Friday September 4, Saturday September 5, Sunday September 6

The weather today will be cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 71 and a low around 48. ((Ehhh .. that’s cold!)) Saturday will be sunny with a high near 70 and a low around 52. Sunday will be warmer; a high near 74 and a low around 56.

St. Peter’s Summer Mass Schedule ends this weekend. The Fall and Winter schedule will be Saturday Mass: 4PM @ Lake Center on Mosser Road and Sunday Mass: 9 AM @ Church in Oakland.

Did you know the ruby-throated hummingbird makes a 1,000-plus mile journey each year? It travels from Central America back to the eastern United States in the spring to breed. We are fortunate to have ruby-throated hummingbirds return to Maryland year after year.

Despite the cancellation of the Grand Feature Parade, many Autumn Glory Festival events are still ON from October 7 – 11, 2020. There will be a Craft & Gift Sale, the Chamber’s Autumn Glory Float Contest, information on the 2020 Fall Foliage Heritage Driving Tours, a Car Show and the famous Turkey Trail.

The Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake is an advocate on behalf of the property owners of the Deep Creek Lake area.  To accomplish this, they strive to promote, preserve and protect the quality of life, environment, recreational opportunities, historic sites, and historic areas on Deep Creek Lake and in its watershed, Garrett County, Maryland. The semi-annual membership meeting will be virtual on September 19. Click here to learn more about joining.

I love biking and I’m excited to report there will be a new bike shop in town! The Tiny Corner Bike Shop will open Autumn Glory weekend offering repairs, apparel, parts, and tools, as well as new and used bikes.

There are a few more things that are What’s New Around Town.

As Mike mentioned this week, our People’s Choice Challenge looks a bit different this year but we’re focused on celebrating those products, experiences, services, and professionals that make Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake, MD great! To encourage the celebration of the chosen FAVORITES, we want YOU to WIN! We’re still trying to personally notify all of our winners but you can see the full list here.

Submit a selfie or photo here to celebrate! and, each photo submission, is an entry to win a chance at one of three $150 prizes!

We also will be celebrating the chosen FAVORITES here in the Daily Notes (as space allows):

Professional: Connor Norman

Connor Norman has lived in Garrett County for the last 15 years and, during the day, serves the community as the Senior Centers Operations Manager for Garrett County Community Action. By night, Connor owns and operates Norman Networking and Promotions (NN&P) offering an array of entertainment and audio promotion based services. He’s experienced with live game show entertainment, event MC/DJ services as well as professional voice over services. He loves Jazz, sandwiches, and sometimes a hike. Connor is a two-time winner of Garrett County’s 2019/2020 Diplomat of the Year Awards, and winner of the 2020 Garrett County Volunteer of the Year award.

“My favorite thing about Deep Creek Lake would have to be the community. You’d be hard-pressed to find a person in Garrett County that wouldn’t give you the shirt off their back. The open, kind, and wonderful nature of Deep Creek Lakes inhabitants, businesses, and attractions is, and always will be, my favorite!”

Thursday September 3

The weather today will be showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. High near 71 and a low around 61. Light south wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Welcome to our newest advertiser C3 American Exteriors! C3 is your trusted roofing contractor; licensed and insured. They specialize in innovative residential roofing services, including roof inspection, roof maintenance, roof repair, and roof replacement solutions. They also provide exterior home remodeling services, including siding, gutters, and window replacements.

Governor Larry Hogan has allowed the state of Maryland to move into Stage Three of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ Plan. And, the County Commissioners have said: “as the Governor announces phased openings or, as he eases restrictions related to the COVID -19 State of Emergency, those actions will apply in Garrett County unless the Garrett County Health Officer directs otherwise.”

There were zero positive COVID-19 tests from the August 26th Community Testing Event.

Funds remain available in the two Garrett County Economic Development COVID-19 relief grant programs. Learn more.

Your mail-in ballot application for the 2020 Presidential General Election should be arriving from the Garrett County Board of Elections. It will be a  windowed envelope. Note, official ballots are not mailed to you without an application, but, if you plan to vote in-person you don’t need an application.

I spent a little time “down on the farm” yesterday! I met with Julie of Wildom Farm and she gave me the tour of their property. Their focus is especially on livestock and making the supply chain as short as possible. They also have their own sawmill and are offering campsites to the public. They’re located just across the street from Mountain State Brewing Company at the lake! It’s the sweetest family farm and they’re definitely doing good work!


Wednesday September 2

Today we have a chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Some fog in the morning, then mostly cloudy, with a high near 76 degrees with a southwest wind 6 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. We have a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Be sure to check out this month’s Cover Story.  You can find it here!

