Monday March 30

The weather for today will see Increasing clouds, with a high near 49 degrees and a west wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. The evening hours will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Putting these challenging times in perspective through the wonder and beauty of our natural environment, here’s a photo submitted Friday by Russ Dijak.  Thanks Russ.  Great shot.
Beautiful Deep Creek Sky

Beautiful Deep Creek Sky

Folks, with everyone hunkered down, we have been getting fewer photos submitted the last few weeks.  If you are out and about, and have a photo from around the lake (or your own homestead) that you think other readers would enjoy, please submit to us at Photos can be of natural or man-made features and of people, pets or wildlife.

Some “mixed” news: Heard over the weekend that Maryland had about 1,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with almost 12,000 negative tests conducted. The bad news is we have 1,000 people (at least) with the coronavirus.  On the other hand, assuming those tested feared they were exposed or exhibited symptoms, less than 10% of them actually had the virus (at testing). Maybe that is a good sign?  Maryland officials on Sunday reported that 247 new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed since Saturday.  Garrett County still stands at three confirmed cases.

As of Saturday, COVID-19 testing sites located in Garrett County had processed specimens on 109 individuals. These individuals reside mainly in Garrett County, but some have been processed on out-of-county residents. Among specimens collected on Garrett County residents, there have been 50 negative results and three positive results. Of the remaining 56 specimens, the vast majority are still pending.

Reminder: For up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit the Health Department’s website at where you will find links to both Statewide and National resources. You can also call the local COVID-19 Hotline number at 301.334.7698. I think the Health Department and other local organizations are doing a great job of keeping all informed.

The Board of Directors of the Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake, Inc., announced the election of Bob Sutton as President of the POA on March 26th. Bob has been a resident of Sky Valley since 1971 where for the past many years he has served as the President of the Sky Valley Association.  Good luck Bob!

As we all stay home and self-quarantine, our friends at First United Bank & Trust have come up with an online resource to help families optimize and enhance their time together, while still isolated from the broader community.  Click on this link for more information. Thanks First United!

A newly developed local small business loan program designed to assist Garrett County small businesses through the COVID-19 health crisis has been announced jointly by the Board of County Commissioners for Garrett County and the Garrett County Development Corporation. The goal of the program is to provide small businesses with loans for interim emergency funding (up to $5,000) to help pay legitimate business expenses such as mortgage, rent, utilities, insurance, taxes, etc. in order to remain solvent, continue business operations, or eventually restart the business. There are eligibility requirements. For more information, you can contact Kim Durst at Garrett County Economic Development at or 301.334.1992.

Have a great and healthy Monday folks…