Deep Creek Lake MD News and Local Resources: Daily Notes


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Wednesday August 12

Yesterday was another nice day at the lake, great temperature and sunny.  Today we will have patchy fog before 9:00 am and scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2:00 pm and into early evening.  The temperature will reach about 80 degrees, with a low around 65.  Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Well, on a national level, and no, not talking about Joe Biden’s VP pick, the Big 10 and Pac-12 conferences have cancelled their fall football season. 🙁 They are hoping to play in the spring.  This is perhaps one more sign of a “new-normal” at least for the short- and medium-term. Obviously, player and personnel health is a much more important factor, but I will miss what I am guessing will be no college football in the fall.

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be at the Pavilion in downtown Oakland today from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Check out all the goodies and remember to follow the safety guidelines during the pandemic.  Here’s the scoop on everything.

Lebanese Taverna, a well known restaurant in the DC area is taking orders for pickup at the lake this friday between 2:00 and 2:15 (by the Garrett 8 movies).  I hear they have great food and Jean and I will be ordering for sure.  Something different and a different model for them delivery-wise I am sure.  Here’s the link for more information and to order.

Speaking of new, we are pleased to welcome a new advertiser and business to the lake area.  Ileana Evans, owner of AMS Consulting and Design, is a recent transplant to Garrett County from California and she has a lot of experience in design and construction (residential and commercial).  Give her a call if you need some design help or construction. Here’s her information:

AMS Ad - Ileana

New Business in the County

Don’t forget to check out the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine raffle for wine and weekends at the lake. The ticket price goes to help GLAF and HART for Animals and the prizes look awesome. Here’s the link.

Here’s an interesting tidbit for readers working from home at the lake and elsewhere.  The Washington Post reports that a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research showed that the average workday lengthened by 48.5 minutes in the weeks following pandemic-related lockdowns and stay-at-home orders and that the number of meetings increased by 13 percent!

And finally today, here’s a historical tidbit: Over the nine years (1933 – 1942) the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) operated in Maryland, there was an average of twenty-one CCC Camps in the state at any given time, with 15 of these camps sponsored by the State Board of Forestry and located in State Forests and State Parks. Yes, there were CCC camps in Garrett County and they also did work in the state parks at the time.  Here’s some cool insight into these regimented, military-like camps in western Maryland along with some photos.

 

 

Tuesday August 11

Yesterday, as forecast, it turned out great weather-wise at the lake.  Today we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4:00 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83 degrees and a low of 65. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

This week a bunch of dedicated folks are trekking, mostly on-foot, from Wisp to the Eastern shore as part of the 2020 Maryland Trek.  They started Sunday from Wisp, all in an effort to raise money to help children with cancer.  Last year they raised $100,000 through pledges.  Here’s the site link.

Here’s a link to the August Habitat News from NOAA that wraps up their July Habitat Month efforts.  There’s some good embedded links to stories around the nation, including one on Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

The Garrett County Health Department has received positive COVID-19 results for three additional persons, bringing the current county total positives to 54. The new cases included a male in his 20s, a female in her 20s and another male in his 40s. The next community testing opportunity in Garrett County is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26th, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm in the parking lot between the Health Department and Mountain Laurel Medical Center at 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland. For more information, call 301.334.7770 or 301. 895.3111.

Heard from the Springs Historical Society, which this year because of Covid-19, have cancelled the Springs Folk Festival. However, they are taking the opportunity of this down year to make needed improvements to the property and are setting up painting days. I will send more information when I know more.  I am thinking they will be looking for some volunteers for their efforts and we certainly support them.

I am going to bet that you didn’t know that Alaska has the lowest share of childbirths with low birth weight, 5.85 percent, which is 2.1 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 12.12 percent.  Well, the latest WalletHub study analyzed dozens of factors to determine the best and worst states for new borns and their parents.  Where did Maryland land in the rankings? Well, go here to find out and see the full report.

