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Yesterday was a bit “blah” weather-wise.  Today we will have patchy drizzle with a slight chance of light rain before 9:00 am, then a chance of rain, mainly after 10:00am. Cloudy, with a high near 53 degrees and a west wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight  we have a slight chance of rain before 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 44.

Here’s a nice morning shot submitted to us by Chip Mathieson, as taken from 219.  Thanks Chip, great photo, especially that sky!

219 10-26-20 chip mathieson

Fall Morning at the Lake

Winter is coming! A winterlike storm that unloaded snow and ice from the southern Rockies and Plains over the weekend and into the start of the week and Zeta, a hurricane currently spinning over the northwestern Caribbean, are forecast to combine forces and bring the northeastern United States drenching rain and perhaps even accumulating snow in some locations before the week draws to a close, likely Thursday or Friday.  Wanted to share with our readers.

As many of you read this post, Sarah and I will be giving a presentation to members of the Mountain Maryland Tech Network (MMTN) on how businesses can and should track and assimilate learnings, threats and opportunities from the COVID pandemic into their business.  The pandemic has certainly changed things and will also likely continue to have an impact.  Smart business leaders (and non-profits individuals) will track the pandemic and its impacts on many levels and incorporate that insight into innovative business strategies and tactics. Just a thought and reminder for you business managers and owners out there.

At the October meeting of the State Board of Education, State Superintendent Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D. continued to encourage local school systems to safely return students to schools for in-person instruction in accordance with Stage 3 of Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education. State health metrics continue to remain among the lowest nationally and national research indicates that school community infection rates continue to stay well below those in the community at-large. Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) issued guidance and metrics during the summer that provides step-by-step directions for response to confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus in schools.

Garrett College is offering an interesting workshop this week titled, Eat to Succeed: Strategies to Overcome Stress Eating and Thrive not just Survive! These days, women face even more challenges juggling work, family, leadership roles, and life, increasing stress more than ever. Learn insights into the relationship between stress and nutrition, practical strategies to overcome stress eating, and mind-body skills to help you stress less and improve your health. The conference is Thursday, from 9:30 -11:00 via Zoom and costs $39. Contact the college at 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.

The Northern High School Thespian Society is holding its first virtual play (a murder double mystery!) this Friday evening, October 30th, at 7:00 PM, just in time for Halloween! The two brief acts are appropriate for ages 12 and up. If you are interested in viewing the show, please email jennifer.virts@garrettcountyschools.org for the link.

The next public meeting of the Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, November 2 at 4:00 pm.  The meeting will include an update from Bob Stephens of the GC Health Department and will be live streamed.  Here’s a link to more information and the agenda.