In the River Sweet Author to Join Book Discussion of Her Work PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Powell   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 08:43

Novelist, poet and playwright Patricia Henley will join the book group at Main Street Books in Frostburg on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 pm for a discussion of her novel In The River Sweet.  The author's book explores the story of a woman whose long-held secret will transform her life and her marriage as she seeks answers to events that happened in her past.

Henley has written three novels, four collections of stories, two chapbooks of poetry and a stage play.  Her novel Hummingbird House was a finalist for the National Book Award.  Her work has been anthologized in many publications and her first collection of stories won the Montana First Book Award.  For 27 years she taught in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Purdue University.  She recently moved to Frostburg.

Main Street Books is located a 2 E. Main St. in downtown Frostburg.  For 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 .  New members and area book groups are welcome to attend.

FSU to Focus on Sustainability and Climate Awareness at Focus Frostburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 08:40

Focus Frostburg LogoFrostburg State University will once again be fully focused on sustainability and climate awareness during the upcoming Focus Frostburg event, an annual day of learning, on Monday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will feature green activities for everyone, including presentations in the Lane University Center.

Learn all about FSU’s climate action commitment from a wide range of presentations from faculty and students at the Lane Center, including those on the topics of environmental justice, climate change and declining biodiversity, religion and environmental activism, sustainable communities, social sustainability, climate change, environmental movements and the fracking ban in Maryland.

As part of Focus Frostburg, students in Graphic Design 207 will display prayer flags imprinted with EPA’s endangered species during Earth Week, based on the Himalayan/Tibetan cultural practice of stringing prayer flags to bestow blessings. Also, students enrolled in Sculpture 240 and Advanced Sculpture 440 classes will exhibit sustainability upcycled sculptures from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lane Center.

The presentations begin at 10 a.m. with “Understanding Standing Rock and Indigenous People’s Fight for Environmental Justice.” Using the framework of environmental justice, this presentation analyzes the movement at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which supported indigenous opposition to the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

Student presenters will be available at 10 and 11 p.m. to discuss their research in “An Analysis of Recycling Habits on Frostburg State University’s Campus.” Their posters will be available for viewing throughout the day.

Next up, at 11 a.m., is “Incidence of Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria, ‘Borrelia burgdorferi,’ in Ticks and Rodents in Rocky Gap State Park,” in which the incidence of “B. burgdorferi” was measured to obtain information on how this host-vector relationship can be affected by certain environmental conditions.

At noon, attendees can explore “Religion and Environmental Activism” in a presentation that features “Renewal,” the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today’s religious-environmental activists, or meet at FSU’s Clock Tower for the declaration of Arbor Day and a campus tree planting.

Later, at 1 p.m., come hear about the service-learning experience in a fish-landing site along the Nile River in rural Uganda in “Water School Uganda and the President’s Leadership Circle: 2017” and how the sustainability movement can address urban lifestyles in “Creating Sustainable Communities.” Economic Botany will also present a series of lectures, “From Forests to the Classroom,” at 1 p.m.: “Increasing the Sustainability of a Threatened Tree Species, Butternut (‘Julgans cinerea, L.’), for Use in Traditional Dyes for Cherokee Basketry,” “Arboretum Memorial Garden Restoration” and “The Potential Dangers of Black Cohosh Dietary Supplement Use and How to Address Safety Concerns With Botanical Education.”

Join the session of LEAD 401 Citizen Leader, a core class of the Leadership Studies minor, at 2 p.m. to discuss how social sustainability and citizen leadership are supported by the dialogue and deliberation sessions of the Department of Communication’s Communication Leadership Lab in “Focus on Social Sustainability: How FSU Is Leading Dialogue and Deliberation in Our Region.” “Climate Change: Separating Fact From Fiction” will also be held at 2 p.m. Join the group to discuss the major controls that have influenced climate shifts throughout the planet’s history, as well as take a look at the current findings on climate change and how they may influence the region.

At 3 p.m., the presentation “Environmentalism Old and New: An Examination of the Environmental Movements of the Early 1900s and Now” will compare and contrast the early strains of U.S. environmentalism with the modern movement, paying particular attention to what worked and what did not.

“Fracking Ban in Maryland: Citizen Action Brings Results” at 4 p.m. will describe the efforts of municipal and county governments to ban fracking in their jurisdictions and highlight key lessons learned about organizing in the face of power dynamics in local and state government, as well as in the media within the Appalachian region and beyond.

At the end of the day at 6 p.m., there will be a special showing of the National Geographic documentary, “Before the Flood,” narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. The film presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change and actions individuals and a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on the planet, as well as urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power.

Other presentation highlights include an explanation of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), an overview of Frostburg Dining sustainability efforts, grassroots efforts of the Western Maryland Sierra Club Group and information on green burials provided by FSU biology students.

There will be a shuttle service available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to take visitors to the Frostburg Grows site to tour the local award-winning, sustainable agriculture training center. The five-acre site was formerly deep-mined and strip-mined for coal, was once used as a county dump and was most recently used to store FEMA trailers.

The annual Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Poster Contest will be held completely online. To view and vote for student-created environmental posters, or for other information about Focus Frostburg, visit People can vote on Facebook by visiting FSU’s LGLG Facebook page ( Winners will be included in FSU’s LGLG promotional campaigns.

For more information and a schedule, visit

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.

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.

Downtown Cumberland Events and Activities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:20

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Easter – April 16

Passover – April 10 - 18

Shop Local! Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Love the Local! Support Your Local Businesses


Attention Commercial Property Owners in Cumberland Maryland – The Cumberland Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) in cooperation with the Downtown Development Commission encourages commercial property owners and managers to attend an informational meeting related to the Zoom Prospector commercial property database as well as a planning meeting for a Commercial Property Showcase scheduled for June 24, 2017. These informational and planning meetings will be held in the Mayor and City Council Chambers of City Hall at 57 North Liberty Street on ?March 30 at both 7:00 – 9:00 am? and 5:00 – 7:00 pm.?If you have any questions please contact the CEDC office at ?(301) 722-4173 or email


Jane’s Place Ladies Night OutFriday, March 31, 5:30 – 9 pm Windsor Castle Events Centre. Doors will open at 5:30 pm for viewing of the silent auction items. Silent auction will close at 8:00 PM for finalizing winners. Vendors, services (salons, massage, facials, etc.), giveaways, & fabulous food.  Tickets are $30 each and are available at Jane’s Place and The Book Center. If you are a vendor and would like to participate please contact Chrissy Clark Ujcic on Facebook or email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


The Thomas Cumberland Tri-State Wing-Off hosted by the Western Maryland Jaycees will have their annual "Wing-Off Weekend" Early Bird sale where tickets go on sale for half price on March 31-April 1.  For these 3 days only, tickets will be available for only $15 at


i Sweat 4 CUW 5K Race/Walk – Saturday, April 22 benefitting United Way of Allegany County. Register online at Location, course map & event details on website. Learn more about County United Way at


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, Holidays and every day after 5 pm.




Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop is having a “That’s Entertainment” Sale this week. All books, music, videos, games & puzzles are half price. We’re open Thursday – Sunday and are located at 45 Baltimore Street.


Stop by PharmaCare West today and check out the new Spring giftware and Easter décor. Plus, they carry The Candle Cupboard (made in Ridgeley) car fresheners and candles. Plus, now that Spring has finally arrived so has spring allergy season. If you suffer from allergies and need relief, stop by the pharmacy and talk to the pharmacist. S/he can help you find the right remedy for your symptoms. Don’t forget the convenient drive-thru! PharmaCare West – 64 Greene Street, store & drive-thru open Mon – Fri 9am to 6pm & Sat 9am to 1pm, phone 301.724.1183 – follow us on the web at!!


Lew Lew Belle Boutique is stocking up on new Spring apparel and accessories! Shop our website for New Arrivals and stay in the loop by following us on Facebook and Instagram. All Winter and Fall apparel now on sale with HUGE markdowns coming this week. Did you see that we're moving?!! Check out the pictures on Facebook and sign up for our email blasts while you're there. ~Team LLB xoxo


Fitzy’s Nifty Nook is now OPEN Saturdays 2-4 and by appointment through the end of April. Our hours will increase at the beginning of May.  Please like our page on fb to stay up to date on events and happenings.  KIDS OF ALL AGES are invited to come choose up to two books per visit during regular business hours FREE from our BOOK NOOK!


Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop is doing a little spring cleaning this week! All clothing, shoes, belts, ties, hats, and purses are Half Price. So spring on in and get some great bargains! Barkin’ Basement is open Thursday – Sunday and is located at 45 Baltimore Street.


Book Center - Saturday, April 1 2017, 11 am - 1 pm: Meet local author James Rada, Jr., the author of numerous works of historical fiction and non-fiction history. They include the popular books Saving Shallmar: Christmas Spirit in a Coal Town, Canawlers, and Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses. Get your signed copy of his newest book "Secrets of Garrett County"!


Book Center - Saturday, April 8 2017, 11 am - 1 pm: Come meet local author Linda Sittig and get a signed copy of her latest book, "Last Curtain Call", a gripping coming of age novel about a young woman battling a coal company. For more information, call (301) 722-2284, or like us on Facebook: "The Book Center".


