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Thursday May 21
9:00 a.m.   

Some rain overnight and the chance for more today.  Keeping an eye on the temperatures for Friday night as a night/morning frost/freeze is possible.  Weather for the weekend will get better with each day.  Accuweather is a bit more optimistic on daytime highs for Saturday, Sunday and Monday with at 68, 78 & 83 vs. the National Weather Service at 64, 72 & 76.

If you still don't have plans for the weekend, you may want to check on some last-minute deals from our lodging partners

The MD MVA announced yesterday that parallel parking will no longer be a requirement for a state driver's license. 

The webcam at the Creamery is back up and running!

The Deep Creek POA provides this legislative update in an Eblast.  It is important to note that even though the laws are approved, they haven't taken effect yet. The Sunday Sales law becomes official July 1 and you'll still be subject to a ticket for going 70 mph on I-68 for while.

Garrett College will hold commencement exercises today for its class of 2015. Congrats to all the graduates!

Wednesday May 20
9:00 a.m.   

Colder air has moved in and unfortunately will stick around into the holiday weekend.  Highs will only reach into the low 60's and nighttime lows in the low 40's and even the high 30's through Saturday.  Boooo! 

Maryland has a new water safety mascot.  Splash, the dog, has taken over for the retiring PFD Panda.

Another Guest Bartender Challenge tonight to benefit HART.  Tonight your hosts from Long & Foster will be at DC Restaurant at Wisp from 6-9 p.m.

Tuesday May 19
9:00 a.m.   

A few downpours yesterday, but clouds are clearing out to make way for a sunny day with a high around 70.

The Western Garrett County State Park Volunteers organization is having itís quarterly meeting Thursday May 21 at 6:30pm in the lower level of The Discovery Center and is looking for new volunteers.  Volunteering can include helping with the science room, talking to patrons in the building, aviary help or event helpers.  Volunteer as much as you like or as little as you like. If  you are interested but canít attend this meeting please contact Caroline Blizzard, Discovery Center Director at 301-387-7067 or email at cblizzard@dnr.state.md.us 

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

The Supreme Court struck down a tax in Maryland that could result in the loss of hundreds of millions in tax revenue.

Don't forget all DNR offices and regional service centers will be closed on Friday for a service reduction day.  State parks will remain open and staffed.

Monday May 18
9:00 a.m.   

Both Saturday and Sunday had rain for about an hour or so during the afternoon and then otherwise dry and warm.  Today calls for the same; warm with a storm likely for this afternoon.

The county Health Department has confirmed two cases of rabies in raccoons.

It's National Safe Boating Week, so you know what that means... the NRP will be ramping up enforcement.

The Ruth Enlow Library in Oakland will host author and environmentalist, Ned Tillman, tonight at 6 p.m.

Friday May 15
9:00 a.m.   

A chance for a shower or thunderstorm today and through the weekend.  Warming back up, though.  Back up into the mid-70's. 

I don't think I remember the trees ever being this green in mid-May.  I love it!

I am sorry to report the HART had to cancel its Forever Home Raffle as they were unable to sell the minimum 3,500 tickets required.  Details on refunds are available at the link above.

Check out this blog from a woman who completed her 6-hour, cold-water swim last Sunday in Deep Creek to qualify to cross the English Channel. 

The commissioners' requested budget for FY 2016 is available here.

Lots of stuff going on this weekend.  Check it out on our Events page.

A big welcome to Telli's Deli as a new advertiser with us.  If you haven't been yet, it is a must-stop.  Great  food and a comfortable atmosphere.  My favorite sandwich is The Mommy and when I'm feeling a little rambunctious, The Lora Marie. 

Thursday May 14
9:00 a.m.   

It didn't get nearly as warm 'they' said it would yesterday, but it didn't get as cold as 'they' said last night either.  A low of 36 recorded at the airport this morning and no frost (outside my window, anyway).  Sunny skies today and we'll reach into the 60's.

Garrett County Memorial Hospital is the recipient of a $200,000 federal grant to help fund the Department of Health and Human Services Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program.

The MD Natural Resource Police announced on its Facebook page yesterday that they were battling a 20-acre wildfire in Savage River State Forest.  I am assuming it is contained because there have been no more alerts. 

New Germany Lake will be closed for fishing tomorrow to prepare for the Youth Fishing Rodeo on Saturday.

HART Guest Bartender Challenge continues tonight from 5 to 9 at the Sand Trap Lounge/Oakland Golf Club.  Your hosts will be from Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty

Wednesday May 13
9:00 a.m.   

We went from AC to heat in less than 12 hours.  We hit a low of 39 this morning and we have a chance for some patchy frost tonight. 

I took this Monday of the last little bit of stubborn snow on the slopes.

A story in the Washington Post about a 19-year-old elected as mayor of Indian Head, MD with a mention of Friendsville mayor, Spencer Schlosnagle.

Good news from US News and World Report on Maryland schools and our two county schools, as well.  Also, a request for a three-day waiver was approved by the state Board of Ed and our last day of school is now the 16th of June.

Here's information on some of the 300 laws Governor Hogan signed yesterday.  One not mentioned there, is the beginning October 1, Maryland fishing licenses will be valid for 365 days  rather than the calendar year.

A seminar on sprinkler systems will be held at the college on June 3 in anticipation of the requirement of systems in new single-family dwellings.

Tuesday May 12
9:00 a.m.   

