More than 500 people attended the 38th annual PACE Reception and Breakfast in Annapolis. PACE which stands for positive attitudes change everything is an opportunity for business owners and community leaders to meet with state and federal lawmakers and officials to discuss issues impacting Western Maryland. Thursday afternoon Governor Martin O’Malley gave his state of the state address in which he proposed increasing the minimum wage a topic of discussion throughout the event. The focus of this year’s PACE was Energizing Maryland with many of the displays and discussions looking at both traditional and renewable forms of energy in Western Maryland. Other topics discussed included the future of Canal Place, moving forward with the North South Appalachian Highway project and 20 million dollars added to the Appalachian Regional Commission budget. Below you can listen to our exclusive interviews with several of the federal, state and local officials who were a part of the event.
Mountain Ridge High School Band Director Christian Robinson performed his own version of Blackbird at the second round of auditions for the tv show The Voice. Last week he was in Philadelphia as one of about 100 contestants called back from the original open call audition. Although he didn’t make it past the second round Robinson says he will use his experience in the classroom. “A lot of the reason I am a teacher today is I have a philosophy that if you are going to teach and be with kids and show them music it is important to demonstrate that and do that yourself. I try to show them performing to me is just as important as teaching and I encourage them to get out there and get outside of their comfort zone.” Season six of The Voice airs on February 24, 2014, on NBC.
Several local non profit organizations received funding from the Delfest Foundation Friday at Giueseppe’s in Frostburg. The money comes from beer sales at Delfest. So far more than 150 thousand dollars has been put back into Allegany County groups and organizations. More than 42 thousand dollars was handed out to 11 different local agencies including; Allegany Health Right, Family Junction, Jane's Place, Western Maryland Mission of Mercy, Associated Charities, Family Crisis Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity, Service Coordination, Western Maryland Food Bank, Imagination Library Allegany County, United Way, The League A Children’s Place. Each organization had the opportunity to meet with Del and Jean McCoury to talk about where the funding goes for each organization.
The Allegany County Expo Committee is pleased to announce the local celebrities ready for a little "dunk tank" fun at Expo 2013: "Chamber's Big Top Carnival" Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Allegany County Fairgrounds - Multipurpose Building - from 11:30am to 5:00pm. . Proceeds will directly benefit their chosen charities. Allegany County Commissioner Michael McKay benefiting Friends Aware, Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stu Czapski benefiting Bishop Walsh Athletic Association. Back Row: Frostburg State University President Dr. Jonathan Gibralter benefiting Jonathan and Laurie Gibralter Presidential Merit Scholarship Fund,Allegany Radio Corporation On-Air Personality Amanda Mangan benefiting County United Way,Chairman of the Chamber Board Stacey Bingaman benefiting YMCA, City of Cumberland Councilman Nicholas Scarpelli benefiting Allegany Museum Special Exhibition Fund. Amanda Mangan with Allegany Radio Corporation will be in the booth from 12:45 until 1:30 pm raising money for County United Way. $50 gets you the chance to walk up and hit the target and drench her for a good cause. $5 will get you three balls to throw at the target.The tank is being constructed by students at the Allegany County Career and Technical Education Center. For more information visit::http://www.alleganycountychamber.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=71
Tomorrow morning the Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer will be held Enjoy the sounds of Frankfort High Schools Teal Steel and the Mountain Ridge HS Jazz Orchestra at the Frostburg Soroptimists walk at Mountain Ridge High School Stadium. Enjoy the sounds of Frankfort High School's Teal Steel steel drum band, and the Mountain Ridge High School Jazz Orchestra at the Frostburg Soroptimist's Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness on September 14 at Mountain Ridge High School Stadium. Registration entertainment will start at 9:45AM with the voice and guitar of Alex Beeman. This Walk will feature "Celebration of Life" dance laps for the walkers, choreographed by the Frostburg Dance Academy. All proceeds will go the establishing a Vicki Linn Ovarian Cancer Awareness Endowment Fund. The annual income from this fund will support OC research, promote awareness of the symptoms and provide assistance to local women diagnosed with this disease, far into the future. For Walk, Team and Sponsor information, call Andrea at 301-689-9748, or email email@example.com.
To hear part 1 of the interview with Lisa Bohrer and Andrea De Palatis click here
To hear part 2 of the interview with Lisa Bohrer and Andrea De Palatis click here
(POSTED August 12th 8am) Surrounded by fellow correctional officers from NBCI and WCI, AFSCME Union officials and families Officer Hilliard who was stabbed five times on Monday morning joined the rally outside of Shooters in Cresaptown on Friday. Patrick Moran AFSCME Maryland Council 3 President says they are asking for the resignations of Assistant Secretary Michael Stouffer, Northern Region Executive Director Jon Galley, Northern Regional Director Rod Sowers, and NBCI Security Chief Keith Arnold and NBCI Major Tommy Mellott. Hilliard was named in threat and was allegedly not notified of the threat before he was stabbed in the head and torso by an inmate on Monday. He is one of 15 officers injured in separate incidents at NBCI in the last month.
The 1st Annual West Virginia Peach Festival is underway in Romney WV Sponsored by the Hampshire County Convention and Visitor's Bureau at Taggart Hall 91 South High Street, Romney WV 26757 Patty Anderson owner of Anderson’s Corner says they have a variety of activities.
Schedule of Events
Friday, August 9, 2013
5 p.m. -Corn Roast Dinner-CO-Op lot
7-9 p.m. – Street Dance –Deena Manning of Dynamic Audio
Chamber of Commerce Mixer @ Brass Rail
Saturday, August 10, 2013
8:00 am-11 a.m. Breakfast @ Romney Fire Company
9:00 am – 11:00 am West Virginia Peach Cookoff–Drop off at Taggart Hall Winners Announced at 4:30-5:00 pm
9:00 am - 7 pm crafts, venders, food, including Chicken & Rib Barbeque sponsored by CVB, funnel cakes, sandwiches, peach pies, ice cream, country ham sandwiches
Flea Market, Antiques, & Collectables at Bank of Romney Community Lot
10:00 a.m. Bike Safety Event Kids bring bikes -Free Refreshments & Helmets
(All Day event)
Lambert’s Ambulance Service
Bike Decorating Contest –Gravel Lane
11-2:30 Kids Activities- Women’s Club – prizes furnished by FNB Bank of Romney
Cow Train Rides
12 noon til 4 p.m. –Taggart Hall -Demonstrations –Basket Weaving, Blacksmith, candles
Anderson’s Corner will host wine tasting – Noon til 5 p.m.
