Community Leaders Push for Passage of Frostburg Fracking Ban PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathy Powell   
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 14:22

Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Press Conference:


Community Leaders to Push for Passage of Frostburg Fracking Ban Ordinance at Special City Council Meeting


Frostburg ban ordinance would build on the city's history of protecting water supplies


FROSTBURG, Md. — On Thursday, November 10, the Frostburg City Council will hold a special meeting with leaders of the citizen group Frack-Free Frostburg to discuss the next steps in advancing a city ordinance to ban fracking. Ahead of the meeting, business, health, NAACP, and student leaders will join the bill’s sponsor for a 5:30 p.m. press conference to underline the citizen support for swift action.


The ban ordinance was introduced by Commissioner Woody Getz on October 20. That evening, nearly 200 citizens rallied and testified in support of a fracking ban and delivered 600 petitions and a letter signed by 24 local businesses to the City Council. As drafted, the ordinance would prohibit exploration or drilling for gas, the storage and disposal of fracking waste products, and withdrawals of water for the purposes of fracking within Frostburg and on city-owned land in Garrett County at the city’s drinking water sources.


"Our Mayor and City Council have overwhelming support from constituents in taking action to ban fracking," said Kathy Powell, a founding member of Frack-Free Frostburg. "We look forward to working with our local leaders to pass this ban ordinance, and to protect our water and way of life from dirty and dangerous drilling. The city of Frostburg can and must continue to set an example of forward-thinking leadership and environmental stewardship."


Passage of the measure would protect local drinking water, businesses, and public health. A stand-alone Frostburg ban ordinance would further strengthen the work the city of Frostburg has undertaken to protect residents’ drinking water supplies. The towns of Friendsville and Mountain Lake Park in Garrett County have also banned fracking.


WHAT: Business, health, student, and social justice leaders applaud action to ban fracking in Frostburg ahead of a special City Council meeting.


WHEN: Press conference begins at 5:30 p.m. The special City Council meeting is from 6-8 p.m.


WHERE: The press conference will take place in the garage of Armstrong Insurance at 21 S. Water St. The council meeting is at the Frostburg Community Center at 27 S. Water St.


WHO: Press conference speakers will include:

  • Woody Getz, Frostburg City Commissioner

  • Carmen Jackson, president of the Allegany County NAACP

  • Jes Clay, owner of two Frostburg businesses: Shift, a farm-to-table eatery, and the Allegheny Trail House, a bed and breakfast inn

  • Michala Garrison, student at Frostburg State University

  • Gina Angiola, M.D., board member of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility

Downtown Cumberland Events and Activities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Friday, 04 November 2016 12:38

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Veteran’s Day – Friday, November 11

Shop Local! Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Love the Local! Support Your Local Businesses


Big Dawg Homecoming Dance – Friday, November 4, 7:30 -10:30 pm at Windsor Castle Events Centre, 210 S. Centre Street. Who's the Big Dawg this year? Fort HillAllegany? Enjoy the music of Chinese Bandits and some good old fun rivalry. Sponsored by the Allegany County Animal Shelter and Windsor Castle. Tickets are $10/advance and available at The Book Center or $12/door. Must be 21 or over. Be sure to wear your school colors and get your picture taken with the Red Big Dawg or Blue Big Dawg, compliments of US Cellular.


Queen City Glass Club Open House – in celebration of our 30th anniversary, Friday, November 4, 7 pm we are hosting an Open House at The Kensington, 1 Baltimore Street, parking lot in the rear of the building. There will be displays and refreshments. We love glass, but also enjoy other collectibles. We’re looking for new members. Check us out!


You’re invited to join Mayor Brian Grim and the Let’s Beautify Cumberland! Committee at the dedication of the Cumberland Viaduct Park as the Floyd “Pete” Shannon Elliott ParkFriday, November 11 at 12:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served on-site immediately following the dedication.


Free Distressed Homeowners Workshop on November 17, 2016 - A Foreclosure Solutions Workshop will be held Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Human Resources Development Commission, 125 Virginia Ave, Cumberland, Maryland. Distressed homeowners concerned about mortgage problems and foreclosure issues will receive free, one-on-one legal advice. If you are interested in receiving a FREE legal consultation, please contact Allegany Law at (301) 722-3390. This event is sponsored by Allegany Law Foundation, Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (HRDC), Maryland Senator George C. Edwards and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.


