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Monday November 19

Sunday turned into a really nice day, with temperatures in the 60’s. Today will be cloudy, with a high near 46 and a low around 32. Rain after 4pm; chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

The Board of Trustees of the Ruth Enlow Library will meet today from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm, at the Oakland Library. The public is invited to attend.

There’s still time to register for the Chamber’s November Business Before Hours Tourism Update scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 8:00 am at Wisp.

Correction: I just heard that Harvest Moon market will, in fact, not be opening again after all.  A little confusing, and not sure if that is final, but I wanted to communicate that latest news to our readers, as I had previously reported it would be opening.

The State of Maryland’s Planning Department has phase II of their “A Better Maryland” survey online along with results from Phase I of the initiative.  The survey allows you to provide input into the prioritization of strategies in 14 areas of importance to the state and its citizens. Go ahead, give them your feedback!

Here’s the latest Watershed Wisdom Update from the Friends of Deep Creek Lake. They do important work and are good folks. I agree with many of their positions and the need for funding and help from the state.  Not sure I agree that the snow was bad the other day (it was beautiful and important for area recreation and small businesses) 🙂 or that the lake and it’s tributaries have water quality troubles. Not perfect, and we want to improve water quality, but I am not sure “poor” is appropriate.  Perhaps somewhat  “challenged” on some measures. You decide and you can read their full newsletter here. 

Zillow just published an interesting online article on seven places in America that will “pay you” to move there.  I know we have, and have had, some good first-time home buyer incentives in Garrett County as well. Thought it was interesting as various municipalities, large and small, work to drive population growth.  It has me thinking about what else we can do here to drive our county population (about 29,000 – 30,000) that has been relatively flat and is aging.

The Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, November 20th has been cancelled.  The next open meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 16th at 6:00 pm at Oakland City Hall.  Committees need to be prepared to be at that meeting to present. You can contact Michelle Ross of GOBA/City Hall at 301.334.2691 with any questions or for additional information.

With 51 percent of American consumers saying that Black Friday no longer offers the best deals of the year, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2018’s Best Things to Buy on Black Friday. WalletHub determined that 14 percent of items offer no savings compared with their pre-Black Friday prices. Shop smart and please try to shop local dear readers.

This photo was posted on Instagram over the weekend by @dillinger_hollands– can you tell what it is?

Deep Creek Lake, MD

Friday November 16, Saturday November 17, Sunday November 18

Well, we had our first real “frozen precipitation event” (that sounds pretty cool) of the season yesterday.  Lots of organizations closed or delayed around town. Certainly was beautiful though.

We got our official precipitation reports from a weather reporting station in Oakland. For the last 24-hours:  2.3″ of snow | .88″ of precipitation. That will likely vary wildly around the county with the interesting combinations of snow, freezing rain and sleet we received.

Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 31 and a low of 28. A chance of snow showers and freezing drizzle before 1pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. West wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 38 and a low around 28. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 38 and a low around 30. A chance of snow showers after 10am, mixing with rain after 2pm. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

A missing Ohio man was reportedly seen in Garrett County on Wednesday: Ninety-year-old Paul Markovsky was reportedly seen around 6 a.m. at Sheetz. Markovsky was seen driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, with Ohio plates “DU40GG” and is described as 5’7″ tall, weighing 145 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black insulated jacket, blue and white flannel shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes. Please call 301-334-1911 if you see him.

Don’t forget the Trouble in Gooseland show at Our Town Theater Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Our congratulations go out to Shelley Argabrite, Garrett County’s nationally-recognized strategic health planner and public health innovator. Shelley was named to the premier list of “Community Stars,” developed by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). We have had the opportunity to interact with Shelley on some initiatives and know she is very deserving of this award.

What a turkey!  Turkey Trot that is. Why not get out there Saturday morning and help support the Southern Garrett Athletics Association while getting some exercise at their annual 5K run and 1 mile walk at Broadford Park. You can even register day-of.

Congratulations are also in order for Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC). Their Subacute Unit won its fifth consecutive Best Nursing Home award from US News & World Report, receiving the top rating for both the facility overall and for short-stay rehab. Keep up the good work GRMC, your community appreciates you.

Don’t forget to come out to the Outdoor Studies Open House in room #111 of Garrett College’s GIEC building Saturday starting at 9:30 am. Prospective students and parents will get to meet staff, faculty, alumni and students in the award-winning, unique Adventure Sports and Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology programs. If you know someone who loves outdoor adventure or is interested in the natural environment this event is for them. Call 301.387.3044 for more information and to RSVP or just come on out on Saturday.

Brushes and Blush, a Girl’s Day Out, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Deep Creek Lake Volunteer Fire Company. The fundraiser will feature demos and tutorials on age-appropriate skin care and makeup applications featuring Beauty counter educator and advocate, Hilary Findo. All the products will also be available for sale with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Foster Appalachia.

An online company called Sickweather offers a web application that forecasts flu and allergy trends with supposed “85%+ accuracy.”  They just announced that they are now providing their forecasts for 50 US cities, with more coming.  While our area is too “small” to get specific coverage, I thought my readers might be interested in checking this out for the national and big-city projections.

