Governor Larry Hogan Announces State Lawsuit Against EPA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jay Apperson   
Saturday, 30 September 2017 14:01
BALTIMORE (Sept. 27, 2017) – Governor Larry Hogan today directed Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to file suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution that significantly affects the quality of the air that Marylanders breathe.
 
The petition, filed in November 2016 by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) under Section 126 of the federal Clean Air Act, requests the EPA to require certain power plant units in the upwind states to run their air pollution controls to reduce emissions. The EPA’s approval of the petition is critical to protecting the health of Marylanders and is important to a healthy Maryland economy. Ground-level ozone, or smog, has been one of Maryland’s most pervasive and challenging air pollution problems. About 70 percent of Maryland’s ozone problem originates from emissions in upwind states.
 
“Maryland has made significant progress in improving our air quality in recent years, and that progress is in jeopardy due to a lack of action by the EPA that dates back to the previous administration,” said Governor Hogan. “We strongly urge the EPA to approve the petition and enforce the air pollution controls, already in place in Maryland, at upwind out-of-state facilities that threaten the health of Maryland citizens and our economy."
 
The filings of the petition and the related lawsuit come after decades of efforts by the Maryland Department of the Environment to influence the reduction in air pollution transported into Maryland from upwind states. MDE has pursued, and will continue to pursue, voluntary and collaborative efforts with partner states to ensure power plants upwind meet the same stringent standards that Maryland has implemented.
 
"The Maryland Department of the Environment has been working with upwind states to reduce smog that threatens our citizens, communities, and the Chesapeake Bay, but we now need the EPA to step in to ensure the good neighbor provisions of the federal Clean Air Act are fully realized,” said Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles. “We’re not asking for anything that we’re not already doing in Maryland. This common-sense approach – running the pollution controls that are already installed but are not always being used in out-of-state power plants – is one of the smartest ways we can protect our citizens' lungs and level the playing field for businesses."
 
In January, the EPA issued itself a six-month extension to the original 60-day deadline to respond to the November 2016 petition, requiring EPA action by July 15. That deadline expired with no EPA action on the petition. Maryland then notified the EPA of intention to file suit unless the federal regulatory agency took the required actions before the end of the applicable notice period. Maryland is to file suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland under section 304 of the Clean Air Act.
 
Research shows 36 out-of-state power plant units in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia emit pollution that contributes at times to poor air quality in Maryland, the petition states. Though Maryland has made dramatic progress on air quality in recent years, emissions from out-of-state sources could prevent Maryland from attaining and maintaining federal health-based air quality standards.
The comprehensive petition includes data showing the power plants have stopped running their pollution controls effectively.  A requirement to run those controls throughout the summer “ozone season” is identical to what Maryland’s largest coal-fired power plants must do under regulations implemented in 2015 by the Hogan administration.
 
EPA approval of the petition is important to a healthy Maryland economy. In recent years, Maryland has been required to find deeper in-state emissions reductions to compensate for the pollution that comes from other states – placing a regulatory burden on Maryland’s business community, including small businesses.
 
EPA approval of the petition would also help in the multi-state restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Up to a third of the nitrogen pollution in the Bay comes from air pollution.
 
Since taking office, Governor Hogan and the administration have taken substantial action to preserve and protect the environment. In 2015, Maryland adopted some of the country's strictest regulations on nitrogen oxide pollution emitting from Maryland power plants. In 2016, Governor Hogan enacted the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act, which implemented an aggressive new state goal for reducing carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases. Earlier this year, Governor Hogan announced that Maryland joined with the other eight states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), in agreeing to reduce the program’s carbon pollution cap by 30 percent from 2020 to 2030.
 
Film Lab Speakers Named PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Rorabaugh   
Saturday, 30 September 2017 13:56
Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., is pleased to continue our collaboration between the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) and The Movie Brewdio, "The Film Lab." "The Film Lab" is a monthly gathering bringing together film professionals, patrons, and fans. Each meeting features a guest speaker and may include a short screening block. Every first Monday from 6-9pm (speaker at 7pm) at Oscar's Restaurant, 1103 E Oldtown Rd, Cumberland, Maryland 21502.
 
