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Monday March 4

We had some frozen fog on Friday evening and some significant snowfall on Sunday, with a Snow Emergency Plan put in place by the State Police 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon. Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers until about 2pm. A high temperature near 19 and a low around 5 with wind chill values as low as -10.

We’ve gotten at least 6 inches of snow this weekend. GET OUTSIDE! ūüôā

Here’s a semi close-up of the frozen fog or rime ice on a small tree on my property. It basically formed crystals and then “nodules” that kept layering on top of one another.Frozen Fog or Rime Ice on Deep Creek Lake, MD Tree

We are thrilled to have begun a relationship with Jay Ferguson, Owner/Associate Broker of Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales and 2018-2019 Realtor of the Year.¬† Jay is truly engaged in the community as well as the lake-area real estate market. You can check out Jay’s new page on Deep Creek Times right here.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has contracted with West Virginia University to conduct a survey of 2,400 county visitors over the next year in an effort to learn more about visitor demographic and usage profiles and economic impact. Data will be compared to findings from a similar survey done in 2009 to ascertain any changes.  I am looking forward to seeing the results when WVU issues the report.

This one is for all you veterans, as I know we have a number of retiree veteran readers: A few weeks ago, Governor Hogan declared 2019 the Year of the Veteran.  As part of that effort he is also trying to get legislation passed in this session that would exempt veteran pensions from Maryland state income taxes.  This could be huge for our retired veteran readers so I wanted to loop-around and make sure you were all aware of this.

ATTENTION ALL READERS:¬† We have some vouchers for lift tickets (2), ski/snowboard rentals (2) and tube park (3) to give away this week!¬† We will bundle the two lift/two rental vouchers into one prize and the three tubing vouchers into another prize.¬† So, two (2) of our readers can WIN. If you want to enter, please complete this form or send us an email to by Midnight Friday, 3/8 with your requested prize in the subject line AND tell us one thing you really like/love about the Deep Creek Lake area. We will randomly pick one winner in each category and will also print some of the “what I like” statements in a future edition of Notes. Note: these vouchers are only good for this winter season, so if you are about to fly to Fiji for a month, you may want to pass! Good luck!

Congratulations to the Garrett County robotics teams! The FTC 2818 Team G-FORCE is going to World Championships in Detroit after winning the State Championship and FIRST Team 1629 is going to the CHS District Championships at George Mason University!

Here’s the quick list of March activities at the Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Center. They always have great indoor and outdoor experiential learning (and fun) things going on. We will also be including each one in our events section, as always:

Saturday, March 9th – 9:00 am- 3:00 pm Sang Run State Park ‚ÄďMaple Syrup Making Demonstration.¬†

Sunday, March 10th –¬†1:00 pm¬† Women with Wings¬† Join us for this special Women‚Äôs History Month program at our aviary.

Saturday, March 16th Р1:00 p.m  S.T.E.M. like a Girl Join us in the science room to discover hands on science exploration pioneered by women.

Saturday, March 23rd –¬†1:00 pm¬† Mosses and ‚ÄėManders Hike¬† Learn basic moss identification and search for the salamanders that call the Appalachian Plateau home.

Saturday, March 30th Р11:00 am  Signs of Spring Hike   Join the Naturalist for a two-mile hike searching for plants, birds and animal activity that tell us it’s spring.

Friday March 1, Saturday March 2, Sunday March 3

The weather for today will be a slight chance of snow and freezing rain after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 32 and a low around 29. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Saturday will be a chance of rain, snow, and freezing rain before 1pm, then a slight chance of rain between 1pm and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36 and a low around 26. Sunday: snow with a high near 31 and a low around 19.

After judging hundreds of entries from throughout the state, the winner of the 2019 Maryland Arbor Day Poster Contest (for fifth graders) was announced yesterday and the winner is Lydia Secrist of Accident.¬† Our congratulations go out to Lydia and her school, which will receive 15 trees for planting. Here’s a photo of Lydia’s winning entry with state dignitaries, including first lady Yumi Hogan. Congratulations Lydia!

First Place Winning Entry with Dignitaries

Just heard that A Touch of Class Limousines is offering a special for this weekend of 20% off booking of any limousine for a minimum of four hours. Contact them at 301.698.2650 or 301.501.5466. Tell them you heard about it on the Deep Creek Times!

Maybe learn something new with March’s “Where Am I?” contest … I’ve tried to make it an easy one! ūüôā Congratulations are in order to Trish Y for winning the February contest.

Can you Fondue? The North Glade Inn is sponsoring a Fondue Night (chocolate and cheese) along with beer and wine on Saturday from Noon until 9:00 pm.¬† Here’s the link to event particulars.

The Allegany Arts Council is presenting Emerging Artists at their Centre Street, Cumberland gallery from 6:00 pm on March 2nd through March 23rd. The exhibit features artwork from elementary, middle and high school students representing Allegany County public schools in a variety of mediums – watercolor, collage, assemblage, pottery and more.

This one’s definitely for the birds…and bird lovers.¬† It’s the 6th Annual Garrett County Birdfest at the Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Center from 7:00 am 5:00 pm on Sunday (and other days).

