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Frostburg State University Planetarium Hosts Star Party at Frostburg Grows PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Friday, 31 July 2015 07:32

Atop the mountainside at Frostburg Grows, stargazers will be blanketed by the night sky and meteor showers during a special Star Party on Wednesday, Aug. 12, co-hosted by the Frostburg State University Planetarium and Multimedia Learning Center and the Cumberland Astronomy Club.

The free Star Party will start at 9 p.m., when FSU faculty, students and astronomy club members will be on hand helping amateur stargazers explore the friendly skies.

“Most people at the Star Party will see things they’ve never seen before with the unaided eye,” said Dr. Jason Speights, associate director of the FSU Planetarium and MLC. “It opens up the universe for them seeing things that are out there and drives home that the universe is a big place.”

The secluded site is perfect ...

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A Historic Unplugging Event in Frostburg PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Stahlman   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 10:34

Unplugging1A balance of preserving the past and considering current economic opportunities

The Durst Funeral Home was established at its current site in the Historic District on Frost Avenue in 1952.  Until recently the owners, John and Sandy Durst, could not have imagined its most recent update - 54 solar panels on the roof! But, after attending SOLAR Saturday in Frostburg at City Place in October 2014, they decided to take the plunge and make the effort to get approval for this investment.

          Installed in less than four days in May, the panels are expected to provide up to ninety percent of the electricity needed for the funeral home and on-site residence.  A remarkable percentage considering as many as 100 lights might ...
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New Green Business Launched in Cumberland PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Desiree Bullard   
Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:12
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FSU to Offer Free Planetarium Show, “Oasis in Space,” on June 27 as Part of Summer Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:10

As part of its summer planetarium program, Frostburg State University will offer a show titled “Oasis in Space” on Saturday, June 27, at 8 p.m. in the Multimedia Learning Center, room 186 of the Catherine R. Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology. The show is free and open to the public.

“Oasis in Space” transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through the universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water – a key ingredient for life on Earth. The film begins by exploring Earth, with its vast oceans that make life possible. Then, one by one, the audience will fly by the other planets and moons and learn about their characteristics, such as atmosphere, temperature and composition. Spectacular pictures invite students to ...

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Shaffer Named MDE Communications Director PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jay Apperson   
Friday, 29 May 2015 07:22

BALTIMORE, MD (May 28, 2015) – Veteran journalist and environmental communicator Mark Shaffer has been selected communications director for the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Shaffer was communications and media relations director for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) in Phoenix for the past eight years, where he served under MDE Secretary Ben Grumbles, the former director of ADEQ.

In addition to his communications role, Shaffer specialized in forming public-private partnerships that resulted in environmental good, most notably staging free electronic waste recycling events throughout the state that collected more than 2.5 million pounds of discarded electronics. Shaffer also served as a facilitator for ADEQ in instituting the ...

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