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Yesterday was nice and sunny until the clouds showed-up late afternoon.  Today we have a chance of freezing rain before 9:00 am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48 degrees. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight we have a slight chance of light rain and patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Looking for some really fresh fish? Maryland DNR stocked 4,100 golden and rainbow trout in nearby Allegany County yesterday.  Stockings were made at Battie Mixon, Cotton Cove Pond and Evitts Creek.  Note that Evitts Creek is closed until March 27th.

So sorry to hear that Annie’s Kitchen in Accident is closing soon due to the retirement of the owner.  Annie’s has been a staple for many locals and visitors over the years and serves nice home cooked meals and desserts.  Annie’s will be missed.

With the arrival of warm weather in Garrett County, we should expect and be prepared for the reemergence of ticks. Several species of ticks are known to the area and have been waiting out the snow and freezing temperatures to appear. Local species include what is commonly known as the Deer Tick or Black Legged Tick (Ixodes scapularis), the Dog Tick (Dermacenter variabilis), and the Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum). Check your pets and yourself after being outdoors.

Garrett County has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in the past week. A total of 25 new cases have been reported since March 8th, bringing the new total to 1,873. The case rate for the county is now 12.31 per 100,000 residents, and the positivity rate is 6.3%. At this time masks are still required even if you have been vaccinated. Currently 22.3% of Garrett County residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Please be careful folks…

For over three decades, the Western Maryland area has come to rely on WFWM our local NPR affiliate in Frostburg for great programming. Their Fund Drive takes place from March 22-27, but you can make your gift NOW by clicking here. They will kick-off their 2021 drive with on-air shout-outs to all of our loyal listeners who gave ahead of time. To hear your name on the air, simply make a gift to WFWM today!

The Garrett County Health Department will be offering two free Quit Now classes to help individuals who would like to kick the nicotine habit. Both classes will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Class will be held at the Grantsville Town Hall and at the Bloomington Fire Department.

Maryland’s state park rangers are busy preparing for Park Quest 2021. Park Quest will open on May 1 and run through October 31 this year. The 2021 Park Quest theme is Spread Your Wings to Explore Maryland’s State Parks, and many of the quests will help you to learn more about Maryland’s birds! Similar to 2020, most quests will be “Do-It-Yourself” and there is no longer a Park Quest Passport or registration required, so  this program is accessible to everyone! Keep an eye on the Park Quest website in April for additional details!