Friday March 27|
Spitting snow this morning and more to come tonight.
Whatever! It should all clear out by tomorrow afternoon
and the rest of the weekend will be sunny, but not very warm.
Overnight temperatures will be in the teens.
The commissioners announced the hiring of
a new Director of Economic Development.
The process for
allowing orphan counties (like us) to get in-state television
stations is moving forward through the FCC. Big thanks
to Chuck Hoffeditz who has been working on this for years --
Quite a few opportunities for Easter Egg
Hunts this weekend. Dress warm!
Don't put that snowmobile away yet! Join the
GC Snowdrifters at Timberline Resort for
a cross country race or just ride the track afterwards until
Big Bucks Bingo tomorrow at the Elks Lodge in Oakland to benefit
Garrett County's Relay for Life. Doors open at 3 and the
games begin at 4:30. Tickets are $30 at the door.
Thursday March 26|
Showers and thunderstorms are likely for today, but right now
the sky is blue and the sun is shining. Relish the
moment...temperatures will drop overnight and won't climb out of
the 30's until Sunday.
I received this email yesterday from a reader and felt it needed
to be shared. Taking the "it can or cannot be done safely"
argument out, we have one major north/south highway and it
happens to run right through Deep Creek Lake.
I live in south western PA near
the town of Washington and keep my boat and memories at Deep
Creek Lake. We may soon be owners of lake front property. We
have fracking galore going on in Washington county and I
honestly have to say that it is an eyesore and a menace. Not
that I am against industry and certainly not a tree hugger but
people just donít realize the baggage that this industry brings.
First of all they simply donít care where they drill much like
the long wall mining industry that has destroyed hundreds of
home in Washington county is the most recent years. We
have rigs planted near public schools, residential/farm and
recreational communities. The local politicians are helpless and
the fracking people seem to have autonomy where ever they go;
money brokers who say one thing but do another. The highways are
infiltrated with water hauling rigs that I have never seen
before in my life. Not one or two an hour but up to 30 or 40 an
hour traveling back and forth and then the F350 pickup trucks
with Texas licenses plates who also have no respect for our
speed limits especially where rural roads transition through
small communities and suburban neighborhoods. Although there are
jobs that are created for people in the local area the people
who are benefiting largely are out of staterís. I believe in
Americaís energy independence and the petroleum industry at
large but I have to say that this industry has no place anywhere
near Garrett County or near any recreation area for that matter.
Congratulations to Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler, Garrett County's
Teacher of the Year. Rebecca is a biology and
environmental science teacher at Northern High School.
The county Board of Ed has released
two proposed calendars for next year -- one with a pre-Labor
Day start and the other post-Labor Day. The board is
public input by April 10.
I forgot to mention that Northern grad, Kailtynn Fratz and her
team from Cal U, were playing in the Final Four last night in
the NCAA Division II Basketball Championships. I am happy
to report that they won and will play on Friday in the national
championship game. We are a county beaming with pride.
Garrett County ranks 15th in the state for health outcomes and
17th for health factors, according to the
County Health Rankings from the Robert Woods Foundation
Cuteness alert! The
first five-cub litter of bear cubs was documented in Garrett
County during the den survey. WJLA
was in town for the survey and tagging event.
The Job Fair
is today at the college from 3-6.
Wednesday March 25|
A bit of an icy mix this morning that will turn to rain.
Most of the showers should clear out by mid-afternoon with an
expected high near 60.
The state Board of Education will
consider waiving three snow days on a case by case basis.
No word yet if our local school board has applied. Last
day for student is currently June 19. The original last
day was scheduled for June 4 and we've had 15 days cancelled for
DNR is asking anglers of Deep Creek Lake to complete
this survey regarding Northern Pike management on the lake.
The House passed legislation for the three-year moratorium
on fracking and the Senate passed a bill with strong liability
regulations for drilling companies. Each bill must clear
the other chamber before it can pass. The Baltimore Sun
offered this Op Ed piece in support of the ban.
Tuesday March 24|
Sorry for the late post this morning. Guess who forgot
about the planned power outage? Guess who had the Notes
almost completed but forgot to 'save often?'
Snow on the ground this morning. Not enough to be a
nuisance, but just enough to tick ya off. Looking at the
60's Wednesday and Thursday and looking at a lot of open water
on the lake.
