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Friday July 25
9:00 a.m.  

Skies cleared yesterday and we had a beautiful evening.  Continued clear skies today, but storms -- sometimes severe - are a possibility beginning tomorrow.

A white Alcort Sunfish was found adrift near the dam on Sunday.  There were no registration numbers on the boat.  It has been turned into the DNR, so if you are missing one, contact the DNR.

A draft of the DCL Watershed plan is now available.  Public comments will be accepted until August 23 and should be sent to dcarpenter@garrettcounty.gov

Weekend events include:

Thursday July 24
9:00 a.m.  

Damp and a bit dreary this morning, but cooler.  Expected high today is only 69 with a chance for scattered showers. 

Here's a feature article on Mountain Maryland in the Maryland Scenic Byways magazine.

Don't forget the State of Lake and Watershed presentation tonight at 7 in the Garrett College auditorium. 

Pocket Park movie tonight is Space Cowboys and Theatre on the Lake will open The Diary of Anne Frank tonight through Saturday. 

Twelve kittens were adopted yesterday at the Emergency Adoption event, but there are still more in need of homes. 

Wednesday July 23
9:00 a.m.  

Already 70 degrees this morning and sticky.  Fifty-percent chance of rain this afternoon and more likely for some showers overnight.

Due to a cancellation of a kitten transport by another animal rescue group, HART for Animals will be having an Emergency Kitten Adoption Event on Wednesday, July 23 through Saturday, July 26 at the HART Animal Center at 1265 Bumble Bee Road. Adopted kittens will be spayed or neutered for free. This is a joint effort of HART and the Garrett County Animal Shelter. Please help the homeless kittens by adopting this Wednesday through Saturday. Call 301.387.7729 for more information.  Just look at these faces...

Here's What's Fresh at the Farmer's Market today in Oakland. 

Gina Powell and Her Electric Band take the stage tonight at Wisp at 6:30.  Matt Tichon will be at The Boardwalk at 5.  Both free, both fun!

Tuesday July 22
9:00 a.m.  

Isolated showers are a possibility again today with an expected high of 82. 

My apologies to those who noticed our site was down for the better part of the day yesterday.  It was out of my control, but, for what it is worth, the post I had prepared is below. 

The State Highway Administration will be adding a pedestrian/biking lane on Rt. 51 from Old Town to cross the Potomac into Paw Paw, WV.

The Irish Independent features an article about the SavageMan Triathlon.

The Fair Board has announced there will be a ride preview day on Saturday at the fair.  Admission at the gate is free and so is the tractor pull, but a ride ticket will be $10 and good from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  The full schedule of events is available here.

Monday July 21
9:00 a.m.  

A slight chance for an isolated thunderstorm today.  Nice day Sunday, but Saturday was pretty much a wash-out -- rained and drizzled all day. 

An interesting history lesson on the National Road and General Braddock in the New York Times.

The third round of herbicide application on hydrilla in the southern portion of the lake is set for today.  Boaters are asked to stay clear of the work area. 

There will be a Dutch oven cooking demonstration today at the Friend's Store in Sang Run at 11 a.m. and candle dipping, too. 

Friday July 18
9:00 a.m.  

Looks like today is going to be the best day of the weekend.  The possibility of rain lingers beginning tonight and through Sunday .

WBOY, out of West Virginia, was in town yesterday to interview some Team USA members.  Check out the video here

Some rides for the fair have arrived at the fairgrounds.  Yup, it is almost fair week!

Happenings this weekend include:

Thursday July 17
9:00 a.m.  

Another day like yesterday.  Sunny, chilly and no humidity. 

Tonight's Pocket Park movie is Groundhog Day and the USA Kayak Team will be there for a meet and greet beginning at 7 p.m. 

Sharing a new link for the drone video of our fireworks.  The one I linked to below is no longer available.  So in case you missed it, here it is again

Northern Middle School was named the recipient of the Maryland Center for Character Education School of the Year. 

Wednesday July 16
9:00 a.m.  

The sun is out, but the air is chilly.  Low 50's this morning and an expected high of only 67.

Wonderful Wednesday again today in Oakland.  Check out what's fresh at the Farmer's Market this week and the deals at the local shops. 

Hillbilly Gypsies perform tonight at Wisp at 6:30 and The Janice Ray Duo at 5:00 at The Boardwalk.  Get your hump day groove on. 

