The weather for today is rain likely during the day and changing to snow after 9pm. High near 43 and low around 23. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 21 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 43 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Saturday is expected to have scattered snow showers, mainly before 9am and then partly sunny. A high near 29 and a low around 20. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Sunday, Veteran’s Day, will be sunny, with a high near 38 and a low around 27.

Observation: For a rural area, we are fortunate to have some excellent medical/dental professionals in Garrett County.  I have had a problematic dental “issue” and had a critical appointment yesterday and really feel blessed that we have Dr. Yant and his team. Real pros! Add Garrett Regional Medical Center and our other area physicians and health care providers and we are really in good shape (except for my jaw, but that will change). Feel good dear readers.

It’s Hands-on at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park all day on Friday in the science room. There’s also scavenger hunts on Friday, and other cool stuff all weekend.

Please don’t forget to honor our veterans this weekend (and Monday).  As mentioned earlier in the week, Garrett College will be holding their Fallen Veterans Roll Call starting at 7:00 am today, with special events held throughout the day, in and around the auditorium.  I have found that even attending for 15 minutes is quite moving and really puts things in perspective. Also, note that all veterans will be admitted for free to the basketball game Friday evening at 7:00 pm. Thank you to ALL of our veterans and their families.

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) is accepting nominations of local businesses that have transformed lives in our community during the past three years in the state.  While you have to be a MEDA member to submit the nomination, I am pretty sure one of our Economic Development folks would submit if you have a good nominee (start with Kim Durst and tell her Mike sent you).  Learn more here.

The annual Art Beckman Breakfast to Benefit Cindy’s Fund is on Saturday at the Southern Rescue Squad in Oakland from 7:00 am – Noon.  This is a great cause, good time and some great, all-you-can-eat breakfast grub too.

Even though we are in the “shoulder season” here at the lake, there’s still a number of events going on this weekend, including musidc at a few nice local venues, learning opportunities at the library and activities at the state parks.  See all that’s available at our Upcoming Events section.

Sunday evening the Loch Lynn Church of God is celebrating Pastor Brenda Bernard, who has been serving as the Children’s Pastor for 25 years!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is proposing some new regulations on a number of topics (snakeheads anyone?) and they are asking for public comment until November 18th.  Some of the topics don’t apply to us, but they do downstate and we have a pretty good “fishing” population of readers at Deep Creek Times, so thought I would share the “whole enchilada.”  

All that jazz! The newly-formed Garrett Jazz Ensemble will be hosting its first event on Sunday, November 25th at 6:00 pm at the special events center at Garrett College.  If Dr. Sean Beachy is involved, and he is, you know it will be well-done.

Garrett Jazz - Big Band Swing and Dance Concert