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      Last month's Notes   


Tuesday February 9
9:30 a.m.

A nice blanket of fresh snow.  Wisp is reporting 4 inches and we still have more to come through tomorrow night.  A surprising (to me, anyway), on-time start to school this morning. 

Onlyinyourstate.com lists 15 restaurants in Maryland to visit before you die.  Garrett County was not represented in the list, but Dutch's Daughter in Frederick was.  Dutch's at Silver Tree is the pretty much same thing, but with a better view, so...

Telli's Deli is offering Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off sandwiches for the month of February. Don't forget it's Tuesday so that means they're delivering to Oakland.

Today is Fat Tuesday. Brenda's Pizzeria will serve traditional pancakes all day today. 


Monday February 8
9:30 a.m.

A beautiful sunny morning after a perfect weekend, but snow is coming later today.  A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect today at noon and runs through 7 p.m. Wednesday.  Accumulations are expected in the 4-9 inch range. 

Wicomico County is using Garrett County's free college tuition program as a model to create its own.

The Pittsburgh Post- Gazette features another ski story with a nice focus on Wisp.

February is National Spay/Neuter Month and HART for Animals is announcing that it is scheduling appointments for their “Lifesaver” no-cost spay/neuter program. “Lifesaver” is funded through the Maryland Department of Agriculture Spay and Neuter Grants Program that funded 764 no-cost spay/neuters locally in 2015.  Applications are available on the HART website.

Garrett College will host to the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MD JUCO) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament February 11-14, 2016 at the CARC. 


Friday February 5
9:30 a.m.

A nice dusting of snow overnight to make it look like winter again and Wisp turned some of the snowmakers on again.  Weekend ski conditions and weather should be great. 

Jasper Riley Road is now reopened.

Ever wondered how a bear hibernates all winter without relieving itself?  Well, now we know. Nature never ceases to amaze.

Speaking of bears, a presentation was given in Washington county to help residents learn to keep black bears away.  Not much in there that any good Garrett Countian doesn't know, except that some people use bear gall bladders as an aphrodisiac. What?!? Humans never cease to amaze, either. 

Deep Creek Seafood got some great press in the Post-Gazette.

A Rockville biotech firm says it has created the first test that will identify the Zika virus in mosquitoes. Go Maryland!


Thursday February 4
9:30 a.m.

Things have cooled and we're back down in the 30's.  There's a chance for some snow showers tonight, but the sun will come out tomorrow and stay out through the weekend. 

Major, major melt yesterday.  Streams were running high and fast, the snow pack is considerably less, and there is open water on lake under the 219 bridge.  Forecasters are eyeing two possible snow events for next week, though.

Did you know that Adnan Syed, the focus of the popular podcast Serial, is incarcerated at the North Branch Correctional Facility in Cumberland? I didn't.  Pretty wild.

Jasper Riley Road in the Pleasant Valley area is closed until further notice.

Tomorrow is another Hero's Day at Wisp.  Military and rescue personnel get a free lift ticket and discounted tickets for family members.

The Honi-Honi is listed as a Maryland restaurant with a jaw-dropping view.


Wednesday February 3
9:30 a.m.

A very wet start to the day with steady rain and snow melt.  The rain is expected to clear out later this afternoon, but the temperatures will continue to fuel the melt until the overnight hours. 

The West Virginia groundhog, French Creek Freddie, did see his shadow yesterday and calls for 6 more weeks of winter.  I'm still not putting much stake in a forecast from an animal, but you do have to wonder how Phil had no shadow on a seemingly clear morning in the mid-Atlantic.  I'm calling conspiracy!

Newsmax ranks the most affordable places to retire in Maryland and Oakland tops the list.

Our county superintendent of schools, Dr. Janet Wilson, will not seek reappointment to the position when her contract expires at the end of the school year. 

The DCL POA released some highlights from the PRB meeting last month. 


Tuesday February 2
9:30 a.m.

Clear skies this morning, but clouds will roll in as the day goes on and so will the wind.  Gusts up to 45 mph are possible.

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so there will be an early spring.  Really wouldn't come as much of a surprise given the winter we've had, but it is a rodent and not an especially smart one, so...

 Attorney General Frosh is warning of a potential scam with health insurance sign ups.  By  the way, the deadline for sign ups has been extended to Friday, February 5.

Here's the latest from the Garrett County Office of Economic Development.

An petition is now available online if you would like to show support lifting the PWC weekend restriction ban.  A subcommittee of the DCL Policy and Review Board has been formed to study the issue.

The Garrett College Students in Need Group will be having a Winter Clothing Drive tomorrow and Thursday.  This is a great way to clean your closet of gently-used winter apparel and help a good cause.


Monday February 1
9:30 a.m.

It's hard to believe that one week ago we were digging out of 30+ inches of snow and now we're wading through puddles and slush.  Don't get me wrong, we still have a good bit of snow on the ground, but considerably less.

Cloudy today and a chance for some daytime showers.

Fredericksburg.com thinks Wisp/McHenry is a great place for a winter getaway.