Monday June 21

Happy First Day of Summer!

The weather today will be scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. High near 81 and a low around 55. Southwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Use code “DCT” to get $10 off your ticket to the Pittsburgh Symphony Soloists concert!

I had a great time biking at the nearby Canaan Valley Mountain Bike Festival!

Clear Mountain Bank’s 2022 Calendar Photo Contest is going on now! Submit your photo for inclusion in the 2022 bank calendar.

The Learning Beyond the Classroom summer schedule is set!

It’s National Pollinator Week!

Shellfies is today from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the DCL Discovery Center.

I inadvertently included an incorrect phone number for B&B Bait in the Daily Notes. The correct number for B&B Bait is: 240-321-5143.

GCHD Offices Closed Friday for Juneteenth Observance

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

The Garrett County Health Department offices will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2021, in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day. Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday that Maryland would honor Saturday, June 19, as a holiday, serving as a historical and memorable tribute to our country’s African American Heritage. Because the National holiday is on Saturday, government agencies and offices will be closed on Friday, June 18th. All routine clinics at the Health Department will be closed. However, the COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Friday, June 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grantsville Outreach Center of the Health Department will continue as planned, with both first and second doses being administered. Walk-in appointments are accepted and encouraged. The Health Department Offices will reopen on Monday, June 21, 2021, at 8 a.m.


Friday June 18, Saturday June 19, Sunday June 20

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 78 and a low around 62. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm tonight. Saturday showers likely with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74 and a low around 61. West wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 79 and a low around 62. There will be a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm.

I am excited to learn some mountain bike skills at a clinic today as part of the Canaan Valley Mountain Bike Festival in nearby West Virginia.

The Deep Creek Lake Property Owner general membership meeting is tomorrow at 8:30am.

President Biden signed a law into effect making today the first federal Juneteenth holiday in American history.

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Its name stems from June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas, issued General Order No. 3, which announced that in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation, “all slaves are free.”

There is a Juneteeth celebration happening tomorrow in Cumberland, MD.
6am: Virtual Meditiation
9am: Rememberance Ceremony
11am: March for Justice
12pm-5pm: Festival at Canal Place

Here’s advice about “Living with Black Bears” in Maryland.

Live Music is back with Paul Berger at ALR Lakers Lounge tonight from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is tomorrow in Oakland from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

The Garrett County Health Department offices will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2021, in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day. Thus, all routine clinics at the Health Department will be closed. However, the COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Friday, June 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grantsville Outreach Center of the Health Department will continue as planned.



Thursday June 17

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 69 and a low around 50. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Trout’s House Seafood has specialty Smith Island cakes for sale this weekend — you can buy the whole cake or buy just a slice. Original and red velvet available! I’m not sure of anywhere else to get Smith Island cakes here locally…

Effective October 1, 2008, the Smith Island Cake became the State Dessert of Maryland (Chapters 164 & 165, Acts of 2008; Code General Provisions Article, sec. 7-313). Traditionally, the cake consists of eight to ten layers of yellow cake with chocolate frosting between each layer and slathered over the whole.

Donate your old bikes to help support the Bike Rodeo! There will be a Silent Bike Auction and the funds will help support the pump track project. You can bring your bikes to the Bike Rodeo, or drop them off anytime at the Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club park at 1249 Bumble Bee Rd at the bike rack at the trailhead. Just drop the Lions a message letting them know you dropped off a donation and they’ll store it inside until the rodeo event.

For 10 years, the Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition has brought artists from across the United States to the heart of Appalachia for a week of artistry and beauty. The 2021 program is taking place June 15-19, 2021, with 28 of our original artist class. I saw two participating artists yesterday afternoon and I am blown away!

Gentle Yoga Stretch this morning at 9:00 am from 10:00 am.

There is a Drive-Thru Food Giveaway at 1:00 pm in Grantsville.

HAVE A HART Guest Bartender Night is this evening 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

The live music is back and we love it! Janice Ray & John Hinebaugh (Classic Rock/Country) is tonight at 6pm at MoonShadow.