In addition, don’t forget to keep checking “here” for the final list of 2020 People’s Choice Challenge Nominees.  Sarah has been reaching out to them all collectively and individually to inform them of their nomination. This year, all the nominees are winners and you “vote” and show your support by taking photos at their location or of you/your family using their product/service. If you see a nominee posting on social media, feel free to show your support by sending in a photo before the complete list is released.  Here’s the link to more information and remember, photo entries have a chance to win $$$ prizes. Good luck!

Moving from our community to the national scene, Kiplinger’s just published the results of a national poll of their readers.  When answering the question “which issue are you most concerned about as you decide who to vote for in the 2020 election?” 59% said the economy, 16% said social security and medicare, 15% said health care and 5% said taxes.  Since it is Kiplinger’s readership, I am guessing it is likely skewed toward higher income, net worth and age, and likely not projectable to the general population, but interesting nonetheless.

On a global level, I bet you didn’t know that the Venice Film Festival, which dates to 1932, is the oldest film festival in the world. I didn’t know that until I read it in last Sunday’s New York Times.

Speaking of festivals, the sponsors had to cancel our always popular Art & Wine Festival due to the pandemic, but HART for Animals and GLAF are offering a Wine & Weekend Festival raffle with some really great weekend get-aways.  Here’s the scoop

I have been seeing and hearing examples of a somewhat rapidly dropping lake level over the past two weeks.  Here’s a message from Bob Sutton, President of the Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake. Basically, we are near the lower rule bands… If you have a boat docked in a cove, you may want to consider Bob’s message when determining when you will take your boat out of the water.

And, speaking of HART, here’s a look at some of their impressive numbers for August YTD are as follows:

As of August 2020:
Spays & Neuters: 465
Rescue & Transports: 423
Adoptions: 102The revenues generated by the services at the HART Animal Center support the basic operating costs of the facility, including staff and maintenance, so that we may serve the animals and our community through our mission programs. We support those programs through donations and fundraising. HART uses 87% of all revenue to pay for those programs, including rescue, transport, spay/neuter, sheltering, and adoption.

Here’s a link to a great article in the Wall Street Journal (thanks for calling our attention to it Martha C.). The article covers travel to places like Deep Creek Lake and national parks during these times and highlights some local businesses and owners/managers, including Jodi and Joe Refosco, Steve Green and Megan Till. There’s also some great statistics.

Sarah and I have put together what we think is a timely and powerful workshop for entrepreneurs and managers (including non-profit). It will be in person and online over three sessions starting on September 30th at Garrett College.  Here’s the scoop:

You and Your Business Survived the Pandemic, Now What?
A Roadmap to Post-Pandemic Success

Course # PF-114 Event Date 9/30/2020 – 10/14/2020 Course Times 5:00-8:15pm Location McH and Online – Hybrid Instructor Mike Tumbarello and Sarah Myers

Workshop Description: The world has been through a truly devastating period of pain and change. Beyond the death and sickness, there have been significant, fundamental changes to our way of life and to the way businesses operate and succeed or fail. This practical workshop will help small business and non-profit owners and managers take a deep breath and assess where they are now, where the business environment is, where it is headed and what steps they can and should take to ensure sustainable success for their enterprise. Based on years of experience and best practices utilized for clients and their own enterprises, Mike and Sarah will help students: conduct a personal and business mission/vision self-assessment, detail and understand changes to the business environment and buyer needs and behaviors, build and reposition their brand, execute against critical success factors, better communicate value to customers, build sustainable competitive advantage and manage their enterprise for success. All students will receive a workbook to drive thoughts, assessment, strategies and tactics designed to help them embrace change and drive their success.

Contact the Garrett College CEWD Department at 301.387.3069 for more information or to register for this course and others, including an upcoming workshop for new supervisors. They have some good offerings planned for the fall…

Tuesday September 1

Happy September folks! Yesterday afternoon was rainy, with today holding a 20% – 30% chance of showers, mainly before 11:00 am and after 3:00 pm. Fog in the morning. Today’s temperature will reach a high of about 74 degrees and we will have a low around 63.

Some of my fellow Deep Creek Lake Lions are running in the Virtual 2020 Tucker Community Foundation fundraiser.  I offered to run with them if one of them carried me.  No one volunteered, so I just made a small donation to help our team and our blind skier program.  Here’s the link to find out more or to donate to our team if you are able.  If you have any questions concerning the event, please contact Jeff Fellers at +1 304-478-2930 or   Any help appreciated.

