Thursday September 17

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 70 and a low around 52. Light and variable wind.

The Allegany Arts Council, in conjunction with several other organizations, is premiering five new Mountain Traditions Project short films online today! The films will go live on Zoom at 7:00PM, followed by panel discussion at 7:45PM featuring the filmmakers and Appalachian tradition bearers featured in the videos. Garrett County’s own Caroline Blizzard is featured in the “Ramp Hunter” video and John Kirby fly fishes the Casselman River in Grantsville.

1. The Old Time Musicians:
2. The Barn Dance Caller:
3. The Fly Fisherman:
4. The Ramp Hunter:
5. The Beekeeper:

The Mountain Traditions Project also includes a podcast series, an upcoming article in Smithsonian Folklife, and an exhibition of photography that will debut at the Allegany Arts Council in June. Join the Zoom meeting at; Meeting ID: 854 0048 8550

Rural Appalachia seems to be the topic of the day —

Two men were charged when Maryland DNR found evidence of poaching ginseng on public lands. Over 90 plants were found:

MD DNR Found Illegal Ginseng Harvesting

Lingering in the woods, poachers are ripping roots for the booming market where ginseng can reach up to $500–$1,000 per pound.  The medicinal herb is primarily sold in Asia, where it has been historically used as an energy booster, aphrodisiac, and health tonic.” (from Technician Mag) In Maryland, Ginseng is protected due to the threat of extinction.

This NPR podcast (from 2018) dives into more detail about ginseng (and features a local farmer).

Do you want to know all of the “official” cove names on the Lake? We’ve received this question a few times and we have found the best resource we know of at this point — it’s a map from the Lake Management office. Note, there are various layers listed on the left-hand side that you can “turn on and off” to explore.

Pine Lodge Steakhouse has a t-shirt in their gift shop that has the Deep Creek Lake coves listed on the back! Pretty cool!

Team Trivia is tonight at 6:30 pm at Mountain State Brewinig Company!

Lastly, we’ve extended the deadline to September 21 to submit photos to celebrate the Deep Creek Times FAVORITES!

2020 Deep Creek Times Favorite Product: Tomanetti’s Pizzeria and Italian Eatery
Tomanetti’s Pizzeria and Italian Eatery is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 situation but they were still named a 2020 Deep Creek Times FAVORITE!  Offering appetizers, seafood, pizza, and house specialties, we hope to see them back in action soon!

Wednesday September 16

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 73 degrees and a south/southwest wind of 5 to 7 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Garrett County has experienced three cases of rabies so far this year and the Garrett County Health Department is doing something about it. The Health Department’s Environmental Health Office will hold two rabies clinics for the vaccination of dogs, cats, and ferrets one on September 21st in Grantsville and the other on October 17th in Oakland. Due to COVID-19 the Garrett County Health Department will not be holding any other rabies clinic this year. Here’s the scoop.

Yesterday the Garrett County Health Department announced it has received positive COVID-19 results for four additional persons, bringing the current county total positives to 70. The new positive COVID-19 cases include three females, one in her teens, another in her thirties and another in her 50s, as well as a male in his 30s. There are currently four persons isolating in Garrett County due to COVID-19 positive tests. For more information, call 301.334.7770 or 301.895.3111.

Congratulations to the Garrett College cross county team, which is back in action after a successful inaugural season last year. The cross country season officially began this past Friday at the Westmoreland County Cross Country Invitational in Youngwood, Pa. First year student EllaRose Warnick (Frostburg, Md.) placed seventh, while on the men’s side, first year student Jeffrey Geddie, Jr. (Clinton, MD) also posted a nice time.

Don’t forget the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be downtown today in the pavilion in Oakland from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. They still have a nice variety of fresh vegetables and fruits, plus other goodies.

With some states continuing to reopen while others have paused or reversed course due to surges in COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub yesterday released their updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions, as well as accompanying videos and audio files. To identify which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics.  I’ll let you judge the findings and implications for yourself.

