FSU’s Department of Music to Present Percussion Ensemble PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara RogersThomas   
Monday, 18 February 2019 18:25

The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present the first of its two spring concerts on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The recital is free and open to the public.

Directed by Dr. Mackenzie Jacob LaMont, the concert will feature Carlos Chávez’s classic “Toccata” for percussion sextet; the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s immortal “Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor ‘Quasi una fantasia,’ Op. 27, No. 2,” popularly known as the “Moonlight Sonata,” arranged by Beth Gottlieb for percussion ensemble; and Anthony J. Cirone’s “Triptych” for percussion quartet.

Chávez was a Mexican conductor and composer whose music combines elements of traditional folk songs and modern compositional techniques. His “Toccata” is one of the first major pieces written for percussion ensemble alone, and perhaps the first in a Classical, multi-movement form. The first movement is primarily for drums; the second one casts a mysterious spell with mainly metallic instruments. Both types are combined for the scherzo. A wonder of this piece is that Chávez kept such a pure, Classical feeling about this percussion masterpiece.

The “Moonlight?Sonata” is possibly the most famous of the Beethoven sonatas. This solo piano work is admired particularly for its mysterious and seemingly improvised first movement. The piece was completed in 1801, published the following year and premiered by the composer himself, whose hearing was already deteriorating at the time. The nickname “Moonlight Sonata” traces to the 1830s, when German Romantic poet Ludwig Rellstab published a review in which he likened the first movement to a boat floating in the moonlight on Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne. Beethoven dedicated the work to Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, a 16-year-old aristocrat who was his student for a short time. Gottlieb, the arranger of this movement, is an internationally recognized performer, teacher, clinician and soloist.

“Triptych,” a 15-minute work in three diverse movements, was written in 1971 when Cirone was a percussionist at the San Francisco Symphony and a professor at San Jose State University. He would go on to teach at Stanford University, San Francisco State University and Indiana University. Cirone serves as an executive editor of percussion publications through Meredith Music Publications and is a clinician for several companies. Some of his most lasting contributions to the world of percussion, besides his compositions, teaching and performance history, are his many educational method books.

Percussion Ensemble students include Ryan Barber, Blaine Becker, Deandre Cook, Anthony Fasci, Christopher Hess, Hannah Howard, Cheyenne Jeffries, Kamonte Johnson, Nathan Kopit, Preston Leshinskie, Hanna Livingston, Reiss Mikula and Garrett Spence. They are joined by guest artists Andrew McEwen and Dr. Karen Lau of the Music Department.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

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

 
MCTA Presents Irish Group Sonas Trio PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Monday, 18 February 2019 18:24

Sonas Trio1Frostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will host an evening of Irish songs and music with the Sonas Trio on Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The live entertainment is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $15.

Sonas, who take their name from the Old Irish word “sonus” for good fortune, prosperity and happiness, will offer a tantalizing taste of traditional music from Ireland and beyond. The group brings together a rich tapestry of experience and musical versatility from Ireland, England and the U.S.

Alex Caton is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and music teacher who has dedicated her life to passing on the tradition of old-time and Irish music. Caton was born in England and raised in the South of England, Scotland and America. She grew up playing piano and violin, then at 20 was introduced to Appalachian old-time and Irish fiddle music. Since then, she has dedicated her life to playing traditional music.

Jeff Thomas, of Cumberland, has been playing concertina and focusing on traditional Irish music for more than 25 years. He crafts his own line of concertinas, showing attention to detail, respect for tradition and appreciation of the intricacies of Irish music. He’s led Irish music sessions, taught and performed throughout the U.S.

Patrick Egan was born in County Tipperary and is known for his soulful singing and interpretation of songs from the Irish and Scottish traditions. Egan is known for his choice of storied songs delivered with a powerful emotive feel. He has toured throughout the world, playing with the band Chulrua for several years before leaving to pursue other musical endeavors, including his musical partnership with Alex Caton, which has resulted in two CDs. Egan is a regular on the teaching staff at many festivals. His driving rhythm guitar and the use of standard tuning have made him very popular with students.

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

Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, MCTA is a program of FSU, with support from FrostburgFirst, the Allegany Arts Council and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council.