“Garden Party” Hat decorating contest at Gazebo 10:00 til 10:30 Winners will be announced at noon – followed by parade around block
Open to all Ages -Contact Patty Anderson@304-671-2369
4:00 p.m. Crowning of Peach Blossom and Peach Fuzz
4:30 p.m –Winners announced for Fresh West Virginia Peach Cook-Off –Taggart Hall Gazebo Drop off items baked goods, jellies, salsas or other peach dishes from 9:00 am to 11:00 a.m. Sponsored by Trojans Tackling Cancer for Bonnie’s Bus
5:00 pm Romney ON-TRAC Painted Peach for Charity Auction
Sunday August 11, 2013 -9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Crafts, Vendors, Food, Entertainment
“Cow” Train Rides
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. –Car Show--Romney Fire Co. Parking Lot
Car Show sponsored by Full Throttle Contact John Duncan @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrestling fans in our region are in for a great show. Big Time Wrestling is bringing a variety of well know wrestlers including Terry Funk, Matt Hardy and Chris Masters for a one night only event at Keyser High School.
Federal, state and local officials took part in a ceremony Friday to recognize one of Hampshire County’s biggest private employers and most people who aren’t from the area don’t even know it exists. Jonathon Bellingham recreation and marketing manager for Capon Springs Resort says they have family owned for almost four generations. Capon Springs Resort won the Small Business Association Family Owned Business Award for 2013. “Being the 150th anniversary of the state of West Virginia you know it gives us special pride to win in a year and it is also the 50th anniversary of the SBA giving out these kind of awards so all these numbers coming together in a place that is kind of forgotten. Even in our own county we are kind of forgotten because we are on the far side we are closer to most the cities in Winchester, Virginia than even our county seat in Romney.” Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito also attended Friday’s ceremony and says it was her first time at the resort. “I am meeting so many people from around the country that come here every year and I can see why it is just gorgeous.” Bellingham says most people find out about the resort through word of mouth. He says it has the charm of the resort from Dirty Dancing mixed with the Greenbrier. But he says one major draw for people is the natural spring that runs through the more than 4700 acre property and many have reported healing power within from spring. Mid Atlantic Region Administrator for the SBA Natalia Olson-Uretcho says family businesses are the engine of the economy. She says the economic development that small businesses provide to the community is vital especially family owned businesses like Capons Springs. Olson-Urtecho says the President is also an advocate of small businesses and the SBA has a variety of resources available. WV District Director Judy McCauley says the have information on webinars and other resources on the state SBA website. She says family owned businesses like Capon Springs are amazing especially for being passed down through generations.
A familiar face will soon be appearing on Al Jazeera America. Morgan Fogarty used to be on WHAG between 2003 and 2005. During her time there she anchored and produced the 12 and 5 pm news broadcasts. She says she is looking forward to working for Al Jazeera America. “Al Jazeera is more interested in in-depth unbiased fact based journalism and I think there is a real need for that in this country.” She says she will arrive in New York to begin working for Al Jazeera America at the end of the month along with three other news anchors Jonathan Betz, Richelle Carey, and Del Walters. The new U.S. news channel is expected to launch in late August. Al Jazeera America, which will launch in late August, is the new U.S. news channel that will provide both domestic and international news for American audiences. It will be headquartered in New York City with additional bureaus in 12 cities across the United States.For more information log on to http://www.aljazeera.com/america
More than 60 kids took part in a basketball camp held by former WVU basketball star Da’Sean Butler which was an event to benefit Burlington United Methodist Family Services. Butler says it was truly a community event. “Keyser is awesome, this is my first time ever being here and everybody has been nothing but welcoming from the parents to the kids to the staff and Burlington United of course just being everybody letting me have a camp here for the kids and being a part of something they love to do I am happy about it.” This is one of Butler’s last events before he heads to Belgium to potentially play basketball. Curtis Flemming host of Fly Rod Chronicles was also part of the camp. He says he is not surprised by the turnout. “Keyser as a community, you hear nothing but good things about Keyser and the area you have Potomac State here you have good hard working people here and it is just neat to see the parents and the kids come out to this.”The money raised from the event will go toward the goal of raising funds to build a new school for Burlington United Methodist Family Services in Burlington. BUMFS is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
This week Childrens Author and Illustrator Jamison Odone will be visiting all six Allegany County Library Branches reading to children and giving them a chance to draw with them. Odone says he went to school for art and moved to a small town in Connecticut and became friends with Maurice Sendak the author of Where the Wild Things Are. Odone was offered a job at Frostburg State University where he currently teaches. Odone says he hopes his appearances at the Allegany County Library Branches will give parents and children a chance to learn how the books they are made and where they come from. For the list of times and branches of Odone's appearances click here
Da’Sean Butler a former WVU basketball stand out is gearing up for a basketball camp in Keyser. The camp will be held Tuesday July 16th at Keyser Primary Middle School. He says he is looking forward to bringing John Flowers and Alex Ruoff with him and he hopes the community gets involved.
Looking for ways to get your kids involved in reading this summer? Morgan the therapy dog will be on hand at the Keyser and Fort Ashby Libraries as part of the tail waggin tutors program. Janet Roberts Morgan’s handler says folks can make an appointment to on Mondays read to Morgan.
As mountaineers across West Virginia celebrated the 150th birthday of the state more than 60 people joined in on the lawn of the Mineral County Courthouse in Keyser yesterday afternoon. The crowd sang in unison "My Home Among the Hills" with Karen McDonald and rang bells at 1:50. The ceremony included several speakers local student Logan Pfaff, Jennie Shaffer with the Mineral County Democratic Committee, Orrin Armentrout Mayor of Carpendale, Kimberly Rolls Mineral County Democratic Committee and Richard Lechliter with the Mineral County Commission who talked about what they loved most about West Virginia. Mineral County Prosecutor Jay Courier dressed as Governor Pierport read the proclamation of Statehood.
A change in state regulations that mirror national standards which means the Fourth of July fireworks can not be set off from Constitution Park. Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim says the regulations state that there can not be occupied structures within the fall zone of the fireworks. The building closet to the fall zone is the Allegany County 9-1-1 Center. Grim says they found out about the issue when the Maryland Bomb Squad officials who certify the fireworks displays told city officials their request to shoot the fireworks from Constitution Park. Grim says it has been a long standing tradition in Cumberland and city officials have made every effort to get the Constitution Park site approved. He says there will still be July 4th activities going on at the park and they are looking for a new location for the fireworks but no matter what there will be fireworks for Independence Day. He says it is truly a regional display that draws tens of thousands of people to Cumberland.
