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Rolling Mill Residents Record Video to Set the Record Straight PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Rogers Thomas   
Friday, 22 July 2016 10:55

The Institute for Justice has released a new video to debunk what it believes to be inaccurate statements regarding Cumberland's Rolling Mill/ Maryland Ave. Redevelopment Project. The short film features three Rolling Mill residents fighting to save their homes. 


Last Updated on Friday, 22 July 2016 11:12
Musician Jay Smar to Present “History Through Folk Music” Program and Songwriting Workshop at MCTA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Monday, 11 July 2016 06:37

Jay Smar Jay Smar will bring his extensive knowledge of folk music, coal-mining history and songwriting to Frostburg this summer for a program titled “History Through Folk Music,” followed by a songwriting workshop focused on helping children discover the joy of writing music. This double event will be held at Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 E. Main St., on Saturday, July 16, beginning at 2 p.m. The program and workshop are free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $15.

In “History Through Folk Music,” an interactive and informative, yet fun, music program for ages 8 through 12, Smar will explain the early construction of certain folk instruments, their differences and similarities (such as the difference between a fiddle and a violin) ...

Maryland Traditions Festival in Baltimore Saturday, June 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 June 2016 08:22

This year's celebration to feature Cumberland's Marbles Tradition

The Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival is an annual celebration of traditional arts, music, crafts, and foods that serves to highlight Maryland's rich cultural heritage. This year's festival will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from noon to 8 pm at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue in East Baltimore.

"Folklife is everyday art-the sort of tradition that helps us to connect our past, present, and future. We don't go to school for folklife; we learn it simply by being part of a culture. The festival brings many forms of folklife together to highlight some of the traditions and cultures that make Maryland a unique and vibrant place to live," said Chad Buterbaugh, ...

Preservation Maryland and Institute for Justice Issue Joint Letter to Cumberland Mayor and Council PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 May 2016 21:07

Organizations Ask Cumberland Mayor and Council to Disavow Use of Eminent Domain and Embrace Alternative Vision for Rolling Mill Development

Rolling Mill In a letter addressed to Cumberland Mayor Brian K. Grim and the City Council, local homeowners, the Institute for Justice and Preservation Maryland called on the City to formally disavow the use of eminent domain and embrace an alternative vision.

The letter to Mayor Grim also referenced a “letter of intent” between the City of Cumberland and PTV Capital Partners (PennTex Ventures) which was released by the City in the course of a recent Public Information Act inquiry. In the letter, the city flatly stated that “[t]he City has the power of eminent domain . . . and intends to utilize these powers to acquire the Properties ...

Save Our Homes Alliance and Institute for Justice to Host Rolling Mill Block Party PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Rogers Thomas   
Monday, 16 May 2016 10:08

Block PartyRescheduled for  Sunday Due to Forecasted Rain 

The Save Our Homes Alliance of Rolling Mill is teaming up with the Institute for Justice to host a "blighted" block party Sunday, May 22, from 11am to 3pm.

The event, which features games, music and food, provides the public with an opportunity to meet the residents fighting to remain in their homes and tour the neighborhood.

To date, the City of Cumberland, working closely with the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation, has purchased what they claim to be  about 70 percent of the properties in the currently targeted area of Emily , Cecelia, and Park streets and Maryland Ave. Many of those homes, which were in good to excellent condition before the City acquried them are now in a state of decay; some ...

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 21:09

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