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I hope you all had a great weekend.  Weather was cool but clear.  Today, we expect it to be sunny, with a high near 47 degrees, with a west wind 6 to 9 mph. Tonight, will be partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Southwest wind around 8 mph.

As we emerge from the “deep freeze” I thought I would share this cool photo taken by Karen Dewitt the end of February at Swallow Falls State Park. Thanks for sharing Karen!

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Frozen Falls

Don’t forget to check out this month’s Cover Story on Swanton resident Mark Clookie and his team working to prevent human trafficking. While human trafficing takes many forms and has many victims, I think the article and Mark’s work is especially noteworthy during Women’s History Month.

Maryland Public Television is creating an American Portrait TV special showing what makes you uniquely Maryland. They have already heard from hundreds of Marylanders, but they are still in search of some distinctive stories and differing perspectives. Now is the time to share your story and possibly be featured in the program. Grab your phone, record your story, and submit it by clicking this link.

Don’t forget the Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club annual boat auction is tentatively set for June 12, 2021. This is a great fundraiser for our club and a great way to donate or purchase a boat.  Here’s a link to the club’s Facebook site and some photos. Always a good time and for a great cause.

And, speaking of great causes, the Civic Club of Oakland is holding their first-ever “Anything & Everything Goes” Flea Market, Yard Sale and Makers Market on Saturday, May 1st from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Farmers Market Pavilion.  They have indoor and outdoor vendor slots available.  Click this link for a little more information.

Observation:  We continue to experience significant and challenging delays in the receipt of mail for our businesses. I know others in the area and nationwide have been experiencing similar challenges, but it seems like it is getting worse and not better.  We recently received a return-address Christmas Card that we mailed in December.  Yikes!  If you have any insight or ideas, let us know at

If you are an entrepreneur or know an entrepreneur, you should know that Sarah and I are offering two very cost-effective workshop series in the near future. Both are designed to help small businesses and non-profits succeed and grow post-pandemic and to practice proven success tools. One of these starts in March via Zoom through Allegany College and the other will be offered on the Garrett College campus starting in April.  Reach out to us at if you want some pre-release information.

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