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I’ll begin this weekend’s edition with the “end” in mind.  Specifically, the sunset, as captured and submitted by reader Mark Richards.  Nice job Mark and we appreciate your sharing  your photo with us all.

Mark Richards Sunset 8-20-20

Sunset at the Lake

Here’s the weather for this weekend: Friday will be partly sunny, with a high near 76 degrees and a calm wind. Friday evening will be mostly cloudy with a low around 60. Saturday we have a slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2:00 pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 77 degrees and a calm wind. Chance of precipitation Saturday is 60%. Sunday we have a slight chance of thunderstorms, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8:00 am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Remember, you can always get up-to-the-minute weather, including forecasts, on the Deep Creek Times weather section, which we believe provides the best combined weather information for this unique mountain area. You can get there from here and it is “on” 24/7, 365 days a year.

This video piece provided by First United Bank & Trust is interesting and worth checking-out: Episode 1 from the second season of the series “Uncommon Stories” begins with Michael Walton, sharing the Uncommon Story of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation which helps to support the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.  Thanks for supporting Uncommon Stories First United and well done!

That piece by First United reminded me why we, as a western Maryland community, have so much in common with our neighbors in West Virginia and south-central Pennsylvania.  If you like history, and/or would like to learn more about the area, check out this and other sites. This one is from my former colleague and historian Al Feldstein, who has a great deal of information and photographs on the western Maryland area.

As mentioned in previous Daily Notes and elsewhere on this site, the 2020 Deep Creek Times Peoples’ Choice Challenge has launched and is in-progress.  We got tons of nominations and will be releasing the names of nominees and a related fun contest for our readers to support and recognize all of our nominees. No voting this year.  You show your support for our nominees by visiting their location (inside or out) and taking a photo.  Winning photo entries will win $$$$.  More details to follow next week.

2020 People's Choice Challenge

2020 People’s Choice Challenge

Get out!  No, really get outside and check out the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Park Quest photo and other contests in their August Park Quest issue. These contests look like a nice way to get outside, experience nature and have some fun as well.  This edition also has a piece on Monarch Butrerflies and creating habitat for them.  Ours are back munching on our milkweed and will then be taking flight for Mexico later in the year.  Here’s the link!

Don’t forget about the National Road and Town-Wide Yard Sale this Saturday in Grantsville.  Before you go up to Grantsville you can go to the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market in Oakland for some fresh goodies. And, don’t forget all of our natural wonders, cool places and retailers and restaurants to visit.

Finally, my two kitties asked me to share this one.  Next week is National Dog Week (yes, my cats celebrate diversity and love everyone).  Here’s a list from Trupanion, a leading pet insurer, based on registrations this year: Top 10 dog names for 2020:

1. Luna
2. Charlie
3. Bella
4. Bailey
5. Cooper
6. Daisy
7. Lucy
8. Milo
9. Max
10. Coco