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Thursday October 27|
Showers are likely today after 11
a.m. and may turn to snow during the overnight hours.
Fox 5 in DC released its
outlook calling for a colder and snowier season compared to
last year. I'm assuming the numbers on the graphic are
expected totals above normal. Forty inches for us is
nothing as our average snowfall is 122 inches (according to my
of Summer 2016 from Logan Marks of Marks Media. I want
to hang out with them. Too much fun!
Early voting opens today in Maryland and
Garrett County offers two voting locations: Oakland
Community Center (old Armory) and the Northern Outreach Center.
Fall turkey season will open Saturday in western Maryland
Wednesday October 26|
Frost on the rooftops, fog rising
off the lake, the sun is shining and it's a beautiful morning.
Once the mercury rises a bit, it will be a beautiful day. The
recorded a low of 32 this morning, but my car read 28.
The CrazyTourist.com named the 15 Best
Small Towns to Visit in Maryland and
ranked Oakland as #9.
Trip Advisor lists
Things to Do In Garrett County.
It's Bat Week. (Yes, that is
evidently a thing) The DNR featured an interesting
article on White-nose Syndrome, a fungus that's killing
It's the last Wednesday to visit the
Farmer's Market in
Oakland. Final market for the season will be Saturday.
Tuesday October 25|
Thirty-four degrees this morning and
tonight's forecasted low is now 28. Yikes! Bring in
those outdoor mums.
For the second day, the SHA is working
on the 219 bridge with one lane crossing. A bit of a
nuisance to get anywhere from Lake Shore Drive.
Maryland Paranormal suggests that the
Oakland Train Station is haunted in
Tickets are still available for the
HART Black Tie and Tails gala at Wisp on
November 5. (click on the picture on that page for more
information and a link to purchase your tickets)
Monday October 24|
Fall is upon us this week.
Highest temperature forecast in the week is 52 and nights will
be in the 30's.
Very cold and rainy for the majority of
the weekend. Although the rain did move out on Sunday, the
one constant throughout was the wind. All weekend long.
There were reports of some snowflakes around, but I didn't see
any. Canaan Valley got a generous dusting.
A transformer blew near Mosser Road and
219 on Friday night leaving most of McHenry in the dark for a
Most of our leaf color remaining is the
dark browns and maroons. The bright maples are few and far
between. Don't get me wrong, still a lot of beauty to see,
but the best is behind us.
A civilian member of the McHenry Police
Barracks will be taking supplies to Clendenin, WV, a town
devastated by flooding a few months ago. Donations of
gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves can be dropped off
at the barracks until Friday.
The Maryland bear hunting season opens
today in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties. The
Baltimore Sun features
an article on the controversial hunt.
Friday October 21|
The call came last night around 8:40
that we were under a severe thunderstorm warning. I saw
some lightning, but nothing too severe over my house.
Six-tenths of a inch of rain fell overnight and a beautiful
sunrise to start the day. (photo courtesy of Mariel
Then, I noticed this nastiness coming my
My point being, things are about to
change today. A flash flood warning is in effect until
noon, the wind is picking up, the temperature is going to drop
and the NWS has jumped on the snow flurry bandwagon for
Saturday. One thing is for sure, I see a lot of time
behind a rake in my future. So many leaves...
SpinSheet Magazine featured a
story on sailing at Deep Creek and our own
The county provides an
update on the Western Conveyance sewer project.
The Southern High School theatre
department will host a haunted hayride this weekend (and next)
through Broadford Park. Rides run from 7-10 and the cost
Thursday October 20|
No rain so far, but it is a
certainty for tonight and tomorrow with possible heavy
downpours. Hoping the leaves can hold on.
I took a trip along Sang Run Road,
Bishoff Road and Rt. 42 yesterday. Absolutely spectacular!
high speed internet is now available in southern Garrett
County. Also of note, two towers were just put up across
from the McDonald's at the lake. I'm no expert, but they
look like cell towers. Could it be Verizon?
off-road vehicle trail has been approved for construction in
the Savage River State Forest.
deer muzzleloader season opens today.
fall issue of the Maryland Natural Resource magazine is now
Wednesday October 19|
Clouds are here and rain is on the
way with a chance of showers through Saturday morning. My
phone weather app shows a snowflake on Saturday, but the NWS is
just calling for rain so far.
The wind really picked up yesterday
afternoon. I was hoping it would blow some of my downed
leaves away, but it just added to the pile. Acorns are
falling fast, too. Folklore claims that's a sign of a bad
The 3-2-1 Fall Promotion started
yesterday and runs through December 15. Stay three nights
for the price of two at
these participating properties.
The Baltimore Sun features a
nice artice on Cumberland.
