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Yesterday was a nice day until the clouds moved in  and then some localized light rain hit late afternoon, with clearing in the evening, which was very nice.  Today will be sunny, with a high near 77 degrees. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning. We will have a low of about 57 tonight.

Oysters on the full shell anyone?  I know there are no oysters in the lake, but I have two little factoids I thought I would share here: First, an adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day!  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that we have lost about 85% of oyster reef habitat over the past 130 years.  Fortunately, projects in the Chesapeake and other areas are creating habitat and seeding oyster beds with some good success. Now you know.

And, speaking of Molluscs, in this instance the bad kind, zebra mussels, we are happy that our launch stewards caught the boat that was about to launch in the lake with zebra mussels attached on July 3rd.  According to the Deep Creek Watershed Foundation, the terribly destructive zebra mussels have sharp shells that are a danger to swimmers who step on them, they clog hydroelectric dams such as the one at Deep Creek Lake, and they have a toxin that has killed thousands of birds. “If the zebra mussels begin to propagate here, our lake, which is the cornerstone of this beautiful area, can be lost as a practical matter,” stated David Myerberg, President of the Foundation.

Be sure to check out all the new updates added to the Ruth Enlow Library website! They’ve revamped the layout for downloadable materials under “Books and More” to make things easier to find, their online databases are now found under the “Learning and Research” tab where everything is organized into different sections, and you can try their new “Find Something New” service to get personalized recommendations from library staff based on things you like (and don’t like) in your reading materials. To use this feature, you can either visit a physical library branch, or use our form at https://www.relib.net/content/find-something-new to fill in your preferences. Sounds like the library team has been busy.  Good stuff.

As of July 1st, Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has resumed limited visitation. The new policy follows guidelines from state and federal public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to slow the spread of COVID-19. The new guidelines have been put into place in order to protect the health and safety of the hospital’s patients, staff, and the community.

I have heard that the Garrett County Farm Bureau will host an educational tour of Cove Pastures Farm in Accident on July 26th at 6:00 pm.  Chester and Trish Yoder of Cove Patures have done a great job planning and growing their Branch Bender Cidery at 1202 Harmon Road.  You can text or call Arlene Lantz at 240.321.8205 with questions or for more information.

Here’s something different for you: Lebanese Cuisine is coming to the lake! Lebanese Taverna, from the DC area will be delivering their food at the lake on Thursday, July 16th. You pre-order and then pick up in the afternoon. Click here for more information and the pick-up order form!

FInally, we have had some price reductions from sellers on a few items on our Online Marketplace.  Check out the new prices of these items and the rest of the marketplace as well.  Happy shopping.