AZAD’S OF CUMBERLAND is two years old.   The month of March marks our two-year anniversary and we are ready to Celebrate with Savings all month long with a custom SALE – made JUST FOR YOU.  Stop in ANY day of the month and Dave Love will work with your needs and budget and create a custom DEAL JUST FOR YOU!  Need several rugs?  We gotcha!  Dave will help you custom select from a variety of shapes, sizes and styles to help create an atmosphere in your home – made JUST FOR YOU.   Visit us at 37 North Centre Street in downtown Cumberland or contact Dave at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 301.723.0818   And, MARK THE DATE for these great events at AZAD’S during the month of March:

LUNCHTIME YOGA – Every Thursday from noon until 1 PM with Leslie Wiglfield.  FREE with donations accepted. HELLO CUMBERLAND MONTHLY SOCIAL – Every first Thursday from 6-9 PM. Open to all who would like to meet up with some great positive people in our community.  A great opportunity for new residents to get connected.  FREE with donations accepted. MEDITATION THURSDAY WITH SELOMON – Every last Thursday beginning at 6:30 PM  $10 donation is suggested. BALANCE ESSENTIAL WELLNESS MIXER – Every last Saturday of the month from 3-5 PM. FREE. Every last Saturday of the month from 3-5 PM. FREE


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 – “Paint and Sip” with Donna Godlove is Sunday, April 23, from 1:30-4:30! It will be soft pastels!   All levels are welcome, all supplies are included, as well as tea and light refreshments! $35 per person, payment holds your seat! Stop in today for tea! Try the Rainbow and Caramel Rooibos, Scottish Breakfast, Ginger Peach, Cream Earl Grey, French Crème Brule, Snickerdoodle, the new Swiss Hot Chocolate Tea and our new Cherry Almond black tea - wow is it good! Try one of our new Herbal Teas too! Hangover Helper, Study Buddy, and Eternally Nuts! Stop in the tea room 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! We are open Wednesday through Saturday, from 9 until 5, and the tea room is open from 11-2, Wednesday through Saturday! We love having parties call for details!  We have events and book clubs, free Wi-Fi, and 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




Mezzo's Lunch Specials  All Lunch Specials are $6.50 each!!!

  • Wednesday - Open Faced Hot Chicken and gravy sandwich and Fries for $6.50

Working Woman's Wednesday 5-8pm.

Half priced dips and 4.50 Martinis!

  • Thursday - Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs with Roll

Trivia Night with Randy Means! Prizes and Giveaways!!! Starting at 730pm

  • Friday - Steak Quesadillas with salsa and sour cream for $6.50

9:00pm - Musical Entertainment by: Black Velvet

  • Saturday - Half Price Pizza day !!

5:00pm - Scrub Out for Cancer Event. Come support the American Cancer Society!

9:00pm - Musical Entertainment by Surrender Dorothy starting at 10:00pm

  • Sunday - All You Can Eat for 10.50 per person!!   Chicken Wings, Nachos, Boneless Chicken Wings, Hamburger Sliders
  • Full lunch menu, including Great salads and baked potatoes all served fresh.

Booking weddings, anniversaries, engagement parties, and reunions in our beautiful room upstairs.  Smaller room available. Call for details!

Need to raise money for your organization?   Call us to schedule a Spirit Night!

Kitchen and Bar hours:

Monday through Thursday        11:00am until Midnight

Friday and Saturday                        11:00am until 2:00am

Sunday                                                      12:00 noon until Midnight

Kitchen open late every night of the week!


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




Standard Bank is offering two new CD specials: a 15-month CD at 1.15% APY* and a 24-Month CD at 1.35% APY* (See details at Depositing your money locally allows Standard Bank to provide loans to local families and businesses as well as more opportunities to give back to the Cumberland area. Stop into our LaVale Office on National Highway, (301) 729-3738, we would love to see you!


Off I-68 Magazine announces "Aditorials" - your ad in story format!  Advertisers can now purchase "story ads" or regular display ads or both! Off I-68 Editor will write your story ad. Several sizes are offered.  Off I-68 Magazine is featured in tourism literature racks located in every hotel from Hancock Maryland to Cheat Lake (Morgantown), as well as many restaurants, and attractions off interstate 68. This popular magazine is distributed in all the official welcome centers in the State of Maryland and the State of West Virginia.   Next issue comes out in May. Contact Shirley McIntosh 301-689-9449 for additional information.


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.


