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The weather for today will be sunny and cold, with a high near 7. Wind chill values as low as -29. West wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight, snow likely (mainly after 4am). Increasing clouds, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -10. West wind 5 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Due to the frigid weather, the Oakland library’s “Choose Civility” event I included in yesterday’s Notes was cancelled and will now take place on Wednesday, February 6th at 6:00 pm. The College is closed today and mass at St. Peters is also cancelled for today, since Garrett County Schools are closed. Garrett County Administrator Kevin Null has also announced all county government offices will delay opening until 10:30 a.m. today. If you are coming into town, please check to make sure your intended destination is open as we face this very cold weather.

They knead more dough!  Garrett Mentors is a local non–profit organization providing children in the Garrett County area with positive, adult role models serving as lunchtime mentors at school. They are holding a “Dough Raiser” fund raiser at Uno’s today from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm including take-outs   I have had the pleasure of knowing a number of their dedicated mentors and meeting some of their student mentees and I give this organization a hearty “thumbs -up.” Check here to print the coupon to be able to have your meal help and also to learn more.  Thanks!

Oakland Jazzercise is holding its annual February Heart Health Challenge again this year. New/returning customers can sign up for just $50 and get unlimited classes now through February 28th and also have a chance to earn a limited edition Heart Challenge tank.  Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Garrett Regional Medical Center’s CT Scanner Campaign.

The Lodges at Sunset Village (across from the Fort and below Wisp) has announced a special deal for this weekend only: $398 for a two-night stay with free skiing, This weekend only – Friday February 1st – Sunday February 3rd.  This one is not available online, you must call to make a reservation – 301.387.2227. Tell them Deep Creek Times sent you!

Here’s the Winter Edition of Maryland Natural Resource Magazine from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  It includes an interesting article on the Bloede Dam removal project.

I know, I know.  It is really cold outside, so you have been wondering how birds keep warm in this weather. Well, here’s the answer.  Hint: They do NOT go and buy an extra jacket on Amazon or take a shot of whiskey every hour.. but they DO have some natural protections and behaviors they have developed. Check it out dear readers. And, stay warm!