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Tuesday September 18

Yesterday was rainy most of the day. Today, we will see clouds then gradually becoming mostly sunny with a high near 70 a low around 62. Chance of showers mainly before noon.

Clean air means a clean lake! Unfortunately, on Friday, the EPA signed a final agency decision denying Maryland’s petition for relief asking out-of-state power plants to run their already installed pollution control equipment in order to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), which contribute to ground-level ozone problems downwind in Maryland.

S.T.E.A.M. Kids is being held at the Oakland Branch of the Ruth Enlow Library this afternoon from 2:00pm – 3:30pm.

The Southern Garrett High School Volleyball team earned over $800 through a car wash this weekend– a special shoutout to First United Bank & Trust for hosting!

All Chamber members are invited to attend the next Marketing Roundtable on Wednesday, September 19th from 11:00am – 12:00pm in the Chamber conference room. They will be hosting Ruth Toomey, Executive Director of the Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC). This event is free but there is limited seating and registration is required.

The Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club fifth annual “Bark in the Park” 5k race will take place on Saturday September 22nd at 8:00am to benefit their off-leash dog park. It’s an off-road (headphones OK), pet friendly race that will start and end from their park on Bumble Bee Road.

Speaking of the Lions Club, they need skiers, both adult and high school age, to serve as sighted guides, as well as a couple of snowboarders to take video and pictures, on Wisp this Winter for their Blind Skiers Program. Contact them to learn more about this great opportunity to serve.

Sarah and I are really looking forward to announcing the winners of the Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Challenge on September 25th at the Challenge Reception at Transportation museum in Oakland. All of the top finalists will be invited to hear the winners in each category.

The Greater Grantsville Business Association (GGBA) has announced a General Election candidate Forum to be held October 17th at Garrett College from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Thank you GGBA for stepping up and holding this event so that all may be more informed voters.

Monday September 17

Well, we had some misty days this weekend and the remnants of Florence have not reached us yet. Today’s weather will be rain with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. High near 71 and low around 65. East wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph …FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING…

Consider having Coffee with a Cop this morning at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 11:00am – Noon. This is an opportunity to have a casual chat and ask questions with two police officers. Nice idea.

RewardExpert just released the results of their study of top school systems by region and Garrett County was ranked fourth in the Northeast according to their methodology, which included graduation rates and other factors.

The public is invited to attend the Ruth Enlow Library Board of Trustees meeting this evening from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at the Kitzmiller branch.

There are a few new businesses coming to the County — see more on our Whats New Around Town page.

A United Way Sponsors a report, ALICE, that details out Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed information. Of Maryland’s 2,192,996 households, about 10 percent earn below the federal poverty level of $11,880 for a single adult and $24,300 for a family of four. But far more, 28 percent, or 616,398 households, are defined by the United Way as living below the ALICE threshold.

Here’s something outdoors and different: Why not attend the Northern High School girl’s soccer team hosting Allegany this evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Cheer on our local students and don’t forget your poncho!

Real estate website Zillow suggests 12 tasks for homeowners to tackle before Fall arrives.

The 10th annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Exhibition and Competition begins on September 24th.  This even draws some really talented artists to the area, with some nice accompanying events.

The 45th annual Antiques, Maker and Collectible Show and Civic Club Café and Bake Sale is a “go” for Autumn Glory Weekend at the old Oakland Armory. Due to a SNAFU with the printed Autumn Glory program this event was left off. Hours for the event are Autumn Glory Friday and Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm. Always a fun event and the food and baked goods are homemade.

There were approximately 400 people in attendance at the Baldwin Dedication Ceremony in Oakland this past Saturday in Oakland.

OAKLAND B&O MUSEUM THE 1920 BALDWIN 006

Friday September 14, Saturday September 15, Sunday September 16

The weather for the weekend will be: Friday: cloudy, with a high near 70 and a low around 63. A chance of showers, mainly after noon and East wind around 10 mph. Saturday: cloudy with a high near 71 and a low around 61. A chance of showers, mainly before 2pm and East wind around 11 mph. Sunday: mostly sunny with a high near 68 and a low around 62. East wind around 11 mph. 70% chance of showers mainly after midnight.

We are hoping Florence does not do too much damage, but it is a scary situation along the coast and we will likely be impacted by significant rain early in the week.

Friday is hands-on in the Science Room all day at the Discovery Center. They will also be holding scavenger hunts.

Don’t forget to check out Wings of a Dove at the Garrett 8 Cinemas this morning from 9:30am – 11:00am. Wings documents the efforts of the students, teachers and administrators of Crellin Elementary on their quest to create 15 steel drums in five days. Free and donations accepted at the door.

