Monday August 24

The weekend was great, with boats, people and groups in abundance throughout the area.  Today we have a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11:00 am. Partly sunny, with a high near 77 degrees with a west wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tonight we have a slight chance of showers before 11:00 pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Here’s a great photo submitted by Diane Defibaugh of the little ones in her family, all on a jet ski, and all looking very happy.  Nice photo and thanks Diane for sharing with us all. Some of the greatest “attractions” at Deep Creek Lake are  the memories we all create.

Diane Defibaugh kids on ski 8-23-20

Grand Kids on a Jet Ski

Here’s another nice photo, this one of  “sea dog” and buddies, as submitted by Bill Heinz.  Thanks for sharing with us Bill.

Sea Dog from Bill Heinz 8-23-20

Sea Dog and Buddies

The Maryland State Board of Education will be hosting virtual systems-wide meetings on a variety of topics today and tomorrow.  Topics include the Maryland Recovery Plan.  Here’s a link for more information.

I am sad to report the passing of Monsignor Paul Byrnes, who was known for years as the “super pastor” of Western Maryland (which includes St. Peter), who died August 19th at his home along Deep Creek Lake. He was 84. Monsignor Byrnes had a deep love of nature and lived by the maxim “meet the people where they are.” “In the summer months, he would celebrate Mass in the yard of his Deep Creek Lake home. Parishioners and vacationers often would arrive by boat on Saturday afternoons,” said Father C. Doug Kenney, a longtime friend.

The Garrett County Health Department received positive COVID-19 results on Friday for one additional person, bringing the current county total positives to 61. The new positive COVID-19 case is a female in her 50s who has symptoms and is isolating at home. Garrett County’s 7-day positivity rate is 1.0%, and 6 persons are currently isolating due to COVID-19 positive tests.

Local, state and national organizations are providing assistance to Garrett County residents experiencing difficulties from the COVID-19 pandemic at this time. Friends of Deep Creek Lake have compiled a directory of some of the organizations accepting financial donations to support their efforts …and information on how to donate. This list was sent to us by Lori Richards.  We’ll publish more later this week. Please give generously as your heart and wallet dictate.

>Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc.
The County Emergency Management Office has asked Community Action to take a lead role in coordinating donations, including cash, food and household items, volunteer services, transportation, masks, and specific needs associated with COVID-19. How to Donate:

>The Garrett County Public Schools Foundation
The Foundation helps the Garrett County Public Schools provide over 800 meals to students. GCPS is currently providing three meals a day to anyone under 18, through
15 sites throughout the County. How to Donate: By check payable to The GCPS Foundation. Send to P.O. Box 11, Oakland, MD 21550. 301-501-0190.

>The House of Hope
The House of Hope is a non-denominational, non-profit “network of concern” for those in need in Garrett County. It operates four free food banks in the County.
How to Donate: Send check to P.O. Box 24, Oakland, MD 21550 or online

>The Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank distributes food to eligible soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters throughout the State. In Garrett County, it operates through the Oak
Park Church of the Brethren. How to Donate: Click “Donate”

Have a great Monday folks…