Annual Holiday Tree Lighting – Friday, November 25. Join the Downtown Cumberland businesses – shops, banks, restaurants in our annual Tree Lighting and the arrival of Santa Claus. Entertainment begins at 6 pm, tree lighting is at 7 pm.

  • The Kensington


Shop Small SaturdaySaturday, November 26. Join the Downtown Cumberland Merchants and Businesses in celebrating Small Business SaturdayCheck out the specials, discounts, free #ShopSmall giveaways throughout Downtown Cumberland. Shop and support the small businesses in the area. By shopping local, you help fuel the local economy. When we all shop small, it makes a difference in our community.


Christmas at the Castle – November 30 – December 13 – 8 PM. The Holding Hands for Haley Foundation is now accepting wreath, swag, garland and wooden sign donations for The Christmas in the Castle that will be held November 30th and December 1st and 2nd. Donations can be dropped off at Progressive Physical Therapy, Cumberland and P&S Hair design, Frostburg now through November 25th. Donations also will be taken on November 28that Windsor Castle from 3 to 7. Donations can be any theme. Please help support our foundation! You can contact Jen House 301-707-0027 if you are interested in donating an item. Profits will support The Holding Hands for Haley Foundation.


Elf on the Shelf  - Come celebrate Cumberland's kick-off to Christmas with Buddy the Elf, and his wife, Holly the Elf, at City Hall, on November 30, from 6pm until 7:30pm. Holly the Elf will be hosting crafts and games for children, all under the beautifully decorated and festive City Hall Rotunda. Have your kids bring their pajamas and their Santa-like appetite, because cookies, hot chocolate, and other holiday treats will be served - all provided by The Queen City Creamery, Caporale's Bakery, Cafe Mark, and M&M Bakery! At the end of the evening, gather around as Buddy the Elf will read the book, 'The Elf on the Shelf' - PLUS, Santa will pop-in to check on his good friends, Buddy and Holly, and will be available for pictures with all the children, afterwards.


Moonlight Madness – Thursday, December 8 - Experience the joy of the holiday season in Downtown Cumberland with stores and restaurants staying open late on Thursday, December 8 from 5 PM until 9 PM. Support our local, independently owned businesses and pick up unique gifts. Plenty of FREE PARKING! Bring the whole family and enjoy a holiday tradition in Downtown Cumberland.


Home for the Holidays


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


9 North Meeting Centre is now booking holiday party reservations. This spacious event space above the Allegany Arts Council is the perfect place for your family or business holiday party. Call Betsey at 240-580-0399 or email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . View the space online at


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




Azad's of Cumberland at 37 North Centre Street in Downtown Cumberland would like to remind you that it is that time once again. Thursday November 3rd from 6-8 PM is the monthly First Thursday HELLO CUMBERLAND Social & Meetup. The monthly social is great opportunity to meet great people in a relaxed atmosphere with no agenda except to build healthy and positive relationships. Refreshments and snack are always provided.... and Dave always makes one of his famous punches. All Hello Cumberland events are FREE and open to everyone and guests are welcome to bring your favorite munchie, cocktail or wine to share with all. If you know someone new to Cumberland, please share this invitation with them - or, better yet, grab them and bring them with you.


Country Accents on Greene - Come join us for our Christmas Open House, Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th from 10 to 5. We will be having drawings for gift certificates and a gift basket. Refreshments and snacks. Select items on sale. Hope to see you all.


Walk in and get your flu shot today at PharmaCare West. Flu season is just around the corner so get your protection now. The vaccine is at no charge to Medicare Part B customers. We bill most insurance companies. Give us a call today at 301.724.1183 or stop by at 64 Greene Street. We’re open Mon – Fri 9am to 6pm and Sat 9am to 1pm. Find us online at PharmaCare also offers pneumonia, shingles, and other preventative vaccinations, plus travel vaccines.


Getting ready to get those holiday cards addressed? PharmaCare West has Christmas first-class postage stamps now.


The week at Barkin’ Basement, it’s all about getting a new wardrobe at Barkin’ Basement prices. All our clothing, shoes, belts, neckties, scarves and purses are Half Price this week. Get stylin’! We’re open Thursday – Sunday, so stop in and discover all the great items we have waiting for you at Barkin' Basement prices. or like us on facebook. 

