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We had winds gusting to over 65mph overnight and the power is out this morning. Apologies for the delay in posting today.

Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 29 and a low around 17. Breezy, with a west wind 23 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

Sarah and I have been “blown away” by the many dozens of submissions for our February “Where am I Photo Contest.”  Sarah runs that particular effort but I have been peeking at responses and you folks definitely know our county!  You can click here if you have not submitted your guess yet and/or if you want to learn an interesting fact about a lake-area town. Check it out even if you don’t want to guess and see if you know the little trivia piece.

It’s Spirit Night at the Oakland Dairy Queen this evening from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  It’s a fundraiser for the local 4-H club kids. You can grab a bite of dinner, or just dessert, and help out our local children.

There will be plenty of LEGO blocks available today at the LEGO Club at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  LEGO Club is designed for children ages four and older and features free building time with lots of building bricks. Children are encouraged to build a creation based on a new theme each month. My two cents:  This is a great way to get our children engaged in creative thinking, get used to “working” with LEGOs and also to give them a leg(o) up on entry into the county’s great Lego/Robotics leagues for STEM education preparation.

If you are looking for an adult and relaxing activity, you can bring your own Needlework project to the Kitzmiller branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm this evening to join others engaging in needlework. Whether you enjoy crocheting, knitting, cross stitch, embroidery, or lap quilting you are welcome to join library staff and others for an hour of relaxation and fun.

To celebrate the March 2nd birthday of Dr. Seuss, the Ruth Enlow Library has planned events at several branches featuring story reading and a free Dr. Seuss book for each child.  Here’s “the scoop” and please note that date and branch locations vary:

    On February 26th, the Accident library will host a Seuss-themed story time at 11:00 am including coloring pages, word puzzles, and more. These activities will also be available during branch hours as a walk-in program lasting until March 8th. In addition to a free book, children will receive Seuss-themed pencils with giant erasers. For more information, contact

    On Saturday March 2nd from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, families are invited to the Oakland library for a Dr. Seuss party. Children ages three to eight will enjoy a special reading by the Cat in the Hat, plus activities and crafts based on books by Dr. Seuss. For more information, contact

    Also on March 2nd, the Grantsville library will host walk-in Dr. Seuss activities including coloring and games. For more information, contact

    The Cat in the Hat will read his story to children at the Kitzmiller branch on Tuesday March 5th at 10:30 am. Children will make a Dr. Seuss bookmark and receive a free hat and pencil as well as their free book. For more information, contact

Attention small, minority, women and veteran business owners interested in doing business with Maryland state agencies and also private companies in the Baltimore area:  The Governor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business Affairs is sponsoring a workshop you may be interested in on February 28th in Baltimore County.  Guest speaker will be Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.  Here’s more information for you.

Here’s what frozen Deep Creek Lake looked like over the weekend thanks to @rnnr318 on Instagram:

Stepping on Frozen Deep Creek Lake, MD