Monday July 6

The weather over the weekend was wonderfull!  Today we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2:00 pm and before 8:00 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84 degrees and a low around 64.

The Garrett County Health Department/Joint Information Center announced the county’s 14th confirmed case of COVID-19 on Saturday.  The individual, a male in his 20s is self isolating at present.

Needless to say, the lake area was abuzz with individuals, couples and families enjoying the great weather and the lake and surroundings over the holiday weekend.  Rather than use our community dock and “beach” my wife and I took a jaunt over to the DCL State Park Friday for a dip. People were enjoying themselves and it was nice, even if a large crowd for the holiday weekend. Here’s a photo I took of the beachgoers.  Very nice!

DCL St Park by Mike

State Park Beach 7-3-20

Note the “No Lifeguard on Duty” sign in the above photo.  I bring that up because it is incumbent on all of us to treat safety as a prime concern as we enjoy outselves.  I saw that a pontoon boat apparently capsized over the weekend.  Accidents happen, and I do not pass judgement on anyone (or boat or marina) involved, as I do not know the details, and regardless, I am sure they did not wish to capsize. As a little reminder here, as I heard some not-so-kind comments posted online, please be kind to one another – locals, second homeowners and tourists alike – as we are all part of, and enjoying, the Deep Creek Lake area together.

I have learned that many of our readers enjoy and savor many different ecosystems both near and far, so here’s a link to some interesting insight and statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) focusing on July as Celebrating Habitat Month: Reconnecting with Habitat.  Some good stuff from NOAA as usual, even if a bit focused on salt water habitats.  Check it out.

OK, speaking of safety and salt water habitats, here’s something we do NOT have to worry about at Deep Creek Lake: “The NOAA Fisheries Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline received a report that a recreational boat traveling on the west side of Coghlan Island collided with a humpback whale, just outside Auke Bay, north of Juneau, Alaska. The U.S. Coast Guard relayed information that the family in the vessel immediately returned to shore and some members were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital with serious injuries.” I hope all are OK.

Closer to home, congratulations are in order: Master Deputy State Fire Marshal Jamie Rodeheaver of the Western Regional Office has been named the recipient of the 2019 “James C. Robertson, Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year” award. “Master Deputy Rodeheaver exemplifies the overall desire and commitment our investigators embrace to ensure the safety of Maryland’s citizens,” stated State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci. Nice job and way to go Jamie!

Here’s a nice submission from June Harvey of what looks like dusk at the main part of the lake.  Nice photo June and thank you for sharing. I like the orangish/yellowish layers toward the bottom of the sky and wonder if that can be attributed to the dust that came over the ocean from Africa a few days ago.  It definitely “softens” the scene, regardless.

Summer at the Lake

Summer at the Lake by June Harvey

And, here’s another photo taken on July 4th by Ed O’Connor.  It certainly has the same color hues as the one above. Thanks for sharing Ed and nice job.

Summer at the Lake - Ed O'Connor

Summer at the Lake – Ed O’Connor

Have a great Monday folks…