Yesterday was a nice day at the lake. Today will be showers and thunderstorms (mainly after 4pm). High near 66 and a low around 50. Winds gusting today up to 33mph. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 67 and a low around 51. Chance of precipitation overnight is 30%. Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. A high near 68 and a low around 45. Southeast wind 8 to 14 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph.

I had the pleasure of receiving a briefing yesterday on the county’s Work Ethic Diploma program for high school students. The collaborative effort is designed to ensure a more workforce-ready high school graduate based on the achievement of certain levels of attendance and involvement, being drug-free and other factors. This will be the first graduating class, with up to 100 students from both high schools.

Where’s the stuffing? The spring turkey season kicks off this Saturday with Junior Turkey Hunt Day. The regular season is open from April 18th – May 23rd.  There are restrictions and limits so check out this special  Department of Natural Resources site page for more details. Good luck, to the turkeys that is. 🙂

Don’t forget the Garrett County Health Fair and Family Fun Festival is this Saturday, from 8:30 am -12:30 pm at the CARC on the Garrett College campus. Always informative and fun.

Please be advised that Kendall Drive, between the church and Crellin Elementary School area, will be temporarily closed during the hours of 12:30 p.m. through 3 p.m., on Sunday, April 14, 2019 for the Crellin Outreach Program Easter Egg Hunt.  Any questions can be directed to the Garrett County Health Department at 301-334-7730

Beardog Lodge shared this photo of their playful pup with us:

Beardog Lodge Docks are In and Playful Pup at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Garrett College is hosting a special Administrative Professionals Day Conference on April 24th. Chuck Olsson, head of Human Resources at First United Bank & Trust, will be leading the session titled ‘Leading Your Life With Purpose’ from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm. The fee of $79 includes lunch. Contact Jodi McClintock at 301.387.3142 or jodi.mcclintock@garrettcollege.edu.

As usual, there’s lots of musical entertainment going on around the lake this weekend.  Consult our Entertainment Guide for cool acts at Sipside Lounge, Black Bear Tavern and MoonShadow. And of course, check out our Upcoming Events Guide for a variety of events including a number of cool experiences (think birds and salamanders) at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park.

There truly is a light at the end of the tunnel. The Big Savage Tunnel, located south of Meyersdale, Pa., and an iconic landmark along the Great Allegheny Passage between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, is now open for the season. So consider dusting off your bike, putting on your helmet and “hitting the passage” for a nice spring ride.

As the middle of the country gets pounded with another blizzard, remember it could get worse. Here’s a photo looking down Baltimore Street during the big flood in Cumberland in 1924 (courtesy of local author/historian Al Feldstein). Note the folks on balconies and looking out of upper floor windows at the water. Almost 100 years ago and I still feel bad for those poor folks.

Historic Cumberland Flooding Courtesy of Al Feldstein