Thursday July 28|
Rain and thunderstorms are on
the way today including a hazardous weather outlook with
possible excessive rain and flash flooding. Again, what
happened to our gentle mountain rains? It's all or nothing
Trails is now renting side-by-sides. Now you enjoy
their trails on 4 wheels or 4 legs. Call 301-387-6155 for
rates and reservations.
Just added in the Marketplace; a
1983 Sea Ray Bow Rider.
There's also been a price reduction on the
1973 Buick Apollo asking
Pocket Park movie (which will probably be held in the town
pavilion due to weather) is Antman, sponsored by
Pest Management Services, Inc.
Get it? :-) Parents take note that this movie is PG-13 and
it starts a little earlier tonight at 8:30.
Wednesday July 27|
Still muggy and warm here, but we
have a stormy forecast ahead and a relief from the heat.
If you can't see it, that high on Saturday is 72. Ahhhh...
We are in the middle of Maryland
Department of Agriculture's Buy Local week and here's
What's Fresh at the Farmer's Market today in Oakland.
Here's some more
information from the POA on the PWC issue.
The American Red Cross continues to have
an emergency need for blood and platelet donors.
There will be a blood drive tomorrow from 11:30 - 5 at the
Garrett College CARC. Visit
to make an appointment.
Tuesday July 26|
We did get a few brief storms
yesterday that provided some much-needed rain and a short
respite from the heat. There's a chance for storms again
this afternoon and tonight and differing opinions on whether
we'll hit the 80's or not.
will begin paving on King's Run Road tomorrow.
The petition to remove the weekend
restriction on Personal Watercraft use will not move forward.
The Deep Creek Policy and Review Board voted 6-1 to not forward
the request for study to the Maryland Boat Act Advisory
solar co-op meeting will be held tonight at Garrett College.
Good stuff going on in Oakland. In
January, the town was accepted into the the Communities by Design program with the American Institute of Architects.
Yesterday, was the first visit with the Sustainable Design Assessment Team.
here for more information about the program.
Some of the fair rides are starting to
arrive at the fairgrounds. Fair? Already?!?
The full schedule for the week is available
here. Don't forget
tickets are still available for Sawyer Brown, kicking off
the 60th Anniversary of the fair on Saturday night.
Word on the street is that the IHOP in
Grantsville is opening today. It is located on Chestnut
Ridge Road, just off I-68 at Exit 22.
Monday July 25|
According to the
the airport, our peak temperature for the weekend was 84
degrees yesterday at 2:35. It certainly felt a lot warmer
than that with the humidity and lack of wind. In any
event, today will be the last day in the mid-80's with storms
expected later today.
Check out the
Maryland Angler's Log from the DNR. There's not many
from Western Maryland, but there is a nice largemouth bass
posted from Broadford Lake.
According to the DLLR,
Maryland's private sector added 11,700 jobs in June and the
unemployment rated dropped to 4.3%.
The Maryland Department of the
has been sampling what we throw away at the county landfill
for a statewide study. Interestingly enough,
grants for were recently awarded to various counties by the
MDE to aid with electronics recycling. Garrett County did
not receive any monies.
Registration is now open for
DNR's Becoming an Outdoors Woman fall workshop. The
event is held at the 4H camp near Bittinger in late October.
Friday July 22|
Scattered thunderstorms are in the
forecast for this afternoon with an expected high of 81.
Isolated thunderstorms are possible tomorrow and Sunday, too,
but otherwise it will be mostly sunny and warm.
I am sorry to report that
a 28-year-old Annapolis man drowned at Swallow Falls State
Park on Wednesday.
Splash Island will have a soft opening
on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
featured on Onlyinyourstate.com as a perfect
Maryland summer adventure destination. So true.
The Artist Studio
Tour sponsored by Garrett County Arts Council begins
Accidental Art & Music Festival will be held in Accident
tomorrow and Sunday.
Friendsville will have a day of
activities planned tomorrow. The Upper Yough Race begins
at 9 a.m. and, for those who prefer a slower rapid, the
Friendsville Flotilla will be held at 4:45.
This weekend is the last chance to catch
Bingo, the Winning
Musical from Theatre on the Lake.
Of course, there's always great
live entertainment around and
special programs at our local state parks.
Thursday July 21|
It will get a bit warmer today
with highs in the low 80's, but, so far, it is
To all my regional friends, if you can
get here do it! Our forecast calls for at least 10 degrees
cooler than you. Baltimore, Washington, Pittsburgh... I'm
talking to you. Swelter in the city or revel in the
mountains. Easy choice. Pack
I'm excited to finally be able to tell
you about this new venture at Deep Creek. Splash Island,
an inflatable water park, will be opening on the lake adjacent
to Ace's Run.
(photo courtesy of Splash Island)
Beginning Monday, July 25, Dung Hill
will be closed at the bridge for approximately 8 weeks.
