Monday May 18

The weather this weekend was great, especially on Saturday.  Lots of folks out on and around the lake.  Today’s weather holds a 30% chance of showers, mainly after 10:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66 degrees and a low of around 48. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph (higher in the evening).

My wife Jean was one of those out on the lake this weekend.  She took this photo from our kayak while out on Beckman’s cove.  Good job Jean.

Jean Tumbarello Barn on Beckman's Peninsula at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Jean Tumbarello Barn on Beckman’s Peninsula at Deep Creek Lake, MD


Here’s another nice photo submitted by reader Mary Freese.  Thanks Mary and great job!

5-14-20 Mary Freese

Beautiful Sky

According to state health officials, the number of coronavirus hospitalizations in Maryland — the main statistic Governor Hogan used to justify lifting a statewide stay-at-home order Friday — dropped by 40 patients as of Sunday. I believe Garrett County is at seven confirmed cases and our low numbers will hopefully continue.

Theater on the Lake (TOTL) just announced that there will be no summer season this year.  That is a bummer, but understandable, as they are impacted by the coronavirus issue like so many arts institutions. They definitely plan to be back in 2021 and are planning some virtual video recap efforts for this summer.  We’ll let you know when we know more.

Gone phishing?  Actually, you do not want to be involved on either side of the phishing hook! Even as we deal with so many global, national and local challenges related to conronavirus and other things, there are bad people out there trying to trick you.  I have had some training on this and I can tell you it is a growing threat and can be very serious.  What am I taking about you ask?  Go here to take a quiz on phishing, which is basically online trickery that obtains personal information from the victim.  Do it!

Here is some important information to share, understand and follow and as I know there has been some significant public discussion, or maybe I should say debate, since these changes were announced, I am including verbatim from the press release issued Friday by the Joint Information Team on behalf of the Health Department and County Government:

Safer-at-Home Advisory Replaces Stay-at-Home Order – By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team

As Garrett County moves into Stage One of Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery process on Friday, May 15, at 5:00 p.m., the Stay-at-Home order is replaced by a Safer-at-Home public health advisory. The Governor strongly advises Marylanders to continue staying home as much as possible, especially older and more vulnerable Marylanders. Individuals who can work from home should continue to do so. Maryland citizens should continue wearing masks in indoor public areas, retail stores, and on public transportation. Additionally, Marylanders should continue practicing physical distancing, keep washing their hands often, and frequently sanitize high-touch areas.

“We are moving from what I would call government-imposed restriction to personal responsibility,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “It is all of our responsibility now to protect our neighbors, our family, and our friends through things like social distancing, washing our hands, wearing face masks, and limiting our travel within the community.”

Of note in the Governor’s Order from May 13th is the fact that gatherings of greater than 10 people for social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting are prohibited. Retail establishments may open at no more than a 50% capacity according to fire code. Also allowed to open with this capacity limit, and by appointment only, are beauty salons and barber shops. The following are to remain closed:

  • Senior centers
  • Restaurants and bars, except for take out or delivery
  • Fitness centers
  • Theaters
  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Miniature golf
  • Social and fraternal clubs
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Tanning salons
  • Massage parlors

For more information on Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery go to

Have a great week dear readers!

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