Lots of things to do this weekend from music to education. The Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park has some nice, interesting activities (inside and outside, for both children and adults) this weekend.  Here’s their list, and check our Upcoming Events section for more details and other events.

Friday November 16
All Day – Hands on Science Room Open and Scavenger Hunts Available

Saturday November 17
11:00 a.m. Story & Craft – Join us for the story Stinky Owl, featuring the birds of our Aviary.  After make an origami owl craft and meet a live owl. Free1:00 p.m.  Roving Naturalist – Meet some of the folks that care for the animal ambassadors in the Discovery    Center.  During this time, live animals will be out for a close-up hands on experience.

Sunday November 18
11:00a.m. Pinecone Bird Feeders and Songbird I.D. – It’s that time of year again! As you are making a pinecone bird feeder to take home with you, learn about the birds that are stopping by the Discovery Center bird feeders.
2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding – Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Lastly, there is a free event for Southern High School students *ONLY* this Sunday …. check it out if you have a student at SHS!

 

Thursday November 15

As I write these notes Wednesday evening, all the talk is about the Deep Creek Lake area’s upcoming storm warning. When Sarah adds in the weather in the morning things will be much “clearer” but there has definitely been buzz around town for this first storm. We shall see.

The weather today will be snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 3pm, then freezing rain and sleet. Temps staying about 29 degrees all day. East wind around 18 mph. Total daytime ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.3 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible tonight.

The Snow Emergency Plan for Garrett County is be implemented at 0745 (AM) today. Once the Snow Emergency Plan has been placed in effect, Maryland Law requires motorists to operate vehicles that are equipped with snow tires as designated by the manufacturer or equipped with chains. Studded tires are allowed from November 1 through March 31. During the declaration of a snow emergency, a person may not park a vehicle on any highway designated as a snow emergency route.

The following highways have been designated as snow emergency routes in Garrett County:

Interstate 68                Maryland Route 38               Maryland Route 495

U.S. Route 40               Maryland Route 39               Maryland Route 546

U.S. Route 50               Maryland Route 42               Maryland Route 560

U.S. Route 219             Maryland Route 135             Maryland Route 669

I’s Locals Night this evening at Dutch’s at Silver Tree. There are more deals in our Dining Specials section.

Go ahead, shout it out. Music Express Karaoke is at the Black Bear Tavern this evening from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Here’s a short “heads-up” piece from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration for you readers interested and active in the environment, fishing and even beachcombing. We all can help scientists protect endangered species, which in this case is the rare Atlantic Sturgeon. Interesting.

Well, as you know we have lots of deer in the area. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced that the two-week firearm hunting season for sika and white-tailed deer opens November 24th and runs through December 8th. This is apparently the most popular time for Maryland hunters.

Go back in time, way back and attend one of the concerts by Mountainside Baroque in Cumberland this coming weekend.  This performance incorporates a soprano accompanied by a lutenist (bet you don’t see or hear that word every day).

On the other side of the globe, Travel + Leisure just announced Japan as their 2018 Destination of the Year.  Japan is the 2018 destination of the year for many reasons — dynamic cities, whimsical islands, unparalleled natural beauty — but perhaps what truly makes it a winner is its ability to keep travelers coming back for more. Japan is great, but I think Deep Creek Lake and the mountains of Western Maryland are pretty special too, and easier to get to!  Sayonara for now folks!

Correction: Deep Creek Times incorrectly reported the November 14 Board of Education Public Meeting would be at Northern Middle School when it should have been reported as being held at the Central Office in Oakland. Our apologies for the mistake.

The livestream from the Board of Education public meeting held 11/14/18 is below:

Wednesday November 14

The weather certainly has changed: When I left work last evening my car had an icy slush on it. Today’s weather will be partly sunny, with a high near 31 and a low of 25. Tonight has chance of freezing rain and sleet, mainly after 4am.

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING: Heavy mixed precipitation possible and total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of one tenth to two-tenths of an inch are possible. There is still uncertainty regarding precipitation types and amounts with this system.

It’s Customer Appreciation Day today from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Deep Creek Lake branch of First United Bank.  They just redesigned the whole branch layout and it looks really great. Check it out and take a chance on winning a big prize as well.

There’s a number of events going on at the various branches of the Ruth Enlow Library today, including programming for children and adults, and culminating in a meet/greet/Q&A with local author Ellen Callahan in the evening.

Go North young wo/man, go North. There’s a Greater Grantsville Business Association (GGBA) networking event this evening at the Cornucopia Cafe starting at 6:00 pm.

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners has approved the creation of a County Communications Office. This office will proactively provide government information to the public and will be staffed by one part-time employee: Deep Creek Times’ own Sarah Myers! Sarah will help the County fulfill its strategic plan and tactical communications goals. Congratulations Sarah!

Due to the threat of inclement weather tomorrow, the Cat Wars event has been canceled. The organizers hope to reschedule in the spring.

Our Town Theater in Oakland is presenting Trouble in Gooseland this Friday evening at 7:00 pm and this Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm. This is a children’s show and is less than one hour in length.

Congrats to the Garrett Regional Medical Center Loar Auxilary for earning the Maryland State Achievement award!

We shared this cute little guy on Instagram –the puppers Oakley swims in 21-degrees at Deep Creek Lake, MD! Photo by Randy Krom.