And, speaking of the Deep Creek Lake Lions, a Meshach Browning-themed community art project will be unveiled on September 26th at noon at the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club Park on 1249 Bumble Bee Rd. The project consists of over fifty 3D-printed plaques depicting Meshach Browning which have been painted and decorated by community members and assembled into a mosaic. The production of these panels was paid for by an IMPACT GARRETT COUNTY grant awarded by the Population Health, Innovation & Informatics Unit at the Garrett County Health Department with primary funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. There will also be a launch that day of another community project.  Click here for the scoop!

Wow, Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has been named a top hospital for patient experience by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading publication of the health care industry. This distinction recognizes GRMC as being among the top five hospitals for patient experience in the state of Maryland. In addition to GRMC, other Maryland hospitals to make the list include John Hopkins Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, both in Baltimore; Atlantic General Hospital, in Berlin; and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda.

I wrote about my own great experience at GRMC yesterday and I am going to post this month’s Cover Story in the next day or so and it will delve further into GRMC and its position in our community.  In the meantime, you can go here to read the full press release from GRMC on the Becker’s Hospital Review honor.  I am impressed and GRMC deserves our congratulations!

The next Garrett County Board of County Commissioners Meeting will be held on September 8th.  The meeting will be live streamed at  Agenda (click here) session times are approximate and the 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 
Finally today, here’s a nice photo taken by Ellen Callahan while boating along North Glade Cove. Nice photo and looks like the water was a mirror! Thanks for sharing Ellen.
Ellen Callahan 8-30-20

North Glade Cove

Monday August 31

Happy Monday folks! The weekend turned out pretty nice after some rainy periods.  Today we should expect showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2:00 pm. High near 64 degrees and a southeast wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Tonight expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11:00 pm, then showers likely with a low around 59.

As I mentioned last week, I had some surgery at Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) and have been recovering at home.  I wanted to convey my continued very positive impressions of GRMC, their physicians, programs, protocols and processes and especially their focus on the customer/patient and service excellence.  Mark Boucot and his team continue to do a wonderful job and we are fortunate to have GRMC in our community!

As the lake area and Garrett County thrives in many (though not all) ways, I want to give a shout-out to the folks in Louisiana that got hit with the hurricane a couple of days ago.  While a powerful storm, it could have been much worse, and for those that lost their homes and/or businesses, I am sure things are tough.  Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

Seems there is a bit of a “cooler thread” in the air lately as the peak summer season at the lake winds down. This really nice sunset photo taken by Rob Michael may be perfect to reflect the changes.  Rob said he took the photo while having a nice time at the lake with some good friends. Thanks for sharing your photo Rob and we hope you continue to experience great times at the lake.

Sunset at Deep Creek Lake rob michael 8-30-20

Sunset at the Lake

And, speaking of sunsets at the lake, here’s another great photo as submitted by Steve Cusick taken in McHenry, overlooking the LakePoint Inn.  Great photo Steve and thanks for sharing with our readers.

Steve Cusick sunset 8-30-20

Sunset at the Lake

Heard Friday from the Maryland Department of Planning that Maryland reached the top 10 areas in the nation for self-response for the 2020 Census. The 69.1% self-response rate is well above the national response rate of 64.7%. Maryland ranked fourth in the U.S. in internet response. Carroll County leads the state with a self-response rate of 80.7%, ranking 23rd in the U.S. out of more than 3,200 counties. Keep up the good work citizens and organizers.

Sarah wrote about the 2020 Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Challenge while I was recovering last week.  We, frankly, put a lot of time and thought into this year’s challenge, taking into account the pandemic and related issues, plus feedback from past winners.  The biggest change this year is the new twist of all being able to take a selfie/photo in or in-front-of the nominee locations.  Remember, the Challenge is all about celebrating Deep Creek Lake area people, places and purveyers of goods and services and photo submissions are open to all.  We have already been receiving photos, so be sure to submit yours for a chance to win $$$$ prizes.  Here’s a link to the rules.

Have a great Monday folks!

Friday August 28, Saturday August 29, Sunday August 30

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 74 and a low around 65. A chance of showers and thunderstorms all day. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 75 and a low around 56. Showers likely and a chance of a thunderstorm after 2pm. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 70 and a low around 53.

There is a restored row boat for sale, newly listed, in our Online Marketplace.

Check out this aerial view from Deep Creek Lake House‘s Facebook page:

The MD DNR Fishing report states, and I quote: “[if you are] vacationing at Deep Creek Lake …. be sure to make fishing part of your vacation plans — you will not regret it”.

