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Friday October 24
9:00 a.m.  

That elusive sun is trying to work its way out from behind the clouds.  Highs will only be in the 50's this weekend, but it should be dry finally.

Sixty-seven bears checked in as of 8:00 last night and the 2014 season is now a wrap.  The first and the biggest bear (418 lbs.) were both harvested by Garrett County residents. 

The DNR is reminding everyone to be cautious of deer on the roadways as activity increases during this time of year. 

Landon's Pumpkin Chase will be held tomorrow at Broad Ford Park -- a 10K/5K/2-mile walk.   A registration form is here.

This is the last Saturday for the Farmer's Market in Oakland.  Stop by between 10 and 1 to load up until next year.

Thursday October 23
9:00 a.m.  

Boy, was yesterday a bummer.  Forty-one degrees at daybreak and it never budged from there.  Fog and rain all day, to boot.  Looking forward to (and really need) the improving weather ahead. 

Early voting begins today in Maryland.  Our local polling place is the amory building in Oakland. A video from our local candidate forum is now online.

A Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held now until November 17 to benefit local families in need.  Items needed are: Boxed Mashed Potatoes, Canned Turkey Gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Canned Cranberry Sauce, Boxed Stuffing, Canned Green Beans or Corn, Canned Pumpkin Pie Filling, Pie Crust and Biscuit Mix.  Donations can be dropped off at Telli's Deli in The Fort during normal business hours.

The Throwback Thursday movie tonight at Garrett 8 is Psycho.  I wasn't sure which one, but have confirmed it is the original 1960 version.

Wednesday October 22
9:00 a.m.  

Cold and damp.  One more day with a call for rain and then a stretch of dry days.  Finally! 

Forty-five total bears as of yesterday and two more days left on the season.  Last year, the hunt ran from Monday through Saturday with a quota of 95-130.  Ninety-four total were checked after the week.

Our own Cheryl DeBerry has been appointed by the governor to the Maryland Agricultural Commission.

I read an article touting that gas prices are under $3.00 in Maryland.  Not this part of Maryland -- $3.25 in Oakland yesterday.   

Tuesday October 21
9:00 a.m.  

More rain is on the way this afternoon, but, so far, it looks like we'll have sunshine for the weekend. 

Thirty bears were checked on the first day of the hunting season.  You can follow the hunt via the DNR Twitter page. Warning: don't click if you don't want to see dead bears. 

Members from the National Institutes of Health were in the county yesterday collecting samples from the checked bears for research.

Another 1.5 mile segment of Corridor H in West Virginia is expected to be open by Thanksgiving.

Monday October 20
11:00 a.m.  

We had a surprisingly busy weekend around here.  Not so surprising, the weather wasn't great.  The sun did come out yesterday, but it was pretty cold.  We even had some snowflakes flying.  Rain is set to arrive tonight and continue through Wednesday.

Black bear season opens today and runs for four days. No quota this year.

Friday October 17
1:00 p.m.  

Sunshine!  It does exist!

9:00 a.m.  

This weather!  Ugh!  Really need some sunshine.

The full episode of the Tiny House Nation featuring Blue Moon Rising is online.  Yay! 

More news on our POA's opposition to vertical Marcellus Shale drilling in the DCL watershed.

The Garrett County Health department has confirmed several cases of whooping cough in local unvaccinated children.

A lobster dinner will be held at Cherry Glade Mennonite Church next Saturday to benefit It's In the Bag Ministry -- a group that provides weekend take-home backpacks for at-risk children.  The cost is $25 for lobster and $15 for chicken.  There will be three seatings at 5, 6 & 7 p.m. The deadline for reservations is this Sunday -- email rswachter@verizon.net.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.

On tap this weekend:

The Southern High School Theatre department will host a Haunted Hayride at Broadford Park tonight and tomorrow night.  Rides begin at dark and are $5/person.  Enter through the ball field gates.

CARC will hold a 3-year birthday celebration tomorrow and $3 Community Swims on Saturday and Sunday in honor of I Can Swim! month.

Check out the Fall Bazaar at Zion  Lutheran Church in Accident from 10-2 tomorrow.  Food, crafts and more.

Thursday October 16
9:00 a.m.  

The chill has returned and the rain remains.  We did have a bit of sun yesterday evening and and although we are a few days past peak, the leaves are still performing well.

