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Today we can expect scattered snow showers, mainly before 1:00 pm and patchy fog before 8:00 am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 33 degrees. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 21. West wind 5 to 11 mph becoming south after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

As of yesterday, Garrett County’s positive COVID-19 results are at 1,364 total cases, with 36 total county deaths due to COVID-19 or its complications. These numbers reflect 40 additional cases and 6 news deaths since the last statistics were reported on Friday, December 18, 2020.  The data shows that 27 of the deceased were patients in long term care facilities, representing 75% of the total. The age range for all COVID-19 related deaths in Garrett County is 59 to 99 years old.

Free COVID-19 testing will be held at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park, today, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be no testing on Thursday, December 24, which is Christmas Eve. Preregistration is recommended to speed up the process on the testing day. Visit garretthealth.org for preregistration information.

The Town of Oakland will begin taking phone reservations for calendar year 2021 pavilion rentals beginning at 8:30 am on January 4th. Requests for rentals at Broadford Lake, the Glades Pavilion, and the Mountain Fresh Pavilion will only be taken via phone this year, which is different from prior years, as Oakland City Hall is closed to the public due to the pandemic. Walk-in guests will not be admitted into the building. To make reservations, please call 301.334.2691. For information on pavilions and updated pricing, please visit http://oaklandmd.com/rentals.html.

Why would anyone do this to others? The Maryland Office of the Attorney General has been alerted to illegal, unlicensed pop-up COVID-19 testing sites operating in Baltimore City.  Individuals are setting up “Free COVID-19 Testing” tables at random locations, including outside shopping centers and retail stores, and along the side of the road.  These testing sites are not authorized and the individuals operating them are not following CDC guidelines. The Attorney General is encouraging consumers to visit covidtest.maryland.gov for a list of more than 240 approved COVID-19 testing sites in Maryland. Be safe, and be cautious.

First let me state that my wife is the one in our family with all the DIY/craft skills.  Second, I thought some of our readers might be interested in this listing of all sorts of Christmas-related DIY projects, some pretty simple.  Maybe even get some ideas for next year.  Here’s the link.

I couldn’t find the full article, but also on diys.com, there was an article on the most popular Christmas trees around the world.They based their analysis on a number of factors including Instagram hashtags, global Google search volumes, height and the number of baubles needed to decorate. Here’s a few “factoids” from their effort:

  • Italy’s famous Christmas tree in Gubbio, not only stands to be the tallest in the world, but is the most popular
  • The Big Apple’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is the second most popular around the world – scoring perfectly for Google searches and Instagram hashtags
  • You’d need 16,400 baubles to decorate the world’s largest Christmas tree in Italy

So, now you know…