Our lake temperature gauge seems to be back on track with the lake temperature just over 70 degrees currently! Thank you for your patience!

The Garrett County Health Department announced yesterday that there have been two additional COVID-19 cases reported in Garrett County. The current total is 63 and Garrett County’s 7-day positivity rate is 0.5%. Three persons are currently isolating due to COVID-19 positive tests.

There is a food giveaway today in Grantsville and the Little Yough Family Flicks happens tonight. The Mountain Fresh Farmer’s market is tomorrow and Black Beat is having Wing Night on Monday evening. Of course, each of these events have taken precautions for COVID-19.

One note of clarification from the Community Trust Foundation regarding the upcoming Humanitarian award presentation: “Since its inception, the WGW event has raised over $800,000 for over 75 different youth-related activities.”

There is a virtual 5k Run / Walk to benefit homeless veterans taking place on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2020. What a great way to take advantage of Deep Creek’s great outdoors (even in November!)


2020 People's Choice Challenge 2020 People’s Choice Challenge


The 3rd Annual People’s Choice Challenge celebrates what’s great at Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland!! You NOMINATED YOUR FAVORITES and now YOU can WIN!

This year, we have added a twist. Due in part to the novel coronavirus as well as input from the community, we are eliminating the daily voting portion of the Challenge this year. Instead, we would like to celebrate each and every nominee to reflect the honor of being chosen as a People’s Choice Favorite!

We are asking individuals to take a selfie or photo anywhere nearby a FAVORITE’S outdoor sign, or indoors with a FAVORITE’S team or site/products/services. Then, submit your photo to Deep Creek Times! It’s that easy! Each photo submission will be an official entry to the contest.

You may be asking, but, Sarah, what do I win?! Well, Deep Creek Times will be awarding $150 to three randomly selected photo entries.

See the details here!

We want to see PHOTOS of your FAVORITES!

Thursday August 27

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 77 and a low around 66. A chance of showers and thunderstorms then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm.  West wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Here’s a lovely lake photo sent in to us by Bud Porter:

Bud Porter Evening at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Garrett County Health Department is requesting county residents to take a brief, three (3) question survey to help them better understand Garrett County’s nutrition, physical activity, and diabetes needs. Here.

As a reminder, the Garrett County trash collection sites are CLOSED on Tuesdays and Thursdays due to the COVID-19 situation.

Here is the website to answer your frequently asked questions about Garrett County Public School reopening.

A Husqvarna snow blower has been recently added to our online marketplace.

There will be a drive-thru food giveaway tomorrow, August 28, from 1 – 2:30 pm in Grantsville. They kindly request you wear a mask and remain in your vehicle.

Clear Mountain Bank has generously purchased a hog from the Garrett County Fair and donated half of it to the Garrett Mentors organization. Buy your chance now to help raise funds for the upcoming school year.

Consider joining the Celebration Honoring the Community Trust Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Mr. William G. Weissgerber. The live stream event will be on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 7:00 pm.

Wednesday August 26

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 78 and a low around 68. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning.

A few folks are asking about the Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival. Unfortunately, it has been cancelled for the year. They (HART for Animals and GLAF) are holding a “replacement” fundraiser raffle event.

Good Morning!! A gorgeous sunrise from Rob Paine:

Rob Paine Sunrise at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Town of Oakland’s “Green and Clean” team is sponsoring a team for the Tucker County Run For It event. You can help by entering this virtual race and either joining or supporting the team to ultimately support the town’s dog park.

Any questions regarding this event or the Oakland Dog Park can be directed to Nicole McCullough at Oakland City Hall, 301-334-2691 or she can be reached by email at

I saw this online — Chesapeake Public Schools are holding a free demonstration on “Schoology” — Schoolology is the learning environment that will be used while school is in virtual session here in Garrett County. Register for the live demo.

The Mountain Fresh Farmer’s Market is today is from 10am to 1pm at the Moutain Fresh Pavilion. Please remember that both vendors and customers should please appropriately wear a mask at the market and try to distance yourself from others as best you can.

On Friday, September 11th, 2020, Wreaths Across America is requesting that every American to stand outside and wave a flag for one minute at 8:46AM and then again at 9:03 AM.

Tuesday August 25

Yesterday was  a bit rainy.  Today we have a chance of showers before 8:00 am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2:00 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77 degrees and a west wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. We have a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11:00 pm this evening, then a slight chance of showers until 2:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

I am having surgery today (nothing super serious) so Sarah will be taking over Daily Notes for a few days starting tomorrow. I hope to be back posting next week during my usual Monday – Wednesday window. I appreciate all thoughts and prayers, or you can buy me a nice boat if you want to really make a very thoughtful statement.

