I live in a charming OLD home. Six foot doors for my 6’4″ head and shower controls that shock with no rhyme or reason. As a Realtor I always tell my clients to call me if I can ever be of help. I have answered many odd questions. The subject of pest control rarely comes up, inspections yes, control, no. I will admit that the cooling weather has forced my outside friends in and there is a mouse in the house, or two.
I am a dog person so cats are not an option. Poisons are also out because of the dogs. Of the many traps available I am a supporter of the original design Victor Snap. You might think that you put a few traps out and problem solved. I am here to share some tips that make things easier.
First, bait I love cheese to much to waste it as bait. Peanut Butter can be licked off, and Fig Newtons just don’t work. I have had moderate success with Pop Tarts, peperoni and orange marmalade. The big winner is X & O cat food. It needs to be tied to the trigger.
Next is placement, very crucial if you like to go barefoot, I do. Along walls away from foot traffic works best. After selecting the locations and baiting the traps they need to actually be placed. BE PREPARED these things will go off at the slightest bump, it adds to the excitement.
After all is in place all that is left is to dispose of the remains. Oh yeah, one more thing, when these things go off in the quiet evening hours you may get a little startle. It is my hope that you are never faced with this problem if you are I hope this helps.
With the school year about to start and the temperatures cooling off a little, sometimes my thoughts are drifting to high school football. There are so many things to do at Deep Creek Lake and in Garrett County. High school football at either Northern Garrett or Southern Garrett High Schools are another great event.
With only two high schools in Garrett County the rivalry runs deep. Below is the schedule for the 2012 Northern Huskies varsity football season. The games are played behind the high school located north of Accident MD on 219.
The fair comes early this year, July 28 – August 4 2012. Held as always at the fairgrounds in McHenry with great views of Deep Creek Lake. This year the Garrett County Fair is celebrating its 56th year. One of summers biggest events at Deep Creek. There is something to do for everyone.
I try to visit several fairs over the summer and there really are few that can compare to the Garrett County Fair. Ours still has a focus on agriculture. It really showcases the efforts of the farmer. From the displays in the long barn to the fierce competition in the show ring it spotlights what most of Garrett County is about.
This years admission is $10.00 per person age 1 and up, includes gate admission, parking, entertainment, ALL events at the race track and rides in the carnival. There is another option sold as passes. Passes are good for 6 admissions ($5/day). They include: gate admission, parking, entertainment and ALL events at the race track. (Does NOT include rides in the carnival and CANNOT be transferred for rides in the carnival. Carnival tickets must be purchased at the gate on day of admission.) Weekly passes are now available at the following locations:Gregg’s Pharmacy, Oakland Southern States, Arrowhead Market, Foodland Fresh, Fratz Tru Value, Friendsville Pharmacy, Slopeside Market and Beachy’s Pharmacy
Below is a video of the 2010 Garrett County Fair.
2012 TENTATIVE Schedule of Event
8:00 am – 9:00am Superintendent’s Meeting – at the 4H Stage area
11:00 am Regular and Hot Stock Tractor Pull (Light Weights) – at the race track
5:00 pm Regular and Hot Stock Tractor Pull (Heavy Weights) – at the race track
10:00 am Horse Show – at the race track
6:00 pm Horse Pull
8:00 pm Crowning of “Miss Garrett County Farm Queen” – New Exhibit Center
4:00pm Goat Breeding Show – at the show ring
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Horsemanship Contest – at the Horse Barn
5:30 pm 4-H Fashion Review – on the 4-H Stage
6:00 pm Cow Patty Bingo
6:00 pm Cooking Demonstrations – New Exhibit Center
7:00 pm MUD BOG – presented by Fullerton Productions at the race track
7:00 pm & 9:00 pm AM Radio – Musical Entertainment – New Exhibit Center
TUESDAY Senior Citizen’s Day – FREE admission with proof of age – 60 & up – until 5 pm.
9:30 am ATV Pull – Boley’s Bully Sled Rentals – at the race track
12:00 pm 4-H and FFA Market Goat Showmanship at the show ring
As the weather warms up you can almost notice the daily changes in things growing around Deep Creek Lake. Gardens are being planted and for those who have been busy in the cold months it is time to start bringing goods to the market. The 2012 Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is about to open.