Garrett Trails is hosting a meet-and-greet with its new
executive director, Ashlee Boyd, tonight from 6-8 at
Ace's Run. It is also
Pasta Night at Ace's. A win-win!
Our webcam is
back up and running.
Tuesday October 18|
Beautiful sunset, moon, sunrise, and
color. We are surrounded by nature's glory and today we
get a little return of summer before the rain arrives for the
rest of the week.
A picture from my walk yesterday...
I just realized my
webcam was down. Geez, nothing like missing the best
part. Hoping to have it up and running soon.
Barbara Beeler, founder of Friends of
Deep Creek Lake, had a
letter the editor on fracking in Maryland published in the
Dutch's at Silver
Tree will donate 15% of sales tonight from 4 p.m. to closing
to the Garrett County Dove Center.
Even though our local Long & Foster is
now part of the
Taylor-Made family, they are still compiling Market Minutes
for the county. September's
is now available.
The county launched a new, more
user-friendly version of the
Monday October 17|
Partly sunny today and a couple warm
days ahead. Tomorrow's high will be 76. Wow.
Another successful Autumn Glory Festival
is in the books and Mother Nature couldn't have been kinder with
the weather. It was a bit warmer than expected on Saturday
and Sunday. We were sweating in our sweaters at the
Barring any high winds or heavy rain, we
should be able to milk another weekend for visitors coming to
leaf peep. It is gorgeous right now!
Congratulations to Nancy Railey of
Railey Mountain Lake
Vacations on being named this year's Golden Ambassador for
the Autumn Glory Festival.
Mountain State Brewing was featured by Only In Maryland and
Carmel Cove Inn.
The commissioners' meeting scheduled for
tomorrow has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held
on November 7.
Thursday October 13|
Rain has arrived this morning, but
will clear out this afternoon for the weekend. There is a
frost warning overnight. I'm no expert, but I think that
will make our colors pop even more. We're still not at
peak, but it is certainly beautiful.
Anyone planning to eat at The Greene
Turtle today/tonight, please present
this coupon and a portion of
your check will benefit HART for Animals.
I made a note to mention that
Blue Moon Rising
will be offering tours of the property on Sunday from 1-3.
I can't remember where I read that, so it may or may not be
It is true that
Service will be having its annual Customer Appreciation
Weekend on Saturday and Sunday with refreshments from 12-5 each
There will also be an open house on
this property on Sunday from 1-3.
Time for fall trout stocking and you can
updates on stocking locations here.
Check out the
reclining sofa and chair just
added to our Online Marketplace.
I won't be posting tomorrow, so I'll
wish everyone happy and safe Autumn Glory weekend. Enjoy all the
activities and take time to soak in all in.
Wednesday October 12|
Another sunny (and chilly) morning,
but it will warm up to an expected high of 66. I have my
thermostat set at 60 and my furnace has been kicking on pretty
regularly the past couple nights. It's cold!
I took a much-needed hike yesterday
on my favorite trail
with an old friend and our four-legged
friends. Sharing my secret place... It's not listed on the
Garrett Trail system, but the trailhead is along Rt. 495 about
1/2 mile south of the 4H camp. There's a parking lot on
the right (heading north). It's an up and back, about 3.5 miles
long. I hate to ruin the surprise, but this is your view
from the fire tower/platform -- the Monroe Run Overlook but
higher. It's only going to get better in the next few days.
If you're able, take the time.
Cobblestone Hair Salon passed inspection and is now open for
business in Dry Dock Plaza.
Savage River Road
will be closed today for maintenance.
features Oakland as an autumn day trip.
The Autumn Glory
Festival will officially begin tonight at the Kick-off
dinner and except for a little rain tomorrow morning, we have
the all-clear with no more rain in the forecast.
Check out the
new listing for a mountain top retreat on Silver Spur Road
in the Roman Nose community.
Tuesday October 11|
Another cold, crisp morning.
We've been under a frost advisory the past two nights, but I
haven't noticed any in my area. The preliminary forecast
for the Autumn Glory Festival looks great, but you'll definitely
need to break out the sweaters and jackets, though. True
Here's a look at the current leaf status
from Bob Carney at
the state park this morning. Other areas are a little
further along, but you can see there's still a lot of beauty to
come and these cold nights should speed things up.
Evidently it is road improvement season
in McHenry. The county roads department was paving Deep
Creek Drive the past few weeks and now the State Highway is
working on 219 in McHenry. It was one-lane all day
yesterday around Burger King and today they are on and around
the 219 bridge.
It is certainly mating season for deer
and a time when they are most active and most destructive to
DNR offers tips to avoid a wildlife collision. Of
note, West Virginia, the national leader in deer collisions, is
reintroducing elk to the state. Hmm...
