Well, we had our first real “frozen precipitation event” (that sounds pretty cool) of the season yesterday.  Lots of organizations closed or delayed around town. Certainly was beautiful though.

We got our official precipitation reports from a weather reporting station in Oakland. For the last 24-hours:  2.3″ of snow | .88″ of precipitation. That will likely vary wildly around the county with the interesting combinations of snow, freezing rain and sleet we received.

Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 31 and a low of 28. A chance of snow showers and freezing drizzle before 1pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. West wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 38 and a low around 28. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 38 and a low around 30. A chance of snow showers after 10am, mixing with rain after 2pm. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

A missing Ohio man was reportedly seen in Garrett County on Wednesday: Ninety-year-old Paul Markovsky was reportedly seen around 6 a.m. at Sheetz. Markovsky was seen driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, with Ohio plates “DU40GG” and is described as 5’7″ tall, weighing 145 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black insulated jacket, blue and white flannel shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes. Please call 301-334-1911 if you see him.

Don’t forget the Trouble in Gooseland show at Our Town Theater Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Our congratulations go out to Shelley Argabrite, Garrett County’s nationally-recognized strategic health planner and public health innovator. Shelley was named to the premier list of “Community Stars,” developed by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). We have had the opportunity to interact with Shelley on some initiatives and know she is very deserving of this award.

What a turkey!  Turkey Trot that is. Why not get out there Saturday morning and help support the Southern Garrett Athletics Association while getting some exercise at their annual 5K run and 1 mile walk at Broadford Park. You can even register day-of.

Congratulations are also in order for Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC). Their Subacute Unit won its fifth consecutive Best Nursing Home award from US News & World Report, receiving the top rating for both the facility overall and for short-stay rehab. Keep up the good work GRMC, your community appreciates you.

Don’t forget to come out to the Outdoor Studies Open House in room #111 of Garrett College’s GIEC building Saturday starting at 9:30 am. Prospective students and parents will get to meet staff, faculty, alumni and students in the award-winning, unique Adventure Sports and Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology programs. If you know someone who loves outdoor adventure or is interested in the natural environment this event is for them. Call 301.387.3044 for more information and to RSVP or just come on out on Saturday.

Brushes and Blush, a Girl’s Day Out, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Deep Creek Lake Volunteer Fire Company. The fundraiser will feature demos and tutorials on age-appropriate skin care and makeup applications featuring Beauty counter educator and advocate, Hilary Findo. All the products will also be available for sale with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Foster Appalachia.

An online company called Sickweather offers a web application that forecasts flu and allergy trends with supposed “85%+ accuracy.”  They just announced that they are now providing their forecasts for 50 US cities, with more coming.  While our area is too “small” to get specific coverage, I thought my readers might be interested in checking this out for the national and big-city projections.

Lots of things to do this weekend from music to education. The Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park has some nice, interesting activities (inside and outside, for both children and adults) this weekend.  Here’s their list, and check our Upcoming Events section for more details and other events.

Friday November 16
All Day – Hands on Science Room Open and Scavenger Hunts Available

Saturday November 17
11:00 a.m. Story & Craft – Join us for the story Stinky Owl, featuring the birds of our Aviary.  After make an origami owl craft and meet a live owl. Free1:00 p.m.  Roving Naturalist – Meet some of the folks that care for the animal ambassadors in the Discovery    Center.  During this time, live animals will be out for a close-up hands on experience.

Sunday November 18
11:00a.m. Pinecone Bird Feeders and Songbird I.D. – It’s that time of year again! As you are making a pinecone bird feeder to take home with you, learn about the birds that are stopping by the Discovery Center bird feeders.
2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding – Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Lastly, there is a free event for Southern High School students *ONLY* this Sunday …. check it out if you have a student at SHS!