Freezing Rain Affects Area PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kurt Hoffman   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 23:27

Today in the Tri-State Area, residents in the higher elevations woke up to an eerily beautiful world encased in ice.  Treacherous sidewalks had to be carefully navigated.  Cars required substantial ice-chipping effort simply to gain access.  Trees were seen burdened and bowed with the extra weight deposited overnight as rain fell and quickly froze to ice.  The following pictures were taken today.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 January 2009 12:21
Carpenters In The Forehead/ What Hath We Wrought? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 20:41

Carpenters In The Forehead/ "What Hath We Wrought?  The Abject Hypocritical Failure of the War on Drugs"


"We have met the enemy and he is us."

Quote by Pogo, from the comic strip of the same name.


Come join me, Dear Readers, and let us in unison bang our heads against the wall, in yet another ineffective attempt to change the mentality of our nation that stubbornly clings to myths and illogical conclusions, all the while being a direct cause of human carnage that is taking place just south of our border.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2009 14:08
Cooke Foundation Accepting Applications for Graduate Study PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frostburg State University   
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 09:57

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program, which is one of the country's most competitive private scholarship programs, has opened its applications to include graduating seniors and recent alumni from any of the 2,000 accredited colleges or universities in the United States.  The scholarship is open to current Frostburg State University seniors as well as alumni who have graduated since spring 2004.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2009 15:10
OPINION: Allegany Commissioners spark "Public Safety Emergency" with County Police takeover PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Valentine, Little Orleans   
Thursday, 01 January 2009 21:30

As the year of 2008 draws to a close, we should be looking forward to the
possibilities offered by a new year. Instead, I see only dark clouds forming
over Allegany County. This County is in the midst of a civil war. It is
never a good thing when citizens lose faith in their government. Citizens
always have misgivings about government, but since the creation of the
Allegany County Bureau of Police, there have been daily charges of lies and
"shady deals" The integrity of our Commissioners is being challenged. The
integrity of our deputies in both departments is being challenged. The
integrity of private citizens is being challenged. This is Allegany County
at its worst.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 January 2009 16:46
Gas lines mark start of Mechanic Street project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Sunday, 28 December 2008 10:49


  Yellow pipelines lie at the corner of High and West Mechanic streets, ready for installation as part of the first phase of what will be a summer-long improvement project on West Mechanic Street.

 Like the work recently completed on Ormand Street, the project is designed primarily for combined sewer separation.

 Currently sewer drains on West Mechanic, as in most of the city, carry both sewage and stormwater runoff. In times of heavy rain, the system cannot accommodate the volumes, and untreated sewage overflows into area streams.

 The project will install a new line dedicated exclusively to sewage, and one for stormwater.

 As part of the work, which will focus on West Mechanic between Water and High streets, new sidewalks will also be built and, when all the work is done, new pavement applied.

 With the street to be torn up, Columbia Gas is the first on the scene with such projects, taking advantage of the opportunity to replace decades-old gas lines. They will be working on West Mechanic throughout the winter, with the road expected to be closed near the work area most weekdays.

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 December 2008 11:34
Small Museum Association Serves Mid Atlantic Region PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara RogersThomas   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 14:35

Small Museum personnel often have daunting job responsibilities. They are simultaneously curators, educators, grant writers, janitors, archivists, researchers, volunteer coordinators, fundraisers, authors, material collectors, managers, photographers, exhibit designers, maintenance workers, bookkeepers...the list goes on and on. This year's annual meeting of the Small Museum Association (SMA) in Ocean City, Maryland, recognizes that dedication with its Silver Anniversary event, 25 Years of Small Museums, Working Together, February 22 - 24, 2009.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2009 11:34
Armory lot available for Christmas tree mulching PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Saturday, 03 January 2009 17:49

Frostburg residents who want to recycle their Christmas trees can leave them at the end of the Little League parking lot just below the armory. Allegany County will collect the trees later this month and haul them to the recycling center at the old PPG plant, where they will be processed into mulch.

Weather permitting, the city of Frostburg may conduct a special Christmas tree curbside collection, but such a pickup has not yet been confirmed.

At this point, if you want to recycle your tree, haul it to the armory lot. Or, if your yard allows, simply take the old tenenbaum out, let it lie among the shrubs and brush, and melt into the landscape with the passage of time.

Trees set out at curbside for the trash pickup will be hauled to the landfill to decompose with garbage, grime and other waste, and no Christmas tree deserves such a fate.


Last Updated on Saturday, 03 January 2009 17:59
Burns Supper Features Bonnie Rideout PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara RogersThomas   
Monday, 29 December 2008 18:56


Mountain Maryland pays homage to its Scottish heritage with its third annual Burns Supper, slated for Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Four Seasons Restaurant at Will O' the Wisp from 6pm to 10pm.  One day shy of the 250th Anniversary of the Scottish bard and poet's birth, the event will serve as the official introduction of Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout as the Honorary Clan Chieftain of this year's McHenry Highland Festival.


An internationally acclaimed musician, Rideout has been a regular featured performer during the Festival's twenty year history.  On stages from Scotland's Edinburgh International Festival to America's Kennedy Center, her unique style of Scottish fiddling has charmed audiences with a vast array of traditional Scottish dance tunes, Highlands bagpipe music and ancient Gaelic melodies, each reflecting the rich musical tradition of her heritage.  "She has brought much recognition and artistry to the McHenry Highland Festival," said Chairman Jerry McGee.  "For this reason and for her devotion to the audience of the greater Garrett County and tri-state area, the Board of Directors unanimously agreed that she should be granted this honor."


Traditionally, Burns Suppers are a time to honor the poetic and musical contributions of Scotsman Robert Burns.  In celebrating Burns' life , work, and cultural contributions, Burn's Suppers have become a strong icon of Scottish identity.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2009 11:32
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