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Yesterday was rainy and  dreary. Today will be cloudy with snow showers likely before 3pm. A high near 39 and a low around 34. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

I attended the Garrett County Health Fair on Saturday and from all that I saw and heard it was a great success.  Lots of folks of all ages and backgrounds attended and there were quite a variety of healthcare-related exhibitors including providers and information sources. Very well done.

Broadband provider NeuBeam™ has announced the opening of an Internet Connection Center (ICC) on Liberty Street in Oakland. The ICC stems from a joint program between NeuBeam and the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service to help bridge the nation’s Digital Divide and will operate in space provided by Garrett County Community Action Committee and will be open to the general public with two kiosk terminals.

As part of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27th you can bring your unwanted/unneeded prescription pills for disposal to any one of three Garrett County Drug Take Back Site drop boxes: Oakland City Hall (8:30 am – 4:30 pm); Garrett County Sheriff’s Office (24/7); and McHenry State Police Barrack (24/7).  These drop boxes are available nearly around the clock, but can only accept pills or patches, not liquids, needles, or sharps.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) is holding their first concert of the season on April 27th: Walt and Jackie’s “Legends” concert will be held at 7:30 pm in the Garrett College auditorium. Their thoughtfully chosen cover songs and selections of original compositions highlight both performers’ celebrated talents and versatility and will deliver a great experience.

The week of April 28th – May 3rd is Oakland’s annual “Spring Clean: Clean Up, Paint Up, Fix Up” where all residents are encouraged to put out mattresses, washers, dryers, sofas, chairs and up to 100 pounds of construction debris for pickup at no charge and to clean-up their homes and lots. Contact City Hall 301.334.2691 or the Oakland Street Department 301.334.3253 for more information.

Finally, while this brief piece by the state of Maryland does not uniquely apply to Garrett County, we are part of a truly great state and region. And, we more than hold our own as to a lot of the factors mentioned, especially quality of life and of course, natural beauty!

It was a great Saturday night for @hole_in_the_donut:

Deep Creek Lake, MD Bonfire