Monday January 4 2021

Yesterday rained a good part of the day after some ice over night, so please watch for ice on the roads.  Today we can expect patchy fog before 1:00 pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 30 degrees and a west wind around 7 mph. Tonight we will have patchy freezing drizzle and patchy fog between 1:00 am and 4:00 am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Drive safe folks.

And, speaking of ice, we got about a 1/2 inch of ice Friday, making travel hazardous.  Here’s a not-so-great photo of my front yard that illustrates the ice cover, especially on the ground. It was even weighing down Santa and Frosty! I took this shot Friday afternoon so those out of town might have a sense of the ice coating, at least on the ground.

mike yard ice storm 1-1-21

After the ice

Ice aside, I hope all had a great weekend and New Year, as I sure did, albeit a quite one.  Friday night my wife and I drove down to Alpine Lake Resort just South of Oakland for an early prime rib dinner prepared as a special by chef Debbie,  It was some of the best prime rib I have ever had, and Alpine was not too busy and had some nice distance between tables.  After that, we came home, watched some football and were in bed before midnight.  Another wild evening at Jean and Mike’s place! 🙂

Maryland reported 2,148 new cases of the coronavirus and 27 more deaths Sunday as the state’s average testing positivity rate rose above 9% for the first time since June. I will let you know Garrett County’s latest in Tuesday’s edition after I hear from the County.

Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, a late evening fire in Oakland on New Year’s Eve resulted in a total loss of building and contents – about $600,000 total – to the owner, Maryland Minerals, as reported by the State of Maryland Fire Marshal.  We wish the owners the best and for a speedy operational recovery, and a better 2021. Thanks to our firefighters and team for their efforts in controlling the blaze.  Here’s a photo:

maryland minerals fire 12-31-20

Fire in Oakland

Don’t forget to check out the January 2021 Cover Story.  It is an insightful, practical article on taxes and tax preparation for 2020 that should benefit all readers.  It was provided by our friends at Boal and Associates in Oakland.

Please also continue to send in your photos of people, places, critters and experiences from around the lake.  It really helps us bring the area “to life” for our readers and is MUCH appreciated. Send your photos in to and let us know when taken and where around the lake it was taken. We always do our best to get them published.

Finally, have a great Monday dear readers and Happy New Year to you and your families…



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