Wednesday April 14

The weather today will be showers likely, mainly between 8am and 2pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 56 and a low around 40. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

From the Garrett County Health Department; COVID-19 vaccination appointments are currently being scheduled for individuals in Phase 1 (including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities), Phase 2, and Phase 3. Garrett County residents who are 18 and older are now eligible at Health Department COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Other sites that have the Pfizer vaccine may be able to vaccinate 16 and 17-year-olds.

The Garrett County Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccine equity plan is 11 pages and discusses significant challenges with the vaccine in Western Maryland. “Garrett County is geographically separated … [and] there is no public transportation to reach that site,” the plan states. “The entire county (614 square miles) has been designated a Medically Underserved Area … [and] has a “low income” designation.”

“The median household income is $52,617 compared to $84,805 in Maryland. The population density is 41 persons per square mile as compared to 594 for the State of Maryland.”

This tool can be used to see all Maryland vaccination sites.

The raffle by Maryland Public Television (MPT) is drawing to an end: purchase your tickets before 4pm on April 15 for a chance to win $10,000! Those who purchase 2 or more tickets will receive a one-year MPT membership, including access to MPT Passport for an on-demand library of public TV programming.

The Maryland State Parks annual State Parks and Trails Passport grants unlimited day-use admission and boat launching at state parks, and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals. The pass is $75 for Marylanders and $100 for out-of-state visitors.

This lovely photo was shared by Michelle Duez. WOW!

The Western Maryland Food Council’s virtual conference was recently held and three western Marylanders engaged in a follow-up session to discuss their roles in regional food accessibility. Charles DeBerry, president of Garrett Growers Cooperative, spoke about the co-op’s 11 member organization, established in 2010. “We try to make buying local food as easy as possible,” DeBerry said.


Tuesday April 13

The weather today will be patchy fog before 9 am, otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 61 and a low around 43. West wind 5 to 9 mph.

Garrett County Public Works will continue flushing fire hydrants on the Mt. Lake Park and Loch Lynn water systems from April 12th through April 23rd, weekdays between the hours of 7am and 3pm. Please check your cold water for discoloration before doing laundry or dishes and allow the cold water to run until clear if discolored.

Lebanese Taverna will be making a Deep Creek DELIVERY! Pick-up will be at 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 17 in McHenry.

West Virginia officials unveiled a new program on Monday to attract outdoor enthusiasts with remote jobs to the state; starting with the nearby City of Morgantown. After moving to the state, participants in the Ascend WV program will receive a package valued at over $20,000. The package includes a no-strings attached $12,000, outdoor recreation, coworking space and social events.

April 5th through 11th was National Public Health Week — a special “thank you” goes out to the public health practitioners protecting and improving the health of everyone in our community.

April is also Flood Safety Awareness Month. More details can be found on page 48 of the Garrett County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Did you know? In 2020, the median price per square foot in Maryland increased by 5.93% in 2020 to $175.58 per square foot? According to Inspection Support Network, Maryland has the 16th most expensive homes per square foot. As always, we did not confirm the methodology for collecting this data but we thought it was interesting. Locally, and despite the significant increase in price, there has been a limited inventory available for purchase in Garrett County.


Monday April 12

The weather today will be cloudy with a high near 53 and a low around 43. A chance of showers. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 50%.

The Friendsville Days Committee is hosting a Poster Contest. Your poster must be/include:
● 22” by 28”
● Theme of RIVER WILD
● Name(Friendsville Days) year (2021)
● 40th anniversary
● Prefer use of color pencils
● Your name, and grade on the back of the poster
● Contact info on an attached paper( a way for us to contact 1st, 2nd & 3rd place

The Highland Thrift Shop is asking requesting Shop n Save bags for their bag sale (as these bags don’t split) and/or egg cartons (for the farmers). They are open 10 to 4 today and the sale this week is 75% off of books, records, VHS tapes, and audiotapes.

Dans Mountain State Park is now accepting applications for lifeguards. These are full-time or part-time, seasonal positions. Candidates must apply by April 20 at

If you have a healthcare background and would be available to help vaccinate individuals for COVID-19, please contact us,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “We are interested in speaking with current or retired nurses, paramedics, EMTs, physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, dentists, etc. who have a desire and the time to assist us with our vaccination efforts.” Anyone interested in discussing the possibilities of helping with the community vaccination program should call the Health Department at 301-334-7700.

The American Red Cross and the Garrett County Health Department will host a blood drive on Friday, April 16, from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad at 200 Baltimore Avenue, Oakland, MD.


Friday April 9, Saturday April 10, Sunday April 11

The weather today will be partly sunny, with a high near 66 and a low around 47. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then patchy drizzle after 4am. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday will be patchy drizzle before noon, then a slight chance of showers between noon and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 68 and low around 52. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 64 and around 45. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Drive around this rainy weekend and visit the 41 Garrett County barn quilts.

