Allegany College of Maryland Recognizes 103 Summer Grads PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristin Kehrwald   
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 04:05

CUMBERLAND, Md. (Sept. 4, 2018) – Allegany College of Maryland is recognizing 103 graduates at the conclusion of the recent summer 2018 session. They earned a total of 110 associate degrees and certificates.

Members of ACM’s summer 2018 class and the degree or certificate they received are listed below according to residence. Unless noted otherwise, the awards refer to degrees. The 103 graduates are:

Accident, Md. – John F. Boylan, occupational therapy assistant;

Addison, Pa. – Kira Nixon, occupational therapy assistant;

Altoona, Pa. – Thomas Junior Glenny, occupational therapy assistant;

Baltimore, Md. – Shamia Alston, applied technical studies, computer technology - cybersecurity area of concentration; Mercy Ndi Nwankama, nursing;

Barton, Md. – Stephen B. Neilson, occupational therapy assistant;

Bedford, Pa. – Kacy Marie Blevins, physical therapist assistant; Tristan Calhoun, applied technical studies; Rebecca Loviza Collins, nursing; Angela A. Edwards, general studies; Rachelle Louise Jones, practical nursing certificate; Victoria L. Reuter-Mearkle, practical nursing certificate;

Berkley Springs, W.Va. – Linda Marie Roberts, occupational therapy assistant; Michelle Alece Shaffer, occupational therapy assistant; Lori Yost, medical administrative assistant - medical coding and billing certificate;

Berlin, Pa. – Leah Rose Sprowls, occupational therapy assistant;

Bloomery, W.Va. – Brian Keith Canan, Jr., physical therapist assistant;

Boonsboro, Md. – Isaac T. Whitmore, forest technology;

Boswell, Pa. – Zackary M. Norris, culinary arts;

Bowie, Md. – Connell Charles Reese, Spanish certificate; Chibueze Carlton Ebinum, general studies;

Broad Top City, Pa. – Brent W. Kendrick, forest technology;

Chesapeake, Va. – Jamie Francheska Kuhns, nursing;

Clifton, Texas – Michele Blackshear, nursing;

Cumberland, Md. – Darek Abe, forest technology; Kirsten Faith Barnes, occupational therapy assistant; Allison Blank, practical nursing certificate; Erica Brinsfield, physical therapist assistant; Justin Blair Bussard, physical therapist assistant; Demetrius Canty, automotive technology certificate; Terri Cassidy, practical nursing certificate; Christina Collins-Smith, massage therapy certificate; Edward Laurence Crossland, applied technical studies; Amy Marie Edwards, occupational therapy assistant; Rachel Jean Flanagan, practical nursing certificate; Homer R. Hardinger, massage therapy certificate; Steven Russell Herker, psychology area of concentration; Carson Imes, business accounting area of concentration; Sydney Lanham, occupational therapy assistant; Jacqueline Lease, physical therapist assistant; Austin Kirk Lee, physical therapist assistant; Lucas McGill, applied technical studies; Michelle Merrill, occupational therapy assistant; Logan Keane Michaels, applied technical studies, general studies; Kelsey Painter, practical nursing certificate; Kayla Renee Royer, massage therapy certificate; Alexis Marti Shook, applied technical studies;  Sabryna Smith, business entrepreneurship certificate; Robrita Wilsonia Swann, dental hygiene; Heather Jean Whitacre, business supervision certificate, medical administrative assistant - medical coding and billing certificate;

Davidsville, Pa. – Tyler John Mathis, forest technology;

Elk Garden, W.Va. – Sierra Hagy, practical nursing certificate;

Everett, Pa. – Alexa Noelle Phipps, physical therapist assistant; Alydia Yothers, applied technical studies;

Fayettesville, Pa. – Bobbi Bibbs, nursing;

Flintstone, Md. – Shayla Nicole Lewis, general studies; Rachael Marie Llewellyn, general studies;

Fort Ashby, W.Va. – Carol Ann Watts, respiratory therapist;

Fort Worth, Texas – Brandi Briscoe, nursing;

Frederick, Md. – Alisa Fatmeh Bruce, occupational therapy assistant;

Frostburg, Md. – Theresa Irene Beaudry, pharmacy technician; Benjamin R. Benson, teacher education - early childhood area of concentration; Ashley Renee Garlitz, practical nursing certificate; Patrick N. Livingston, applied technical studies; Serge Owoukor, practical nursing certificate;

Hagerstown, Md. – Cinda Bonebrake; nursing;

Hopewell, Pa. – Shannon Browell, general studies;

Hyndman, Pa. – Halee Davis, phlebotomy/EKG technician; Shania Gwenette Emerick, medical laboratory technology;

James Creek, Pa. – Jacqueline N. Mock, occupational therapy assistant;

Johnstown, Pa. – Kortney Richter, nursing;

Kitzmiller, Md. – Brittany Paige Scott, practical nursing certificate;