Stop by the HART Animal Center today (and every Wednesday and Saturday through August) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an animal adoption event. 

Tickets are going fast for the private concert with Shirley King, daughter of B.B. King, this Sunday at Mountain State Brewing.  Order tickets online or stop by the pub to get yours. 

Tuesday July 15
9:00 a.m.  

Rain this morning after a bunch of rain yesterday.  It should all clear out by mid-afternoon and we'll have a few rain-free days and the return of the polar vortex (minus the drama it is a cold snap) with highs only reaching around 70.    

Mark your calendars; the State of the Lake presentation will be held on Thursday July 25 at 7p.m. in the college auditorium. 

Counting down the days until Deep Creek 2014 and volunteers are still needed. 

A Lousiana woman is suing 84 Lumber for faulty construction through its National Corporate Install Program.  Local developer, Greg Mortimer, has been in litigation with the company since 2011 with the similar claims about the program.

Will O' the Wisp has been chosen as a 2014 Southern Hospitality Hotel Editor's Pick by Convention South magazine.  One of just four Maryland resorts chosen. 

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

Mountain State Brewing will host a HART for Animals fundraiser tonight at 6 p.m. with guest bartender, Nina Beitzel, from Deep Creek Fitness.  Stop by for fun while supporting a great cause. 

Monday July 14
9:00 a.m.  

Weekend rain held off until yesterday evening when some loud (and close) thunderstorms rolled through.  Still a bit dreary this morning and a guarantee from the NWS for some more storms today.

The commissioners' meeting agenda for tomorrow is available here and it will include discussion on the proposed changes to the water and sewer boundaries in the county at 11:15.

The POA offers these tips when dealing with noisy and disruptive rental neighbors. 

Thursday July 10
9:00 a.m. 

Sunshine this morning, but a chance for thunderstorms.  Crews are working hard, but there are still some without power in the area. 

A blue & yellow Rave water trampoline is missing from McHenry Cove area after Tuesday's storm.  If anyone found it, please let me know and I will direct you to the owners. 

Great article here from WV Metro News on fishing in Deep Creek Lake. 

The Adventure Journal lists the Top 9 rafting trips in the lower 48.  Upper Yough ranks third. 

Pocket Park Movie tonight is Hotel Transylvania -- beginning at dusk in the Pocket Park in Oakland. 

No post from me tomorrow, so we'll highlight the weekend programs now.

  • Little Yough Summer Music Festival kicks off tomorrow night with Blue Steel at 7 p.m. in Oakland.

  • Art in the Park will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Discovery Center.

  • Theatre on the Lake will begin The Importance of Being Earnest today through Saturday in the barn at Ridgeview Valley.

  • The GC Human Society's Dog Gone FUNdraiser will be held on Saturday.

Wednesday July 9
9:00 a.m.  

Yes, those storms arrived.  Watches, warnings, you name it.  Trees are down and power outages all over (some still are without).  A chance for more thunderstorms today, but thankfully no call for anything severe. 

Teams are training over the next couple weeks at ASCI.  Stop by and watch.

  Wonderful Wednesday today in Oakland.  Stop by for sales at the local shops, the farmer's market and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Grand Ole' Ditch bluegrass band takes the stage tonight at Wisp at 6:30.

Tuesday July 8
9:00 a.m. 

Batten down the hatches!  Looks like some severe storms may be on the way.  

Rocky Gap casino's revenue increased 50% compared to last June with around $3.75 million. 

The Chamber of Commerce has revamped its website with the new brand.  Check it out

Monday July 7


Overall a beautiful weekend.  That wind on the 4th was something else, but it died down just in time for the fireworks.  Hey, at least Old Glory was blowing at her finest.

I lied when I said we could fit more people.  I believe we reached maximum capacity this weekend.  Five minutes to turn left from Lake Shore Drive onto 219.  Yes, I timed it.

Thank you, Jessica Rosnick for sharing these lovely firework pictures...

And, Adele Kemp for this one...

 And be sure to check out this video from the Taylor-Made Vacations' drone. 

It was a beautiful night and celebration. 

Heads up, here -- boundary changes are proposed for the water and sewer districts. 

Friday July 4
9:00 a.m. 

Chilly this morning at 52 and that mountain breeze - more like a steady wind -- has returned.  Expected high today is only 70, but the sun will shine.