Looking for a product to help promote your business?  Imprinted pens with your name are appreciated by those who receive them.  Promotional Products Fast is a local business affiliated with Heritage Marketing, a DCBA member and publisher of Off I-68 Magazine. Promotional Products Fast sells all kinds of promotional ad specialty items.   Everything from mugs, totes, backpacks, beach towels, caps, umbrellas, yardsticks, rulers, to tech products and padfolios can be imprinted with your business name!  Area hospitals, restaurants, furniture stores, local government, schools, scenic railroads, funeral homes and retail businesses have all purchased from Promotional Products Fast. In business since 2003, Promotional Products Fast is a member to the Advertising Specialty Institute, and Chesapeake Promotional Products Association. They provided magnets to DCBA when the association first started! To see samples and catalogs, call: 240-727-8025.


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. 




Saturday, April 1 2017, 11 am - 1 pm: Meet local author James Rada, Jr., the author of numerous works of historical fiction and non-fiction history. They include the popular books Saving Shallmar: Christmas Spirit in a Coal Town, Canawlers, and Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses. Get your signed copy of his newest book "Secrets of Garrett County"!


Saturday, April 8 2017, 11 am - 1 pm: Come meet local author Linda Sittig and get a signed copy of her latest book, "Last Curtain Call", a gripping coming of age novel about a young woman battling a coal company. For more information, call (301) 722-2284, or like us on Facebook: "The Book Center".


At The Book Center - Join us for STORY TIME, the 3rd Saturday of every month at 1:00 pm! We will have fun story readings along with interactive crafts for your child. We recommend ages 2-6, but all ages are welcome. A parent or guardian must attend with the child.


At the Book Center - Join us for ADULT BOOK CLUB, the 2nd Saturday of every month at 6:00 pm! If you like food, wine, and great books, then this is the place for you! Call us to reserve a copy of our monthly selection and receive a members’ only discount.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program for young community leaders (Cumberland and Frostburg area high school sophomores and juniors entering their junior or senior year in the fall). RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving students who are chosen to attend RYLA as an "award" for their past and present leadership and service activities. These select young people attend an all-expenses-paid "camp" June 18-21, 2017 at Juniata College in Huntington, PA where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The result is that these students return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve. But hurry, the deadline for application submissions is: April 21, 2017.


The Allegany County Library System will resume their popular Launch Series at Washington Street Library beginning on Monday, March 6 from 5:00 to 6:00PM and running for 12 consecutive Mondays through May 22. Intended for students ages 8 and older, the Launch Series provides quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming every fall and spring at alternating branches of the library.  The programs are conducted by local educators and mentors in STEM-related fields and provide opportunity for the students to explore STEM-focused education and career tracks. Due to limited supplies, registration is required.  Registration can be done online, in person, or by phone.  To register online, visit the library’s website at and click the “Events” tab.  Stop by any branch of the Allegany County Library System to register with a librarian, or phone 301-777-1200. All programs offered by the Allegany County Library System, including the Launch Series, are free and open to the public.  Printed schedules for the spring Launch Series are available at every branch and printable schedules are available from the library’s website. Funding for The Launch Series is possible through the generous sponsorship of local businesses.  For more information, contact Joni Reed, Outreach Director, at 301-777-1200, extension 1102.

The spring Launch Series schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, March 27: Be a Rock Star! Professor Steve Heninger of Allegany College of Maryland introduces us to the diverse rocks and minerals native to Western Maryland.  It’s a treasure hunt happening right beneath your feet!  Students: Collect the most interesting rocks you can find and bring them to our program.  We will identify them!
  • Monday, April 3: It’s Slime Time! Explore the world of polymers with Allegany College of Maryland Professor Dr. Michael Hands as we poke, prod, bounce, and make our own types of slime!
  • Monday, April 10: Go, Bot! Go!  Allegany High School robotics Advisor Dennis Dennison and the Allegany Robotics Club introduces us to the fundamentals of robotics and prepares us for next week’s Ozobot Challenge!
  • Monday, April 17: Ozobot Obstacle Challenge! Think you can program your Ozobot to navigate an obstacle course faster than your friends? Let’s find out!
  • Monday, April 24: Become an Amateur Archeologist! Seth Meyers from the National Park Service will bring fossils discovered at the C&O Canal Park and explain what those fossils tell us about animals and plants that lived here millions of years ago.  Students will then make their own fossil and share its story with the group!
  • Monday, May 1: Insectopia: Did you know there are more insects in the world than any other group of animals? Dr. Faith Weeks, Entomologist at Towson University, invites you to observe the wonders of the insect world and get up close and personal with her wiggly, squiggly friends.
  • Monday, May 8: Packing for Mars: How do you fix a problem in space if you can’t “Google” the answer? Frostburg University Astrophysicist Dr. Jason Speights encourages students to use engineering design skills and science to tackle the challenging and often unexpected problems of putting humans in space.
  • Monday, May 15: Eggsperiments in Eggscellent Packaging: We’re dropping eggs off the roof! ACPS STEM Coordinator Melissa Kaye Kaufman encourages students to draw on next generation problem solving skills to create a package that prevents the egg from breaking.
  • Monday, May 22: The Ultimate Egg Drop Challenge: Think you’ve created the ultimate egg safe package? Let’s test your package against your fellow students’ and see who survives!


