Something about this time of year... I just love it!

This year's Autumn Glory Festival, my friends, was EVERYTHING!  The weather was perfect, the leaves were spectacular and the place was jammed packed.  I couldn't help but watch families enjoying events -- like the parade, the pumpkin festival and the ice cream eating contest -- and think 'this is the stuff that memories are made of.'   So many future 'remember-the-time-we' moments and that, to me, is so awesome! 

You know what else was awesome?  Every weekend this month seemed really busy. 

Lots of great photos capturing Autumn's beauty in our Photo Gallery.  Thanks, as always, to my photo contributors 

Congratulations to Southern High School graduate and Frostburg State University sophomore, Tristan Nazelrod, on his Teen and Collegiate gold medal at the USA Powerlifting National Championships. 

Dr. Margaret Kaiser will be discontinuing the office portion of her practice at the end of the year.  Patients should call 301-334-8600 to transfer records.

Set your DVRs.  Deep Creek Lake and the Adventuresports Institute will be featured on Outdoors Maryland on MPT on November 24 at 7:30. 

Smiley Kessler bit the bullet and purchased the lot across from The Fort.  Beginning next summer, you'll be able to get to Smiley's and Pine Lodge Steakhouse by boat!  And, the Lodges at Sunset Village will now have lake access, too.  Exciting stuff! 

On November 9, Susquehanna Bank will become BB&T. For my fellow bank customers, the bad news is there will be transition pains, the good news is it will be much easier for us to spell.

Windows are going in on this house I keep mentioning and I am so relieved.  I don't know why I care so much, but it just seemed like such a colossal waste of time, energy, money and resources to let that beautiful house rot over the winter. 

All Aveda is Buy 1, Get 1 at 50% on November 27 & 28th at Cobblestone Hair Studio.

From November 25th - 30th, buy a gift card at Ace's Run, Brenda's Pizzeria or Traders Coffee House and get a gift for yourself.  But a $25 gift card and get $5 back or $50 gets you $10 to spend at any of the three. 

Congratulations to Garrett County's own, Sandy Miller, on being one of fifteen state residents to be honored with the Governor's Service Award. 

Garrett County School Superintendent, Janet Wilson, has been appointed to the Commission to Review Maryland's Use of Assessments and Testing in Public Schools.  The commission was established in May and the first meeting will be November 17th. 

According to the Garrett County Board of Realtors, home sales increased 9% in the third quarter with 124 units sold.  Average and median prices rose as well at 2.0 and 2.3% respectively. 

It looks like we'll have our first-ever goose hunt on the lake this month.  Dates will be November 21, 25 & 27 at three specific locations on the lake.  Reservations for a chance to participate in the hunt can be made by calling 301-334-4255. 

I know many of you are against hunting and I apologize if I upset you reporting the bear, deer, etc. counts.   I personally don't hunt, but I do welcome a good deer bologna from my hunting friends.  Hint, hint.  ;-)

If you're here for Thanksgiving, make sure to stop by the Festival of Trees in the exhibit hall at the Fairgrounds.  Get a jump start on that Christmas shopping or just get in the holiday spirit.  Santa will even be there!  (Volunteers are needed, as well, if you want to help out)

See you on the mountain.

Marta Schroyer