Thursday January 7

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 32 and a low around 21. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph during the day.

Have you noticed the new weather widget for radar? It’s going to take some getting used to for us, too. The National Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded its forecasting system and has “broken” our old weather widget. We have been in touch with NWS but we cannot get the weather preview to work as it had.

Local artist Annie Simcoe, with ABPH art, is raffling off a handcrafted piece of her work. For every $10 donated you will receive an entry to win “New Day” (below). This is a framed, original ABPH Art quilted collage. The artwork is 12″x24″, the frame is 18″x30″, and has a retail value of $595. She donating the frame, artwork, and shipping or delivery. This means that every dollar donated will go to purchasing coats for those in need. I am in awe of this piece… the detail is amazing (as per usual for ABPH)!

Did you know? There is an “operating rule band” for Deep Creek Lake. In short, Deep Creek Hydro is permitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and during the permitting process, MDE balances stakeholder concerns and requests with generation opportunities. The result is the operating rule band.

The Operating Rule Band is defined by the Upper and Lower Rule Bands, which represent the highest and lowest desirable reservoir levels at any given time. Deep Creek Hydro strives to maintain the lake between these two rule bands at all times. Periods of high run-off or extreme drought conditions can result in reservoir levels outside of the Operating Rule Band. During these times, the hydro project attempts to restore the reservoir to the proper level in a reasonable amount of time.

Also, make sure you have up to date waterflow information when you head out for a day on the water (Deep Creek Lake releases into the Upper Youghiogheny River). This schedule shows 2020 but you can get an idea of when and how much lake releases will be. Or, call the Safe Waters hotline 1-844-430-FLOW (3569).

The state of Maryland spent nearly $6 million in 2017-2018 to fortify and upgrade a Western Maryland youth detention center even as the state’s own experts said such remote facilities harm young people. Now, two years later, the newly named Garrett Children’s Center sits empty, temporarily shut down in November after the one remaining youth was transferred to another site.

Declutter your paper! There is a free shred day tomorrow.

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