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Yesterday was a pretty nice day.  I was able to get in a sunny walk late afternoon.  Today’s weather will include widespread frost, mainly before 7:00 am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 56 degrees and a low of about 40.

Reminder for this morning, at 9:00 am: Understanding the Employee Retention Tax Credit and Work Share Unemployment Program.  A good portion of the disaster loan and grant programs are maxed out, but these two programs could provide additional financial assistance for your business.  The Chamber member webinar is free to attend but registration is required. REGISTER HERE to receive the link or contact Holly Lane at 301.387.6171 or holly@garrettchamber.com.

Here’s a helpful resource put together by the folks at TEDCO for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  TEDCO is one of the organizations that serves small businesses in the state in a number of ways. They have various levels of funding and assistance and their leadership has also been working with Governor Hogan on the state’s response to the pandemic.  ttps://www.tedcomd.com/news-events/covid-19-maryland-business-resources

Check out this virtual tour of the Deep Creek Lake area premiering this evening on Maryland Public Television at 7:30 pm.  It is part of their MotorWeek series of video adventures.  Here’s the link for more information.

Here’s some good news: The Board of Garrett County Commissioners announced yesterday that Comcast has expanded its footprint in the county by adding more than 370 serviceable addresses. This is a result of a collaboration between the County and the company to serve additional rural areas with broadband internet. The new addresses, adjacent to Comcast’s existing service area, are located along portions of Avilton Lonaconing Road, Bittinger Road, Foy Road, Mosser Road, New Germany Road, Oakland Sang Run Road, Sunset Ridge, Accident Friendsville Road, Foxtown Road, Rock Lodge Road, and Firetower Road. Additional areas are being considered, and residents along these roads are asked to call 1-800-COMCAST to inquire about service.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an online wedding chat on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. to connect couples with local wedding professionals. The online chat is free to attend but registration is required. Participants must register at visitdeepcreek.com/events/details/deep-creek-weddings-chat-32230 to reserve a spot. Seats are limited. Registration deadline is 10:00 am on May 18th to receive the link to participate. Questions should be directed to Kim Folk at 301.387.5238 or kim@garrettchamber.com.

The decision has been made that after 26 years, this year’s Chautauqua offering—Raising Their Voices—would be the last. Unfortunately, due to the continuing impact of the coronavirus, they will not be able to conclude with in-person performances. They are, however, working to bring you virtual performances in July and will announce the details next month.  This is sad news, as GLAF and Maryland Humanities do a great job with this every year and it is a fun and educational endeavor.  We will let you know more when we hear further details.