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Friday August 26
9:30 a.m.

The sun is shining and the humidity has returned.  A high of 82 expected today and through the weekend.

Check this out, a new business is coming to the areaFree State Cooperage will serve the craft distillery, wine, and brewery industries with custom-crafted white oak barrels and they are hiring.

Here's some information on the county's continued broadband connectivity efforts

Congratulations to HART for Animals.  Yesterday, the 100th animal was adopted from the new adoption wing.

DJ Leroy will be at Black Bear Tavern tonight with his mechanical bull at 10 p.m.  Ride 'em cowboys and girls!

Country Fest and Auction will be tomorrow at the fairgrounds.

There will be another showing of the documentary Fracking Western Maryland? on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Garrett 8 Cinemas.  Tickets are $8 at the box office.

The Western Maryland Truck Show kicks off tonight and runs through the weekend in Grantsville. 

Don't forget last week's Poker Cruise had to be rescheduled.  It will be happening this Sunday and the weather looks more favorable. 

Also on Sunday, there will be a benefit for Glenn Hardesty, owner of Working H Meats, as he battles Cholangiocarcinoma.  Enjoy and local foods dinner, cornhole tournament, and live bluegrass music.  


Thursday August 25
9:30 a.m.

A band of showers came through around 7 a.m. and there could be a few more through the day. Looking good for the last weekend of summer break for our local students; sunny and 80. 

The county posted an update on the Western Conveyance Project at the lake. 

The deadline for entries in the annual DNR Photo Contest is August 31 and the deadline to get 15% off your season pass at Wisp is September 5. 

Volunteers are still needed for the Deep Creek Wine Festival.  Please consider helping if you are able. 

Firefly Farms is one of the featured cheese makers in Passport's story FROMAGE Ŕ TROIS. THREE GAY COUPLES’ ADVENTURES IN CHEESE

Mountain State Brewing will host the owners of Grow West MD, the approved medical cannabis growers for Garrett County.  Their experts will be on hand to answer questions about the planned operation, job opportunities, and the benefits of medical cannabis.  That's this Saturday, 9/27, from 1 - 4 p.m.

Garrett County Comcast customers should now have access to all three network newscasts via the On Demand feature. 


Wednesday August 24
9:30 a.m.

I am really loving these cool nights and mornings.  One more sunny day today and then clouds and rain arrive for the next couple days.

Only one more week to enter the Maryland Bear Hunt lottery.  The application deadline is August 31.

It greatly saddens me to report that the Lakeside Creamery was burglarized early Monday morning.  A video of the culprits is available on the Garrett County Public Safety Facebook page.  

Maryland added 7,300 private sector jobs in July and good news from Allegany County, a biotech firm will be opening operations in Frostburg.

Local favorite, The Remedy, returns to Stage Wisp tonight at 6:30.  Should be a great night and a great show. 


Tuesday August 23
6:30 a.m.

Another sunny and comfortable day ahead, although a bit warmer than yesterday.

There's a free yoga class tonight at 6 at New Germany State Park.  All experience levels welcome.  Namaste. 


Monday August 22
9:30 a.m.

Fifty-five degrees this morning and it feels so good.  Clouds will clear to mostly sunny skies and an expected high of just 69. 

The weekend held frequent rain showers from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. 

The Deep Creek Lion's Club postponed yesterday's Poker Cruise until this Sunday due to weather.. 

Congratulations to Western Maryland Amateur Champion, Tyler Boulware from Morgantown, WV.  The event was held this weekend at Oakland Golf Club and the final round was rained out, but the 4 leaders competed in a seven-hole sudden death playoff. 

The final hydrilla application is occurring this morning at the yacht club at Turkey Neck.  Boaters are asked to steer clear of the area. 

The Railey Realty camera at the Creamery is now live and controllable! 


Friday August 19
9:30 a.m.

Once this morning fog burns off, we're expected to have mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid-70's.  Of course, that chance for an isolated shower or storm will remain through the weekend.

Check out the Lake Lowdown from Friends of Deep Creek Lake with important information on the upcoming  meeting of the Environmental & Transportation committee on fracking held here in Garrett County August 30.  There's also information on the community forum on sedimentation held last Saturday.

The KFC in Oakland is closed. I only ate there maybe a handful of times, but I hate to see it go.

Also, the annual Redneck Dayz festival held in June will be no more.  The Oakland-Mt. Lake Park Lions Club board voted to end the event after nine years.

