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Yesterday was overcast and cool – great weather to watch football or read a book.  Today,  we had another dusting and have a slight chance of snow between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 31 degrees and a calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight we have a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Woke up yesterday to a slight dusting of snow around the lake.  Here’s a photo submitted by Ed O’Connor showing the light snow and his pups by water’s edge. It looks like the pups have picked up a scent of a local critter… Thanks Ed.

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Dusting at the Lake

As reported previously, Western Maryland has been experiencing a serious surge in COVID-19 cases recently, and the Garrett County and Allegany County Health Departments have sent some additional information out over the weekend. Considering the burden a 14-day quarantine places on individuals, the CDC has published two new options for people who must get back to the essential activities in their lives. Each of the other options increases the chances for further transmission of the virus, and because of this, individuals are still required to use meticulous masking, distancing and sanitizing, etc. for the entire 14-day period.

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Quarantine Chart

The Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board is holding a virtual meeting on Wednesday December 9th, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The online meeting will be held using protocols established by the Office of the Attorney General. This meeting is open to the public, and the public may participate virtually by Google Meet here or by telephone at 917.946.1943 (PIN: 973 175 405#).  Please visit the Deep Creek Lake Natural Resource Management Area website for more information on how to participate. A meeting agenda can be viewed here.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual briefing on December 15th, from 9:00 am – 10:00 am., to discuss what to expect with the upcoming session of the Maryland General Assembly that convenes at noon on January. 13. Chamber lobbyist Dennis Rasmussen of the Rasmussen Group will discuss the new protocols and procedures put into place due to COVID-19, how the chambers and committees will review and vote on legislation, and the priority issues of the legislative leadership. Steve Green, Chair of the Garrett County Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee, will review the Chamber’s 2021 Legislative agenda and discuss our priorities. he briefing is free to attend and open to the public but attendees must register to attend.  Register on Chamber’s website at or by contacting Holly Lane at 301.387.6171 by 3:00 p.m. by December 14 to receive the link.

The Ruth Enlow Library is thinking outside the box, or book, to help patrons that may not be able to get to a library during the pandemic. Here’s the scoop: Starting December 15th the library will deliver requested materials and pick-up returns from patrons signed up for the library’s new home delivery service.  Patrons can sign up for this free service by calling the Main Library at 301.334.3996 during normal business hours. Patrons may request materials by signing in to their account at or by calling the Library.  Materials will be delivered contact-free to their doorstep. There are some limitations, including the inclement weather, so be sure to get the details from the good folks at the library.

Have a great Monday dear readers…