Laurel, Md. – Kia Michelle Bizzelle, applied technical studies;

LaVale, Md. – Richard Russell Lease; applied technical studies, business accounting certificate, business management;

Little Orleans, Md. – Savanah Ann Messersmith, accounting;

Little Valley, N.Y. – Nathaniel Kase Williams, professional golf management certificate;

Mercersburg, Pa. – Ashley Cheyenne Myers, business management;

Mt. Savage, Md. – Kiya Mashell Wilhelm, culinary arts, hospitality management - hotel/restaurant area of concentration;

Mountain Lake Park, Md. – Christy D. Trembly, practical nursing certificate;

New Paris, Pa. – Matthew L. Amick, physical therapist assistant;

Newark, Del. – Melissa Bucknor, nursing;

Oldtown, Md. – Elizabeth Doffermire, general studies, teacher education - secondary area of concentration; Misty Jackson, physical therapist assistant; Lindsey Yoder, practical nursing certificate;

Philadelphia, Pa. – Jenkins Kimber, business administration;

Rawlings, Md. – Breanna Marie Kalanish, occupational therapy assistant; Joseph M. King, general studies;

Romney, W.Va. – Alexander Alger, physical therapist assistant; Craig Chaney, physical therapist assistant;

Salisbury, Pa. – Brittany L. Steinly, cybersecurity certificate;

Street, Md. – Katelyn Amber Wolf, physical therapist assistant;

Swanton, Md. – David J. Ritchie, physical therapist assistant; Jacob Taylor, physical therapist assistant;

Terra Alta, W.Va. – Lesa Dawn Nice, practical nursing certificate;

Warfordsburg, Pa. – Dillan Lashley, computer technology - cybersecurity area of concentration; Clayton Jobe Lynch, general studies; Colt Redman, physical therapist assistant;

Westernport, Md. – Chad Everett Fazenbaker, physical therapist assistant; Autumn Nicol, practical nursing certificate;

Whitney, Texas – Shannan Clarkin, nursing;

Wiley Ford, W.Va. – Alexandra Grimm, occupational therapy assistant; Jennifer Whitacre, occupational therapy assistant; and

Woodbridge, Va. – Tre' Romell Wortham, applied technical studies.

ACM graduated 18% more students than in summer 2017. The College attributes the growth to increased numbers of LPN to RN, practical nursing and massage therapy (certificate) graduates. The massage therapy certificate is a new one-year program, the LPN to RN program is an online program and the practical nursing certificate is RN pipeline program.


Ranked among the top 20 community and technical colleges in the country by the Brookings Institution, Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) offers world-class education in a caring environment that transforms lives, strengthens communities and celebrates life-long learning. Serving more than 3,000 credit and 5,870 continuing education and workforce students annually, ACM offers over 80 associate degree, certificate, and letters of recognition programs at affordable rates. To learn more, visit or call 301-784-5000. 

FSU Celebrates Region’s Unique Culture and Resilience With Appalachian Festival PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 04:02

FSU AppFest 2018 logoFrostburg State University’s much-anticipated Appalachian Festival will return for its 13th year from Thursday, Sept. 13, to Saturday, Sept. 15. The free, family-friendly event brings together artists and craftspeople to celebrate all that makes the region unique – its history, culture, music and dance, folk arts, food and more – with performances, workshops, displays, discussions and activities.

The capstone of the festival is the concert featuring Kaia Kater, with special guests Anna & Elizabeth, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre at 31 E. Main St. in Frostburg. Kater is a Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian whose old-time banjo skills, jazz-fueled voice and deft songcraft have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from Rolling StoneBBC Music and No DepressionAppalachian folk musicians Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle combine soul-stirring harmonies, storytelling and use of a traditional “crankie” – an old storytelling art form consisting of a long illustrated scroll wound onto two spools – to bring old-time music and ballads to a new generation of music lovers. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16.20 for youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

This year’s festival focuses on “Exploring Diversity in Appalachia,” featuring presentations on African-American history, music and culture; Queer Appalachia; efforts to diversify the region’s agricultural sector; health-care access and service work in and beyond the Appalachian region.

Exploration of the topic will begin Thursday with “The Brownsville Project: A Theatrical Production,” featuring Frostburg natives Clory Jackson and Caroline Hann, at 7 p.m., also at the Palace Theatre. Jackson, who has forged a career leading service support and operations teams for forward-thinking start-up companies, and Hann, the co-artistic director of the Meta Theatre Company, a social justice theatre company that believes theatre is a pathway to justice, have joined forces to present an interactive theatre experience to explore and confront the history of Brownsville, the home of Frostburg’s African-American community, and its social impact on the lives of Brownsville and Western Maryland residents.

The theme of exploring diversity continues Friday on FSU’s Upper Quad with the Appalachian Symposium, beginning at 1 p.m. with “Hidden History: A Tour of Brownsville” by author Lynn Bowman, who will walk participants through the period 1927 through the 1950s, when the state purchased property and homes in Brownsville to expand State Normal School No. 2, which is now FSU. Following her tour, at 2 p.m., author Ed Maliskas will discuss his book, “John Brown to James Brown: The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Blossomed and Boogied,” which focuses on Abolitionist John Brown, then moves to the Black Elks’ use of the property as their headquarters during the height of the civil rights movement and ends with an exploration of concerts held on the farm featuring legends of rhythm and blues. At 3 p.m., join Queer AppalachiaProject Directors Gina Mamone and Kayleigh Phillips for “Queer Appalachia’s Electric Dirt Grows Restorative Justice and Harm Reduction in Appalachia by Redefining the Region’s Media #ourmountainstoo,” as they discuss their work for Electric Dirt, which seeks to celebrate queer voices from Appalachia and the South. Later, at 4 p.m., Maggie Elehwany, vice president of Government Affairs and Policy for the National Rural Association, will speak to the state of health of Appalachia, discussing key health concerns such as the devastation of the opioid crisis, growing shortages in obstetric services and increases in health-care disparities in Appalachia. In the last presentation of the day, “‘Sustainable’ Agriculture” at 5 p.m., Corey Armstrong, Frostburg resident and program director of the Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship, will discuss efforts to diversify Appalachian farms. The symposium ends at 6 p.m. with dinner and a performance, “Revelations: A Celebration of Appalachian Resiliency,” by Michael and Carrie Kline and Sparky and Rhonda Rucker.

On Saturday, the Session/Jam Tent returns again this year. Musicians of all levels can gather on the Upper Quad throughout the day and play their instruments to the tune of Appalachian genres, including bluegrass, mountain music mix, Celtic and old-time.

Also on Saturday, two stages will host a variety of musical groups from across the region. Blue Hill Bluegrass, Highland Grass, the Brad and Ken Kolodner Quartet with Rachel Eddy and Lucas Chohany, Time Travelers, Black Diamond Bluegrass, Allegheny Drifters, the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble, Corner House with Jeff Thomas, and the Barnstormers and RockCandy Cloggers will perform on the Compton stage. On the Thomas Subaru Hyundai stage, the Fly Birds, Cory and Heather Wharton, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Hay Fever with Pete Hobbie, Davis Bradley Duo, Loretta Hummel and Paul Dix, Fritz Kessler and Jason Twigg, Valev Laube and Charlie Rauh, Jay Smar, Casselman Valley Travelers and Greg Latta will appear. In addition, the Garrett Highlands Pipes and Drums and Frostburg Arion Band will perform on the grounds.

Chapel Happenings at 11 a.m. in Cook Chapel will include Embracing Diversity and Songs for Social Justice – from slavery, to mining and labor struggle, to the civil rights movement, LGBTQ struggles and beyond. Performers will include musicians and storytellers Michael and Carrie Kline and Ray Owen. Also appearing in the chapel from 12:30 to 3: p.m. will be accomplished storytellers Katie and Otto Ross, Jo Ann Dadisman, Adam Booth, Rich Knoblich and Mikalena Zuckett, who will enchant the audience with stories and lore inspired by their Appalachianupbringings.

Throughout the day, attendees can visit the Explorations Tent. Featured are a presentation about Cresap’s Rifles: The Untold Story of the Riflemen Who Helped Save George Washington’s Army by Champ Zumbrun; Scales to Tales, an educational program using non-releasable birds of prey and reptiles; a presentation featuring some of the more than one hundred interviews for John Brown to James Brown: The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Blossomed and Boogied by Ed Maliskas; the American Chestnut Foundation, which aims to restore the American chestnut tree to the eastern woodlands; Choose Civility: Allegany County, a grassroots initiative to improve and enrich Allegany County by promoting civil conversations and kindness; and Appalachia Beyond the Borders, where area residents will discuss their work in multicultural national and international communities.

In the Folkways Tent, festivalgoers can learn how to play the dulcimer, join several dance workshops or a hambone and body percussion workshop, as well as learn about the African-American ballad tradition or traditional medicinal plants of Appalachia.

In addition to plenty of food and entertainment for all ages, the festival will provide activities and programming specifically for children, who can join in singalongs with multi-instrumentalist Ray Owen; join the Sunnyland Band and play along on spoons, jugs, washboards and all kinds of instruments from other countries; paint goat-shaped silhouettes at the Capering Kids 4-H Goat Club display; and make traditional Appalachian toys at Hands-on Arts.

