Yesterday was “the great melt!” With temperatures in the 40’s and sunny, a lot of the snow melted, but there is still a nice base at Wisp (there were folks on the tube park and slopes and even a few ice fishing on the lake).  This weekend’s weather will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 40 and a low around 30. Saturday is a chance of freezing rain before 10am, then rain likely. Overall, cloudy, with temperatures holding steady near 39. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 50 and a low of 23. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph and a slight chance of snow showers before 11pm.

The big story this weekend is the Maryland State Police Deep Creek Dunk for Special Olympics Maryland. today is preregistration and “Goosebumps, Grapes & Growlers” as well as local student dunks and tomorrow (Saturday) is “the main event” when hundreds of folks will take a dip in the (very cold) lake. And it’s all to help the 7,782 Special Olympics Maryland athletes who train and compete year-round.

If you are going to the Dunk, don’t be in a rush and get there in plenty of time.  If you are traveling on 219, North or South, near Garrett 8 and Arrowhead, expect delays/congestion, especially on Saturday late morning and most of the afternoon. Above all, please be courteous! Just thought I would remind everyone, as it gets a little hectic every year around this great event.

There is a new wood stove and a set of 8 dining chairs added to the furniture section of our online marketplace – check it out!

While many of us don’t think of February as prime fishing season, there are some opportunities for some nice “hits” even during these colder months, including from some trophy-size fish.  Here’s the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Fishing Report issued yesterday.  Note that they urge caution on the current ice conditions on Deep Creek and elsewhere. There’s lots of open water!

There is a lot going on in the area this weekend, from music to sports, fundraisers and nature education, so I suggest you go to our Upcoming Events section where you will find details on all of the events, including locations, directions and event-specific details. Have fun.

Congratulations to our friend, previous Garrett County resident, and local investor: Dorothy Andreas. Her book Streamline Success: Eliminate Chaos from your Service Business is now available for purchase! Dorothy is a seasoned business leader with great insight — she has started 9 businesses over the course of her career!

It’s almost time for Military March.  This is an annual promotion sponsored by Mountain State Brewing and the Chamber that provides discounts to active military members at various entities around the lake and in the county. Here’s the link to the Military March section on the Visit Deep Creek website.

Bats in the belfry?  Hopefully not.  But, here’s an interesting piece on squirrels in the attic (February is actually the prime season when they head to our attics) and create havoc.  This piece and additional links gives some practical insight and tips. Note: Erie Insurance is not an advertiser and we do not get a commission. Just trying to help our readers out during “squirrel season!”

Finally, I thought I would share the legislative priorities of the Community Development Network of Maryland, as they are strong supporters of our Garrett County communities and have some priorities that seem to align with those of the Deep Creek Lake area. Click here for a link to their site.

Have a great weekend folks!