It is off 495 near Bittinger. (Yes, I had to Google it).
Also, beginning next week, the SHA will
begin resurfacing on Rt. 40 between Chestnut Ridge Road and
Green Lantern Road. Drivers should expect delays Monday -
Friday from 9 to 3.
Pocket Park movie in Oakland is Inside Out.
Wednesday July 20|
Sunny and a high of 81 expected
today. Winds are calm this morning, but a mountain breeze
will arrive this afternoon. All is good as long as that
air is moving.
The summer issue of
Maryland Natural Resource magazine is now available online.
Don't forget the Farmer's Market today
in Oakland. Lyn Wagner got these there last week. Look at
those beauties! Here's
What's Fresh this week.
Fletcher's Grove is
live tonight at Wisp. The free outdoor show begins at
Tuesday July 19|
We had some early afternoon
downpours in the area yesterday, but now we are waiting for the
clouds to clear for a mostly sunny day with a high of 77.
Garrett County Market Minute from Long & Foster is
Mountain State Brewing Deep Creek is
having a sunset photo contest for two free tickets to next
month's Brew Skies Festival at Timberline Resort.
Click here for details.
According to a study,
allowing the cougar population to return to the east would
greatly reduce deer population and save human lives.
Interesting. (Scientists eliminated Maryland due to
limited open forestland, but this is one of those times we'd be
considered West Virginia.)
Monday July 18|
Mother Nature served up a beautiful
weekend except for Saturday evening when the skies opened up and
dropped an inch of rain in about an hour. What ever
happened to our nice, gentle mountain rains? Storms will
work their way through today, too, and then look at the rest of
the week... Wow!
The commissioners will be heading to
Bloomington tomorrow to hold their
public meeting and present the 2017 budget.
Maryland Bear Hunt lottery opens today and runs through
New trails are under construction at Deep Creek Lake State
Park and here's a little
sneak peek from Chris Nyrstrom.
Friday July 15|
It looked like it could rain this
morning, but it didn't. Just a slight chance for rain
tonight and tomorrow morning. Otherwise, all-clear for the
From the MSP: The McHenry Barracks of the Maryland State Police will conduct a DUI sobriety checkpoint in Garrett County, during the week of July 17 to July 23.
You can now come by boat for food and fun at
Lodge Steakhouse and Smiley's Fun Zone.
The docks are in at the new
Lodges at Sunset Village lakefront cabins.
Here's an update on the
Western Conveyance water and sewage expansion at the lake.
Just added to the Marketplace: a used Johnson outboard boat
Relief Sale starts today at the fairgrounds.
Check out Italian
guitarist, Flavio Sala, as part of the Penn Alps Music
Series tomorrow night.
Theatre on the Lake's season opens
tonight with Bingo, the Winning Musical. The
Friendsville Banjo & Fiddle Contest is tomorrow and River
City Brass will be in town on Sunday. Learn more about
these events and more on our Upcoming
Thursday July 14|
No rain yesterday, but the chance
still remains today. We do have a
wind this morning that hopefully sticks around when we peak
in the 80's later today.
Trader's Coffee House Summer Shenanigans menu -- covering
all the outdoor enthusiast's tastes.
Pokemon GO players: It is my
Smiley's, Market Square Plaza, and
Deep Creek Discovery
Center are all gyms. Non-players, like myself, ignore that
previous statement. :-)
We had such a nice time at
A Thirst for Art last night. Look at all those
beautiful Lake Pups (and variations thereof). So fun!
Pocket Park movie is Minions. It's a costume party and
GCC Technologies will have free popcorn and cotton candy.
Wednesday July 13|
A trace amount of rain came through
at some point overnight and we have a chance for some
showers/storms today. Expected high is 78 although that is
what they said yesterday and it was in the mid-80's.
Run now has balcony seating and just in time for Pasta Night
Deep Creek's own Lake Pointe Inn has
been nominated as one of the best waterfront hotels in the U.S.
Vote today (and everyday) to make it THE best. :-)
Currently, the inn is in 4th place.
Black King Cole will take the stage
tonight at 6:30 for the Stage Wisp Summer
Concert Series. The outdoor show is free and food and
drink are available for sale. Bring chairs or a blanket.
There are two new listings in the Online
Marketplace. We have a 2012
Suzuki Quad ATV and a collection of
Tuesday July 12|
The chance for thunderstorms has
been delayed until tonight. Another perfect day for us.
Comcast subscribers in
Garrett County will have access to Maryland
news later this month. Thanks to Congressman
Delaney and also to local resident, Chuck Hoffeditz, who
organized this effort and fought hard for it. Hopefully,
DirecTV will follow suit soon.
Maryland has a
new state record for a cobia caught on the Eastern Shore.