A variety of artisans are also featured throughout the festival, offering tatting, pottery, ceramic wares, industrial-style sculptural pieces and accessories, quilting, watercolors, jewelry, knitting, basket making, decorative gourds, fiber arts, African masks, woodworking, cigar box banjos, weaving and mountain dulcimers. Also on the grounds are the Heishman HoneyB Hut and Garden City Bees (honey and beeswax products), the Nettle Patch (organic products), Allegany Allied Arts, the Western Maryland Chapter of the Archeological Society, Engage Mountain Maryland, Appalachian Mountain Books, Wynter’s Haven (natural personal and home care products), the Frostburg Museum Association, Yellow K Records, Allegany County Women’s Action Coalition, Allegany and Garrett County Bird Club, American Chestnut Foundation, NAACP – Allegany Chapter, Connector Entity Program of AHEC West (qualified health plans), Frostburg First, Wholesome Harvest Co-op, Nemacolin Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Sierra Club – Western Maryland Group and Appalachian Laboratory.

To learn more about the FSU Appalachian Festival, visit or email Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

Music at Penn Alps Presents Young Artists PDF Print E-mail
Written by Penn Alps   
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 06:24

Music at Penn Alps is pleased to present pianists Susan Zoller and Michael Lundien as our Young Artists selection of 2018. Our founder, Alta Schrock, asked that we honor a worthy young artist each year -- this year, there are two. Susan also plays flute. They are featured July 14 in the Great Hall at Spruce Forest in Grantsville, MD, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 (19 and under are free) and may be purchased at, at the door, or at the gift shop. 

Michael Lundien and Susan Zoller

Susan Zoller is a musician from Western Maryland who is active in the musical community. Zoller volunteers in community groups such as the Arion Band of Frostburg, the newly founded Queen City Flute Choir, and often page-turns for Music at Penn Alps. Zoller also participates in the Baroque Camp hosted by Mountainside Baroque. With a Bachelor’s in Music Performance on piano and many years of experience on the flute, Zoller enjoys playing in groups, chamber ensembles, and solo performances. Her performances on the Alto Flute will offer many an opportunity to experience an instrument not often heard even in orchestral settings. Zoller has studied under Jeannie Wood-Kobert, Betty Hadidian, and James DeWire on piano, and Sarah Jackson, James Roderick, and Keith Hanlon on flute.

Michael Lundien is a recent graduate of Frostburg State University in piano performance and will be attending the Masters in Piano program at University of Maryland, College Park in Fall 2018. Afterwards, he plans on pursuing a doctorate at the University of Maryland. Lundien enjoys composing for solo piano and hopes to publish a set of compositions while attending the University of Maryland. He has studied classical piano under James DeWire and jazz piano under Than Vo and Stephan Scaggari.

Sonata for Piano 4 Hands by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Fantasia No. 6 in D minor by George Philip Telemann (1681-1767)
Susan Zoller, alto flute

Tango Etude No. 3, Molto marcato e energico by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Susan Zoller, alto flute

Sonatina for Alto Flute and Piano by Alexandra Harwood (b. 1966)
Mokusou no Uta
Susan Zoller, alto flute; Michael Lundien, piano

Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D-Flat Major, Vivace by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Susan Zoller, Michael Lundien, piano

Nocturne Op. 32, no. 2 in A-flat Major by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Susan Zoller, piano

Variations in C minor, WoO. 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Michael Lundien, Piano

Game of Tones by Michael Lundien (b. 1990)

Overture in F Major, Op. 34 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Susan Zoller, Michael Lundien, piano

For additional information, please refer to or contact Joe McDaniel, President of Music at Penn Alps, at 443-414-3955. 

India Court Declares Legal Rights of “Entire Animal Kingdom” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mari Margil   
Monday, 09 July 2018 11:54

“Animals cannot be treated merely as Property”


On July 4, the High Court of Uttarakhand at Naintal in northern India issued a ruling in a case brought to end cruelty of horses used in transport. The court declared that:


Every species has an inherent right to live and are required to be protected by law.”


The decision is part of unprecedented advancement in the growing Rights of Nature movement that includes the work of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). Beginning in 2006, CELDF assisted the first communities in the United States – the very first places in the world – to advance the rights of nature into law.  CELDF has now assisted more than three dozen communities across the U.S., as well as the first country in the world – Ecuador – to secure the rights of nature to exist and flourish.  


In this week’s India case, Narayan Dutt Bhatt v. Union of India & others, the High Court explained that declaring the animal kingdom as possessing rights is necessary “in order to protect and promote greater welfare of animals including avian and aquatic.”


Citing the growing extinction rates of animals – which today exceeds 1,000 times natural background rates – the Court explained, “The loss of one species causes immense damage to the entire ecosystem.”


Further, the Court explained that the growing environmental crises across the globe – including climate change – reveals “there are gaps in laws” that need to be addressed to protect the environment.  


Such laws treat nature, including animals, as property without legal rights.  The Court asserted that this needs to change. “Animals cannot be treated merely as property” existing for human use.  Rather, the Court wrote that to address this deficiency in the law related to the environment, “New inventions are required to be made in law to protect the environment and ecology,” including the recognition of legal rights of nature.