And, speaking of boats, we’ve got some really nice boats for sale on the Online Marketplace and also a price reduction coming on the Super Air Nautique.  Go here for the latest boats for sale and other items. Check out the other “stuff’ we have for sale there as well.

Claudia Wilson Randall will become the next executive director of the Community Development Network of Maryland (CDN) on September 1st, the organization’s board of directors announced yesterday. Randall has more than two decades of experience in community development, housing and nonprofit leadership in Maryland, at both the local and state level. She succeeds former executive director Odette Ramos, who is stepping down to devote her time toward her run for Baltimore City Council.  Thank you for your service Odette, and welcome Claudia.  CDN is an important member of our rural ecosystem and CDNs efforts are much appreciated.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources covers the upcoming migratory bird hunting season and also the deer archery season in their latest newsletter.  Here’s a link for you to the newsletter.

The new Little Yough Family Flicks series in downtown Oakland kicked off last Friday with a showing of Playing with Fire sponsored by Mountain Laurel Medical Center. The schedule for the rest of the series is as follows: 08/28/2020- Onward sponsored by Club 21550, 09/11/2020- Aladdin sponsored by First People’s Community Federal Credit Union, 09/18/2020- Frozen II sponsored by GCC Technologies, LLC. All showings begin at 8:30pm, weather permitting.

The Garrett County Health Department has scheduled two upcoming Quit Now classes, a free class for help quitting nicotine. The first will begin September 2nd at 5:30 pm at the Accident Fire Hall and the second will begin September 30th at 5:30 pm at the Garrett County Health Department’s Oakland Office. The classes are open to users of all types of tobacco, including cigarettes, smokeless, and electronic smoking devices. For more information about the upcoming class or to register, contact the Garrett County Health Department at 301-334 7730 or 301-895-3111.

I promised in yesterday’s Daily Notes that I would list additional charities, so here goes.  These are charities that may be “stretched thin” due to COVID-19 and other factors.  Please consider making a donation and thanks again to Lori Richardson for sharing the list.

The Dove Center
The Dove Center is a private non-profit organization providing safety, advocacy, and
counseling to individuals affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault. How to Donate:

It’s In The Bag
Serving Garrett County Public Schools, this program fills backpacks with food to send
home with children on the weekends, coordinated by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
How to Donate: By check to It’s In The Bag, P. O. Box 303, Oakland, MD 21550.

United Way of Garrett County
The United Way has established COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to provide
micro-grants to local nonprofits to aid with food, shelter, medical co-pays, and supplies. How to Donate: or send a check to P.O. Box 394,
Oakland, MD 21550.

Western Maryland Red Cross
The Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Monetary donations are also needed. How to Donate: or call 1-800-435-7669.

Other organizations needing your help:
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Monday August 24

The weekend was great, with boats, people and groups in abundance throughout the area.  Today we have a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11:00 am. Partly sunny, with a high near 77 degrees with a west wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tonight we have a slight chance of showers before 11:00 pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Here’s a great photo submitted by Diane Defibaugh of the little ones in her family, all on a jet ski, and all looking very happy.  Nice photo and thanks Diane for sharing with us all. Some of the greatest “attractions” at Deep Creek Lake are  the memories we all create.

Diane Defibaugh kids on ski 8-23-20

Grand Kids on a Jet Ski

Here’s another nice photo, this one of  “sea dog” and buddies, as submitted by Bill Heinz.  Thanks for sharing with us Bill.

Sea Dog from Bill Heinz 8-23-20

Sea Dog and Buddies

The Maryland State Board of Education will be hosting virtual systems-wide meetings on a variety of topics today and tomorrow.  Topics include the Maryland Recovery Plan.  Here’s a link for more information.

I am sad to report the passing of Monsignor Paul Byrnes, who was known for years as the “super pastor” of Western Maryland (which includes St. Peter), who died August 19th at his home along Deep Creek Lake. He was 84. Monsignor Byrnes had a deep love of nature and lived by the maxim “meet the people where they are.” “In the summer months, he would celebrate Mass in the yard of his Deep Creek Lake home. Parishioners and vacationers often would arrive by boat on Saturday afternoons,” said Father C. Doug Kenney, a longtime friend.

The Garrett County Health Department received positive COVID-19 results on Friday for one additional person, bringing the current county total positives to 61. The new positive COVID-19 case is a female in her 50s who has symptoms and is isolating at home. Garrett County’s 7-day positivity rate is 1.0%, and 6 persons are currently isolating due to COVID-19 positive tests.

