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Yesterday was snowy and windy all day, but it appears without a lot of accumulation.  Today’s weather will be cloudy, with a high near 35 and a low of 32. A chance of freezing rain before 2am, then a chance of rain. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

I have heard from many of our loyal readers that they enjoy the Daily Notes every morning with a good cup of coffee.  So here’s a few facts I just picked up from the Wall Street Journal: More than two billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every day; The industry employs 125 million people; Beethoven’s morning coffee was made from exactly 64 beans each time. Now you know!

The Black Bear Tavern has a Music Express Karaoke Night this evening from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  They invite all to come over and “sing your lungs out.”

Even as the weather grows colder, there is still good fishing at the lake and in streams according to the State of Maryland DNR Fishing Report.  They report everything from trout, to chain pickerel on the hooks. I am sure, as the report notes, that fishermen are looking forward to the ice fishing season once the lake freezes over to a safe thickness.

Oakland and its “A Great Small Town Christmas” program has a lot of activities and shopping events starting with the Our Town Theater Christmas Market on December 1st and the official tree lighting on the 7th outside the B&O Railroad Museum.  They are also having another Lucky Elves (that’s Elves, not Elvis) contest.

The Red Cross is holding a blood drive on Friday December 7th at the American Legion from 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm.  Call 1.800.RED.Cross to schedule an appointment to donate.  Thanks!

“Job” opportunity: St. Peters Church in Oakland asked us to spread the word that they are looking for a new Santa for their activities this season. Their past Santa has stepped down. Perhaps a contract dispute or he moved to the North Pole permanently or he may have gotten a promotion. But, what’s higher than Santa?  Seriously, if you are a member of their parish (or not) contact Patricia at to learn more.  Ho, ho, ho.

OK, here’s more on coffee or specifically on a few “fillers” mentioned by the Wall Street Journal that used to be included by greedy coffee merchants way back in the day: baked horse liver, burnt rags and brick dust. Really. I think it is safe to say you will not find any of those in the coffee provided by our local Garrett County merchants.  Have a great one folks.