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The weather today will be rain showers mainly before 2pm. High near 52 and low around 44. Saturday will have a chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a high near 56 and a low around 44. Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2am. Sunday will have showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 49 low around 36.

There’s nothing official in the forecast but Allegheny Mountains Weather mentioned the higher elevations could see some ….uh, dare I say it, snow Sunday night into Monday. “Snow in the air to lower elevations to 2000-2500′ with coatings” ❄️

Friday-Flashback! Black Bear Tavern & Restaurant is running a photo contest on its Facebook page every week until they’re able to re-open. Each Saturday, they choose one winner for a $50 gift card to BBT. Last week’s winner was Lu Roe with her photo of the BBT Softball team “Bad News Black Bears” from many years ago:

Lake Salon Photo Contest Winner

From the Maryland Department of Labor: Today, April 24, the Maryland Department of Labor is launching a new one-stop unemployment insurance application to allow all Marylanders to file all types of claims entirely online.

There’s a free webinar on how to avoid COVID-19 related scams from Congressman Trone’s office; including the sale of fake COVID-19 testing kits, the offer of delivery of cleaning supplies, and the impersonation of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) personnel. Today at noon.

Barbara Baker, Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools, announces Kista Powell, Allied Health and Biomedical Science teacher at Northern Garrett High School, as the GCPS 2020-21 Teacher of the Year.

The proposed new reading and language arts materials and resources for preK to 5th grade are available for review by the general public. Members of the community are welcome to review and comment. Contact Mrs. Stephanie Wesolowski, Curriculum Specialist, at 301-334-7656, for questions or for more information.

Be on the lookout for Spotted Lanternflies; be vigilant to prevent the spread into Maryland.

The most recent Garrett County Commissioners public meeting was streamed online.  Note, details were covered for statewide primary election that has been moved to June 2 and will mainly be vote by mail.

There’s a recently announced job opening in the State’s Attorney’s office.

Unacast – a data provider – is still producing the social distancing scorecard. Garrett County gets a grade of a D+. I’m still not certain of this company’s methodologies but you can use it to compare us to other areas.

And, speaking of comparing Garrett County, be sure to respond to your 2020 Census! Garrett County’s response rate is under 40%. Visit my2020census.gov to respond.