Holiday weekend activities include:

  • Fireworks tonight at dusk in McHenry.  May be a little chilly on a boat, so don't forget that sweatshirt.

  • The rodeo will be at the fairgrounds tonight and tomorrow night beginning at 7:30.

  • Friends Store is open for the season with special events and great shopping. 

  • The grand opening for the bike park at Wisp will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m to 5 p.m.

  • Last free fishing day of year in Maryland today.  No license required.

  • Special events will be held at New Germany State Park and DCL State Park

  • The waverunner restriction goes into effect today and every Saturday and Sunday through, and including Labor Day.  Keep 'em parked from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Don't miss the boat parade tomorrow night.  The swan boat will be included. 

  • Chautauqua event begins on Saturday and runs through Monday.  This year's theme: Creative Women Breaking the Mold. 

  • Check out the live entertainment all weekend at our bars.  

Happy Independence Day!  Enjoy, be safe and leave the fireworks to the professionals.  :-)

Thursday July 3
9:00 a.m. 

Last call for showers today and then all-clear for the weekend.  Although, the past few days of so-called rain hasn't amounted to much.

Serving up two nights of fireworks around here.  Broadford Park's display goes off tonight at dusk.  Stop by early for a patriotic concert by the Garrett Community Concert Band and Garrett Choral Society beginning at 7:30.  Entrance to the park is $3/person, kids 8 and under at $1.

Here's an article offering tips on getting good firework photos from your smartphone.  Hint, hint.  ;-)

The Pocket Park movie in Oakland goes on tonight, too.  Frozen will be shown at dusk.

State parks across Maryland have been approved as Green Travel Destinations

Lt. Governor and the Democratic candidate for Governor, Anthony Brown, is (or was) in our fine county with his family.  Seems to be a vacation rather than a campaign stop.  Good for him!

The POA breaks down the marina permit that was issued for FunTime Water Sports. 

Wednesday July 2
9:00 a.m. 

The rain missed us yesterday, but the heat did not.  Not much of a breeze, either.  Another day is the 80's today and still a chance for a thunderstorm.  Weekend still looks awesome!  Heat will break and the sun will be out. 

Happy July!  Property tax bills have arrived.   :-(

I've gotten a few inquiries about the annual rodeo.  I haven't seen anything around town about it, but acoording to the GC Livestock Association Facebook page, it will be held this Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds.  Advance tickets ($8) are available at Arrowhead or at the door ($10, I think).  Rodeo action starts at 7:30 p.m.  Something to consider, too, for those who normally park at the fairgrounds to watch the fireworks.  May be a little busier than normal.

Kicking off the holiday early -- Stage Wisp Summer Concert Series begins tonight with the Terah Crawford Band.  Boardwalk's Wednesday entertainment begins with Kelly Lynott and Floyd Cowger will be at the Harbor Bar.  Times are available here

Lots of people in town, but we stil have room for more.  Check out our lodging partners and ask about special last-minute deals for the weekend. 

The Youghiogheny Glades Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is selling bricks to honor those who have served.  Bricks are $50 and will be placed at the Accident Veteran's Memorial.  Call Sherry at 301-746-8357, if you are interested in purchasing one. 

Tuesday July 1
9:00 a.m. 

Just a couple passing showers yesterday.  If you blinked, you missed them.  Otherwise a nice, albeit hot and humid, day.  A chance for some storms today and likely for tonight -- some possibly severe.  Expected high is 84.  What?!?

There will be a planned power outage on July 8 in the McHenry area. 

The DCL POA presented a check for $10,000 to the DNR to help cover costs of the hydrilla treatment in the lake. 

Our local Dove Center received a $3,000 grant to install housing for dogs and cats of shelter residents. It is one of 100 shelters nationwide and one of only two in Maryland to be designated as a pet safety shelter.

Long & Foster is now offering a look at some of their featured vacation rentals right here on this site. 

FunTime Watersports, at the Creamery location, is back in business.  You may remember all the controversy and lawsuits that shut it down last year.  Well, evidently, the owner applied for a marina permit and was approved.  The parking requirement was met by including the lot across the street.  Does that mean it is over?

Here's a look at the gizmo that floated up to a resident's dock earlier this month.   Looks like part of a water trampoline and we still haven't found its owner.   Let me know, if you know...