Heard we may be in for some potential snow this weekend.  We will follow and keep you apprised of the situation. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 50 and a low around 32. West wind 8 to 13 mph.

Unofficial voting results are in. At present time, the reports show wide-margin victories in several categories:

Commissioner District 1: Republican Larry Tichnell won over Democrat Judy Carbone
Commissioner District 2: Republican Paul Edwards won unopposed
Commissioner District 3: Republican Jim Hinebaugh won over write-in Republican Bob Gatto
District 1A House of Delegates: Republican Wendell Beitzel won over Democrat Mike Dreisbach
District 1A Maryland State Senate: Republican George Edwards won unopposed
District 2 Board of Education, Rodney Glotfelty won over Nathan Sorber

In the only local, tightly contested race, incumbent Monica Rinker won over Fred Gregg by 113 votes for District 3 Board of Education representative. For more information, visit https://www.garrettcounty.org/board-of-elections/news/

Potomac Edison has planned a brief power outage for the following locations: Accident, Friendsville, McHenry, Oakland.  The outages will occur sometime between 11:00 am and 11:30 am this morning.

Here’s an interesting read: I thought our readers might like to see Hazard Mitigation Plan from Allegany County. Once in, just click on the link. Detailed but interesting.

Frostburg State University (FSU), in partnership with regional chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, is conducting a survey of local businesses and citizens relative to the proposed implementation and impact of a $15 minimum wage. This anonymous survey should take 10-15 minutes of your time and your participation is very important. If you would like to receive the results of the survey, please indicate that at the end of the survey.

The Chamber reports that Garrett County’s unemployment rate in August, the latest month with available data, was 4.4%, as compared to Maryland’s 4.2% and the nation’s 3.9%.  Allegany County’s rate was at 5.9%.

Click here for a fun video a colleague sent me yesterday: A fox, a bear and mid-term elections, oh my?  Actually, I think it demonstrates the benefit of persistence and overcoming obstacles and since we have bears in our area I thought I would share. Note: This is not meant as a political commentary/endorsement, but the video is cool and worth watching (you can turn off the sound if you wish).

The “off-season” still offers some good fishing — here Matt Jones shares his chain pickerel catch with us!

Matt Jones _ Chain Pickerel _ Deep Creek Lake, MD