Lead Poisoning in Md.Drops to Lowest Recorded Levels PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jay Apperson   
Saturday, 28 October 2017 07:49

Governor Larry Hogan proclaims Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in Maryland

BALTIMORE (Oct. 25, 2017) – Childhood lead poisoning cases in Maryland decreased last year to the lowest levels since data has been collected in connection with the state’s 1994 lead law, according to a 2016 Childhood Blood Lead Surveillance report released today by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). Additionally, blood lead testing rates increased across Maryland in the first year of the state’s initiative to test all children at ages 1 and 2. MDE continues to work with the Department of Health (Health) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), as well as local partners, to prevent childhood lead poisoning in Maryland.

For the first time, the report also tracks potential sources of lead exposure in reported cases of childhood lead poisoning and finds that many young children with elevated blood lead levels may have been exposed to lead from sources other than deteriorated lead-based paint.

The report follows Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement earlier this year that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved an application by the Maryland Department of Health to launch a $7.2 million initiative to reduce lead poisoning and improve asthma, two conditions related to environmental conditions in housing. The Department of Health, in collaboration with the MDE and the DHCD, will implement the initiative. Governor Hogan also proclaimed this week as Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in Maryland.

Blood lead testing rates and a new initiative

Blood lead testing rates increased across the state in 2016. Maryland’s new initiative to test all children at ages 1 and 2, regardless of where they live, was announced by the Hogan administration in October 2015 in response to data showing that the state could improve its testing and identification of children with lead exposure.

Although the new Department of Health regulations for increased testing were in effect for only nine months in 2016, starting in March of that year, the 2016 Childhood Blood Lead Surveillance report shows that the number of children age 1 or 2 tested for blood lead in Maryland was 12.2 percent higher than the comparable average for the prior six years. Most counties experienced increases in testing rates, with the largest increases in Howard, Frederick and Carroll counties, each of which saw rates in 2016 increase by more than half. Harford, Queen Anne’s, and Calvert counties also saw increases from 25 to 50 percent.

The report attributes the increase in testing of young children to the universal blood lead testing initiative for 1- and 2-year-olds and to another Maryland Department of Health initiative to endorse Point of Care testing for lead, which allows healthcare providers to test children and provide results in the same office visit. This simplifies testing for parents and, in most cases, eliminates any further office visits or testing for lead.

Childhood lead poisoning cases and Maryland’s lead law

Even with the increase in blood lead testing, the report shows that the percentage of tested young children in Maryland with blood levels at or above the level that triggers action under state law decreased compared to the prior year. This is the lowest level since the beginning of such data collection in 1993.

Last year, less than 0.3 percent of Maryland children tested had an elevated blood lead level that equaled or exceeded the state law-defined elevated level of 10 micrograms per deciliter. The comparable figure for Baltimore City also decreased to the lowest levels since the beginning of data collection, to 1 percent.

The report’s findings represent a decrease since 1993 of more than 98 percent in the number of young children reported to have lead poisoning. Much of the decline in blood lead levels is the result of implementation and enforcement of Maryland’s 1994 Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Act.

The report also shows a decline in the percentage of tested children with blood lead levels below the state-law-defined elevated level, but still of concern based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of Maryland children identified with blood lead levels of 5-9 micrograms per deciliter decreased from 1,789 in 2015 to 1,729 in 2016. MDE and the Baltimore City Health Department coordinate to investigate pre-1978 rental units in the city where children with test results of 5-9 micrograms per deciliter live.

MDE serves as the coordinating agency for statewide efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. In addition to the new lead testing plan, under the Hogan administration, Maryland has moved to protect more children from the health risks associated with lead paint poisoning by enforcing an expansion of the type of rental housing covered by the state’s lead law.

Tracking potential sources

In 2016, MDE began comprehensively tracking potential sources of childhood lead exposure. While exposure to lead paint hazards continues to affect children across Maryland, exposure from other sources has been observed, the report states.

For example, 20 of 35 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County were children of refugee families who had relocated to the United States and recently settled in that county, the report finds. Also, cosmetics, such as kohl, and spices purchased outside the United States were identified as potential health hazards during investigations of a significant number of cases across Maryland.

DHCD’s Lead Hazard Reduction Program

The Special Loans Program of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development continues to make a significant impact on the lead exposure from lead-based paint in pre-1978 housing stock statewide. The Lead Hazard Reduction Loan and Grant Program was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1986 solely for the purpose to extend loans and grants to eligible individuals, child care centers, and sponsors to finance the lead hazard reduction of residential housing units. In Fiscal Year 2017, the program helped abate lead in 114 homes for $1,776,139. In addition, the department’s energy programs utilized abatement-related activities on 37 homes for $75,000.

Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids Lead Initiative gets approval

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved an application by the Maryland Department of Health to launch a $4.17 million initiative to reduce lead poison conditions through the abatement of lead and other lead-related repairs in housing.

The initiative leverages federal funds available through the Maryland Children’s Health Program under the authority of a Health Services Initiative State Plan Amendment. The Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids Program will receive $4.17 million in funding, using a combination of $3.67 million in CHIP federal matching funds and $500,000 in State fiscal year 2018 funds. Eligibility requirements for the initiative are as follows: a child who has a lead test result of 5 mg/dl; 18 years or younger, lives in or visits in the home or apartment for 10 hours or more a week; and are currently eligible or enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP.

DHCD will administer the initiative through a network of nonprofits, local agencies, and contractors to help complete the projects. The local health boards and primary care physicians will assist in referring the impacted families to the program to get the much-needed repairs completed.

More information

Childhood lead poisoning is a completely preventable disease.

Exposure to lead is the most significant and widespread environmental hazard for children in Maryland. Children are at the greatest risk from birth to age 6 while their neurological systems are developing. Exposure to lead can cause long-term neurological damage that may be associated with learning and behavioral problems and with decreased intelligence.

Maryland’s lead law requires owners of pre-1978 rental dwelling units to register their properties and reduce the potential for children’s exposure to lead paint hazards by performing specific lead risk reduction treatments prior to each change in tenancy.

Under the Maryland lead law, the Department of the Environment: assures compliance with mandatory requirements for lead risk reduction in rental units built before 1978; maintains a statewide listing of registered and inspected units; and provides blood lead surveillance through a registry of test results of all children tested in Maryland. The lead program also: oversees case management follow-up by local health departments for children with elevated blood lead levels; certifies and enforces performance standards for inspectors and contractors conducting lead hazard reduction; and performs environmental investigations of lead poisoned children. The lead program provides oversight for community education to parents, tenants, rental property owners, home owners and health care providers to enhance their roles in lead poisoning prevention. Maryland works in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Baltimore City and other local governments and non-profit organizations such as the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to prevent childhood lead poisoning.


“We are making progress in the battle against childhood lead poisoning in Maryland. The Maryland Department of the Environment is committed to reducing exposure to lead in newer rental homes now covered under Maryland’s lead law and to enforcing the law for older rental units, including those in Baltimore City. We will work closely with our partners, such as the Department of Health, the Department of Housing and Community Development, Baltimore City, the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, and the U.S. EPA to eliminate this completely preventable disease.”

-  Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

 “We are extremely pleased with the progress that the State’s health care providers, parents, and advocates have made over the last year in testing more children for lead, in conjunction with the Department of Health and the Department of Environment.  Together with the State’s recently announced efforts to increase resources for lead abatement and environmental case management through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the increased testing helps to fulfill the State’s commitment to reduce and eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Maryland.”

-  Jinlene Chan, Acting Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, Maryland Department of Health

“The Department of Housing and Community Development is proud to partner with the Department of the Environment and the Department of Health to support lead paint abatement in our state’s communities. Programs like the Lead Hazard Reduction Loan and Grant Program have been instrumental in the reduction of childhood lead poisoning cases and new initiatives like Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids will enable us to continue our positive progress to protect Maryland’s children from exposure to lead.”

-  Matt Heckles, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

The Allegany Arts Council to Exhibit Work of Two Artists PDF Print E-mail
Written by Desiree Bullard   
Saturday, 28 October 2017 07:46

Marlaina Pacifico 1The Allegany Arts Council welcomes two regional artists, Parris Ashley and Marlaina Pacifico, to exhibit their artwork in the Saville and Schwab Mountain Maryland Galleries during the month of November. The exhibitions begin November 3 and end November 25.  

Marlaina Pacifico was born and raised in Altoona, Pa. She discovered her love of and talent for photography while in her early twenties. She has been a professional photographer for eight years and does commercial as well as artistic photography. Pacifico is the owner of The Grin Gallery, a studio and art gallery located at 230 Fourth Avenue in Altoona. She is also a teacher, having offered two photography classes at the Allegany Arts Council.

Parris Ashley was born in Baltimore, but spent his formative years in Detroit, Mich. Today, he lives in Frostburg. In 2016, he graduated from Frostburg State University with a BA in Painting and a minor in Art History. Ashley has completed over twenty murals in Allegany County since 2012. His murals can be found at locations such as Canal Place in Cumberland and the Public Pool in Frostburg. Ashley’s exhibition is a reflection of his sentiment toward current socioeconomic circumstances in America. The forty works are acrylic paintings on various surfaces, both conventional and recycled.

