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Yesterday was  a bit rainy.  Today we have a chance of showers before 8:00 am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2:00 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77 degrees and a west wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. We have a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11:00 pm this evening, then a slight chance of showers until 2:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

I am having surgery today (nothing super serious) so Sarah will be taking over Daily Notes for a few days starting tomorrow. I hope to be back posting next week during my usual Monday – Wednesday window. I appreciate all thoughts and prayers, or you can buy me a nice boat if you want to really make a very thoughtful statement.

And, speaking of boats, we’ve got some really nice boats for sale on the Online Marketplace and also a price reduction coming on the Super Air Nautique.  Go here for the latest boats for sale and other items. Check out the other “stuff’ we have for sale there as well.

Claudia Wilson Randall will become the next executive director of the Community Development Network of Maryland (CDN) on September 1st, the organization’s board of directors announced yesterday. Randall has more than two decades of experience in community development, housing and nonprofit leadership in Maryland, at both the local and state level. She succeeds former executive director Odette Ramos, who is stepping down to devote her time toward her run for Baltimore City Council.  Thank you for your service Odette, and welcome Claudia.  CDN is an important member of our rural ecosystem and CDNs efforts are much appreciated.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources covers the upcoming migratory bird hunting season and also the deer archery season in their latest newsletter.  Here’s a link for you to the newsletter.

The new Little Yough Family Flicks series in downtown Oakland kicked off last Friday with a showing of Playing with Fire sponsored by Mountain Laurel Medical Center. The schedule for the rest of the series is as follows: 08/28/2020- Onward sponsored by Club 21550, 09/11/2020- Aladdin sponsored by First People’s Community Federal Credit Union, 09/18/2020- Frozen II sponsored by GCC Technologies, LLC. All showings begin at 8:30pm, weather permitting.

The Garrett County Health Department has scheduled two upcoming Quit Now classes, a free class for help quitting nicotine. The first will begin September 2nd at 5:30 pm at the Accident Fire Hall and the second will begin September 30th at 5:30 pm at the Garrett County Health Department’s Oakland Office. The classes are open to users of all types of tobacco, including cigarettes, smokeless, and electronic smoking devices. For more information about the upcoming class or to register, contact the Garrett County Health Department at 301-334 7730 or 301-895-3111.

I promised in yesterday’s Daily Notes that I would list additional charities, so here goes.  These are charities that may be “stretched thin” due to COVID-19 and other factors.  Please consider making a donation and thanks again to Lori Richardson for sharing the list.

The Dove Center
The Dove Center is a private non-profit organization providing safety, advocacy, and
counseling to individuals affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
www.gcdovecenter.org. How to Donate: www.gcdovecenter.org/ways-to-give

It’s In The Bag
Serving Garrett County Public Schools, this program fills backpacks with food to send
home with children on the weekends, coordinated by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
How to Donate: By check to It’s In The Bag, P. O. Box 303, Oakland, MD 21550.

United Way of Garrett County
The United Way has established COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to provide
micro-grants to local nonprofits to aid with food, shelter, medical co-pays, and supplies. How to Donate: www.cuw.org/garrett/ or send a check to P.O. Box 394,
Oakland, MD 21550.

Western Maryland Red Cross
The Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Monetary donations are also needed. How to Donate: www.redcross.org/local/maryland-delaware/donation or call 1-800-435-7669.

Other organizations needing your help:
• www.governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites • www.211md.org