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Yesterday was a bit cool, but nice and sunny.  Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 41 degrees. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph, with gusts as high as 19 mph.

Spoke to Brenda at Firewater (her new place on the lake behind Ace’s) yesterday and she said they had been closed for a few days due to a COVID-scare. They will be open again starting this evening.  I love their cocktails and food…

Katarina Knezevic and her friends visited Deep Creek Lake in November and to quote her, “fell in love” with the area.  Here’s a photo she sent that shows the vastness (and beauty) of the Deep Creek Lake area.  Nice photo and thanks for sharing with us Katerina.  We look forward to you and your friends returning in the future.

Katarina Knezevic 1-12-21

November View of the Mountains

The Governor announced yesterday that two cases of the more contagious COVID-19 variant have been confirmed in the State. As of yesterday, the Garrett County health Department had reported a total of 1,634 confirmed cases among County residents, 54 deaths, a 15% 7-day positivity rate and a 7-day case-rate of 53.2 per 100,000.

Here’s something for your consideration.  I know lots of readers are looking for something cost-effective and different to do during their stay at home sequester, so here goes: There’s a panel on January 19th to help attendees explore their “roots.”  This online workshop features a panel of experienced Maryland genealogists who will give tips on how to get started with your family research and will provide an overview of both online genealogy sites and Maryland-specific resources. The panel will discuss the importance of DNA as a tool and will highlight African American research. Learn more about the panel here. 

FYI, we heard that In an effort to enhance customer service capabilities at a time of increased demand, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will offer extended hours at all E-ZPass® Maryland Customer Service Centers (CSCs) beginning Saturday, January 16. Under these temporary extended hours – which will be in place until further notice – E-ZPass Customer Service Centers will add Saturday service hours from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and will expand Thursday hours from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

We received a save-the-date message from the Community Development Network of Maryland. This year’s Community Development Day in Annapolis takes place online from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm on February 17th. You can attend and talk to your representatives. There will be a nice program including the opportunity to meet with legislators from both the Maryland Senate and House.  We’ll share more when in formation becomes available.

A recent study by Spanning (using US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see the link for methodology) found that out of all U.S. states, Maryland has the 3rd most computer and math jobs per capita (only DC and Virginia ranked higher). That doesn’t surprise me based on the concentration of those-type jobs around the Baltimore-DC area.  I sure wish we had more of those good-paying jobs up here in Garrett County!  Here’s a summary of the findings from the research:

Out of all U.S. states, Maryland has the 3rd most computer and math jobs per capita.

  • Share of employment in computer & math occupations: 4.9%
  • Total employment in computer & math occupations: 133,600
  • Median annual wage for computer & math occupations: $99,750
  • Median annual wage for all occupations: $45,970
  • Computer & math wage premium: +117.0%

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:

  • Share of employment in computer & math occupations: 3.1%
  • Total employment in computer & math occupations: 4,552,880
  • Median annual wage for computer & math occupations: $88,340
  • Median annual wage for all occupations: $39,810
  • Computer & math wage premium: +121.9%

For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results, you can find the original report on Spanning’s website: