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Wednesday November 25
9:00 a.m.    

We did dip below freezing overnight and woke up to some frosty cover.  Sunshine and milder temperatures over the next few days. 

Thrillist lists 9 Maryland Towns You Should Be Spending More Time In.  Of course, Oakland is on there! :-)

Don't forget Small Business Saturday on November 28.  Our small businesses will appreciate your business.  All day, every day.

Also don't forget the two-week deer firearm season opens in Maryland on Saturday.  For those who hunt, but don't necessarily like venison, Maryland has a program to donate your harvest to Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to those hitting the road, sky or rails. 

If you're in town, be sure to stop by the Festival of Trees Friday and Saturday in the fairgrounds exhibit hall.  Just the thing to get you in the holiday spirit.  I heard Santa will even be there!


Tuesday November 24
9:00 a.m.    

We're going above the freezing mark today and staying there for a while.  No sign of precipitation until Friday night.

The Love's Travel Plaza is now open near Cumberland (Exit 46ish of I-68).  Just got a report that it is easy-on/easy-off and gas was $2.07 a gallon yesterday.

Don't forget the episode of Outdoors Maryland featuring the Adventuresports program at Garrett College airs tonight on MPT at 7:30.  For those of us who don't get MPT, it should be available online here soon. 

Bill's Outdoor Center is closed until January 6 when it will reopen for your ice fishing needs.


Monday November 23
9:00 a.m.    

Brr!  Morning temperatures in are in the teens and we have another day with a high only in the 20's.  Milder temperatures are ahead for Thanksgiving, though.

We had our first real stickage of snow overnight on Sunday and it still remains in some spots since we never got above freezing yesterday.

Seven Springs ski resort turned on their snowmaking machines last night.

Don't forget the first goose hunt on Deep Creek Lake opens today and runs through Wednesday.  Don't be alarmed if you see a boat with armed passengers.  (Very, very cold armed passengers.)

Spring Lick Road will be closed for maintenance tomorrow from 7 a.m. until job completion.


Friday November 20
9:00 a.m.    

Beautiful blue skies and good-looking weekend ahead.  It will just be cold.  Precipitation (both rain and snow) looks to be limited to overnight Saturday and should clear out by Sunday afternoon. 

Attention anglers.  The DNR developed an angler access map with detailed information on fishing points all over the state.  Discover a new place to fish!

The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation was named Maryland Wildlife Conservationist of the Year by the Wildlife Advisory Committee.

Wisp will hold its Winter Job Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.


Thursday November 19
9:00 a.m.    

The rain will be moving out and colder air is coming.  Today is the last day we'll see the 50's for a while.  We could see some snow showers this weekend and the high on Sunday is forecast to be 28.  Yes, the HIGH is 28.  We knew it was coming eventually...

A public meeting will be held tomorrow to discuss the availability conservation funding to improve local water quality, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.


Wednesday November 18
9:00 a.m.    

Clouds are here.  Rain is coming and, unfortunately the wind is returning too.  A wind advisory goes into effect at 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.

The POA received this statement from the DNR regarding the cancellation of the Turkey Neck land deal.

A good news bear story: a wildlife response team from the DNR  freed a bear whose head got struck in a  milk can in Frederick County.


Tuesday November 17
9:00 a.m.    

Sunny this morning, but clouds will be rolling in and rain is possible overnight and through Thursday.

Governor Hogan announced yesterday that he is 100% cancer-free and in complete remission.  Great news!

Check out this fantastic video about Place-Based Learning techniques used at Crellin Elementary School on Edutopia.

Over 23,000 deer were harvested during the early hunting season in Maryland - a 5% increase over last year's numbers. Speaking of hunting, the county announced yesterday that hunting is prohibited on all county-owned property.

FYI, The Boardwalk will be closed from November 29 until December 26 for renovations.

Attention cookie lovers (I think that's pretty much everyone)!  Stop by Trader's Coffee House today for Cookie Fest from 3-6 p.m.  Sample their holiday cookie selection, hot chocolate, cider, and coffee.  If you place your order before December 8th, you will get a half dozen free as a thank you for getting your orders in early!


Monday November 16
9:00 a.m.    

A frosty start to the morning, but the sun is shining and the expected high will be 60 degrees today.

The DNR is not moving forward with the purchase of land along Yacht Club Road in Turkey Neck. 

WTOP features Garrett County's own Firefly Farms in a recent article.

Carroll County Times featured an article on Maryland's bear hunt.  NOTE: it is a pro-hunting article, so those opposed to the hunt need not click.

The DNR released more information on the upcoming goose hunting season.

The agenda for tomorrow's public meeting with the commissioners is available.

Check out the October Market Minute from Long & Foster. 

Hey, Oakland folks.  Did you know Telli's Deli delivers to Oakland every Tuesday?  Call in your order by 10 a.m. to 301-387-6333.  And, hey everyone, Telli's will also host an Artist After Hours event this Wednesday. 


Friday November 13
9:00 a.m.    

