Wednesday September 22

The weather will be showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then showers between 8am and 11am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 71 and a low around 49. Southeast wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Garrett County’s current COVID-19 case rate is increasing rapidly. The county statistics are dismal compared to the state numbers – the second highest case rate, second only to Allegany County, the highest positivity rate, and the lowest vaccination rate. “Most of the counties in Maryland are seeing a COVID-19 plateau, except in counties with low vaccination rates,” said Dr. Jennifer Corder, Deputy Health Officer for Garrett and Allegany Counties. “We can expect to see this trend continue until most of the population is either vaccinated or acquires immunity.”

The Maryland Mentored Hunt Program aims to teach first-time hunters and lapsed hunters a new set of skills, whether it be hunting techniques or how to hunt specific species.

Locally, a Mentored Pheasant Hunt event takes place in Friendsville, MD on November 6 or 7, 2021. This event is designed to be an introduction to pheasant hunting for youth, new and lapsed hunters (13 and older). Selected participants will need to provide their own shotgun or inform staff that they need to borrow a shotgun prior to the event.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced it has eliminated the day-use fee for riding the St. John’s Rock off-road vehicle (ORV) trail at Savage River State Forest, saving trail users $9 per rider and also removing the need for advance registration.

Bridge inspections will be taking place on the referenced locations and dates below and will impact the following County roadways from the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

–Wednesday, September 22 Oakland – Sang Run Road over Deep Creek
–Wednesday, September 22 and Thursday, September 23 – Glendale Road and State Park Road
–Thursday, September 23 – Sang Run Road over Youghiogheny River

Today from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm the Mountain Fresh Summer Farmers Markets continue. The Mountain Fresh Producers Association is a non-profit group of farmers, artisans, cooks, and bakers holding a regular market in the Oakland town parking lot.

An online event: Employment Scams Are on the Rise: See the #1 Riskiest Scam According to Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland today from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

At 4:30 pm, it’s the STEAM KIDS event at the Ruth Enlow Library – Kitzmiller.

Plan to listen to the live music of fan-favorite Paul Burger in the Alpine Lake Resort Lakers Lounge tomorrow from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. No cover charge.


Fee Removed for Off-Road Trails at Savage River State Forest

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced it has eliminated the day-use fee for riding the St. John’s Rock off-road vehicle (ORV) trail at Savage River State Forest, saving trail users $9 per rider and also removing the need for advance registration.

Additionally, the St. John’s Rock camping area is now open to all campers — previously, the eight primitive campsites were reserved for trail riders only — and can be reserved using the Maryland Park Service reservations website,

Other camping sites that are available for reservation at Savage River State Forest are the Big Run campsites.

In addition to reservation camping sites, many State Forest primitive campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for visitors who want to make a visit without making specific plans until the day of their visit.

Primitive sites do not have electricity, sewer, potable water, dumpsters, and are not ADA compliant. Amenities available at the St John’s Rock campsites include a tent pad, picnic table, and fire ring. A vaulted restroom is also available on site.

There are two types of campsites available at St John’s Rock, with some suitable for pop-up camper, trailer, or RV, while others are tent camping only. Campers should check the camping reservation system for details.

Garrett County’s COVID-19 Cases are Increasing Rapidly

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

Garrett County’s COVID-19 statistics are dismal compared to the state numbers – the second highest case rate, second only to Allegany County, the highest positivity rate, and the lowest vaccination rate.

“Most of the counties in Maryland are seeing a COVID-19 plateau, except in counties with low vaccination rates,” said Dr. Jennifer Corder, Deputy Health Officer for Garrett and Allegany Counties. “We can expect to see this trend continue until most of the population is either vaccinated or acquires immunity.”

Garrett County Numbers:
• Case rate of 68.93 per 100,000 compared to the state rate of 20.01 and 76.89 for Allegany County
• Positivity Rate of 17.43% compared to the state rate of 4.44%
• Vaccination rate of 12+ population is 53.7% compared to the state vaccination rate of 81.9%

“Maryland currently has the lowest COVID-19 case rate in the US, while neighboring West Virginia is the second highest with a case rate of 101,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “Unfortunately, our vaccination rate mirrors West Virginia so we expect the number of cases Garrett County will continue to increase in the short term.”

