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Yesterday started off icy and cold.  Here’s a photo I took to show out-of-towners what it looked like in the morning.  Ice on everything and some of the back roads were quite slippery.

mike yard after ice 1-26-21

After the Ice Storm

Today we will have patchy fog before 10:00 am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 30 degrees. West wind 5 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Tonight we have a  chance of snow and freezing drizzle before midnight, then a chance of snow. Patchy fog between 10 pm and 11 pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.

Congratulations to Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF). Garrett County Public Schools recently recognized and thanked GLAF for sponsoring several virtual learning experiences for Garrett County students during the 2020-2021 school year. Long-standing partners and supporters of Arts in Education, GLAF has worked diligently to ensure our students have access to high-quality programs that support the Garrett County Public Schools.  Way to go GLAF!

With the U.S. starting to open up more but with a full reopening only possible once we achieve widespread vaccination/immunity, the personal-finance website WalletHub yesterday released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions, as well as accompanying videos and audio files. To identify which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics.

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), the governing body of the Maryland Heritage Areas program, released the results of a program Impact Study conducted over the last year. Statewide, for 2019, the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, including all 13 certified Heritage Areas, had a total statewide economic impact of $2.4 billion and supported approximately 33,815 jobs. It is estimated that nearly 20.7 million tourists in the state are heritage tourists. In Garrett County, the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area (MMGTTW) had an economic impact of more than $155 million and supported approximately 1,300 jobs since its certification in 2011. Great work.

Many of our readers are retired or approaching retirement age, and the Deep Creek Lake area is a haven for retirees, due to the peaceful natural beauty, all the great amenities and access to health care, etc. so I thought I would share this study: To help retirees find a safe, enjoyable and wallet-friendly place to call home, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 45 key metrics in a new analysis. They just released their annual report on 2021’s Best States to Retire, as well as accompanying videos. Enjoy the statistics and for the record, I think Deep Creek Lake should be number one!  🙂

And, speaking of a great place to live and visit, don’t forget to check out our new and improved Deep Creek Lake Area guide which has information on lots of great things to do, see and experience.  Here’s the link… Visit it often to get the latest information to help you and your family enjoy the area.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce just announced that the next Business Before Hours on Tuesday, February 16th, will be the annual Economic Forecast featuring guest speaker R. Andrew Bauer, Senior Regional Economist and Deputy Regional Executive at the Baltimore Branch of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank. The Economic Forecast program, sponsored by First United Bank & Trust and Railey Realty, will be held virtually on Zoom 8:00 am – 9:30 am. This is always an interesting and well-done presentation and worth the time. For more information, call 301.387.4386 or go to visitdeepcreek.com.

US home sales surged to their highest level in 14 years in 2020, fueled by ultralow interest rates and the pandemic, according to the Wall Street Journal.  We continue to hear that the Deep Creek Lake area real estate market is also red-hot, with limited inventory and plenty of motivated buyers. So, if you are interested in listing your lake-area home or buying a great getaway, contact one of our advertisers.  They are the leading real estate companies in the area: Railey Real Estate, Taylor-Made, and 1 Real Estate Source.