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The weather today will be showers likely, mainly between 8am and 2pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 56 and a low around 40. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

From the Garrett County Health Department; COVID-19 vaccination appointments are currently being scheduled for individuals in Phase 1 (including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities), Phase 2, and Phase 3. Garrett County residents who are 18 and older are now eligible at Health Department COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Other sites that have the Pfizer vaccine may be able to vaccinate 16 and 17-year-olds.

The Garrett County Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccine equity plan is 11 pages and discusses significant challenges with the vaccine in Western Maryland. “Garrett County is geographically separated … [and] there is no public transportation to reach that site,” the plan states. “The entire county (614 square miles) has been designated a Medically Underserved Area … [and] has a “low income” designation.”

“The median household income is $52,617 compared to $84,805 in Maryland. The population density is 41 persons per square mile as compared to 594 for the State of Maryland.”

This tool can be used to see all Maryland vaccination sites.

The raffle by Maryland Public Television (MPT) is drawing to an end: purchase your tickets before 4pm on April 15 for a chance to win $10,000! Those who purchase 2 or more tickets will receive a one-year MPT membership, including access to MPT Passport for an on-demand library of public TV programming.

The Maryland State Parks annual State Parks and Trails Passport grants unlimited day-use admission and boat launching at state parks, and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals. The pass is $75 for Marylanders and $100 for out-of-state visitors.

This lovely photo was shared by Michelle Duez. WOW!

The Western Maryland Food Council’s virtual conference was recently held and three western Marylanders engaged in a follow-up session to discuss their roles in regional food accessibility. Charles DeBerry, president of Garrett Growers Cooperative, spoke about the co-op’s 11 member organization, established in 2010. “We try to make buying local food as easy as possible,” DeBerry said.