Local testing has increased over the last few weeks, with around 400 tests being completed each week. The cumulative total of positive tests is 2,552, with 68 deaths. Rapid tests are currently on back order, requiring all tests to be PCR, which take longer to return results.

Hospitals are reporting a shortage of doses of monoclonal antibodies received from the state, decreasing the number of people who can receive this treatment which can reduce severity of illness and hospitalizations.

“There has never been a better time to get a vaccine,” Dr. Corder said. “Our numbers are bad and we are surrounded by counties with even worse statistics than ours.”

The Garrett County Health Department has weekly clinics scheduled at their Oakland and Grantsville Offices, with Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and Pfizer vaccine available at each clinic.
Oakland Clinics
• Tuesdays at 1025 Memorial Drive
• 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grantsville Clinics
• Fridays at 28 Hershberger Lane
• 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information and to make an appointment visit or call 301-334-7697 or 301-895-3111.

Tuesday September 21

Tuesday September 21

The weather today will be showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 70 and a low around 60. Southeast wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Maryland Restaurant Week is back for its second year! For ten days, all Maryland restaurants are invited to come together to celebrate and support their industry. Ledo Pizza in Deep Creek is participating and offering a Football Deal! 18” 2-Topping Ledo Pizza + Large order of Cheesy Garlic Bread (8pcs) + ½ lb of Boneless Wings for $34.99 +tax!

Did you know? Since August of 2020, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has conducted 64 different hunting seasons covering a variety of animals, seasons, and locations.

Harmless to humans but deadly to many Maryland plants, the spotted lanternfly is an invasive species. If you see something that looks like a spotted lanternfly in Maryland, take a picture and send it to or call 410- 841-5920. If you can, try to catch the bug, place it in a bag, and freeze it.

Deep Creek Lake’s first-ever National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) mountain bike event is this weekend! This event is not a timed race but an opportunity for Maryland student-athletes to do an incredibly scenic and rewarding trail ride with their teams, on terrain that is probably unlike anything they’ve ridden before. This will be Mountain biking with a capital “M”!

The race directors are looking for volunteers! Parking attendants, course crossing guards, shuttle attendants, and scoring assistants are just a few of the jobs available. Sign up to volunteer for this weekend’s event here.

As a reminder, the Maryland Department of Education has instated a masking requirement for all Maryland Public Schools.

The Garrett County Board of Education will meet in Executive Session on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. for the sole purpose of conducting a mid-year review of the Superintendent’s Action Plan 2021. The Executive Session will be held virtually and is closed to the public.

A national photography contest was just announced: all kids in grades K-12 are invited to submit a photo to convey, “What Makes Your Hometown Special?”. At least two winners will be selected from each grade level and have their photo published and receive a $150 Amazon gift card.

Join Deep Creek Watershed Foundation at the Red Barn Inn & Events for “Broadway in the Barn!” There will be three wonderful singers/musicians who have all worked in NYC to perform a selection of Broadway favorites.

Today from 10:30 am – 11:00 am is Children’s Story Time in Kitzmiller.

Also, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm is the Young Readers’ Book Club in Oakland.

Tonight, from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, is the Let’s Talk About the Climate Crisis (Online) event.


What Makes Your Hometown Special? National Photography Competition

Stride, Inc. wants to see your community, through your own eyes, and is announcing the Stride National Photography Competition. This year’s theme is My Community, and the competition is open to students nationwide in grades kindergarten through 12th grade, starting September 13.

“At Stride, we know that our communities have a big impact on our lives. Whether it’s your school, your neighborhood, or your whole city, we want to know more about what makes your community special,” said James Rhyu, CEO. “Who are the people, the heroes, the events, and things that make your community what it is and what it means to the people? Show us from your own perspective, through photography.”

Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit their photograph for a chance to become the 2022 National Stride Photography winner. Stride will select winners from across the Nation and their photographs will be showcased at the Stride office in Virginia and featured in Stride-produced curriculum and materials. Two winners will be selected for each grade level along with and one overall Stride National Photography Champion. All winners will receive a glass-etched trophy and a framed print of their winning photo. In addition, first place winners will receive a $150 Amazon e-gift card, with additional prizes for second and third place. Permission is required in advance from anyone who appears in your photo submission.

Winners will be announced live on Facebook on 11/15/21 via Stride’s Facebook page.

