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Sunday was a brisk, breezy and sunny day with some showers overnight. The weather for today will be mostly cloudy with showers likely, mainly before 10am. High near 54 and a low around 49. Southeast wind 6 to 16 mph.

Story Tails, a program at the Grantsville branch of the Ruth Enlow Library, is offered today from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Designed to help children develop confidence in reading, each child reads to a dog for 15 – 20 minutes, with the dog’s handler sitting nearby to give reading assistance if necessary. All dogs are certified by Therapy Dogs International. All dogs are then given a multiple choice test to see if they remember what the children read to them (only kidding). This is a great program!

A Touch of Class Limousines just let us know that they are offering a 10% discount on their hourly rate for reservations made in November.  There are some qualifiers, so ask when you give them a call on 301.698.2650 if you are interested in learning more.

There’s a free workshop on Choosing Health Insurance this evening at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. University of Maryland Extension Educator Lisa McCoy, RD, offers this free workshop on understanding your health insurance options, making sure you have the right insurance for your family, preparing for unexpected expenses and taking control of your healthcare costs. Registration is not required.

The Chamber’s next Marketing Roundtable event will feature updates on the town of Oakland. The meeting is November 7th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Chamber conference room. This is an opportunity for area marketing professionals and Chamber member businesses to get an update on all of the new happenings in downtown Oakland, including Brenda McDonnell’s new restaurant and Pat Franc’s SipSide Lounge. There will also be a general update from GOBA’s Michelle Ross. Registration is required and is limited to 30 individuals.

November is American Diabetes Month.  With about 29 million American adults having type 2 diabetes, I wanted to share “the month” and that statistic as diabetes can really throw you a curve, including a 100- to 200- percent increase in medical expenses. I took the quick American Diabetes Association diabetes risk test online just now as I prepped for this post. Took me less than a minute to complete.

If you don’t feel like going to work today or don’t like your job, check out this photo of the inside of a coal mine in Frostburg, circa 1905.  Pretty primitive and dangerous looking conditions to be sure. This photo is courtesy of local historian Al Feldstein — thanks for sharing with us Al!

We just received this listing of activities available at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek State Park later this week.  As usual, they have a nice program schedule planned for the month.  We’ll share more as the month progresses:

Friday, November 9
All Day – Hands on Science Room Open and Scavenger Hunts Available

Saturday, November 10
11:00 am Hungry Critters – Meet us inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters! You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian!
2:00 pm. First Impressions – Some animals are born with a bad reputation.  This interactive program shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature.  At the end of the program, get the opportunity to meet one of the real animals behind the misconceptions.

Sunday, November 11
11:00 a.m. Pine cone Bird Feeder Making – It’s that time of year again! As you are making a pine cone bird feeder to take home with you, learn about the birds that are stopping by the Discovery Center bird feeders.
2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding – Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!