Deep Creek Lake MD News and Local Resources: Daily Notes


The Deep Creek Times “Daily Notes” are THE local online resource for Deep Creek Lake, MD news, events, weather, photos, the wDCT.live! program and more!

Tuesday January 5

Yesterday was very “gloomy” with scattered snow showers.  Today we will have scattered flurries before 1:00 pm, then scattered snow showers, mainly after 4:00 pm. Patchy fog before 1:00 pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 34 degrees and calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. This evening we will have scattered snow showers before 1:00 am, then scattered flurries after 1:00 am. Cloudy, with a low around 25.

Garrett Regional Medical Center welcomed Rosanna Marie Schissler as the first baby of 2021 born at 5:02 p.m. on Sunday, January 3rd.  She was delivered by Marlana Bollinger, MD of Wellspring Family Medicine. Rosanna weighed in at 6 pounds, 12.5 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. She is the daughter of Ariel Butcher and Steven Schissler of Crellin Maryland. Congratulations to the parents and welcome to Garrett County little Rosanna!

The Deep Creek Lake Lions Club recently installed two new features at the Meshach Browning History Center at its park on Bumble Bee Rd (next to HART).  Meshach Browning was one of the earliest settlers of what would become Garrett County. In December, the Club installed a photo stand-in panel depicting a comic interpretation of Meshach Browning being pursued by a family of bears. The faces of each figure were cut out allowing visitors to take pictures showing their faces through the holes. The panel was handpainted by local artist Katie McGee and was funded by a donor who wished to remain anonymous.  Here’s a photo of the bear chase cut-out:
LIONS meshach bears cutout

LIONS New Cutout

Feeling lucky? Then take the family (or friends) out to the LIONS Meshach Browning History Center at their park on Bumble Bee Road and take a photo in the cut-out pictured above. Send it in to me at info@deepcreektimes.com and I will draw one entry as a winner and mail them some Deep Creek Times “bling” and maybe some LIONS bling as well.  If I am in a good mood, I may even throw-in an autographed picture of yours truly, which is very valuable (OK, that last bit is a total lie, but I am trying to get you to participate!). And, yes, this is open to LIONS of all ages too.

As promised yesterday, here’s the latest numbers on COVID for the County. The 7-day case rate for Garrett County is currently below the rate for the state with a rate of 40.4. Garrett County is now ranked 14th out of 24 jurisdictions and a bit below the 42.8 rate for the state. Garrett County’s reports for today include: A total of 1,515 COVID-19 cases; A total of 52 deaths due to COVID-19 or its complications; and A 7-day positivity rate of 11.9%, compared to Maryland’s rate of 9.5% – tied for 6th with Prince George’s County.  Things may be looking a little better…

Free COVID-19 testing will be held at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park on Tuesdays (including today) from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Preregistration is recommended to speed up the process on the testing day. Visit garretthealth.org for preregistration information. The site also provides information on other testing locations.

The Garrett County Health Department reports that they have made very good progress to-date in vaccinating essential medical and public safety professionals.  The Health Department will soon be announcing that they are able to move to Phase 1B of the vaccine plan, which will be available for all residents of Garrett County who are 75 or older.  When the announcement is made, it will include specific instructions on how to schedule an appointment. There will be no charge for vaccinations. Proof of age and Garrett County residency will be required.

Recently, the Oakland Community Heritage Foundation Clean and Green Team took part in the annual Tucker Community Foundation “Run for It” event to raise money to enhance the Oakland Dog Park. The Foundation challenged participants to raise team support for the community cause of their choice and then run or walk for that cause in a 2k/5k event during the month of September. Congratulations to all those on the Clean and Green team as they raised over $700.  As part of the team’s mission to assist the town with projects to maintain and add to the uniqueness of Oakland, the $700 plus award will be used to improve the Oakland Dog Park.  Well done folks! Here’s a photo of the snow-coverd dog park:

Dog Park 1-4-20

Oakland Dog Park

Here’s a esoteric factoid on Maryland for you:  People coming to Maryland in one-way U-Haul trucks in 2020 decreased by 9% year-over-year, while departures dropped 8% over 2019. Arrivals accounted for just over 49.5% of all one-way U-Haul traffic during 2020 to make Maryland the No. 46 state for netting DIY movers, sliding one spot from its No. 45 ranking the previous year. Maryland’s leading growth city is Frederick. Other notable net-gain cities include Westminster, Aberdeen, Highlandtown, Baltimore, Bel Air, Lanham, Owings Mills, Gaithersburg, Landover, Odenton and Cumberland. Find the complete 2020 U-Haul Growth States rankings at uhaul.com.

