Deep Creek Lake MD News and Local Resources: Daily Notes

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Monday March 22

The weekend was great.  Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 61 degrees. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 34.

During a visit to the doctor on the GRMC campus the other day, I parked next to a stone marker and tree that I had probably “seen” 10 times before but never noticed.  One more example of the history (man-made and natural) all around us that we may not notice in our daily travels.  Here’s a photo of the marker.  Not sure of the date, though the tree looks “old.”

Civic Club tree marker grmc

A piece of the past

If anyone has any history on the plaque and tree let us know at and we will share with our readers.

As Sarah reported the other day, it appears that Rolling Pin Bakery is taking over the space at Annie’s Country Kitchen in Accident. Glad the space will be utilized and hopefully, jobs will be saved/created.  I also heard that Annie’s has already closed due to the fact that they “ran out of food.” I guess a lot of folks, including me, wanted to have one last visit.  Good luck to the Annie’s team and to Rolling Pin as well.

The Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake has been busy this winter working on several important items for the health of the lake. Along with the Policy and Review Board, they attempted to get Brookfield to lower the lake for a month to help kill off near-shore sub-aquatic vegetation (SAV). Brookfield responded that it could not do it this year due to power generation commitments but would try to accommodate in the future. Here’s the POA’s latest newsletter with lots of good information.

Governor Larry Hogan announced in a press conference on Thursday that Maryland will open up Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccination eligibility in waves based on risk factors, including age, essential occupations, and underlying health conditions.

The State Board of Education will host its monthly meeting today (starting at 10:00 am) and tomorrow in a hybrid format. The meetings will be conducted via livestream with some Board Members attending in-person. I wanted to share this since school openings are very much on everyone’s minds across the state and the nation. Today’s meeting will begin at 10:00 am, and the agenda and materials are available at:  The Tuesday meeting will begin at 9:00 am, and the agenda and materials are available at:

The State of Maryland and the Forever Maryland Foundation are proud to announce that 91 Keep Maryland Beautiful grants totaling $312,500 have been awarded toward environmental education, community cleanup, and beautification projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program. I must say that I was a bit disappointed to learn that none of these grants went to Garrett County organizations.  Not sure why…

Finally, a “factoid” on Cicadas for you all: This is the year that Brood X makes its appearance from Georgia to New York after hiding underground since 2004.  Cicadas can sometimes reach a density of 1.5 million adults per acre! Not sure if it will get bad around these parts, but thought the density statistic was interesting.

Have a great day dear readers…

Friday March 19, Saturday March 20, Sunday March 21

The weather will be sunny! Today, will be sunny with a high near 45 and a low around 24. Northeast wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Saturday will be sunny with a high near 50 and a low around 28. East wind 3 to 7 mph. Sunday will be sunny with a high near 54 and a low around 30. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.

AccuWeather National Reporter Dexter Henry asked the National Park Service (NPS) Public Affairs Specialist Michael Litterst when he expects this year’s bloom to reach its peak, given last year’s exceptionally early blossoming. “The historic average day of peak bloom is right around April 3, April 4…” Litterst said. The peak bloom date is the period during which 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry blossoms are open, and it varies each year depending on weather conditions, according to the NPS.

I read this on social media yesterday: The three black lines or “rub rails” on school buses serve a purpose. The bottom line is the floor of the bus. The middle line is the seat line. The top black line is the top of the seats. These lines of the bus reinforce the walls of the bus but they also let firefighters know where to cut in case of an accident.

Governor Hogan has announced updates to the Go Vax COVID-19 implementation timeline:

  • Maryland will enter Phase 2A of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan on March 23, making the vaccine open to people 60 and older. Effective immediately, any Marylander over 60 can pre-register at one of state’s mass vaccination sites by visiting or calling 1-855-MD-GOVAX.
  • On March 30, Phase 2B will start for all Marylanders age 16 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
  • On April 13, Phase 2C will start for all Marylanders age 55 and older, as well as essential workers in critical industries (construction, food services, utilities, financial services, IT and other infrastructure).
  • Phase 3 will start no later than April 27, when eligibility will open to every single Marylander over the age of 16.

Hogan said that just because you become eligible for a vaccine does not mean you can immediately get a vaccine. Supply will be ramping up to meet the demand, but state officials expect demand to continue outpacing supply for at least the next several weeks.

The Knights of Columbus are raffling off a beautiful handmade afghan to raise funds for charities. Tickets are available for $1.00 each in the St. Peter the Apostle Church Parish Office at 208 S. Fourth St., Oakland, MD 21550 or 301-334-2202 or from any Knight. The drawing is Mother’s Day, May 9.

