The Mountain Maryland PACE committee is regretful to announce the cancellation of their annual event in Annapolis, previously scheduled for January of 2021. Due to concerns surrounding COVID, including ever-changing gathering size restrictions and travel concerns, the decision was made to err of the side of caution.
“The PACE committee has been committed to the promotion of Allegany and Garrett Counties in Annapolis for 45 years. After weighing the benefits, risks, and costs surrounding our annual event, we decided to proceed with an early cancellation in order to devote more time into developing an alternate plan,” says PACE Co-Chair, Jeremy Irons. “Though our in-person event is canceled, the work of the PACE committee will continue on. The Maryland General Assembly will still go in to session and we are committed to finding innovative ways to promote our region and shine a spotlight on the unique assets and challenges of Mountain Maryland.”
Plans for the return of an in-person event in 2022 are already underway. To keep informed of PACE happenings, visit us online or find us on Facebook.

The South Cumberland Business and Civic Association’s “Marsha L. Thomas Memorial” Halloween Parade will not be held again this year. In regard to the current coronavirus outbreak the parade committee and the executive board members of the association made a tough decision to cancel in the interest of all participating parade members and the attending public. Furthermore, the education of our youth has become primarily virtual and extracurricular activities are postponed, there will be no bands and the same holds true for area athletics, their cheerleaders, and dance teams. Officials are positive everyone will understand it’s not an easy decision to cancel this event held over the last 70 years once again this year.The South Cumberland Business and Civic Association appreciates your support and understanding during this unfortunate pandemic.

Allegany Museum regrets to announce that they will not hold the annual George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest this year.Earlier this year, as they watched the progress of the corona virus, they decided that it was prudent to move the original date of June 12 to September 11.The continuing pandemic and the current upswing make hosting the event and complying with the necessary safeguards too difficult to manage.They put the safety of their guests and volunteers ahead of everything else. They want to thank the sponsors and volunteers for their efforts this year. Please join for the next George Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion brought to you by Community Trust Foundation on June 11, 2021. If you have purchased tickets, officials will gladly refund you, or you can keep it and it will be honored next year. The Museum IS planning to reopen on September 1, with appropriate health safeguards in place.

The Bedford Fall Foliage Festival Committee must announce, with deep regret, that officials are cancelling the 2020 Bedford Fall Foliage Festival. Governor Wolf’s mandated limit of 250 people at an outdoor event. makes it impossible to receive Penn DOT approval to close the streets. Officials regret the added hardship this decision makes for vendors and shoppers, but be assured that they are already in planning for the 2021 festival.

Unfortunately, due to COVID and social distancing issues, the decision has been made to cancel Heritage Days for 2020. Stay tune for Heritage Days 2021 dates and information.

Frostburg Elks Lodge #470 regrets to announce that the 44th Annual Soapbox Derby Race has been cancelled for 2020 due to safety considerations during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Derby Day Race committee did not feel it would be feasible at this time to make the commitments that are necessary to have a successful race this year.

The Elks would like to thank the local businesses who have supported this race and sponsored the racers for the last 44 years and look forward to being able to host the race in 2021.

FrostburgFirst announces that Pig Out in the Park Backyard BBQ Bash scheduled for August 15, 2020 is cancelled. The event will be held next summer on August 21, 2021. This difficult decision was based on several factors regarding the concern of health and safety of all those who attend:

· Continuing updates and directives from the CDC, the Governor, and other agencies regarding large gatherings.

· The unknown longevity of the health risk, with predictions into August and beyond.

· The difficulty in providing a safe, virus free environment for competitors and judges tasting food items.

· The uncertainty regarding the safety of large gatherings and maintaining social distancing.

· The health and safety of everyone involved with the BBQ Bash, which is FrostburgFirst’s priority.

Pig Out in the Park is primarily funded by entry fees, beer tent sales, and sponsors. Uncertainty regarding restrictions on large gatherings makes it impractical to proceed with planning the event and requesting financial support from local businesses impacted by recent stay-at-home orders.