Monday January 4 2021

Yesterday rained a good part of the day after some ice over night, so please watch for ice on the roads.  Today we can expect patchy fog before 1:00 pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 30 degrees and a west wind around 7 mph. Tonight we will have patchy freezing drizzle and patchy fog between 1:00 am and 4:00 am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Drive safe folks.

And, speaking of ice, we got about a 1/2 inch of ice Friday, making travel hazardous.  Here’s a not-so-great photo of my front yard that illustrates the ice cover, especially on the ground. It was even weighing down Santa and Frosty! I took this shot Friday afternoon so those out of town might have a sense of the ice coating, at least on the ground.

mike yard ice storm 1-1-21

After the ice

Ice aside, I hope all had a great weekend and New Year, as I sure did, albeit a quite one.  Friday night my wife and I drove down to Alpine Lake Resort just South of Oakland for an early prime rib dinner prepared as a special by chef Debbie,  It was some of the best prime rib I have ever had, and Alpine was not too busy and had some nice distance between tables.  After that, we came home, watched some football and were in bed before midnight.  Another wild evening at Jean and Mike’s place! 🙂

Maryland reported 2,148 new cases of the coronavirus and 27 more deaths Sunday as the state’s average testing positivity rate rose above 9% for the first time since June. I will let you know Garrett County’s latest in Tuesday’s edition after I hear from the County.

Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, a late evening fire in Oakland on New Year’s Eve resulted in a total loss of building and contents – about $600,000 total – to the owner, Maryland Minerals, as reported by the State of Maryland Fire Marshal.  We wish the owners the best and for a speedy operational recovery, and a better 2021. Thanks to our firefighters and team for their efforts in controlling the blaze.  Here’s a photo:

maryland minerals fire 12-31-20

Fire in Oakland

Don’t forget to check out the January 2021 Cover Story.  It is an insightful, practical article on taxes and tax preparation for 2020 that should benefit all readers.  It was provided by our friends at Boal and Associates in Oakland.

Please also continue to send in your photos of people, places, critters and experiences from around the lake.  It really helps us bring the area “to life” for our readers and is MUCH appreciated. Send your photos in to info@deepcreektimes.com and let us know when taken and where around the lake it was taken. We always do our best to get them published.

Finally, have a great Monday dear readers and Happy New Year to you and your families…

 

 

Friday January 1, Saturday January 2, Sunday January 3

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎉

The weather today will be freezing rain before 5pm, then rain or freezing rain. High near 36 and a low around 34. Southeast wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Total daytime ice accumulation of 0.1 to 0.3 of an inch possible. Overnight precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Saturday will be a chance of rain, mainly before 11am then cloudy with a high near 41 and a low around 30. A chance of snow, sleet and freezing rain overnight. Little or no ice accumulation expected but new snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half-inch possible. Sunday will be rainy with a high near 38 a low around 27.

Garrett County is currently under the snow emergency plan as of 0915 this morning.

Yesterday Herrington Manor State Park reported their cross country ski trails had “Less than one inch of hard snow and ice. Bare in places”. Note as of 12/18/20 The park has suspended its ski rentals for at least two weeks, per Governor Hogan’s most recent order in regards to the temporary suspension of in-person customer service operations.

It still may be worth venturing outside (after the ice) to enjoy a “First Day Hike

Thank you to Jen Thomas for sending in this wonderful winter sun photo (which is also the cover photo for our January 2021 edition!)


The Mountain Fresh Winter Farmer’s Market Season 2020/2021 continues tomorrow, 11 am to 1 pm at the Simon Pierce facility on Rt 135 (behind the Patriot Dodge vehicle dealership.) Remember to please appropriately wear a mask at our market and try to distance yourself from others as best you can.  Masks should cover both your mouth and nose.

Thursday December 31

Happy New Year’s Eve!

The weather today will be snow showers before 11am, then rain and snow showers likely. High near 35 and a low around 26. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

This week the Garrett County Health Department and Garrett Regional Medical Center ramped up their COVID-19 vaccination distribution as additional vaccine shipments reached the county. Following CDC recommendations, Garrett County’s frontline health care workers are the first ones receiving their first of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccinations.

For Garrett County, there is a currently reported total of 1,439 COVID-19 cases and a total of 46 deaths due to COVID-19 or its complications.

Free COVID-19 testing will continue today at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park.

Note that Maryland Governor Hogan’s current COVID-19 orders do not allow any dine-in foodservice after 10pm – no exceptions were made for the holiday.

Pine Lodge Steakhouse has an exciting specialty menu this weekend (beginning today at 4pm).

