospects for recovery in international tourism in their country, 68% said Q4 of ’21 or ’22.  When asked when they expected international tourism to reach pre-pandemic levels, 84% of the same group said 2023 or later! I have said it before, but the Deep Creek Lake area is very well positioned for continued tourism and success.

As of Monday, the State of Maryland official report shows that Maryland providers have administered 1,087,086 total doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 98.3% of all first doses received from the federal government. The state is averaging 27,604 shots per day. As of yesterday, 16.3% of Garrett County residents have received their first dose of vaccine, and 6.97% have received both of their doses. In comparison, the state rates are 12.36% for the first dose and 6.05% for second. Thanks to our Health Department and all involved for their great work on getting the vaccines administered!

The Lodges at Sunset Village has a special 72 hour sale going on through Friday for 2022 Winter Season rates!  They are guaranteeing the lowest rates if you book now.  Here’s more info on this top-rated destination or you can call them at 301.387.2227.

Tuesday February 23

Yesterday’s weather was “interesting,” starting with snow and then transitioning to rain, very windy before turning back to snow in the evening. The snow emergency was lifted at 3:00 pm yesterday. Here’s a photo I took yesterday morning of my front yard.

mike front yard 2-22-21

Icicles and snow

The weather for today will include rain showers, snow showers, and freezing rain before 1:00 pm, then rain, possibly mixed with snow showers. Patchy fog before noon, with a high near 37 degrees. West wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

In 2021, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services adopted a new catch and release regulation for brook trout in all put-and-take trout management waters, as well as all waters east of Interstate 81. These efforts will help protect our native brook trout.In order for this regulation to be effective, proper identification of trout species is necessary. The department would like your help. Please take this anonymous short survey to test your trout identification skills.

Today’s  meeting of the Maryland State Board Education will begin at 9:00 am and the agenda and materials are available at:
http://marylandpublicschools.org/stateboard/Pages/meeting-agendas/2021/2021-02-23.aspx There will be no public access to the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.  Members of the public will be able to hear the audio and see presentations in real time via the livestream.

Pastor Tom at St. Peters in Oakland has announced that the parish is participating in Giving Tuesday today to advance the success of Catholic Ministries. Don’t miss out on this chance to make a difference in the life of St. Peters parish and in the lives of neighbors in need who are supported by the ministries of the Archdiocese. Learn more or make a gift now or send in the envelope that was mailed to parishoners.

Here’s a great video of Ben Riegsecker, owner of The Casselman Inn, sharing the Uncommon Story of this historic Inn & Restaurant. This is a story of a local, family-owned business in Grantsville Maryland that has cared for and loved serving the local community for over 180 years. It is part of First United Bank & Trust’s Uncommon Story series. Definitely worth watching…

Staying connected! That’s what the Partners After School (PAS) @ Oakland is doing with its programming this school year. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, virtual programming was the answer. The Oakland online program meets virtually with students three times a week for one hour each day. Thanks to the Garrett County Public Schools Meal Program, the staff of PAS @ Oakland have been able to pick up and deliver food to all their students each week along with a packet of materials and supplies for the activities for the following week. This is also allowing the staff to touch base with the parents to see how they are doing and to offer any resources they may need.

The County Commissioners will be holding their next public meeting on March 1st. The meeting will be Live Streamed at https://www.facebook.com/garrettcountygovernment/
Agenda session times are approximate. Note that the Board of County Commissioners may close a portion of this public meeting and move into Executive Session to comply with a specific constitutional, statutory, or judicial requirement that may prevent public disclosure about a particular proceeding or matter.  Here’s the agenda and additional specifics for you.

