Tuesday January 17
Enough with this weather already! Rain, ice,
fog. If it's not going to snow, could the sun
at least come out? It's downright depressing.
The ice on the lake is gone and there is no call for
any temperatures to bring it back in the near
future. Hopefully, we'll see it's return again
this winter. I saw this video and found it
How to survive a fall through frozen ice.
One of those things you hope you never need, but
it's good to know.
The agenda for today's commissioners meeting is
The Deep Creek Lake POA breaks down the
continuing controversy on fracking.
The DNR announced a
new vendor will be handling the state park
reservations beginning this spring.
Registration is now open for the
2017 Gran Fondo bike race to be held June 24.
Early bird pricing is in effect until January 31 and
the event limit has been raised to 1,250 riders.
Friday January 13
Fifty-four degrees yesterday morning.
Twenty-eight today. A Freezing Rain Advisory
goes into effect at 11 p.m. tonight and runs through
7 p.m. tomorrow. Between yesterday's wind and
the potential ice, we may have more limbs on the
ground than in the trees.
Our local Board of Education voted to apply for the
waiver to start school before Labor Day for the
17/18 school year. The waiver application is
required after Governor Hogan mandated all Maryland
schools start after Labor Day.
A season-high 24 slopes open at Wisp as the holiday
weekend kicks off tonight with free
Stage Wisp concert featuring
Allan Sizemore. The first event in the
BlackStrap Rail Jam Series is tomorrow at 2 p.m.
at Central Park. As always, there's
great entertainment at all
our local bars through the weekend.
A Pancake Breakfast will be
held tomorrow at the Deep Creek Firehall.
Enjoy some great food and help support the Workman
Warriors Relay for Life team.
Thursday January 12
A half an inch of rain fell last night and chances
are we'll see more tonight. Today the wind is
gusting in the 30 mph range and it feels like
spring. It was 54 degrees at daybreak. Just crazy!
Winter will return for the holiday weekend.
There's a call for wintry mix and snow through the
Some additional terrain is available at Wisp with 23
trails open today.
Grow West MD LLC, the medical cannabis grower
approved for Garrett County, is
considering an existing building in Accident for its
facility instead of building at Keyser Ridge
Industrial Park, according the the Cumberland Times
Wednesday January 11
The thaw has begun. Temperatures climbed above
freezing yesterday around 5 and rain is on the way
tonight. You know what that means? Mud
again. January is really not supposed to be
our mud season.
No mud on the slopes at Wisp. Twenty slopes
open and an average base of twenty inches.
Marine Service will be at the
Pittsburgh Boat Show held this weekend and next
in Monroeville. Stop by, say hi, and check out
the savings and incentives for 2017.
This in from our McHenry
State Police Barracks: For 2017 the Maryland State Police will be actively targeting aggressive drivers on Maryland roadways. As part of the ADAPT (Aggressive Drivers Are Public Threats) expect to see additional Troopers enforcing motor vehicle laws such as speeding, following to closely, negligent driving, DUI/DWI and all cell phone and texting laws. The grant will run throughout 2017
Governor Hogan released his
Student Debt and Tuition Relief
Initiative. The Maryland General Assembly
session kicks off today at noon.
Post Editorial board came out in
support off moving forward with fracking in the
state (with strong regulations) and against a
statewide ban on the process.
Tuesday January 10
There is a surprise dusting of snow
this morning. A freezing rain advisory is in effect
until 1 p.m. resulting in our first school
cancellation this year.
We have a weather warm-up
ahead. Temperatures will reach above freezing
today and stay there through Friday.
Unfortunately, the warm-up brings rain with it --
also through Friday.
Twenty trails are open at Wisp including the
East Ridge for the first time this year.
Fences is the
Tuesday $5.50 Movie of the Week.
Monday January 9
Boy, oh boy, that was a cold
weekend. The last time we saw double digits
was Friday at 5 p.m. Still in single numbers
this morning, but temperatures will rise into the
high 20's today and we have a bit of a warm up for
the rest of the week.
