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Yesterday was breezy but sunny. Today’s weather will be partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 34 and a low around 20.

I know I don’t have a lot of readers that are between the ages of three and five years old, but this post is for them (and their parents and grandparents). The Kitzmiller branch of the Ruth Enlow Library is holding its Children’s Story Time this morning from 10:30 am -11:00 am. Kids can look, listen, sing, and play while learning through stories, crafts, and other fun activities.

The County Commissioners invites the public to their Holiday Open House at the Courthouse today from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. You can browse the new art installation and there will also be entertainment and light refreshments. Now, if you have a few outstanding warrants for your arrest, you may want to pass on this one. Only kidding…

The Cindy’s Fund Cancer Support Group meets this evening from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Garrett Regional Medical Center’s boardroom.  This is open to all that are dealing with cancer, in recovery or providing support.

If you are planning to stop by the Garrett County Chamber’s Visitors Center please note that it will be closing at 2:00 pm on December 24th and closed all day on December 25th. It will also be closing at 2:00 pm on December 31st and closed all day on January 1st.

The office of the Maryland State Fire Marshall has some good advice on holiday fire prevention for all of us. Their information release yesterday covered everything from frying turkeys (never when frozen) to keeping your live Christmas tree fresh. You can check out their tips here.

Well, the holiday season is always followed by the tax season. Fortunately, Garrett College has two courses to help you become more knowledgeable about taxes:

  • Income Tax Preparation 101 – January 8th and 19th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Garrett College McHenry campus; and
  • Tax Reform with AARP Maryland – January 18th, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, Grantsville Senior Center

Please contact the college’s Continuing Education & Workforce Development department at 301.387.3069 for more information.

The Garrett County Board of Education (GCBOE) is seeking a professionally-qualified consultant/firm to work with its members to create a strategic plan to address its strategic issues through a comprehensive, data-driven, and community-engaged planning process. The deadline for receipt of a proposal is Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. (EST)