Monday February 4

Yesterday was a fabulous day around the lake. It reached 50 degrees and was sunny, so some of the snow melted. I saw lots of skiers and tubers enjoying the slopes at Wisp and so many people enjoying the frozen lake along with the warmer temperatures.

Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 59 and a low around 47. South wind around 6 mph. Showers likely, mainly after 1am – new precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Looks like we received a total of 9.5″ of snow so far in February.

Congratulations to HART for Animals! HART has been awarded a 2019 grant by the Maryland Department of Agriculture as part of their Spay and Neuter Program designed to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs euthanized in shelters across the state. This is the fifth year in which HART has been awarded the grant, which to-date has provided 2,123 no-cost spay/neuter surgeries to low-income Maryland residents. To learn more about income requirements and to schedule an appointment for your pet, please call 301.387.7729.

Speaking of HART For Animals, I bet you didn’t know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month and that HART is offering free dental screenings for pets and 15% off of your fee for dental health appointments within sixty days of your pet’s screening.  That is great!  One question: how do they train dogs and cats to floss?  Just asking.

We just received the latest “Watershed Wisdom Update” newsletter from the board of Friends of Deep Creek Lake non-profit. It covers everything from the recent emergence of our northern friend Punxsutawney Phil (I think he has a cabin at the lake), to a new opening for the Chair of the DCL Policy and Review Board, to an Annapolis legislative update and more.

Well, that last “blip” on FoDCL got me thinking about that famous fur ball Punxsutawney Phil and his weather forecasts.  I just did a little research to see how his forecasting record compares to professionals (like the ones we use to populate our weather page). What do you think?  Click here to find out how the pros compare to the fur ball.  Hint: Science rules, fur ball Phil drools! (probably literally). Sorry Phil. 

Don’t forget to check out this month’s Cover Story, written by the folks at Deep Creek Watershed Foundation.  They are an emerging and important force in protecting our watershed here at the lake. The old saying “it takes a village” (or maybe a support ecosystem of engaged, caring people and organizations) certainly applies to our lake and the surrounding area.

There has been a court “settlement” in the “locally infamous” dispute between local builder Gregory Mortimer and 84 Lumber.  The suit and counter-suit related back to the 2008 agreement for construction services concerning some town homes in the Timberlake and Cedar Creek developments around the lake. I hope this provides closure for all involved, including any homeowners that were affected.  Click here for the story link.

Here’s a pic of the winter lake from 20,000 feet – courtesy of Mark Richards — do you see the slopes?

Deep Creek Lake, MD from Mark Richards at 30,000 Feet

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