Monday August 10

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 83 degrees and a light south wind. The evening will be partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

The weather was beautiful and the lake (and the lake-area) was busy this weekend.  This nice photo provided by Eric Willams taken from Wisp supports both of those statements.  Thanks for the great photo Eric.  Much appreciated.

From Wisp by Eric Williams

The Lake as Viewed From Wisp

Took a drive to Morgantown yesterday and we came upon a terrible accident scene on Eastbound 68.  As I write this Sunday evening, both directions are still closed hours after we passed the scene. It was a tractor trailer and I believe involved a fatality. Hopefully, all of our readers are safe and were not caught up in the many hours of road closures. FYI, if I68 is ever closed, you can always come back to Garrett County via Eastbound route 7, which will take you down into Terra Alta and then into Oakland.  That’s what we did to get back to Swanton.

I have heard that the lake level has been lowering, as is usual for this time of year. My HOA board just decided to add a section to two of our three dock clusters to push them out a bit more.  Please be aware of shallow spots, especially as summer progresses, and of course, depending on rainfall and lake drawdowns.

Yesterday, the Baltimore Sun announced that Maryland reported eight new COVID-19 related deaths and 922 new cases. I know this is a contentuous subject among some, but I believe that mask wearing and social distancing will go a long ways towards getting us all out of this national mess. I have certainly seen an increase in mask use among individuals at local retailers of late.  Keep it up…

Sarah mentioned a job opening at the Ruth Enlow Library in Daily Notes last week.  They have another opening now as well, for a library assistant. It is for 16 hours per week at the Ruth Enlow Library in Oakland.  Starting pay is $13.50/hr. You can pick-up an application at any location of the Ruth Enlow Library in Garrett County.  Applications are due by August 21st.

Here’s a nice photo taken by William Heinz of the sunset over Penn Cove.  Thanks for sharing William! I like the way the trees, homes and lake all “combine to black.”

Penn Cove Sunset

 

The Grantsville Lions Club will hold a pre-order chicken BBQ on August 22 in conjunction with the National Pike Festival. The dinners are carry out, pre-order only and can be picked up from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grantsville Park chicken BBQ building.  The deadline for ordering chicken dinners is August 14th. To order a chicken dinner, download the order form on the Grantsville Lions Facebook page. Click on the chicken BBQ photo and go to tickets. There will also be town-wide yard sales throughout the town.
Here’s a link to the latest issue of the Maryland Department of Education’s COVID-19 Response and Continuity of Learning newsletter.  It includes information on opening plans for all of the state’s school districts.
Have a great Monday folks…

Friday August 7, Saturday August 8, Sunday August 9

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 76 and a low around 59. Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 77 and a low around 58. Sunday will be sunny with a high near 80 and a low around 62.

The Livestock Expo and Sale continues today and Saturday. Stop by to appreciate the hard work of the kids and don’t forget the delicious “fair” food!

The Ruth Enlow Library is hiring an Associate.

The most recent local COVID-19 update has the total count of positive cases at 51.

The next community testing opportunity in Garrett County is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot between the Health Department and Mountain Laurel Medical Center at 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland. This free testing will be without the need for an appointment or a doctor’s order.

The Barn at Lake Shore is a local VRBO (vacation rental by owner) that, unfortunately, won’t be renting for the remainder of 2020 due to the coronavirus. Everyone’s fingers crossed for 2021.

Lake Title, LLC is the newest addition to Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, a full-service Deep Creek Lake real estate and vacation rental company. Offering competitive rates, it is one more way that they are making transactions smoother for buyers and sellers.

Glazed and Confuzed Donuts is open from 7 am until 2 pm Thursday through Sunday in the summer! Here is their menu:

Glazed and Confuzed Donuts Menu

The fishing report from the MD DNR Deep Creek Lake, a mix of large yellow perch, walleye, and smallmouth bass can be found along deep grass edges by drifting minnows.

GCPS is pleased to announce that their JumpStart 20-21 summer program is now in full swing.

The Board of County Commissioners for Garrett County adopted a resolution to designate Garrett County as a Second Amendment Preservation County.

