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It was windy, snowy and cold last night and Garrett County Public Schools are closed today. The weather for today will be snow showers with accumulations less than an inch with winds gusting up to 40mph. Temperatures will be in the mid-20s but dropping to 19 degrees.

Some good movies playing at the Garrett 8 Cinemas these days. It appears Murder on the Orient Express will end it’s run this evening. Mike and Jean saw the movie and really liked it. Something to do inside on a cold evening.

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) FY19 Project Grant program will be open for applications in late January and Garrett County organizations are encouraged to submit projects for funding. There will be a webinar held on December 19th at 2:00pm. To register for this grant webinar or for questions, contact Jen Durben at jen@garrettchamber.com or call 301-387-5238.

The Chamber is holding Business After Hours this evening, with Halian & Associates Landscapes hosting the event from 5:30pm- 7:30pm.

Congratulations to Music at Penn Alps which just completed its 25th season (2017) which was quite successful and most enjoyable to all that attended. This season featured an original composition by Sean Beachy commemorating their anniversary, something they hope to continue into future years as a regular feature.

Here’s something a little different: Stop by the nearby Allegany Museum’s grand ballroom to see an exhibition of the history of Santa Claus, from St Nicolas through the Coke ‘Santa’ to the present day. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sundays 1-4pm. For more information, visit the Allegany Museum or call (301) 777-7200

A special note from a former Southwest PA area resident:

Are you a FUN home/property owner who dreams of having a grown-up treehouse?!  A well-known TV show that documents the building of custom-designed, ADULT-centric treehouses is accepting submissions for its next season!  These magnificent structures (designed and built by our host and his company) are often like mini-homes, complete with electricity and water.  There is no exact tree equation, but typically trees that are – VERY TALL, and big vs. skinny, with high vs. low branches – work better.  For more info on the build company’s price points, and to submit to be on the show visit: https://treehousemasters.wufoo.com/forms/mpcnlvi1n3xekr/

Check out excerpts from this interview with an MIT researcher and former coal miner and techie from Kentucky about coal, Appalachia and the future of work that appeared on WBUR a little over a week ago. Interesting…

Jessica Fike shared this lovely sunset photo from her backyard in Accident a few days ago:

Deep Creek Lake Area - Accident, MD - Winter Sunset