Carpenters In The Forehead/ "The Mother-Sin of All Sins" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Sunday, 08 February 2009 14:16

Carpenters In The Forehead/  "The Mother Sin of All Sins"


"Vatican secret confession tribunal opens up."

Headline in The Washington Post.


Dateline:  Rome


Sssssh!  We must be silent as we traipse by the piazza of boisterous bars and profane festivities in the Campo dei Fiori, as we approach the entrance to the fortifications of the grand palazzo. 

Our portal through the imposing structure will be from a darkened alley, where no one will witness us going in for a glimpse of the most hush-hush of secrets, for we are about to embark on a revealing adventure into the innermost workings of the Vatican.   We on the outside have heard-tell of intrigue that takes place in the shadows of the ornate architecture, hidden from the view of all but the most devout and privileged.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2009 04:01
Fast Away the New Year Passes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maggie Pratt   
Friday, 06 February 2009 23:25
During the Christmas season, a friend of mine lamented that she had not seen
or cooked a meal for her family in over two weeks, done any shopping,
wrapped any gifts (highly overrated, anyway) and had not left her job until
7 PM most evenings, a personal choice.  She then apologized for not calling
or stopping by for a glass of wine and a sit-down, telling me what a bad
friend she is (in her mind).  On went the self flagellation with worries
that the house wasn't ready for the holidays (again, highly overrated) there
were still pumpkins on the porch, leaves and remnants of last spring's décor
lingering about the yard.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2009 23:26
Carpenters In The Forehead/ Just Say No To Drugs, "Wink, Wink" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 14:40

Carpenters In The Forehead/  Just Say No To Drugs, Wink, Wink



Granted, I know it's something akin to beating a dead horse (see "What Hath We Wrought," in a previous column),   but I can't resist pointing out the double message being sent to the public, and especially to our youngsters, by the Cumberland Times-News , in conjunction with the Allegany County Liquor Board and District 1 legislative delegation.














Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2009 16:47
O'Malley Delays Proposed Fiscal Reductions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shaun Adamec   
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 09:11

ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 27, 2009) - Governor O'Malley today announced plans to delay proposed reductions in the Geographic Cost of Education Index (GCEI), aid to community colleges and other local aid for Fiscal Year '09 amid speculation that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act could provide close to $4 billion in economic relief for Maryland, including more than $1.1 billion for public education.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2009 06:59
A Clarion Call To All Writers And Photographers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Monday, 26 January 2009 19:37

A Clarion Call To All Writers And Photographers


Dear Readers:  You are cordially invited to become Writers and send submissions of your work to be included in the Appalachian Independent.

We are looking for stories, poems, odes, laments, yarns, cliff-hangers, even serial novels, however you are so inclined.  Whatever floats your boat.  Take this opportunity to express yourself and share your craft with the community.  If you aren't the writing type, but know someone who is, please pass on this offer to have his, or her, work published.

This proposition is likewise open to anyone out there who takes digital pictures and would have the urge to share them.  Please send your favorites in jpeg format and no larger than 4x6 inches.

We would love to have you be a part of our endeavor to make the newspaper a success.  Spread the word:  calling all writers and photographers.


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Last Updated on Sunday, 06 December 2009 17:20
Miner Fall, Major Lift ... Unto the Springs of Savage, and the Heart of Me PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Thursday, 05 February 2009 23:53


It's not often a man's steps find sacred ground, but last week's snow blessed me so. After years of wondering, if not wandering, stars finally aligned and I tracked the headwaters of Savage River.

Born of springs at the western base of Big Savage Mountain, in such a number that if a town had landed there, they'd have named it such, like Berkely, Warm or Sulphur.

Fortunately the springs were remote of God's Country, tucked among the hollows that knew Braddock's march, but a mile or so distant the National Road that opened the land. Before the springs could be developed for the 18th century version of Deer Park bottled water, they were found and taken in by the city fathers of Frostburg, 5 miles northeast as the crow flies, on the far side of Big Savage.

For more than a century the springs have flowed through Frostburg taps, blessing the Mountain City with tap water unrivaled of Western Maryland, and far beyond. As a supplement to the main Piney Dam supply, the springs enhance and purify crystal waters the equal of any plastic bottle.

Far deeper still, the springs birth the River that flows through the heart of this man, and the valley I call home, 10 miles or so downstream.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2009 23:40
Photos from some of our Readers: Enjoy and submit others PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Friday, 30 January 2009 17:59

A rousing Thank You for two of our readers who have been kind enough to send in some photos to share with all of us.  Let this hopefully be just the start of many more to come from any of our interested viewers of the Appalachian Independent.  Spread the word and get those camera shutters clicking!

Photo by Maggie Pratt


Last Updated on Sunday, 06 December 2009 17:20
Carpenters In The Forehead/ Chutzpah in the Extreme PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 05:17

Anyone out there who can direct me to an oral surgeon?  Listening to the radio on the way to work tonight felt like a swift donkey-kick to the teeth, an assault on what is in the realm of reasonable.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2009 09:31
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