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Yesterday was cold and blustery, with snow showers most of the afternoon.  Today will be sunny, with a chance of showers, a high near 42 degrees and a northwest wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. A chance of rain and snow showers before 11:00 pm, then a chance of snow showers. Increasing clouds, with a low around 27.

A recent Seton Hall Sports Poll found that 72% of Americans would not attend a sports event before the introduction of a vaccine to prevent coronavirus. Twelve percent of respondents said they would attend a sports event if social distancing could be maintained. Only 13 percent said they would feel as safe as fans as in the past. Medical experts predict that a vaccine will not be approved before 2021. The poll, conducted among 762 Americans on landlines and cellphones, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

With declining travel threatening to wipe out 5.9 million US jobs by the end of April and the tourism industry greatly impacted by social distancing, WalletHub yesterday released its report on the States Hit Hardest by COVID-19’s Impact on Tourism, along with accompanying videos. This is an interesting report and all the more relevant to us here based on our tourism-driven economy.

When was the last time you and the family had a nice dinner out?  I know, due to the current situation, it has been a while.  But I have an idea:  Why not check-out our dining guide and order take-out!  You get a break and you help our local establishments and their employees.  You can also buy a gift card to use for a future meal. Please call your favorite restaurant or visit their website to verify that they are open and offer take-out.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the Garrett County Health Department sent us this list of available resources. It is also important to recognize the stigma that continues to surround alcoholism and reaching out for treatment.  Alcoholism is an illness, and there is no shame in seeking help. There are many resources available, both national and local:

National:

  • National Helpline at 1-844-289-0879
  • Alcoholics Anonymous at 1-212-870-3400
  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics 1-888-554-2627
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at
    1-800-662-4357 (HELP).

Local:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Program – 301-334-7730
  • Substance Use Disorder Program – 301-334-7670