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Thursday May 26
9:30 a.m.

Mostly cloudy today and it is likely we'll see some rain/storms this afternoon.  Here's something... overnight lows stayed in the 60's.  I'm guessing that's a first for the season.

According to this article Thursday is the new Friday for Memorial Day weekend traffic.  Personally, I've been noticing extra people around all week.  So, since the weekend is starting for some... the lake water temperature (at dangle-your-feet-in-the-water depth) is 61.

The final HART for Animals Guest Bartender Challenge is tonight at the Harbor Bar with your hosts from Railey Mountain Lake Vacations.  It is also the official opening of the Harbor Bar for the season.  Remember, Thursday is the new Friday.  Yay summer!

Bear Creek Trader's will be having a Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale and it kicks off tomorrow.  Lots of stuff at 50% off! 


Wednesday May 25
9:30 a.m.

A mostly sunny day in store and it's going to be even warmer than the lovely day we had yesterday.  The weekend is still looking good and although there's a chance for a storm throughout, odds are better that there won't be one.  Cup half full!

The Greene Turtle is holding open interviews today and there some new "coming soon" signs at the location.  Target opening is early July.

It is National Safe Boating Week and the DNR is reminding us to stay safe -- especially this weekend.   Before you head out on your boat, call Mobile Boat Detailing at 301-616-8668 to get it all clean and sparkly. They come to you!


Tuesday May 24
9:30 a.m.

A beautiful sunny morning and no call for rain until tomorrow evening.  Cue the mad rush to mow the lawns! 

I am sorry to say that there was an accident yesterday afternoon near Fox Den Road that claimed the lives of two people.  Rt. 219 was closed for about 4 hours with detours set up at Lake Shore Drive and Glendale Road.

The annual Youth Fishing Rodeo scheduled for June 4th at Herrington Manor State Park has been cancelled due to unforeseeable construction delays on the Herrington Lake spillway.  

Weather for the holiday weekend is looking pretty good.  Actually compared to what we've been having, it looks spectacular!  We'll even hit the 80's.  There's still time to make your reservations

There's a new listing for a boat for sale in our Online Marketplace.  It's a bit of a handyman's special, but the price is right.


Monday May 23
9:30 a.m.

Yes, it rained all weekend, but things are looking up for us.  It will finally get a bit warmer and even though there is still some rain in the forecast, it sounds more like passing storms than all-day washouts.  I will give a holiday lake temperature reading later in the week.  (Hopefully, some 70-degree days will help.)

Check out this video of Muddy Creek Falls yesterday posted on the Allegany Mountain Region Facebook page. That's some serious water falling.

I had an interesting morning walk on Friday -- two snakes, 5,000 sticks I then thought were snakes, a fox and finally this little peanut.  Couldn't have been more than a few days old and, don't worry, mom was right there watching.

A good time to share this article -- Don't be a Fawn-napper.

I saw this Friday and chose not to share, but it is making rounds on the news, so... an Oakland man was charged with shooting and killing a bear out of season.  The story gets even sadder (and more infuriating), so make your own choice to read it. 

Garrett College President, Richard MacLennan, will be leaving the college at the end of the month to take over as president at North Idaho College. 


Friday May 20
9:30 a.m.

Another sunny day in store before the rain returns tonight and through the weekend.  Such a shame.

Trip Advisor names 11 Great Places to Rent a Summer Lake House and Deep Creek Lake tops the list.  Luckily, I know some people who can help you with that. 

Dutch's Daughter finished in 3rd place as the Top 10 Best Crab Cakes in Maryland.  Very impressive!

The Youghiogheny River Watershed Association was the recipient of grant money from the Maryland Environmental Trust.

One hundred and forty-four bills were signed into law yesterday by the governor.

A 10-mile/5K/1-mile race to benefit Cindy's Fund, the Community Yard Sale at Wisp, a Youth Fishing Rodeo and the The Little Crossings Festival, Artisan & Epicurean Faire are all slated for tomorrow.  Chances are, it is going to rain, so be prepared.


Thursday May 19
9:30 a.m.

Blue skies.  We have blue skies!!! 

I decided to challenge Mother Nature and take my morning walk yesterday in spite of the weather.  Guess what happened.  The wind picked up and it rained even harder.  *sigh*  BUT, did I mention the sun is out today?  It is!

Also, I'm not sure how accurate these long-term things are -- because, quite frankly sometimes they have trouble getting tomorrow right -- but check out the early June forecast from Accuweather.  This isn't for Phoenix.  It's McHenry!

The Boardwalk grill will open for the season tomorrow.  Just weekends until mid-June.  I can almost hear that steak sandwich calling my name...


Wednesday May 18
9:30 a.m.

Oh my gosh, this rain!  Make. It. Stop!!

HART for Animals has another Guest Bartender night.  Drink away those weather sorrows with a crew from Long & Foster at DC's Restaurant tonight from 6-9.

Onlyinyourstate.com lists the top water parks in Maryland and we made the list with ASCI.  Not really the same as the others, but O.K.

Attention high school students.  If you've ever thought of a career in the natural resources, check out the Natural Resources Career Camp, a weeklong camp held right here in Garrett County. 