Monday February 22

We had a cold and white weekend, with yesterday being clear, sunny and very bright with the sun reflecting off the snow and ice. Today expect rain and snow, becoming all rain after 1:00 pm, with a high near 37 degrees. South wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight we have a chance of freezing rain before 10:00 pm, then a chance of snow and freezing rain between 10:00 pm and 4:00 am, then snow likely after 4:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Here’s a great photo taken by Jenael Falcao on Friday evening, February 19th as she was winding down her skiing at Wisp.  It really captures the conditions and the beauty of the mountain even in the evening hours.  Thanks for sharing it with us Janael.

wisp 2-19-21 jenael falcao

Wisp Up-Close in the Evening

The Garrett County Health Department, along with many other locations across the country, continues to wait for vaccine delivery because of nationwide weather delays. A shipment is not expected to be received until at least today. Because of the delivery delay, the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park scheduled for today has been cancelled and all appointments are being automatically rescheduled for March 8th at the same time as the original appointment. No patient action is required and call or check the website for more up-to-date information.

We covered this in part last week, due to the Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake donation of funds for a water meter to the broader program for five water meters to be donated by the Deep Creek Lake Water Shed Foundation (to the DNR).  This is a VERY important undertaking by the Watershed Foundation as it will provide short- and long- term water quality monitoring at five additional locations around the lake.  Click here for the full story and see the photo below of a water quality meter.  We all owe a big thank you to the Watershed Foundation and all that have supported them in this effort.

dclwater foundation meter

New Deep Creek Lake Watershed Foundation Meter Design

Sarah covered this last week, but I thought I would share again in case anyone missed it: From a LawnStarter report “many of the best vacation rental home cities are near attractions in greater Appalachia”. Over half of Americans plan to travel in 2021, and more than a third will stay in a vacation home or homeshare rental during the winter and spring. Get here: Deep Creek Lake is proving to be an excellent location for a vacation home. The rental market at and around the lake is rockin’ it!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced winners of the annual fifth-grade Arbor Day poster contest. Three schools in Maryland that are home to the top winners will benefit with tree plantings this spring.  One of the winners was in nearby Flintstone, in Allegany County.  Yabba dabba doo for these students… All winning poster entries are posted online. Check them out as the work is very impressive.

Just heard that the always popular fish dinners and fish dinner takeout at the St Peters in Oakland parish hall for Lent have been cancelled this year.  They hope to resume next year.

All branches of the Ruth Enlow Library will be reopening for in-person service at normal hours as of Monday, March 1st. Masks will still be required for all patrons five years of age and up, and social distancing rules remain in effect. Books may only be returned through the book slots and late fees will resume after April 1, 2021. Find more information at www.relib.net.

Have a great Monday and rest of the week dear readers…

 

Friday February 19, Saturday February 20, Sunday February 21

The weather today will be snow and freezing drizzle likely before 4pm, then a chance of snow between 4pm and 5pm, then a chance of snow and freezing drizzle after 5pm. Patchy fog after 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 27 and a low around 11. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph and could gust as high as 21 mph. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 18 and a low around 7. A chance of snow, mainly before 2pm. Wind chill values as low as -3. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 32 and a low around 23.

The National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Garrett, Allegany, Highland, Grant, Mineral and Pendleton counties: Today and Tonight Wind Chill Advisories may be necessary for the higher terrain. There is a slight winter storm threat late Sunday night and Monday. If the threat materializes, there may be travel disruptions.

The Garrett County Health Department announced that the Vaccination Clinic scheduled at the MEDCO Building today (February 19, 2021) in the McHenry Business Park has been cancelled due to delayed shipments of vaccine from the federal government. All appointments will be automatically rescheduled for March 3 at the same time as the original appointment. No patient action is required.

Additional COVID-19 resources:

  • Up-to-date county COVID-19 data and other information is available on garretthealth.org.
  • If you have COVID-19 like symptoms, schedule a testing appointment at the Health Department by calling 301-334-7697.
  • Free COVID-19 testing is available (with or without symptoms) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park, unless otherwise announced. Pre-registration is recommended. Visit garretthealth.org for more information.
  • For all other COVID-19 related questions, or to report a COVID-19 compliance issue, call the local COVID-19 Hotline number at 301-334-7698.

