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Yesterday was a nice day – warm and sunny.  Today will start off cloudy, then gradually become mostly sunny, with a high near 72 degrees and a low in the wee hours of around 61. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Here’s a really cool photo submitted by Noah Farberow taken this weekend in Hazelhurst Cove.  The light is just tight on this one!  Thanks Noah!

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Hazelhurst Cove

Just heard that New Germany State Park is now accepting applications for three cabin cleaners and one visitor services attendant. These are full-time or part-time, seasonal positions. Candidates must apply by June 10th at JobAps.com/md. Please spread the word if you know of someone looking for a seasonal position in a very nice, natural setting.

And, speaking of state parks, the annual State Parks and Trails Passport is now available ($75 for in-state residents, $100 for out-of-state) and grants unlimited day-use admission and boat launching at state parks, and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals. This year’s pass will arrive in a self-contained packet with a detachable hang-tag, and will be valid for a full year from the month of purchase. Our 75 state parks include more than 900 miles of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, as well as unique water access and camping facilities.

The Allegany Arts Council is now accepting applications for its 2020-2021 grants program. The program, made possible by County Arts Development funding of the Maryland State Arts Council, supports non-profit organizations and individual artists in the creation of activities, programs and placemaking efforts which champion the arts in our community.  Grant awards are for activities, programs, projects and operations which occur between July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. Please review the eligibility and guideline information prior to applying. Information, along with the grant applications themselves, can be found by visiting our website. The deadline to enter is June 30, 2020.

Here’s a summary of a good idea from Judy Carbone and Lori Richards, homeowners at the lake.  They compiled and mailed a postcard to second homeowners at their primary address.  I wanted to share because it was innovative thinking and is for a good cause – helping non-profit organizations impacted by COVID-19.  Please check it out and give if you can.  Thanks for the good work Judy and Lori.

Local, state and national organizations are providing assistance to Garrett County residents experiencing difficulties
at this time. Friends of Deep Creek Lake have compiled a directory of some of the organizations accepting financial donations to support their efforts …and information on how to donate. Please give generously.

Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc.
The County Emergency Management Office has asked Community Action to take a
lead role in coordinating donations, including cash, food and household items, volunteer services, transportation, masks, and specific needs associated with COVID-19.
How to Donate: www.garretthealth.org/community

The Garrett County Public Schools Foundation
The Foundation helps the Garrett County Public Schools provide over 800 meals to
students. GCPS is currently providing three meals a day to anyone under 18, through
15 sites throughout the County. How to Donate: By check payable to The GCPS
Foundation. Send to P.O. Box 11, Oakland, MD 21550. 301-501-0190.

The House of Hope
The House of Hope is a non-denominational, non-profit “network of concern” for
those in need in Garrett County. It operates four free food banks in the County.
How to Donate: Send check to P.O. Box 24, Oakland, MD 21550 or online
www.houseofhopegc.org

The Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank distributes food to eligible soup kitchens, food pantries,
and shelters throughout the State. In Garrett County, it operates through the Oak
Park Church of the Brethren. How to Donate: www.mdfoodbank.org. Click “Donate”

The Dove Center
The Dove Center is a private non-profit organization providing safety, advocacy, and
counseling to individuals affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
www.gcdovecenter.org. How to Donate: www.gcdovecenter.org/ways-to-give

It’s In The Bag
Serving Garrett County Public Schools, this program fills backpacks with food to send
home with children on the weekends, coordinated by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
How to Donate: By check to It’s In The Bag, P. O. Box 303, Oakland, MD 21550.

United Way of Garrett County
The United Way has established COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to provide
micro-grants to local nonprofits to aid with food, shelter, medical co-pays, and supplies. How to Donate: www.cuw.org/garrett/ or send a check to P.O. Box 394,
Oakland, MD 21550.

Western Maryland Red Cross
The Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Monetary donations are also needed. How to Donate: www.redcross.org/local/maryland-delaware/donation or call 1-800-435-7669.

Other organizations needing your help:
• www.governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites • www.211md.org

Compiled by Garrett County volunteers Judy A. Carbone (judy@corgi-cottage.com) and Lori Richards (tolori@verizon.net).
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