The Masons are playing at Black Bear Tavern Friday evening from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Mateo Monk is playing at MoonShadow Friday evening as well from 8:00pm – 10:00pm.

Don’t forget the Dedication Ceremony for the Baldwin Steam Locomotive at the Oakland B&O Museum Saturday from 11:00am – 1:00pm. In addition to the ceremony there will be kids’ activities, live music and tours, plus hot dogs and chicken dinners.

Sad news to share: a friend’s little chihuahua terrior mix was struck and killed on last evening on Garrett Road. Here is your reminder to slow down, put the phone down and carefully watch the road… thanks, folks.

A MasterCraft boat has been listed for sale in our Online Marketplace.

Get Your Art On! Saturday there will be juried Outdoor Quick Paint at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village. The event starts at 8:00am and runs until 4:30pm.

Lots of other events, both indoor and outdoor, going on throughout the weekend. Check out our Upcoming Events listings and don’t forget to check out our Guides and Dining Specials as well.

Last night’s Chamber Business After Hours event was a lot of fun! Here’s Sarah on the ropes course:

Sarah Myers on the Ropes Course at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Don’t forget to register for the 3rd Annual Tech at the Gap: Igniting Innovation, which will be held at Rocky Gap Casino Resort on October 24th.  This is an important, high-value event for techies and others in Western Maryland.

This is different:  It isn’t in our area but I know we have a lot of Oriole’s fans as readers and they need some good news this season…sorry, couldn’t resist…There will be a celebration of the 1983 World Championship Orioles team as a fundraiser on November 14th.  Lots of former players attending and a good cause.

Finally, we wish all a safe weekend…

Thursday September 13

The weather for today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 72 and a low around 64. A 30% chance of scattered showers, with thunderstorms possible after 3pm.

Florence is approaching landfall. The latest projections show Florence making landfall about 2am Friday.

Hurricane Florence Timeline

The Accident Bookclub meets today at the Accident branch of the Ruth Enlow Library starting at 11:30am.  Newcomers are welcome.

The Garrett County Chamber is hosting the September Business After Hours this evening at the Monkey Business Adventure Park in McHenry from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  The fee is $6 in advance and $10 for non-members and at the door.

Don’t forget to check out the Deep Creek Times Movie Guide if the weather gets rainy and you want something fun to do.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will stock thousands of brown, golden and rainbow trout in select creeks, lakes and rivers from mid-September through the end of October. These are good size fish from one to three pounds.

Garrett College in coordination with AARP Maryland is sponsoring a class, A Day with AARP Maryland, at the Grantsville Senior Center on Friday, September 21st, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The free session includes lunch and discussions on fraud prevention, home adaption to aging and tax reform. Contact the college’s CEWD office at 301.387.3069 for more information and to register.

The 10th annual Garrett Mentors Barn Dance is scheduled for September 22nd at the Barn at Sang Hill Farms. While online tickets are sold out there are still likely released sponsor tickets available and room. Always a very nice event.

Unfortunately, based on past experience, I feel the need to post this warning from our State Attorney General regarding fraud after natural disasters. Please note if you live in areas likely to be affected by Florence.

Wednesday September 12

Yesterday had some early mist but turned into a relatively good day. Today’s forecast is cloudy with a high near 69 and a low around 63. Showers likely, mainly after 5pm and before midnight.

All eyes are on Florence. The hurricane remains a dangerous category four storm as of this writing, with rain in some areas expected to exceed 30 inches.

This weekend’s Savageman triathlon races have been cancelled due to the impending weather — racers will receive their shirts via mail and a code for 50% off next year’s races.

Don’t forget to visit today’s Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in downtown Oakland from 10:00am – 1:00pm. In addition to the normal fare there will be additional vendors and non-profits present later in the week.

In light of Governor Hogan’s declaration of a State of Emergency on Monday, Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. has temporarily lifted insurance restrictions on when prescription medications can be refilled at pharmacies within the state. Please check your prescriptions and supplies and make sure you are prepared, as travel could get tough, even in the mountains.

Ruth Enlow Library is hosting their regular Friends of the Library session this evening at their Oakland branch from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.  They are looking for more friends of the library to contribute ideas and talents.

The Greene Turtle in McHenry is hosting Team Trivia this evening from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. The free game is open to all and all can win prizes and have fun. And don’t forget their half price appetizers and happy hour specials.

There’s a free showing of the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary Recovery Boys this Friday evening, September 14th in the Garrett College auditorium starting at 7:00pm. I have heard nothing but positive things about this documentary being brought to us by the Garrett County Health Department and other entities.

