Department of the Environment now accepting applications for internship program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jay Apperson   
Monday, 12 December 2016 14:05

BALTIMORE, MD (Dec. 12, 2016) – The Maryland Department of the Environment is now accepting applications for the 2017 Environmental Science Student Award and Internship Program.

 

The award recognizes high school juniors and seniors who have excelled in environmental science both inside and outside the classroom. Students who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and participation in environmental projects in school or their community such as recycling drives, school beautification projects, stream or litter cleanups and other types of environmental projects are encouraged to apply. The grand prize winner will receive a paid internship, valued at $3,000, at the Department of the Environment during the summer of 2017. The second-place winner will receive $500 and the third-place winner will receive $250. All three will receive a certificate for their efforts.

 

“Our future relies on the student environmental leaders of today,” said Secretary Ben Grumbles. “The Environmental Science Student Award and Internship Program encourages those who are interested in science, technology, and engineering to pursue careers in the environmental field. This internship program provides students with many opportunities to learn new skills and hone their strengths in a real world situation. We are excited to nurture the next generation of environmental scientists here at the Department of the Environment.”

 

The deadline for nominations is April 3, 2017. Application forms and instructions are available on the Department’s website and may be submitted by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail to: Maryland Department of the Environment, Office of Human Resources, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 5th Floor, Baltimore MD  21230, Attention: Nadine Hailey. Winners will be notified via email and U.S. Postal Service on or before April 30, 2017.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 December 2016 14:06
 
Frostburg State University Student Robert Lemaire Awarded National BACCHUS Outstanding Student Award PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Thursday, 08 December 2016 10:00

Robert LemaireRobert Lemaire, a senior and president of BURG Peer Education Network at Frostburg State University, was awarded the 2016 BACCHUS Outstanding Student Award for his involvement with BURG’s numerous influential activities on campus to promote a healthy and safe environment.

Lemaire joined the organization in fall of 2012 as a freshman and has proven to be a dedicated member since. BURG is a group of peers who believe in empowering, educating and creating change among those peers and the entire community. BURG promotes healthy choices on campus and provides recreational alternatives to drinking and drugs. Lemaire, of Tilghman, Md., is a physics major and math minor with plans to pursue a career in aerospace after graduating in December 2017.

“It’s rewarding, even though you don’t get to see it right away,” Lemaire said when asked why he puts his efforts into BURG. “It’s kind of like running a marathon. As you go along, you just keep building up, and you get to the end, and you get to see that you finished, but you don’t always get to see all the lives you touched along the way.”

The BACCHUS Outstanding Student Award is given to five undergraduate students who are members of a recognized NASPA-BACCHUS Initiatives member peer education group. NASPA is a national organization for student affairs in higher education. BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA supports collegiate peer educators and advisors by empowering students and student affairs administrators to create healthy and safe campus environments. Students must be nominated for the award and are selected based on their contribution to campus peer education efforts, academic successes and leadership. Lemaire was nominated by Don Swogger, BURG’s faculty advisor.

Lemaire was recruited for BURG as an incoming freshman, participated in the first year leadership initiative and has served on the Lead Team his remaining four years. As a freshman, he received the Iron Man Award for his extreme dedication, commitment and work ethic. Now, as president of the organization, Lemaire understands, “that being a leader is not in a position or title, but the person’s character, integrity and honor,” said Swogger.

Lemaire’s involvement with BURG includes serving as the team photographer, providing technology assistance, attending almost every BURG event in his time at FSU and working with Upward Bound to help at-risk youth in the community. Last year, he was awarded the organization’s legacy award, which requires four years on the leadership team, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, 1,000 hours of service and Certified Peer Educator certification.

Lemaire said his experience with BURG will definitely benefit his career, citing “all the leadership experience, interpersonal skills, team-building skills, organizational skills and everything that’s helped me become who I am in this organization.”

“I can honestly say, Bobby has been my tireless champion,” Swogger said. “He has grown tremendously over the past five years, and he truly cares about the organization, and more importantly, the friends he has made in this organization.”

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care,” Lemaire said.

For more information about FSU’s BURG Peer Education Network, call the S.A.F.E office at 301-687-4761.

 
Embassy Theatre Embraces Christmas Spirit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 17:48

CUMBERLAND, MD - Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street, will be celebrating Downtown Cumberland 's "Home For The Holidays" event with a showing of two Christmas movies next Saturday, December 10.

12:00 pm - "A Christmas Carol" (1935 -  vintage version, which was the first of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" with sound).

2:00 pm - "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" (1964 - the Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents).

Admission is free, although there is a suggested donation of $2 per person. Complimentary hot chocolate and homemade treats will be available for all those making a donation.

