Monday January 14

We had a very nice, snowy weekend at the lake. Really beautiful. Today’s weather will be cloudy, with a high near 28 and a low around 19. West wind 6 to 8 mph.

I had the pleasure of attending the regional robotics competition for middle and high school students at the college on Saturday. They had a great turnout and three of the four finalist teams were comprised of Garrett County students. STEM education is alive, well and growing in the mountains of Garrett County.  Well done to all the students, parents, coaches and judges that made the event such a success.

Garrett County Rover Ruckus January 2019 Robotics Competition at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Just heard that the Maryland Park Service is eliminating several dozen park-unique social media accounts, consolidating its messaging on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram into single accounts, much to the chagrin of some park goers who like and want park-specific information. Here’s a link to an article on the Baltimore Sun’s article that explains more.

I just saw this article on rural innovation that talks about the economic diversity between different rural regions and the impact of entrepreneurship and broadband among other topics. Not a long piece and if you are interested in such things, might be of value to you. As always, no political or editorial position intended.  

We are sad to report on the passing of two local area residents: Leon “Shep” Beitzel, 31 year member of the Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department, and 92 year old Abe Kaufman, a local carpenter that resided in the Pleasant Valley area of Garrett County and that worked on many lake-area homes. Rest in peace gentlemen.

Here’s an interesting article on which Maryland counties brought in the most Airbnb guests in 2018 and how much was earned by hosts across the states.  Garrett County looks to have some significant activity, which is not surprising based on all we have to offer.

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