To the Editor:
Ed Mullaney, you were and are many things to the city of Cumberland. You were a visionary.
When on Friday nights, on Baltimore Street you could actually count the people there, on one hand with a couple of fingers missing.
You, however, envisioned throngs of people visiting the city dining, dancing and socializing. You envisioned hundreds of shiney cars and motorcycles from all over on display on the pedestrian mall.
You were the puppeteer who pulled the strings and started the music and got us singing and dancing in the streets.
You were the maestro who waved his baton and the city came to life, a lighted New Year’s ball dropped. We cheered, drank and swayed together as we ushered in another New Year.
You were an historian. You remembered how at Christmastime Baltimore Street had a tree lighting celebration.
You revitalized it and made better. Horse drawn carriages appeared on the streets filled with families enjoying a new experience at Christmas.
Steeples suddenly were aglow followed by the tops of buildings. Visitors and locals once again looked up and appreciated the unique architecture of the buildings in our town.
Store window decorations once again brought back memories of Christmas past and hope for the future.
But, your vision and timeless efforts did not stop there.
You greeted visitors and showed them around. Some who are now residents of our community. You brought a new vitality to our city.
You brought farmers to Baltimore Street with their produce to offer to our citizens. In the spring nurseries from all over came to town to instruct our citizens on the importance of trees and shrubs and how to plant and maintain them.
Ed, if one was to list all of the things you have done for the city, the meetings you attended and the things you promoted behind the scenes, the Times-News would have to print an Extra Edition.
Ed, you got people to work together and believe in this city again. Ed, this city owes you a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid and those that don’t realize this shame on them.
So Ed, after 15 years, relax. Go downtown on Friday after Five, if it continues, have a beer in the restricted areas, and know that you passed it on.
Paul J. Yockus