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After a weekend with rain, freezing rain and snow, including a cold and very windy Sunday, today will be mostly cloudy, with a chance of snow showers before 1:00 pm.  Temps will also be very chilly, with a high of only 20 and a low of 12, with a wind chill forecast of -1 degree.  Bundle-up if you are going outside! Here’s a photo outside my front door of an ice-encrusted tree Saturday morning:

After the Ice Storm

After the Ice Storm

Happy Martin Luther King Day to all. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed into law a bill creating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday honoring the legacy of the slain civil rights leader. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first celebrated in 1986, and in all 50 states in 2000. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929.

While we try to keep things positive in Daily Notes, I thought I should mention this.  A local non-profit enterprise (that will remain nameless here) recently had their “identity” stolen, with fake checks created and passed with their account number (but with another business’s name on them). The checks were used to purchase merchandise at a local store. The local bank was very helpful, but the retail establishment may have to “eat” over $2,000 in fraud losses, and if the fraud had not been picked-up quickly by one of the non-profit’s volunteers, it could have been catastrophic. Please be careful and spread the word, as it appears even non-profits are targets these days.

Here’s a photo I took Sunday afternoon of the melt water rushing down Cherry Creek and into the lake.  It is possible to find natural beauty almost everywhere at the lake and certainly in every season. Frankly, this photo doesn’t do the scene justice, but I tried!

Cherry Creek in January

Cherry Creek Sunday

My friend and fellow Lion, Ed King, has written a number of articles and books on the Deep Creek Lake area, it’s people, places and history.  As we experience MLK Day 2020, I am reminded of another day years ago when the snow makers saved the holiday for the WISP and all who recreate on it’s slopes. In a “Salute to the Snow Makers” article published in 1993 (and reprinted in I Love Deep Creek Lake), Ed recounts how, after a December with 35 inches of natural snow, rain and unseasonable warm temperatures had made for a bleak outlook for the slopes on the holiday weekend. But the weather changed, cooled down and the snow makers worked tirelessly 24 x 7 for two days to get the snow made and the slopes ready.  So, the next time you meet a snow maker, thank them for their many efforts over the years to “save the day” for our locals and visitors alike. To chat with Ed or purchase one of his books, you can email him at or call 301-616-5702.