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Beautify the ’Burg, Community Dialogues Celebration Picnic to Be May 4

Two activities that exemplify the growing collaboration between year-round Frostburg residents and members of the Frostburg State University community, Beautify the ’Burg and the celebration picnic for the Sustaining Campus and Community Dialogue Series, come together on Saturday, May 4. Both events are free and open to the public.

Beautify the ’Burg, formally called the Day of Caring and Sharing, is now in its 13th year. Volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Fat Boys Pizza. From there, participants will fan out across town to plant flowers, paint light posts, sweep sidewalks and perform other tasks to spruce up Frostburg for spring.

The picnic, with lunch by B & B Meats and local leaders as “celebrity chefs,” will begin at noon at City Place. The event will feature live music by guitarist and vocalist Sheri Whalen and ’80s cover band, The Phoenyx Band, a popular band from the 1980s that recently regrouped for a series of special performances. Performers include Bob Flanigan, Jeff Wilt, Jack Kenney, Gary Riggleman and Mitch Cline. The joint events are hosted by the City of Frostburg in conjunction with Frostburg State University, the Dialogue Series, Frostburg First and the Greek Council at FSU.

The community dialogue series gathers students, year-round residents, local officials and University leaders to discuss a variety of issues and create new opportunities for collaborative problem-solving and coalition-building in Frostburg. Four action groups created through the series are focusing on managing conflict and preventing violence; improving relationships and race relations; managing off-campus housing tensions; and discovering Western Maryland, Frostburg and FSU pride.

The project, funded in large part by Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), focuses on community-based action plans to support improved campus-community communication and a non-violent culture in Frostburg. Details and documentary segments about the series can be seen at

Those interested in joining Beautify the ’Burg should contact Jamie Williams at 301-687-7598 or Those who would like to be part of the dialogue series should contact project manager Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski at 301-687-4480 or

Ruminski is the chair of the Department of Communication Studies and coordinator of Leadership Studies at FSU, as well as the president of the Mountainside Community Mediation Center, a local partner of the dialogue series that offers free mediation services.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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