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The weekend was great.  Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 61 degrees. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 34.

During a visit to the doctor on the GRMC campus the other day, I parked next to a stone marker and tree that I had probably “seen” 10 times before but never noticed.  One more example of the history (man-made and natural) all around us that we may not notice in our daily travels.  Here’s a photo of the marker.  Not sure of the date, though the tree looks “old.”

Civic Club tree marker grmc

A piece of the past

If anyone has any history on the plaque and tree let us know at and we will share with our readers.

As Sarah reported the other day, it appears that Rolling Pin Bakery is taking over the space at Annie’s Country Kitchen in Accident. Glad the space will be utilized and hopefully, jobs will be saved/created.  I also heard that Annie’s has already closed due to the fact that they “ran out of food.” I guess a lot of folks, including me, wanted to have one last visit.  Good luck to the Annie’s team and to Rolling Pin as well.

The Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake has been busy this winter working on several important items for the health of the lake. Along with the Policy and Review Board, they attempted to get Brookfield to lower the lake for a month to help kill off near-shore sub-aquatic vegetation (SAV). Brookfield responded that it could not do it this year due to power generation commitments but would try to accommodate in the future. Here’s the POA’s latest newsletter with lots of good information.

Governor Larry Hogan announced in a press conference on Thursday that Maryland will open up Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccination eligibility in waves based on risk factors, including age, essential occupations, and underlying health conditions.

The State Board of Education will host its monthly meeting today (starting at 10:00 am) and tomorrow in a hybrid format. The meetings will be conducted via livestream with some Board Members attending in-person. I wanted to share this since school openings are very much on everyone’s minds across the state and the nation. Today’s meeting will begin at 10:00 am, and the agenda and materials are available at:  The Tuesday meeting will begin at 9:00 am, and the agenda and materials are available at:

The State of Maryland and the Forever Maryland Foundation are proud to announce that 91 Keep Maryland Beautiful grants totaling $312,500 have been awarded toward environmental education, community cleanup, and beautification projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program. I must say that I was a bit disappointed to learn that none of these grants went to Garrett County organizations.  Not sure why…

Finally, a “factoid” on Cicadas for you all: This is the year that Brood X makes its appearance from Georgia to New York after hiding underground since 2004.  Cicadas can sometimes reach a density of 1.5 million adults per acre! Not sure if it will get bad around these parts, but thought the density statistic was interesting.

Have a great day dear readers…