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March is Here!

Well folks, we made it to March and things are looking-up on a number of fronts and spring is just around the corner.  In case you were wondering, March is the third month of the year and named after Mars in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars and is the second of seven months to have a length of 31 days. I have been told I may have a bit of Martian in me (you know, the ancestry.com thing) so I am looking forward to an especially good month!

Yesterday was rainy, with some localized flooding. Today, expect rain and snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain showers between noon and 1:00 pm. The temperature will be falling to around 35 degrees by 5:00 pm. West wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Tonight, we have a slight chance of snow before 9:00 pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. Northwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

The Garrett County Commissioners will be having their open meeting today at 4:00 pm.  It will be held virtually.  Here’s the agenda and directions on how to connect.

March is Women’s History Month and was set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.”

Check out the March Cover Story which will be posted today.  The article discusses a technologically enabled effort designed to prevent human trafficing.  The non-profit effort was co-founded and is run by Mark Clookie, a Swanton resident with 33 years as a sworn law enforcement officer. After you read our Cover Story be sure to check out the Prevention Now webite at www.prevention-now.org. This is a very important undertaking and worth the read.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce invites all Chamber members to join them virtually on Wednesday, March 10th at 11:00 am for our March Marketing Roundtable: Garrett County Heritage Tourism Economic Impact Study. This is a virtual event. Nichole Parker with Parker Phillips will present the findings of their Economic Impact Study completed at locations around Garrett County from 2019 – 2020.  That should be interesting.  Free to attend but limited to Chamber members. Register here. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Duck at sarah@garrettchamber.com or 301.616.1129.

COVID-wise, Maryland providers have administered 1,306,944 total doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 93.8% of all first doses received from the federal government. The state is averaging a new record of 34,228 shots per day. My wife Jean is now volunteeering at the vaccine site in McHenry and as I expected, our Health Department has their act together and it was well run, with hundereds of vaccine shots administered on Friday, which was her first day as a volunteer.

Have a wonderful Monday and rest of the week dear readers…