 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.
  • ·      Cumberland Monthly Vape Meet - November 11th, 10am – 6pm.
  • ·      10 Flavors of the Week for $10 –Marshmallow, Caramel, Crème De Menthe, Strawberries & Cream, Green Apple, Strawberry Cheesecake, Smooth Menthol, 555, TVR RY4, Vanilla Cupcake
  • ·      Weekenders - $5 Dollar 15ml Flavors on Friday and Saturday, $7 Dollars Mon-Thurs –POMPOM Hazelnut Tobacco, Sun Kissed and Classic Bubblegum.
  • ·      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! 



DCBA member Shirley McIntosh, publishes Off I-68 Magazine and is also a promotional products (ad specialties) distributor.  Did you know?  Shirley also owns 100 literature racks in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  Many local businesses have their brochures or rack cards placed in Shirley's literature racks.  A great way to promote your image. She will design and print your material or you can design and print.  Placement of your literature is only $85.00 per month!  For details, phone Shirley at 301-689-9449.


Fitzy’s Nifty Nook is open every Saturday from noon until close (around 4) now through December 17th or by appointment.  We will be open extra hours for special occasions.  Please like our page on fb to stay up to date on new arrivals and special deals! We will be open early (10:30amthis Saturday for trick or treating.  We are so anxious to see all the great costumes!


Hush Skin Care and Mountain Massage Wellness Spa has relocated to 53A N. Centre St, in the back garden area of the Giarritta complex. Hush is a wellness group that offers facials, corrective peels, lash/brow tinting, facial waxing, massage therapy, and body treatments.  Hush is a retailer of high-end skin care brands, makeup, essential oils, and wellness products. Hush Skin Care and Mountain Massage is open Tuesday 10am-2pm; Wednesday 1pm-5pm; Thursday and Friday 10am-2p; with massage and skin care treatments by appointment. Schedule online at or give us a call at 240-362-7488.


Shop Local & Win Rug Giveaway – Shop any locally owned shop, restaurant or gallery in Downtown Cumberland from October 1 – December 17 & your receipt is your entry to win a beautiful hand knotted 8x 10 foot Serapi Heriz Persian rug. Simply write your name, address, phone number and email on the back of your receipt and drop it in the registration box located at AZAD’S from October 1st - December 17th. Must be a local receipt from a locally owned business in and around the Greater Downtown Business Area. (i.e. - Narrows to Rolling Mills; McKaig Hill to The Dingle)One Purchase = One Receipt = One Entry winner will be drawn 5PM on December 17th during Azad’s Holiday Open House. *Azad’s (Dave Love) reserves all rights in determining the validity of any receipt and/or entry including the locality of any business. *A full set of rules and parameters are available by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . AZAD’S OF CUMBERLAND , 37 N. Centre Street.


Does your pharmacy have a convenient drive-up window? PharmaCare West on Greene Street does. Save time when running errands with the kids, especially when the wee little ones have just fallen asleep after a busy day with Mom or Dad. The drive-up window is open the same hours as the pharmacy – Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm & Saturday 9am to 1pm. 64 Greene Street, Cumberland. Phone 301.724.1183 –


The Tea is in at The Tea Cupboard!  Pumpkin Cream, Voodoo, French Crème Brulee, regular and decaf , Snickerdoodle and  for a limited time Gingerbread Cream!   Tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus is selling very quickly. This is an old fashioned time with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have tea and sweets, decorate a cookie to take home with you and hear a very special story! It is $15 per person, reservations only! This is our favorite time of year! Stop in for your favorite tea.  Or maybe a new teapot! Shop is open Wednesday through Saturday 10-5 .  Service in the Tea Room is from 11 until 2, Wednesday through Saturday. Stop in for a pot of tea; add some scones, a quick lunch of soup and savories or our full Queen City Tea! If you would like to book a party with us before the holidays call soon we are filling up fast!  November 6th Paint and Sip is with Donna Godlove, it is soft pastels, and November 13th is Lita Havens with acrylics on a banner.  Both November Paint and Sips are holiday and snowman themes! All classes are for beginners to advanced, and are $35, reservations only, and must be prepaid.  (Soft pastels class is for over age 10). All materials are included, as well as light refreshments and tea. We have added coffee to our shop…not just any coffee, locally roasted, Base Camp Coffee!  We are selling it by the bag now, but will soon be serving it too!  Don’t forget downtown parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays! 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), Fitzy’s Nifty Nook, Elderbird Restorations (Friday – 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




MEZZOS is “The Place to Meet!”  your friends and Family for Homecoming Weekend! Friday night “The Cowboy” Nick Price plays from 9PM until 1AMSaturday, Butterscotch Blonde is playing from 9PM-1AM. Then finish the weekend off with “All U Can Eat Sunday” for just $10.50! Get all the Wings, Boneless, Brew City Fries, and Cheese Nachos you can eat from Noon until Midnight while watching the NFL Sunday Ticket! 114 S. Centre Street, 301-777-7750.


