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The weekend was rainy but not as rainy as some places downstate, where the ground is truly waterlogged, with severe runoff issues. Today’s weather is partly sunny, with a high near 35 and a low of 22. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.

We just received the latest Dispatch (Fall/Holiday edition) from the Property Owners Association of Deep Creek Lake.  This issue covers some important updates and information for all that live on/around the lake and/or use it for recreation.  You can find the complete edition here 

The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling  announced their Holiday Hours on Friday:
-The landfill will be open normal hours on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day
-The refuse collection sites will close at 12 noon on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas Day
-The Landfill and collection sites will also be closed New Year’s Day

Governor Larry Hogan will join Dr. Karen Salmon, Maryland’s State Superintendent of Schools, on Tuesday to announce the newest Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools. I will keep an eye out to see if any Garrett County schools make it this year.  Some visitors and second homeowners may not realize we have some exceptional schools and a highly regarded school system here in the mountains around the lake.

State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci is reminding the Citizens of Maryland to take care in the use of portable generators.  Many people use portable generators during power outages.  The most common risks of using the generators are carbon monoxide poisoning, electrical shock, electrocution, and fires. The photo they sent is a bit fuzzy, but here’s a link to their page for a better view.

Maryland Generator Safety

Did you know that the average American expects to spend $633 on Christmas in 2018, with $341.82 (54%) going towards gifts, $132.93 (21%) going towards travel, $88.62 (14%) going towards other expenses, and $69.63 (11%) going towards decorations? With Christmas so near, I thought I would share that little factoid from LendEDU along with the rest of their recent study on holiday spending. Remember, there are plenty of great small shops in Garrett County that have great, unique gifts for sale.

Its half-price pizza Monday at Brenda’s every Monday, and the Greene Turtle has their senior night buffet from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm this evening. Check out our Dining Specials for some other listed specials on pizza, wings, etc. from other local establishments.