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Yesterday was sunny and mild. Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 54 and a low of 40, with a south wind around 8 mph.

Here’s a link to the results from Monday’s Oakland town council elections. Thanks to all those who campaigned hard and are willing to serve Oakland and its citizens and businesses.

Speaking of Oakland, GOBA’s Clean and Green Team of volunteers has undertaken a new project to create a “mosaic” using plastic lids/caps affixed to panels. This is an exciting project which combines art, recycling, community involvement and that will also add to the newly designated Arts and Entertainment District. The entire mural will be 2 ft. x 14 ft and will spell out “OAKLAND” and will be constructed with help from numerous community groups. They are looking for some monetary and material donations. Call Michelle Ross at 301.334.2691 if you wish to donate or have a building or lot to “host” the new mural.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is getting ready to release over 300,000 trout in state waterways, including some in Garrett County. Regular spring stocking is done by department crews in lakes, rivers and streams from early March through June. In 2019, the department will stock trout in 133 locations in 18 counties. Here’s a link for more details. Get your fishing gear ready!

The Friends of the Library session that was rescheduled due to inclement weather will be held at the Oakland Branch of the Ruth Enlow Library this evening from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.  They hold these sessions to get feedback and ideas from local citizens and they are open to all.

Don’t forget to submit your entry by Midnight tonight! We still have a Wisp lift voucher (1), ski/snowboard rental voucher (1) and tube park vouchers (2) to give away!  We will bundle the lift/rental vouchers and the two tubing vouchers into one prize.  So, you can WIN a nice end-of-season package from us. If you want to enter, please complete this form or send us an email to by Midnight tonight, and attach at least one photo of the Deep Creek Lake area, with people or not (up to you), from your travels here.  We will randomly draw one entry for the prize.

The new Sipside Lounge on 2nd Street in downtown Oakland is planning a nice St. Paddy’s Day celebration this Sunday, March 17th, from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  They will have live entertainment, Irish-themed snacks and giveaways in addition to their nice selection of beer, wine and cocktails.  My wife and I really like the atmosphere at Sipside and their selection of classic cocktails brought back some memories, as did the new and vintage albums and music memorabilia next store at their Flipside Sounds sister establishment (which will be open on Sunday as well).

While we will likely will be getting some colder weather and some frozen precipitation before the season is out, I just get the sense that the weather has “tipped” toward springtime. We shall see…