Breakfast with Santa at the Kensington, 1 Baltimore Street will be on the 26th of November7:30-10:00 am. $4.00/person, reservations requested, 301-777-8800. Call Early Limited Seating to the first 75 reservations

  • ·      Pancakes with Blueberry or Strawberry topping
  • ·      Eggs--any way you like them
  • ·      Sausage or bacon
  • ·      Hash Browns
  • ·      Toast, English Muffin or Bagel
  • ·      Chocolate or White Milk
  • ·      Juice
  • ·      Santa will have Prizes and Treats for the Kids


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




Cumberland Arms is a Section 8 Elderly Property, located at 10 North Liberty Street, we are looking to fill newly renovated units at this time. Please contact the office for an application at 301-724-0341 or stop by and pick up an application.




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. 




Beginning Keyboarding will be offered on November 2 at 2:00 pm at the Washington Street library. The class will help users become familiar and comfortable with locating command keys on the keyboard and the general keyboard structure. For more information or to register for a computer class, call Washington Street Library at


Mousing Around will be offered on November 9 at 2:00 pm at the Washington Street library. The class will help users become comfortable with the mouse, the buttons on the mouse, and the way to use different mouse functions. For more information or to register for a computer class, call (301)


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!




Samuel Denson's Last Run – Sunday, November 6, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM - Emmanuel Episcopal ChurchA reenactment of Samuel Denson's escape from enslavement through the tunnels under Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Washington Street in Cumberland. Mr. Denson was the last person to use that part of the Underground Railroad. Refreshments will be served after the performance.


Allegany Museum is going crackers for Christmas! - Nutcrackers, that is. The largest display of nutcrackers ever shown in Maryland will open on Friday December 2nd in the grand ballroom on the 2nd floor of Allegany Museum, after the civic Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Opening Reception will open the huge exhibition, including rare historic nutcrackers in the form of woodcarvings of soldiers, knights, kings, and other professions. There will be refreshments for all attending. The Opening Reception kicks off the Nutcracker Season, which will run every Saturday from December 3 through 17. The series of three "Nutty Kids Saturdays" begins December 3 with the history of the nutcracker and "cracker craft". On December 10 there will be book readings, craft, and a visit from Santa. "Nutty music" on December 17 will complete the kids’ series. All “Nutty Saturdays” run from 10 am-12 noon, and are free. They are most suitable for children between the ages of 4 to 10. Children under 10 can collect a different nutcracker ornament at each event, from the Opening Reception through the "Nutty" Kids Saturdays to make a personal collection of four ornaments, and can enter a drawing for a special nutcracker. All events are free. ?For more information, go to our website, or call (301) 777-7200

WMSR Wine Tasting Excursion – Saturday, November 5 - Join us for a special wine tasting event on the rails featuring wines from Charis Winery. Our Evening Paradise Trains depart from Cumberland to a scenic location along the Great Allegheny Passage. Dining Class guests enjoy several small-plate meals with paired wines. Lounge Car service will also be available with appetizers paired with wines. Boarding begins at 5:30pm; train departs at 6:00pm. This three-hour excursion will return to Cumberland at 9:00pm. First Class/$110, Lounge/$70. WhistleTix fees will apply to the rates listed above.


Holiday Events at the Gordon-Roberts House, 218 Washington Street – 

  • November 25, 4-6 pm
  • December 3, 11:00 am301-777-8678
  • December 8th, 6:30 pm A Reading of “The Pirates Twelve Days of Christmas”- Kids ages First through Fifth grade, but all ages welcome! Free admission. Children will hear the hilarious and ‘piratey’ re-telling of a classic Christmas carol, learn pirate lingo, and get a treat from Father Christmas, who was one of the earliest versions of the European gift-giving Saint Nicolas.
  • December 16th, 7 pm


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.




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.


