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We have a slight chance of snow showers before 1:00 pm today. Cloudy, with a high near 30 degrees. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Partly cloudy during the early evening, then becoming cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Here’s a great sunrise photo submitted by regular reader and photo contributor Mark Richards.  Thanks Mark.
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Winter Sunrise at the Lake

The Garrett County Health Department received 75 additional positive COVID-19 results since the last report on Friday, bringing the current county total positives to 1,044. The Health Department was also notified of the death of a county resident in their 70s who was a resident of a long-term care facility. This brings the total county deaths due to COVID 19 or its complications to 9. The 7-day positivity rate among Garrett County residents is 17.7% (Maryland rate is 7.9%); The 7-day case rate per 100,000 among Garrett County residents is 122.1 (Maryland rate is 43.9).

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has announced Lauren Heilig as the new Membership Development Manager. Lauren holds a BS in Business Administration from Frostburg State University and is a lifelong resident of Garrett County. She has extensive experience in customer service and support, data management, social media and event planning. Lauren has learned a lot about small business from her family and is familiar with the resources and support provided by the Chamber. Welcome Lauren!

The Health Department has scheduled free COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and Thursdays (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park, located off Bumble Bee Road. There is no out-of-pocket cost to get a test at this site, and appointments and doctors’ orders are not required. All persons waiting to be tested must wear a face covering that fully covers their mouth and nose. When entering the site, follow event signs and watch for traffic personal for directions. Be prepared for a possible wait. For more specifics about the testing events visit garretthealth.org.

Here’s something a little different for a holiday gift.  The C&O Canal Trust offers a variety of gift ideas, including a cool calendar, the proceeds of which go to support the canal.  Here’s the link to their website.

Here’s an action photo of Marcia Warnick, owner of Cashmere Clothing Company at the Fort in McHenry, wrapping some of the items I purchased for Christmas presents. Nice selection of nice items and at nice prices. There are really some great local options for holiday shopping all around the lake area.

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Cashmere & Company

Do you have a vacant commercial building or site in Garrett County? If so, the Garrett County Department of Economic Development is happy to include the property in the ZoomProspector database. Contact Kim Durst at (301) 334-1992 or kdurst@garrettcounty.orgfor additional information.