Tuesday May 17
9:30 a.m.

It's raining again.  On the bright side, it isn't snowing and the brunt of the rain should clear out by early afternoon. 

The April Garrett County Market Minute from Long & Foster is ready. 

Congressman Delaney filed legislation yesterday to extend Garrett County's HUBZone eligibility through 2022. 

Check out this In the Spotlight article on Working H Meats.

The Garrett County Tax Sale will be held on June 10 and available properties are listed here.

Check out this absolutely fascinating short film on the life of a cicada. I promise, it is worth the 7 minutes. Don't hate, appreciate!  (easy to say when they are only on the computer screen :-) )

Pine Lodge Steakhouse has a new 2 for $22 Tuesday menu available beginning tonight and every Tuesday from 4-10. 


Monday May 16
9:30 a.m.

Sunshine this morning.  We are under a freeze and frost warning until 10 a.m., but we will recover in the high 50's today.

We're not breaking any heat records this week, but at least there is some blue in the graphic for a change.  Looking ahead in the long-term forecast, temperatures will heat up a bit next week. 

There are very few nice things to say about this weekend.  Pouring rain most of the day Saturday and snow, wind and cold on Sunday.  There were periods of sunshine Sunday, but the snow crushed any happiness sun could bring.  I even tried pretending it was pollen or white flower petals floating through the air.  Didn't work.

Potomac Edison will be performing maintenance in the area today and tomorrow.  Momentary outages may happen between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. today and noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow.  Computer users should save often!  (Already had one on my grid this morning around 9:15)


Friday May 13
9:30 a.m.

Rain this morning, but it will clear out to a mostly sunny afternoon and evening.  What?!?!

I don't want to brag, but it didn't rain all morning yesterday.  That's right.  Like 6 dry hours.  In a row!  It was fantastic.  And then it poured.

The DNR compiled a list of FAQs for family camping in Maryland state parks.  Good information in there.

Governor Hogan announced yesterday the elimination or reduction of 155 fees across state government. 

There's just no sugar coating this weekend's weather.  It's going to be unseasonably cold -- literally freezing at some points -- and wet.  Yes, there is even a chance it may snow on Saturday night and into Sunday morning. 

On the bright side, all-clear for the Meet and Greet with the Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders tonight at the Honi-Honi.

Saturday's rain isn't expected until late morning/early afternoon, so it should be clear for the Kendall Trail Run/Walk on Saturday in Friendsville, the town-wide yard sale in Grantsville and the Native Plant Sale in New Germany State Park


Thursday May 12
9:30 a.m.

We had a blanket of fog over the area this morning, but don't look now... the sun is shining!  Short lived.  It's going to rain this afternoon.  Sometimes heavy with a chance for flooding. 

Not 5 minutes after I posted yesterday's notes, it started raining and did so continuously through the day.  Just when you thought it was over, it rained harder and longer.  When will it ever end?  Saturday night.  When it turns to snow.  Seriously.

All this rain has prepared some impressive whitewater conditions on the Yough.  Certainly not for the faint of heart.  Another release will happen tomorrow from 10 - 1.

Brood V cicadas are starting to emerge near Charleston, West Va.  No sign of them locally, but I wouldn't come out to this weather either. 

Another guest bartender night tonight.  This time for GLAF and at the Sand Trap Lounge at Oakland Golf Club from 6-9 p.m.

A Garrett County (Swanton) resident has filed a federal lawsuit against Allegany County to remove a 10 Commandments monument in front of the courthouse.

If you're travelling I-70 and/or I-68 today, keep your speed at 70.  A Special Speed Enforcement Initiative will be going on all day today.

Starting on Monday, county road crews will begin line stripe painting throughout the area.

Scientists found that chemicals in fracking wastewater can taint freshwater nearby.  Under the drilling moratorium passed last year, regulations from the MDE are due by October of this year and the practice is banned until October 2017.


Wednesday May 11
9:30 a.m.

So far, it hasn't rained today.  It probably will, but it hasn't yet. 

Maryland announced the release of new secure driver's licenses and ID cards beginning in June.

OnlyinMaryland.com featured Deep Creek as a lake every Marylander must visit at least once.  Just once?  I think not. 

Mountain State Brewing Co. was featured as one of  6 Adventure Breweries in the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors.  Yes, it is the Thomas location, but the McHenry spot is pretty spectacular, too. 


Tuesday May 10
7:30 a.m.

It rained yesterday.  It will rain today.  Chances are good it will rain tomorrow.  Blah!

Congratulations to county employee J.B. Churchill for winning the GIS award for his web mapping interface on the county website

There's another HART Guest Bartender Challenge tonight at Mountain State Brewing hosted by a crew from Railey Realty.  If that wasn't enough, the Terah Crawford Band will be there to entertain.  It all starts at 6 p.m.

Just for fun, here's an interesting read on the origin of the Rt. 50 sign as you leave Ocean City. 

If you haven't noticed, the price on the pair of waverunners and double ramps in our Online Marketplace keeps going down.  Everything you need is right there. 


Monday May 9
9:30 a.m.

