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Happy Monday folks! The weekend turned out pretty nice after some rainy periods.  Today we should expect showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2:00 pm. High near 64 degrees and a southeast wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Tonight expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11:00 pm, then showers likely with a low around 59.

As I mentioned last week, I had some surgery at Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) and have been recovering at home.  I wanted to convey my continued very positive impressions of GRMC, their physicians, programs, protocols and processes and especially their focus on the customer/patient and service excellence.  Mark Boucot and his team continue to do a wonderful job and we are fortunate to have GRMC in our community!

As the lake area and Garrett County thrives in many (though not all) ways, I want to give a shout-out to the folks in Louisiana that got hit with the hurricane a couple of days ago.  While a powerful storm, it could have been much worse, and for those that lost their homes and/or businesses, I am sure things are tough.  Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

Seems there is a bit of a “cooler thread” in the air lately as the peak summer season at the lake winds down. This really nice sunset photo taken by Rob Michael may be perfect to reflect the changes.  Rob said he took the photo while having a nice time at the lake with some good friends. Thanks for sharing your photo Rob and we hope you continue to experience great times at the lake.

Sunset at Deep Creek Lake rob michael 8-30-20

Sunset at the Lake

And, speaking of sunsets at the lake, here’s another great photo as submitted by Steve Cusick taken in McHenry, overlooking the LakePoint Inn.  Great photo Steve and thanks for sharing with our readers.

Steve Cusick sunset 8-30-20

Sunset at the Lake

Heard Friday from the Maryland Department of Planning that Maryland reached the top 10 areas in the nation for self-response for the 2020 Census. The 69.1% self-response rate is well above the national response rate of 64.7%. Maryland ranked fourth in the U.S. in internet response. Carroll County leads the state with a self-response rate of 80.7%, ranking 23rd in the U.S. out of more than 3,200 counties. Keep up the good work citizens and organizers.

Sarah wrote about the 2020 Deep Creek Times People’s Choice Challenge while I was recovering last week.  We, frankly, put a lot of time and thought into this year’s challenge, taking into account the pandemic and related issues, plus feedback from past winners.  The biggest change this year is the new twist of all being able to take a selfie/photo in or in-front-of the nominee locations.  Remember, the Challenge is all about celebrating Deep Creek Lake area people, places and purveyers of goods and services and photo submissions are open to all.  We have already been receiving photos, so be sure to submit yours for a chance to win $$$$ prizes.  Here’s a link to the rules.

Have a great Monday folks!