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Yesterday was just about perfect weather-wise.  Left my office for a bit of air and a quick swim and then took my wife for a nice lunch at Brenda’s. Today will be sunny, with a high near 66 degrees and a west wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 44 and with some wind.

I am glad President Trump is home now and recuperating, but I am still concerned about his team and all those with COVID-19 throughout the nation and world.  Some poorer, developing nations are getting hit really hard, as are some areas in this country.  Plus, small businesses and their employees are really getting hammered. I sure hope things are better in the near future. In the meantime, we all need to be thinking about what we can do to support local individuals and businesses that may not be as fortunate as we are.

I bet you didn’t know that there are over 250 species of spiders in Maryland?  Well there are and the latest edition of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ HabiChat newsletter covers that topic and many more, including monarch butterflies, stem nesting bees, native grasses and how to support garden wildlife.  Here’s the link.

Speaking of nature, the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be taking place this morning at the pavilion in downtown Oakland from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The plan is for the outdoor markets to continue through October.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Maryland officials reported 413 new cases of the coronavirus and six new deaths associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, yesterday, while the state’s reported seven-day positivity rate declined for the first time in 11 days.

With some states choosing to delay further reopening or even bring back some previously lifted restrictions due to surges in COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub yesterday released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions. WalletHub utilized a measure of 17 variables for each state to determine their rank. I thought readers might find the article interesting.

While certainly different from previous years’ events due to the pandemic, the 53rd  Annual Autumn Glory Festival is kicking off today.  You can pick up copies of the official guide to events at the Garrett County Visitors Center located at 15 Visitors Center Drive in McHenry or download it online at