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Thursday April 24
9:00 a.m. 

Suffering through this morning and then hopefully the end of this winter nonsense.  High of 60 today with sunshine and no dips below freezing in the foreseeable future. (Nights will hover AROUND it, but not BELOW it)

Brenda's Pizzeria, Ace's Run and Trader's  Coffee House will be holding a job fair this Saturday. If you'd like to be part of the Brenda's family, stop by Ace's between 11 -3.

The Sears store in Oakland is for sale and an open house will be held today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WQED recaps Leo Beachy's legacy of photography in Western Maryland in this piece.

The power outages scheduled for Monday 4/28 in McHenry have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. 

Wednesday April 23
9:00 a.m. 

Cold, breezy and even some snow flurries in the area this morning. Excepted high of only 47 today and temperatures will dip below freezing tonight. 

Lillian Lowery, State Superintendent of Schools, will be in town tomorrow to recognize Northern High School as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. 

Tuesday April 22
9:00 a.m. 

Some much-needed rain is expected to arrive today.  Local firefighters have been battling too many brush fires recently and are reminding residents to limit burning unitl after a rain.

Congratulations to Steve Green, co-owner of High Mountain Sports, on his 3:19 finish in yesterday's Boston Marathon.

The Fourmile Wind Project proposed for eastern Garrett County has been approved and will move forward. 

Happy Earth Day!

Monday April 21
9:00 a.m. 

What a beautiful weekend we had here and the loveliness continues today. Not only was the daytime weather good, but we had some of the most spectacular sunsets and starry skies. A good chance for some rain tomorrow and, dare I say, we could use some.  Living in a bit of a dust bowl right now.

Very interesting article in the Maryland Reporter on the political isolation of Garrett County

For those who can watch MPT, the Electric Road Trip visited Oakland.  The show will premiere Wednesday night at 8 p.m. and feature the Transportation Museum and B&O Train Station. 

Enter here to win a four-night, off-season stay at Deep Creek from Railey Mountain Lake Vacations. 

Friday April 18
9:00 a.m. 

Great weekend weather in the forecast.  Nights will still be cold, but perfect spring temperatures during the day with plenty of sunshine. 

Some residences in McHenry may experience brief power outages on Monday, April 28 as Potomac Edison will be performing maintenance work in the area. 

The DCL POA has shared this website which will provide the most current information about the Hydrilla Control Project on the lake.

Congratulations to Ryan Wolf, math teacher at Southern High School, on being named Garrett County's Teacher of the Year. 

Movoto ranked the safest places to live in Maryland.  I couldn't figure out how one of our towns didn't make the list until I realized that only populations over 5,000 were considered.  Anyway, for what it is worth, here is the list and, for the record, I'm not sure Ocean City's dead-last ranking seems fair.   

Don't miss the Natural Egg Dyeing event at the Discovery Center.  I hear the Easter Bunny will even be there.  You can also be one of the first to own one of these awesome new shirts.  Hot off the presses and proceeds benefit the aviary program.

Thursday April 17
9:00 a.m. 

Sunshine again today and a bit warmer than yesterday with an expected high of 54.   Looks like a beautiful weekend in store with plenty of sunshine. 

The crisis in Oakland is over.  The propane truck was emptied, set upright and roads were reopened by 9 p.m. last night.  Kudos to all emergency personnel involved in the operation, especially the volunteer fire departments (key word: VOLUNTEER).  Boo Boo Rogers was again on the scene yesterday and got this picture.  I hope he isn't expecting a paycheck. 
:-)   News story is here

 

I am sorry to report that Deep Creek Gourmet will be closing at the end of the month.  All wine is now 30% off and food is 50% off.  Stop by and stock up for summer. Owners, Pam & Cap, will be moving out of the area and we wish them the best in their new life chapter.  

Program Open Space money has been made available for improvements at Eastern Garrett Park.  (I'm not going to lie.  I don't know where that is.)

Wednesday April 16
10:15 a.m. 

