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The weather today will be showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog before 9am; a high near 73 and a low around 63. Saturday will be a chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. High near 76 and a low around 66. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 79 and a low around 62. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am.

GLAF (the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival) is looking for your help and insights for the arts in Garrett County. Take their quick survey:

An update on the current local COVID-19 numbers is provided.

The National Main Street Center has announced a new grant program to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program will fund solutions from 5,000 to 15,000 that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts.

Maryland Governor Hogan has updated the order on face coverings; coverings are now required in all public spaces, indoor or outdoor, if social distancing cannnot be maintained.

A leaf vacuum has been added to our Online Marketplace. Just in time for the weekend!

The Music at Penn Alps season has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter, the organization explained “We have essentially no endowment and survive from generous contributions from our audience as well as government and arts organizations. When we ask for support..we need your help simply to survive!”

Maryland Department of Health has also issued a travel advisory, which takes effect immediately. This advisory strongly advises Marylanders against traveling to states with positivity rates of 10% or higher – currently Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Idaho. Anyone traveling to Maryland from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results.

Read this week’s freshwater fishing report from the MD DNR.

We are happy to launch the 2020 People’s Choice Challenge! NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! This contest will celebrate what makes Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake, MD an awesome place! We also have a special announcement on how the voting will work this year! Stay tuned! 🙂

Remember to nominate your favorites across four categories:


NOTE: For any of our readers who make nominations this weekend (before Monday, August 3, 8am EST): you’ll be entered to win a free Deep Creek Lake, MD is My Happy Place t-shirt! We will draw 3 randomly selected winners from the pool of all nominations received by the deadline. We want to celebrate all that is great at Deep Creek Lake so make as many nominations as you’d like!