November was, as expected, a roller coaster ride between summer and winter -- sometimes on the same day.  December is here so bring on the snow.  Wisp was able to open a few trails Thanksgiving weekend thanks to 8 inches of snow and lots of snowmaking.   

I just have one thing to say about Ferguson... Jay Ferguson, of Taylor Made Real Estate, is now a licensed real estate broker in the State of Maryland.  Congrats to him!  Where did you think I was going with that?  ;-)

Railey Realty has announced an affiliate partnership with Deep Creek Lodging Co., the area's newest vacation rental company. 

I attended the Business After Hours at the Inn at Deep Creek last month.  That's the first time I've seen it since renovation.  Very nice and a great improvement! 

Tristan Nazelrod, a 2014 Southern High School graduate, set four state records at the Maryland State Powerlifting Championship.  The freshman at Frostburg State University now qualifies for the national collegiate tournament to be held in Atlanta in April. 

Don't forget Schoolhouse Earth has online shopping if you can't get here yourself to pick up those holiday gifts. 

New officers and directors for the Garrett County Board of Realtors were inducted last month.  Mike Kennedy will serve as president; Amy Zimmerman, vice president; Patricia McLaughlin, secretary; Doug McClive, treasurer.  Bob Carney, Sandi Flockhart, Dale Carpenter and Andrew Eiswert are directors. Railey Realty, Long & Foster and Coldwell Banker are all represented.

Bear Creek Trader's will hold a Holiday Open House from December 1 - 15 with everything in the store (over $30) marked at 20% off. 

Buy a $50 gift card at Cobblestone Hair Studio and get a $5 bonus card;  $100 gets you a $10 bonus card.

Buy a $25 gift card for Ace's Run, Trader's Coffee House or Brenda's Pizzeria and you get $5 extra; $50 gets you $10 extra and the cards can be used at any of the three places.

Also make note that  Ace's last two Pastamania nights of the year (which would be Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve) will be rescheduled for Friday 12/26 & 1/2.

We used the Bed & Bark Inn for our dog over Thanksgiving.  Wow!   It's like the Ritz Carlton of doggie kennels.  I highly recommend it!

Garrett College has been named a Military Friendly School for the second year in a row by Victory Media. 

Circle R Ranch offers weekend sleigh rides and trail rides.  Call for a reservation.

I put my bird feeders out for the season.  So far, so  good, but given the few bear pictures in the Photo Gallery, I may be a bit premature.

Here's a sneak peek at the new Perigrine Falcon that will soon be joining the aviary family at the state park.  What a beauty!  The Discovery Center will be selling 2015 calendars with photos of all the birds to support the aviary project.  Calendars are $10 and will be available at the Discovery Center beginning Dec. 6.

 As we close another year (that went by all, too quickly), I would like to thank everyone for your continued support -- my faithful readers, wonderful photographers and especially my advertisers who make it all possible.  Here's to an even better year in 2015.

Let it snow...

See you on the slopes!

Marta Schroyer