Bishop Walsh School to Host Science Showcase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ty DeMartino   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:04

Bishop Walsh Science Showcase  crawfish Bishop Walsh School will host its Fourth Annual Science Showcase on Sat., May 13, from 10 am – 12:30 p.m. at the school at 700 Bishop Walsh Road in Cumberland.

The event, open to all children ages preK-12th grade, will include cool, hands-on scientific experiments including hovercraft rides, amazing fire orbs, owl pellet and shark dissections, dancing oobleck, crazy cannons, Sooper Dooper Looper racing track (bring your Matchbox cars), DNA fingerprinting, science with nursery rhymes, one enormous gummy bear explosion and more.

Pre-register at or 301.724.5360, x105Participants will be entered to win an iPad Air and other prizes during refreshments starting at 12:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by The Catholic Community Foundation and Bishop Walsh School.


Bishop Walsh student Matt DiNola shows off a crayfish at the Bishop Walsh Science Showcase.

Trees Cut, New Planting Planned on Frostburg's Main Street PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth Stahlman   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:57

The street trees (located between the curb and the sidewalk) on Main Street, Center Street, and Bowery Street were evaluated by the Maryland DNR Forest Service and City staff in 2016.  As a result, numerous diseased trees and those likely to fail and cause property damage were removed in 2016 and 2017.  On Beautify the ‘Burg Day, May 6, 2017, volunteers will plant 73 trees on Main, Center, and Bowery Streets.  Nine different native tree species have been selected for planting and will be appropriate based on the size of the tree lawn and the presence of overhead lines. Owners of property along these streets that do NOT want a tree planted in front of their property should contact City Hall prior to Thursday, May 4.  Call 301-689-6000 ext. 105 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MCTA to Offer Traditional Appalachian Herbal Tonics and Wild Foods Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara Rogers Thomas   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 08:53

Mountain City Traditional Arts will host a workshop, Traditional Appalachian Herbal Tonics and Wild Foods," on Saturday, April 15th.

In this class, Andrea Lay of Hidden Hollow Farm will explore herbs and wild foods that grow in our region, and discuss how they have been traditionally used as spring tonics to rejuvenate us after a long winter. Workshop offerings include samples of Sassafras tea, Nettle tea, wild greens, and early spring roots. Medicinal uses, identification tips, and recipes will be shared.

Located at 25 E. Main Street, Frostburg, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region. For more information call 301-687-8040. 

In the River Sweet Author to Join Book Discussion of Her Work PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Powell   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 08:43

Novelist, poet and playwright Patricia Henley will join the book group at Main Street Books in Frostburg on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 pm for a discussion of her novel In The River Sweet.  The author's book explores the story of a woman whose long-held secret will transform her life and her marriage as she seeks answers to events that happened in her past.

Henley has written three novels, four collections of stories, two chapbooks of poetry and a stage play.  Her novel Hummingbird House was a finalist for the National Book Award.  Her work has been anthologized in many publications and her first collection of stories won the Montana First Book Award.  For 27 years she taught in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Purdue University.  She recently moved to Frostburg.

Main Street Books is located a 2 E. Main St. in downtown Frostburg.  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 .  New members and area book groups are welcome to attend.

Fracking Ban Happened Because People Acted- Organize and Stay Committed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Snyder   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 17:12

Earlier this week Maryland became the first state to pass a 'citizens ban' on natural gas fracking. The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 35 - 10 through the senate and carried the support of the Republican Governor. People on both sides of the aisle saw through the spin to the truth. Granting where we were 10 years ago, the win is without a doubt, historic.

The credit for this win lies with many people and organizations, but I want to give a quick shout-out to to some hometown heros, Citizen Shale, a group of regular folks from Western Maryland who got together because of their shared concerns about the impacts that fracking would have on their community. For 6 years they worked along side of others to make this happen. For the last year I had the privilege of sitting on their board of directors. Due to personal circumstances, I was unable to offer any support outside of some cheering from the sidelines. But, what I did get was the chance to be a fly on the wall, watching a concerned citizens group organize and, eventually, win. I want to share with you some things I take away from watching them at work:

1. In the long run, good ideas win out over crappy ideas. Keeping our economy committed to fossil fuels is a crappy idea. Transitioning away from dirty energy and towards clean, sustainable sources is a good idea.

2. However, any system in its current state is controlled by individuals and organizations who have made themselves wealthy and powerful on the status quo of that system. As such, they will often do everything within their power to maintain the status quo and prevent the new good idea from happening. In the case of fracking, gas companies worked tirelessly to lobby, intimidate, undermine, miss-educate, and push the truth (and those who know it) out of the way.