Oakley Swims in 21-degrees at Deep Creek Lake, MD from Randy Krom

Tuesday November 13

We had a little snow-rain mix yesterday evening but the day was mostly fine until the afternoon. Today’s weather will be cloudy, with a chance of snow showers this afternoon. A high near 35 and a low around 21. West wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Less than an inch of snow accumulation expected during the day and less than an inch of snow overnight.

The Fourth Annual Trader’s Cookie Party is this afternoon from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  I am guessing there will be great cookies and other goodies for tasting and ordering and that the original Cookie Monster (Jean Thomas) will be on site.

Here’s some trivia for you: Since it’s Tuesday, that means that Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry is holding their team Trivia this evening starting at 6:00 pm.

The Board of Education will hold two public meetings tomorrow (Wednesday, November 14th) at Northern Middle School. The first is at 4:00pm and the other is at 7:00pm. There will be a discussion about the proposed RISE plan.

Well, some good news: The Harvest Moon Market in McHenry is staying open (Thursday – Sunday).  Some not so good news: The Subway restaurant next to High Mountain Sports is closed for renovations and I heard a rumor that it might be for a while as I heard they may be looking to sell. Not sure of the specifics at this time. I tried to eat there one or two times a week after working out (and generally looking fairly motley). Bummer.

Hmm, looks like they are having some fun in 21531!  The annual Friendsville Holiday Decorating Contest for town residents and businesses is on, with fun, prizes and bragging rights for the next year at stake. Winners will be named on Monday, December 17th. Ho, ho, ho…

The Chamber’s next Business Before Hours is scheduled for 8:00 am on Tuesday, November 20th at Wisp Resort. This will include their annual update on local and state-wide tourism.

Here’s a tip: If you are a student, parent or grandparent, please remember to complete a new or updated Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.  It is needed to apply for any federal or state aid and the sooner it is completed, the sooner you can be considered for financial aid. Just looking out for our readers and their families.

A special thanks to Joni P for sharing that an “Outdoors Maryland” segment on iceboating on Deep Creek Lake will be featured on Maryland Public TV tonight; watch online or find it on your MPT channel at 7:30pm.

Monday November 12

The weather for today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 42 and a low around 34. A 40% chance of showers mainly after 3pm.

Don’t forget that today is the formal celebration of Veteran’s Day and there may be some closures around town, including the library, for example.

Here is a new website to help veterans navigate the return to civilian life: http://main.westernmarylandvet.md.brainfuse.com/

Saw an intense, complex film at Garrett 8 Cinemas Saturday evening, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web: a New Dragon Tattoo Story.” Good action and entertainment. It stars Claire Foy, who plays the Queen in the series “The Crown.” This part is just a little different for her. Quite a transition.

Pizza anyone? Ledo’s now has a Monday special of a free cheese pizza if you buy one of the same size with three toppings. Plus, Brenda’s still has her half price pizza’s on Monday. There are other specials around town as well listed in our Daily Specials guide.

Maryland Attorney General announced Friday that the Consumer Protection Division closed 2,290 cases in 2018, assisting Maryland patients in saving or recovering over $2.8 million due to them from insurers. In this day and age, it really pays to know there are solutions available should you have a healthcare and/or insurance “issue,” so I thought I would include this for our readers.

From the Southern Garrett Athletic Association: At the recent 1A Boys State Cross Country meet, the Southern team placed 5th out of 17 teams! Congratulations to Griffin Horner and Drew Helbig on their 6th and 10th place finishes, respectively.

November 1st was the first day of the Oakland Jazzercise “Planksgiving Challenge” but it’s not too late to join! in addition to the planks, they challenge you to write down 5 things for which you are thankful. Write them for you or share a few with us. We’d love to hear!

Leave the Ferret home! I mean it. The Wall Street Journal recently listed 13 animals banned by American Airlines as emotional-support flying companions. In addition to ferrets, the list includes goats, hedgehogs, insects, rodents and spiders. So, now you know not to bring your pet tarantula on the plane when you travel to visit the family for Thanksgiving. Or, you could just drive to/stay at the lake and hang-out with all your furry friends with no hassles.

Just a reminder to all you serious and not so serious fishermen out there: The Fall trout stocking season is complete and I hear there is some good fishing out there.  Garrett County received a majority of rainbow trout, but some brown and even some golden were stocked in the area as well. Good luck.

The social app Snapchat is jumping into original scripted shows — a new series called “Deep Creek” was released yesterday morning (only on the app). It will be a total of 10 episodes that are about 7 minutes each. Here’s a screenshot from Snapchat.

Deep Creek Snapchat Original Screenshot

 

Friday November 9, Saturday November 10, Sunday November 11

The weather for today is rain likely during the day and changing to snow after 9pm. High near 43 and low around 23. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 21 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 43 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Saturday is expected to have scattered snow showers, mainly before 9am and then partly sunny. A high near 29 and a low around 20. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Sunday, Veteran’s Day, will be sunny, with a high near 38 and a low around 27.

