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The weather this weekend was interesting, from cool and sunny to an ice storm Saturday, then warmer on Sunday. Here’s a landscape photo I took showing the ice on trees Saturday morning. The weather for today will be rain showers before 2pm, then rain and snow showers likely. Temperature rising to near 43 by 10am, then falling to around 34 during the remainder of the day. South wind 13 to 16 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Tonight, a low-temperature tonight of 24 with a west wind 18 to 21 mph and gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Deep Creek Lake area after the ice storm

As you continue to digest your Thanksgiving meal, consider some of these facts from the University of Illinois Extension: About 88% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and that represents over 700 million pounds of the bird (I think I ate most of that, unfortunately).  Here’s the link to some additional factoids for your reading pleasure.

I went to the Festival of Trees on Friday.  I never cease to be amazed at the creativity of various individuals and teams.  Some of the themed trees (and wreaths) were truly works of art.  I hope that the Dove Center had another successful fundraising event. It looked like they did, based on the smiles and crowds.  The chili dogs weren’t bad either (just performing quality control, of course).

As an educator and businessman, I know the importance of a good science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) education for our young people. Add-in the arts, and you get S.T.E.A.M. which is really hot (pun intended) these days.  The Kitzmiller branch of Ruth Enlow library is hosting a STEAM Kids event today from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.  Even experiencing S.T.E.A.M. at a young age can open up a world of learning and career opportunities for youth and the team at the library does a great job of helping us out in this area.

Speaking of the library, they are hosting a LEGO Club this evening from 6:00 pm – 7:30 at the Oakland branch, with a themed build for children four and older.  Some may not know the tremendous program we have in Garrett County from K-12 and at Garrett College in LEGO competitions and robotics.  We have some great student teams that have won international recognition and competitions, all helping our students build many skills in addition to STEAM.

I went to the movies Saturday evening with my wife and we watched Widows, an interesting film with an all-star cast that dealt with “survival” and determination. Not an academy award nominee, but some good entertainment with some interesting action. We have the local up-to-date movie listings all the time on Deep Creek Times.

Calling all local artists. The Allegany Arts Council is hosting a Holiday Market Artisan Village again this year, from December 4th through the 30th and they are accepting applications for “consignment” from area artists. We have so many artists, artisans, and makers around the lake — here is the application from the Allegany Arts Council.