Wednesday January 15

Jan 15, 2020

Weather-wise for today we have a chance of showers, mainly after 5:00 pm. Mostly sunny during the day, with a high near 55 and a low around 32. The wind will also pick-up in the evening, with a west wind of 11 – 16 miles per hour, and picking-up after midnight to the mid-twenties in wind speed.

I took this photo at 5:45 pm last evening in Swanton, facing north-west through the tree line.  Looks a bit eerie and ominous, yet calming all at the same. Please don’t forget to keep sending us your photos of family, friends and locations at the lake. We love to see them and share with all of our readers. Please send them in to

Dusk at the lake

Dusk through the trees

Meow. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service recently partnered with University of Delaware to study bobcat populations in Garrett and Allegany counties. Graduate student Kevin Lamp will present the findings of his research at the New Germany Lake House on Jan. 25th. My cats Lucy and Cashflow are actively awaiting the study report-out to see if any cousins are nearby.

Bobcats at the lake

Bobcat by David Westphalen/Painet Inc.

Here’s more information on the bobcat study presentation along with information on state park and trail passes for 2020 in the latest issue of New Germany News.

It’s Open Mic Night at Moonshadow this evening from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  They are looking for members of the community that are musicians, DJs, story tellers, etc. to share their talents.

Here’s something different: Garrett College will be hosting a four-day men’s basketball extravaganza featuring 17 prep, post-grad and high school squads over the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend. The MLK Hoopfest 2020 runs from Friday, January 17th through Monday, January 20th at the CARC Gymnasium on the Garrett College campus and will include teams from Maryland and the Northeast region.  A complete schedule can be found at!

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