Summer is (un)officially over.  I've come up with some slogans to sum up our summer:

Summer 2014: Fall, the prequel. 
Just when you thought it was safe to put your sweaters away: Summer 2014.
Summer 2014:  If you blinked you missed it.
Disco Summer: Stuck in the 70's
If you didn't prepare for rain -- you weren't paying attention

Mind you, if it had been in the 90's all the time, I'd be singing a different tune.  It was comfortable (and sometimes chilly) and rainy (but not as rainy as last year). 

Lake water temp at the end of August is 72.  The average (since 2004 according to my records) is 73.9.

In the years past, the tourist flood gate closed with Labor Day. No more!  We've got the Wine Festival, SavageMan and Deep Creek 2014 -- all leading to Autumn Glory and the snow.  Four seasons of entertainment, folks!

So, by now, you've seen and heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research.  "I wish I would have though of that," said every non-profit EVER!  Two local fundraising efforts that will just make you feel warm inside and out ... HART's Race to the Finish and the capital drive for the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Check out this countertop work from Mt. Top Granite & Marble.  Call today for your free estimate.

Pumpkin rolls are back at Trader's Coffee House.   Mmmmm...

The Boardwalk will feature a new Fall menu beginning September 5 including jumbo chicken wings.  The grill will only be open Friday - Sunday through September 21 and then just Saturday and Sunday through Autumn Glory. 

Great time to check out our local shops.  Summer clearances sales abound and new fall items are arriving. 

Congratulations to Austin Doerr and his three-peat at the Western Maryland Amateur Golf Championship last month at Oakland Golf Club.  That's right, he's won three years straight.

The Western Maryland Tennis Championships were held last month, as well.  Jordan Portner was the men's singles champion and Courtney Edman was the women's singles champion. 

A recent photo of a wedding in the North Glade Inn barn.  So lovely!

Governor O'Malley appointed county public defender, Raymond Strubin, to the vacant position of Garrett County Circuit Court judge.

The Youghiogheny Grove at Swallow Falls State Park was recently dedicated as part of the national Old-Growth Forest Network.

The Garrett County Board of Realtors have publicly opposed Marcellus Shale Drilling in the Deep Creek Lake Watershed. 

A licensed acupuncturist is now offering treatments at Massage at the Lake.

The commissioners have officially proclaimed September as "Celebrating our Military Heroes Month" in Garrett County.  (unofficially = EVERY month)

See you on the water! 

Marta Schroyer
Editor