Nearby Alpine Lake Resort is offering two dinner specials for the holiday. Tonight is a prime rib, salad, two sides, and dessert for $26. Dine-in or to-go. Tomorrow is a New Year’s Day brunch for $15 (dine-in only).

A 2021 reading challenge is being offered by the Ruth Enlow Library. Check out this log for “challenges” such as reading a book with a green cover and a book with a three-word title. It looks fun!

Wednesday December 30

Today we have a slight chance of showers after 1:00 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 46 degrees. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight we have a chance of rain showers before 1:00 am, then rain and snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

With the snowfall we have had in the past week, I am guessing many critters missed their daily meals.  As a result, I think a bunch of them (deer) decided to converge on my yard and eat my long needle pine trees.  They picked about half a dozen small- and mid-size ones clean, which is surprising since they had never touched them before.  They left the short needle pines alone.  Interesting. Here’s a photo documenting “the theft.”

mike tree picked clean 12-28-20

Tree Picked Clean

With the pandemic has come additional participation in outdoor recreation such as hunting and fishing.  According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation hunting license sales are up more than 12% since last year, translating to more than one million more hunters this year. Fishing has also seen greater interest, with a 14% increase in fishing license sales nationwide.  Those statistics mirror increases in such activities as golfing and hiking, all of which align with what the Deep Creek area has to offer.

Garrett County residents now have FREE COVID-19 testing available Monday through Friday in various locations around western Maryland and free masks through #MasksOnMaryland will be given away at several of these sites while supplies last. There are testing options for folks with and also for those without symptoms. Here’s the press release with all the details.
There’s a link to a recent Washington Post article on Western Maryland and the COVID-19 “situation” out here that has been “making the rounds”.  I am not sure I agree with some of the article’s content and I certainly do NOT agree with many of the comments made by Post readers in the comments section, but I want to share it with our readers so you can read and process it for yourselves.

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners will not conduct a Public Meeting on Monday, January 4, 2021, as previously announced.  The next scheduled Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Olivia Tennant took advantage of the weather and went ice skating here on Deep Creek Lake.

Tuesday December 28

Today we will have scattered snow showers before 10:00 am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 28 degrees. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tonight we will see increasing clouds, with a low around 17.

Garrett County’s COVID-19 case report as of yesterday includes:

  • A total of 1,421 COVID-19 cases
  • A total of 43 deaths due to COVID-19 or its complications
  • A 7-day positivity rate of 11.8%, compared to Maryland’s rate of 7.4%
  • A 7-day case rate per 100,000 of 53.2, compared to Maryland’s rate of 38.7

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine began reaching the county last week, with both Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) and the Garrett County Health Department receiving their initial shipments of vaccine. Additional shipments are expected this week. “Garrett County’s vaccination plan was put into action last week as GRMC began vaccinating their frontline workers,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “We are following the CDCs recommendations for phased distribution of the vaccine. We have been informed that Garrett County will initially be receiving 600 doses per week.

Sunday, President Trump signed into law the new COVID Relief bill which includes reforms to the PPP program and additional funding for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has prepared a new resource guide to help you understand these changes and how they can benefit your business. If you were unable to participate in the Garrett Chamber’s recent call with the U.S. Chamber explaining the changes to the PPP and EIDL programs, and providing other details of the new relief bill, you can listen to the recording here.

Herrington Manor State Park yesterday reported trails with 2-3 inches of packed snow and ice, with some bare spots in places.  Ski rentals are still suspended due to the pandemic. Please call them at 301 334-9180 for more information.

This could be YOU! Maryland Environmental Trust (MET), a unit of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is looking for volunteers who are passionate about land conservation to work in the field as Volunteer Land Stewards. Two virtual training classes are being offered in January and February. Registration is available via online form. Interested volunteers should email met.info@maryland.gov for more information.

A few people were burned over the weekend in Frostburg when they attempted to add isopropyl alcohol to a candle that burns that fuel.  Since some candles and fireplaces are equipped with ethanol/isopropyl alcohol storage and readers may be using them, I thought I would repeat the following tips from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Please be careful!

  • You should always store your ethanol or isopropyl alcohol in the container sealed and in a safe location that is away from kids.
  • Ethanol burns clean; therefore, it can be difficult to see if the flame is still lit. Be sure to double-check before you attempt to move or refuel your fireplace.
  • Only use approved fuel in your fireplace or candle. Using un-authorized types of ethanol or isopropyl alcohol can result in personal injury as well as fire damage to your personal property.
  • Always clean up spilled ethanol or isopropyl alcohol immediately. You don’t want to have flammable liquid spilled on your possessions.
  • Use a long match or lighter to get your fireplace lit. This is important as in some scenarios, your fireplace or candle can light on fire in a flash that can burn your hands.
  • Never move a lit ethanol fireplace or isopropyl candle. This is such an important tip to follow as any spilled fuel could ignite a much larger fire that could put your home and self at risk.
  • Never refuel your fireplace or candle while it is still lit.
  • Never leave your fireplace or candlelit and unattended.