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

 
ACM Spring Registration PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shauna McQuade   
Thursday, 03 January 2019 09:01

CUMBERLAND, Md. (Jan. 2, 2019) –Allegany College of Maryland invites new students to register now for spring semester 2019. Full-term courses for the spring semester begin on Monday, January 14. Students may preview the spring semester schedule at allegany.edu/coursecatalog.

The College will host a general information session and tour of its Cumberland campus on Saturday, January 5 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in its Continuing Education Building Room 8. Prospective students considering enrolling in the spring semester are encouraged to attend. To sign up, call 301-784-5005 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Downtown Cumberland Happenings in the New Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Thursday, 03 January 2019 08:54

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

 

Happy New Year!

 

Free Parking – Saturdays, Sundays and After 5

  

RETAIL

  

Barkin' Basement Thrift Shop – Stop in and grab some great items at Barkin' Basement Thrift Shop. This week, we are having a BOGO sale – Buy One and Get One (of up to equal value) FREE.  We're open Thursday - Sunday in the heart of Downtown Cumberland.

 

The Vapor Room - The Vapor Room Weekly Sales and Specials: $10 30ml Flavors of the Week - 10 New Flavors Every Monday Morning

Weekenders 15ml Flavors - 4 New Flavors Every Monday Morning

Premium Juice of The Week - Every Monday one new discounted liquid from the most popular companies in vaping. The Vapor Room has added 4 parking spaces behind the shop for our customer. The Vapor Room is a trusted retailer of top electronic cigarette brands and premium nicotine eliquids. Our Appcard rewards program offers our customers generous discounts on future purchases including Two Punch Tuesday and Double Points Wednesday. Our Downtown Cumberland shop is located at 57 N Centre Street and is open Monday through Saturday 10AM-6PM. Stop in and speak with one of our friendly staff today!

 

Maddcatt Vapors - serving the Cumberland and Hagerstown areas! Your locally owned and operated full-service electronic cigarette company. With our award winning flavors and up-to-date products, our selection is second to none! Our knowledgeable and friendly staff looks forward to helping you start or continue your vaping journey!

 

Love to go antiquing and thrifting? Want to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops including FortCumberland Emporium, Baltimore Street Collectibles, Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop (Thursday – Sunday), Queen City Flea Market (Friday – Sunday), Windsor Castle Antiques & Flea Market (Sundays only), GiGi’s Attic and MountainShine Creative – 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 www.visitcumberland.org

 

WINING & DINING & HOSPITALITY

  

City Lights Wine & Cheese Wednesdays – Enjoy Three Cheese Board and 2 glasses of house wine for $20 or order any one of their Cheese Boards and get 25% off any bottle of wine. To see City Lights full menu, visit www.citylightsamericangrill.com.

 

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 $12.

 

Uncle Jack’s Pub & Pizzeria - Every Wednesday night starting at 9 pm, it’s Open Mic and Jam Night at Uncle Jack’s Pub and Pizzeria, 20 S. Mechanic Street.

 

Saturday mornings, it’s a Bloody Mary Bar at City Lights! Every Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm, enjoy Cumberland’s original make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. City Lights American Grill & Bar is located at 59 Baltimore Street, 301-722-9800.

 

1812 Brewery – Great Friends. Great Beer. Great Food. Great Music. 1812 Brewery, 13006 NE Mason Road. Check out our calendar of fun events - http://1812brewery.com/events/

  • Every Thursday is Game Night at 1812 Brewery.
  • Friday, January 4  –
  • Saturday, January 5 – Gibb Cochrum(music), Zeb’s Barbeque(food)

 

LITERARY/LIBRARY/FOR KIDS

  

The Book Center Adult Book Club is the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm! If you like food, wine, and great books, then this is the place for you! If you'd like to join, call us at 301-722-2284 or drop in to let us know. All Book Club members receive a discount on monthly selections.

 

MUSEUMS/WMSR/CANAL PARK

 

Allegany Museum will present "History on Tap", an informal ‘hang out with a historian’, every third Tuesday of the month at Mezzos, 114 S Centre Street. Each "History on Tap" will open at 5:30 pm with a 10-minute talk by an interesting and engaging local historian, and then a lively discussion. For more information, call the Museum on 301-777-7200, or visit the Allegany Museum Facebook page.