Here is the most recent trout stocking update:

  • Jennings Randolph Lake: 1,500 golden and rainbow trout
  • North Branch Potomac River, Gorman: 1,000 golden and rainbow trout
  • North Branch Potomac River, Kitzmiller: 1,500 golden and rainbow trout
  • North Branch Potomac River, Westernport: 2,000 golden and rainbow trout

The DCL Property Owners Association sent this message out regarding local contributions:

United Way of Garrett County has helped fund education, food distribution and family needs for decades in our community. It is only through your continued generosity that our friends and neighbors who struggle can have hope for a better future. The POA has supported the United Way of Garrett County for the last 13 years and helped raise well over $100,000. They are the hand-raisers, the game-changers and the problem-solvers in our community. United Way’s local website at is undergoing an upgrade this Spring, so please use the following info in making contributions. Mail contributions to United Way of Garrett County, PO Box 394. Oakland MD 21550. To make a credit card payment or arrange a monthly contribution, please call Misty Deal at 240-362-8647.

Weather-willing, nearby Alpine Lake Resort will open their 2021 golf season on April 9!

Check out the events in our online calendar: a diverse set of topics and many are free and virtual!


Thursday March 18

The weather today will be rain. Patchy fog before 11am. High near 56 and low around 27. Southeast wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Tonight will be rain before 3am, then rain and snow likely. Patchy fog after 9pm. Northeast wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Isolated instances of wind damage and hail from thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening, mainly south of US Route 48.

What’s New Around Town: Trout’s House Seafood will be opening back up for the season today! If you stop in for fresh crabs or fish, tell ’em Deep Creek Times sent ya!

Mike mentioned the other day that, unfortunately, Annie’s Kitchen in Accident will be closing as the owner is retiring. There is a silver lining as Rolling Pin Bakery has announced they will be moving into the space along Main Street. YUM … I’m drooling thinking about their fresh donuts now …

Also, Fast Cash Grantsville will be opening in early April. Located in the Grantsville plaza.

A reminder for those visiting us from outside of Maryland: Our state government has said that masks are required in public settings indoors and recommended when gathering with people outside of your household. For more information, see Masks on Maryland.

Although the Closure 1 and 2 put-and-take trout fishing areas are closed until March 27, the Closure 0 areas continue to be stocked with trout. Most of these trout waters are lakes and ponds and they are getting generous stockings. The ponds offer safe and easy access for our younger anglers, and some are set aside for their exclusive use. Be sure to check the trout stocking website to see the areas stocked this week.

I found this photo of the lake from this time last year. I love it:

The United Way survey we shared yesterday didn’t have a clickable link. Here it is:

The Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State is happening today from 1pm – 2pm online.

Craving comfort food for this rainy and cold day? Nearby Alpine Lake Resort is having their Family Night special from 4pm – 8pm.

And I wanted to post about the Sounds of Spring virtual event tonight from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.


Wednesday March 17

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Yesterday was mixed: clouds, then a little rain, then the sun came out.  Today, expect patchy drizzle and areas of fog before 10:00 am.  Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 60 degrees. Tonight we will have showers, mainly after 2:00 am with a low around 44.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day folks.  Saint Patrick’s Day is a feast day honoring St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity.  Just thought I would share a little history to complement all of the modern revelry.  Have a great day!

United Way in Maryland yesterday announced a joint effort to survey families affected by the pandemic throughout the state. The COVID-19 Survey will aim to gather information from residents about how their employment, housing and basic needs have been impacted. This survey is confidential; no private information will be shared. For more information, and to help United Way in Maryland accurately assess the need in their communities, visit

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is collecting information from Chamber members for in-county events running from May 2021 – May 2022, and select events* will be printed free of charge in the upcoming 2021/2022 Activities Guide. To submit your event for the Activities Guide, please send the event name, date and website url or a phone number to close of business today. Just the event name, date and a website url or a phone number are needed and will be printed.

Deep Creek Lake area real estate is hot at present so I thought I would share a new study from Inspection Support Network looking at the U.S. locations with the most, and fewest, homes for sale. At the national level, a combination of strong demand and weak supply resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has drained inventory and pushed prices to record highs. However, not all real estate markets have been affected to the same degree. In Maryland, there was an average of 11,834 active listings per month in 2020. Altogether, there were 81 active listings per 10,000 owner-occupied homes, compared to the national average of 124. Out of all states, Maryland has the 5th fewest homes for sale. Interesting.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, in collaboration with Morgan State University and University of Maryland Global Campus, Maryland Public Television (MPT) invites you to join them for a special event honoring the legacy of Black women suffragists and their impact on the leaders of today.  The virtual event will take place starting at 7:00 pm on March 31st.  Sounds interesting.  Here’s the link to register.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has sure been busy.  Here’s the latest trout stocking efforts in Garrett County as of yesterday:

