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Yesterday was sunny and fairly warm, but very windy.  Today will be sunny, with a high near 41 degrees, with an east wind around 7 mph. This evening expect rain, snow, and sleet before 3:00 am, then freezing rain and sleet likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Limited accumulations possible.

There’s still ice on large swaths of the lake.  With the wind yesterday, the ice (and slush) in the middle of the lake was pushed by the wind toward the shores in some areas.  I have actually never seen the ice pushed that fast or far on the lake before.

Special thanks go out to the Oakland Elks Lodge: The Oakland Elks Lodge recently received a Beacon Grant through the Elks National Foundation of the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks for $3,500 to donate to Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) for the purchase of PPE.  Way to go to help keep us all safe!

Well, my wife and I both got our second COVID vaccine shots last week.  And, as usual, the professionals and volunteers up at the MEDCO building in McHenry did a wonderful job. I must say, we both feel thrilled to have our shots and to be building some immunity.  We both had “reactions” to the shots and were sore, tired and had chills the next day, but that is a small price to pay in our opinion.  We see the light at the end of this long pandemic tunnel…

Garrett County has followed Governor Hogan’s new COVID-19 guidance as of this past Friday and eased some restrictions.  Please note, and to parphrase Commissioner Edwards, we should not let our guard down at this time.  Here’s the press release for your information and review.

Local chef Larry Roby is still doing well in the Favorite Chef Competition, which is now in week four and narrowing down to the top 5 in each group. Thanks to all that have voted and that are continuing to vote, Larry remains in first place in his group and shares his appreciation.  Please consider a vote for Larry in the next four days.  Here’s the link:  https://favchef.com/2021/larry-roby

Don’t forget that March is Women’s History Month.  Here’s a link to some neat facts from the United States Census Bureau.  For example, did you know that there were 166.6 million females in the United States as of July 2019. There were 161.7 million males. In 2010, there were 157 million females and 151.8 million males.

We are still seeing a lot of guesses submitted for the Deep Creek Times’ “Where am I?” Photo Contest.  Sarah made this month’s photo an easy one.  If you submit the correct guess and your entry gets selected, you can win a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant.  Good luck!

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