This Photography Competition is open to students both inside and outside of Stride K12-powered schools. Please see for eligibility and contest details. Registration is open from September 13, 2021, through 11:59 PM (ET) on October 29, 2021. For more information, all questions can be sent to

New Masking Requirement Effective Immediately for All Maryland Public Schools

In support of continuing efforts to keep students and school staff safe and ensure schools remain open for in-person learning during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Maryland State Board of Education, together with the Maryland State Department of Education, today received approval of a statewide masking requirement for all public schools.

Following public testimony today, the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee approved the emergency regulation, which will be in effect for 180 days. The emergency regulation requires any person inside a public school facility to wear a face covering, with certain exemptions in place.

Aligned with all available health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health, the new regulation is necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland public schools, prevent school closures, and limit the number of students required to quarantine out of the classroom. “Our foremost priority as a Board is always the safety of everyone in our school buildings – we take the health and safety of students and school staff in every part of our State very seriously,” said Board President Clarence C. Crawford. “Circumstances require the need for a universal, statewide approach to masking in schools to keep our school communities safe and give every one of Maryland’s students the opportunity to learn in-person with as few interruptions as possible.”

“Masking inside schools helps protect our students, teachers and school staff as we continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury. “It is critical that all school systems follow this emergency law, and immediately implement face covering requirements as one of several layered public health strategies to keep schools open and safe.”

Currently, nearly all, 22 of 24, local school systems require face coverings inside schools; local systems may establish and implement further masking policies and procedures in addition to the minimum requirements outlined in the emergency regulation. The new regulation will be enforced immediately.

Maryland’s Most Wanted: Join the Hunt for the Spotted Lanternfly

Since August of 2020, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has conducted 64 different hunting seasons covering a variety of animals, seasons, and locations. But there’s one animal in particular that the DNR is very interested in, which has no hunting restrictions. For this species, you won’t need a spring trap or a rifle. A net to catch it with and a camera works much better.

The species in question? The spotted lanternfly. It looks harmless enough, and it is to humans. But to many species of plants that we rely on for food, lumber, and shade, this invasive species is deadly.

In spring, spotted lanternflies hatch from eggs often laid on the invasive tree-of-heaven, but they can be found on anything flat and vertical. The newly hatched nymphs are black with white spots, and starting in July the oldest nymphs will also have patches of red. Shortly after, they will begin to assume their adult forms, which have wide colorful wings.

Spotted lanternflies mostly eat phloem—the vascular tissue in plants that conducts sugars and other metabolic products down-ward from the leaves, basically transporting the energy created through photosynthesis. Especially in the fall, spotted lanternflies will gather together and eat the phloem of an unsuspecting plant, eating the plant’s food and excreting honeydew. This by-product can create the perfect condition for mold to grow on leaves, stopping plants from photosynthesizing, and can cover and discolor manmade surfaces.

Spotted lanternflies can cause branches to fall off or can outright kill plants if the damage is great enough. And spotted lanternflies like to eat a lot of different plants. They can literally eat your lunch by feeding on almonds, apples, apricots, basil, blueberries, cherries, cucumbers, grapes, horseradish, nectarines, peaches, plums, and walnuts. They can eat the wood that makes up your table by noshing on hickory, maple, oak, and pine; and they could even mess with happy hour by snacking on hops. What’s more, there’s no easy way to deal with large numbers of spotted lanternfly. They can be killed by insecticides, but survivors are able to quickly return to sprayed areas. And physical traps that kill them also tend to catch other species that could be beneficial. Since the eradication of spotted lanternflies is such a complicated undertaking, the best defense against the spotted lanternfly is prevention.

And that brings us to some positive news and what you can do to help. Spotted lanternflies are not widespread in Maryland—they were first seen in the state in 2018, and Harford and Cecil counties in northeastern Maryland are under a quarantine order covering items that might inadvertently transport the pest. If you’re traveling out of Harford County or Cecil County, check your clothing and vehicle to see that you’re not harboring a hungry bug. We can’t stop them from traveling on their own, but we can stop them from using us for a free ride, and their weak flying ability makes this more effective than you might think for a winged insect.

Across the state of Maryland, if you see something that looks like a spotted lanternfly, take a picture and send it to or call 410- 841-5920. If you can, try to catch the bug, place it in a bag, and freeze it. Eradicating invasive species is a costly and challenging task, but stopping them from spreading and keeping tabs on where they are makes that job a lot easier.

