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The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 46 degrees and with a west wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Tonight we have a chance of rain and snow showers before 2:00 am, then a chance of freezing rain, and then a chance of snow showers and freezing rain after 3:00 am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 28.

Whoot hoot, spring is here. Well, sort of. March 1st marks the first day of meteorological spring, but astronomical spring — which is more widely regarded as the start of the season — is still about three weeks away. Meteorologists recognize spring as spanning March, April and May for consistency’s sake in weather record-keeping and also based on temperature trends in the U.S.

Here’s a neat photo of the lake showing the mist touching the lake in the morning hours.  It is a recent photo taken and submitted by Ainsley Benton.  Thanks for sharing Ainsley.

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Misty Lake

Purchase a Paw Print and help a homeless animal. Each paw print you purchase supports Mocha’s Fund, which provides emergency medical care to homeless animals rescued by HART. The fund covers issues such as broken bones, infections, malnutrition and many other problems. Check out the list of businesses and buy your prints now through March 31st! Look for the Paw Prints around town at local businesses including: Deep Creek Beverage, Dutch’s, Moonshadow, Mountain State Brewing, Schoolhouse Earth, Taylor Made and Black Bear.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources stocked 4,800 trout throughout the state yesterday, including 3,000 brown, rainbow and golden trout at Bear Creek. And, don’t forget that the DNR has a survey they would like you to take in support of some recent assumptions they made regarding brook trout. The anonymous short survey is to test your trout identification skills.

Congratulations to coach Dennis Gibson, the men’s basketball team head coach at Garrett College. Coach Gibson, earned his 700th career win on February 24th, with a double-overtime 107-100 victory against arch-rival Allegany College of Maryland on the road at Bob Kirk Arena. For the past 36 years, Gibson has served as the head men’s basketball coach, golf coach, and athletic director for Garrett College. Quite an achievement for Dennis and the college!

The Maryland State Board of Education will host a special meeting onThursday, March 4th at 4:15 pm. The meeting will be conducted virtually.  Members of the public will be able to hear the audio and see presentations in real time via livestream: http://marylandpublicschools.org/stateboard/Pages/meeting-agendas/2021/2021-03-04.aspx. The agenda is available at: http://marylandpublicschools.org/stateboard/Pages/meeting-agendas/2021/2021-03-04.aspx.

The Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) will host Dr. Rob Dunn, North Carolina State University, to discuss his latest book, Delicious: The Evolution of Flavor and How it Made Us Human. The event, which is part of the Lab’s Watershed Moments Community Learning Series, will take place on Thursday, March 25, at 6:30pm on Zoom. Registration for this event is required. To register, visit https://www.usmf.org/robdunn/.