Monday November 19

Sunday turned into a really nice day, with temperatures in the 60’s. Today will be cloudy, with a high near 46 and a low around 32. Rain after 4pm; chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

The Board of Trustees of the Ruth Enlow Library will meet today from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm, at the Oakland Library. The public is invited to attend.

There’s still time to register for the Chamber’s November Business Before Hours Tourism Update scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 8:00 am at Wisp.

Correction: I just heard that Harvest Moon market will, in fact, not be opening again after all.  A little confusing, and not sure if that is final, but I wanted to communicate that latest news to our readers, as I had previously reported it would be opening.

The State of Maryland’s Planning Department has phase II of their “A Better Maryland” survey online along with results from Phase I of the initiative.  The survey allows you to provide input into the prioritization of strategies in 14 areas of importance to the state and its citizens. Go ahead, give them your feedback!

Here’s the latest Watershed Wisdom Update from the Friends of Deep Creek Lake. They do important work and are good folks. I agree with many of their positions and the need for funding and help from the state.  Not sure I agree that the snow was bad the other day (it was beautiful and important for area recreation and small businesses) 🙂 or that the lake and it’s tributaries have water quality troubles. Not perfect, and we want to improve water quality, but I am not sure “poor” is appropriate.  Perhaps somewhat  “challenged” on some measures. You decide and you can read their full newsletter here. 

Zillow just published an interesting online article on seven places in America that will “pay you” to move there.  I know we have, and have had, some good first-time home buyer incentives in Garrett County as well. Thought it was interesting as various municipalities, large and small, work to drive population growth.  It has me thinking about what else we can do here to drive our county population (about 29,000 – 30,000) that has been relatively flat and is aging.

The Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, November 20th has been cancelled.  The next open meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 16th at 6:00 pm at Oakland City Hall.  Committees need to be prepared to be at that meeting to present. You can contact Michelle Ross of GOBA/City Hall at 301.334.2691 with any questions or for additional information.

With 51 percent of American consumers saying that Black Friday no longer offers the best deals of the year, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2018’s Best Things to Buy on Black Friday. WalletHub determined that 14 percent of items offer no savings compared with their pre-Black Friday prices. Shop smart and please try to shop local dear readers.

This photo was posted on Instagram over the weekend by @dillinger_hollands– can you tell what it is?

Deep Creek Lake, MD

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