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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 ...
New Green Business Launched in Cumberland PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Desiree Bullard   
Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:12
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 ...

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 ...

FSU Wildlife Society Students Place Third in Southeastern Wildlife Conclave PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:43

WildlifeSocietyConclaveA team representing the Frostburg State University Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society placed third in the Southeastern Wildlife Conclave this spring at Virginia Tech University.

FSU placed third among 20 regional colleges and universities and 400 students who competed. The Southeastern Wildlife Conclave is an intense competition of mental and physical feats showing mastery and knowledge of wildlife skills. University of Tennessee Knoxville placed first and University of Georgia placed second.

In addition to receiving a plaque to commemorate Frostburg’s accomplishment, it is customary at the event for the top three winning teams to receive framed wildlife paintings. Frostburg received a painting featuring a deer passing through autumn foliage lining a gravel road leading ...


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