Parris Ashley 6

An opening reception for the exhibitions will be held at the Allegany Arts Council on Saturday, November 4, from 6 - 8pm. Refreshments will be available, and the public is welcome to attend. The Allegany Arts Council is located at 9 N. Centre St. in Cumberland. The galleries are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday between the hours of 11am and 5pm. For more information, please call (301) 777-2787 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MCTA Hosts Barrule in Final Concert of Celtic Music Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:22

BarruleFrostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will round out its Celtic Music Series this fall with Barrule on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The live entertainment is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $15.

Named after the famous Manx summit where legend says the ancient Celtic God Manannan Maclir stalked his mighty fortress, Barrule is an award-winning trio hell-bent on taking the Isle of Man’s music to a much wider audience. The versatile acoustic unit consists of gifted fiddle-player Tomas Callister, accordion wizard Jamie Smith and versatile accompanist Adam Rhodes on bouzouki, who together create a powerful and wholly distinctive sound.

For more information, email MCTA at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 301-687-8040.

Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, MCTA is a program of FSU, supported in part by the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council.

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.

FSU Celebrates Its 2017 Homecoming Oct. 19-22 PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:18

Frostburg State University will host an array of events for its Homecoming from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22. The weekend of fun welcomes students, staff, faculty, alumni and future students to join in on the festivities.

Thursday it begins, and attendees will get a chance to showcase their Bobcat pride at the Pep Rally, from 7 to 8 p.m.in the Cordts Physical Education Center’s Main Arena. This year’s Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during the event. Retired Frostburg employees will also gather for lunch on Thursday.

On Friday, students will get a chance to attend “Engage” during a campus-wide career expo, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Bobcat Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will occur at 5 p.m. in the Lane University Center’s Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall. Next, the West Shore Piano Trio will perform a free concert featuring FSU’s faculty and guest artists in the Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center’s Pealer Recital Hall.

Saturday, Oct. 21, is filled with sports, refreshments, tailgating, dances and more. Tailgating runs from at 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and one hour after the football game. The price for each space is $10, and occupying a space is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.frostburg.edu/homecoming for the rules and regulations. In addition, an Alumni Welcome Center will be set up in the Lane Center’s lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There alumni will find refreshments, games and activities for the little ones! This event gives alumni an opportunity to update their contact information, leave notes for fellow alumni and enter to win prizes.

In the same day, President Ronald Nowaczyk will be available for questions and open for ideas from 9 to 10 a.m., in the Lane Derezinski Lounge, where coffee and donuts will be served. At 9:30 a.m., a women’s basketball alumni game will begin in the Main Arena of the Cordts PE Center. The Jim Anderson Memorial Baseball Brunch is from 10 a.m. to noon in Lane Manicur Hall. There is also a women’s lacrosse alumni game at 10 a.m. on the practice field.

Later that day, a campus walking tour, beginning at 11 a.m., will showcase familiar buildings and new ones. The Veterans Center will be dedicated and will be open to visitors at 11 a.m.

“All Fired Up,” an alumni ceramics exhibit, will hold its opening reception from noon to 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building’s Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery. The Department of Athletics will host a Baseball Locker Room Dedication in memory of the late James “Jimmy” Anderson, Class of 1979, at 12:30 p.m.

Frostburg’s football team will then play Montclair State University at 1 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium. More games will follow, with the soccer teams playing Salisbury State University. The women’s soccer game is at 5 p.m., and the men’s soccer game is at 7 p.m.

“Oasis in Space” will provide an audience with an astonishing trip through the solar system, starting at 4 p.m. in the Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology’s Multimedia Learning Center.

Closing Saturday’s events is the Oktoburgfest in the Lane Center from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. The event features a variety of activities such as music, crafts, a snack station and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 a person, and a valid ID is required for entry.

Sunday is the last day of the Homecoming’s events. An Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. in Gira Center Room 397. The event is open to all alumni. At 11 a.m., the Men’s Basketball Alumni Game will be hosted in the Cordts PE Center. The Big Event, “Clean Up the Streets,” will be hosted by the Student Government Association in an effort to maintain the appearance of the community. Those who want to join in the event should meet in the lobby of the Lane Center at noon. The Roper Gallery will host a second showing of the “All Fired Up” ceramics exhibit from noon to 4 p.m. A field hockey game played against Wesley College will begin at 1 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.

For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 301-687-4068or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

Fall For Downtown Event Features Flood City Brass on Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:12

FloodcitybrassDowntown Cumberland will celebrate the season with a new event ‘Fall for Downtown’ on Saturday, October 14. Many of the downtown merchants will be offering sidewalk sales and special discounts throughout the day. Enjoy outdoor dining on a warm afternoon in downtown Cumberland. During ‘Fall for Downtown’ you will find diners seated at sidewalk tables and tucked into pocket parks enjoying our local cuisine.