Monday December 28

Today we have a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39 degrees, with a west wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight we have a  chance of rain and snow showers before 10:00 pm, then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Having a bit of a “spacing” technical issue today.  My apologies, but wanted to publish and had to give up on trying to fix layout.  Computers… 🙂
I hope all had a great weekend and a very Merry Christmas.  I sure had a nice one, if a bit more “isolated”  than in past years.  Also, I hope that all of the folks in Nashville impacted by the explosion can get their lives back on track sooner rather than later.
Here’s a nice photo submitted by reader Don Coble.  It shows a water view across the lake from the shore near Brenda’s Pizzeria.  Thanks for sharing Don.
don coble 12-26-20

Reflections

The Pine Lodge Steakhouse in McHenry has what looks to be a very nice special menu planned for this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, staring at 4:00 pm. They caution that due to pandemic restrictions, seating is limited, so book in advance.  301.387.6500.

 

It doesn’t hurt to plan for the future. Here’s a link to  the Maryland Office of Tourism website with ideas for trips and places to visit in Maryland.  Check it out.
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Oakland asked us to remind folks that the parish office will be closed until January 4th, for the holidays.  They also wish all a Happy New Year.
As tax season approaches, I thought I would share some statistics sent to us from a study by HireAHelper that shows comparative tax rates/burdens in Maryland and other states:

The analysis found that in Maryland, property, income, and sales taxes for residents amount to about 9.43% of income. On average, residents spend about $5,905 annually on these taxes. Out of all U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Maryland places the 12th largest tax burden on its residents. Here is a summary of the data for Maryland:

  • Property, income, and sales taxes as a percentage of income: 9
  • Annual property, income, and sales taxes per person: $5,905
  • Property taxes as a percentage of income: 2.70%
  • Income taxes as a percentage of income: 3.94%
  • Sales taxes as a percentage of income: 2.79%

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:

  • Property, income, and sales taxes as a percentage of income: 8.88%
  • Annual property, income, and sales taxes per person: $4,842
  • Property taxes as a percentage of income: 3.07%
  • Income taxes as a percentage of income: 2.39%
  • Sales taxes as a percentage of income: 3.43%

As always, I do not evaluate the data or methodolgy of the various studies and reports we get in, so check out for yourselves. Here’s the link to the full report and methodology.

 

Have a great Monday dear readers…

Friday, December 25, Saturday December 26, Sunday December 27

It’s a white Christmas! We received about 3″-4″ inches of snow overnight.

The weather today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 16 and a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -8. Scattered snow showers. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Saturday will be scattered snow showers, mainly before 2pm then partly sunny, with a high near 22 and a low around 17. Wind chill values as low as -10. West wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 41 and a low around 29. Southwest wind around 8 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24

The weather today will be rain showers before 11pm, then rain and snow showers between 11pm and midnight, then snow showers after midnight. High near 48 and low around 18. South wind 7 to 14 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

See more details for this storm and the East Coast.

Garrett County currently has a total of 1,460 cases and 37 deaths due to COVID-19 or its complications. Western Maryland counties hold the top three highest rankings for both 7-day rates tracked by Maryland (case rate and positivity rate) with Garrett County currently ranked as second highest for both.

7-day case rate per 100,000 residents – Maryland 14.6

  1. Allegany County – 78.3
  2. Garrett County – 76.8
  3. Washington County – 75.4

7-day positivity rate – Maryland 7.4%

  1. Washington County – 14.6%
  2. Garrett County – 13.1%
  3. Allegany County – 12.5%

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine are also reaching the county this week: Garrett Regional Medical Center received a 100-dose shipment and the health department received 100 doses on Wednesday.

There will be no testing on Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park. Free COVID-19 testing will be held at this location on Tuesday, December 29 (9 am-12:30 pm) and Thursday, December 31 (10 am-2 pm). Preregistration is recommended to speed up the process on the testing day. Visit garretthealth.org for preregistration information.

Here’s an interesting story: “Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the first safe and effective vaccine for polio, vacationed with his family at Deep Creek Lake for six years, from 1957-1962. When asked what activities he and his two brothers enjoyed during summers at Deep Creek Lake, Peter Salk mentions comic books and card games, but, he declares, “The best was water skiing.” After seven years of spending summer vacations at Lake Erie, Jonas Salk did what Peter describes as a “wonderful thing” for his family. He bought a cottage at Deep Creek Lake, just two hours from their home in Pittsburgh. It’s likely that the Salks were introduced to Deep Creek Lake by their friends the Wishiks, who owned a place across the lake. The Wishiks had been influenced in their choice by Dr. Benjamin Spock, the renowned pediatrician, a Pittsburgh neighbor and professional colleague, who used to camp on the lot next to the one they purchased.”  Read more from Mountain Discoveries Magazine.

