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Happy July folks.  The weather for today will be sunny, with a calm wind and a high near 78 degrees and a low of about 58 in the evening.  Looks like a winner to start off the month.

I’ll start us off today with a nice photo of a mama deer and her two little ones.  The deer are great, but the diffused lighting through the trees really makes the photo special.  Thanks go to Dee Dave for submitting to us to share.  Nice job Dee!

Deer from Dee Dave 6-30-20

Deer in the Light

We recieved the quarterly newsletter (Summer Edition) from the Maryland Historical Trust yesterday.  Some really good information in there, including announcements of grant opportunities, celebrations of our fellow citizens and a blog piece on the Sang Run Elections House restoration efforts in Garrett County.  Check it all out here.

Garrett County’s total cumulative cases of COVID-19 now stands at 11 individuals. The testing in Accident last week found one positive (not all test results in yet) and those that came in close-contact with the individual are being contacted.  She is self-isolating at present.

Buying a house soon?  Selling a house soon?  With the real estate sales season at the lake heating-up, I thought I would share this link to a message from the Maryland State Insurance Commissioner relative to title insurance. Basically, Maryland home buyers have the right to choose their settlement agent and title insurer. Any attempt to require that title insurance be purchased from a particular title company as a precondition for obtaining closing cost assistance is prohibited in Maryland.

The Manor Steakhouse in Oakland just sent us a message that they now have indoor dining to supplement their carry-out and outside dining.  They also have expanded their hours and also their menu.  Reservations are recommended.  Call them at 240-488-1104 for more details or to book a table.

The Maryland State Fire Marshall has these guidelines for the safe use of fireworks during these current dry conditions:

  •  Consider attending one of the public fireworks displays scheduled throughout Maryland this year. Leave fireworks to the professionals. Check the Maryland State Fire Marshal website at: https://mdsp.maryland.gov/firemarshal/ for listed public fireworks displays throughout the state

For those individuals who insist on the use of consumer fireworks (the fire marshall’s words, not mine):

  • Purchase the fireworks in the location where you intend to discharge them. Check with the local municipality to determine what fireworks are considered legal for use in that area.
  • Read and follow label warnings and instructions.
  • Prior to igniting fireworks, wet down the entire area to help prevent errant sparks from igniting vegetation.
  • Do not allow small children to use fireworks. Sparklers burn at approximately 1,200°F.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages while using fireworks.
  • Have a bucket of water or hose available.
  • Ensure to completely douse remains of fireworks before proper disposal.

Have a safe, fun, happy Wednesday folks…

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