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The weather today will be cloudy then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 45 and a low around 32. Widespread frost overnight, mainly after 5am. Saturday will start with the frost mainly before 9 am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 50 and a low around 36. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 58 and a low around 42.

We found this write-up and thought the advice was solid; in light of COVID-19, parks throughout Maryland have been overwhelmed this year. Try visiting Casselman River Bridge State Park and Sang Run State Park. Both lovely options that are a bit off of the beaten path.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of the Secretary and representatives from MDOT’s business units met virtually last Friday with Garrett County officials. This was just one meeting of 24 around the state to update local officials and the public on the Hogan administration’s Draft FY 2021-2026 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), which details MDOT’s $13.4 billion six-year capital budget and transportation investments.

MDOT Administrator Tim Smith said MDOT has focused on construction this year: “We’re in the homestretch of the $63 million U.S. 219 realignment between (Interstate) 68 and Old Salisbury Road, so we’re planning on having that open to traffic by the end of the year,” he said. The $4.2 million intersection improvement at U.S. 219 and Mosser Road and the $1.7 million Wilson Run structure on Route 219 at Center Street projects were recently completed locally.

The Deep Creek Winter Sports Team has opened registration for the upcoming winter season!

The month of October is recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Local businesses have played a vital role in allowing Garrett County Public Schools (GCPS) students with disabilities to engage in work-based learning experiences.

The Garrett County Health Department offers the “Play Hard, Live Clean” campaign to every student in the Garrett County school system to promote a clean lifestyle.

Try to make it out to the Blood Drive, today, at Garrett County Health Dept. It will be held 9am – 5pm.

You should still plan to come to visit this weekend (if you’re not already here!!) — we are past “peak” on the foliage report because some wind and rain took down leaves but there are still pockets of great color!

I took this photo yesterday at Swallow Falls State Park. Not quite as vibrant as a few days ago but still really spectacular!

Cooling water temperatures have several species of fish active at Deep Creek Lake: Northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch and walleye are biting. “Spinnerbaits and spoons are popular baits for northern pike; tubes, jigs and small crankbaits for smallmouth bass; and crankbaits and soft plastic craw baits for largemouth bass. Both smallmouth and largemouth bass are feeding heavily on crayfish and will often have a reddened snout this time of the year from nailing crayfish on the rocky bottom. Drifting live minnows is working well for catching yellow perch and walleye.”

More trout were stocked this week:

  • North Branch Potomac River (Delayed Harvest): 600 rainbow trout
  • North Branch Potomac River, Gorman (Delayed Harvest): 600 rainbow trout
  • North Branch Potomac River, Kitzmiller (Catch and Release): 1,000 rainbow trout

The movie theater is open today through Sunday. Check out the schedule.

Have a great weekend!