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Yesterday’s weather was “interesting,” starting with snow and then transitioning to rain, very windy before turning back to snow in the evening. The snow emergency was lifted at 3:00 pm yesterday. Here’s a photo I took yesterday morning of my front yard.

mike front yard 2-22-21

Icicles and snow

The weather for today will include rain showers, snow showers, and freezing rain before 1:00 pm, then rain, possibly mixed with snow showers. Patchy fog before noon, with a high near 37 degrees. West wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

In 2021, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services adopted a new catch and release regulation for brook trout in all put-and-take trout management waters, as well as all waters east of Interstate 81. These efforts will help protect our native brook trout.In order for this regulation to be effective, proper identification of trout species is necessary. The department would like your help. Please take this anonymous short survey to test your trout identification skills.

Today’s  meeting of the Maryland State Board Education will begin at 9:00 am and the agenda and materials are available at:
http://marylandpublicschools.org/stateboard/Pages/meeting-agendas/2021/2021-02-23.aspx There will be no public access to the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.  Members of the public will be able to hear the audio and see presentations in real time via the livestream.

Pastor Tom at St. Peters in Oakland has announced that the parish is participating in Giving Tuesday today to advance the success of Catholic Ministries. Don’t miss out on this chance to make a difference in the life of St. Peters parish and in the lives of neighbors in need who are supported by the ministries of the Archdiocese. Learn more or make a gift now or send in the envelope that was mailed to parishoners.

Here’s a great video of Ben Riegsecker, owner of The Casselman Inn, sharing the Uncommon Story of this historic Inn & Restaurant. This is a story of a local, family-owned business in Grantsville Maryland that has cared for and loved serving the local community for over 180 years. It is part of First United Bank & Trust’s Uncommon Story series. Definitely worth watching…

Staying connected! That’s what the Partners After School (PAS) @ Oakland is doing with its programming this school year. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, virtual programming was the answer. The Oakland online program meets virtually with students three times a week for one hour each day. Thanks to the Garrett County Public Schools Meal Program, the staff of PAS @ Oakland have been able to pick up and deliver food to all their students each week along with a packet of materials and supplies for the activities for the following week. This is also allowing the staff to touch base with the parents to see how they are doing and to offer any resources they may need.

The County Commissioners will be holding their next public meeting on March 1st. The meeting will be Live Streamed at https://www.facebook.com/garrettcountygovernment/
Agenda session times are approximate. Note that the Board of County Commissioners may close a portion of this public meeting and move into Executive Session to comply with a specific constitutional, statutory, or judicial requirement that may prevent public disclosure about a particular proceeding or matter.  Here’s the agenda and additional specifics for you.