Big Dawg Homecoming Dance – Friday, November 4, 7:30 -10:30 pm at Windsor Castle Events Centre, 210 S. Centre Street. Who's the Big Dawg this year? Fort HillAllegany? Enjoy the music of Chinese Bandits and some good old fun rivalry. Sponsored by the Allegany County Animal Shelter and Windsor Castle. Tickets are $10/advance and available at The Book Center or $12/door. Must be 21 or over. Be sure to wear your school colors and get your picture taken with the Red Big Dawg or Blue Big Dawg, compliments of US Cellular.


The Cumberland Choral Society will be presenting our Fall Concert on

Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 4th at 3pm at First

Presbyterian Church on Washington Street. The program includes choruses from

Handel's "Messiah", Judas Maccabaeus, (Rabbi Mark Perman, guest soloist) and

other festive favorites! Tickets are $10 each (12 and under free) and can be

purchased at the door. We hope you will plan to join us!


WELCOME TO THE 2016-2017 MOUNTAINSIDE BAROQUE SEASON!  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: 

  • ·      Friday November 11, Saturday, November 12, Sunday, November 13 John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera”
  • ·      Sunday, December 18 “A Festival of Lessons and Carols”
  • ·      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.




Allegany Arts Council ART SATURDAYS ARE BACK!

  • ·      November 5: Junk Sculpture Robots - Construct creatures using "junk", found objects, and your wildest imagination. Instructor: Chris Sloan
  • ·      November 19: Paper Weaving - Basic weaving techniques and terms will be presented. Students will then experiment with weaving patterns using a variety of papers. Instructor: Donna Miller.
  • All classes are recommended for ages 7-12. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non- members. Please call 301-777-2787 to register


Thru November 6, the Gilchrist Gallery and Museum hosts an exhibition by Merrill Smith, painter and Ovanas Berbarian, painter. The Gilchrist is located at 104 Washington Street in Cumberland. Regular museum hours are Friday through Sunday from 1-4PM. For additional information please or


Best of the West - October 14 - November 12, The Saville Gallery,Three Dimensional Art of Western Maryland. The concept for the Best of the West show is organized by the Arts Councils of Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties. The exhibition will draw attention to the creative strength of Western Maryland artists. This collaborative effort of the Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett county arts councils will pull together a traveling exhibition featuring examples of the creative work being done in their respective counties. The focus of the first Best of the West show is three-dimensional artwork. The first venue for the show will be the Allegany Arts Council's Saville Gallery in Cumberland. The show will open October 14 and run through Nov. 12. For more information, Contact Heidi Custer, Allegany Arts Council Program Manager, 301-777-2787 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Color in the Lines…Or Not! Your favorite childhood activity is back and redesigned for adults. Create, mingle, unwind in a relaxing atmosphere over drinks and an adult coloring book. Exclusive offers for The Allegany Arts Council and ACRE Coworking memberships will be made available to attendees. 48 N Centre St, 5:30-7:30 pm, Tuesday, November 15th 

  • ·      -BYO Adult Beverages
  • ·      -Adult Coloring Books Supplied
  • ·      -Other Art Mediums Welcome
  • ·      -This is a free event

An event by The Allegany Arts Council and ACRE Coworking


FSU@AAC> - The Allegany Arts Council and FSU present a faculty and student artist show, November 17-21. An opening reception will be held at the Saville Gallery at 9 N. Centre Street on Saturday, November 19, 6-8pm.




In coordination with the Cumberland Downtown Development Commission, The American Cancer Society is please to announce the addition of remembrance Luminaria to the Downtown Cumberland’s Annual Tree Lighting, and arrival of Santa Claus, which will be held Friday, November 25. For this special event, we will be selling luminaria bags that will be lit and displayed on Centre Street near the Downtown Mall. For our holiday luminaria display, we have opened this to anyone who would like to remember ANY loved who has passed away for any reason, not just cancer. Each name will be written on a bag and the bags will be lit with red or green glow sticks. We want to share this very touching experience with our entire community and come together with hope at this special time of year. We will place the bags in alphabetical order by last name to make them easier to find. The bags will be sold for $10 each. Any bags purchased for the holiday display, will also have a bag at our Relay For Life event June 3, 2017.?The deadline to order is Monday, November 21, 2016.?Luminaria can be ordered by using this form or at the following: All three PharmaCare locations and the American Cancer Society Office?located at the South Cumberland Marketplace (Planet Fitness Plaza) For questions, please contact Courtney Case, Senior Community Manager American Cancer Society Relay For Life 1050 Industrial Blvd, Suite 3 Cumberland, MD 21502 240-818-6329 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter.  Applications and information are available 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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Water is Life Chorus to Form PDF Print E-mail
Written by Engage Mountain Maryland   
Friday, 04 November 2016 12:32

Researchers from Frostburg State University and Friendsville, MD, are uniting to form an intergenerational chorus group. Everyone who wants to participate will meet in Friendsville on a regular basis to share music about fracking and its impacts on the community. The group's gatherings will culminate in a command performance in the Spring of the 2017 Legislative Session in Annapolis.