The ruling by the High Court follows two rulings it issued in 2017. The Court declared legal rights of certain ecosystems, including the Ganges River. Similarly in Colombia, the Courts issued two rulings in which the Atrato River and the Colombian Amazon region now possess legal rights. 


Courts are reaching these decisions as they witness the severe decline of the environment, despite numerous environmental laws.  As Colombia’s Constitutional Court explained in its 2016 decision recognizing rights of the Atrato River, in which it described the many ways in which human activity was jeopardizing the environment, “(J)ustice with nature must be applied beyond the human scenario and must allow nature to be a subject of rights. Under this understanding, the Court considers it necessary to take a step forward in jurisprudence….”


In its ruling this week, the High Court describes the growing movement to recognize rights of nature


Mari Margil, CELDF’s Associate Director who leads the organization’s International Center for the Rights of Nature explained, “In declaring that the animal kingdom has legal rights, the High Court is taking a significant step forward in changing how humankind governs itself toward nature.  As species extinction rates accelerate, jeopardizing both human and non-human life, it is critical to establish the highest legal protection for nature, including animals, through the recognition of legal rights.” 


“This is a significant step forward to transforming nature from being considered property under the law, to being recognized as possessing inherent rights to life and well-being,” Margil added.


As efforts to advance legal rights of nature continue, CELDF has been partnering with India-based NGOs to recognize fundamental rights of the Ganga River and the entire river basin.  With the Global WASH Alliance-India and Ganga Action Parivar, CELDF drafted the proposed National Ganga River Rights Act.  The Act would recognize fundamental rights of the Ganga to exist, flourish, evolve, and be restored, and the people of India to a healthy, thriving river ecosystem.  The legislation was presented to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which established a committee within the administration to review the Act. 


In local laws in the U.S., as well as in the Ecuador Constitution, rights of nature laws secure rights that are necessary to the ability of ecosystems to be healthy and thrive.  These laws transform ecosystems from being considered resources available for human use, to living entities with inherent rights. 


Communities have adopted these laws with the growing recognition around the world that environmental laws premised on regulating the use of nature, are unable to protect nature.  Margil stated, “The collapse of ecosystems and species, as well as the acceleration of climate change, are clear indications that a fundamental change in the relationship between humankind and the natural world is necessary.”

Palace Theatre to Screen "High Society" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara RogersThomas   
Monday, 09 July 2018 11:47

A spoiled heiress must choose between three suitors in High Society, the second movie in The Palace Theatre's Summer Musical Series.  Starring Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, this 1956 musical comedy will screen on Monday, July 16 at 7:30 pm.  Directed by Charles Walters, the film swings with jazz from Louis Armstrong and songs by Cole Porter.  With a running time of 111 minutes, High Society is inspired by the the film and Broadway play The Philadelphia Story.


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

Downtown Cumberland Happenings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 13:00

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Cumberland Pride – July 15

Free Parking – Saturdays, Sundays and After 5


The monthly Discover Downtown Cumberland 2nd Saturdays celebration features a variety of musical acts and a featured band on The McCoury Family Stage (1 N. Liberty Street) from 6-9 PM.

2nd Saturday Headliner Schedule

·      July 14 – Wicked Jezabel

·      August 11 – Queen City Funk & Soul (Weinerfest)

·      September 3 – Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes (Bluesfest)

·      October 13 – Grand Ole’ Ditch (Fall Festival)


First Time Homebuyer Education Free Workshop – Wednesday, July 11, 125 Virginia Ave, 4-8 pm, co-sponsored by Allegany Law Foundation and Allegany County HRDC. Workshop topics include overview of homeownership, money management, mortgage products, qualifying for financing, maintaining your home, special programs. Registration is required. Contact Jennie Canan at 301-783-1794 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or Allegany Law at 301-722-3390 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . RSVP by Monday, July 9.


Register for the Rehab 1st Warrior’s on the Green Golf Tournament - Saturday, July 14 Fore Sisters Golf Course 9:00am Shot Gun Start. Proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project! Contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to register.


Cumberland Pride will be back in 2018! The festival will take place on July 15, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in downtown Cumberland on the mall. Performances are on the Liberty Street Stage at the intersection of Liberty and Baltimore Streets. Local businesses, performers, and organizations are coming together to celebrate the LGBTQ community in and near the Cumberland area. Members of the LGBTQ community as well as their families and allies are invited to come out and enjoy an afternoon of togetherness. There will be organized youth activities, live music, and performances. Cumberland Pride is dedicated to promoting diversity and creating a more visible and united LGBTQ community.


National Night Out – The city of Cumberland’s 4th Annual National Night Out, Tuesday, August 7, 5-8 pm, 701 E. First Street. Promotes police-community partnerships; crime, drug and violence prevention; safety and neighborhood unity. Exhibits – Demonstrations – Activities – Games – Bounce House – Donut Contests – Food & Beverages – Giveaways – Emergency Vehicles – Law Enforcement Personnel - & More! Kick-off event – free swim & movie, Monday, August 6 at Constitution Park, 6-8 pm swim, 8:30 pm movie, bring a blanket or lawn chair. For more information, call 301-l759-6517.