The Garrett County Health Department has scheduled a TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) training at the end of September. This training is designed to promote the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. The TIPS for Concessions training will be held on September 29th, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Oakland American Legion at 423 Memorial Drive. The TIPS class is open to members of groups such as police departments, coalitions, volunteer fire departments, and other organizations that serve alcohol at their events. To register for the class, call 301-980-6769, or email

Is it my imagination or does our little mountain community have a really active and strong health department, hospital and healthcare ecosystem.  As I write these Daily Notes and read other publications, I am always impressed by our local support system. Just wanted to give them all a well deserved shout-out…

Finally, today, please keep your eyes peeled (that’s an old-time expression from back-in-the-day) in future Daily Notes for ongoing profiles of 2020 Deep Creek Times Peoples Choice  Challenge Favorites.  The 2020 challenge was adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and community feedback.  One of the changes is the focus on ALL of the nominees and another is the opportunity for YOU to take photos with, or of, favorites and enter to win $$$$.

Tuesday September 15

Yesterday turned out to be pretty good in the afternoon, but was a bit cooler.  Today we can expect sun, with a high near 66 degrees and a southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. This evening will be mostly clear, with a low around 47. Looking ahead, Saturday looks to get down into the mid-thirties.  Yes, you read that right.

Somebody please tell me where the first half of September went?  Time is flying as we are more isolated. I would expect the opposite, but other folks have expressed the same experience.

The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County yesterday announced a new “Learning at Home” resource page on its website, which can be found at  This page describes the many ways in which the Library can support students learning through Schoology this year, as well as homeschooling students and their parents.  It includes lists of free educational websites, a description of equipment available at the Library, links to Library online resources, and plenty of other links.

The County Commissioners have announced the agenda for their next public meeting on September 22nd at 4:00 pm. The meeting will be live streamed at  To comment on agenda items – please send to

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Oakland has announceed that weekday masses will resume October 5th.  Masses will be held Monday through Wednesday at 12 Noon.  Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Each year, the Community Development Network of Maryland sponsors a full week of events to highlight the work and economic impact of the community development industry across Maryland.  This year’s event series will take place September 30th – October 8th. Here’s a link to the program, which is quite good and all ONLINE! Check it all out.

With multiple companies racing to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine but one in three Americans saying they wouldn’t get vaccinated, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s States that Vaccinate the Most. WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key metrics, ranging from share of vaccinated children to share of people without health insurance to flu vaccination rate among adults. Here’s the scoop on where Maryland stands (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 4th – Influenza Vaccination Rate in Children Aged 6 Months to 17 Years Old
  • 5th – Share of Teenagers Aged 13-17 with Up-To-Date HPV Vaccination
  • 8th – Share of Teenagers Aged 13-17 with MenACWY Vaccination
  • 4th – Flu Vaccination Coverage Rate Among Adults
  • 25th – Share of Adults with Tetanus Vaccination
  • 18th – Share of Adults Aged 60 and Older with Zoster Vaccination
  • 3rd – Share of Children 19-35 Months old Living in Poverty with Combined 7-Vaccine Series
  • 14th – Share of Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population without Health Insurance Coverage
  • 27th – Share of Children Under 6 Years Old Participating in an Immunization Information System


Monday September 14

Yesterday was dreary with some rain.  Today will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 67 degrees. The evening will be clear, with a low around 44. Light and variable wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight.

I went to the Second Sunday in September event at the Fort in McHenry yesterday.  Marcia Warnick, Jessica Fike and friends did a great job putting on the event and there were lots of folks both selling and buying the nice products offered by the vendors. I hope they do it again.  I took this photo of Jessica (seated) and some friends at her booth.

Second Sunday event Jessica Fike

Second Sunday – Jessica Fike and Happy Customers

Speaking of photos, here’s a very nice one submitted by Debbie DeTorre.  Thanks for sharing Debbie!

Debbie DeTorre

Sun Peeking Through

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is hosting their monthly Business Before Hours event on Tuesday.  Ben Safran, Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company, will be the keynote speaker for the BBH Business & Industry Appreciation program. Ben will be discussing a reimagining of the post-pandemic economy, new strategies for growth and development, etc. You can register here to receive a link to attend the event or call Holly Lane at 301.387.6171. This event is limited to chamber members.

