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Yesterday, as forecast, it turned out great weather-wise at the lake.  Today we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4:00 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83 degrees and a low of 65. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

This week a bunch of dedicated folks are trekking, mostly on-foot, from Wisp to the Eastern shore as part of the 2020 Maryland Trek.  They started Sunday from Wisp, all in an effort to raise money to help children with cancer.  Last year they raised $100,000 through pledges.  Here’s the site link.

Here’s a link to the August Habitat News from NOAA that wraps up their July Habitat Month efforts.  There’s some good embedded links to stories around the nation, including one on Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

The Garrett County Health Department has received positive COVID-19 results for three additional persons, bringing the current county total positives to 54. The new cases included a male in his 20s, a female in her 20s and another male in his 40s. The next community testing opportunity in Garrett County is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26th, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm in the parking lot between the Health Department and Mountain Laurel Medical Center at 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland. For more information, call 301.334.7770 or 301. 895.3111.

Heard from the Springs Historical Society, which this year because of Covid-19, have cancelled the Springs Folk Festival. However, they are taking the opportunity of this down year to make needed improvements to the property and are setting up painting days. I will send more information when I know more.  I am thinking they will be looking for some volunteers for their efforts and we certainly support them.

I am going to bet that you didn’t know that Alaska has the lowest share of childbirths with low birth weight, 5.85 percent, which is 2.1 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 12.12 percent.  Well, the latest WalletHub study analyzed dozens of factors to determine the best and worst states for new borns and their parents.  Where did Maryland land in the rankings? Well, go here to find out and see the full report.