Wednesday October 21

Today we can expect a mostly sunny day, with a high near 72 degrees and a west wind around 10 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 51.  Looks like a really nice day!

Here’s an action photo taken by my wife Jean.  Looks good and I know many of readers know this site very well.  Thanks Jean!

sideling hill jean t

Sideling Hill Coming Up the Mountain

 

The Maryland STEM festival is a virtual event that will be running through November 11th.  If you or a friend or family member, including a student are interested, you can click here to learn more.

The Garrett County Health Department has received four additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the current county total positives to 107. The new positive COVID-19 cases are a male and a female in their 30s, and a male and a female in their 60s.. Garrett County currently has 24 persons isolating due to a COVID-19 diagnosis, including one person who is hospitalized.

Charity fraud is on the rise due to the pandemic and the fact that there are a bunch of bad actors out there trying to separate us from our hard earned money.  Maryland AG Frosh advises that If you think that you have been a victim of a charity fraud or scam, contact the Office of the Secretary of State, Charities and Legal Services Division by email: DLInvestigations_SOS@maryland.gov or telephone: 410-974-5534.

Now is a great time to schedule a flu shot at the Garrett County Health Department. In fact, there is a new, very easy online registration process to schedule an appointment. In order to comply with COVID-19 precautions, flu vaccines are appointment only this year. Using this online system, patients can register themselves and their children.

This registration process is open for appointments beginning in November:

  • Log on to bit.ly/mdfluvax. Note: Any field marked with an asterisk is required.
  • Select desired date and location – clinics are available in Oakland and Grantsville. (If you want a Grantsville appointment, you may need to scroll down pretty far until you find one listed as Grantsville.)
  • Appointment time will be chosen near the end of the process.
  • Complete all required demographics fields, clicking “save and continue.”
  • Email is a required field. No email? Make up a “dummy email” in order to advance to the next screen.
  • Have insurance card ready to enter policy and group number. No insurance? Choose that drop-down option.

Write down the date and time of the appointment and remember to come get vaccinated!

Having problems and need assistance during the scheduling/registration process? Call the health department at 301.334.7697. A staff member will assist you over the phone.

 

 

 

Tuesday October 20

Yesterday was mixed weather-wise, with some rain in the afternoon.  Today we have a slight chance of showers before 2:00 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66 degrees, with a southwest wind around 8 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Here’s a nice picture taken a few days ago by Bob Bona of the Yough River near Crellin.  Thanks Bob, nice photo.

yough by crellin bob bon 10-10-20

Colorful River

The Garrett County Health Department has received eight additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the current county total positives to 103. The new positive COVID-19 cases are all female, with one each in their teens, 20s, 40s, 60s, and 70s, and three in their 50s. All of the individuals are being advised to isolate at home or to seek immediate medical attention based on their signs and symptoms. For more information call 301-334-7770 or 301-895-3111.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s Daily Notes column, our individual and collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 are important and the recent surge a bit scary, based on the recent uptick in Garrett County cases. According to Bob Stephens, Garrett County Health Officer, “If we as a community want our businesses, schools and churches to remain open, we need to renew our efforts to keep Garrett County safe and healthy.”

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is considering some changes in regulations relative to a number of fishing and boating issues, including zebra mussels.  They are seeking comment until November 3rd.  Follow this link to their newsletter with more details.

Speaking of DNR, we just received the latest edition of their HabiChat Stewards of Backyard Wildlife Newsletter.  They announced two interesting programs, one is on bats and the other is on snakes.  One is free and the other is only $5. Please consider signing-up and learning about both these beneficial critters!

The Garrett County Health Department, in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and local law enforcement agencies, will participate in the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This event will take place on October 24th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at three local locations, providing the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Participants may bring their medication patches and pills, including pet medications, for disposal to one of the three local medication drop box locations:

  • Sherriff’s Department, Oakland
  • Oakland City Hall
  • Maryland State Police Barracks, McHenry

 

 

 

Monday October 19

It was a bit “crisp” this weekend, but was very nice and great walking weather as well, even with the clouds moving in Sunday afternoon.  Today we expect a chance of showers, mainly after 10:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58 degrees and a calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. We have a  chance of showers before 9:00 pm this evening, then a chance of rain, mainly after 2:00 am, with a low around 50.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued their winter 20/21 forecast for the nation.  They cover temperature, precipitation (Including drought forecasts) and other factors by region.  Very well-done and interesting and you can check it out here.