Thousands of festival goers braved the on and off thunderstorms last night and the dip in temperatures as the 6th annual Delfest is in full swing at the Allegany County fairgrounds. One of the bands scheduled to perform is no stranger to Western Maryland. Red Baraat recently performed at Frostburg State University. Sunny Jain who helped form the group says this is their first Delfest. He says they are excited to perform for the festival crowd. Music lovers from all over the country flock to the annual Memorial Day weekend event. And thanks to the Delfest Foundation more than 100 thousand dollars raised at the festival has gone back to organizations in need in our community .
The 6th annual Delfest kicks off today in Allegany County. The weekend long music festival brings in thousands of music lovers from around the country to see a variety of artists mostly bluegrass inspired perform in the music meadow at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Missy Raines a Short Gap native will be performing for the first time this year at Delfest. She says Delfest has put Cumberland and the region on the map in the music and arts community.
Volunteers from around the region are working to breathe new life into downtown Cumberland. Last night Katie Gattens a volunteer with Let’s Beautify Cumberland presented a list of areas around the city that need a little TLC. Liberty Park off of the Maryland Avenue exit on I-68 has been adopted by the Gulf War Memorial organization to spruce up that park. Volunteers are needed to help out with the clean up during an event May 31st 7:30 am until noon in the Queen City Drive area. If you would like to help out you can log on to facebook and search Let’s Beautify Cumberland or call Cumberland City Hall.
Two activities that exemplify the growing collaboration between year-round Frostburg residents and members of the Frostburg State University community, Beautify the ’Burg and the celebration picnic for the Sustaining Campus and Community Dialogue Series, come together on Saturday, May 4 at noon. Both events are free and open to the public. Beautify the ’Burg, formally called the Day of Caring and Sharing, is now in its 13th year. Volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Fat Boys Pizza. From there, participants will fan out across town to plant flowers, paint light posts, sweep sidewalks and perform other tasks to spruce up Frostburg for spring. The picnic, with lunch by B & B Meats and local leaders, including FSU President Dr. Gibralter and Mayor of Frostburg, as “celebrity chefs,” will begin at noon at City Place. The event will also feature a range of live music. Elisha Ruminski, Project Manager of the Sustaining Campus and Community Dialogue Series, really would like to encourage everyone to come out and says, “whether action of service or trying to promote spirit of unity, it is all for a good cause.” For more information, people can visit http://www.frostburg.edu/dept/cmst/dialogue-series/ or those who would like to be part of the dialogue series should contact project manager Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski at 301-687-4480 or email@example.com.
Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia Attorney General, has been busy for the first 100 days he has been in office. During this time, he said that his office really wanted to focus on a few core priorities that he introduced in his 17-point plan including wanting to advance ethics reform, promote freedom, and begin the process of taking on the Federal Government. He said that they have taken good steps in these 100 days on addressing these issues but that there is more to come. Morrisey hopes to take steps to improve economic performance in the state because WV needs to move up in economic ranking. He wants to focus on how to generate more jobs by talking to local businesses and see what top regulations are burdening them. He wants to engage in what he calls a “fact finding exercise” because there is a lot that needs to be changed. They need to figure out ways to make regulations more balanced and do things in a more efficient manner. There are so many challenges that WV faces and these need to be overcome so that WV can finally be the shining state it should be. Morrissey says they will be spending time in Mineral County and Potomac Highlands so they can ask for input and gather ideas from local businesses, individuals, and consumers. Morrisey believes that no region should be left behind. If anyone would like to reach out, they can all the Charleston office at 304-558-2021, or visit http://www.wvago.gov/ and submit ideas on the website. Morrissey says that he welcomes all ideas and would love to hear from people on ways to help.
St. Mary’s Church of Allegany County has a severe mold problem and it has been determined that the church building will be coming down and will not be replaced. Sean Cain, Director of Communications for Archdiocese of Baltimore, discussed what has been happening with the building. Contractors were called in to determine the status of the mold in July 2011. The decision was made that the building would most likely need to come down based on the amount of mold. None of the contractors that looked at the building could guarantee that even if it was fixed, the mold wouldn’t return. In December of 2012, the decision was made that the building would come down and not be replaced. There are not enough people in the area to support the church which is why they are not looking to replace it. Cain says that people will be upset but to realize that the church is more than just a building. It is a sad reality that people are not in the area to support the church but Cain says that it is a “timely reminder to us that the church and people’s faith is not solely tied up in bricks and mortar.”
Why are major film companies seeking Maryland for new filming locations? In the last eighteen months, Maryland has been super busy when it comes to filming and production. Currently, the second season of HBO’s “Veep” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in the filming process and Netflix production “House of Cards” is returning to Harford County to shoot their second season. So, why has Maryland been the “hot-shot” for political series? According to Jack Gerbes, director of Maryland Film Office, Maryland has done a great job doubling for Washington D.C. Another great factor is the legislation Governor O’Malley signed in 2011 for a Film Center program allotting $22.5 million to the Maryland Film Office for productions. Such productions generate $237 million to Maryland’s economy. When a film comes in, like season 1 of “Veep,” Maryland Film hires over 1,000 Maryland crew, casts and extras. In fact, season 1 of “House of Cards” was the largest production ever filmed in Maryland, with over 2,100 Marylanders hired. Over 1,800 local businesses and vendors saw increase in revenue as well. Local productions have a tremendous effect on the Maryland economy. Hopefully within the next 4-6 months Maryland will see more attention with major filming companies. Though the industry is competitive, Marylanders should always keep a lookout for upcoming productions. Serving as an extra could be a great experience to see what Hollywood is all about. For more information about the up-coming local productions and casting calls, visit www.MDfilm.org.
The Martinsburg VA Center wants to encourage all veterans who are not enrolled with the VA Health Care System to look into the benefits and services that can be provided to them. The mission of the Martinsburg VA Center is to serve America’s Veterans. Veterans who have applied to VA services and benefits receive the best healthcare and are eligible for primary care, mental health, dental, prosthetics, life insurance, as well as many others. The Martinsburg VA Center also has community based outpatient clinics around the area which use Telehealth technology to deliver medical service to the rural areas in West Virginia and the surrounding areas. Jason Dominguez, Public Affairs Specialist with the Martinsburg VA Center, says that all veterans deserve the benefits and services of the VA Health Care System for serving our nation. They encourage all veterans to look into what the VA Health Care System provides and also encourage friends and family of veterans to encourage veterans to look into these benefits. For more information, people can check out http://www.martinsburg.va.gov/or call 304- 263-0811 ext. 3758 for the eligibility office.
