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.

CORRECTION:
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.

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 nathan.zais@maryland.gov.  Callers may remain anonymous.

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

 

 

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 srobey@mpt.org, 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 garrettlacrosse@outlook.com!

 

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!

 

 

Wednesday June 9

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 74 and a low around 62. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. West wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.  New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Welcome to the Deep Creek Lavender Farm! Did you know the farm, located in Accident, currently has nearly 1500 lavender plants with 15 different varieties of English lavender in shades of purple, white, and pink? Walk the fields, visit the farm store and pick your own bouquet of lavender during bloom season (usually end of June through mid-July). We will keep you updated on events at the farm throughout the summer!

Trout’s House pricing in! Note the prices on #2 crabs has changed! 🦀

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s is ending federal unemployment programs — the extra $300/week payments — two months early. His administration said Hogan looked at factors including increasing vaccination rates, job growth, and stories from business owners who say they can’t find people to hire.

Maryland seems to be in the middle of the pack: experiencing the 20th smallest rise in unemployment since COVID.

The Executive Committee of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce announced Regina Sweitzer is the Interim President/CEO.

Three lovely local ladies will be Inducted into the 2021 Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame: Linda Edwards, Judy Carbone, and Susan Newton! Congratulations!!

The first summer Farmer’s Market is today from 10am – 1pm.

Good luck to high school athletes still competing in the regional meets or playoff games!

 

 

Tuesday June 8

The weather today will be cloudy then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 79 and a low around 62. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms possible, after 9am. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Maryland State Highway historic road marker is today, Tuesday, June 8 at 12-noon. The reception will be held at 2008 Maryland Highway (Rte. 135) to mark the Garrett County Roads Workers Strike of 1970. On hand for the installation was Tom Holler, a retired Garrett County Roads Department worker and son of strike participant Lyden Holler.

U.S. Census data can be overwhelming but there are valuable insights available to the public. The Bureau has compiled “Data Gems” tutorials on how to access local information.

I heard from my sister-in-law last night that local daycare centers have very strict COVID-19 protocols. We’re not out of the woods yet. Current COVID-19 numbers for Garrett County are: 2,036 Confirmed Positive Test Results (Garrett County Residents) and 64 COVID-19 Related Deaths (Garrett County Residents).

Eligible small businesses, nonprofits, sole proprietors, and independent contractors can still apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. The loan provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. SBA is still accepting applications.

This weekend is the Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club Boat Auction…. Here’s the list of boats available as of Monday.

Also, on Saturday, June 12th the Town of Oakland, Maryland will host the “Kick Off to Summer” event from 2 pm to 6 pm in downtown Oakland. 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.

 

Monday June 7

The weather today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 80 and a low around 62. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

You’re the first to know about the Lebanese Taverna DCL Neighborhood drop off: Order Lebanese Taverna for pick-up June 11 at 3:30pm. Lebanese Taverna introduced classic Lebanese family cooking founded in Arlington’s Westover neighborhood in 1979. Today, Lebanese Taverna is run by five siblings and has a dozen locations in Washington, D.C., its suburbs, and Baltimore, including six full-service restaurants, seven fast-casual eateries, and their flagship Lebanese market.

There is an effort being organized to create a Garrett lacrosse team and they’re looking for players, volunteers, and input! Complete a quick 5 question survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YX365TC

The scheduled herbicide treatment at Deep Creek Lake will be performed today, June 7.  For full details regarding these efforts, please visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website. A map showing the treatment locations as red polygons can be seen below:

We already know there are beautiful places to visit here in the Deep Creek Lake area but The Baltimore Sun compiled 50 picturesque spots to visit across the state.

The Discovery Center is offering a Brant Mine Hike today at 10:00 am – 12:30 pm also the “Shellfies” program at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

It’s “Hooked on Books Night” from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Friday June 4, Saturday June 5, Sunday June 6

The weather today will be scattered showers before noon, then isolated showers and thunderstorms between noon and 1pm. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 73 and a low around 56. Saturday and Sunday will be sunny with highs reaching about 80 … Sunday 82 … and lows around 60.

Enjoy your weekend!

It’s National Donut Day! Stop by Deep Creek Donuts or Glazed and Confuzed Donuts for made to order creations!
🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩

I have not seen ANY cicadas here at the lake. Here’s a reminder from the Maryland Department of the Environment: After 17 years below ground these cicadas were not able to finish emerging and mate because of the piece of glass. Don’t litter!

Garrett County Skies teaches us more about two bright stars and the beginning of summer.

Don’t forget to check in on the “What’s New Around Town” page.