Accuweather's 2014/15 winter forecast has us under the snowy bubble. 

Here is a recap of Deep Creek 2014 and a look at our possible role in successful bid for the Olympics in DC 2024 -- canoe, kayaking AND BMX/mountain bike racing! 

Well, I don't get the FYI channel (mentioned below) or NBCSN (for this weekend's DC 2014 coverage).  Missing it all...

A candidate forum hosted by The Republican newspaper will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Garrett College auditorium.

Wednesday October 15
11:00 a.m.  

Tune in to the FYI network tonight at 9:00 for a Halloween edition of Tiny House Nation.  Blue Moon Rising, Hobbitat and Deep Creek Lake will be featured!  DirecTV Channel 266. Check out this sneak peak of the show.

9:00 a.m.  

Over an inch of rain today, but the majority has already pushed through.  The forecast earlier in the week called for sunshine beginning tomorrow, but no more.  We have a chance for rain through Saturday and cloudy skies.  It is such a shame, because the leaves are so goregous, but the weather is not.

Railey Realty offers this update on our real estate market through the 3rd quarter of 2014.

A Maryland State Trooper is being praised for saving an infant's life in Cumberland along I-68.

Another drone video from Taylor Made Vacations.  Definitely worth checking out.

Wisp announced the inception of an annual Benefit Day the day prior to opening day.  Tickets are $20 per person for adults and children 6 and older or 38 tall and include all-mountain lift ticket access for skiing and snowboarding, unlimited snow tubing and a mountain coaster ride. All proceeds will benefit this year's recipient; GLAF

Tuesday October 14
9:00 a.m.  

Wow!  It's really warm outside. Certainly not used to morning temperatures in the 60's.  Rain is almost a guarantee beginning tonight and through tomorrow.  We had a brief (very brief) moment of sunshine yesterday.  It's been a while since we've seen that ball in the sky. 

A report of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission included Garrett County's Municipalities Collaboration as an example of Best Practices.  (Page 43)

Our POA's opposition to Marcellus Shale made news on this site.

The September Market Minute from Long & Foster in now available.

Garrett County Habitat for Humanity is taking preorders on holiday wreaths through tomorrow.  All proceeds benefit the organization.

Monday October 13
9:00 a.m.  

Not the best of weather for our Autumn Glory Festival.   The weekend was spent under rain on Friday, misty rain on Saturday and fog and cold throughout.  The leaves are absolutely spectacular and when (if) the sun ever comes out again, they'll be even better.  Raining this morning and, unfortunately, we have rain in the forecast through Thursday.

Realized last night that I don't get NBC Universal!  Anyone catch the segment on Deep Creek 2014?  Let me know how it was.  NBCSN  will air the program on Oct 18th, 2014 from 5:30 pm - 6 pm EST & Oct 19th, 2014 from 2:30 pm - 3 pm EST.

The DCL POA voted to oppose Marcellus Shale drilling in the Deep Creek Watershed.  The Baltimore Sun recently ran this editorial regarding the issue.

The DNR is reminding residents that black bear activity increases in the fall as they prepare for hibernation. Also from the DNR, early deer muzzleloader season opens on October 16.

Tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote in the gubernatorial election in Maryland. 

Friday October 10
9:00 a.m.  

The rain did hold off for the fireman's parade and Oktoberfest celebration last night in Oakland.  It was a lovely evening.  It doesn't look like tonight's Taking it to the Streets event will be so lucky. Rain is on the way and umbrellas will be required. The good news is: rain is expected to clear out early tomorrow morning and the feature parade should be dry.

Leaves seem to be peaking right on cue for the festival.  I got word that the Pulse station on Sirius mentioned Oakland as the #5 town for leaf peeping and even gave a plug for Autumn Glory yesterday.  /p>

Congratulations to Norma Hesen, Garrett County's Most Beautiful Person, and Jim Johnson, this year's Honorary Golden Ambassador for the Autumn Glory Festival.

Check out the schedule of events for things to do this weekend.  A couple things not on the list; Bear Creek Traders is having a tent sale with savings up to 70% and Bill's Marine Service is holding a Customer Appreciation event Saturday and Sunday from 12-5.

