Climate Change Mirror March in Cumberland, Sunday, April 30 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Climate March   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 20:10

ClimateCome learn the truth about Clima­te Change and its threat to our planet, and make your voice heard in opp­osition to new administration policies which threa­ten to advance and not reduce the dangers of Climate Change.

Created as a "Mirr­or March" to accompa­ny the massive march in DC on April 29, the Cumbe­rland Climate Change Mirror March is a celebration of the environment, and a chance to educate citizens about the catastrophic impact of Climate Change on this planet. It is also a unifi­ed voice raised in resistance to the current administration's about-­face on environmental prote­ction and its denial of the realities of Climate Change.

Join us on April 30 at 1:00 p.m. on the corner of Baltimore and Liberty Streets in downtown Cumberland. Here we will rally to hear speakers address the various aspects of Climate Change -- environmen­tal, economic, cultural and historic -- after which we will march on the Cumberland Pedestri­an Mall. There will be live music provid­ed by folk artist Greg Latta.

 

Speakers include: State Senator Roger Manno, House Ca­ndidate Andrew Duck, House Ca­ndidate Ted Athey, Robin Summer­field of Senator Ben Cardin's office, Ro­bert Smith of the Mar­yland Green Party, Ann Bristow of the Sa­vage River Watershed Associati­on, Jessica Wise of the Sierra Club, and Nadine Grabania of Citizen Shale.

 

Sponsored by: Allegany County Green Party, Allegany County Democratic Central Committee, We're Better Than This/Western MD, and the Women's Action Coalition of Allegany County.

 
Zumbathon Raises Funds for Relay For Life PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:16

FSU Zumbathon participants

On Saturday, April 8, the members of Frostburg State University’s Alpha Sigma Tau hosted their second Zumbathon Fundraiser to benefit the FSU Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at the FSU Cordts Physical Education Center.

Caption: Participants in the April 8 Zumbathon for Relay For Life at FSU, sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau, Front row from left are Dallas Calvert, Johanna Norris, Emily Ahman-Gamble, Jennifer Schofield, Kyndra Wilson, Ellie Bolton; middle row from left are Golda Friedman, Maura Dzambo, Erika Jaensch, Natasha Powell, Sara Shelton, Estefani Romero, Bethany Henson, Jasmine Spring; back row from left are Emma Thompson, Rebecca Patterson, Marie Stavrou, Destiny Dietz, Brooke Ralston, Mekai Smedley, Leah Chaney, Mairade Ronning, Cara Kirn, Ellen Engle; the four Zumba instructors standing on the stage are, from left, Shannon Winfield, Ashley Wolfe, Angela Montague and Tricia Barbarito. 

This dance-fitness party for a cause raised $413 from about 125 participants at this public event. FSU’s Relay For Life organizers thank local Zumba instructors Angela Montague, Ashley Wolfe, Tricia Barbarito and Shannon Winfield for helping us with this event, as well as the FSU Student Government Association for financial support for the event.

Wolfe and Montague will perform during Friday’s Relay at 10 p.m., offering information about Zumba and related fundraisers.

The Relay For Life of FSU is a community event and open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who would like to participate. Relay For Life raises money for the American Cancer Society’s programs and services, celebrates cancer survivors and helps to remember those that lost their lives to this disease. A Survivor’s Banquet, which is complimentary for any survivor and their guest, will be held the night of Relay at 6:30 p.m. For an invitation to the Survivor’s Banquet, please contact the American Cancer Society’s Cumberland Office at 301-722-2145 (Option 3) or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information, event photos or to donate to FSU’s Relay, please visit www.relayforlife.org/fsumd or the event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/frostburgrelay. Information is also available by contacting Patrick O’Brien, director of the Office of Civic Engagement at 301-687-4210 or Courtney Case at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 301-722-2145 (Option 3).

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.

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Frostburg's Historic District Commission to Meet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Laura McBride   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:07
The City of Frostburg's Historic District Commission will meet Monday, May 8, 2017, at 6:00 PM, in the City Hall Conference Room, located at 59 E. Main Street.  The Frostburg Historic District Commission is charged with the preservation of historic structures and the surroundings within the designated district in order to safeguard the heritage of the City, stablilze and improve property values, strengthen the local economy and foster civic beauty.
 
The scheduled presentation is in regard to a facade renovation at 26 W. Main Street.  The public is welcome to attend.
 