FrostburgFirst greatly appreciates all who support, attend and participate in the Pig Out in the Park Backyard BBQ Bash, and looks forward to a bigger, better event in 2021. All competitors already entered for Pig Out in the Park will receive full refunds of their entry fees and a space reserved for the 2021 event. For now, FrostburgFirst thanks the BBQ teams, sponsors, vendors, crafters, suppliers, attendees and everyone involved in the event for understanding.

FrostburgFirst is proud to serve the Frostburg community and strives to contribute to the overall quality of life for residents, to encourage tourism, and to participate in economic development that will enhance Frostburg.

To learn more about FrostburgFirst please email or visit To learn more about Pig Out in the Park, please visit

Tri County Fair is cancelled

Hampshire County Fair is cancelled

The South Branch Festival has been cancelled until June 26, 2021.

The 2020 Allegany County Fair and Ag Expo is cancelled

The Western Maryland Mission of Mercy scheduled for October 2020 has been cancelled.

City of Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department Makes Seasonal Update Announcements

1. The Constitution Park pool opening is delayed and will remain closed until further notice. We are preparing the Park pool and are hopeful to open for the 2020 pool season, however we cannot do so until Governor Hogan gives the order to open outdoor swimming pools. Once that order is given, we must collaborate with the local health department to ensure a safe environment for our patrons. There are a lot of unknowns at present time, but we remain optimistic and will provide updates as they become available.

2. No pavilion use or rentals will be permitted at Constitution Park until further notice.

3. The Summer Concert Series held annually at the Constitution Park Amphitheater has been cancelled for May and June. An assessment will be made in mid-June as to the remainder of the concert series. 4

. The 72nd Annual Fishing Rodeo held at the Battie Mixon Fishing Area of the C&O canal scheduled for May 30th has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

 5. The 97th National Marbles tournament held in Wildwood NJ, and attended by Cumberland area marble City Champions, scheduled for the week of June 21st, has been cancelled for this year. An online platform for marble players ages 7 to 14 is being planned. For more information visit the National Marbles Tournament website.

6. The City of Cumberland Independence Day Fireworks Celebration, scheduled for July 4th, will be held as planned.

7. All City owned athletic fields remain closed until further notice. We await future guidance from the state of Maryland relating to all sports and group size allowed.

 The City of Cumberland thanks you for your cooperation and patience during this unprecedented time. Questions may be directed to Diane Johnson at

The Allegany Arts Council has made the challenging decision to postpone its 11th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air program, originally scheduled for June 15-20, 2020, for the safety of the invited artists and community, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The rescheduled event will be held June 14-19, 2021.

CASA of Allegany County announces that the 7th Annual CASA Wine and Craft Beer Festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 13th, 2020, has been cancelled.

The Ellerslie/Lavale VFD’s Annual Bash that was re-scheduled for May 16,2020 has been once again POSTPONED until further notice due to the social gathering orders in place. 

Due to the unfortunate circumstances that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed upon us, organizers regret to inform you that the 2020 10th Annual Thomas Cumberland Tri-State Wing-Off and Music Festival that was scheduled to take place on June 20th, 2020 will be cancelled and postponed until next year on June 19th, 2021. Organizers feel as though, given the overall severity of large gatherings and following in accordance to the guidelines set by the State of Maryland, it is in the best interest of our patrons, entertainers, vendors and volunteers that the festival not proceed as scheduled this year. Your health and safety is our primary concern. Another factor that they have taken into consideration is the impact that this pandemic has had on the small business community. These are largely the businesses who make this festival a reality, through sponsorship funding they so generously donate, or vendors providing the delicious product that attendees come from miles away to enjoy. Organizers understand and sympathize with them as they face the financial hardship that this pandemic has created. 
All tickets, camping passes and canopy passes purchased to date will be fully refunded with no questions asked. If you do not receive a refund within the next 2 weeks (by May 20th), please email and someone will see that it is taken care of immediately. Organizers apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to see you all on June 19th, 2021.

