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We need some sunny weather! Today we will have scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32 degrees and a northwest wind of 6 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tonight we will experience scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22 and a northwest wind around 6 mph.

We received the climate summary report from Glenda at Garrett Regional Medical Center the other day.  Based on GRMC’s readings, we had an average high temperature of 37.8 degrees and an average low temperature of 20.9 degrees in December.  They also recorded 1.54 inches of rain and 17.0 inches of frozen precipitation during December.  Thanks Glenda.

We are very sad to hear of the passing of Jim Shaffer, long-time radio personality at local radio station WKHJ.  Jim was in hospice for treatment and lost his battle over the weekend.  He was a nice guy and true icon in Garrett County for many years and will be missed by WKHJ listeners and the community, as well as his family and colleagues.  Our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

HART for Animals continues to do great work for the “fur balls” (and humans) among us.  As of December 2020, HART had the following yearly results: Spays & Neuters – 690; Rescue & Transports – 706; Adoptions – 137.  HART is also currently holding its no show Fur Ball  Casino and Auction through 1/10.  Go to the site and check out their auction items.

If you are a local, second homeowner or vacationer, check out the services of Deep Creek Lake Concierge.  They can really help you with everyday or unique needs relative to getting things done: shopping, delivery, local errands, home maintenance, event planning, etc. Owned by long time entrepreneurs Jen and Kevin Cuozzo (A Touch of Class Limo), they have a great work ethic, team and service focus.

COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of yet another popular event in downtown Oakland.  With great disappointment, the Town of Oakland and the Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) were compelled to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Oakland Winter Fest Event, originally scheduled for Saturday, February 13th, 2021.  The cancellation was due to fears realted to the pandemic.  Next year…

Finally today, here’s a follow-up photo on my post on the Deep Creek Lake LIONS artwork.  In November, the club completed and installed a plastic bottlecap mosaic of a hunter surveying a mountaintop sunset.  The bottlecaps were provided by the Oakland Green and Clean Team who had collected them for their mosaic project in the Oakland Pocket Park and had leftover supplies. The mosaic was assembled by community members who attended the unveiling of a previous art project at the park in September. The Club mounted the mosaic on its maintenance barn at the trailhead, making it highly visible to visitors approaching the Meshach Browning History Center. Nice job to my fellow LIONS!


Meshach Browning Bottlecap Mosaic