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. For more information call the Washington Street Library at 301-777-1200.


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!




Jamison Odone and Andrew Thorne "Storied Figures" Exhibit - The Cumberland Cultural Foundation will present the exhibit "Storied Figures" at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington Street, from April 7 - 30.  This new exhibition features children's book author and illustrator, Jamison Odone and sculptor, Andrew Thorne.  The public is invited to meet the artists and view their work at the opening reception on Saturday, April 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Gilchrist will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit our social media page at, or call 301-724-5800, or email the gallery at


WMSR Spring Schedule

  • Murder Mysteries: Join us for dinner and a show! Board to Death (1962): It is the height of the cold war and the reigning chess champions from the United States and the Soviet Union are about to meet for the World Chess Championship. What will happen? Who wins and who will be lost? Our Evening Paradise/Murder Mystery trains depart from Cumberland to a scenic location along the Great Allegheny Passage. Dining Class guests enjoy a 3-course meal consisting of soup or salad, choice of entrée, and a signature dessert of Chef’s choice. Boarding begins at 5:30pm; train departs at 6:00pm. This 2-1/2 hour excursion will return to Cumberland at 8:30pm. Advance reservations are required. NOTE: Murder Mystery shows are designed for an adult audience and may contain some mild adult humor and innuendo not suitable for children. No child fares or menus are provided. Children may ride for the adult fare at parents' discretion. March 25th at 6:00 p.m. Please visit
  • Bunny Hops: Bring the kids on WMSR’s Bunny Hop train. This 2-hour diesel train ride will depart from Cumberland station and head to an Easter egg hunt location. Children will even have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny! Saturdays and Sundays April 1st - 15th. Please visit

The 4th Friday of each month March through October, you are invited to sip n' learn with the Allegany County Historical Society. A presentation by a local educator, artisan or historical re-enactor is followed by a light two-course luncheon and 2 flavors of tea. Often tea from The Tea Cupboard in Cumberland is featured and guests enjoy goodies from local bakeries like Lorenzo’s in Frostburg or M&M Bake Shop in Cumberland. Fourth Friday teas each month are hosted at The Gordon-Roberts House / 218 Washington Street, Cumberland MD & begin at 11:00 am. Tickets for ACHS partners (members) are $15.00 and $20.00 for non-partners. Call 301-777-8678 for reservations. Seats sell quite quickly so reservations are necessary. 

  • April 28th
  • May 26- Western Maryland’s African American History by Professor Lynn Bowman
  • June 23- Mary Lincoln’s Family, living history portrayal by JoAnn Peterson 
  • July 28- Becky McClarran & the Allegany County Animal Shelter present, Pets of The Turn of the Century OR Sgt. Stubby: WWI decorated Dog. You are invited to bring donations for the Shelter!
  • August 25- First Lady Edith Roosevelt, Presented by Historian Amy Monaco
  • September 22- J.B. Walton & Western Maryland by ACHS Executive Director, Evan Slonaker
  • October 27- A Special Christmas Story by Reverend Martha Magill  

The ‘History in your Attic’ exhibition, at Allegany Museum, Pershing St Cumberland MD, features photographs from the Herman and Stacia Miller Collection, and will be available during Museum Hours, Sundays 1-4, and Tuesdays through Saturdays 10-4, from April 1 to April 30, 2017. Admission is free.The photos on display are a sample of the images that were preserved because of the efforts of Herman Miller and his wife, Stacia. Due to the couples' passion for collecting photographs that others felt had little value, we now have unique documentation of events, institutions, and conditions that have shaped Allegany County's heritage. The exhibit pairs images from the Miller collection with information on preservation, and on how to read a photograph. It will be displayed in conjunction with the Allegany Art's Council's Photography Month. The Photography Exhibit judge from the Arts Council will present a talk at the Museum on April 7.