WeinerFest – Saturday, August 11


Cumberland Arms will be having an open house with light refreshments and tours of the building on August 11th in conjunction with Weinerfest! Fort Cumberland Hotel, now Cumberland Arms was built in 1918 and is celebrating its 100th Anniversary.


City Reach Back 2 School Bash – Saturday, August 11, 1-4 pm, Canal Place. School supplies giveaway – kids must be present. Book bags, pencils, paper, etc. (while supplies last). Food, games, bouncy houses, zoo, pony rides, face painting, free hair cuts for kids. For more info call David Smith at 240-920-2403.


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.




Lew Lew Belle Boutique is open TuesdaySaturday 11-7pm. With new summer apparel and jewelry coming in weekly you’ll always be on top of you fashion game!


PharmaCare – If you spend time outdoors this summer, chances are you will come into contact with poison ivy, oak, or sumac. To help ease the itching, burning, and swelling these plants can cause, stop by our PharmaCare West location to get your LEADER® brand caldyphen lotion and hydrocortisone cream. Remember all over-the-counter LEADER® brand products are backed with a 100% money back guarantee. Our store and drive-thru at 64 Greene Street are open Monday-Friday 9am to 6pm & Saturday 9am to 1pm. Phone 301.724.1183 and connect with us on Facebook at


Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop  - BB is having a Christmas in July sale all month long! All Christmas items are half price throughout the month of July. And this week, all items that are pink or yellow are also half price. We're open Thursday-Sunday and located in the heart of Downtown Cumberland - 45 Baltimore


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 Fort Cumberland 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




Mezzos Daily Specials

  • WednesdayBacon Chicken Wrap w/ Fries $6.50
  1. Women’s Wednesday-Maurice's Fashion Show

Nancy Malcom Happy Hour

  • Thursday – Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Broccoli $6.50

Trivia Night 7:30p

  • Friday – Cream of Shrimp & Crab Soup w/ Side Salad or Grilled Cheese $6.50
  • Saturday – Half off Pizzas - 11am to 5pm  (
  • Sunday – All you can eat Sliders, Fries, Boneless Wings, Bone-in Wings and Nachos


Come to Queen City Creamery, downtown Cumberland on Wednesday, July 11th from 5 to 8 pm - when a percentage of all sales will be donated to Whiskers Cat Rescue. It's a beautiful summer week, and what is better than some delicious offerings at Queen City Creamery! Guapo Tacos (make sure to ask about those!), a flight of five samples of ice cream flavors, scrumptious deli sandwiches, ice-cold milkshakes, frozen ice cream doughnuts, and all kinds of other specialty items. What is Whiskers? Whiskers is an organization located in Westernport, MD, headed up by Missy Smith. The purpose of the organization is to save lost, forgotten, neglected, unloved and abused kittens and cats - to have them fully updated with veterinary care - and then to adopt them out to loving families.


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

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.


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 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.


Ristorante Ottaviani - Summer is upon us so were booking some wonderful local talent. We will be offering live music out on the patio Wednesday nights starting at6pm and Friday nights starting at 6:30. As always we will be offering half price bottles of wine Friday nights after 8pm. Check out our line up and make your reservations today.

  • Wednesday, July 11th Gibb Cochrum
  • Friday, July 13th Shelby Herbert
  • Sunday, July 15th a casual wine and beer tasting with Dan Stevens music starts at 5pm.


1812 Brewery –Voted Best Brewery by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine readers. Great Friends. Great Beer. Great Food. Great Music. 1812 Brewery, 13006 NE Mason Road. Check out our calendar of fun events -

Game Night every Thursday night. $2 off 64 oz. Growler fill; $1 off 32 oz. Growler fill.

Friday, July 7 – Now open at 4 pm. Dan Stevens (music), Good Carma Catering

Saturday, July – Food - Chef Paul

1st Sundays of the month from May – October, 10 am – 3 pm – Farmer’s/Crafts/Flea Market.




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.




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. In July, we're reading Jac Jemc's The Grip Of It, which tells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home. It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, mapping itself onto bodies and the relationships we cherish.


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!\


Washington Street Library Summer Reading Club – July 12, 5 pm. Calling all animal lovers! The Tri-State Zoo will be visiting the Washington Street Library with its collection of critters, including an alligator, a tortoise, and a ssssssssnake. Learn about each animal and even hold or pet them!All ages are welcome.




Announcing summertime open houses at the Union Grove One-Room Schoolhouse, the only restored, functioning one-room schoolhouse in Allegany County! Play outdoor schoolhouse games, practice writing with a quill pen, make a "wonder-turner", handle slates and authentic schoolbooks, and step up to the "recitation" bench. A pop-up gift shop will be available to purchase your own handheld games and quill-pen writing supplies. Enjoy a day in the country on us! Admission is free- donations welcome! Dates of the open houses are: Saturday July 14, Tuesday July 17 and Saturday August 4th, 11 am- 1 pm.  Questions? Contact the Allegany County Historical Society at 301-777-8678.

