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Patchy fog this morning … then mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s.

Governor Hogan has designated September 25-29 as Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week, when students in public schools in Garrett County and across the state will get a taste of fresh, Maryland-grown and produced food in their lunches. The kick-off this week was held at Crellin Elementary School.

Speaking of fresh and homegrown food, the Mountain Fresh Farmer’s Market will be in downtown Oakland today from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Pavilion. Stop on by as only about month or so left until it closes for the season.

Another opportunity for fresh fruit is to glean apples at a local orchard in Allegany County today. The apples are being donated by the orchard owner and his wish is for the apples to be put to use or given as a donation. Volunteers are needed to pick apples today from 9:00am to 6:00pm at the orchard: 11101 Mount Fairview Rd., Cumberland, MD 21502.

And as mentioned in previous Notes, don’t forget the free “Chasing the Dragon” film about the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse in America today at 12:00pm at the Garrett County Health Department in Oakland. Also, the AAUW meet-up to review and discuss “Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans” is tonight. The AAUW event is also free and open to the public starting this evening at 5:30pm at Garrett College’s GIEC building, room 111. Both are important issues locally and nationally.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources just announced the continuation of their Tree-Mendous program to provide affordable and attractive trees and shrubs to community groups to plant on public lands in the state. Over 3,000 community groups have already participated in the past!

Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling announced yesterday that the 2018 Residential Refuse Permits will be available beginning October 2, 2017. The Permits cost $50 per year and utilize a radio frequency identification system (RFID) that allows the permit to be scanned for validity at each collection site.

Oakland Storage Center is a new business offering secure boat, RV, camper and ATV storage. Keep your boat protected from the inevitable upcoming winter weather! Call now to make your storage arrangements – 240-321-2008.

We’re proud of our students! Friendsville Elementary students recently held a drive to collect school supplies to help victims of the hurricane that hit Houston.