Don't forget to set your DVR's to  NBC Universal for coverage of Deep Creek 2014 this Sunday at 7 p.m.  (Dish Network channel 402/DirecTV channel 625)

Thursday October 9
9:00 a.m.  

Oh, Mother Nature! Please don't rain on our parade.  Literally!  The timing of showers today may allow for a dry Fireman's parade tonight in Oakland.  Keeping our fingers crossed. 

Check out Fall at the Farm video from Logan Marks Media.  You can see we still have a lot of green mixed with the fall colors. 

The Maryland State Park Service won a bronze award in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for this video.

ASCI will offer $25 rafting this Sunday beginning at 1:30 after the Pumpkin Festival.  Call 301-387-4000 to reserve a space.  Last trips of the season!

Wednesday October 8
9:00 a.m.  

Lots and lots of rain last night, but a dry day ahead with party sunny skies. 

The commissioners voted to approve the Watershed Management Plan, but withheld the Memorandum of Understanding.

Autumn Glory Festival begins tonight with the annual kick-off dinner.  A full schedule of events for the weekend is here.

The Chicago Tribune (via the Washington Post) gave an all-Garrett-County shout out for leaf peeping in Maryland. 

A quote from this article:   "Voters got a chance to see where the candidates for governor in Maryland stand on a number of issues during a televised debate Tuesday evening."  Unfortunately, not all voters as a lot of our county residents still don't have Maryland TV stations.

Police are seeking information about a hit and run on I-68 near Flintstone last night. 

Tuesday October 7
9:00 a.m.  

We had rain yesterday afternoon and evening and it looks like the same timing for today.  The forecast for our  Autumn Glory Festival is not looking great.  Could be worse, but the threat of rain will be constant through the weekend and highs will reach only into the 50's. 

The draft of the Marcellus Shale Risk Assessment is available for review and public comments will be accepted until November 3.

Check out this drone video overtop Friendsville from Brian Oxford. 

Cobblestone Hair Studio is offering 30% off all Aveda skincare products all month long.

Sportscene TV created this closing video of Deep Creek 2014.  NBC Universal will air coverage of the event on this Sunday at 7 p.m.  (Dish Network channel 402/DirecTV channel 625)

Monday October 6
9:00 a.m.  

A sunny and cold Monday morning, but showers may be on the way later today and into tonight.  We will reach into the 60's all week which is a far sight better than the weekend. Yes, there was snow (or some form of frozen precipitation) mixed in with rain on Saturday. 

Oakland is #1 for fall colors on CNN, too! 

The commissioners' agenda for tomorrow has the Watershed Management presentation slated for 9:10 a.m.

I have a lot of these caterpillars in my yard.  Passing along that handling them may cause rashes and burning. 

Friday October 3
9:00 a.m.  

Showers are expected to arrive later this afternoon and, unfortunately, wind gusts, too.  Sounds like we're going to lose some leaves from the trees. Rain is expected to clear out by tomorrow afternoon, but it is going to be chilly (actually, downright cold).

The final Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan will be presented on Tuesday October 7 at the commissioners' meeting which begins at 9 a.m.  You can view the final plan here.

A winner of a bear lottery license is still looking for private property to hunt during the upcoming season. 

Things to do this weekend:

Thursday October 2
9:00 a.m.  

Foggy this morning, but it will clear out to sunny skies and highs in the 70's.  Rain will arrive tomorrow and a cold front is on the way.  Saturday's expected high is only 48 and we could see some snowflakes mixed in the rain.  What?

Check out this picture taken yesterday by Taylor-Made Vacations.  Gorgeous!

Oakland will receive Program Open Space money for improvements at Broad Ford Park.

The bid for the 2024 Olympics in DC is gaining momentum.  Remember that ASCI could play a role in the games if the bid is successful.

Well, my Pirates are one and done, so my support goes to the Nats and the O's.  Hoping for a situation where I have to choose between the two.

Wednesday October 1
9:00 a.m.  

We got some much needed rain yesterday evening and overnight.  Foggy this morning and a chance for some more isolated showers. 

Northern High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School. What an amazing accomplishment!

More press on Fabien Lefevre's gold medal and Deep Creek 2014.

The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded $10,000 to Garrett College for a capital improvement feasibility study. 

Fox News did a feature on The Most Eye-Popping Tiny Homes.  Garrett County's own Hobbitat has four of the eight homes highlighted.