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


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


"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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2009 12:46
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,

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
Icy weather wacks the "Burg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Friday, 09 January 2009 01:18


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 This shot, from the deck of the Good Ship Dick looking west to a fog-enshrouded Big Savage Mountain, goes with Kurt's story, a couple clicks below. I couldn't resist...

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2009 01:34
Carpenters In The Forehead/ What Hath We Wrought? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 20:41

Carpenters In The Forehead/ "What Hath We Wrought?  The Abject Hypocritical Failure of the War on Drugs"


"We have met the enemy and he is us."

Quote by Pogo, from the comic strip of the same name.


Come join me, Dear Readers, and let us in unison bang our heads against the wall, in yet another ineffective attempt to change the mentality of our nation that stubbornly clings to myths and illogical conclusions, all the while being a direct cause of human carnage that is taking place just south of our border.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2009 14:08
Cooke Foundation Accepting Applications for Graduate Study PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frostburg State University   
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 09:57

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program, which is one of the country's most competitive private scholarship programs, has opened its applications to include graduating seniors and recent alumni from any of the 2,000 accredited colleges or universities in the United States.  The scholarship is open to current Frostburg State University seniors as well as alumni who have graduated since spring 2004.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2009 15:10
Public Invited to Comment on Commercial Wind Production PDF Print E-mail
Written by Public Notice   
Friday, 09 January 2009 12:33

somerset_pennsylvania_wind_turbines_051207.jpgThe controversy over commercial wind production in the Appalachian region has come to Allegany County.  A public comment session over a proposed 29 commercial wind turbines in western Allegany County, will be held Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm at Frostburg State University 218 Dunkle Hall.  An application by Dans Mountain Wind Force is currently on file and available for review at the Frostburg Public Library.

The official notice is provided below.

On November 5, 2008, Dans Mountain Wind Force, LLC ("Applicant") filed with the Commission an application for an exemption from the requirement to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity ("CPCN") and for approval of construction of a proposed 69.6 megawatt ("MW") wind generation facility in western Allegany County, Maryland.  The project will consist of up to 29 commercial wind turbine generators, with the application filed pursuant to the provisions of Section 7-207.1 of the Public Utility Companies Article, Md. Ann. Code, which allows exemption from the CPCN requirement for wind projects not exceeding 70 MW capacity.

Hearing for the purpose of receiving public comment in this matter is hereby scheduled for Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 4:00 p.m., at Dunkle Hall 218, Frostburg State University, 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, Maryland 21532.  Should the University close due to inclement weather that afternoon or evening, the alternative hearing date will be Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at the same time and location.

Written comments may also be submitted by January 22, 2009, to the Commission at: Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (Reference: Case No. 9164).  Copies of the application may be viewed on the Commission's website ( using case search "9164"), and are also available for public inspection at the Frostburg Public Library 65 East Main Street, Frostburg, Maryland 21532.  The Applicant has also made available a copy of its Environmental Review Report at the Frostburg Public Library.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2009 08:22
Freezing Rain Affects Area PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kurt Hoffman   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 23:27

Today in the Tri-State Area, residents in the higher elevations woke up to an eerily beautiful world encased in ice.  Treacherous sidewalks had to be carefully navigated.  Cars required substantial ice-chipping effort simply to gain access.  Trees were seen burdened and bowed with the extra weight deposited overnight as rain fell and quickly froze to ice.  The following pictures were taken today.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 January 2009 12:21
Small Museum Association Serves Mid Atlantic Region PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara RogersThomas   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 14:35

Small Museum personnel often have daunting job responsibilities. They are simultaneously curators, educators, grant writers, janitors, archivists, researchers, volunteer coordinators, fundraisers, authors, material collectors, managers, photographers, exhibit designers, maintenance workers, bookkeepers...the list goes on and on. This year's annual meeting of the Small Museum Association (SMA) in Ocean City, Maryland, recognizes that dedication with its Silver Anniversary event, 25 Years of Small Museums, Working Together, February 22 - 24, 2009.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2009 11:34
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