Bear Aware is TOMORROW: June 18 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

We are fortunate to have THE Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians playing right here at Deep Creek! The “8 Seasons” concert, to be held on June 26, will be an opportunity to witness the soloists’ technical and expressive mastery of his or her instrument. Message me for an exclusive discount code for this performance!


Wednesday June 16

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 66 and a low around 42. Light west wind becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Did you know the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is coming to Deep Creek Lake? The soloists will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & Piazolla’s Four Seasons Buena Aires on Saturday, June 26th. Message me for a DCT Exclusive Discount Code!

This week at Trout’s House Seafood — don’t forget your Father’s Day order!

Volunteer members of Oakland’s Clean and Green Team have been busy finishing up some projects for the summer season.

Maryland Governor Hogan announced yesterday that Maryland will lift COVID state of emergency on July 1 and end the statewide mask order. There will also be a 45-dau administrative grace period for state services.

On Tuesday, June 15th, Troopers from the McHenry Barrack received a call for a destruction of property at 2281 Lower New Germany Road.  It was learned that an unknown vehicle drove through the owner’s farm field, causing substantial damage to his crops and property. TFC N. Zais is investigating the destruction and is requesting anyone with information contact him at 301-387-1101, or  Callers may remain anonymous.

Garrett College has announced a comprehensive list of May 2021 Graduatescongratulations to all!



May 2021 graduates recognized at Garrett College  

Garrett College recently announced those students whose degrees were conferred this past May.  The degrees awarded include Associate in Arts (AA), Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Associate of Science in Engineering (ASE), along with a certificate.  These conferrals include:


AA, Arts & Sciences: Fine & Performing Arts:  Katie M. Cantrell, Summa Cum Laude, McHenry; and Patrick Q. Ogden, Oakland.


AA, Arts & Sciences: Mathematics/Science:  Megan E. Lindsey, McHenry; and Carter B. Bowers, Summa Cum Laude, Oakland.


AA, Arts & Sciences: Psychology:  Taylor P. Reams, Cum Laude, Oakland.


AA, Arts & Sciences: Social & Behavioral Sciences:  Katherine M. Keyes, Fort Washington, Ashley V. McKenzie, Summa Cum Laude, Frostburg; Amy A. Herbaugh, Grantsville; Shaila A. VanSickle, Cum Laude, McHenry; Brittany N. Gank, Melina K. Schultz, Cum Laude; Madison T. Shaffer, Oakland; Brady R. Villa, Saxton, Pa.; and Coby F. Howatineck, Citrus Springs, Fla.


AA, Business Administration:  Allison N.  Morris and Morgan N. Schrock, Summa Cum Laude, both of Accident; Brody D. Collins, Bittinger; Colby A. Johnson, Frederick; Cody J. Eyler, Summa Cum Laude, and Ally M. Kisner, both of Friendsville; Bradie M. Moore, Summa Cum Laude, Lonaconing; Peyton D. Carr, Summa Cum Laude, McHenry; Brandon S. Hill, Magna Cum Laude and Lucas J. Root, of Oakland; Susan E. Rexroad, Summa Cum Laude, Swanton; and Eric S. Peters, Summa Cum Laude, Shohola, Pa.


AA, General Studies:  Cassidy M. Caldwell, Dundalk; Cross C. Ritchey, Frostburg; Lindsay E. Brewer, Grantsville; Aaron J. Lindsey, Hagerstown; Christa L. Coleman, Kitzmiller; Lillian S. Cuozzo, Magna Cum Laude, McHenry; Brianna M. LeMay, Mountain Lake Park; Dylan M. Hammers, Katrina N. Marraccini, and Riley N. Upole, Summa Cum Laude, all of Oakland; William A. Rodriguez, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Kiara P. Cole, Newport News, Va.; and Patrick W. Bart, Shinnston, W.Va.


AA, Liberal Arts:  Catherine E. O’Brien, Oakland.


AA, Teacher Education: Elementary Education:  Samuel R. Beeman, Cum Laude, Lonaconing; and Megan G. O’Neill, Oakland.


AAT, Elementary Education/Special Education:  Brandon S. Green, Summa Cum Laude, Oakland.


