MCTA to Kick Off First Celtic Music Series With Bua PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Thursday, 24 August 2017 19:45

BUAFrostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will present its first Celtic Music Series this fall, starting Sunday, Sept. 10, at 4:30 p.m. with the powerful ensemble Bua. All three events in the series will take place at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The live entertainment is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $15.

Bua stands out among modern bands in the genre. An established group based in Chicago, Bua evokes the good times that are the core of Irish traditional music – precise, intense and straightforward. In their 2011 release, “Down the Green Fields,” the musicians explore the forgotten sounds from the heyday of Irish music in the City of Big Shoulders with a blend of enchantingly stark song arrangements and bold, pulsing dance tunes.

The other programs in the series will be folk singer Aoife Scott on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. and the trio Barrule on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, email MCTA at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 301-687-8040.

Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, MCTA is a program of FSU, supported in part by the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

Major Environmental Groups Urge MDE to Investigate Full Risks of Pipeline PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Robbins   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 08:05

Alarmed with the Potential Detriment to the Environment, Coalition Calls for Assessment, Rejection of TransCanada’s Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project  

Baltimore, MD — On Tuesday August 8, a letter signed by 18 state and local environmental organizations was delivered to Secretary Ben Grumbles of the Maryland Department of the Environment. The signatories demand that MDE use its authority to conduct a thorough evaluation of the potential environmental impacts of TransCanada’s proposed Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project pipeline. The letter suggests that once MDE diligently carries out its obligation to Marylanders to examine the full impacts, the agency will see no other option than to reject the proposed pipeline project. The letter asserts that MDE will find rejecting the project will be the only way to protect the health of Maryland’s waterways and communities.


This four-mile pipeline would bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania to West Virginia, and would travel through Maryland, just west of Hancock. The proposed path of the pipeline crosses directly under the C&O Canal and the Potomac River, the primary drinking water source for more than 6 million people.


What: Letter to Secretary Ben Grumbles Regarding TransCanada’s Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project - FERC Docket No. CP-17-80-000

Who: Signatories of the letter include:


  1. AMP Creeks Council

  2. Chesapeake Climate Action Network

  3. Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility

  4. Clean Water Action

  5. Earthworks

  6. Food & Water Watch

  7. Howard County Climate Action

  8. Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)

  9. Lower Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® Association

  10. Maryland Conservation Council

  11. Maryland Environmental Health Network

  12. Maryland Sierra Club

  13. Nature Abounds

  14. Potomac Riverkeeper Network

  15. Savage River Watershed Association

  16. Upper Potomac Riverkeeper

  17. Waterkeepers Chesapeake

  18. We Are Cove Point


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We urge MDE not to rush through its review of this Project. Protection of Maryland’s streams, rivers, and wetlands is too important to place at risk. MDE must take the time needed to ensure it has all necessary information, review that information, give the public an opportunity to thoroughly review and comment on the information at a public hearing,

and then conduct a thorough and transparent analysis of the significant potential impacts of the Project on critical water crossings and all related upland and downstream activities.


Overwhelming scientific evidence, along with the recent § 401 certification denials for two proposed pipeline in New York State, confirm the inherent public health and environmental dangers with pipelines and associated infrastructure. This Project will likely have significant adverse impacts on water quality, aquatic habitat, and public health, especially

when considered together with the cumulative impacts of the proposed Mountaineer Gas pipeline in West Virginia. Yet Maryland will not gain any benefits from the pipeline’s construction and operation. If MDE cannot impose conditions adequate to minimize these impacts, it should consider denying the application. Given the recent concerns and

problems using HDD to construct pipelines in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and the unique geologic features present in this Project, we are gravely concerned that no set of conditions will be adequate. We firmly believe that, once MDE conducts its required § 401 certification analysis in the proper, comprehensive manner dictated by the Clean Water Act, it will ultimately conclude that certification for this Project is not warranted.


Thank you for giving us the opportunity to provide input to MDE on this project. Please contact Phillip Musegaas, Vice President of Programs and Litigation at Potomac Riverkeeper Network if you have any questions regarding this letter. He can be reached by phone at 202-888-4929 or or e-mail, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Lists FSU’s Online Master’s in Computer Science Among Best in the Cou PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 07:55, an online resource for individuals interested in computer science degrees, recently ranked Frostburg State University’s online Master’s in Applied Computer Science fifth among the top 30 best online master’s in computer science degree programs for 2017.

FSU offers the degree in person and online.

In its description of FSU’s online Master’s in Applied Computer Science, noted the program is designed to prepare students for careers in various fields of IT and network security. Several specialization options allow students to tailor their degree toward specific career goals or personal interests. Specializations include database, data mining, data warehousing or generalist. Online courses are taught by the same professors who teach on campus and include database management systems, networking and data communications, and web development and programming. Admission to the program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Graduate tuition and fees are estimated at $8,702.

For its ranking, reviewed more than 70 accredited colleges and universities that offered online master’s in computer science or related degree programs like computer engineering or network technology. The original pool of schools was listed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES College Navigator). looked at university or program rankings with major publications like Forbes magazine or U.S. News and World Report and selected institutions that had received regional, national or program rankings. The company then listed the schools in order of affordability.

For more information about’s best online master’s in computer science degrees, visit

For information about FSU’s MS in Applied Computer Science, call the Office of Graduate Services at 301-687-7053, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit

Cumberland Needs Your Vote! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 07:49

CumberlandCumberland, Md. has been selected by our team here at Blue Ridge Outdoors to be a contender in our annual Top Adventure Towns contest on

Vote, vote, vote! - The voting starts today (August 7 and runs through September 11, and winners will be highlighted both online and in the November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors. Get the word out - share, vote and let's show our hometown pride!