Observation: For a rural area, we are fortunate to have some excellent medical/dental professionals in Garrett County.  I have had a problematic dental “issue” and had a critical appointment yesterday and really feel blessed that we have Dr. Yant and his team. Real pros! Add Garrett Regional Medical Center and our other area physicians and health care providers and we are really in good shape (except for my jaw, but that will change). Feel good dear readers.

It’s Hands-on at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park all day on Friday in the science room. There’s also scavenger hunts on Friday, and other cool stuff all weekend.

Please don’t forget to honor our veterans this weekend (and Monday).  As mentioned earlier in the week, Garrett College will be holding their Fallen Veterans Roll Call starting at 7:00 am today, with special events held throughout the day, in and around the auditorium.  I have found that even attending for 15 minutes is quite moving and really puts things in perspective. Also, note that all veterans will be admitted for free to the basketball game Friday evening at 7:00 pm. Thank you to ALL of our veterans and their families.

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) is accepting nominations of local businesses that have transformed lives in our community during the past three years in the state.  While you have to be a MEDA member to submit the nomination, I am pretty sure one of our Economic Development folks would submit if you have a good nominee (start with Kim Durst and tell her Mike sent you).  Learn more here.

The annual Art Beckman Breakfast to Benefit Cindy’s Fund is on Saturday at the Southern Rescue Squad in Oakland from 7:00 am – Noon.  This is a great cause, good time and some great, all-you-can-eat breakfast grub too.

Even though we are in the “shoulder season” here at the lake, there’s still a number of events going on this weekend, including musidc at a few nice local venues, learning opportunities at the library and activities at the state parks.  See all that’s available at our Upcoming Events section.

Sunday evening the Loch Lynn Church of God is celebrating Pastor Brenda Bernard, who has been serving as the Children’s Pastor for 25 years!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is proposing some new regulations on a number of topics (snakeheads anyone?) and they are asking for public comment until November 18th.  Some of the topics don’t apply to us, but they do downstate and we have a pretty good “fishing” population of readers at Deep Creek Times, so thought I would share the “whole enchilada.”  

All that jazz! The newly-formed Garrett Jazz Ensemble will be hosting its first event on Sunday, November 25th at 6:00 pm at the special events center at Garrett College.  If Dr. Sean Beachy is involved, and he is, you know it will be well-done.

Garrett Jazz - Big Band Swing and Dance Concert

Thursday November 8

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 44 and a low around 35. Tonight will see some rain, mainly after 4am East wind 6 to 11 mph and gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

The Accident Adult Book Club will meet at the Accident branch of the Ruth Enlow Library today at 11:30 am this morning.

Alpine Lake near Terra Alta West Virginia will be hosting the Chamber’s November Business After Hours  this evening from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm. Alpine Lake is a short drive and a “world away” from Deep Creek Lake. 

There’s Music Express Karaoke this evening at the Black Bear Tavern in McHenry from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

It’s local night at Dutch’s this evening.  Check out their great food and get a discount just for living here!  Check out our Dining Specials section for more local specials.

Own a business? Find out if your company and your idea qualify for the upcoming DOD and NOAA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) solicitations to win Government seed money for your company at a one hour, free webinar on Friday. I have worked with TEDCO and some of the presenters and this is the real deal. 

The annual Garrett College Veterans Roll Call this year will be held Friday and will honor our fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan.  It will begin at 7:00 am in the college auditorium and include a (Nationwide) Minute of Silence at 2:00 pm followed by bagpipers playing Amazing Grace and a video of Steve Smith’s song The Brave. There will be a 21 Gun Salute and Taps at 4:30 pm. All are invited to attend all or a part and honor our fallen heroes!

This amazing sunset photo was sent in to us by Dee Dave yesterday – WOW!

Sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD by Dee Dave

Also – don’t forget if you are a past or present Garrett Mentors board member or mentor, the 10-year celebration is tonight!

Garrett Mentors 10-year Celebration Event

Wednesday November 7

Heard we may be in for some potential snow this weekend.  We will follow and keep you apprised of the situation. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 50 and a low around 32. West wind 8 to 13 mph.

Unofficial voting results are in. At present time, the reports show wide-margin victories in several categories:

Commissioner District 1: Republican Larry Tichnell won over Democrat Judy Carbone
Commissioner District 2: Republican Paul Edwards won unopposed
Commissioner District 3: Republican Jim Hinebaugh won over write-in Republican Bob Gatto
District 1A House of Delegates: Republican Wendell Beitzel won over Democrat Mike Dreisbach
District 1A Maryland State Senate: Republican George Edwards won unopposed
District 2 Board of Education, Rodney Glotfelty won over Nathan Sorber

In the only local, tightly contested race, incumbent Monica Rinker won over Fred Gregg by 113 votes for District 3 Board of Education representative. For more information, visit https://www.garrettcounty.org/board-of-elections/news/

Potomac Edison has planned a brief power outage for the following locations: Accident, Friendsville, McHenry, Oakland.  The outages will occur sometime between 11:00 am and 11:30 am this morning.

Here’s an interesting read: I thought our readers might like to see Hazard Mitigation Plan from Allegany County. Once in, just click on the link. Detailed but interesting.

Frostburg State University (FSU), in partnership with regional chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, is conducting a survey of local businesses and citizens relative to the proposed implementation and impact of a $15 minimum wage. This anonymous survey should take 10-15 minutes of your time and your participation is very important. If you would like to receive the results of the survey, please indicate that at the end of the survey.

