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Yesterday was pretty cold, with the weather in Swanton at 8:00pm down to 4 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather for today will remain cold; partly sunny with highs reaching 14 degrees.

There was a sanitary sewer overflow of approximately 3,200 gallons on Lake Shore Drive on Tuesday afternoon, apparently due to a sewer tap breakage. The Department of Public Works responded to the problem and contained the leak and the Department of Health was contacted and deemed no public health risk from the situation.

Hungry? Well the critters at the Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Center are! Today at 2:00pm you can watch the animals at the Discovery Center as they eat their lunch. There’s also a participatory session on birds in the Science Room at 11:00am.

Speaking of the Discovery Center, they are holding their annual First Day Hike on January 1st. Those interested can meet at the Discovery Center by 10:00am for the 2.5-mile-long hike on the moderate-grade Beckman’s Trail led by Naturalist Will Williams. Dress for the weather and have a complimentary hot chocolate after the hike.

Herrington Manor State Park issued a ski report for cross country skiers yesterday. They reported that four inches of “extremely light fluff” fell overnight and into early yesterday morning, on top of the one-inch base. Trails are not groomed. There are no ski rentals as of yesterday. For more information call them at 301-334-9180.

Two Garrett County organizations received $2,500 from the Tucker Community Foundation through its annual Fall Grant Program. The Garrett Community College Foundation fund for student assistance received $1,500 and Garrett County Community Action free tax prep and financial education program received $1,000.

The Maryland Economic Development Association’s yearly legislative economic outlook conference is scheduled for Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. Public and private sector leaders will share their thoughts on economic development related topics that will be considered during the upcoming 2018 legislative session.

The County Government has posted that Garrett County does not allow prepayments for property tax bills; however, they do allow overpayments. Any overpayment will sit as a credit on the customer’s account and be applied to any subsequent year’s tax bill. They do not pay interest on “overpayments. Please check with your financial advisor concerning the possible tax implications of making an overpayment.