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The weather yesterday was just about perfect, with lots of blue sky and boats on the lake.  Today will be sunny, with a high near 75 degrees and a light southeast wind of 5 to 7 mph. This evening will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources had this to say in their latest Fishing Report issued yesterday: “Deep Creek Lake has much to offer in regards to fishing this week. Largemouth and smallmouth bass can be found relatively shallow at dawn and late in the evenings near grass and shoreline structure. As the day progresses they will move into cool shade under floating docks and moored boats or go to deep grass beds. Bluegills can be found near docks and grass beds, trout will be holding deep along the dam face.”

Good news: On August 8th, the president made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, the state of Maryland agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Maryland for a FEMA grant under this program, which will allow Maryland to provide those unemployed due to COVID-19 $300 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefit.  FEMA will work with Maryland Governor Hogan to implement a system to make this funding available to Maryland residents.

Received another request to spread the word about the Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival Wine & Weekend Raffle going on now!  This is a replacement fundraiser for the annual Art & Wine Festival event and is an important fundraiser for both HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF). Here’s the link for more information and to purchase a raffle ticket.

The Garrett College Foundation recently announced the formation of the Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Smith Memorial Scholarship, established by the Smith family.  The purpose of the scholarship is to provide scholarship support for students enrolled in continuing education and workforce development programs at Garrett College. As an independent geographic consultant, after a long career as a geographer for the U.S. Department of State, Bob advised clients on all aspects of ocean policies and planning. To make a gift to the scholarship fund, visit https://my.garrettcollege.edu/GCM/gift/PersonalInfo online or contact the Garrett College Foundation Office at 301-387-3131.

With all of the cancellations and reschedules due to the pandemic, I am happy to report that the National Road and Town-Wide Yard Sale is on for this Saturday in Grantsville.  The outdoor event goes from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm in town and along Rt. 40.  If you are looking for something differerent and outdoors, check it out.

We heard late yesterday afternoon that the Garrett County Health Department received positive COVID-19 results for two additional persons, bringing the current county total positives to 60. The new positive COVID-19 cases include: a female in her 20s with symptoms, isolating at home and a male in his 60s with symptoms, isolating at home. Garrett County’s 7-day positivity percentage is 1.5%, and 5 persons are currently isolating due to COVID-19 positive tests.