The Chamber reports that Garrett County’s unemployment rate in August, the latest month with available data, was 4.4%, as compared to Maryland’s 4.2% and the nation’s 3.9%.  Allegany County’s rate was at 5.9%.

Click here for a fun video a colleague sent me yesterday: A fox, a bear and mid-term elections, oh my?  Actually, I think it demonstrates the benefit of persistence and overcoming obstacles and since we have bears in our area I thought I would share. Note: This is not meant as a political commentary/endorsement, but the video is cool and worth watching (you can turn off the sound if you wish).

The “off-season” still offers some good fishing — here Matt Jones shares his chain pickerel catch with us!

Matt Jones _ Chain Pickerel _ Deep Creek Lake, MD

 

Tuesday November 6

Yesterday was cool and misty around the lake. Today will be partly cloudy and breezy, with a west wind 11 to 20 mph. Gusts as high as 43 mph. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before  3pm. High near 58 and low around 40.

Today is election day. Some would say “finally!” This has definitely been an interesting year, with some significant, contested races for a number of offices.  Here’s a link to the Garrett County Board of Elections which has another link to the sample ballot.  Best of luck to all the candidates and please get out there and VOTE.

We just heard about this new collaboration for the arts in our area: The JumpStart Theatre program will be implemented in Western Maryland beginning in the 2019-20 school year through a partnership between the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) and the Mountain City Center for the Arts (MCCA) in Frostburg. The JumpStart Theatre program creates sustainable theatre arts programs in middle schools. We’ll share more when we have more details.

Did you know that there are 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in the United States? Collectively, they employ 5 million individuals and have over $1 trillion in annual revenue (receipts).  Now you know.  The SBA has a nice fact sheet I thought my readers might be interested in perusing to learn more as a lead-up to veterans day later this week. Veterans just keep giving back to our community and country and we have a few very successful veteran-owned businesses here in Garrett County. Thanks!

So, you went and voted and now you are hungry.  Our newest advertiser, Ledo’s Pizza has a special today: two calzones or strombolis for $11.99.  Not too shabby.  If you are in the mood for something else, check out the specials on our Daily Specials board. Tell them the Deep Creek Times sent you!

According to Oakland Volunteer Fire Department: Oakland, along with Deer Park, Kitzmiller, Southern Rescue, GC EMS, GC Emergency Management, GC Hazmat Team, Oakland Police and MD State Fire Marshall office responded to Walmart in Oakland for a suspicious package yesterday afternoon. Upon arrival Chief 40 assumed command and placed ER43 and E23 and T44 crews on fire standby, while Oakland police secured the area with U48 and Trailer serving as command post for the incident. Command also requested MD State Fire Marshall Bomb Squad and GC Hazmat Team to Assist in identifying the suspicious package. Fire Marshall’s were able to assess the package thru multiple techniques and quickly deemed the package safe.

There’s a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels/Grantsville Senior Center this Friday evening starring Wheeling Jamboree star Steve Smith, with special Guest Rusty Halo and the Durst Brothers Band. It’s at the Grantsville Senior Center from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Call-301-895-5818 or 301-334-9431 ext. 6139 by November 7th to reserve a spot (if you are dining). Cost is $10, and only $3 for music only.

It has been an exciting year for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, as it celebrates its 150th anniversary and looks to the future with enhanced equipment, manpower and technology. This month the department welcomes 44 new officers to their ranks.

 

Monday November 5

Sunday was a brisk, breezy and sunny day with some showers overnight. The weather for today will be mostly cloudy with showers likely, mainly before 10am. High near 54 and a low around 49. Southeast wind 6 to 16 mph.

Story Tails, a program at the Grantsville branch of the Ruth Enlow Library, is offered today from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Designed to help children develop confidence in reading, each child reads to a dog for 15 – 20 minutes, with the dog’s handler sitting nearby to give reading assistance if necessary. All dogs are certified by Therapy Dogs International. All dogs are then given a multiple choice test to see if they remember what the children read to them (only kidding). This is a great program!

A Touch of Class Limousines just let us know that they are offering a 10% discount on their hourly rate for reservations made in November.  There are some qualifiers, so ask when you give them a call on 301.698.2650 if you are interested in learning more.

There’s a free workshop on Choosing Health Insurance this evening at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. University of Maryland Extension Educator Lisa McCoy, RD, offers this free workshop on understanding your health insurance options, making sure you have the right insurance for your family, preparing for unexpected expenses and taking control of your healthcare costs. Registration is not required.

The Chamber’s next Marketing Roundtable event will feature updates on the town of Oakland. The meeting is November 7th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Chamber conference room. This is an opportunity for area marketing professionals and Chamber member businesses to get an update on all of the new happenings in downtown Oakland, including Brenda McDonnell’s new restaurant and Pat Franc’s SipSide Lounge. There will also be a general update from GOBA’s Michelle Ross. Registration is required and is limited to 30 individuals.

November is American Diabetes Month.  With about 29 million American adults having type 2 diabetes, I wanted to share “the month” and that statistic as diabetes can really throw you a curve, including a 100- to 200- percent increase in medical expenses. I took the quick American Diabetes Association diabetes risk test online just now as I prepped for this post. Took me less than a minute to complete.