  • Accident Pond: 700 golden and rainbow trout
  • Bear Creek Closure 1 until 5:30 a.m. 3/27/21): 3,000 golden and rainbow trout
  • Broadford Lake: 3,000 golden and rainbow trout
  • Glades Park Pond (Youth & Blind): 800 golden and rainbow trout
  • Herrington Lake: 1,500 golden and rainbow trout
  • Mill Run Closure 1 until 5:30 a.m. 3/27/21): 1,000 golden and rainbow trout
  • Piney Reservoir: 1,000 golden and rainbow trout

Happy St. Paddy’s Day to all…

Tuesday March 16

Yesterday was nice and sunny until the clouds showed-up late afternoon.  Today we have a chance of freezing rain before 9:00 am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48 degrees. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight we have a slight chance of light rain and patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Looking for some really fresh fish? Maryland DNR stocked 4,100 golden and rainbow trout in nearby Allegany County yesterday.  Stockings were made at Battie Mixon, Cotton Cove Pond and Evitts Creek.  Note that Evitts Creek is closed until March 27th.

So sorry to hear that Annie’s Kitchen in Accident is closing soon due to the retirement of the owner.  Annie’s has been a staple for many locals and visitors over the years and serves nice home cooked meals and desserts.  Annie’s will be missed.

With the arrival of warm weather in Garrett County, we should expect and be prepared for the reemergence of ticks. Several species of ticks are known to the area and have been waiting out the snow and freezing temperatures to appear. Local species include what is commonly known as the Deer Tick or Black Legged Tick (Ixodes scapularis), the Dog Tick (Dermacenter variabilis), and the Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum). Check your pets and yourself after being outdoors.

Garrett County has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in the past week. A total of 25 new cases have been reported since March 8th, bringing the new total to 1,873. The case rate for the county is now 12.31 per 100,000 residents, and the positivity rate is 6.3%. At this time masks are still required even if you have been vaccinated. Currently 22.3% of Garrett County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Please be careful folks…

For over three decades, the Western Maryland area has come to rely on WFWM our local NPR affiliate in Frostburg for great programming. Their Fund Drive takes place from March 22-27, but you can make your gift NOW by clicking here. They will kick-off their 2021 drive with on-air shout-outs to all of our loyal listeners who gave ahead of time. To hear your name on the air, simply make a gift to WFWM today!

The Garrett County Health Department will be offering two free Quit Now classes to help individuals who would like to kick the nicotine habit. Both classes will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Class will be held at the Grantsville Town Hall and at the Bloomington Fire Department.

Maryland’s state park rangers are busy preparing for Park Quest 2021. Park Quest will open on May 1 and run through October 31 this year. The 2021 Park Quest theme is Spread Your Wings to Explore Maryland’s State Parks, and many of the quests will help you to learn more about Maryland’s birds! Similar to 2020, most quests will be “Do-It-Yourself” and there is no longer a Park Quest Passport or registration required, so  this program is accessible to everyone! Keep an eye on the Park Quest website in April for additional details!



Monday March 15

Yesterday was sunny and fairly warm, but very windy.  Today will be sunny, with a high near 41 degrees, with an east wind around 7 mph. This evening expect rain, snow, and sleet before 3:00 am, then freezing rain and sleet likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Limited accumulations possible.

There’s still ice on large swaths of the lake.  With the wind yesterday, the ice (and slush) in the middle of the lake was pushed by the wind toward the shores in some areas.  I have actually never seen the ice pushed that fast or far on the lake before.

Special thanks go out to the Oakland Elks Lodge: The Oakland Elks Lodge recently received a Beacon Grant through the Elks National Foundation of the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks for $3,500 to donate to Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) for the purchase of PPE.  Way to go to help keep us all safe!

Well, my wife and I both got our second COVID vaccine shots last week.  And, as usual, the professionals and volunteers up at the MEDCO building in McHenry did a wonderful job. I must say, we both feel thrilled to have our shots and to be building some immunity.  We both had “reactions” to the shots and were sore, tired and had chills the next day, but that is a small price to pay in our opinion.  We see the light at the end of this long pandemic tunnel…

Garrett County has followed Governor Hogan’s new COVID-19 guidance as of this past Friday and eased some restrictions.  Please note, and to parphrase Commissioner Edwards, we should not let our guard down at this time.  Here’s the press release for your information and review.

