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New Cumberland Board Must Be Secret, Public is Told PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Duncan   
Sunday, 13 September 2015 18:10

By Andy Duncan

The secret weapon of the new Cumberland Economic Development Corporation is secrecy.

That was the message delivered by Shawn Hershberger, the city’s economic development coordinator, to the Sept. 10 public meeting of the Allegany County Democratic Central Committee.

The new non-profit corporation to which the city is transferring its economic development operation will do its work in secret, Hershberger told his audience in an upstairs meeting room at Queen City Creamery in downtown Cumberland.

“We are exempt from public meeting and public records laws,” Hershberger said.

He explained that meant the board of the new corporation would have no public meetings, no publicly available minutes, no publicly available correspondence, no ...

Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2015 14:45
Group Forms to Promote Open Government and Civic Participation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Duncan   
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 13:19

A new group of community members has formed to promote an open and transparent government and civic participation in Allegany County. Seventeen initial signees have joined the effort. Their Open Allegany Pledge is provided below. More information can be found at http. openallegany.blogspot.com/

Open Allegany Pledge

We the undersigned, all of whom live, work, study or own property in Allegany County, Maryland, or are natives of the county, affirm our belief in open government and open community, and pledge to hold all decision makers to these inseparable principles.

To us, open government means decisions affecting the public are at every level open to public examination and discussion. We oppose back-room deals, cronyism, and the routine secrecy that ...

Budget Message from Allegany Board of County Commissioners PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Allegany County Board of Commissioners   
Friday, 29 May 2015 07:28

Budget Message

May 28, 2015


Dear Allegany County Residents,


     The goals of the Board of County Commissioners are summarized each fiscal year in our budget. Our budget reflects a conservative tone, as the county continues to feel the effects of the great recession.


     This budget was developed and presented to the general public for input. Over 20 outside agencies presented funding requests at a public hearing. Two public work sessions and three public hearings were held for the budget in its entirety.


   For the coming fiscal year, the county’s real estate tax revenue is expected to continue its decline due to falling property assessments. We are able to project ...

FSU Presents Original Play “Rebel Grrrls: Revolutionary Voices” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Friday, 20 March 2015 08:43

As part of its Women’s History Month celebrations, Frostburg State University’s Women’s Studies Program will stage “Rebel Grrrls: Revolutionary Voices,” an original production written and directed by FSU faculty. The performance will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lane University Center Atkinson Room (232). This event is free and open to the public.

“Rebel Grrrls: Revolutionary Voices” highlights the role women have played in protest music over the past several decades. CJ, a young musician and songwriter, is frustrated in her attempts to break into the music business. She turns to the past for encouragement, to the original rebel girls who broke barriers and whose artistry inspired social change. CJ’s explorations lead her to the music ...

FSU’s Upward Bound Program Now Accepting Applications PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Friday, 20 March 2015 08:35

The Upward Bound Program of Frostburg State University has begun accepting applications from Allegany County high school students for its free academic enrichment program. Upward Bound offers academic support and enhancement to rising ninth graders through graduating high school seniors.

Applications are accepted from students in grades 8 through 11. High school seniors are not eligible to apply. The program is entirely funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is free to participants.

A pre-college preparatory program, Upward Bound assists 84 qualified Allegany County students in developing the skills for success in high school and college. The program’s goal is to help individual students overcome any financial, social, academic or cultural barriers to ...


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