If you don’t feel like going to work today or don’t like your job, check out this photo of the inside of a coal mine in Frostburg, circa 1905.  Pretty primitive and dangerous looking conditions to be sure. This photo is courtesy of local historian Al Feldstein — thanks for sharing with us Al!

We just received this listing of activities available at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek State Park later this week.  As usual, they have a nice program schedule planned for the month.  We’ll share more as the month progresses:

Friday, November 9
All Day – Hands on Science Room Open and Scavenger Hunts Available

Saturday, November 10
11:00 am Hungry Critters – Meet us inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters! You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian!
2:00 pm. First Impressions – Some animals are born with a bad reputation.  This interactive program shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature.  At the end of the program, get the opportunity to meet one of the real animals behind the misconceptions.

Sunday, November 11
11:00 a.m. Pine cone Bird Feeder Making – It’s that time of year again! As you are making a pine cone bird feeder to take home with you, learn about the birds that are stopping by the Discovery Center bird feeders.
2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding – Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

 

Friday November 2, Saturday November 3, Sunday November 4

Yesterday turned out to be a wonderful day at the lake, except for some clouds in the early evening. Todays weather is cloudy with a high near 51 and a low around 36. Showers likely, mainly after 5pm and a Southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Saturday rain and snow showers likely until about 2pm; mostly cloudy, with a high near 41 and a low around 34. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a crisp high near 48 and a low around 40.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  Bittinger’s All You Can Eat Wings are back! Come out to the Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department on Friday night and enjoy all you can eat wings for $15! Eat-in starts at 5:00 pm and take-out begins at 4:30 pm.

Wanted to let our readers know that our Railey Realty webcam at Lakeside Creamery is down for maintenance and an upgrade.  Our Deep Creek Times webcam and our other webcams around the lake, county and Wisp are all up and running and available to give all a good view of the weather, traffic and conditions. They are a great way to get a real-time look at things when you are out of town or en-route to the area.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting orders for shrub and tree seedlings from the John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery for the spring 2019 planting season. There are over 50 varieties of trees and shrubs available for purchase, including over 20 pollinator friendly options. Minimum order is 25 seedlings of the same variety.

HART for Animals is hosting their annual Black Tie and Tails event at Wisp on Saturday.  This is great event, by a great organization, for a great cause. Give them a call to see if there’s still room to squeeze-in.

The MD Small Business Development Center, Western Region, is partnering with the Federal Reserve to conduct a Small Business Credit Survey for both pre-start and existing businesses and would like business owners or managers to participate.

The Allegany County Arts Council is hosting Will’s Creek Exhibition – “Overlooked” – a juried arts exhibition of contemporary American art.  In its 19th year, the submitted artworks will be on display at the council’s two professional art galleries from this Saturday through December 1st.

There’s lots to do at and around the lake this weekend, including high school football and a bunch of music.  Check them all out in our Events section. 

Finally, as I write this, there’s a group of lovely and talented Civic Club ladies in my basement working on their decorations and tree for the Festival of Trees event later this month.  Here’s a quick photo I took of the team around their work-in-progress tree.  They do great work for our community!

Oakland Civic Club Ladies

Thursday November 1

Yesterday was unseasonably warm (remember Hurricane Sandy!) and it was a nice day here at the lake. Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 68 and a low around 50. Southwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Rain likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 1am.

I heard the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF)  Halloween party was well attended and a lot of fun last evening. I had to teach or I certainly would have attended. Here’s a photo of the Lake Pointe Inn that Sarah took as they were preparing for the event:

Spooky Soiree at Lake Pointe Inn at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Happy November dear readers!  November gets me thinking about the holiday season and all that goes along with that.  Did you know that November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar and retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning “nine”) when January and February were added. November occurs in late spring in the Southern Hemisphere and late autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

Working H Meats has started taking orders for fresh, GMO-free Thanksgiving Turkeys. Order online here.

Don’t forget that there is a Women’s Networking Lunch today at Ace’s Run Restaurant and Pub at Noon. Contact Terah Crawford at 301.487.4914 for more information and to see if there is still room.

Chill out! The Adult Coloring Club meets from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm today at the Grantsville branch of the Ruth Enlow Library. This program is free and designed as a quiet time for adults to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.  To register contact Kim at 301.895.5298 or kim@relib.net.

There’s Music Express Karaoke this evening at the Black Bear Tavern from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Congratulations to Audrey W. for correctly guessing Autumn Glory in Downtown Oakland as our October “Where Am I?” contest. Be sure to send us your guess for this month’s contest!

Did you know that Maryland ranks as one of the fastest-growing states for distilleries in the country, with 25 distilleries of all sizes and over 100 brands on the market. Garrett County even has its own cooperage (distillers’ barrel maker) in early development.  To celebrate Maryland’s growing presence, November has been declared Maryland Spirits Month.  Check out this interactive map site for more information.

Wednesday October 31

The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 63. and a low of 55. Southwest wind 11 to 16 mph. And a 30% chance of precipitation after 5pm.

Happy Halloween to all.  We wish you all a safe and fun holiday!