Congratulations to George Lander,
Garrett County's Most Beautiful Person for 2016.
My Deep Creek Times community rocks,
too. Many thanks to all who have reached out to me.
Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.
Monday October 10|
I am very sorry to report that my
husband, Mike Schroyer, passed away on Thursday. My girls
and I have been fully enveloped with support, love and
condolences from this wonderful community we call home.
Garrett County's true beauty lies in the heart of its people.
Today, I pick myself up and trudge on.
Over 1.5 inches of rain between Friday
and Saturday, but the sun finally came on Sunday and remains out
today. Looks nice, but it is cold as we hit a low of 34
The leaves are really starting to pop
and should be right on cue for peak during the
Autumn Glory Festival.
The Journal out of Martinsburg,
WV featured a great
article on Deep Creek Lake.
My understanding is that the Lakefront
Bargain Hunt on Deep Creek Lake was fantastic. Still no
word on when it will air on HGTV.
The October issue of HART's newsletter,
Tails Up, is now available.
Thursday October 6|
We will be taking a brief hiatus on
these morning Notes due to a family emergency. Thank you
Tuesday October 4|
We dipped into the 40's overnight,
but we will recover in the mid-60's and the sun will come out,
Fall colors are starting to emerge.
this report, a significant portion of the foliage at
Herrington Manor State Park has changed. At the lake, a
significant portion remains unchanged.
A little over a year after being
diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Governor Hogan had his last
chemo treatment yesterday and he is cancer-free and in complete
remission. Great news!
The Board of Education
will be having a public auction on Friday at 10 a.m. at its
warehouse on N. 8th Street in Oakland.
According to Accuweather,
the northeast will see frequent storms over the course of
winter. Hopefully, it doesn't wait until after the
holidays like it did last year.
Annapolis folks, Flying Scot will be at
United States Sailboat Show held this Thursday through
Sunday. Take advantage of boat show specials and see this year's show boat with more features than ever before.
Attention miniature golf fans,
a descramble tournament will be held
at Funland on Saturday to help offset expenses for the Southern
High School golf team to travel to the state tournament.
Sounds fun and you get a pizza! Win, win.
pop-up camper is now
listed in our Online Marketplace.
Monday October 3|
The morning fog is burning off to
partly sunny skies and it looks like a great fall week ahead.
There was a heron on my lakefront this morning walking in full
stealth mode. Very cool! That doesn't happen often,
so I'm taking as a sign of good luck.
Total rainfall for the month of
September was 2.2 inches, but 1.3 of those fell on the last 2
days so it was a pretty dry September overall.
featured a story on the Deep Creek Lakefront Bargain Hunt
episode and Jon Bell of Railey Realty, the featured realtor.
Even better news, there's more episodes to come!
the agenda for this afternoon's public commissioners
The Garrett Community Concert Band always
welcomes new members--no auditions necessary! The
band is a multigenerational group of people who enjoy playing music
together. Rehearsals are
on Tuesday evenings, 7 - 9 p.m. in the Garrett College auditorium.
2017 Maryland State Park Passports
now available for purchase online.
Friday September 30|
The rain has stopped for now.
Just over an inch of rain for this event, thus far. The chance
for more rain continues through tomorrow morning, but the worst
is behind. Thankfully, the howling wind of last night is gone,
Hold the phone! The original
information on the Deep Creek episode of Lakefront Bargain Hunt
was correct. It will, in fact, premiere on October 6 at 9
p.m., but it will be on Great American Country. (326 on
DirecTV) Now I have a week to figure out how much adding
GAC to my package will cost me. :-( I assume it will
air on HGTV soon. We can all keep
checking here for a date for Season 4, Episode 13.
Mountain State Brewing Co. is
expanding brewing operations into Tucker County.
MTB Project provides the "next
generation in mountain bike trail maps".
Fork Run Trails and the
Deep Creek Loop are included on the site. Good
information for bikers -- and for hikers, too.
A couple notes on the new issue.
Firstly, that front picture is not from
this year. Don't panic. We're not there yet.
Secondly, I took that water temperature
5 times in 5 different places and it reads 76. Crazy. The
average for end of September is 65. Finally, some people
have asked about the old Local Tidbits page. I removed it
last month. It was created pre-Daily Notes and we just
felt it was redundant and very difficult to fill. The goal is to
cover it all right here.
The Discovery Center is hosting a
Hawk Watch weekend with a field trip to Dan's Mountain in
1st annual Bralympics from Cindy's Fund will be held Sunday
in the Oakland Town Parking lot.
Our Town Theatre will premiere it's
Build-A-Play production, Colon the Coal, Saturday and Sunday
at 1:00. Admission is free, but donations are always