Dante's: Frostburg's Best Kept Secret PDF Print E-mail
Written by Megan Lahman   
Tuesday, 09 December 2008 22:39



 Dante's located on Main Street in downtown Frostburg recently celebrated its second anniversary of being opened and this town favorite isn't leaving anytime soon.

"When opening the bar, the goal was to establish a great neighborhood place that was enticing for musicians, artists, music lovers, and, of course, beer enthusiasts. I think we've succeeded," said owner Sinead Walshe. "I was fortunate in getting the right cast of characters to make this happen."

            With paintings and photographs on the walls and its historical charm of tin ceilings, brick walls, and old hardwood floors, this television-less bar is where locals enjoy hanging out. They come here to talk about current events, to play ping-pong and pool, to shoot darts, to enjoy a beer and to hear good music.

"This place feels like home. Everyone is chilled. It's a community gathering place, but it's also a subculture bar," said Frostburg native Craig Muir, who has been a patron since Dante's started.

For Meredith Lovell, Dante's is more than just a bar; it's a place where everyone knows your name. "Dante's is Frostburg's best secret. It has the best music talent, open-mic nights, and beer. Not to mention, the art is awesome. This place is my Cheers," she said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2008 11:14
Hoping for a Bright Christmas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Megan Lahman   
Tuesday, 09 December 2008 22:36

            Despite the area's economic situation being tense, the organizers of Toys for Happiness are optimistic that they will have enough donations to give at least 2,000 local children gifts.

            "With every year, you just never know, but we do have a wonderful community here who always has come through for us even when the economy was bad," said Toys for Happiness treasurer Sharon Gero.

            Currently, Toys for Happiness are only about one-forth of the way through the holiday season and with distribution to families. Toy donations are average for the moment, but money donations are low. "But that is nothing unusual for us," said Gero.

            Every year people wait to make monetary and even toy donations after they have taken care of their own gift shopping for family and friends, she said. But that doesn't mean the economy wasn't on her mind. "I'll be honest; this year's situation is not as bad as I thought it would be, but it's still not easy."

            As a result of the economy, the organization hasn't received many donations yet and has seen a major increase in applications for aid. According to Gero, the total amount of applications received is at least 40 percent higher than last year. Also, at least 60 percent of applications received came from families who live in Cumberland.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2008 22:44
Governor approves Frostburg Arts District PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Monday, 08 December 2008 22:42

Editor's note: The following news release was issued by the governor's office:

GoveRnor O'Malley DESIGNATES Frostburg AS


Newest arts district joins 17 communities across Maryland


BALTIMORE  - Governor Martin O'Malley today announced that the City of Frostburg has been selected to join the State's vibrant Arts and Entertainment (A&E) District program. Administered by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) through the Maryland State Arts Council, the program provides local and county governments with assorted tax benefits designed to boost economic development and create a cultural district filled with artists and arts enterprises. Maryland was one of the first states to develop a statewide A&E program.

"Maryland's Arts and Entertainment districts have received national recognition for developing vibrant centers of commerce, culture and creativity," said Governor O'Malley. "With this designation, Allegany County is harnessing the synergy of two creative communities - Cumberland to the east and Frostburg to the west - and is developing a critical cultural mass that offers residents, visitors and students an outstanding place to live, work and visit."

"The designation of the City of Frostburg-Mountain City Arts & Entertainment District provides visitors and residents with an opportunity to participate and invest in the arts, while contributing to the economic vitality of the region," said Frostburg Mayor Arthur T. Bond, adding, "It offers the City an opportunity to be part of the State's marketing efforts for arts and tourism, provides new business ventures with potential property tax credits for investing in new arts-related businesses and gives tax incentives to qualified artists."

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2008 22:48
More On Population, Family Planning, and Saving the Planet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Etchison   
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 09:25



Recent commentaries in our local paper have offered different views about the use of artificial contraception, in the one instance based on a conservative theological position, while the alternative view offered a more progressive position.  If the decision to use contraception or not were purely a theological matter, had no ramifications beyond such esoteric matters as when a fetus becomes a person, or what a dead Pope believed, people could agree to disagree—though one side would probably condemn the other to hell—and life could go on.  Unfortunately, whether to use contraception or not impinges on the single greatest crisis humankind has ever faced.  The crisis is global warming and the overall destruction of our environment, the root cause of which is an exploding population.  If we do not get the world’s population under control soon, the chance of saving our world from global warming and a host of other environmental ills will be irretrievably lost.  If we do nothing, the apocalyptic vision of Mad Max may become a grim reality.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2008 08:38
WCBC Commentary: St. Michael School...A feeling of betrayal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 20:24

 "All that we asked of the Church was an effort that matched our own..."

