Act II for the Lyric PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:12

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A building whose obituary was written in smoke and ash on the editorial page of the Cumberland Times-News will soon open its doors to new life as a downtown destination for all-things Frostburg State.

 The new downtown FSU bookstore

Gutted by the 2004 fire that destroyed the landmark bar Gandalf’s on its first floor, the Lyric Building was given up for dead in the days and weeks that followed. A hollow shell and fragile façade survived the flames, but when bricks began falling on the sidewalk a few days after the blaze, the Times-News editorialized of the Lyric in the past tense.

 

I know because I wrote the editorial, and at the time fully realized that the phrasing of the piece essentially pronounced the building dead. It was a conscious decision, and to my mind, a safe call. The bulldozer was warming up to bring it all down in the name of public safety, white-striped asphalt patch where once brick and wood entwined, a Main Street denizen of elegant lines and long memory.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:53
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Articles of Local Interest in National Publications PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Saturday, 20 September 2008 19:11

The October, 2008 National Geographic features an article on the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas. The article features a map of the National Trails System, including the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, a series of trails along the Potomac River basin, including the Great Allegheny Passage trail running through Allegany County and on to Pittsburgh. Although written about the Ozark Highlands Trail, a quote from the article applies equally to our corner of the Appalachians:

 “Thickly forested with red oak and black gum, these hillsides have witnessed much history, having been roamed by Indians, crisscrossed by Spanish and French explorers, and skirmished over by Union and Confederate armies in the Civil War.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2008 22:14
 
Welcome to AppIndie! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kurt Hoffman   
Wednesday, 03 September 2008 22:57

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Appalachian Independent: The Dialogue of Democracy! What you see before you is the result of lots of hard work by numerous people. The content of this first issue of our community newspaper was authored by a core group of people and you will find their names associated with their articles. With every endeavor such as this, there are people who are instrumental to the process but remain anonymous because their responsibilities are behind the scenes. What you won’t see behind the “wizard's curtain” are the authors of the website itself. Steve Robinett and Woody Getz are the unsung heroes who have created the “AppIndie” website from the ground up.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2008 07:14
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Arts District Proposal Approved by City of Frostburg--Now Goes to State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Thursday, 11 September 2008 12:02

Arts District MapFROSTBURG – The city of Frostburg fully supports efforts to establish an Arts & Entertainment District in the community, with city officials confident that the state will approve the designation by the end of the year.

 

“It’s 5-0 in favor,” City Administrator John Kirby said of the mayor and council’s support for what he described as the “grassroots effort” to develop the district.

  

Kirby attributed the idea for the district to local residents, including faculty and staff from Frostburg State University, city council member Susan Keller, local business people and artists who already call Frostburg home.

 

Keller said the arts district was a natural outgrowth of long-standing efforts to revitalize the downtown Main Street area and foster economic development in the community as a whole. “I think people are interested in trying to figure out ways to promote the city and showcase those things we already have,” Keller said. “This interest seemed to go hand-in-hand with an arts and entertainment district.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2008 21:52
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The Grant that Birthed Us PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Monday, 08 September 2008 21:46

By Richard Kerns
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FROSTBURG - The lead story of any debut news publication must be the birth of said publication. Thus it is with the Appalachian Independent.


group minus three.jpgThe fruit of a year-long development effort by a core group of a dozen area residents, the AppIndie, as it is known in shorthand, for its .org Web address, seeks to foster grassroots news coverage of Mountain Maryland and its Appalachian environs.

 

The online paper, to be published every other Wednesday, aims not only to tell our region's stories, but to provide a forum where "citizen journalists" can report on their own communities.
More than just sharing the good, bad and beautiful of the region we call home, AppIndie pursues a higher mission, to foster Web-based discussion as to the nature of the community we the people bequeath to those who follow.


This "dialogue of democracy" is at the heart the Appalachian Independent, as reflected in the publication's mission statement: Citizen journalists giving voice to a diverse Appalachian community.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2008 16:16
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