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Scattered snow showers this morning and turning partly sunny. Highs of 23 but with wind chills of 0. A low of 17 tonight.

The Department of Public Works, Utilities Division, is asking their customers on the Friendsville water system to conserve water through Monday, February 12th. We are unable to produce water at the water treatment plant due to a residential fuel oil spill into the Youghiogheny River.

Friendsville Elementary School will be operating under normal hours and conditions on Thursday and Friday (February 8-9, 2018), pending any weather related delays or cancellations — Friendsville School will be able to conserve water in normal operations mode and there will be bottled water available for students and staff.

The Ruth Enlow Library’s Adult Book Club meets today at 11:30 at the Accident branch. Newcomers are welcome.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations just announced the launch of a new workforce development and skills training program focused on the environment and natural resources.

There’s a Women’s Networking Lunch today at Ace’s Run Restaurant starting at Noon. For profit NeuBeam and non-profit HABco will be the speakers. Cost is $15 per person.

You can donate blood to the Red Cross on Tuesday, February 13th at Garrett College from 11:30am -4:00pm.  Call 1.800.RED.CROSS to schedule your appointment.

Know a want-to-be entrepreneur?  Please tell them to consider the College’s Business Plan Competition, which kicks off on February 15th; deadline for entries is February 12th. Call Jodi McClintock at 301.387.3069 for more information.

Hey, Garrett County homeowners. Did you know that interest on a home equity loan will no longer be tax deductible under the new tax law?  Check out this interesting study by LendEdu for some insight on borrowing habits/perceptions.

Our apologies again for a late post yesterday – this is a photo of a fire from a downed line West of Oakland that caused a power disruption. The “square” in the image is a storage shed and the fire was down over the bank:

West Oakland Electrical Fire