GoGarrettCounty.com is a county-wide initiative designed to highlight local resources and connect our community. Earn prize points by watching videos and exploring articles about things in your community that could help you or someone you know. Save or spend your prize points in the handy shopping area (located in the top right corner) on great rewards!

New businesses are being formed at a phenomenal rate ever since the pandemic gripped the US in the middle of last year. Data from the US Census Bureau reveals that there were more than 4.25 million new business applications last year, up more than 20% on the year before.

Do you have your own or are you looking to start a small business? Tri-County Council for Western Maryland (TCCWMD) is offering businesses located in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties low interest financing through Summit Financing Solutions Revolving Loan Fund Program. Loan amounts range from $10,000 to $500,000 with terms up to 15 years.

Visit Dutch’s for Weekend Dining (today, tomorrow and Sunday) from 11:30 am – 9:00 pm. Also, tonight is AYCE FISH DINNERS from 4 – 9pm!

Oakland Youth Baseball and Softball League – Tryout and Signup is Saturday and Sunday.

A way to celebrate Black authors and their books during Black History Month is also on Saturday: Black Representation Matters (Online) from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

 

Thursday February 18

The weather today will be snow. High near 25 and a low around 24. East wind 5 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible and nighttime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

The snow emergency plan was implemented this morning at 2:00am.

Note the following government and COVID-19 sites are closed today due to inclement weather:
-Garrett County Health Department offices (including all clinics)
-COVID-19 testing at the Health Department and the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park
-Garrett County Circuit Court
-Garrett County Courthouse (but all County offices are open remotely via phone and email)

Today isn’t the best day for a road trip but you can sit back and virtually plan your adventure along Maryland’s scenic byways. There are two right here in Garrett County.

The Red, Blue & Green trails at Herrington Manor State Park were last groomed on February 16th. Get out and take a long lunch break if you can…  I went cross country skiing at Herrington Manor last Friday and it was absolutely perfect.

Participating in the Tucker Community Foundation’s Run For It event has become a tradition in supporting the Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund at Garrett College. Through this event, $2,682.39 was raised in honor of the late Kalie Hostutler Ashby and to provide textbook scholarships to GC students.

I worked with Kalie and I hold many fond memories <3

From a LawnStarter report “many of the best vacation rental home cities are near attractions in greater Appalachia”. Over half of Americans plan to travel in 2021, and more than a third will stay in a vacation home or homeshare rental during the winter and spring. Get here: Deep Creek Lake is proving to be an excellent location for a vacation home.

Be careful out there! Here are the current local road condition cameras:
Deep Creek Lake State Highway Cam

Wednesday February 17

The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 25 degrees with wind chill values as low as zero. Light and variable wind.Tonight expect snow, mainly after 2:00 am. Low around 21. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Dress for very cold conditions!

With the cold, icy weather yesterday, we were placed under a snow emergency plan, which is now to be lifted. The snow emergency plan requires motorists to operate vehicles that are equipped with snow tires as designated by the manufacturer or equipped with chains. Studded tires are allowed from November 1st through March 31st.

Oakland mayor Jay Moyer administered the oath of office to Police Academy Graduate, Patrolman Bryson Bittinger at a special ceremony at Oakland City Hall on Friday, February 12th. Bittinger, the son of Bill and Nichole Bittinger, grew up in Oakland and graduated from Southern Garrett High School in 2017 before earning an associate’s degree from Garrett College.  Congratulations Bryson.

Here’s a simple, nice shot of a deer in the snow, as submitted by Dot Sissler.  I guess deer like cleared roads/paths just like we do.  Thanks for sharing Dot.

deer dotsissler 2-15-21

Deer on the Path

The Property Owners Association of Deep Creek Lake has announced a donation of about $15,000 to the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation for the purchase of an additional Water Quality Meter. The Foundation is funding the purchase of four meters which will bring the number of permanent meters in the lake to eight. The ultimate goal of DNR is to have a meter in every cove. The meters measure water temperature, salinity, conductivity, pH, depth, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and chlorophyll (which is a measure of algal biomass). The permanent placement of the meters will allow continuous rather than “snapshot” monitoring of water quality. That is great news on many fronts and we thank the POA and the Watershed Foundation for their great work on this.

