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Thursday July 28
9:00 a.m.

 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 this year.

 Western 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. Giddy up!

Just added in the Marketplace; a 1983 Sea Ray Bow Rider.  There's also been a price reduction on the 1973 Buick Apollo asking price.

Tonight's 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
9:30 a.m.

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 www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. 


Tuesday July 26
9:30 a.m.

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. 

Roads crews 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 Committee. 

A 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.  Click 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
9:30 a.m.

According to the data at 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 Environment 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
9:30 a.m.

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.

ASCI is featured on Onlyinyourstate.com as a perfect Maryland summer adventure destination.  So true. 

The Artist Studio Tour sponsored by Garrett County Arts Council begins tomorrow. 

The 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
9:30 a.m.

 It will get a bit warmer today with highs in the low 80's, but, so far, it is perfectly pleasant.

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 it up

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 Road 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. 

Tonight's Pocket Park movie in Oakland is Inside Out.


Wednesday July 20
9:30 a.m.

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 The 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 6:30. 


Tuesday July 19
9:30 a.m.

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. 

The June Garrett County Market Minute from Long & Foster is available.

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
9:00 a.m.

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. 

The Maryland Bear Hunt lottery opens today and runs through August 31. 

New trails are under construction at Deep Creek Lake State Park and here's a little sneak peek from Chris Nyrstrom.


Friday July 15
9:30 a.m.

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 weekend.

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 Pine 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 motor

The Tri-State 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 Events page. 


Thursday July 14
9:30 a.m.

No rain yesterday, but the chance still remains today.  We do have a gusting wind this morning that hopefully sticks around when we peak in the 80's later today. 

Check out Trader's Coffee House Summer Shenanigans menu -- covering all the outdoor enthusiast's tastes.

Pokemon GO players:  It is my understanding that 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 Mountain State Brewing with A Thirst for Art last night.  Look at all those beautiful Lake Pups (and variations thereof). So fun!

Tonight's Pocket Park movie is Minions.  It's a costume party and GCC Technologies will have free popcorn and cotton candy. 


Wednesday July 13
9:30 a.m.

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.

Ace's Run now has balcony seating and just in time for Pasta Night tonight!

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 boat accessories


Tuesday July 12
9:30 a.m.

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!

A 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
9:30 a.m.

We have a sunny start to the week and an expected high of 76.  Weather perfection, in my opinion. 

Dutch's at Silver Tree is celebrating its 5-year anniversary!  Wow, time flies. 

The 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
9:30 a.m.

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. 

The Dog-gone Fundraiser to benefit the Garrett County Humane Society will be held tomorrow at the college.

Another 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
9:30 a.m.

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 better. 

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. 

We added another motorcycle to our Online Marketplace.  A 1977 Honda.

The water's great at ASCI.  Make your reservation today!  (photo courtesy of ASCI's Facebook page)


Wednesday July 6
9:30 a.m.

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. 

Chautauqua continues tonight with Gwendolyn Brooks, poet and first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize.  Have I mentioned it's FREE?

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
9:00 a.m.

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 rain tonight.

2016 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. 

Check out 10 Amazing Places You Can Go On One Tank of Gas in Maryland from onlyinyourstate.com

 The Greene Turtle Deep Creek will open to the public tomorrow - July 6. 


Monday July 4
4:00 p.m.

This evening's fireworks have been postponed until tomorrow night.  If you're here, you know why.  #washout

Happy Independence Day.  Let's try again tomorrow. 


Friday July 1
9:30 a.m.

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 Robotics team. 

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!

Some 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 year's 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 7:30

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.