How far would you walk to help raise money for your community? Aaron and Andy Agnew are attempting to raise money through hike of the Pacific Crest trail which is 2650 miles long and stretches from the boarder of California and Mexico into British Columbia, Canada. The Agnew brothers are raising money for the Faith in Action Food Pantry that is located in Keyser, WV. The Faith in Action Food Pantry serves families in Mineral Country that need nutritional assistance because they are struggling to provide this on their own. This idea for walking to raise money all started when the two brothers attempted and succeeded in completing the Appalachian Trail in 2010. They decided to do another through hike on the west coast but said that they were not going to participate unless they could raise money for local people. They realize that the need to support your local community is so important and this need for the food pantry is rising. From 2005-2012, the use of the Faith in Action Food Pantry by locals increased by 118.75%. In 2012, the food pantry served nearly 1,000 households in Mineral County. Aaron and Andy Agnew are excited and ready to start walking. They hit the trail on May 9th through October and will be posting weekly on their blog and documenting their progress. To get more information you can check out http://www.pct4hunger.com. There is also a place on the website to make contributions through PayPal.
Four months ago Kenny Jones and Jason Miller formed the Miller Jones Band. Both have strong ties to music through family members. Jones works at the New Page Luke Mill and Jones works for CSX. In the time that they have been performing together they have played several local benefit concerts to help raise money for those in need in the community.
Rob and Lisa McCoury stopped by the studio this morning. Last night five finalist competed for two scholarships to the Delfest Academy which begins Monday May 20thand allows musicians of all ages to get one on one instruction for guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and bass with Rob as one of the teachers. Thanks to the generosity of some of those in attendance at the performance last night all five contestants are expected to have the opportunity to be part of the Academy which is in its fifth year. Both Rob and Lisa are looking forward to the 6thannual Delfest in Allegany County. The bluegrass festival brings thousands of people from around the country to the fairgrounds each year and has a huge economic impact for the region. One of the offshoots of the festival is the Delfest Foundation which for the last six years and donated thousands of dollars and even some vehicles to local charities. This weekend the foundation service committee will be selling Hooley Pub Crawl 2013 t-shirts. For more details log on to http://delfestfoundation.org/Hooley_2013.html. And to find out more about Delfest be sure to check out http://lineup.delfest.com
Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series presents a LIVE! At StarScape club event with iconic comedian and actress Sandra Bernhard. Bernhard’s musical cabaret performance is taking place on Thursday Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m., both performances will take place in the Lance Center’s Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall.
As for the content of her show, Bernhard says, “I’m doing the whole ‘one-woman show’, so it kind of takes in the landscape of my life: the very personal to the very political, the pop culture and all interwoven with songs…it’s a whole evening of entertainment. I try to take people on a journey”.
Bernhard has done shows at colleges for a good portion of her career. She says she enjoys the college circuit, “I think people are really discovering themselves. It’s a new sort of path when you’re on your own at college and it’s your next step to adulthood. You’re formulating a lot of new ideas. I think it’s important to come and speak about things that I’ve experienced throughout my life and kind of my journey and I hope it’s helpful to people”.
Bernhard is passionate about women’s studies, and that is partly why she is happy to present a lecture on women’s studies as a part of CES’ Inspiring Audiences program. “I’ve always been on the cutting-edge of feminism and post-feminism. Being a woman whose forged her own road, I think it’s a great story to share,” says Bernhard. This lecture is free, but attendance is limited. Contact Hannah Byler at (301) 687-7420 to reserve a space.
Bernhard admits that she thinks the younger generations tend to be more complacent towards issues such as women’s rights. She says, “when you’re caught up in your day-to-day life, you forget there’s ongoing battles and women trying to get equal pay for equal work. It changes and is evolving, but the issues are always simmering under the surface”.
As to what to expect from her show, Bernhard says, “the most important thing is that you’ll be entertained. This is not some dry, didactic lecture. This is a night of entertainment. It’s incredible one-on-one and intimate”.
Bernhard says she doesn’t think much about peoples misconceptions of her, saying, “I’m many things at many different times, so it’s kind of fine what people think. And that’s what you do as an artist, you constantly shatter the conventions and what people think”.
A part from performing at various college venues across the country, Bernhard is on the road quite a bit of the time. She has a guest starring role on the ABC sitcom “The Neighbors”, airing sometime in the next month.
You can find out more information about Sandra Bernhard at www.sandrabernhard.com, or find her on Twitter (@SandraBernhard) or on Facebook!
For more information on the Sandra Bernhard performances, contact the Cultural Events Series box office at (301) 687-3137, or visit CES’s website at ces.frostburg.edu
Miss Maryland Joanna Guy of Swanton says her experience in the Miss America Competition was a remarkable experience. She placed in the top ten overall in the competition on Saturday in Las Vegas. Guy says the support from Western Maryland has been amazing.
Sponsored by the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA) and Main Street Cumberland, Midnight Madness will be held Thursday, December 13 from 6 p.m. – 12 midnight. DJ Mark Stevens will be spinning holiday favorites on the Rusco Town Centre stage. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a visit along with their friends, Rudolph and Frosty. Free illuminated carriage rides will also be available throughout the evening. Free trolley rides to and from the shops with Santa and Mrs. Claus will run throughout the evening. Many of the stores are offering special discounts or bargain deals. There will be musical entertainment on the Liberty Street stage provided by DJ Mark Stevens. It’s sort of like a summertime Friday After Five, only during the winter holiday season.” This year, “Fill the Sleigh” for Toys for Happiness will be located on the Rusco Town Centre stage. Midnight Madness includes stores and businesses located on Baltimore, Centre, Liberty, Mechanic, Pershing, Harrison Streets as well as Queen City Drive and Canal Place.
Like to do your local shopping in the evening?Several Downtown Cumberland shops and restaurants will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Including the following:
Shops - Millicent’s Yarn and More, Fort Cumberland Emporium, Hobbies Plus,
Allegany Arts Council, Victorian Creations, The Vapor Room, Baltimore Street Collectables, Terry’s Jeweler’s, Western Maryland Music Center, Morton’s Jewelry, Mr. Toad’s Pottery, Downtown Dollar, Tree House Toy Shop, Peace of Me, The Social Studies Store, Lenny’s Leathers, G and B Gifts, Family Dollar, Roses,
Restaurants - City Lights, Ristorante Ottaviani, Queen City Creamery, Mezzos, Baltimore Street Grill, Uncle Jack’s Pizzeria and Pub, Coney Island, Crabby Pig,
El Canelo, Hong Kong Chinese Food, Subway, Harvest.
