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With a few very light exceptions, the rains held off again yesterday. Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 3pm and 4pm. High near 78 and a low around 59. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

It’s the “dog days” of summer, so I guess it is time to think about… winter! Check out this historic photo of Wisp Resort courtesy of our friend Al Feldstein and his “Feldstein’s Historical Stuff” Facebook site. From Al’s postcard history book of Garrett County, published in 2006: “It was in 1955 that Helmuth Heise and several businessmen began to transform Marsh Mountain, a cow pasture owned by a local farmer, into a make-shift ski area. Skis were rented from the back of Helmuth’s pickup truck. In 1958 a lift is added to replace the original rope tow and by 1959, only Heise holds to the dream of developing the area as a winter resort. He operates the ski area alone.” We have come a long way since those humble beginnings.

Historic Wisp Resort Photo Courtesy of Al Feldstein

Don’t forget that “there is still time” to register for the Fall Semester at Garrett College.  Great, cost-effective programs in a small, caring environment and there is still financial aid available. Call admissions ASAP at 301.387.3044 if you are interested. Classes start on September 4th.

The Deep Creek Lion’s Club had a very successful Poker Boat Tour on Sunday and raised well over $1,000 to support their programs. Not resting on their laurels, they have a first-time-ever event planned for the fall: The Mountain Lion Trek.

Deep Creek Lions Mountain Lion Trek

So what is it you ask? Teams of around four (4) people will travel by car and complete missions between McHenry and Oakland.

  • Missions range from puzzles, physical challenges, or social media tagging and all have different point values
  • Each teams’ score is tracked on a phone-based app, so they are competing in real-time
  • Date: Saturday, Sept 21, noon-4:00 pm (registration starts at 11:00 am)

This will be a totally new-to-the-area event and is projected to have over 200 participants for the first year! The Lions are looking for participants and sponsors

Have you seen the trout stocking map managed by the Maryland DNR? http://gisapps.dnr.state.md.us/TroutStockingMap/

The first day of school in Garrett County is Monday, August 26.

Also, the Public Schools’ Strategic Facilities Committee (SFC) will meet Friday, August 30, 2019 at 10:00am. The meeting will consider a set of long-term and near-term actions and projects, to be reviewed by the Board at the meeting of September 10, 2019. Community feedback meetings will be held in the week of September 16, and final recommendations will be presented to the Board for action on November 12, 2019.