Thursday May 2

Yesterday was mostly overcast, with some showers. Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 75 and a low around 59. Scattered showers and potential isolated thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and night; chance of precipitation is 30-40%.

Did you know that according to Wikipedia, May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third of seven months to have a length of 31 days. … The month of May (in Latin, Maius) was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Well, now you know and happy May to all our readers.

My apologies this morning — the “Where Am I?” contest page was not updated for the new edition (and we received entries for the “old” contest that we included in drawing the April winner… ) LAST month’s correct answer was Wisp Resort and the winner is Ed O’Connor! Check out the May 2019 contest photo and make your best guess!

What’s New Around Town? After more than 29  years at Deep Creek Lake, Smiley’s Bar and Grill and Fun Zone has been sold to Tack Spiker. The restaurant and arcade are currently under renovations and have a planned reopening on May 11.

The Strategic Facilities Committee, newly appointed by the Garrett County Board of Education (BOE) in March, will hold three community listening sessions on May 7th, 8th, and 9th. The purpose of these sessions is to gather the observations of community members and to listen to their concerns, expectations and suggestions for improving the public school facilities of the county. You will also be able to meet members of the committee.

New Germany State Park is set begin their 10th season of their Old Time Jam sessions of “old timey” Appalachian music.  The first one is scheduled for May 3rd and there’s also one on the 17th of this month, with others to follow throughout the summer months. They are pretty informal and fun for musicians and listeners alike and start at 6:30 pm at the Lake House.

Here’s something a little different: There a Build Your Own Rain Barrel class being held on May 14th, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the Garrett College Southern Outreach Center in Oakland.This class will introduce you to rain barrels and discuss proper uses for water that is saved in a rain barrel. The class is offered in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension and is taught by Ashley Bodkins. Call 301.387.3069 for more information.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Legislative Wrap-Up at the next Business Before Hours on Tuesday, May 21st in the Sundown Cafe Yurt at Wisp Resort. The event starts at 8:00 am, is sponsored by the Sprowls Insurance Group, and will feature Senator George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel, who will provide their perspectives on the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly.

If you are around and into craft beer, you may be interested in attending Oakland’s Kick Off to Summer event on May 25th from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. This is new and a result of the success experienced with the Wine Walk at Winter Fest. They are also looking for sponsors for more stations to hold a Craft Beer Walk through town. If interested you can contact Michelle Ross at City Hall at 301.334.2691.

Be sure to check-out the May Cover Story on the health benefits of being at and around the Lake!

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