Monday September 20

Monday September 20

The weather today will be patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 73 and a low around 56. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Maryland Governor Hogan has ordered state flags lowered to half-staff in remembrance of the more than 10,000 Marylanders who have died of COVID or its complications.

The Business Listening Session that was scheduled for today, September 20th at Ace’s Run has been postponed.

Speaking of that listening session, here’s a chart showing staff shortages across US industries:

There are 10.9 million job openings as of the latest count from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the highest number ever recorded.

Watch the sky! This year, the Harvest Moon appears Monday, September 20—just two days prior to the autumnal equinox.

Check out the Learning Beyond the Classroom Fall Schedule at Friendsville Park today from 9:30 am – 11 am.

Bring a chair and whatever you happen to be reading to this weekly outdoor book group at the Kitzmiller Library from 3 pm – 4 pm.

Take a walk around the town of Oakland while experimenting with photo taking and have a chance to meet new people and see Oakland in a new way at the Photowalk event from 6 to 7pm tonight.


Governor Hogan Orders Flags Lowered In Honor of 10,000 Marylanders Lost to COVID-19

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that he has directed state flags in Maryland to fly at half-staff in remembrance of the more than 10,000 Marylanders lost to COVID-19:

“More than 10,000 lives have now been taken from us by this deadly virus. Each of these Marylanders was the most important person in the world to someone, and our prayers are with all the family members and loved ones who are grieving.

“We have overcome so much over the last 19 months. Our recovery continues, and more people are getting vaccinated every day. But even while the worst may be behind us, this virus remains a significant threat to the vulnerable.

“Together, as we resolve never to forget any of these 10,011 Marylanders, I ask all the people of our great state to remain Maryland Strong and to have faith that we will emerge from this better and more resilient than ever before.”

Friday September 17, Saturday September 18, Sunday September 19

Friday September 17, Saturday September 18, Sunday September 19

The weather today will be scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 2pm and 5pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76 and a low of 59. Saturday will be isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76 and a low around 56. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 75 and a low around 58. Light northeast wind.

Some new events were added to the Autumn Glory schedule and another event has been cancelled. With great disappointment, the Town of Oakland and GOBA have cancelled the 2021 Maryland State Banjo, Fiddle, and Mandolin Championships.

Swing by 6438 rock lodge rd and check out the Petunia Patch cart — It’s finally tomato season in the “tundra”! Next week will have lots of flowers, tomatoes, winter squash, pumpkins and more.

Funds are still available in the Online Sales & Telework Assistance COVID-19 Relief Grant program.  Approved applicants may receive up to $7,500 in grant funding for eligible expenses incurred. Grant funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

A business listening session regarding the nationwide workforce shortage issues and a lack of affordable workforce housing is being held on September 20 from 9:00am at Ace’s Run Restaurant and Pub.

Here’s the first Maryland Fall Foliage Report for 2021, brought to you by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Fall has not yet begun in Maryland and many trees across the state are still a bit bashful about revealing their fall finest before the season officially kicks off September 22.

Some state park events are the History of the Scarecrow, Garden Tours, Aviary Tour, Hayrides, Brant Mine Hike, Tracking and Stalking, Dutch Oven Cooking Demos, Herp Hike, A Park of Champions, and a Bird Walk.

Check out our events calendar for the complete schedule but here are a few items of note:

The 2021 FSU Appalachian Festival is this weekend.

The Garrett County Rabies Program continues tonight at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm and tomorrow at 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

The Crossroads Birthday Bash is tonight at 6:00 pm.

Live music continues this weekend! Janice Ray & John Hinebaugh at MoonShadow, The Masons at Sipside Lounge, Kelly Lynott at Sipside Lounge, and Deep Blue Railroad at MoonShadow.

The Deep Creek Lake Property Owners General Membership Meeting will be at Garrett 8 Cinemas at 8:30am tomorrow, September 18.

Tomorrow from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm is Friendsville Fun Day. Swing by the Friendsville Library on the first and third Saturdays of each month to enjoy hours of fun for all ages!

The southern home football game is tomorrow, September 18, at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. (the home game vs. Fort Hill is held on Saturday since there are no lights on the new turf field yet).

Alpine Lake Resort’s Oktoberfest event is noon to dusk! Come one come all! Open to the public! Located at ALR boathouse. No admission fee, just $ for delicious food and drink!