Contact the program coordinators to learn more how you can sing for Clean Air, Water, the Environment, and a Healthy Planet. All ages are encouraged to participate. To learn more about how to participate, contact Kathy Powell 301 707-9900  or Ann Bristow 301 338-1101. 

Frostburg State University Highlighted in 2016 Sustainable Campus Index PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Friday, 04 November 2016 12:24

Frostburg State University has been highlighted in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index in the Investment & Finance section for its efforts in advancing sustainability in higher education through the creation of the Student Sustainability Fee, which was voted on by the FSU Student Government Association.

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from colleges and universities that submitted a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) report in the 12 months before July 1, 2016. FSU was also recognized for achieving a STARS Silver Rating from AASHE.

“I’m glad that AASHE recognized the foresight of our student body and Student Government Association dedicating funds to special sustainability projects that provide hands-on learning opportunities. I look forward to our latest projects coming to fruition,” said FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk. "Additionally, the STARS Silver rating is a reflection of the commitment from the campus community to be a good steward of the environment. The data in the STARS report reaffirms what a tremendous job our faculty, staff and students do to keep Frostburg green.”

FSU was recognized for its Student Government Association’s dedication to sustainability through dedicating a $15-per-semester student fee to fund a project or event that incorporates sustainable practices. Some of the latest projects awarded from this fee include monitoring Sand Spring Run for water quality on campus and a planned three-dimensional sculpture made from at least 80 percent recycled materials.

“Frostburg State‘s participation in STARS and recent accomplishments in the area of Investment and Finance demonstrates significant leadership and commitment to advancing sustainability,” said AASHE’s Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “We are pleased to recognize Frostburg State for working to secure a thriving, equitable and ecologically healthy world by incorporating sustainability into campus operations, administration, engagement and academics.”

FSU and University of Maryland, College Park are the only University System of Maryland institutions to receive a STARS rating. The STARS program measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

AASHE’s STARS program is the only one of its kind that involves publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in three overall areas: 1) education and research, 2) operations and 3) planning, administration and engagement.

During the reporting period, the Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology was awarded LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. The building features reduced interior lighting power density, a high-efficiency condensing boiler, a green roof and many more features designed to reduce the building’s carbon footprint. The Gira Center was designed and built by a team of companies led by Ayers Saint Gross and Gilbane Building Co.

Many of FSU’s other sustainable practices are incorporated in the scoring of its STARS report, including Dining Services operator Chartwells using a composting system to divert food waste from landfills.

FSU’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website at

For more information about FSU’s sustainability initiative, Learning Green, Living Green, visit

Blick Resident Artist to Lecture on History of Oil Color PDF Print E-mail
Written by Heidi Custer   
Monday, 24 October 2016 07:34

Joe Gyurcsak is an Utrecht Brand Manager and the current Blick Resident Artist. He is an art materials expert and a nationally recognized artist in his own right. Joe is a practicing artist for over 4 decades and has lectured and demonstrated throughout North America to more than 150 major art institutions. 

This lecture covers the historical beginnings of oil color all the way up to modern day; as seen through the eyes of chemists, toxicologist, conservators, manufacturers and artists. Audience members will be educated on how to evaluate oil colors and their properties so that they may make wise decisions in regards to archival art. Color theory exercises and a hand mulling color demo will be explored as students are invited to participate. A discussion of media such as thinners, driers, varnishes, glazes, and wax is also planned. There will be a question and answer period and technical questions are welcome. The session will last approximately 2.5 hours. Attendees should come prepared to take notes, as valuable information will be discussed.

The lecture takes place on October 26, at 6:30 pm in the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery of the Allegany Arts Council, located at 9 N. Centre St, Cumberland, MD. The telephone number of the Arts Council is 301.777.2787
Free to Allegany Arts Council Artist-members, $5 for AAC members, $10 for non-members.
Seating is limited, please call ahead to insure your spot.