Barn Quilt Association Map

Congratulations to Commissioner Paul Edwards and High Mountain Sports’ Owner Steve Green! Both gentlemen were recently appointed to the Maryland Outdoor Recreation Economic Commission (MORE) by Governor Larry Hogan. This commission is responsible for developing strategies and making recommendations to the governor to strengthen the state’s outdoor recreation industry and help ensure increased investment in our state’s outdoor recreation resources.

Help Hunter Get Outside! event will be held tomorrow April 10 @

Plan for Friendsville Volunteer Fire Department Wing Night Drive -Thru tomorrow April 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

FREE! Baseball/Softball Sessions for players coming up in developing their baseball/softball skills. This is for age groups 8-10 and 11-13 boys and girls.


Thursday April 8

The weather today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 70 and a low around 47. Southeast wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. A chance of showers and thunderstorms then showers likely after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Garrett College presented its Fiscal 2022 Budget Request to the Garrett County Commissioners on April 5, 2021 at their Public Meeting. Here’s a copy of the request presentation.

Also presented during the April 5, 2021 Public Meeting were the following GC Water & Sewerage Master Plan Amendment Maps.

Did you know? Individuals born after June 1, 1972 are required to have an approved Boater’s Safety card in their possession when operating a power boat in Maryland? Garrett College is offering the Maryland Boater’s Safety Course on April 17th and successful completion of this course will provide a Boater’s Safety card in one day. Click here to register for the course.

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is constructing a new roundabout on eastbound Interstate 68 and U.S. Route 219, Chestnut Ridge Road, in Garrett County. Crews should complete the work within two weeks. Several detours will be in place. The roundabout is part of a larger project, to expand U.S. 219 to a four-lane divided highway between Interstate 68 and Old Salisbury Road.

Welcome to Deep Creek Times, AnnaBellePetuniaHead! Annie Simcoe is primarily a paper/mixed media artist making her own paper from plant materials gathered near her home. Check out a video of her sewing and design process here:

This piece is an example of one of Annie’s creations. I just love the details!

There’s an Introduction to Safe Drone Flying class online this evening from 7pm-8pm.

Hit the links! Our neighbors, the Alpine Lake Resort golf bears are waking up from a long winters’ nap and the 2021 season is underway tomorrow, April 9.



Wednesday April 7

The weather today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 71 and a low around 48. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm.  Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Have you made your guess in the April “Where Am I?” contest? You can win a $25 gift card to Ace’s Run Restaurant.

Speaking of “Where Am I?”, do you know where this photo canvas is hanging? It’s at the Cumberland MVA – I recognized it as Deep Creek Lake right away! It’s not a view I have seen very often.

There’s good news today! NeuBeam announced the launch of service for their Table Rock Tower that allowed for the expansion of broadband internet to hundreds of previously unserved households.

Three Garrett County artists: Caroline Blizzard, Sonia Pratt, and Annie Simcoe were recently awarded the 2021 Independent Arts Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Penn Alps is back open for business! 11am – 7pm everyday! The buffet is back, too, for $17.99!

Have we mentioned the Mom’s Day Giveaway by Cashmere Clothing Co.? Submit your nominations for a special mom to get what she really wants for Mother’s Day – a family photo session in a flower field! The winner will receive a shopping experience with Cashmere Clothing Co, a cupcake bouquet by Mountain Flour Bakery, flowers, and photoshoot at Three Sisters Farm.


Tuesday April 6

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 69 and a low of 48. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Light southwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Have you seen our chart that measures the surface temperature and ambient air temperatures towards the North end of Deep Creek Lake?

Mike and I are teaching a class with Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development. If you find yourself wearing the “marketing hat” for your business but don’t really feel prepared, this class is for you! Call 301-387-3069 and ask for more information on the scholarships available.


The Garrett County Health Department invites you to participate in a brief survey on medication storage and disposal. You may participate in this survey if you are 18 years of age or older and live or work in Garrett County.

Watch how to “Level Up Your Meals” (part 2) with Haley Gillespie: Breaking away from the status quo diet that leaves most Americans prone to obesity and chronic disease doesn’t have to be an overwhelming feat. Small changes can add up to big health and wellness gains over time…

Join the Ruth Enlow Library on the second Thursday of each month as the library’s Adult Book Club gathers to discuss their latest read. Newcomers are always welcome! Please contact the Accident Branch Library at 301-746-8792 or email Kim at for details.


Monday April 5

The weather today will be increasing clouds with a high near 63 and a low around 46. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the morning.

Planning your summer getaway? Railey Vacations just updated their summer featured rental homes list.

I thought this was really cool: I saw this artist, Lauren Kaplan Rutley, on Instagram. She painted a wonderful piece from a reference photo of Deep Creek Lake from an ad in Southern Living Magazine.

Lauren Kaplan Rutley Artist at Deep Creek Lake, MDLauren Kaplan Rutley Artist Reference Photo from Southern Living Magazine Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) asks you to share how your transportation behavior has been altered by the pandemic. Individuals over the age of 18 who have lived or worked in the state of Maryland since January 2020 are eligible to participate.

