Frostburg State University Seeks Planning Input From Residents at Forum PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:33

Frostburg State University is inviting residents of the community to an open forum to provide public input and feedback about FSU’s educational mission as part of its ongoing strategic planning efforts. The forum will be Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre, 20 E. Main St. in Frostburg.

Residents of Frostburg and the surrounding region are important stakeholders in the future of FSU and are encouraged to come and share what FSU is doing well, what they would like to see more of from FSU, and what local and regional issues FSU should pay more attention to. All who attend will have the opportunity to provide meaningful feedback. All feedback will be made anonymous before being shared with FSU’s Strategic Planning Task Force, which will use the information to develop a new strategic plan to be unveiled in early summer.

“Frostburg State University’s strategic plan will guide our thinking, planning, outreach, budgeting and actions for the next several years,” said FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk. “It is important that we have input from members of our community, as FSU is committed to continuing its role as an educational, cultural and economic development resource to its region.”

The session is being hosted by Dr. Benjamin Norris, an associate professor of chemistry at FSU, and Robin Wynder, director of the Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

“As a lifelong resident of Frostburg, Frostburg State University had a major impact on my life even before I became a student or employee there,” Norris said. “Now that I have children of my own, I am excited that many of the opportunities that I had as a child still exist. In addition, when I was in middle school, the University and its employees were very supportive of my single working mother as she went back to school. This open forum will be an opportunity for members of the community to share about ways FSU has made a difference to them.”

Parking is available on Main Street and in the lots behind the Lyric Building and St. Michael’s Church. For more information, call 301-687-4157.

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.

Arts Council to Host Creative Community Experiences PDF Print E-mail
Written by Heidi Custer   
Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:37

CUMBERLAND—From January 4 through January 28 the Allegany Arts Council will host its third public art experience, Start to Finish III, at the Saville Gallery at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland. During this event artist members of the Arts Council will use the gallery as an open studio to create artwork. The public is encouraged to visit the gallery to watch artists at work. The gallery is open from 11 am to 5 pm daily except for Sundays and Mondays.


This year, participants include Donna Godlove, Pat Peacock, Dominique Vallon, Patricia Wilt and Chris Sloan. During Start to Finish III, visitors will be able to talk to artists and see demonstrations. The artists will be using media and techniques ranging from oil pastels to 3D printing. On Wednesday, January 18 at 3:45, local artist Lita Havens will conduct a gallery tour for kids.


Artist Members of the Arts Council are encouraged to use the gallery space at any time during Start to Finish to create works of art which will be shown at a public closing reception on January 28 from 6-8pm.


As a way of including performing arts in Start to Finish III, the Arts Council will host an Open Mic session in its Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery onJanuary 13 from 6 to 8 pm. Poets, stand up comedians, actors, and musicians are encouraged to share 5 minutes of their work with the audience. You do not need to be a member of the Arts Council to perform in this event, but you do need to sign up at the door. The public is invited to enjoy our local performing arts talent at this free event while relaxing with refreshments, including wine and beer (cash bar), and snacks.


For more information or to register for Start to Finish III or the Open Mic Night, please contact Heidi Custer at 301-777-2787 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Maryland Public Works Approves Grants to Reduce Pollution and Improve Water Quality PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jay Apperson   
Thursday, 05 January 2017 08:32



Grants will reduce pollution, improve wastewater infrastructure

BALTIMORE (Jan. 4, 2017) - The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $1.7 million in grants today to  reduce pollution and improve water quality. The Board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“These are smart investments to protect public health and prevent water pollution in Maryland communities and the Chesapeake Bay. The Maryland Department of the Environment thanks Governor Hogan for his leadership on this environmental priority,” said Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles. “Upgrading septic systems across the state and sewage systems in LaVale and Hagerstown will help us to green and grow the state’s economy and lead in the race to protect and restore Chesapeake Bay watersheds.”

