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Yesterday was dreary with some rain.  Today will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 67 degrees. The evening will be clear, with a low around 44. Light and variable wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight.

I went to the Second Sunday in September event at the Fort in McHenry yesterday.  Marcia Warnick, Jessica Fike and friends did a great job putting on the event and there were lots of folks both selling and buying the nice products offered by the vendors. I hope they do it again.  I took this photo of Jessica (seated) and some friends at her booth.

Second Sunday event Jessica Fike

Second Sunday – Jessica Fike and Happy Customers

Speaking of photos, here’s a very nice one submitted by Debbie DeTorre.  Thanks for sharing Debbie!

Debbie DeTorre

Sun Peeking Through

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is hosting their monthly Business Before Hours event on Tuesday.  Ben Safran, Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company, will be the keynote speaker for the BBH Business & Industry Appreciation program. Ben will be discussing a reimagining of the post-pandemic economy, new strategies for growth and development, etc. You can register here to receive a link to attend the event or call Holly Lane at 301.387.6171. This event is limited to chamber members.

Here’s a link to a sobering piece by the BBC relative to the loss of wildlife on the planet over the last 50 years.  I have not reviewed all of the methodologies and conclusions, but the BBC and the experts quoted certainly have strong reputations. I’ll let you decide. It would be interesting to see if there are any changes in biodiversity and biomass in Garrett County during the same period.  Interesting stuff for sure…

Speaking of research studies, earlier this summer, the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee set about crunching data on more than 40,000 genes from 17,000 genetic samples in an effort to better understand Covid-19. Summit is the second-fastest computer in the world, but the process — which involved analyzing 2.5 billion genetic combinations — still took more than a week. I don’t have a link to the full article, but the bottom line is a resulting new hypothesis about COVID-19: As the compound bradykinin builds up in the body, it dramatically increases vascular permeability. In short, it makes your blood vessels leaky. This aligns with recent clinical data, which increasingly views Covid-19 primarily as a vascular disease, rather than a respiratory one.

Have a great and healthy Monday dear readers…