Be careful out and about tonight when this rain changes to snow but the light displays will look magical: Light display at the Oakland armory from 5pm-11pm and Broadford Park drive-thru from 6pm-9pm.

Merry Christmas Eve!

Wednesday December 23

Got some nice snow yesterday in the early hours and then some pellets, along with some serious wind.  Think we got five or six inches, at least around my home. Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 41 degrees and with a southeast wind 7 to 10 mph. Tonight we have chance of showers after 1:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Southeast wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Here’s a quick photo I took of my side yard yesterday afternoon.  The snow on the rail gives some indication of the amount, but due to the wind a lot of the snow was off the trees and rail:

mike snow 12-22-20

Snow on Tuesday

We may be telling kids that Santa Clause is watching them this time of year, but kids are watching and copying what adults do all year long. “During the holiday season, think about the messages you are sending to children and youth about alcohol use,” said Linda Costello, coordinator of the Garrett County Health Department’s Just Like You! campaign. “Positive role modeling promotes healthy behaviors.” The campaign is designed to remind all adults how important it is for them to be a positive role model for the children and youth in their lives. For more information visit copycatfun.com or call Health Education and Outreach at 301.334.7730 or 301.895.3111.

The Garrett County Health Department is now offering free Virtual Overdose Response Trainings. These one-on-one sessions will cover information about drugs that cause overdoses, as well as how to prevent, recognize, and respond to an overdose. After completing the training, you will receive Naloxone and a resource pouch, each of which will be delivered to you. To register for a virtual training, call 301.334.7724. Agencies and organizations may also request a virtual training for employees.

The Garrett County Health Department has also scheduled a virtual class to help parents and caregivers of children in grades 5-12 increase their knowledge of drug use in our society and learn how to empower their children to make good choices. The virtual How to Drug Proof Your Kids classes will be held every Tuesday from 6-7 pm for four weeks from January 12 through February 2, 2021. Here’s more details for you.

Here’s the scoop on hours holiday hours for refuse collection and landfill sites in Garrett County – “Thursday, December 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve: All collection sites are closed, The landfill, located at 3118 Oakland Sang Run Road, will be opening at 8:00 a.m. and closing at 2:00 p.m.; Friday, December 25, 2020 – Christmas Day: All collection sites are closed, The landfill is closed; Thursday, December 31, 2020 – New Year’s Eve: All collection sites are closed, The landfill, located at 3118 Oakland Sang Run Road, will be opening at 8:00 a.m. and closing at 2:00 p.m.; Friday, January 1, 2021 – New Year’s Day: All collection sites are closed, The landfill is closed.”

The Maryland Department of Planning, Maryland Historical Trust just issued their Winter bulletin.  It has some interesting content, especially on the history of “the bells” at a historic Baltimore church.

Sarah takes over writing Daily Notes tomorrow, as usual, for the remainder of the week, so I wanted to wish all a very Merry Christmas.  Here’s an action photo of me and the “big guy” (literally, he is over 12 feet tall) wishing all of our readers well. I wish all a very happy and healthy holiday and a great 2021.  Talk to you after Christmas.

santa and mike 2020

Merry Christmas

 

Tuesday December 22

Today we can expect scattered snow showers, mainly before 1:00 pm and patchy fog before 8:00 am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 33 degrees. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 21. West wind 5 to 11 mph becoming south after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

As of yesterday, Garrett County’s positive COVID-19 results are at 1,364 total cases, with 36 total county deaths due to COVID-19 or its complications. These numbers reflect 40 additional cases and 6 news deaths since the last statistics were reported on Friday, December 18, 2020.  The data shows that 27 of the deceased were patients in long term care facilities, representing 75% of the total. The age range for all COVID-19 related deaths in Garrett County is 59 to 99 years old.

Free COVID-19 testing will be held at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park, today, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be no testing on Thursday, December 24, which is Christmas Eve. Preregistration is recommended to speed up the process on the testing day. Visit garretthealth.org for preregistration information.

The Town of Oakland will begin taking phone reservations for calendar year 2021 pavilion rentals beginning at 8:30 am on January 4th. Requests for rentals at Broadford Lake, the Glades Pavilion, and the Mountain Fresh Pavilion will only be taken via phone this year, which is different from prior years, as Oakland City Hall is closed to the public due to the pandemic. Walk-in guests will not be admitted into the building. To make reservations, please call 301.334.2691. For information on pavilions and updated pricing, please visit http://oaklandmd.com/rentals.html.