Speaking of the weather, here’s a weather-impacted photo of my entire grape crop for the season. Yep, I harvested a total of eight (8) “grapes” for the season on Saturday.  This is my third season, with the first yielding a few, which I pruned early to strengthen the vines, the second yielding nothing and now this pitiful “crop.” I heard many local folks did not get a harvest this year, but I think my biggest problem is not enough sun.  Next year…

2020 grape harvest

Mike’s 2020 Grape Harvest

Heard on Friday that trout stocking continues in and around Garrett County.  Here’s the latest scoop for all you fisher people. It is a link to the latest DNR newsletter on fish stocking.

And, speaking of fish, and I don’t mean the frozen kind either, here’s a link to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fall Fish Zone newsletter on fishing and boating. It talks about bluegills, trout, celebrating first fish caught by youngsters and more.

Based on my grape farming success – or lack thereof – as documented earlier, it is good for this furball that I am not in charge of growing all of the pumpkins in the area. This is a really nice “action photo” as submitted by  Vicki Schwinabart.  Thanks for sharing Vicki, very nice work.

vicki schwinabart 10-18-20

Fall Feast

I am going to end on a very important, somewhat somber note relative to a mini-surge in Garrett County COVID-19 cases, as indicated in a news release from the Garrett County Health Department/Joint Information Team.  This is important enough for me to include the release in its entirety right here and also in our Latest News section.  Please read and heed.  We need to protect our residents and visitors and also our local economy, businesses and their employees:

NEWS RELEASE

October 16, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

Garrett County Notified of Seven Additional COVID-19 Cases

By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team

The Garrett County Health Department received seven additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the current county total positives to 95. The new positive COVID-19 cases include:

  • Two females in their 40s, both with symptoms and isolating at home
  • One male in his 60s, with symptoms, isolating at home
  • Three teens, two male and one female, all with symptoms and isolating at home
  • One female in her 50s, with symptoms, isolating at home

“We are currently experiencing a surge in cases in Garrett County,” said Health Officer Bob Stephens.  “Contact tracing continues to reveal that the primary spread is through family, friends and social gatherings.  As the restrictions have been relaxed, it is more important than ever that community members be compliant with social distancing and face covering practices to prevent the spread of COVID.”

“I am very concerned that a continued surge in cases will require reimposing restrictions that we have worked so hard to relax,” Stephens said. “If we as a community want our businesses, schools and churches to remain open, we need to renew our efforts to keep Garrett County safe and healthy.”

For more information call 301-334-7770 or 301-895-3111.

Garrett County Notified of Seven Additional COVID-19 Cases

NEWS RELEASE

October 16, 2020FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

Garrett County Notified of Seven Additional COVID-19 Cases

By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team

The Garrett County Health Department received seven additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the current county total positives to 95. The new positive COVID-19 cases include:

  • Two females in their 40s, both with symptoms and isolating at home
  • One male in his 60s, with symptoms, isolating at home
  • Three teens, two male and one female, all with symptoms and isolating at home
  • One female in her 50s, with symptoms, isolating at home

“We are currently experiencing a surge in cases in Garrett County,” said Health Officer Bob Stephens.  “Contact tracing continues to reveal that the primary spread is through family, friends and social gatherings.  As the restrictions have been relaxed, it is more important than ever that community members be compliant with social distancing and face covering practices to prevent the spread of COVID.”

“I am very concerned that a continued surge in cases will require reimposing restrictions that we have worked so hard to relax,” Stephens said. “If we as a community want our businesses, schools and churches to remain open, we need to renew our efforts to keep Garrett County safe and healthy.”

For more information call 301-334-7770 or 301-895-3111.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday October 14

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 62 degrees. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low around 50.  A nice day to take a hike or just a walk in the brisk, clear air.

Speaking of taking a walk, if you do, you will see that Monday’s rain and wind knocked a lot of the colorful leaves off of the trees.  But, there is still lots of color all around us, even if on the down-side of peak colors. All you skiing enthusiasts, take note that there will be a winter storm in the northeastern states and that some higher elevations may see some snow this weekend! It will be north of us, but a reminder of what is to come.

You can also walk around the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in Oakland at the Pavilion today from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Here’s a link to their latest newsletter that includes a list of vendors, their products, health guidlines and even recipes.

