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The rains pretty much held-off yesterday.  Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 73 degrees. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon and then east in the evening, which will be partly cloudy with a low around 54.

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will take place today in downtown Oakland from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Lots of fresh and homemade goodies.  Congratulations also go out to the winners of the nice market baskets on Saturday.

The Garrett County Health Department is offering free drive-thru community COVID-19 testing without the need for an appointment or a doctor’s order in Oakland on Wednesday, August 26th. The event will be held in the parking lot between the Health Department and the Mountain Laurel Medical Center at 1025 Memorial Drive from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.

The Health Department has also been updating their dashboard on COVID-19 and has issued a revised version, as per this press release issued yesterday afternoon. As of yesterday afternoon, the county had 58 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 55 of those released from isolation and a 7-day positivity percentage of 1.6%. Here’s a link to their dashboard page.

I read a great phrase by author Peggy Noonan in an article in the Wall Street Journal the other day. With the pandemic, educational uncertainty, political battles, etc., etc. all around us the past few months, Noonan said that “America is a Coalition of the Worried.” While not everyone is worried, a lot of us are. And, I for one am glad I am in Garrett County during these “interesting” times.  The beauty, relative isolation and natural social distancing here at the lake is calming and rewarding. Just a thought…

And, speaking about chillin’ at the lake, here’s a photo of Coby Price relaxing during a pontoon boat ride on the lake a few days ago.  Coby is definitely one happy pup and looks totally at peace.  We thank Jessica Price for submitting this great “action” photo of Coby.

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Coby Enjoying the Lake

And speaking of Garret County and it’s beauty and serenity, here’s a neat photo taken by Robert Paine of a cloud formation (that looks like cotton) floating above the lake on Monday.  Thanks for sharing Robert and nice work.

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Clouds Over the Lake

Finally, Pine Lodge Steakhouse just announced their annual wine pairing dinner for September 12th and 13th. Always some great food and wine and a lot of fun.  Here’s the link to Pine Lodge and we will report more when we get specifics.