Why would anyone do this to others? The Maryland Office of the Attorney General has been alerted to illegal, unlicensed pop-up COVID-19 testing sites operating in Baltimore City.  Individuals are setting up “Free COVID-19 Testing” tables at random locations, including outside shopping centers and retail stores, and along the side of the road.  These testing sites are not authorized and the individuals operating them are not following CDC guidelines. The Attorney General is encouraging consumers to visit covidtest.maryland.gov for a list of more than 240 approved COVID-19 testing sites in Maryland. Be safe, and be cautious.

First let me state that my wife is the one in our family with all the DIY/craft skills.  Second, I thought some of our readers might be interested in this listing of all sorts of Christmas-related DIY projects, some pretty simple.  Maybe even get some ideas for next year.  Here’s the link.

I couldn’t find the full article, but also on diys.com, there was an article on the most popular Christmas trees around the world.They based their analysis on a number of factors including Instagram hashtags, global Google search volumes, height and the number of baubles needed to decorate. Here’s a few “factoids” from their effort:

  • Italy’s famous Christmas tree in Gubbio, not only stands to be the tallest in the world, but is the most popular
  • The Big Apple’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is the second most popular around the world – scoring perfectly for Google searches and Instagram hashtags
  • You’d need 16,400 baubles to decorate the world’s largest Christmas tree in Italy

So, now you know…

Monday December 21

I can’t believe it is almost Christmas and that December is getting ready to come to a close.  I hope all of our Jewish friends had a great Hanukkah, which ended on Friday. And I also wish all those folks that celebrate Kwanzaa a great Kwanzaa (it starts December 26th).

It was cool this weekend and the snow has stuck around.  Saw lots of folks at the Wisp Tube Park and also on the slopes.  Today’s weather shows a slight chance of rain showers this afternoon, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38 degrees. Tonight we will have rain and snow showers likely before 1:00 am, then scattered snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Here’s an action photo of Santa and friends during last week’s snowfall as submitted by Margaret Dungan.  The photo of Santa shows the snow on the fields across the road as well.  Thanks for submitting Margaret.

snow fall margaret dungan 12-19-20

Santa and Snow

I bumped into my friend and former colleague Scott R. as I was entering the Book Market in Oakland on Saturday.  Scott was loaded down with presents for family and friends.  He mentioned he was especially trying to shop local this year and it looked like he was doing a good job of it.  If you still have some presents to buy, please consider our local merchants.  Thanks!

This is heartwarming: On Saturday, on National Wreaths Across America Day at 2,557 participating locations, dedicated Americans in every state honored our nation’s heroes by safely placing a total of 1.7 million veterans’ wreaths on their headstones and remembering them, by saying each name out loud. A wonderful effort!

Speaking of our veterans, here’s the latest edition of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs newsletter.  It just came over and there is some interesting content in there.

As of Friday, Garrett County’s total positive COVID-19 cases stand at 1,324, with a total of 30 deaths, an increase of 32 cases and 2 deaths since the last report on Wednesday, December 16th. Garrett County is currently above the state average for COVID-19 statistics: 7-day positivity rate among Garrett County residents is 12.8% (Maryland rate is 7.8%); 7-day case rate per 100,000 among Garrett County residents is 73.4 (Maryland rate is 42.8).

In case you missed it or are out of state, Governor Hogan late last week announced new testing and quarantine requirements for travel, and a new public health advisory to limit gatherings, citing data from contact tracing that shows family and other social gatherings and out-of-state travel lead to the most cases and the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19. The new measures include:

  • Expanded Testing and Quarantine Requirements for Travel: The Governor’s emergency order requires Marylanders to limit travel to essential purposes only and requires anyone who travels outside of Maryland, or anyone who travels into Maryland, to either obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 10 days. (Except for the bordering state of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC).
  • Public Health Advisory: Maryland Department of Health issued a public health advisory warning against non-essential activities and holiday gatherings with people outside one’s immediate household, limiting gatherings of more than 10 people.

Looking for holiday fare to watch this season? Well, Maryland Public Television has some good content for you and your family. Check out MPT’s holiday fare for some good, clean holiday programming. There’s plenty to stream from our video player and apps! From classic Christmas carols, how to make a delicious seasonal feast, who we have to thank for Christmas lights, and more. Whether naughty or nice, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy!