These are the dates for "The Film Lab" at Oscar's:
 
Monday, October 2, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
?Monday, Dececember 4, 2017
 
For our October 2 gathering, our guest will be Michael O. Snyder. Michael O. Snyder is a photographer, filmmaker and writer whose work focuses on the intersections of social justice and environmental sustainability. His work has been featured by National Geographic, The Guardian, Roads & Kingdoms, The Washington Post, The Wild Magazine, NPR, The Washingtonian, Political Science and Politics, and Beautiful Decay. 
 
As Founder of Interdependent Pictures he has directed documentary films in Uganda, Ecuador and India. His work has been named Official Selection in over 30 film festivals and he has won numerous awards including Winner, Best Environmental Film (Canada International Film Fest), Winner, Best Documentary Feature (Blackbird Film Fest), Winner, Sir Edmund Hillary Award (Mountain Film Fest). 
 
Our guest for our November 6 gathering will be Dr. Ron Israel. Ron Israel's career has ranged from his early days as "Dentist of the Stars" whose patients included Mink Stole and Edith Massey of John Waters fame, to teaching video editing and production at Coppin State College, to personal videographer for Robert Burck (aka "The Naked Cowboy").
 
Be prepared for a wide ranging discussion, drawing on Ron's extensive experience recording and producing theatre events, operas, dance concerts, and documentaries. Hear behind-the-scenes stories from his days producing film festivals, fashion shows, and cabaret theatre. Maybe even a few bits of gossip from his time as a public relations director who has worked with lots of national celebrities.
 
Dissolving City of Cumberland Can Benefit All PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Miltenberger   
Friday, 29 September 2017 20:39

There has been an interest is dissolving the city and merging with the county for years. There are many ways to do it.

If the charter is removed, the police and fire departments can become a separate taxing district; just like volunteer fire companies are now handled by County.

The overhead of the city administration will be eliminated. That a big part of the cost. No more administrator, attorney,comptroller, clerk, and other staff in city hall.

Street dept will merge with county roads, Dam and water facilities will be plus [sic] for the county to help pay for added expenses. City taxes will be reduced to a minimum helping all taxpayers.

Facilities not needed will be eliminated.  Businesses in the city, which are taxed now with yearly fees,  will be stopped. County should have 5 commissioners from districts for better representation.

This will take some time to accomplish  but it will be better for everyone. We need to start now. The city is in debt and sinking daily regardless of the fake news they put out.

 

Where the money comes from that will increase the County revenue.when assets like the water source are operated by the county they will more than cover the debt. Besides we can not continue with the city sinking daily into the morass.  The city has been making terrible decisions on multitudes of issues for years.
Ed Athey was the last Mayor trying to keep the debt under control.


Those who have studied the issues like former Mayor Thomas Conlon and the recent comptroller(Joe Urban) who resigned when he heard that Jeff Rhodes was seeking another Bond issue after the 2014 election.The County must take over the city before they create an even bigger mess. Every building the City removes from the tax base affects the county also. Frostburg does not handle their housing issues like Cumberland does.
That is why Bill Valentine,County Commissioner suggested giving up the charter in a recent CTN article.

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FSU and ACM Hosting Events for International Day of Peace PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Monday, 18 September 2017 06:59

Each year, the world observes Sept. 21 as the International Day of Peace. For 2017, Frostburg State University and Allegany College of Maryland will highlight the importance of peace globally, in our communities and within ourselves through the following series of events, all of which are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in FSU’s Cordts Physical Education Center Hall of Fame Room, FSU will feature a screening of Richard Attenborough’s timeless Mahatma Gandhi biopic, “Gandhi,” winner of the 1982 Academy Award for Best Picture.

