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I hope you all had a nice Valentines Day.  The weather over the weekend was nice too.  The weather for today will be a bit hazy to start, then mostly sunny with a high near 42 and a chance of rain and snow showers between midnight and 2:00 am, with the day’s low around 32 or so.

Happy Presidents’ Day folks. There has certainly been an uptick in activity and “traffic” at and around the lake this weekend with lots of visitors and second homeowners in town.

Happy Presidents’ Day

The origin of Presidents’ Day lies in the 1880s, when the birthday of president Washington was first celebrated as a federal holiday. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. During debate on the bill, it was proposed that Washington’s Birthday be renamed Presidents’ Day to honor the birthdays of both Washington (February 22) and Lincoln (February 12).  Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change. After the bill went into effect in 1971, however, Presidents’ Day became the commonly accepted name, due in part to retailers’ use of that name to promote sales and the holiday’s proximity to Lincoln’s birthday. Source: Encylopedia Britannica

The Ruth Enlow Library system is now offering portable mobile hot spots for checkout. For a period of time, patrons will be able to have internet access in their own homes through WiFi and tethering using these handheld rechargeable devices. Up to 10 devices can be connected at one time.Two hotspots will be available in Oakland and one in Friendsville. Stop by for more information and sign-up today to check out a hot spot!

Ruth Enlow Library is expanding by 28,000 titles! Allegany County libraries are joining Garrett County’s Polaris catalog, so customers anywhere in Western Maryland will be able to find and request items from any of the partner counties with just a click of a button. Due to this expansion, there will be three days, March 2-4, when Polaris will be unavailable. There will be no access to our online catalog, patron accounts, or Marina during this time. You will be able to check out items on these days (please bring your physical library card). The library also requests that you not return items on these dates, since the library will be unable to process the returned items until their system merger is complete.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources just reported final deer harvest numbers this season.  Hunters took almost 80,000 antlered and non-antlered deer this year, up just a bit from the prior year.  Weather impacted Garrett County numbers, which were down a bit from the previous year.  Here’s all the details, by county.

This one got me thinking about Deep Creek Lake.  Maryland DNR just placed some artifical, recycled fish habitat in a lake at Cunningham Falls State Park and I wonder if we have any opportunity for that at DCL?  I have not heard of anything like it before here in Garrett County.  Check out the article and let me know if you know of any artificial habitat at the lake here.

Have a great Monday folks…