 ‘The Way We Worked’ exhibitions at six locations in Allegany County In conjunction with Maryland Humanities and the Smithsonian. A series of dioramas will show the development of railroad work from the B&O in 1877 to todays’ CSX, illustrate the workers’ struggle for their rights at the Celanese Corporation, and tell the history of local labor organizations. The other venues in the Western Maryland Heritage Association event include exhibitions about migrant labor at the Luke Paper Mill at the Williams Museum in Westernport, the lives of coal miners at Frostburg Museum, farm work at Mountain City Traditional Arts, the history of Cumberland glass at the C. Gilchrist Gallery and Museum, the working lives of canal boatmen, mule drivers, boatyard workers, and lock tenders at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, and servant life of the late 19th and early 20th century at the Gordon-Roberts House. All exhibitions are free, and open during each venue’s usual opening hours. Please contact each venue for more details, or call Allegany Museum 301-777-7200, or email manager@

Please plan to attend the 2017 Docent & Volunteer Training and Season Launch on Sunday April 2, 2017 from 1:30 PM until 3 PM at the Gilchrist located at 104 Washington Street in Cumberland. Who should attend? Any person interested in learning more about the Docent & Volunteer Program including all of those who have already committed to dates for the 2017 season. Dave Love, Geno Frazier and Cassie Conklin will be providing detailed training on all aspects of our docent responsibilities and will be answering any questions that the group may have. Light refreshments will be served starting at 1 PM with our training meeting beginning promptly at 1:30 PM. Anyone interested in signing up for dates for the 2017 season will be able to directly following the meeting. For more information, please contact Dave at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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.




April Foolishness Featuring the Stand –Up Comedy of William C. Pfaff, Saturday, April 1, 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street. It’s William C. Pfaff’s anything-goes comedy show at the Embassy Theatre in historic downtown Cumberland. William combines social commentary, his personal life, and observations of everyday events explained through his own unique lens. One-liners, self-deprecating humor, and folksy story-telling combined with acerbic sarcasm is the bizarre brew that he mixes on stage. William cites George Carlin, Dave Chappelle, Patton Oswalt and Steven Wright as his biggest comedic influences.


Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., is pleased to continue a new collaboration between the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) and The Movie Brewdio, "The Film Lab." "The Film Lab" is a monthly gathering bringing together film professionals, patrons, and fans. Each meeting features a guest speaker and may include a short screening block. Every first Monday* from 6-9pm (speaker at 7pm) at Oscar's Restaurant, 1103 E Oldtown Rd, Cumberland, Maryland 21502. These are the dates for "The Film Lab" at Oscar's:

  • Monday, April 3, 2017
  • Monday, May 1, 2017
  • Monday, June 5, 2017
  • Monday, July 3, 2017
  • Monday, August 7, 2017
  • *TUESDAY, September 5, 2017
  • Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Monday, December 4, 2017

At our April 3rd gathering, Christopher Closson will discuss his first official documentary, "The Crystal Chalice Awards," which was completed in 2016, bringing awareness to the annual art and music award show hosted in Cumberland, MD. Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., can be reached by mail at 101 Decatur St., Cumberland, MD  21502. Please visit us at, or For more information, please contact


Bishop Walsh Spartan Theatre Presents: Footloose - April 6 - April 9Based on the popular 1984 movie, Footloose tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of a local minister, dancing and rock music have been banned. Get your tickets for this high-energy, fun show by calling Bishop Walsh at (301) 724-5360.


Life is a CABARET, and coming soon to Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street, Cumberland, MD - April 21-23 and April 28-30. Curtain rises at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm for the Sunday matinees. Cost for admission is $18 for adults, $16 for students/seniors. Passport Cafe will be open for business in the lobby for each production. Advance tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite, or reserved by calling (240) 362-7183. Seating is limited to 100 theatre-goers each performance, and reservations or advance tickets are strongly encouraged. For more information, visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.


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, chacha, 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.


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:

  • 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 is pleased to announce a call for entry for its exhibition “Artful Fashion." This show, presented through the month of May 2017 in the lovely Saville Gallery of Cumberland, Maryland, features artistically designed, functional, and handcrafted clothing, jewelry and accessories. It is open to all artists and designers who wish to apply through the Call for Entry platform at It is juried by the Exhibitions Committee of the Allegany Arts Council. Artful Fashion means artistically designed and (usually) handcrafted clothing, jewelry and accessories. It means unique artwork designed for the human body. We will feature work of the highest caliber in craftsmanship and technical ability as well as creative expression and visual appeal.

Designers of clothing, jewelry and accessories for both men and women are encouraged to submit up to five images representative of their line or work. If accepted, the designer will be able to exhibit multiple pieces in the gallery, which allows for a range of sizing and depth of your suite/look. Artists creating wearable fiber art may use purchased finished fabrics or other materials, making them into unique garments, or may dye and paint virgin fabric. Accessories are defined as special items that enhance a wardrobe such as scarves, shawls, purses, hats, belts, etc. Jewelry must be of original concept and executed by the artist. Entry deadline: Sunday, March 29, 2017 11:59pm. Submission fee: $25.00 (limit of 5 images representative of your line)