If you like to dance, Flood City Brass, an 8-piece band based out of Johnstown, PA featuring a lead vocalist, guitar, bass, drums, and a 3-piece horn section, will take the First Peoples Federal Credit Union Historic City Center stage at 1:30 pm at the corner of Liberty & Baltimore Streets in downtown Cumberland.


Flood City Brass has become one of the region's most popular bands. In 2009, Flood City Brass won the award for ‘Simply The Best Band’ in Johnstown, PA. They play a variety of songs from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's including Motown, soul, rock-n-roll, disco, ballads, and even an occasional swing or polka song. 

Flood City Brass enjoys playing the music of Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Temptations, Van Morrison, James Brown, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Doobie Brothers, and many other favorites. 


For more information visit www.facebook.com/downtowncumberland or contact the Downtown Development Commission at 301-724-3655 ext. 103

FSU to Present Writer Victoria Law, Author of “Resistance Behind Bars” PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Saturday, 28 October 2017 07:34

Frostburg State University will host freelance writer and editor Victoria Law in a presentation on her book, “Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women” on Monday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lane University Center’s Atkinson Room (232). The presentation is free and open to the public.

Law’s book won the 2009 Prevention for a Safer Society (PASS) award. Law frequently writes and speaks about the intersections among mass incarceration, gender and resistance. For more information about the author, visit https://victorialaw.net.

This event is funded by the FSU African American Studies program, the Faculty Development and Sabbatical Subcommittee Workshop/Speaker Grant program and the FSU Foundation Opportunity Grant program.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Amy Branam Armiento at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

FSU’s Center for Literary Arts and Department of History Present Guest Lecturer Philip Morgan PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:19

Frostburg State University’s Center for Literary Arts and the Department of History will host guest lecturer Philip Morgan on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Ort Library. Morgan will present “Black Patriots and Enslaved Fugitives in Maryland During the American Revolution.” This event is free and open to the public.

Morgan is the Harry C. Black Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. His “Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the 18th-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry” (1998) won the Bancroft, Beveridge and Frederick Douglass prizes. He is a co-editor, most recently, of “The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World, 1450-1850” (2011).

His other recent works include “Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age” (2006), “Atlantic Diasporas: Jews, Conversos and Crypto-Jews in the Age of Mercantilism, 1500-1800” (2009), “Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal” (2009) and “African-American Life in the Georgia Lowcountry: The Atlantic World and the Gullah Geechee” (2010). Morgan’s primary research focus at present is early Caribbean history, set within a broad Atlantic context.

For more information, contact the Center for Literary Arts at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 301-687-4340.

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.

Downtown Cumberland Events and Activities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:16

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Fall for Cumberland – Saturday, October 14

Free Parking on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays 

& Every Day After 5 PM 

Love the Local! Support Your Local Businesses


Fall For Cumberland – Saturday, October 14, Downtown Cumberland. Celebrate the season by Falling for Downtown on Saturday October 14. Visit our shops, many with sidewalk sales and open houses and dine in our restaurants. Enjoy the sounds of Flood City Brass at 1:30 PM on the First Peoples FCU Historic City Center Stage. Flood City Brass is a 9 piece band from Johnstown PA, featuring male and female lead vocalists, keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, sax, and trombone. They play Rock, Soul, Funk, Ballads, Pop, Rhythm and Blues, Party/Dance Favorites, and even an occasional swing or polka. Plus children’s crafts and display by the Allegany County Library System and a display from the Allegany/Garrett County Firemen’s Association.


The second annual Technology at the Gap conference will be held on Tuesday, October 24th at Rocky Gap Casino Resort. Registration and breakfast begins at 7:00 am and the first keynote speaker will begin at 8:45 am. Additionally, the night before, there will be a pre-conference networking session in the event space from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. All of the event sponsors, speakers, and attendees are invited to attend this casual event that will include hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and acoustic music by Surrender Dorothy. There will be some really great tech giveaways both days as well. The deadline to take advantage of the early bird ticket price is September 24th. Go to techgap2017.com for more information and to register. Hope to see you there!


The Swanton Mennonite Fellowship will be hosting a street meeting in downtown Cumberland onWednesday, October 18 beginning at 4 pm at the Liberty Street stage. They will have youth singing and testimonials.


The 68th annual South Cumberland Business and Civic Association “Marsha L. Thomas Memorial” Halloween parade is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. and follow the same route as in past years as it moves along East First Street to Virginia Avenue and disband on W. Industrial Boulevard between Kirk Auto Sales and West Third Street.


