Friday September 19
The sun is out. The heat is not. I think fall is
here to stay.
We went up and checked out
Deep Creek 2014
yesterday. Absolutely amazing! Great food, live
music (during the race breaks), a whitewater heritage museum,
promotional booths, and beer & wine for sale --- oh, and did I
mention a World Championship competition?! Seriously, you
have to check it out. The racing schedule for the weekend
here and you can view results live
here. Shuttles run continuously from the Wisp parking
lot and when it is full, parking/shuttle service moves to the
If that didn't convince you, PennLive.com gives some
additional reasons to attend. (Note: the line that
ASCI could be a major selling point for the DC bid for the 2024
The Maryland State Police are collecting non-perishable food
items this month for the Maryland Food Bank. The McHenry
barrack is a drop-off point.
Additional goings on this weekend include:
Oakland will host a
Pavillion Party tonight to honor the Deep Creek 2014
Swan Meadow school will hold the
64th annual harvest sale today at the Pleasant Valley
Community Building. The auction begins at 6:30 and
concessions at 5.
Garrett College will host a
buffet and National Paddling Film
Festival tomorrow night.
Oktoberfest celebration will be held tomorrow at Alpine
The Casselman Bridge turns 201 years
old and a
celebration will be held tomorrow in her honor.
An Art Show and Sale will be held
next to Katie's Ice Cream in McHenry tomorrow and Sunday
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday September 18
A chance for showers on Sunday loomed into our perfect weather
forecast. Otherwise, we are all clear.
sights and sounds from last night's opening ceremony for
Deep Creek 2014 all culminating with a fireworks show at Wisp.
(photo courtesy of
Robert Paine) Racing starts this morning at 9 a.m.
with qualifying heats.
An Annapolis woman
won the Grand Prize in the MD DNR photo contest. All
the winning entries are shown
Here is the
obituary and arrangement information for Connie Stewart.
Wednesday September 17
Foggy and cold again this morning, but the sun is out above it
all. Accuweather is
calling for a potential frost for our area tomorrow night.
It is with a heavy heart that I pass along that Connie (Bear)
Stewart passed away. Chances are if you had a drink
at Deep Creek within the past 30 years, Connie Bear poured it.
Chances are if Connie Bear poured your drink, you made a
lifetime friend. I'll miss her smile, laugh and huge hugs.
Tonight we kick off Deep Creek 2014
Opening Ceremony from 7 pm – 8:30 pm at the Garrett College
Community Aquatic Recreation Center before shifting to Wisp
Resort for the World Championship Kick-off Party from 9 pm –
10:30pm for a spotlighted Flag Ascension via Chairlift by Deep
Creek 2014 Mascot, Eddy the Otter, Live Music for the Shelf Life
String Band and Fireworks. Food and beverage are available for
purchase.Tickets for the Opening Ceremony are $10 per person the
kick off party at Wisp is free.
Some press for the event
The Baltimore Sun reported
on our recent designation as the best town for fall foliage.
Free sectional here. Clean, not too worn and perfect for a
teenager basement. Call 301-387-5062 and leave a message,
if you are interested.
Tuesday September 16
Chilly and cloudy this morning, but no call for rain.
The weather forecast for
Deep Creek 2014 looks exceptional. No rain, plenty of
sunshine and mild temperatures. A huge relief for
organizers, I'm sure.
Check out this
cool aerial video of ASCI prepared by Brian Oxford.
The results are in for the 2014 SavageMan Triathlon. Overall
winners in the 70.0 were John Kenny & Kristin Lemos, the 30.0;
Joshua Cone & Kelly Collier and the 100.0; Brad Stone & Holley
Sweeney. Category winners are listed in the
70.0. Congratulations to the participants.
Monday September 15
A cold and foggy start to the week, but mostly sunny skies are
expected today with fall-like temperatures.
Saturday was a bit of a wash-out. Rain stuck around longer
than expected and those competing in the SavageMan 30.0 had to
work through it. The weather was much more favorable for
the 70.0 on Sunday, but I imagine the fog on the lake may have
been an issue for the swimmers. We did have a frost
advisory overnight on Saturday, but I didn't see any.
This is it! Deep Creek 2014 starts this week.
offers ten predictions for the event and Kim Smith offers
this look at the grandstands.
Mashable.com lists Deep Creek as a
top place to view fall foliage.
The Garrett County August Market
Minute from Long & Foster is ready.
Friday September 12
A misty rain fell for the better part of the afternoon
yesterday. Rain is likely tomorrow, but it should move out
in the morning.
press for Deep Creek 2014 from Pennlive.com.
For those swimming this weekend in the SavageMan, the water temp
this morning is 69.