Visit with Santa & Illuminated Carriage Rides - Santa and Mrs. Claus and a few of his helpers come to town every Friday Night running December 7, 14 and 21 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Tree House Toy Shop. Bring your camera and capture a memory! Take a ride in the Downtown Cumberland illuminated carriage. Visit with other open stores; dine at one of our wonderful restaurants. Christmas is a magical time in Downtown Cumberland.
Downtown Cumberland has got trees! The Light the Steeples program is selling beautiful Christmas trees, wreaths and garland for the holidays. Located in the Times-News parklet on the corner of Baltimore and Mechanics Streets, all monies raised helps to light up our town. Open daily from 9 - 6 p.m. For more information, call Ed Mullaney at 301-268-2135.
Santa’s Special Mail Boxis located in Downtown Cumberland by our 25-foot Christmas tree. Be sure to include a return address and Santa will be answering all the letters. No stamp needed!
Celebrate New Year’s Eve Downtown! Join the revelry for the annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on December 31, 9 pm - midnight. Welcome 2013 in Downtown Cumberland!
A complete schedule of holiday events can be found at www.mainstreetcumberland.com.
(posted Dec 4th 7am) The future of green technology is being developed in Western Maryland. The Sustainable Energy Research Facility near the Allegany Business Center at Frostburg State University is 90 percent complete. The 6,300 square foot building is completely off the grid and self sustaining with a combination of solar, wind and hydrogen fuel cell power. Dr. Oguz Soysal and Ms. Hilkat Soysal, co-directors of the FSU Renewable Energy Center and faculty in the FSU Department of Physics and Engineering explain why Frostburg is perfect for the SERF. “We have wind, we have sun, because of the elevation we have less pollution so it is an ideal place.” Students and those who want to learn about renewable energy from around the region can come to the facility where this cutting edge technology is being tested. The Soysals say the study of renewable energy is important to them because they lived through rolling blackouts and they realized how precious our finite resources are and the need for renewable resources. More information about SERF and renewable energy research at Frostburg can be found here: http://www.fsuwise.org/renewable/SERF/
Author Robert Harding will be a part of the Blue Star Holistic Expo in Cumberland this weekend. Harding says more and more people are turning to holistic healing. He says there are a lot of lost and lonely people out there and this is a way to show them they are not alone. The Blue Star Holistic Expo will be held at the Cumberland Holiday Inn Nov 3rd. Vendors will exhibit goods and services with mind, body, spirit connections. The expo will run from 9:00 am. to 5:00 p.m. Robert will be on hand to autograph books and to discuss his spiritual journey throughout the hours of the expo. Blue Star is the true story of Robert’s spiritual awakening and vision quest that signals the beginning of a complete life makeover for the author, introducing him to healing gifts he didn’t know he possessed. Robert Harding is a songwriter as well . “This Was My Life”, Robert Harding’s newest release on Assurance Records, will also be available at the expo.The expo is currently accepting vendors. For more details and a vendor application, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to community support a raffle has raised close to two thousand dollars for the striking works at Potomac Farms Dairy. Casey Hardman who is the only female worker on strike organized the raffle. She says the money raised with help them make ends meet. Hardman says it has been stressful on strike but the community support means a lot.
It took more than 12 years and 24 million dollars, it spans the Potomac River linking Keyser West Virginia to McCoole Maryland. Yesterday more than 500 people were in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Memorial Bridge. 99 year old Gladys Calamine was the first resident to cross the old bridge and was the first to cross the new bridge. She says she was excited to cross the new bridge. West Virginia First Lady Joanne Tomblin delivered the keynote address. Tomblin says transportation projects are vital to bring economic opportunities into the Mountain State. West Virginia Division of Highways Secretary Paul Mattox says the bridge is vital for the community. He says it’s great to see the culmination of work that has come together for the bridge opening. Mineral County Commission President Cindy Pyles says she is happy to see it finally opened. She says it brings tears to her eyes because it is such a needed project for Mineral County. Maryland State Highways District Engineer Tony Crawford says there is still work to be done because the old bridge needs to be demolished. The finishing touches on the new bridge and demolition of the old bridge should be complete by spring of next year.
A Keyser native is hoping to bring some life back to Main Street. 20 year old Alex McDonald recently purchased the 24 thousand square foot Music Hall. McDonald says he hopes to have the grand entrance restored and a marquee replaced thanks to a grant and the Music Hall could be open by March of next year. He found a lot of original documents, set pieces, and poster from back in 1920s located in the attic of the theater. Many events have been held in the theater such as archery club, boxing club, concerts featuring the Grateful Dead and Chubby Checker. On October 27, 2012 at 8pm there will be a Monster Bash at the music hall. Money raised from the Monster Bash will go to help pay for the restoration and renovations.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin wants residents of Mineral County to get involved in the general election. He says he hopes more voters will turn out for this election compared with the last special election. Tomblin made a stop in Keyser on Saturday and spoke to a crowd of about 20 people at the Democratic Headquarters on Main Street. Tomblin says he won’t be able to attend the New Memorial Bridge ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday but he says it will be a great addition to the city.
Canine Couture 2012 the dog fashion fundraising event of the year will be held October 6th at noon. Doors open at 11 am at St Luke’s Lutheran Church 1601 Frederick Street in Cumberland. The cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under. Designers include Vera Wag, Ruff Lauren, Abercrombie and Fetch, Liz Claibone, Tommy Pawfinger, Victerrier’s Secret, and more. Cool refreshments and delicious food will be available as well as dog and cat themed products. There will be door prizes and drawings, raffles and auctions. All proceeds benefit the Allegany County Animal Shelter. There will also be an adoptathon if you are looking for a four legged friend to bring home. You can also bring donations for the shelter.
Independent Thirty-One Consultant Corrie Preston will be holding a Mystery Hostess Party for a Purpose at the Holiday Inn, Cumberland in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and she will be donating 10% of all sales to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She will also be raffling off one of their most popular bags, the Cindy Tote, and donating the proceeds to the Schwab Family Cancer Center at WMHS. Now here's where the "Mystery Hostess" comes in...everyone who attends will receive a ticket and will be entered into a drawing to win one of three hostess benefits--free product, half price items, or hostess exclusive items. For more details contact Corrie Preston 240-580-0051 www.mythirtyone.com/cpreston
Doron Petersan owner of Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats and author of Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats 100 Super Secret Vegan Recipes and winner of the Food Networks Cupcake Wars twice says baking vegan is easier than you think. She says it is good for you and the environment and the animals. She says you eat vegan things all the time and might not know it. She says you can replace dairy products with soy, hemp, rice or almond milk and you can replace eggs with all kinds of substitutes and that’s what the recipe book is all about.
