Open Mic Nights at the Embassy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 21:06
Embassy Theatre announces its premier Open Mic Sunday Nights on May 7 on the historic downtown Cumberland Mall, 49 Baltimore Street, May-September.
 
The mic nights are held from 6-10 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 6 pm. Hosts: 1st Sunday of each month will be Scott Foard; 2nd Sundays - Adam Swayne (except for Mother's Day); 3rd Sundays - Mikayla & Zach Dodge; 4th Sundays - Ian Robinson. 
 
"Get up on the big stage and share your talent in a laid back, nurturing atmosphere," says executive director Jerard Puckett. "Or, come in and relax, enjoy the A/C, have a drink, and connect with members of the local arts community."
 
"You don't have to be a musician to join the fun. Performers of all ages and genres are welcome and encouraged - that means comedians, poets, actors, dancers, vocalists...whatever you've got," adds Embassy board member Scott Foard.
 
Some instruments will be provided, but musicians are welcome to bring their own.  "Perform solo, or come up and jam with friends if the spirit moves you," says Foard.  
 
There is no cover charge, and those under 18 are permitted with adult.
 
Passport Cafe will be open during each Open Mic on Sunday Nights, with a full cash bar and snacks.
 
Call (240) 362-7183 for more information. Or, visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.
 
Embassy Theatre events and productions are supported in part by the Allegany Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.
 
Maple Syrup from City Trees Donated to the Frostburg Food Pantry PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Kirby   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 20:59

Frostburg Syrup Mayor Flanigan and Members of the City Council delivered 8 cases, each containing 12-8 oz. (half pint) bottles of real Maple Syrup to Vicki Peterson and Bob Duncan of the Frostburg Food Pantry for distribution to families in the Frostburg area.  The City was contacted by Piney Creek Maple, a local maple syrup producer, about the potential of tapping a limited number of sugar maple trees in the City’s Piney Reservoir Watershed.  The trees are not in an area that can sustain timber harvesting and so the tapping of the trees will have no impact on the future monetary value of the trees.  The vast majority of the maples trees in the watershed are not be eligible for this process.  The process and oversight was provided by the Maryland Forest Service, who helps the City manage the watershed timber resources.

 

The normal per tap rate paid by a maple sugar operation to tap trees is very limited, since it takes 10 gallons of raw sap or sugar water to make a single quart of syrup.  Instead of collected the small amount of cash the City opted to receive $1.00 and take the balance in syrup that could be donated to the Frostburg Food Pantry.  The 8 oz. bottles cost $96, but were paid for by donations from City employees. 

 

This natural, locally made food, makes a direct connect between the trees in the City’s watershed and those families needing a little assistance with their basic food needs.  The City leaders expressed appreciation to the Maryland Forest Service for helping with the transaction and encourages area residents to help support the Frostburg Food Pantry.  

 
Climate Change Mirror March in Cumberland, Sunday, April 30 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Climate March   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 20:10

ClimateCome learn the truth about Clima­te Change and its threat to our planet, and make your voice heard in opp­osition to new administration policies which threa­ten to advance and not reduce the dangers of Climate Change.

Created as a "Mirr­or March" to accompa­ny the massive march in DC on April 29, the Cumbe­rland Climate Change Mirror March is a celebration of the environment, and a chance to educate citizens about the catastrophic impact of Climate Change on this planet. It is also a unifi­ed voice raised in resistance to the current administration's about-­face on environmental prote­ction and its denial of the realities of Climate Change.

Join us on April 30 at 1:00 p.m. on the corner of Baltimore and Liberty Streets in downtown Cumberland. Here we will rally to hear speakers address the various aspects of Climate Change -- environmen­tal, economic, cultural and historic -- after which we will march on the Cumberland Pedestri­an Mall. There will be live music provid­ed by folk artist Greg Latta.

 

Speakers include: State Senator Roger Manno, House Ca­ndidate Andrew Duck, House Ca­ndidate Ted Athey, Robin Summer­field of Senator Ben Cardin's office, Ro­bert Smith of the Mar­yland Green Party, Ann Bristow of the Sa­vage River Watershed Associati­on, Jessica Wise of the Sierra Club, and Nadine Grabania of Citizen Shale.

 

Sponsored by: Allegany County Green Party, Allegany County Democratic Central Committee, We're Better Than This/Western MD, and the Women's Action Coalition of Allegany County.

 
Zumbathon Raises Funds for Relay For Life PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:16

FSU Zumbathon participants

On Saturday, April 8, the members of Frostburg State University’s Alpha Sigma Tau hosted their second Zumbathon Fundraiser to benefit the FSU Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at the FSU Cordts Physical Education Center.

Caption: Participants in the April 8 Zumbathon for Relay For Life at FSU, sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau, Front row from left are Dallas Calvert, Johanna Norris, Emily Ahman-Gamble, Jennifer Schofield, Kyndra Wilson, Ellie Bolton; middle row from left are Golda Friedman, Maura Dzambo, Erika Jaensch, Natasha Powell, Sara Shelton, Estefani Romero, Bethany Henson, Jasmine Spring; back row from left are Emma Thompson, Rebecca Patterson, Marie Stavrou, Destiny Dietz, Brooke Ralston, Mekai Smedley, Leah Chaney, Mairade Ronning, Cara Kirn, Ellen Engle; the four Zumba instructors standing on the stage are, from left, Shannon Winfield, Ashley Wolfe, Angela Montague and Tricia Barbarito. 

