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Yesterday was cold with some mixed precipitation throughout the day and into the evening.  Today’s weather will be snow showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 29 and a low of 28. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible and 1 to 3 inches possible overnight.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 AM EST FRIDAY (per National Weather Service)

You can bring your own needlework – whether it’s knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, embroidery, or lap quilting – and join others for two hours of relaxation and fun this afternoon! This Needlework  meet-up  goes from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Oakland library in downtown Oakland.

Do you know what the oldest hiking club in Maryland is? Neither did I, but you find out and learn about their interesting and fun “work” on the Appalachian Trail and elsewhere by following this link. Hint: they started way back in 1934! Cool stuff.

Our Town Theatre in Oakland opens their stage to anyone who has something to share this evening from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Music, short stories, poetry, dance, skits, etc., are all welcomed, so go on out and show off your creative side and meet others too at this monthly Open Mic Night event!

Here’s a link to the latest issue of Maryland Tourism, Film and the Arts Newsletter.  This issue covers a lot of “stuff” including Maryland Arts Day, Maryland Tourism Day, Destination Maryland and Maryland Mondays, to name a few topics.

This is a fantastic art piece of the Oakland B&O Train Station by Joe McNemar Photography:

Joe McNemar Photography Train Station in Oakland near Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) has begun offering a new service to its members. GOBA will now advertise job openings on their website. The ads will run for 30 days and then will be automatically removed. Please contact Michelle Ross at mainstreetgoba@gmail.com for more information.

The Maryland State Board of Education just issued their January Maryland Education Bulletin which includes information on new Blue Ribbon schools, State Board of Education actions and the Maryland After school Program for students in “food insecure” homes.  It also includes a link to the 2018 Maryland School Report Card, which is interesting reading.

Several local organizations partnered to conduct a survey of Western Maryland organizations to determine their views of a proposed $15 per hour minimum wage in Maryland.  Here’s a summary of findings: “With 282 Western Maryland organizations, including for-profit and non-profit employers, participating in the survey, 69% felt that it would not improve the standard of living in Western Maryland. 69% agreed that minimum wage is the standard for no/low skill jobs. 64% agreed that minimum wage is not intended to be a living wage.” I am pretty sure this will be a discussion topic around the county, as it is nationally, so I thought I would share a little. As always, no politics or position intended! Read the summary report and see the entire summary here.