Recorded 11-23-08



Come November it's easy to remember why Frostburg so appeals.

Lamppost flower baskets are newly planted with holiday pine, and the lamps themselves crowned with wreaths affording green and crimson halo.

And if snow's in the area, there's a good chance it's fallen on the Mountain City, adding to the wonder of the magical season dawning.

But the best part is all the people who make it happen.

Behind every bow and bough, are folks I'm humbled to call my neighbors.

They pour heart and soul into the town, water its plants, tear down its blighted buildings, keep the cigarette butts off Main Street, and rally others to the cause of any community worthy the name: To never stop making it better.

Something beautiful and old, of the living, breathing heart and soul of Frostburg, was given up this black Tuesday past. Cornerstone now memorial reads: St. Michael Parochial School 1891.

Speaking for none but myself, a sin was visited upon the St. Michael School community. A sin of omission.

As parents, we know of death; know all living things have their time, and that good things die despite heroic efforts. Yet, the cause of man remains life, his labors a shoulder to the wheel to keep the good of this world alive for those to come.

Not only our humanity, but our nationality calls us to fight for that which we hold dear.

From Bunker Hill to Grant Park, Americans have risen righteously in defense of the Republic, as when the electorate this month rendered precious gift unto the generations, sorely owed for all the crap we the people also bequeathed.

Thus were Catholic Americans of St. Michael compelled to respond as they did when given notice last year this time, that the school had one year to turn its fortunes around. And, oh yea, the parish priest eliminated the school's annual $40,000 subsidy.

Never mind that the death sentence implied in the 12-month reprieve scared existing and prospective families away. The parents of St. Michael School organized a promotional campaign unprecedented in energy, passion, commitment, and expertise, developing a marketing and fund-raising plan geared toward long-term viability.

In throwing themselves behind such a daunting task, parents proceeded from the assumption that Archdiocese and parish priest shared with us a fundamental belief in the inherent, life-enriching, faith-building value of Catholic education, and that all parties would do everything possible to preserve its 117-year presence in Frostburg.

All that we asked of the Church was an effort that matched our own.

In this, our priest and Archdiocese utterly failed. If I were to sum up the mood of this faith community in one word, it would be betrayal.

"Not like this, not like this," Switch says to Neo, as the treacherous Cypher pulls the plug that keeps her alive.

She was prepared to die, but with her last words, protested death without a fight.

Thus it is with the parents of Saint Michael. We knew the school could die, but not like this...



Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2008 01:02
If I Had a (Jack) Hammer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Tuesday, 09 December 2008 09:55


Downtown Frostburg echoed the blasts of jackhammer demolition Tuesday morning, as a city crew worked to repair a water leak in the old alley between the Palace Theatre and CME Engineering.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2008 10:19
Frostburg's Storybook Holiday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Saturday, 06 December 2008 18:20

Hundreds gathered in front of the Gunter Hotel for performances by the Frostburg Dance Academy.


The thermometer on the old Frostburg National Bank showed 23, but as the patrons of the American Legion can tell you, it reads a few degrees warm.

Even the cold couldn't chill the good times at Saturday's Storybook Holiday, however, as hundreds of people turned out for the parade, story time and numerous other activities in downtown Frostburg.

The day ended with Santa's arrival at City Place following the tree-lighting ceremony, and Ralphie pining for his Red Ryder BB gun in a special showing of A Christmas Story at the Palace Theatre.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to pull it off. A good, cold time was had by all!

To see more photos, click Read More just below.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 December 2008 19:17
Storybook Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Friday, 05 December 2008 07:52


The window of Frostburg City Hall is decorated for Saturday's Storybook Holiday celebration of reading, which will feature activities throughout the day in various locations in town, including the annual Jingle Run, free carriage rides, Elf Olympicsand storybook readings at Main Street Books, the Gunter Hotel and the Frostburg Community Llibrary. The event culminates with a 6:30 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony at City Place, and an 8 p.m. screenng  of A Christmas Story at the Palace Theatre.


Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2008 08:17
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