Local chef Larry Roby is still doing well in the Favorite Chef Competition, which is now in week four and narrowing down to the top 5 in each group. Thanks to all that have voted and that are continuing to vote, Larry remains in first place in his group and shares his appreciation.  Please consider a vote for Larry in the next four days.  Here’s the link:

Don’t forget that March is Women’s History Month.  Here’s a link to some neat facts from the United States Census Bureau.  For example, did you know that there were 166.6 million females in the United States as of July 2019. There were 161.7 million males. In 2010, there were 157 million females and 151.8 million males.

We are still seeing a lot of guesses submitted for the Deep Creek Times’ “Where am I?” Photo Contest.  Sarah made this month’s photo an easy one.  If you submit the correct guess and your entry gets selected, you can win a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant.  Good luck!

Have a wonderful Monday dear readers and a great rest of the week as well…

Friday March 12, Saturday March 13, Sunday March 14

The weather today will be showers, mainly before 8am. High near 54 and low around 28. West wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Saturday is mostly sunny with a high near 48 and a low of 29. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 48 and a low around 24.

The Barn at Lakeshore will be available for reservations beginning on September 15, 2021.

Make your guess in the March “Where Am I?” contest.

The Tri-State News Center reported that a murder-suicide will be investigated by the Garrett County Sheriff’s Department. Police responded to the 400-block of Garrett Highway on March 9 for a report of a person wounded by a suspected gunshot.

First Lady Yumi Hogan has compiled the recent “Artists in Maryland: Visual Art” publication. Two Garrett County artists — Sue Arnson and Joan Chaney — are featured. Sue’s selected work, “Grantsville Farm,” is a 16×20″ watercolor. Joan’s quilt, “Glacier Pines” is an 86×86″ piece selected as fiber art.

Garrett County Public Schools has released the 2021-22 school calendar. At the Garrett County Board of Education meeting on March 9th, the Board voted for a post-Labor Day start of school to begin on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, for students.

Several highlights of the 2021-22 school calendar are:
September 7: First day of school for students
October 15: Schools closed for Autumn Glory
November 25, 26, 29: Schools closed for Thanksgiving break
December 24-January 2: Schools closed for Winter break
January 17: Schools closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 18: Schools closed for Presidents’ Day
April 15 and 18: Schools closed for Easter break
May 30: Schools closed for Memorial Day
June 4: High School Graduation
June 7: Last day of school for students – 3-hour early dismissal

The Maryland legislature voted to override the governor’s veto and approved a bill to enact a $1.75 per pack increase in the state cigarette tax. I’ve seen mention that that tax will go into effect tomorrow.

The Oakland dog park is closed until further notice: The gate to the small dog park was broken due to ice. The conditions at the park are still very wet and the caretakers want to ensure the turf doesn’t get damaged.

You can never be too cautious! Washington County shared a list of phone apps every parent should know about.

The Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade will now be managed by GOBA. Planning for a 2021 parade is underway.

As of 5pm today, several state-wide COVID-19 orders have been eased by Maryland Governor Hogan.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra Online Concert Event: Classical Prodigies is Sunday March 14 @ 3:00 pm.

I’m ready to enjoy lake views like this over the weekend!


Thursday March 11

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 67 and a low around 46. A slight chance of showers after 4pm. Southwest wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. The chance of precipitation overnight is 90%.

Governor Hogan Announces Lifting of Capacity Limits, Masking and Distancing Protocols Maintained — view the press conference video below, the presentation slides, or press release on the changes taking place tomorrow, March 12 at 5pm.

The Garrett County Health Department currently has openings for COVID-19 vaccination appointments in March and has launched a form for persons to indicate their interest in receiving the vaccine.

Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL recently said, “While we are still reviewing the (CMS) guidance, the indication that nursing home residents can visit with their loved ones is welcome news that we fully support.” According to the updated guidance, facilities should allow responsible indoor visitation at all times and for all residents, regardless of vaccination status of the resident, or visitor, unless certain scenarios arise that would limit visitation.

Join the MD Fishing Roundtable at noon to discuss the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative (MARI) and its importance for the angling community. Online: or by phone: (US) +1 413-308-2423‬ PIN: ‪687 957 026‬#

Put-and-take trout anglers need to take notice that Closure 1 trout management areas are closed to fishing from March 7 until March 27. Closure 2 areas will be closed from March 21 to March 27. Closure 0 areas remain open at all times. To understand the different closure areas, descriptions can be found in the Maryland Fishing Guide or the trout management areas map link on the trout stocking website.

Funds remain available in the Hotel Relief Grant fund. Eligible Garrett County hotel, motel, and bed & breakfast establishments are encouraged to apply. APPLICATION DEADLINE – MARCH 15, 2021. Learn more.

