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Friday August 22
9:00 a.m.  

This week, it has been a matter of not IF it will rain, but WHEN.  Today the when is this morning and likely after 2 p.m.  Looks like we'll have a nice stretch of summer and sunshine from Sunday through Wednesday.  Just as the kids return to school...

A man and his dog  were attacked by a black bear in Hardy County, WV.  The two came upon a momma bear and her two cubs in a wooded area.  

Bill's Marine Service's Labor Day Sale has begun.  Save big on boats and accessories now through Sept. 1.

Check out these events this weekend:

Thursday August 21
9:00 a.m.  

It absolutely poured yesterday morning, but there was a stretch of nice weather in the afternoon and evening.  Rain becomes more likely today as the day rolls on.

The lake level is at 2459.68, hovering right at the upper rule band of 2460 for the end of August.  An upside the rain, I guess; plenty of water for the lake, rafters and trout.

The Farmer's Almanac concurs with other winter forecasts -- super cold and snowy for the eastern part of the US.  They call it "refriger-nation."  Funny! (the term, not the forecast)

Don't forget Peter Franchot will be at the Lakeside Creamery today at noon to collect signatures for his petition to start public schools after Labor Day. 

The Stage Wisp concert last night was cancelled and rescheduled for August 31.

Fireside Deli & Wine Shop will host an Open Mic Night tomorrow from 3-7 to benefit HART for Animals. 

Wednesday August 20
9:00 a.m.  

A brief downpour yesterday afternoon, rain overnight and more expected this morning.  Heavy rain may occur in some of the passing storms dropping 1-2 inches in an hour. 

Foot-tapping video here as a Pittsburgh CBS affiliate featured the Weed Rags.  On a local note, the guy picking the banjo is Mitch Hall, a Garrett County native of son of Kathy Handyside, owner of Cobblestone Hair Studio. (I should note, the Music for MS festival was last weekend)

The DCL POA offers a summary of last weekend's general membership meeting. 

Deer Archery season opens September 5 in Maryland.

Hillbilly Gypsies perform tonight at the Stage Wisp Concert Series.  Show starts at 6:30.

Tuesday August 19
9:00 a.m.  

After the morning showers, we had a nice day yesterday, after all.  Sticky this morning and a chance for a thunderstorm this afternoon.

State road crews reopened the bridge on Rt. 219 south of Oakland ahead of schedule and in time for school.   Traffic may be reduced to single lane during off-peak hours to finish the project, but it is open. 

Check out the new promotional video from Deep Creek 2014.  29 days! 

The final report of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Committee was presented yesterday at Frostburg State and is available online here.  Public comment period will remain open until October 3. Here's an AP story on the report.

More press for Blue Moon Rising and our area in Chesapeake Home Magazine.

Monday August 18
9:00 a.m.  

Another busy weekend and as pretty as it was Saturday, it was equally ugly on Sunday.  And now there's this:

And, also this:

Officials in Ocean City are considering a ban on weekly rentals in a number of large neigborhoods.  (Garrett County's rental license policy is mentioned.)

A second small patch of hydrilla was found in Green Glade Cove and has been treated.

A nice plug for an autumn vacation at Deep Creek and for Taylor Made Vacations from resortsandlodges.com.

Friday August 15
9:00 a.m.  

We knew it was going to be in the 40's this morning, but that doesn't make it any less of a shock when it happens.  C-O-L-D and we aren't expected to get out of the 60's today. The good news is that the sun is out and it will get warmer tomorrow. 

Check out this interesting historical piece about what could have been with the Youghiogheny River.

The July Market Minute from Long & Foster is now available.

On tap this weekend:

Thursday August 14
9:00 a.m.  

Taking a bit longer than expected for the clouds and rain to clear out.  Sprinkles this morning, but all-clear until Sunday.  It's going to be cool, though.  Overnight temps will drop into the 40's.

A little late on this, but this week is Shop Maryland Tax-Free week.  Qualifying apparel and footwear under $100 are exempt from sales tax.  The offer ends on Saturday.

We're getting ready for Deep Creek 2014.  A training session will be held on August 27 at the college to help local businesses learn how to communicate and better serve international customers. 

Maryland Comptroller, Peter Franchot, is pushing for public schools in the state to have a post-Labor Day start date.  He will be at the Lakeside Creamery at noon on August 21 for a rally and to collect signatures for his petition.

Wednesday August 13
9:00 a.m.  

We had a break from the rain yesterday afternoon and it was warm, humid and sunny.  Almost felt like summer.  Clouds will move out through the day and we have a nice stretch of weather ahead.