Take the “Create Your Own State Park” Summer Challenge to Turn Your Home into a State Park.

Wednesday August 6

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 73 and a low around 60. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm.

I have a chance to go golfing in Oakland today. This is the first I’ve been in a few years …  wish me luck!

Thanks to Ren Nazareno for the sunrise photo this morning:

The Paycheck Protection Program application deadline is looming – August 8.

Remember to take your chances on the “Wine & Weekend Raffle!” (since this year’s Art & Wine Festival has gone virtual)

Due to the pandemic, the Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop (at Garrett Regional Medical Center) is remains closed to the public.

The Garrett County Farm Bureau is continuing the Livestock Expo and Sale this week at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. There were 100 market swine, 38 market lambs, 56 market beef, and 44 market goats registered to show and sell this week.

Also, several “fair food” booths are open:

Dairy Bar: Wednesday-Saturday 2pm – 8pm
Northern Garrett Athletics: Wednesday-Saturday 6am – 10pm
FIRST Robotics Team 1629 GaCo: Wednesday-Friday 11am – 5pm, Saturday 11pm – completion of sale
Oakland Rotary French Fries: Wednesday-Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 3pm – 11pm

Friendsville Library announces monthly Enrichment Packets with crafts and educational materials for enhanced learning opportunities for pre-school & school-age students. ALL STUDENTS MUST Register: Call 301-746-5663 or email Friensville.SRC@relib.net.

Our lake camera has a bird’s eye view of the lake this morning:

Wednesday August 5

Yesterday was windy, but overall very nice, if a bit cooler.  Today we will be mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 75 degrees. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Increasing clouds, with a low around 58 in the evening.

Wishing a Happy 42nd Anniversary to my wife Jean. She sat in front of me in senior English class, I asked her to the prom, she said yes, and the rest, as they say, is history!  Getting up the courage to ask her to the prom was the best decision I ever made! Life is good.

The Deep Creek Lake Lions Club offers an annual program for visually impaired campers as one of our signature service activities! Last week, we brought visually impaired kids and their families to the area for camping, boating and fun! Cudos to my colleagues that did a great job (as ususal) with this wonderful event.  And, cudos to all of our donors throughout the year whose donations support this great effort.  Check out this link for more information and photos! 

Yesterday I mentioned the new 20,000 square foot spec building in the McHenry Business Park. I just heard that availalble building services include propane gas, broadband, and high-capacity electric.  There is also planned space onsite for additional expansion of the building. In addition, Garrett County Economic Development may provide interest-free leasehold improvement loans up to $10 per square foot.

Don’t forget that the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is open today at the pavilion in downtown Oakland from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  They always have good, healthy goods and it is a nice environment.

And, before or after you go visit the farmers market, take a few minutes to nominate your favorite local organizations, professionals, products, services and places in the 2020 Deep Creek Times Peoples’ Choice Awards.  Nominations close soon!  Just. Do. It. Now.

Here’s a link to some important and interesting information from the American Health Care Association and the National Association for Assisted Living. It shows a state-by-state breakdown of COVID-19 testing positivity rates among the general population. Check it out!

The Health Department will be holding two by-appointment immunization clinics for students in need of these vaccines for school entry.  The first clinic is August 18th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Health Department location at 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland.  The second clinic is August 28th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Grantsville location at 28 Hershberger Lane.

I heard from fellow Deep Creek Lake Lion Ed King that he is planning on holding a yard sale on August 22nd.  He will have some good stuff at his place at 680 State Park Road in Swanton.  You enter the garage from Toothpick. Tell Ed Mike at Deep Creek Times sent you and you will WIN…well nothing… but it got your attention, and Ed will be impressed that I sent someone his way!

Tuesday August 4

Yesterday was beautiful and the rain held off, at least in Swanton.  Today we have a chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11:00 am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 72 degrees. In the evening, showers and thunderstorms are likely before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 1:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Speaking of the weather, here’s the official July weather summary for Garrett County as submitted by Glenda Chandler of Garrett Regional Medical Center:  The average high temperature for the month was 85 degrees, with an average low of 62.5 degrees and 3.79 inches of rainfall recorded. Thanks Glenda!

Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has opened a new primary care facility on Wolf Acres Drive in Oakland. Garrett Family Medicine will provide comprehensive primary care services for people of all ages, from infants and children through those in need of geriatric care. The new practice is located in the same building that previously housed the primary care practice of Dr. Daniel Miller, who recently retired

The Garrett County Health Department received a positive COVID-19 result for one additional person, bringing the current county total to 46. The new positive COVID-19 case is a male in his 30s who has symptoms and is isolating at home.

Heard yesterday that the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association has postponed the fall and winter high school sports seasons due to the pandemic.  I know there will be a lot of dissapointed student athletes (and parents and fans), but this is not at all surprising based on the current situation.  I heard that from a news feed from the Baltimore Sun, but the release was not up yet on MPSSAA site last evening when I wrote these Notes. 

Here’s a link to the August newsletter from the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources.  Some good content for all and some nice photos as well.

The MEDCO spec building located in the McHenry Business Park adjacent to the Garrett County Airport, is now available for lease. The building consists of 20,000 square feet of flex space, and tenants may be able to choose to rent all or part of the space (from 5,000 to 20,000 square feet).

Monday August 3

Another great weekend at the lake folks.  Saturday had some late rain, but the rest of the weekend was wonderful  Today’s weather looks like it may be of the “wet” variety. There’s a  chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1:00 pm with a high near 75 degrees. In the evening, showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2:00 am, then showers likely with a low around 63.

Happy first Monday of August!  I have posted the August Cover Story here, and it provides an update on the state of the county relative to my take on the impact of the pandemic on  the economy and businesses. I spoke to both Railey and Taylor Made for this cover story and provide some additional insight from both of those important to-the-community organizations.

With the current pandemic, many local charities have had their fundraising plans change.  I know Sarah reported on this, but I wanted to also cover the replacement “event” for Art & Wine.  You can click here to find out more about their innovative approach!

Congratulations to Steve Green of High Mountain Sports who was named the 2020 Heise Award Winner!  Congratulations to Steve and very well deserved. Steve is a true entrepreneur.

Hearty congratulations also go out to Brenda McDonnell of Brenda’s Pizzeria, who was named to Maryland’s Top 100 Women and Dr. Dana McCauley of Crellin Road Elementary School, who was also named.  Both are VERY deserving of this honor and we salute them here!

Since we are recognizing those in the community, we would be remiss if we did not give a shout-out to Connor Norman, who was named Friday as Diplomat of the Year by the Garrett County Chamber.  Connor is a hard-working, smart, great fellow that I had the pleasure of teaching at Garret College.

Here’s a link to Issue 12 of the Maryland Board of Education COVID Response & Continuity of Learning Success newsletter.  There’s some good information and updates here for all you parents and grandparents.

Fellow Deep Creek Lake Lion Barry Krewson and his wife Mary Ann are co-directors of golf operations at Alpine Lake Resort, just south of Oakland. Barry said if any readers mention Deep Creek Times when they play they will give give them a free soft drink and snack to complement their already very low prices for 18 holes.  You have to play on a Sunday through Thursday this week to get the deal. The cost for 18 holes is only $33 for those under 55 and is even lower, $25, for those of us better than 55!

Don’t forget to nominate your favorite buisness, service, professional or place in this year’s Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Competition.  Here’s the link.  We plan on doing things a little different this year so be sure to get your nominations in before they close and follow the progress.

That’s it for today.  Have a great Monday folks…

Friday July 31, Saturday August 1, Sunday August 2

The weather today will be showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog before 9am; a high near 73 and a low around 63. Saturday will be a chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. High near 76 and a low around 66. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 79 and a low around 62. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am.

GLAF (the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival) is looking for your help and insights for the arts in Garrett County. Take their quick survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M7PBXYV

An update on the current local COVID-19 numbers is provided.

