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Monday June 27
9:30 a.m.

It took a while for the sun to come out Saturday and Sunday as both mornings started out overcast, but slowly cleared to beautiful and comfortable days.  Thunderstorms are likely for today with possible flooding.

HART for Animals' June Cat Adoption special ends on Thursday. Adopt an adult cat for an adoption fee of only $25 (regularly $85). It still includes all vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip and health screening. All cats over 6 months old are eligible for this special. They have some beautiful, sweet cats who are looking for loving homes! To learn more, see HART's Petfinder.com page at http://awos.petfinder.com/shelters/MD439.html.

High school students interested in a career in natural resources should check out the Natural Resources Career Camp held right here in Garrett County July 24-30.  Scholarships are available! 

According to Accuweather, La Nina will be the driving weather force and should lead to a snowy winter in the east.  Also of note, Wisp season passes are still 20% off until June 30

A public meeting with the PWC committee of the DCL Policy and Review Board will be held tonight to discuss the request to lift the operating hours restriction on PWC's on Deep Creek Lake.  The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in Room 205 in the Garrett College Continuing Education Building.  Speaking of, a reminder that said restriction goes into full effect this weekend.  No PWCs from 11-4 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through Labor Day. 

 

Friday June 24
9:30 a.m.

Most of the rain yesterday stayed south of us and although it was a chilly day, it was relatively dry.  Poor southern West Virginia got hammered.  So sad!  Still a slight chance for a passing shower today, but all clear for the weekend.

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

New summer hours at Telli's Deli -- Thursday through Saturday they will remain open until 6:30 p.m. for your dinner fix. (They will still close at 3 Sunday through Wednesday)

In case you missed this, a black bear in New Jersey walks upright due to an injury to his front paw.  It's freaky to watch it walk like that, but a testament to survival. 

I volunteered at the RAAM Time Station yesterday and got the chance to see the #2 biker come through.  So exciting!  Can you imagine the things they've seen and endured in 2800+ miles?  Many more teams and individuals will be coming through this weekend and anyone can stop by the time station (across from Trader's Landing) to cheer on these amazing athletes.  Keep an eye on the live map

So much happening this weekend!

The WGW Community Youth Cup Golf Tournament kicks off today, but there is so much more than golf.  Stop by Oakland Golf Club tomorrow for a 5K color run/walk, family fun day, silent auction and much more. 

Grantsville Days kicks off tonight with a parade and a weekend full of events and entertainment.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra comes to town with performances tonight and tomorrow night at Wisp.

Bill's Marine Service will have an In-water Boat Show on Saturday from 12-4 at The Boardwalk.

There's a flea market at the college and a garden tour tomorrow and the Taste of Garrett and Race Up the Face on Sunday.  Get all the information on our Events page.

 This bears repeating... please watch for bikes this weekend!  RAAM racers are coming through and the sold out Gran Fondo race will be happening.

 

Thursday June 23
9:30 a.m.

 The flash flood watch has been extended until 2 p.m. today.  The thunder was rolling early this morning, but just around a half an inch of rain. So far, so good.  Once we get through this bout of rain, the weekend looks like another good one.

The leader of the Race Across America is almost upon Deep Creek time station #47 this morning as I type this.  You can track the live progress of the racers here.  The majority of the pack is expected to some through Saturday and volunteers are still needed.  Of note, the Gran Fondo Race will also be held in the county on Saturday. Bikes, bikes everywhere.  Please use caution.  

Hey, hey... Schoolhouse Earth was ranked the #2 favorite place to shop in all of Maryland!  (Simon Pearce also made the list at #10)

The Baltimore Sun released details on the state's plan for fracking regulations in Maryland.  The plan was unveiled in a public meeting yesterday evening in Cumberland and will be presented at Garrett College next Wednesday at 6 p.m.

 

Wednesday June 22
9:30 a.m.

 A mostly sunny day ahead, but storms will arrive tonight.   A flash flood warning goes into effect from 11 p.m. until 11 a.m.  Not again, please!

Scattered rainfall over the area yesterday.  My neck of the woods got three- tenths of an inch around 10 a.m. and I noticed signs of a recent event in McHenry around 4 p.m. 