We just heard from Tri-County Council that USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program is accepting applications through March 29th. These are competitive grants designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and have less than $1 million in gross revenue.

Here’s a special kind of rodeo for our young ones:¬† The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the schedule for Youth Fishing Rodeos for 2019 and there are four rodeos in Garrett County, all in the month of May. Annually, youth fishing rodeos in the state connect about 6,000 young people with the Maryland outdoors each year, often providing the first fishing experience for our children.

Thursday February 28

The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 37 and a low around 24. Snow likely, mainly between 1am and 5am. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Super Secret Tip for Readers: Be sure to keep a look-out in upcoming Daily Notes columns for announcements on some nice giveaways of activities at the Wisp. We have procured some nice vouchers for snow tubing, mountain coaster rides and other attractions. We will be running a simple contest to determine winners.  Stay tuned.

Need some tech help for your PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone?¬† The Grantsville branch of the Ruth Enlow Library is offering free help this afternoon from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.¬† Here’s the scoop!¬†

Did you know that each year the average American household spends $2,279 on real-estate property taxes plus another $440 for residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes.¬† Well, now you know.¬† Wonder where Maryland (or another state) falls on the spectrum?¬† Here’s a research report by WalletHub that has the answers for you. Hint: Maryland is neither among the highest nor the lowest…

It’s Team Trivia Night this evening at Mountain State Brewing Company from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Check this link out for more information.

This sounds interesting: Garrett College’s Continuing Education division is offering Local Wild, Edible & Medicinal Plants by the Season on March 5th from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Northern Outreach center in Grantsville. You will learn how to identify, harvest and prepare local, wild edible and medical plants by focusing on what is available in each season.¬† Common poisonous plants and proper foraging practices will also be discussed.¬† Call 301.387.3069 for more information and to register.

Since this is the last day of February, I thought I would leave you with a few bits of trivia.  First, February 1865 was the only month in recorded history without a recorded full moon. I am guessing werewolves were bummed.  Second, in 1827 the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was incorporated. It was the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight. And, Garrett County has our own B&O Railroad Museum right in downtown Oakland.

Wednesday February 27

Yesterday was cool and nice, but with some cloud cover.¬† When I was at Wisp in the afternoon I saw some folks boarding and skiing on the slopes.¬† Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 48 and a low around 24. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. A chance of rain and snow before 2am, then a chance of freezing rain. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

There are some great lake-area photo opportunities available to us in the winter months.¬† Here’s a photo we received yesterday from Marcia C. showing the frozen lake and mountains on a brisk early morning.¬† Thanks for sharing Marcia. Nice work!

Morning Deep Creek Lake, MD Photo from Marcia C.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting public comment on the proposed 2019-2020 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons. The comment period continues until noon on March 15th.  This link has more information including timing for each of the respective seasons.

So, why do you live in Garrett County? Or, why do you have a second home here or visit?¬† You can give your opinions to some questions about what makes Garrett County, Garrett County and what are some of the challenges, at this evening’s Choose Civility session at the Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland branch from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to all.

There’s Team Trivia at the Greene Turtle this evening from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.¬† Fun game with 20 questions for each team, which can be of any size.

Media professionals Dylan Jones and Nikki Forrester, of Highland Outdoors magazine will co-present as part of the Garrett College Adventure Sports colloquium series on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30 pm.  Their presentation will take place in Room 1013 in the Center for Adventure and Outdoor Studies (CAOS) building on the McHenry campus and will focus on the impact Adventure Sports has had on their careers, business and life. This event is open to all. Contact the Garrett College Adventure Sports office at 301.387.3330 for more information.

The Garrett County Steps to Better Health Committee has announced Saturday, April 13th, as the date for the next Garrett County Health Fair and Family Fun Festival. The 2019 event takes place at the CARC (Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex) at Garrett College in McHenry from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm that day.

Speaking of Garrett College, a number of GC students participated in the 21st annual Maryland State Police/Natural Resources Police Deep Creek Dunk this past weekend. The students raised $400 to support the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. These are good “kids” doing good things so I wanted to recognize them here. In the first row (left to right), presenting the donation to Special Olympics Maryland are: Brandon Jackson, student activities manager at GC; Hannah Lowdermilk, Kendra Friend, Haley Lowdermilk, Sydney Friend, Alyssa Bahner, Katelyn Tasker.¬† Back row: Trevor Byler, Jeff Abel, Special Olympics Maryland; Brian Crowder, Patrick Duggan, Seth Adams. They look cold, but they are all smiling!¬† Thank you to the students and all the “dunkers” this weekend.

Garrett College at the Deep Creek Dunk in Deep Creek Lake, MD

Tuesday February 26

Yesterday was sunny and clear. Today’s weather will be partly sunny, with a high near 33 and a low around 20.

The Chamber’s Strategic Initiatives Task Force (SITF), which began in 2017, recently presented their findings to the Garrett County Commissioners.¬† Their report included recommendations, which you can view here, on long-term vision planning, broadband, housing and even expanding the number of commissioners from three to five. Interesting stuff and appears to make sense, if it can enable effective action.

