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Yesterday was overcast and a bit rainy.  Today we are under a winter weather advisory and look to have snow, mainly before 1:00 pm with a high near 34 degrees. Light west wind increasing to 9 to 14 mph in the morning with wind gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Here’s a photo of my front yard this morning:

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Morning Snow

According to AccuWeather, we could also be facing a major snow and ice storm later in the week.  Details still need to be developed, but here’s the link for the latest scoop.

Had a great meal and overall experience at the lake’s new Firewater Kitchen and Bar the other day.  It looks like local super-entrepreneur Brenda McDonnel and her team have another hit to their credit.  The decor is great, the food (I had seafood stew) was wonderful and the drinks were fine.  Check it out on the water behind  Ace’s Run.

Speaking of the hospitality industry, Alpine Lake Resort in nearby Terra Alta, WV – about 15 minutes south of Oakland – is looking for a new General Manager.  Alpine Lake is a great place with golf, a restaurant, hiking trails, hotel, lodge, indoor pool and a nice lake. This could be a great opportunity for the right local or not-so-local looking to move to the beauty and serenity of the mountains.

On a negative note, we heard local long-time DJ at WKHJ, Jim Shaffer, has left the station as he continues a long health battle. He is a good fellow and integral part of our community and we wish him the very best.

The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling announces that the 2021 Residential Refuse Permits are available for an annual $75 fee. The 2020 permits will expire on December 31, 2020 and the 2021 permits will be valid from the date of purchase through the end of 2021.

The Garrett County Health Department received 60 additional positive COVID-19 results since the last report on Wednesday, December 9th, bringing the current county total positives to 1,190 as of Friday. The current comparison of Garrett County to state numbers is as follows: 7-day positivity rate among Garrett County residents is 17.8% (Maryland rate is 7.5%); 7-day case rate per 100,000 among Garrett County residents is 108.8 (Maryland rate is 48.3).

Remember that the Garrett County Health Department, with the help of local partners and volunteers, is conducting free COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and Thursdays (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park, located off Bumble Bee Road between Hart for Animals and the Garrett County Airport. There is no out-of-pocket cost to get a test at this site, and appointments and doctors’ orders are not required. Be prepared for a possible wait.

Send us your ideas and content!  As you know, we publish a new edition of Deep Creek Times every month.  With the new edition comes a new Cover Story, which deals with a variety of topics over a given 12 month period, including local attractions, issues, people, locations, or simply musings on topics we deem noteworthy.  Well, we want to hear from you on any suggested lake-related topics you would find interesting.  We would also consider publishing, as we do from time to time, a guest Cover Story from you or your organization.  Think about it and let us know any thoughts at .  Thanks!

Have a great Monday and week dear readers…