Cumberland Times-News


October 10, 2012


Downtown event will benefit county animal shelter

A fun event Saturday in the downtown that’s aimed at easing the overcrowded condition at the Allegany County Animal Shelter may not be a purrfect solution — but the organizers certainly are barking up the right tree.

“Barktoberfest” will have activities for children, adults and even animals, and music will be provided by a disc jockey.

An animal adopt-a-thon will be held from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Liberty Street Stage. All the animals will be up-to-date on their shots, and many have been spayed or neutered.

This will be part of the shelter’s ongoing effort to find good homes for dogs and cats.

At one time, the shelter’s euthanasia rate topped 90 percent, but lately it has a record of saving 92 percent of the animals.

A recent large influx of animals has put a considerable strain on the shelter’s resources. Some of the dogs are older, which makes them less likely to be adopted, but they are otherwise in good health and would make good pets.

Other activities for kids include pumpkin painting and face painting. Free bicycle helmets will be given out to children in exchange for the donation of a food bank to the Western Maryland Food Bank while the supply of helmets lasts.

Sidewalk sales will be set up by vendors, and the animal shelter’s new bus, donated by the Allegany County Transit Authority, will be unveiled. It will transport shelter animals to adopt-a-thons, veterinary appointments and rescues.

A bluegrass music concert benefit featuring The Travelin’ McCourys, Frost Mountain Revival and Half-Lit will be held Friday at the Windsor Castle Event Center, formerly the National Guard Armory, on North Centre Street. Reserve table and general admission seats are on sale at The Book Center in Cumberland and Main Street Books in Frostburg.

Text Only
  • We concur We concur

    We’re certain that Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Secretary of Defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, echoes what many Americans feel about the complexity of filing income tax returns.
    When he filed his return, Rumsfeld sent the following letter to the Internal Revenue Service:

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The first step The first step

    If all goes as planned, Frostburg State University will one day offer a doctorate in nursing, a physician’s assistant program and a new health sciences building on campus.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where to look Where to look

    Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Library week

    Public libraries remain one of the best uses of taxpayer dollars. They are open to all. Young or old, poor or wealthy, residents can use computers and read current magazines and newspapers. Compact discs featuring a wide variety of music and
    movies on DVD may be checked out in addition to novels and other books.

    April 13, 2014

  • Sunday hunting Sunday hunting

    Legislation that increases hunting oppportunities on Sundays in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties has passed the Maryland General Assembly and reached the governor’s desk.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • One cannot compromise on God’s word

    A recent letter asked, “What is it about compromises that seem so undesirable?” Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The next verse goes on to say, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”

    April 13, 2014

  • Ballpark project a partnership, not a government handout

    To the Editor:
    Regarding Mark Nelson’s recent objection to county government assistance to exploring the placement of a minor league baseball team in the Cumberland region, I would answer that the project should be considered a partnership between private enterprise and government. The private support would come by way of donations collected from local citizens, currently banked through the Dapper Dan Club.

    April 13, 2014

  • Editorial Cartoon Editorial Cartoon

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Decriminalizing marijuana lines pockets of drug cartel

    Has the Maryland government decided they like contributing to the drug cartel? Their new decriminalization of marijuana does nothing but line the pockets of the cartel.

    April 11, 2014

  • Speed cameras Speed cameras

    We’ve never been big fans of speed cameras, primarily for two reasons. First, because the cameras are not always accurate, and secondly because many jurisdictions seem to create revenue by installing cameras and issuing high numbers of speeding tickets.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo