Tuesday January 27
Still snowing, but snow showers will wind down today and we
should see some sunshine tomorrow. Temperatures will drop
to single digits overnight.
Lake's Entertainment, owner of Rocky Gap Casino,
announced it will merge with Golden Gaming.
Monday January 26
Friday's winter storm was a bust, but today's is carrying a
punch. Two inches, so far, and the most intense snow is
expected this afternoon. A Winter Storm Advisory is in
effect until 7 a.m. tomorrow and expected totals are in the 4-8
A local attorney was
indicted by a federal jury for bank fraud and other charges.
Angela Blythe was allegedly involved in the scheme that led to
the indictment of two local developers last year.
Governor Hogan's choice for the
DNR Secretary has bowed out citing health concerns.
highlights of the proposed FY 2016 budget presented to the
Maryland House and Senate is now online. The full
operating budget in detail
Friday January 23
Snow is coming. Guaranteed! There could be some
wintry mix mingled in this evening, but it looks like we can
expect snow accumulation in the 3-6 inch range. The Winter
Weather Advisory goes into effect at 6 p.m. until 10 a.m.
Senator Edwards, again, introduced a bill that would increase
the speed limit on I-68 to 70 mph.
Op Ed piece appears
the Baltimore Sun
from Paul Durham,
responding to the article I linked
these photos of retired subway cars being dumped in the
Atlantic off the shores of Ocean City to create an artificial
Owners of The Alley in Oakland confirmed they are moving forward
with the second location in McHenry. It will be on the lot
adjacent to the new Dollar General -- where Deep Creek Drive
breaks off from Rt. 219 at the northern end. Deep Creek is
getting a bowling alley!
will be held both Saturday and Sunday on Little Dipper at Wisp
from 11 - 2. Beginner to expert skiers and boarders are
Thursday January 22
We had a bit of an unexpected snowstorm last night that dropped
3-4 inches of fresh powder. A storm is
heading this way tomorrow night and we may see up to a foot
of new snow through Saturday. Looks like the best weekend
ski conditions so far this season.
Call today and get your reservation.
A driver in Salisbury hit a deer,
sent the deer airborne and it crashed through the windshield
of the car behind killing the driver. What the...? Sad and
scary on so many levels.
another anti-fracking article from the Examiner. A
reminder that public comment on drilling in Maryland will be
accepted until February 9.
Contact information is here.
this article in Forbes on Maggie Magerko and the inside
story of 84 Lumber. Regional relevance, of course, but an
interesting read, too.
Wednesday January 21
It's snowing! Two to three inches expected today and we
are under a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m.
Our new governor, Larry Hogan, will be sworn in today at noon
and the Washington Post
tells us a little about him and the tough road ahead.
So I learned that the "ice bump" I mentioned yesterday is
actually called an "ice heave." Also that particular heave
(I hear there's more) is better to cross on the state park side
vs. the 219 side. I also learned that sled is totaled.
The DNR released its annual "Ice
Safety Awareness" press release. There were some
fishermen out of the lake in front of my house yesterday.
It started here...
and, of course, led to a fun first-day-on-the-ice for my pup.
When I went out to make sure it was OK she was hanging with them
(it was), they told me the fish were biting and the ice was 6-8
inches where they drilled.
Four deer harvested in Allegany County
were confirmed with chronic wasting disease.
The first-ever winter turkey season
will be held in Maryland beginning tomorrow and through
Tuesday January 20
A seemingly successful holiday weekend. Roads and
businesses were super busy, Wisp was a madhouse and the lake was
scattered with fishermen, snowmobilers, skaters and more.
All as it should be. Oh, and the weather was great to boot.
There was a crack along the ice in front of the rental docks at
Bill's Marine Service and the two ice plates shifted to create a
" ice bump" about a foot high across the entire width of the
lake. We're speculating this snowmobile may have fell
victim. Ouch. (photo courtesy of Brian Knopp)
A great article in the Baltimore Sun on
fracking and the debate in Western Maryland, presenting a
fair portrayal of both sides of the issue.
WHAG did a nice
spot on the wrestling program at Southern High School.
Friday January 16
Foggy, breezy and gloomy this morning. We could see some
snow showers today and again on Sunday, but no significant
accumulation is expected.
The old barn on
Mayhew Inn Road finally collapsed. It was inevitable, but it
is still sad.
Help HART build an adoption wing and you may just win a home in
the process. That's right. HART
is raffling off a house.
Wisp is ready for the holiday weekend. Twenty-seven
slopes are open with North Camp and East
Ridge at 100%.
The Deep Creek Lions Club will host a
Casino Night tomorrow downstairs at Dutch's at Silver Tree.
Always a great time and for a great cause; the Blind Skier
Another guided hike will be held
tomorrow at New Germany State Park. Looks like it will be
a good day for one, too.
Thursday January 15
A sunny, but chilly morning with temperatures in the teens.
I heard some snowmobiles out on the lake last night.