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in Oakland is accepting vendor applications through April 1st for the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market 2019-20 season. The next membership meeting of vendors will be held Tuesday, March 12th, at 7:00 pm at the Extension Office at 1916 Maryland Hwy, Suite A, Mt. Lake Park.  Membership packets have already been mailed to those that were members in 2018.

View the new additions to our online marketplace: a dining table and chairs and a jet ski!

It’s Team Trivia Night at MoonShadow this evening from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. They hold a few rounds of trivia, with teams of up to six people., competing for prizes and fun. They are also running happy hour during the games with drink specials. Here’s more information.

The Mountain Maryland Tech Network (MMTN) is holding their first meetup of 2019 this evening at the Cushwa Brewery in Williamsport from 5:00 pm Р7:00 pm.  This Innovation and Brews event is a perfect way for technology entrepreneurs, tech-workers and want-to-be techies to meet other like-minded folks.  It is free but you have to register for the event.

Here’s a link to the February Maryland State Department of Education Bulletin. It includes information on a number of initiatives and programs, including college readiness. I include it because so much of our local educational efforts and effectiveness are impacted by state-wide pronouncements and programs.

There were widespread power outages yesterday morning – check out these graphics from Allegheny Mountains Weather Facebook page:

Monday February 25

We had winds gusting to over 65mph overnight and the power is out this morning. Apologies for the delay in posting today.

Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 29 and a low around 17. Breezy, with a west wind 23 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

Sarah and I have been “blown away” by the many dozens of submissions for our February “Where am I Photo Contest.”¬† Sarah runs that particular effort but I have been peeking at responses and you folks definitely know our county!¬† You can click here if you have not submitted your guess yet and/or if you want to learn an interesting fact about a lake-area town. Check it out even if you don’t want to guess and see if you know the little trivia piece.

It’s Spirit Night at the Oakland Dairy Queen this evening from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.¬† It’s a fundraiser for the local 4-H club kids. You can grab a bite of dinner, or just dessert, and help out our local children.

There will be plenty of LEGO blocks available today at the LEGO Club at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.¬† LEGO Club is designed for children ages four and older and features free building time with lots of building bricks. Children are encouraged to build a creation based on a new theme each month. My two cents:¬† This is a great way to get our children engaged in creative thinking, get used to “working” with LEGOs and also to give them a leg(o) up on entry into the county’s great Lego/Robotics leagues for STEM education preparation.

If you are looking for an adult and relaxing activity, you can bring your own Needlework project to the Kitzmiller branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm this evening to join others engaging in needlework. Whether you enjoy crocheting, knitting, cross stitch, embroidery, or lap quilting you are welcome to join library staff and others for an hour of relaxation and fun.

To celebrate the March 2nd birthday of Dr. Seuss, the Ruth Enlow Library has planned events at several branches featuring story reading and a free Dr. Seuss book for each child.¬† Here’s “the scoop” and please note that date and branch locations vary:

    On February 26th, the Accident library will host a Seuss-themed story time at 11:00 am including coloring pages, word puzzles, and more. These activities will also be available during branch hours as a walk-in program lasting until March 8th. In addition to a free book, children will receive Seuss-themed pencils with giant erasers. For more information, contact

    On Saturday March 2nd from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, families are invited to the Oakland library for a Dr. Seuss party. Children ages three to eight will enjoy a special reading by the Cat in the Hat, plus activities and crafts based on books by Dr. Seuss. For more information, contact

    Also on March 2nd, the Grantsville library will host walk-in Dr. Seuss activities including coloring and games. For more information, contact

    The Cat in the Hat will read his story to children at the Kitzmiller branch on Tuesday March 5th at 10:30 am. Children will make a Dr. Seuss bookmark and receive a free hat and pencil as well as their free book. For more information, contact

Attention small, minority, women and veteran business owners interested in doing business with Maryland state agencies and also private companies in the Baltimore area:¬† The Governor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business Affairs is sponsoring a workshop you may be interested in on February 28th in Baltimore County.¬† Guest speaker will be Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.¬† Here’s more information for you.

Here’s what frozen Deep Creek Lake looked like over the weekend thanks to @rnnr318 on Instagram:

Stepping on Frozen Deep Creek Lake, MD

Friday February 22, Saturday February 23, Sunday February 24

Yesterday was “the great melt!” With temperatures in the 40’s and sunny, a lot of the snow melted, but there is still a nice base at Wisp (there were folks on the tube park and slopes and even a few ice fishing on the lake).¬† This weekend’s weather will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 40 and a low around 30. Saturday is a¬†chance of freezing rain before 10am, then rain likely. Overall, cloudy, with temperatures holding steady near 39. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 50 and a low of 23. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph and a¬†slight chance of snow showers before 11pm.

The big story this weekend is the Maryland State Police Deep Creek Dunk for Special Olympics Maryland.¬†today is preregistration and “Goosebumps, Grapes & Growlers” as well as local student dunks and tomorrow (Saturday) is “the main event” when hundreds of folks will take a dip in the (very cold) lake. And it’s all to help the 7,782 Special Olympics Maryland athletes who train and compete year-round.