Saint Peter’s Church in Oakland is hosting a free Oldies Night of Rock and Roll this Saturday, September 15th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. A casual evening of good music and conversation.

Just for the fun of it! Kathy Barach shared this photo of a 6-person waterski at Deep Creek Lake to celebrate Labor Day!Kathy Barach Labor Day Ski at Deep Creek Lake

Tuesday September 11

Rainy and dreary yesterday. Today’s weather will be cloudy, with a high near 65 and a low around 60. Slight 30% chance of showers after 10am. Light northwest wind.

It’s unclear just which path the upcoming hurricane will take but some weather sites are warning of flooding after a record-breaking summer of rain. The Weather Channel recently shared this map:

Weather Channel Florence Flooding Prediction

Please take a moment today to remember the nearly 3,000 individuals that lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on our country.

The Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library is hosting Lap Sit this morning from 10:30am – 11:00am. Lap Sit is a special program that incorporates singing, rhymes, stories, and other activities that will entertain and stimulate very young children’s language skills.

If your organization, church, restaurant or grocery store is serving turkey dinners during Autumn Glory, you can be listed on the annual Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area Turkey Trail map.

This is a great idea: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering to lend a variety of wildlife education “trunks” for use by classroom teachers, home-school educators, naturalists, scout leaders and other instructors. They include all sorts of cool stuff and a guide.

The Garrett County Commissioners are holding their next public meeting at the Grantsville Town Hall on September 17th starting at 5:00pm.

Plans are already underway for the annual Police Providing Presents event this holiday season. The program is funded entirely by donations – would you please assist in making Christmas special for underprivileged Garrett County children? More information can be found here.

It’s coming up on homeowner’s association “season” at the lake, with many local subdivisions meeting to discuss small and big issues that impact their respective developments, homes and homeowners. I urge all readers to attend theirs and to be represented.

According to the Maryland Board of Realtors, there were 35 homes sold in Garrett County in August, with an average price of $352,494, and the month ended with 455 active listings.

WalletHub just announced their 2018 study of the Happiest States in America and Maryland came in a very respectable 7th. Well, that makes me happy. Check out the site to see their methodology and where other states rank. I bet Garrett County was the happiest county in the state! Just saying.

Monday September 10

After a rather rainy, cooler weekend, the weather for today will be more rain with a high near 65 and a low around 57. A flood watch is in effect until 12:15pm today.

As I write these Daily Notes, Florence has once again strengthened to hurricane strength and could pose a problem for the east coast. Please keep an eye on this storm, especially if you are travelling.

Garrett County Public Schools are on a two-hour delay this morning due to the widespread flooding.

Thank you to everyone for a successful People’s Choice Challenge — the voting has now been closed and we will be tabulating the winners of each category! Winners will be announced at our People’s Choice Challenge reception on September 25 and, of course, here in the Daily Notes on September 26!

The grand opening of the college’s new STEM building drew quite a crowd Saturday, with both of our US senators as well as regional and local dignitaries and many from the community present. This building is a really nice addition to our county. Here’s a photo of the new digital, 3-D dissection table being demonstrated. The only one in the state!

3D Dissection Table at Garrett College STEM Building

There was also quite a crowd at the Art, Beer & Wine Festival Saturday. I saw lots of engaged, happy faces as I served as Guest Pourer for one of the wineries.

On Friday, State Troopers responded to Meyersdale Road for a destruction of property complaint and found a 2013 Ford F150 truck that was severely damaged while the owner went four wheeling. The police ask anyone with information to contact the Maryland State Police McHenry Barracks at 301.387.1101.

Garrett County Department of Planning is hosting an open house this evening at the College from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. The session, “Thriving Population” will cover issues such as housing, population and the county’s services.

Are you related to “the missing link”? If you want to be sure, you can attend the “Find Your Ancestors” class at the Ruth Enlow Library Oakland branch this evening from 5:30pm -7:30pm? It’s free and will cover research methods, strategies and a Q&A with genealogical research experts.

Nearby, on the GAP Trail near mile marker 58, a large boulder and debris have fallen on to the trail; the trail is still passable. Somerset County crews are aware of the debris and are preparing tactics for removing the boulders this week.

We have posted a new Cover Story for September. The story was prepared by Brian Boal, CPA of Boal & Associates and covers some interesting, important tax law changes that will impact 2018 tax filings. I know it’s only September but he says not to wait until 2019 to understand and account for the changes.