In addition to the afternoon movies, Embassy will showcase "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues", an adults-only comedy. The show starts at 8 pm, and cost for adults is $16 and $14 for seniors.

"Embassy has teamed up with The Crabby Pig for the dinner/theatre package, and owners Terry and Susan Crawford have created terrific menu selections that we can offer our patrons," states public relations director Trish Morgan. The package includes dinner, dessert and gratuity, the show, autographed playbills and reserved seating. Cost for a couple is $75, and a single package is $40.

Call (240) 362-7183 to make reservations for the package or just the show.

"Embassy is excited about Downtown's 'Home for the Holidays' event, and pleased to include our historic theatre in the festivities," adds executive director Jerard Puckett.

Embassy productions and activities are sponsored in part by the Allegany County Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.

 
Downtown Cumberland to Host Moonlight Madness Sales PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Monday, 05 December 2016 13:57

Downtown Cumberland makes it easy to find the perfect gift and support local businesses while shopping for friends and family (or even yourself!) at the annual Moonlight Madness event on Thursday, December 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  

Every year, for one special evening during the holiday season, downtown stores stay open late and offer great savings on distinctive holiday gifts. Sponsored by the Downtown Development Commission, Moonlight Madness is an event that brings back the feeling of a traditional night of shopping in Downtown 

Cumberland. Previously known as Midnight Madness, the event, now in its’ seventh year, has become a downtown tradition. 

“It is a magical time to be in the heart of our city, a time to enjoy the lights and decorations, be among friends and family, and support our locally-owned businesses,” said Steven Leyh, DDC Promotions Director. “Studies have shown that for every $100 you spend with locally-owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. When you choose to spend money in a local business, you are not only supporting a local family, but an entire community.” 

In addition, U.S. Cellular will be at The Book Center taking free photos of children with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Moonlight Madness includes stores and businesses located on Baltimore, Centre, Liberty, Mechanic, Pershing, Harrison Streets as well as Queen City Drive and Canal Place.

A complete schedule of holiday events can be found at www.downtowncumberland.com

 
Our Town Theatre to Host 9th Annual Christmas Market PDF Print E-mail
Written by Our Town Theatre   
Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:10

Our Town Theatre's 9th Annual Christmas Market will be held at St. Peter's Parish Social Hall on Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 am until 3 pm. We will have a variety of vendors on site for Christmas shopping. Join us for lunch and enjoy local musicians playing Christmas music and original pieces. Santa and Mrs. Claus will happily pose for pictures. Please make plans to attend and share the festive atmosphere with your friends and family. More information, including vendor names, available at www.ourtowntheatre.org.

 
FSU Musical Ensembles Join Forces to Present Festive Holiday Concert PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 17:56

A colorful collection of ensembles and musical groups from the Frostburg State University Department of Music will join forces to present their sixth annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center.

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers and University Chorale will be conducted by Dr. James Reddan. The ensemble will perform the big band classic “Tuxedo Junction,” made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, as arranged by Kirby Shaw, and the classic English Christmas carol “What Child Is This,” arranged by Darmon Meader.

The Chamber Singers have selected the popular American song “Hard Times Come Again No More” by Stephen Foster, arranged by Mark Keller, which was a favorite of both sides in the American Civil War; “Dieu! Qui la fait bon regarder” from “Trois Chansons” by Claude Debussy; and “O Magnum Mysterium,” a responsorial chant from the Matins of Christmas, reworked into a contemporary setting by Morten Lauridsen.

The University Chorale will perform “Glow” by Eric Whitacre, which was commissioned by Disney for its “World of Color – Winter Dreams” show, and “Gaudete,” a medieval Christmas tune arranged by Michael Englehardt.

The Guitar Ensemble, directed by Patrick Sise, will present “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon, featuring vocals by Alexa Bashaw. A protest song against the Vietnam War that was released in 1971, “Happy Xmas” has since become a Christmas standard.

The String Ensemble, directed by Karen Lau, will perform “Air” from “Orchestral Suite No. 3” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Brent Weber, will perform “Blue Christmas” by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson, adapted by Andy Allen, and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots, also adapted by Allen.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Philip Klickman, will perform “Carol of the Shepherds,” Philip Sparke’s magnificent meditation on a 14th-century carol melody, and “Minor Alterations (Christmas Through the Looking Glass)” by David Lovrien. At the end of the concert, the ensemble and University Chorale will unite for a sing-a-long performance of “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, cash only, and are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and veterans, $3 for students and free for children 12 and younger.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

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 www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. 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.

