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The weather for today will include showers, mainly after 2:00 pm with a high near 42 degrees and a low of about 29.  That low will contribute to the chance of snow showers between 1:00 am and 2:00 am this evening.

So, if you thought April was wet and cool, here’s the official numbers as submitted by Glenda at Garrett Regional Medical Center: Average high temperature for the month was 56.7 degrees, average low was 34.8 degrees, with 7.24 inches of rain and 1.3 inches of frozen precipitation for the month. I could use a little more sun and warmth and a little less rain in May.

Here’s some interesting statistics from a new study for your consideration: There are 34 million single-person households in the United States. Since COVID-19 has prompted shelter-in-place orders across the country, those living alone are completely isolated, and job losses are not mitigated by help from roommates. Maryland has 604,272 adults that live alone, which is 13.2% of all adults in the state which is the 9th lowest percentage of adults living alone among all U.S. states. Here’s a link to the full study by Self Financial for your reading pleasure. Please think about reaching-out to someone in our community that is living alone.

And speaking of statistics pertinent during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub just released a report on the best and worst states for nurses in the US.  Where did Maryland come-in you ask?  Click here to find out!

Closer to home, Garrett County Health Department was notified yesterday of one additional confirmed case of COVID-19 in Garrett County. This new positive case is a person in her 20s who is employed at an Allegany County facility with a known outbreak, and she is isolating at home. A total of 286 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Garrett County, with 249 negative results and 5 positive results for Garrett County residents.

The next Chamber Business After Hours to be held on May 14th from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, will be virtual!  This virtual networking event is a fun opportunity for everyone to see each other again and reconnect! This event is free to attend. Register online at or contact Holly Lane at Upon your registration, you’ll receive an email confirmation with the link to join the event. Please make sure to also register through zoom as well.

The McHenry United Methodist church has land they are willing to let parishoners and even non-parishoners use to cultivate a small garden. Donations are welcome but not mandatory. Anyone can participate by calling Pastor Acord at 301.387.9059. Plot size depends on the individual, as does planting. There is even a pavilion for those working in the garden to take breaks in the shade. That is certainly a nice gesture!