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The weather for today will be more of the same. We have a slight chance of snow showers before 1:00 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36 degrees and a west wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight, we have a slight chance of snow showers before 1:00 am, mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Yesterday I posted a colorful winter sunrise photo submitted by Mark Richards.  Here’s another photo from him, this time a “bird’s eye” view of the mountain.  Thanks for sharing and nice job Mark. Readers, what “landmarks” can you identify?

aerial view of lake area

Lake-Area Aerial View

Here’s the December issue of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Newsletter.  It is filled with all sorts of interesting information including updates on COVID restrictions, arbor day photo contest submissions, mentoring for junior hunters, first weekend hikes and lots more.  Definitely check it out.

So you are tired of staying at home during the pandemic.  Not much to do.  Feeling very isolated. Why not get mariied! We currently have a very nice wedding dress for sale on our Online Marketplace. OK, even if you are already married or do not want to get married, there’s lots of other good stuff for sale on our site. Check the dress and other items out here.

Here’s something interesting and free.  Maryland Public Television is offering one of their Freeview Screenings on Friday, December 18th at 7:00 pm.  This Freeview is actually a “double feature” that includes a music video and that deals with “food deserts” in the state.  Here’s the link to more information and sign-up

The Civic Club of Oakland provides funding for local non-profit organizations every March. This year they were unable to hold their annual Antique and Makers Market, an event that provides the money to fund these worthy causes. To raise money, the club has updated a 1914 cookbook. The “Then and Now” cookbook pairs some of the 1914 recipes with modern recipes provided by club members. It is available for purchase via paypal https://py.pl/RlKzW or if you are local, email gfwc.oakland@yahoo.com to arrange payment and delivery. Cost is $15 and the entire amount will be earmarked for non-profit funding in 2021.
civic club cookbook post 12-9-20

Civic Club Cookbook for Sale

The Legacy Business Transition Program, a collaboration between Frostburg State University and Western Maryland Small Business Development Center, was designed as a resource for those looking to sell their businesses due to retirement or for other reasons. The goal of the program is to keep local businesses open and ongoing to provide direct employment and continue to offer goods and services to local communities. The program is free and will assist sellers with generating a business analysis of valuation and selling price, creating a confidential marketing package, listing service and introducing businesses to potential buyers. Buyer services include assisting with due diligence, structuring letters of intent and purchase agreements, financial qualification and post-purchase support. Interested parties can contact Mark Prave at 888-237-9007, ext. 8 or mjprave@frostburg.edu, or visit www.frostburg.edu/legacybusiness for more information.

We just received information about a new report from Outdoorsy looking at the long-term capacity for remote work across the United States. This appears timely in light of the current pandemic, especially as Garrett County is an excellent remote work location. The report found that just over one third of all U.S. jobs could be carried out remotely and ranked states according to the percentage of workers in remote-friendly jobs. In Maryland, 39.6% of all wage and salary workers have a remote-friendly job, defined for the purposes of this analysis as being a job that can be performed entirely remotely. Out of all U.S. states, Maryland has the 2nd highest percentage of workers in remote-friendly jobs.