Appalachian Fiber art show is open tonight June 4 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

A Maryland License-Free Fishing Day is tomorrow!

At the DCL Discovery Center:
TONIGHT: Bear Aware (5:30-8) – Stop by the headquarters building to learn about our beloved native black bears. Information will include their natural history, precautions campers should take, management tactics, as well as general local/park information. The naturalists will have hands-on displays.

SATURDAY:
Fishing With The Naturalists (Starts at 10) — Join our naturalists at the Discovery Center to learn how to take part in one of the best pastimes Deep Creek has to offer: fishing! Kids under 15 will learn skills that will help on their own fishing adventures. (Registration and a ten dollar payment is required at HQ, first come first serve.)

Herp Hike (Starts at 2, .5 Miles) – Join a naturalist for a stroll through the park and discover the hidden treasures that are our the native reptiles and amphibians of our region. Great for all ages! Meet on the Discovery Center deck.

SUNDAY:
Reptile Encounter (Starts at 10) – All are invited to the benches by the aviary to learn about some of our fascinating and gentle reptile ambassadors. Great for kids!

Aviary Tour (Starts at 2) – Meet our birds of prey for lunch at the aviary. Our naturalists will discuss the enthralling natural history of these powerful animals as well as some peeks at how they are trained!

Trout’s House Seafood prices this weekend: #1 Crabs Bushel $389.00 / ½ Bu. $199.00 / Doz. $89.00. See more for this week here.

🐏 The Southern High School graduation ceremony will be live-streamed via the following link on Saturday:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RqdmK7gNKc

🐕 The Northern Garrett High School graduation ceremony will be live-streamed via the following link on Saturday:

Thursday June 3

The weather today will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 71 and a low around 57. Southwest wind 5 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Make your guess in our monthly “Where Am I?” contest. Congrats to Teresa H. for winning May’s challenge — the correct answer was Casselman River Bridge!

Mountain State Brewing Co.: Team Trivia is tonight @ 6:30 pm.

On Saturday, swing by Alpine Lake Resort for their Prime Rib Special from 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has reopened the Emergency Assistance to Non-public Schools (EANS) program. The applications, due by June 30, 2021, can be found at: www.marylandpublicschools.org/EANS.

Maryland DNR June 2 fishing report: “Deep Creek Lake is settling into a summer type of fishing scene. Boat traffic is increased, floating docks are deployed all around the lake, and vacationing families are enjoying time out on the lake fishing. Bluegills are providing plenty of fun fishing for anglers of all ages. Smallmouth bass, large yellow perch and walleye can be found along deep grass edges by drifting live minnows or working deep running shad raps along those edges. Water temperatures are in the low to mid 60’s in the lake…”

There is a boat lift newly listed in our online marketplace: under DOCKS.

 

Wednesday June 2

The weather today will be a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 71 and a low of 57. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm overnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Garrett College is conducting a sports interest survey if you are an out-of-county or out-of-state student. Will you share this with someone who fits the description so they may share their perspective?

Unfortunately, there was recent vandalism at Grantsville Town Park. Fortunately, images of the vandals were captured on camera and the crimes have been reported to the police.

Garrett County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter reported that between April 1, and June 1, they did 27 adoptions, 120 sent to rescue and 16 return to owners. We THANK YOU for your work!

GRMC is offering a Safe Sitter Course! Designed to prepare those in 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 please call 301-533-4371.

Read Together Book Club will be in Grantsville on June 4 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.

GRiT Ride #4 will be at Deep Creek State Park — All girls ages 6th grade through adults are welcome to explore the sport of mountain biking!

We now have an online form live for our Explore More t-shirts! Order yours today!

Tuesday June 1

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 69 and a low around 53. West wind 3 to 6 mph.

The Deep Creek Lake COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds from May 28 through June 2, and will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Here’s the newest, cutest, addition at my house:

Garrett County’s lakes and beaches are clean and self-sustainable but occasionally their water quality can be influenced by a heavy rain event or a large geese population. The Garrett County Health Department monitors the beaches by completing water testing and if the E. coli count is above the threshold recommended by the US EPA, then a swim advisory will be posted on the beach.

Brookside Health & Wellness, Rachel Friend-Lantz, CRNP, a nurse-managed primary health care center, has announced an office relocation to meet the needs of the practice’s rapid growth. The office is now located at 14689 Garrett Highway.

Congratulations to Mrs. Rhonda Cox on her continuation of Pine Lodge Steakhouse!

The secret’s out about Deep Creek Lake, MD!

The summer Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is back on Wednesdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Oakland Town Parking Lot.

Also, Community Conversations for Home Learners will be in Grantsville tomorrow from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.