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Friday December 19
9:00 a.m.  

Wisp continues to make snow on 16 trails as weather allows  -- including North Camp.  The beginner area (Sunset Blvd.) is now open with hopefully more to come this weekend.

Accuweather predicts we have a 50-75% chance of a White Christmas. 

The new Peregrine falcon is in her home at the Discovery Center aviary.

The DNR announced the results from deer firearm season.  A total of 34,053 deer were harvested in the state and 1,980 of those were in Garrett County.  The highest total was Frederick County with 3,104. 

Don't put away that orange just yet.  Muzzleloader season reopens tomorrow and runs through January 3.

Jessica's Creations will hold a Vendor Fair tonight and tomorrow and a Family Fun Day tomorrow to benefit it's Special Needs Cheer team.  (The studio is located behind Simon Pearce)

Thursday December 18
9:00 a.m.  

Cloudy, foggy and cold this morning -- cold enough that all the mud has hardened and cold enough to run the snow guns at Wisp. Yay!

Our new commissioners announced that public meetings will be held at 4 p.m. on the first Monday and third Tuesday of each month. 

A couple Garrett County parks will be receiving Program Open Space money. 

I was only able to stay awake for half of last night's show on Marcellus Shale drilling in PA and will have to finish it tonight.  Hope those that were able to get it did watch.   Interesting, too, that yesterday Governor Cuomo announced that he would ban fracking  in the state of New York. 

Wednesday December 17
9:00 a.m.  

Thankfully, I think the rain has finally stopped.  Wisp should be able to turn on the snow makers tonight and for the next couple nights, but it looks like the forecasted area for accumulating snow this weekend moved east and north of us.  We really need some snow.  Badly!

The November Garrett County Market Minute from Long & Foster is now available.

WTAE, the ABC affiliate out of Pittsburgh, is airing a special tonight at 10 p.m. on Marcellus Shale drilling and how it has affected lives of some Pennsylvanians.  My understanding from the promo was that it will examine the good and bad. 

Tuesday December 16
9:00 a.m.  

Pretty heavy and steady rain overnight and this morning.    Rain could change to snow overnight.

Somehow, Wisp has managed to keep the slopes open today.  Grooming magic!

A buzz is brewing amongst the weather folk about a three possible storms by the end of the year.  The first could be this weekend.  

Monday December 15
9:00 a.m.  

Rain yesterday, today and tonight.  Certainly not helping the situation at Wisp, but limited slopes are still open today.

Senator Edwards and Delegate Beitzel will hold their annual prelegislative meeting for constituents tonight at 7 p.m. in Rooms 205-207 in the Continuing Ed Building at the college. The public is encouraged to attend and contribute comments, questions or suggestions for the next Maryland General Assembly which begins on January 14 in Annapolis.

The 2014/2015 deer firearm season in our region is over.  Muzzeloader season, round 2 will open on Saturday.

Friday December 12
9:00 a.m.  

Some possible freezing drizzle popped into the forecast for Saturday night and into Sunday morning.  Otherwise, all-clear for a winter weekend.

Wisp will be open 9-5 for ski operations this weekend. Snow makers have been working overtime and it looks pretty good over there.  Don't forget that today is the Benefit Day for GLAF.  Normal operations begin tomorrow.

Good smalltown Christmas fun this weekend.  Stop by Friendsville tomorrow for a "Past, Present and Future" home tour and Oakland for  A Great Small Town Christmas.

Thursday December 11
9:00 a.m.  

A chance for some scattered snow showers today and temperatures will remain below freezing until Saturday. 

Snow guns are blaring at Wisp and the inaugural Benefit Day is scheduled for tomorrow.  Twenty dollars for a lift ticket, unlimited tubing and a mountain coaster ride.   Hours will be announced and all proceeds benefit GLAF.  Remember a season pass won't get you access.  You must buy a ticket.

