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
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
Bottom-Up Stimulus Offers Hope for Economy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Yossef Ben-Meir   
Tuesday, 23 December 2008 11:30

  What development projects deliver short-term relief to people and long-term economic structural change for sustained growth and should therefore be part of the upcoming economic stimulus package? The answer: projects determined and managed by the local communities they are intended to benefit.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2008 11:31
Tales of the Good Ship Dick -- White Light Abomination in Full Retreat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 00:57


 As heard on Cumberland's WCBC Radio, AM 1270, these are the columns of the Good Ship Dick, an American privateer newly self-commissioned to the forces of truth once more sailing the ocean blue under a banner of the same hue, and stripes of red, stars of white. Currently enjoying well-deserved R&R in a sun-splashed, rum-soaked Caribbean port of call, Captain awaits return to duty about two weeks after the inauguration, when Fox & Fiends blames it all on Obama. Which is total garbage, for as we all know...

"Mele Kalik-Obama is America's way, to say Merry Christmas to the world..."

Recorded 12-14-08

  While I can't take credit for transformation awaited lo these many years, I will celebrate as one who long championed it.

Not Barack Obama‘s election, but an American revolution of a different sort, bombillas borealis.

From little wire trees aglow, to icicle strands ablaze, an explosion of color decorates Mountain Maryland this Christmas season, the forces of white-light conformity in full retreat.

I do a good bit of driving through the southwestern provinces of Allegany County, and can testify to megawatts of holiday spirit from McCoole all the way up Georges Creek to the Mountain City. And while a ride through just about any part of Frederick County, and large swaths of Washington, would reveal houses bathed in nearly naught but suburban white, rainbow colors light the night in what natives like to call true Western Maryland.


Thus is Christmas uniquely American amongst these ancient Appalachian folds, a celebration not only of the Savior‘s birth, but the independence of spirit that birthed a nation.

And I'm not talking lights of red, white and blue, though the former and latter appear, together with yellow and orange. White lights in any proper display are confined to creche alone, purely for illumination.

Because we see white lights all the time, every waking hour of every day. At their most hideous, they are flourescent, rank upon row, cold light above a place no one wants to be. White lights. Up and down the street, blinding through the windshield, in the mirror and in your face.

White light is too much with us as it is, why give our days any more?

Bombillas borealis sings of that singular time of year, that one day, when the world is truly different. And the season leading up to it, sweetened with anticipation, smoothed with goodwill. Not a bad time of year to be alive.

It is a harbor in storm-tossed seas, this Christmas season, and a year like no other it will introduce.

If you thought 2008 was a ride, buckle up for 0-9.

If I had a year-end confession to make, of sin-prognosticate, it is that I misread gas-price speculation as engine of end times. They were a symptom, to be sure, of greed run amok till it runs us off the cliff, but the root cause of downfall, the height of offense to all us working schmucks, occurred on a far grander scale, an off-Broadway orgy of excess. Last Christmas, the top five investment houses that taxpayers just bailed out, gave themselves a collective $30 billion in bonuses.

Nine months later, Washington handed them $700 billion, while Detroit, and a million-plus blue-collar jobs, gets sent packing for want of 15.

It's enough to make a working man wonder what the Republican Party is all about.

As if we don't already know, as if we didn't already vote accordingly.

Bombillias borealis at the dawn of Barack Obama; light of many colors, declaration of independence, beacon to the nation, dream unto the generations.

Mele Kalik-Obama is America's way, to say Merry Christmas to the world...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 02:15
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
Steering Committee Named to Lead "Staking Our Claim" Fund-Raising Effort at FSU PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU Foundation   
Friday, 26 December 2008 12:40

The Frostburg State University Foundation Inc. recently launched the public phase of its comprehensive $15 million campaign, Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg. Designed to support the mission of Frostburg State University, this fund-raising effort comes at a critical time in the history of the institution and of Western Maryland. Nearly $8.5 million has already been committed as of the end of 2008.  

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 December 2008 11:34
OPINION: The Whitewashing of Dubya Begins: Revising History PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Etchison   
Tuesday, 23 December 2008 10:13


As the disaster of the Bush administration draws to an end, Dubya has begun offering the first attempts to whitewash the sordid darkness marking the past eight years.  In recent interviews, he's even attempted to offer himself as a kind of martyr, portraying himself as a sympathetic figure who took the high moral ground, sticking to his principals in spite of dreadfully low approval ratings.  We must not be sucked into that kind of historical revisionism.  The debacle of Dubya's administration-its callousness, its breath-taking greed, its insatiable hunger for power, its trampling of the Constitution-must never be whitewashed, never watered down.  No, this administration in all its dark folly must stand fully exposed as an example to future generations of how government can be perverted by a few individuals if voters don't maintain proper vigilance, if voters don't make the effort to know what the government is doing, if voters don't hold our representatives responsible for what they do in our name.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2008 11:29
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