Unfortunately this years schedule WILL NOT include the Deep Creek Lake location. However it will be business as usual in downtown Oakland. Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Oakland Mt. Fresh Pavilion, town parking lot off 2nd Street.
June 2, 2012 through October 31, 2012. If you would like to check out what will be ready CLICK HERE. If you have never been it is more than just fruits and vegetables. According to the website “The Mountain Fresh Producers Association is a non-profit group of farmers, artisans, cooks, and bakers in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of western Maryland and northeastern West Virginia.
The Board of Garrett County Commissioners has released a draft Land Use Management Ordinance with a goal of encouraging County property owners and other stakeholders to examine and provide comment on the draft ordinance. After conducting four public work sessions, the Board decided at its meeting on May 1, 2012 to release the draft ordinance for a 45 day public comment period, which will end on June 15, 2012. All comments should be submitted directly to the Board of County Commissioners either in written paper form or by email. The Commissioners will gather all comments and post those comments, as they are received, on this website in order to allow citizens to see other comments. The draft ordinance may be viewed on this website or paper copies of the draft ordinance are also available in the Commissioner’s Office or the Planning and Land Development Office.
I very happy that Fog Hollow Maple Syrup has agreed to be part sponsor on my race car this year. It helps my racing and gives me the chance to help promote a great product. Although this years weather made for a short and difficult season, I have had a chance to sample this years maple syrup and it is delicious. Joey Fullerton of Finzel makes the maple syrup for Fog Hollow. He taps trees in the Finzel area and has plans to tap trees on our farm in Bittinger next year. If you have not seen how the making of maple syrup has evolved check out this video I made a few years ago.
To order your PURE GARRETT COUNTY MAPLE SYRUP give Joey a call at 240-727-2515. Mention the race car and this Blog and you may get a discount.
Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County are notorious for having four distinct seasons. Let’s face it, it is one of the reasons we are such a great vacation destination and awesome place to live. After having survived the worst winter ever with over 220 inches of snow this last winter was mild to say the least. No matter how many ‘snowmagedons’ ‘storm of the century’ or ‘blizzard 20xx’ we get sometimes things get a bit harsh.
I had stopped into Keysers Ridge Truck Stop for a morning breakfast hamburger and saw this note. Thought it was worth sharing.
I have decided to try my best to work from home so I can better serve my community and be available for fire and rescue calls. The other day I responded to an unknown fire at the Western MD 4h Center near Bittinger MD. It seems the MD Department Of Natural Resources had failed to follow their own advice and obtain a burn permit and notify the Garrett County 911 Center.
The fire was intentional and used to control grasses and actually prevent future fire danger. This spring is rumored to be potentially hazardous for wild land fires. Thanks to the concerns of many citizens we were on the scene and able to witness the burn.
As you can see things can get out of hand very quickly. Obviously I hope everyone is careful with potential fire hazards. Please if you are planning to have an outside burn contact the Garrett County Health Department 301-334 7760
I have been pretty delinquent in my Blogging as of late. When I do post I try to focus on the good and the fun of all things Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County. I refuse to copy and paste others articles and usually stay away from the news of the moment. However in sorting through scraps and emails I have assembled a brief synopsis of just what has been happening around Deep Creek Lake lately.
In no particular order. Adventure Sports Center International ASCI defaults on loans, county to takeover. LISTEN TO MEETING HERE. (It is a large file) Schools to close. All the hoopla around the painted bears for nothing. Canopy walkway scrapped it seems over accessibility issues. (you can still climb trees) Garrett College buys building from Garrett County. Wendell Beitzel votes against gay marriage and for a tax limit on marcellus gas drilling. Thankfully the minority. There was a horrible accident at the wisp. Mountain State Brew Company catches on fire. A women ran down her boyfriend. Spring has sprung.
Now that my odds and ends pile has been cleaned up it will be back to business as usual at BlogDeepCreek.com More fun than news.
There is no doubt that spring is in the air. Looking for something affordable to do until Deep Creek Lake warms up? The Northern Garrett Huskies Baseball season is underway. The schedule is below. Last year the Northern Huskies had a 14-5 season advancing to the regional semi-finals.