Friday December 19
Wisp continues to make snow
on 16 trails
as weather allows -- including North Camp.
The beginner area (Sunset Blvd.) is now open with hopefully more
to come this weekend.
predicts we have a 50-75% chance of a White Christmas.
The new Peregrine falcon is in her home at the Discovery Center
announced the results from deer firearm season. A
total of 34,053 deer were harvested in the state and 1,980 of
those were in Garrett County. The highest total was
Frederick County with 3,104.
Don't put away that orange just yet. Muzzleloader season
reopens tomorrow and runs through January 3.
Jessica's Creations will hold a Vendor Fair
tonight and tomorrow and a Family Fun Day tomorrow to
benefit it's Special Needs Cheer team. (The studio is
located behind Simon Pearce)
Thursday December 18
Cloudy, foggy and cold this morning -- cold enough that all the
mud has hardened and cold enough to run the snow guns at Wisp.
Our new commissioners
announced that public meetings will be held at 4 p.m. on the
first Monday and third Tuesday of each month.
A couple Garrett County parks
will be receiving Program Open Space money.
I was only able to stay awake for half of last night's show on
Marcellus Shale drilling in PA and will have to finish it
tonight. Hope those that were able to get it did watch.
Interesting, too, that yesterday Governor Cuomo
announced that he would ban fracking in the state of
Wednesday December 17
Thankfully, I think the rain has finally stopped. Wisp
should be able to turn on the snow makers tonight and for the
next couple nights, but it looks like the forecasted area for
accumulating snow this weekend moved east and north of us.
We really need some snow.
The November Garrett County Market
Minute from Long & Foster is now available.
WTAE, the ABC affiliate out of Pittsburgh, is airing a
special tonight at 10 p.m. on Marcellus Shale drilling and
how it has affected lives of some Pennsylvanians. My
understanding from the promo was that it will examine the good
Tuesday December 16
Pretty heavy and steady rain overnight and this morning.
Rain could change to snow overnight.
Somehow, Wisp has managed to keep the slopes open today.
buzz is brewing amongst the weather folk about a three
possible storms by the end of the year. The first could be
Monday December 15
Rain yesterday, today and tonight. Certainly not helping
the situation at Wisp, but limited slopes are still open today.
Senator Edwards and Delegate Beitzel will hold their annual
prelegislative meeting for constituents tonight at 7 p.m. in
Rooms 205-207 in the Continuing Ed Building at the college. The
public is encouraged to attend and contribute comments,
questions or suggestions for the next Maryland General Assembly
which begins on January 14 in Annapolis.
The 2014/2015 deer firearm season in our region is over.
Muzzeloader season, round 2 will open on Saturday.
Friday December 12
Some possible freezing drizzle popped into the forecast for
Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Otherwise,
all-clear for a winter weekend.
Wisp will be open 9-5 for ski operations this weekend. Snow
makers have been working overtime and it looks pretty good over
there. Don't forget that today is the
Benefit Day for GLAF. Normal
operations begin tomorrow.
Good smalltown Christmas fun this weekend. Stop by
Friendsville tomorrow for a "Past, Present
and Future" home tour and Oakland for
Great Small Town Christmas.
Thursday December 11
A chance for some scattered snow showers today and temperatures
will remain below freezing until Saturday.
Snow guns are blaring at Wisp and the
inaugural Benefit Day is scheduled for tomorrow.
Twenty dollars for a lift ticket, unlimited tubing and a
mountain coaster ride. Hours will be announced and all
proceeds benefit GLAF. Remember a season pass won't
get you access. You must buy a ticket.
Baltimore Magazine lists the
12 best ski resorts near Baltimore. Of course, Wisp is
on the list, but it is the story's feature picture, too.
A news story on
fracking and Deep Creek Lake appeared on WMAR in Baltimore.
The new commissioners
approved a resolution for the county Water and Sewer Master
Wednesday December 10
A generous dusting of snow overnight. It is still snowing and
expected to continue through tomorrow, but only a few inches
total are expected.
editorial against fracking in Maryland. This time from
the Frederick News-Post.
Tuesday December 9
A bit of ice on cars and decks this morning, but roads are
clear. Still looking at a chance for some snow over the
next few days.
First-time skiers and snowboarders should check out
Wisp's new Rookie
Pass. Purchase and complete 5 learn-to-ski packages at
$129 and get an off-peak season pass.
Monday December 8
Looks like we have some winter weather on the way.
Possible wintry mix tonight and then a good chance for some
snowfall through Thursday.
Wisp is running the snow guns whenever possible and it looks
like temperatures will cooperate for non-stop snowmaking from
Tuesday night and into Friday.
Congratulations to Fort Hill High School on their repeat as 1A
state football champions.
The new commissioners will be sworn in at
tomorrow's public meeting.
Friday December 5
Ice on the cars and decks this morning, but the ground and roads
seemed clear. Rain and more rain today and tomorrow.
We have some cold nights ahead that should allow for snowmaking
and a chance for some natural snow early next week. Really
would like to see Wisp be able to open next weekend.
Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission meeting is scheduled for
Monday, December 8, 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Garrett County Health
Department, 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD 21550.
An alternative location in Baltimore City is available:
Terra Conference Room at the Department of the Environment, 1800
Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230. Commissioners and the public
will be able to comment on the
4:45 to 6.
Get in the holiday spirit this weekend! The Red Cross
Holiday House Tour and Christmas in
the Village are tonight and tomorrow. The Discovery
Center's annual Holiday Open House
and even more holiday cheer going
on around town on Saturday.
Thursday December 4
Chilly and cloudy today. Freezing rain, sleet and snow are
possible overnight and into tomorrow morning before changing
over to rain.
The Garrett County commissioners
voted unanimously to endorse the findings of the Garrett
County Shale Advisory Commission to further explore the impacts
of drilling in the county. A
story here, too, in the Washington Times.
Wednesday December 3
The forecasted freezing rain fell mostly as just rain yesterday.
Fine by us. Temperatures will drop through the day and
bottom out in the 20's overnight.
Wisp has rescheduled the season opening for next weekend --
weather permitting. The Benefit
Day will be Friday 12/12 and season opening on Saturday
So, Deep Creek Lake was named one of the
top three cities to visit by ShapeMindSoul.com. Ok,
"city" may be a stretch, but we'll take it. Also, the
Chamber anounced that tourism growth in
Garrett County outpaced the state.
Tuesday December 2
Some periods of frozen precipitation this morning.
Freezing rain is expected this afternoon and into the evening
before changing over to rain after 11 p.m.
Wisp is going to need a lot of help from Mother Nature to open,
as planned, this weekend. A whole lot of help...
The Washington Post Editorial Board
has a bit of different opinion on fracking laws.
public meeting with our current commissioners is being held
A final closeout is going on now on remaining
Deep Creek 2014 merchandise through December 19. Code
A little warmth and rain and just like that, the snow is gone.
Winter returns though as a freezing rain advisory goes into
effect tonight at 9 p.m. and runs through 11 p.m. tomorrow.
I am sorry to report the
passing of local icon Charlie Moran.
Op Ed piece on fracking appeared in the Baltimore Sun
Letter to the Editor in the Washington Post.