With the Cumberland City Hall currently closed to the general public, an arrangement has been made to accept cash payments for water/sewer bills only at two First United Bank Locations in Cumberland. Cash payments are not being accepted at City Hall, so if a cash payment needs to be made, citizens should take their water/sewer bill to either of the locations listed below:
First United Bank – 115 W Harrison St, Cumberland DRIVE-UP HOURS:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 12 noon
First United Bank – 1501 Oldtown Rd, Cumberland DRIVE-UP HOURS:
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
The City of Cumberland encourages the utilization of online payment methods for utility bills and any other financial obligations, such as parking violations, citations, real property tax, personal property tax and corporate tax. Visit for more details and instructions to pay online.
Payments may also be made in the following ways:
-Mailed to 57 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, MD 21502
-Paid by phone (credit card payment) by calling 301-759-6409
-Drop box outside City Hall, 1st floor
-Drive-by drop box at Chamber of Commerce Bell Tower in City Hall plaza
Any questions regarding the handling of business or transactions should be directed to 301-722-2000.

-Ray of Hope, Inc. Day Program & Admin buildings will continue to be closed with a tentative reopen date of May 26th due to COVID-19. Admin is teleworking and available by phone or email. Officials with Ray of Hope offer their continued thoughts and prayers are with everyone whose lives have been impacted by this virus.

 -The Mountainside Baroque 2020 MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS Festival has been canceled for this summer. Acting from an abundance of caution in view of the pandemic, we felt that a timely decision to cancel the June festival was necessary. Festival musicians, presenters, and audience members come from a wide geographic area and we want everyone to be safe. This action follows the cancellation of the final 2019-2020 concert season performance, “Venice and Rome,” scheduled for March 29 at the Allegany Museum.

-Due to COVID-19 and social distancing Carpendale Tunnel Day officials are canceling Tunnel Day for this year, which was scheduled for June 20th. The vendors and food trucks are all from out of state. Due to the uncertainty of what the state will require moving forward and the reluctance of vendors to schedule events it has been decided to cancel the event this year.

-The Board of County Commissioners of Allegany County announced today the postponement of their bi-weekly public business meeting that was originally scheduled for April 9, 2020. Recognizing both Governor Larry Hogan’s Stay at Home order and statements made by President Trump regarding the necessity to stay home this week, the Commissioners are taking this time to lead by example and to further urge all Allegany County citizens to do the same.  The County continues to also update its resource page for businesses and for the community at-large with the latest in information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Citizens are encouraged to visit:

– The George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest delayed until September 2020.The planning committee for the George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest has decided to postpone the Fest until September 11, 2020. The committee decided this after careful consideration of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent public safety regulations. A ticket to the George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest, brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation will still get you tastings and sales of a dozen brands of whiskey, vodka, brandy, rum, wines and beers. You will also enjoy live Colonial games, swag bags, continuous servings of fabulous food from Good Carma Catering, an open beer and wine bar, and opportunities to win dozens of fabulous items at the Silent Auction. You can also get a Sober Ride home – (if you need it!)Friday September 11, 6-10pm, Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St Cumberland MD.Only $50 per ticket ($75 at the door). Purchase through the Whiskey Rebellion Facebook page, at, or purchase at the Book Center, Cumberland, or Main St Books, Frostburg.The Fest will be a highlight of Heritage Days which will extend from Thursday evening September 10 to Sunday September 13.All proceeds go to keeping our Allegany Museum open and telling the great stories of our region. Courtesy Nayano Taylor-Neumann

-IMPORTANT! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Cumberland will follow the recommendation of the National Association of Town Watch and postpone our National Night Out Cumberland event in August until October 6, 2020 (the first Tuesday in October). More information to follow.

-IMPORTANT NOTICE: It is with regret that we announce the Friends Aware 2020 Ox Roast will be canceled. Given the uncertainty of when group size restrictions will be lifted, many predictions state that the virus may still be active through the summer months and the Friends Aware population remains a vulnerable one. We are also sensitive to the fact that our local community, which has been so very generous in the past, will not be able to provide the same support this year. Our generous business donors are facing unexpected financial burdens and our usual attendees simply may not have the discretionary funds to purchase tickets to our annual event. Despite our cancellation, if you do find yourself in a position where you can make a donation to Friends Aware, we will gratefully accept. And mark your calendar for June 18, 2021, when we return. God bless you all. Our prayers continue for your health and safety.

