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The weather will be sunny! Today, will be sunny with a high near 45 and a low around 24. Northeast wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Saturday will be sunny with a high near 50 and a low around 28. East wind 3 to 7 mph. Sunday will be sunny with a high near 54 and a low around 30. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.

AccuWeather National Reporter Dexter Henry asked the National Park Service (NPS) Public Affairs Specialist Michael Litterst when he expects this year’s bloom to reach its peak, given last year’s exceptionally early blossoming. “The historic average day of peak bloom is right around April 3, April 4…” Litterst said. The peak bloom date is the period during which 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry blossoms are open, and it varies each year depending on weather conditions, according to the NPS.

I read this on social media yesterday: The three black lines or “rub rails” on school buses serve a purpose. The bottom line is the floor of the bus. The middle line is the seat line. The top black line is the top of the seats. These lines of the bus reinforce the walls of the bus but they also let firefighters know where to cut in case of an accident.

Governor Hogan has announced updates to the Go Vax COVID-19 implementation timeline:

  • Maryland will enter Phase 2A of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan on March 23, making the vaccine open to people 60 and older. Effective immediately, any Marylander over 60 can pre-register at one of state’s mass vaccination sites by visiting covidvax.maryland.gov or calling 1-855-MD-GOVAX.
  • On March 30, Phase 2B will start for all Marylanders age 16 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness.
  • On April 13, Phase 2C will start for all Marylanders age 55 and older, as well as essential workers in critical industries (construction, food services, utilities, financial services, IT and other infrastructure).
  • Phase 3 will start no later than April 27, when eligibility will open to every single Marylander over the age of 16.

Hogan said that just because you become eligible for a vaccine does not mean you can immediately get a vaccine. Supply will be ramping up to meet the demand, but state officials expect demand to continue outpacing supply for at least the next several weeks.

The Knights of Columbus are raffling off a beautiful handmade afghan to raise funds for charities. Tickets are available for $1.00 each in the St. Peter the Apostle Church Parish Office at 208 S. Fourth St., Oakland, MD 21550 or 301-334-2202 or from any Knight. The drawing is Mother’s Day, May 9.

Here is the most recent trout stocking update:

  • Jennings Randolph Lake: 1,500 golden and rainbow trout
  • North Branch Potomac River, Gorman: 1,000 golden and rainbow trout
  • North Branch Potomac River, Kitzmiller: 1,500 golden and rainbow trout
  • North Branch Potomac River, Westernport: 2,000 golden and rainbow trout

The DCL Property Owners Association sent this message out regarding local contributions:

United Way of Garrett County has helped fund education, food distribution and family needs for decades in our community. It is only through your continued generosity that our friends and neighbors who struggle can have hope for a better future. The POA has supported the United Way of Garrett County for the last 13 years and helped raise well over $100,000. They are the hand-raisers, the game-changers and the problem-solvers in our community. United Way’s local website at CUW.org is undergoing an upgrade this Spring, so please use the following info in making contributions. Mail contributions to United Way of Garrett County, PO Box 394. Oakland MD 21550. To make a credit card payment or arrange a monthly contribution, please call Misty Deal at 240-362-8647.

Weather-willing, nearby Alpine Lake Resort will open their 2021 golf season on April 9!

Check out the events in our online calendar: a diverse set of topics and many are free and virtual!