Here’s a nice photo composition showing the lake’s clarity and some of the colors in the trees.  Thanks to Eric Williams for sharing with us.  Good job Eric.

eric williams

Clear Water, Clear Skies

The Garrett County Health Department received four additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the current county total positives to 83. The new positive COVID-19 cases include: two female teenagers, with symptoms, isolating at home; one woman in her 50s, with symptoms, isolating at home; and one male in his 20s, no symptoms, isolating at home. For more information call 301.334.7770 or 301.895.3111.

As mentioned in yesterday’s column, I have the “bobbing for apples” answer for you today.  The reason people don’t bob for pears is because pears do not float! While their cells are similar in size to those in apples, pears are “denser” and have fewer air pockets within, making them heavier for a similar sized fruit.  Now you know.

Good news for all you electric vehicle owners and the environment: Garrett College’s McHenry campus is one of the latest locations in Garrett County and western Maryland to have an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station installed by Potomac Edison, as part of a pilot program to benefit the environment by reducing auto emissions.

The County Commissioners will be holding their next meeting next Tuesday, October 20th, at 4:00 pm.  Here’s the link to the agenda and online information.

Today is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and, as more people are home with their pets during the pandemic, there are more opportunities for them to “treat” their furry friends. But beware, table scraps and extra treats can add up quickly—just a 5 oz serving of dark meat turkey for your small dog can be the caloric equivalent of an entire 8-inch pumpkin pie for you! Research has shown that 1 out of 3 dogs and cats are overweight. In addition, insurance data reveals that pet owners with overweight pets spend as much as five times more in veterinary expenses than pet owners with average-sized pets.

So Trupanion, a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs, looked into its database of over 530,000 pets to uncover the common conditions (along with the condition’s avg. cost per year) that dogs and cats may experience from being overweight.  PLUS: 5 Tips to keep your dog or cat in shape.

Common conditions of overweight dogs with average cost per year: Cruciate Rupture: $3,800; Diabetes: $2,000; Lameness & Limping: $400; Arthritis: $300

Common conditions of overweight cats with average cost per year: Congestive Heart Failure: $1,200; Diabetes: $1,300; Lameness & Limping: $300; Arthritis: $300

5 Tips to keep your dog or cat in shape

1. Have your pet assessed by a veterinarian to determine what their ideal weight should be and have them make diet recommendations.

2. Be mindful of the number of treats a pet receives throughout the day. They can easily add up and lead to excessive calorie intake.

3. Make sure your pets get regular exercise and playtime.

4. Designate one person in the house to be in charge of feeding to make sure that the pets are fed the same amount consistently, and that they aren’t accidentally getting extra meals.

5. Don’t give in when they look at you with sad eyes or when they beg.

 

Tuesday October 13

Yesterday was a bit dreary and cooler.  Today we have an 80% chance of showers, mainly before 9:00 am. High near 56 degrees, with a northwest wind 10 to 13 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 41.

Today is the deadline to register in advance to vote in the 2020 General Election; it’s also the deadline to update voter information. Voters will also have the opportunity to register, in person, during the eight days of early voting, October 26th through November 2nd, and on Election Day, November 3rd.

Last week, the Clean and Green team placed mums in the planters around downtown Oakland.  This is the 3rd year the team, composed of volunteers, has kept the planters filled with summer and fall flowers. The mums were purchased by the team using prize money they were awarded at last year’s “Run for It” in Tucker County, WV. The team also weeded and added new mulch to the Veterans Park and built some pumpkin stacks at the Pocket Park. Thanks to all Clean and Green team members. Here’s a photo of some of their work:

Oakland clean and green team 10-12-20

Pumpkin Stack in Oakland Courtesy of Clean and Green Team

We have a number of new items in our Online Marketplace, including some boats.  Be sure to check out the Marketplace from time-to-time to see what is available.  And remember, we can post your ad for the low price of $25 for as long as needed until it sells!  And no, you can not sell your spouse on the Marketplace, so don’t even ask… 🙂

Speaking of markets, Lebanese Taverna, from the DC area is coming back to the lake-area this Wednesday.  So, if you want some good Lebanese cuisine, order today and remember to pick up when the truck comes into town to deliver Wednesday afternoon.  Jean and I have ordered twice and always good, and different too. Order by today – Tuesday, Oct 13th at 4:00 pm – for delivery on Wednesday, Oct 14th at 4:00 pm. Here’s the link for more information, the menu and the order form: https://bit.ly/2DDnyIn

And yet again, speaking of markets, Bear Creek Traders in McHenry is holding its Annual Tent Sale with savings up to 70%. You will find clothing and accessories for men & women, home decor, footwear, Deep Creek Lake Souvenirs and much more. Look for the huge white tent in their parking lot for amazing specials during this three day event.