The following projects were approved today:

LaVale Manhole Rehabilitation Phase II project – Allegany County

A $749,831 Bay Restoration Fund grant to the LaVale Sanitary Commission will help fund the continuation of the project to rehabilitate manholes throughout the LaVale sewage collection system. In this phase of the project about 200 manholes that were not addressed under the previous phase will be rehabilitated. This will include various spot repairs to the interior of existing manholes and the installation of a manhole lining system to reduce inflow and infiltration of water to the system, which contributes to sewage overflows. The project is part of LaVale’s response to a consent decree between MDE and LaVale that requires LaVale to reduce sewer overflows. A 2015 change in state law allows Bay Restoration Fund money to be used to prevent sewage overflows.

Upgrade Septic Systems – Statewide

Grants from the Bay Restoration Fund totaling $675,000 will provide funding for counties to upgrade on-site sewage disposal (septic) systems to significantly reduce the discharge of nitrogen, one of the most serious pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay. Counties will focus on upgrading septic systems located within the critical area. Seventeen Maryland counties will benefit from the grants.

Hagerstown Collection System Rehabilitation Phase IA project – Washington County

Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Supplemental Assistance grants of $300,000 to the City of Hagerstown will help fund a project to rehabilitate a portion of the city’s wastewater collection system. The project includes replacing manholes and sewer lines to protect the public and ecological health of the community by preventing contamination from raw sewage.

Dr. Elizabeth Throop Named Provost at Frostburg State University PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:33

ThroopFROSTBURG, Md. – Dr. Elizabeth Throop, currently Acting Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Frostburg State University. She will join FSU on July 1, 2017.

“What I heard consistently from the University community, including students, was about Dr. Throop’s engaging personality and her genuine interest in Frostburg State University,” said FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk. “I believe her experiences as an academic leader and faculty member who has enjoyed working in a rural setting will help Frostburg as we define ourselves for the upcoming years. I am very pleased she is joining us.”

Throop, whose academic background is in cultural anthropology and social work, was dean of the UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to her appointment as acting provost. She has experience leading university divisions in liberal arts, education, business and the sciences, covering the disciplines of FSU’s three colleges.

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Frostburg State University team,” Throop said. “When I visited, I was so impressed with the thoughtfulness and professionalism of the faculty; it was clear to me that we share many values, especially emphasizing student learning and success. I found the students to be serious and engaging. FSU’s deliberate focus on diversity speaks to me in important ways, and, of course, the campus is beautiful!”

As provost, Throop will serve as the University’s chief academic officer, overseeing FSU’s three academic colleges, academic support programs and the Lewis J. Ort Library.

“Spending time with the president's executive cabinet was terrific as well,” Throop continued. “I know we will work well together. Most importantly, President Nowaczyk is an inspiring leader with vision and stances that I also hold. I look forward to participating in the strategic planning process as we work on preparing Frostburg State for the rest of the 21st century!"

Throop was chosen following a national search, which included open, on-campus meetings with faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi has been serving as interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs since July of 2015. He will return to his previous post as dean of the College of Business when Throop joins FSU in July.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

UW-Platteville, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016, has nearly 9,000 students in three colleges: the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and the College of Liberal Arts and Education. UW-Platteville is part of the 26-school University of Wisconsin system and one of the 13 four-year campuses across the state. The university is located in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, fewer than 30 miles from both the Illinois and Iowa borders.

Dylan to be January Topic of Book Group at Main Street Books PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Powell   
Monday, 19 December 2016 18:25

The book group of Main Street Books in Frostburg will meet on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:30 pm in the bookstore.  Bob Dylan's Tarantula will be included in the discussion of Dylan's music, poetry and his awarding of the Nobel Prize Award for Literature.  New members welcome.  From additional information call 301/689-5605 or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Downtown Cumberland Events and Activities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:34

Happy New Year from The Downtown Cumberland Business Association


The City of Cumberland would like to notify the public beginning Thursday, January 5 at 7 pm through January 6  at 7 am North Mechanic Street will be closed to traffic from Frederick Street to the Baltimore Street intersection.  Contractors working for LaVale Sanitation will be repairing a pipe under Mechanic Street in this area during the closure.  A detour will be in place for this closure.  Please use caution will driving in the affected area.  Any questions on the closure can be directed to Carl Belt, Inc 301-729-8900.