To the local folk; the town of Oakland should be avoided this morning, if possible.  There was an accident at Rt. 219 and MD 39 involving a propane tanker with a spill.  The road is expected to be closed for some time.  UPDATE 1:15 p.m.:  No injuries in the accident and no propane was spilled, but the surrounding area (including the courthouse) was evacuated as a precaution.  Crews are trying to upright the tanker and power will be turned off during this procedure.  Estimated time of the outage will be 30 to 60 minutes. 

9:00 a.m. 

We knew is was coming, but that doesn't make it any less depressing.  Snow and bitter cold this morning.  The sun is shining, but temps will only peak in the forties and we will dip below freezing again tonight. 

Crews began tearing down Red Run Lodge yesterday.  Bittersweet.  Sad to see the old place go, but excited to see something new in its place,  Details to come...

Moonshadow Cafe is hosting a benefit concert tonight.  Keith Roberts will take the stage at 7 p.m. and a $5 cover will benefit Garrett Mentors. 

Welcome Bill's Outdoor Center as a new advertiser.  They have reopened for the season to provide all your hunting, fishing and outdoor needs.  Stop by and check them out. 

Tuesday April 15
9:00 a.m. 

Starting the day in the 50's and temperatures will plummet to 30 by 5 p.m. with snow showers.  Expected low tonight is now 16. 

The March Market Minute from Long & Foster is now available. 

The State Board of Ed approved our five-day waiver request and the last day for our local students will be June 17.  Originally, the last day was scheduled for June 3.

The Garrett County tax sale has been slated for May 2 at the courthouse.  A list of properties in the sale is available here.

Monday April 14
9:00 a.m. 

A spectacular, postcard-perfect weekend and it is going to snow tomorrow. Really? Temps will fall through the day tomorrow and bottom out at 18 degrees Tuesday night.

Lunar eclipse tonight at 3:06 a.m., but it is unlikely that we'll get a good look due to rain.

Effective today, the Office of Planning and Zoning, Office of Permits and Inspections has moved to the courthouse. 

Friday April 11
9:00 a.m. 

Haven't seen any rain thus far, but showers are a guarantee at some point today.  The weekend weather looks great.  No sign of rain and warm.

Love these aerial photos.  Check out Deep Creek Lake and Wisp from 39,000 feet.

Lots to do this weekend. 

  • The Ultimate Egg Hunt will be held at New Germany State Park tomorrow

  • The GLAF 2014 season kicks off tomorrow with Pasion y Arte in the college auditorium.

  • Stop by the Garrett County Health Fair at the CARC from 8:30 - 1.  There will also be a 5K run/1 mile walk race beginning at 8 a.m.

  • Oakland Golf Club will host the annual "Frostbite" scramble tournament tomorrow. 

  • I Hate Hamlet performances will be held through the weekend at Our Town Theatre.

Thursday April 10
9:00 a.m. 

Frost on the rooftops this morning, but temperatures will gradually climb through the day and peak in the low-60's.  Rain is likely overnight and through tomorrow.

Lots of docks and boats going in the water.  Summertime is coming!

The board of education gave approval for our superintendent to request a five-day waiver for the school calendar year from the state.  Schools will be in session all next week (except Good Friday) as make-up days. 

The application for a zoning amendment for a proposed Trail Park on Stockslager/Shingle Camp Road is available here.  A hearing with the zoning board will be held on April 17 at 7 p.m. in the commissioners' room.  If you cannot attend the meeting, but would like to submit an opinion on the project, you can email bdevore@garrettcounty.org.

Wednesday April 9
9:00 a.m. 

Sunshine is in the forecast over the next two days.  High of 54 today and 62 tomorrow.  Spring!

A circulation study will be conducted by the DNR later this month and through late May. A non-toxic dye will be added in the southern end of the lake and it may take on a pinkish color during testing. 

Update on the eagles in Pittsburgh: three eaglets have hatched and are doing well.  Fascinating to watch the live webcam

Tuesday April 8
9:00 a.m. 

Already warmer this morning  at 37 than all of yesterday.  Dismal, foggy and cold all day yesterday.  Expected high of 49 today with wind gusts and a slight chance of showers.