Thursday September 16

Thursday September 16

The weather today will be isolated showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 74 and a low around 60. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Note Garrett County Humanity for Humanity Silent/Live Auction “Dessert” event is on October 9th from 1-3pm at the Lions Pavilion at Glades Park (Liberty Street). Desserts are served from all your favorite restaurants and many items — including tools, construction material, home decor, furntiure, art works, gift certificates and more — available for the auction!

The Southern Garrett Bass Slayers participated in a conservation project with the Deep Creek Lake Management building concrete Reef Balls to submerge in the lake to create fish habitat. Thanks to slayers Aryeh Harvey, Clinton Harvey, Allen Keefer and Mark Keefer for their hard work and special thanks to former Bass Slayer Quinn Iden (now works for lake management) and his co-worker Matt Jones for including them in this project.

Mary Callis, executive director of the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College (PAC), briefed the chamber’s marketing roundtable group on PAC progress.

Keep checking in with us on the status of the annual Autumn Glory Festival. Things are changing quickly but we’ll do our best to keep this page updated!

Garrett County Rabies Program continues today

Ronnie Burroughs at MoonShadow.

Make plans to enjoy Paul Burger and friends in the Lakers Lounge.

Mountain State Brewing Co.: Team Trivia.

2021 FSU Appalachian Festival!

Genealogy Workshop.


Callis updates Chamber on PAC progress

The facility’s flexibility and partnerships will be keys to success

Mary Callis

Mary Callis, executive director of the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College, briefed the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s Marketing Roundtable on PAC progress on Wednesday. The new facility is scheduled to open next spring.

Mary Callis says enduring partnerships and thoughtful design will both play critical roles in the success of the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College, which is scheduled to open next spring.

“There was a strong emphasis on flexibility in the design of the Performing Arts Center,” Callis, executive director of both Garrett Lakes Arts Festival and the new PAC, said at Wednesday’s Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Marketing Roundtable. “The design team wanted to make sure the PAC could host everything from an intimate recital to a 400-seat performance.”

Callis said good examples of the flexible design include multiple seating configurations in the main theatre along with the ability to divide a 200-seat multi-purpose room into three separate spaces with moveable walls.

“We made several visits to other performing arts centers and everyone told us, ‘Make sure to put a premium on flexibility,’ ” noted Callis.

Callis said developing strong, long-term partnerships was just as important as designing flexible space.

“We have five partners who have all signed 10-year agreements to contribute to the PAC’s sustainability,” said Callis, noting that Garrett College, GLAF, Garrett County Public Schools, the Garrett County Arts Council and Garrett County Government are all making either monetary or in-kind contributions to the PAC.

“I really think a key to our success is having five partners personally invested in making sure we’re sustainable for the next 10 years while we build out our programming,” said Callis.

Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College’s president, echoed Callis’ remarks about the importance of the partnerships.

“This facility would not have been possible without the collaborations created by the five partners,” said Midcap. “It’s so very typical of how we work together for the common good in Garrett County.”

Callis said the PAC already has 47 events scheduled for its first year of operation – among them theatrical productions by both Northern and Southern highs’ theatre groups.

Callis noted that the PAC’s spaces – which also include offices, dressing rooms, a catering kitchen and a piano lab with 17 digital pianos – can host everything from a wedding to a large-scale conference.

“I can see a conference using the multi-purpose room as three breakout rooms, having a presentation for everyone in the theatre, and then coming back to use the entire multi-purpose room for a catered meal,” observed Callis.

Callis said a multi-year business plan has already been developed for the PAC and that an operations plan is in development.

Cherie Krug, executive director of the Garrett College Foundation, said the Foundation is preparing to announce an endowment campaign named “The Campaign for Garrett: Realizing Our Dream.” The endowment, which will generate funds to assist in PAC operational costs, has a goal of $2.5 million.

“We all know that performing arts centers require significant financial support beyond what ticket sales can provide,” said Krug, who indicated the Foundation has already raised a substantial amount of funds for the endowment during the silent stage of the campaign. “This endowment will help ensure we can afford to bring high-quality performing arts to Garrett County for years to come.”

Wednesday September 15

Wednesday September 15

The weather today will be isolated showers and thunderstorms with some of the storms producing small hail and gusty winds. Otherwise, partly sunny. with a high near 76 and a low around 59. Patchy fog after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Another reminder! The Town of Oakland has extended the deadline for Autumn Glory Parade float applications to Friday, September 17th, 2021. Please visit this link for an application.