94.6 pounds and caught by a 9-year-old girl. Nice!
meeting will be held tonight to gather public input on
requested amendment to the Deep Creek Watershed Zoning
Ordinance. The amendment proposed banning any natural gas
wellheads in the watershed.
Today's Movie of the
Week at Garrett 8 is Central Intelligence. FYI, movie
prices at the theaters went up $1 as of July 1, so the Tuesday
showings are now $5.50.
Monday July 11|
We have a sunny start to the week
and an expected high of 76. Weather perfection, in my
Dutch's at Silver
Tree is celebrating its 5-year anniversary! Wow, time
2016/17 Hunting and Trapping Guide is now available online
and here's a quick guide to
What's New this year. Notably, the bear hunt has been
expanded to Washington and Frederick counties. The lottery
process for bear permits will open next Monday.
Friday July 8|
Cloudy this morning and storms are
expected today ahead of a cold front. It has actually been
pretty comfortable here over the last few days, but I know a
cold front will be a relief for a lot of people in our region.
I can't do national news today, so I'm
staying in my local bubble and here's what's going on...
Art in Park is
this weekend at Deep Creek State Park.
Fundraiser to benefit the Garrett County Humane Society will
be held tomorrow at the college.
screening of Fracking
Western Maryland? will be shown at Garrett 8 Cinemas
tomorrow morning followed by a panel discussion.
Lots of great
entertainment this weekend and Herrington Manor has
some great hikes planned.
Thursday July 7|
Just a little rain last night and a
chance of a pop-up storm this afternoon. Expected
high of 77 today.
County property tax bills for 2016/17
arrived this week. Booo! Even the new packaging that
saves ripping off all those perforated edges doesn't make it any
In case you missed it, some
NRP officers are making news after they posted a video with a
bear in Patapsco State Park on social media.
Check out the July issue of
Tails Up from HART for Animals.
another motorcycle to our Online Marketplace. A 1977
The water's great at
Make your reservation today! (photo courtesy of
Wednesday July 6|
It turned into a lovely evening and another perfect Fire of the
Mountain fireworks show is in the books. Only a fraction
of our weekend visitors were still in town, but plenty of people
still enjoyed a wonderful show.
Partly sunny skies in the forecast today
with a chance for some storms tonight. We have an expected
high of 78 today. Sorry to those around us who will endure
the 90's today.
continues tonight with Gwendolyn Brooks, poet and first
African American to win a Pulitzer Prize. Have I mentioned
Countryside Canvas will hold a paint
night at Herrington Manor State Park Lakehouse, Thursday, July
7th, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm. $35 per person. Your choice of either
16x20 paintings. All materials included. Patterns and individual
instruction as well as class instruction on painting technique.
Get some friends together & enjoy a fun, relaxing evening of
painting by the lake (BYOB)! Text/Call 240-321-3763 or message at
www.facebook.com/countrysidecanvas to reserve your spot.
Tuesday July 5|
Independence Day Extended! We have a rainy and foggy start
the to day, but we should be good-to-go for the fireworks
tonight. Skies will be cloudy, but there is no call for
Chautauqua: Masters of Their Class opens tonight in the
Garrett College auditorium with Duke Ellington.
The agenda for
today's commissioners' meeting has been posted.
10 Amazing Places You Can Go On One Tank of Gas in Maryland
The Greene Turtle Deep Creek will
open to the public tomorrow - July 6.
Monday July 4|
This evening's fireworks have been
postponed until tomorrow night. If you're here, you know
Happy Independence Day. Let's try
Friday July 1|
The forecast remains the same
with a chance for rain tonight and then on Monday.
Hopefully, the fireworks will go off as planned. I can
promise you, this is going to be a busy one. It already is, actually.
A little heads-up for those driving to
watch the lake fireworks, parking at the fairgrounds lot will
now be $5/car and the proceeds will benefit the Garrett County
Flying Dog Tap Takeover begins today at Mountain State
Brewing. All Flying Dog pints are just $6 and
flights of 4, just $5. All weekend long!
new laws take effect today in Maryland including a 50 cent
increase in the minimum wage and a nine-tenths of a cent
increase in gas tax.
Tonight is the first concert in this
Little Yough Summer Music Festival. The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project
take the pavilion stage in Oakland at 7 p.m.
There is a rodeo at
the fairgrounds both tonight and tomorrow night beginning at
The 4th Annual
Deep Creek Boat Parade is tomorrow night and there is still
time to join the fun. Check out Broadford Park on Sunday
for a patriotic concert beginning at 7:30 and fireworks at dusk.
The town of Accident will celebrate on Monday with a parade at
11 and events, food and fun before and after and, of course, the
Fire on the Mountain fireworks display
will be on Monday at dusk.
Monday, July 4, is the last Free
Fishing Day of the year in Maryland.