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Monday September 26
9:30 a.m.

It is starting to feel a bit more like fall around here.  There is a chance for rain later today and we really could use it.  We are parched.

Evelyn Heise, co-founder of Wisp, Will O' the Wisp and other area businesses, passed away yesterday.  Our condolences to her family. 

Water customers in Mountain Lake Park will experience a water outage today as crews replace a main water line valve.

A great piece from WMAR on our Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park.

A judge released a man involved in the shooting death of Garrett County deputy, David Livengood,  back in 1979. 

As the weather gets cooler, don't turn on that heat until you schedule Naylor's Contracting for a furnace check up. 

Garrett Trails hired Ashlee Boyd as its new executive director.


Friday September 23
9:30 a.m.

This weather is spectacular.  Just can't get enough.  It will be a little cooler this weekend with just a slight chance of showers early Saturday morning.

I can now officially announce that long-time manager, Brandi Krause, has purchased Cobblestone Hair Studio and she will be relocating to Dry Dock Plaza in early October. The current building has been sold and the previous owner, Kathy Handyside, is officially retired and can now be a full time bird nerd.  :-)  Congrats to all involved. Of note, it is still 'business as usual' until Sept. 30.

ABC News reports that scientists have now confirmed that five earthquakes in Texas in 2012 and 2013 were man-made caused by injections of wastewater in drilling for oil and gas. Oy vey.

Five local fire departments were the recipients of grant money to help build-out capacity for wildland fire protection in rural areas.

The public safety mural in Oakland, created by local artist Mark Stutzman, will be dedicated on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Oakland VFD parking lot.  There will be booths, demonstrations, children's activities, public safety vehicles and information from 1 - 5 p.m. 

The Bark in the Park 5k is tomorrow morning at the Lion's Club field along Bumblebee Road.  Proceeds benefit the Dog Park. 

The Fall Festival at Friend's Store will be held tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Public Lands Day is tomorrow and New Germany State Park has some tasks available for volunteers and will follow it up with a nature hike.

Spruce Forest is hosting an Outdoor Quick Paint/Plein Air event tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m.


Thursday September 22
9:30 a.m.

Fall is officially here as of 10:21 a.m., but it will continue to feel like summer today.  Beautiful day!

Bookmark this page where the DNR will provide detailed reports of where you can go each week to enjoy the best of Maryland’s glorious fall foliage at its peak

Tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., Maryland Public Television will be airing a round-table discussion on fracking in Western Maryland. Representatives who both support and oppose fracking will sit down with host, Jeff Salkin. to bring their positions to the table.  Of course, many people in Garrett County (myself included) don't have access to MPT, but hopefully it will be available on the website soon after airing.

If anyone is going to The Greene Turtle today, please consider using this coupon and a portion of your check will benefit the Southern High School Cheerleaders.  (Shameless personal plug for my daughter)


Wednesday September 21
9:30 a.m.

Last official day of summer.  Soak it up.  It's going to be lovely here.

HART for Animals will be having a Black Tie & Tails Gala on November 5 at Wisp.  Get your tickets now or contact HART if you would like to be a sponsor.  It's all for the adoptables -- and speaking of those adoptables, they have some real cuties available to a loving home.

Governor Larry Hogan has been announced as this year's Autumn Glory Grand Marshal.

The Lake Lowdown from Friends of Deep Creek Lake is now available.


Tuesday September 20
9:30 a.m.

A pretty dense fog blanketed the area this morning, but it is burning off to sunny skies and a beautiful day (and week) ahead.

Hey Oakland folks, Tuesday delivery is back at Telli's Deli.  Just call in your order by 10 and you'll get it by noon.

Cobblestone Hair Studio will be moving next month.  The 'where' has not be released yet, but until then all in-stock Aveda, apparel and select merchandise will be 30% off.  Also, appointments for services can be made as usual.

Today's commissioners meeting will be held at the Pleasant Valley Community Center. 

The Maryland Commission of Women Listening Tour stops at Ace's Run today from 4-6 p.m.

The Baltimore Sun is conducting a poll on the issue of banning fracking in the state of Maryland.  So far, the ayes are winning.


Monday September 19
9:30 a.m.

Weekend rain held off until yesterday afternoon and it looks like it's cleared out this morning after dropping less than two-tenths of an inch.  Sunshine and highs in the mid-70's are forecast for the rest of the week.

The rain held off for another successful Savageman Triathlon.  The results are available online.  Congrats to Steve Green of High Mountain Sports.  He finished 28th overall in the 70, but seems to be the tops among the local zipcodes.  Bragging rights, for sure.

The Baltimore Sun features an article on the fracking debate and reports that regulators will miss the October 1 deadline to set rules for drilling.

The Appalachian Regional Commission announced approval of a grant in the amount of $500,000 to the Board of County Commissioners for the Keyser's Ridge Business Park Water Infrastructure, Phase I.

Local lake folks should keep their eyes and ears open.  There have been reports of some stolen boat batteries recently. 