The Cadillac Cowboys Performing Friday for Bands on the Bricks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 09:18

Volkswagens on the Mall Set

Cumberland Comes Alive concert series welcomes The Cadillac Cowboys to Bands on the Bricks on Friday evening August 4. They will perform on the First Peoples Historic City Center Stage at the corner of Liberty & Baltimore Streets at 6:30 pm. The performance is free of charge, but seating is limited, so bring a lawn chair. The Cadillac Cowboys performance was rescheduled for August 4 after their June 16 performance was rained out.


The Cadillac Cowboys are a Country-Fried Rock 'n' Roll band based in Western Maryland. The boys joined forces prior to the turn of the century and have been entertaining audiences in the Tri-State area ever since. Influenced by a wide range of country, bluegrass and rock 'n'roll music, the Cowboys play anything from Merle Haggard to the Rolling Stones and beyond. 


Appealing to a wide audience, the Cowboys deliver a high-energy, boot-stompin' style show. The band is comprised of five members: Randy Ruhl & Eric Baker on guitars, Randy Bandura on electric mandolin, Jeff Griffith on stand-up bass, and Rob Marker on 



In addition, Volkswagens on the Mall will take place on Friday, August 4 from 5 pm to 10 pm. The region's best Volkswagens will be on display on Baltimore Street.


If you would like to display your automobile, no registration is required. Simply show up with your vehicle between 4 pm and 5 pm and carefully enter pedestrian only Baltimore Street from either George Street or Mechanic Street. Volunteers will help direct you.


Cumberland Comes Alive is Western Maryland’s premier outdoor concert series. It is presented by Burgmeiers Hauling Inc. and is produced by the City of Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission.


Bands on the Bricks concerts take place in the heart of Cumberland on the bricks of the one-and-only Historic City Center from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm every Friday until August 25.


For more information or to become a sponsor, contact the Downtown Development Commission Promotions Director at 301-724-3655 or

Hot Glass Exhibition and Works of Neal Redmond in Allegany Arts Council's Galleries PDF Print E-mail
Written by Heidi Custer   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 08:02
adam waimonThe Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce two new art exhibitions on display through August. The Saville Gallery hosts a juried Hot Glass Exhibition and Competition. This show focuses on the medium of glass which manipulated by heat. The open call for entry brought responses from across the U.S. and several accepted artists hail from the tri-state area-- Elizabeth Braun, WV; John Fansmith PA; Nicolas Nies, Sherry Selevan, and Nikki O’Neill of MD. Others hail from Arizona to Rhode Island; Stephen Bruckner, NY; Karen Crosser Alge, Matthew Paskiet, Michael Scupholm, and Noel Welch, all from OH; David Graeve, TX; Jennifer Hecker, NY; Steven Ramsey, NE; Georgia Ryan, AZ; Nadine Saylor, IL; and Adam Waimon, RI. The juror for the exhibition is Nancy Weisser. An outstanding educator and entrepreneur as well as a distinguished artist, Nancy owns and operates the successful Weisser Glass Studio in Kensington, MD. Beautiful works of many different techniques including Flameworking, Fusing, Blown, Cast, Carved, and Enameled are featured.
The Schwab Gallery showcases works of painter Neal Redmond of Hancock, MD. Former Revolutionary War re-enactor and period costume fabricator, Neal Redmond has reinvented himself after suffering two strokes. Going back to his training at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the 1970s and to his love of color, he works mainly with oil paints; creating landscapes, flowers and abstracts.
The Reception for both of these exhibitions is on Saturday, August 19, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at 9 N. Centre St, downtown Cumberland, MD. The public is invited to attend.
Photo: Golden Acorns, by Adam Waimon
South Pacific to End Palace's Summer Movie Musical Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Powell   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 07:53

South PacificFrostburg's Palace Theatre will end its summer movie musical series with the screening of South Pacific on Monday, August 21.  Directed by Joshua Logan and featuring the music of Rogers and Hammerstein, the film was released in 1958 and has a running time of 157 minutes.  Often considered the greatest musical romance, the film is set on a South Pacific island during World War II where love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.  

Doors open at 7:00 pm with showtime at 7:30 pm.  The concession and bar begin serving at 7:00 pm.  The Palace is located at 31 E. Main St. in downtown Frostburg.  For additional information, call 301-689-5605 or refer to The Palace's website at

Steely Dan Tribute: Not Reely Dan, Performing Saturday Night at Canal Place PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 09:21

Saturday night Cumberland Comes Alive at Canal Place with a free concert presented by Burgmeier’s Hauling. Not Reely Dan, a Tribute toSteely Dan will take the stage at Canal Place on Saturday, August 5 at 8 pm.


Not Reely Dan began performing in the Cumberland area during the summer of 2017. Formed by Jim Roderick, Tom Harrison, and Mark Gauthier, the group features many of the area’s finest musicians and will feature exclusively the music of the classic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band.


Band members include Fred Sullivan; lead vocals, Jim Roderick, guitar; Tom Harrison, keyboards; Brian Plitnik, bass; Mark Gauthier, drums; Fred Kesner and Tom Simpson, trumpet; and Bill Green, saxophone.


Not Reely Dan's repertoire consists of many of the hits from Steely Dan throughout the 70s and 80s and live shows performed by Steely Dan's current touring band. The performance is free of charge, but seating is limited, so don’t forget your folding lawn chair.


Cumberland Comes Alive is Western Maryland’s premier outdoor concert series. It is presented by Burgmeiers Hauling Inc. and is produced by the City of Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission and Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority.


For more information, contact Canal Place at 301-724-3655 or visit

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