Here’s a link to a sobering piece by the BBC relative to the loss of wildlife on the planet over the last 50 years.  I have not reviewed all of the methodologies and conclusions, but the BBC and the experts quoted certainly have strong reputations. I’ll let you decide. It would be interesting to see if there are any changes in biodiversity and biomass in Garrett County during the same period.  Interesting stuff for sure…

Speaking of research studies, earlier this summer, the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee set about crunching data on more than 40,000 genes from 17,000 genetic samples in an effort to better understand Covid-19. Summit is the second-fastest computer in the world, but the process — which involved analyzing 2.5 billion genetic combinations — still took more than a week. I don’t have a link to the full article, but the bottom line is a resulting new hypothesis about COVID-19: As the compound bradykinin builds up in the body, it dramatically increases vascular permeability. In short, it makes your blood vessels leaky. This aligns with recent clinical data, which increasingly views Covid-19 primarily as a vascular disease, rather than a respiratory one.

Have a great and healthy Monday dear readers…

Friday September 11, Saturday September 12, Sunday September 13

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 73 and a low around 56. Saturday will be a slight chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 69 and a low around 59. Southeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Sunday, showers likely before 2pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 5pm, then showers after 5pm. High near 73 and a low of 58. South wind around 7 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

We Remember 9/11 🇺🇸

The Deep Creek Lake Management Office has observed a small patch of hydrilla in Windy Cove that was approximately 5 meters in diameter and in less than 3 feet of water. This is the first new occurrence of hydrilla in the lake since the find of hydrilla in Arrowhead Cove in August 2017. Due to concern about the further spread of the plant, the patch of hydrilla will be treated with a fast-acting contact herbicide today Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Access to the cove will be limited very briefly while the applicator is conducting the treatment, but there are no water use restrictions once complete. An overview of the 2020 Hydrilla plan is available here. And, a map showing the new hydrilla patch location (yellow thumbtack) is seen below:

“Largemouth and smallmouth bass [in Deep Creek Lake] are best targeted early morning and late evening until waters cool a bit further. Work shallow grass and structure with topwater lures and switch to diving crankbaits and soft plastics during the brighter periods of the day. Crappie are beginning to school up near bridge piers, bluegills can be found near docks, and trout and walleye are deep along the dam wall. See more on the DNR Fishing Report.

Are you an adult looking to learn how to hunt with experienced deer hunters? The MD DNR is offering a First Shot Mentored Deer Hunt on October 30-31, 2020.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations from Chamber members for Honorary Golden Ambassador. The deadline is 5 pm today, September 11, 2020.

The Garrett County Health Department received notification of the county’s first COVID-19 related death. In addition, they also received positive COVID-19 results for one additional person, bringing the current county total positives to 66.

There are a few great events coming up this weekend: The annual Wine Pairing Dinner at Pine Lodge Steakhouse is today and tomorrow! An awesome 5-course meal is planned.

A Crafts and Indoor Yard Sale is today, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, the Little Yough Family Flicks is tonight at 8:30 pm, the Country Parson Honey Open House & Farm Days is today and tomorrow (SAY HI TO JEAN T! 😊), Second Sunday at Cashmere Clothing, Co on Sunday, and Bittinger VFD September 2020 Chicken BBQ is also on Sunday.

Thursday September 10

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 76 and a low around 63. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm.

Tomorrow will be the First Ever Country Parson Honey Open House & Farm Days! Sept.11 & 12 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Visit the bee yards & tour the “Honey House”! Enjoy the porch Sale of Country Parson Honey, Pennington Bear Jams, our full stock of container candles and crafts.

Also, celebrate the beginning of Fall at the Fort at the Second Sunday event on Sunday from 10am-4pm! Swing by the local businesses and local art vendor displays. Cashmere Clothing will be the hub and Marcia is having an awesome sale with her All Seasons Clearance Rack!

