Affordable care topic of forum
CUMBERLAND —The Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission will host a special forum on the Affordable Care Act at 10 a.m. May 14 at the HRDC headquarters at 125 Virginia Ave. in Cumberland.
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, Maryland Secretary of the Department of Aging Gloria Lawlah, Bernard Wynder, chapter president of NAACP, and Robert Godfrey, executive director of Friends Aware, will serve as panelists. Elderly community members and health professionals are encouraged to attend.
According to Courtney Thomas, executive director of the HRDC, the purpose of the forum is to educate older Marylanders on the services and benefits available to them through state and federal programs.
Sponsors for the event include the HRDC, Western Maryland Central Labor Commission and the Alliance for Retired Americans. For more information, contact the HRDC at 301-777-5970.
Economic impact of trails eyed
CUMBERLAND — The Greater Cumberland Committee’s membership meeting is planned for Thursday at the Garrett College Aquatic and Recreation Center, McHenry, beginning at 11:30 am.
Recognizing the significant economic impact our local trails offer to the region, the committee will hear a panel of experts representing Allegany, Garrett, Mineral and Somerset counties to discuss a variety of topics.
Garrett County budget to be posted
OAKLAND — The Garrett County Board of County Commissioners has announced that the fiscal year 2013 operating budget will be online at www.garrettcounty.org by the end of business hours on Friday.
Projected revenue and requested expenditures will be available for review. The board, county administrator and Department of Financial Services will present an informational budget overview to the public on May 15 at 7 p.m. at Garrett College auditorium.
Questions on the draft budget may be addressed to Monty Pagenhardt, county administrator, or Wendy Yoder, director of Department of Financial Services.
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Kamryn Rice, 7, of Flintstone, finds and bags a plastic egg during Cumberland’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday afternoon at Constitution Park. Hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, along with students from Frostburg State University’s Recreation and Parks Management program and the 4-H Youth of Allegany County, the afternoon also included games, relay races, face painting, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo sponsored by the 4-H Hare Raiser Club, as well as a visit from the Easter Bunny. The eggs contained candy and other treats.
Business community wary of minimum wage increases
CUMBERLAND — Allegany County businesses are certain to be impacted by the increase in Maryland’s minimum wage, set to reach $10.10 an hour by July 2018 under a law championed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Tipped workers left behind in pay hike action
ANNAPOLIS — Many minimum wage workers will be getting a raise now that a hike to Maryland’s wage has been signed into law. But while advocates are ascribing the increase as a win, there’s a bitter aftertaste for one group that was left behind.
Views vary among Americans when it comes to hourly rate
CUMBERLAND — Even among those who have worked minimum wage jobs, views on the minimum wage can differ.
“Minimum wage has to exist. There is no question there, so whatever it is, it will be called ‘minimum wage’. But it should not be below a living wage,” said Bonita Quick of Cumberland.
Income guideline change will increase WIC recipients
KEYSER, W.Va. — Raised income eligibility guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children will increase the number of those served in West Virginia by about 10 percent, according to the state health officer.
Absentee ballots moving online causes security concerns
ANNAPOLIS — Voters may get to skip the lines at the polls this summer by receiving and marking their ballots online, but election officials must first decide if the convenience outweighs the security risks.
Allegany, Garrett emergency responders honored
MCHENRY — The 75 people from Allegany and Garrett counties who were involved with two exceptional emergency medical services calls in 2013 were presented with awards at the recent Night for Stars program held at the Wisp Resort.
Ninth-grader among 30 at inaugural event
OAKLAND — Lexis Trickett, a ninth-grade student at Southern Garrett High School, was among 30 girls who attended Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Leadership Forum for Women and Girls recently in Annapolis in celebration of Women’s History Month.
School immunization requirements change
CUMBERLAND — Changes to school immunization requirements by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene affect students entering kindergarten and seventh grade for the next school year.
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