Monday June 15

Jun 15, 2020

Saturday was really nice, yesterday was rainy.  Today we have a chance for showers early morning, then partly sunny, with a high near 66 degrees. Southeast wind 11 to 13 mph. It will be partly cloudy in the evening, with a low around 52.

I am working on this Daily Notes column late Sunday afternoon and when I look outside my window I see a palette of shades of green on the trees, shrubs, flowers and grass. Very peaceful and feeling blessed to be here on the mountain. After seeing the national news lately, I wish all in all locations could know our Deep Creek Lake area peace and happiness. I urge you to take a minute, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment – your moment – here at the lake or wherever you are reading this.

Speaking of peace at the lake, It is the season and lots of folks are in town and that is good for them and our small businesses, and yes, even for us locals on many levels (even with the additional traffic). Please be patient with one another, tourists, service workers and establishments trying to incorprate the “new normal” and the myriad rules associated with the pandemic.  Thanks.

June is Great Outdoors Month across America.  All the more reason to get out and enjoy the lake area’s environment, both flora and fauna.  Here’s a link to a U.S. Census Bureau page with some interesting statistics on participation in various activities and related expenditures.

We get a lot of questions from folks related to some of the big events around the area.  It looks like the July 4th “Fire on the Mountain” fireworks display is a “go.”  I hear the county agricultural fair is still under discussion as to “if” and in what form.  I have heard that Art & Wine will likely not happen in its usual form, and will keep readers informed when we know more.  I believe Autumn Glory is still being assessed, along with the myriad other, related events.

For information from the Governor’s office on COVID-19 incidence and related, including statewide testing locations, please click here.  They also have some interesting county-level statistics for comparison. It sounds like the Governor is cautiously optimistic, based on recent numbers.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will hold a virtual Business Before Hours, Legislative Wrap-Up, from 8:00 am to 9:30am on Tuesday, June 23rd. District 1 Senator George Edwards and District 1A Delegate Wendell Beitzel will be featured and provide their perspectives on the 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly. They will discuss legislation that passed, what did not pass and how businesses and Garrett County will be impacted. Cost is $5/person and you can register online at or contact Holly Lane at

HELLLLLOOOO to all the Learning Beyond the Classroom folks out there!  It’s BUS WEEK and we are so excited to send you on an adventure this week. We challenge each family to work as a team and complete the family scavenger hunt posted! Each time you complete a task sign the square. If you do not have a printer at your home, feel free to use any piece of paper you can find and make a list of one to nine! We would love to see pictures of you and your family on the scavenger hunt.

On Friday, June 19, Garrett County will be celebrating everyone who completed their Family Scavenger Hunt, by giving you a coupon for a free large pizza from several local businesses. You will need to bring your completed paper to one of the following three locations between 10:00-10:30.

Grantsville Senior Center
125 Durst Ct., Grantsville, MD

Friendville Fire Department
122 Walnut St., Friendsville, MD

Garrett County Community Action:
41 Highview Dr., Oakland, MD

HAPPPPPY SCAVENGER HUNTING!!! Check this video out for more insight into this effort:

Have a great Monday folks…


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