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It was a bit “crisp” this weekend, but was very nice and great walking weather as well, even with the clouds moving in Sunday afternoon.  Today we expect a chance of showers, mainly after 10:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58 degrees and a calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. We have a  chance of showers before 9:00 pm this evening, then a chance of rain, mainly after 2:00 am, with a low around 50.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued their winter 20/21 forecast for the nation.  They cover temperature, precipitation (Including drought forecasts) and other factors by region.  Very well-done and interesting and you can check it out here.

Speaking of the weather, here’s a weather-impacted photo of my entire grape crop for the season. Yep, I harvested a total of eight (8) “grapes” for the season on Saturday.  This is my third season, with the first yielding a few, which I pruned early to strengthen the vines, the second yielding nothing and now this pitiful “crop.” I heard many local folks did not get a harvest this year, but I think my biggest problem is not enough sun.  Next year…

2020 grape harvest

Mike’s 2020 Grape Harvest

Heard on Friday that trout stocking continues in and around Garrett County.  Here’s the latest scoop for all you fisher people. It is a link to the latest DNR newsletter on fish stocking.

And, speaking of fish, and I don’t mean the frozen kind either, here’s a link to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fall Fish Zone newsletter on fishing and boating. It talks about bluegills, trout, celebrating first fish caught by youngsters and more.

Based on my grape farming success – or lack thereof – as documented earlier, it is good for this furball that I am not in charge of growing all of the pumpkins in the area. This is a really nice “action photo” as submitted by  Vicki Schwinabart.  Thanks for sharing Vicki, very nice work.

vicki schwinabart 10-18-20

Fall Feast

I am going to end on a very important, somewhat somber note relative to a mini-surge in Garrett County COVID-19 cases, as indicated in a news release from the Garrett County Health Department/Joint Information Team.  This is important enough for me to include the release in its entirety right here and also in our Latest News section.  Please read and heed.  We need to protect our residents and visitors and also our local economy, businesses and their employees:


October 16, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

Garrett County Notified of Seven Additional COVID-19 Cases

By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team

The Garrett County Health Department received seven additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the current county total positives to 95. The new positive COVID-19 cases include:

  • Two females in their 40s, both with symptoms and isolating at home
  • One male in his 60s, with symptoms, isolating at home
  • Three teens, two male and one female, all with symptoms and isolating at home
  • One female in her 50s, with symptoms, isolating at home

“We are currently experiencing a surge in cases in Garrett County,” said Health Officer Bob Stephens.  “Contact tracing continues to reveal that the primary spread is through family, friends and social gatherings.  As the restrictions have been relaxed, it is more important than ever that community members be compliant with social distancing and face covering practices to prevent the spread of COVID.”

“I am very concerned that a continued surge in cases will require reimposing restrictions that we have worked so hard to relax,” Stephens said. “If we as a community want our businesses, schools and churches to remain open, we need to renew our efforts to keep Garrett County safe and healthy.”

For more information call 301-334-7770 or 301-895-3111.