AS, Computer Science:  Roger A. Dixon, Oakland; Eli J. Hott, Augusta, W.Va.; and Allison P. Oswald, Cum Laude, Blairsville, Pa.


AAS, Addictions Counseling:  Alyson M. Bennett, Cum Laude, Grantsville; and Chelsea M. Sines-Ortiz, Oakland.


AAS, Adventure Sports Management:  Cassandra A. Leach, Knoxville; JonLuke Mowell, Myersville; Emma G. Helton, Oakland; and Ivy J. Rodeheaver, Keyser.


AAS, Business & Information Technology: Business Management and Entrepreneurship:  Breyell D. Powell, Baltimore; Christy N. Beckman, Kazzie Q. Sisler, Kennedy S. Weeks, Summa Cum Laude, all of Oakland; and Robert A. O’Brien, Swanton.


AAS, Business & Information Technology:  Graphic/Web Design:  Thomas B. Brown, and Olivia J. Weeks, Summa Cum Laude, both of Oakland; and Justin D. Shafer, Swanton.


AAS, Cybersecurity:  Sohn M. Cottrell, Westernport.


AAS, Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology:  Logan C. Beeman, Accident; EllaRose E. Warnick, Cum Laude, Frostburg; Jennifer E. Condon, Laurel; Dakota J. Knott, Nanjemoy, Cum Laude; Aaron T. Graham and Stephen M. Jones, Summa Cum Laude, both of Oakland; Joseph A. Hadaway, Pasadena; Brady A. O’Brien, Swanton; Samantha E. Miller and Tess K. Nichols, both of Sykesville; Grant E. Helmstetter, Abbottstown, Pa.; and William A. Decker, Garrett, Pa.


AAS, Paramedic Studies:  Joshua T. Bosley, Summa Cum Laude, Cumberland.


AAS, Sport Management:  Ian C. Eggleston, Summa Cum Laude, McHenry; Hunter J. Eitelbach, Brewster, Mass.; Michael G. Joyce, Land O’ Lakes, Fla.; and Cameron S. Selders, Morgantown, W.Va.


ASE, Electrical Engineering:  Dawson R. Beitzel, Cum Laude, Grantsville.


Certificate, Cybersecurity:  Brock A. Lewis, Oakland.




Governor Hogan Announces End of COVID-19 State of Emergency

Emergency Mandates and Restrictions to End July 1, Followed By 45-Day Administrative Grace Period

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency in the State of Maryland. As of today, Maryland has surpassed 6.5 million vaccinations, and the positivity rate is a record-low 0.82%.

“Thanks in large part to the hard work, the sacrifices, and the vigilance of the people of Maryland, we have finally reached the light at the end of that long tunnel,” said Governor Hogan. “Each and every one of you—your actions—have made this day possible. I am so proud of our state, and I’m grateful to have had this honor to serve as your governor. Thank you all for being Maryland Strong.”


Watch the press conference.

The COVID-19 state of emergency will end in two phases:


All emergency mandates and restrictions will be terminated as of July 1. There will no longer be any statewide mask order in effect for any settings, including schools, camps, and child care facilities.


Thursday, July 1 will mark the beginning of a 45-day grace period, where certain regulations will continue to be relaxed to complete the administrative transition out of the pandemic. This includes such provisions as renewing driver’s licenses, winding down emergency health operations, and the moratorium on evictions related to COVID-19.

Oakland’s Clean and Green Team Busy With Summer Prep

Volunteer members of Oakland’s Clean and Green Team have been busy finishing up some projects for the summer season.  Last month, members relocated the Bottle Cap Mosaic from the area that used to be referred to as the Pocket Park to the railing at The Vagabond Taproom. It is now more visible and visitors can read the new informational plaque. New mulch was purchased using monies the team raised at last year’s Tucker County “Run for It” event for flower beds at the Oakland Dog Park. Last week the team filled the planters around town with flowers purchased using monies also raised at the Run for It walk/run event.

A Pollination Garden is also in progress on Alder Street and more information will be shared in the coming weeks. “Our team is very small but dedicated to help make Oakland more beautiful.  When we are out working on projects people always stop and thank us” said Lisa Baker, Clean and Green Team Chairperson.