Garrett Growers is now delivering fresh food to Kitzmiller, MD. Items such as potatoes, garlic, green beans, beets, cucumbers, corn, onions, lettuces, and even apples. Order by 3:00 pm on Thursday for delivery on Friday evening.

The Alder Street Diner (on Alder Street across from the Pawn Shop and Vagabond Taproom) is for sale! A great business opportunity! Call Autumn at 301-616-4830.

The Garrett County Public Schools’ Food & Nutrition Services has announced that meals for all Garrett County children, ages 18 and under, can still be distributed free of charge. Meals for virtual students may be picked up on Tuesday evenings or Wednesday afternoons at the locations listed here.

Submit your photos to us to celebrate the 2020 Deep Creek Times FAVORITES! You can win $150!

Professional: Jessica Fike

Jessica Fike is a Deep Creek photographer who specializes in portrait sessions with visiting families and wedding days with destination couples! She is also a self-proclaimed Local Insider and enjoys being a Deep Creek tour guide through For The Love of Deep Creek!

“My favorite part about Deep Creek? Can I have two!? 🙂 The abundance of natural beauty and the fact that we have so many visitors who come to enjoy our beautiful corner of Maryland each year!”

2020 Deep Creek Times Favorite Professionals: The Remedy

The Remedy is a nine-piece ensemble of local musicians. For over 15 years they have been entertaining audiences in the DCL area. Their music spans decades and genres which makes them appealing to all ages. But, most importantly their energy, versatility, and individual musical talents are captivating to both listen to and watch.

September 9

Great day yesterday! Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 79 degrees and a southeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Get outside and enjoy this great weather while it lasts!

I heard yesterday that the Garrett County Health Department is currently working on plans for community flu vaccine clinics beginning in early October. There will be several clinics in Oakland and Grantsville over the next few months, starting in October.  We’ll keep you informed here when we know more.

Had our Deep Creek Lake Lions Club meeting last evening outside at Lions Park on Bumble Bee next to HART for animals. In case you are not familiar with it, we have a nice doggie run, trails, picknic tables, etc. We are always looking for new members, so ping me at if you might be interested.  Very laid back group of great people that does some really good work in our community.

We are honored to have Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake as an advertiser on this site. They do tremendous work for the lake and community and deserve our support as they 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. The semi-annual membership meeting will be virtual on September 19th. Click here to learn more about joining.

Don’t forget that the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is today at the pavilion in downtown Oakland from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Still good fruits and veggies available.

After a successful first visit, Lebanese Taverna is coming back again to the Deep Creek Lake area this week.  They are a very well regarded restaurant group in the DC area and their food is really great.  Order ASAP today and they will be delivering tomorrow, Thursday, afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Garrett 8 Cinema parking lot.  Here’s the scoop and order link.

On Friday, September 11th, Wreaths Across America calls for every American to stand outside and wave a flag for one minute at 8:46AM, 9:03 AM, 9:37AM and 10:03AM (those are the times of the four impacts (World Trade Center towers, Pentagon, Shanksville, Pa, which is not that far from Deep Creek Lake. I am not personally familiar with their site, but it seems appropriate based not only the lives lost on 9/11/2001, but also as a show of national unity during these trying times.

Speaking of trying times, the Garrett County Health Department received positive COVID-19 results for one additional person yesterday, bringing the current county total positives to 65. The new positive COVID-19 case is a female in her 20s who has symptoms and is isolating at home. There are currently two persons isolating in Garrett County due to COVID-19 positive tests.

Here’s something different for you: A Brief History of the Census – 1790 -2020 will be onlin of September 15 at 2:00 pm. Census history is American history and our data tells the story of our nation. This online presentation looks at the history of the Census Bureau and traces its development over 230 years. It also discusses the fascinating people and technologies that changed the way we collect and process information.  Learn moreand how to sign-up here.