We wanted to share an update on the 2021 Music at Penn Alps season!


Wedneday March 10

Yesterday was much warmer and clear.  Today will be sunny, with a high near 63 degrees. South wind 5 to 9 mph. Tonight will be mostly mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. South wind 7 to 9 mph.

We are happy to announce our latest advertiser to Deep Creek Times: 3:23 Cleaning Services is your go-to maid service, and commercial cleaning service in and around Accident, MD and owned by Jesse Lapp. Their guiding philosophy is: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” Colossians 3:23. For inquiries for residential deep cleaning or tailored services for your business, please call 301-501-4229 or visit

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce invites all Chamber members to join us virtually today at 11:00 am for their March Marketing Roundtable: Garrett County Heritage Tourism Economic Impact Study. This is a virtual event, and is free to attend but limited to Chamber members. Register here. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Duck at or 301.616.1129.

Cashmere Clothing Company at The Fort in McHenry is participating in Military March and March Madness and giving discounts to military personel. Check it out here or call them for more details.

More than 100 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, and millions are addicted to these prescription pain medications. The Garrett County Health Department is promoting the Remove the Risk campaign, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) education and outreach campaign to raise awareness about the serious risks of keeping unused prescriptions in the home and to provide information about safe disposal of these drugs. Here’s the scoop!

Well, I have been hearing a new word in the American lexicon of late: Vacci-cation! Individuals and couples, usually of a certain age, are taking celebratory vacations once they get their COVID vaccine. Many folks, seeking to spread their wings after the past year, are traveling to bucket-list destinations or anywhere to celebrate. Pent-up demand and a surplus of spending money have itchy travelers eager to check off their bucket lists and are starting to drive the travel industry.

If you are one of the lucky ones that have or will have your vaccination completed soon, here are some tips in a good CNN piece for those of us that are vaccinated. It is worth the watch/read.

The County Commissioners have announced their public agenda for their next meeting which will be held on March 16th at 4:00 pm.  Here’s a link to the agenda on their site.


Tuesday March 9

Yesterday was quite nice. Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 55 degrees. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Even with things warming up yestrday, the lake remains frozen in parts.  Here’s a nice photo submitted by Eric Williams of the frozen/slushy lake taken the other day.  Note:  Frozen lake water can be misleading and is always dangerous, especially as things start warming up.  Thanks for submitting the nice photo Eric.

lake ice 3-8-21 eric williams

Tracks in the Ice

As of yesterday, a total of 5,777 (19.9%) of Garrett County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 3,337 (11.5%) have received their second dose. These numbers include residents who have been vaccinated at any location within Garrett County or elsewhere. The percent of Maryland residents who have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine is 16.9% and 9.3% for second doses. Definitely moving in the right direction…

State-wide, providers have now administered 1,584,753 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 93.6% of all first and second doses received from the federal government. Providers are virtually out of first doses while awaiting this week’s shipments from the federal government.

We heard from the DNR that 3,500 trout were stocked in Garrett County yesterday.  Youghiogheny River (Delayed Harvest): 1,000 rainbow trout; Youghiogheny River (Friendsville): 1,000 brown, golden, and rainbow trout; Youghiogheny River (Oakland): 1,500 brown, golden, and rainbow trout. Specific trout stocking details and locations can be found on DNR’s  trout stocking map.

In related news, I also heard that about 10,000 fresh water sharks (about 5′ long) were introduced into the lake yesterday.  The goal is to make things interesting come summer.  Actually, only kidding, just keeping you on your toes… No sharks.

If you have some strong Maryland Pride, or want to get some, while exploring some “best of” lists on the state, check out this site. Maryland is such a rich and diverse state and this site bring that out.

Just down the street: NOAA and partners working together on oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay are striving toward a challenging, but possible, goal. They plan to restore oyster reefs in 10 Chesapeake rivers by 2025. In 2020, the pandemic and protocols put in place to keep NOAA and partner scientists and experts safe as they worked threatened to delay progress. But despite some initial setbacks, the team conducted work when safe and possible. And that led to some big achievements!

And, speaking of NOAA, here’s some insight into resoration efforts and progress relative to habitat rejuvenation on the Great Lakes.  Working together we CAN turn things around.

Monday March 8

I hope you all had a great weekend.  Weather was cool but clear.  Today, we expect it to be sunny, with a high near 47 degrees, with a west wind 6 to 9 mph. Tonight, will be partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Southwest wind around 8 mph.

As we emerge from the “deep freeze” I thought I would share this cool photo taken by Karen Dewitt the end of February at Swallow Falls State Park. Thanks for sharing Karen!