Hey, hey... The Weather Channel lists the
Best Watering Holes in every state and Swallow Falls State
Park is tops in Maryland. (slide 20)
The Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) polled it's
members to find their position on fracking in the county.
Forty-two member responded, with 31 opposed to, and 11 in
support of, fracking. The bill to place a three-year
moratorium on the practice in the state
heads to a vote in the House of Delegates. (The
original bill called for an 8-year moratorium, but was reduced
in an amendment in committee)
Welcome to Heavy
Water Anglers, fly-fishing and guide service, now operating
in Garrett County and now an advertiser on Deep Creek Times!
Spring is here and the fishing are biting. Book your
Monday March 23|
Eighteen degrees this morning. Looks pretty, but feels
bitter and it is likely we'll see some snow overnight.
Spring, where are you?
The 14/15 ski season is officially over as of yesterday.
Tubing and ice skating may open on weekends, weather permitting.
I received a call from Potomac Edison and there is a planned
power outage for customers in the area of Garrett Highway
tomorrow from 9-9:30 a.m.
are considering options for leasing the ASCI whitewater
If you've ever dreamed of restoring an old muscle car, check out
1973 Buick Apollo in our Marketplace.
An update on the webcam situation.
The one at The Creamery is down and they are working to get it
back up soon. I removed access to the other one as it sits
atop Santa Fe Grille, which, as you know is closed.
They're working on either getting a new location or waiting (as
we all are) to see if they reopen.
Friday March 20|
A couple inches of new snow, but the precipitation has now
changed over to rain -- creating a bit of a slushy mess this
morning. Local schools are closed. Temperatures will
rise into the 40's today, so perhaps, the snow will be gone when
spring officially arrives at 6:45 this evening.
Buy Down Program for lakefront property owners may return
for anyone who didn't take advantage of the first buy down.
Here's something new... A Touch of
Class Limousines will be offering Wine & Beer Tasting tours
from 12-4 every Saturday. Tour departs from Deep Creek
Beverage in 14 passenger Vans & limousines and
$49 per person includes tasting fees
& transportation. (Personal pick ups may be
available for an additional fee
Minimum booking must be met) Call 301-501-5466 (LIMO) to
reserve your spot.
The field is full for the 2nd Annual Beat
the Winter Blues Cornhole Tournament, but there's still lots
of fun to be had at the event tomorrow.
All Garrett County police, fire and rescue personnel and their
families can enjoy all the activities
at the Mountain Park at Wisp for free on Sunday.
New Germany State Park will host a First
Day Hike tomorrow at 1.
Thursday March 19|
We're getting some snow tonight and tomorrow. Expected
accumulation is in the two to four inch range.
The open water on the lake refroze last night. Makes
for an interesting landscape:
Wisp will be ending ski operations for the season at closing on
Sunday. Also, there will be no night skiing this weekend.
Mountain Park activities will be open on weekends through April
5 if conditions allow.
March Madness time! Time Magazine released the
academic bracket of the tournament and Maryland ranks #2 -
losing in the finals to Davidson. Some bragging rights for
the Terps there, for sure.
More news from Cal U. The women's basketball team is a
finalist for the
Russell Athletic 'Together We R' team award. Please
video to hear their story and then "like" it to vote.
presentation that was given at the commissioners meeting on
Tuesday by Dr. Ann Bristow is available online.
The state Superintendent of Schools
came to "far Western Maryland" yesterday to tour the GEARS
Wednesday March 18|
Sunny, but only 19 degrees this morning. Even with this
little burst of winter, the ice on the lake is losing ground.
Open water on the shore is widening and cracks are becoming more
plentiful. Saw my first robins yesterday!
Arrowhead is replacing the gas pumps and tanks. I'm
hearing they'll be out for 5-6 weeks.
I've been meaning to post a warning for my east-end Lake Shore
Drive neighbors of a resident skunk we've been smelling -- A
LOT. Well, guess who headed the welcome wagon. My
puppy! Ugh. A huge "thank you" to Lindy Moebs
Muttworks at the HART Animal Center. She stayed
after hours yesterday to help make the poor girl bearable to be
Garrett College's men's team
advanced in the tournament with a win last night. Also,
former Northern High School basketball standout, Kaitlyn Fratz,
is playing her last year of college ball at California
University (Pa.) and seemingly doesn't want it to end. The
advanced to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
World of X Games featured a premiere of "Good
Company with Tom Wallisch" on Saturday. My understanding
is that were was some great footage from Wisp. Here are
some still pictures from the film that include Wisp.