Today’s Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is the final outdoor market of the season.  It runs from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the downtown pavilion in Oakland.  There will be indoor markets on select dates over the winter starting November 17th.

Five new members were inducted into the Garrett College Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday evening, including:  Darryl Dupert, baseball (1987-89); Marcia DeBerry Knepp, women’s basketball (1989-91); Lawrence Nesselrodt, baseball (1979-81) and coach (1985-93); Ernie Shotwell, baseball (1973-75); and Erica McBride Stewart, women’s basketball and volleyball (1997-99). Congratulations to all of these exceptional individuals.

There’s a number of children’s activities today at the Oakland, Friendsville and Accident branches of the Ruth Enlow Library.

The Maryland Historical Trust is hosting workshops around the state for prospective applicants for the fiscal year 2019 Capital Grant Program for historic preservation projects. This grant is a competitive funding program for construction projects on buildings or structures on or eligible for the Maryland Register. I am guessing we definitely have some structures in the area that qualify.

There is a new listing in our online marketplace: a 2013 Buick Enclave. Take a look!

There’s a Women’s Networking Lunch this Thursday at Noon at Ace’s Run Restaurant and Pub. I bet you can still RSVP and attend.  I have heard nothing but good comments about these monthly events.  Contact Terah Crawford at 301.487.4914 for more information.

On a more ominous note, did you hear that famous Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger died yesterday in the prison in nearby Bruceton Mills, West Virginia (off of I 68, on the way towards Morgantown). It was apparently his first (and last) day at the prison where it looks like he may have been murdered. He was made famous as the subject of the Oscar-winning film “The Departed” and was also played by Johnny Depp in the film “Black Mass.” Fortunately, we don’t have any prisons in Garrett County and I like it that way.

Here’s a reprint of today’s Halloween activities again for our readers:

🍁🎃WEDNESDAY, OCT 31🎃🍁
Trick or Treat
Southern Garrett Rescue Squad @5pm-6:30pm

🍁🎃WEDNESDAY, OCT 31🎃🍁
Arrowhead Market Trick or Treat
Arrowhead Market @5pm -7pm

Candy Giveaway
Oakland Lowe’s @5pm-7pm

✭Town of Friendsville Trick or Treat
Friendsville Town Limits @5:30pm-7:30pm

✭Town of Grantsville Trick or Treat
Grantsville Town Limits @5:30pm-7pm

✭Town of Mountain Lake Park Trick or Treat
Mountain Lake Park Town Limits @5:30pm-6:30pm

✭Town of Oakland Trick or Treat
Oakland Town Limits @5:30pm-7pm

Divine Hope Church Trunk-or-Treat
110 Weber Road Oakland, MD 21550 @5:30 – 7pm
Also giving away Bibles and food; for more information: 240.321.4673

✭Town of Accident Trick or Treat
Accident Town Limits @6pm

Trunk or Treat
Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Dept @6pm-8pm

Fall Festival
Accident Fire Hall @7pm-9pm
Glow in the dark room, hay ride (weather permitting), photo booth and refreshments available. Sponsored by Accident Community Planning Group and Ruth Enlow Library (Accident Branch).

Mad Hatter Halloween Party
MoonShadow @8pm-11pm
A SPOOKY TEA PARTY with DJ/HOST: KRISS LOORE. Vintage halloween clips on the big screen, games, costume contest, spooky stories, & more! $5 cover

Here is a sunset photo I captured last evening:

Sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Friday November 16, Saturday November 17, Sunday November 18

Well, we had our first real "frozen precipitation event" (that sounds pretty cool) of the season yesterday.  Lots of organizations closed or delayed around town. Certainly was beautiful though. We got our official precipitation reports from a weather reporting station...

Thursday November 15

As I write these notes Wednesday evening, all the talk is about the Deep Creek Lake area's upcoming storm warning. When Sarah adds in the weather in the morning things will be much "clearer" but there has definitely been buzz around town for this first storm. We shall...

Wednesday November 14

The weather certainly has changed: When I left work last evening my car had an icy slush on it. Today's weather will be partly sunny, with a high near 31 and a low of 25. Tonight has chance of freezing rain and sleet, mainly after 4am. WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT...

Tuesday November 13

We had a little snow-rain mix yesterday evening but the day was mostly fine until the afternoon. Today's weather will be cloudy, with a chance of snow showers this afternoon. A high near 35 and a low around 21. West wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Less...

Monday November 12

The weather for today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 42 and a low around 34. A 40% chance of showers mainly after 3pm. Don't forget that today is the formal celebration of Veteran's Day and there may be some closures around town, including the library, for...

Friday November 9, Saturday November 10, Sunday November 11

The weather for today is rain likely during the day and changing to snow after 9pm. High near 43 and low around 23. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 21 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 43 mph. New snow accumulation of less...

Thursday November 8

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 44 and a low around 35. Tonight will see some rain, mainly after 4am East wind 6 to 11 mph and gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. The Accident Adult Book Club will meet at the Accident branch...

Wednesday November 7

Heard we may be in for some potential snow this weekend.  We will follow and keep you apprised of the situation. Today's weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 50 and a low around 32. West wind 8 to 13 mph. Unofficial voting results are in. At present time,...