Children’s Trick-or-Treating will be held on Saturday, October 28 - Downtown from 11 am – 1 pmand Canal Place from 1 pm – 2 pmDowntown Cumberland has great entertainment scheduled. A free Magic Show by Wolford Productions will take place at 11 am on the stage at Town Center and another at Noon. Children will be able to get creative with arts and crafts by the Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department.


Ghouley Pub Crawl – Saturday, October 28, 6 pm – 2 am


Downtown Cumberland Farmer’s Market - 9:30 am – 1 pm. The Downtown Cumberland Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday from May – October.


Are you hosting a Halloween event or Haunted attraction? If so, please email your details to Allegany County Tourism as they prepare to promote October and Fall. 


Looking for a great location for your next big event? Check out the Windsor Castle Events Centre (the former Cumberland Armory), 210 S. Centre Street. Windsor Castle is perfect for wedding receptions, dances, conferences, conventions, reunions and more! For more information, call 301-722-0005


Don’t forget, Downtown Cumberland parking is FREE on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and every day after 5 pm.




Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – BOGO – Buy one item and get the 2nd items, of up to equal value, for half price. Come on in and get your fall on. We're open Thursday - Sunday in the heart of Downtown Cumberland - 45 Baltimore Streetwww.barkinbasementthriftshop.com


Fort Cumberland Emporium – Saturday, October 14 – Fall for Cumberland Sidewalk and Indoor Sale – special discounts throughout the store. 55 Baltimore Street.


Western Maryland Music Center115 Baltimore Street - Step up your game! Are you in the market for a step up instrument for the new school year? We have the best prices on many great step up and pro horns at W MD Music! Authorized dealers for flute lines include Trevor James, Powell, Gemeinhardt, Selmer, Jupiter, Armstrong, and Galway. Clarinets include Buffet, Selmer, Jupiter, and LeBlanc. Saxes include Selmer, Jupiter, Gemeinhardt, Chatuea, L.A. Sax, and P. Mauriet. Brass includes Bach, Conn, Selmer, Blessing, J and S, XO, and Jupiter. We will beat any online price. 301-724-1234


The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Western Maryland is fast approaching, and The PharmaCare Striders have put together another fantastic raffle! Stop by our PharmaCare West location at 64 Greene Street today to get your tickets for our Multi-Prize RaffleYou could win the Grand Prize (Limited Edition Yeti Roadie 20 Breast Cancer Awareness Cooler, Yeti Rambler 20 oz. Tumbler and Yeti Hat) valued at $250 or one of the other three prizes (1st Prize – 2 Tickets to New York City on a Bollman Charter, 2nd Prize – Overnight Stay at The Historic Stone House Restaurant & Country Inn, and 3rd Prize – Breast Cancer bag, scarf and gloves). Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and the drawing will be November 1st. The store and our drive-thru are openMonday-Friday 9 am to 6 pm & Saturday 9 am to 1 pm. Phone 301.724.1183 and connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thepharmacarenetwork.


Getting your flu shot this month will do more than just protect you and your family’s health. When you walk into our PharmaCare West location at 64 Greene Street and get your flu shot, The PharmaCare Network will donate $2 to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Western Maryland. So, just walk right in to get your no-cost* flu shot (*no out-of-pocket expense with most third party insurances) and help make a donation to this worthwhile cause.


Maddcatt Vapors, serving the Cumberland and Hagerstown areas! Your locally owned and operated full-service electronic cigarette company. With our award winning flavors and up-to-date products, our selection is second to none! Our knowledgeable and friendly staff looks forward to helping you start or continue your vaping journey!


Love to go antiquing and thrifting? Want to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops including MountainShine Creative, Fort Cumberland Emporium, Baltimore Street Collectibles, Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop (Thursday – Sunday), Queen City Flea Market (Friday – Sunday), Windsor Castle Antiques & Flea Market (Sundays only), Country Accents on Greene, GiGi’s Attic – all filled with antiques, collectibles, handmade items. Stop in and discover it for yourself.


The Vapor Room, Cumberland's Award-winning electronic cigarette shop is conveniently located on the downtown mall. Come visit our location at 57 N Centre Street



 GREAT GIFT IDEA! DCBA (Downtown Cumberland Gift Certificates) are available at The Book Center and may be used at any DCBA member’s business. You may find out who is a DCBA member online at www.visitcumberland.org



 Dinner at The Baltimore Street Grill with Eddie Deezen and Carrie Wolford...host and co-host of Embassy Theatre's upcoming Friday the 13th Talent Show this month. The talent showcase will be phenomenal! Seating is limited, and tickets are half gone, so if you plan to go, please call (240) 362-7183 to make reservations, or order your tickets through Eventbrite by clicking on this link. Tickets are available in both the orchestra area ($15) and on the balcony ($12):https://www.facebook.com/events/1843306402352686/?ti=cl

Dog Fish Tap Takeover at Mezzos on October 19.

