The weather for today will be partly sunny, with a high near 47 and a low around 40. Southwest wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Tonight has a chance of rain, mainly after 3am. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our readers and their loved ones!

Did you know that History’s first valentine was written in one of the most unromantic places: a prison? According to History.com, Charles, Duke of Orleans wrote the love letter to his second wife at the age of 21 while captured at the Battle of Agincourt. As a prisoner for more than 20 years, he would never see his valentine’s reaction to the poem he penned to her in the early 15th century. I wonder why he didn’t send something from 1.800.flowers or from the local florist?

So, I know that most readers are now probably thinking “gee, I wonder what Mike wants for Valentine’s Day?” Please feel free to send any chocolates, flowers or even a nice new sports car to me via email, and thanks in advance! If those things don’t work for you for some reason, I suggest we all give one another continued focus on, enjoyment of and sustainable caring for, this wonderful gift we all have – Deep Creek Lake and its surroundings!

Here’s a link to the Deep Creek Video from a talented videographer and editor, Adam Satisky, who has allowed us to re-post his great video for all to enjoy.  Thanks Adam!

If you want to try something new and different for a post-Valentine’s Day drink, check out the new Sipside Lounge, which has its grand opening at 3:30 pm on Friday. Sipside is a relaxed venue to enjoy wine, liquor, and craft beer right in the heart of historic Oakland and is owned and managed by the same great folks that own Flipside Sounds.

The Chamber is holding its February Business After Hours event this evening at Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry.  Here’s the link for more information and to register or you can just show-up at the door.  The event begins at 5:30 pm.

It’s Team Trivia Night this evening at Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Here’s the link for more information.

Well, the annual Deep Creek Dunk is coming to the lake on Saturday, February 23rd in Arrowhead Cove and to celebrate, and The Lodges at Sunset Village is offering a two night lodging special along with two free movie passes to Garrett 8 Cinemas for that weekend.