A “Walking Take Back” Event (for prescription drugs) will be held on Wednesday, September 16th, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Farmers Market at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in Oakland. If you can’t make it to the Walking Take Back Event, medication disposal drop boxes are located at the Oakland Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police Barrack in McHenry, and at the Oakland City Hall. If you can’t make it to the Walking Take Back Event, medication disposal drop boxes are located at the Oakland Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police Barrack in McHenry, and at the Oakland City Hall.  For more information call 301.334.7730 or 301.895.3111.



September 8

I hope you all had a nice Labor Day weekend.  I sure did.  Finished it off with a drive along the southern part of the lake – 219 to Rt.135 to Sand Flat, to Paradise Heights, then up onto Glendale.  A different view of the county as well.

Yesterday was just about perfect weather-wise, with all sorts of folks and watercraft at the lake. Today looks to be similar if not even a little nicer, with sun and a high near 81 degrees, and a southeast wind 3 to 7 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 61 and a southeast wind around 7 mph.

Southern Garrett Middle School will be conducting Back to School Orientation for students and families as they prepare to start the 2020-2021 school year. These activities will be taking place during this week starting today at 8:30 am.  Here’s more information.

Here’s an “action” photo of Mannie enjoying a ride on the lake as submitted by Linda List. Nice photo of a happy and quite regal pup and I should note that Linda adopted Mannie from HART for Animals about five years ago.  Great photo and way-to-go!  Aarff!

Mannie at the lake

Mannie Riding at Deep Creek

Don’t forget to support our People’s Choice Challenge nominees in our 2020 contest by taking a photo and submitting.  You could be one of three winners that take home $150! And, you will be promoting the Deep Creek area’s people, places, products and experiences.  Here’s a link to the complete list of nominees.

If you get a knock on the door, it could be a census worker. With door-to-door visits by census takers now underway, the U.S. Census Bureau is informing households that they may also receive a follow-up visit to ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. In total, over 82.4% of all housing units throughout the nation have been accounted for in the 2020 Census as of Aug. 30. The Census Bureau is working to count the remaining households—about 1 in every 5 households across the nation.

Here’s a nice sunrise photo submitted yesterday by Ed O’Connor.  Very nice and inviting.  I hope Ed and his family had a nice time at and on the lake over the weekend and appreciate the nice submission.  The photo makes we want to get up before dawn to experience the great sunrise… well maybe not, ’cause I need my beauty sleep (I’m years behind).

Sunrise Ed O'Connor 9-7-20

Sunrise at the Lake

Don’t forget to put this one on your calendar: Marcia Warnick and friends are co-hosting a special parking lot market event on September 13th at The Fort in McHenry and invite you to join them! They will have a selection of local vendors set up on the sidewalk and parking lot…artists, farmers…with all locally made goods! You can also shop at Cashmere Clothing Co and neighboring Gourmet & More AND grab some food and drink at Short Story Brewing at Deep Creek Lake, The Black Bear Tavern & Restaurant and Pine Lodge Steakhouse! Marcia’s calling it the “Second Sunday in September” and we hope to see you there! 10-4 on the13th.

September 7

free art

I hope all get to relax a little on this Labor Day 2020.  I have an HOA board meeting in the morning, but plan to take-it-easy the rest of this day and I hope you can too.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the first governmental recognition of Labor Day as a holiday came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886.  By 1894, 29 states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the states, District of Columbia and the territories.

The weather over the weekend was really nice.  On this Labor Day 2020 we can expect sun, with a high near 79 degrees and a southwest wind 6 to -10 mph.  It will get down to about 60 in the evening with a clouds and a light wind.

Talking about labor and lots of it, I want to give a shout-out to Bob Kurtz.  Bob has given 48 years of service to First United Bank & Trust, first as an employee and then as a director.  Congratulations Bob and congratulations to First United for maintaining such a strong relationship with an employee over so many years.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has asked the Deep Creek Lake POA to assist in reminding lake property owners and visitors about the importance of its “Clean, Drain and Dry” initiative for boats being launched in Deep Creek Lake from other locations. Bob Sutton sent along this message and this link for more information

If you don’t want to cook today, check-out Wing Day at Black Bear Tavern,  which has wings all day long for 75 cents each.  Here’s the link for more information.

Have a great day folks…


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!