The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 30 and a low around 24. West wind gusting as high as 29 mph.

I bet you didn’t know that today is International Mountain Day! Well, it is, as it was designated by the United Nations General Assembly back in 2003.  There may be bigger or taller mountains in the world, but we are the only mountain with Deep Creek Lake “on top.”  The theme for this year’s International Mountain Day is mountain farming, which is very appropriate for our area.

Here is a photo from @jwampler14 on Instagram:

jwampler14 at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) is holding its annual meeting and open house this afternoon from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the office of GLAF Executive Director Mary Callis (room #329 at Garrett College, across from the new STEM building).  There will be free cookies and hot chocolate and you can ask questions and learn about the upcoming 2019 season, which should be another great one.

There was a propane leak on Glen Meadow Road last evening. A faulty check valve was to blame; HazMat teams, EMS and several Fire Departments were on site about 7 hours. There were no injuries.

On Friday Garrett County officials met with representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Deep Creek Lake Policy Review Board, the Deep Creek Lake Property Owners Association, the Friends of Deep Creek Lake and the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation to discuss developing the scope of work for a Deep Creek Lake Sedimentation Plan. Here’s the summary from that meeting.

State Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced that nominations for the Cornerstone Award for Local Business Excellence are now being accepted. This new award celebrates businesses that strengthen Maryland’s economy, generate jobs and tax revenue, develop new ideas and are a leader in their local community.  I can think of at least a dozen Garrett County businesses that are deserving. The nominating period closes the end of December.

There’s a “Stand Together – Opioid Town Hall Meeting” this evening from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department. I continue to be impressed with our county’s response to the Opioid crisis and this is one more example.

Also on the Opioid front: We just heard that the county has received a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration called the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Planning Grant.  The grant runs for one year and will address the gaps in opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and/or recovery services and access to care. The Health Department, along with other county groups are the recipients of the grant. That’s good news indeed and congratulations are in order.

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting their December Business After Hours on Thursday, December 13th, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at M&T Bank in Oakland. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the local “Toys for Tots Campaign” to this Business After Hours and you will receive a free ticket to a future Business After Hours event.