If you are going to the Dunk, don’t be in a rush and get there in plenty of time.¬† If you are traveling on 219, North or South, near Garrett 8 and Arrowhead, expect delays/congestion, especially on Saturday late morning and most of the afternoon. Above all, please be courteous! Just thought I would remind everyone, as it gets a little hectic every year around this great event.

There is a new wood stove and a set of 8 dining chairs added to the furniture section of our online marketplace – check it out!

While many of us don’t think of February as prime fishing season, there are some opportunities for some nice “hits” even during these colder months, including from some trophy-size fish.¬† Here’s the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Fishing Report issued yesterday.¬† Note that they urge caution on the current ice conditions on Deep Creek and elsewhere. There’s lots of open water!

There is a lot going on in the area this weekend, from music to sports, fundraisers and nature education, so I suggest you go to our Upcoming Events section where you will find details on all of the events, including locations, directions and event-specific details. Have fun.

Congratulations to our friend, previous Garrett County resident, and local investor: Dorothy Andreas. Her book Streamline Success: Eliminate Chaos from your Service Business is now available for purchase! Dorothy is a seasoned business leader with great insight — she has started 9 businesses over the course of her career!

It’s almost time for Military March.¬† This is an annual promotion sponsored by Mountain State Brewing and the Chamber that provides discounts to active military members at various entities around the lake and in the county. Here’s the link to the Military March section on the Visit Deep Creek website.

Bats in the belfry?¬† Hopefully not.¬† But, here’s an interesting piece on squirrels in the attic (February is actually the prime season when they head to our attics) and create havoc.¬† This piece and additional links gives some practical insight and tips. Note: Erie Insurance is not an advertiser and we do not get a commission. Just trying to help our readers out during “squirrel season!”

Finally, I thought I would share the legislative priorities of the Community Development Network of Maryland, as they are strong supporters of our Garrett County communities and have some priorities that seem to align with those of the Deep Creek Lake area. Click here for a link to their site.

Have a great weekend folks!

Thursday February 21

Well, we received about four inches of snow yesterday, then a few hours of sleet and some freezing rain on top of that. Lots of local organizations closed and cancelled events.¬† Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 41 and a low around 26. West wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Speaking of snow, one of 2018 contest winners, Chuck C., used his Wisp passes to hit the slopes this past weekend! Here’s a photo of him and his “gang” with smiles on their faces. Glad you all had a great time!

Deep Creek Times Contest Winners

Speaking of Skiing, Herrington Manor State Park reports good conditions on their cross county trails, with about four inches of fresh granular snow and sleet down. Rentals are available seven days a week when snow conditions are favorable. On weekdays, when the Lake House is closed, rentals are available at the Ranger Station. Rental hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. For more information and to confirm conditions and if they are open, call them at 301.334.9180.

You want Coffee? Books? Even More?¬† The Accident branch of the Ruth Enlow Library is hosting “Coffee, Books and More” this afternoon from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm.¬† You will be able to relax with your fellow book lovers as the librarians and others share their latest reads. You just may discover a new favorite author or book.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be holding their¬†February “Cocktails and Convos” event at MoonShadow this evening from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. This is as an informal get together for members and guests to meet and chat. They will also be collecting recipes for their cookbook fundraiser, so be sure to bring your favorite recipe on an index card to share and maybe be included.

Sarah and I founded and co-directed the Power of Possibilities (POP) initiative for the county and Jodi McClintock has now taken over and run with it, with continued success. Dozens of small businesses have been formed and helped by the POP effort, that includes mentoring, workshops, business plan competitions and regular conferences among other components, all designed to help build entrepreneurial spirit and success in the county. Here’s a link to an article on Discount Duo, last year’s business plan competition winner. Good stuff.

It’s Team Trivia night this evening at Mountain State Brewing Company from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.¬†House prizes are awarded for first, second & third places! Check it out and their great flatbread pizzas as well.¬†

There’s a Women’s Networking Happy Hour coming up on March 7th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Black Bear Tavern in McHenry.¬† The host is Terah Beitzel-Crawford and here is the evite with more information and registration details. It is open to all women. Sorry guys.

Here’s some research that is just a little bit different: With Mardi Gras coming up, the personal-finance website WalletHub was moved to determine the most and least sinful states (based on their criteria) and they released the report yesterday.¬† Well, here’s a shocker, Nevada is most sinful.¬† Wonder where Maryland (or another state) falls in the ranking? Here’s a link to the full report. They certainly utilized some interesting criteria and I will let our readers decide for themselves if they would structure the methodology differently. Happy reading.

Wednesday February 20

As I write these Notes Tuesday evening, there is no precipitation falling. But according to forecasts, that will be changing.

The weather for today will be snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 10am, then freezing rain and sleet. High near 32. Breezy, with a southeast wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.3 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Tonight will be rain, mainly before 2am. Temperature rising to around 43 by 3am. Breezy, with a southeast wind 14 to 20 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

The snow emergency plan went into effect at 0600; Garrett County Public Schools, Garrett College and the Health Department are all closed today.

