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The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 60 degrees and a southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 42.  Enjoy the sun folks!

According to Jeannie, who keeps official precipitation records for the county at Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC), the average high temperature in October was 66.7 degrees, with the average low being 40.4 degrees, with 3.17 inches of rain being recorded.

I hope you all voted… 🙂  Votes are still being tallied nationally as I write these Notes Wednesday morning.  Here’s a link for local results, which are still unofficial as well, but perhaps provide a clearer picture than the national results situation.

The Garrett County Health Department has received nine additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the current county total positives to 176. The new positive COVID-19 cases include individuals ranging from 10 years of age up to one individual in his 70s.  Currently in the county, 67 persons are isolating due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Correction: Oakland’s St. Peters Church is participating in Operation Christmas Child this year by building shoeboxes online. Fill a box from the comfort of your home and spread the Good News to children worldwide. Visit  www.garrettstpeter.com and click on the “Build a Box Online” link to help them reach their goal of 50 shoebox gifts and note the corrected website address.

Making sure all of our readers are aware of HART’s Vaccines for Life program for dogs and cats that offers core vaccines for free, along with a 10% discount on other vaccines and services, and is good for the lifetime of your dog or cat. This program lasts as long as you have your pet and as long as your pet gets an annual Wellness visit exam every year at the Bredel Clinic. A nice way to take care of Fido!

Speaking of HART, here’s a rundown of their key statistics year-to-date through October: Spays & Neuters: 558; Rescue & Transports: 584; Adoptions: 125.  The folks at HART have been busy and continue to do really good work for our furry friends.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce invites all Chamber members to join them November 11th at 11:00 am for their November Marketing Roundtable: Consumer Media Engagement Habits 2020. Mike DeAnzeris of Meredith Publishing will be leading a deep dive on today’s media trends, what consumers want and how their actions are showing the reality of media engagement. Learn more about myth vs reality and how to build marketing plans that drive results. Free to attend but limited to Chamber members. Register to attend this webinar here .

Speaking of the Chamber, their next Business Before Hours on Tuesday, November 17th will feature a presentation by West Virginia University (WVU) on the results of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s year-long tourism survey of Garrett County visitors. The Tourism Update program, sponsored by Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, will be held virtually on Zoom 8:00 am – 9:30 am. Reservations can be made by online at visitdeepcreek.com or by contacting Holly at the Chamber at 301.387.6171 or holly@garrettchamber.com. The cost to attend for members is $10; the cost for non-members is $15.

If you are up for some brisk fall hiking and want to check out areas a little farther afield than our great trails here in Garrett County, consider the C&O Canal.  Here’s a link to a story about attractions within five miles of the canal from Cumberland all the way “down east.”