On Thursday, Sept. 21, from noon to 2 p.m. in ACM’s Serenity Garden Labyrinth, the Peace Studies Club will host a meditation for peace walk. In addition, throughout the day, ACM’s Advisory Center will host a selfie booth, inviting participants to snap a cell-phone picture with a #LoveThyNeighbor banner, which can be shared on social media accounts to publicly support the day’s message of peace.

On Friday, Sept. 22, at 1:30 p.m. the FSU campus community will come together between the Gira Center and the Compton Science Center to dedicate Frostburg’s “Tree of Peace and Humanity” in honor of Gandhi’s life work and message.

At 2 p.m. on Friday, following the tree dedication at FSU, students from FSU and ACM will participate in “Planting Seeds of Peace,” an interactive public presentation by Srimati Karuna, director of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Center in Washington, D.C.

Planting Seeds of Peace will explore Gandhi’s enduring message of peace, his philosophies and his life’s work, as well as ways people can practice the concept of peace in their lives. Since Karuna became director of the Gandhi Memorial Center in 2006, she has devoted herself to presenting Gandhi’s ideals and message, as well as the spiritual and cultural heritage of India. Karuna earned her undergraduate degree in international studies and master’s degrees in teaching and international peace and conflict resolution from American University in Washington, D.C.

The events at FSU have been made possible by the Sandhir Foundation in coordination with the FSU Foundation. For more information about the events at FSU, contact Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski, associate professor of communication studies at FSU, at 301-687-4480 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The events at ACM have been made possible by ACM’s Democracy Commitment Committee, the Peace Studies Club, the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement and other student clubs. For more information about the events at ACM, contact Dr. Diane McMahon, associate professor of sociology at ACM, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or leave a message at 301-784-5306.

To learn more about the Gandhi Memorial center, visit www.gandhimemorialcenter.org.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

 
FSU Department of Theatre and Dance to Present Exciting Lineup for 2017-18 Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Monday, 18 September 2017 06:55

For its 2017-18 season, Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will once again present something for everyone in an exciting season of drama, comedy, music and dance featuring the exceptional performance skills of FSU’s students.

The season kicks off Oct. 6 with a hilarious musical revue directed by Chris McCabe. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a series of vignettes and songs portraying the awkwardness, complexity, truths and myths of modern love. From the quirky first date, to marriage, children and dating during the twilight years, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” zooms in on the deeply human need for romance and connection. Performances will take place in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre of the Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, and Thursdaythrough Saturday, Oct. 12 to 14, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 7.

The next fall performance, “Seussical Jr.” is a musical extravaganza featuring characters created by the celebrated Dr. Seuss – Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination. In this fun-for-the-family adventure directed by Mairzy Yost-Rushton, everyone’s favorite characters collide in a story about the power and magic of friendship and family. The performance will be on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Pealer Center Drama Theatre.

Next, celebrate the holiday season with “World War II Radio Christmas,” also directed by Yost-Rushton, a 1940’s live-radio broadcast where fun jingles, live sound effects and period songs fill the airwaves between moving stories of male and female soldiers and the families and communities affected by their absence. Produced in collaboration with FSU’s own public radio station, 91.9 WFWM, this heart-warming, family-friendly production stresses the importance of coming together for the holidays. Smith Studio Theatre performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, and Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 7 to 9, with matinees on Sunday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m.

In February, come in from the cold and warm up with the FSU Dance Company, directed by Jamie McGreevy, who will share their disciplined technique as well as their spirit and dedication to artistic excellence and innovative dance. Performances will take place in the Drama Theatre on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 15 and 16, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m.

The next play of the season is “Harry & the Thief.” In this time-travel comedy, Jeremy, who has a doctorate in physics, blackmails and sends his cousin Mimi, a professional thief, back to 1863 in his newly constructed time machine. Her mission: to change the course of history by arming Harriet Tubman with a cache of modern-day guns. Described as an on-stage action movie meets travel comedy, “Harry & the Thief” takes an absurd look at the past while imagining a very different future. Performances take place in the Smith Studio Theatre on Thursday through Saturday, March 8 to 10, and Wednesday and Thursday, March 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on March 10 at 2 p.m.