As the boating season draws to an end here at the lake, I thought I would share this nice photo taken by Clinton Bradley during his final boat ride of the season.  While it looks like an island it is not, just due to the camera angle/lens.  Thanks for sharing Clint, and nice photo to end your season with.
clint bradley 10-10-20

Last Boat Ride of the Season

Do you know why people “bob for apples” this time of year and do not bob for pears?  I bet you don’t!  If you want to find out why, check out my Daily Notes column tomorrow for the answer.

 

Monday October 12

I just returned home from an out of town trip down to Ocean City for a long weekend getaway.  A nice, fun trip, but happy to be back in COLORFUL, BEAUTIFUL, PEACEFUL Garrett County. The weather for today is showers likely, mainly before 8:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61 degrees, with an east wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight we have a chance of showers, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

For those readers out of town, here’s a photo submitted by regular reader and photo contributor Dee Dave that shows the beauty around just about every corner in Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area these days.  She took this “still life” in the Dutch’s parking lot.  Thanks for sharing Dee. Nice, rich colors…

Dee Dave Dutchs 10-10-20

Everyday Colors

Happy Columbus Day to all! I know some states are moving to not recognice the day, but I believe it is still a federal holiday, if perhaps a lesser one, and is still recognized in Maryland.  There will be no mail delivery today.  While there had been celebrations in 1792 to mark the 300th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage, Columbus Day was first officially proclaimed by President Benjamin Harrison in 1892, to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ landing in the Bahamas.

Moving right along to present day Garrett County, the Garrett County Health Department has received two additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the current county total positives to 79. The new positive COVID-19 cases are a teenage male and a female in her 50s. Both have symptoms and are isolating at their homes. Currently there are a total of three residents isolating due to positive COVID-19 test results. For more information call 301-334-7770 or 301-895-3111.

I reported last week on the winners of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 2020 Photo Contest.  Now, we all have a chance to vote on the Fan Favorite, which will also be included in the annual DNR calendar.  The DNR folks have narrowed the voting field down to four nice shots, and your votes determine the favorite.  Here’s the link for you to vote and learn more.

On Saturday, October 24th at 7:30 pm, Charm City Junction will perform a premiere YouTube video exclusively for the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) audience at no cost! GLAF is asking you to follow the link and sign up for this virtual event and also consider a donation to GLAF of ANY amount to help cover the costs for this performance. Here’s the link for more information, to register for the free event or to give a donation.

Finally, in keeping with the “fall is all around us” photo theme today, here’s a nice photo my wife took when we arrived home from the beach yesterday afternoon about 4:30.  It is a quick shot from our driveway that shows a sampling of our area’s peak colors (even in the rain).

Mike yard by Jean 10-11-20

Fall is All Around Us

Have a great week dear readers…

Wednesday October 7

Yesterday was just about perfect weather-wise.  Left my office for a bit of air and a quick swim and then took my wife for a nice lunch at Brenda’s. Today will be sunny, with a high near 66 degrees and a west wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 44 and with some wind.

I am glad President Trump is home now and recuperating, but I am still concerned about his team and all those with COVID-19 throughout the nation and world.  Some poorer, developing nations are getting hit really hard, as are some areas in this country.  Plus, small businesses and their employees are really getting hammered. I sure hope things are better in the near future. In the meantime, we all need to be thinking about what we can do to support local individuals and businesses that may not be as fortunate as we are.

I bet you didn’t know that there are over 250 species of spiders in Maryland?  Well there are and the latest edition of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ HabiChat newsletter covers that topic and many more, including monarch butterflies, stem nesting bees, native grasses and how to support garden wildlife.  Here’s the link.

Speaking of nature, the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be taking place this morning at the pavilion in downtown Oakland from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The plan is for the outdoor markets to continue through October.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Maryland officials reported 413 new cases of the coronavirus and six new deaths associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, yesterday, while the state’s reported seven-day positivity rate declined for the first time in 11 days.