The 2014 General Assembly session is a wrap.  Maryland voted to decriminalize marijuana possession, raise the mimimum wage and increase penalties for distracted drivers who cause accidents (cell phones and texting).  A breakdown here of some of the bills passed. 

This has nothing to do with Deep Creek, just sharing because I found it interesting.  A 14-year-old found that if the U.S. government changed its typeface, it could save $136 million annually in ink costs. 

Monday/b> April 7
9:00 a.m. 

Rainy Monday morning after a particularly spectacular Sunday.  So beautiful yesterday!

Our county will be the recipient of some Program Open Space money.

Eat at Dairy Queen in Oakland tonight between 5 and 8 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the iLego team travelling to California for the World Championships.

Friday April 4
9:00 a.m. 

Rain and possible thunderstorms today and tonight, but it should clear out by Saturday and all-clear for Sunday. 

The DCL POA donated life-saving equipment to Garrett County to aid in Hands-only CPR training.

Bill's Marine Service's 40th Annual Boat Show kicks off tomorrow and runs through May 5.  Stop by to see what's new for 2014.   

Congrats to Northern High School's baseball coach, Phil Carr, on earning his 300th career win yesterday.

 The DNR is urging Western Marylanders to be mindful of bears.  They're awake and hungry!

The US team for the Slalom World Championships has been announced. 

Check out Wisp's events calendar for adventures open this weekend. 

Oakland Golf Club and pro shop will open on Saturday.  The driving range will open mid to late-April. 

Attention Bingo lovers!  A Big Bucks Bingo will be held tomorrow night at the Friendsville Fire Hall.  Doors open at 5, games start at 6:30.  Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door. 

Thursday April 3
9:00 a.m. 

Not so much in the way of rain yesterday, but we are more likely to see some this afternoon and through tomorrow night.  Looks like we'll dip below freezing on Saturday night.

The ice is gone and we have open water on the lake!  I looked back and last year we were ice-free on April 10, so we are week ahead of schedule this year.

Check out this YouTube video of the sights and sounds of Swallow Falls State Park in the winter. 

Additional funding of $464,103 for the Garrett County School System has been approved by a conference committee and is expected to pass in the final budget.  Great news!

Any legislation on decriminalizing marijuana in Maryland will not likely be considered until 2016. 

The Mountain Maryland Energy Advisory Committee is seeking public solutions on generating new, energy- focused initiatives

Residents and visitors, don't forget that explosives training will be held tomorrow and Saturday at Wisp.  Do not be alarmed if you hear explosions.  

Wednesday April 2
9:00 a.m. 

Wouldn't it be nice to repeat yesterday?  The perfect spring day, in my humble opinion.  No such luck as April showers will arrive today and stick around until the weekend.

The Thousand Acres Grapevine posted a picture on Facebook yesterday of a huge mountain lion Photoshopped in front of their entrance sign.  Not everyone followed my advice of "trust no one on April 1."  It was a joke!  The picture has either been deleted or I can't find it. Funny stuff.

This is not an April Fool's joke.  I think Sasquatch made an appearance in my webcam shot yesterday evening.  Seriously, what/who is that?

A Times-News article reports on the future of ASCI and preparations for Deep Creek 2014. 

The General Assembly voted to approve legislation to expand Maryland Wildlands system by 50%.  Over 11,000 acres are in Garrett County and listed here.

Tuesday April 1
9:00 a.m. 

Expected high of 62 today with partly sunny skies.  Water is taking over the ice on the lake. 

And, with open water, we have our first runaway dock floating in McHenry Cove.

You may remember a couple years ago when an inmate stabbed a correctional officer along I-68 while performing outdoor duty.  Today is his sentencing date.

The state board of ed voted to allow Maryland schools to apply for a 5-day waiver for the school year for make-up days due to weather-related cancellations.  Yesterday, they denied Montgomery County's request.  Uh oh!  Our local school board will make a decision this month on its waiver request.

Don't forget it is April Fool's Day.  Trust no one!  :-)