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The weather for today includes a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2:00 pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 77 degrees and a west wind around 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tuesday Night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 62

Well, I guess it’s time to pass the buck!  No, these are real bucks photographed by local photographer and loyal reader Dee Dave.  She says they have been hanging out on Harvey’s Peninsula eating everything in sight.  Sounds like the deer…and woodchucks… and rabbits… and chipmonks around my house.  Nice photo Dee and thanks for sharing.

deer 7-25-20 dee dave

Young Bucks at Harvey’s Peninsula

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The Garrett County Health Department received positive COVID-19 results for six additional persons yesterday, bringing the current county total to 44. Four of the new cases were reported at Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home, with three residents and one staff member included. Maryland reported 1128 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. We wish all a speedy recovery.

The Garrett County Board of Education will meet today in Executive Session from 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm then will reconvene for the public session portion of the meeting from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm and will take action in the Public Session on certificated recommendations, negotiation parameters, and the plans for reopening of 2020-2021 school year. The Board will also discuss the draft five year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). There is no public comment at this meeting and it is virtual. Click here for more details.

A recent reader poll by Kiplinger found that 26% of respondents answered “yes, but I’m driving” when asked if they have plans to travel this summer. Almost two-thirds, 63%, answered “No, I’m staying close to home” and only 10% plan on flying.  The Deep Creek Lake area is well positioned relative to the new normal travel-wise.

The next public meeting of the Board of County Commissioners will be Monday, August 3rd at 3:00 pm.  It will be live-streamed.  Here’s a link to the agenda and connectivity information.

A new report by CoPilot identifies the states with the worst roads. Researchers analyzed road quality statistics from the Federal Highway Administration to rank states according to the percentage of all major roads in poor condition. In Maryland, 18.4% of all major roads are in poor condition, less than the national average of 26.4%. I do think Garrett County roads are even better, with limited potholes, which is surprising considering our winters.