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.
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.
–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.
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 DontBug.MD@maryland.gov 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”!
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Tonight at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm is theGarrett 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.
The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 66 and a low around 48. Northwest wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Saturday will be patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 73 and a low of 56. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Sunday will be sunny with a high near 78 and a low of 60. West wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Normally Deep Creek Lavender Farm is closed by this time, but they decided to extend the season! They are open every Saturday, 10-4pm through Oct 16th. Stop by to see some of the lavender set a small second bloom, and of course, shop for all of your favorite lavender products in the lovely farm store.
Hospice of Garrett County posted that they compose a list of paid caregivers that are available to provide in-home care throughout our community, and currently there is a greater need than normal. If you are interested in being added to that list, please contact Hospice of Garrett County at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 10 @ 6:00 pm is the Whiskey Rebellion Fest 2021 – The only time a sitting President lead troops into the field was when President Washington rode to Fort Cumberland to put down the Whiskey Rebellion.
The weather today will be scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 68 and a low around 48. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Read about September Garrett County Skies: Note, on September 11, the moon will appear near the planet Saturn in the western evening sky. September 13 is also the evening when the moon appears half full (like a ‘D’). Along the moon’s East edge, the sun there is rising, lighting up the raised rims of the craters. The evenings of September 12-14 are best for observing the moon’s craters with a telescope.
Are you planning to attend the Building Hope Dinner Auction on October 9th? This fun-filled evening will have great food, decadent desserts, live and silent auctions. Due to assistance from gracious sponsors, the event will be held OUTSIDE at the Lion’s Pavilion at Glades Park (Liberty Street) on October 9th from 1-3pm.
Deep Creek Lake is a manmade impoundment that is Maryland’s largest body of freshwater. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources manages the lake, shoreline, and adjacent Natural Resource Management Area and State Park. The Maryland Department of the Environment manages the water level and lake bottom. Brookfield Renewable owns and operates the hydroelectric dam, construction of which formed the lake in the 1920s. Garrett County manages the lake’s 40,000-acre watershed.
The State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund, approved by Governor Hogan in 2018, provides $1 million a year for three years for state-owned lakes including Deep Creek Lake. This money has supported invasive hydrilla control, fish habitat installation, shoreline erosion control, and dredging.
The Deep Creek Lake Launch Steward Program, a cooperative effort between Garrett College’s Natural Resource and Wildlife Technology program and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Stewards conduct voluntary boat inspections and educate the public about aquatic invasive species. Since 2016, the Stewards intercepted 29 vessels that carried aquatic invasive species, including zebra mussels, a species found in other nearby waters, thwarting their expansion into Deep Creek Lake.
Also, on September 9 at 7:00 pm The Oakland (MD) Old-Time Jam where musicians of all skill levels are invited to bring their fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, etc., and play old-time Appalachian tunes at Our Town Theatre.
The weather today will be a slight chance of showers between 2pm and 3pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Increasing clouds, with a high near 76 and a low of 55. Southwest wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
As Garrett County Public School gets underway this week, this means that motorists will again be sharing the road with the school buses. If a school bus is stopped with its red lights flashing motorists meeting or overtaking the bus are required to stop at least 20 feet from the bus in either direction. The only exception is when there is a physical barrier dividing a four-lane roadway, then only vehicles following the bus are required to stop.
The 17th annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, benefiting HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) is this weekend! Featuring beautifully handcrafted works by local and regional artisans, more than 200 wines to taste from Maryland and national wineries, a lounge to watch college football games and purchase beer on tap, a cigar bar, live entertainment, food, silent auction, wine store, wine pairing dinners, lodging packages and more! The Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Committee is requiring all vendors, sponsors, wine reps, volunteers, and committee members to wear masks. Hand sanitizer will be provided at each table, and the booth spaces will be spaced further apart than normal. We recommend that in between tastings to wear a mask. Disposable masks will be available (while supplies last). Things will be a bit different this year, but the fun will remain the same! Thank you for your support and patience!
NOTE: The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has cancelled their annual kick-off dinner and craft show at the fairgrounds scheduled during the annual Autumn Glory celebration. The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department has also cancelled Fireman’s Parade and Oktoberfest events (typically on Thursday evening of the annual event).
The weather today will be patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 76 and a low around 58. Light southwest wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
I hope you each had a great holiday weekend — fall has unofficially started for me. I am sipping a pumpkin spice coffee this morning as I type.
Today is the first day of classes for Garrett County Public Schools. I am wishing all of the local students a great year!
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio announced $2.2 million in additional funding for Deep Creek Lake dredging. Speaking to a group at Garrett College, Secretary Riccio also discussed the state’s long-term commitment to water monitoring at the lake, ongoing efforts to prevent and combat aquatic invasive species, and work to protect and expand the lake’s freshwater fisheries.
There’s a new umbrella art installation in downtown Oakland that represents “Weathering Life’s Storms” a community dance project by Brenda’s Body Shop. Purple umbrellas are on sale now to support Cindy’s Fund. Umbrellas are available at BBS, Green Acres, Gregg’s Pharmacy, and The Book Market.
The weather today will be patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 73 and a low around 52. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.
The Landfill is closed, today, Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. The refuse collection sites are, however, open today 7:00am – 6:00pm.
The weather today will be sunny with a high near 70 and a low around 49. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 73 and a low around 57. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with showers likely, mainly after 9am. A high near 68 and a low around 56. West wind 7 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Labor Day Monday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 71 and a low around 52.
Thank you to Glenda at Garrett Regional Medical Center for sharing the most recent weather summary with us. The high-temperature average was 81.6 and the low-temperature average was 63.6, and there were 6.29 inches of precipitation reported for August. I’ll be interested to see how Ida’s rains compare!
Here’s a photo sent in to us showing the deluge on Spring Lick Road Wednesday.
Guess what?! I have just restocked a few Explore More Deep Creek Lake, MD t-shirts at the Pine Lodge Steakhouse giftshop! Get ’em while you can! Plus, check out this cute shirt they have available.
The inaugural class of Ascend West Virginia, a talent attraction and retention program, will soon pack their bags for Morgantown, the program’s first host city. I wonder if Garrett County could organize something similar?
Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Garrett College will be offering an upcoming marketing workshop course instructed by my business partner Mike Tumbarello. The course, called “The “Fuzzy Front-End” of Marketing, will use proven marketing techniques to help you build a strong marketing foundation.
There’s plenty going on this weekend but here are a few highlights:
September 2 @ 7:00 pm is a beginner-to-intermediate Genealogy Workshop with Maryland Public Television.
Plan tomorrow to take the kiddos to the Craft Activity Room at Sang Run State Park! Also, Garden Tours at Sang Run will highlight the heirloom foods the park grows and tell the stories of the people who first cultivated them as well as the environmental benefits that come from sustainable food sources.