With some states choosing to delay further reopening or even bring back some previously lifted restrictions due to surges in COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub yesterday released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions. WalletHub utilized a measure of 17 variables for each state to determine their rank. I thought readers might find the article interesting.

While certainly different from previous years’ events due to the pandemic, the 53rd  Annual Autumn Glory Festival is kicking off today.  You can pick up copies of the official guide to events at the Garrett County Visitors Center located at 15 Visitors Center Drive in McHenry or download it online at visitdeepcreek.com/53rd-annual-autumn-glory-festival

 

Tuesday October 6

Today we will have patchy fog between 7:00 am and 8:00 am. Otherwise, it will be sunny, with a high near 62 degrees. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 49. West wind 6 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

The Garrett County Health Department received positive COVID-19 results for one additional person over the weekend, bringing the current county total positives to 76. The new positive COVID-19 case is a female in her 30’s with no symptoms who has already completed her isolation. There is one Garrett County resident currently in isolation due to positive COVID-19 test results. For more information call 301.334.7770 or 301.895.3111.

Management at Garrett 8 Cinemas has made the decision to close Monday – Wednesday beginning yesterday. They will remain open Thursdays through Sundays. I wanted to make sure all were aware in case someone was planning a visit to the movies before Thursday.

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) plans to reopen its six E-ZPass® Customer Service Centers within the MDOT MVA branches at limited capacity and by appointment only beginning Tuesday, October 13th. Note that all customers must schedule an appointment to visit an E-ZPass Customer Service Center in these MDOT MVA locations by calling 410.537.8400.  Services are also provided 24/7 to citizens in the comfort of their home at ezpassmd.com or via the Interactive Voice Response system, at 1.888.321.6824.

Congratulations go out to Jeff Hinebaugh, Director of Emergency Services at Garrett Regional Medical Center, Crystal Sadowski, Dave Sweitzer, and Jeremy Whitacre who represented GRMC in the annual Marine Corps Golf Tournament held in late September. The team finished in second place. Personally, I generally shoot in the low 70s, then I really get awful on the second nine holes…

Here’s a fish story for you anglers seeking some new arrivals: Yep, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources just stocked 2,000 trout yesterday in Garrett and Allegany counties. Here’s the details and locations.  Get ’em while they are still wondering what the heck happened!

As the sun sets on the summer boating season, I thought I would share this photo submitted by regular contributor Ed O’Connor of his dock at sunset on Saturday.  Ed is fortunate to still have his boat in the water at this point due to low end-of-season water levels (note his dock placement). Thanks for sharing Ed and I hope you get some more days in…

Ed O'Connor sunset 10-3-20

Late Season Sunset at the Lake

Monday October 5

I hope you all enjoyed the great weekend.  Weather was crisp, but it was sunny and beautiful out.  Today will be cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 53 degrees. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 39.

We certainly offer our best wishes, prayers and hope for a speedy recovery to President Trump, the first lady, others in our government and all that have contracted COVID-19. This year has certainly been a challenging one for our county and its citizens.  I do hope that we can all put our political differences aside and move forward as one nation.

On a more positive note, Jean and I had the chance to eat at the Rooster’s Nest in Grantsville Saturday evening.  The restaurant is owned by Sandy Fazenbaker, one of my stronger and favorite students from when I taught at Garrett College.  Sandy is a long-term cook/food worker that was able to make her entrepreneurial vision a reality.  It is a nice, reasonably priced, “country place” with a variety of offerings, and with noteworthy BBQ and grilled offerings. My steak was great! Give it a try for a casual meal and tell her Mike says Hi!

Took this photo looking west from the 219 overlook north of Accident on Saturday.  I think the photo just about sums up the Garrett County countryside in a nutshell.  With all the leaves looking to be at almost peak, the ride up and around was really nice.  I urge readers to walk, run or ride around the county to experience the season’s beauty.

Jean T 10-3-20 219 overlook

Garrett County

During the 2019-2020 school year, each public school in Garrett County participated in the Garrett County Health Department’s Play Hard, Live Clean (PHLC) campaign, a healthy lifestyle campaign designed to encourage youth to make good choices by recognizing and rewarding them for certain positive lifestyle accomplishments from kindergarten through high school. The culmination of the campaign for seniors is the awarding of a scholarship to one Northern High student and one Southern High student who earned points for participation in PHLC. The scholarship can be used for work expenses, health expenses, or further education of any kind. The winners for 2019-2020 were Alexis House from NHS and Jacob Nazelrod from SHS. Congratulations Alexis and Jacob.