Local, state and national organizations are providing assistance to Garrett County residents experiencing difficulties from the COVID-19 pandemic at this time. Friends of Deep Creek Lake have compiled a directory of some of the organizations accepting financial donations to support their efforts …and information on how to donate. This list was sent to us by Lori Richards.  We’ll publish more later this week. Please give generously as your heart and wallet dictate.

>Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc.
The County Emergency Management Office has asked Community Action to take a lead role in coordinating donations, including cash, food and household items, volunteer services, transportation, masks, and specific needs associated with COVID-19. How to Donate:

>The Garrett County Public Schools Foundation
The Foundation helps the Garrett County Public Schools provide over 800 meals to students. GCPS is currently providing three meals a day to anyone under 18, through
15 sites throughout the County. How to Donate: By check payable to The GCPS Foundation. Send to P.O. Box 11, Oakland, MD 21550. 301-501-0190.

>The House of Hope
The House of Hope is a non-denominational, non-profit “network of concern” for those in need in Garrett County. It operates four free food banks in the County.
How to Donate: Send check to P.O. Box 24, Oakland, MD 21550 or online

>The Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank distributes food to eligible soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters throughout the State. In Garrett County, it operates through the Oak
Park Church of the Brethren. How to Donate: Click “Donate”

Have a great Monday folks…

Friday, August 21, Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23

I’ll begin this weekend’s edition with the “end” in mind.  Specifically, the sunset, as captured and submitted by reader Mark Richards.  Nice job Mark and we appreciate your sharing  your photo with us all.

Mark Richards Sunset 8-20-20

Sunset at the Lake

Here’s the weather for this weekend: Friday will be partly sunny, with a high near 76 degrees and a calm wind. Friday evening will be mostly cloudy with a low around 60. Saturday we have a slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2:00 pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 77 degrees and a calm wind. Chance of precipitation Saturday is 60%. Sunday we have a slight chance of thunderstorms, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8:00 am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Remember, you can always get up-to-the-minute weather, including forecasts, on the Deep Creek Times weather section, which we believe provides the best combined weather information for this unique mountain area. You can get there from here and it is “on” 24/7, 365 days a year.

This video piece provided by First United Bank & Trust is interesting and worth checking-out: Episode 1 from the second season of the series “Uncommon Stories” begins with Michael Walton, sharing the Uncommon Story of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation which helps to support the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.  Thanks for supporting Uncommon Stories First United and well done!

That piece by First United reminded me why we, as a western Maryland community, have so much in common with our neighbors in West Virginia and south-central Pennsylvania.  If you like history, and/or would like to learn more about the area, check out this and other sites. This one is from my former colleague and historian Al Feldstein, who has a great deal of information and photographs on the western Maryland area.

As mentioned in previous Daily Notes and elsewhere on this site, the 2020 Deep Creek Times Peoples’ Choice Challenge has launched and is in-progress.  We got tons of nominations and will be releasing the names of nominees and a related fun contest for our readers to support and recognize all of our nominees. No voting this year.  You show your support for our nominees by visiting their location (inside or out) and taking a photo.  Winning photo entries will win $$$$.  More details to follow next week.

2020 People's Choice Challenge

2020 People’s Choice Challenge

Get out!  No, really get outside and check out the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Park Quest photo and other contests in their August Park Quest issue. These contests look like a nice way to get outside, experience nature and have some fun as well.  This edition also has a piece on Monarch Butrerflies and creating habitat for them.  Ours are back munching on our milkweed and will then be taking flight for Mexico later in the year.  Here’s the link!

Don’t forget about the National Road and Town-Wide Yard Sale this Saturday in Grantsville.  Before you go up to Grantsville you can go to the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in Oakland for some fresh goodies. And, don’t forget all of our natural wonders, cool places and retailers and restaurants to visit.

Finally, my two kitties asked me to share this one.  Next week is National Dog Week (yes, my cats celebrate diversity and love everyone).  Here’s a list from Trupanion, a leading pet insurer, based on registrations this year: Top 10 dog names for 2020:

1. Luna
2. Charlie
3. Bella
4. Bailey
5. Cooper
6. Daisy
7. Lucy
8. Milo
9. Max
10. Coco





Thursday August 20

The weather yesterday was just about perfect, with lots of blue sky and boats on the lake.  Today will be sunny, with a high near 75 degrees and a light southeast wind of 5 to 7 mph. This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources had this to say in their latest Fishing Report issued yesterday: “Deep Creek Lake has much to offer in regards to fishing this week. Largemouth and smallmouth bass can be found relatively shallow at dawn and late in the evenings near grass and shoreline structure. As the day progresses they will move into cool shade under floating docks and moored boats or go to deep grass beds. Bluegills can be found near docks and grass beds, trout will be holding deep along the dam face.”