Tribute to Jaye Miller – Friday, January 8. Please join us to pay tribute to Cumberland's Swedish Chef. Jaye was recently diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. In an effort to off set expenses, Windsor Castle will be hosting a "Tribute to Jaye" evening. Small plates featuring her amazing dishes, live music, wine and most importantly celebrating a woman who has given so much and touched so many in our area$50/person, cash bar available. For tickets email Good Carma Catering at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 240-727-0541.


Country Roads Mobil Veterinary Practice will be at the Allegany County Animal Shelter, 716 Furnace Street on Monday, January 9 – Thursday January 12for a Low Cost Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic. Female cats - $85; Male Cats - $50. Prices include ear cleaning, nail trim and pain meds. $5 rabies vaccine, if needed. By Appointment only, call 304-790-6033.


Saturday, January 14 and 28February 11 and 25 - 10 am – 1 pm. The Downtown Cumberland Winter Farmers' Market is the place to find the freshest produce, fruit, cheese, and local art. The Cumberland Winter Market is a community event that happens the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.


Game Night – Friday, January 20, 6 pm - Join us at ACRE Coworking at 48 N. Centre Street for a low-key game night. Open to the public for ages 16 and up (16 and below with parental supervision). Many games will be provided free-of-charge, including Risk, Settlers of Catan, playing cards, Monopoly, Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples, and many, many more. Or, bring your own, if you'd like! Light refreshments will be offered. Come and go as you please.


Looking for a great location for your next big event? Check out the Windsor Castle Events Centre (the former Cumberland Armory), 210 S. Centre Street. Windsor Castle is perfect for wedding receptions, dances, conferences, conventions, reunions and more! For more information, call 301-722-0005


Don’t forget, Downtown Cumberland parking on all surface lots is FREE on Saturdays, Sundays and every day after 5 pm.




This week at Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop all glassware & dishware is Half Off.  Barkin’ Basement is proud to support the efforts of the Allegany County Animal Shelter. We are located at 45 Baltimore Street and are open Thursday –


It’s not too late to get your flu and pneumonia vaccines!! Just stop by PharmaCare West, 64 Greene Street, and get your flu or pneumonia shot today. There is no charge to Medicare Part B recipients. They will bill most 3rd party insurances. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to protect yourself and those around you from the flu! Store and convenient drive thru open Mon – Fri 9am to 6pm & Sat 9am to 1pm – phone 301.724.1183 –


Fitzy’s Nifty Nook is now “officially” closed for the winter. PLEASE like us on fb to keep up to date.  I’m sure you will see all three of us on nice days over the winter piddling around at the store! If so, stop in and say “Hi”!


The Vapor Room, Cumberland's Award winning electronic cigarette shop is conveniently located on the downtown mall. Come visit our location at 57 N Centre Street.

  • The Vapor Room Weekly Sales and Specials: Every Tuesday – Double Punch Tuesday. Get a Bonus stamp on your AppCard when buying a 30ml bottle or larger.
  • The Vapor Room is a trusted retailer of top electronic cigarette brands and premium nicotine e-liquids. Our Appcard rewards program offers our customers generous discounts on future purchases.
  • Our Downtown Cumberland shop is open Monday through Saturday 10AM-6PM. Stop in and speak with one of our friendly staff today! 


