Thursday May 13

May 13, 2021

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The weather today will be areas of frost before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 59 and a low around 35. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Here’s a story about an “An Imaginary Line” from the Washington Post. “That unseen line snaked south, through Steuben County, N.Y.; Clearfield County, Pa.; Garrett County, Md.; and Grant County, W.Va.” On the west side, a sugary carbonated beverage is “pop” and on the east side of the line, it’s called “soda.”

This reminds me of my favorite course at WVU; it was a course that discussed the regional cultures of the United States. Each morning, class began with a map of the US — by county. It was really fascinating to me. Like this map:


There is a “Dictionary of American Regional English,” published by Harvard University Press if you’d like to read more.

There is now a Little Free Pantry in Friendsville! The pantry and library are located outside of the town hall/library. Anyone in the community is invited to add unexpired, non-perishable items to the pantries. Kid friendly items are helpful, and things that can become meals.

Governor Hogan had a press conference yesterday and has lifted the capacity limits on all indoor and outdoor venues and all remaining restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining as of May 15. According to the Governor, the Maryland indoor mask mandate is to be lifted after 705 of adults receive the vaccine.

I was in town (Oakland) yesterday and there were gas shortages nor lines for the pumps. I cannot forecast for certain that we won’t run out of gas here in Garrett County but the latest news is that the Colonial pipeline has restarted.

There are a few opportunities for vaccines today: MEDCO Vaccination Site (McHenry/Accident Clinic) and at GCC Technologies (Oakland Clinic).

Rabies Vaccination Clinics Schedule: Accident MEDCO Building from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Baseball/Softball Session: Makeup Day is also tonight beginning at 7:00 pm.

Make your plans to see opening night of Southern High School’s Legally Blonde The Musical at 8:00 pm.