Another Monday that I am, unfortunately, sharing a graphic like this.  This makes three weeks in a row. :-(

The weekend weather was actually very favorable. No daytime rain and extended periods of blue skies.  It was a bit cold and windy, but at this point, we've set our standards at 'dry'.

The DNR updated its management approach  for chronic wasting disease after 5 deer tested positive in Allegany County last winter.

The Apple Watch app, AccessDNR, won the Innovation of the Year Award at the State Scoop 50 ceremony.

Oakland made a list of Top 9 Memorial Day Weekend Getaways.

FYI: Second Street in downtown Oakland will be closed this morning from Alder to Green Street for road repairs. 


Friday May 6
9:30 a.m.

Rain, rain go away!  Just when you feel like it is over another round comes through. It looks like Saturday may have a passing shower through the day and overnight rain will clear out Sunday morning to a mostly sunny day.  *fingers crossed*

Check it out on the Taylor-Made webcam -- the docks are in at The Boardwalk.

Schoolhouse Earth is now on Pinterest

The Maryland State Department of Education's Fine Arts Office featured a recap of a recent trip to Garrett County Public Schools in its April on the 5th Floor newsletter (Mountains of Creativity).

The Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to request a text amendment be added to the Deep Creek zoning ordinance to prohibit natural gas drilling the lake watershed.

The first Old Time Jam of the season is tonight at the New Germany State Park lake house.

The Deep Creek Lion's Club boat auction is tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m. 

Bird Fest is happening all weekend.  Guided birding tours start today and there is still room left on most tours.

The 2nd Annual Pickleball Tournament will be held this weekend at the college. 

In regional action, the annual Cheat River Festival will be held this weekend in Albright, West Va.


Thursday May 5
9:30 a.m.

Yesterday's rain didn't really clear out after all.  It rained off and on all day until evening.  Unfortunately, rain has returned and today may be more of the same.  Even more disheartening, the weather forecast for Saturday has deteriorated, as well.

Check out the May newsletter from HART for Animals. Tails Up!

This is National Teacher Appreciation Week.  So, thank you teachers!

Turtles are starting migrate to their breeding habitats.  Here's a helpful video that shows the right way to assist a snapping turtle across the road.  Not me.  I'll leave that task to you all. 


Wednesday May 4
9:30 a.m.

We had some pretty hard rain this morning, but it seems to have cleared out.  For now anyway.  Weather for the weekend is looking pretty good.

The lake level is pretty high right now.  It is actually (slightly) above the Upper Rule Band at 2461.02 feet.  Three upcoming whitewater releases are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Monday. 

A great article about Deep Creek Lake appeared in the Exponent Telegram (Clarksburg, West Va.).  I love the part when Ms. Myerberg says her husband's blood pressure drops when they hit the Maryland line.  I always say that about Sideling Hill. 

Railey Realty's Real Estate Review for May is now available.

Don't forget Sunday is Mother's Day.  DC's Bar & Restaurant will offer a buffet where mothers eat free (with a paying adult).  Mothers who dine at Pine Lodge Steakhouse will get 1/2 off entrees (with additional entree purchase).  Dutch's at Silver Tree and Penn Alps will have Mother's day buffets.  Ace's Run will have its Open Kitchen ready to sauté some goodies, as well as some buffet brunch items. 


Tuesday May 3
9:30 a.m.

Any rain we may see today will be scattered and, this morning the sun is shining. 

Check out the May newsletter from the Garrett County Office of Economic Development.

The audio from the monthly Garrett County Planning Commission meetings will now be streamed live beginning with tomorrow's 1:30 p.m. meeting.

Did you vote for Dutch's crabcake as the best in Maryland today?  Only six days left on the USA Today poll.  That's six more times we can all vote! 

The first HART Guest Bartender Challenge will be held tonight at JG's Pub with your hosts from Taylor-Made Vacations. The fun starts at 6 p.m.  Cheers!

The Deep Creek Lion's Club boat auction is this Saturday.  Get out on the water for cheap!  Pictures and information on the boats on the auction block are posted on the Lion's Club Facebook page

The dogs are here!  The National Police Bloodhound Association will be here until Thursday for training.  (photo courtesy of Lou Battistella)


Monday May 2
9:30 a.m.

The weather forecasters were wrong.  Rain held off until evening both Saturday and Sunday.  And Sunday was a particularly nice day -- warm with ample intervals of sun.  There were some storms in the area last night.  Although I didn't see anything, Oakland got some significant hail.  (photo courtesy of Megan Redinger)

Someone didn't get the memo that April showers are supposed to be over...

Bill's Marine Service kicks off the 42nd Annual All-Family Boat Show today.  Stop by all month for great deals and see what's new in boating.  Food and drinks will even be served on the weekends.

Deep Creek Donuts (near the Creamery) held a soft opening over the weekend.  It was my professional duty, of course, to try it out for you all.   They were delicious and a reminder why I don't eat donuts.... I have a tendency to overdo.  :-)

Winners in the Black Bear and Migratory Game Bird Stamp contest have been announced. 

DeCorsey Bolden, previous commissioner, state delegate and pillar of the Garrett County community passed away on Friday.  Arrangement information is available here