Our "dog days of summer" have pretty tame, thus far.  A few days in the 80's, but mostly peaking in the 70's and sometimes even the 60's.  Summer is almost over and it seems like it hasn't even shown up.

The operative word up there is ALMOST.  Still time to get in your summer visit and lots of specials being offered by our lodging partners

Massage at the Lake is offering a Lavender and Stone massage package.  How nice does that sound? You can even book one online or download a gift certificate at www.massageatthelakedayspa.com.

ASCI hosted firefighters and EMS personnel for a whitewater rescue training workshop last month.  Rescue 3 International is now considering the site for an eastern training center.

Garrett County Community Action was the recipient of a $1.7 million grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services for its Head Start Program.

The HART for Animals building was officially named the "Patricia H. Kirwan Center" in a ceremony last month.  The organization was also the recipient of a $250,000 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission to construct a new center that will provide clinical space for students from the Garrett College veterinary assistant training program.  The county has matched those funds. 

Nominations for Garrett County's "Most Beautiful Person" will be accepted until August 29.  The award recognizes local volunteers who donate their time and talent to help those in need.  A nomination form is available here

The Times-News has been keeping an unofficial count of bear deaths as a result of vehicle collisions in our area.  As of Aug. 1, that number was 26. 

Huge shout out to Hugh Umbel on his $50,000 foundational gift to the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department.  The fire department is still having a capital fund drive campaign to help complete the new fire hall addition.  Remember the key word is "volunteer" and that is 100%.  Donations can be sent to DCVFC, PO Box 419, McHenry, MD  21541.

Speaking of the fire department... Mark your calendars for the second annual DCVFD Crab Feast to be held on October 4.

Congratulations to Steve (of High Mountain Sports) and Kellyann Green (of Railey Realty) on their successful completion of the Lake Placid Iron Man.

Congratulations to Odette Lueck on being receiving the Friends of the Arts award this year from the Garrett County Arts Council.

The current Miss United States, Crystal Rush, is a county native.  She moved to Delaware after her junior year at Northern, but still... must be that mountain air.  Come get some for yourself.  ;-)  

See you on the water! 

Marta Schroyer