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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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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Part 6: The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Tuesday, 13 January 2009 13:52
The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol

Part 6:  The Lindsey Report, Wherein We Pore Over and Plod Through Their Engagement with the Sheriff's Department.

 

The Tug of War and Words Continues

Background: In June of 2005, the Allegany County Commissioners hired a CPA group from Annapolis to do an audit of the Sheriff's Department to "review the overtime and off-duty policies, procedures and internal controls pertaining to the Allegany County Sheriff's Office."

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2009 09:22
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Dante's to Feature "The Bridge" and VORCAN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Susan Davis   
Sunday, 11 January 2009 07:48

 

Music sets you free. To paint, that is, if you are VORCAN and the music is "The Bridge."   Experience this unique joint arts event and back to school bash at 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at Dante's, 16 West Main Street, Frostburg.  The cost is $10 per person.flying_high.jpg

This venue will be the two groups' second as they embark on a twenty-two show cross-country "arts meets adventure through music" tour.

"The Bridge," with their new CD "Blind Man's Hill," describes themselves as a "quintet that fuses blue grass, funk, jazz, rock and electronica over a solid foundation of folk and blues."   For more information on this exciting group, visit their website, www.thebridgemusic.com.

VORCAN is the collaboration of two artists, Vort and Cank who create fine art using music and the environment as inspiration.  Their "Painting Live Music" performance will accompany the music of "The Bridge" during Dante's evening of entertainment.

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 December 2009 17:23
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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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Articles of Regional Interest: Smithsonian Magazine -- Mountaintop Mining PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Tuesday, 13 January 2009 00:38

Mountaintop Mining is explored in an article in the January 2009 issue of Smithsonian Magazine.  Check it out at smithsonianmag.com.

 

As introduced in the magazine:

Mining the Mountains

Explosives and giant machines are destroying Appalachian peaks to obtain coal.  In a tiny West Virginia town, residents and industry fight over a mountain's fate.

By John McQuaid

Excerpts:

"I've reported on devastation around the world -- from natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, to wars in Central America and the Middle East, to coastlines in Asia degraded by fish farming. But in the sheer audacity of its destruction, mountaintop coal removal is the most shocking thing I've ever seen."

 "We are sitting in the most productive and diverse temperate hardwood forest on the planet. There are more kinds of organisms living in the southern Appalachians than in any other forest ecosystem in the world."

"Follow one of the old mining roads toward the top of Ansted's 2,500-foot ridge and the picturesque view changes startlingly. Once the road passes the crest, the mountain becomes an industrial zone."

 

To read the article, visit www.smithsonianmag.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2009 12:46
 
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