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Today we have a slight chance of showers after 1:00 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 46 degrees. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight we have a chance of rain showers before 1:00 am, then rain and snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

With the snowfall we have had in the past week, I am guessing many critters missed their daily meals.  As a result, I think a bunch of them (deer) decided to converge on my yard and eat my long needle pine trees.  They picked about half a dozen small- and mid-size ones clean, which is surprising since they had never touched them before.  They left the short needle pines alone.  Interesting. Here’s a photo documenting “the theft.”

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Tree Picked Clean

With the pandemic has come additional participation in outdoor recreation such as hunting and fishing.  According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation hunting license sales are up more than 12% since last year, translating to more than one million more hunters this year. Fishing has also seen greater interest, with a 14% increase in fishing license sales nationwide.  Those statistics mirror increases in such activities as golfing and hiking, all of which align with what the Deep Creek area has to offer.

Garrett County residents now have FREE COVID-19 testing available Monday through Friday in various locations around western Maryland and free masks through #MasksOnMaryland will be given away at several of these sites while supplies last. There are testing options for folks with and also for those without symptoms. Here’s the press release with all the details.
There’s a link to a recent Washington Post article on Western Maryland and the COVID-19 “situation” out here that has been “making the rounds”.  I am not sure I agree with some of the article’s content and I certainly do NOT agree with many of the comments made by Post readers in the comments section, but I want to share it with our readers so you can read and process it for yourselves.

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners will not conduct a Public Meeting on Monday, January 4, 2021, as previously announced.  The next scheduled Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Olivia Tennant took advantage of the weather and went ice skating here on Deep Creek Lake.