I always find the county Liquor Control Board meeting minutes interesting.  Last month's provides some insight into the team that is bringing The Greene Turtle to Deep Creek.

Shane Grady, owner of Grand Central Furnishings (and other ventures), received the Salute to Excellence Recognition from the US Chamber of Commerce.  Shane was Garrett County Chamberís choice of a small business that in some way provided value to our efforts through advocacy, business excellence, leadership and community involvement.

Attention nature lovers ages 17-25.  Maryland is looking for 35 team members to join the Maryland Conservation Corps for an 11-month period beginning this October. 

 

Tuesday June 21
9:30 a.m.

Any storms that moved through overnight missed my area, but there is still a chance for some more to roll through today.

We had a spectacular sunset and a bright full moon to welcome the summer solstice.  Summer's just getting started and there is definitely a noticeable increase in weekday population around town.  

Operation Dry Water, a nationwide crackdown on impaired boaters, begins on Friday.  From Deep Creek Lake to the Atlantic, the NRP will be conducting saturation patrols.

 

Monday June 20
9:00 a.m.

A perfectly lovely weekend, as promised.  The sunshine continues today, but storms may arrive overnight and some may be severe. 

All that rain has the lake level particularly high.   The dam is working overtime, but the streams feeding the lake are, too.  A bad weekend for shoreline erosion, for sure.  Friday's heavy rain caused a culvert pipe to wash out under Glendale Road and created a sewer overflow.   

The POA released the agenda for Saturday's General Membership meeting.

Happy first day of summer!

 

Friday June 17
9:00 a.m.

This morning my rain gauge read 3.20 inches.  That's not including yesterday morning's total, but in addition to.  I can't verify the complete accuracy, but I can guarantee a whole lot of rain and flooded basements. Myself included.  :-(   Remind me to never say "we could really use some rain" again.

The weekend will be beautiful and, thankfully, DRY! 

Redneck Dayz will be tomorrow at Broadford Park in Oakland.  Live entertainment and fun all day.

HART for Animals will host an Open House at the adoption center tomorrow.  Stop by, see the new facility and maybe find a new best friend.

Other weekend activities are listed on our Events page (and the Spruce Forest event I mentioned yesterday).  Check out the special programs at our state parks and entertainment at our local bars.

Don't forget the scheduled DUI checkpoint today.  Designate a driver.  Always!

 

Thursday June 16
9:30 a.m.

I was skeptical of my rain gauge's reading of 2.06 inches of rain overnight, but there is plenty of evidence around  that we had a very heavy rainfall event.   More rain on the way with possible severe storms, gusting winds and localized flooding.  Geez, all I wanted was a little rain for my tomato plants.

Our Republican governor announced that he will not vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming election. 

The Maryland State Police McHenry Barracks has announced there will be a DUI checkpoint tomorrow.  Undisclosed time and location.

Tonight is the first Pocket Park movie of the season.  Escape from Planet Earth will begin at dusk in the Pocket Park on Second Street in Oakland.  (Note: typically, the movies are moved to the town pavilion if there is inclement weather)

Spruce Forest Artisan Village will host its first (of hopefully many) theater productions.  Front and Center Productions will present Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Friday through Sunday in the village.  The event is free with lawn seating, so bring a chair or blanket.  

Sunday is Father's Day.  All Dads get 1/2 off at Pine Lodge Steakhouse or enjoy a special buffet at Dutch's at Silver Tree

Another boat has been added on our Online Marketplace - a little Alumacraft fishing boat.  Perfect for any budget!

 

Wednesday June 15
10:00 a.m.

The clouds have arrived, but we're still waiting for the rain.  There's a chance for storms through Friday, but the weekend weather looks fantastic.

Looks like our bears are making their way downstate and to more suburban areas.  The DNR is urging commonsense precautions.