The National Main Street Center has announced a new grant program to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program will fund solutions from 5,000 to 15,000 that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts.

Maryland Governor Hogan has updated the order on face coverings; coverings are now required in all public spaces, indoor or outdoor, if social distancing cannnot be maintained.

A leaf vacuum has been added to our Online Marketplace. Just in time for the weekend!

The Music at Penn Alps season has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter, the organization explained “We have essentially no endowment and survive from generous contributions from our audience as well as government and arts organizations. When we ask for support..we need your help simply to survive!”

Maryland Department of Health has also issued a travel advisory, which takes effect immediately. This advisory strongly advises Marylanders against traveling to states with positivity rates of 10% or higher – currently Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Idaho. Anyone traveling to Maryland from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results.

Read this week’s freshwater fishing report from the MD DNR.

We are happy to launch the 2020 People’s Choice Challenge! NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! This contest will celebrate what makes Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake, MD an awesome place! We also have a special announcement on how the voting will work this year! Stay tuned! 🙂

Remember to nominate your favorites across four categories:

SERVICES   |   PROFESSIONALS   |   PRODUCTS   |    EXPERIENCES

NOTE: For any of our readers who make nominations this weekend (before Monday, August 3, 8am EST): you’ll be entered to win a free Deep Creek Lake, MD is My Happy Place t-shirt! We will draw 3 randomly selected winners from the pool of all nominations received by the deadline. We want to celebrate all that is great at Deep Creek Lake so make as many nominations as you’d like!

Thursday July 30

I’m so sorry, dear readers! It looks like we had a glitch and the notes were not posted as timely as I had thought. I’ll make it up to you and have things posted EARLY tomorrow!

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 82 and a low around 63. A chance of showers and thunderstorms then showers likely after 8pm.

Did you know it is illegal to kill a snake in the state of Maryland?  It’s true! It’s a law on the books.

The Garrett County Board of Education has announced the upcoming school year will begin virtually on September 8th and run at least 9 weeks.

The Deep Creek Mountain Land Company is offering a mid-summer land sale!

Let’s pause a moment and have a proper sendoff for the legacy Deep Creek Times webcam …. this webcam has been located near the 219 bridge for over 20 years! Sadly, a tree fell (as seen in the photo below) and the camera has been taken offline for the last time. Check out our new camera view courtesy of Don Nemith Builders and M-TEK.

Legacy Deep Creek Times Camera on Deep Creek Lake, MD

Wednesday July 29

We had some localized rain storms in the area yesterday, but the rest of the day was really nice and the early evening was really beautiful.  Today we’ll have patchy fog before 7:00 am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 82 degrees. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of 63.

Here’s a photo Sarah took in my yard after the rain yesterday.  It’s the little things…

After the Rain SM 7-28-20

After the Rain

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is on at the pavilion in downtown Oakland today from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Check out the fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods and other neat items.

A hearty shout-out to my fellow Deep Creek Lake Lions Club members hosting our annual Blind Camper event at our park on Mosser Road this week.  Chris and the gang work really hard to give our campers a great experience.

The virtual Chautauqua Fannie Lou Hamer Portrayal and Q&A:  Raising Their Voices is on this afternoon from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Go to our event listing for more information and for information on how to sign-up.

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. he act provides prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life.

Recent evidence shows that millennials are fleeing large, more expensive cities for more affordable, smaller locales (like the Deep Creek Lake area). The COVID-19 pandemic may continue to fuel this trend as dense city living becomes less attractive. Additionally, the economic and financial uncertainty that many Americans now face will make buying a home in pricey, large cities less feasible. In Maryland, 42.8% of millennials own their homes. Check out this new study for more insight. 

And, here’s a photo of a triple bloom that my wife took yesterday in our yard after the rain. This one even has an added bonus with the grasshopper included at no extra charge.

