Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy, scattered snow and flurries until about noon. A high near 29 and low around 22. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

As I write these Daily Notes Monday evening I am in a thoughtful state of mind, as it is my 63rd birthday today.  I am reflective, thankful and even a little anxious over what the future holds, or specifically, how long my future will be. I went to a memorial service for a friend, Millie Shilke, this weekend who lived to the ripe old age of 95 and it reminded me of how fortunate I am to be alive and well in this great country of ours and in this beautiful county we live in. Life is good here in the mountains!

I know a number of our readers work, live or visit Allegany County and/or have an interest in economic development in Western Maryland, so this one’s for you: Allegany County is holding a Economic Development Visioning Session this evening from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. There will be an open house, workshop, panel discussion and presentation.  The folks in Allegany and Garrett are really trying to find that “magic sauce” to drive organic economic development in the region.

Here’s a link to Generation West Virginia for events for millennials all around West Virginia in December. I am guessing you will flip (and also have a smile on your face) when you see the very short video embedded in the site. Click the link to see why!

Cindy’s Fund Cancer Support Group twice monthly meeting tonight from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Garrett Regional Medical center. This group is informal and open to all that are touched by cancer.

Don’t forget that tonight is the second evening of the Joy of Christ performance at the Oakland Community Center (and the site of the LED Community Christmas Tree light display). Not only is the event free but there is free food and gifts as well. This event is produced by a number of area churches.

It’s never too snowy or cold to ride in Garrett County — we have some of the best roads and trails! Photo by Pat O’Hammy at the Meadow Mountian Overlook.

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What’s new around town? Unfortunately, a local retail store is closing its doors.

Notice: The Maryland State Board of Public Works meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, December 5th has been cancelled due to the closure of state government offices to honor former president George Bush (41).  The agenda that had been planned for the meeting this week will be moved to the next meeting on December 19th. RIP president Bush.