Armstrong to Transform Old Ambulance Building PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Saturday, 25 October 2008 11:10

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FROSTBURG - When Frostburg city officials were approached by a local business about selling the old ambulance building on Water Street, they were enthusiastic from the start at the prospect of transferring a little-used piece of public property off the city books.

In addition to relieving city government the burden of maintaining the brick structure at 22 South Water, sale to a private entity would put the property back on the tax rolls, boosting revenue.

Frostburg businesswoman Barb Armstrong, though, had misgivings about the proposal. Located across the street at the old bus terminal she converted for use of her insurance business, she felt the ambulance building was a historical structure worthy of preservation and celebration. In addition, she saw a potential meeting space and other public uses to complement the adjoining City Place.

When the city advertised for bids on the property, it conducted a tour of the building that drew four potential bidders. At the bid deadline of Oct. 9, two bids were received, and during the Oct. 16 city council meeting, the property was sold to the high bidder: Barb Armstrong.

Although she did not initiate the sale, Armstrong took charge of the ambulance building's fate with a successful bid of $50,000.

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 December 2008 10:46
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My Arts Walk Tour of Frostburg PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 October 2008 14:04

October 11 saw the first-ever Arts Walk in Frostburg, a self-guided tour through the shops, bars, and restaurants that were highlighting local artists that evening.  "It was the first time I couldn't find a parking place in Frostburg!" my friend Lisa Sheirer said-a sure sign of the will of the people to come out for the arts.  (For more on Lisa's art, see my profile of her in AppIndie.)  This is good news, indeed, as the city recently approved a designated area of Frostburg as an Arts and Entertainment District which, when approved by the State, will provide tax benefits and other incentives to artists wishing to live and create within the its borders.  The same concept applied to Cumberland has been an economic boon to the downtown area there, and we Frostburgers hope for the same results in our town.

 

As my son Jason and I walked down Mechanic Street toward the festivities, we saw the kids and their families at the Arts Bus and Armstrong Insurance on Water Street.  They were happily taking advantage of face-painting and garage graffiti-drawing.  How often is it okay to draw graffiti on a city building?  What an opportunity!  Of course, this garage had first been protected by large sheets of paper.

 

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Stick 'Em Up, I'm The One-Armed Bandit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Monday, 20 October 2008 20:33

Stick ‘Em Up, I'm The One-Armed Bandit

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They was waitin'
To get their hands on some easy money....She could almost taste that easy money.
Listen, Sam, how'd ya like to make some easy money ? ....He say, Yes! Oh yes!  Jus' tell me what you want me to do...
The easier it looks
The hotter it hooks
There ain't no such thing as easy money.

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Pavement caps Ormand Street project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Thursday, 16 October 2008 20:43

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FROSTBURG -- The Ormand Street sewer separation project is winding down, with crews applying blacktop to half of the street Thursday.

The fresh layer of asphalt caps a project that has been ongoing most of the year, with the effort focused primarily on installing new stormwater-runoff lines beneath the street.

When sewer and stormwater lines are combined, as they are in most older communities, heavy rains overwhelm sewage-intake systems, resulting in overflows of raw sewage into streams during storms. In addition to fouling local waters, the overflows contribute to pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2008 23:11
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Mechanic Street Angel PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 October 2008 22:27

 

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Barb Armstrong makes things happen

at the corner of Mechanic & Water

FROSTBURG - A longstanding effort to revitalize a Mechanic Street corner and create additional parking is nearing fruition thanks to the determined efforts of a Frostburg businesswoman.

Barb Armstrong of Armstrong Insurance was recognized at the September City Council meeting as a "Mountain City Angel" for her involvement in transforming the now-vacant lot at the corner of Mechanic and South Water streets.

Barb at Mechanic Street Lot"This is small in comparison to what you've done," said Mayor Arthur Bond, in naming Armstrong one of the first recipients of the new "Angel" award.

 

Also recognized as a Mountain City Angel was downtown businesswoman Peggy Atkinson, for her role in serving as a link between business owners and City Hall during last year's Broadway revitalization project.

The project at Mechanic and South Water, across from Armstrong Insurance, has been percolating at City Hall for nearly a decade.

Formerly the site of a car-dealership garage, the building that occupied the corner had long been vacant, and in recent years had decayed into an eyesore. In 2002 the city acquired the property and worked to market the building for business use. However, the structure had deteriorated to the point that no one wanted to invest the funds necessary to restore it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2008 21:44
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Garrett County Autumn PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 October 2008 20:57

Was wandering around my neighborhood today and my mind seemed to be flowing into the brilliant hues of our Garrett County Autumn:  certainly an other-wordly color extravaganza.

 

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"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at The Embassy Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Baker   
Saturday, 18 October 2008 02:40

Cumberland Theatre Aligns With The Embassy

 

Press release by Mark Baker/photos by Jeff Davis

 

Cumberland Theatre artistic director Don Whisted headlines an actor quartet to appear opposite Nicole Halmos in New Embassy Theatre's production of American playwright Edward Albee's award-winning drama "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opening Friday, October 24.

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City refinances Piney debt, to save $400K over 20 years PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 October 2008 22:51

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FROSTBURG - The Frostburg Mayor and City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to refinance debt from the Piney Dam reconstruction, securing long-term savings of nearly $400,000 even as the nation grapples with economic upheaval of historic proportions.

The City Council also approved the sale of the old ambulance building on Water Street to a Frostburg businesswoman, recognized the developer of the Lyric Building on Main Street, and established a date and time for trick-or-treating.

Although only three financial institutions submitted bids for the Piney Dam refinancing - about one-third of the normal participation rate -- the city was able to lock in an interest rate of 4.09 percent over 10 years. That rate will reset at the end of the term for another 10 years, but Davenport & Company, the city's financial advisors, noted that the new rate would have to be almost 50 percent higher for the city to not realize savings on the refinancing. While noting that "there are no absolutes anymore," Davenport said the "likelihood is small" that reset rates would be so high.

The end result of the refinancing is that city taxpayers will realize a savings of $394,352 over the course of the 20-year loan, with the vast majority of the savings occurring in the next two years.

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