Thursday January 25


Scattered snow early today tapering into mostly sunny this afternoon. High near 27 low near 17.

As I write this late Wednesday evening I can report that the wet roads combined with the low temperatures have made many of our roads quite slippery with ice.  While 219 was decent, the side roads were not good.  I am sure road crews will be out overnight and early morning but watch out, including when you walk out to your car first thing. 

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival has announced their 2018 season.  I just rotated off their board and I can say Mary, Andrew and friends do a great job bringing some great performances to Garrett County.

And the winners are… just released the results of their study of the favorite Valentine’s Day candies.  Yes, really. Now that I have your attention, the top Valentines candy for Maryland is M&Ms, followed by Conversation Hearts and Heart Shaped Boxes of Chocolate.

Just heard that there is a large regional FFA competition and program scheduled for the CTTC building in Accident on March 15th.  Well let you know more when we learn more, but in the meantime, all you future farmers and parents mark your calendars.

Hunters reported taking 87 wild turkeys during Maryland’s 2018 winter turkey season, which was open Jan. 18-20 statewide. Garrett hunters “harvested” eight.

Speaking of Turkeys, I have had a few nice lunches at the new Harvest Moon Market at The Fort in McHenry. Worth a try for a quick sandwich that isn’t fast food. They also sell produce. Tell Matia that Mike at DCT sent ya’.

1 – 2 – 3! WalletHub has compared 50 states across 15 key education metrics. The data set ranges from share of adults aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma to average university quality to gender gap in educational attainment. Maryland ranked 1st in gender gap in educational attainment, 2nd in % of graduate/professional degree holders and 3rd in % of bachelor degree holders!

Garrett College is hosting a performance of the internationally acclaimed and award-winning play the Vagina Monologues on February 16th and 17th.  The play is part of the “V-Day” movement and is in support of female empowerment and success. 100% of proceeds go to charities, with 90% going to Garrett County’s Dove Center. Note that the play is not without criticism and controversy due to its subject matter and language and is for mature audiences. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and will be on sale at the College and local area establishments.

Valentine’s Day is coming so why not give blood to celebrate!  The American Red Cross will be at the American Legion Hall in Oakland on February 2nd and Garrett College on the 13th.  Times vary so check out the Red Cross website for more information.

For those of you attending the PACE event in Annapolis Thursday and Friday (or just interested in the focus” as our citizens speak to State officials), Here are the final, official “talking points” as distributed by the PACE committee for Allegany and Garrett Counties.

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