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Thursday May 26|
Mostly cloudy today and it is likely we'll see some rain/storms
this afternoon. Here's something... overnight lows stayed
in the 60's. I'm guessing that's a first for the season.
According to this article
Thursday is the new Friday for Memorial Day weekend traffic.
Personally, I've been noticing extra people around all week.
So, since the weekend is starting for some... the lake water
The final HART for Animals Guest Bartender Challenge is tonight
at the Harbor Bar
with your hosts from
Railey Mountain Lake Vacations. It is also the
official opening of the Harbor Bar for the season.
Remember, Thursday is the new Friday. Yay summer!
Bear Creek Trader's will be having a
Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale and it kicks off tomorrow. Lots
of stuff at 50% off!
Wednesday May 25|
A mostly sunny day in store and it's going to be even warmer
than the lovely day we had yesterday. The weekend is still
looking good and although there's a chance for a storm
throughout, odds are better that there won't be one. Cup
The Greene Turtle is holding open interviews today and there
some new "coming soon" signs at the location. Target
opening is early July.
It is National Safe Boating Week and the DNR is
reminding us to stay safe -- especially this weekend.
Before you head out on your boat, call Mobile Boat Detailing at
301-616-8668 to get it all clean and sparkly. They come to you!
Tuesday May 24|
A beautiful sunny morning and no call for rain until tomorrow
evening. Cue the mad rush to mow the lawns!
I am sorry to say that there was an
accident yesterday afternoon near Fox Den Road that claimed
the lives of two people.
Rt. 219 was closed for about 4 hours
with detours set up at Lake Shore Drive and Glendale Road.
The annual Youth Fishing Rodeo scheduled for June 4th at Herrington Manor State Park has been cancelled due to unforeseeable construction delays on the Herrington Lake spillway.
Weather for the holiday weekend is looking pretty good.
Actually compared to what we've been having, it looks
spectacular! We'll even hit the 80's. There's still
time to make your reservations.
There's a new listing for a
boat for sale in our Online Marketplace. It's a bit of
a handyman's special, but the price is right.
Monday May 23|
Yes, it rained all weekend, but things are looking up for us.
It will finally get a bit warmer and even though there is still
some rain in the forecast, it sounds more like passing storms
than all-day washouts. I will give a holiday lake
temperature reading later in the week. (Hopefully, some
70-degree days will help.)
this video of Muddy Creek Falls yesterday posted on the
Allegany Mountain Region Facebook page. That's some serious
I had an interesting morning walk on Friday -- two snakes, 5,000
sticks I then thought were snakes, a fox and finally this little
peanut. Couldn't have been more than a few days old and,
don't worry, mom was right there watching.
A good time to share this article --
Don't be a Fawn-napper.
I saw this Friday and chose not to share, but it is making
rounds on the news, so...
an Oakland man was charged with shooting and killing a bear
out of season. The story gets even sadder (and more
infuriating), so make your own choice to read it.
Garrett College President, Richard MacLennan, will be leaving
the college at the end of the month to take over as president at
North Idaho College.
Friday May 20|
Another sunny day in store before the rain returns tonight and
through the weekend. Such a shame.
Trip Advisor names
11 Great Places to Rent a Summer Lake House and Deep Creek
Lake tops the list. Luckily, I know
some people who can help you with that.
Dutch's Daughter finished in 3rd place as the
Top 10 Best Crab Cakes in Maryland. Very impressive!
The Youghiogheny River Watershed Association
was the recipient of grant money from the Maryland
One hundred and forty-four
bills were signed into law yesterday by the governor.
A 10-mile/5K/1-mile race to benefit
Cindy's Fund, the Community Yard Sale at
Wisp, a Youth Fishing Rodeo and the The Little Crossings Festival, Artisan & Epicurean Faire
are all slated for tomorrow. Chances are, it is going to
rain, so be prepared.
Thursday May 19|
Blue skies. We have blue skies!!!
I decided to challenge Mother Nature and take my morning walk
yesterday in spite of the weather. Guess what happened.
The wind picked up and it rained even harder. *sigh*
BUT, did I mention the sun is out today? It is!
Also, I'm not sure how accurate these long-term things are --
because, quite frankly sometimes they have trouble getting
tomorrow right -- but check out the early June forecast from
Accuweather. This isn't for Phoenix. It's McHenry!
grill will open for the season tomorrow. Just weekends until mid-June. I can almost hear that steak
sandwich calling my name...
Wednesday May 18|
Oh my gosh, this rain! Make. It. Stop!!
HART for Animals has
another Guest Bartender night. Drink away those weather
sorrows with a crew from Long & Foster at DC's Restaurant
tonight from 6-9.
Onlyinyourstate.com lists the
top water parks in Maryland and we made the list with ASCI.
Not really the same as the others, but O.K.