This is from the MD Natural Resource Police Facebook page.  (photo courtesy of the MD NRP). You can call them jet skis. Or you can call them personal water craft. Or you can call them by their brand name. Just don't call them toys. On Sunday, our officers responded to two jet ski accidents: one on Deep Creek Lake--shown here--and one on the Patuxent River in Calvert County. Neither mishap seriously injured the people involved. But each one obviously could have. On Deep Creek Lake, Sharif Jadallah Talib, 33, of Timonium, was operating a rented machine when he struck a dock with such force that it jumped the dock and landed inside an unoccupied boat. Officers determined that Talib was inexperienced, speeding and ignored safety and distance rules. Talib received a citation for exceeding the six-knot zone within 100 feet of shore and a warning for negligent operation. He has a date in Garrett District Court on July 21, when he could be facing a fine of $1,000.

Thank God, no one was on that boat.  

Don't forget the Farmer's Market and Wonderful Wednesdays today (and every Wednesday) in Oakland.  Lots of specials and carriage rides from Pleasant Valley Dream Rides.  

 

Tuesday June 14
9:30 a.m.

Another beautiful day in store.  Rain will be moving in tonight and through Friday.   Dare I say, we could really use some rain? 

Here's more on the proposed boundary changes for the Garrett County Sanitary District. 

The DNR was able to intercept a boat carrying zebra mussels trying to launch at the state park boat ramp.  The boat had previously been in the Monongahela River.

The End-of-the-Line Bookstore is open and in need of books. The EOTL Bookstore, located at the Train Station in Oakland, has been offering community members a way to recycle used books and to purchase very inexpensive books since 2004. The bookstore is now open for the summer: Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 11:00AM-3:00PM, until the weekend before Autumn Glory. The bookstore is staffed by volunteers from AAUW-Garrett Branch and Girl Scout Troop #55004, who share in the proceeds to be used in the good work they do for our community. Stop by during open hours and donate books you no longer need. Please, no text books and only books that are in excellent condition.

We just added a nice Yamaha jet boat with trailer to our Online Marketplace. 

 

Monday June 13
9:30 a.m.

It was a dry and warm weekend, although you probably didn't realize how warm because the wind never stopped long enough to get hot.  Not a just a breeze.  A strong wind.  All weekend.  It did finally die down last night and we have a bright, sunny Monday ahead.

Today is the last 1/2-price pizza Monday of the season at Brenda's Pizzeria

The Maryland Department of the Environment has announced three public meetings to discuss new regulations to oil and gas development.  The local meeting will be June 29 at 6 p.m. at the college.

If you're in the market for an older model piano, we just added a nice one in our Online Marketplace. 

 

Friday June 10
9:00 a.m.

It's Friday! Yay!  Good weather news for the weekend. Any rain should be limited to overnight and early morning and otherwise, we'll have sunshine.

The Garrett County Board of Ed announced the three finalists for the Superintendent of Schools position.

The summer issue of the DNR's Habi-Chat is now available.

The bridge over I-68 in Finzel will be closed for repairs until late August.  Detours signs are in place. 

Family Fun Day will be held tomorrow at Spruce Forest Artisan Village.  Make sure you stop by Penn Alps to fill your belly for the day's activities.

The 9th Annual Deep Creek's Got Talent showcase will be held tomorrow at the Honi-Honi.  This year's worthy recipient will be Garrett Mentors. 

It's another Free Fishing day tomorrow in Maryland.  New Germany State Park will be holding a Fishing for Fun 101 session for beginner anglers.

 

Thursday June 9
9:00 a.m.

A low of 45 this morning, but we will get up into the high 60's today with mostly sunny skies.  Thankfully, yesterday's wind is gone. Crazy stuff!  I had to rescue my lawn chairs and canoe from the lake.  Luckily, the whitecaps were headed toward shore or they'd be fish habitats.  

I'm guessing wind was the culprit in some of our local afternoon power outages, too.  I know Wisp was out on the north end and UNOs to the south, but somehow I, in the middle, remained in power. (not complaining, by the way)

Garrett County Public Schools Summer Food Service will offer free meals to all children 18 and under at 11 sites this summer.

The June newsletter from the Department of Economic Development is available.

Today kicks off the 91st Anniversary celebration of Deep Creek Lake

 

Wednesday June 8
9:30 a.m.