Still windy today and much colder.  We'll be stuck in the 30's until Sunday with a chance for rain and snow overnight tonight.

Garrett County was ranked the most resilient housing market in Maryland and 39th overall in the US by MSN Money. 

You may remember the story of the five men caught grilling a rattlesnake they killed in Green Ridge State Forest.  Four of the men were tried and each received a $200 fine.  Expensive snake.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette highlights  improvements at area ski resorts including Wisp.

If you're still on the fence on what to do for Thanksgiving, Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty just made your decision easier with 20% off new reservations for the holiday.


Thursday November 12
9:00 a.m.    

That sun never did come out yesterday and we'll have periods of rain through the day -- and perhaps some snow mixed in overnight.

A Wind Advisory goes into effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today with gusts up to 50 mph.  Scattered tree and power line damage can be expected.

Another stretch of the Corridor H highway in West Virginia will be open to traffic as of this afternoon. I'm guessing it is the stretch of purple (without green) on this map.  So, will it be open to Davis/Rt. 219 now?  Anyone know?


Wednesday November 11
9:00 a.m.    

First and foremost,  to all who are currently serving or have served in our military, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Rain is moving out and clouds will follow to make way for a mostly sunny day.

Hey, Hagerstown!  You're getting a Primanti's Bros. and I am jealous!

The phone number listed in the goose hunt link below is the permit issuing number.  Any questions about the hunt should be directed to the Mt. Nebo Wildlife Management staff at 301-334-4255.

The results of the PARCC testing for Garrett County have been released and summarized on the GC Public Schools website.


Tuesday November 10
9:00 a.m.    

Rainy and cold today.  Temperatures will linger in the 40's all day.

A good day to see a movie and Garrett 8 Cinemas has two Tuesday Movies of the Week today.

The POA sent an Eblast sharing the details for the first goose hunt on the lake to be held later this month.

Engage Mountain Maryland is holding another fracking field trip this Sunday.  The group will caravan to Wetzel County West Virginia. 

Only one more week to order a complete Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings from Wisp.  Save yourself the work and enjoy the family.  Deadline to order is November 17.


Monday November 9
9:00 a.m.    

A pretty thick frost covering the area this morning.  Rain will arrive tonight and stick around through tomorrow.

There were a good number of people in town for a random November weekend.

Someone decided we needed a fireworks show around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning near the 219 bridge.  They were not bottle rockets.  I'm talking huge -- completely illegal -- very loud fireworks.  Thanks for waking up the neighborhood, jerk!

The Times-News announced on Friday that LaVale will be getting a Buffalo Wild Wings.

Rachel's Challenge will be presented in schools today and to the public tonight at 6:30 and both Northern and Southern High Schools.



Friday November 6
9:00 a.m.    

Temperatures in the mid-60's... at daybreak... in November.  It's just strange.  Clouds have moved in and rain is on the way later this afternoon. More seasonal temperatures arrive for the weekend, but it will be dry.

A potentially harmful bacteria has been found in some northern snakefish caught in the Potomac River in Virginia. 

The Junior Deer Hunt Days will be held next weekend, November 14 & 15, in Maryland.


Thursday November 5
9:00 a.m.    

What can I say?  Weather perfection continues.

Check out the November Real Estate Review from Railey Realty.

Pacific Group Resorts Inc., the company that now owns Wisp, just purchased Mount Washington Ski Resort in Vancouver, BC.

The Weather Channel highlights the snowiest places in each state and Oakland gets the nod for Maryland and Terra Alta for West Virginia.


Wednesday November 4
9:00 a.m.    

Another day that is too pretty to spend inside.  Sheer perfection and very un-November-like.

We added a nice Four Winns boat for sale on our Online Marketplace. 

Since it's a slow news day, I share this... I found this on my shoreline over the weekend.  It's cracked and dirty, but I'm thinking its pretty old.  The bottom says "H J Heinz Co. 385". 


Tuesday November 3
9:00 a.m.    

A gorgeous morning and a little stretch of an Indian Summer over the next few days with highs around 70 degrees.

We also had a pretty remarkable sunset last night, too.

The commissioners released the agenda for their public meeting to be held this Thursday in Accident.

Garrett County won two tourism awards at the Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit: the Tourism Advocate award for the Mountain Maryland PACE event (shared with Allegany County) and the Sports Tourism award for the ICF Canoe World Championships held at ASCI.


Monday November 2
9:00 a.m.    

Clouds will clear out today and we'll have another stretch of sunshine and warm weather through the week. 

The Hogan Administration announced a $600,000 partnership with Garrett County to promote homeownership and to help current homeowners make necessary repairs on aging homes.

The DCL POA provides a summary of last month's Policy & Review Board meeting.

Congratulations to Adam Homberg, a junior at Southern High School, on winning the snowboard category of the Motown Throwdown on Saturday.  His cool tricks got him a thousand dollar treat.

Aspiring writers, take note.  Best-selling author Lauren Carr will be teaching writing classes at Garrett College this month.