-In response to the coronavirus pandemic Highland Arts Unlimited is rescheduling Seldom Scene, the final show of the season until 2021.

West Virginia University has closed its campuses making the auditorium at the Church-McKee Arts Center at Potomac State College unavailable for the planned April 25 performance.

Looking forward to the coming year, current ticket holders and those for the 2020-2021 season will be included in the new performance tentatively planned for April 2021 at Church-McKee.

In the meantime, Highland Arts is working to finalize its upcoming season, which is tentatively planned to include the Pan Jammin’ Steel Drum Band in August; the WVU Symphony Orchestra and Chi-Town (formerly Chicago Transit Authority) in October; A Hank Williams Tribute Show in November and the Bayfield Brass in December. 2021 will kick-off with Mike Lockett, a story teller in March and Seldom Scene will close out the season next April.

Highland Arts programs are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, memberships and corporate contributions and financial support from the Mineral County Board of Education with generous in-kind support from Potomac State College of WVU.

All Remaining Spring CES at FSU Performances Cancelled

All remaining CES performances at Frostburg State University for the 2019-20 season are cancelled. These events include: 

·   Friday, March 27: Ghost-Note 

·   Friday, April 3: The Brubeck Brothers Quartet 

·   Wednesday, April 15: Naturally 7 

·   Friday, May 1: Veronica Swift 

CES at FSU is working with the artists in the hopes of rescheduling these events in the 2020-21 season.   

Patrons holding tickets to a cancelled CES performances will be contacted via the email address that was used to purchase tickets or called directly if an email is not on file.

“This is not how we wanted to end our performance season, but we are grateful to those that joined us for the many exciting engagements in 2019-2020,” said Melanie Moore, CES associate director. “Thank you for your patience as we navigate this uncertain time.”

The CES staff is currently working remotely and the Lane University Box Office is closed. If you need to contact them, email or use Messenger through the Facebook page at

-The Fort Hill Girls Softball team was supposed to have their annual cash bash this Saturday at the Cumberland Outdoor Club but it has been rescheduled for April 11th

– Potomac Highlands Food Co-operative Project Informational Meeting for March 25 is Postponed. The informational meeting regarding the new food co-operative project has been postponed, in response to COVID-19. Previously, the initial kickoff informational meeting was scheduled for March 25.

-The Bountiful Blessings session, scheduled for March 26 from 4-6 pm, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Washington Street, is cancelled. Notice will be given when sessions are resumed

-The Office of Ryan D. Pensyl DMD/Family Dentistry on Winchester Road, LaVale will be closed temporarily closed to all non-urgent dental care due to the Coronavirus Pandemic starting March 17th. They will be reopening April 6th. If you have a dental emergency, please call and leave a message. They will be checking voicemail and returning calls. 301-729-0444. Thank you for your cooperation in helping them keep the public and their employees safe.

– Mountainside Baroque has cancelled its March 29 concert, “Venice and Rome,” due to coronavirus precautions. The cancellation brings the early music collective’s 2019-2020 concert series to a close. If circumstances allow, “Venice & Rome” may appear in some form as part of the new season coming this fall, according to the Cumberland, Maryland organization.

-The Coleson Sioma Benefit Dinner scheduled for March 21st has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

– 25th Anniversary of the 3on3 Tournament at Calvary Baptist Church has been cancelled

-The Celebrate the Spoken Word event, previously scheduled for Sat. Mar. 21, at 2:00 at the Landes Arts Center, in Petersburg, is postponed indefinitely, due to concerns about the coronavirus. Organizers are sorry for any inconvenience. Watch for notice of rescheduling of this event later.

-Hot Stove Bingo is cancelled

-The GFWC of Romney has decided to CANCEL the Spring Extravaganza on March 28, 2020, at the Bottling Works in Romney, WV, due to the coronavirus. Organizers want to thank all the crafters and vendors who signed up to be there, and everyone who planned to attend. The Christmas House for crafters is still planned for the first weekend in November, 2020.

