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Today we have a chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Some fog in the morning, then mostly cloudy, with a high near 76 degrees with a southwest wind 6 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. We have a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Be sure to check out this month’s Cover Story.  You can find it here!

In addition, don’t forget to keep checking “here” for the final list of 2020 People’s Choice Challenge Nominees.  Sarah has been reaching out to them all collectively and individually to inform them of their nomination. This year, all the nominees are winners and you “vote” and show your support by taking photos at their location or of you/your family using their product/service. If you see a nominee posting on social media, feel free to show your support by sending in a photo before the complete list is released.  Here’s the link to more information and remember, photo entries have a chance to win $$$ prizes. Good luck!

Moving from our community to the national scene, Kiplinger’s just published the results of a national poll of their readers.  When answering the question “which issue are you most concerned about as you decide who to vote for in the 2020 election?” 59% said the economy, 16% said social security and medicare, 15% said health care and 5% said taxes.  Since it is Kiplinger’s readership, I am guessing it is likely skewed toward higher income, net worth and age, and likely not projectable to the general population, but interesting nonetheless.

On a global level, I bet you didn’t know that the Venice Film Festival, which dates to 1932, is the oldest film festival in the world. I didn’t know that until I read it in last Sunday’s New York Times.

Speaking of festivals, the sponsors had to cancel our always popular Art & Wine Festival due to the pandemic, but HART for Animals and GLAF are offering a Wine & Weekend Festival raffle with some really great weekend get-aways.  Here’s the scoop

I have been seeing and hearing examples of a somewhat rapidly dropping lake level over the past two weeks.  Here’s a message from Bob Sutton, President of the Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake. Basically, we are near the lower rule bands… If you have a boat docked in a cove, you may want to consider Bob’s message when determining when you will take your boat out of the water.

And, speaking of HART, here’s a look at some of their impressive numbers for August YTD are as follows:

As of August 2020:
Spays & Neuters: 465
Rescue & Transports: 423
Adoptions: 102The revenues generated by the services at the HART Animal Center support the basic operating costs of the facility, including staff and maintenance, so that we may serve the animals and our community through our mission programs. We support those programs through donations and fundraising. HART uses 87% of all revenue to pay for those programs, including rescue, transport, spay/neuter, sheltering, and adoption.

Here’s a link to a great article in the Wall Street Journal (thanks for calling our attention to it Martha C.). The article covers travel to places like Deep Creek Lake and national parks during these times and highlights some local businesses and owners/managers, including Jodi and Joe Refosco, Steve Green and Megan Till. There’s also some great statistics.

Sarah and I have put together what we think is a timely and powerful workshop for entrepreneurs and managers (including non-profit). It will be in person and online over three sessions starting on September 30th at Garrett College.  Here’s the scoop:

You and Your Business Survived the Pandemic, Now What?
A Roadmap to Post-Pandemic Success

Course # PF-114 Event Date 9/30/2020 – 10/14/2020 Course Times 5:00-8:15pm Location McH and Online – Hybrid Instructor Mike Tumbarello and Sarah Myers

Workshop Description: The world has been through a truly devastating period of pain and change. Beyond the death and sickness, there have been significant, fundamental changes to our way of life and to the way businesses operate and succeed or fail. This practical workshop will help small business and non-profit owners and managers take a deep breath and assess where they are now, where the business environment is, where it is headed and what steps they can and should take to ensure sustainable success for their enterprise. Based on years of experience and best practices utilized for clients and their own enterprises, Mike and Sarah will help students: conduct a personal and business mission/vision self-assessment, detail and understand changes to the business environment and buyer needs and behaviors, build and reposition their brand, execute against critical success factors, better communicate value to customers, build sustainable competitive advantage and manage their enterprise for success. All students will receive a workbook to drive thoughts, assessment, strategies and tactics designed to help them embrace change and drive their success.

Contact the Garrett College CEWD Department at 301.387.3069 for more information or to register for this course and others, including an upcoming workshop for new supervisors. They have some good offerings planned for the fall…