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Happy December folks!  We are in the “stretch run” to the end of 2020, and many, including me, are hoping that 2021 will be much better. By the way, December has marked the end of the year and the coming of winter since the ancient Romans established their first calendar. As its etymology indicates, December is formed from the Latin root decem- which means “ten” … but December is our twelfth month.  The discrepancy is due to the addition, in 45 bc, of January and February to the beginning of the calendar year, which bumped all of the original months (and their originally assigned names) back by two. Now you know…

The weather for today includes snow showers, with a high near 29 degrees. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. . New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Tonight, snow showers, mainly before 1:00 am. Low around 22. Breezy, with a west wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Our weather will be a part of a multi-faceted storm hitting the mid-west and northeast.  Here’s more information and be sure to check it out if you or a loved-one are travelling in the next day or so.

Thanks very much to all those that purchased a Deep Creek Times “Turkey Day 5k” t-shirt. We can still take orders up until this Thursday at Noon, so if you didn’t get a chance to do your run and/or order, there’s still time. We want you to make a commitment to staying active and enjoying the wonderful outdoors around the lake! Buy a black DCT “Turkey Day 5k” t-shirt for $22 and we will donate 15% of the profits to the upcoming House of Hope Food Drive. They, and all local non-profits, really need our support. Message us today to order your t-shirt –  We’ll order it and invoice you for the amount.

Yesterday, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today joined a coalition of attorneys general representing 43 states, the District of Columbia, and 5 U.S. territories, urging Congress to extend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economy (CARES) Act funding until the end of 2021. I am a fiscal conservative, but I am also sensitive to the pain being experienced by small businesses and many citizens during the pandemic.  I hope Congress can figure out a way to get something done and implemented before the end of the year.

And, speaking of those in need, today is Giving Tuesday, which is definitely appropriate this year. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

The theme of those in need reminds me of a good movie I just saw on Netflix.  The movie is called “Hillbilly Elegy” and is about the life of an Appalachian youngster (J.D. Vance) who penned a book by the same name.  The book and movie cover the travails of growing-up in a certain household and then making it to Ohio State and then law school at Yale.  The book, and now the movie, has generated some backlash about how Appalachia is depicted, but since Deep Creek is in Appalachia and we have a sophisticated readership, I will let YOU decide for yourself.

The Garrett County Health Department has received 76 additional positive COVID-19 results as well as notice of one additional death due to COVID-19 complications since the last report on Friday, November 27th, bringing the current county total positives to 778 and the total deaths to 5.

Good news: Garrett County Health Department and its partners will hold Free COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning today.These testing events will be held at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park, located off Bumble Bee Road between Hart for Animals and the Garrett County Airport. There is no out-of-pocket cost to get a test at this site, and appointments and doctors’ orders are not required. Testing times for each day are as follows: Tuesdays – 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and Thursdays – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Community Development Network of Maryland is hosting Virtual Regional Meetings across the state in the next few weeks!  These meetings are focused on COVID-19 updates and issues. Please join them to share what is happening in your area. CDN will hold meetings in each area to talk about state recovery efforts and refine our priorities for the 2021 General Assembly session.