 

February 2 and 3, 10 am – 5 pm - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga Teachers – C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington Street. This playful, interactive workshop clarifies and simplifies how we teach yoga postures by putting the attention back where it belongs - how the key action of each pose makes students feel and moves the life force. Yoga teachers who want to enhance their ability to see how their student’s bodies are constructed and understand the implications of each student’s bodily construction as they work toward their natural expression of any given pose. The all-inclusive fee for this 2-day workshop is $175. To insure the quality of training: Registration is limited to 8 participants. Yogis of all levels may participate. Registrations will be validated by payment. To register, contact either Christina Collins-Smith of Balance Essential Wellness at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad – January 12 & 26, 6 – 9 pm - Murder Mystery - Dangerous Toys. Join us for dinner and a show! Our Murder Mystery trains depart from Cumberland to Frostburg. Enjoy a 3-course meal consisting of a salad, choice of entrée, and a signature dessert of Chef’s choice. Everyone is getting ready for Christmas Shopping the latest, greatest, hottest toys are being announced by Dan Gerous Toys, Inc.! However, there are major safety concerns that have been voiced by a well- known consumer advocate. Meanwhile- Carva D. Wood is deeply concerned about the toy giant putting her much smaller, local company, “Carva’s Creations” out of business with their massive marketing and distribution budget. Help Officer Harvey D. Grace, Head of Security maintain order and keep an eye out for any sinister acts and security concerns! Boarding begins at 5:30pm; train departs at 6:00pm. This 3-hour excursion will return to Cumberland at 9:00pm. Reservations are required. NOTE: MM shows are designed for an adult audience and may contain some mild adult humor and innuendo not suitable for children. www.wmsr.com   

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

The Allegany Arts Council hosts a monthly 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, foxtrot, and tango. Each session costs $10 for an individual or $18 for a couple. The lesson begins at 7:15pm and the Dance starts at 8pm. The Saville Gallery is located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, MD. All are welcome.

 

ART

  

Life Drawing Class – The group will meet every other Thursday from 7-9 pm at the Cumberland Theatre. The class will continue every other Thursday unless otherwise announced. Further information about the class or if you are interested in being a paid model for a session, contact Shirley Giarritta at (301) 707-7586.

 

Allegany Arts Council

  • The Allegany Arts Council will present Start to Finish V: An Open Studio Experience, January 3-26, 2019. Created to give artists a chance to connect, create, and commune during a time when inspiration can be hard to find, this working exhibition is open to visitors during open studio hours, Tuesday through Friday, from 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Guests will be able to view the creative process in action and talk directly to artists about their work. This year features a new twist as artists will have previous work filling the gallery walls during the creative month. Participating artists represent a variety of media including pastels, fabric arts, watercolor, oil painting, ceramics, and mixed media. A public opening will take place Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 6-8PM and is free and open to the public.
  • Event Name - Working with Photoshop Layers
    Event Date - 16 Jan 2019 
    Event Time - 6:00PM - 7:30PM 
    Event Description - '
    Gear up for the 5th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition with this outstanding series of photography workshops which will help you refine, reinvigorate and refresh those camera skills!Join instructor Darrin Isom for an educational workshop on working with Photoshop layers, where you will learn:

The importance of Photoshop layers and why they are useful
- Various methods for improving landscapes as well as portraits
- How to apply these methods to your own photos

 

Prerequisites

-       Basic camera and computer skills
- Basic familiarity with image-editing software, including Photoshop, Lightroom or equivalent
- A laptop with your preferred image-editing software installed and a few images to use during the workshop

 

Registration Fees –Members/$25.00; Non-Members/$30.00

*Members who wish to sign up for the series of photography workshops may do so at $75.00, a savings of $25.00.

To register: Contact us at 301.777.2787 or at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • Event Name - Digital Manipulation in Photography
    Event Date - 23 Jan
    Event Time - 6:00PM - 7:30PM 
    Event Description - '
    Gear up for the 5th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition with this outstanding series of photography workshops which will help you refine, reinvigorate and refresh those camera skills!Join instructor Michael Hunter Thompson for an educational workshop on digital manipulation, where you will learn:

-       How to use various Photoshop tools, such as selection tools, clone and transform tools.
- How to use these tools to manipulate the giraffe photograph included (or another you bring to the workshop)
- How to use your own image to manipulate throughout the class discussion.

