Monday January 22


Whoa… heat wave! It will turn mostly sunny today with a high of 62!

Since many of our dedicated readers are not local all of the time, you may not be aware of this weekend’s melt. Herrington Manor State Park just announced that they will not be renting ski/snowshoe equipment until the next significant snowfall. They can be reached at 301.334.9180 or for more information.

Thanks to the GC Snowdrifters group, we found out it is International Snowmobile Safety Week. The key points of safe, responsible riding are:

  • Snowmobiling and alcohol don’t mix – Don’t drink and ride.
  • Smart Riders are Safe Riders – Take a snowmobile safety training course.
  • When night riding slow down – Expect the unexpected.
  • Know before you go – Always check local ice conditions
  • Cross with Care
  • Know the risks and be prepared – Make every trip a round trip
  • One is the loneliest number – Never ride alone.
  • Ride safe, stay on the trail – Respect private property

STEAM Kids @ the library, geared for children of all ages interested in exploring a variety of activities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, will be held at the Kitzmiller branch of the Ruth Enlow Library this afternoon from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Other activities at other branches as well today.

Speaking of STEAM, there will be a regional robotics competition at Northern High School on Saturday, January 27th. If you want to be impressed, fascinated and entertained, come check out the event, which runs most of the day. I’ll post more in the next day or so; I’ll be there.

Check out our new Cover Story. For the first part of the month we covered New Year’s resolution ideas. Now, we have a helpful guide and interpretation relative to the new tax law as provided by Brian Boal of Boal & Associates, CPAs in Oakland. Thanks to Brian for sharing his insight with our readers.

Watched “The Post” yesterday at Garrett 8 with my wife. Great movie and some great acting by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Very suspenseful with no gore or violence.

The County Commissioners have initiated a third search for an Economic Development Director for the County which will be advertised beginning today. They have removed the requirement for a Certified Economic Developer designation.

Edward Lytle of ERL Financial Services of McHenry has some tips for talking about financial and related matters with aging parents. For example, he suggests starting the conversation before they get too far into their years and have serious health issues.

Don’t forget to plan ahead to participate in Oakland’s Winterfest on February 18th and 19th. There will be lots of good stuff (music, food, fun) in addition to those always cool (pun intended) ice sculptures.

We also hear that the Deep Creek Dunk is February 24th but have not seen or heard much on it yet this year. We’ll let you know when we have more details.

So, what does it take to live to reach 100? Check out this TED talk to learn about some of the surprising factors that can help us live longer. Enjoy!

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