The Tea Cupboard – Stock up on all your favorite teas including Chocolate Covered Cherry, Snickerdoodle, Tigers Eye, Gingerbread Cream, Holiday Berry and Holiday Spice!  Stop in for a pot of tea; add some scones, a quick lunch of soup and savories or our full Queen City Tea and you can also do some shopping for all kinds of tea ware and TEA! New teapots, English teacup and saucer sets, infuser mugs, tea infusers, as well as Union Jack aprons and tote bags!  We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 until 5, and the tea room is open from 11-2 Wednesday through Saturday!  We do parties, have lots of events and book clubs!   Don’t forget downtown parking is free on Saturdays! You can find us at 49 North Centre Street, Downtown Cumberland, 301-777-7721, on Facebook as The Tea Cupboard or our web page at .


Love to go antiquing and thrifting? Want to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops including MountainShine Creative, Fort Cumberland Emporium, Baltimore Street Collectibles, Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop (Thursday – Sunday), GiGi’s Attic (Thursday - Saturday), Queen City Flea Market (Friday – Sunday), Windsor Castle Antiques & Flea Market (Sundays only), Country Accents on Greene – all filled with antiques, collectibles, handmade items. Stop in and discover it for yourself.


 GREAT GIFT IDEA! DCBA (Downtown Cumberland Gift Certificates) are available at The Book Center and may be used at any DCBA member’s business. You may find out who is a DCBA member online at




This Friday head to MEZZOS to watch the Cramer Brothers from 10PM until 1AM! No Cover to get in!


HRDC’s 6th ANNUAL SOUP SALE TO BENEFIT COUNTY UNITED WAY -All fresh ingredients make it taste better than canned soup. Its ready to heat and eat! Offered in two sizes – Quart (serves 4) $6.00 and Pint (serves two) $3.25. Choice of: Broccoli Cheese, Chicken Noodle, Chili, Vegetarian Vegetable, Ham & Bean with potato dumplings. Orders due by Friday, January 13th to HRDC.  Call 301-783-1716, Fax 301-722-0937, or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   to place your order! All proceeds benefit the County United Way! Pick Up Locations:  HRDC’s Cumberland Senior Center, Frostburg Senior Center, Georges Creek Senior Center, and Westernport Senior Center. Delivery for multiple orders to one location is also available.  Call Becky at 301-783-1716 for more information.


Ristorante Ottaviani - Every Friday night beginning at 8 pm, it’s Friday Happy Hour Wine Tasting with half price bottles of wine. Stop in and sample a new wine or enjoy your favorite.


Saturday mornings, it’s Bloody Mary Brunch at City Lights! Every Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm, enjoy Cumberland’s original make-your-own Bloody Mary bar and City Light’s Saturday brunch featuring 5 – 6 seasonal specials that change weekly. City Lights American Grill & Bar is located at 59 Baltimore Street, 301-722-9800.


Mezzos is scheduling Spirit Nights for any organizations wanting to hold a profitable fundraiser. Call Angel at Mezzos at 301-777-7750 for details.


City Lights Beer & Burger Thursdays – Every Thursday from 5:00 to close we will be offering a Gourmet Burger with Fries and a Pint of Beer for $10.95.


City Lights Wine & Cheese Wednesdays – Enjoy Three Cheese Board and 2 glasses of house wine for $15 or order any one of their Cheese Boards and get 25% off any bottle of wine. To see City Lights full menu, visit




Use a home loan (rates as low as 2.59% Annual Percentage Rate ) to make purchases, refinance, consolidate debt, renovate, and more from Standard Bank. Equal Housing Lender. Learn more at


Retail rental, 51 N. Center St, a lovely shop with parking space. Call  Shirley Giarritta at 301-707-7586.


Fort Cumberland Emporium has one open vendor space, approximately 85 square feet. Monthly cost is $110 plus four-work days/month. If you are interested in joining the vendors at the Emporium, please call 301-724-5504 for more information.