Event Name - Legal Issues for Artists: Copyright & Work for Hire
Event Date - 30 Jan 2019 
Event Time - 6:00PM - 7:30PM 
Event Description - '
Gear up for the 5th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition with this outstanding series of photography workshops which will help you refine, reinvigorate and refresh those camera skills!Join attorney Sandi Saville for an informative workshop aimed at teaching artists about legal issues impacting their artwork, and how to avoid common errors in running their art business.

  • Participants will learn:

-       Copyright issues and how to apply for one
- Infringement and fair use of others' materials
- Implications in the digital medium
- Work for hire
- Artists rights after original sale
This workshop is perfect for visual, video and still artists, or any artist who plans to sell their artwork.  

  • Friday Stitchers at the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery

 

An Evening with Frida Kahlo – January 25, 2019. 6:30-10:00 PM - at the Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington Street, Cumberland, MD. Award-winning film segments highlighting Frida's unusual creative life will be shown then you will experiment with her surrealist style by creating your own composition at a hands-on painting workshop led by Beth Hilliker. Complimentary Mexican-inspired refreshments will be served and, if inspired, you might enjoy dressing like Frida. Random door prizes will be given along with a winning prize for the person wearing most Frida-like attire. Join us for the fun as we celebrate Frida Kahlo - a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose sensual vibrancy came straight from her own experiences.Reservations are limited by space. They are confirmed by payment. $48 includes all activities, art supplies, refreshments and drinks. (Alcohol only served to those over the age of 21. Non-alcoholic drinks are also served.) Reservations can be made securely via Square with a credit or debit card. http://balanceessentialwellness.com/product.html

 

 

LIVING, BUSINESS, FINANCIAL & EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

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 is FREE on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and every day after 5 pm.

 

Prime Retail/Office Space available – Former location of Victorian Creations. 2000 square feet plus, off street parking, high traffic location. Interested? Call Ed Mullaney at 301-268-2135.

 

Great location to start a new business or relocate an existing business. For rent: 49 N. Centre St (former Tea Cupboard). 960 sq. ft. plus storage space and parking space $750 mo. Contact: 301-708-7586.

 

JOB/CHARITABLE/VOLUNTEER /OPPORTUNITIES

 

Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter. Applications and information are available atwww.alleganyanimalshelter.com. 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 www.visitcumberland.orgJoin in and support the efforts ofDowntown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant.

 

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.visitcumberland.org

 

If you and/or your business have any Downtown Cumberland special events, sales, etc. you would like to include in this weekly email, please send the information to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Potomac Pipeline Rejected PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Robbins   
Thursday, 03 January 2019 08:50

In Stunning Development, Governor Hogan Votes to Reject Permit for “Potomac Pipeline” for Fracked Gas

 

Hogan joins Board of Public Works in unanimous vote against “right-of-way” easement underneath Western Maryland Rail/Trail. This vote could permanently imperil completion of controversial pipeline

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Today, in what environmentalists hope is a major shift in state energy policy, Governor Larry Hogan voted to reject a permit necessary for a fracked-gas pipeline known as the “Potomac Pipeline.” During the Maryland Board of Public Works’ semi-monthly meeting, Hogan and the other members of the board unanimously rejected a right-of-way easement for the project, which is proposed by a subsidiary of notorious energy company TransCanada.

 

This decision comes after two years of intense opposition to the pipeline from grassroots groups statewide as well as a growing list of legislators. Hogan announced barely a year ago that he wanted to significantly “kick-start” more consumption of fracked gas in the state, including construction of more pipelines. But Wednesday’s dramatic and surprising vote may signal a change in state policy on this issue.

 

“For two years, Maryland has been calling on Governor Hogan to keep his promise and protect Marylanders from the harms of fracking,” said Brooke Harper, Maryland Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “Today, he took a step in the right direction by rejecting a permit for a dangerous fracked-gas pipeline proposed by TransCanada. Hopefully, this signals a reversal of the governor’s prior policy of promoting fracked gas consumption and pipelines in Maryland.”