Attention high school students. If you've ever thought of
a career in the natural resources, check out the
Resources Career Camp, a weeklong camp held right here in
Tuesday May 17|
It's raining again. On the bright side, it isn't snowing
and the brunt of the rain should clear out by early afternoon.
The April Garrett County Market
Minute from Long & Foster is ready.
filed legislation yesterday to extend Garrett County's
HUBZone eligibility through 2022.
Check out this
In the Spotlight article on Working H Meats.
Garrett County Tax Sale will be held on June 10 and
available properties are
Check out this
absolutely fascinating short film on the life of a cicada. I
promise, it is worth the 7 minutes. Don't hate, appreciate! (easy to say when they are only on the
computer screen :-) )
Pine Lodge Steakhouse has a
new 2 for $22 Tuesday menu available beginning tonight and
every Tuesday from 4-10.
Monday May 16|
Sunshine this morning. We are under a freeze and frost
warning until 10 a.m., but we will recover in the high 50's
We're not breaking any heat records this week, but at least
there is some blue in the graphic for a change. Looking
ahead in the long-term forecast, temperatures will heat up a bit
There are very few nice things to say about this weekend.
Pouring rain most of the day Saturday and snow, wind and cold on
Sunday. There were periods of sunshine Sunday, but the
snow crushed any happiness sun could bring. I even tried
pretending it was pollen or white flower petals floating through
the air. Didn't work.
Potomac Edison will be performing maintenance in the area today
and tomorrow. Momentary outages may happen between 8 a.m.
and 12 p.m. today and noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow. Computer
users should save often! (Already had one on my grid this
morning around 9:15)
Friday May 13|
Rain this morning, but it will clear out to a mostly sunny
afternoon and evening. What?!?!
I don't want to brag, but it didn't rain all morning yesterday.
That's right. Like 6 dry hours. In a row! It
was fantastic. And then it poured.
The DNR compiled a
list of FAQs for family camping in Maryland state parks.
Good information in there.
Governor Hogan announced yesterday
the elimination or reduction of 155 fees across state
There's just no sugar coating this weekend's weather. It's
going to be unseasonably cold -- literally freezing at some
points -- and wet. Yes, there is even a chance it may snow
on Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
On the bright side, all-clear for the Meet
and Greet with the Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders tonight at
Saturday's rain isn't expected until late morning/early
afternoon, so it should be clear for the
Kendall Trail Run/Walk on Saturday in Friendsville,
the town-wide yard sale in Grantsville
and the Native Plant Sale in New Germany
Thursday May 12|
We had a blanket of fog over the area this morning, but don't
look now... the sun is shining! Short lived. It's
going to rain this afternoon. Sometimes heavy with a
chance for flooding.
Not 5 minutes after I posted yesterday's notes, it started
raining and did so continuously through the day. Just when
you thought it was over, it rained harder and longer. When
will it ever end? Saturday night. When it turns to
All this rain has prepared some impressive whitewater conditions
on the Yough. Certainly not for the faint of heart.
Another release will happen tomorrow from 10 - 1.
Brood V cicadas are starting to emerge near Charleston, West
Va. No sign of them locally, but I wouldn't come out to
this weather either.
Another guest bartender night tonight. This time for
GLAF and at
the Sand Trap Lounge at
Oakland Golf Club from 6-9 p.m.
A Garrett County (Swanton)
resident has filed a federal lawsuit against Allegany County
to remove a 10 Commandments monument in front of the courthouse.
If you're travelling I-70 and/or I-68 today, keep your speed at
Special Speed Enforcement Initiative will be going on all
Starting on Monday,
county road crews will begin line stripe painting throughout
found that chemicals in fracking wastewater can taint
freshwater nearby. Under the drilling moratorium passed
last year, regulations from the MDE are due by October of this
year and the practice is banned until October 2017.
Wednesday May 11|
So far, it hasn't rained today. It probably will, but it
Maryland announced the
release of new secure driver's licenses and ID cards
beginning in June.
OnlyinMaryland.com featured Deep Creek as a
lake every Marylander must visit at least once. Just
once? I think not.
Brewing Co. was featured as one of
Adventure Breweries in the Blue Ridge
by Blue Ridge Outdoors. Yes, it is
the Thomas location, but the McHenry spot is pretty spectacular,
Tuesday May 10|
It rained yesterday. It will rain today. Chances are
good it will rain tomorrow. Blah!
Congratulations to county employee J.B. Churchill for
winning the GIS award for his
web mapping interface on the county website.
There's another HART Guest Bartender Challenge tonight at
Brewing hosted by a crew from
Railey Realty. If
that wasn't enough, the Terah Crawford Band will be there to
entertain. It all starts at 6 p.m.
Just for fun, here's an interesting read on
the origin of the Rt. 50 sign as you leave Ocean City.