Don’t forget to check our weather center throughout the day today for a multitude of current data and forecasts.¬† We use multiple sources to provide what we think is the best “mix” of local insight for our area.¬†¬†Here’s the link to our weather page. Our video cams also provide a real-time visual of conditions. I hope you all stay warm and dry!

There was a local meeting held recently regarding a new post office for Bittinger. The United States Postal Service send a representative to the area to conduct a listening session to gain citizen input on potential sites.  The Republican had a nice write-up on it.

Here’s a tip on TIPS: If you serve alcohol at events, this class (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) can help you learn more about maintaining a safe and responsible environment at your licensed events. In addition to gaining knowledge about the¬†affects alcohol has on people, you can also keep updated on the legal responsibilities for servers of alcohol. The class will be held this evening at the Bloomington Fire Hall from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

Also this evening at 5:30 is “A Thirst for Art” at MoonShadow, a belated “Galentines” event for ladies and girls that involves fun, painting and¬†Camaraderie.¬†Get more information here. And, bring a friend, sister, mom or daughter.

Garrett College is hosting the upcoming Garrett County Job Fair slated for Wednesday, April 24th from 1:00 pm. to 6:00 pm in the Garrett College CARC Gymnasium. The job fair is open to any employer expecting to hire employees within the next few months as well anyone looking for a full- or part-time position.

Here’s some sobering statistics on population decline in the state of West Virginia, as tabulated by Pew Research and reported by Generation West Virginia.¬† Garrett County has been flat population-wise for a few years, but W.V, appears to be experiencing a downward trend. West Virginia is a beautiful state, but I think they will need a more diversified and invigorated jobs foundation to turn things around. Many don’t realize that Garrett County “has” West Virginia to the west of us, to the¬†south of us and to the east of us, so they are an important (and good) neighbor!

Tuesday February 19

Yesterday was overcast, cool and windy, with some flurries in the afternoon. The weather for today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 30 and a low around 23. Snow likely before 4am, then snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain and sleet. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

I hope you all had a nice, relaxing President’s Day Weekend. We sure did. The lake and environs were certainly abuzz with visitors and activities and all seemed in good spirits. While many of us look forward to warmer weather, there is still plenty of winter fun to be had around the lake. I am always enthralled when I see the the ice fishing “camps” spring-up on the ice. There has been a large concentration near the Deep Creek Lake State Park on weekends (visible from Glendale Bridge area).¬† If you know anyone fishing (and actually catching fish!) on the ice, tell them to send us a photo and we will share with our readers.

Speaking of the Summer, I thought our readers might enjoy this fun graphic from Blue Ridge Outdoors, a great publication for outdoor enthusiasts in the region. The graphic appeared in an article on the lake about eight years ago.  I uncovered it and thought I would share. Yes, that is me skiing down Wisp Mountain. Good eyes!

Deep Creek Lake, MD by Blue Ridge Outdoors

The Cindy’s Fund sponsored Cancer Support Group meets this evening from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the hospital boardroom. It is open to everyone ‚Äď people with cancer, caregivers, kids, relatives, friends, anyone. They sit and vent and laugh and eat, etc. It‚Äôs very informal and comforting and open to all.

The Garrett County Board of Education will hold a Special Work Session on Monday, February 25th, to discuss the FY 2020 Operating Budget. The meeting will be¬†held at Central Office in the Board Room. Public comment will begin at 4:00 pm after which time the Board of Education will meet in executive session until 4:55 pm. The Board of Education will reconvene for the public Special Work Session from 5:00 pm ‚Äď 6:30 pm. Because this is a Work Session, times are approximate.

The Grantsville and Oakland branches of the Ruth Enlow Library will offer free one-on-one tech help with your laptop, tablet or smartphone on Thursday February 28th. An expert will help you overcome obstacles and get the most out of your device.¬†Half-hour slots will be available at the Grantsville branch from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm and at the Oakland library from 4:00 pm -5:30 pm. Bring your own device or use the library’s computers. Please contact¬†¬†or call 301.334.3996 x0017 to request a 30-minute appointment. Here’s your chance to get some help with your new device.

The Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species (MAPAIS) is offering a small grants competition to encourage interested groups and individuals to submit proposals for possible funding. All proposals are due in by 5:00 pm on March 11th.¬† Here’s a link to all the details.¬†

You can join Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) on March 22nd in Columbia for a one-day training session, Primer for Economic Development, that has been created to provide participants with an introduction and overview of how Maryland practices economic development. The course is designed for those who are new to economic development in Maryland and also strategic partners in collaborative industries.

Monday February 18

The freezing rain held off until mid-afternoon yesterday with lots of folks ice-fishing and on the slopes.¬† Today’s weather will be a chance of flurries, mainly before 5pm; otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 29 and a low around 14. West wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

A winter storm warning is issued for tomorrow night through Wednesday as we could see significant snowfall changing to ice. Be careful out there!