Please check out this month’s Deep Creek TImes Cover Story if you have not had a chance to yet.  The Cover Story is on the innovative fundraising approach and great work being conducted by Deep Creek Lake Watershed Foundation to help maintain Deep Creek Lake water quality.  You can find the article here.

HART For Animals continues to do GREAT things for our furry friends, and HART’s numbers year-to-date, as of September 2020 certainly support that: Spays & Neuters: 508,      Rescue & Transports: 503, and Adoptions: 115. The revenues generated by the services at the HART Animal Center support the basic operating costs of the facility, including staff and maintenance, so that HART may serve the animals and the community through their mission programs. Those programs are supported through donations and fundraising. HART uses 87% of all revenue to pay for those programs, including rescue, transport, spay/neuter, sheltering, and adoption.

Speaking of HART, their fundraiser in partnership with GLAF, the “Wine & Weekend” Raffle justfinished and they announced the winners, which we congratulate:

Diane Ward Lett, Laytonsville, MD
Lisa Jan, McHenry, MD
Audrey Glassberg, New York, NY
Gary & Luanne Ruddell, McHenry, MD
Thearin Wendel, Reston, VA

We have an owl, or actually owls, on our property that sometimes keep us awake at night, listening to their rythmic “hoots.” And that is not at all a complaint, as it is one of the neat things about Garrett County. I was reminded of our local feathered friends when I saw the results of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 2020 Photo Contest.  The grand prize winning photo was taken by Zaphir Shamma of Gunpowder, and while the subject of Zaphir’s winning subject is not from our area, I thought it was worthy of inclusion here. Great photo Zaphir!

MD 2020 photo contest winner

Red Morph Eastern Screech Owl by Zaphir Shamma

That’s all for today folks.  Have a great week…

Cover Story October 2020

By: Mike Tumbarello

Taking Care of the Lake: An Opportunity to Help the Watershed!

With a name like Deep Creek Times, we are certainly cognizant of, and intrinsically tied to, the presence, health and impact of Deep Creek Lake on our mountain community and to our online enterprise.  Over the two-plus decades of its existence, Deep Creek Times has witnessed, and to some degree, impacted the lake, its reputation and the public’s appreciation of all it has to offer.

When Bob Hoffman of Deep Creek Watershed Foundation board of directors shared a story of a recent donation to the Foundation, I thought it was noteworthy and important to share for a number of reasons.  First, the Foundation holds an important position in helping preserve and enhance the quality and benefits of Deep Creek Lake to individuals and the community as a whole.  Second, I liked the story and thought it was definitely worth sharing, as it could be the start of something really powerful.

Bob recently approached Mickey and Phyllis Nye, good friends of Bob and his wife Julia, about making a donation to the Foundation.  Mickey and Phyllis own a second home on the lake that they sometimes rent out to visitors.  The couple graciously gave a generous donation to the Foundation but then went further and decided to donate a percentage of their rental income on an ongoing basis, thereby creating an annuity of sorts for the Foundation.  They also matched the portion of rental proceeds they donated.

Not only is this a wonderful gesture, but it is also one that could logically be replicated by other owners of rental properties of all types, particularly those known as transient vacation rental units, or TVRUs.  Frankly, some TVRUs across the nation have gotten a “bad rap” for some reasons, including increased traffic, noise, etc., all of which as a member of an HOA board, I am familiar with. Nonetheless, these rentals provide a service to out-of-towners and homeowners, as well as aid the economic vitality of the community.

I think this quote from Mickey Nye also helps elucidate the reason for the donation and the win-win nature of this type of donor relationship: “Phyllis and I are very pleased and proud to be the first family to donate a percentage of their income from our Transient Vacation Rental Unit on Deep Creek Lake to support the fine work of the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation.  We realize the lake and surrounding watershed are beautiful gifts that need to be preserved and protected for posterity (italics added).  We hope many others will follow our lead and donate in this fashion to support the important work of the Foundation and become benefactors.”

Deep Creek Watershed Foundation to Benefit Deep Creek Lake, MD

Bob Hoffmann, Mickey and Phyllis Nye

I agree with Mr. Nye and truly hope others will follow their lead and donate to the Foundation. This could be big! For those readers not familiar with the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation, they are a 501 (c) 3 organization that focuses on the implementation of the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan by satisfying its goals as well as supporting other projects that contribute to the health and cleanliness of the watershed and Deep Creek Lake.