Did you know that Washington College in Chestertown was the first college in Maryland? Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, it was also the first college chartered in the new nation. That little “tid-bit” of information comes to us from Governor Hogan, who wishes all students a successful year.

This video from Allegany Mountains Weather on Facebook shows the Casselman River in Grantsville overflowing its banks:

Cassleman State Park Grantsville Md 9/9/18

Posted by Allegheny Mountains Weather on Sunday, September 9, 2018

 

On a more restrained note, please take a moment today and tomorrow to remember all of those that perished in the attacks on 9/11. Doesn’t seem like 17 years ago.  While time heals, we should never forget.

Friday September 7, Saturday September 8, Sunday September 9

When I stepped out at lunch yesterday it was hot, when I left work it was much cooler. Welcome to Garrett County weather I guess. This weekend’s weather will be mostly rain and much cooler. I hear we may be getting the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon and could receive heavy rainfall and with the potential for localized flooding.

Friday — Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76 and a low around 60. A chance of showers and thunderstorms between this afternoon and then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday — Cloudy, with a high near 64 and a low around 53. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm; rain could be heavy at times; chance of precipitation is 60%.
Sunday — Showers. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 61 and a low around 57. East wind 14 to 16 mph.

The Science Room at the Discovery Center is open all day Friday for hands-on learning and scavenger hunts.

The Homeschooler Series meets today at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. The topic is “The Key to the Universe” with presenter Chuck Trautwein, mentor of the FIRST Robotics League Team 1629.

I am always impressed by the talented folks we have living here in Garrett County.  One such person is Ellen Ann Callahan, author of Plowed Over.  My wife just finished reading it and said it was great. Plus, it’s set in Garrett County. Give it a try if you like good fiction.

Have you taken a moment to check out the September photo gallery of reader submitted photos? Also, the photo below was selected as our featured photo of the month:

Photo by Bill Lewis

Why not consider the Pine Lodge Steakhouse 2018 Art, Beer & Wine Festival wine pairing dinner from 3:00pm – 11:00pm or the Ace’s Run wine pairing dinner from 6:30pm – 10:00pm Friday?  I think either would be a nice way to “get ready” for Saturday’s Festival at the Fair Grounds.

The 14th annual Art, Wine & Beer Festival is on Saturday from Noon until 6:00pm. Taste great wine, beer and food and also experience the wares of some really talented artists and artisans while also helping HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) raise funds.

If Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are more your thing, consider attending the free and open to the public showing of the great movie Apollo 13 at the Garrett College auditorium at 1:00pm Saturday afternoon.  This event is part of the festivities surrounding the grand opening of the college’s new STEM building.  Houston, we have liftoff…

Singer, songwriter and 12 string guitarist Greg Short, hailing from northcentral West Virginia, will be appearing at Black Bear Tavern in McHenry Saturday at 6:00pm.

Butterflies are free! Help the naturalists tag monarch butterflies at the Discovery Center on Sunday from 11:00am – Noon to track them as they migrate to Mexico.

Sherry at the Dove Center asked us to mention that the 11th annual Festival of Trees will be here November 23rd and 24th at the fairgrounds. More to follow at a later date but put it on your calendar as it is always a great event with a great fundraising beneficiary in the Dove Center.

Is Deep Creek Lake kid-friendly? A reader Andrew sent us this video review:

And, last but not least, the People’s Choice Challenge voting ends tomorrow at 11:59pm! Get your last minute votes in for your favorite Deep Creek Lake area professionals, services, products and experiences!

Peoples Choice Challenge Logo

Thursday September 6

It was a nice day yesterday. Unseasonably warm with some localized showers in the evening. Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 79 and showers and thunderstorms likely, after 5pm — chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight, a low around 64.

The Garrett County Health Department Early Care/Health Families Advisory Board meets today at the health department in Oakland today from 4:00pm – 5:00pm and the community is invited to participate. Call Theresa Cavalier or Maria Friend at 301.334.7720 or 301.895.3111 for more information.

Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) just completed another successful Little Yough Music Festival season downtown. The eight shows hosted about 2,000 people over the course 8 concerts this summer.

HART for Animals just posted their year-to-date numbers through August – HART does great work and deserves our appreciation, support and thanks:
Spays & Neuters:             516
Rescue & Transports:     209
Adoptions:                        269

The 51st Annual Autumn Glory festival is coming in October and the Chamber just announced the online copy of the guide to the whole event, which runs from October 10th through the 14th.

Note in the schedule that the Garrett County Arts Council is not holding the Heritage Craft Festival at Southern Middle School or Broadford Elementary this year. Rather, an art experience called SEYMOUR will be held in the Simon Pierce building.