The Garrett County Office of Economic Development released its
2013 Annual Report.
Beginning Monday, there will be daily whitewater releases from
the lake. Great news for paddlers. Dock owners may
want to push their docks out.
On tap this weekend:
is tomorrow and Sunday. The event will host 800 athletes
from 25 states. Watch out for bikes on the roads.
The Oakland Volunteer Fire
Department will hold a chicken barbeque tomorrow beginning
at 11 a.m.
Garrett Mentors will hold its annual
Barn Dance tomorrow night at Ridgeview Valley.
Thursday September 11
Rain is likely today before noon as a cold front arrives.
Projected low tonight is 48 and highs will remain in the 60's at
least through next Wednesday.
Accuweather is predicting
an exceptional year for fall foliage in the Northeast.
Freelance writer, Nichole Dobo, visited Garrett County recently
this article about the challenges rural schools --
specifically our schools -- face in broadband internet
Wednesday September 10
No rain again yesterday and no call for it today.
Tomorrow, though, is a different story.
The MD SHA sent out
this brochure to area residents regarding the 219 expansion
from I-68 to Meyersdale, PA. An informational workshop
will be held at Grantsville Elementary School on September 23rd
between 5:30 and 8:00.
Center is offering all remaining in-stock Elite and G5 bows
for just $400.
tonight at Ace's Run. All-you-can-eat, made fresh to
order. Just $17.95.
Well, the idea was noble, WalMart, but covering the "2014" kind
of defeats the purpose...
Tuesday September 9
No rain yesterday. Mostly cloudy skies today and just a
slight chance for some isolated showers.
third state prison is proposed for Cumberland by the
Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
charged ten men who were illegally riding ATV's on protected
state land in the Youghiogheny Natural Resource Management Area
These are kind of fun... time lapse videos of the drive from
Keyser's Ridge to McHenry and
McHenry to Oakland. I couldn't help put press an
imaginary brake a few times.
Monday September 8
A pretty good weekend overall. We had a passing afternoon
shower on Saturday and then more later in the evening.
Yesterday was cooler, but gorgeous!
Super successful Art & Wine Festival on Saturday. Seems to
get bigger and bigger every year.
This is not completely scientific, but I found this interesting
map of NFL Fandom based on Facebook data. (Garrett
County is still part of the Steeler Nation, according to the map.)
team training schedule has been released leading up to Deep
Monday half-price pizza night returns after a summer hiatus at
Friday September 5
Morning fog again and a chance for an isolated thunderstorm
later today. Rain, unfortunately, is likely for tomorrow.
The Patapsco Valley State Park visitors center
was named in memory of William Offutt Johnson. Mr.
Johnson was a longtime resident of -- and volunteer in --
The Times-News is reporting that the
projected number of spectators for Deep Creek 2014 is less
than originally expected. All the more reason to
your tickets now and support this historical event.
Events this weekend:
Thursday September 4
Morning fog is burning off to another beautiful day. Just
a slight chance for a thunderstorm this afternoon, but skies
will be mostly sunny.
Passing this along to everyone:
The Oakland Rotary club will be sponsoring a charity golf
tournament on Friday 12 September at the Oakland Golf Club.
We are seeking golfers and sponsors.
For $ 75/person a golfer will enjoy a lunch before
teeing off in a Captain’s choice 18 hole tournament.
Prizes will be given for various skill events
including the possibility of winning a Team One 2014
proceeds will be used by the Rotary in giving back to the
community in its many activities, including scholarships and
its Christmas program.
For more information on being a golfer or sponsor
Bob Smith, Oakland Rotary member
There is still time to register for Deep Creek Adventure
Black Bear 12-hour Adventure Race this weekend. Also
on Sunday the
King & Queen of the Mountain race will be held.
Participation is by donation with will benefit
Wednesday September 3
A pretty fierce storm ran through yesterday afternoon.
Lots of stuff falling from the sky with the rain including trees
limbs and nuts. The forecast calls for three days of
sunshine and temperatures in and the the low 80's, but we are
still under cloud cover this morning.
The mobile site for this weekend's Deep Creek Art & Wine
Festival is now up and running. The site lets you search
for wines, mark your favorites to purchase and much more.
Check it out at
http://m.deepcreekwinefest.com. Also, the pairing
dinner menus for Friday night are now available on the full site
Rocky Gap Casino was the winner of
26 Best of Gaming Awards in the Maryland category from
Casino Player Magazine.
Tuesday September 2
Another busy holiday weekend is in the books. The weather
was actually pretty good once you waited out the morning rains.
Our sheriff's office
is warning residents of a money scam.
Wisp is offering a new
season pass this year; the Millennial for non-students between
the ages of 19 and 29 and everyone can still save 10% off a
pass until September 30.
Welcome Working H Meats
as a new advertiser on our site.