Triple Bllo JT 7-28-20

Triple Bloom Day Lilly

Tuesday July 28

The weather for today includes a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2:00 pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 77 degrees and a west wind around 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tuesday Night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 62

Well, I guess it’s time to pass the buck!  No, these are real bucks photographed by local photographer and loyal reader Dee Dave.  She says they have been hanging out on Harvey’s Peninsula eating everything in sight.  Sounds like the deer…and woodchucks… and rabbits… and chipmonks around my house.  Nice photo Dee and thanks for sharing.

deer 7-25-20 dee dave

Young Bucks at Harvey’s Peninsula

Hey there folks, you too can contribute a nice wildlife, nature, location or family action photo to Deep Creek Times.  We can’t publish them all but we try to get them in and it really adds some additional context to these Daily Notes.  Submit any photos to info@deepcreektimes.com.  Thanks, we appreciate it and so do our other readers.

The Garrett County Health Department received positive COVID-19 results for six additional persons yesterday, bringing the current county total to 44. Four of the new cases were reported at Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home, with three residents and one staff member included. Maryland reported 1128 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. We wish all a speedy recovery.

The Garrett County Board of Education will meet today in Executive Session from 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm then will reconvene for the public session portion of the meeting from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm and will take action in the Public Session on certificated recommendations, negotiation parameters, and the plans for reopening of 2020-2021 school year. The Board will also discuss the draft five year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). There is no public comment at this meeting and it is virtual. Click here for more details.

A recent reader poll by Kiplinger found that 26% of respondents answered “yes, but I’m driving” when asked if they have plans to travel this summer. Almost two-thirds, 63%, answered “No, I’m staying close to home” and only 10% plan on flying.  The Deep Creek Lake area is well positioned relative to the new normal travel-wise.

The next public meeting of the Board of County Commissioners will be Monday, August 3rd at 3:00 pm.  It will be live-streamed.  Here’s a link to the agenda and connectivity information.

A new report by CoPilot identifies the states with the worst roads. Researchers analyzed road quality statistics from the Federal Highway Administration to rank states according to the percentage of all major roads in poor condition. In Maryland, 18.4% of all major roads are in poor condition, less than the national average of 26.4%. I do think Garrett County roads are even better, with limited potholes, which is surprising considering our winters.

Monday July 27

Another great weekend weather-wise and all around I think.  Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 83 degrees. West wind 7 to 9 mph. There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms, with increasing clouds, and a low around 67 in the evening.

The lake was very busy, as were surrounding areas and establishments, over the weekend.  I think people are so happy to get out of their houses and be in the open air. I have spoken to a number of local real estate professionals and also some restaurant and other entertainment venue owners and they are crazy-busy.  I hope for our collective health and  for the economy’s sake that we do not get any large bounce in cases locally and that things can stay robust.  I note that unemployment claims in some areas of the country have been increasing again due to second-wave business closures. Let’s hope for a great finish to summer here at the lake. With only 38 cases in the County, we are very fortunate!

Here’s an important message from the desk of Dr. Jennifer Corder, Deputy Health Officer for Garrett and Allegany Counties. Diagnosing COVID-19 requires either a PCR test or an antigen detection test. The PCR test is the type of test used for the majority of people diagnosed with COVID-19. The community needs to be aware of the imperfections of these tests. Recently there has been a lot of chatter about so-called “false positive” PCR tests. The likelihood of a false positive PCR for COVID-19 test results is exceptionally low. PCR tests are fraught with a different problem, however, in that they produce an abundance of false negatives. Check out the full press release here fin our Latest News section for the complete story.

There’s a lot of talk locally (and all over) about school reopening plans. Here’s a statement and a link for information on state school openings from Dr. Karen B. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools: “With the state firmly in recovery, local systems will have the flexibility to determine, in consultation with their local health officers, how they will open, and which groups of students and staff will be able to re-enter buildings. Some systems have begun to lay out a path to begin the year all-virtual, and some plan to move forward with a ‘hybrid’ approach. Our job is to help systems succeed and keep staff and students safe with established guardrails, regardless of which path they choose.”

