Yesterday was a bit warmer and less breezy. The snow emergency has been lifted but there are still icy spots on roads, so be careful. Today’s weather will be rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 46 and a low around 33. South wind 13 to 16 mph. Tonight will be rain; amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Our congratulations go out to Northern Garrett High School senior Sam Beeman, who recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Garrett College. Sam not only played baseball at Northern but also football and wrestling. Way to go Sam.

Hey, it’s cold out and the (little) kids/grand kids need something to do indoors.  The library has programs for the little and not so little ones today at three of their branches.  Check out the Ruth Enlow Library calendar here for ideas and more information.

Just heard from Eric Robison at the Oakland – Mt. Lake Park Lions Club about their involvement in the Health Department’s Play Hard, Live Clean initiative for our local students.  Most Garrett County youth don’t smoke, don’t drink, and don’t misuse drugs. But some do. And Garrett County cares about all our kids, so the Play Hard, Live Clean campaign is designed to give every Garrett County youth the opportunity to be rewarded for making good choices.  Check out this link for more information and please spread the word to parents and students over 13 years of age.

Here’s the latest newsletter from Generation West Virginia.  There’s a piece on jobs and also a job opportunity for a Network Engagement Director.  As you may recall, this organization is working to help engage and keep young adults in nearby West Virginia.

Here’s a video clip I got yesterday of the shimmering ice on the trees in McHenry:

Hey there baseball fans: The Baltimore Sun reports that Mike Mussina, the right-handed pitcher who anchored the Orioles rotation in the 1990s, will join Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay and Edgar Martínez in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. Mussina is from Williamsport, PA, just a few hours from Garrett County. We have a number of readers from Baltimore and central Pennsylvania and a bunch are Orioles fans, so this one is for you.

A new report, released yesterday by the Maryland State Board of Education, found that 47 percent of the State’s kindergarteners had demonstrated readiness for kindergarten.  “Readiness” means that the students were fully prepared to participate in the kindergarten curriculum.  This compares to 45 percent in 2017-18 and 43 percent in 2016-17.  As I expected, Garrett County schools performed well compared to peer districts.  Here’s the summary numbers for you:

 Overall Results for the 2018-19 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment for Maryland

·        District_ID ·        District_Name ·        Demonstrating ·        Approaching ·        Emerging
·         All ·         Maryland ·         47% ·         33% ·         20%
·         1 ·         Allegany ·         41% ·         33% ·         26%
·         2 ·         Anne Arundel ·         48% ·         33% ·         18%
·         3 ·         Baltimore County ·         49% ·         32% ·         19%
·         4 ·         Calvert ·         45% ·         40% ·         15%
·         5 ·         Caroline ·         45% ·         39% ·         16%
·         6 ·         Carroll ·         61% ·         30% ·         9%
·         7 ·         Cecil ·         32% ·         42% ·         26%
·         8 ·         Charles ·         40% ·         40% ·         20%
·         9 ·         Dorchester ·         40% ·         39% ·         20%
·         10 ·         Frederick ·         59% ·         29% ·         12%
·         11 ·         Garrett ·         55% ·         32% ·         13%
·         12 ·         Harford ·         43% ·         38% ·         19%
·         13 ·         Howard ·         56% ·         31% ·         13%
·         14 ·         Kent ·         53% ·         29% ·         18%
·         15 ·         Montgomery ·         54% ·         28% ·         18%
·         16 ·         Prince George’s ·         39% ·         32% ·         29%
·         17 ·         Queen Anne’s ·         57% ·         31% ·         11%
·         18 ·         St. Mary’s ·         42% ·         38% ·         20%
·         19 ·         Somerset ·         60% ·         25% ·         15%
·         20 ·         Talbot ·         42% ·         41% ·         17%
·         21 ·         Washington ·         43% ·         33% ·         25%
·         22 ·         Wicomico ·         41% ·         36% ·         23%
·         23 ·         Worcester ·         66% ·         26% ·         8%
·         30 ·         Baltimore City ·         39% ·         36% ·         26%