NOTE: all coronavirus vaccines are free. Please see this Maryland Insurance Administration advisory for more information and how to report potential fraud.

If you’re a regular reader, you know that Mike Tumbarello and I (Sarah Myers) started the Power of Possibilities initiative when we worked together at Garrett College. Wow… I believe that was in 2014…  Anyway, this business education, training and mentoring program is very near to my heart. The annual “POP” conference is this Thursday.



Friday April 2, Saturday April 3, Sunday April 4

The weather today will be mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s and lows in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Wind chill values as low as zero this morning. Saturday will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 40s and lows in the mid 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday will be partly sunny with highs in the mid 50s and lows in the upper 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

We woke up to just over an inch of snow today. Have you heard it called the Robin Snow or something else?

Here’s a photo of the new Firewater Kitchen & Bar yesterday. Not an April Fools Joke!

Have a blessed Good Friday.

Good Friday is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. According to the Baltimore Catechism – the standard US Catholic school text from 1885 to the 1960s, Good Friday is good because Christ “showed His great love for man, and purchased for him every blessing”.

Mrs. Jean Tumbarello wrote the April Cover Story on non-profits and the pandemic: take a quick read.

We shared this blurb before but this United Way survey is ending Sunday. Will you take a few minutes to respond? Your responses are confidential: How has COVID-19 affected you?

One point of additional information: Mike reported a week ago on 91 Keep Maryland Beautiful grants. Our reader Linda clarified that Garrett County didn’t receive any of these funds because these grants have to be applied for and projects right now are limited due to COVID – which is the main requirement. In the past, several local projects, between $500 – $1,000 each have been funded through this program.

There is a scholarship for high school seniors looking to following the Emergency Management career pathway. Sorry, it’s last-minute but applications are due today.

It is bittersweet to be on my own with Deep Creek Times now but Mike and I are on good terms and will still be working together. I have some really exciting projects in the works for DCT! Please continue to share your photos, news, feedback, and love for this area with me — I love meeting each of you, seeing the fun you have, and sharing your stories! 😃

I hope you have a Happy Easter. There are a few egg hunt, dining, and church services planned this weekend.

Ledo’s Pizza at Deep Creek has a new menu: order online or stop in Sunday through Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm.

Thursday April 1

Today will be mostly cloudy with Snow showers likely, mainly in the morning. Total snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible, with highs in the lower 30s and northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the evening. Cold with lows around 18. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the evening. Chance of snow 40 percent. Bundle up folks!

Happy April to all our readers! And, that’s no joke… April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, the fifth in the early Julian, the first of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the second of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. Its name is derived from the Latin word aperit, which means to open. It is considered that April is the month of the growing season and when trees and flowers begin to “open”.

Here’s a nice photo submitted by regular reader and contributor Chip Mathieson.  Great photo before the snows come and we appreciate your sharing Chip.  Thanks!

chip mathieson 3-30-21

Reflection in Orange

Speaking  of growing and opening, Sarah and I are both opening up to new challenges.  I have sold my share of Deep Creek Times to Sarah and she will take over full operations, including Daily Notes, going forward. I know she will do a great job and has some great plans for the future. We will still be partners in GeoComm Media Group (marketing and strategy consulting) and I will be guest blogging here on the Notes from time-to-time.  I must say, writing Daily Notes for almost four years has been fun and rewarding and I hope you have enjoyed reading my musings and news items.  Thanks for “tuning in” and I wish you all the very best…

Put-and-take trout anglers had their day last Saturday — no matter what your pursuits are, there is nothing like opening day. Here’s a link to the latest State of Maryland Fishing Report, which is produced by Maryland DNR.

Here’s a good deal for you for today only: The Lodges at Sunset Village in McHenry is holding their biggest sale of the year offering 25% off any new reservation in 2021. Today only, rates will appear online starting at 12:01AM, 1/01/21 and will close 24 Hours later at 12:01AM, 1/02/2021. Any date, any stay! Don’t miss the sale of the YEAR! You can call them at 301.387.2227 or go to their website to check availability.

Don’t forget that this afternoon is the cutoff to order your complete Easter Dinner tray for take-out at Alpine Lake Resort.  Chef Debbie has assembled quite a “package” of goodies for 6-8 people and a la carte.  Here’s the scoop.

If you have questions about COVID-19 or the the vaccines available for COVID-19, consider attending this free, online webinar this evening from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.  It is sponsored by the Ruth Enlow Library and includes some insight from some very good health authorities.

If you, or someone you know, is looking for a job in food services, Brenda’s Pizzeria, Ace’s Run, Trader’s Coffee and Firewater are holding a job fair for a variety of positions this Saturday, from 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon. I know that Brenda and team are a cohesive group that treat one another very well and have quite a good retention rate among employees.  But visit the job fair and engage and inquire for yourself if interested. Good luck.

Have a great one dear readers…