Big storm last night and big rain.  We're not at full-tree-mode yet, but we are definitely more green than brown now.  Breezy and cooler today and tomorrow, but no call for any more rain until Friday.

Bill Taylor, longtime realtor with Long & Foster, passed away on Saturday.  Our condolences to his wife Vicki and the rest of his family.

Governor Hogan will hold a bill signing event today.  A bill not on his list to sign, so far, is the fracking moratorium. 

Monday May 11
9:00 a.m.   

If this past weekend was an early taste of our upcoming summer, I'm biting!  It was warm and sunny with a nice breeze and no humidity.  Lots of people took advantage and got their boats in early. 

We should get some much-needed rain tonight -- 80% chance.  The ground is pretty dry and there is pollen on everything!  More seasonable temperatures return beginning tomorrow, too.

Sharing this Washington Post article on having the Most Maryland Summer.  For what it's worth, I would include a trip to the waaaay west of Maryland and, sadly, this guy isn't even getting to Hagerstown.   

In case you missed it, check out this video of black bear family chasing tourist in Yellowstone Park.  Woah!

Friday May 8
9:00 a.m.   

The slight chance for a thunderstorm has extended through Sunday night now.  Still looking at plenty of sunshine and highs around 80 degrees.  It is going to feel hot enough to swim this weekend, but the lake water is still only 59 degrees. 

The commissioners approved Phase 1 of the Garrett County Emergency Operations Center.  The center will be located at the McHenry Business Park.

Ned Tillman, author of Saving the Places We Love, ranked the top 10 kid-friendly campgrounds in Maryland.  Swallow Falls is #2.

I noticed in the paper that the Department of Public Works has applied for a permit for a proposed solar array for power generation at the wastewater treatment plant on Mayhew Inn Road.  I like it!

There will be a group of handlers from the National Police Bloodhound Association in town for a seminar beginning this weekend and through Thursday.  More information is available here and 'thank you' to Lou Battistella for bringing the group back to Garrett County after a 14-year hiatus.

The Deep Creek Loop to benefit Cindy's Fund will be held tomorrow at the state park -- 10 miler, 5K & 1 mile walk -- something for everyone!

New Germany State Park will host the Mountain Maryland Native Plant Sale tomorrow.

Wishing all the mothers out there a Happy Mother's Day on Sunday!

Thursday May 7
9:00 a.m.   

The chance for a thunderstorm has been extended through Saturday, but just a slight chance.  Anything that passes through should be a quick one, clearing to mostly sunny skies for the better part of the day and clear skies at night.  Dare I say, we could use a little rain, but this stretch of weather has been wonderful. 

The patio at Mountain State Brewing is open for the season!

An interactive map here showing the active mineral rights leases in the county.

USA Today highlighted Frostburg State University and its model to combat underage drinking on the campus.

Wednesday May 6
9:00 a.m.   

A lunch time rain in McHenry yesterday, but that was it. Our odds of a storm today dropped to 30%.  Weekend weather is still looking favorable.

The town parking lot in Friendsville is complete.  Parking for kayers, hikers and fishermen was an issue for the town, so this is a welcome improvement.

Several items of interest in this Deep Creek Lake POA Eblast.

Tuesday May 5
9:00 a.m.   

A 50% chance for some thunderstorms later this afternoon and through tomorrow.

Check out Oakland's 5-minute promo video.

The Department of Planning released its April update on the progress of the stormwater assessment project at North Glade Run.

Taylor-Made Vacations is taking shopping for the perfect vacation rental to a whole new level -- 3D virtual tours. Take a "walk" through Celebrations and Cooper's Run.  Very cool!  More property tours will be coming soon.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo tonight with the first HART Guest Bartender Challenge tonight from 6-9 at JG's Pub.  Taylor-Made and Railey Realty will be represented tonight.

Monday May 4
9:00 a.m.   

We had a great weekend.  Loved to see some hustle and bustle on the lake.  We have a warm week ahead with every day reaching into the 70's.  I don't want to jinx it, but the early call for Saturday is mostly sunny and 78!  (Yes, it's only Monday and I already have my sights on Saturday.)

The group of Marylanders attending a WV Host Farms fracking tour yesterday made the news in WV.  Oh, and in case you think this just affects Western Maryland, the Baltimore Sun reports that air pollution in Baltimore/DC has been linked to fracking operations outside the state.

The agenda for today's public commissioners' meeting is online.

Hummingbirds are returning and such a joy to watch, but if you put out a feeder make sure to keep it clean.

It's prime birthing time for deer and the DNR is reminding everyone to keep fawns wild.

Friday May 1
9:00 a.m.   

 Good news ahead.  Sunshine and 60's for the weekend and then highs in the 70's all next week.

Here's what is left of the winter snow on the slopes.

Accuweather released its Summer 2015 forecast

Garrett County Birdfest events run through the weekend.

Lodestone Golf course is slated to open for the season today.  Fantasy Valley and Oakland courses have been open.

Pick of the Litter thrift shop reopens today in the McHenry Plaza.  Check out the new stuff, find your treasure and help HART for Animals.

Bill's Marine Service's 41st annual All Family Boat Show kicks off this weekend and runs through May.  Demonstrations, food and drinks available every weekend.  New boats, too!

Engage Mountain Maryland will host a WV Host Farms field trip this Sunday to Union, WV to view the impacts of fracking in the community.