 Queen City Creamery - Do you want a burger with that shake? Now offering weekly burger specials!!!

 Every Wednesday night starting at 9 pm, it’s Open Mic and Jam Night at Uncle Jack’s Pub and Pizzeria, 20 S. Mechanic Street.


Ristorante Ottaviani - Every Friday night beginning at 8 pm, it’s Friday Happy Hour Wine Tasting with half-price bottles of wine. Stop in and sample a new wine or enjoy your favorite. 


Saturday mornings, it’s Bloody Mary Brunch at City Lights! Every Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm, enjoy Cumberland’s original make-your-own Bloody Mary bar and City Light’s Saturday brunch featuring 5 – 6 seasonal specials that change weekly. City Lights American Grill & Bar is located at 59 Baltimore Street, 301-722-9800.


Mezzos Daily Specials

Trivia Night with Randy Means! Prizes and Giveaways! Starting at 7:30 pm

College Football Saturday

  1. Sunday


City Lights Beer & Burger Thursdays – Every Thursday from 5:00 to close we will be offering a Gourmet Burger with Fries and a Pint of Beer for $10.95.


City Lights Wine & Cheese Wednesdays – Enjoy Three Cheese Board and 2 glasses of house wine for $15 or order any one of their Cheese Boards and get 25% off any bottle of wine. To see City Lights full menu, visit www.citylightsamericangrill.com.




Short Term Stay? Rehabilitation? Respite Care? Are you looking for an affordable, secure, friendly place to stay short term or recuperate from a recent surgery or another event? The Kensington Assisted Living Community is located in the heart of Cumberland. We offer all the following and more for your comfort and convenience – furnished suites – private baths – no long-term commitment – medication management – three home-cooked meals daily – housekeeping services – laundry services – activity program – 24-hour staffing with personal care services tailored to individual needs – in-house rehab offering PT & OT services – free transportation for medical, social, events, clubs, churches, personal errands and shopping – all in a homelike atmosphere. Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Cumberland. Call or drop by for a tour. 1 Baltimore Street, 301-777-8800




Four-Legged Friends Food for Fines Day at Allegany County Library System - Help the Allegany County Animal Shelter AND have fines waived from your library account! On Thursday, October 19th, all branches of the Allegany County Library System will accept donations of dog or cat food in exchange for library fines.  Here’s how it works:


For more information, Jennifer Spriggs, Programming Director, jspriggs@alleganycountylibrary.info.


Registrations are now being accepted for the 2017 “Symphony Saturdays”, a cooperative program of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Allegany Arts Council, and made possible by a grant from the Community Trust Foundation. It’s a wonderful hands-on opportunity for elementary school-aged children (grades 1-5) to work with professional musicians from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and learn more about the four families of symphonic instruments. No previous experience is required and instruments will be available for all children to use during the workshop sessions. The sessions take place at the Allegany Arts Council galleries located at 9 N. Centre St, Cumberland, MD for four consecutive Saturdays beginning on September 30 and ending on October 21. Each of the four instrument families (Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and Strings) will have two session options: Session "A" from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, and Session "B" from2:00 pm to 3:00. On a first-come, first-served basis, children may be pre-registered for as few as one session or as many as four (one session with each of the instrument families). Contact the Allegany Arts Council for more information or to register a child. 301.777.2787 Parents may also register a child online at www.alleganyartscouncil.org


At The Book Center - Join us for STORY TIME, the 3rd Saturday of every month at 1:00 pm! We will have fun story readings along with interactive crafts for your child. We recommend ages 2-6, but all ages are welcome. A parent or guardian must attend with the child.


At the Book Center - Join us for ADULT BOOK CLUB, the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm! If you like food, wine, and great books, then this is the place for you! Call us to reserve a copy of our monthly selection and receive a members’ only discount.


Allegany County One Card - Your Allegany County Library card, FSU student ID card, or Allegany College of Maryland Library Card can now be used to borrow materials from any of the Allegany County libraries, FSU library or AMC library. More information about using your library card at any library across the county can be found by visiting or contacting any of the libraries or email alleganycountylibrary@alleganycountylibrary.info.


The Allegany County Library System is pleased to announce the creation of the new STAR Card, or virtual library card, for all Allegany County K-12 students. Allegany County students can simply come into any county library and check-out materials with their STAR Card; there’s no need to sign-up since the card is already there for them to use. The STAR card is the result of a partnership between the Library System, the Allegany County Board of Education, Bishop Walsh School, and Calvary Christian Academy. The Library worked with staff at each educational institution to build a database of active students and created a STAR card number for each student. “We wanted to remove any potential barrier for students to take advantage of the vast array of resources our Library System has to offer,” explained Library Executive Director, John Taube, when describing the impetus of the project. “Our goal was to increase access to the thousands of books, audiobooks, Ebooks, research databases, and Homework Help that students can access with a library card,” said Taube. As an added incentive, no overdue fines will be charged for materials checked-out with a STAR Card. 

All children from birth to their 5th birthday are eligible for the Imagination Library of Allegany County! The only requirement – the child must live in Allegany County! This program mails one age-appropriate book each month to children at no cost to the family! For more information and/or a registration form or information about sponsoring a child, please call the United Way office –301-722-2700!





Maryland Emancipation Day with "Samuel Denson's Last Run" – November 4. This FREE event celebrates Allegany County's African American Heritage with an interactive dramatization of a trip through Emmanuel Episcopal's Underground Railroad tunnels and a celebration of those African American families who were here after the Civil War and are still here today. The dramatization features actors from the Frostburg State University Department of Theatre and Dance and the United Voice Under God's Dominion acapella group. The runaways start up the Emmanuel hill at 7:00. We hope you can join them! 


The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 Museum is open to the public every Friday from noon – 6 pm. On display are actual weapons and replica weapons, photographs, equipment, souvenirs, rations, uniforms and other memorabilia provided by Vietnam veterans or their families or friends. A video is available for the public to watch. The museum is open each Friday, there is no admission fee and groups may tour the museum at other times by appointment by calling 301-777-7001.




Embassy Theatre 


Saturday, October 21, 7:30 pm - You asked ... they're back! Hollywood Nights is the ultimate Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band "Experience!" This NJ based powerhouse has set out to re-create everything about Bob and his music right down to the smallest detail. The band, and all of the members in it prides itself on continuing the amazing groundwork laid down by Bob over the past 30 years! Tickets are $31 and $27 All seats reserved! 301-759-0580 - online @ www.tri-stateconcerts.com or visit TWR 549 N Centre St. Cumberland www.hollywoodnightsband.com


Hocus Pocus - October 21 at Cumberland Theatre & Creative Arts CenterJoin us for this Halloween classic! We'll be screening Disney's Hocus Pocus on October 21st at 1 pm, 4 pm, and 11 pm. Tickets will soon be available for purchase. Bring the family and dress in your favorite costumes for our 1 pm and 4 pm screenings & grab a treat bag. Then join us for spooky cocktails and a costume contest after our 11 pm screening, which begins immediately after the 8 pm showing of Carrie The Musical! 


Allegany Allied Arts is pleased to present the cult favorite "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975) with full audience participation encouraged - Saturday, October 28, 2017, Windsor Castle Events Centre, 210 S Centre St. Hosted by our own Iva Phetish. Doors open 7:30 pm, "Virgin Games" pre-show and costume contest at 9:30 pm. Feature presentation begins at 10 pm. A limited number of "Survival Kit" grab bags will be available for $5 each. Arrive early and don't miss out. 100 minutes. Rated R. Under 17 not admitted without parent or guardian. 21+ for alcohol. $8 General Admission. $150 Premium Table (for 6) includes six admission tickets, six grab bags, and six t-shirts. Premium Tables will be discounted to $120 through 9/30. Please contact us for sponsorship and fundraising opportunities. Bulk ticket sales available, please inquire by email for 20+.


Sunday, November 5 - Allegany Allied Arts is pleased to welcome The Naked Cowboy to Cumberland for a two-day visit. More details and related appearances will be announced soon. Born Robert John Burck in Cincinnati, OH, The Naked Cowboy is an American Busker who has claimed worldwide fame in association with New York City's Times Square. He wears only cowboy boots, a hat, and briefs with his registered Trademark "Naked Cowboy" hand painted on his butt in red and blue. The Naked Cowboy is accompanied by his personal Videographer, Ron Israel. Ron and Naked Cowboy will also be appearing Monday, November 6 at Oscar's for "The Film Lab" with an emphasis on videography and production, in addition to other topics. More info about The Film Lab can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/109199176457334/


The Allegany Arts Council hosts a group dance lesson and social dance for all ages. In cooperation with Patricia Golden, owner of Industrial Ballroom, the "Third Friday" dance sessions offer the opportunity to learn a new dance step and then practice it with others in the lovely wooden-floored spaces of the Saville and Schwab Galleries. There is an optional potluck bring a dish to share if you're up to it. Bring your own beverage of choice. Water is provided. The Lesson will rotate through swing, salsa, rumba, chacha, Waltz, foxtrot, and tango. Each session costs $10 for an individual or $18 for a couple. The lesson begins at 7:15 pm and the Dance starts at 8:00 pm. The Saville Gallery is located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, MD. All are welcome. 