Speaking of education, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Tuesday, July 28, 2020, meeting of the State Board of Education will be conducted entirely via livestream, and there will be no public access to the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., State Board members and presenters will participate in the virtual meeting, and members of the public will be able to hear the audio and see presentations in real time via live stream.  Click here for more information including details on how to call in.

The Mountain Laurel Garden Club is sponsoring a Garden Art & Collectibles Sale (rain or shine, no pets) on Saturday, August 1, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in the parking lot of Crossroads Church, Route 219/Sand Flat Road. The sale features items donated or made by members that were originally slated to be part of the boutique associated with the garden tour canceled earlier this summer. All workers and shoppers must wear masks and appropriate social distancing measures will be observed.

I read this (really!) in a fortune cookie I received recently at a Chinese restaurant in the Cumberland area and thought I would share:  “You must get off your bottom to get to the top.” Well, I don’t know what philosopher came up with that, but I like it, as it reflects my own philosophy on life and business and is one I share with my consulting and coaching clients. Life can be tough and “you don’t have to be great to start, but you must start to be great.”  You get it…

Have a great week dear readers…

 

Friday July 24, Saturday July 25, Sunday July. 26

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms; a high near 76 and a low around 62. West wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 82 and a low of 63. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 82 and a low around 64.

The state fire codes are now available online.

The Maryland State Department of Education invites live public comments in future meetings of the Maryland State Board of Education beginning with the next virtual meeting scheduled Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

AT&T Adds 40 New 5G Markets, Goes Nationwide – including Garrett County.

Maryland legislature passed over 600 pieces of legislation, many of which relate to employment issues, that will take effect on October 1, 2020.

Maryland DNR offers a weekly fishing report — check it out — and you can submit your photos to the Maryland Angler’s Log. The Log provides fishing hints, suggestions and even prime fishing locations.

Maryland Public Television is sharing summer fun ideas of playful activities and simple crafts to do with kids.

At a special meeting and public hearing held on June 22nd, 2020 the Mayor and Town Council of Oakland, MD reviewed several written notices from persons interested in filling a vacant seat on the Town Council — the Council appointed Colleen Nordeck to fill the vacancy.

Did you now responding to the census is the law? Counting every person living in the United States is done every ten years following Article 1, Section 2 in the Constitution.

Teach your dog new tricks with Skyhoundz – today at 4:30 at the Lion’s field!

Tomorrow Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is open from 10am – 1pm.

 

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Tuesday August 11

Yesterday, as forecast, it turned out great weather-wise at the lake.  Today we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4:00 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83 degrees and a low of 65. Chance of precipitation is 30%. This week a bunch of dedicated...

Monday August 10

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 83 degrees and a light south wind. The evening will be partly cloudy, with a low around 64. The weather was beautiful and the lake (and the lake-area) was busy this weekend.  This nice photo provided by Eric...

Friday August 7, Saturday August 8, Sunday August 9

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 76 and a low around 59. Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 77 and a low around 58. Sunday will be sunny with a high near 80 and...

Wednesday August 6

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 73 and a low around 60. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. I have a chance to go golfing in Oakland today. This is the first I've been in a few years ...  wish me luck! Thanks to...

Wednesday August 5

Yesterday was windy, but overall very nice, if a bit cooler.  Today we will be mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 75 degrees. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Increasing clouds, with a low around 58 in the evening. Wishing a Happy 42nd...

Tuesday August 4

Yesterday was beautiful and the rain held off, at least in Swanton.  Today we have a chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11:00 am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 72 degrees. In the evening, showers and...

Monday August 3

Another great weekend at the lake folks.  Saturday had some late rain, but the rest of the weekend was wonderful  Today's weather looks like it may be of the "wet" variety. There's a  chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after...

Friday July 31, Saturday August 1, Sunday August 2

The weather today will be showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog before 9am; a high near 73 and a low around 63. Saturday will be a chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. High near 76 and a low around 66. Sunday will be mostly sunny,...

Thursday July 30

I'm so sorry, dear readers! It looks like we had a glitch and the notes were not posted as timely as I had thought. I'll make it up to you and have things posted EARLY tomorrow! The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 82 and a low around 63. A chance...