The Book Center has a parking space available for rent. $50/month


The Cumberland Arms Building located on Baltimore Street/Liberty Street has commercial spaces for rent perfect for a retail business! We have three empty currently if anyone’s interested, call the Cumberland Arms Office at 301-724-0341 or email Jeannie Wilson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


ACRE Coworking, Cumberland's first shared office community is open! Join the Community at 48 N. Centre Street, 301-697-6150 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

- Professional office space available from $35 a month. 

- Beautifully finished, on trend 1000SF conference room from $30 an hour. 




The Washington Street Library invites families with children of all ages to our LEGO Play Club. Children will be able to build their own LEGO creations. Each month will feature a different LEGO building theme. Children’s masterpieces may be chosen to be displayed in our library. The library will supply the LEGOs, and kids provide their creativity and imagination. Building their own LEGO creations encourages children to think, build, and play creatively. The program will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on January 9 and February 13. For more information call the Washington Street Library at 301-777-120


Join ACRE Coworking on January 24th at 6PM for a special children's screening evening! We'll be showing "The Red Balloon," the classic French film, which follows the adventures of a young boy who one day finds a sentient, mute, red balloon. The film is short - only 35 minutes to accommodate little ones with short attention spans. Suggested ages: mature 5 - 12. All children will leave with their own red balloon and a tasty complimentary treat!


All children from birth to their 5th birthday are eligible for the Imagination Library of Allegany County! The only requirement – the child must live in Allegany County! This program mails one age appropriate book each month to children at no cost to the family! For more information and/or a registration form or information about sponsoring a child, please call the United Way office – 301-722-2700!




The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 Museum is open to the public every Friday from noon – 6 pm. On display are actual weapons and replica weapons, photographs, equipment, souvenirs, rations, uniforms and other memorabilia provided by Vietnam veterans or their families or friends. A video is available for the public to watch. The museum is open each Friday, there is no admission fee and groups may tour the museum at other times by appointment by calling 301-777-7001.




MOUNTAINSIDE BAROQUE - As always, the 2016-2017 season will reflect the varied worlds of early music: earthy and ethereal; secular and sacred; court and country; and choral, vocal and instrumental. Featuring a dynamic lineup of new faces and Mountainside favorites, this year promises to once again bring a mixture of Baroque classics and unknown treasures to the mountains. For ticket purchase and more information, visit our website at Schedule includes:

  • Sunday, March 5 “The Kinges Musicke”
  • Saturday, April 8 “The Many Faces of Bach”

More information can be found at, by calling 301-338-2940 or by emailing to Tickets may be purchased by cash or check at the door or at the Book Center on Centre Street in Cumberland, and via PayPal on the Mountainside Baroque website.


The Allegany Arts Council hosts a group dance lesson and social dance for all ages. In cooperation with Patricia Golden, owner of Industrial Ballroom, the “Third Friday” dance sessions offer the opportunity to learn a new dance step and then practice it with others in the lovely wooden-floored spaces of the Saville and Schwab Galleries. There is an optional potluck—bring a dish to share if you’re up to it. Bring your own beverage of choice. Water is provided. The Lesson will rotate through swing, salsa, rumba, cha cha, Waltz, fox trot, and tango. Each session costs $10 for an individual, or $18 for a couple. The lesson begins at 7:15 pm and the Dance starts at 8:00 pm. The Saville Gallery is located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, MD. All are welcome.




From January 4 through January 28 the Allegany Arts Council will host its third public art experience, Start to Finish III, at the Saville Gallery at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland. During this event artist members of the Arts Council will use the gallery as an open studio to create artwork. The public is encouraged to visit the gallery to watch artists at work. The gallery is open from 11 am to 5 pm daily except for Sundays and Mondays. This year, participants include Donna Godlove, Pat Peacock, Dominique Vallon, Patricia Wilt and Chris Sloan. During Start to Finish III, visitors will be able to talk to artists and see demonstrations. The artists will be using media and techniques ranging from oil pastels to 3D printing. On Wednesday, January 18 at 3:45, local artist Lita Havens will conduct a gallery tour for kids. There will be a public closing reception on January 28 from 6-8pm. For more information or to register for Start to Finish III or the Open Mic Night, please contact Heidi Custer at 301-777-2787 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Classes for adults to begin at the Allegany Arts The Allegany Arts Council begins classes and workshops for adults this month with a Photography class and a Jewelry Metal-working class.