Grantsville and GLAF are celebrating the Arts & Entertainment District designation with a Blue Jeans, Boots and Bluegrass celebration on Sunday.  Live music all day, all free. 

The Deep Creek Lion's Club will hold a Poker Cruise on Sunday beginning at noon at The Boardwalk

There will be a movie in the park in Friendsville tomorrow night.  The Good Dinosaur will start a dusk and spectators should bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the show. 


Thursday August 18
9:30 a.m.

A gloomy, damp and dark morning, thus far. There's a chance for passing showers through the day... again. One-quarter of an inch of rain registered in my rain gauge yesterday. 

The county released some information on Grow West MD and the plans for a medical marijuana grow facility in Garrett County. 

The last Pocket Park movie of the season is tonight featuring Earth to Echo.

The American Red Cross will be holding a Blood Drive tomorrow at the Garrett County Health Department from noon until 5:30.  Please give if you are able.


Wednesday August 17
9:30 a.m.

More scattered showers in the forecast for today, but, most importantly, the expected high is only 72.  That's about 10 degrees lower than yesterday's high and I, for one, welcome it!

We got just shy of 1/2 an inch of rain during storms yesterday.

Beginning in September, Hospice of Garrett County and the Garrett County Board of Realtors will be operating out of offices in downtown Oakland on Second Street.

Make plans to attend the POA General Membership meeting this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Garrett 8 Cinemas. 

Black King Cole returns to the Stage Wisp Summer Concert Series tonight at 6:30. 

There's a new listing for a Sea Doo PWC with trailer in the Online Marketplace.


Tuesday August 16
9:00 a.m.

We got about 1/4 inch of rain over a couple bands of storms yesterday.  Sunny this morning, but the likelihood for a thunderstorm increases as the day goes on today and some could be severe.

Here's a bit more information on the Taylor-Made acquisition of Deep Creek Long & Foster. 

A Garrett County firm earned a Grower permit for medical marijuana!  To say I'm shocked is an understatement.  I'm excited to hear the details of the application. 

The Farmer's Almanac released it's 2016/17 Winter Forecast.  It is hard to tell exactly which of the of three zones we belong too, but they all share the word 'cold'.


Monday August 15
9:00 a.m.

Hot, hot weekend and we had to wait until Sunday for some much-needed rain and a bit of relief. We'll have more of the same through this week with highs around - and in - the 80's and a chance for a thunderstorm.

The Garrett County Market Minute for July is now available.

Crownline has some good tips for learning to dock your boat

Today is finally the day that officials will announce the 15 grower and 15 processor licenses for medical marijuana in the state. 

The grand opening and dedication for the new Family Centered Maternity Suite at Garrett Regional Medical Center will be held tomorrow, August 16 at 12:00 Noon. The public is invited to attend.


Friday August 12
9:00 a.m.

I can hear the thunder this morning, but there's no rain over my head.  A storm passed through yesterday afternoon about 1 mile to the east of me.  So, yes, storms are scattered and will continue to be through the weekend.

Tax-free week in Maryland begins on Sunday.  Qualifying apparel and shoes will be tax-free. 

Deep Creek Discovery Center will host a Perseids Meteor Shower viewing tonight at 9 p.m.  Bring a blanket or chair and they'll have the telescopes.  Event is weather dependent.

The annual Wings and Wheels Fly-In event is tomorrow at the airport. 

QC Striders will host the Moonshine Classic 10K/2K at Big Run State Park tomorrow morning.


Thursday August 11
9:00 a.m.

Our afternoon temperature hit 82 yesterday and now they are forecasting a high of 83 today with scattered thunderstorms, possible heavy rain and localized flooding.  We got just a trace amount of rain yesterday evening.

Cobblestone Hair will be having a back to school sale tomorrow and Saturday.  Thirty-percent off everything in the studio (excluding artisan items). 

The sunflower field is in bloom at Double G RV Park.  A friendly reminder from Double G: these are crops.  Please do not "help yourself" and please do not enter the field. 


Wednesday August 10
9:00 a.m.

The chance for thunderstorms remains in the forecast for the foreseeable future.  Daytime highs are expected to remain in the 70's.  Earlier in the week, they were calling for the 80's. 

According to the DCL POA, the House Environment and Transportation committee will hold a full committee meeting on hydraulic fracturing held right here in Garrett County on August 30. 

Friends of Deep Creek Lake will be hosting a community forum: Sediment Removal for Lake Restoration -- Models & Lessons from Other Lakes.  It will be held on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the Himalaya Yurt at Wisp. 

