Now – Help Seniors sustain their independence by providing
free services like transportation to medical appointments or the grocery store, running errands, making telephone reassurance calls, or friendly visits, and more. Whether they have two hours a weeks or two hours a month to offer, volunteers have the opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on the lives of others every time they participate. Join RSVP today by contacting Shirley Vanmeter at 304-257-1221 or 1-800-296-1221.
Now – Want to make a difference in the life of a child? The Foster Grandparent Program needs senior volunteers ages 55 and older to help children in schools and child care settings. Your life experience is very valuable to children who need a special person. You can be that special person while earning a non-taxable stipend, mileage reimbursement and other benefits by working as little as 15 hours per week. Foster Grandparents make strong connections with children and receive great satisfaction from making a difference in their lives. We need your help in making sure that every child has the extra help needed. We need You! For more information call: Myra Vance 304-257-1221 or 1-800-296-1221
Now – Let’s Beautify Cumberland! is gearing up for another season of cleaning up, planting and generally maintaining our public spaces. Would you like to be a part of our beautification Cumberland efforts? Adopt a parklet? As a group, family, or individual? As a one-day effort or a seasonal project? All helping hands are welcome and needed. Let us know. If you would like more information about LBC! projects or to volunteer, please send an email to email@example.com with your phone number so someone from LBC! can contact you. The spring season is just at its beginning. Let’s make it another successful one!
Now – Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter. Applications and information are available at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com. ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland.
Now – Not a member of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA)? Even if you don’t have a business in Downtown Cumberland, you can join as a Friend of DCBA. Membership forms are available at www.visitcumberland.org. Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.visitcumberland.org. If you and/or your business have any Downtown Cumberland special events, sales, etc. you would like to include in this weekly email, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Downtown Cumberland Farmers’ Market is a place where the community meets each week to enjoy fresh produce, locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the work of local artists and craftspeople. The market sets up every Thursday from 9:30 am – 2 pm on Baltimore Street in Historic City Center from May to October.
Hounds Around Town – Looking for a day filled with furry friends and fun???Then look no further than the Allegany County Animal Shelter’s “Hounds Around Town” program, which allows individuals to sign a shelter dog out for the day. Being situated in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland presents a great opportunity for our shelter dogs to experience the joy of a long walk, hike or run in many of the area’s scenic locations. Looking for something more low-key? No problem, we have many pups that would enjoy an afternoon lounging on a couch, a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood or maybe a trip for ice cream. The most important thing is you are giving an adoptable shelter dog a much-needed break from the kennels and providing enrichment and socialization. For more information on the Hounds Around Town program, contact the shelter at 301-777-5930.
Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter. Applications and information are available at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com. ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland.
September 7, 14, and 21: HIIT for Beginners! 5:30 p.m. at Rocky Gap, White Pine Pavilion Change up your routine with High Intensity Interval Training for Beginners. This free 45-minute fresh-air class will benefit both your body and your mind. All fitness levels welcome, as each move can be adjusted to individual needs. Workouts will be led by UPMC Western Maryland Health Coach and ACE certified personal trainer, Carey Moffatt.
Sept 13, 20, and 27: Yoga 5:30 p.m. at Rocky Gap, West Beach Join Moriah for mind, body, and spirit yoga. Moriah has been teaching yoga and cycling classes, as well as other exercise classes, at the YMCA for 15 years.
Sept 13th-18th The Garrett County Health Department announces the final series of low-cost rabies clinics for 2021. The vaccination of dogs, cats, and ferrets will begin Monday, September 13, 2021, and conclude Saturday, September 18, 2021. Area residents are encouraged to check the following schedule for exact times and locations of the clinics in their area.
· Grantsville Elementary School, Monday, Sept. 13, 5-6 p.m.
· Accident Elementary School, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 5-6 p.m.
· Crellin Elementary School, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 5-6 p.m.
· Friendsville Elementary School, Thursday, Sept. 16, 5-6 p.m.
· Kitzmiller Fire Department, Friday, Sept. 17, 5-6 p.m.
· Garrett County Health Department, Oakland, Saturday, September 18, 10-11 a.m.
Vaccination are $5 per animal at the clinics. Dogs must be on a leash and under the control of a responsible individual. Cats and ferrets must be brought to the clinic in a cage or a tightly secured box with air holes. If a cage or carrier is not available, the cat must be carried in a pillowcase or a suitable cloth sack. Close contact with animals at the clinics increases the risk of bites or scratches. Please be prepared to restrain and control your animals to avoid a potential incident.
Last year, Garrett County experienced four confirmed rabies cases. So far this year, Garrett County has had zero laboratory-confirmed rabies cases.