-The Friends Aware Day Program will remain closed this week (March 16-20) and will also be closed March 23-27. This includes closure of our support employment program within the community. Staff are still to report.

-The City of Frostburg is implementing measures to ensure residents have police protection, water, sewer, and garbage services during this public health emergency. The City will work with other local government agencies to provide and/or receive support as needed.Residents are encouraged to pay their bills online at or by mail. The Governor’s Executive Order today mandates that all restaurants and bars no longer have dine-in services effective at 5 pm, but many Frostburg restaurants and small businesses will remain open and offer curb-side pick-up. The Mayor has authorized businesses to designate a curb-side pick-up space in front of their business for convenience. Updates on Frostburg businesses can be found by following FrostburgFirst.
Also, certain City events will be cancelled or altered to meet the requirements set forth by the Governor. The Easter Egg Hunt is cancelled. The Arbor Day celebration is cancelled. Other updates will be posted here as they are available.
And a reminder: if you do not have toilet paper at your home and need to use alternatives, please do not dispose of the ‘alternative’ in the toilet. Your home’s plumbing system and the sanitary sewer system are not designed to handle products that are not designated “safe for plumbing”. These clogs could result in sanitary sewer back-ups in your home and/ or clog the City’s sewer lines.
If you have any questions regarding city government, please feel free to message us, email, or call 301-689-6000.

-The 19th Annual Band Blitz has been cancelled

-Following the latest COVID-19 guidance for large events and mass gatherings offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Allegany College of Maryland has canceled a variety of college, foundation and community events for the next several weeks.The Cumberland campus has canceled the following events: the Unity Center March Madness Recruitment Events for Students scheduled for March 19; two sessions of Domestic Violence 101 led by the Family Crisis Resource Center scheduled for March 25; the Spring Transfer Fair scheduled for March 26; the Student Trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture scheduled for March 31; and “Waking Up White: Finding Myself in the Story of Race” book discussion also scheduled for March 31. The Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development has canceled its U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum trip (C/S540 course) scheduled for March 23, and its SpringFest Artisan and Crafter Fair scheduled for April 24 and 25.

-The Tri-State Mathematics Scholarship Contest held in conjunction with the LaVale Lions Club and regional school systems has been canceled. The ACM Foundation in Cumberland will postpone its donor appreciation event.

-Allegany College of Maryland Bedford County Campus has canceled Transfer Advising Days scheduled for March 23 and 30. The Bedford County Regional Education Foundation, the fundraising arm of the ACM Bedford County Campus, will postpone its fundraiser scheduled for March 28.

For the latest updates regarding the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 on ACM operations, or call 301-784-5005.

-Frostburg Ministerium Lenten services at St Paul’s Lutheran Church on Wednesday’s are cancelled for the next two weeks. This would include March 18 and the 25th. Decisions on further cancellation will be made at a later date.

-The Garrett County Community Action Committee will close its Senior Centers, Congregate Meals sites, and Senior Fitness Center beginning Monday, March 16th until further notice. The action is being taken as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus among older adults. Our goal is to protect the health of the county’s older adults and take proactive steps necessary to keep seniors safe and healthy, stated Regina Gearhart, Director of the Garrett County Area Agency on Aging.According to the Maryland Department of Health, while the vast majority of people recover from the virus, adults age 60+ and those with pre-existing medical conditions have a greater risk for serious illness.The Garrett County Community Action Area Agency on Aging staff will be monitoring all program participants, by phone, and encourage seniors who need additional information or resources caused by the closure of their center to contact the local Maryland Access Point (MAP) team at (301) 533-9000.