 

The Board of Public Works, which includes Governor Larry Hogan, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, is responsible for protecting the state’s fiscal integrity. Columbia Gas, which is owned by TransCanada, requires “right-of-way” easement to be approved by the Board. Without it,  TransCanada cannot build underneath Western Maryland Rail/Trail, which runs parallel to the Potomac River.

 

The decision comes on the heels of a letter signed by 63 Maryland legislators calling on Governor Hogan to reject the easement. “Given that Maryland has banned fracking, it defies our state’s existing energy policy to bring the same public health risks to our residents by way of a pipeline,” the legislators stated.

 

"Marylanders and many of their leaders have consistently opposed the threats fracked gas pipelines pose to our health, water, climate, and communities,” said Josh Tulkin, Sierra Club Maryland Chapter Director. “There is no right way to build these dirty, dangerous pipelines and today’s unanimous rejection of Potomac Pipeline reflects that. We shouldn’t be deepening our dependence on dirty fuels like coal, oil, and gas at a time when clean, renewable energy is abundant and affordable and the polluting corporations behind these fracked gas pipelines should wake up and realize that.”

 

In the upcoming General Assembly session, Maryland legislators plan to introduce a bill that will require the Maryland Department of Environment to carry out a comprehensive environmental review of all new fracked-gas pipelines proposed in the state, called the “Pipeline and Water Protection Act.” The Hogan Administration refused to carry out a full review under section 401 of the Clean Water Act for the Potomac Pipeline, deferring instead to the Army Corps of Engineer’s blanket permit.

 

“With several new pipelines currently under consideration, this is the time for Maryland to improve its process for evaluating the environmental risks of fracked gas infrastructure," said Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo. "This year I will be introducing legislation to improve the environmental review and oversight of new pipelines proposed in Maryland. Given the environmental concerns, I question why we are continuing to build and invest in climate polluting fossil fuel infrastructure when that time and energy should be spent on renewables."

 

"Maryland banned fracking in 2017 because of the threat it posed to public health and our environment,” said Senator Bobby Zirkin. “Fracked-gas infrastructure like the proposed Potomac Pipeline pose the same threat to the Potomac River, which supplies drinking water for our region. The Board of Public Works should keep Maryland frack free and reject the easement for this dangerous fracked gas pipeline. That is why I will be introducing legislation to improve the environmental review and oversight of new pipelines proposed in Maryland."

 
Students Rally for Clean Energy Future in Maryland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Robbins   
Monday, 18 February 2019 18:18

student protests environmentAnnapolis, MD – Students from across the state joined environmental, faith, health, labor, and civic organizations today to push for the passage of the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act (House Bill 1158 / Senate Bill 516) and other environmental legislation being considered by the Maryland General Assembly.


"Students need to take political action, because any and all actions we take now shape the world we inherit tomorrow,” says Maddie Graham, a sophomore at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. “Waiting until we are older is not an option. We have been given a very clear timeline to solve this crisis, and we must do everything in our power to ensure that actions are taken now that are in line with what top scientists, researchers and intellectuals say is necessary."

The Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) would double Maryland’s policy to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 and help put the state on a path to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. The Renewable Portfolio Standard requires a state to ensure a certain amount of electricity comes from renewable energy resources.


CEJA is sponsored by Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti (District 34A, Harford County) and Senator Brian J. Feldman (District 15, Montgomery County). A likely supermajority of legislators in both the Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates also support it.


More than 600 organizations across Maryland have endorsed the legislation and the rally featured a broad coalition of these organizations, including Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), Maryland Environmental Health Network, 1199 SEIU and Mom’s Clean Air Force.


According to a recent Gonzales poll, a large majority of Maryland voters (64 percent) believe Governor Hogan should support the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act.


Supporters of the bill say it will help create thousands of sustainable clean energy jobs in Maryland over the next decade, including more than 20,000 jobs from an increased focus on solar power and 5,500 from greater reliance on offshore wind energy.