I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of Sipside Lounge in Oakland Friday evening.¬† What a nice place.¬† It was quite packed with well-wishers and the curious and it had great atmospherics and traditional drinks.¬† They bill themselves as “a place to pause and unwind” and I can see it becoming just that for locals and lake visitors/second-homeowners alike. Well done folks.

The 12th Annual Oakland Winter Fest was also underway this weekend and it was a success. In addition to the amazing ice sculptures, they had snowball fights, sleigh rides and the first-ever Winter Fest Wine Walk, which I heard was sold out. Oakland is such a nice little town, and one that seems to be gaining momentum all the time.

This photo is from Nanette Snyder taken on a walk along Snowy Creek. I just love it:

Nanette Snyder on Snowy Creek in Oakland, MD

The Friends of Deep Creek Lake just sent us their latest communication, “Watershed Wisdom Update: Lake Lovers in Annapolis,” that shared their legislative agenda for this current session and also asked for support from lake supporters.¬† Their primary priorities centered on securing funding and also attaining financial accountability and responsibility for the lake. It is worth a read and you can access it right here.

The proposed school calendar for 2019-2020 was presented to the Garrett County Board of Education at its February 12th meeting. The calendar can be reviewed by visiting the school system’s website via this link. The Board is requesting that the public review the proposed calendar and submit any comments by noon on Friday, March 8th to the Public Information Office at

Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department recently earned their first documented successful cardiac arrest save since beginning ambulance transports. Thank you to all first responders who volunteer their time day in and day out! THANK YOU!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported Friday that deer hunters harvested 77,382 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzle loader seasons, from September 7th through January 31st. There were 4,973 deer harvested in Garrett County, a decline of 7% from the prior season.  The totals for the state and most counties were down from last season, which the DNR attributes to the weather.

Speaking of the DNR, The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has launched a new award program to celebrate the state’s anglers and the diverse species of fish they catch.  Called FishMaryland, the new program recognizes anglers in a variety of categories and levels.

Friday February 15, Saturday, February 16, Sunday February 17

I hope you all had a nice Valentine’s Day. We sure did. While overcast, it was not a bad day at all and there was no precipitation. Today’s weather will be scattered showers, mainly before 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 44 and low around 21. Wind gusts as high as 30 mph. Saturday will be a slight chance of snow before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 31 and low around 20. Sunday will be partly sunny with a¬†chance of snow and freezing rain before 3 pm, then a chance of rain after 3pm with a high near 37.

Photo of ice fishing at Deep Creek Lake, MD by Nick Atkins:

Nick Atkins at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Congratulations to John Bray, who has been named Director of Food & Beverage at Wisp Resort.  With over 20 years of experience in the ski industry, John will lead the multi-faceted food and beverage operation at Wisp Resort starting this holiday weekend. Good luck John.

STEAM and kids really do go together.  The Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library will be hosting their monthly S.T.E.A.M for Kids this afternoon from 2:00 pm Р3:30 pm.  This program offers some nice Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics activities for children age six and older.

Don’t forget Bill’s Marine Service will be hosting an open house on Saturday from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, with locally brewed beer, wine tasting and boat show pricing.

Later Friday evening, Northern Garrett High School will be holding their presentation of Beauty and the Beast from 6:00 pm Р9:00 pm in their auditorium.  We have some very talented students so I am sure it will be a nice production, as always.

Environmental Health Services of the Garrett County Health Department reports the first case of laboratory-confirmed rabies in the county for 2019. A raccoon, submitted from the Accident-area to the Maryland Department of Health laboratory, was confirmed positive for rabies in the past week.  Remember: If you suspect your pet has been in contact with a wild animal, do NOT handle the pet for at least two hours, and if you must, wear protective gloves and wash immediately and then call authorities.

The North Glade Inn will be hosting a Chocolate and Wine Tasting event on Saturday from Noon to 7:00 pm at their inn in Swanton, just off Glendale Road.

Snakes Alive!¬† The Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park will be hosting their Snakes Alive program on Saturday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. This is a great chance for adults and children to get “up close and personal” with the center’s snakes and to learn more about these interesting critters. Did you know some pythons can drive a car? No? That’s because that is a myth (that I just made up).¬† Find out more on Saturday!

Paul Burger will be performing at Black Bear Tavern Saturday evening and Pickin’ Empty Pockets will be at MoonShadow that evening as well.¬†Check out those acts and others this weekend on our Entertainment¬†Guide and Events pages.

Southern Garrett High School is holding their Winter Homecoming Dance Saturday evening starting at 8:00 pm. I believe it is open to all with a connection to SHS (past or present) so why not go and experience a nice, local school event.¬† The theme is a “Black and White Affair” with black and white outfits encouraged but not required.

Don’t forget that Mountain State Brewing Company hosts Bingo from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Sunday.¬† You can win prizes in the form of MSBC gift cards!

Thursday February 14th

The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 47 and a low around 40. Southwest wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Tonight has a chance of rain, mainly after 3am. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our readers and their loved ones!

