Today’s weather will be sunny, with a high near 49 and a low around 32.

I had the pleasure of attending the Civic Club of Oakland’s annual holiday party yesterday. The lunch at Dutch’s was really good, but the real story was the awards given to three deserving members of the club. “Woman” of the Year was awarded to two worthy individuals: Marilyn Ruyman and Judi Merriman.  Volunteer of the Year was Karen Lauer.  I know all three of these wonderful, giving winners and offer a hearty congratulations!

Nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors and the Mayor of Washington, D.C. announced yesterday a decision to move forward with a regional clean transportation initiative. These 10 members of the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) will now transition from a year-long public comment phase, which engaged communities, businesses and stakeholders across the region, to begin crafting policies and programs to address their transportation challenges, improve mobility, provide more transportation options and curb the largest source of pollution that contributes to climate change.

MoonShadow Cafe is hosting its monthly Acoustic Rock Jam this evening from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Just bring your instrument and jam on. If trivia is more your thing, the Greene Turtle is hosting Team Trivia from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival has released its 2018 annual report with recaps of this past season and a look at the 2019 season. Next season looks to be another strong one, with Walt & Jackie in April, The Maryland Symphony returning in June with a Russian inspired concert, August has Seldom Scene and a return engagement by the Maryland Ballet Theatre of Aladdin and the Prophecy of the Ring. Wow!

The Community Trust Foundation recently granted $20,000 to Music at Penn Alps for their K-12 Tutoring Program. This was made possible through the Naylor Family Trust Fund and will provide private instrumental or vocal music lessons to youth in the region.

The holiday season is a great time of year but, as we have seen with our mentions of fire safety and portable generator safety in recent Daily Notes, there can be risks associated with some holiday or cold-weather activities. Yesterday, the Garrett County Health Department issued a release – Celebrate with Safety in Mind –  on the impact of alcohol consumption and related safety tips for the holidays. It’s a good reminder.

Here’s an interesting one for you: Candystore.com recently asked 13,000 customers what the worst Christmas candies were and they got a mouthful (yes, that was a joke). I found the list surprising.  The worst candy as voted on by the respondents was…  Christmas Nougat Candy!  Surprisingly, candy canes came in 13th.  You can click here for the full report. Now, if you want to know the favorites, you can click here.  Hint, the favorite in Maryland is Reese’s Cup Minis. You can click here for the full story on Christmas candy favorites.