Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 37 and a low around 31. A slight chance of snow and freezing rain from 11pm through Thursday morning.

The Lake is beginning to freeze in places, too. I’ve even seen a few coves with people standing on the ice so far this year. As a reminder, the ice thickness can drastically vary so PLEASE be cautious if you are venturing out onto the ice at any time. Here are the MD DNR guidelines for lake-ice safety. You can see our Lake temperature reading is hovering right at 32 degrees.

The Polar Express Pajama Party arrives this morning at 10:00 am at the Oakland branch of the Ruth Enlow Library and then proceeds to the Oakland B&O Railroad Museum train station. There will be stories and crafts at the library followed by a movie and activities at the train station.  Sounds cool for all the young ones in town.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has released the results of a survey of 2,200 Maryland residents regarding deer hunting. More than 70 percent of those surveyed think that deer should be hunted to help manage for a healthy population and over half of those surveyed think the department does a good job conserving and managing the deer population. Click here to read more.

Don’t forget that the LED Community Christmas Tree along with music is still around every evening from 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm. You can pull up and tune your car radio to 87.0 for the rolling 45 minute show.

Like the library? Want to play a role in making it even better? Join the Friends of the Library and share your ideas for fundraising and for programs this evening from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the Oakland branch. They do a great job and want to keep giving the community what they want and need, so go over and share your thoughts and ideas.

Don’t forget that there is Team Trivia this evening at the Greene Turtle in McHenry from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  It’s free and fun and they have good food and nice beverages.  Any number can play.

Tomorrow — the Hickory Environmental Education Center is holding their annual Christmas Open House. Tour the nature hall and see short demonstrations in the planetarium. I heard they have a few really great murals to see, too!

The Deep Creek Watershed Foundation does some great work for us all protecting the lake and the surrounding area and asked me to post this Holiday Greeting to all our readers.  I urge you to go to their site to learn more about the organization and their work and also to please consider a donation.