Good news: On August 8th, the president made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, the state of Maryland agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Maryland for a FEMA grant under this program, which will allow Maryland to provide those unemployed due to COVID-19 $300 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefit.  FEMA will work with Maryland Governor Hogan to implement a system to make this funding available to Maryland residents.

Received another request to spread the word about the Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival Wine & Weekend Raffle going on now!  This is a replacement fundraiser for the annual Art & Wine Festival event and is an important fundraiser for both HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF). Here’s the link for more information and to purchase a raffle ticket.

The Garrett College Foundation recently announced the formation of the Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Smith Memorial Scholarship, established by the Smith family.  The purpose of the scholarship is to provide scholarship support for students enrolled in continuing education and workforce development programs at Garrett College. As an independent geographic consultant, after a long career as a geographer for the U.S. Department of State, Bob advised clients on all aspects of ocean policies and planning. To make a gift to the scholarship fund, visit online or contact the Garrett College Foundation Office at 301-387-3131.

With all of the cancellations and reschedules due to the pandemic, I am happy to report that the National Road and Town-Wide Yard Sale is on for this Saturday in Grantsville.  The outdoor event goes from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm in town and along Rt. 40.  If you are looking for something differerent and outdoors, check it out.

We heard late yesterday afternoon that the Garrett County Health Department received positive COVID-19 results for two additional persons, bringing the current county total positives to 60. The new positive COVID-19 cases include: a female in her 20s with symptoms, isolating at home and a male in his 60s with symptoms, isolating at home. Garrett County’s 7-day positivity percentage is 1.5%, and 5 persons are currently isolating due to COVID-19 positive tests.


Wednesday August 19

The rains pretty much held-off yesterday.  Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 73 degrees. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon and then east in the evening, which will be partly cloudy with a low around 54.

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will take place today in downtown Oakland from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Lots of fresh and homemade goodies.  Congratulations also go out to the winners of the nice market baskets on Saturday.

The Garrett County Health Department is offering free drive-thru community COVID-19 testing without the need for an appointment or a doctor’s order in Oakland on Wednesday, August 26th. The event will be held in the parking lot between the Health Department and the Mountain Laurel Medical Center at 1025 Memorial Drive from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.

The Health Department has also been updating their dashboard on COVID-19 and has issued a revised version, as per this press release issued yesterday afternoon. As of yesterday afternoon, the county had 58 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 55 of those released from isolation and a 7-day positivity percentage of 1.6%. Here’s a link to their dashboard page.

I read a great phrase by author Peggy Noonan in an article in the Wall Street Journal the other day. With the pandemic, educational uncertainty, political battles, etc., etc. all around us the past few months, Noonan said that “America is a Coalition of the Worried.” While not everyone is worried, a lot of us are. And, I for one am glad I am in Garrett County during these “interesting” times.  The beauty, relative isolation and natural social distancing here at the lake is calming and rewarding. Just a thought…

And, speaking about chillin’ at the lake, here’s a photo of Coby Price relaxing during a pontoon boat ride on the lake a few days ago.  Coby is definitely one happy pup and looks totally at peace.  We thank Jessica Price for submitting this great “action” photo of Coby.

coby price 8-18-20

Coby Enjoying the Lake

And speaking of Garret County and it’s beauty and serenity, here’s a neat photo taken by Robert Paine of a cloud formation (that looks like cotton) floating above the lake on Monday.  Thanks for sharing Robert and nice work.

Clouds over lake robert paine 8-18-20

Clouds Over the Lake

Finally, Pine Lodge Steakhouse just announced their annual wine pairing dinner for September 12th and 13th. Always some great food and wine and a lot of fun.  Here’s the link to Pine Lodge and we will report more when we get specifics.

Tuesday August 18

Yesterday was a nice day at the lake, with just a little cloudiness in the afternoon.  Today, we have a slight chance of showers after 11:00 am and chance of showers in the evening.. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74 degrees. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20% today. The evening will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Here’s a nice photo submitted by Bill Schmdt of a little bear having a snack.. According to Bill, the photo was taken not far from the bridge over the Yough at Swallow falls. Even though the bird seed was 15ft up, realized he/she could snag the rope to bring it in. Smarter than the average bear! Only has one ear, so Bill’s daughter nick-named him “Uno.”  Hmm, I bet he would like some Uno’s pizza for dinner too!