I am wishing all of our readers a great Monday and a safe, happy and healthy rest of the week and beyond.  Talk to you all tomorrow…

 

 

Friday December 18, Saturday December 19, Sunday December 20

The weather today will be patchy fog between 11am and 2pm and areas of freezing fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 28 and a low around 18. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high near 38 and a low around 27. Calm wind. Sunday will be a chance of snow showers before 2pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38 and a low around 30.

FRESH LEBANESE FOOD DELIVERY! Make sure to place your order with Lebanese Taverna today and pick-up tomorrow, Saturday, at 3pm.

What’s New Around Town?

Where Am I? gift card contest

The Garrett County Health Department has a few initiatives … in 2021, kick the nicotine habit! Also, there is a new moms and babies case management program that was recently launched.

Go! Garrett County supports local businesses and community resources by offering participation points for watching videos from locals and reading articles that help citizens take good care of ourselves, our families, and our neighbors. To start earning great rewards, while learning about resources, services, and activities in Garrett County, register for a FREE account at gogarrettcounty.com/register.

You can win with First United Bank & Trust. Have you seen their promotion to celebrate their 120th anniversary? They are giving away 120 prizes! The top two cash prizes are valued at $1,900 and $2,020; representing the year First United began and the year they turned 120. An additional 118 prizes will be award as well, each with a cash value of $120.

Garrett College has announced plans to continue with multiple course modalities this spring.

Santa will be showing up in Downtown Oakland tomorrow, Saturday, from 12pm-2pm. It will be a free, contactless experience!

The last winter Farmer’s Market of the year is also tomorrow. REMEMBER it’s from 11am – 1pm at the Simon Pearce Building at 255 Glass Drive in Mountain Lake Park.

Enjoy the snow today dear readers! I’m going to try to get out and cross country ski today!

Thursday December 17

The weather today will be cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers; high near 30 and a low around 23. West wind around 8 mph.

Wednesday’s snowstorm left us with a lot of the pretty white snow but, at least in my neck of the woods, we “only” received about 8″ to 10″ of accumulation.

Send us your photos and snow accumulation totals!

Forecasters say the snowfall that has piled up and ended the snow drought in many areas of the Northeast will be in no hurry to melt away as more cold days than not are likely to persist into Christmas Day.

Testing at the Garrett County Community COVID-19 testing site at the MEDCO building at the McHenry Business Park is canceled for Thursday, December 17th due to inclement weather and safety concerns. Persons who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms may call 301-334-7697 to schedule a test at the Garrett County Health Department office in Oakland. The next COVID-19 testing event at the McHenry site will be on Tuesday, December 22nd from 9 am – 12:30 pm.  Please visit garretthealth.org for additional testing information.

What’s New Around Town? Elite Appalachian Development is a training service focused on improving the overall performance and athleticism of Youth Athletes. Individual and group training services will be offered at a new centrally-located spot! Message Logan and tell him Deep Creek Times sent you!

The Board of Directors of County United Way unanimously appointed Michele Walker as interim executive director of the organization earlier this week. Walker has been with County United Way since 1997.

A panel discussion will be broadcast on Friday, December 18, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. to answer frequently asked questions on the local response related to COVID-19. The event will be the broadcast of a recorded session on the Garrett County Government’s Facebook page.

Garrett County leads the state in 7-day positive rate with 15.3% compared to the state rate of 7.5%. The county 7-day case rate per 100,000 is 71.4 compared to the state rate of 45.8. The total positives COVID-19 tests for Garrett County residents is 1,292, with 52 news cases being added since the last report on Monday, December 14th. The total county deaths due to COVID-19 or its complications is now 28, an increase of 8. The age range of the 28 local deaths is from 59 to 99.

 

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Friday December 11, Saturday December 12, Sunday December 13

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 58 and a low around 37. Saturday will be a chance of showers, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 55 and low around 38. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 43 and a low around 30. A slight chance...

Thursday December 10

The weather today will be patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy early, then gradual clearing, with a high near 47 and a low around 31. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. There's a newly listed poker/game table in our online marketplace....

Wednesday December 9

The weather for today will be more of the same. We have a slight chance of snow showers before 1:00 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36 degrees and a west wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight, we have a slight...

Tuesday December 8

We have a slight chance of snow showers before 1:00 pm today. Cloudy, with a high near 30 degrees. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Partly cloudy during the early evening, then becoming cloudy, with a low around 22....

Monday December 7

Yesterday was overcast and cool - great weather to watch football or read a book.  Today,  we had another dusting and have a slight chance of snow between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 31 degrees and a calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in...

Friday December 4, Saturday December 5, Sunday December 6

The weather today will be rain and snow likely. Patchy fog after 1pm. High near 42 and low around 29. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation during the day and new snow...