Didn't get a visual on their direction/path, but they were
definitely out there.
The December Market Minute from
Long & Foster is available.
bachelor's degree in adventure sports management are
The Deep Creek Lake Lions Club is looking for guide skiers for
the Blind Skier program. Must be comfortable skiing
without poles. Check out the club
Facebook page for details.
Wednesday January 14
Precipitation worked its way into the forecast with just a
chance for some freezing rain and snow today. Little to no
accumulation is expected.
Wisp has 24 trails open today including all of the East Ridge
trails - for the first time of the season. It's going to
be a great weekend for skiing and if you haven't made your
reservation yet, I've noticed some of the
rental companies are offering some last minute deals.
Yesterday was the 51st anniversary of the B-52 bomber crash in
Garrett County. An interesting website
here dedicated to
preserving the memory of the crew lost in the crash.
The county has released a plan and timeline
for the search for a new Economic Development Director and
Tuesday January 13
Yesterday's slush is now frozen and covered with the light
dusting of new snow -- just enough to whiten things up a bit.
Snowguns are on this morning at Wisp and they should be able to
make snow every night, at least, as we lead into the holiday
For only the second day in 2015, local kids have school and
there is nothing in the forecast to suggest they won't finish
out the week in school and on time.
The latest edition of
Mountaintop Ag News from the Garrett County Extension
Office is now available.
Monday January 12
A rainy and slushy Monday morning. If the precipitation
ever fell as ice this morning, I missed it. Schools were
on a 3-hour delay and then closed. Not really sure of the
reasoning behind that decision, but I try not to second-guess
them. We could possibly see some snow later this evening,
but all-clear from precipitation for the rest of the week.
There were lots of ice fishermen out on the lake over the
weekend, and, yes, some snowmobilers, too. According to
the people I spoke with, they checked the thickness at different
places and five inches was the thinnest they found. I'm
not condoning it, just passing along what I was told. This
was also BEFORE the rain and above-freezing temperatures.
Friday January 9
Another inch or so of fresh snow and, along with it, lots of
branches and twigs. The winds last night were C-R-A-Z-Y!
Another wind chill advisory will go into effect tonight at 7
until 1 p.m. on Saturday.
No school again today.
Railey Realty's Real Estate Review for January.
is out of the running for the 2024 Olympics. Us, too.
new state fishing records were broken on the Eastern Shore.
The tautog could possibly be a world record fish. Our local
waterways have a few
freshwater state records.
Today is Hero's Day at Wisp. Military and rescue personnel
get a free lift ticket and family members get one for just $14.
Check out the
New Germany will host a series of hikes
this month-- the first of which is tomorrow.
Thursday January 8
The sun is shining. The landscape is blanketed in white.
So pretty -- from the inside! Real temperature this
morning is -6. Negative six! It is likely we will
see some snow tonight and through tomorrow, but only an inch or
so is expected.
No school again today.
County Administrator, Monty Pagenhardt, announced he will retire
when his contract is up in June. Replacing the county
administrator tops the
list of goals released by the new commissioners board.
Wednesday January 7
Winter is here, for sure. Seven inches of snow yesterday
and another 1-3 possible for today. The real story is the cold.
Expected high of nine today with a wind chill of -16. Wind
Chill Advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. tomorrow and nothing
higher than the teens until Sunday. Stay warm.
The lake has finally frozen over and
just may hold on this time given our forecast.
Local schools started out by calling our first ever 3-hour delay
this morning, but had to go ahead and close instead.
Wisp has 2.4 KM of cross country trails open for the first time
of the season.
The Burger King in McHenry is closed for renovations (as of
Monday). Funny, I haven't eaten there in forever, but all
of a sudden really want a Whopper. :-)
Tuesday January 6
Finally some snow! Three inches so far and it is still
coming down. Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect
until 7 p.m. tonight.
Sharing last night's particularly spectacular sunset...
The county has released the
job posting for a new Department of Economic Development
For our Pittsburgh friends, Bill's Marine Service will be at the
Pittsburgh Boat Show in Monroeville later this month.
email@example.com and you may score some free
Monday January 5
This weekend we had ice, rain, snow, sun, clouds, wind, warmth
and cold. It looks like the cold is here to stay and snow
is coming with it. A chance for 2 - 6 inches beginning
late tonight and through tomorrow afternoon.
The lake froze over again on Friday night, but couldn't hold on
through all the rain and wind.
reported on Governor-elect Hogan's weekend visit to Western
investigating an armed robbery in Friendsville.
Friday January 2
You know it has been cold when waking to 23 degrees feels pretty
good. Reaching above freezing for the first time since
LAST year. ;-)
Freezing rain is coming tomorrow and ice accumulation is
Governor-elect Larry Hogan will be in the county tomorrow.
A "meet and greet" will be held in the Crawford Room at the Wisp
Hotel from 6 to 8 pm. The public is invited, but those
planning to attend are asked to RSVP to
Minimum wage in Maryland went up to $8/hour with the arrival of
the new year.