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Well, the story this weekend was certainly the “interesting” and ever-changing winter weather around the lake.  As I write these Daily Notes late Sunday afternoon it looks like a winter wonderland outside but is quite cold and windy. The weather for today will be partly sunny and cold, with a high near 8. Wind chill values as low as -26. Blustery, with a northwest wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight, will be partly cloudy, with a low around -1. Wind chill values as low as -12.

We hope everyone had a nice, fun weekend whether your pursuits took you inside or outside. It certainly looks like our friend Joseph Coddington and his pup did:

Joseph Coddington in Oakland MD

Just a thought on the photo above: I really wish all of our local and visiting drivers would focus on driving like Joseph’s pup. He is definitely focused!

Happy Martin Luther King Junior Day today. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. Note that today is a federal holiday and that many local organizations (banks, libraries, schools) are also closed in observance.

Who was able to see the blood moon last night? If you snagged a picture, will you share with us at info@deepcreektimes.com?

While the Ruth Enlow library may be closed today, I thought I would mention one of their newer and cooler services: They now have experts available during special hours at the Oakland branch to assist patrons doing research into local history and genealogy. Learn where to find historical maps, family histories, archived issues of The Garrett County Republican and special online resources too.

The Garrett County Health Department tells us that influenza is increasing its geographic “footprint” across the United States.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a report saying an estimated 6 million Americans have been sickened by flu so far this season. The health department still has a good supply of flu vaccine for all ages (and including Flu Mist®, the nasal spray flu vaccine for healthy persons aged 2 to 49 years). For more information please call the Health Department at 301 337-7770.

I know from speaking to our readers that many are passionate and quite engaged in historic preservation in a variety of areas. The Maryland Department of Planning has announced this year’s Maryland Preservation Awards program which is free and open to the public and will be held on January 31st.

Here’s a photo my wife jean took Sunday afternoon from our porch.  All the trees are coated in ice:

Icy Trees at Deep Creek Lake, MD