The season wraps up with the bittersweet comedic drama “Bus Stop,” directed by William Clark. When a blizzard halts travel, strangers on a cross-country bus are forced to take refuge at a quaint Kansan roadside diner where the depths and many guises of romantic relationships quickly emerge. A worldly nightclub singer tries to escape the clumsy affections of an innocent and headstrong cowboy, a hard-drinking scholar faces his past, a naïve young server gets a first glimpse into the complexity of intimacy and the wise cafe owner and bus driver develop a secretive bond of their own. Infused with humanity and compassion, “Bus Stop” exposes the hopes, dreams and fears of love and longing. Performances will be in the Drama Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, and Thursday through Saturday, May 3 to 5, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on April 28 at 2 p.m.

Individual ticket prices are $7 for students, $12 for senior citizens and FSU employees, and $15 for the general public. Credit and debit card purchases are accepted and can be made online at www.frostburg.edu/TheatreDance. (Click “buy tickets.”)

Season tickets for the Main Stage Season are available until Saturday, Oct. 14, for $28 for students, $48 for senior citizens and FSU employees, and $60 for the general public. For season tickets, call the Department Box Office.

For more information about the 2017-2018 season or to request a brochure, call the Theatre and Dance Box Office at 301-687-7462Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Also, like Theatre and Dance at FSU on Facebook.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

 
Intriguing Interns Demonstrate a World of Experiences at Frostburg State University PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Saturday, 30 September 2017 13:54

Great internships enhance what Frostburg State University students learn in the classroom to better prepare them for their dream jobs. This summer, more FSU students discovered how employers are finding engaging and interesting ways to make their internship fascinating. They also demonstrate that anything is possible as students at FSU.

“We have the ability to build strong relationships not only with the students, but we’re building strong relationships with organizations that are interested in taking on FSU students,” said Amy Shimko, FSU’s director of Student Development.

Some of the experiences include learning the legal system by helping prevent immigration marriage fraud, how to fundraise with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and analyzing unappealing beer flavors.

Chemistry major Shanna Marcelino of Fort Washington, Md., spent her summer using a gas chromatography mass spectrometer to analyze flavor properties of beer at Shimadzu in Columbia, Md.

Marcelino initially had an interest in forensics before the internship, but that might have changed after this summer.

“I feel like I’d want to work for a scientific instrument manufacturing company because you’d get to do all these different applications and any project you’d want to do,” she said.

Business Administration major Abiodun Olojo of College Park, Md., worked with his own client to rebrand the client’s website, logo and social media, complete with a launch party through SRB Communications in Washington, D.C. The internship crystalized what he wants to do in the future.

“I found clarity with what I wanted to do,” he said. “My end goal is to be a chief marketing officer for a Fortune 500 company.”

Theatre major Alexandra Hemphill of Hagerstown, Md., immersed herself in opera and theatre as the box office intern at the Utah Festival of Opera and Musical Theatre in Logan, Utah. Don’t be fooled by her title. She did much more than just selling and collecting tickets.

She was considered a member of the theatre company during her internship, which also gave her free access to classes where she learned about auditioning, finding a manager and other professional development classes.

“It broadened my view of theatre,” she said. “It opened up a lot more doors for me. It really helps me understand the whole finished product to put a show on.”

Jillian Steinert of Dundalk, Md., learned how building trust can blossom into opportunity for children and teenagers while working as a recreational therapy intern at St. Vincent’s Villa in Timonium, where the Catholic Charities program provides therapy for children with behavioral and emotional needs.

“One thing I learned here that I didn’t learn in a classroom is how to build relationships with children, with me becoming closer to the children and them getting to know me,” Steinert said. When she focused on providing the children with individual attention, she saw how they transitioned from being disinterested to being eager to join her, while they exercised and had fun.