Did you know that¬†History‚Äôs first valentine was written in one of the most unromantic places: a prison? According to, Charles, Duke of Orleans wrote the love letter to his second wife at the age of 21 while captured at the Battle of Agincourt. As a prisoner for more than 20 years, he would never see his valentine‚Äôs reaction to the poem he penned to her in the early 15th century. I wonder why he didn’t send something from or from the local florist?

So, I know that most readers are now probably thinking “gee, I wonder what Mike wants for Valentine’s Day?” Please feel free to send any chocolates, flowers or even a nice new sports car to me via email, and thanks in advance! If those things don’t work for you for some reason, I suggest we all give one another continued focus on, enjoyment of and sustainable caring for, this wonderful gift we all have – Deep Creek Lake and its surroundings!

Here’s a link to the Deep Creek Video from a talented videographer and editor, Adam Satisky, who has allowed us to re-post his great video for all to enjoy.¬† Thanks Adam!

If you want to try something new and different for a post-Valentine’s Day drink, check out the new Sipside Lounge, which has its grand opening at 3:30 pm on Friday. Sipside is a relaxed venue to enjoy wine, liquor, and craft beer right in the heart of historic Oakland and is owned and managed by the same great folks that own Flipside Sounds.

The Chamber is holding its February Business After Hours event this evening at Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry.¬† Here’s the link for more information and to register or you can just show-up at the door.¬† The event begins at 5:30 pm.

It’s Team Trivia Night this evening at Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.¬†Here’s the link for more information.

Well, the annual Deep Creek Dunk is coming to the lake on Saturday, February 23rd in Arrowhead Cove and to celebrate, and The Lodges at Sunset Village is offering a two night lodging special along with two free movie passes to Garrett 8 Cinemas for that weekend.

Wednesday February 13th

Yesterday was colder and had freezing rain which left everything coated in ice (see my photo at the bottom of today’s Notes).¬† The weather for today will be snow showers likely, mainly before 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27 and a low of 24. Breezy, with a west wind around 24 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

I want to give a quick shout-out to all three of our great museums (Garrett County History, Transportation and B&O Railroad) in downtown Oakland.¬† I just received a message from Terry Helbig, whom we could easily call “Mr. Museum” for all his efforts, that outlined some of the planned events for Spring. These included middle school student visits, high school student visits, special presentations from noted historians, etc., etc. I suggest a Saturday visit downtown to check out all three and the other nice, local Oakland attractions and small businesses. A nice, inexpensive day for the family.

Not 100% sure if the Ruth Enlow Library “Friends of the Library” meeting scheduled for this evening is cancelled or not.¬† It was scheduled for this evening, but we saw at the last minute that it may be¬†canceled. These sessions provide a nice opportunity for members of the community to have a say and provide feedback relative to library programming, so give them a call and see if they are holding if you are interested –¬†(301) 334-3996

It’s Open Mic Night this evening at MoonShadow from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm and I hear they still have some open slots for those of us that have some talent to share.¬† So, check out our events page on the event, contact them, and then go over tonight and knock everybody’s socks off!

If you read or surf the web a lot, this could be the event for you. Tonight is the monthly Team Trivia at the Greene Turtle in McHenry. Play starts at 7:00 pm and goes through 9:00 pm and is open to anyone.  They hold a six-round game and there are prizes.

Here’s a photo of the ice-coated trees yesterday afternoon. The picture does not do it justice as it was beautiful, especially at dusk. When I went out on my porch to take this photo a tree branch snapped and fell, so I scrambled inside.¬† Please be safe this morning and today.

Ice Coated Trees in Deep Creek Lake, MD

Thursday February 7

Yesterday was very rainy and warm.  Today's weather will be cloudy, with a high near 56 and a low around 32. Change of rain mainly after 1pm and tonight between 1am and 5am. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. There are no Salmon in or around Deep Creek Lake, except...

Wednesday February 6

Yesterday started off misty, but turned into a nice day by the afternoon, and it is still unseasonably warm temperature-wise. If you want to see how beautiful the recent snowfall made the area, check out the video below. Today's weather will be rain, mainly after...

Tuesday February 5

Yesterday was a beautiful day on the mountain.  The temperature reached 60 degrees and it was sunny all day. Today's weather will be cloudy with a chance of showers before 2pm. High near 49 and a low around 40. Garrett County Public Schools Special Education...

Monday February 4

Yesterday was a fabulous day around the lake. It reached 50 degrees and was sunny, so some of the snow melted. I saw lots of skiers and tubers enjoying the slopes at Wisp and so many people enjoying the frozen lake along with the warmer temperatures. Today's weather...

Friday February 1, Saturday February 2, Sunday February 3

Well, the temperature at the lake certainly has been frosty, as it has been for much of the US. The temperature outside my home in Swanton was -8 degrees yesterday morning, warming to +7 in the afternoon, before dropping again to +5 as I write these Daily Notes early...

Thursday January 31

The weather for today will be sunny and cold, with a high near 7. Wind chill values as low as -29. West wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight, snow likely (mainly after 4am). Increasing clouds, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -10....