Trees Cut, New Planting Planned on Frostburg's Main Street PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth Stahlman   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:57

The street trees (located between the curb and the sidewalk) on Main Street, Center Street, and Bowery Street were evaluated by the Maryland DNR Forest Service and City staff in 2016.  As a result, numerous diseased trees and those likely to fail and cause property damage were removed in 2016 and 2017.  On Beautify the ‘Burg Day, May 6, 2017, volunteers will plant 73 trees on Main, Center, and Bowery Streets.  Nine different native tree species have been selected for planting and will be appropriate based on the size of the tree lawn and the presence of overhead lines. Owners of property along these streets that do NOT want a tree planted in front of their property should contact City Hall prior to Thursday, May 4.  Call 301-689-6000 ext. 105 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
MCTA to Offer Traditional Appalachian Herbal Tonics and Wild Foods Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara Rogers Thomas   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 08:53

Mountain City Traditional Arts will host a workshop, Traditional Appalachian Herbal Tonics and Wild Foods," on Saturday, April 15th.

In this class, Andrea Lay of Hidden Hollow Farm will explore herbs and wild foods that grow in our region, and discuss how they have been traditionally used as spring tonics to rejuvenate us after a long winter. Workshop offerings include samples of Sassafras tea, Nettle tea, wild greens, and early spring roots. Medicinal uses, identification tips, and recipes will be shared.

Located at 25 E. Main Street, Frostburg, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region. For more information call 301-687-8040. 

 
Frostburg Book Club to Meet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Powell   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:09

The book group of Main Street Books in Frostburg will meet on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 in the bookstore.  Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption, a memoir by Bryan Stevenson, will be discussed.  New members welcome.  For additional information call 301/689-5605 or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Bishop Walsh School to Host Science Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ty DeMartino   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:04

Bishop Walsh Science Showcase  crawfish Bishop Walsh School will host its Fourth Annual Science Showcase on Sat., May 13, from 10 am – 12:30 p.m. at the school at 700 Bishop Walsh Road in Cumberland.


The event, open to all children ages preK-12th grade, will include cool, hands-on scientific experiments including hovercraft rides, amazing fire orbs, owl pellet and shark dissections, dancing oobleck, crazy cannons, Sooper Dooper Looper racing track (bring your Matchbox cars), DNA fingerprinting, science with nursery rhymes, one enormous gummy bear explosion and more.


Pre-register at 
www.bishopwalsh.org or 301.724.5360, x105Participants will be entered to win an iPad Air and other prizes during refreshments starting at 12:30 p.m.


The event is sponsored by The Catholic Community Foundation and Bishop Walsh School.

 

Bishop Walsh student Matt DiNola shows off a crayfish at the Bishop Walsh Science Showcase.

 
EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency bill becomes law PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Robbins   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 09:00

The EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency legislation championed by businesses and environmental organizations has officially become law.

Legislation expected to create nearly 70,000 jobs, grow economy and save businesses billions of dollars.


EmPOWER Maryland helps homeowners and businesses reduce energy waste by offering them technical assistance and incentives to take steps such as installing new appliances, sealing air leaks, and optimizing manufacturing production lines.


Gov. Hogan declined to sign the bill, but he didn’t veto it either, and it passed by a veto-proof margin. As a result, it officially became law at midnight this morning.


See reactions from other business and environmental organizations below


So far, the energy efficiency program has saved utility customers $1.8 billion on their electric bills. According to recent, independent research by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, the extension is expected to:

  • Create more than 68,000 over the next decade, with most of the jobs in construction and services.

  • Save ratepayers $11.7 billion because of reduced energy consumption.

  • Add $3.75 billion to Maryland’s gross domestic product.


Supporters of the bill include major trade associations, businesses, and environmental groups including Union Hospital, Schneider Electric, MGM Resorts, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the Maryland Alliance for Energy Contractors, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, among others.


Quotes


James McGarry, Maryland & DC Policy Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network: “The cheapest and cleanest form of energy is the kind that is never used, thanks to energy efficiency and conservation. This bill will create good-paying jobs in energy efficiency, and help us transition to a clean energy future where our environment is protected for future generations.


Michael Giangrande, Chairman, Maryland Alliance for Energy Contractors: “As someone who works in energy efficiency, I see firsthand how EmPOWER Maryland is creating jobs and improving people’s lives by saving them money, making their homes more comfortable and keeping electricity costs down.”


Deron Lovaas, Senior Policy Advisor, for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Urban Solutions program: "This is an amazing accomplishment for one of our nation's most forward-thinking states. EmPOWER Maryland is an example of how common-sense policies like energy efficiency can win support no matter whether you're a liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat."


Jessica Ennis, Senior Legislative Representative, Earthjustice: “Clean energy solutions like EmPOWER Maryland are critical to ensuring that we have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.”

 

 
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