  • Photography 101
  • Jewelry Metal-working

Please contact the Allegany Arts Council to reserve a spot and find out more information. The telephone number is 301.777.2787, and address is 9 N. Centre St, Cumberland, MD. More information may also be obtained from Facebook: The Allegany Arts Council


Allegany Arts Council, Saville Gallery, 9 N. Centre Street - Open Mic Night in the Schwab GalleryJanuary 13 - Come for our first Open Mic night! This is an open performance space for anyone to come, sign up, and perform original or non-original music, poetry, and performance art in its various forms. Each person or "act" will have a maximum of 10 minutes stage time. Let's come together and share art, connect with each other, and get/give feedback. There will be a cash bar available with beer, wine, and alternative beverages. A couple of prizes are offered--$25 peoples' choice for Best Performance and a $25 peoples' choice for Most Creative. (The audience determines the winners.) Doors will open at 5:45pm to start sign-ups.




Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter.  Applications and information are available at ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland.


Not a member of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA)? Even if you don’t have a business in Downtown Cumberland, you can join as a Friend of DCBA. Membership forms are available at Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant.


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Canal Place to Host Grants Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Thursday, 05 January 2017 08:29

Are you located within the boundaries of the Canal Place Heritage Area?

Are you interested in learning more about grants that are available for capital and non-capital projects and projects relating to the preservation of historical, archeological, natural and cultural resources and heritage tourism?

If so, you will want to attend one of the upcoming grant workshops and webinars that are being offered by the Maryland Heritage Areas Program. These sessions provide an opportunity to learn more about the FY 2018 grant program and the online application. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you may have about the program.

Canal Place will be hosting an online webinar and question and answer session on Tuesday, January 17th from 2 – 4 pm in the conference room at:

Canal Place 
Western Maryland Railway Station
Room 302, 13 Canal Street
Cumberland, Maryland

Please RSVP to Nicole Gray –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Participants must attend the webinar at Canal Place or register online to be eligible for grants.

FY 2018 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Grants Workshops and Webinars:

Monday, January 9, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – Online Webinar – Click to Register

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – Workshop in Crownsville – Click to Register

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – Online Webinar – Click to Register

Baltimore County Council Votes To Endorse a State-Wide Fracking Ban PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brooke Harper   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:13

County  Council approves resolution to support a state-wide ban in Maryland and to ban fracking within Baltimore County if the moratorium is allowed to expire

Towson MD. – Baltimore County  voted 6 to 1 to approve a measure supporting a state-wide ban on hydraulic-fracturing.

More than a dozen localities in Maryland have now approved or introduced measures to either ban fracking locally or to endorse a permanent, statewide ban. The list includes the western Maryland towns of Friendsville and Mountain Lake Park, the counties of Prince George’s, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, and Frederick, and the cities of Baltimore, Rockville, and Greenbelt.

Baltimore County Council Chair Vicki Almond stated, “Given the ever growing scientific evidence that fracking is harmful to land, water and people, we must continue to ban this practice in Baltimore County and throughout the State of Maryland.”

Polling shows that, by a 2-to-1 margin, voters across Maryland support statewide legislation to ban fracking. Unless the General Assembly passes a permanent, statewide ban next year, Governor Larry Hogan’s administration could allow fracking to begin after October 2017, when the state’s moratorium will expire.

“A groundswell of support is building across Maryland to ban fracking,” said Brooke Harper, Maryland Field Director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “In 2017, it’s time for the General Assembly to follow the lead of western Maryland citizens and cities like Frostburg and pass a permanent, statewide ban.”

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