Tuesday November 6

Yesterday was cool and misty around the lake. Today will be partly cloudy and breezy, with a west wind 11 to 20 mph. Gusts as high as 43 mph. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before  3pm. High near 58 and low around 40. Today is election day. Some would say...

Monday November 5

Sunday was a brisk, breezy and sunny day with some showers overnight. The weather for today will be mostly cloudy with showers likely, mainly before 10am. High near 54 and a low around 49. Southeast wind 6 to 16 mph. Story Tails, a program at the Grantsville branch of...

Friday November 2, Saturday November 3, Sunday November 4

Yesterday turned out to be a wonderful day at the lake, except for some clouds in the early evening. Todays weather is cloudy with a high near 51 and a low around 36. Showers likely, mainly after 5pm and a Southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph....

Thursday November 1

Yesterday was unseasonably warm (remember Hurricane Sandy!) and it was a nice day here at the lake. Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 68 and a low around 50. Southwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Rain likely, with thunderstorms also...

Wednesday October 31

The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 63. and a low of 55. Southwest wind 11 to 16 mph. And a 30% chance of precipitation after 5pm. Happy Halloween to all.  We wish you all a safe and fun holiday! Today's Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is the...

Tuesday October 30

Weather for today will be patchy fog before 10am; otherwise, mostly sunny with a high near 52 and a low around 44. The Ruth Enlow Library is holding their children's STEM Festival at the Kitzmiller branch from 10:30 am - 11:00 am this morning. Don't forget that early...

Monday October 29

Showers likely today, mainly before 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 41 and a low of 35 degrees. West wind around 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. On Friday, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh joined a coalition of 21 attorneys general and four major cities...

Friday October 26, Saturday October 27, Sunday October 28

Today's weather will be likely rain after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 42 and a low around 38. Saturday will be rain with a high near 45 and a low around 38. On Sunday, it will be cloudy with showers likely. A high temperature near 45 and a low around 38. Interesting...

Thursday October 25

The weather for today will be increasing clouds with a high near 47 and a low around 35. You may have heard about a big Nor'easter supposedly headed our way... currently it is looking like it will be a rain-filled weekend. Keeping an eye out, though, anything is...

Wednesday October 24

The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 42 and a low of 27. Still a bit windy with Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph. The Market Fresh Farmers Market is winding down for the season over the next two weeks, with one market today from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. ...

Tuesday October 23

The weather for today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 52 and a low around 32. Breezy, with a west wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. As reported by Allegheny Mountains Weather, we are to keep an eye out for potentially a significant winter event...

Monday October 22

We had our first snowfall of the year yesterday.  Just a dusting of less than an inch, but it was still beautiful. Today's weather will be mostly sunny with a high of 51 and a low of 39. Here's a photo from our back yard yesterday morning. The monthly Lego Club,...

Friday October 19, Saturday October 20, Sunday October 21

Weather-wise, Friday will be sunny during the day, with showers likely in the evening, with a high of 56 and a low of 44.  Saturday is forecast to be rainy as well, with a high of 49 and chance of rain/snow mix in the evening, with a low of 31.  Sunday has a 30%...

Thursday October 18

The weather for today will be mostly sunny during the day and clear in the evening with a high of 42 and a low of 32.  Winter is coming! Just heard that Friends of Deep Creek Lake will receive the Leadership for Service Volunteer Award from the North American Lake...

Wednesday October 17

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 45 and breezy, with a west wind 15 to 21 mph. Winds will continue into the evening with a low of 30 forecast. Regional employers are welcome to join Garrett College from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm for a Workforce Development...

Tuesday October 16

Today's weather will be cloudy, with a chance of meatballs.  Actually, I always wanted to say that, but Sarah usually does the weather, so I couldn't slip it in until now! Today will be partly sunny with a high of 49 and a low of 38.  Please note that the National...

Monday October 15

The weather for today will be wet and cool, with showers likely, especially in the morning, and with a high of 61 and a low of 35.  Early forecasts show below freezing temperatures Wednesday evening.  I'll keep checking and provide an update as the week progresses....

Friday October 12, Saturday October 13, Sunday October 14

  The weather for Friday will be partly sunny, with a high near 47 and a low of 37 with a good chance of showers. West wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Saturday, showers are likely, mainly before 8:00 am, gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high...

Thursday October 11

It looks like things are cooling off and getting a bit rainy before Autumn Glory. Today will have a high of 67 and a low of 38, with showers likely throughout the day. I think the cooler weather may help move the color change along, which seems to be lagging prior...

Wednesday October 10

Today will be partly sunny with a high near 74 and a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3:00 pm. Tonight has a 80 percent chance for thunderstorms with a low of 63 forecast. I had the pleasure of participating in two regional college fairs yesterday, one...

Tuesday October 9

Yesterday was another really nice day. Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 74 and a low of 62. I am enjoying it while I can and I hope you are too. The 2018 Garrett County College Expo will be held at Garrett College this morning from 9:30 - Noon.  Local high...

Monday October 8

Summer came back to the lake this weekend with lots of sun and warm temperatures! The weather for today will be mostly sunny with a high of 76 degrees and a chance for localized thunder showers in the afternoon. Low temperature of 62. Happy Columbus Day! Please note...

 

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