The Clean and Green Team is one of several revitalization teams formed in 2016 to assist with revitalization projects for Oakland. The objective of the Clean and Green Team works to develop and implement programs that keep Oakland clean, green, and beautiful. Past projects include the planters acquired for downtown filled with summer flowers then mums for the fall season and the assistance with the plans and completion of the Oakland Dog Park. Anyone wanting to be more active in the community where they live, work, shop and play via the Clean and Green Team or any other revitalization committees can sign up by contacting Nicole McCullough at



Tuesday June 15

The weather today will be sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. A high near 67 and a low of 46. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Garrett 8 Cinemas is REOPENING FRIDAY 6/25!

Pine Lodge Steakhouse are now open during the week for lunch starting at 11 am. Stop in for a Smokin’ Gouda Burger or one of their other delicious meals.

The Board of County Commissioners Public Meeting Agenda is set for Tuesday, June 22, 2021 beginning at 4:00 p.m.

I haven’t personally seen any cicadas here at the lake but maybe you have?

Maryland Public Television wants to see how you’ve been enjoying (or enduring!) this exciting natural phenomenon. Submit a horizontal video of your weird and wild cicada experiences to, and you might just end up featured in an upcoming episode of Outdoors Maryland.

GRMC is offering another Safe Sitter Course on July 24th: Designed to prepare those 6th grade and up to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The Instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. To register call 301-533-4371.

The newly formed Greater Garrett Youth Lacross club is still looking for help and they have several board seats available! Contact them via email at!


Board of County Commissioners Public Meeting Agenda


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Meeting will also be Live Streamed at

Agenda Session Times are Approximate

The Board of County Commissioners may close a portion of this public meeting and move into Executive Session to comply with a specific constitutional, statutory, or judicial requirement that may prevent public disclosure about a particular proceeding or matter *To comment on agenda items – please send to

3:00 Administrative Session

4:00 Call to Order of Public Session, Invocation, and Pledge of Allegiance County Administrator – Additions/Deletions to Public Meeting Agenda Approval of Public, Administrative, and Executive Meeting Minutes

4:05 Garrett County Commission for Women Update – Lisa Thayer Welch

4:15 Garrett County Purchasing Department
Bid Awards: 1. Motor Oil & Grease – Bid#21–0520MO 2. Fuel – Bid # 21–0520F




Public Issues or concerns that are to be presented to the Board of Garrett County Commissioners during any Public Meeting should be scheduled with Carol A. Riley-Alexander, Executive Assistant to the Board of County Commissioners/County Administrator. The Board of Garrett County Commissioners next scheduled Public Meeting will be Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Monday June 14

Happy Flag Day! 🇺🇸

The weather today patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 76 and a low around 53. West wind 3 to 7 mph. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds.

There is a 1997 boat newly listed in our Online Marketplace. Check it out!

According to a study by WalletHub, Maryland ranks in the top “Most Fun States in America2021’s Most Fun States in America:

  • 26th – Restaurants per Capita
  • 14th – Amusement Parks per Capita
  • 18th – Performing-Arts Theaters per Capita
  • 18th – Fitness Centers per Capita
  • 14th – Access to National Parks
  • 26th – Variety of Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Establishments

We had a great time at the Oakland Kick-Off to Summer event on Saturday! If you’re interested in one of our Explore More t-shirts, order here!

The Deep Creek Lake Property Owners Association is inviting the public to attend the POA General Members Meeting on June 19 at 8:30am at Garrett 8 Cinemas. Coffee and snacks will be available at 8:00 AM in the lobby. Please feel free to speak when you are recognized if you would like to address the audience on any topic concerning the County or Lake. This is a good opportunity to connect with lake area property owners.

