A Clarion Call To All Writers And Photographers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Monday, 26 January 2009 19:37

A Clarion Call To All Writers And Photographers

 

Dear Readers:  You are cordially invited to become Writers and send submissions of your work to be included in the Appalachian Independent.

We are looking for stories, poems, odes, laments, yarns, cliff-hangers, even serial novels, however you are so inclined.  Whatever floats your boat.  Take this opportunity to express yourself and share your craft with the community.  If you aren't the writing type, but know someone who is, please pass on this offer to have his, or her, work published.

This proposition is likewise open to anyone out there who takes digital pictures and would have the urge to share them.  Please send your favorites in jpeg format and no larger than 4x6 inches.

We would love to have you be a part of our endeavor to make the newspaper a success.  Spread the word:  calling all writers and photographers.

 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 06 December 2009 17:20
 
Entropy Takes a Break at Dante's PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Sullivan   
Sunday, 25 January 2009 11:46

On Wednesday, January 21, the Second Law of Thermodynamics was put on the back burner at a small bar in Frostburg, MD.  From a disorderd tote of spilled paints, rusted palette knives and well worn brushes, scattered paper towels and misappropriated business cards and promotional slicks emerged colorful, complex textures, well balanced compositions and tightly rendered subjects that split

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 December 2009 17:21
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Sustainable Evening at New Germany PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Martin, Regional Watershed Coordinator   
Saturday, 24 January 2009 21:09

On January 17, the youth of Boy Scout Venturing Crew 202 from Westminster, Maryland hosted a sustainability evening at New Germany State Park for the people of western Maryland.  The event was attended by over 50 western Maryland residents, and attendees were treated with donations of reusable bags from Allegheny Power and a drawing for energy efficiency kits donated by the Maryland Energy Administration and Allegheny Power.  The purpose of the evening was threefold.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 January 2009 13:58
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AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL: DOABLE WITH HR 676 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Etchison   
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 09:56

 

Below is a letter regarding universal health care that I sent to my congressman, Allan Mollohan.  I had written him earlier about supporting HR 676, a single-payer system that would fix our broken health system.  In his reply, Congressman Mollohan waxed eloquent in broad generalizations - something politicians are good at - about his concern for health care, but he failed to say whether he supported HR 676.  In this letter I have given highly specific reasons HR 676 should be supported and asked him to answer my question of whether he supports this bill, and if not, specific reasons why not.  At the very least, we need to get a dialogue going.

 

If you are concerned about the state of health care in this country, which, according to many knowledgeable sources, is in cardiac arrest, please consider writing your congressperson asking for support of HR 676.  You might also forward your letter to your senators as I have done.  The time has come to move our health care system into the modern world, something the rest of the industrialized world did long ago.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 23:58
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Reading Program Now Accepting Applications PDF Print E-mail
Written by Curtis Tompkins   
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 14:50

Frostburg State University is accepting applications for the Read to Succeed! program, which begins February 2, 2009.  Read to Succeed is for students in grades K through 8 in Allegany, Mineral, and Garrett public schools.  All students are welcome to attend!  The program aims to raise students' academic achievement levels by 15%, instill a love of learning, and enhance a child's self-esteem.  Read to Succeed College Advantage promotes positive learning skills while targeting individual needs of children.  All students are welcome to attend the program, and parents are welcome to observe mentoring sessions.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2009 08:31
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MLK Jr. Day Events 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Devine, Watershed Coordinator   
Sunday, 25 January 2009 01:40

On January 19th the Savage River Watershed Association (SRWA), Georges Creek Watershed Association (GCWA), the City of Cumberland, Venturing Crew 202, and Americorps members from Frostburg State University (FSU) collaborated to host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at the 2nd Baptist Church in Cumberland.  An official holiday since 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors and celebrates the life of MLK Jr. and encourages people to provide a day of service to their communities.  Volunteers of this event continued in his actions of service by educating youth about environmental issues and providing examples of how youth can become more environmentally conscious.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2009 11:29
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Carpenter In The Forehead/ Presidential Inaugural Festivities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Thursday, 22 January 2009 23:37

A Journey with Photos

Dateline:  Washington, D.C.   The Nation's Capitol.   District of Columbia.  Seat of our Government.

 

For those of you old enough to recall the Allman Brothers Band, I put myself in the mode of the Ramblin' Man and started out a few evenings ago on a journey to the neighborhoods of my youth, where every four years in the foot-stompin' cold of a January morn, a country called The United States of America witnesses the swearing-in of a new President.  Come join me in crossing the Potomac River for the dawning of a new day.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2009 20:10
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Carpenters In The Forehead/ Bashing Brains PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Sunday, 18 January 2009 12:29

Dateline:  Rome.

Home of the Arena.

The Spanish word for sand, arenas had a thick layer of the absorbant grains to soak up blood spilled by the Gladiators.  Cheered on by the multitudes that came to watch the spectacle unfold, there was much enjoyment to be had as the combatants relentlessly battered each other, sometimes to the point of death. 

 

Call me a fuddy-dud, a scrooge, or even a wimp, but I have a very hard time accepting the concept of allowing people to publicly fist-fight with the intent of bashing the brains of your opponent.  And yet the Board of Education in Mineral County sees fit to allow such a display of violence to take place, justified by blood-money used to purchase sports uniforms.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2009 23:15
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