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Yesterday started off misty but turned into a decent, though overcast, day.  Today’s weather will be cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 36 and a low of 28. West wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

This article from the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources, Native Birds Need Native Plants, shows us which native trees and shrubs are preferable if we wish to attract birds to our land. It also presents the results of research that shows the correlation of native plan biomass with bird attraction. Sounds a bit esoteric, but it is not.

I am not sure if there’s a Women’s Networking Lunch at Ace’s Run today. They’re usually start at noon on the first Thursday of the month and include a nice lunch and plenty of time to exchange cards and meet new people.  Why not stop by and check it out and if there is not an event, stay for a nice salad or burger.

The Oakland Mt. Lake Park Lions Club had another great year of living and giving in 2018. Here’s just a few of their accomplishments:

  • They enabled visual screenings for 753 children from eight elementary schools and six Head Start centers
    (6 months to 4 years old). Seventy-five of those students were referred for additional screening
  • They donated nearly $11,000 in financial support for members of our community with vision
  • They donated funds to over 40 non-profit/social service/educational organizations in the County. All of these
    organizations give back to our community
  • They participated in a fundraising drive to assist The House of Hope’s 40th Annual Food Drive

Thanks, Lions for all you do every year and for all you will do for our community and its citizens in 2019 and beyond!

The Allegany Arts Council is hosting an interesting workshop for photographers on January 9th: Shooting Raw and Digital File Management. 

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) is holding their Winter Conference in Annapolis on January 10th.  Here’s a link to the agenda for our readers.

It’s Locals Night at Dutch’s this evening and it’s Prime Rib Night at Moonshadow. And, I heard Bear Creek Traders has a nice Christmas sale going on. Just sayin’…