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Yesterday was cloudy, but the temperature reached into the upper 50s.  It was a good day for a walk!  Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 52. and a northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. It will get cloudy in the nighttime, with a low around 38.

Frankly, it still doesn’t feel completely like spring here on the mountain.  Even with the flowers and trees budding and blooming, the clouds and cooler temperatures have had an effect.  Here’s a photo from Jamie White taken early Saturday.  Note the ice on the chairs.  Thanks Jamie! Please send us one during the summer months from the same location.

Photo JW

The lake on Saturday morning


Good News as reported by the Baltimore Sun late Sunday afternoon: The 522 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland Sunday marks the second consecutive day the state has seen a decrease in the number of new cases over a 24-hour period. Let’s hope it continues.
The Governor’s statewide order to wear cloth face coverings (that went into effect Saturday) is apparently “worrying” some residents, but it doesn’t need to. The face coverings can be as simple as a bandana or a scarf, or can be made from basic patterns that can be completed with or without sewing. Governor Hogan’s executive order requires the wearing of face coverings when inside any retail or foodservice establishment or when riding any form of public transportation. It’s important to remember that the Governor’s mandate is designed to slow the spread of the virus and help keep people who may already have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others. These kinds of coverings will not keep you from getting the virus.

Maryland officials have ordered public schools to remain closed until May 15th. Maryland stopped short of joining other states that have closed schools for the rest of the academic year, requiring students to complete their spring work remotely. I wanted to make sure all heard the news.  It is certainly a challenge for some parents and their student children, but I believe it makes good sense in these times.

We heard from Mary Callis, Director of Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) that GLAF’s concert with Clipper City Brass Quintet has been rescheduled in accordance with Governor Hogan’s executive orders and that they will be releasing the new date very soon. In addition, the May 30th West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) concert has also been rescheduled, also with a date to be released soon.

Hey there boaters.  We have a neat new Poparazzu Howdy Folks Towable Tube coming to our Deep Creek Times Marketplace today. The seller says it was only used for one week and it is deeply discounted “from new.” The seller can be reached at  You can check for this item and many others in our online Marketplace.

Have a great Monday folks and stay safe and healthy!