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Frostburg Hosts Solar Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by City of Frostburg   
Friday, 10 October 2014 08:50

The City of Frostburg is hosting Solar Saturday in Frostburg on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at City Place, 14 S. Water Street.  The event is designed to promote the growing use of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels in the Frostburg area with a primary focus on residential use and additional perspectives from commercial and other users.

 The event will include information from:

Ø Frostburg residents who have used solar PV panels for varying lengths of time – since 2006, over a year and as little as just one month;

Ø Local vendors and contractors involved in the industry sharing information about their products and services; and

Ø City Hall staff outlining the permit and inspection processes.

 Ample time will be provided ...

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Law Banning Invasive Ornamentals Topic at Next Native Plant Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz McDowell   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 09:33

PlantsThe Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg on Tuesday October 21st at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker is Kerrie Kyde of the Maryland Natural Heritage Program. Her presentation is titled “Maryland's Invasive Ornamental Plant Ban Law: History and Implementation”. The Maryland Legislature established the state Invasive Plant Advisory Committee in 2011, to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on invasive plants whose production and sale should be limited within the state. Ms. Kyde will discuss the establishment of the IPAC, the system it is using to assess plant species risk, and the status of the Tier 1/Tier 2 plant list in Maryland. The program will begin immediately following a brief ...

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Local connections take part in NYC Climate March PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Snyder   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:27
Climate MarchMy wife, Helena, and I were 2 of nearly 400,000 people marching for action on climate change in New York City this past weekend: the largest such rally in history.
After years of study into this issue, I have come to the following conclusions:
1. Despite on-going and healthy debate on the details, the core science of this issue is resolved: the planet is heating largely due to rising green house gases and the primary source of those gases is from human activity (in particular the burning of fossil fuels). This heating is giving rise to a rapidly changing climate, far outside of our planet's 'normal range'.
2. Despite any 'unknowns', there is a clear call to action.  We have to move beyond our unsustainable addiction to fossil fuels.  In my estimation, this is ...
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Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Will Meet to Discuss Health Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Committee   
Monday, 08 September 2014 08:58

The Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission will hold its next meeting on Monday, September 15, at the Lyric Theater in Frostburg, from 10 am to 4 pm. The meeting will focus on the health report and the State’s risk assessment. Results of the Maryland risk assessment will be presented and there will be an opportunity for questions. Drafts of the risk assessment will be made available to the public as soon as possible following the meeting.

 
Local Wildflowers Topic at Next Native Plant Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz McDowell   
Monday, 11 August 2014 13:55

mountain laurel DSCN2593The Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg on Tuesday August 19 at 7:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Liz McDowell, local native plant enthusiast. Her program “Wildflowers of Mountain Maryland” will provide a closer look at many of the native plant species found in Allegany and Garrett Counties. Native flowering herbs, shrubs and vines that provide value for wildlife and people will be covered. The program will begin immediately following a brief MNPS chapter business meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

Liz McDowell has over 30 years of experience in education and the environment. She earned her MS in Wildlife Management at the Appalachian Laboratory at Frostburg ...

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