Tuesday November 21

Increasing clouds with a low temperature of 27 degrees and a high of 48 degrees.

The Ruth Enlow Library has a number of activities geared toward children going on today as well as a Community Conversations listening session in Oakland from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

Just in time for holiday shopping the Loar Gift Shop at the Garrett Regional Medical Center is holding its famous everything $6.00 sale today until 4pm. Jewelry, scarves, gloves, rings, socks, leggings and much more. Plus, the event benefits the patients, staff and guests of GRMC because all proceeds are used by the Loar Auxiliary to purchase medical equipment.

Our Oakland Walmart is offering bags full of “All the Sides You Need” for a Thanksgiving meal. For every bag you purchase (up to 20 bags) Oakland Walmart will donate a matching bag to a local church or food pantry.

Congratulations to the Garrett College Lakers men’s basketball team. They swept their two David K. Martin Classic contests over the weekend to remain undefeated and nationally ranked in NJCAA DII play!

The Ruth Enlow Library announced yesterday that it has added Hoopla Digital – a unique digital entertainment/media service – to its online resources for patrons. This service provides thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks, comics, and graphic novels – all available for mobile and online access with a valid library card. Contact your local library branch for more information.

As we enter this season of giving, we urge you to be a smart giver. Check out give.org to find BBB Accredited Charities that have fully disclosed information to the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. There are also some “charities” with names that are very close to well-known charities.

While Thanksgiving as an expression of gratitude for divine blessings dates back to the 1530s, it was Abe Lincoln that fixed the date on the calendar in 1863. He decreed that it be on the final Thursday of November, which FDR changed to the third Thursday, until critics forced him to move it back to the fourth in 1942 — a great factoid to impress your dinner guests on Thursday!

Speaking of gratitude, I am thankful for the variety of great small businesses, and entrepreneurs, in Garrett County. Today is #NationalEntrepreneursDay to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and hard work of all entrepreneurs.

Plus, this Saturday, November 25th is Small Business Saturday. More to follow over next few days on local efforts to support our small businesses.

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