Doron will be at the Baltimore Book Fest this weekend making pumpkin whoopee pies.
See the mountains of Cumberland and Frostburg like you never have before, while supporting a wonderful cause. Join the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland for the Western Maryland Kidney Ride, Saturday, September 29th. Bring your friends and family for a unique autumn bike ride through the Great Allegheny Passage with refreshments, a live band, children’s activities and more. Proceeds will benefit NKF-Maryland’s patient services, education and research efforts. Sign up today at 301-707-7473 or www.kidneymd.org and make lives better for those with chronic kidney disease!
The Frostburg Soroptimist’s Vicki Linn Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness will be held at Mountain Ridge High School and Stadium on Saturday, September 29, 2012 beginning at 10:00 am. Team packets and sponsor information are available by email at email@example.com. The keynote speaker will be gymnast and ovarian cancer survivor Shannon Miller, winner of 7 Olympic medals including one personal and one team gold. Join the team to help beat Ovarian Cancer!
Syrus best known for his role on MTV’s Real World Boston wants you to get out and vote. Syrus spoke at Allegany College of Maryland as part of the Rock the Vote, Rocking Registration and Decision 2012. He says he has been lecturing on voting since 2000. He says there is a misconception that you need to be really political to vote but he says anyone can do it and should. Syrus says know what you stand for and stand of it. He also works a lot with the 1830 Project which has an online calculator that helps you put aside money to be self reliant. He says his parents were not into voting so he had to go out and learn about the election system. He says he is from humble beginnings and has been able to do great things and he thinks that’s part of the American dream which voting is a part of.
Deep in the heart of Hampshire County, West Virginia there is a place where between the songs of tree frogs and woodpeckers you can walk along a trail and come upon a rush of cool refreshing air flowing from the vents of Ice Mountain. Thanks to the tireless efforts of local residents and members of the Nature Conservancy more than 150 acres of the land at Ice Mountain is now a National Natural Landmark, West Virginia’s first in more than 40 years. Because of the vents at the base of the mountain there are several species of plant and animal life that typically are found in either higher elevations or in colder climates. West Virginia Nature Conservancy Director Rodney Bartgis says it is important to preserve this land because of the changes of land use in the region. Bartgis says the National Park Service designation is the NPS ‘s way of saying the land is a treasure not just for West Virginia but the entire United States and it is of importance to all Americans.
WVU Geology Professor Steve Kite has been studying Ice Mountain since 2003. When Kite took the temperature difference between the air coming out of the vents and the surrounding air it was about 15 degrees different. He says during the spring there could be a 60 degree difference. He says one thing he has noticed from studying the vents is that temperatures coming from the vents are warming up ahead of schedule and the ice is melting earlier. The wind was blowing out at about 1 and a half miles an hour and the top speed is about 2 miles per hour. Kite says there are more than 160 vents. Kite says many of the plants that are there now have been part of the ecosystem for 12 thousand years.
Terry Bailes and her husband Steve who have grown up around Ice Mountain are the volunteer coordinators. She says Ice Mountain has a rich history. It was used by native Americans and soldiers from both the north and south during the civil war and members of the local church would have festivals with ice cream and lemonade made from the ice of the mountain. Besides leading tours and working with the volunteers every summer the Bailes host a group of inner city New York children to come and experience Ice Mountain.
Elizabeth Johnson with the National Park Service says the designation recognizes the uniqueness of the area. Mike Powell with the Nature Conservancy says the designation brings national focus to Ice Mountain which is something all West Virginians can be proud of.
Ice Mountain is open to the public. You can sign up for volunteer led tours by logging on to nature.org
Puppies are not something you expect to see when you enter a prison, but now at the Western Correctional Institution three eight week old puppies are helping veterans inside and outside the prison. The puppies are part of the America’s Vet Dogs program where they are being raised by incarcerated veterans to be used as service dogs for wounded and disabled veterans. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard says it is a great program. The dogs will live inside the cells with the inmates in cages line with bedding made by inmates from Hagerstown. The dogs will train with the inmates for a year before they are placed with a wounded veteran.
The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway
The novel is Inspired by the actions of a real cellist during the siege of Sarajevo. After witnessing the death of twenty-two of his friends and neighbors in a mortar attack, the cellist sits at the site of the attack and he plays Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor for twenty-two days—once for each of the dead. The story is told through the eyes of three individuals—one man braving the streets under threat of snipers to collect water for his family; one man who makes his way through the city in search of a meal and instead runs into an old friend who reminds him of the city before the war; and a young woman recruited for her expert marksmanship—now a sniper herself—who is charged with protecting the cellist.
Celebrating its fifth year in 2012, One Maryland One Book is designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. Readers are then invited to participate in book-centered discussions and other associated programs at public libraries, high schools, colleges and universities, museums, bookstores, and community and senior centers. All related programming will take place in fall 2012. A calendar of free public programs will be available online beginning this summer.
Bells ring out with the reading of the names of 40 men and woman Amidst the cow pastures and the corn fields in southwestern Pennsylvania there is a boulder that serves as a marker and a headstone. It marks the site of the United Flight 93 crash on 9-11 2001 where 40 passengers and crews members lost their lives. Today Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar walked with the family members of those passengers through a new ceremonial gate that leads through two marble walls inscribed with the names of those victims through a field to their last resting place. Biden calls the field in Shanksville hallowed ground made sacred by the passengers and crew of United Flight 93. In addressing the families Biden said “ As you live in this moment that Yates only wrote about ‘Pray I will and sing I must but yet I weep’ my personal prayer for all of you is that in each succeeding year you are able to sing more than you weep.” Biden says it is an honor to be back at the site but like all of the families we wish we were not here and did not have to commemorate this and it is bitter sweet moment for the nation. He says today is just as a momentous day in their lives regardless of the anniversary they experience for at least an instant the terror of that moment returns along with a sense of disbelief. Biden says his hope is that as every year passes the depth of their pain recedes. He says he hopes the families find solace in the fact that all the people attending have not forgotten the bravery of those men and women and what they did is still etched in the minds of Americans forever and that’s why it is important for the Shanksville Memorial to be preserved. Jerry Bingham father of passenger Mark Bingham who was the last to board the plane says he comes to the site from Tennessee because he feels closer to his son and when you love your kids it’s what you do. He says walking through the gate this morning he felt that closeness with his son. Work continues on the memorial . National Park Service officials say more than 100 thousand people have donated to help build the memorial. They still need five million dollars in private funds to build a learning center and the Tower of Voices which will include 40 unique bells representing each passenger and crew member. About 1400 people visited the crash site memorial for the ceremony this morning.
