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Well, it snowed just about all day yesterday.  I am guessing we received about 12 inches total the past few days and we are still under a winter storm warning.

Today we have a  chance of snow showers before 10:00 am, then a chance of snow showers, freezing rain, and sleet between 10:00 am and noon, then snow showers likely after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 22 degrees. Northwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight, snow showers likely, mainly before 1:00 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Northwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

The Kitzmiller Lions Club is currently holding a Soup Sale! Order your soup by the quart or by the gallon. Chili, Vegetable Beef, and Chicken Noodle available. Quarts are $9, Gallons are $36.  Orders and money due by February 12th. Soup pick up will be at the Coal Bucket Restaurant on February 16th. You can contact the Kitzmiller Club through their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Kitzmiller-Lions-Club-267611003276677 or email Stephanie at schoch705@gmail.com to order.

The Garrett County Health Department will allow persons age 65 through 74 to begin scheduling appointments as soon as the vaccine is available . These are the only groups that will be eligible to schedule appointments from the Phase 1C group at this time. Links will be available on Garrett County Health Department’s website, garretthealth.org, for COVID-19 vaccine appointments whenever slots are available, and removed whenever the appointments are filled. Announcements will be made on the Health Department’s website, Facebook page, and local news media when a new link is available for registration.

The Maryland Municipal League (MML) invites all eligible Maryland 4th graders to participate in the “If I were Mayor” essay contest. This year’s theme is Teamwork through flexibility, respect, leadership, and civility. This year, the contest prompts students to answer the following questions: If you were Mayor…1-List an issue you think is a problem in your city/town/community.  2- What would you change to help solve the problem? And 3- While everyone is virtual, how would you bring people together to help. All essay submissions are due by March 30th by midnight. However, digital entry forms must be turned in by noon on March 30 in order to receive the Dropbox link necessary to submit the student’s essays. See the link above for more information and complete contest rules.

Here’s a link to some interesting state statistics relative to the pandemic, COVID cases and vaccinations.  It seems like we are gaining momentum statewide and locally.  I keep hoping that more vaccinations become available locally so we can take care of our community, as the state and nation also recovers.

Governor Hogan’s office reports that hundreds of volunteers from the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps are supporting vaccination clinics across the state. Sign up to volunteer at a vaccination clinic. The State of Maryland has launched a grassroots public outreach and equity campaign to promote vaccine confidence. These vaccines are safe, effective, and authorized for use by our country’s leading medical experts. Join the GoVAX campaign. To receive additional updates, text ‘MdReady’ to 898-211. Marylanders are also encouraged to visit covidlink.maryland.gov to review vaccine safety and efficacy information.

Garrett Regional Medical Center’s recently opened new primary care facility on Wolf Acres Drive, located at the site of Dr. Daniel Miller’s former practice, continues to accept new patients. Garrett Family Medicine provides comprehensive primary care services for people of all ages, from infants and children through those in need of geriatric care. The clinic’s primary care provider, Brooklyn Ayersman, a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), provides services that include diagnosing conditions, prescribing medication, and dictating patient care.

This is an interesting opportunity for the right entity: The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is seeking public and private nonprofit organizations to serve free, nutritious meals to children and teens this summer thorough the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. The deadline for applications is May 31st. For more information about the SFSP, please visit www.eatsmartmaryland.org. Interested organizations should contact the Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs at 410.767.0199.