Baltimore Magazine lists the 12 best ski resorts near Baltimore.  Of course, Wisp is on the list, but it is  the story's feature picture, too.

A news story on fracking and Deep Creek Lake appeared on WMAR in Baltimore.

The new commissioners approved a resolution for the county Water and Sewer Master Plan.

Wednesday December 10
9:00 a.m.  

A generous dusting of snow overnight. It is still snowing and expected to continue through tomorrow, but only a few inches total are expected.

Another editorial against fracking in Maryland.  This time from the Frederick News-Post.

Tuesday December 9
9:00 a.m.  

A bit of ice on cars and decks this morning, but roads are clear.  Still looking at a chance for some snow over the next few days.

First-time skiers and snowboarders should check out Wisp's new Rookie Pass.  Purchase and complete 5 learn-to-ski packages at $129 and get an off-peak season pass. 

Monday December 8
9:00 a.m.  

Looks like we have some winter weather on the way.  Possible wintry mix tonight and then a good chance for some snowfall through Thursday.

Wisp is running the snow guns whenever possible and it looks like temperatures will cooperate for non-stop snowmaking from Tuesday night and into Friday. 

Congratulations to Fort Hill High School on their repeat as 1A state football champions. 

The new commissioners will be sworn in at tomorrow's public meeting.

Friday December 5
9:00 a.m.  

Ice on the cars and decks this morning, but the ground and roads seemed clear.  Rain and more rain today and tomorrow. 

We have some cold nights ahead that should allow for snowmaking and a chance for some natural snow early next week.  Really would like to see Wisp be able to open next weekend. 

A Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 8, 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Garrett County Health Department, 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD  21550.  An alternative location in Baltimore City is available:  Terra Conference Room at the Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD  21230. Commissioners and the public will be able to comment on the draft Final Report from 4:45 to 6. 

Get in the holiday spirit this weekend!  The Red Cross Holiday House Tour and Christmas in the Village are tonight and tomorrow.  The Discovery Center's annual Holiday Open House  and even more holiday cheer going on around town on Saturday.

Thursday December 4
9:00 a.m.  

Chilly and cloudy today.  Freezing rain, sleet and snow are possible overnight and into tomorrow morning before changing over to rain.

The Garrett County commissioners voted unanimously to endorse the findings of the Garrett County Shale Advisory Commission to further explore the impacts of drilling in the county.  A story here, too, in the Washington Times.

Wednesday December 3
9:00 a.m.  

The forecasted freezing rain fell mostly as just rain yesterday.  Fine by us.  Temperatures will drop through the day and bottom out in the 20's overnight. 

Wisp has rescheduled the season opening for next weekend -- weather permitting.  The Benefit Day will be Friday 12/12 and season opening on Saturday 12/13.

So, Deep Creek Lake was named one of the top three cities to visit by ShapeMindSoul.com.  Ok, "city" may be a stretch, but we'll take it.  Also, the Chamber anounced that tourism growth in Garrett County  outpaced the state.

Tuesday December 2
9:00 a.m.  

Some periods of frozen precipitation this morning.  Freezing rain is expected this afternoon and into the evening before changing over to rain after 11 p.m.

Wisp is going to need a lot of help from Mother Nature to open, as planned, this weekend.  A whole lot of help...

The Washington Post Editorial Board has a bit of different opinion on fracking laws. 

The final public meeting with our current commissioners is being held this morning. 

A final closeout is going on now on remaining Deep Creek 2014 merchandise through December 19.  Code is CLOSEOUT.

Monday December 1
9:00 a.m.  

A little warmth and rain and just like that, the snow is gone.  Winter returns though as a freezing rain advisory goes into effect tonight at 9 p.m. and runs through 11 p.m. tomorrow. 

I am sorry to report the passing of local icon Charlie Moran

An interesting Op Ed piece on fracking appeared in the Baltimore Sun and a Letter to the Editor in the Washington Post.