Maryland DNR is offering its annual Migratory Game Bird Stamp contest again, which is open to residents and nonresidents until November 5, 2021. The winning entry will appear on the 2022-2023 Migratory Game Bird Stamp required to hunt migratory game birds in Maryland.

There is a Pump Track Supporters’ meeting Thursday Sept 23 @6pm @ the McHenry Community Park pavilion Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club Just to touch base on what’s going on with funding and construction plans.

Garrett County’s Planning & Land Management Department is updating the Land Preservation and Recreation Plan and is seeking public input through an online survey. They are looking to gather public feedback on the outdoor recreation demands, identify improvements, and establish priorities for the future development of parks, facilities, programs, and services within the community.

A shout out to Kelly McDowell for sharing this photo of “Lucy loving lake life” with us!

Stop by Cashmere Clothing Co. for Want It Wednesday!

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

The Ruth Enlow Library is offering a new Homeschool Series. Today’s event is on Monarch Butterflies in Grantsville.

The Garrett County Rabies Program continues today from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Maryland’s Early Teal Season opens tomorrow September 16 and runs through September 30, 2021.

Tuesday September 14

Tuesday September 14

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 80 and a low around 61. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

I have one of these shirts customized shirts available! Who wants a one of a kind?! I have the gray and it can go out todau — size Large for $30.

Neighboring Preston County Schools (Preston County, WV) are closing schools and going to remote learning effective today September 14th. At this time, students are scheduled to return to school on Monday, September 27th. All sports and extra-curricular activities are cancelled.

The 2021 Fall Garrett College Continuing Education booklets are available now.

Check out this ad from Visit Deep Creek!

vaccines are available at the Oakland Health Department offices.

September 14 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am Playgroup: The Garrett County Judy Center Early Learning Hub (Broad Ford Elementary) and check out tomorrow’s group at the same time at the Grantsville Elementary Community Room.

September 14 from 10:30 am – 11:00 am is Children’s Story Time in Kitzmiller.

September 14 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Garrett County Rabies Program continues.

Make your way out for the Group Bike Ride at 5:30pm. The weather looks great for this evening!


Monday September 13

Monday September 13

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 75 and a low around 61. West wind 10 to 13 mph.

Here’s an interview with nearby Terra Alta, WV resident Tony Amato discussing his role in September 11th recovery efforts.

Special shout-out to loyal DCT reader Coby! Nice meeting you on Saturday!

The Senior Health & Fitness Club at The CARC just announced two new classes this week! Included in the regular $20/month membership, Senior Strength Training will start, today, Monday & Wednesday at 11:15 and Hanna Somatics will start Wednesday at 10am.

The Garrett County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. The meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. after which time the Board of Education will meet in executive session until 5:50 p.m. The Board of Education will reconvene for public session from 6:00 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.

The Maryland Department of Planning has added a map submission portal, which includes adjusted 2020 Census data. Map submissions will be reviewed by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission prior to their drawing of the maps if received by Friday, September 24 at noon. Listening sessions will also be held this evening and tomorrow evening at 6pm. Additional submissions after the Citizens Commission has drawn their maps will also be accepted during the Round 3 meetings in October.

The Small Grants, Big Impact! Program is designed to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support Maryland State Parks and their community-based programs. Through its Small Grants program the nonprofit provides $1,000 grants to state parks to help them achieve their mission.

Nearby West Virginia is experiencing a coronavirus surge — Dr. Clay Marsh says “the delta variant has entered that explosive growth phase” and even after the surge levels off, it will have left behind devastating results. Last Wednesday’s positivity rate in the state was nearly 18-percent of all tests administered. There are now more that 22-thousand active cases, which is a far cry from the fewer than one thousand the state reported just 60 days ago.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that archery hunting for white-tailed and sika deer has opened statewide and continues through Jan. 31, 2022. Archers may also use vertical longbows and vertical recurve bows Feb. 1-3, 2022 during the second annual Primitive Deer Hunt Days.

Tonight at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm is the Garrett County Rabies Program. Garrett County experienced four cases of laboratory-confirmed rabies in 2020. Protect your pets and your family from the threat of this disease by bringing your dogs, cats, and ferrets to receive a rabies shot for $5.

Also, today September 13 at 5:30 pm is the first of two Homebuyer Program Workshops.