Bill Schmdt

Hungry Time!

Way back in early July we reported a rabies case in the county.  An organization involved in animal removal and problem prevention reached out and offered this link to their information on rabies so I am sharing it here. I am certainly not an expert on rabies (or problem animal removal) so I thought I would share here for our readers to review.

Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) just announced the addition of a new board-certified general surgeon to Garrett Surgical Group, Jonathan E. Tannebaum. Dr. Tannebaum graduated from Jefferson Medical College and completed his surgical residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He has worked as a general surgeon for eleven years at several hospitals, including Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, Warren General Hospital in Warren, PA, and most recently at Olean General Hospital in Olean, NY. We welcome Dr. Tannebaum to the area!

Here’s the results of an interesting study by WalletHub on community college systems and state rankings.  With college costs increasing, community colleges offer a great low cost alternative.  Maryland came in third and Virginia and West Virginia community college systems also placed in the top 20 nationally.  There’s also a link to a ranking of individual colleges as you read down the piece. The study evaluated 698 individual colleges on 18 key metrics to come up with the individual and state rankings.

Dave Yoder, Grounds Chairman for the Springs Historical Society is looking for some volunteers this coming Saturday, August 22nd in the afternoon, to help paint some of the historical buildings.  Unfortunately, the society has cancelled their festival this year due to the pandemic, but they are using this time to improve their holdings and you can help.  Contact Dave at 817.229.0185 or at

Thanks to fellow Lion Chris Nichols for letting me know that Tip Jar is actually a lottery game in West Virginia. 🙂 If you are wondering what I am talking about, go to Monday’s Daily Notes and see the photo at the gas station.  I also realized I mispelled Keyser on that very same post! It was late. I was tired. And, yes I know how to spell it, just a typo. Go Keyser!

Monday August 17

The weekend, especially Saturday, was wettter and cooler.  Today we have a chance of showers before 8:00 am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2:00 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 73 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 56.  I definitely sense a turn toward fall in the air…

We helped promote the delivery service of Lebanese Taverna on Friday.  Looked like they had a number of interested parties that ordered.  The food was very good and the portions were great.  We hope that they do another delivery in the future. We love our local restaurants, but this was a little different for a bit of a change-up.
I drove down to Westernport Sunday on the way to Kaiser, West Virginia.  The town is still a very nice small town, but it appears the closed Luke paper plant has definitely had an impact and it was sad to see the complex closed. On the lighter side, we stopped for gas and saw this sign.  Read it closely… 🙂
Westernport sign by mike t 8-16-20

Do you think they want tips?

Speaking of the Southern part of the county, I urge all new residents, second homeowners and visitors, to check-out the Northern and Southern parts of our beautiful county.  There’s some nice country landscapes, interesting little towns and some serious history all over.  You can take a nice drive some day if you want to explore.  And, whether you travel around or stick by the lake-area, don’t forget to take and share your interesting photos of people, places and wildlife.  Send to and we will do our best to publish.  Thanks!

The final Deep Creek Lake hydrilla herbicide treatment this summer is scheduled to take place tomorrow. Treatment is always subject to change due to weather conditions. During the treatment process, boaters are asked to stay clear of the treatment boat while it is underway so that the proper dosage of herbicide can be administered. Once applied, there are no recreational restrictions associated with the herbicide. Please also steer clear of diver flags (and divers) during the treatments.

Whoot hoot for this announcement!  A pop-up style movie theater is planned at the Oakland Town Parking Lot. The Mayor and Town Council of Oakland, the Oakland Heritage Community Foundation, Inc., and the Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) are gearing up to host ‘Little Yough Family Flicks’ a series of outdoor movies. The series will kick off Friday, August 21st, at 8:30 p.m. with the 2019 film ‘Playing with Fire’, sponsored by Mountain Laurel Medical Center, weather permitting. The Little Yough Family Flicks is a rebranding of the formerly known Oakland Pocket Park Movies. The name has changed but the fun, family evenings will remain the same.

Oakland Pop-up Movies

Family Movies Coming to Oakland

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is once again seeking nominations from Chamber members for Honorary Golden Ambassador. This award recognizes an individual that has done a lot to support and promote tourism in our county.  Nominations are due by September 11th. If you are interested in nominating someone for this distinction, please download the Golden Ambassador Nomination Form at or contact Sarah Duck at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at  or 301.387.8746 to receive a nomination form.

Have a great Monday dear readers…