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Today we can expect a mostly sunny day, with a high near 72 degrees and a west wind around 10 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 51.  Looks like a really nice day!

Here’s an action photo taken by my wife Jean.  Looks good and I know many of readers know this site very well.  Thanks Jean!

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Sideling Hill Coming Up the Mountain


The Maryland STEM festival is a virtual event that will be running through November 11th.  If you or a friend or family member, including a student are interested, you can click here to learn more.

The Garrett County Health Department has received four additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the current county total positives to 107. The new positive COVID-19 cases are a male and a female in their 30s, and a male and a female in their 60s.. Garrett County currently has 24 persons isolating due to a COVID-19 diagnosis, including one person who is hospitalized.

Charity fraud is on the rise due to the pandemic and the fact that there are a bunch of bad actors out there trying to separate us from our hard earned money.  Maryland AG Frosh advises that If you think that you have been a victim of a charity fraud or scam, contact the Office of the Secretary of State, Charities and Legal Services Division by email: or telephone: 410-974-5534.

Now is a great time to schedule a flu shot at the Garrett County Health Department. In fact, there is a new, very easy online registration process to schedule an appointment. In order to comply with COVID-19 precautions, flu vaccines are appointment only this year. Using this online system, patients can register themselves and their children.

This registration process is open for appointments beginning in November:

  • Log on to Note: Any field marked with an asterisk is required.
  • Select desired date and location – clinics are available in Oakland and Grantsville. (If you want a Grantsville appointment, you may need to scroll down pretty far until you find one listed as Grantsville.)
  • Appointment time will be chosen near the end of the process.
  • Complete all required demographics fields, clicking “save and continue.”
  • Email is a required field. No email? Make up a “dummy email” in order to advance to the next screen.
  • Have insurance card ready to enter policy and group number. No insurance? Choose that drop-down option.

Write down the date and time of the appointment and remember to come get vaccinated!

Having problems and need assistance during the scheduling/registration process? Call the health department at 301.334.7697. A staff member will assist you over the phone.