Wednesday June 17

Yesterday was a little on the cool side, but was a nice day nonetheless.  Today will be mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers (mainly in the afternoon and evening) with a high near 68 degrees. Showers are likely in the late evening, mainly after 2:00 am, with a low around 58.

Don’t forget it is Wednesday, so the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is open today at the pavilion by the town parketing lot in downtown Oakland.  The market is open from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Just heard that the Garrett County Fair is a “go” for early August.  I hope all attendees stay safe.

The late Paul W. Weiler was posthumously awarded the Dr. Jeanne H. Neff Award for Distinguished Service on behalf of the Garrett College Foundation on Friday, June 12th at the GCF Board of Directors meeting that took place remotely over Zoom. I knew Paul and attended that meeting and I can say it is truly deserved.  He was a smart, kind and giving individual that was a quiet asset to the college and community.

Two new grants have been made available to local businesses. Formerly known as the Garrett County Kick-Start Grant program, a modified grant for small businesses will now be known as the Garrett County COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant. In addition, a new grant program known as the Garrett County Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Grant has been developed. These are available as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic and are offered through Garrett County Economic Development to native Garrett County businesses. 

The Mountain Laurel Garden Club is hosting its popular perennial plant sale this Saturday, June 20th, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (rain or shine, no pets) in downtown Oakland. The sale will be held in Daley Park, the area outside the Garrett County Historical Society at 107 S. 2nd St. The sale features over 60 varieties of native plants, perennials, shrubs, and herbs that have been grown and potted from members’ gardens in Garrett County. Entrance is free and tickets are not required. Note: In accordance with state and Garrett County Health Department guidelines, all workers and shoppers must wear masks and appropriate social distancing measures will be observed.

The Power of Possibilities Conference will be held on June 30th, starting at 9:30 am. This is a virtual event made possible by the collaboration efforts of Garrett County Economic Development and the college. Power of Possibilities is a business plan competition that is held annually. and that encompasses a focus on emerging industries, business collaboration, and entrepreneurship. To register for this free event, please email before 5:00 pm June 26th.

This one is a little weird. The Office of the State Fire Marshal has been made aware of a fictitious online poster circulating on various social media accounts, referencing Independence Day celebrations and Social Distancing. The author would have the reader believe Governor Hogan has issued a directive on a specific way to handle sparklers as well as a limited time celebrating outdoors. This poster is fake and was produced without the authority of the Governor’s Office or the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Speaking of fireworks, readers can check the Maryland State Fire Marshal website at for listed public fireworks displays throughout the state. And yes, I believe our own Fire on the Mountain public display is a “go” and will be great as usual.

So, now I am thinking about holidays.  I bet you didn’t know that today is: National Eat Your Vegetables Day, National Apple Strudel Day and also National Cherry Tart Day in the USA! So please make sure you EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!!!  And, then you can have your apple strudel or cherry tart for dessert. Have a great one folks…