 Senior Centers & sites impacted by the closure:

 Mary Browning Senior Center

 Grantsville Senior Center

 Crellin Senior Center

 Kitzmiller Dine-In Meal Site

 Swanton Dine-In Meal Site

 Friendsville Dine-In Meal Site

 Flowery Vale Senior Fitness Center

 Home Delivered Meals-on-Wheels participants will continue to receive meals each day. This program will continue to operate as normal

-Consistent with the directive from Maryland Governor Lawrence Hogan and Maryland State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon and communication from the Office of Head Start, Garrett County Head Start and Early Head Start center-based services will be closed from Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th in response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. During this time centers and classrooms will go through deep cleaning and sanitizing processes.
According to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, children appear to be much less affected by COVID-19, which was also seen after other coronavirus outbreaks. Children with pre-existing illnesses may have different risk, so you should discuss this with your child’s medical team.
The Garrett County Community Action Child and Family Development Staff will be monitoring all program participants, at minimum, by phone with the possibility of home visits targeted at child development and family health and economic security. For assistance during this time please reach out to your Family Service Coordinator or call (301) 334-9431.
Head Start and Early Head Start Sites Impacted by the Closure:
 Accident Head Start
 Friendsville PreK/Head Start
 Sunny Days Child Care Partnership Head Start and Early Head Start
 Grantsville PreK/Head Start
 Grantsville Early Learning Center
 Kitzmiller Head Start
 Overlook Child Development Center
 Dennett Road Early Learning Center

-Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16. The administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision. The Wolf Administration will continue to monitor Covid-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.

-Due to ever-growing global concerns regarding COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, WVU Potomac State College will follow the lead of the Morgantown campus by implementing proactive measures, which means all on-campus events have been canceled through April 9, including, the Mineral County Maple Market (March 21); the STEM Festival (March 28); and the on-stage production of Disney’s High School Musical (March 20-29), among others.  

Refunds to individuals who bought tickets on Eventbrite for the College’s on-stage performance of Disney’s High School Musical have already been requested by the College and people should see their refunds within seven business days.

WVU takes seriously its responsibility to protect students, campuses and communities; therefore, Potomac State College classes have been suspended until Monday, March 30, at which time students will continue their classes remotely via online or other alternative methods.

However, classes that were originally scheduled online will continue as usual. High school students taking PSC classes at their local high schools should watch for emails from their instructors.  

More information along with updates can be found at   

– Friends Aware Day Program will be closed the week of March 16 – 20, 2020. Staff are to report.

– Lucky Ladies Night Out has been rescheduled to Friday, April 24! All previous ticket sales will be honored.

– West Virginia Governor Jim Justice says WV Public Schools will be closed beginning Monday.

– The Ellerslie/Lavale VFD’s Annual Bash for this weekend is cancelled. Organizers are working to reschedule the event. All tickets will be honored during the makeup date. Sorry for the inconvenience

– Lighthouse Christian Academy will be closed from March 16th to March 27th.

– Based on the current Maryland Board of Education mandate, Calvary Christian Academy and Daycare are closed Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th. 

-Beginnings Montessori will be closed through Friday, March 27.

– To align with the State of Maryland and to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all scheduled Mountain City Center for the Arts classes and lessons will be canceled March 16th-March 27th. We will miss seeing your smiling faces, but your health and safety is our number one priority. Teachers will be in touch via email and the Band app with information about making up any missed classes and lessons.

-Due to statewide restrictions surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19),
the HRDC Nutrition and Health Fair scheduled for Monday, March 16th, is now canceled.

-The All Things Home Expo Show scheduled for March 21st and March 22nd at the Allegany County Fairgrounds has been postponed to June 5th and 6th.

-From ACPS: The administration of the SAT scheduled for this Saturday, March, 14, 2020, at Allegany High School has been postponed until March 28, 2020.

-Per Governors actions, Frostburg State University classes canceled Friday, 3/13. Operational plans being developed. Info:

-Garrett College Spring break will be extended to March 29. All courses (except some field courses) will begin online delivery March 30.