More detailed information on the lake and water quality can be found at the DNR website “Eyes on Deep Creek Lake” – http://eyesonthebay.dnr.maryland.gov/dcl/deepcreeklake.cfm. There is also detail available on the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation site which includes a PowerPoint presentation to the Foundation Board in April of 2020 entitled “DNR’s Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Project at Deep Creek Lake” by DNR Biologists Julie Bortz and Christine King, see – https://www.deepcreekwatershedfoundation.org/water-quality-testing

And, in case anyone is wondering why the lake’s water quality is so important, here’s just a few of the reasons. High quality clean water provides:​

  • Protection of property values and investments for you and your family for many years to come.
  • Carefree swimming, boating, water-skiing, and more.
  • Healthy habitats for a wide variety of fish and other aquatic creatures.
  • A clean lake for residents and visitors alike to enjoy which, in turn, supports Garrett County’s reputation as a great place to visit and live.
  • A strong foundation for continued community small businesses and economic stability, including a strong tax base.

The importance of the lake to our quality of life and to Garrett County’s success cannot be underestimated!

With many students continuing their education remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and BLS data showing a correlation between higher education levels, higher income and lower unemployment rates, the personal-finance website WalletHub yesterday released its report on 2021’s Most & Least Educated States in America, as well as accompanying videos. In order to determine the most educated states, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 18 metrics that examined the key factors of a well-educated population: educational attainment, school quality and achievement gaps between genders and races. Maryland performed very well.

How educated is Maryland? (1=Most; 25=Avg.):

  • 25th – % of High-School Diploma Holders
  • 10th – % of Associate’s Degree Holders or College-Experienced Adults
  • 3rd – % of Bachelor’s Degree Holders
  • 2nd – % of Graduate- or Professional-Degree Holders
  • 6th – Avg. University Quality
  • 18th – Racial Gap in Educational Attainment
  • 1st – Gender Gap in Educational Attainment

For those of you who like to get into the details, you can see the full report here: https://wallethub.com/edu/e/most-educated-states/31075

Finally today, a plug for a friend, executive chef Larry Roby. Larry has been accepted into a national Favorite Chef competition. The winner will be featured in Bon Appetit magazine, and will also win a cash prize. The event will be helping feed the hungry, so if you know or wish to support our local chef, please vote and pass this along to as many as you can.  Voting starts today.  Here’s the link: https://favchef.com/2021/larry-roby

 

Tuesday February 16

For today, snow is likely, mainly after 1:00 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 21 by 5:00 pm. West wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Tonight, we have a chance of snow before 1:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -1. West wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

As if the pandemic has not confined us enough, now some of us are experiencing an ice jail!  Thanks to Russ Dijak for submitting this photo of icicles that resemble the bars on a jail.  Nice photo Russ. Let me out…

ice jail russ dijak 2-14-21

Ice Jail

With all the snow, Wisp is really booming and busy.  We continue to hear reports of visitors arriving at Deep Creek Lake planning to ski, snowboard or tube and being disappointed due to all of the slots already being reserved. If you are coming out to the area and wish to partake of Wisp’s great amenities, plan in advance and reserve your spots.  Just a tip. Here’s the link to their site.

After many years of advocacy, last week Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development released a statewide housing plan with maps for every are of the state prepared by the National Center for Smart Growth and Enterprise Community Partners. Here’s the Link to the Full Report.

Virtual Community Development Day will be held in Annapolis on Wednesday starting at 11:30. They want to hear from folks in all counties to ensure an equitable recovery across the state of Maryland at all levels and to help partners secure the resources to provide badly needed services throughout Maryland. Join them for a short virtual program with representatives across the state! Last chance to register here and note that only registered participants will receive program link.

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller. That’s a quote sent over from our friends at Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF).  Even in the pandemic, they have been offering virtual experiences for the community and our school children. If you have room in your heart and wallet, please consider a donation to GLAF this winter season, as our Deep Creek Lake area non-profits certainly need our support during the pandemic. Here’s the link for a donation. 

A good friend of mine, Patrick O’Brien, mentioned this to me and I said I would include in Notes.  I am definitely NOT preaching here as we at Deep Creek Times celebrate and support ALL religions.  This looks interesting and informative as it will include inspired testimonies from three men imprisoned overseas for their religious beliefs. It is a virtual and free event to be held on March 5th at 6:30 pm. You can find more information and register at VOM.org/event.

Here’s a great photo form another friend, Clint Bradley, which does a great job showing the winter wonderland we are living in these days.  He took this shot from his bedroom window on Saturday.  If you are not in town this week, this gives you a great idea of what you are missing.  Thanks Clint for the great photo.

clint bradley 2-13-21

Winter Wonderland

I will add that if any of our readers have special non-profit events, religious or otherwise, please send to us at info@deepcreektimes.com and we will do our best to mention it in Notes and elsewhere on the site as space and time allow.

On a more secular note, my wife and I just finished watching the six seasons of Longmire on Netflix.  It is a “PG-rated” series with beautiful mountain scenery (sound familiar, only in Wyoming) about a small town sheriff and his team and community.  It also includes a fair amount of insight into native American culture and life.  Just a suggestion if you are looking for something…

 

Monday February 15

I hope you all had a very nice Valentine’s Day.  I sure did.  My wife Jean and I went for a nice swim at the CARC, then got some take-out sandwiches at Brenda’s Pizzeria.  Happy belated Valentine’s Day to all of our readers.

The weekend had some minor precipitation, which included more localized freezing rain and/or freezing fog.  With all that and the snow, it is truly a winter wonderland out here now. I have seen lots of folks pulling over off the road to photograph the trees, fields and the frozen lake. Here’s a photo of a small evergreen showing the snow, ice and frozen fog on its branches.

ice storm mike 2-13-21

Everything is Coated and Beautiful

Today we can expect patchy fog, snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely before 1:00 pm, then a chance of freezing rain between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm, then a chance of freezing rain and sleet after 5:00 pm. Patchy freezing fog between 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 32 degrees. Limited accumulations expected during the day. This evening we expect freezing rain and sleet before 3:00 am, then freezing rain, possibly mixed with snow and sleet. Low around 28.

Please be careful on the roads and when you first walk outside your house today, especially on steps.  There is a high likelihood of a thin coat of ice on things. This appears to be shaping up to be an active week throughout the country.  Check this AccuWeather link to see some of the potential events and which ones will impact us here on the mountain.
Happy Presidents’ Day to you all.  Here’s a link to some interesting facts and figures related to President’s Day as developed by the US Census Bureau.
Last Wednesday I mentioned I was scheduled to receive my COVID vaccine up at the business park on Bumble Bee Road in McHenry.  Well, I went and I got the shot.  In addition to feeling safer due to the shot (my second one is scheduled for March), the process was really simple, fast and easy.  The health care workers and all involved were friendly, professional and engaged, making the experience about perfect.  So, a BIG shout-out to all involved at the McHenry site and throughout the County, especially Ms. Dee Kennell, RN, who gave me my vaccine.  Here’s her photo after giving me my shot. And, for the record, I didn’t even cry! Get yours scheduled as soon as you can…
dee kennel mike got vaccing 2-10-21

Dee Kennell, RN

Governor Larry Hogan provided an update on Maryland’s vaccination initiatives as well as other COVID-19 items during a press conference Thursday.  In Garrett County, COVID-19 vaccination appointments with the Garrett County Health Department are already fully booked for February. Allotments for March are currently being reviewed and vaccination clinics are being planned for March. Registration links will be available on garretthealth.org beginning in late February. At that time, appointments will be open for March clinics for Garrett County residents not yet vaccinated from Phase 1A and 1B, as well as Garrett County residents who are at least age 65. Here’s the whole press release with some good information in it.

