Our big snowstorm was the weather story of the month.  Other than that one big one with over 30 inches of snow, the weather was pretty uneventful.

I do want to thank Chad Taylor of Taylor-Made Vacations and Dave Savage of Craig Services for giving us some gas-powered help moving some snow during the storm.  Our body-powered shovel could have done it all, but they sure saved us some time.

Did you know that if you stay at Lodges at Sunset Village, you can ski for free?  Visit the website for details.

Check out this article -- 12 Things Anyone With a Lake House Can Relate To.  It makes you want to buy a lake house doesn't it?  Luckily, I know some people who can help you with that.

The ad from Bear Creek Traders will now feature the store's monthly specials AND you can also print off a coupon for 20% off one item (over $30) in the store. 

Be sure to check out the new-and-improved feature page from Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, too.

This is the time of year that bear are giving birth to their young and sometime soon DNR staff will begin visiting dens and tagging our new county residents.

Mountain State Brewing now offers a Mug Club at the Deep Creek location.  Stop by and sign up before they run out of spots.

Governor Hogan attended the Polar Bear Plunge held in Annapolis at the end of January.  Maybe he'll make a visit to the Deep Creek Dunk on February 20.  I remember a governor attending one year, but I can remember if it was Ehrlich or O'Malley.  In any event, it's always nice to have the head honcho in town - especially for such a great cause.

Just to be clear. When I say 'DJ Leroy and The Bull' are at Black Bear Tavern on the Entertainment Guide, that means a mechanical bull. 

Dock owners should have received their 2016 permit applications in the mail last month.  Don't forget Deep Creek Dock Works if you're thinking about a new one.  Boating season will be here before you know it.

Congratulations to FireFly Farms in Accident.  The team won 16  new individual awards in 2015 in national and international cheese judging programs.  That's 89 total awards since the company's inception if you're keeping track.

Thank you to the wonderful staff at HART for Animals.  My 10-year-old Westie needed some surgery last month and he was in great hands there.  See, they even save the dogs who already have homes.  :-)

Speaking of HART, the group made a proposal to the commissioners to assume all of the county shelter's adoption duties.  Plans are still being analyzed and finalized before any approval can be given. 

How about those sunset/rise pictures in the Photo Gallery?  Was I lying about when I said we had some crazy beautiful ones last month? 

Happy 75th anniversary to the Oakland/Mountain Lake Park charter of the Lions Club. 

The ice sculptures will be returning to Oakland for the Winter Fest celebration on Valentine's/President's Day weekend and, of course, the Dunk will be held on the 20th.  After a late start, our winter activities are in full swing.  Come visit!

See you on the slopes,

Marta Schroyer
Editor