Mountain Maryland Solar Co-op Selects Big D Electric to Serve Group PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Delman   
Friday, 04 November 2016 12:36
Cumberland, MD – The Mountain Maryland Solar Co-op has selected Big D Electric to install solar panels for the 43-member group. Co-op members selected Big D Electric through a competitive bidding process over four other firms. 
“It is an honor to be selected because as a company, Big D Electric has provided awareness of Renewable Energy to our region since 2005,” said Betsy Delozier, owner of Big D Electric. “We are happy to show customers the benefits of going Solar.”

MD SUN expands access to solar by educating Marylanders about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Maryland’s solar policies, as well as its community of solar supporters. The group has helped hundreds of Marylanders go solar.


Co-op members selected Big D Electric because of their competitive pricing and experience. The group also valued that Big D Electric is a local installer based in Cumberland.


“I am excited to work with Big D Electric and see how much I can save with my system,” said co-op member Danny Welsch. “I appreciate having the support of a group as I go through this process.”

The co-op is open to new members until December 31. Garrett and Allegany County residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at


Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Big D Electric will provide each co-op member with an individualized proposal based on the group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, participants can save up to 20% off the cost of their system.



Performing Arts to Highlight Gender Equality Programming at Frostburg State University PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Friday, 04 November 2016 12:27

A robust series of arts-centered programs focusing on unity, respect and equal rights will kick off in November, as part of an initiative by the Frostburg State University Office of Gender Equality.

“Students want to have more of a voice in learning how to be effective allies in gender-based violence and harassment. We felt the arts is an effective vehicle to do so,” said April Baer, deputy Title IX coordinator in the FSU Office of Gender Equality. “It’s an engaging conversation they get to process.”

The programming is made possible through a $10,000 grant awarded by the Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene’s Center for Injury and Sexual Assault Prevention.

“Music With a Bystander Message”

A special program, “Music With a Bystander Message,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Lane University Center Atkinson Room (232) where several campus organizations will partner with recording artist The Billies. The workshop is free and open to the public.

The Billies are Chrisie Santoni and Craig Smith. The duo holds “Music With a Bystander Message” workshops at colleges across the nation. Santoni has co-written with Lindy Robbins hits for Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, One Direction and others.

At this workshop, more than 50 students will join with The Billies to write and produce an original song that will focus on the importance of bystander intervention in sexual assault or discrimination situations. FSU students will be taught how to have confidence so they can successfully intervene to prevent or stop sexual assault and harassment.

“We’re really focusing on ways students can help each other out,” Baer said. FSU has an amnesty policy where bystanders will be forgiven if they are under the influence if they safely intervening to stop sexual assault and harassment.

The experience will include recording the performance and workshop to be part of a music video. The song will be recorded and broadcast on FSU-TV3, WFWM and shared with other media outlets.

Music fraternities Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity as well as peer educators from the BURG Peer Education Network are co-hosting the workshop.

Social Justice Theatre

FSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will host a series of interactive productions exploring topics related to gender-based harassment and violence through theatre.

Students in the workshops will choose topics relevant to the students and interpret how the different people in the scenarios would react and feel by acting it out.

“As a theater artist, this is what I’m most passionate about,” said FSU Costume Shop Supervisor Michele Labar, who will lead Social Justice Theatre. “This gives people a voice who don’t normally have a voice.”

The productions are based on Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed,” which provides a framework on how to use improvisational games to give power to people who are at a disadvantage – whether perceived or real – in society.

“We will use improv games to help students explore these issues from an objective standpoint,” Labar said.

The students involved are not expected to be performers to give an authentic experience. Theatre and Dance students will be trained to guide the participants through the improvisational games.

“This is not a performance. There is no audience, no pressure,” Labar said. “This is a safe place to explore where there is no judging one another in that room.”

Dates and times for the workshops will be announced soon.

Relating, Dating and Communicating

First-year students are being trained annually in Introduction to Higher Education orientation classes on what healthy relationships are and what defines consent.

These special Relating, Dating and Communicating workshops in the courses are led by trained facilitators through the Office of Gender Equality. Students should be able to grow their understanding of verbal and non-verbal consent.

The 2016 workshops wrapped up earlier this month, where students could complete pledge cards about standing up to sexual assault and harassment.

A visual display of select pledges written by students will be unveiled in April 2017 as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. More information about the display will be announced at a later date.

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.

