Another year is almost over...Hard to believe...
What a treat for our area to be able to offer skiing over the Thanksgiving weekend. Doesn't happen too often. Hopefully, a continued successful snow season for Wisp and the new owners.
ASCI is pushing the tagline "the epicenter of adventure sports." Learn it. Know it. Live it. (yes, I did just quote Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
I've found myself marveling at and wondering over the bright planets recently. Found my answer every time in the Skies article.
Our Town Theatre is raffling a 26" Simon Pearce glass Christmas tree with a lighted base. They are magnificent and retail for $500. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased from any OTT board member or at the OTT Christmas Market on December 7th at St. Peter's parish hall in Oakland.
Mark your calendars! HART for Animals will be holding its grand opening celebration at the no-kill shelter on May 24 in conjunction with the annual K9's Tunes and Brews Festival. More details to come!
Speaking of dogs, a heart-warming story here about a VetDogs program at Western Correctional Institute in Cresaptown. Of note, WCI is the first maximum security prison to participate in the program.
Southern Garrett High School was the winner of the Garrett County Bowl and will keep the Garrett Cup for another year. This year, though, the cup was renamed the Andy Woods/Tim Umbel Cup in memory of athletes from each school who were killed in automobile accidents.
Local artist, Jessica Riley, will have her colored pencil drawing of lilies featured on the Easter Seals stamps in 2014.
Building permits in the county are down 21.33% for the first ten months in 2013 compared to 2012, according to the Permits and Inspections office.
Attention book lovers, Grantsville resident, Carol Frazee, has published her first book, Elizabeth's Journey. Help a local girl out and purchase it on Amazon.
Cobblestone Gift Shoppe will feature a local artist each day in December. Purchase one of the artisan's work and get 10% off another gift.
Mt. Top Granite is offering granite cutting boards starting at $25. A great gift!
I understand the new retail shop at Wisp, Outdoor Elements, is amazing. Must check it out soon.
Consider all your holiday shopping at our local shops. One-of-a-kind special gifts abound.
The Civic Club of Oakland is selling a reprint of the cookbook the club printed in 1914. The book will be an exact reprint of the 100-year-old publication. Pick one up at Bear Creek Traders, Penn Alps Store or Schoolhouse Earth.
In the holiday spirit, I've given you a pretty easy one for the Where Am I? contest this month. There's only three from which to choose and you can learn about them in this 2008 blog from Railey Realty. Thank you to Dave Keffer for letting me use his picture. By the way, you can purchase it and some of his other aerial shots in our Online Marketplace.
The SHA will upgrade the traffic light at the Memorial Drive/Rt. 219 in Oakland early next year to overhead mounted cameras. Good news. An interesting tidbit; that stretch of road has an average weekday volume of about 13,400 vehicles per day.
The SHA also announced they will be using a salt brine solution to treat roadways before any snow arrives. They will also be using a new dual-wing plow that can clear two full lanes of highway with one pass. Bottom line, we're ready for the snow.
See you on the mountain!