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Monday September 29
9:00 a.m.  

A picture-perfect (and surprisingly busy) weekend around here.  I left town on Saturday morning and returned on Sunday to a noticeably different landscape. The leaves are really kicking into high gear. 

Some new laws go into effect on Wednesday in Maryland. 

New at Garrett 8 Cinemas; Throwback Thursdays -- one showing of a classic movie.  This week's feature is The Shining

Friday September 26
9:00 a.m.  

The weekend is almost here and it is going to be a beauty with clear skies and highs in the 70's.  Our leaves are far from peaking, but we have plenty of autumn colors to see during the day and we'll have clear skies at night for stargazing.

Hydrilla is proving the be a persistent pest in the lake.  Two new patches were found in the same vicinity and will be treated on Monday.  

This is the best Deep Creek 2014 article, thus far.  (I think.)  :-)

Deep Creek will host the National Championship of Adventure Racing next week and volunteers are needed. 

Bill's Marine Service is now a dealer for Bennington boats. 

A bear lottery winner is looking for private property to hunt during the upcoming season. 

Things to do this weekend include:

Thursday September 25
9:00 a.m.  

This weather... perfect!  And, the good stuff continues through the weekend. 

Autumn colors are really starting to pop. Maple trees seem to have jumped ahead of the other varieties.

Beautiful sunset last night.  My picture doesn't do it justice:

Press from Deep Creek 2014 continues... here and here. Event organizers have also issued a summary release

Wednesday September 24
9:00 a.m.  

Another sunshiney fall day in store.  Clouds will move in tonight and through tomorrow, but no call for rain, thus far.

A public meeting on potential public health impacts from Marcellus Shale drilling will be held tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the GC Health Department.  If you can't make it in person, the meeting will be available online.

A college student in New Jersey is believed to be killed by a black bear during a hike.  A tragic story worth reading to learn what they did wrong. 

Garrett County public schools will receive a $232,000 grant towards the Digital Learning Innovation Fund. 

As we enter the fall, deer collisions become more prevalent.  West Virginia ranks at the top of the list where the odds a driver will be involved in a deer collision are 1 in 39.  I'm lumping us with WV on this one.  Stay alert, scan and don't swerve! 

Oakland Golf Club will hold an End of Season Scramble on Saturday and the weather looks like a great day to golf.

Robert Paine snapped another picture of the barn earlier this month on Mayhew Inn Road.  Not looking good for the old girl. 

Tuesday September 23
9:00 a.m.  

No sign of frost from my vantage point, but it certainly feels like there could be.  Low this morning at the airport hit 37. 

The cooler weather has kick started the leaf show.  Accuweather predicts our peak foliage for early October. 

The public informational meeting on the 219 expansion from Meyersdale to I-68 is tonight from 5:30 - 8 at the Grantsville Elementary School. 

More press from Deep Creek 2014 here and here (from Scotland!). 

Build Your Own Burger Tuesdays return to Ace's Run today.  Burgers start at $5.95 and you can build it up from there. 

Monday September 22
1:30 p.m. 

Frost advisory is in effect from 2 a.m. until 9 a.m.

9:00 a.m.  

Rain and wind overnight and a chance for an isolated shower this morning, but fall's arrival brings sunshine -- all week long!

A few drizzles and wind on Sunday, but otherwise we had perfect weather for the weekend and for Deep Creek 2014.  Team USA member, Fabien Lafevre, captured the first gold medal in 12 years for the team.

Now that the international spotlight on our county is off, the evaluation of the event will begin.  As I mentioned before, the initial projections of attendees and monies generated dropped significantly as we approached the event.  The backlash is coming, but I, for one, am proud of our community.  From the volunteers all the way up, it seemed to be very organized and well-thought-out.  Just hoping the bottom line is black with lots of digits. 

The POA passed along this hydrilla update from the DNR.

Friday September 19
9:00 a.m.  

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 is 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 fairgrounds.  

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 Olympics.)

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 athletes. 

  • 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. 

  • An Oktoberfest celebration will be held tomorrow at Alpine Lake.

  • 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
9:00 a.m.  

A chance for showers on Sunday loomed into our perfect weather forecast.  Otherwise, we are all clear.

Some 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

Here is the obituary and arrangement information for Connie Stewart.

Wednesday September 17
9:00 a.m.  

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 with an 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 here, here and here

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
9:00 a.m.  

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 30.0 and 70.0.  Congratulations to the participants.

Monday September 15
9:00 a.m.  

 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.  Sportscene 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
9:00 a.m.  

A misty rain fell for the better part of the afternoon yesterday.  Rain is likely tomorrow, but it should move out in the morning.  

Nice 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: 

  • The SavageMan Triathlon 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
9:00 a.m.  

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 and penned this article about the challenges rural schools -- specifically our schools --  face in broadband internet access. 

Wednesday September 10
9:00 a.m.  

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.

Bill's Outdoor Center is offering all remaining in-stock Elite and G5 bows for just $400. 

Pasta Night 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
9:00 a.m.  

No rain yesterday.  Mostly cloudy skies today and just a slight chance for some isolated showers. 

A third state prison is proposed for Cumberland by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. 

The NRP charged ten men who were illegally riding ATV's on protected state land in the Youghiogheny Natural Resource Management Area last weekend.

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
9:00 a.m.  

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 -- a map of NFL Fandom based on Facebook data.  (Garrett County is still part of the Steeler Nation, according to the map.)

The team training schedule has been released leading up to Deep Creek 2014.

Monday half-price pizza night returns after a summer hiatus at Brenda's Pizzeria.

Friday September 5
9:00 a.m.  

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 -- Garrett County.

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 get your tickets now and support this historical event.

  Events this weekend:

Thursday September 4
9:00 a.m.  

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 Equinox.  All 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 please contact-- Bob Smith, Oakland Rotary member 703-434-0829 dr_rwsmith@yahoo.com

There is still time to register for Deep Creek Adventure Racing's 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 Garrett Trails

Wednesday September 3
9:00 a.m.  

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 at http://deepcreekwinefest.com/dinners.php.  Reservations are recommended.

Rocky Gap Casino was the winner of 26 Best of Gaming Awards in the Maryland category from Casino Player Magazine.

Tuesday September 2
9:00 a.m.  

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.