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Written by Richard Kerns   
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:12


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A building whose obituary was written in smoke and ash on the editorial page of the Cumberland Times-News will soon open its doors to new life as a downtown destination for all-things Frostburg State.

 The new downtown FSU bookstore

Gutted by the 2004 fire that destroyed the landmark bar Gandalf’s on its first floor, the Lyric Building was given up for dead in the days and weeks that followed. A hollow shell and fragile façade survived the flames, but when bricks began falling on the sidewalk a few days after the blaze, the Times-News editorialized of the Lyric in the past tense.


I know because I wrote the editorial, and at the time fully realized that the phrasing of ...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:53
The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol, Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Davis   
Tuesday, 23 September 2008 20:31

The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol

"Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me."




This child’s-play adage is certainly being put to the test when it comes to the barrage of criticism recently hurled at the Allegany County Commissioners.  You could hardly blame them for wanting Kevlar skin after being accused at various times of being:  "underhanded, a disgrace, dishonest, incompetent, part of a posse, a jeopardy to safety, spiteful, part of a civil conspiracy, comparable to a roach, and not qualified to be dog-catchers."  And if you think that is not quite enough opprobrium for any three people, throw in the fear expressed on the part of one of ...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 22:35
Garrett Dems Open Headquarters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Davis   
Tuesday, 23 September 2008 14:29
Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2008 12:02
Articles of Local Interest in National Publications PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Kerns   
Saturday, 20 September 2008 19:11

The October, 2008 National Geographic features an article on the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas. The article features a map of the National Trails System, including the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, a series of trails along the Potomac River basin, including the Great Allegheny Passage trail running through Allegany County and on to Pittsburgh. Although written about the Ozark Highlands Trail, a quote from the article applies equally to our corner of the Appalachians:

¬†‚ÄúThickly forested with red oak and black gum, these hillsides have witnessed much history, having been roamed by Indians, crisscrossed by Spanish and French explorers, and skirmished over by Union and Confederate armies in the Civil War.‚ÄĚ

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2008 22:14
Followers of the late Charles Fort, connoisseur of anomalies, gather in an anomalous place: Cumberla PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Duncan   
Saturday, 20 September 2008 17:40

Aug. 16 marked the second consecutive year that the International Fortean Organization, based in Baltimore, held its annual FortScape conference at the Holiday Inn in downtown Cumberland.

"It's always good to come up to the mountains and get grounded," said William Fellows, a quantum physicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. His presentation, "White Gold of the Ark," argued that the Ark of the Covenant was a high-tech communications device given to the ancient Egyptians by "the Visitors."

Fort CoverFounded in 1965 by sibling science-fiction fans Ron and Paul Willis of Alexandria, Va., INFO is dedicated to "the baffling and often hilarious universe of anomalous phenomena" in the tradition of Charles Hoy Fort (1874-1932), a journalist, iconoclast and skeptic ...

Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2008 09:13

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