Local corn is ready and the shacks are open.  Be sure to pick some up.

A POA Eblast provides the agenda for this Saturday's general membership meeting and the presentation from David Myerberg given at last Saturday's public meeting. 

The Terah Crawford Band performs tonight at 6:30 at Wisp.

Tuesday August 12
9:00 a.m.  

Over an inch of rain fell in the wee hours of the morning and more storms are likely today.

More news on what to expect this winter for Maryland.  You can still save 15% off a season pass at Wisp until 9/1.  Just sayin'.

Some details here from the DNR on this year's bear hunt lottery.  Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. on August 31.

There is still time to register for the 51st Annual Western Maryland Amateur Golf Tournament to be held this weekend at Oakland Golf Course. 

Monday August 11
9:00 a.m.  

Some drizzles this morning after a beautiful and particularly busy weekend.  Everyone's getting in their last summer hurrah, it seems.  Rain is likely later today and through Wednesday.

Volunteers are needed for the Deep Creek Art and Wine Festival.  Sign up here if you are interested in helping out. 

HART for Animals is kicking off The Race to the Finish.  The organization needs $300,000 to finish the adoption wing of the building this year. 

Unfortunately, there will not be a McHenry Highland Festival next year.  The board will take a year to reorganize and develop a new plan for the festival. 

Friday August 8
9:00 a.m.  

Partly sunny skies today and then a slight chance for rain through the weekend. 

An important Eblast here from the DCL POA and don't forget the public meeting tomorrow morning at 10 in the Yurt G at Wisp.

Also, from the POA, a small patch of hydrilla has been found in Green Glade Cove.  A spot treatment at the area will be done on Monday.

Happenings this weekend include:

Thursday August 7
9:00 a.m.  

After a rainy day yesterday, we can expect sunshine today with highs in the lower 70's.

Ace's Run lost power last night during Pasta Night and will now offer a do-over.  That's right, another Pasta Night this Friday beginning at 4.  A great chance for our weekend guests to enjoy a local favorite. 

Last Pocket Park Movie of the summer tonight with Despicable Me 2.

The chamber has announced a job opening; Director of Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area.

The DNR is accepting public comment on proposed 2014/2015 late waterfowl hunting seasons and bag limits until August 19.

Wednesday August 6
9:00 a.m.  

Raining this morning and more showers expected through the day. 

The DCL Watershed Management Steering Committee will hold a public meeting on Saturday to discuss the Management Plan draft. 

The commissioners have tabled a decision on changing the service boundaries of the county's water and sewer plan until costs and details are clarified.

Free entertainment tonight at Wisp with the Grand Ole' Ditch band at 6:30 and Kelly Lynott at 5 at The Boardwalk.

Here's What's Fresh at the Farmer's Market today.

Mark your calendars, the 2015 Garrett County Fair will be August 1-8.

Tuesday August 5
9:00 a.m.  

Beautiful, beautiful day yesterday and it continues this morning.  Clouds will arrive with the chance of a thunderstorm beginning tonight and through tomorrow.

Construction of a Love's travel center in the Cumberland area -- the first company project in the state --  has been delayed due to permitting issues.  I've been hearing unconfirmed rumors that another center is planned at the Fuel City location across from the Pilot in Grantsville. 

My cousin and her in-laws visited last week and had a wonderful time (in spite of the weather).  One comment I need to share... she said "Oakland has to be THE friendliest place in the world."  Agreed!

Monday August 4
9:00 a.m.  

A surprise weekend.  Surprisingly drier, sunnier and warmer than the experts predicted.  Rain was limited to Saturday evening and brief morning showers on Sunday.

Taylor-Made Vacations is having way to much fun with a drone.  Check out the latest video here.   

If you shop on Amazon, sign up through Amazon Smiles and 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to HART for Animals. 

Firsthand Weather has released its 2014/15 winter weather outlook and expects our area to have well below average temperatures and average to above average snowfall. 

Friday August 1
9:00 a.m.  

A chance for rain and thunderstorms all weekend.  Hopefully, they'll just pass through, but we won't see much heat either.

A blood drive will be held today at the American Legion in Oakland from 12:30 - 6.  There is an urgent need for donations, so please consider giving if you can.

Very cool video here of Casey Eichfeld surfing the rapids at ASCI. 

Applications for the Bear Hunt Lottery will be accepted until August 31.

Garrett College got 2nd place in the Blue Ridge Outdoors Best Adventure College poll.  Hoping for first, but still quite an accomplishment. 

Sharing this mammoth pike that was caught yesterday near Four Hooppole by Dale Chandler.  (photo courtesy of Ryan Chandler)

On tap this weekend: