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Tuesday January 27
9:00 a.m.  

Still snowing, but snow showers will wind down today and we should see some sunshine tomorrow.  Temperatures will drop to single digits overnight. 

Lake's Entertainment, owner of Rocky Gap Casino, announced it will merge with Golden Gaming.

Monday January 26
9:00 a.m.  

Friday's winter storm was a bust, but today's is carrying a punch.  Two inches, so far, and the most intense snow is expected this afternoon.  A Winter Storm Advisory is in effect until 7 a.m. tomorrow and expected totals are in the 4-8 inch range.

A local attorney was indicted by a federal jury for bank fraud and other charges.  Angela Blythe was allegedly involved in the scheme that led to the indictment of two local developers last year.

Governor Hogan's choice for the DNR Secretary has bowed out citing health concerns. 

The highlights of the proposed FY 2016 budget presented to the Maryland House and Senate is now online.  The full operating budget in detail is here.

Friday January 23
9:00 a.m.  

Snow is coming.  Guaranteed!  There could be some wintry mix mingled in this evening, but it looks like we can expect snow accumulation in the 3-6 inch range.  The Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 6 p.m. until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Senator Edwards, again, introduced a bill that would increase the speed limit on I-68 to 70 mph. 

An Op Ed piece appears the Baltimore Sun  from Paul Durham, responding to the article I linked to Tuesday.

Check out these photos of retired subway cars being dumped in the Atlantic off the shores of Ocean City to create an artificial reef.

Owners of The Alley in Oakland confirmed they are moving forward with the second location in McHenry.  It will be on the lot adjacent to the new Dollar General -- where Deep Creek Drive breaks off from Rt. 219 at the northern end.  Deep Creek is getting a bowling alley! 

Nastar races will be held both Saturday and Sunday on Little Dipper at Wisp from 11 - 2.  Beginner to expert skiers and boarders are welcome.

Thursday January 22
9:00 a.m.  

We had a bit of an unexpected snowstorm last night that dropped 3-4 inches of fresh powder.  A storm is heading this way tomorrow night and we may see up to a foot of new snow through Saturday.  Looks like the best weekend ski conditions so far this season.  Call today and get your reservation.

A driver in Salisbury hit a deer, sent the deer airborne and it crashed through the windshield of the car behind killing the driver. What the...?  Sad and scary on so many levels.

Here's another anti-fracking article from the Examiner.  A reminder that public comment on drilling in Maryland will be accepted until February 9.  Contact information is here.

Sharing this article in Forbes on Maggie Magerko and the inside story of 84 Lumber.  Regional relevance, of course, but an interesting read, too.

Wednesday January 21
9:00 a.m.  

It's snowing!  Two to three inches expected today and we are under a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m.

Our new governor, Larry Hogan, will be sworn in today at noon and the Washington Post tells us a little about him and the tough road ahead.

So I learned that the "ice bump" I mentioned yesterday is actually called an "ice heave."  Also that particular heave (I hear there's more) is better to cross on the state park side vs. the 219 side. I also learned that sled is totaled.

The DNR released its annual "Ice Safety Awareness" press release.  There were some fishermen out of the lake in front of my house yesterday.  It started here...

and, of course, led to a fun first-day-on-the-ice for my pup.  When I went out to make sure it was OK she was hanging with them (it was), they told me the fish were biting and the ice was 6-8 inches where they drilled. 

Four deer harvested in Allegany County were confirmed with chronic wasting disease

The first-ever winter turkey season will be held in Maryland beginning tomorrow and through Saturday.

Tuesday January 20
9:15 a.m.  

A seemingly successful holiday weekend.  Roads and businesses were super busy, Wisp was a madhouse and the lake was scattered with fishermen, snowmobilers, skaters and more.  All as it should be. Oh, and the weather was great to boot.

There was a crack along the ice in front of the rental docks at Bill's Marine Service and the two ice plates shifted to create a " ice bump" about a foot high across the entire width of the lake.  We're speculating this snowmobile may have fell victim.  Ouch. (photo courtesy of Brian Knopp) 

A great article in the Baltimore Sun on fracking and the debate in Western Maryland, presenting a fair portrayal of both sides of the issue.

WHAG did a nice  feature spot on the wrestling program at Southern High School.

Friday January 16
9:00 a.m.  

Foggy, breezy and gloomy this morning.  We could see some snow showers today and again on Sunday, but no significant accumulation is expected. 

The old barn on Mayhew Inn Road finally collapsed. It was inevitable, but it is still sad. 

Help HART build an adoption wing and you may just win a home in the process.  That's right.  HART is raffling off a house

Wisp is ready for the holiday weekend.  Twenty-seven slopes are open with North Camp and East Ridge at 100%. 

The Deep Creek Lions Club will host a Casino Night tomorrow downstairs at Dutch's at Silver Tree.  Always a great time and for a great cause; the Blind Skier Program. 

Another guided hike will be held tomorrow at New Germany State Park.  Looks like it will be a good day for one, too.

Thursday January 15
9:00 a.m.  

A sunny, but chilly morning with temperatures in the teens.  I heard some snowmobiles out on the lake last night.  Didn't get a visual on their direction/path, but they were definitely out there.

The December Market Minute from Long & Foster is available.

Plans for bachelor's degree in adventure sports management are advancing.

The Deep Creek Lake Lions Club is looking for guide skiers for the Blind Skier program.  Must be comfortable skiing without poles. Check out the club Facebook page for details.

Wednesday January 14
9:00 a.m.  

Precipitation worked its way into the forecast with just a chance for some freezing rain and snow today.  Little to no accumulation is expected.

Wisp has 24 trails open today including all of the East Ridge trails - for the first time of the season.  It's going to be a great weekend for skiing and if you haven't made your reservation yet, I've noticed some of the rental companies are offering some last minute deals. 

Yesterday was the 51st anniversary of the B-52 bomber crash in Garrett County.  An interesting website here dedicated to preserving the memory of the crew lost in the crash.

The county has released a plan and timeline for the search for a new Economic Development Director and County Administrator.

Tuesday January 13
9:00 a.m.  

Yesterday's slush is now frozen and covered with the light dusting of new snow -- just enough to whiten things up a bit. 

Snowguns are on this morning at Wisp and they should be able to make snow every night, at least, as we lead into the holiday weekend.

For only the second day in 2015, local kids have school and there is nothing in the forecast to suggest they won't finish out the week in school and on time. 

The latest edition of Mountaintop Ag News from the Garrett County  Extension Office is now available.

Monday January 12
9:00 a.m.  

A rainy and slushy Monday morning.  If the precipitation ever fell as ice this morning, I missed it.  Schools were on a 3-hour delay and then closed.  Not really sure of the reasoning behind that decision, but I try not to second-guess them.  We could possibly see some snow later this evening, but all-clear from precipitation for the rest of the week.

There were lots of ice fishermen out on the lake over the weekend, and, yes, some snowmobilers, too.  According to the people I spoke with, they checked the thickness at different places and five inches was the thinnest they found.  I'm not condoning it, just passing along what I was told.  This was also BEFORE the rain and above-freezing temperatures.

Friday January 9
9:00 a.m.  

Another inch or so of fresh snow and, along with it, lots of branches and twigs.  The winds last night were C-R-A-Z-Y!  Another wind chill advisory will go into effect tonight at 7 until 1 p.m. on Saturday.

No school again today.

Check out Railey Realty's Real Estate Review for January.

Washington DC is out of the running for the 2024 Olympics.  Us, too. 

Two new state fishing records were broken on the Eastern Shore.  The tautog could possibly be a world record fish. Our local waterways have a few freshwater state records

Today is Hero's Day at Wisp.  Military and rescue personnel get a free lift ticket and family members get one for just $14.  Check out the details.

New Germany will host a series of hikes this month-- the first of which is tomorrow. 

Thursday January 8
9:00 a.m.  

The sun is shining.  The landscape is blanketed in white. So pretty -- from the inside!  Real temperature this morning is -6.  Negative six!  It is likely we will see some snow tonight and through tomorrow, but only an inch or so is expected.

No school again today. 

County Administrator, Monty Pagenhardt, announced he will retire when his contract is up in June.  Replacing the county administrator tops the list of goals released by the new commissioners board.

Wednesday January 7
9:00 a.m.  

Winter is here, for sure.  Seven inches of snow yesterday and another 1-3 possible for today. The real story is the cold.  Expected high of nine today with a wind chill of -16.  Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. tomorrow and nothing higher than the teens until Sunday.  Stay warm.

The lake has finally frozen over and just may hold on this time given our forecast.  

Local schools started out by calling our first ever 3-hour delay this morning, but had to go ahead and close instead.

Wisp has 2.4 KM of cross country trails open for the first time of the season.

The Burger King in McHenry is closed for renovations (as of Monday).  Funny, I haven't eaten there in forever, but all of a sudden really want a Whopper.   :-)

Tuesday January 6
9:00 a.m.  

Finally some snow!  Three inches so far and it is still coming down.  Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.

Sharing last night's particularly spectacular sunset...

The county has released the job posting for a new Department of Economic Development Director.

For our Pittsburgh friends, Bill's Marine Service will be at the Pittsburgh Boat Show in Monroeville later this month.  Email sales@billsmarineservice.com and you may score some free tickets.

Monday January 5
9:00 a.m.  

This weekend we had ice, rain, snow, sun, clouds, wind, warmth and cold.  It looks like the cold is here to stay and snow is coming with it.  A chance for 2 - 6 inches beginning late tonight and through tomorrow afternoon.

The lake froze over again on Friday night, but couldn't hold on through all the rain and wind. 

WHAG reported on Governor-elect Hogan's weekend visit to Western Maryland. 

Police are investigating an armed robbery in Friendsville.

Friday January 2
9:00 a.m.  

You know it has been cold when waking to 23 degrees feels pretty good.  Reaching above freezing for the first time since LAST year.  ;-)

Freezing rain is coming tomorrow and ice accumulation is probable. 

Governor-elect Larry Hogan will be in the county tomorrow.  A "meet and greet" will be held in the Crawford Room at the Wisp Hotel from 6 to 8 pm.  The public is invited, but those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to ruthumbel@comcast.net.

Minimum wage in Maryland went up to $8/hour with the arrival of the new year.