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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Allegany Allied Arts to Host "Film Lab" Speakers PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Rorabaugh   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:05
Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., is pleased to continue a new collaboration between the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) and The Movie Brewdio, "The Film Lab." "The Film Lab" is a monthly gathering bringing together film professionals, patrons, and fans. Each meeting features a guest speaker and may include a short screening block. Every first Monday* from 6-9pm (speaker at 7pm) at Oscar's Restaurant, 1103 E Oldtown Rd, Cumberland, Maryland 21502.
These are the dates for "The Film Lab" at Oscar's:
Monday, April 3, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Monday, August 7, 2017
*TUESDAY, September 5, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
?Monday, Dececember 4, 2017
At our April 3rd gathering, Christopher Closson will discuss his first official documentary, "The Crystal Chalice Awards," which was completed in 2016, bringing awareness to the annual art and music award show hosted in Cumberland, MD.
Christopher “Selomon” Closson has been making videos his entire life. Though he was accepted to many different film schools, he ultimately decided to skip traditional education and learn through experience.
At our May 1st gathering, JW Myers of Route 40 Films will discuss film production, acting, and improvisation.
JW Myers grew up in Frostburg, graduated with a B.A. in Theater from Frostburg State University, and then spent the next two decades in New York and Los Angeles, writing, performing, and directing film and television. JW has produced and directed several feature films, including “The Pledge,” “A Christmas Tree Miracle,” “Special School,” and “Flamingo Dreams.” JW serves as Adjunct Faculty at Frostburg State University, teaching a class in Acting For the Camera. Locally, he also teaches Television Production for teens at MCCA (Mountain City Center for the Arts) in Frostburg, and “Improv with JW at Queen City Playhouse” in Cumberland. 
Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., can be reached by mail at 101 Decatur St., Cumberland, MD  21502. Please visit us at, or For more information, please contact
The Movie Brewdio can be reached by mail at 23 High St.
Frostburg, MD  21532. Please visit them at or For more information, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:18
GOP Governor Supports Fracking Ban in MD! CCAN Statement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Robbins   
Friday, 17 March 2017 17:27

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Today, Republican Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland yielded to overwhelming scientific data and voter support by giving his support to a statutory ban on hydraulic fracking for gas in the state. He made the announcement at a press conference joined by Maryland Senator Bobby Zirkin, the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 740. The bill would place a statewide ban on the drilling practice. Hogan’s announcement almost certainly assures that a fracking ban will become law in the state. The House of Delegates passed a fracking ban bill last week with bipartisan support, and the Senate could now do the same next week. Maryland would then become the first state in the country to ban fracking by statute.

Mike Tidwell, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, stated:

"Governor Hogan's decision to support a permanent fracking ban in Maryland has created a day of historic importance for the entire nation. Hogan has joined a statewide bipartisan effort to prevent this dangerous drilling technology from ever polluting Maryland’s water, air, climate, and childhood health. In short, he has done the right thing. Most importantly, on climate change, Maryland is now poised to keep a dangerous pool of fossil fuels in the ground forever. Scientists say this is what states across America and countries around the world need to do to solve global warming. Instead of fracking, we need more solar energy. Instead of coal, we need wind power. Instead of oil, we need electric cars. Larry Hogan just took a big step for Maryland and the nation in moving us toward that goal."

Fracking Ban Happened Because People Acted- Organize and Stay Committed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Snyder   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 17:12

Earlier this week Maryland became the first state to pass a 'citizens ban' on natural gas fracking. The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 35 - 10 through the senate and carried the support of the Republican Governor. People on both sides of the aisle saw through the spin to the truth. Granting where we were 10 years ago, the win is without a doubt, historic.

The credit for this win lies with many people and organizations, but I want to give a quick shout-out to to some hometown heros, Citizen Shale, a group of regular folks from Western Maryland who got together because of their shared concerns about the impacts that fracking would have on their community. For 6 years they worked along side of others to make this happen. For the last year I had the privilege of sitting on their board of directors. Due to personal circumstances, I was unable to offer any support outside of some cheering from the sidelines. But, what I did get was the chance to be a fly on the wall, watching a concerned citizens group organize and, eventually, win. I want to share with you some things I take away from watching them at work:

1. In the long run, good ideas win out over crappy ideas. Keeping our economy committed to fossil fuels is a crappy idea. Transitioning away from dirty energy and towards clean, sustainable sources is a good idea.

2. However, any system in its current state is controlled by individuals and organizations who have made themselves wealthy and powerful on the status quo of that system. As such, they will often do everything within their power to maintain the status quo and prevent the new good idea from happening. In the case of fracking, gas companies worked tirelessly to lobby, intimidate, undermine, miss-educate, and push the truth (and those who know it) out of the way.

