Reel Report: There’s something for everyone right now

If you didn’t get a chance to take advantage of Maryland’s last free fishing day on the Fourth of July, you should most certainly get yourself a license and hit the water this weekend because there’s something for everyone right now in every fishing hole from the lakes and reservoirs to Ocean City’s shores.

 Southern Maryland lakes and ponds — Anthony Hancock, manager at Gilbert Run Park in Dentsville, said that with the extreme heat there hasn’t been much fishing activity going on.

Fishing early and late with topwater lures is a great way to target bass right now. During the heat of the day, most bass will find the nearest drop-off from shore and hold near available cover. Fishing around low trees and docks with lightly weighted soft plastic baits, jig-and-craw combos or creature-type baits is your best bet.

The bluegill are eager to eat small pieces of nightcrawler or live crickets. Fishing for bluegill early and late in shallow water is productive as they’ll also move to deeper, cooler water during the heat of the day.

Just a reminder that the park opens at 7 a.m. on weekends and 7:30 a.m. during the weekdays. The park closes seven days a week at 8 p.m.

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Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County continue to see record tourism increases

McHENRY — Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County have seen record increases in tourism during fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018) with a 6.3-percent increase in county accommodations sales, a 12.2-percent increase in heads on beds, a 3.9-percent increase in Admissions & Amusement collections, an 11.5-percent increase in visitors to the Chamber’s website, visitdeepcreek.com, and an 18.8-percent increase in Visitor Guide requests. The Chamber attributes much of the continued growth in tourism to their aggressive marketing plan with concentrated efforts and new ad strategies.

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May turning into a green month, too?

Just take a peek outside your window and you’ll see that the right combination of warmth, rainfall and sunshine has transformed the outdoors into a verdant paradise.

Speaking of green, I hope everyone got a big tax return from Uncle Sam and has a nice stash of green in the bank.

No? Well then you might feel better knowing your tax dollars are already being put to work for noble causes here in Maryland. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed a new law, pithily coined the PRIME Act, which extends $3 billion in tax credits and exemptions to Amazon if they choose to locate their new headquarters in Montgomery County.

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Celtic Festival to celebrate 30 Years in Garrett County

FRIENDSVILLE — On the green riverside of Friendsville Community Park, the Garrett County Celtic Festival will once again take place, celebrating for the 30th year the history and traditions of Scots, Irish and Welsh ancestry of the mountaintop.

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 2.

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Arts at a Glance

 

Thursday, April 12

• Risa Binder Concert, Frostburg State University’s CES series, FSU Performing Arts Center, 8:15 p.m. For more information, including ticket prices, persons should visit ces.frostburg.edu or call the Lane University Center Box Office at 301-687-3137.

Saturday, April 21• Garrett County Public Schools Student Arts Fair 2018, CARC of Garrett College, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All are invited to join students and educators from Garrett County Public Schools in a celebration of the arts. Exhibits of both visual and performing arts by all local students will be on display until 2 p.m.; the Garrett County Arts Council will host its make-and-take craft room with are teachers, with fabric totes from Samantha Funding the Arts will be available for coloring; and live performances will take place every half hour. This is a free event.

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New Listing 279 Cherry Lane Road

Perfect lake area getaway! Only a few miles to Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Ski Resort or the Youghiogheny River for whitewater rafting, this cozy 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home is ideal! Situated on one wooded acre with exterior decking and a fenced in yard, you will love spending time outdoors. Very well maintained.

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Deep Creek Lake Vacation Rental Firm Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, a leading vacation rental and sales firm located in McHenry, Maryland, is celebrating their tenth anniversary this month. There have been many changes in the past decade, but the company’s commitment to their guests, home owners and the community remains steadfast.

Jodi Taylor Refosco, her husband, Joe Refosco, and her brother, Chad Taylor, started the vacation rental management company in April of 2008. Each had many years of experience in the vacation rental and hospitality industries. Chad and Jodi were continuing a tradition that was started by their parents who previously owned a vacation rental firm. With only one home and no employees, Jodi, Joe and Chad did everything themselves. From lawn care and maintenance to reservations and housekeeping, the trio built the company from the ground up.

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Garrett County Humane Society presents donation to animal shelter

OAKLAND — The Garrett County Humane Society recently donated dozens of new stainless steel buckets and bowls to the Garrett County Animal Shelter.

“Stainless steel has no pores to harbor bacteria (like plastic), are resistant to chewing, and don’t rust or stain,” said Lisa Baker, GCHS president. “The buckets are flat on one side so they can be secured against the kennel gates, where they can’t be tipped over and can be easily filled from the outside.”

The new buckets will also be used in the outside pad area and in all of the cat cages, she noted

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Vickie Warnick and Genie Sines

209 HERON COVE WEST ROAD PRICE IMPROVEMENT

4/5 BR ‘split-lakefront’ chalet with 200ft of waterfront and 2 single dockslips through the HOA. Small, unused common area separates the 2 lots. Well-maintained home features wood floors, exposed beams, gas fireplace, private yard space, paved driveway & over-sized garage. Lakefront lot #20 can be built on. Owner has ATV trails on his property, as well as an outdoor fire-pit!

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National Road Visitors Center to find home near Casselman Bridge

GRANTSVILLE — An icon of Deep Creek Lake from a bygone era will soon have a new life.

The former Deep Creek Visitors Center, which at one time was located along U.S. 219 beside Johnny’s Bait House (which closed in 2003,) has been reclaimed by Mike Dreisbach and Jan Russell, along with Paul Edwards, director of secondary education for Garrett County. It will be used as the National Road Visitors Center, and will be placed near the Casselman Bridge. For more information click here