SRWA Prepares for a Stream Corridor Assessment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Devine   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:45


The Savage River Watershed Association (SRWA) will hold their regular meeting at the Route 40 Elementary School on Thursday, March 19th at 7 p.m.  Each meeting brings local citizens and SRWA members together to talk about issues within the watershed and to host an expert from an assortment of professions. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Leah Miller from the Izaak Walton League of America to talk about the stream corridor assessment that is planned for the Savage River watershed this spring.


The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol, Part 8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Tuesday, 10 March 2009 14:15

The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol,

Part 8


We left off in Part 7 with a quote from Sheriff Goad that "the claim of shredding official documents is absolutely slanderous; since I have never shredded an official document pertaining to nor obstructed an investigation by any outside agency."

Add to this the assertion made in a letter-to-the-editor by Deputy Craig Bridges the following day that, "In conveying this information to the finance department somehow it was contorted to suggest that I had shredded off-duty overtime documents, which did not happen because there were no documents to shred in the first place."

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 15:03
City begins fiscal 2010 budget process PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Saturday, 07 March 2009 20:32

Despite economy, city in better shape than last year;

decisions await on taxes, utility rates and salary increases


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FROSTBURG - The Frostburg City Council this week plunged into what promises to be a two- to three-month effort to produce a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Despite the economic crisis rocking the nation, the city finds itself in a better financial position at the outset of the budget formulation than it was a year ago, officials reported.

Briefing the mayor and four council members on the upcoming budget process at a March 3 special work session, City Administrator John Kirby said the group could expect at least four budget-related work sessions between now and the end of April.

"In part, because we don't have all the numbers," Kirby said. "And in part because it will take that long to understand all of this."

Looking ahead to the fiscal 2010 spending plan, city officials expect revenue to increase only modestly in the area of real estate taxes and income tax - which together account for about half of the city's $3.8 million in operating revenue. Other revenue sources are expected to decline, however, including admissions tax, highway user tax, parking meters, building permits and various grants.

"I've been 30 years (in local government) and I've never seen anything like this...," Kirby said. "It's a direct reflection of people not doing, not going, not buying."

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2009 20:37
The answer, my friend, Is blowing in the wind--or is it? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Etchison   
Thursday, 05 March 2009 09:27


The two counties I'm most closely associated with-Allegany County, MD, and Mineral County, WV-are looking at permitting industrial wind turbine farms on local mountain ridges.  I know that we must switch to green energy if we hope to avert an unfolding environmental disaster unparalleled in human history, and I am a strong advocate of green energy.  However, the more I learn about wind turbine farms, the greater my opposition to them being sited along the Allegany Front.  I have a number of reasons for my opposition. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2009 09:27
The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol, Part 7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:01

The Raging Controversy of the Allegany Count Road Patrol,

Part 7


The barbs have once again been flying thick and fast during the last couple of months, Dear Readers, and I would highly recommend donning some armor to protect oneself from the verbal assaults lashing out from the letters-to-the-editor in the Cumberland Times-News.  

In this current round of battle, the initial volley was fired by the Commissioners, followed very quickly with stinging retorts on consecutive days by the Sheriff and one of his deputies.  And to top it all off, an extensive rebuttal was prepared by the Finance Department of Allegany County, based on yet another audit of the Sheriff's Department, completed some years ago in 1998.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2009 20:14
A jewel among many at the Frostburg Community Library PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Sunday, 08 March 2009 19:24

lasalle-beall programs

Beall-LaSalle programs part of Mountain Maryland history section


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The Frostburg Library is home to untold treasures. Not just books, though it is a local repository of hard and softbound wonder of which to truly be proud, together with DVDs, magazines, daily papers. If they don't have it, chances are they can get it.

Near its showcase Main Street window - which the architect described as like a bay window unto the community, alive with light in the day, warm and inviting at night - toward the back is where I'm drawn. Two bookcases chocked full and capped by various books and displays, the Western Maryland history section.

(For those interested in wind turbines, there's a scale-model display that puts the height of the turbines in true perspective.)

As The Boy plays chess, or learns cool things in Webelos, I spend an hour perusing the collection. Usually don't get past the first thing I pick up.

Like these old programs from the Beall-LaSalle Turkey Day game.

They reached out to me on one of my first stops to the section.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 March 2009 20:26
Frostburg Rotarians and the Appalachian Independent PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kurt Hoffman   
Friday, 06 March 2009 00:47

dsc_1679 resized.jpgMembers of the Appalachian Independent staff presented to the Frostburg Rotarians on Monday February 23rd in the ongoing effort to introduce the community to the newspaper and to recruit "citizen journalists".

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Steve Robinett (left) and Craig Etchison


written by Dave Bohnert

Rotarian Dave Bohnert hosted the Rotary Club of Frostburug Feb. 23 meeting and dinner in the Special Functions Room in the cafeteria at Allegany College of Maryland.  He introduced Rotarian and Allegany College of Maryland Professor Cherie Snyder who in turn introduced ACM Professor Steve Robinett and retired ACM Professor Craig Etchison.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2009 09:43
Sign of the season... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 17:19

Freeze hiring heralds approach of ice-cream spring....






Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2009 23:40
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