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Monday June 27|
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
High school students interested in a
career in natural resources should check out the
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
should lead to a snowy winter in the east. Also of
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|
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
a slight chance for a passing shower today, but all clear for
Garrett County Market Minute is ready from Long & Foster.
New summer hours at
-- 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
So much happening this weekend!
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
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
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|
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
Race will also be held in the county on Saturday. Bikes,
bikes everywhere. Please use caution.
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|
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,
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
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.
looking for 35 team members to join the Maryland
Conservation Corps for an 11-month period beginning this
Tuesday June 21|
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|
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|
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,
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
Don't forget the scheduled DUI checkpoint today. Designate
a driver. Always!
Thursday June 16|
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
The Maryland State Police McHenry Barracks has announced there
will be a DUI checkpoint tomorrow. Undisclosed time and
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
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
Steakhouse or enjoy a special buffet at
Dutch's at Silver
Another boat has been added on our Online Marketplace -
a little Alumacraft fishing
boat. Perfect for any budget!
Wednesday June 15|
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.
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
Valley Dream Rides.
Tuesday June 14|
Another beautiful day in store. Rain will be moving in
tonight and through Friday. Dare I say, we could
really use some rain?
more on the proposed boundary changes for the Garrett County
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|
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
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|
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.
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|
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.
June newsletter from the Department of Economic Development
Today kicks off the 91st Anniversary
celebration of Deep Creek Lake.
Wednesday June 8|
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|
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
gift cards at local businesses including
Bear Creek Traders and
Monday June 6|
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
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
Dispatch is now available online.
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|
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
The Bachelorette episode filmed at nearby Nemacolin Woodland
Resort will air on Tuesday, June 7th at 8 p.m.
Railey Realty June Newsletter is now available.
Garrett County Celtic Festival kicks off tonight with the
IONA concert and continues with a day full of events tomorrow. Book a
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
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
Thursday June 2|
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.
agenda for Monday's commissioners meeting includes 2017
budget talk and the property tax rate.
Taylor-Made Vacations has
pricing on some rental homes for this weekend and beyond.
Wednesday June 1|
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
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