One of the Foundation’s current initiatives is its Water Quality Meter Campaign, which would help monitor and keep the 95-year-old lake’s water quality at a high level.  Their goal is to purchase at least five meters at a total cost of approximately $100,000. These meters are currently being used in the Chesapeake Bay, Lake Tahoe and the Great Lakes and would go a long way to helping the Maryland Department of Natural Resources monitor our water quality by collecting data on temperature, acidity, chlorophyll, oxygen, etc.

The Foundation is an all-volunteer organization, so donations largely go to projects they initiate with public and private partners.  The bottom Line: The Foundation is made up of good people, doing important work, for an important cause, and they need our help. I encourage all readers to visit the Foundation’s website at www.deepcreekwatershedfoundation.org.  You can also reach Bob Hoffman at rahoffmann93@gmail.com with questions about the Foundation, it’s works or how to donate.

Please check out the website and strongly consider a one-time or ongoing donation to this very important and worthwhile cause.

Mike Tumbarello

October 1, 2020

 

 

Wednesday September 30

Yesterday we got some much needed rain throughout the day.  Today will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 58 degrees. West wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

DC Fireplace & Outdoor

As the lake-area weather cools, we would like to celebrate and announce our newest advertiser on Deep Creek Times: Deep Creek Fireplace and Outdoor Store.  Deep Creek Fireplace and Outdoor Store is your one stop shop for all your fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and firepit needs. Please check out their showroom at the lake, where they have over 20 live burning fireplaces on display and an onsite propane filling station.

A “Walking Take Back” Event was held on Wednesday, September 16th, at the Farmers Market at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in Oakland. The Take Back was a joint event between the Garrett County Health Department and the Oakland City Police. A total of 5 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at the event!

Speaking of the Farmers Market, the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be held today at the Pavilion downtown from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Check out this link for information on offerings, vendors and guidelines.  Enjoy.

Plant a Tree! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ online tree seedling catalog for the John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery is now open and accepting orders for spring planting at nursery.dnr.maryland.gov . They are excited to offer several new species this year, along with their usual selection, to suit individual planting needs.

Jeany Blamble at Brenda’s Pizzeria sent us over this announcement for their upcoming Job Fair on October 3rd.  Looks like they have lots of openings at Brenda’s Pizzeria, Ace’s Run and their upcoming operation, Spillway Kitchen and Bar.  I know they have a great team and that Brenda treats her people right, so please spread the word.

Oct 3 Job Fair

Job Fair Opportunity

If you see Brenda or members of her management team, please put in a good word for me, as I am hoping they hire me as official taste tester for all of their great food.  I will work for FREE, but I want a business card that says “Semi Big Cheese” or maybe, “Mozzarella Mike,” to acknowledge my new status as their official quality control food taster. Now that I think of it, unlimited Tiramisu would be a very nice addition to my (lack of) compensation package.  Just sayin’…

In an effort to help educate and inform voters prior to the General Election on Tuesday, November 2nd, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual forum on Thursday, October 15th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m., featuring the candidates for the At-Large seats on the Garrett County Board of Education. All three candidates have agreed to participate and the event is free and open to the public. The forum can be viewed on Zoom but attendees must register on the Chamber’s website at visitdeepcreek.com by October 14th to receive the link. It will also be live streamed on the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

 

Walking Take Back Collects Prescription Drugs for Disposal

News Release

For Immediate Release:  September 28, 2020

Contact Person: Diane Lee, PIO, 301-334-7689

Walking Take Back Collects Prescription Drugs for Disposal

By Diane Lee, Public Information Officer, Garrett County Health Department

A “Walking Take Back” Event was held on Wednesday, September 16, at the Farmers Market at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in Oakland. The Take Back was a joint event between the Garrett County Health Department and the Oakland City Police. A total of 5 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at the event.

“Officer Hugo Triveri was kept busy during the Take Back,” said Sadie Liller, Prevention Coordinator for the Garrett County Health Department. “When he wasn’t collecting medication for disposal, he was interacting with shoppers, and handing out 7-11 coupons to the children and treats to the dogs.” “Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and acquaintances,” said Liller. “You can make a difference by keeping track of the medications you have, by rethinking where and how you keep medication in your home, and by safely disposing of unused medications.”