Directions to The Union Grove Schoolhouse:
Follow I-68 East and US Hwy 220 North to Smouses Mill Rd NE

Continue on Smouses Mill Rd NE
Turn Right, onto Mason Rd NE
Union Grove Campground is on the left, in about 100 feet Union Grove One-room Schoolhouse is on the right.


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.


Western Maryland Scenic Railroad –   

  • Great American Picnic – July 21, 11:30 am
  • Hands on the Throttle (Diesel)
  • Frostburg Flyer – July 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22




Kenneth Swanger Live at the McCoury Family Stage – Friday, July 13, 6-8 pm. Come hear live music from the 90s 2000s and today! Come enjoy the weather and the evening in Downtown Cumberland and enjoy free entertainment to go along with some of downtowns local restaurants and stores!


The monthly Discover Downtown Cumberland 2nd Saturdays celebration features a variety of musical acts and a featured band on The McCoury Family Stage (1 N. Liberty Street) from 6-9 PM.

2nd Saturday Headliner Schedule

·      July 14 – Wicked Jezabel

·      August 11 – Queen City Funk & Soul (Weinerfest)

·      September 3 – Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes (Bluesfest)

·      October 13 – Grand Ole’ Ditch (Fall Festival)


Canine Classic Dog Show – Friday, July 20 - 7-9 pm at The Kensington, 1 Baltimore Street. Don't miss the hottest "PAW"ty of the year! Our first Canine Classic Dog Show is coming to The Kensington on July 20th! We are currently seeking contestants for this event. For more information, please call Leona at 301-777-8800.


Upcoming Events at Mezzos/The Venue – 114 S. Centre Street

  • Wednesday, July 11th – Nancy Malcom Happy Hour; Maurice’s Fashion Show for WWW Mezzos Upstairs – 6 – 9 pm
  • Friday, July 13th - Harley Kuhn Acoustic
  • Saturday, July 14th – Pride Party upstairs at the Venue – 9 pm
  • Thursday July 19th – Physic Paint Sip ‘n Dip Paint Party – 6 – 9 pm
  • Friday, July 20th – ButterScotch Blonde Band – 9 pm
  • Saturday, July 21st – Comedy Night at the Venue- 7 pm; Hot Sauce Willie – Mezzos Downstairs 9:30pm
  • Friday, July 27th – Those 3 Guys Band 9 pm
  • Saturday, July 28th – Cramer Brothers – 9 pm


The Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street  

·      July 14 – Embassy Theatre will celebrate Pride weekend with "Be-You-Tiful" Teen Club, under age 21, 5-7 pm...and then Stephanie Micheals and the Lavender Dollies (Queens of Pride) take the stage at 9 pm. ID required, and age 18+ unless accompanied by an adult. Admission $7 for the Dollies.


Save the Date – B’er Chayim Temple Goods and Services Auction, October 6, 6 pm Viewing and social – wine, cheese, desserts. 7 pm auction. 107 W. Union Street. Cumberland.


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.




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 –

  • Mark your calendars for the Public Opening & Reception for our July Exhibition featuring the artwork of Syprian Harvey and Jennifer Lynne Ziemannin the Saville Gallery, and the work of Deana Marion in the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery. The Public Opening will take place on Saturday, July 14, from 6:00 - 8:00PM.
  • Join the Allegany Arts Council in welcoming Deana Marion to our Mountain Maryland Schwab Gallery for her show, Get Closer: Buzzing Bees & Blooms. The exhibit will be available from Saturday, July 14-Saturday, August 11. Marion takes bees to an all-new level with her high resolution images, many of which are printed on metal surfaces, capturing exquisite detail, color, and contrast. Her work has been shown at the Hahn Horticultural Garden at Virginia Tech, the Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, and Descano Gardens in Los Angeles, CA
  • First Friday Art Club - Beach Art PartyFriday, August 3, 6:00PM - 8:00PM. $5 for members; $10 for non-members. Registration is required. August's First Friday Art Club theme is Beach Art Party! Join us on August 3 for a beach-themed printmaking activity with Alec Edwards. The cost to participate is $5 per family for members and $10 per family for non-members. For more information, please call Samantha Kennedy at (301) 777-2787.
  • Friday Stitchers at the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery




The leaves are green, flowers are in full bloom, and the mountains of Allegany County will soon be bustling with outdoor adventure and the sights and sounds of summertime fun. Be sure to enter your favorite snapshots from events and adventures in Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland's Mountain Maryland Photo Contest, accepting photos in four categories: Arts and Entertainment, History and Heritage, Active Outdoor Recreation, and Nature and Scenic Landscapes. Your photos could earn you prizes totaling $1,700 between the four categories. For more details and contest rules, visit For questions regarding the Mountain Maryland Photo Contest, please contact Allegany County's Office of Tourism at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Contest closes October 31, 2018.