Wednesday January 30

Yesterday, after flurries all day, the snow got very intense on the mountain late afternoon and with the temperature dropping, the roads were quite slick, even with the limited accumulations. WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EST THURSDAY Today's weather will...

Tuesday January 29

Yesterday was clear, with clouds moving in as I write these Notes. Today's weather will be cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 18 by 5pm. West wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible....

Monday January 28

The weather yesterday was nice, with intermittent flurries. Lots of folks at Wisp and I also saw a few groups sliding across the lake ice. Today's weather will be mostly sunny with a high near 35 and a low around 33. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph. Rain and snow likely...

Friday January 25, Saturday January 26, Sunday January 27

The weather for today is scattered snow showers before 1pm, then scattered flurries between 1pm and 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 20 (wind chills as low as -1). Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation...

Thursday January 24

Yesterday was warmer with a bit of rain in the afternoon and evening hours. Today's weather will be rain and snow showers likely between 9am and 10am, then snow showers likely after 10am. Temperature falling to around 24 by 5pm. Breezy, with a west wind 11 to 21 mph....

Wednesday January 23

Yesterday was a bit warmer and less breezy. The snow emergency has been lifted but there are still icy spots on roads, so be careful. Today's weather will be rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 46 and a low around 33. South wind 13 to 16 mph. Tonight will be...

Tuesday January 22

Today's weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 27 but wind chill values as low as -2. Tonight, a chance of freezing rain, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to near 24 by 8pm, then rising to around 35 during the remainder of the night....

Monday January 21

Well, the story this weekend was certainly the "interesting" and ever-changing winter weather around the lake.  As I write these Daily Notes late Sunday afternoon it looks like a winter wonderland outside but is quite cold and windy. The weather for today will be...

Friday January 18, Saturday January 19, Sunday January 20

The weather for today is snow showers mainly before noon. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 32 and a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Saturday will be snow and...

Thursday January 17

Yesterday was cold with some mixed precipitation throughout the day and into the evening.  Today's weather will be snow showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 29 and a low of 28. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible and 1 to 3...

Wednesday January 16

The weather for today will be patchy freezing drizzle before noon, then scattered flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28 and low around 21. West wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. I attended the Chamber's Business Before Hours yesterday afternoon...

Tuesday January 15

Yesterday started with some flurries and finished with a little freezing rain as the temperature cooled. Today's weather will be patchy freezing fog before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 25 and a low around 21. Tonight west wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high...

Monday January 14

We had a very nice, snowy weekend at the lake. Really beautiful. Today's weather will be cloudy, with a high near 28 and a low around 19. West wind 6 to 8 mph. I had the pleasure of attending the regional robotics competition for middle and high school students at the...

Friday January 11, Saturday January 12, Sunday January 13

Lots of wind and snow yesterday without much accumulation, but very cold and a very low wind-chill. Today's weather partly sunny, with a high near 25 and a low around 18. Saturday will be snowy, mainly after 1pm. A high near 27 and a low around 22. Southeast wind...

Thursday January 10

Yesterday was cold, snowy and windy and the State Police implemented their Snow Emergency Plan at 12:30 pm yesterday afternoon. Today's weather will be snow showers, mainly before 4pm. High near 18. Wind chill values as low as -4. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 23...

Wednesday January 9

Late yesterday afternoon some ominous clouds rolled in, followed by winter lightning, then the wind came. The weather for today will be snow showers. The temperature falling to around 22 by 5pm and low around 16. Breezy, with a west wind around 22 mph, with gusts as...

Tuesday, January 8

Yesterday was cooler, but clear. Today's weather will be a chance of showers, mainly after 10am. Overall, cloudy, with a high near 48 and low around 25. Southwest wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Rain showers likely before 1am, then a chance of rain...

Monday, January 7

The weather for today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 35 and rising to 44 by 5am. Southeast wind 14 to 16 mph gusting as high as 28 mph. Some rain can be expected overnight. The outlook for the week is that we will get several inches of snow possible Tuesday...

Friday January 4, Saturday January 5, Sunday January 6

Today will be cloudy with a chance of rain, mainly after 5pm. High near 46 and low around 39. Saturday, rain likely, mainly before 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41 and a low around 35. West wind around 18 mph. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 38...

Thursday January 3

Yesterday started off misty but turned into a decent, though overcast, day.  Today's weather will be cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 36 and a low of 28. West wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. This article from the Maryland...

Wednesday, January 2

The weather for today will be cloudy, with a high near 40 and a low around 31. A chance of rain before 2am, then a chance of rain and snow with little or no snow accumulation expected. We just heard from Terry Helbig at the Oakland B&O Museum that the museum had a...

Friday December 28, Saturday December 29, Sunday December 30

The weather for today will be scattered showers, cloudy, with a high near 57 and a low around 32. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 34 and a low around 25. Sunday will be partly sunny,...

Thursday December 27

The weather for today will be partly sunny during the day and then changing to rain tonight. A high near 41, falling to near 37 by 8pm, then rising to around 47 during the remainder of the night. Southeast wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of...