Steve Raschella of Keyser, W.Va., is pictured here with a hammered dulcimer in his recording studio on Saturday morning. Raschella, a retired Mineral County school music teacher, started building hammered dulcimers in 1980, and the instrument pictured here is his 157th. The reason this particular instrument was built, Raschella said, was because he is to play it at Potomac State College’s production of “McNeill’s Rangers.” Constructed out of zebrawood with an ebony bridge, the price tag for a hammered dulcimer like this one ranges from $1,800 to $2,500, Raschella said. The college’s production of “McNeill’s Rangers” is set to run March 14 to March 24. For ticket information, call 304-788-6855.
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Bear in tree
A crew from the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service successfully removed a young female bear from a tree in South Cumberland Thursday morning, eventually releasing the bruin on state-owned land in Allegany County.
Taking the fifth
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency’s targeting of conservative groups told Congress on Wednesday that she had done nothing wrong in the episode, and then invoked her constitutional right to refuse to answer lawmakers’ questions.
Rocky Gap casino opens
The newly christened Rocky Gap Casino Resort has opened its doors to the public.
Frostburg officials OK 2014 budget
The Frostburg mayor and city council have voted to adopt a $9.7 million budget for fiscal year 2014 and to keep open an alley that many citizens feared would be closed.
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Okla. tornado may have caused more than $2B in damage
The tornado that struck an Oklahoma City suburb this week may have created $2 billion or more in damage as it tore through as many as 13,000 homes, multiple schools and a hospital, officials said Wednesday as they gave the first detailed account of the devastation.
Somerset-to-Meyersdale U.S. Route 219 sends its last permit
The final permit is on the way for a Somerset-to-Meyersdale U.S. Route 219 improvement project to begin.
Delaney introduces an initiative for a national infrastructure bank
Freshman U.S. Rep. John Delaney on Wednesday rolled out his signature legislative initiative for his first term — a plan for a national infrastructure bank that requires no federal appropriations.
Fireball spotted over Maryland
A bright light seen traveling across the sky over the weekend by dozens of witnesses across Maryland and the region is what astronomers are calling a fragmenting meteoric fireball.
6th annual DelFest has arrived, bigger than ever
Thirty national recording artists are preparing to step into the Cumberland spotlight this weekend at the Allegany County Fairgrounds as DelFest rolls into town for its sixth annual musical festival.
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