The volunteer committee of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is looking for some extra hands to help with a few tasks for this year’s event. Whether you have 2 hours or 10 hours to give us this year, we would be grateful to hear from you. The event will be held Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at Canal Place. This is a great event that celebrates breast cancer survivors, honors those loved ones we have lost, and brings everyone together as we fight breast cancer. Whether you have been to a Strides walk or not, if you know someone who has had breast cancer or not, but you would like to contribute to a great event by lending a hand please give us a call. Contact Jennifer Hare, volunteer committee member, at 301.697.7618 or Shari True, ACS Community Development Senior Manager, at 703.507.3878 to find out how you can help make a difference!


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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Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards Winners Honored PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jay Apperson   
Monday, 09 July 2018 11:58

Members report $107.9 million in savings through environmental practices

BALTIMORE, MD (June 29, 2018) – Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles joined members of the Maryland Green Registry and One Montgomery Green yesterday evening to present the 9th Annual Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards and announce the annual membership results. Those results showed continued gains in reducing pollution, along with savings of more than $107 million through environmental practices.

The Leadership Award winners are: 

 City of Bowie

Johns Hopkins University

Pearlstone Center

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Volvo Group Trucks


Winners were chosen based on their commitment to continuous improvement and environmental results achieved over the past year. The awards were presented at the One Montgomery Green Green Gala at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. More information on each winner’s achievements are detailed on the Maryland Green Registry website.


Also announced at the event was a new form of recognition called the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Circle. This one-year designation is for former Leadership Award Winners that apply for recognition by demonstrating their continued commitment to improvement through significant new sustainable practices and results.  The inaugural members of the Leadership Circle are AstraZeneca MedImmune (Gaithersburg site), Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Hub Labels and Washington Gas.


The Maryland Green Registry was created to promote and recognize sustainable practices by organizations throughout the state. The free program offers tips and resources to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability. There are currently more than 520 member organizations.

As part of their online member profile, Maryland Green Registry members share at least one quantitative measurement. The results are collected to demonstrate that even small efforts among a group of committed organizations can lead to impressive results. The results also emphasize the importance of measurement to the successful management of environmental impacts at any type and size of organization. Registry members are currently saving more than $107 million annually through their sustainable practices. 

While they represent a variety of facility types and sizes, all of the winners have several key factors in common that contributed to their success: each organization has an organization-wide commitment to environmental performance and each sets annual environmental goals and measures its results.

 The following results were achieved on an annual basis between 2017 and 2018:  

  • 536,000 lbs of hazardous waste reduced
  • 12.0 million lbs of nonhazardous waste reduced
  • 723.9 million lbs of non-hazardous waste recycled
  • 10.4 million lbs of material composted
  • 2.8 million gallons of wastewater reduced
  • 534,000 gallons of fuel saved through both fuel efficiency and VMT
  • 9.2 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduced
  • 466.7 kWh electricity saved
  • 190.9 million gallons of water conserved
  • 2.5 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) reduced
  • $107.9 million saved 

View infographic of annual results


“The organizations we are honoring are true leaders in showing the way toward an environmentally sustainable future and a thriving economy in Maryland. The two go hand in hand – shown by the more than $107 million in annual savings for Green Registry members.”

-- Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

Allegany Arts Council’s Announces Delusional Dissonance and Get Closer July Exhibitions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bethany Doyle   
Monday, 09 July 2018 11:51

Web BannerThe Allegany Arts Council is thrilled to announce its July exhibitions, Delusional Dissonance, featuring the paintings of Jennifer Lynne Ziemann and the metalwork of Syprian Harvey, and Get Closer: Buzzing Bees & Blooms, featuring photography by Deana Marion.

An opening night reception will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 6 - 8PM in the Saville Gallery, 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland.  The reception is free and open to the public.  The exhibitions will remain on public display until Saturday, August 11

Jennifer Lynne Ziemann’s dream-inspired artwork is colorful, powerful, and filled with juxtaposed images of strength and vulnerability, perhaps even a bit of cheekiness, and full of alligators, too.  Syprian Harvey’s work is based in heavy metals and other forgotten or discarded materials that are transformed into new sculptures and large-scale art pieces.  The two artists will display their works in the Saville Gallery in an exhibition titled Delusional Dissonance.

Deana Marion’s Get Closer exhibit takes bees to an all-new level with high resolution images, many of which are printed on metal surfaces, capturing exquisite detail, color, and contrast. Marion’s work has been shown at the Hahn Horticultural Garden at Virginia Tech, the Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, and Descano Gardens in Los Angeles, CA.  Her macro photography will be displayed in the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery at the AAC.

For more information about these exhibitions, please call (301) 777-ARTS (2787) or visit

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