Thursday December 3

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 41 and a low around 32. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Another weather system has the potential for another storm this weekend. Let's see if it pans out...  I'd love to get more snow! A group of us are going biking...

Wednesday December 2

Yesterday was snowy, with windy conditions and with accumulations of a few inches.  Today we have a chance of snow showers before 10:00 am. Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 30 degrees. West wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26...

Tuesday December 1

Happy December folks!  We are in the "stretch run" to the end of 2020, and many, including me, are hoping that 2021 will be much better. By the way, December has marked the end of the year and the coming of winter since the ancient Romans established their first...

Monday December 30

Yesterday was about perfect until the clouds came in during the afternoon.  Today we expect rain before 10:00 am, then showers after 10:00 am. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 47 degrees, with an east wind 8 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds...

Friday November 27, Saturday November 28, Sunday November 29

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 49 and a low around 35. Isolated showers before 2pm, then scattered sprinkles after 2pm. West wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Saturday will be sunny with a high near 45 and a low around 30. West...

Thursday, November 26

The weather today will be scattered showers before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52 and a low around 40. West wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. By the way of local COVID-19 updates; the county currently has 684 Confirmed Positive Test Results...

Wednesday November 25

Yesterday was nice - cool and sunny.  Today we have a chance of showers after 1:00 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 53 degrees. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50% during the day. Tonight expect rain with a low around 44. Chance of precipitation...

Tuesday November 24

The weather for today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 42 degrees. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 32 I took a dip in the CARC pool the other day and as usual, it was great.  But, I...

Monday, November 23

The weather was cool and moist most of the weekend.  Today we have a chance of rain and snow showers, mainly before 8:00 am. We actually got a dusting of snow overnight. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36 degrees. West wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph....

Friday November 20, Saturday November 21, Sunday November 22

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 58 and a low around 44. West wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Satuday will be mostly cloudy, a chance of showers before 1pm, with a high near 50 and a low around 38. West wind 5 to 8 mph. Sunday will be...

Thursday November 19

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 56 and a low around 43. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is conducting a survey deigned to gather information and preferences from outdoor...

Wednesday November 18

It snowed most of yesterday, but with limited accumulations.  Today we will have isolated snow showers before 1:00 pm. Mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 33 degrees. West wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance...

Tuesday November 17

Yesterday was sunny, but quite windy.  As I get ready to publish these notes this morning, we are getting a light snow, with no accumulations so far. Today we will see snow showers with a high near 35 degrees. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high...

Monday November 16

Yesterday was warm, but it actually looked like winter - gray, very windy, cloudy with some rain.  Today will be partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high only near 41 degrees. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Tonight...

Friday November 13, Saturday November 14, Sunday November 15

The weather today will be gradually becoming sunny with a high near 49 and a low around 27. West wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 46 and a low around 37. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southwest in the...

Thursday November 12

The weather today will be patchy drizzle and fog before 11 am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 49 and a low around 38. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. The local schools have released several news items in...

Wednesday November 11

Happy Veterans Day to all that have served our country and it's citizens!  We appreciate you and yours and recognize we are the land of the free because of the brave! Thank you all for your service and I especially wish to recognize those that sacrificed all....

Tuesday November 10

Yesterday was sunny and bright.  Today will be sunny, with a high near 69 degrees and a south wind 5 to 7 mph. Tonight we have a chance of rain after 1:00 am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 56. South wind around 7 mph. Observation:  Folks around the lake are...

Monday November 9

The weekend was warm and sunny here at the lake.  Absolutely awesome.  Today will be much of the same: Sunny, with a high near 70 degrees. Light and variable wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 49....

Friday November 6, Saturday November 7, Sunday November 8

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 61 and a low around 42. West wind 3 to 6 mph. Saturday will also be sunny with a high near 66 and a low around 44. Light southeast wind. Sunday will also be sunny with a high near 67 and a low around 46. Katarina...

Thursday November 5

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 61 and a low around 43. Did you know? Nearby Alpine Lake Resort golf season has officially ended but they invite you to enjoy walking and playing their course on these warm days! Bring your own clubs and golf...

Wednesday November 4

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 60 degrees and a southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 42.  Enjoy the sun folks! According to Jeannie, who keeps official precipitation records for the county at Garrett...

Tuesday November 3

  Well, my message above says it all for today.  Please vote.  It is a right and a very important part of our democracy.  And, whomever you vote for, please leave the voting booth with a certain peace and a determination to support whoever our next president is,...

Monday November 2

Well, Happy November folks!  This year has been a doozy and is drawing to a close, and hopefully we will have a better 2021.  Nonetheless, we all have much to be thankful for, including the fact that we live in a free and great country, we live in a beautiful part of...