The plans are in to build a new 11 thousand square foot adoption and care facility for the Allegany County Animal Shelter. This shelter will be unique in its no euthanizing policy, in which all animals will be housed until they are adopted.
The shelter will be built by architect Jeff Stoiber. Who has worked on other shelters, including one in Washington, D.C.
Jeff says, “We just love designing buildings and any way we can design a better building, help an organization like Allegany County create a better facility- that’s what we love doing. we love solving problems and making them look beautiful”. .
The plan for the Allegany County shelter is a campus composition, which is an interesting modern structure. Jeff says that the shelter will function well for animals, staff, and the needs of the faculty but also be a source of community pride architecturally and as a community; a building that draw people to it, but remain affordable for the community.
Becky, worker at the animal shelter is thrilled with the plans, and says the building will be in phases, and says it’s, “not a cheap effort, we want to make it in the right effort”. Becky also says the shelter will be user-friendly for people for volunteers and will offer walking paths that the community can use. Most importantly, the shelter will be a useful facility for animals.
Jeff urges the community to come see the current facility, “it really is important to come see the shelter now and try and help out the best you can while we’re in this transition period. Because I really think it will help people appreciate the difference when the new shelter is built. The goal of the shelter, a goal that we have helped evolve, is taking the shelters and really focusing them on the animals’ welfare”.
The plans feature the development and construction of a new adoption and care facility on land near the current county facility on Furnace Road.When complete, the center would be capable of housing approximately 50 dogs and 150 cats indoors in a modern multi-purpose facility that facilitates the adoption process and improves working conditions for volunteers and staff. Animal Shelter Foundation officials announced Tuesday that they will launch a capital campaign this Fall, designed to fund the new facility in two phases.Phase One of the project is planned to make 7,700 sq ft of the new facility operational during 2013. This largest portion of the project will house dog and cat adoption areas and is projected to cost $1.5 million. Phase Two will be a 3,300 sq ft extension of the building that is planned to provide critical care facilities for animals needing special medical attention. The cost of this phase is estimated at $900,000.The first public portion of the capital campaign will kick off in October with the establishment of a campaign committee goal to raise $1 million from private sources through a Founder’s Share Campaign. Special building funds, equipment funds and naming opportunities are also being developed.
For more information or to help out, you may contact McCleran and Williams at (301)724-2450. The site plans will soon be posted on the Allegany County Facebook page, as well as the shelter’s website: www.ashelterofhope.com.
Frostburg State University will resume classes soon with some changes around campus. FSU police are taking a more proactive approach to law enforcement in and around the University.FSU Police Chief Cynthia Smith says students may notice an increased presence this year. The Frostburg State University Police will be participating in ‘Knock and Talk’ all this month, which is a program in which university police officers will make rounds knocking on doors in the community, and getting the word out as to what their behavioral expectations are. The Memorandum of Understanding is a document that was signed a few months ago with the city of Frostburg that permits Frostburg State University Police to be proactive. The university police will be more prominent around campus and the city terms of reaching out to the community, talking to both students and fulltime residents, and addressing their concerns. The police will also have the ability to issue citations for things such as alcohol and traffic violations, and will have criminal authority. The Frostburg State University Police will not be the primary agency, but instead an opportunity to better help the community with a higher presence of law enforcement. Although some students may initially resent the increased law enforcement on their campus, Chief Cynthia Smith of the Frostburg State University Police states, ““wherever you are, there’s an expectation that you’re a good neighbor. Students will ask me, “I want to have a party, how do I do that?” I said, “look I just want you to be safe, it’s not that you can’t have parties, just whatever you’re going to do, if you’d be comfortable with your grandmother living next door, then you’re probably going to be okay”. Smith says the typical age demographic for FSU is 18-24, and developmentally at those ages, students tend to weigh rewards over risks. With alcohol being such a big factor on virtually all college campuses, and with over 1700 college students dying a year from alcohol poisoning, this memorandum is a big driver to prevent such tragedies. The Frostburg State University Police will be participating in ‘Knock and Talk’ all this month, which is a program in which university police officers will make rounds knocking on doors in the community, and getting the word out as to what their behavioral expectations are. Smith encourages both students and community members to contact her with any issues or concerns, ““know that we’re here, we listen. My e-mail address is on the Frostburg State University website. It’s so important for the community to trust us in terms of telling us what’s going on. If we don’t know, we can’t really address it”. You can call the tip line number for any reason, at (1-800) 678-STOP.
Inmates in Maryland will now stay in the regions where they are from. Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard explains why they made the change. “If somebody is from Washington County we would hope they would stay come through the system in Washington County and stay in one of our Hagerstown or Cumberland prisons and be re-entered back into that same region. He says they are also now allowing law enforcement officers to process inmates at the Western Correctional Institution rather than driving to the only processing center in Baltimore. Maynard says they are also reaching out to local governments and encourage communities to contact his office to have inmates help with community projects.
August 16th another meeting will be held to discuss downtown Cumberland. Downtown City Manager Ed Mullaney says at a meeting last month several people discussed inappropriate behavior downtown and how that can be changed. He says they have discussed a variety of things including increased police presence and asking bikers to walk their bikes on the pedestrian mall. He says as for talks of a smoking ban “We solicit everybody’s input and whether it will happen or not nothing is a done deal.” Mullaney says city officials are also looking to find him a co-manager. He says he is excited to find a partner to help with downtown Cumberland. If you are interested in the position you can contact Cumberland City Hall
Let the filming begin. Yesterday local cinematographers began shooting footage for an upcoming Maryland Public Television program entitled Our Town Cumberland. The hour long documentary will focus on why it’s so special to live in Cumberland and Frostburg a story told by local people. MPT Vice President of Development Rick Lore says there will be some star power behind this documentary as well. “Bill Macy is involved with this will be part of the film will shoot his stuff in front of a green screen in Los Angeles he is a very busy fellow but he is thrilled to be part of this.” Lore says Our Town Cumberland will air on Public Television Channels in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington D-C in March of next year.
