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Yesterday was clear, with clouds moving in as I write these Notes. Today’s weather will be cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 18 by 5pm. West wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Tonight: isolated snow showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of snow after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -6. West wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is holding a (healthcare) Uniform and Shoe Sale today from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. The sale will be in their dining area on the lower level. If you or someone you know is in the healthcare field, this is an opportunity to stock-up on some good fashions.

Bambi asked me to include this one: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the state’s management of white-tailed deer. The input will be used to help revise the state’s 15 year deer management plan. Here’s the link to the DNR information. Note that there is a related public briefing in Frostburg on February 6th.

It’s Team Trivia at Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry this evening from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Not to be outdone, Moonshadow in McHenry is hosting their Trivia Night from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm this evening, with discounts on drinks and other goodies for you.

This is an interesting article from the American Bird Conservancy that reports the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is leading an effort to consider birds in their planning of wind energy development off the shores of California. Efforts under the plan will include using site-specific research and predictive mapping, among other approaches.  While California and the Pacific is far away, I thought our readers might find it interesting due to Garrett County’s own wind projects. Enjoy.

This photo of Deep Creek Lake is shared from Christian Mullin! Chris’ company does prints; can you imagine this printed on metal?

Christian Mullin Photography at Deep Creek Lake, MD

We just heard from Carol Riley-Alexander that the Board of Garrett County Commissioners will not conduct a Public Meeting on Monday, February 4th as previously announced.  On that date the Board will meet in Administrative Session to review administrative matters.  The next scheduled Public Meeting will now be held on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019.

We are very fortunate to have a strong, engaged, active health department in Garrett County. We just received this press release from the Garrett County Health Department’s Public Information officer Diane Lee. I thought I would include in its entirety for our readers as it is important.

Weather forecasts warn of extreme cold weather continuing over the next several days with single digit and below zero temperatures expected. Wind chills as much as 20 below zero may occur! Extreme cold increases the concern for seniors, children, and homeless persons. Anyone engaging in outdoor activities (especially children) should be carefully monitored for frostbite and hypothermia. This may NOT be the time for outdoor activities…persons should have full protection of winter clothing, hats, gloves and boots if possible.

–Neighbors should check on elderly neighbors and others who live alone.

–All pets/animals should have warm shelter or be brought indoors even in the daytime.

–Community members should be aware of the following resources:
*For cold weather emergencies, call 911.
*Persons needing emergency fuel assistance can call Community Action at 301-334-9431 (after hours, call 301-334-1926).
*Persons needing emergency shelter, call Department of Social Services at 301-533-3000.
*For assistance with pets or stray animals, call Garrett County Animal Shelter at 301-334-3553.
*Not sure who to call? Citizens may call the Garrett County Public Safety/Emergency Management non-emergency line at 301-334-1929 for assistance.