Packed house yesterday for the commissioners meeting and the
presentation by Dr. Annie Bristow on Public Health Effects of
Natural Gas Production and Development.
Tuesday March 17|
The temperature will fall this afternoon and winter will rear
its ugly head over the next few days.
A satirical article here
about auctioning Western Maryland off. The funnier
part is the comments -- people really believe the article to be
Garrett College made it to round 2 on the
Best Outdoor School poll, so keep on voting. Also, best of
luck to the Garrett Lakers men's basketball team in the
NJCAA National Championship Tournament. They face
Essex County today at 4 p.m. in Danville, Illinois.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Monday March 16|
An expected high near 60 today! It will be cloudy and breezy,
but it will be SIXTY!
The commissioners have released the agenda for
tomorrow's public meeting.
A federal judge found that Sam VanSickle, one of the local
developers indicted for bank fraud, is not
competent to stand trial.
The Garrett County Head Start program
received a federal grant of over $800K from the Department
of Health and Human Services.
The February Market Minute from
Long & Foster is available.
The Southern Lady Rams fell short in their attempt to repeat as
state champions, but they're still champions to us!
Friday March 13|
These past couple days' weather is why I could never live in a
place without distinct seasons. The absolute euphoria of change
is everywhere! Unfortunately, the current emotional high
is almost over. Rain is coming and so is the flood watch
-- from this evening until tomorrow evening.
Word is there was a "Pay it Forward" thing going on at breakfast
yesterday at the Oakland McDonald's. Reports of 15 to 25
cars paying for the person behind them. (See, I'm chalking
that up to a seasonal mood swing -- and a pretty special place
we live in)
Sharing last night's sunset in Oakland:
Blue Ridge Outdoors is polling again to name the
Best Outdoor School. Garrett College came in 2nd last
year and is working to earn the top spot this year.
You can vote once every 24 hours.
So, please vote today and every day.
Tomorrow is not just Pi Day, but Pi Day of the CENTURY --3/14/15
Congratulations to our local high school robotics team on its
win at the Pittsburgh Regional Robotics competition.
The Maple Fest is this weekend at Swallow Falls State Park.
Stop by Saturday and Sunday from 9 - 3 and watch them turn
Sap to Syrup.
The 3rd annual Outdoors Show will be
held this weekend at the Ag Hall at the fairgrounds.
A Craft and Vendor show is happening tomorrow at Southern High
School from 9 - 3.
Brewing is celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Sunday beginning
at 3 with live music all day. Stop
by anytime this month for the March flatbread feature: The
Thursday March 12|
Yesterday turned into a lovely day and the sunshine continues
today. What thawed yesterday refroze this morning, but
this too shall pass. Expected high of 50 today and the
shoreline of the lake is now water. Spring is coming!
Southern Lady Rams
won yesterday and advance to the state finals on Saturday
against Forestville. Very exciting!
Congratulations to Deep Creek State Park Ranger, Caroline
Blizzard, on earning the Edmund Prince Award. The award is
the highest honor given to a park ranger who personifies the
culture, heritage and proud tradition of the Maryland Park
Bill's Marine Service will be at the
Capital City Boat Show this weekend. Stop by and say
hello if you're there.
Wednesday March 11|
Dense fog this morning, but it seems the rain has cleared out
for now. We are completely and utterly, saturated. Buses
couldn't service Silver Knob Road in the Pleasant Valley area
this morning due to flooding.
Accuweather featured a video of the
devastation at Cheat Lake during last week's flooding.
This is why we pull our docks each year.
The House version of the bill that calls for an 8-year
moratorium on fracking in Maryland will be presented today.
Local business owners
will hold a rally at noon at the Lawyer's Mall in Annapolis.
The Garrett County Board of Realtors
have endorsed the bill.
HART for Animals released a
version of its PSA for the
Mike Kennedy, of Railey
Realty, and his kids made this version.
The newest video in the Pittsburgh Dad series features a
visit to Ocean City. Very funny.