3. As such, history shows us that good ideas never win out over crappy ideas automatically. It ONLY happens if average, every-day people choose to inform themselves, choose to organize, and choose to stay committed to the win. Even then, success is not always guaranteed... it takes time, courage and commitment. As they say, freedom ain't free.

One final thought. Stopping fracking is only a foothold on the bigger issue, which is kicking our addiction to fossil fuels and preventing the worst of climate change while we still can. If you take the time to research climate science, I have zero doubts that you will come to a similar conclusion that I (and 98% of scientists) have: climate change is happening; the primary driver is from human activity; and doing nothing or little about it would be a terrible idea for our economy, our society, our freedoms, our communities, future generations and the natural world. Conservatives should come to that conclusion just as much as Liberals.

If you know those things to be true, then get involved. Some way. Any way. Even if it just means cheer-leading, calling your representatives and voting for those who get it. Do it. Because if you do, the good idea will eventually win. If you don't, it wont.

Maryland Fracking Ban To Become Law, With Nationwide Implications PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Robbins   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:08

Senate passes bill with GOP governor support, following six years of grassroots resistance across the state of Maryland

ANNAPOLIS – With game-changing support from Republican Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland state Senate Monday night gave final approval to a bill to forever ban the practice of fracking in Maryland. This move culminates years of protests against fracking for gas from landowners, health leaders, and environmentalists. It also sets a nationally significant precedent as other states grapple with the dangerous drilling method.

Maryland will now become the first state in America with proven gas reserves to ban fracking by legislative action. New York has banned the drilling process via executive order. Vermont has a statutory ban but the state has no frackable gas reserves at present.

The Maryland ban is sending political waves across the East Coast and the nation. From Virginia (where leaders have imposed or proposed local bans at the county and municipal level) to the state of Florida (which is looking to follow Maryland’s statewide ban), the “keep-it-in-the-ground” movement is gaining new bipartisan steam even as President Donald Trump recklessly works to approve disastrous pipelines like Keystone XL.

“Let the news go forth to Congress and the White House: fracking can never been done safely,” said Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “The Republican governor closest to DC – Larry Hogan of Maryland – has joined scientists and health leaders in agreeing that fracking must be banned. This is a win for Marylanders and for citizens nationwide as we move away from violent fossil fuels and toward sustainable wind and solar power.”

With Senate passage late Monday night, the Maryland bill will now be sent to Gov. Hogan’s desk in the next few days for signing.

The push to ban fracking in Maryland began six years ago as gas companies swarmed into western Maryland to tap the Marcellus Shale basin. This is the same pool of gas that has been widely fracked in Pennsylvania and West Virginia with negative consequences. But then-Governor Martin O’Malley (D) imposed a temporary moratorium before any drilling occurred. Over the years, the movement for a permanent ban came to include farmers, doctors, students, faith leaders, environmental groups, and others – constituting the largest statewide grassroots movement ever seen in Maryland on an energy issue. Former member of the House of Delegates Heather Mizeur was a leading figure in sparking the statewide ban effort. With time, multiple counties and cities in the state banned fracking locally and public polling consistently showed growing support for a statewide ban. Finally, earlier this month, with overwhelming support among Democratic lawmakers, even the previously pro-fracking Republican governor saw the wisdom of a ban.

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network has been honored to play a leading role in this campaign along with our friends in the Don’t Frack Maryland Coalition, including Food and Water Watch, Citizen Shale, Engage Mountain Maryland, the Sierra Club, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Physicians for Social Responsibility and many others.

The Maryland fracking ban bill also could not have succeeded without the extraordinary leadership of Kumar Barve (D-Montgomery County) and David Fraser-Hildago (D-Montgomery County) in the Maryland House of Delegates. The same must be said of Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) and Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s County) in the Maryland Senate. But Senator Zirkin, more than any other legislator, fought tirelessly for the fracking ban and refused to compromise on the road to this historic victory.

FSU - Nanhua University Form Partnership PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:02

Agreement Between FSU and Nanhua University, Taiwan: Yuri Yao-Tsung Chih, right, director of the Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States presents Frostburg State University President Ronald Nowaczyk with a signed student and faculty exchange agreement between Nanhua University in Taiwan and Frostburg State. Future plans for the partnership involve the potential development of a cooperative degree, a student enrichment program, Chinese language training for FSU students and scholarship opportunities that will allow Frostburg students to study in Taiwan.

“TECRO looks forward to assisting the evolving relationship between Frostburg State University and Nanhua University,” Chih said. “Both of these institutions are committed to providing their students the very best in global education.”

“The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office has strongly supported Frostburg State University’s presence in Taiwan over the years,” Nowaczyk said. “We look forward to our new and promising relationship with Nanhua University.

For more information, contact Dr. John Bowman, interim vice president for International and Government Affairs, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 301-687-4111.

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