-Maryland state school Superintendent Karen Salmon has announced MD Public Schools will be closed Monday March 16th -March 27th. March 12, 2020 during Governor Larry Hogan’s press conference, Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, directed that effective Monday, March 16th, through Friday, March 27th, all public schools in Maryland will be closed. All scheduled school-sanctioned travel for students and staff will also be cancelled effective immediately.“It is crucial that we take immediate measures to slow the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in school communities around the State,” said Dr. Karen Salmon. “During the time of school closure, all public school buildings and school buses should be cleaned and disinfected to prevent spread of the virus upon the return of students and staff to school.”Additionally, Dr. Salmon recommended that days previously scheduled for spring break be used for make-up days.  Administrators, faculty, staff, and parents/guardians should begin to immediately prepare for, and put into place, measures for the continuity of educational services during this prolonged period of school closure.Plans regarding childcare services are being developed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) at this time to ensure that the children of emergency services personnel (particularly those working in healthcare facilities) have access to childcare throughout the prolonged period of school closure. MSDE immediately started working to ensure that vital services, such as the provision of meals to students, will continue to be provided throughout the duration of this period.Incoming information will be continually evaluated as it becomes available to better inform decisions about proactive school closures. State and local officials will work together to continue to reassess needs for school closures on an ongoing basis.  Local school officials should remain in consistent communication with local health department officials regarding cases of COVID-19 that potentially could involve members of the school community.

As the world and local leaders watch the development of the COVID-19 virus, local emergency medical officials have canceled a portion of the Eighteenth Annual Miltenberger Emergency Services Seminar at Rocky Gap Lodge and Casino on Saturday at the direction of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and local medical directors.“Due to recent health concerns related to spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Miltenberger Emergency Services Seminar scheduled for this Saturday, March 14,” MIEMSS Region 1 Medical Director Dr. Janelle Martin said. “This decision does not come easily, however, given the recent documented case of community transmission of COVID-19 in the state of Maryland, we believe the decision to cancel is in the best interest of our clinicians, the patients we will continue to serve in our communities. We thank you for your understanding.”Cancelling Saturday’s session will impact 145 participants, not including staff, educators, speakers and physicians from across the tri-state region, MIEMSS Region I Administrator Dwayne Kitis said.Kitis and Martin echoed Gov. Hogan’s statements that everyone must do their part to stop this virus from spreading.“The committee will continue discussions to potentially have a make-up session at a later date,” Kitis said. “We will keep participants advised.”The Miltenberger Emergency Services Seminar is held annually and offers courses for all healthcare professionals including emergency communication dispatchers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, nurses and physicians.Named after the late Dr. F.W. Miltenberger, the seminar was initiated in 2002 with funds that were contributed to a memorial after his sudden death on August 3, 1999.Dr. Miltenberger was described as a man of education, perseverance, compassion and action whose contribution to EMS greatly benefited the people of Western Maryland and the state of Maryland.“We urge emergency services personnel and citizens to follow precautions issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for hand washing, social isolation and other procedures,” Kitis said. “Our main priority is to keep emergency services staff healthy and available to respond to emergencies.

-The health, safety and well-being of Scouting families, volunteers and staff is a top priority for the Laurel Highlands Council. Following the guidance of local authorities along with state and county health departments, the Laurel Highlands Council, BSA has recommended the cancellation of activities where large groups will be gathered. For the Potomac District, this includes the Scout Show at the Country Club Mall, and the District Pinewood Derby Race. Officials are currently looking to reschedule the Scout Show for Saturday, May 16. For more information please contact Kim Steinemann ( or Michele Brenneman (

-The Job Fair at the American Job Center in Cumberland scheduled on March 26 out of an abundance of caution and following direction given by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will be cancelled. The Governor has encouraged that any unnecessary, large public gatherings be canceled to assist in safeguarding public health.

-Due to the growing concerns about COVID-19 the 2020 Mineral County STEM Festival has been canceled. The STEM Festival is such a large event with families traveling from a wide region that it is definitely in the best interest of the public

-WVU Potomac State College’s Spring musical production of Disney’s High School Musical is postponed indefinitely. This is due to the university’s safety precautions & prevention against COVID-19.

-The 60th Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament has been officially called off. After consultation with participating schools and coaches, as well and an abundance of precaution, the decision was made in the best interest of the safety of fans, players, coaches, and the community.