Here’s something different for you dog lovers. The Frostburg Pool is inviting pet owners and their dogs to take a dip in the pool this weekend as part of Dog Splash 2018. It is $5 per dog and you must bring proof of rabies vaccine.

What’s the most germ-filled spot in an airport you wonder? Well the results of a study conducted by CNN might surprise you. One more reason to drive to Deep Creek Lake instead of flying to say, Tahiti or New Jersey!

Well, my cats Cashflow and Lucy let me have it!  They told me that I forgot to tell our readers that September is Happy Cat Month. I promised I would include it in today’s Daily Notes so here it is. I have also included a photo of my two girls below to make amends for my omission.

Lucy and Cashflow

 

Wednesday September 5

Yesterday was hot! My thermometer registered 88 degrees in the afternoon. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 83 and a low around 67. Isolated showers or thunderstorms before 11pm; chance of precipitation is 20%.

The Mountain Fresh Farmer’s Market is open at the Pavilion in downtown Oakland today from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

Never give up hope Toto!  A pair of ruby slippers that Judy Garland wore in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz and that were stolen 13 years ago have been recovered by the FBI. I am hoping for a beautiful Fall at the lake and then a wonderful winter for all.

There’s a HeartSaver course at the Kitzmiller branch of the Ruth Enlow Library today from 3:00pm – 7:00pm.  The course covers First Aid, CPR, and AED and is free to the first seven people to register. Contact Diane at 301.334.8091 or email at diane@relib.net to register.

Even in our peaceful country location addiction happens. While low compared to our urban and suburban neighbors, there were 15 drug and alcohol related deaths in Garrett County during 2016 – 2018. The County Health Department has some good programs and people working to help addicts, families and the community.

Allegany and Garrett county public schools are the only two school systems in the state with a pre-Labor day start. Since 2016, Governor Hogan initiated a post-Labor Day start for the rest of the state and said he sees no reason to change since the move has been well received. Allegany and Garrett have applied for a waivers each year in anticipating challenging winter weather.

New Board Members have been announced to serve on the Deep Creek Lake Watershed Foundation.

On Monday, September 10th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Oakland Library, learn strategies for researching family history and finding that missing branch on the family tree at the genealogy course.

Local entrepreneur and inventor Chris Nichols just announced a Kickstarter campaign beginning on September 18th. What’s a Card Caddy Triple Decker you ask? What’s Kickstarter? You can go to the site for a draft mock-up to find out more. Garrett County has a lot of smart, innovative people. Check it out.

From the new to the old: Here’s a recent photo of the Baldwin 1920 Steam Engine in place at the Oakland B&O Museum sent in by Terry Helbig from the museum. They have made great progress on restoration and don’t forget that there will be a ribbon cutting and dedication at 11:00am on September 18th.

Baldwin Steam Engine in Oakland, MD

 

 

 

Tuesday September 4

I hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend! We sure did and it seemed all the folks on the lake and at the lake were having fun too.

Memorial Day Weekend 2018

Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 84 and a low around 67. Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1pm.

The Maryland State Police reported yesterday that their sobriety checkpoint Sunday on Garrett Highway at the McHenry cove overlook in the early evening led to two arrests for DUI and one for possession of Marijuana. Thanks for keeping our roads safe.

It’s back! Brenda’s Pizzeria be again be offering Half Price Pizza on Mondays starting September 10th.  Check out their site for more information and details at www.brendaspizzeria.com.

Hide Bambi, hide! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that archery hunting for white-tailed and sika deer opens statewide September 7th, and continues through January 31st.

The Garrett Chamber has announced that Monkey Business will be hosting the September Business After Hours on Thursday, September 13th, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

The Garrett County Democratic Club is hosting an Old-Fashioned Community Picnic on the afternoon of Sunday, September 16th. The event will be held at Broadford Park from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. and will feature food and live music with The Terah Crawford Band. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to 301.501.0693 or gcdemclub@gmail.com

The aforementioned event by the Democratic Club reminds me to remind all of our readers that we happily accept and do our best to mention events and announcements from local non-profits in the Daily Notes. Please send them to info@deepcreektimes.com and please try to include a live link to your site for more information. So, whatever your political, club or non-profit affiliation, we will try to help you get the word out, space permitting.

The State of Maryland’s Procurement Forecast for FY20-19 is now available on the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs website. The database is populated with state and federally-funded solicitations and contracts, with some well under $100,000 and others much larger. Check it out.

