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Yesterday started out overcast and then turned sunny. Today will have showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1:00 pm, then showers likely. High near 46 degrees. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph, and gusts as high as 37 mph.  The low, at night, will be about 25, with a chance of snow showers.

Congratulations are in order for Carissa Rodeheaver. Carissa who is CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of First United Corporation, has been named one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” by The Daily Record. Way to go and well deserved Carissa!

This just in: All Ruth Enlow Libraries will be closed until at least May 18th and all library programs will be cancelled until June 1st. The library’s free Wi-Fi and new external hotspots (in partnership with CHIPS Network) will be left on 24/7 and no passwords are required to access them. Additionally, there will be no fines given on materials during this time and you will still be able to put holds on items through their online catalog. All book drops are closed (please hold on to all library materials until we re-open).

Congratulations are also in order for Joe Burris a student at Northern Middle School. The Accident Community Planning Group sponsored a contest titled “wherever you live and breath, make it nicotine free” and Joe’s photo essay was chosen.  Way to go Joe!

I love innovative thinking and here’s a local example of it from one of our small business owners, Marcia Warnick at Cashmere and Company, who has started Monthly Mondays with Marcia. Please support Marcia and all of our small businesses during the pandemic and help maintain one of the cornerstones of our local economy. Thanks!

The tick season is coming around as the weather gets warmer. The Garrett County Health Department (GCHD) is actively monitoring tick populations and species in Garrett County to better assess the risk and inform the public. If you find a tick and would like to have it identified, please go to garretthealth.org/tick-submission-form/ and download the form. Fill it out, attach the tick, and mail it to GCHD Environmental Health, 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD 21550. These ticks will not be tested for pathogens but will help in data collection and mapping tick distributions in Garrett County.

The Garrett County Heath Department and the Joint Information Task Force  recommend the following relative to the use of face masks during the pandemic:

DON’T –

  • Use a medical-grade mask such as an N95. (Save these for health care workers and first responders.)
  • Touch or move the face covering while wearing it.
  • Wear the face covering in any position other than over your mouth and nose.
  • Talk on your cell phone while wearing the face covering.
  • Take the face covering off from the front.
  • Put the face covering down on other surfaces after taking it off.
  • Put a face covering on a child under the age of 2 or someone with breathing problems.

Have a great Tuesday dear readers…