Friday September 16
9:30 a.m.

Cloudy today and, unfortunately, it looks like rain through the weekend.  We could certainly use it, but hate to have it dampen the Savageman triathlon.

The forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies for tonight's full moon, the Harvest Moon.

The Herrington, rented through Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, was named the largest vacation rental iin Maryland by USA Today. 

Thrillist named Accident the weirdest town name in Maryland, although I'm going with Booger Hole, West Virginia as THE weirdest in the country. 

WTOP included Deep Creek Lake on its list of Top Fall Day Trips from Washington.

The winners of the annual DNR Photo Contest have been announced.  The winning photos can be seen here and include at least two from Garrett County. 

Oakland Golf Club is holding a night golf 9-hole scramble tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.  Call 301-334-3883 for information or to register.

Retired forest manager and historian, Champ Zumbrun, will present a fireside program called “The Lore of the Casselman” tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Casselman River Bridge State Park and will include campfire songs and stories related to the bridge. Following the conclusion of the program, the bridge will be adorned with candle luminaries. 


Thursday September 15
9:30 a.m.

Cooler today with an expected high of 70 and no call for rain. No rain yesterday (in my neck of the woods, anyway). 

For all the Savagemen and women (and those who may want to take a swim for fun), the lake temperature this morning is 74 degrees. Temperatures look comfortable, but there is a chance for rain & thunderstorms both race days.

Frostburg State will host the 11th annual Appalachian Festival this weekend and it kicks off tonight at 7 with the documentary After Coal.

The obituary and service information for Jane Avery has been released. 

Western Trails has a new, updated website.  Check it out. 

Also check out the pinball machine just listed in our Marketplace. 


Wednesday September 14
9:30 a.m.

Still lovely this morning, but there is a chance for a shower or thunderstorm later this afternoon and tonight.

The county announced yesterday a new emergency service department, Company 11, that is operating 24/7 out of the Deep Creek Fire Department.   

Sushi Night returns to DC's Restaurant on Wednesday from 4-10. 

Don't forget the Farmer's Market is still going strong in Oakland.  Here's What's Fresh this week at the market - open Wednesday and Saturday 10 - 1  through October.

Congratulations to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce on winning an Award of Excellence for its website www.visitdeepcreek.com at an annual communications and marketing competition.


Tuesday September 13
9:30 a.m.

Weather perfection going on now!  Cool morning, sunny sky, and high in the mid-70's. 

Ace's Run has a new Tuesday special starting today.  Mix & Match two specialty sliders and one side for just $7.99.  Yum!

Don't forget the Savageman Triathlon is this weekend.  Take note that the boat ramp at the state park and some roads will be closed during the event. 

September is nationally known as Hunger Action Month. Citizens have the opportunity to donate nonperishable food items across the State of Maryland. The McHenry Barracks of the MSP is designated as one of these locations where items can be dropped off 24 hrs. a day 7 days a week through September 28th, 2016. 


Monday September 12
9:30 a.m.

 A beautiful Monday morning and a favorable forecast through the week with plenty of sunshine ahead.  We will have a bit of a roller coaster ride on temperature, though.

The best news on this Monday -- 1/2 price pizza Mondays are back at Brenda's Pizzeria!

The worst news on this Monday -- another sewer spill yesterday.  :-(

Set your DVRs.  The Lakefront Bargain Hunt episode Something Unique on Deep Creek Lake is scheduled to premiere October 6th at 9:00pm ET/PT on HGTV.

WMAR in Baltimore featured a story on Deep Creek Lake & the state park.

Our Town Theatre posted a nice tribute to Jane Avery on its website. 


Friday September 9
9:30 a.m.

 Mostly cloudy skies today with possible storms this evening and overnight.  Any rain forecast through the weekend is expected in the overnight or early morning hours.  All-clear for daytime activities.

I am very sorry to report that Jane Avery, founder of Our Town Theatre and retired local school teacher, died in an apparent drowning in the lake yesterday.  Jane touched many lives in our community and beyond.  We lost a true gift.  Our sincere condolences to her friends, family and colleagues.

Contestants are now being accepted for the Maryland State Fiddle, Banjo and Mandolin championships held annually during the Autumn Glory Festival.

Alice Blayne-Allard, owner of the Free State Cooperage, was the winner of the StartRight! 2016 Business Plan Competition.   Free State Cooperage will be located in Garrett County. 

Groups are arriving steadily for this weekend's Art & Wine Festival.  I'm generalizing, but it is a very popular girl's weekend getaway and there's still time to gather your girlfriends -- or for guys to gather their bros.  Always a great time and the weather looks great.

The Cove Run Corn Maze opens for the season tomorrow.  This year's theme is Inspire by Example, the motto of Garrett Mentors, and the maze is the Mentor's schoolhouse logo.   (Note:  The corn maze website has not been completely updated for 2016.  Visitors may want to call 301-746-6111 to verify hours and rates.)


Thursday September 8
9:30 a.m.