Here’s your daily reminder (this week) that the Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Challenge voting period will end this Saturday at 11:59pm. VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Congratulations again to Erin and her team at Mountain State Brewing Company on the tenth anniversary of their McHenry restaurant. Nice job folks. This photo is from their Garrett Chamber celebration:

Mountain State Brewery - 10 Year Garrett Chamber Celebration

Friday August 31, Saturday Sept 1, Sunday September 2, Monday September 3

Happy Labor Day weekend! The weather will be:
Friday – Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76 and low around 64. A chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm.
Saturday – Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77 and a low around 64. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Sunday – Partly sunny, with a high near 80 and a low around 65. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms (30%).
Monday (Labor Day) – Mostly sunny, with a high near 81 and a low around 65.

Some nice events at the Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Center today and through the weekend. Also, some good things happening at Sang Run State Park.

Partners in Crime is appearing at the Black Bear Tavern this evening at 6:00pm.

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. There will be a candlelight vigil at the Glades Town Park in Oakland. Don’t have much more than that on local efforts, but it is a global effort.

It’s community Game Night at the Garrett College cafeteria Friday evening from 6:00pm – 9:30pm. Free and open to all (12 and older must be accompanied by an adult).  Contact Rick Egvedt at 301.501.8218 for more information.

Savage Road is playing at the Little Yough Summer Music Festival this evening from 7:00am – 9:00pm. Savage Road is a high-energy country band based out of Western Maryland. Bring a chair or blanket for this free concert at the Pavilion in downtown Oakland.

Tell them you “saw” it here first!  There’s a Crosscut Saw Competition at New Germany State Park on Saturday at 1:00pm. Families can learn about old time log cutting and cabin building.

Take a trip back in time via 80s Night Saturday at MoonShadow at 9:00pm. You can dress-up, hear original 80s music and remixes and take in the vibe.

You can join a ranger on a two-mile Sunday Stroll at New Germany State Park from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.  Learn about plants and animals along the way.

Here’s something different for visitors (and locals too): There’s a East Coast Truck and Tractor Pulling event tomorrow and Gun, Bow and Cash Raffle at the Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department from the 3rd through the 7th.

There’s a lot of other events going on at the lake and in the area this holiday weekend. Check out our Events Calendar for the whole scoop.

Did you know that Garrett County is the first county in Maryland to have a Barn Quilt Trail? We now have 38 beautiful quilts in our county.  Check out the quilts and the wonderful scenery this weekend using the map available from the Barn Quilt Association of Garrett County.

On August 30, 2018, at Southern Middle School / Broad Ford Elementary School parking lot, during school dismissal, there was a minor incident between two school buses: Bus 52 and Bus 21. There were students on both buses, but there were no injuries to any students or staff.

The Garrett County Health Department Population Health, Innovation, and Informatics Unit, located in Garrett County, Maryland, recently received a national award and recognition as its innovative health planning collaborative pilot project, the Garrett County Planning Tool, located on MyGarrettCounty.com.

Finally, don’t forget to vote in the 2018 Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Challenge, which ends on September 8th.  We have numerous nominees in 40 categories. Just do it and let your favorites be recognized.

Here’s an awesome rain storm photo from Mark Richards:

Rain Storms by Mark Richards

Thursday August 30

Yesterday was a really nice day at the lake. Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of showers and thunderstorms this evening before 10pm and patchy dense fog after midnight. A low around 63.

Ready for some football? There will be a non-competitive, pick-up game of soccer at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek State Park from 9:30am – 11:00am this morning.  Hurry up and join on in.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the state’s 2018-2019 early migratory game bird hunting seasons.

You can bring your needlework – whether it’s knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, embroidery, or lap quilting, and join others for two hours of relaxation and fun at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library today from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

Hey there, want to get mugged? Check out the Greene Turtle Mug Club this evening from 5:00pm – 7:00pm At their McHenry location. Interesting and successful concept!

The Deep Creek Wedding and the Garrett County Wedding Professionals recently made a $500 donation to the GEMS organization as a portion of proceeds from their jointly held Belle Soirée event. GEMS is a mentoring program to benefit 7th-grade girls where mentors meet students weekly at both County middle schools.

Dam it! Or, actually un-dam it! The NOAA Restoration Center has been studying the physical and biological effects of dam removals to understand and be able to predict what will happen to an area when a dam is removed. Though our readers might find this of interest.

A new book is on shelves by Garrett County resident Nathan Sorber. In Land-Grant Colleges and Popular Revolt Sorber uncovers the intersection of class interest and economic context, and its influence on the origins, development, and standardization of land-grant colleges.