Susan Sykes & Josh Brown Exhibit – C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts – thru October 29. The Gilchrist is located at 104 Washington Street.


Mountain Maryland Studio Tour, October 21, 22, 28 and 29 – 29, 11:00AM - 5:00PM. Each year, painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, jewelers, woodworkers, furniture makers, and many more artists of various capacities, open their doors to the public for our region's premier studio tour. Art lovers will enjoy traveling through the beautiful countryside of Mountain Maryland during prime fall foliage. Explore our charming towns while visiting the studios of talented artists in Allegany and Garrett Counties. Visit with artists where they live and work, learn about their techniques and, of course, art will be available for purchase. Our popular guidebook, complete with easy to follow maps and descriptions of each Studio Tour Artist, is available at multiple locations including The Saville Gallery, located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland. Featured artists for 2017 include: Alan Arnson, Sue Arnson, Mary Bode Byrd, Steve Sullivan, Josh Brown, Lois McManus, George R. Lanigan, Elizabeth Levine Braun, Arnold D'Epagnier, Angela Hedderick, Tony Cornwell, Greg Malloy, Meg Romero, Frank Fotia, Darrin Isom, Dave Romero, Michael Hunter Thompson, Stacie Hettel, Reeta Khindri, Hilmar Gottesthal, and Penny Nobel-Besa, For more information, please contact The Allegany Arts Council at (301) 777-2787.



Arts Council 

Event Date - 06 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017 

Event Time - 11:00AM - 5:00PM 

Event Description - 'The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to welcome Alexis Lavine, a professional watercolor artist and art instructor. Through her work, she captures realistic scenes in rich, luminous color. Beginning as freehand drawings, each piece is designed around abstract shapes, values, colors, movement, as well as positive and negative spaces. These elements create a contemporary feel and reflect her personal reactions to the subjects of her paintings. Her work can be found in galleries in the mid-Atlantic and Southern states, as well as the Virgin Islands. To learn more about Alexis, please visit her website: http://www.alexislavineartist.com/index.html'


Event Date - 14 Oct 2017 

Event Time - 10:30am - 12:00pm 

Event Description - This Arts Saturdays program will focus on abstract painting. Students will use various shapes to learn the fundamentals of design with the instructor, Neco Love. All Arts Saturdays programs are held 10:30am-12pm. Ages 7-12. The fee is $5 for Arts Council members and $10 for non-members. Please RSVP as space is limited. Call the Allegany Arts Council at (301) 777-2787 to register. 


Event Date - 28 Oct 2017 

Event Time - 10:30AM - 12:00PM 

Event Description - 'Students will join instructor, Donna Miller, to create their own Halloween decor from recycled toilet and paper towel tubes, a few pipe cleaners, wiggle eyes, and colored paper. Everyone will create fun garlands and decorations for Halloween fun! All Arts Saturdays programs are held 10:30am-12pm. Ages 7-12. The fee is $5 for Arts Council members and $10 for non-members. Please RSVP as space is limited. Call the Allegany Arts Council at (301) 777-2787 to register'


Event Date - 22 Aug 2017 - 30 Nov -0001 

Event Description - Art instruction for ages 10 and older is available at Cafe Mark's, Baltimore Street, Cumberland, MD every Tuesday with Donna Housel. Instruction in colored pencil and drawing, $12 per session, usually lasting 1 hr, by appointment only, one on one. Some supplies available. Donna is an art instructor at Allegany College of MD Continuing Education, a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, and the Allegany Art Council. Email for more information.


Event Date - 21 Aug 2017 - 30 Nov -0001 

Event Time - 6:45pm - 7:30pm 

Event Description - Be a part of the Lindy Hop Swing Troop! All ages and levels welcome. Learn the art of Lindy Hop Swing Dance. Fun, energetic, and social. Performing/demo opportunities available to those so inclined. Classes are held weekly on Mondays, 6:45-7:30. Industrial Ballroom is located at 506 W Industrial Blvd. For more information call 301-349-6996.



Event Time - 5:00pm - 8:00pm 

Event Description - Artists are invited to a weekly, portrait painting group, Mondays, 5 pm to 8 pm. Sessions typically feature live models. Located at 124 Bedford Street, downtown Cumberland. For more information contact Al Carnahan, 301-876-1947.




Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter.  Applications and information are available at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com. ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland.


Not a member of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA)? Even if you don’t have a business in Downtown Cumberland, you can join as a Friend of DCBA. Membership forms are available at www.visitcumberland.org. Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant.


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