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Frozen Falls

Don’t forget to check out this month’s Cover Story on Swanton resident Mark Clookie and his team working to prevent human trafficking. While human trafficing takes many forms and has many victims, I think the article and Mark’s work is especially noteworthy during Women’s History Month.

Maryland Public Television is creating an American Portrait TV special showing what makes you uniquely Maryland. They have already heard from hundreds of Marylanders, but they are still in search of some distinctive stories and differing perspectives. Now is the time to share your story and possibly be featured in the program. Grab your phone, record your story, and submit it by clicking this link.

Don’t forget the Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club annual boat auction is tentatively set for June 12, 2021. This is a great fundraiser for our club and a great way to donate or purchase a boat.  Here’s a link to the club’s Facebook site and some photos. Always a good time and for a great cause.

And, speaking of great causes, the Civic Club of Oakland is holding their first-ever “Anything & Everything Goes” Flea Market, Yard Sale and Makers Market on Saturday, May 1st from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Farmers Market Pavilion.  They have indoor and outdoor vendor slots available.  Click this link for a little more information.

Observation:  We continue to experience significant and challenging delays in the receipt of mail for our businesses. I know others in the area and nationwide have been experiencing similar challenges, but it seems like it is getting worse and not better.  We recently received a return-address Christmas Card that we mailed in December.  Yikes!  If you have any insight or ideas, let us know at

If you are an entrepreneur or know an entrepreneur, you should know that Sarah and I are offering two very cost-effective workshop series in the near future. Both are designed to help small businesses and non-profits succeed and grow post-pandemic and to practice proven success tools. One of these starts in March via Zoom through Allegany College and the other will be offered on the Garrett College campus starting in April.  Reach out to us at if you want some pre-release information.

Have a great Monday and rest of the week dear readers…

Friday March 5, Saturday March 6, Sunday March 7

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 32 and a low around 20. Northwest wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Saturday and Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 33 and a low around 17 and a high near 34 and a low around 19, respectively.

Here’s the Jet Stream pattern for the weekend:

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh will host a virtual consumer protection forum with U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen today March 5th at 12pm. Attorney General Frosh and Senator Van Hollen will discuss common COVID-19 related scams, answer questions from Marylanders, and provide details on ways consumers can identify and protect themselves from scams.

The group that gathered outside of St. Peter the Apostle Church last year to say the rosary is about to resume on March 19, 2021. Last year they said the Rosary each Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm and they will maintain that schedule this year.

Effective Monday, March 8, 2021, all Garrett County Government buildings will reopen to the public. Note the following guidelines are in place: *Face covering is required *Social distancing must be maintained *Appointments are strongly encouraged (walk-ins may not be permitted)

According to the Garrett County Health Department, there are 1,844 Confirmed Positive Test Results for Garrett County Residents and 60 COVID-19 Related Deaths for Garrett County Residents (as of March 4).

Save the Dates for upcoming Lions Club events!
-Boat Auction Saturday, June 12th
-Boat Parade Saturday, July 3rd
-Poker Cruise Sunday, Aug 15th
-Meshach Browning Pioneer Challenge Saturday, Aug 28th

Savage River was recently stocked with 2,500 golden and rainbow trout.

The 17-year Brood X cicadas are coming in May and June. Millions of cicadas are likely to rise from the ground around mid- to late May and stick around for two to four weeks. During that time, they’ll breed and leave behind the next generation, which will surface en masse in 2038.

Thursday March 4

The weather today will be isolated snow showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37 and a low around 13. Northwest wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

We’ve been having a good bit of sun and it has been really great! But, here’s a funny meme I saw online yesterday 🤣
The Civic Club of Oakland has rented the Farmer’s Market Pavilion in downtown Oakland for the first annual Everything and Anything Goes Flea Market, Yard Sale, and Maker’s Market on Saturday, May 1. Any vendor can reserve a table under the pavilion roof for $25/table and only $15 for an uncovered spot (bring your own table) if you pre-register by April 24. Prices go up after that date, to $30 for a spot inside the Pavilion (if available) and $20 for an outside spot. For more information and registration, please contact us at or visit our website at

The Maryland State Police are looking for High School Seniors interested in a career with law enforcement. A virtual recruiting event being held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 10 a.m. Those interested in attending the event, email your contact information to and login information will be provided at that time.

Maryland State Parks are also hiring locally for seasonal positions at Herrington Manor/ Swallow Falls and Wolf Den Run State Parks. Click here to apply.

Also, the County United Way is hiring a Community Resource Development Manager. The position is a paid position with CUW to help our local Garrett County United Way organization. Please submit a resume via email to no later than March 12th.

