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Friday April 24
9:00 a.m.   

Winter.  Round 2.   That about sums it up.  Twenty-seven (27) degrees at daybreak.  On a bright note, the sun is shining, but it will only get to about 50 degrees.

Here's the latest from Mountain Top Ag News

Garrett County Schools are the first MD partner in the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway.

It's that time of year.... stinky and savory ramp season!  Stop by the Deep Creek Discovery Center tomorrow for the annual Ramp Cook Off. 

The DNR is reminding us to be mindful of bears -- hungry, hungry bears waking up from their winter nap.  My bird feeders are down and stored away until next winter.

Bear Creek Traders will host a Spring Open House today through Sunday.  Check out the new items, register for door prizes and shop the wide inventory. 

The Northern High School Drama Department will present:  "More Than a Lake: A Garrett County History" this weekend -- tonight at Northern and tomorrow night at Our Town Theatre.  Both shows start at 7 and tickets are $5 at the door.

Wednesday April 22
1:30 p.m.

       Well, this sucks...

9:00 a.m.   

It's cold, rainy and we may see some snowflakes overnight and into the morning.  Actually, we won't even see the fifties until the weekend -- and even then just barely.  Need warmth, please!

The CMT artist for the free Empowering Education concert at the college has been revealed:  Annie Bosko.  

Registration for the annual Park Quest adventure program will be an open lottery for the first time this year.  In years' past, the 1,000-team spots were filled within the first hour.  Registration for the lottery will be April 27 - May 1.

Oklahoma government has acknowledged the role of drilling/underground wastewater disposal in earthquakes around the state.

Tuesday April 21
9:00 a.m.   

Yesterday was a pretty nice day until the evening skies darkened and the storms arrived.  Back down in the thirties this morning and cold will be upon us for a while.  There's even a chance for some snow Wednesday night/Thursday morning. 

CBS Baltimore named Deep Creek the best lakeside getaway near Baltimore. 

The DNR is investigating a hunting accident in neighboring Allegany County.  The article offers some good safety tips.

The county has a new system to  sign up for emergency notifications via text, email or phone.

Monday April 20
9:00 a.m.   

We did have that beautiful day on Saturday, as promised -- warm and sunny!  So nice.  Not much to look forward to this week, weather-wise.  Cold and rainy. 

Boating season is coming and you want your boat to look its best, so call Mobile Boat Detailing at 301-616-8668.  Troy and Declan come to you and bring their own supplies.  Two teenagers, willing to work for their money. What!?!?

Route 135 between Westernport and Luke is closed due to a rather significant landslide.

HB 139 was approved and beginning July 1, the county requirement to order a meal in order to be served an alcoholic beverage in restaurants on Sundays will be repealed. 

Friday April 17
9:00 a.m.   

Bands of showers moving through since last night -- pouring one minute and dry the next.  It will all clear out by late afternoon and tomorrow will be 74 and mostly sunny.  Yay!

The Board of Education approved a pre-Labor Day start - August 24 -  for next school year after the bill requiring post-Labor Day starts in all of Maryland failed in session.

There was a fatal shooting in Preston County last night and the shooter was on the loose for a while; prompting calls Oakland area residents to be on alert.  The suspect later turned himself in. 

The commissioners' public meeting slated for Tuesday, April 21 has been rescheduled for Monday, April 27 at 4 p.m.

Check out Ace's Run's new special -- Stir Fryday!  See what they did there?  It's like pasta night with an Asian twist -- every Friday from 6-9.

The Mr. Garrett County Contest is tomorrow night at the Elks and guaranteed to provide some laughs -- and support a good cause. 

GLAF presents wonderful family show tomorrow night at the college with Michael Cooper:  Masked Marvels and Wondertales.

Thursday April 16
9:00 a.m.   

A band of showers will roll through later this afternoon and stick around through tomorrow morning.  Then, it looks like we'll have a pretty dry weekend until Sunday afternoon. Warmer, too.

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

Humberson Real Estate is now 1 Real Estate Source, LLC.

A Beacon study finds that Garrett County Public Schools have a local annual economic impact of $68 million.

The annual mayfly swarm is beginning.  Pesky little buggers.

Wednesday April 15
9:15 a.m.   

A dry, partly sunny and chilly day ahead. 

A train derailed early this morning near Spring Lick Road in Swanton.  Thankfully, no injuries were reported and of the 11 cars that derailed, the one that was carrying 126-ton of heating fuel did not overturn.  Scary! (photo courtesy of the Deer Park VFD)

The 2015 General Assembly Session ended at midnight on Monday.  Here is a photo gallery of some of the bills that passed.

It's Tax Day.  To ease your pain, Brenda's Pizzeria is offering 15% off your dine-in bill and Traders' Coffee House will give you a free cookie.

Tuesday April 14


I think yesterday may have been our best day of the season thus far.  Perfect!  So nice to see boats (albeit, just a few) back out on the lake.  Clouds and rain are expected to clear out this morning, but it won't get as warm as it's been.

Daffodils and hyacinth are finally blooming at the lake -- about a week behind Oakland's show.

Sharing this post from Friends of Deep Creek Lake's Facebook page yesterday. Good news for our precious lake. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette names Wisp one of the top golf destinations within a two-hour drive of the city.  Wisp plans to open the Fantasy Valley golf course on Friday and Lodestone on May 1 (weather permitting)

Construction started yesterday on the adoption wing at the HART center. 

Monday April 13
9:15 a.m.   

What a nice weekend!  We started off a little cold in the mornings, (cold enough for a frost on Saturday) but recovered nicely as the days went on.  More loveliness in store today before the rain arrives tonight.