3. As such, history shows us that good ideas never win out over crappy ideas automatically. It ONLY happens if average, every-day people choose to inform themselves, choose to organize, and choose to stay committed to the win. Even then, success is not always guaranteed... it takes time, courage and commitment. As they say, freedom ain't free.

One final thought. Stopping fracking is only a foothold on the bigger issue, which is kicking our addiction to fossil fuels and preventing the worst of climate change while we still can. If you take the time to research climate science, I have zero doubts that you will come to a similar conclusion that I (and 98% of scientists) have: climate change is happening; the primary driver is from human activity; and doing nothing or little about it would be a terrible idea for our economy, our society, our freedoms, our communities, future generations and the natural world. Conservatives should come to that conclusion just as much as Liberals.

If you know those things to be true, then get involved. Some way. Any way. Even if it just means cheer-leading, calling your representatives and voting for those who get it. Do it. Because if you do, the good idea will eventually win. If you don't, it wont.

EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency bill becomes law PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Robbins   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 09:00

The EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency legislation championed by businesses and environmental organizations has officially become law.

Legislation expected to create nearly 70,000 jobs, grow economy and save businesses billions of dollars.

EmPOWER Maryland helps homeowners and businesses reduce energy waste by offering them technical assistance and incentives to take steps such as installing new appliances, sealing air leaks, and optimizing manufacturing production lines.

Gov. Hogan declined to sign the bill, but he didn’t veto it either, and it passed by a veto-proof margin. As a result, it officially became law at midnight this morning.

See reactions from other business and environmental organizations below

So far, the energy efficiency program has saved utility customers $1.8 billion on their electric bills. According to recent, independent research by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, the extension is expected to:

  • Create more than 68,000 over the next decade, with most of the jobs in construction and services.

  • Save ratepayers $11.7 billion because of reduced energy consumption.

  • Add $3.75 billion to Maryland’s gross domestic product.

Supporters of the bill include major trade associations, businesses, and environmental groups including Union Hospital, Schneider Electric, MGM Resorts, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the Maryland Alliance for Energy Contractors, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, among others.


James McGarry, Maryland & DC Policy Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network: “The cheapest and cleanest form of energy is the kind that is never used, thanks to energy efficiency and conservation. This bill will create good-paying jobs in energy efficiency, and help us transition to a clean energy future where our environment is protected for future generations.

Michael Giangrande, Chairman, Maryland Alliance for Energy Contractors: “As someone who works in energy efficiency, I see firsthand how EmPOWER Maryland is creating jobs and improving people’s lives by saving them money, making their homes more comfortable and keeping electricity costs down.”

Deron Lovaas, Senior Policy Advisor, for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Urban Solutions program: "This is an amazing accomplishment for one of our nation's most forward-thinking states. EmPOWER Maryland is an example of how common-sense policies like energy efficiency can win support no matter whether you're a liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat."

Jessica Ennis, Senior Legislative Representative, Earthjustice: “Clean energy solutions like EmPOWER Maryland are critical to ensuring that we have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.”


Cabaret Dinner Theatre Package Available PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 08:47
CUMBERLAND, MD - Embassy Theatre has recently announced its Cabaret/Ristorante Ottaviani Dinner/Theatre Package that will be held in conjunction with "Cabaret" - starring Danny Durr and Kimberli Rowley.
The package includes a full dinner and dessert at Ottaviani's, admission to the Embassy's "Cabaret", a complimentary cocktail at the show, reserved VIP seating at the show and opportunity for post-show photographs with cast members.

Ristorante Ottaviani Menu

Dinner Salad
Bread w/oil and garlic or butter
Choice of one entree:
     * Shredded Pork Cacciatore
     * Pasta Primavera
     * Pasta Bolognese
     * Spaghetti w/Meatballs
     * Cheese Ravioli
     * Pasta Alfredo w/Chicken
Choice of one dessert:
     * Cannoli
     * Spumoni
Non-alcoholic beverage
Gratuity included
Those making reservations for the dinner/theatre package are to call the Embassy at (240) 362-7183 and leave a message - choosing one of the following dates: Apr 21, 22, 28 or 29. All calls will be returned, and Embassy will take care of all of the reservation arrangements. Details for dinner times and package payments will be given when callbacks are made.
Cost for the dinner/theatre package is $85 couple/$45 single.
Embassy Theatre is located on the Downtown Cumberland Mall, 49 Baltimore Street, Cumberland, MD. For more information call the Embassy, or visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.
"Cabaret" will run April 21-23 and 28-30, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays, 8 pm, and on Sundays at 2:30 pm. Tom Valentine is directing, with live music direction by Beau Hartman.
Embassy events and activities are supported in part by the Allegany County Arts Council and the City of Cumberland. For more information, visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.
FSU to Focus on Sustainability and Climate Awareness at Focus Frostburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 08:40

Focus Frostburg LogoFrostburg State University will once again be fully focused on sustainability and climate awareness during the upcoming Focus Frostburg event, an annual day of learning, on Monday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will feature green activities for everyone, including presentations in the Lane University Center.