Best of luck to the Southern Lady Rams today in the state
semifinals. The game will be
from WCBC Radio. Tip off is at 3 p.m.
Tuesday March 10|
Rain is on the way this afternoon and, except for Thursday, it
will be a factor every day through Sunday.
Congratulations to Devan Hamrick a newly crowned Maryland state
champion wrestler from Southern High School. Also to the
Southern High School girls' basketball team on their third
consecutive trip to the 1A state tournament. The team
returns to the semifinals as defending state champions and will
face Forest Park tomorrow.
Monday March 9|
What a beautiful weekend and it continues today with blue skies
and an expected high of 46. Weather this week sure looks a
lot like Spring.
Railey Realty reports
on the new requirement that all new home construction
beginning June 1 will require a sprinkler system. If you
recall, our commissioners
were able to opt out of this state-wide requirement three
years ago. Time is up.
GLAF will hold a Volunteer Breakfast on March 21 at 10 a.m. in
the Mountainside Marina Clubhouse. If you are interested
in learning more about volunteering with the organization,
please sign up
to attend the event.
Friday March 6|
Bluebird ski day! Still have to climb a bit to get
to a more comfortable temperature, but it is beautiful. We got
about 11 inches some of the lightest powder ever. It
was supposed to be sunny all weekend, but now there is a call
for clouds beginning tonight. Still going to be a great
ski weekend and it's a Subaru Winterfest weekend to boot.
I'm not sure why, but local schools are closed today. I
guess they wanted to make it unanimous -- all 24 school systems
in Maryland are closed.
There were snowmobiles out on the lake last night.
I'll let you judge whether that was a good idea will all the
rain, runoff, snow and then the refreeze.
The Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department will hold a
Gun and Cash Bash
tomorrow at the fire hall. Tickets are available at Deep
Creek Shop 'N' Save or by calling 301-387-5252. I'm not
sure if they'll have tickets at the door.
Don't forget to Spring those clocks forward on Saturday
night/Sunday morning. Daylight Savings Time returns.
Thursday March 5|
As promised, the rain turned to snow and we have around six
inches this morning and more on the way. Local schools are
closed as well as all county government offices. Arctic
chill tonight with a low of -5, but after that, the only problem
for the weekend will be snow blindness. Keep your
Crazy, crazy stuff yesterday. Roads were closed all over
and the water just kept on coming. Here is a picture of
Rotary Park in Oakland under water:
And an ice jam at the bridge over Snowy Creek in Crellin:
And, finally, Muddy Creek Falls. A huge difference from
the frozen picture in our Photo
Gallery that was taken just last weekend. (photo courtesy of
Herrington Manor State Park).
Wednesday March 4|
Water, water everywhere. We've had a steady rain since yesterday
evening, snow is melting and drainage routes are blocked.
School buses did not service Blue Ribbon and Jasper Riley Roads
this morning due to high water and there are other reports of
high water all over. It is about to get even messier. A
Winter Storm Warning goes into effect at 4 p.m. and we could see
close to a foot of snow through tomorrow. This March lion
has proven to be a beast!
The POA sent out
this Eblast yesterday regarding formation of a new Marcellus
Shale Gas Advisory Group.
Nice police work from the sheriff's department connecting
this guy to two bank robberies in Hagerstown.
Tuesday March 3|
We'll see some wintry mix and/or snow before it changes over to
rain. A Winter Storm Watch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and
a Flood Watch from 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.
US Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland)
announced she will not seek a sixth term in 2016 prompting
speculation that former Governor O'Malley may run for her seat.
He says "no".
The DNR released the
14/15 deer season results. Spoiler alert:
Garrett County totals were up 15.1% compared to last year.
An anti-fracking rally is planned today in Annapolis.
WBAL spoke to Bob Orr of
Offlake Rentals and
Tiffany Blackden, owner of The Alley. Also, a poll
commissioned by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network
found 68% of residents would either ban or impose a long
term moratorium on fracking.
HART's PSA for the home raffle starring some adorable
four-legged friends and the Refosco family of
Monday March 2|
Snow + rain + snow = ice.
March coming in like a lion.
Two hour school delay this morning.
agenda for the commissioners' meeting today is online.
News here on the
new management of Gravity East mountain bike racing and the
relationship with Wisp.
20 reasons you should never visit Maryland. Cute!