Not just cool this morning.  COLD!  Forty-six degrees and wind gusts at 26 mph reported at the airport around 7:30 a.m.  There is a slight chance for a shower this morning, but then the sun will come out and we'll reach a balmy 57. 

The county has provided an update and timeline on the Western Conveyance Project for water and sewer expansion in the Sandy Shores, Stockslager Road area. 

Here's more information on the Hydrilla herbicide applications happening this summer in the southern portion of the lake.

Get your tickets now for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra at Wisp on June 24 & 25.  Purchase one night for $30 or both nights for $50.  For the discounted two-night price, call GLAF at 301-387-3082.  Don't wait. This event typically sells out.

Check out the June edition Tails Up, the newsletter from HART for Animals.

Congratulations Sykesville on being voted the Coolest Small Town in America by Budget Travel readers.  Go Maryland!

 

Tuesday June 7
9:30 a.m.

A cool and sunny start to the day, but clouds will roll in along with the possibility of a shower or storm.

Last day of school for our local students. Summer time!

Check out this spotlight article on Western Trails Riding Stables.  Always a great way to spend a day.

Attention First United Bank customers:  If you've been hoarding those membership rewards points, you can now redeem them for gift cards at local businesses including Schoolhouse Earth, Bear Creek Traders and McHenry Beverage.  Score! 

 

Monday June 6
9:30 a.m.

Another beautiful sunny start to the work week.  We'll get just into the low 70's today and will be cooling down even more beginning tomorrow.  The expected high on Wednesday is only 59. 

The rain held off on Saturday, but Sunday was a different story with over an inch of rain throughout the day.

From the DCL POA, the first Hydrilla treatment will be this morning near the Yacht Club,  Also, the organization's  Spring Dispatch is now available online.

A missing hiker was found safe after a 6-hour search Saturday evening in Potomac State Forest. 

In between tonight's commissioners meeting and the public hearing on the budget, there will be a public hearing on proposed boundary changes public sewer system.  It's all happening in the Continuing Ed building at the college.

 

Friday June 3
9:30 a.m.

The weekend forecast was pretty promising at the beginning of the week, but deteriorated as the days went on.  Chances are it will rain at times.  Not the whole time, but be prepared.

The Bachelorette episode filmed at nearby Nemacolin Woodland Resort will air on Tuesday, June 7th at 8 p.m.

The Railey Realty June Newsletter is now available. 

The Garrett County Celtic Festival kicks off tonight with the IONA concert and continues with a day full of events tomorrow.  Book a rental with Coldwell Banker and get 20% off and tickets to both day's events.  (Note:  This is the former McHenry Highland Festival -- revamped and relocated to Friendsville)

Wisp's annual Tunes and Brews event and the first Oakland Farmer's Market of the season will be tomorrow.

As usual, there will be special programs at  the state parks and live entertainment all weekend.

Don't forget tomorrow is a free fishing day in Maryland.  No license is required. 

Congratulations to our 270 members of the high school Class of 2016. Local commencement will be held tomorrow in the gym at the college -- 10 a.m. for Northern High School and 3 p.m. for Southern. 

 

Thursday June 2
9:30 a.m.

Clouds have arrived and rain and storms are likely today.

FYI, the CARC facility will be closed on Saturday to host local high school graduations.  The pools will remain closed until June 13 for annual maintenance.

It was a safe holiday weekend on the water in Maryland.  No boating fatalities and just four accidents were reported.  One was a "minor tubing accident" on Deep Creek. 

The agenda for Monday's commissioners meeting includes 2017 budget talk and the property tax rate.  

Taylor-Made Vacations has special pricing on some rental homes for this weekend and beyond.

 

Wednesday June 1
9:30 a.m.

Another beautiful day in store for today before rain returns for a couple days.

There is a vacancy on the county Liquor Control Board and letters of interest are due by June 5.

It is almost that time again.  Race Across America will be coming through Deep Creek and volunteers are needed for the time station 47 (just across from Trader's Landing) from 6/22 to 6/26.  You can sign up here if you'd like to help.

Also, it's that time of year for baby wildlife.  We've talked about fawns, but here's information about other babies, too.

We just added a beauty of a boat for sale to the Online Marketplace, a 2004 Super Air Nautique.