From the Maryland Department of Tourism: “In Maryland, we love our birds! From our major league baseball and football teams, the Orioles and Ravens, to the literary genius of Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe to wildfowl art in our museums, birds are woven into the very fabric of Maryland heritage and pride.” Learn more about birding in Maryland.

It’s FAMILY NIGHT at Alpine Lake Resort! Just 7 miles from Oakland, the Evergreene dining room is open to the public! Just $25 to feed 4 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

There’s still a bit of snow on the ground — get outside! 🙂 Here’s a photo I took when fat tire biking yesterday (Do you follow us on Instagram?)


Wednesday March 3

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 46 degrees and with a west wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Tonight we have a chance of rain and snow showers before 2:00 am, then a chance of freezing rain, and then a chance of snow showers and freezing rain after 3:00 am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 28.

Whoot hoot, spring is here. Well, sort of. March 1st marks the first day of meteorological spring, but astronomical spring — which is more widely regarded as the start of the season — is still about three weeks away. Meteorologists recognize spring as spanning March, April and May for consistency’s sake in weather record-keeping and also based on temperature trends in the U.S.

Here’s a neat photo of the lake showing the mist touching the lake in the morning hours.  It is a recent photo taken and submitted by Ainsley Benton.  Thanks for sharing Ainsley.

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Misty Lake

Purchase a Paw Print and help a homeless animal. Each paw print you purchase supports Mocha’s Fund, which provides emergency medical care to homeless animals rescued by HART. The fund covers issues such as broken bones, infections, malnutrition and many other problems. Check out the list of businesses and buy your prints now through March 31st! Look for the Paw Prints around town at local businesses including: Deep Creek Beverage, Dutch’s, Moonshadow, Mountain State Brewing, Schoolhouse Earth, Taylor Made and Black Bear.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources stocked 4,800 trout throughout the state yesterday, including 3,000 brown, rainbow and golden trout at Bear Creek. And, don’t forget that the DNR has a survey they would like you to take in support of some recent assumptions they made regarding brook trout. The anonymous short survey is to test your trout identification skills.

Congratulations to coach Dennis Gibson, the men’s basketball team head coach at Garrett College. Coach Gibson, earned his 700th career win on February 24th, with a double-overtime 107-100 victory against arch-rival Allegany College of Maryland on the road at Bob Kirk Arena. For the past 36 years, Gibson has served as the head men’s basketball coach, golf coach, and athletic director for Garrett College. Quite an achievement for Dennis and the college!

The Maryland State Board of Education will host a special meeting onThursday, March 4th at 4:15 pm. The meeting will be conducted virtually.  Members of the public will be able to hear the audio and see presentations in real time via livestream: The agenda is available at:

The Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) will host Dr. Rob Dunn, North Carolina State University, to discuss his latest book, Delicious: The Evolution of Flavor and How it Made Us Human. The event, which is part of the Lab’s Watershed Moments Community Learning Series, will take place on Thursday, March 25, at 6:30pm on Zoom. Registration for this event is required. To register, visit




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Thursday February 25

The weather today will be mostly cloudy then gradually becoming sunny with a high near 35 and a low around 21. West wind around 9 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Make your bid! The February GLAF online auction -- -- is ending tomorrow! Bid on...

Wednesday February 23

Today we have a slight chance of showers after 1:00 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 51 degrees (Wow!) and southwest winds 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Tonight we have a slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11:00 pm, then a slight chance of...

Tuesday February 23

Yesterday's weather was "interesting," starting with snow and then transitioning to rain, very windy before turning back to snow in the evening. The snow emergency was lifted at 3:00 pm yesterday. Here's a photo I took yesterday morning of my front yard. The weather...

Monday February 22

We had a cold and white weekend, with yesterday being clear, sunny and very bright with the sun reflecting off the snow and ice. Today expect rain and snow, becoming all rain after 1:00 pm, with a high near 37 degrees. South wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 26...

Friday February 19, Saturday February 20, Sunday February 21

The weather today will be snow and freezing drizzle likely before 4pm, then a chance of snow between 4pm and 5pm, then a chance of snow and freezing drizzle after 5pm. Patchy fog after 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 27 and a low around 11. Light west wind...

Thursday February 18

The weather today will be snow. High near 25 and a low around 24. East wind 5 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible and nighttime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. The snow emergency plan was...

Wednesday February 17

The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 25 degrees with wind chill values as low as zero. Light and variable wind.Tonight expect snow, mainly after 2:00 am. Low around 21. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Dress for very cold...

Tuesday February 16

For today, snow is likely, mainly after 1:00 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 21 by 5:00 pm. West wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Tonight, we have a chance of snow...

