Except for the 5 inches of rain and flooding over two days in June, there are no complaints for June's weather.  Quite lovely, actually.  Rainfall for the month of June was 7.82 inches according to my fancy-dancy new digital rain gauge. 

A great month of events here.  Last year, I think just about every June event was rained out or greatly affected on the bottom line.  The Gran Fondo, for example, was cancelled last year and this was sold out.  According to one participant, ""There may be better places on the planet to ride a bike, but I haven't found any".  And, really, what other community would serenade you up a hill better than this Here are the results of the race

I came across this, so technically I'm a finisher too. 

I don't want to brag, but we've sold quite a few things on our Online Marketplace recently.  As a matter of fact, we listed a fishing boat on Wednesday and it sold by Saturday.  Just $25.  Just sayin'

Don't forget country music group, Sawyer Brown, will be a fairgrounds to kick off the 60th Anniversary of the Garrett County Fair on July 30th.  VIP tickets are sold out, but there are still some general admission seats for $20.  American Idol contestant Bucky Covington will be at the fair on Monday August 1, but that concert is included in your fair price admission.  Bottom line, it is going to be a BIG year at the fair.  July 30 - August 6.

Noonan & Noonan, LLC have a new office in Oakland at 12 S. Third Street in addition to the location in McHenry Plaza, Cumberland and Morgantown.  For your legal needs. 

Check out this view from Valhalla, a Taylor-Made Vacation Rental.  Yes, I think that will do!  (photo courtesy of Taylor-Made)

Summer doesn't mean those kids should stop learning. Check out the new endeavor from our public school system a mobile learning bus that will make its rounds around the county the third full week of each month. 

Congratulations to Garrett County Chamber of Commerce 2016 Award winners:  Rob Heilig, Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award; Patty Manown Mash, Diplomat of the Year; and Jeremy Bittner, Volunteer of the Year.

The fracking issue is back at the forefront as the MDE prepares to submit guidelines for natural gas exploration in Maryland by October 1 and the moratorium on drilling expires in October of next year.  It is such a divisive subject as most are either adamantly opposed or in favor.   Those opposed will have one more General Assembly session to push for a complete ban statewide.   The town of Friendsville joined Mountain Lake Park in banning fracking within town limits.

The documentary Fracking Western Maryland? will be shown again at Garrett 8 Cinemas on July 9.  The cost is $5 and doors will open at 8:15 a.m.

If you need a reminder about Deep Creek time, check out this clock available from Schoolhouse Earth.  Love it!

Congratulations to Northern Husky track members Austin Evans and Tiffany Warnick who both came home with state championships in the triple jump.

Be sure to check out the Garrett County Arts Council Pop-Up shop on Rt. 219 next to Archie's BBQ.  It will be open daily through Labor Day.

I'll close this month with another wise reading from the Railey Mountain Lake Vacations billboard.  So true and I know some people who can help you find that dock.

See you on the water,

Marta Schroyer