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  • About Us | The Appalachian Independent
    your submissions questions and suggestions I look forward to hearing from you and welcome to appindie org Craig Etchison is a former college professor writer and speaker For the last decade he has been writing and speaking about the intersection of environmental concerns politics and social justice Woody Getz is an Appalachian American born and raised in central Pennsylvania He left the Appalachians after earning a Bachelors Degree in Accounting Economics and a Masters degree in Student Personnel Services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania located in western Pennsylvania to work at then West Chester State College near Philadelphia for 3 years live in South Africa for a year and work at the University of Nebraska Lincoln for nearly 5 years His self imposed exile from Appalachia ended when he moved with his wife and their daughter to Frostburg in 1987 where he has worked at Frostburg State University and Main Street Books This member of the AppIndie TechTeam is also an avid recycler waste management guitarist vocalist currently Academic Probation formerly Shanty Irish who can be seen on the Highlands Trail running biking or walking waist management often with his wife and Hershey the wonder Lab This e mail address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it Kurt Hoffman moved to Frostburg in 2000 from Napa California to become a member of the Psychology faculty at the local community college He has also taught additional courses in Leadership Sociology and Anthropology Kurt is passionate about his two little girls as well as the issues of fair trade sustainability participatory democracy deep ecology peacebuilding and social justice The idea of this grassroots newspaper is a further extension of his values and his desire to empower individuals to make a difference in the world and to make the world a better place for all children It took 20 years but Richard Kerns has come full circle with the Appalachian Independent Starting as a reporter with the weekly Frostburg Journal circa 1988 he moved to the News Post in Frederick MD covering county education and city beats and then to the Cumberland Times News where he worked 14 years first as a reporter and for the last five years as editorial page editor A single father of three Kerns also wrote the enlightened half of a well received Sunday feature called Faceoff and a personal Wednesday column that drew a modest but devoted audience Following a disagreement with the publisher and managing editor over the meaning application and value of the First Amendment and the critical role a newspaper must play in any democratic society he became a communications technician in the exciting field of Medicare customer service That gig lasted a blessedly brief six months so that Kerns now works full time in a variety of editorial capacities at the sprightly lively and growing century old and still vital News Tribune of Keyser WV 25 miles south east of his Frostburg home the hut at the crest

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  • Mission Statement | The Appalachian Independent
    August 2008 18 55 Our Mission Citizen journalists giving voice to a diverse Appalachian community We Value The active involvement of citizens in the democratic process The richness that results from sharing diverse viewpoints and thought provoking analysis The empowerment of all voices in the dialogue of democracy Respectful conversations about things that matter and Our rich and vibrant mountain heritage Last Updated on Saturday 01 November 2008 09 53

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  • Our Grant | The Appalachian Independent
    845 entries since 2005 Funding for the grants is provided by the John S and James L Knight Foundation for the purpose of fostering an open exchange of journalistically sound information news and opinion within a geographic community or a community of interest According to New Voices Advisory Board member Peter Levine director of CIRCLE The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement New Voices has seeded some of the most exciting examples of journalism and of active citizenship in the United States today The other projects funded by New Voices included Miami Whitewater Valley Public Media Project Cheryl Gibbs Assistant Director Journalism Program Miami University Oxford OH Partnering higher learning with public and commercial media this project will create a regional news service for Southwest Ohio and East Central Indiana The Lexington Commons Seungahn Nah Assistant Professor of Community Communications Dept of Community and Leadership Development University of Kentucky Lexington KY A University of Kentucky partnership will build a digital neighborhood newspaper that will highlight Lexington news and build a sense of community across lines of race ethnicity and income Grass Roots Digital Journalism in the Nation s Birthplace of Aviation Joe Murray Ph D Assistant Professor Kent State University Kent OH Kent State journalism professors will mentor student reporters and general aviators to cover Ohio s 166 public airports 772 private airfields and 18 000 pilots Cool State Online Jon Beaupre News Director University Times California State University Los Angeles Los Angeles CA California State University Los Angeles journalism students and faculty will partner with community groups to launch micro bureaus to cover the San Gabriel Valley s largely Asian and Latino community Green Jobs Philly Paul Glover Editor GreenPlanners Philadelphia PA A Philadelphia Web entrepreneur will spearhead a new Web site and quarterly publication

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  • AppIndie's History | The Appalachian Independent
    next few years we would mention this dream to other kindred spirits and we would all nod and smile and say Someday let s plan a get together with anyone who might be interested After some fitful starts and stops someday happened We sent emails announcing a discussion inviting our friends to discuss the possibility Our village needs a voice Your county needs you And so it was on another hot and muggy Indian summer evening in 2007 we found ourselves at the Draft Zone in Frostburg with 20 other people about 15 more than we expected Following much discussion and a sense of excitement we adjourned to Dante s where John Neral and Jeff Thomas those edgy traditional Irish music guys were playing with the hope that our creative juices would be further fueled Further meetings were held at Main Street Books in Frostburg from September 2007 through February 2008 Over this time period a small group of people emerged who were willing to work to get things off the ground This Gang of Seven included Jeff and Susan Davis Kara Rogers Thomas Dick Kerns Kurt Hoffman Craig Etchison and Cherie Snyder Others who offered assistance at different times throughout this early period were Mary Spalding Steve Robinett and Steve Gibson Around November Dick Kerns discovered a possible source of funds J Lab The Institute for Interactive Journalism out of University of Maryland With a quickly approaching deadline of mid February the group worked week after week to hammer out their ideas submitting the grant only minutes before the midnight deadline One historical detail however that eludes the original Gang of Seven to this day is where the name Appalachian Independent came from Cherie who wrote the grant insists that the group decided on this But no one else