 
"The Nutcracker" to be Performed by the Appalachian Ballet Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Appalachian Ballet Theatre   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 17:41

NutcrackerThe Appalachian Ballet Theatre will grace the stage this December with the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” at the Allegany High School Theatre. “The Nutcracker” is a wonderful ballet for the entire family, and is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season. For over one hundred years, the story of the ballet has proven irresistible to both children and adults alike. The “Nutcracker” can be seen on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 PM at Allegany High School Theater, Cumberland. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for seniors and Children 12 and under. Ticket will be available at the door. Group Tickets are available. For ticket information call 301-729-6722.

 
Frostburg Shortlisted for the Small Business Revolution Main Street Makeover PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessica Palumbo   
Monday, 05 December 2016 13:54

Frostburg, MD was announced as one of eight shortlist finalists for the Small Business Revolution $500,000 Main Street Makeover, out of almost 14,000 nominations. In January 2017, Small Business Revolution will visit Frostburg to tour the town, talk with business owners, and film a short promotional video. Top finalists will be announced on February 9, 2017, and the nation will have ONE WEEK, closing on February 16, to vote online for their favorite community.

In mid-October, Katie Morgan, a Frostburg State University alumna currently living in Southern Maryland, contacted the City of Frostburg to say she had submitted a nomination for Frostburg, a town she instantly grew to love as a student. The nomination caught the eye of Small Business Revolution. Katie says about her nomination, “I loved the small town feel and the beauty of the mountains surrounding us, so when the opportunity presented itself to give back to Frostburg and help renovate the beloved Main Street, I jumped at the chance.” After the City answered an additional questionnaire and completed a phone interview with Deluxe, a small business growth engine and sponsoring organization of Small Business Revolution, Frostburg received a call to say they had been selected as a shortlist finalist.

As part of the project for the winning town, Deluxe will choose six businesses to work with in the Main Street district, and will also work with community leaders to choose aesthetic projects to complete. “If we win, this would be an opportunity for Frostburg to get a much deserved boost to its revitalization progress,” says Jessica Palumbo, Main Street Manager for Frostburg. “I am so proud of all of the dedication our community members invest, which makes an opportunity like this possible!” The project will be filmed and released as an eight episode, online documentary series.

Frostburg has opened nine new, small businesses, expanded two small businesses in 2016, and is looking forward to more growth and progress in the coming year. Palumbo credits the shortlist finalist nomination to the influx of small business entrepreneurs, volunteerism, and citizens’ dedication to community. To find out more about Frostburg’s Main Street, visit www.downtownfrostburg.com.

 

Follow us @FrostburgFirst on facebook, twitter, and Instagram to follow our journey!

Frostburg, MD was announced as one of eight shortlist finalists for the Small Business Revolution $500,000 Main Street Makeover, out of almost 14,000 nominations. In January 2017, Small Business Revolution will visit Frostburg to tour the town, talk with business owners, and film a short promotional video. Top finalists will be announced on February 9, 2017, and the nation will have ONE WEEK, closing on February 16, to vote online for their favorite community.

In mid-October, Katie Morgan, a Frostburg State University alumna currently living in Southern Maryland, contacted the City of Frostburg to say she had submitted a nomination for Frostburg, a town she instantly grew to love as a student. The nomination caught the eye of Small Business Revolution. Katie says about her nomination, “I loved the small town feel and the beauty of the mountains surrounding us, so when the opportunity presented itself to give back to Frostburg and help renovate the beloved Main Street, I jumped at the chance.” After the City answered an additional questionnaire and completed a phone interview with Deluxe, a small business growth engine and sponsoring organization of Small Business Revolution, Frostburg received a call to say they had been selected as a shortlist finalist.

As part of the project for the winning town, Deluxe will choose six businesses to work with in the Main Street district, and will also work with community leaders to choose aesthetic projects to complete. “If we win, this would be an opportunity for Frostburg to get a much deserved boost to its revitalization progress,” says Jessica Palumbo, Main Street Manager for Frostburg. “I am so proud of all of the dedication our community members invest, which makes an opportunity like this possible!” The project will be filmed and released as an eight episode, online documentary series.

Frostburg has opened nine new, small businesses, expanded two small businesses in 2016, and is looking forward to more growth and progress in the coming year. Palumbo credits the shortlist finalist nomination to the influx of small business entrepreneurs, volunteerism, and citizens’ dedication to community. To find out more about Frostburg’s Main Street, visit www.downtownfrostburg.com.

Follow us @FrostburgFirst on facebook, twitter, and Instagram to follow our journey!

For more information on the Small Business Revolution project and Deluxe Corporation, visit http://smallbusinessrevolution.org/

 
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