This is not in Garrett County but looks very interesting and worth the drive or stop on the way back downstate. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites the public to attend an open house from 11:00am to 4:00pm September 9th at the Woodmont Lodge in Washington County. There will be tours of the 18,785 square foot lodge, programs on conservation, biking/hiking trails and even a “scales and tails” program.

This great action video submitted by wDCT.live correspondent Jamie S. makes me want to learn how to wakeboard! Very cool!

Wednesday August 29

The weather for today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 80 and a low around 66. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of showers and thunderstorms this evening.

There’s wood crafting, quilting, tin punching, corn hole games and more traditional activities and demonstrations for free at Sang Run State Park all day today.

The Greater Oakland Business Association is looking for sponsors for the 51st Anniversary of the MD State Banjo, Fiddle and Mandolin championships! We are reaching out to you for your support this year. The sponsorship levels are $1000 or $500. Contact Michelle Ross at City hall at 301.334.2691 for more information.

There’s still lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, jams and jellies and more at the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in Oakland. It is held at the downtown pavilion in Oakland from 10:00am – 1:00pm today.

Also, Double Oak Farms in Swanton (3118 Bittinger Road across from The Cornerstone Market) is now offering maple syrup products from Black Bear Maple Camp and Sweet Corn (self-serve) in addition to their beef products in the meat store (open Tues-Thurs 5:30-8:00pm).

The last free Stage Wisp summer concert for 2018 is tonight on the lawn at the Wisp Resort. Bring a chair or blanket and listen to the sounds of Bryan Elijah Smith from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. There’s also food available for purchase.

It’s Open Mic Night #24 at MoonShadow this evening from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Come on by and belt out a song or two as there are still open slots.  Or, you can just chill and enjoy the great food and beverages.

New Germany State Park will host a three-day Maryland Hunter Education Course on Sept. 25th, 27th and 29th for first-time hunters obtaining their hunter education certification. Students must attend all three sessions to be eligible. Any student under the age of 13 must have an adult accompany them during all three sessions and must register for the course in advance.

Here’s a link to the Baltimore Sun’s website that lists scores for all Maryland and Garrett County schools for the recent PARRC tests administered state-wide. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium featuring six states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Educational Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education, that work to create and deploy a standard set of K–12 assessments.

Have you taken a look at our What’s New Around Town page? There’s a recently added Humble Produce Stand and there’s a new Mountain Bike Trail near the Lake.

Check out this photo from Carol Williams along Marsh Hill Road on the Lake:

Black Bears Along Marsh Hill Road - Carol Williams

Monday September 17

Well, we had some misty days this weekend and the remnants of Florence have not reached us yet. Today’s weather will be rain with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. High near 71 and low around 65. East wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph ...FLOOD WATCH...

Friday September 14, Saturday September 15, Sunday September 16

The weather for the weekend will be: Friday: cloudy, with a high near 70 and a low around 63. A chance of showers, mainly after noon and East wind around 10 mph. Saturday: cloudy with a high near 71 and a low around 61. A chance of showers, mainly before 2pm and East...

Thursday September 13

The weather for today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 72 and a low around 64. A 30% chance of scattered showers, with thunderstorms possible after 3pm. Florence is approaching landfall. The latest projections show Florence making landfall about 2am Friday. The...

Wednesday September 12

Yesterday had some early mist but turned into a relatively good day. Today’s forecast is cloudy with a high near 69 and a low around 63. Showers likely, mainly after 5pm and before midnight. All eyes are on Florence. The hurricane remains a dangerous category four...

Tuesday September 11

Rainy and dreary yesterday. Today’s weather will be cloudy, with a high near 65 and a low around 60. Slight 30% chance of showers after 10am. Light northwest wind. It's unclear just which path the upcoming hurricane will take but some weather sites are warning of...

Monday September 10

After a rather rainy, cooler weekend, the weather for today will be more rain with a high near 65 and a low around 57. A flood watch is in effect until 12:15pm today. As I write these Daily Notes, Florence has once again strengthened to hurricane strength and could...

Friday September 7, Saturday September 8, Sunday September 9

When I stepped out at lunch yesterday it was hot, when I left work it was much cooler. Welcome to Garrett County weather I guess. This weekend’s weather will be mostly rain and much cooler. I hear we may be getting the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon and could...

Thursday September 6

It was a nice day yesterday. Unseasonably warm with some localized showers in the evening. Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 79 and showers and thunderstorms likely, after 5pm -- chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight, a low around 64. The Garrett County...

