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Yesterday was nice until mid-afternoon, then the promised showers appeared in some parts of the county.  Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 71 degrees and a low of 56.

Don’t forget that the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be held today from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the pavilion in downtown Oakland.  Lots of fresh veggies and other good stuff.  And, please remember, they have some COVID-19-related rules in effect (see the link).

I am a judge this year for the business plan competition for Garrett College’s Power of Possibilities.  They had a couple of good new-business ideas proposed by a couple of young, local entrepreneurs mentored by Jodi McClintock.  This year’s condensed e-conference, where the winner of the competition will be announced, will be held virtually at 9:30 am on June 30th. Here’s the link for more information and to sign-up.

HART for Animals has moved their thrift shop to Sand Flat Road Plaza, with a planned-for re-opening on Thursday, July 2nd. HART’s Pick of the Litter Thrift Shop is behind Shooters Bar & Grill and carries items such as housewares, fashions, home accesories, pet accessiries, baby and kids wear, toys, gifts, furniture and more. They are worth a visit and remember the store helps with fundraising for HART’s noble goals.  Here’s a photo – nice job Paula and team:

HART Thrift Store 6-20

HART’s new Pick of the Litter Thrift Store

The annual Fireworks Celebration at the Broadford Lake Recreation Area will be held on Friday, July 3rd, with a rain date of July 5th.  There is a small admission charge of $3 per person, with $1 for children under eight yers of age.

Fireworks will also light up the sky on July 4th as the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presents the annual “Fire on the Mountain” Fireworks Display. The display is set to begin at dark with fireworks launched from the top of the Tubing Park at Wisp Resort. Prime viewing locations include the Scenic Overlook on Route 219, Wisp Resort, local businesses in McHenry, and from a boat on the lake, particularly around McHenry Cove.

Now that we are all emerging from various degrees of being cooped-up and with vacation travel taking off, I thought I would post these sobering statistics on speeding in Maryland.

A recent analysis by CoPilot Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and NHTSA, found that in Maryland, 26.6% of total traffic deaths involve speeding. Here is a summary of the data for Maryland and please drive safe:

  • Traffic fatalities that involve speeding: 26.6% of total
  • Speeding-related traffic fatality rate per 100k: 2.24
  • Total traffic fatalities that involve speeding (past 5 years): 676
  • Total traffic fatalities (past 5 years): 2,543
  • Maximum posted speed limit: 70 mph
  • Worst county for speeding: Baltimore City

If you see Barry or Mary Ann Krewson around the lake, congratulate them on being chosen as co-directors of the golf course at Alpine Lake Resort for this summer.  Both are avid golfers and great people, and Barry is a member of Deep Creek Lake Lions along with yours truly!  I’m sure they will do a great job and have lots of fun while doing it. Fore!