Hello Mr. Mullaney,
My husband and I have had such good experiences in Cumberland that we wanted to share that with you, the downtown manager.
Our first trip there was in the fall of 2012. We went to Cumberland for a ride to Frostburg on the steam train. That alone was a lot of fun, but we really enjoyed the town itself. There is so much history there and it is obvious that the local people appreciate what they have.
I have to mention one young man in particular — Ryan Cuba (I hope I have his name right). We met him after the train ride. He was in a period costume and talked with us as he walked to his next duty of the day.
He was so enthusiastic, friendly and helpful — that meeting and conversation was one of the things that left my husband and I feeling so good about Cumberland.
In fact, we recently came back for a second visit during Heritage Days. We spent a long weekend there, enjoying the food, music and tours of historic sites.
When we passed the town office and went in to get some information, we were delighted to again meet this young man, Ryan Cuba. He was again in a period costume and again as helpful and enthusiastic about the town as anyone I have ever met!
He spent some time telling us more about the festival and what we could expect. He was getting ready to participate in the children’s games area of the festival and was obviously enjoying every minute of it.
It is not often that you run across someone who is perfect for what they are doing, but I would say that Ryan Cuba is the perfect ambassador for Cumberland. He obviously knows the history and is excited about sharing his knowledge.
I hope Cumberland appreciates this young man. He has helped make Cumberland a special place for us and in fact, some place we are considering for retirement in a few years.
We look forward to returning to Cumberland soon and hope we run into Ryan again.
We also want to say that the downtown area of Cumberland is totally enjoyable. Incorporating the hiking and biking rail into the downtown was a great idea. We want to come back to explore that!
It is apparent that much effort is going into keeping a thriving downtown area that is somewhere people want to go. I’m sure that is not easy, but it seems to me that you are finding ways to make it work. Congratulations!
Bill and Debbie Brumbley
Hello Mr. Mullaney,
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To the Editor:
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