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Today will be Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 23 and a low of around 14.  Bundle up!

Here’s a photo taken at sunrise on January 15th by one of my favorite people, Traci Royce, who along with her equally wonderful husband, Kiley, used to own Get-n-Go in Oakland and now work at Sunrise Shred and Royce Construction, respectively. If you see them please tell them you saw their sunrise!

Sunrise Over the Farm

Sunrise Over the Farm

Here’s another nice sunrise photo taken yesterday morning, as submitted by dedicated reader and photographer, Mary Freese.  Thanks Mary, almost looks like an angel coming over the mountain…

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Sunrise “Angel”

Packing for a winter vacation at the lake or elsewhere?  The experts have some advice for you. They suggest: a hat (to help you retain warmth), cold weather footwear (the one heavy, bulky item to pack), gloves (light, breathable and weather-proof), enough layers to be flexible and warm, and some important accessories (such as sunglasses).  Here’s a link to the complete article.

The Young Readers’ Book Club is taking place this afternoon from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Oakland Branch of the Ruth Enlow Library, for grades six and up.  They meet the third Tuesday of each month to discuss select books.  Sounds like a nice way to spend a cool winter afternoon.

How educated is Maryland you ask?  Here’s some insight from a recent WalletHub analysis, in which Maryland came in second overall:

  • 25th – % of High-School Diploma Holders
  • 9th – % of Associate’s Degree Holders or College-Experienced Adults
  • 3rd – % of Bachelor’s Degree Holders
  • 2nd – % of Graduate- or Professional-Degree Holders
  • 6th – Avg. University Quality

You can see the results of the complete study here.

The 44th annual Mountain Maryland PACE Reception and Breakfast, presented by The Cumberland/Allegany County Industrial Foundation (CACIF) and the Garrett County Development Corporation, have been announced. PACE stands for Positive Attitudes Change Everything and it will take place this Thursday and Friday in Annapolis.  Here’s the list of “talking points” distributed for all attendees and I thought them worth sharing for all here:

Closing of the Luke Paper Mill – In the early morning hours of April 30, 2019, the Verso Corporation announced it was closing a 131-year old institution, the Luke Paper Mill. The Baltimore Sun’s editorial Board described the closure as “a shock to the system, on par with Baltimore County losing the Social Security Administration or T. Rowe Price.” As Allegany and Garrett Counties continue to rebuild after the loss, assistance from the Maryland General Assembly is even more vital.

Broadband Accessibility – Universal and affordable access to broadband is a key economic driver for Allegany and Garrett Counties. Working together we can close the connectivity gaps in the region by developing innovative policies and programs to subsidize the infrastructure cost to expand broadband coverage. This approach will better position Allegany and Garrett Counties to support existing businesses and attract and retain new business. Specific asks are:

  • Continue to provide support for expansion of rural broadband efforts, to include state fiber;
  • Create a mechanism where Maryland ISPs are REQUIRED to provide customer address and service level information to the Maryland Office of Rural Broadband.

Infrastructure/Development Projects Route 219 North – Continue to work with the State of Pennsylvania for the connection of Route 219 North to the Pennsylvania state line.

Autonomous Vehicle Test Track – Support the work of the Governor’s Task Force on an autonomous vehicle (self-driving vehicle) test track to be located in Frostburg, Maryland, in partnership with Frostburg State University.

Outdoor Recreation Projects – Geographically, aesthetically and recreationally, the outdoors is what differentiates Allegany and Garrett Counties from the rest of the state. With 150,000 acres of publicly accessible land comprised of parks, forests and lakes – our region offers exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities year-round. Funding is needed in both counties for the following projects:

  • Garrett: Wolf Den State Park, Youghiogheny Trail, Jennings Brothers Rail Bed
  • Allegany: River Park at Canal Place.