Paul Churchyard of Mount Airy, Md., traveled all over the country this summer without leaving his office. That’s because the earth science and geography major was mapping trails for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s websitewww.traillink.com. The Washington, D.C., nonprofit has been vital in helping convert unused railroads into recreational trails, including the Great Allegheny Passage in Frostburg.

This summer, he mapped trails in several states, including the Green Circle Trail in Wisconsin and the C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail in Minnesota, part of an expansive snowmobile trail network.

Churchyard loved being able to dive into online maps and explore places he’s never been to, finding a way to navigate areas to help others.

“You really need to do something like this to get a view of how you’re actually using what you’re learning in the classroom to apply it to the real world,” Churchyard said.

“An internship allows the student to learn so much more about themselves, what they’re passionate about and what skills they have gained,” Shimko said. That often provides a perspective to make a better plan for entering the workforce, graduate school or following a different academic interest.

“It is almost critical in this day and age for students to have hands-on, real-life work experience,” Shimko said.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

 
FSU’s Center for Literary Arts Presents Eighth Annual One-Act-Play Festival PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Monday, 18 September 2017 07:02

The Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts will host its eighth annual One-Act-Play Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Palace Theater, 31 E. Main St. in Frostburg, featuring a full performance of the winning play and staged readings of the second- and third-place winners of the annual One-Act-Play competition.

The international competition’s festival also features a talkback with writers, actors and directors and a reception to follow. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the performances will begin at 7 p.m.

Andrea Fleck Clardy, of Jamaica Plain, Mass., is the competition’s first-place winner. Her play, “Small Talk,” is about two colleagues and their spouses who are spending an evening together, an evening filled with wine and discussion. The night takes an honest turn, and the conversation becomes more straightforward as time progresses.

Jesse Nepivoda, of Salt Lake City, Utah, is the competition’s runner-up. He wrote “In the End There Was Snow,” which involves two men existing in a deficient ecosystem while anticipating the end. The play has similarities to Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.”

The third-place winner, Reuel Olin, of San Diego, Calif., wrote “The Gift,” about a man who has the chance to gain knowledge from his deceased partner’s student.

One-Act Play Competition submissions are judged on multiple factors, including plot and character development.

Tickets for the event cost $5 for FSU’s students and $10 for the general public, and can be purchased at the Center for Literary Arts, Main Street Books and the Allegany Arts Council. For more information, contact the Center for Literary Arts at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 301-687-4340, or visit the center’s website at www.frostburg.edu/cla.

The event is sponsored by the Community Trust Foundation, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Allegany Arts Council and the city of Frostburg.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

 
Leyh Promoted to DDC Executive Director PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Monday, 18 September 2017 06:56

After three years serving as the Downtown Development Commission’s Promotions Director, Steven Leyh will step up as the organization’s Executive Director. He will also be responsible for managing Cumberland’s Main Street Program.

The Downtown Development Commission, which maintains and actively works to promote economic growth of the downtown business district, announced Leyh’s promotion on September 14, following a DDC board meeting.

“I’m just incredibly honored,” Leyh said. Since he started working for the commission in 2014, Leyh has helped promote Cumberland and brought national touring bands and new energy to attract outside attention to the city.

“Downtown Cumberland is starting to get noticed. We’ve been focused on getting the word out about Cumberland as the next cool mountain town. Our historic city center has an urban charm with its incredible architecture, loft living, art galleries and coffee shops; yet we are surrounded by beautiful mountains and vast public lands overflowing with outdoor recreational opportunities, said Leyh.”

In recent years, the Downtown Development Commission has been responsible for numerous improvements including: downtown district branding, new light post banners, redeveloping the Centre Street Parklet, installing new wayfinding signage and maps, new welcome murals, additional access to free parking and numerous major downtown events including the popular summer concert series.

“The DDC Board was unanimous in the decision to promote Steve to this new and expanded position. He has been a very strong part of the DDC’s efforts to showcase our downtown to both tourists and businesses. We look forward to a very busy and productive year, said Sandi Saville, DDC Chair.”

 
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