The Allegany County Public School System has partnered with Allegany College of Maryland through the College Preparation Intervention Grant Program to provide academic preparation and support to help students be successful in postsecondary education.In order to qualify for the program and begin regular credited course study at ACM, students must score at the Math 102 level or the English 101 level on the Accuplacer test. This test was administered by the school system in January and May of this year. Parents recently received letters from the school system notifying them if their child qualified for the program.If students enroll in the program, they will receive college course instruction at no cost and earn .5 credits toward high school graduation requirements upon successful completion of the college prep course (English or math). Students enrolled in CPIP English will also earn .5 ACPS credits and one ACM credit upon successful completion of the Habits for Success course. Information will be provided to students in both programs regarding college applications, required courses for specific academic programs, and information about financial aid and the process for applying for it. At the conclusion of the semester, students will re-take the Accuplacer test to assess improvement during the course. Students who successfully pass the test will be encouraged to enroll in the Early College (dual enrollment) program in their high schools. Students are encouraged to enroll in the CPIP programs during the first semester of the 2012-2013 school year as there is no charge for the program if it’s taken at their high school. If students need to enroll in the course upon entering college, the standard college fee of $387 will apply.Students should contact school counselors to determine if they currently have an adequate number of credits toward graduation. If so, they should request to take the CPIP English or math in the fall. If in January 2013, students retake the Accuplacer test and scores at the appropriate English 101/Math 102 level, they can then enroll in college level courses at the cost of $100 per course. Counselors will be available to meet with students on the following dates: (Allegany) August 6-8, 13-16; (Fort Hill) July 23-27; (Mountain Ridge) July 23-26, 30, August 1, 13-16; (Career Center) July 23-27, August 6, 13. For more information, please contact Val Llewellyn, CPIP Grant Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(posted July 23rd 7am) Beginning this week motorists using Route 220 under I-68 will see some traffic changes. Maryland State Highway Administration officials will close Greene Street under the I-68 overpass to northbound traffic. The closure is part of the $3.3 million project to improve and reconstruct the US 220/I-68 interchange in Cumberland. SHA will temporarily close US 220 to northbound traffic between the on ramp to eastbound I-68 and the off ramp from westbound I-68, a distance of less than a quarter-mile. Both of those ramps will remain open. Motorists traveling north on US 220 into Cumberland will be detoured onto eastbound I-68. Detour signage will direct motorists to take exit 44 (Willowbrook Road), make a left at the end of the ramp, and take the ramp on the left onto westbound I-68, where they may take exit 42 to return to Greene Street north of the closure. Local passenger vehicles may choose to use Cumberland exits 43 A-D. However, the detour is signed this way for truck traffic. “SHA appreciates drivers’ patience during construction. The closure allows crews to safely complete this construction phase,” said District Engineer Anthony Crawford. “If Mother Nature cooperates, we will reopen northbound US 220 in late summer and complete the entire interchange project late fall.”SHA began construction of the interchange improvements last spring and closed the ramp from US 220 to westbound I-68 on May 1. Crews will reopen this ramp on July 24 as they move into the next phase of construction. However, due to the closure described above, the ramp will only be accessible to southbound traffic on US 220 during this phase. The interchange improvements include construction of a partial roundabout to provide direct access from Greene Street to eastbound I-68. The northbound US 220 closure will allow crews to reconstruct the roadway north of the new partial roundabout. The project also includes lengthening the merge area on the US 220/Fletcher Drive ramp to provide a safer transition to eastbound I-68.SHA’s contractor for the project is IA Construction Corporation of Cumberland. Those who have questions about traffic operations along US 220, I-68, or other state numbered routes in Allegany County may call SHA’s District 6 Office at 301-729-8400 or toll free at 1-800-760-7138, or email SHADistrict6@sha.state.md.us. While SHA and its partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don't follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For everyone!Maryland now features FREE 511 traveler information! Call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit www.md511.org for current travel information. Sign up to personalize travel route information through MY511 on the website. Remember to use 511 safely – Maryland law prohibits hand-held mobile phone use and texting while driving.
(posted July 31st 7am) An investment into a wind farm in Pennsylvania means money for the city of Frostburg too. The Twin Ridges Wind Farm blade signing ceremony was held Friday in Meyersdale, PA. The wind farm which is the second largest in Pennsylvania is expected to be up and running this year and will include 68 wind turbines. Those turbines will generate 140 megawatts of electric power – producing enough electricity to power over 45,000 households each year. And that means more than 80 landowners will receive approximately $1.5 to $2 million per year in royalty, easement and other payments. The project will generate payments to Somerset County of approximately $37,000 a year. Payments to the Southampton, Northampton, Larimer and Greenville townships and the Berlin and Meyersdale School Districts will share over $93,000 per year. Twin Ridges Wind Farm will use approximately $2.5 million in local goods and services for the upkeep and maintenance of the wind farm. Almost all of this revenue will be spent locally. The operation maintenance will require up to seven-full time positions. A portion of the transmission line that connects the turbines to a substation runs through Allegany County and through Frostburg. Frostburg has been economically benefitting from the construction of these wind turbines. Several construction workers have been staying at local hotels, eating at local restaurants, buying supplies at local stores, and in general just supporting the Frostburg economy in many ways. John R. Kirby, a Frostburg city administrator says, “it’s been a great economic boom this summer, and it goes on a couple more months, and that’s the big thing”. The President and CEO of EverPower Wind Holdings, Jim Spencer, also stresses the importance of the EverPower/Frostburg Alliance, “although a majority of the project is cited in Pennsylvania, it was essential that we had to evacuate the power. And the only way to evacuate the power economically is to get the power to the Frostburg substation, so without it we would not have a project so that’s how important that cooperation was. And Maryland, from the governor’s office to the local and county officials—just every one of them was cooperative, so we really are indebted to them for their assistance”. Natural gas, coal, and now wind are actively providing energy for the area, as Kirby states, “we’re an energy producing region!”
Michael Krancer, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection states the relevance of this new wind farm in regards to Pennsylvania, “it underscores the importance of a diverse energy generation portfolio, which we’re blessed to have in Pennsylvania”Krancer also says he believes that this wind farm goes beyond Pennsylvania, “It’s important for the future of America, it’s important for the future of our children that we have a diverse energy portfolio and we’re able to secure sources from all of our domestic sources of energy”.
During the blade signing ceremony Friday families, friends, neighbors, contributors, construction workers, members of the media, children, supporters, and city council members are among the 150 people who attended the blade signing ceremony yesterday. Eight members close to the project spoke to the audience, as people enjoyed refreshments for the event. After the speeches were over, every one attending was invited to sign one of the blades that will be propelling electric power into over 45,000 households per year. Children drew pictures, some drew hearts, some left quotes, some simply left their name as a sign that they were a part of this special occasion.