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Yesterday was about perfect until the clouds came in during the afternoon.  Today we expect rain before 10:00 am, then showers after 10:00 am. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 47 degrees, with an east wind 8 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Tonight we will have rain and snow showers likely before 10:00 pm, then snow showers and a low around 26. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

I went to a number of local small businesses on Saturday in an effort to jump-start my holiday shopping. Got some nice goodies for gifts. Local enterprises are all hoping for a good season, so please shop local over the next month. Our local, small businesses are such an important part of the lake-area and give so much back to the community.  Please support them.  Here’s a list of our retail advertisers for some ideas.

Congratulations on a national level are in order: Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game on Saturday when she delivered the opening kickoff of the second half for Vanderbilt against Missouri. Fuller, a senior goalkeeper on Vanderbilt’s SEC championship soccer team, sent the low kick to the 35-yard line where it was downed by Missouri. Pretty cool. Go Ms. Fuller!

Here’s a very nice photo of the full-moon as seen through bare trees thanks to Dot Sisler. I believe I see the local lake werewolf amongst the trees.  No, really…

full moon 11-29-20 dot sissler

Full Moon

The Garrett County Health Department received 18 additional positive COVID-19 results since the last report on Wednesday, November 25th, bringing the current county total positives to 702 as of Friday. The current comparison of Garrett County to state numbers is as follows:

  • 7-day positivity rate among Garrett County residents is 12.93% (Maryland rate is 6.3%)
  • 7-day case rate per 100,000 among Garrett County residents is 122.6 (Maryland rate is 37.21)

For those interested in free community testing for COVID-19, local testing events are being planned and will be announced as plans are finalized. Additional COVID-19 resources:

  • Visit for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information.
  • To schedule a COVID-19 test or an Influenza vaccination call 301-334-7697.
  • For all other COVID-19 related questions, or to report a COVID-19 compliance issue, call the local COVID-19 Hotline number at 301-334-7698.

Yes, I am tired of reporting the grim COVID-19 counts, but I think people are really tracking and care about the local numbers and update information.  Hopefully, we will start seeing some relief in the near future.

There’s a special meeting of the County Commissioners this afternoon at 3:00 pm.  The meeting will be live streamed.  Go to this link for details on how to connect and for the agenda.

Uno at the lake is holding a Dough Raiser today in support of Garrett County Celtic Festival. Uno will donate up to 20% of your check to the Celtic Festival, but you must present this coupon when you go to pay. It is good for both dine-in or take-out.  The Celtic Festival is always good fun for the whole family, so your effort will be helping a great cause.

Celtic Festival

Celtic Festival Dough Raiser Tonight

Finally, have a great, safe and healthy Monday dear readers…