Monday October 1

Fall arrived here on the mountain with sunny and brisk weather this weekend and it is wonderful. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 72 and a low around 61. Chance of showers late this evening and into tomorrow early-morning.

Even as the weather cools, the lake water temperature remains relatively warm, with a northern lake temperature reading on Friday of 70 degrees! That reading is reinforced by all the boats and personal watercraft I saw on the lake this weekend.

I am bummed that Harvest Moon Market at the Fort in McHenry has announced they will be closing. Fortunately, Moonshadow and Harvest Moon Catering will continue as a welcome presence here at the lake.

Today is the early-bird deadline to register for the Chamber’s 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival Kick-Off Dinner on October 10th, 2018. The event will be held in the McHenry Lodge at Wisp Resort.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has now opened enrollment for the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy, the nation’s first state-led program aimed at helping community leaders, critical infrastructure, local governments and state agencies effectively plan for and implement climate change initiatives.

Please remember that several Oakland roads will be closed before and during the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1:00 pm Saturday, October 13th.  Closures and parking limitations include parts of Second, Third, Alder and Memorial. For questions or concerns, contact Chief Thomas at Oakland Police Department or Oakland City Hall.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hold an informational open house for Wolf Den Run State Park from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm October 20th at Kitzmiller Elementary School. The primary use of the Garrett County property will be to provide a high-quality recreation experience and opportunity for off-highway/off-road vehicle riders.

The zombies are coming! Cindy’s Fund is holding a Zombie 5K race/1 mile run/monster dash through downtown Oakland on October 20th.  Registration is at 4:00 pm with the race starting at 5:00 pm. The Monster Dash is for children age nine and under.  Runners in the 5K will be wearing rope belts with flags draped over the belt. People can register for the event online at or pick up a registration form at the main office of First United Bank in Oakland. For more information, find Cindy’s Fund on Facebook or call Mandy Shaffer at 301.616.6709.

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