Wednesday July 29

We had some localized rain storms in the area yesterday, but the rest of the day was really nice and the early evening was really beautiful.  Today we'll have patchy fog before 7:00 am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 82 degrees. Tonight will be partly cloudy with...

Tuesday July 28

The weather for today includes a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2:00 pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 77 degrees and a west wind around 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%....

Monday July 27

Another great weekend weather-wise and all around I think.  Today's weather will be sunny, with a high near 83 degrees. West wind 7 to 9 mph. There's a chance of showers and thunderstorms, with increasing clouds, and a low around 67 in the evening. The lake was very...

Friday July 24, Saturday July 25, Sunday July. 26

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms; a high near 76 and a low around 62. West wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in...

Thursday July 23

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 80 and a low around 63. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. West wind 6 to 8 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible...

Wednesday July 22

Today's weather includes a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5:00 pm. Sunny, with a high near 83 degrees and a mild southwest wind of 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. There's a chance of evening showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3:00...

Tuesday July 21

Yesterday proved to be a nice day at the lake.  Today we have a slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11:00 am. Partly sunny, with a high near 81 degrees. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of...

Monday July 20

The weekend was just about perfect weather-wise, with the thermometer at my home registering 86 degrees yesterday. Today we have a slight chance of showers before noon. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 81. West wind around 7 mph. Tonight...

Friday July 17, Saturday July 18, Sunday July 19

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 80 and a low around 63. West wind around 8 mph. Saturday will be sunny with a high near 86 and a low around 65. Calm wind. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 85 and a low around 69. Dr. Dana McCauley,...

Thursday July 16

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 80 and a low around 66. A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Who had a chance to order from Lebanese Taverna for the DCL stop this week?! I can't wait for my...

Wednesday July 15

Yesterday was very nice and today should be even nicer, with a high of 83 degrees and a low of around 65.  There will be a light south wind, sunny during the day and partly cloudy in the evening. Enjoy. For the month of June, the average high temperature in Garrett...

Tuesday July 14

Yesterday was a nice day until the clouds moved in  and then some localized light rain hit late afternoon, with clearing in the evening, which was very nice.  Today will be sunny, with a high near 77 degrees. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning. We...

Monday July 13

Yesterday was a very nice day until clouds and some localized weather moved in in the late afternoon hours.  Today we have a slight chance of showers before 9:00 am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 75 degrees, with a chance of...

Friday July 10, Saturday July 11, Sunday July 12

The weather today will be warm! Mostly sunny with a high near 83 and a low around 65. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high near 75 and a low around 62. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 79 and a low around 61. A chance of showers and thunderstorms each...

Thursday July 9

The weather today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 84 and a low around 64. Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. East wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Here is the Garrett County Superintendent of Schools updating us on the reopening plan:...

Wednesday July 8

Today's weather includes a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2:00 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 81 degrees and a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 60%, mainly before 8:00 pm. Here's a nice photo of...

Tuesday July 7

The weather was nice yesterday, with the showers holding off until around dinner time.  The weather for today will include scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1:00 pm, with Increasing clouds throughout the day and with a high near 84 degrees and a low of...

Monday July 6

The weather over the weekend was wonderfull!  Today we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2:00 pm and before 8:00 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84 degrees and a low around 64. The Garrett County Health Department/Joint Information Center announced...

Friday July 3, Saturday July 4, Sunday July 5

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 82 and a low around 62. Northwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Tomorrow, for Independence Day, mostly sunny, with a high near 81 and a low around 61. Sunday will have a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm but...

Thursday July 2

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 79 and a low around 60. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. "We have asymptomatic community spread [of COVID-19] in Garrett County" --  Five staff members at Dennett Road Nursing Home have tested...

Wednesday July 1

Happy July folks.  The weather for today will be sunny, with a calm wind and a high near 78 degrees and a low of about 58 in the evening.  Looks like a winner to start off the month. I'll start us off today with a nice photo of a mama deer and her two little ones. ...

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