The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol
"Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me."
ThisÂ childâ€™s-play adage is certainly being put to the test when it comes to the barrage of criticism recently hurled at the AlleganyÂ County Commissioners.Â You could hardly blame them for wanting Kevlar skin after being accused at various timesÂ of being:Â "underhanded, a disgrace, dishonest, incompetent, part of a posse, a jeopardy toÂ safety, spiteful,Â part of a civil conspiracy, comparable to a roach,Â andÂ not qualified to be dog-catchers."Â And if you think that is not quite enough opprobrium for any three people, throw in the fear expressed on the part of one of ...
The October, 2008 National Geographic features an article on the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas. The article features a map of the National Trails System, including the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, a series of trails along the Potomac River basin, including the Great Allegheny Passage trail running through Allegany County and on to Pittsburgh. Although written about the Ozark Highlands Trail, a quote from the article applies equally to our corner of the Appalachians:
Â â€śThickly forested with red oak and black gum, these hillsides have witnessed much history, having been roamed by Indians, crisscrossed by Spanish and French explorers, and skirmished over by Union and Confederate armies in the Civil War.â€ť
Aug. 16 marked the second consecutive year that the International Fortean Organization, based in Baltimore, held its annual FortScape conference at the Holiday Inn in downtown Cumberland.
"It's always good to come up to the mountains and get grounded," said William Fellows, a quantum physicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. His presentation, "White Gold of the Ark," argued that the Ark of the Covenant was a high-tech communications device given to the ancient Egyptians by "the Visitors."
Founded in 1965 by sibling science-fiction fans Ron and Paul Willis of Alexandria, Va., INFO is dedicated to "the baffling and often hilarious universe of anomalous phenomena" in the tradition of Charles Hoy Fort (1874-1932), a journalist, iconoclast and skeptic ...
FROSTBURG â€“ The city of Frostburg fully supports efforts to establish an Arts & Entertainment District in the community, with city officials confident that the state will approve the designation by the end of the year.
â€śItâ€™s 5-0 in favor,â€ť City Administrator John Kirby said of the mayor and councilâ€™s support for what he described as the â€śgrassroots effortâ€ť to develop the district.
Kirby attributed the idea for the district to local residents, including faculty and staff from Frostburg State University, city council member Susan Keller, local business people and artists who already call Frostburg home.
Keller said the arts district was a natural outgrowth of long-standing efforts to revitalize the downtown Main Street area ...