The 18th Annual Hot Dogs for Hospice event will be tomorrow and Friday at the Oakland First United Bank branch office and the Operations center (near Wal-Mart).  Stop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for lunch, a snack or grab a tray of dogs to take home.

Just added in the Online Marketplace: a 2000 Larson ski & fish boat, 


Tuesday August 9
9:00 a.m.

Another beautiful and comfortable morning.  Clouds will increase through the day and there is a slight chance for a thunderstorm tonight.

Governor Hogan announced $3 million in grants to fight the heroin epidemic.  The Garrett County Sheriff's Office will receive $20,000 for a heroin coordinator.

The Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study is complete for the US 219 expansion from Meyersdale to I-68 in Maryland. Final design is scheduled for completion in winter 17/18 and construction is to begin in spring 2018. 

Garrett College was named one of the 13 Best Adventure Campuses in the Blue Ridge.

DC's Bar and Restaurant at Wisp has a new and improved menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Stop by and check it out. 


Monday August 8
9:00 a.m.

For the first time is a long while, a chill returned to the morning air and the humidity broke.  Both yesterday and today.  Just so pleasant.  Short-lived, though, the heat and storms return for the week beginning tomorrow.

The POA released some valuable information on Aquatic Invasive Species, the preventative measures being taken at DCL and how you can help.

The Deep Creek Long & Foster is now part of the Taylor-Made Vacations and Sales family.  Taylor-Made purchased the branch including the sales and vacation rental departments.

Check out this amazing video of a caterpillar molt into a chrysalis from the Discovery Center Facebook page.


Friday August 5
9:00 a.m.

The chance for a thunderstorm increases a bit today to 50% and through tomorrow morning, but then we'll have a nice stretch of sunshine for a few days.

All remaining 2016 pontoon boats at Bill's Marine Service are now on sale. If you're in the market, now's the time to buy.

Kidsburgh Magazine named Deep Creek Lake as a Perfect Getaway for Pittsburgh Families.

Accuweather released its Fall Forecast and calls a warm and dry season for us.

Check out the August newsletter from HART for Animals. 

Last chance to get to the fair this weekend as it closes it's 60th year on Saturday.


Thursday August 4
9:30 a.m.

Different day, same weather forecast.  A slight chance for thunderstorms and a high of 77.  So far, the rain has missed us.

Railey Realty has a new and improved website.  Check it out

Also be sure to check out this You Tube video shot on Deep Creek from Nick Fratz-Orr.  Amazing!

Theatre on the Lake opens it's final show of the season tonight, Agatha Christie's Mousetrap


Wednesday August 3
9:30 a.m.

Another foggy start to the day.  We'll have isolated rain and thunderstorms, partly sunny skies and a high of 77 today.

A scheduling note on the fair tonight: Shades of Blue will not be performing and Surrender Dorothy will take the stage instead at 7:00 and 8:30.

Local favorite, The Remedy, will be performing at the Stage Wisp Summer Concert tonight at 6:30.

Take this PaddleSmart quiz from the DNR and you'll be registered to win a stand up paddleboard. 

Check out the new listings on the Online Marketplace:  snowmobile helmets, a ladies Arctic Cat snowmobile jacket, and a mower package with a riding and push mower


Tuesday August 2
9:30 a.m.

A foggy start to the day, but mostly sunny skies are ahead and a high of 77.

Wow! There's a whole lot of people in town.  Yesterday's traffic felt more like a Saturday.  It's all good, though.

Onlyinyourstate.com featured the sights along I-68 in a recent article. (Although I'm not sure what the 'road to nowhere' phrase is all about.)


Monday August 1
9:00 a.m.

A slight chance for scattered thunderstorms this afternoon, but otherwise, we'll have mostly sunny skies and a high of 75.

The weekend wasn't exactly the relief from heat we were promised.  It was still pretty hot and definitely humid with a few scattered storms through the weekend including a pretty nice sound and light show last night. 

Our thoughts are definitely with the folks of Ellicott City after the tragic flooding there over the weekend.

There was a serious boating accident on the lake over the weekend when a man was struck by a boat propeller.  The first serious injury this year and hopefully the last.

It's fair week!  Check out the schedule of events here.  The rides open at 1 and run until 11 p.m. daily.  Tonight's entertainment (included in your gate admission) is Bucky Covington, American Idol contestant and country music singer.