Here’s the schedule for remaining winter Mountain Fresh Farmers Markets that are held at Simon Pearce.

Have a great Monday dear readers…

 

Friday February 12, Saturday February 13, Sunday February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕

The weather today will be a chance of snow showers and freezing rain between 11am and 5pm, then a chance of flurries and freezing rain after 5pm; otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 29 and a low around 20. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.  Saturday will be a chance of freezing rain after 8am, mixing with snow after 5pm. Patchy fog before 2pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 27 and a low aroun 24. East wind 3 to 7 mph. Saturday night is a chance of snow, freezing rain, and sleet. Sunday will be mostly cloudy wiht a slight chance of freezing rain mixing with snow in the afternoon. A high near 31 and a low around 18. Calm wind.

Look at these adorable clay earrings a friend’s daughter made! She is so talented! (if you’re interested in a pair, message us and I will connect you with Harper’s mom)

Herrington Manor State Park is, again,a great place to cross country ski. There is about a 12″ base with the red, blue and green trails having been groomed, Thursday 2/11. Note: per Governor Hogan’s most recent order in regards to COVID-19, Herrington Manor and New Germany State Park are not offering cross-country ski (or fat bike) rentals.

The latest reported COVID-19 information for Garrett County includes:

  • 6% of county residents have received a COVID-19 vaccination and 4.7% have received their second doses compared to the state rates of 9.4% for first and 3.0% for the second
  • A 7-day case rate of 11.32 per 100,000 Garrett County residents, compared to Maryland’s case rate of 21.7
  • A 7-day positivity rate of 3.87%, compared to Maryland’s rate of 5.32%
  • A total of 1,823 COVID-19 cases
  • A total of 57 deaths due to COVID-19 or its complications

Better late than never (after the last storm….), our SnowStix are on their way! Tell Mr. Berk that Deep Creek Times sent ya!

Did you know? Located in the McHenry Business Park adjacent to the Garrett County Airport, there is a MEDCO (Maryland Economic Development Corp) spec building is now available for lease? Over 20,000 square feet of flex space!

Garrett County’s Agriculture Marketing Grant Program was created to aid in the promotion of agriculture-based businesses in Garrett County. Grants up to $750 each may be awarded annually to fund up to 90% of project costs.

One more reminder about the Kitzmiller Lion’s Club Soup Sale!

It’s AYCE FISH DINNERS tonight at Alpine Lake Resort (just 7 miles from Oakland) and Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials and RIB NIGHT tomorrow evening!

And, lastly today, I bet you’re curious about this virtual event: Wild Sex: How Nature Does It by Kerry Wixted, Education and Outreach Specialist.

 

Thursday February 11

The weather today will be cloudy with a chance of snow showers and freezing rain. A high near 30 and a low around 17. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. There is a slight winter threat for Saturday, and Monday into Tuesday. If these threats materialize, they may cause travel disruptions.

The Snow Emergency Plan for Garrett County went into effect at 2030 hours (8:30 PM) yesterday. We received nearly 8″ of snow overnight. It’s a pretty slippery snow; my husband couldn’t get in the driveway after work yesterday.

Send us your winter DCL photos! We’d love to see your winter wonderland! Email info@deepcreektimes.com

COVID-19 testing at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park is canceled today due to inclement weather. Persons with symptoms may call the Garrett County Health Department at 301-334-7697 to schedule an appointment. Testing will resume on Tuesday unless otherwise announced.

Did you know? Maryland State Parks welcomed a record number of visitors in 2020—more than 20 million—far surpassing the previous record of 14.9 million total visitors in 2019.

Thanks to Cody Organ for sharing his winter vacation photos with us (and you!):

A reminder from the Town of Oakland: The Town’s weather forecast for the coming weekend and next week calls for low temperatures within the 20’s and below. The anticipation of extremely cold temperatures may have an effect on the Town’s water distribution system and may result in higher than normal water main failures. The Town of Oakland Water Department recommends that citizens and businesses consider leaving a small trickle of water running in a sink to avoid water line freezing. See more tips about avoiding freezing pipes here.

 

 

Wednesday February 10

Today we have a slight chance of snow before 9:00 am, then a slight chance of snow and freezing rain between 9:00 am and 10:00 am, then snow likely after 10:00 am. Patchy fog late morning and then after 2:00 pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 32 degrees. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.Tonight we expect snow with patchy fog around 25.  Chance of precipitation is 80% with new snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

You can check out the bigger picture of the next storm from AccuWeather here. If you scroll down you can see the Deep Creek Lake area in the purple shading.

Herrington Manor State Park yesterday reported a nice base of 8″ -10″ on their cross country trails, with one inch of “fresh fluff” as of yesterday morning.  Their Red, Blue and Green trails are open and were last groomed on February 3rd.  Due to the pandemic, they are still not offering ski and snowshoe rentals.  You can call them at 301.334.9180 for more information.

Maryland providers have now administered 727,828 COVID-19 vaccines, and 85% of all first doses received from the federal government have been given. The daily average for shots administered increased today to 24,871. I finally found a benefit to being over the age of 65.  I am scheduled to get my COVID vaccine today.  I have never been this excited to get a shot before!

Michele Liston, branch manager of the Friendsville branch of the Ruth Enlow Library, has announced her retirement effective at the end of February.  A 32-year veteran of the Library and fixture of the Friendsville community, she will be greatly missed by many. We wish her the best and thank her for all her years of service to the community.

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) announced yestereday that effective February 16th, all licensing and registration forms will be available on the statewide licensing portal Maryland OneStop (onestop.md.gov), including patient and caregiver applications, provider registrations and certifications, clinical director applications, business license and registration applications, and cannabis agent registrations. Please contact onestop.mmcc@maryland.gov with any questions.

The Garrett County Public Schools announced that the annual comprehensive kindergarten registration program will begin on February 16, 2021. This program is for all children entering kindergarten for the first time in August 2021. Children who will be five years old by September 1, 2021, are required to register for kindergartenHere’s some feel-good environmental stories for you, from both fresh and marine environments.

The Garrett County Public Schools also announced that they will be accepting applications for Pre-Kindergarten starting February 16th. To be eligible for this program, a child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2021. Interested persons need to complete a pre-kindergarten application online or at the school within their district.

Despite a challenging 2020, NOAA Habitat continued protecting, restoring, and telling stories about habitat and its value to fisheries and communities. Here are the stories, videos and topics that surfaced as some of their most popular content throughout the year. Some inspirations for us within the Deep Creek Lake watershed I think.

Finally today, the Garrett County Health Department is sponsoring the distribution of Narcan at community sites around the county. Individuals can pick up Narcan and receive education on how to administer it. Narcan is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It can quickly restore normal breathing to someone who has experienced an opioid overdose. Pickup events will take place from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the following dates and locations:

  • 02/16 – Mountain Lake Park Town Hall
  • 02/23 – Deer Park Community Building
  • 03/02 – Grantsville Park, Volleyball Court Pavilion #3
  • 03/09 – Bloomington Fire Department
  • 03/16 – Loch Lynn Town Hall
  • 03/23 – Accident Town Hall

Tuesday February 9

Crisp and clear day yesterday.  Today a little snow is likely, mainly before 1:00 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 36 degrees and a west wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Tonight will be cloudy, with a low around 22.

Don’t forget to vote today if you live in Friendsville.  The Friendsville town elections will be held in their town hall on Chestnut street.  Here’s more information.

I beleive that things are picking up and looking better relative to COVID vaccinations and incidence.  As of yesterday, Maryland providers had administered 699,733 COVID-19 vaccines, and 84.3% of all first doses received from the federal government have been given. Further, 12.30% of the Garrett County population has been vaccinated (first doses). To-date, the County has 1,821 confirmed positives and 57 deaths.

Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has again been awarded an ‘A’ by the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade a national distinction recognizing Garrett Regional Medical Center’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safe health care. GRMC continues to “rock it” on many levels and we are all very fortunate to have them in our rural community.  Here’s more details on their latest recognition. Way to go Mark and team!

Just heard that State Farm Agent Andy Nelson has opened an office right beside Shentel opposite of the Walmart intersection in Dr. Wolfes old office. Andy is taking over a part of Rob Michael’s previous book of business since Rob has recently retired. Andy plans to work hard to fill the shoes of Rob and continue his legacy of providing excellent customer support and integrity to the community.  Feel free to call Andy at 301.859.4040. We wish Andy and his new team the best.

Join the Ruth Enlow Library today for a 30-minute lesson from the kitchen for healthy ideas on what to do with canned tomatoes with Howard County’s SNAP Ed’s educator, Razan Sahuri. The event starts at 2:00 pm with registration required.  Here’s the scoop

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the proposed fiscal year 2022 annual work plans for the following state forests: Chesapeake/PocomokeGreen RidgePotomac-Garrett, and Savage River. The comment period concludes March 5th. Annual work plans help the department identify priorities within the scope of the forests’ long-range management.

And, speaking of the DNR, they have posted the proposed 2021-2022 Migratory Game Bird Seasons for public review and comment through Feb. 26. The department’s website also features a short presentation detailing the remaining steps in the regulatory process, data updates, and the status of the Atlantic Population (migratory) Canada goose population. Citizens can provide input online, by phone at 410.260.8540.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month! Schedule your pet’s appointment for a free oral screening and assessment at the Bredel Clinic at HART on Bumble Bee Road, and receive 15% off any dental work when you schedule your appointment within 30 days after your pet’s dental assessment. Call them at 301.387.7729 for details nd to schedule. Gee, I wonder if this applies to my pet guppy, aka “JAWS?”

Monday February 8

We had a nice weekend weather-wise, with lots of skiers in town.  The weather for today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 33 degrees. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable. We have a slight chance of snow showers after 1:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Don’t forget that the Kitzmiller Lions Club is currently holding a Soup Sale! Order your soup by the quart or by the gallon. Chili, Vegetable Beef, and Chicken Noodle available.  Why not combine your soup pick-up with a trip to the history-rich Kitzmiller area of Garrett County.

And, speaking of local Lions Clubs, the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club is still looking for experienced skiers to serve as sighted guides at Wisp this week and February 16 and 17th.  Contact Joey Simson at 301.616.4586 or at jsimson14@gmail.com for more information.

Garrett County will be famous! Well, it is already pretty famous, but Maryland Public Television (MPT) will be featuring a farm in Garrett County on the next Maryland Farm and Harvest show.  It is scheduled to run this Tuesday at 7:00 pm.  Tune in.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center recently had two electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations installed by Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. The stations are among the first such units the company has installed in its Maryland service area. Now, I just need a new Tesla!

The Deep Creek Lake Policy Review Board will hold its first meeting for 2021 at 4:00 pm this afternoon. Public Attendance is virtual only. Join on Google Meet: meet.google.com/ebd-cxyi-bte Or by phone: 978-484-0550 (PIN : 465087870).

Here’s a quick factoid for you folks: When Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine recently asked readers if the pandemic had taken a toll on their retirement nest egg, 84% said “no” and that they were on track, and 16% said “yes,” due to lower earnings, dialing back contributions and/or having to take a loan or withdrawal from their retirement account.

GLAF’s Barron Ryan concert is today at 6:00 pm. This performance is a LIVE interactive concert, so you must get a link from the GLAF office and you need to be online at 6:00 on February 8th to view the performance. Email GLAF for more information and the link at glaf@artsandentertainment.org.

Don’t forget that MoonShadow Restaurant is offering an outdoor firepit complete with free s’mores (with the presentation of a Wisp ski pass). Call ahead because seating may be limited! 240.442.5542.

Have a wonderful Monday dear readers…