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  • Contact Us | The Appalachian Independent
    a rich sense of place Submissions on regional traditions and tradition bearers are especially encouraged Appalachian Culture Folklife accepts stories on such topics as folk medicine occupational lore beliefs and customs music dance folk art and material culture and more App Ed This e mail address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it The App Ed bureau short for Appalachian Editorial features opinions and editorials for the Appalachian Independent These two content areas are distinct Opinions are those registered by readers as well as our own staff and citizen journalists in the form of letters to the editor and commentaries longer letters from readers and in the form of columns provided by staff or contributors The opinions expressed in either case are those of the writer alone Editorials are the position of the Appalachian Independent itself as determined by the editorial board HYPERLINK TO THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD This is where AppIndie states its position on the issues of the day based on our own reporting or other news sources While we will always strive to maintain the highest degree of objectivity and balance in our news reporting the Editorials allow the AppIndie staff to register our collective opinion independent of the news bureau In essence this is where the paper can prod or applaud encouraging public bodies to take a particular action for example or objecting when they pursue a course of action we oppose Wellness This e mail address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it This bureau will include articles about local workshops community events and resources related to health healing and wellness Practical suggestions for stress management and joyful living will also be included We the People Stories of Humanity This e mail address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it These are stories that demonstrate the best of humanity These are stories that make us feel a bit more connected that make our world a little brighter and that make our world seem a little smaller These are stories of hope stories of the human spirit stories of democracy in action and stories of people making a difference in the world Included in this section are Why Should I Care articles about the issues confronting humanity and what we can do to address these issues Please also read these specific guidelines Voices From Our Future a Student s View articles that give our youth a voice in our democracy Please also read these specific guidelines Voices From our Past an Elder s View interviews and stories that talk about our past Please also read these specific guidelines Beyond the Game Sports with Character stories that transcend the scores and reveal the true spirit of sports Please also read these specific guidelines Peace Makers Sustaining the Heartbeat of Peace stories and views about peace building and efforts to make a more peaceful world Global Studies Stories from Our Foreign Correspondents

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  • STEM Festival at FSU, Appalachian Lab to Get Hands-On With Science | The Appalachian Independent
    2 p m in Frostburg State University s Cordts Physical Education Center Main Arena and the nearby University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science s Appalachian Lab This event is free and open to K 12 students and their families Students will have the opportunity to learn about STEM fields through engaging hands on activities that cover a wide range of topics and include favorites from past festivals as well as new features The 2016 festival will include a Ping Pong ball volcano paper plane contest stop motion animation Dr Elemental s Mad Scientist Show honey bees and the Dirt Doctor Make Your Own stations will be available for slime robotic hands and lava lamps A shuttle bus will provide transportation between events at the Cordts PE Center and Appalachian Lab The STEM festival is organized by FSU Allegany and Garrett County Public Schools and the Appalachian Lab Sponsors for the festival include the FSU Foundation AES Warrior Run Western Maryland Health System Exclamation Labs United Carpenters and Joiners Local 1024 Children s Medical Group and Allegany County Federal Teachers Credit Union For more information contact Linda Steele at 301 687 4137 or This e mail address is being protected

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  • The Appalachian Independent | The Appalachian Independent
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  • Community News | The Appalachian Independent
    traditional small town Main Streets and communities in Maryland Over 5 million in grant requests were received however only 900 000 were awarded to communities Jessica Palumbo FrostburgFirst s Main Street Manager applied for this opportunity in October 2015 Funds will be used to create a new employment position for a part time administrative assistant to assist in building a committee structure fundraising and membership drives and coordinating projects within ACM to Host Annual Open House Community News Community News Written by Gil Hazelwood Wednesday 23 March 2016 19 26 CUMBERLAND Md Allegany College of Maryland will showcase its wide variety of opportunities at a Saturday April 9 open house that presents valuable education and career information and a chance to win substantial tuition assistance ACM well known for quality education delivered at reasonable cost at convenient locations will highlights its numerous credit programs in career and transfer areas from 9 a m to 1 30 p m on the Cumberland campus The college offers nearly 60 career programs designed for prompt application in the workplace and approximately three dozen transfer programs that prepare graduates to continue their studies at four year schools Campus buildings hosting credit programs will be open for CEDC Announces Public Meeting for Baltimore Street Design Concepts Community News Community News Written by Shawn Hershberger Wednesday 02 March 2016 08 40 The Cumberland Economic Development Corporation CEDC is pleased to announce a public meeting to be held on March 16 2016 from 4 00 7 00 pm in the Allegany Museum Ballroom for the purpose of allowing public review questions comments and concerns related to the Baltimore Street Redesign Concepts The meeting will be structured in a charrette style to allow participants to view various concepts speak with the consultants who generated them and discuss components

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