 Mostly sunny skies today and it is already warm at 68.  Expected high is 81.  I know, I know, 81 sounds pretty darn good to those of you facing near triple digits today. Stay cool, city friends. 

Southern Living named Deep Creek Lake the best spot in Maryland for fall foliage.

The Garrett County Department of Economic Development released its September newsletter.

Details on Friday's wine pairing dinners as part of the Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival are becoming available and are listed here


Wednesday September 7
9:30 a.m.

Partly cloudy skies today and a chance for some rain through the day and evening.  High temperature will linger around that 80 degree mark. 

The Maryland State Highway Administration will hold two public information sessions on the US 219 expansion from Meyersdale to I-68 near Grantsville. The sessions will be held tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Grantsville Elementary School and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grantsville Senior Center. 

Maryland Deer Archery season opens on Friday statewide and continues until January 31. 

WMAR in Baltimore featured a look at Swallow Falls State Park and it's waterfalls.  (Wow, that water is low and moving slow.)

Friends of Deep Creek Lake director, Barbara Beeler, made a plea to Governor Hogan to address the lake sedimentation issue in a recent Letter to the Editor in the Baltimore Sun.

The wine list for Saturday's Deep Creek Art and Wine Festival is now available online.  You can also buy your tickets online and save $5 off the gate price. 

After the festival, head across the street to the Deep Creek VFD annual Crab Feast.  (Tickets must be purchased in advance.)

Check out the slot machine now available on our Online Marketplace.  Perfect for any game room or man cave! 


Tuesday September 6
9:30 a.m.

A mostly sunny day ahead and temperatures will back up in the 80's.  A great day for locals to take back our lake! :-)

What a wonderful weekend here.  The weather was perfect, albeit a bit chilly at times.  It was jam-packed, albeit a bit crazy at times. Best of all, we were served some of the most beautiful sunsets.  (photo by Sarah Nill)  Garrett County's summer season ended on a high note, for sure.

After a long summer and weekend, the hardworking service staff earned a break.   Trader's Coffee House will close at noon today. Brenda's Pizzeria and Ace's Run will be completely closed today.   Mountain State Brewing will be closed today and tomorrow.

The agenda for today's commissioners meeting is available online. 

A tractor trailer caught fire and burned for hours on I-68 near Cumberland yesterday.  It was carrying 32,000 lbs. of bacon!  Not making light of the situation, but can you imagine the smell? 

There was also a fire at the Garrett County landfill yesterday evening.  Local crews battled the blaze for around 4 hours.  Probably not such an enjoyable smell on this one. 

The Summer Dispatch from the Deep Creek Lake POA is available and full of valuable information.  If you aren't a member, consider joining today

The September issue of HART's newsletter, Tails Up, is also ready for viewing.

Check out the newly redesigned website for Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty

There was a price reduction on the ATV for sale in our Online Marketplace. 


Friday September 2
9:30 a.m.

Gorgeous, sunny morning and I have a sweatshirt on!  That's right, it's a crisp 52 degrees.  The ole' sweatshirt won't make it through the day as we have an expected high of 70, but it's nice to pull it out of the recesses of the closet for a while.

If Hermine is ruining your beach weekend plans, we're offering sunshine in the mountains all weekend long. I'm sure we can squeeze a few more in.  (Certainly not trying to belittle the situation and our thoughts are with everyone in the path of the storm)

Save big this weekend at the Labor Day Outdoor Sale going on all weekend at Wisp and I'm sure all our shops will have sales and summer clearances happening.  Indulge in some retail therapy.

Troegs Tap Takeover tomorrow from 6-9 at Mountain State Brewing.  Select Troeg brews will be on tap for just $5 including the just-released fall beer Hop Knife Harvest Ale. Oh, and free Troeg stuff, too!

Of course, there will be live music all weekend long and all over town.  Of note, tonight is the last concert of the Little Yough Summer Music Festival and it will end with a good one -- The Remedy Reunion Concert. 


Thursday September 1
9:30 a.m.

Foggy and a bit gloomy this morning.  It rained about two-tenths of an inch at some point overnight/early morning.  Clouds will clear out through the day and then our stretch of sunshine starts for the holiday weekend. The cooldown has begun already and the lake water will be warmer than the air for the next few days.  One huge hot tub!

Here's a fun fact for you.  Since I've started keeping track (2004) the lake temperature has been lower at the end of August than at the end of July in all but two years. (This year it is the same, and in 2007 it was 2 degrees higher.) I would have thought the opposite would be true. 

August rainfall total was just around 2.25 inches.  A pretty dry month overall.

Well, it's official.  Governor Hogan signed an executive order that all public schools in Maryland start after Labor Day beginning next year.

The September Real Estate Review is ready from Railey Realty. 

Welcome, welcome and welcome to our new advertisers:  Moonshadow Cafe, Harvest Moon Market and Harvest Moon Catering.  Check out their websites and patronize their businesses, please. We're so happy to have them on board.