In Garrett County, medication disposal drop boxes are located at the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police Barrack in McHenry, and at the Oakland City Hall. “If you cannot access one of the drop boxes, please call the health department and ask about Deterra medication disposal pouches,” said Liller. Deterra deactivation packs use patented technology for simple and environmentally safe disposal of prescription drugs, including opioids, by just adding water to the powder in the bag.  The mixture not only neutralizes the drugs, but can safely be disposed of in regular household trash.

For more information call 301-334-7730 or 301-895-3111. This program is provided by the Garrett County Health Department through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday September 29

Today, showers are likely, clouds and a high near 53 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 80%. This evening, showers are likely, mainly before 2:00 am. Cloudy, with a low around 45.

The Garrett County Health Department has received positive COVID-19 results for two additional persons, bringing the current county total positives to 74. The new positive COVID-19 cases include two males in their teens, with symptoms, who are currently isolating. These are the only Garrett County residents currently isolating due to positive COVID-19 test results. For more information you can call 301.334.7770 or 301.895.3111.

Those readers that own property in home owners associations (HOAs) are likely getting ready to, or have just participated in, their subdivision’s annual owner meeting. One of the big topics within my HOA and on our board of directors, has been late season lake water levels. I have heard this from others at the lake as well. The Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake just issued their latest newsletter that addresses some of these issues and our collective expectations for relief.  You can click here for the newsletter.

Maryland Community development Week kicks off this week.  Here’s a link to the full programming list.  They have a broad array of virual events scheduled that range from the plans for Ellicott City’s historic district to community housing and other topics. Check it out.

The first presidential debate is today, and though we avoid politics on this site, I thought I would share this non-partisan event.. On Wednesday, FRONTLINE (Maryland Public Television) and Columbia University are hosting a virtual event to discuss the two major-party candidates. This virtual event will feature veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk highlighting the defining moments that shaped Trump’s and Biden’s lives, as they compete for the votes of people living in battleground states such as Ohio. You must RSVP in order to receive the Zoom link for the event, which will be included in your email confirmation. If you are new to Zoom, please visit this page with instructions on how to get started.

And finally, just when you thought it was safe to get out of the water and enjoy this beautiful autumn weather, here’s a Maryland Emergency Management Agency photo from October, 2012.  Beautiful, but…

Winter 2012

October 2012 Snow

Monday September 28

Great weekend at the lake, with a still-elevated level of homeowners, visitors and boats on and around the lake (and at local establishments).  Today offers a slight chance of showers after 2:00 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 72 degrees and a south wind 3 to 8 mph. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20% during the day and rising to 50% in the evening, with a low around 54.

Good outcome: An Amber alert was issued Sunday for a missing 9-month-old girl who was found unharmed in Pennsylvania, where police arrested a man who has been charged with kidnapping. Police arrested the man, from Meyersdale, and charged him with kidnapping his girlfriend’s infant. State troopers responded to a call of reported assault around 10:00 am Sunday to a Grantsville restaurant parking lot, in Garrett County.

Jean and I took my grandson Andy out to Double Oak Farms in Swanton to get some pumpkins and corn stalks. They have a nice selection, good prices and a non-commercial, relaxed atmosphere on their working farm.  Here’s a photo of some of our goodies set up in our yard.

mike 9-27-20

Fall Has Arrived

Even as we are in early fall, there is still lots of activity on the lake, and I am not just talking about the human kind.  Here’s a photo I took looking out onto Stilwater Cove Saturday afternoon.  I liked the combination of the geese in a line and the low clouds.

mike 9-26-20

Late Summer at Stilwater Cove

Good news: The Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop at Garrett Regional Medical Center:is now open to the public Monday-Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Note that they are limiting in-store customers to four at a time and everyone is asked to follow the yellow tape on the floor for social distancing. Also, masks must be worn at all times. Be sure to follow them on Facebook for new items, sales and change of hours.

Well, now we have definitive proof.  Yes, thanks to this very nice photo submitted by Darla Annonio, I am now sure that our local bears definitely grow on trees!  At least, that is what it looks like based on all the bear silhouettes in the tree.  Thanks Darla for sharing the photo!

Karla bear 9-27-20

Bears in a Tree

For those members who were unable to attend the virtual Deep Creek Lake POA General Membership Meeting on September 19th, Bob Sutton, the group’s president, has provided the ability to watch the meeting through a video link. To view the video click HERE

Have a great Monday dear readers…