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Monday September 26|
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.
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
Contracting for a furnace check up.
Garrett Trails hired Ashlee Boyd as its new executive
Friday September 23|
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
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.
Five local fire departments
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 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
Spruce Forest is hosting an
Paint/Plein Air event tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m.
Thursday September 22|
Fall is officially here as of 10:21
a.m., but it will continue to feel like summer today. Beautiful
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|
Last official day of summer.
Soak it up. It's going to be lovely here.
HART for Animals will be having a
Tie & Tails Gala on November 5 at Wisp.
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.
Lake Lowdown from Friends of Deep Creek Lake is now
Tuesday September 20|
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.
commissioners meeting will be held at the Pleasant Valley
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|
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 rain held off for another successful
Savageman Triathlon. The results are
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
Friday September 16|
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
Top Fall Day Trips from Washington.
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
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|
Cooler today with an expected high
of 70 and no call for rain. No rain yesterday (in my neck of the
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.
obituary and service information for Jane Avery has been
Western Trails has a new, updated website. Check it
Also check out the
pinball machine just listed
in our Marketplace.
Wednesday September 14|
Still lovely this morning, but there
is a chance for a shower or thunderstorm later this afternoon
The county announced yesterday a
new emergency service department, Company
11, that is operating 24/7 out of the Deep Creek Fire
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
at an annual communications and marketing competition.
Tuesday September 13|
Weather perfection going on now! Cool
morning, sunny sky, and high in the mid-70's.
Run has a new Tuesday special starting today. Mix &
Match two specialty sliders and one side for just $7.99.
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|
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
The best news on this Monday -- 1/2
price pizza Mondays are back at
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|
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
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
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.
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
Thursday September 8|
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
Details on Friday's wine pairing dinners
as part of the Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival are becoming
available and are
Wednesday September 7|
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.
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|
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,
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.
agenda for today's commissioners meeting is available
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.
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
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
Friday September 2|
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
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
Thursday September 1|
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
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
August rainfall total was just around
2.25 inches. A pretty dry month overall.
Well, it's official. Governor
signed an executive order that all public schools in
Maryland start after Labor Day beginning next year.
September Real Estate Review is ready from Railey Realty.
Welcome, welcome and welcome to our new
Harvest Moon Market and
Catering. Check out their websites and patronize their
businesses, please. We're so happy to have them on board.