If you haven't noticed, the price on the
pair of waverunners and
double ramps in our Online
Marketplace keeps going down. Everything you need is right
Monday May 9|
Another Monday that I am, unfortunately, sharing a graphic like
this. This makes three weeks in a row. :-(
The weekend weather was actually very favorable. No daytime rain
and extended periods of blue skies. It was a bit cold and
windy, but at this point, we've set our standards at 'dry'.
updated its management approach for
chronic wasting disease after 5 deer tested positive in Allegany
County last winter.
The Apple Watch app,
AccessDNR, won the Innovation of the Year Award at the State
Scoop 50 ceremony.
Oakland made a list of
Top 9 Memorial Day Weekend Getaways.
FYI: Second Street in downtown Oakland will be closed this
morning from Alder to Green Street for road repairs.
Friday May 6|
Rain, rain go away! Just when you feel like it is over
another round comes through. It looks like Saturday may have a
passing shower through the day and overnight rain will clear out
Sunday morning to a mostly sunny day. *fingers crossed*
Check it out on the
-- the docks are in at The Boardwalk.
Earth is now on Pinterest.
The Maryland State Department of Education's Fine Arts Office
featured a recap of a recent trip to Garrett County Public
Schools in its
April on the 5th Floor newsletter (Mountains of Creativity).
The Planning Commission
voted on Tuesday to request a text amendment be added to the
Deep Creek zoning ordinance to prohibit natural gas drilling the
The first Old Time Jam of the season is
tonight at the New Germany State Park lake house.
Deep Creek Lion's Club boat auction is tomorrow beginning at
Bird Fest is happening all weekend.
Guided birding tours start today and there is still room left on
The 2nd Annual Pickleball Tournament
will be held this weekend at the college.
In regional action, the annual
Cheat River Festival will
be held this weekend in Albright, West Va.
Thursday May 5|
Yesterday's rain didn't really clear out after all. It
rained off and on all day until evening. Unfortunately,
rain has returned and today may be more of the same. Even
more disheartening, the weather forecast for Saturday has
deteriorated, as well.
Check out the
May newsletter from HART for Animals. Tails Up!
This is National Teacher Appreciation Week. So, thank you
Turtles are starting migrate to their breeding habitats.
helpful video that shows the right way to assist a snapping
turtle across the road. Not me. I'll leave that task
to you all.
Wednesday May 4|
We had some pretty hard rain this morning, but it seems to have
cleared out. For now anyway. Weather for the weekend
is looking pretty good.
The lake level is pretty high right now. It is actually
(slightly) above the
Upper Rule Band at 2461.02 feet. Three
upcoming whitewater releases are scheduled for Friday,
Saturday and Monday.
great article about Deep Creek Lake appeared in the Exponent
Telegram (Clarksburg, West Va.). I love the part when Ms.
Myerberg says her husband's blood pressure drops when they hit
the Maryland line. I always say that about Sideling Hill.
Real Estate Review for May is now available.
Don't forget Sunday is Mother's Day.
DC's Bar & Restaurant
will offer a buffet where mothers eat free (with a paying
adult). Mothers who dine at
Steakhouse will get 1/2 off entrees (with additional entree
at Silver Tree and Penn
Alps will have Mother's day buffets.
Ace's Run will have its
Open Kitchen ready to sauté some goodies, as well as some buffet
Tuesday May 3|
Any rain we may see today will be scattered and, this morning
the sun is shining.
Check out the
May newsletter from the Garrett County Office of Economic
The audio from the monthly Garrett County Planning Commission
will now be streamed live beginning with tomorrow's 1:30
vote for Dutch's crabcake as the best in Maryland today?
Only six days left on the USA Today poll. That's six more
times we can all vote!
The first HART Guest Bartender Challenge
will be held tonight at JG's Pub with your hosts from
Taylor-Made Vacations. The fun starts at 6 p.m. Cheers!
The Deep Creek Lion's Club boat auction is this Saturday.
Get out on the water for cheap! Pictures and information
on the boats on the auction block are posted on the
Lion's Club Facebook page.
The dogs are here! The National Police Bloodhound
Association will be here until Thursday for training.
(photo courtesy of Lou Battistella)
Monday May 2|
The weather forecasters were wrong. Rain held off until
evening both Saturday and Sunday. And Sunday was a
particularly nice day -- warm with ample intervals of sun.
There were some storms in the area last night. Although I
didn't see anything, Oakland got some significant hail.
(photo courtesy of Megan Redinger)
Someone didn't get the memo that April showers are supposed to
Service kicks off the 42nd Annual All-Family Boat Show
today. Stop by all month for great deals and see what's
new in boating. Food and drinks will even be served on the
Deep Creek Donuts (near the Creamery) held a soft opening over
the weekend. It was my professional duty, of course, to
try it out for you all. They were delicious and a
reminder why I don't eat donuts.... I have a tendency to overdo.
Winners in the Black Bear and Migratory Game Bird Stamp contest
have been announced.
DeCorsey Bolden, previous commissioner, state delegate and
pillar of the Garrett County community passed away on Friday.
Arrangement information is available here.