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Spent a few days last week in the San Diego area.  Beautiful area and got to see whales and sea lions, but it was great to get home late Saturday evening, even if it was in the middle of a snow storm. Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 40 and a low of 34 degrees.  There is a chance of showers over night.

Speaking of San Diego, here’s an “aerial photo” I took while out there.  Send in a guess of what/where you think it is a photo of for a chance to win some Deep Creek Times “bling,” including a DCT shirt (limited sizes available). Send in your guess to info@deepcreektimes.com with “Mike’s Photo” as the subject. We will pick one random winner and let readers know who won next week. All entries due in by this Friday, and you do NOT have to guess correctly to win.

San Diego area

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Life as we know it continues to change, at least in the short term, due to the COVID-19 virus and the health measures put in place to combat the disease and its spread.  As I pen this post late Sunday afternoon I just learned some states are considering restaurant and bar closures in an effort to limit the virus’ impact.  That sounds prudent, but I am also concerned about the impact of many recent measures on small businesses.  Hopefully, this crisis will be “under control” in the near future. Sarah and I offer our good wishes to all those that have or know someone that has the virus. Be safe.

OK, since this is the Deep Creek Times I guess I should cover some news items about the Deep Creek Lake area, so here goes…

All Ruth Enlow Events are canceled…..

The Ruth Enlow Library will be open this morning at the Main Library, Accident, and Grantsville branches until about 1:00pm. This is the opportunity to come in and get materials because all branches will be closing after that; tentatively reopening on Monday, March 30. Programs through April 15 will remain cancelled or postponed. For those of you who need Wifi access, you will be able to get access outside the building.

Garrett County Public Schools will offer free meals to any child 18 and under beginning Wednesday.

Children must be present to receive the to-go meal and the bag lunch will consist of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit cup, fresh fruit, fresh vegetable and milk. Yogurt or a cheese sandwich will be available for children with peanut allergies.

The meals will be distributed weekdays at the following locations:

• Dennett Road School, 11:30 a.m. to noon.

• Liberty Mews, 11 to 11:20 a.m.

• Crellin, 57 Crellin St., 11:35 to 11:55 a.m.

• Oakland Town Parking Lot, 12:10 to 12:30 p.m.

• Deer Park, 198 Frank Custer Drive, 12:45 to 1:05 p.m.

• Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, 10:40 to 11 a.m.

• Hickory Environmental Center (Northern Middle’s bus loop), 11:20 to 11:40 a.m.

Friendsville Elementary School, noon to 12:20 p.m.

• Grantsville Elementary School, 12:40 to 1 p.m.

• Loch Lynn, 319 Roanoke Ave., 11 to 11:20 a.m.

• Kitzmiller Community Park, 290 W. Main Street, Kitzmiller, 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

• Bloomington Park, 12:30 to 12:50 p.m.

Any questions can be directed to the Food & Nutrition Services Office at 301-334-7652 or 888-262-2792.

Well, I think I am going to “wing-it” here, so if you like wings, you have two choices of local venues for some great wings this afternoon and evening.  Both Black Bear Tavern and Lakers Lounge at Alpine Lake Resort are having wing nights this evening. You can check out both on our events page.

On another note, we heard from the Manor Steakhouse late last evening that they will be closing for two weeks as a preventative measure relative to the virus.  I think it is wise to check schedule of any venue before going to verify that they are open for business.

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners will not hold their Public Meeting and Community Presentation on Tuesday, March 17th as previously announced. This cancellation is due to Governor Hogan’s orders regarding the COVID-19 situation. The next Garrett County Commissioner Public Meeting will be scheduled at the Garrett County Courthouse Public Meeting Room – Monday, April 6th at 4:00 pm with the Community Presentation immediately following the Public Meeting.

To help with the social distancing needed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Garrett County Chamber’s Business Before Hours scheduled for March 17th has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 21st. If you have already registered and still plan to attend, you are set. If you registered and are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, please contact Holly at 301.387.6171 for a refund or credit towards a future event.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources just announced some changes declared in an executive order from governor Hogan due to the COVID-19 virus.  These include a 30 day grace period for license and permit extensions, limits to meeting sizes, improved cleaning of facilities and the cancellation of some firearms and other classes.  Here’s a link to the newsletter for more specifics.

Have a great Monday folks…