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Well, we got hit with some of the frozen “stuff” yesterday and overnight as planned. While today will be warmer later in the day, please be aware that there may likely be icy conditions throughout the area, especially at higher elevations. Please be safe.

Today, rain and frozen rain is likely, mainly before 1:00 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45 degrees and a southeast wind 8 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Tonight there is a chance of rain before 1:00 am, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

If you are interested in the history of the area and local heritage you should join the Garrett County HIstorical Society, which is dedicated to preserving the history of Garrett County, its customs and traditions. Established in 1941, it has been the center for local historical preservation and education since its formation. As the Society continues to expand and improve its publications,  programs and museums, it is looking for the help and support of new and returning members.  For just $25 per year, members receive a free subscription to the Glades Star, the Society’s quarterly publication, as well as many other benefits. For more information on the Society, check out the website:http://www.garrettcountymuseums.com/historicalsociety.html and to join visit: https://forms.gle/tvrgZBjYmsMAdxKPA

The COVID-19 Testing Clinic scheduled for today at the MEDCO Building in the McHenry Business Park has been canceled due to the forecast for inclement weather. Testing will be available by appointment only at the Oakland office of the Garrett County Health Department – call 301.334.7697 to schedule. Testing at the MEDCO Building will resume on Thursday, January 28th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Garrett County continues to follow the COVID-19 Vaccination timeline released last week. When additional vaccine becomes available, links will be available on garretthealth.org to continue scheduling residents who are at least age 75. Additional information for Garrett County as of yesterday includes A 7-day case rate of 20.2 per 100,000 Garrett County residents, compared to Maryland’s case rate of 35.3; A 7-day positivity rate of 11.0%, compared to Maryland’s rate of 8%; A total of 1,760 COVID-19 cases; A total of 57 deaths due to COVID-19 or its complications.

This is a great program! The Deep Creek Lake Lions Club is looking for volunteers for its Blind Skier Program.  In partnership with the Wisp Resort for almost 50 years, the club has been providing visually impaired children with the opportunity to experience the fun and confidence-building of downhill skiing.  The club is seeking experienced skiers only (snowboarders are not able to volunteer due to the configuration of the equipment) to serve as Sighted Guides for the program. This year, the Program will take place during the first three weeks of February with participants skiing on Tuesday and Wednesday of each week with the exact dates of February 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17. Contact Joey Simson at jsimson14@gmail.com or by phone at 301.616.4586 for more information.

LIONS blind skiers 1-25-21

LIONS Blind Skier Program

The next County Commissioners’ meeting is slated for February 1st.  Here’s the agenda. It is also posted to Latest News. Looks like a fairly short meeting and as is usual during the pandemic, it will be live-streamed.

Due to the ice storm, the Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board meeting scheduled for yesterday, has been rescheduled for February 8th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. More information and a link to join the virtual meeting will be sent ahead of the rescheduled meeting date. Here’s the scoop for you.