A Greene Turtle restaurant will be opening in Morgantown.  It was rumored that one was going in at the Santa Fe Grille location.  I'm guessing we can put that rumor to rest. 

The 2.5 year fracking ban passed in the House on Friday.  The bill garnered enough votes in both chambers to make it veto-proof.  

Friday April 10
9:30 a.m.   

For a brief, shining moment yesterday the fog cleared and the sun came out.  For a brief moment a few hours later, we were under a Tornado Watch.  Rain is likely again today -- we are under a Flash Flood Watch until 2 --  but rain is expected to clear out this evening just in time for the weekend. 

Look what I found...  It's a low bush, but that green will work its way up to the treetops soon.

Accident was named the most conservative town in the state. 

Baltimore Fishbowl gives a recap on the fracking issue in Maryland and how we got here.

The annual Health Fair will be held tomorrow in the CARC Building at the college.  Free screenings, guest speakers and new this year, a Family Fun Festival geared toward young children.

A dance will be held on Saturday night at the Oakland Elks Lodge.  Local favorite, The Remedy, will play from 8 to midnight.  Doors open at 7.  

The Maryland Spring Junior Turkey hunt is this weekend. 

Thursday April 9
9:30 a.m.   

Still foggy at the lake today.  Sufficiently saturated and we're not reaching the 60's that have been forecast over the past couple days. All eyes on the prize this weekend -- sunshine is coming!

Remember that $1 million Powerball ticket sold at the Winner's Circle in Oakland back in February?  Still hasn't been claimed. 

A public meeting will be held on Saturday at 1 pm in the old gymnasium at the college to discuss the stormwater management of North Glade Run.  If you cannot attend the meeting, but would like to provide input, the previous link includes a Citizen Input Form.

Wednesday April 8
9:30 a.m.   

A dense fog this morning and more rain in the forecast for later this afternoon. 

The street sweepers were out on Lake Shore Drive last evening taking all their winter abrasives back.  A welcome sight -- especially for those on bikes.

The commissioners reported at Monday's meeting that the county is in negotiations to remove itself from the ASCI equation. 

Columbia native, Edward Norton, is lending his voice to support a moratorium on fracking in Maryland.

Tuesday April 7
9:00 a.m.   

The rain held off until late evening yesterday and it was a beautiful day.  We are dry, so far, this morning, but more rain is a'coming.  Jay Ferguson, realtor and broker at Taylor-Made Vacations and Real Estate, caught this beautiful picture this morning. 

The Senate passed the bill the would place a two-year moratorium on fracking in Maryland.  The bill now has to go back to the House for discussion and a vote. 

Congratulations to Brenda McDonnell, Karen Myers and Hannah Sincell - the 2015 inductees into the Garrett County Commission for Women Hall of Fame.

Governor Larry Hogan invites chefs using local Maryland ingredients to submit original recipes for the Governorís Buy Local Cookout, which will be held at Government House in Annapolis in mid-July.

Monday April 6font>
9:30 a.m.   

Frost on the rooftops and the sun is shining... for now.  You know the old saying about April showers?  Well here's our forecast for the week.   The temperatures look pretty good, though.

The rain they had forecast missed us Friday and it did spit a little snow on Saturday morning, but after that the weekend weather improved. Yesterday was lovely -- still a bit chilly -- but lovely.

Lots of docks making their way in the water -- including the Boardwalk.

The commissioners will hold a public meeting today in the Friendsville Town Hall.

Friday April 3
9:30 a.m.   

Well, it didn't hit 70 yesterday.   In fact it barely reached the 60's and even that was only for a brief time.  What the heck?!?  We are under a Flood Watch until 2 a.m.  Rain is coming and it will linger possibly dropping 1.5 to 2 inches before it changes over to snow (no accumulation is expected).

WBAL reports on the anti-fracking rally yesterday in Annapolis and the commissioners sent a new letter to the MDE backpedaling a bit on their initial letter sent back in January.

The annual tax sale will be held on May 1 at 10 a.m. at the courthouse.  A list of current properties for sale is here.

Two Easter Egg Hunts and a egg dying event at the Discovery Center happening tomorrow.  When you're all good and hungry, stop by the Southern Garrett Rescue Squad building for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser and pop-up fashion show. 

Thursday April 2
9:00 a.m.   

Yes, we may see some rain later today, but it is going to be 70 today!  Yes, it may snow tomorrow night, but it is going to be 70 today!  :-)

Docks are going in at Bill's Marine North

Beginning next Monday, on-street parking in Oakland will be free for customers and visitors, but limited to two hours.

Ace's Run and Dutch's at Silver Tree will be offering Easter buffets on Sunday. 

A Senate panel voted yesterday to approved a bill that calls for a two-year moratorium on fracking in the state.   The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote and, if approved, would go back to the House... again.  Another report on that here. The revised bill also removed the requirement for a study on potential health effects.

Wednesday April 1
9:00 a.m.   

Frost on the rooftops today, but the sun is shining and we are headed up, up, up into the 50's.  Waaaaay up tomorrow to the 70's.  Yay!

Opponents to fracking have taken to Twitter --  #dontfrackmd -- if you care to tweet along with them.

A bill currently being discussed in the Senate would provide revenue to the county from state-owned land.  "The program is intended to compensate counties for lost tax revenue when the state owns land, thereby taking it off the tax rolls."

If you still need your Easter ham, Working H Meats is having a special on that and more of it -- 1/2 pig for $275 or a whole for $550 -- includes cut to your instructions, vacuum packed, hams/bacon smoked and one sausage flavor.

 Welcome Kinsley Contracting as a new advertiser.  Give them a call for your next home improvement project.

 Happy April Fools Day!  Believe nothing you hear today.