Wednesday September 5

Yesterday was hot! My thermometer registered 88 degrees in the afternoon. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 83 and a low around 67. Isolated showers or thunderstorms before 11pm; chance of precipitation is 20%. The Mountain Fresh Farmer's Market...

Tuesday September 4

I hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend! We sure did and it seemed all the folks on the lake and at the lake were having fun too. Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 84 and a low around 67. Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. The Maryland...

Thursday August 30

Yesterday was a really nice day at the lake. Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of showers and thunderstorms this evening before 10pm and patchy dense fog after midnight. A low around 63. Ready for some football? There will be a non-competitive,...

Wednesday August 29

The weather for today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 80 and a low around 66. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of showers and thunderstorms this evening. There’s wood crafting, quilting, tin punching, corn hole games and more...

Tuesday August 28

Yesterday turned out to be beautiful! Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 84 and a low around 66. Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. I had a great time Sunday evening at the farm of Piet and Rosie Versteegen. They hosted a wonderful...

Monday August 27

The area temperature seems to be cooling off a bit. Today’s weather will be partly sunny, with a high near 80. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm; chance of precipitation is 30%. Low around 67. I heard the “secret” Speakeasy Saturday night at the...

Friday August 24, Saturday August 25, Sunday August 26

The weather for the weekend will be:  Sunny tonight with a high near 73 and a low around 57. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 74 (a slight chance of showers after 3am) and a low around 61. Sunday will be mostly with a high near 78 and a low around 66. A...

Thursday, August 23

Yesterday turned into a really nice day.  Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 68 and a low around 54. The Maryland Workforce Legal Services Division of the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. will be holding office hours in the Garrett College Southern Outreach...

Wednesday August 22

Yesterday saw some intense periods of rain, but there were boaters and kayakers out on the lake despite the weather. Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy, showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. A high near 66. West wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts...

Tuesday, August 21

The weather for today will be showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. A high near 75 and a low around 62. Yoga in the Park in Friendsville Town park today from 10:00am – 11:00am with Sera Beth Weaver. Kids over nine welcome to attend and there’s a playground,...

Monday August 20

The weather for today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 70 and a low around 66. A chance of showers, mainly after 2pm - chance of precipitation is 30%. Went to the Wings and Wheels show on Saturday but it started to rain as soon as we arrived.  Travelled to...

Friday August 17, Saturday August 18, Sunday August 19

The weather for the weekend will be mostly cloudy today with showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon with a high near 74 and a low around 65. Saturday will be cloudy with showers likely and thunderstorms also possible after noon; high near 71 and a low around...

Thursday August 16

The weather for today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 79 and a low around 67. A chance of thunderstorms after 5pm is 30%. You can take a hike to the historic Brant Mine this morning at 10:00am. The hike “starts” at the Discovery Center’s historic mine room and...

Wednesday August 15

The weather for today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 78 and a low around 62. The Mountain Fresh Summer Farmers Market is open today at the Oakland Pavilion from 10:00am -1:00pm. Fresh, good, locally produced fruit, vegetables and more. The Property Owners...

Tuesday August 14

Today's weather will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 72; scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Gradually becoming mostly clear tonight with a low around 60. Thinking out loud:  My wife jean and I were in Alaska for a few weeks and really...

Monday August 13

The weekend weather was a mix of clear, clouds, sun and rain, but plenty of folks out on and at the lake. Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of scattered showers after 1pm. A high near 72 and a low around 59. Today is National Left Hander's Day...

Friday August 10, Saturday August 11, Sunday August 12

Yesterday morning had some rain showers but the day turned out to be nice.  This weekend’s weather will be partly sunny, with a high near 76 and a low around 63. Chance of showers and thunderstorms as we go into the evening. Saturday and Sunday will both be mostly...

Thursday August 9

The weather for today, after a cloudy and rainy day yesterday will be partly sunny, with a high near 76 and with a low around 62. Small chance of showers this morning. Yesterday we mentioned that Hot Dogs for Hospice event would be today at the Oakland branch of First...

Wednesday August 8

Today's weather will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 79 and a low around 65. Chance of showers and thunderstorms is 60% after noon. There are traditional crafts all day today for free and hayrides available at Sang Run State Park for $2 per person. Calling all...

Tuesday August 7

Today's weather will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely after 1pm. A high near 79 and a low around 66. Today is a great day to hike: Learn a little history about Swallow Falls State Park park and its interesting environment that surrounds...

Monday August 6

The weather today will be isolated showers and thunderstorms with a high near 81 and a low around 66. Spend your day by the water today at Deep Creek Lake Discovery center; fishing and aquatic adventures await (beginning at 10am!) Or, learn dutch oven cooking over at...