This dance-fitness party for a cause raised $413 from about 125 participants at this public event. FSU’s Relay For Life organizers thank local Zumba instructors Angela Montague, Ashley Wolfe, Tricia Barbarito and Shannon Winfield for helping us with this event, as well as the FSU Student Government Association for financial support for the event.

Wolfe and Montague will perform during Friday’s Relay at 10 p.m., offering information about Zumba and related fundraisers.

The Relay For Life of FSU is a community event and open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who would like to participate. Relay For Life raises money for the American Cancer Society’s programs and services, celebrates cancer survivors and helps to remember those that lost their lives to this disease. A Survivor’s Banquet, which is complimentary for any survivor and their guest, will be held the night of Relay at 6:30 p.m. For an invitation to the Survivor’s Banquet, please contact the American Cancer Society’s Cumberland Office at 301-722-2145 (Option 3) or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information, event photos or to donate to FSU’s Relay, please visit www.relayforlife.org/fsumd or the event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/frostburgrelay. Information is also available by contacting Patrick O’Brien, director of the Office of Civic Engagement at 301-687-4210 or Courtney Case at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 301-722-2145 (Option 3).

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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Frostburg's Historic District Commission to Meet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Laura McBride   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:07
The City of Frostburg's Historic District Commission will meet Monday, May 8, 2017, at 6:00 PM, in the City Hall Conference Room, located at 59 E. Main Street.  The Frostburg Historic District Commission is charged with the preservation of historic structures and the surroundings within the designated district in order to safeguard the heritage of the City, stablilze and improve property values, strengthen the local economy and foster civic beauty.
 
The scheduled presentation is in regard to a facade renovation at 26 W. Main Street.  The public is welcome to attend.
 
Community Strengthening Coalition Addresses Opioid Addiction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elesha Ruminski   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 20:50

Community Strengthening Coalition Forum About Oipioid Addiction Recovery Resources and Partnerships Set for May 10 

 

The Allegany County Community Strengthening Coalition will host an interactive forum for community members seeking opportunities to be part of addressing the opioid epidemic in our area. The event will take place on Wed., May 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church at 11 Washington Street in Cumberland. Free off-street parking is available in the church’s lot. Light refreshments will be provided by Western Maryland Health System.

 

Presentations will be given by representatives from three local organizations working to address the local addiction crisis: Hope Against Heroin, a faith-based effort to raise awareness of the drug abuse epidemic that encourages community members to join with each other to face the problem; the Drug Abatement Response Team (DART), the only program of its kind in Maryland designed to place a person into treatment within 24 hours of an opioid-related overdose; and Prescribe Change, which has a mission to create awareness and educate the citizens of Allegany County about the growing crisis of opioid prescription drugs and heroin misuse and abuse in our community. After the presentations, community members will have the opportunity to connect with these community resources to discuss how to battle the crisis together. Additional addiction recovery resources will be available on site as well.

 

The Community Strengthening Coalition is a diverse network of individuals, groups, and organizations in Allegany County that connects people to one another and to resources. Through discussion and networking, the Coalition strives to empower community members to better our community. CSC provides a place to build relationships, strengthen and create partnerships, and collaborate. The Coalition’s mission was inspired by the community building work initiated by its originating members, Allegany County NAACP Branch 7007 and Frostburg State University’s Communication Leadership Lab.

 

For more information on the event or partnering with the Coalition, contact Caroline Kelly or Evan West at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit the Cumberland Positive Facebook group. For more information on the Communication Leadership Lab and moderating and facilitating assistance, contact Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 301-687-4480.

 
Climate Change Mirror March in Cumberland, Sunday, April 30 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Climate March   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 20:10

ClimateCome learn the truth about Clima­te Change and its threat to our planet, and make your voice heard in opp­osition to new administration policies which threa­ten to advance and not reduce the dangers of Climate Change.

Created as a "Mirr­or March" to accompa­ny the massive march in DC on April 29, the Cumbe­rland Climate Change Mirror March is a celebration of the environment, and a chance to educate citizens about the catastrophic impact of Climate Change on this planet. It is also a unifi­ed voice raised in resistance to the current administration's about-­face on environmental prote­ction and its denial of the realities of Climate Change.

Join us on April 30 at 1:00 p.m. on the corner of Baltimore and Liberty Streets in downtown Cumberland. Here we will rally to hear speakers address the various aspects of Climate Change -- environmen­tal, economic, cultural and historic -- after which we will march on the Cumberland Pedestri­an Mall. There will be live music provid­ed by folk artist Greg Latta.

 

Speakers include: State Senator Roger Manno, House Ca­ndidate Andrew Duck, House Ca­ndidate Ted Athey, Robin Summer­field of Senator Ben Cardin's office, Ro­bert Smith of the Mar­yland Green Party, Ann Bristow of the Sa­vage River Watershed Associati­on, Jessica Wise of the Sierra Club, and Nadine Grabania of Citizen Shale.

 

Sponsored by: Allegany County Green Party, Allegany County Democratic Central Committee, We're Better Than This/Western MD, and the Women's Action Coalition of Allegany County.

 
Frostburg Book Club to Meet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Powell   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:09

The book group of Main Street Books in Frostburg will meet on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 in the bookstore.  Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption, a memoir by Bryan Stevenson, will be discussed.  New members welcome.  For additional information call 301/689-5605 or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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