It’s time to plan your summer visits to New Germany State Park! Photo by Robin Broder:


Friday June 11, Saturday June 12, Sunday June 13

The weather today will be showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 66 and low around 56. Patchy fog after 3am. East wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Saturday will be a slight chance of showers before 9am. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 77 and a low around 59. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Sunday will be showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. High near 76 and a low around 55. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Garrett County Public Utilities continues hydrant flow testing to update the hydrant locations and flow rates for their 911 dispatch and Fire Company’s database. The areas that could be impacted will include water customers in Mt. Lake Park, Deer Park, Loch Lynn, Bloomington, Kitzmiller, Shallmar, Gorman, McHenry, Thayerville, Friendsville, and Keyser’s Ridge. Customers that experience dirty or cloudy water are advised to flush the cold-water supply for 15 minutes or until the water becomes clear.

Also, there was a water main break at 1163 Deep Creek Drive last evening. Service is restored but will be intermittent this morning due to repairs. Upon service restoration customers that experience cloudy or dirty water are advised to run the cold water supply for 15 minutes or until clear.

One more note from the County: A recording of Monday’s Commissioner meeting can be found here.

There’s a new bait shop in town! B&B Bait offers live bait in the Garrett County, MD area. They’ll bring the bait to you! Call Becky 240) 321-5143 for more information.

From our friends at Double Oak Farms:

“Why buy local you might ask? There are so many reasons!
Know where your food was raised
Know the farmer who raised your food
Support local farmers
Support your local economy
We don’t get hacked! 😉Supporting local smaller suppliers is safer than relying on 1 or 2 huge major computerized giant suppliers!
Stock your freezer with local beef! Call/text 301 616 7577″

There are two Garrett County grants available to assist with COVID-19 relief: the Online Sales & Telework Assistance COVID-19 Relief Grant and the Nonprofit Recovery Grant.

There’s a Maple Syrup Workshop: Grading and Quality Control today from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

The Masons at MoonShadow today @ 6:00 pm.

One of the Maryland License-Free Fishing Days is tomorrow!

The Deep Creek Lion’s Club Boat Auction is tomorrow beginning at 9:00 am.

Oakland’s Kick Off to Summer is tomorrow, Saturday, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Activities include a cornhole tournament, a Beer Walk, food vendors, live music, sidewalk sales, artist exhibits, kid’s activities, a car show, and much more.


Thursday June 10

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 76 and a low around 62. A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Showers and thunderstorms also likely after 8pm.

Don’t forget to get your order in with Lebanese Taverna TODAY (by 6pm)!

The Deep Creek Watershed Foundation has some news: They are seeking a DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE – click here to see the job description. Also, DCWF will be sponsoring a special event at the Sipside Lounge in downtown Oakland on Monday, June 28 from 5 to 8 pm. They are inviting all supporters of Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding watershed area to join them for a night of fun and fundraising with the Youghiogheny Blues Band.

The trout management waters of the central and western regions are still offering good trout fishing. Read more in the Maryland DNR’s June 9 Fishing Report.

The Garrett County Judy Center: Playgroup is today at 9:45 am – 11:00 am.

Tonight is the first Little Yough Family Flicks: Scoob! In the Oakland Town Parking Lot.

Every Thursday is Team Trivia Night at Mountain State Brewing Co. and West Virginia Team Trivia at the Deep Creek Lake location. Trivia starts at 6:30 PM, and house prizes are awarded for first, second & third places!



Deep Creek Watershed Foundation Fundraiser

The Deep Creek Watershed Foundation will be sponsoring a special event at the Sipside Lounge in downtown Oakland on Monday, June 28 from 5 to 8 pm.  We are inviting all supporters of Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding watershed area to join us for a night of fun and fundraising!

Music will be provided by the Youghiogheny Blues Band.  Members include Jim Jones and Monty Pagenhardt.  Food including light fare and full dinners will be available for purchase by Sophie’s Serendipity.  They are a local farm to table establishment and if you haven’t had their food yet, you are in for a treat!

If you are a business and would like to donate an auction item, let us know!  We will make sure you are recognized for your donation!

The Sipside Lounge is a delightful indoor and outdoor venue with a historic backdrop.  The Sipside owners, Pat and Barbara Franc will be donating a portion of sales to the foundation!  There will be train raffles, auction items and 50/50 drawings!  We look forward to seeing you at the Sipside Lounge!
Please contact our event coordinator, Sandy Bello for any questions or if you would like to donate an auction item at 240 321-2524.