Monday February 15

I hope you all had a very nice Valentine's Day.  I sure did.  My wife Jean and I went for a nice swim at the CARC, then got some take-out sandwiches at Brenda's Pizzeria.  Happy belated Valentine's Day to all of our readers. The weekend had some minor precipitation,...

Friday February 12, Saturday February 13, Sunday February 14

Happy Valentine's Day! 💕 The weather today will be a chance of snow showers and freezing rain between 11am and 5pm, then a chance of flurries and freezing rain after 5pm; otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 29 and a low around 20. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with...

Thursday February 11

The weather today will be cloudy with a chance of snow showers and freezing rain. A high near 30 and a low around 17. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. There is a slight winter threat for Saturday, and Monday into Tuesday. If these threats...

Wednesday February 10

Today we have a slight chance of snow before 9:00 am, then a slight chance of snow and freezing rain between 9:00 am and 10:00 am, then snow likely after 10:00 am. Patchy fog late morning and then after 2:00 pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 32 degrees. Little...

Tuesday February 9

Crisp and clear day yesterday.  Today a little snow is likely, mainly before 1:00 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 36 degrees and a west wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Tonight will be cloudy, with a...

Monday February 8

We had a nice weekend weather-wise, with lots of skiers in town.  The weather for today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 33 degrees. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable. We have a slight chance of snow showers after 1:00 am. Mostly cloudy,...

Friday February 5, Saturday February 6, Sunday February 7

It seems as though there is "a lot of weather" that will be happening throughout the upcoming weekend: The weather today will be a chance of snow showers and freezing rain before noon, then a chance of snow showers between noon and 5pm. Patchy fog between 11am and...

Thursday February 4

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 37 and a low around 31. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Tonight, snow could be possibly mixed with rain; new snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. We have verified the last...

Wednesday February 3

We are in a winter wonderland for sure after the past few days of snow.  The weather for today includes a chance of snow showers before 1:00 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 24 degrees, with a west wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of...

Tuesday February 2

Well, it snowed just about all day yesterday.  I am guessing we received about 12 inches total the past few days and we are still under a winter storm warning. Today we have a  chance of snow showers before 10:00 am, then a chance of snow showers, freezing rain, and...

Monday February 1

Welcome to February folks!  Hopefully we will continue to build momentum for a great 2021, a year that will be much better than 2020. The weekend was very cold, with yesterday quite snowy here on the mountain, with significant accumulations.  Today we remain under a...

Friday January 29, Saturday January 30, Sunday January 31

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 22 and a low around 8. Wind chill values as low as -5. Northwest wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high near 33 and a low around 20. Wind chill values as low as...

Thursday January 28

The weather today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 23 and a low of about 10. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Wind chill values as low as -1. We have notice from the Deep Creek Dunk that this year's dunk has been rescheduled: "After...

Wednesday January 27

Yesterday started off icy and cold.  Here's a photo I took to show out-of-towners what it looked like in the morning.  Ice on everything and some of the back roads were quite slippery. Today we will have patchy fog before 10:00 am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a...

Tuesday January 26

Well, we got hit with some of the frozen "stuff" yesterday and overnight as planned. While today will be warmer later in the day, please be aware that there may likely be icy conditions throughout the area, especially at higher elevations. Please be safe. Today, rain...

Monday January 25

Today is a rather complex, mixed forecast.  Here goes: Areas of rain or freezing rain before 1:00 pm, then a chance of rain and snow between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, then rain after 2:00 pm. High near 35 degrees. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow...

Friday January 22, Saturday January 23, Sunday January 24

The weather today will be scattered snow showers, mainly after 10am. Otherwise mostly cloudy with a high near 29 and a low around 13. West wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near...

Thursday January 21

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 36 and a low around 24. West wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Congratulations to 46th President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Of course, the news is that the two were sworn into...

Wednesday January 20

We got some white stuff over night. The forecast for today calls for snow showers, mainly before 1:00 pm, with a high near 25 degrees. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3...

Tuesday January 19

The weather for today includes a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33 degrees. West wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight, snow showers, mainly after 1:00 am. Low around 20. West wind 13 to 16...

Monday January 18

We had a very nice, snowy weekend, starting with some beautiful, fluffy snow Friday and into Saturday.  Combined with the MLK holiday weekend, the lake-area was abuzz. I heard that WISP was basically fully booked for skiing and tubing over the weekend, as many rentals...

Friday January 15, Saturday January 16, Sunday January 17

The weather today will be rain and snow showers. Areas of fog after 4pm. High near 39 low around 24. Southeast wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible and nighttime snow accumulation of less...