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The weather for this weekend will be rain and snow – depending on how temperatures develop this evening and into tomorrow, especially, we could see some quick snow accumulation: Today will be rain with a high near 48 and a low around 30. Breezy with snow tonight with a west wind 11 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. On Saturday, snow showers likely, mainly before 11am and a high near 30 and a low around 26. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible during the day. Sunday has a slight chance of rain and snow showers but, otherwise, partly sunny during the day with a high near 38 and a low of 26. Some snow showers expected through Sunday night.

Don’t forget that the LED Community Christmas Tree, with accompanying music you can receive on your car radio, will be up all weekend.  The tree is in front of the Oakland Community center on 8th street.  That is the “old armory building” for those that know that location.

Rural Matters, a digital publication of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) just came out on Thursday.  They always have some good, relevant stories for communities such as ours. This issue, for example, has stories on community water sharing and the joy of retirement. Click here to go to their latest digital edition.

The Winter Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be open on Saturday in the Community Action Building on Center Street in Oakland from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Always some nice, locally made/grown goodies available.

Here’s something different, inexpensive and family-oriented for you to consider this weekend: The Southern High School Boys Basketball team will be hosting Notre Dame (the high school, not the college) Saturday evening at 6:00 pm. Why not bring the family and any guests in town and root-on the home team.

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area’s Mini-Grant Program is now accepting applications on a rolling cycle. The mini-grant program is a dollar-for-dollar matching grant, up to $2,000.00, designed to provide funding for non-capital projects including innovative exhibits, tours, events, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Heritage Area’s Management Plan.

Governor Hogan has declared Monday, December 24, 2018, as a holiday and all state agencies will be closed.

John R Miller is playing at MoonShadow Friday evening at 8:00 pm. Day Old News is playing there on Saturday evening from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. And on Sunday, Jim Neville will be playing there at Noon for free. You can check out their live music schedule on their page and also on our events page.

I know, I know.  It’s the weekend right before Christmas, so you are thinking about technology transfer and the National Security Agency (NSA). Aren’t we all? Well if you are a Garrett County citizen or business owner or thinking of becoming one, the NSA has a very rich tech transfer program that can connect you to their patents and inventions for you and your business to commercialize.