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Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 27 but wind chill values as low as -2. Tonight, a chance of freezing rain, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to near 24 by 8pm, then rising to around 35 during the remainder of the night.

Congratulations to Garrett County Commissioner Jim Hinebaugh, who has been named to the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Board of Directors. MACo is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that serves Maryland’s counties by articulating the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly. I am sure Jim will do a great job representing us here “on the mountain.”

Congratulations are also in order for eight school-based therapists and social workers in Garrett County.  They all recently completed a nine-class Advanced Trauma Treatment certification program through The Ferentz Institute in Pikesville. The program focused on a strengths-based approach to the assessment and treatment of adolescent and adult survivors of trauma, abuse, and neglect.

Thank you to Vicki Schwinabart for sharing her Blood Moon Photo with us. Look closely and you can see the ice sparkling on the trees:

Moon Photo at Deep Creek Lake, MD by Vicki Schwinabart

If you are looking for some fun, engaging, low-cost entertainment with a local flavor, check out the Northern High School Girls Basketball game this evening.  You can root for our local team in a family-friendly atmosphere as they take on Bishop Walsh at 6:00 pm.  Go ladies!

Garrett College is offering  a Certified Apartment/Building Maintenance Technician (CAMT) course in March, which is designed to provide an overview of the apartment and building maintenance profession and prepare students for an entry level position in the industry. The course may also be of interest to homeowners looking for information on DIY repairs that include: basic maintenance and repair of electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems; maintenance, repair and installation of appliances, and proper home maintenance activities. Contact Kaitlyn Fike at 301.387.3087 or kaitlyn.fike@garrettcollege.edu for more information.

How educated are Maryland citizens you ask?  Well, check out this link for a full report from WalletHub on the Most Educated States, including state educational attainment and rankings. Hint: Maryland was ranked very high! I know the Garrett County school system ranks quite high in the state, so this study is further good news for us and our community.  Here’s some state-level “tid-bits” for you:

How educated is Maryland? (Rankings – 1 = Most, 25 = Average):

  • 25th – % of High-School Diploma Holders
  • 11th – % of Associate’s Degree Holders or College-Experienced Adults
  • 3rd– % of Bachelor’s Degree Holders
  • 2nd– % of Graduate- or Professional-Degree Holders
  • 20th – Avg. University Quality
  • 25th – Racial Gap in Educational Attainment
  • 1st – Gender Gap in Educational Attainment

Landon’s Library Youth Basketball (LLYB) is asking for help — this week two players in their youth league, Carter Goff (Bearcats) and Brecklin Marsh (Hoyas) each tragically lost their father. The LLYB has established a College Savings Fund for the benefit of Carter and Brecklin and, alongside the WGW Community Youth Cup organization, will be matching donations raised. There will be a donation jar at the scorer’s table at the gymnasiums during league games and donations can also be mailed to: Landon’s Library (c/o: College Fund), 317 E Oak Street, Oakland, MD 21550 — read more here about how you can help these little boys.