Frostburg State University’s Puppet Maker Saves “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Saturday, 29 October 2016 10:38

Spider Puppet When the curtain rises and the lights come on for the Frostburg State University production of “James and the Giant Peach Jr.,” children throughout Western Maryland will accompany James and his six loveable insect friends on their magical, musical adventure across the Atlantic Ocean in an overgrown peach.

When the insects first appear onstage, they are in the form of six puppets, a prop challenge that director Mairzy Yost-Rushton feared would break the bank.

As Yost-Rushton, a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, began researching the play, she began to suffer from sticker shock. One production of “James” in Ohio had used metal puppets, which she could rent for more than $1,000. Then she solicited bids for custom-made puppets.

“Two guys emailed me back, and those puppets would have been $1,200 ... each,” she said.

Those costs would far exceed the budget for a regional children’s theatre production, especially for puppets only used in the beginning of the play, before the insects are transformed into their “giant” form, performed by suitably costumed student actors. Temporarily stymied, Yost-Rushton turned to her colleague in FSU’s Department of English and Foreign Languages, Dr. Gerry Snelson.

“I contacted Gerry ... maybe he could just give us some ideas, and we could find somebody to make them here. Maybe there’d be a student who was interested or somebody local,” Yost-Rushton said. But Snelson told her he was too busy to possibly help, although he said he would ponder some ideas.

“The next thing I know, he’s emailing me a picture of one of them that was finished! And then he wouldn’t even charge us for them,” she said.

For Snelson, puppetry is a lifelong labor of love. He made his first puppet before entering first grade and has continued ever since, directing and performing in regular shows at First English Baptist Church in Frostburg and showing his creations at regional and national conventions.

“There’s no such thing as a standard puppet, because there’s so many different types,” Snelson said. “Normally, if I do a show, they’re all hand puppets, or they’re all rod puppets or they’re all whatever, but this one, it’s a real mix.”

No kits or plans exist for puppets like these, so Snelson had to answer several questions first. How will the puppets be used? How will they function on the stage? And finally, how can he create them from scratch to meet those needs?

“Building them is a process of working out puzzles, and I’ve always liked puzzles,” Snelson said, “but I wasn’t very sharp this summer, in the beginning.”

It turns out that Snelson already had pneumonia, which would hound him for the next two months. While he seeks the assistance of his wife, Jackie, for many of his puppets, for “James,” he relied on her even more than usual.

“She doesn’t like working on puppets, but she does it, and she likes the challenge. She certainly rose to it,” Snelson said. “I would work an hour and then rest an hour, because I really felt rough.”

The simplest puppet, Earthworm, came first. For the body, Gerry originally considered covering a Slinky. Jackie suggested a dryer vent hose instead. She covered the hosing in custom-dyed Antron Fleece while Gerry crafted the head, including a tricky leather aviator hat. Gerry cut up an old leather jacket for the hat and fashioned a set of goggles from some PVC piping, with cutout X-ray films for the glass lenses.

Jackie also suggested a disused cake-saver lid to form the body of Ladybug, devised the many arms for Centipede and recruited women from her quilting group to help craft the intricate costume worn by Grasshopper – the final and most time-consuming puppet in the set.

No two puppets take the same amount of time. It took several days to perfect the legs on Spider alone. Of course, the time involved was of little concern to Snelson.

“How long does it take to do anything that’s fun? If it’s fun, you don’t watch the clock. If it’s misery, you know exactly how long you’ve been working,” he said.

From the many handcrafted puppets and other creations that decorate his office to the nature of his hobbies, Snelson obviously finds joy in such intricate work. He collects 19th-century hats and all manner of pocket knives. His hobbies include photography, building model railroads from the ground up in scales small and large, building and playing stringed instruments and woodturning pens and other artistic objects.

“Yes, I like to work with my hands,” he said with a smile.

Centiped Puppet In all, the six puppets took the Snelsons roughly six weeks to complete. They eventually charged for materials, $38 for felt, wood, foam, etc. And soon their work will entertain children throughout Allegany and Garrett counties, as well as in West Virginia.

After Frostburg’s production of “James” concludes, Yost-Rushton said the puppets may get a second chance to bring smiles to theatre goers. To help other directors avoid her dilemma, she hopes to affordably rent some of the Snelson originals to other troupes looking to stage their own productions of “James.”

The public performance of “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” is Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets for adults and children are $7. For information or tickets, contact the CES box office at 301-687-3137 or 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.

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