As stated by the CDC, rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals that is transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and leading to death. Rabies in both humans and pets is preventable by following proper procedures and guidelines.
Wounds from animal bites require careful attention. If you are bitten by a suspicious animal, wild or tame, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and get medical attention immediately. If possible, capture the animal so it can be observed or sent to a laboratory for rabies testing. Then contact your doctor and county health department right away.
Sept 16 and 30: Hula Hoop HIIT 5 p.m. at Rocky Gap, West Beach Join certified HoopLove coach, Desiree Bullard, for this Hula Hoop High Intensity Interval Training! Challenge yourself to explore new movement and strengthen coordination, all while having fun! All skill levels welcome. Hoops are provided to use during class.
Sept 18th Risque a great rock n roll band will be at the Elks, September 18, 7 pm. They will take us back in time and current. DeDi’s Kitchen will have some tasty food starting at 6 pm. Don’t forget our social quarters for rock n roll beverages created by Matt. Come and get your dinner, put your dancing shoes on and get ready for some fun under the stars.
Sept 18th Stoney Run Baptist Church in Westernport, Maryland will be hosting a Fall Festival at Creekside Park. We will have vendors, crafts, wreaths, fall florals, food, baked goods and games for the kids !!! Event is from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. We will also be passing out some freebies and information on our church.
Sept 19th A spaghetti dinner will be held to benefit Baby Apple Dumpling contest candidate Katiana Gray #14 at the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department from 12pm-4pm or until sold out. Meal includes spaghetti, green beans, roll and dessert. Free will offerings will be accepted. All proceeds go to the Burlington VFD.
Sept 19th The Maryland Sheriff’s Association Golf Tournament will be held at Rocky Gap Golf Course. The cost is $400 per foursome. Registration starts at 11am shotgun starts at 1pm. Register at https://mdsheriffsgolf.mystrikingly.com or call 240-580-0907
Sept 21: Happy Feet Happy Trails Hike 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Rocky Gap, Amphitheater Parking Lot Hike along with UPMC Western Maryland Wellness Center staff to enjoy the outdoors with your whole family! This hike has no set distance and is suitable for all ages.
Sept 25th – YMCA Dragons on the Lake The Dragons On The Lake Festival is the premier sporting event of the year! Participants rave about the excitement, diversity, friendly competition, and community spirit surrounding the event. Teams of all ages, skill levels, sizes and shapes take part. This all-inclusive event is the ultimate team building sport – requiring rhythm and finesse rather than brawn to succeed. Learn more at www.ymcadragonsonthelake.com.
Sept 26th Suicide Prevention & Memorial Walk- 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Join local community members on this walk to bring awareness about suicide prevention and in memorial of loved ones. For more information and registration for this event, please contact UPMC Western Maryland Wellness Center at 240-964-8424.
Oct 8th-9th The Allegany High School class of 1981 will be holding its 40th class reunion on October 8th and 9th, 2021. Friday evening – 7 p.m. @ Dig Deep Brewing Co., in Cumberland; Saturday evening – 7 p.m. @ Haystack Mountain Sportsman Club, in LaVale. Spouses and significant others are welcome to attend. Please pass this information on to any classmates you know.
Oct 9th Save the date – the upcoming “Too Toxic to Trash” collection event, hosted by the Allegany County Recycling Office, will provide a way to get rid of any household hazardous waste you’ve been holding on to. The event will take place on Saturday, October 9th, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Allegany County Fairgrounds (11490 Moss Avenue in Cumberland), and will provide free disposal of common household wastes requiring special disposal. This includes common items from your house such as left-over gasoline, oil, fluids, automotive batteries, chemicals, cleaners, pesticides/herbicides, glues & adhesives. It is important that all materials be brought in their original containers – do not mix or consolidate any products. Additionally, paint will be accepted for recycling for a fee of $3 per container (payment will be accepted on-site). Only Latex paint in its original container with the OEM label will be accepted. Sizes accepted are a quart, 1-gallon or 5-gallon buckets. For more details, please visit https://gov.allconet.org/1639/Too-Toxic-To-Trash-Event.
Oct 23rd, 2021- Ghouley Hooley Plunge Now in its seventeenth year, the Hooley Plunge is the largest single-day fundraising event in Allegany County. While the Hooley Plunge is normally a March event, due to COVID 19 restrictions, the Plunge is scheduled this year for Saturday, October 23. Annually, hundreds of brave souls run into the frigid waters of Lake Habeeb at Rocky Gap State Park to raise money for the Special Olympics of Allegany County and other local programs benefitting the developmentally disabled. Since the Hooley Plunge inception, over 1.4 million dollars has been raised. The Hooley Plunge is coordinated by the Alhambra Wamba Caravan #89. More information and registration is available at hooleyplunge.com.