Learn all about FSU’s climate action commitment from a wide range of presentations from faculty and students at the Lane Center, including those on the topics of environmental justice, climate change and declining biodiversity, religion and environmental activism, sustainable communities, social sustainability, climate change, environmental movements and the fracking ban in Maryland.

As part of Focus Frostburg, students in Graphic Design 207 will display prayer flags imprinted with EPA’s endangered species during Earth Week, based on the Himalayan/Tibetan cultural practice of stringing prayer flags to bestow blessings. Also, students enrolled in Sculpture 240 and Advanced Sculpture 440 classes will exhibit sustainability upcycled sculptures from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lane Center.

The presentations begin at 10 a.m. with “Understanding Standing Rock and Indigenous People’s Fight for Environmental Justice.” Using the framework of environmental justice, this presentation analyzes the movement at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which supported indigenous opposition to the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

Student presenters will be available at 10 and 11 p.m. to discuss their research in “An Analysis of Recycling Habits on Frostburg State University’s Campus.” Their posters will be available for viewing throughout the day.

Next up, at 11 a.m., is “Incidence of Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria, ‘Borrelia burgdorferi,’ in Ticks and Rodents in Rocky Gap State Park,” in which the incidence of “B. burgdorferi” was measured to obtain information on how this host-vector relationship can be affected by certain environmental conditions.

At noon, attendees can explore “Religion and Environmental Activism” in a presentation that features “Renewal,” the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today’s religious-environmental activists, or meet at FSU’s Clock Tower for the declaration of Arbor Day and a campus tree planting.

Later, at 1 p.m., come hear about the service-learning experience in a fish-landing site along the Nile River in rural Uganda in “Water School Uganda and the President’s Leadership Circle: 2017” and how the sustainability movement can address urban lifestyles in “Creating Sustainable Communities.” Economic Botany will also present a series of lectures, “From Forests to the Classroom,” at 1 p.m.: “Increasing the Sustainability of a Threatened Tree Species, Butternut (‘Julgans cinerea, L.’), for Use in Traditional Dyes for Cherokee Basketry,” “Arboretum Memorial Garden Restoration” and “The Potential Dangers of Black Cohosh Dietary Supplement Use and How to Address Safety Concerns With Botanical Education.”

Join the session of LEAD 401 Citizen Leader, a core class of the Leadership Studies minor, at 2 p.m. to discuss how social sustainability and citizen leadership are supported by the dialogue and deliberation sessions of the Department of Communication’s Communication Leadership Lab in “Focus on Social Sustainability: How FSU Is Leading Dialogue and Deliberation in Our Region.” “Climate Change: Separating Fact From Fiction” will also be held at 2 p.m. Join the group to discuss the major controls that have influenced climate shifts throughout the planet’s history, as well as take a look at the current findings on climate change and how they may influence the region.

At 3 p.m., the presentation “Environmentalism Old and New: An Examination of the Environmental Movements of the Early 1900s and Now” will compare and contrast the early strains of U.S. environmentalism with the modern movement, paying particular attention to what worked and what did not.

“Fracking Ban in Maryland: Citizen Action Brings Results” at 4 p.m. will describe the efforts of municipal and county governments to ban fracking in their jurisdictions and highlight key lessons learned about organizing in the face of power dynamics in local and state government, as well as in the media within the Appalachian region and beyond.

At the end of the day at 6 p.m., there will be a special showing of the National Geographic documentary, “Before the Flood,” narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. The film presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change and actions individuals and a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on the planet, as well as urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power.

Other presentation highlights include an explanation of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), an overview of Frostburg Dining sustainability efforts, grassroots efforts of the Western Maryland Sierra Club Group and information on green burials provided by FSU biology students.

There will be a shuttle service available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to take visitors to the Frostburg Grows site to tour the local award-winning, sustainable agriculture training center. The five-acre site was formerly deep-mined and strip-mined for coal, was once used as a county dump and was most recently used to store FEMA trailers.

The annual Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Poster Contest will be held completely online. To view and vote for student-created environmental posters, or for other information about Focus Frostburg, visit People can vote on Facebook by visiting FSU’s LGLG Facebook page ( Winners will be included in FSU’s LGLG promotional campaigns.

For more information and a schedule, visit

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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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