The lake snapped shut Friday
night. Quickly. I imagine with the weekend
temperatures, it thickened up pretty quickly too.
Outdoor Center opens back up today for all your
ice fishing needs.
I see some brave souls out on McHenry Cove this
I am sorry to report that we
have our second death in the past 5 days likely due
to hypothermia. An Oakland
woman was found Sunday morning.
The January issue of HART's
Tails Up, is now available.
Blog from Wisp has some great pictures of the
whalebacks from the continuous snowmaking over the
Friday January 6
The lightest, powdery snow fell last
night. Just beautiful! Wisp reports 7 inches.
By the way, the chair in the
WebCam picture is not just in the way, it is
your way to tell how much snow we have. Pretty
high tech stuff, huh? :-)
Snow is tapering off this
morning and cold will be the driving issue for the
weekend. It's going to be bitter.
Governor Hogan released his
2017 Jobs Initiative.
Day today at Wisp and tomorrow at 10 a.m. they
join other resorts for the
World's Largest Lesson.
Thursday January 5
Temperatures are in the teens and
the mud has frozen. A Winter Weather Advisory
is in effect from noon today until 7 a.m. tomorrow
with a possible 4-6 inches of snow.
blowing snow on 17 trails this morning including
3 trails on the East Ridge.
body of a 24-year-old Frostburg man was
recovered after a search yesterday in Savage River
State Forest. The cause of death remains under
Check out this
crazy video out of Colorado of a bear that got
trapped in a Subaru.
Greg Short of the band
Brother Short (a frequent, local entertainer) and
will be featured on the DIY network for their
tiny home in Morgantown.
The DNR released the
totals from the First Day Hikes across the
Don't forget you can recycle
your live Christmas trees for free at the county
landfill through February. Also, in the next
story on that page, Garrett County welcomed our New
Year's Baby. Spoiler alert: I think he's
going to be a Steelers fan.
Railey Realty has released
January Real Estate Review.
Wednesday January 4
Just plain soggy around here.
So over the rain. It will change over to snow
showers later today. No accumulation is
expected, but at least the mud will freeze.
Yes, that is a bright side. :-)
Governor Hogan announced his
2017 Environmental Agenda. $65 million.
There was a natural gas line
leak in downtown Oakland yesterday afternoon, but
Oakland VFD crews were on the scene and the gas
company responded quickly to contain the leak.
Did you know if you bring a
valid lift ticket to
Ace's Run, you
can get $2 off your meal including PastaNight
Wednesday and StirFryday? It's true.
Trivia Night returns to
The Boardwalk tonight beginning at 6:30.
Tuesday January 3
Rain and fog again today, but winter
will return tomorrow. Temperatures will fall
in the evening hours on Wednesday and it looks like
teens and single digits through the weekend.
Today is a good day for a
movie. Passengers is the Tuesday
Movie of the Week at Garrett 8.
All showings are just $5.50.
Mountain State Brewing made
the list of
15 Places You Should Eat in Maryland.
The Maryland Department of
Mental Health and Hygiene
released the overdose death data through the 3rd
quarter of 2016. Garrett County has recorded
no drug and alcohol-related deaths. Certainly
we are not immune from this nationwide epidemic, but
I hope that number remains the same when the 4th
quarter data is released.
Monday January 2
HAPPY NEW YEAR! A seemingly
successful transition to 2017 here with lots of
people in town enjoying the slopes and the fun.
Rain this morning and the
chance for more through tomorrow night.
Wisp tallied 11 inches of
natural snow in December, but thanks to snowmakers
there are 17 trails open on the mountain.
regulations for fracking have been put on hold by
Maryland lawmakers setting the stage for a push
for a ban in this year's legislative session.
The Baltimore Sun editor
officially supported extending the ban.
The county commissioners
meeting originally scheduled for tomorrow has been
cancelled. The next meeting will be January
The DNR touts
the record-breaking accomplishments from 2016.