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Fracking Ban Happened Because People Acted- Organize and Stay Committed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Snyder   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 17:12

Earlier this week Maryland became the first state to pass a 'citizens ban' on natural gas fracking. The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 35 - 10 through the senate and carried the support of the Republican Governor. People on both sides of the aisle saw through the spin to the truth. Granting where we were 10 years ago, the win is without a doubt, historic.

The credit for this win lies with many people and organizations, but I want to give a quick shout-out to to some hometown heros, Citizen Shale, a group of regular folks from Western Maryland who got together because of their shared concerns about the impacts that fracking would have on their community. For 6 years they worked along side of others to make this happen. For the last year I had the privilege of ...

Call In Discussion on Rolling Mill: Institute for Justice and Preservation Maryland to Participate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Rogers Thomas   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 10:19

If you're interested in learning more about the situation facing residents in the Rolling Mill Neighborhood targed for redevelopment by the City of Cumberland,  please consider joining us this Thursday evening,  5/19,  at 7 pm for a 15-minute telephone forum with Rolling Mill homeowners, Preservation Maryland and the Institute for Justice. Just dial (301) 264-8110, toll free, and you will be connected to a live panel discussion about our efforts to protect private property rights in Cumberland. Please help us spread the word. And don't forget to attend our Block Party this Saturday on Emily St. from 11AM to 3 PM.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 21:14
Ineptitude Continues and City Moves Forward with Rolling Mill/Maryland Ave Redevelopment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Name withheld by request   
Friday, 11 March 2016 18:41

Isn’t it ironic that the two couches that have sat on the sidewalk in front of 233 Cecelia St. for the last ten days suddenly disappeared on the morning the Mayor and Cumberland Economic Development Corporation chose to respond to the Rolling Mill/Maryland Ave Redevelopment Project?

Isn’t it ironic that Mayor Grim and Shawn Hershberger, to whom I refer as the Twins of Ineptitude, pointed out that 37,000 vehicles pass the MD Ave. Exit every day, yet they neglected to point out that the same vehicles also pass the Baltimore Ave- Willowbrook Rd Exit, the Downtown Cumberland Exit, the Beall St. Exit and the Green St-220 Exit-many of which already lead to vacant commercial space.

This show of solidarity by the Twins of Ineptitude is a direct response to a letter they ...

Intimidation Tactics Fail to Deter Rolling Mill Residents PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Save Our Homes Group   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:45

Editor's Note: The AppIndie was asked to post this letter on behalf of members of the Save Our Homes Group.

If you take a drive through the Rolling Mill/Maryland Ave destruction area, you may notice the bright beautiful colors that are painted on the streets. Some are white, some are blue, some are bright yellow, and some are bright green. In the City of Cumberland’s latest attempt to intimidate the “holdouts” to the destruction project, the Mayor and City Council in conjunction with the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation have ordered City Employees to dig up the streets and remove all underground water meters on the properties that have been purchased for or by the City thus far.

Ironically, after the nearly 2-foot snowstorm, not one City employee was ...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:45
Rolling Mill Resident Offers Her Side of Development Saga PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Bolyard   
Saturday, 19 December 2015 16:09

Editor's Note: A public records request regarding the Rolling Mill/ Maryland Ave Redevelopment Project provided documents indicating that negotiations and purchases of homes in the Rolling Mill neighborhood were being made as early as Spring 2015. A Cumberland Times-News article, which ran in the end of September, was the first many City residents, even residents of the Rolling Mill neighborhood, had heard of the City's plan. That story may not have run had Cecelia St resident Woody Gordon not approached a newspaper reporter with the story and asked him to investigate. Some aspects of this story were addressed in an earlier AppIndie story by the same author. 

Where do I even start with this. My blog is usually about my fun adventures but for now it’s going to take a ...


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