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Urban Street Trees Pests and Diseases to be Topic of Upcoming Plant Society Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz McDowell   
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:37

Laura G SmithThe Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 327, on Tuesday October 20th at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker will be Laura G. Smith, Department of Biology, Frostburg State University. Her presentation titled, “An Evaluation of Pest and Disease Vulnerability of Urban Street Trees in Washington D.C.” will begin promptly following some brief chapter announcements. The public is welcome to attend.

 

Ms. Smith’s presentation will focus on the shifting context of conservation in urban ecology and the importance of preserving native plant species in non-natural ecosystems. Using spatial applications of the Pest Vulnerability Matrix and Shannon ...

 
"Native Plants Aid Native Bees" to be Topic for August Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz McDowell   
Monday, 03 August 2015 18:20

specialist on ironweed 11 aug 2013 ernpp croppedThe Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 327, on Tuesday August 18th at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker will be Sam Droege, Wildlife Biologist with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. His presentation titled, “Wild Bee Diversity Comes from Native Plant Diversity: You Can Help Wild Bees by Planting Bee Food” will begin promptly following some brief chapter announcements. The public is welcome to attend.

 

Native plants aren't just politically correct members of our household landscapes, but are keystone species for the many native insects who are often completely dependent on a single genus or species of native plant. About 25% of our wild ...

 
Frostburg State University Planetarium Hosts Star Party at Frostburg Grows PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Friday, 31 July 2015 07:32

Atop the mountainside at Frostburg Grows, stargazers will be blanketed by the night sky and meteor showers during a special Star Party on Wednesday, Aug. 12, co-hosted by the Frostburg State University Planetarium and Multimedia Learning Center and the Cumberland Astronomy Club.

The free Star Party will start at 9 p.m., when FSU faculty, students and astronomy club members will be on hand helping amateur stargazers explore the friendly skies.

“Most people at the Star Party will see things they’ve never seen before with the unaided eye,” said Dr. Jason Speights, associate director of the FSU Planetarium and MLC. “It opens up the universe for them seeing things that are out there and drives home that the universe is a big place.”

The secluded site is perfect ...

 
A Historic Unplugging Event in Frostburg PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Stahlman   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 10:34

Unplugging1A balance of preserving the past and considering current economic opportunities

The Durst Funeral Home was established at its current site in the Historic District on Frost Avenue in 1952.  Until recently the owners, John and Sandy Durst, could not have imagined its most recent update - 54 solar panels on the roof! But, after attending SOLAR Saturday in Frostburg at City Place in October 2014, they decided to take the plunge and make the effort to get approval for this investment.

          Installed in less than four days in May, the panels are expected to provide up to ninety percent of the electricity needed for the funeral home and on-site residence.  A remarkable percentage considering as many as 100 lights might ...
 
New Green Business Launched in Cumberland PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Desiree Bullard   
Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:12

A green living consulting business, Vital Eco Solutions (VES), was launched earlier this month. The business is based in Cumberland, MD, serving those areas within a 60 mile radius. VES aims to help clients discover that green living is healthy living and is often cost effective. The goal is to support clients in developing consumer and daily habits that offset negative environmental impacts resulting from seemingly harmless daily habits and the use of many conventional household and personal products.

Proprietor, certified green living consultant, and Frostburg State University MBA graduate, Desiree Bullard, will work with individuals to determine and implement changes to reduce negative impacts. The service will be offered to businesses, as well. For instance, restaurants ...

 
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