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Yesterday was quite cool but was a nice day. Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 32 and a low around 18.

Every once-in-a-while something unexpected and truly wonderful happens.  Saturday, I had the honor of attending the wedding of my former student Josiah Hannah and Lily Rembold. I witnessed a truly amazing and unbelievably moving ceremony and offer my public congratulations here to this very special couple!

The Ruth Enlow Library experienced a good number of visitors at their open house Thursday and received lots of input on possible styles for the new Friendsville library. People who missed it can drop by the library any time between now and next Thursday to see proposed designs and comment, or they can take a 3-minute picture survey online.

Congratulations are in order for Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Flintstone. Many of our visitors pass Rocky Gap on the way out to the lake, so I wanted to let you know that Rocky Gap received 25 awards from Casino Player magazine’s “Best of Gaming Awards” for 2018.

Speaking of congratulations. Second-grade students at Broad Ford Elementary School recently participated in a poster contest in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week to educate others about the risks of tobacco use.  The contest was sponsored by the Drug-Free Communities Coalition (DFCC) Action Teams and coordinated by Suzanne Wilburn who is a member of the DFCC Action Teams and also a Classroom Intervention Teacher at Broad Ford.  Here’s a photo of the student winners.  Great work kids!

Broad Ford Students

The State of Maryland has a nice program going called TREE-MENDOUS Maryland where you can order a tree to be planted in honor of a loved one.  Not only a creative gift but helps the environment.  You can even purchase a small grove of trees.

Here’s the updated agenda for the December 19th Board of Public Works meeting to be held in Annapolis.  Readers may remember that the meeting scheduled for last week was canceled and “merged” into this one, so if public works are your thing, we have the latest agenda for you here.

Get your hiking shoes ready. The State of Maryland has announced the statewide schedule of First Day Hikes for January 1st. Of course, our own state parks are on the list and hosting hikes, so check it out.