Maryland’s current Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) designates trash incineration as a top tier form of renewable energy, on par with wind and solar. This means waste incinerators receive public subsidies, even though compared to burning coal, burning trash releases 90 percent more greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy.


The Senate version of CEJA would exclude dirty energy such as waste incineration from Maryland’s RPS portfolio. This means that the two incineration facilities in Maryland — one in Baltimore City and the other in Montgomery County — would no longer receive financial benefits and these resources would instead go to renewable energy expansion. The House version of the bill does not include language to remove the incineration subsidies, but advocates are hopeful it will be included in the final legislation.  


The BRESCO incineration facility is in Westport, one of Baltimore’s poorer communities, and is the city’s biggest industrial source of asthma-triggering pollution — emitting dioxins as well as lead, mercury and other toxic substances into the air.


“Communities of color breathe in 40 percent more polluted air and poor white Americans endure 27 percent heavier pollution than wealthy white Americans,” says Phyllis Alexis, a nurse and member of 1199 SEIU. “What a child looks like, where they live, and how much their parents make should not determine if they live.”

Members from these organizations and student allies also expressed their approval of the Maryland Healthy Green Amendment (HB472), which would add the right to a healthy, clean environment to the state constitution.


“It is truly inspiring that more and more young people are standing up for the environment,” says Olivia Fey, a senior at Severna Park High School. “We are tired of feeling powerless in the face of our future. I am so happy to see so many students find their voice and work together to save the planet. We only get one chance to protect it.”  

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The Maryland Climate Coalition brings together environmental, faith, health, labor, and civic organizations to advance clean energy and climate policies in Maryland. For more information about the Maryland Climate Coalition, visit: http://marylandclimatecoalition.org/.

 

 
 
Arts Council to Offer Photography Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allegany County Arts Council   
Thursday, 03 January 2019 08:58

Allegany Arts Council offering photography workshop series

 

The Allegany Arts Council invites amateur shutterbugs and professional photographers alike to register for one or more classes in its series of workshops designed to help photographers refine,

reinvigorate, and refresh their skills. Topics include: Shooting Raw & Digital File Management on January 9, Working with Photoshop Layers on January 16, Digital File Manipulation on January

23, and Legal Issues for Artists: Copyright & Work for Hire on January 30. Participants in the first three workshops should possess basic camera and computer skills, basic familiarity with image-

editing software, a laptop with their preferred image-editing software installed, and a few digital images to use during the workshop.

 

Registration fees are $25/per class for Arts Council members and $30/per class for non-members. Members who wish to sign up for the entire series of workshops may do so at $75.00, a savings of

$25.00. For more information visit the Allegany Arts Council website at www.alleganyartscouncil.org. To register, contact the Arts Council at 301-777-2787 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Funding Approved for Clean Water and Chesapeake Bay PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jay Apperson   
Thursday, 03 January 2019 08:52

 

Funding will reduce pollution and energy consumption

BALTIMORE (Jan. 2, 2019) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $46 million in funding today to reduce pollution and save energy. The board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

"This is a great start to the new year with smart investments that protect public health and the environment while saving money and energy in Maryland communities,” said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. “The Piscataway sewage treatment plant bio-energy project is a big step in greening the economy, cleaning the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and combating climate change.”

The following project was approved today:

Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant Bio-Energy project – Prince George’s County

Funding of $46,959,973 – a $43,959,973 Water Quality State Revolving Loan Fund loan and a $3 million Energy-Water Infrastructure Program grant – to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission will help fund the design and construction of bio-energy facilities at the Piscataway Wastewater Treatment, which will receive biosolids from other WSSC wastewater treatment plants. The project will include a process to precondition the biosolids prior to anaerobic digestion, an anaerobic digestion facility and a facility to produce dewatered “Class A biosolids,” which can be beneficially reused as fertilizer on farms and also sold to home gardeners.

Also, a combined heat and power facility will be built to capture biogas – methane and carbon dioxide – from the digestions to be used to produce steam and electricity for the plant. The Energy Water Infrastructure Program provides funding for the planning, design and construction of projects – including combined heat and power systems – that will benefit both the environmental and economic interests of the state. Energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy and biogas can help the Chesapeake Bay by reducing nitrogen pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

 
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