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Jan Alderton - Opinion

September 6, 2008

Almanac: ‘Numb’s the word’

One of the first almanac predictions for the 2008-09 winter comes from the Old Farmers Almanac, Lewiston, Maine. If its prediction is accurate, brace for a cold and snowy time.

For our area, which is just on the edge of the almanac’s Ohio Valley region, February may see some of the snowiest weather. And the prediction also calls for the white stuff to fall in time for Thanksgiving.

Overall, temperatures are expected to be colder than normal. “Numb’s the word!” is how the 192-year-old publication describes the winter season....

On another weather note, NBC25-TV (WHAG) has seen the departure of weatherman Chad Merrill.

A Cumberland native and 2002 graduate in meteorology at California University of Pennsylvania, Merrill is now working for the WeatherBug in Germantown. He is doing weather Webcasts, according to Mark Kraham, WHAG’s news director.

Merrill started his weather broadcasting career in Johnstown, Pa., at WJAC-TV before moving to Hagerstown....

Former Frederick mayor Jennifer Dougherty, a Democrat who is trying to unseat Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in the Sixth Congressional District race, apparently will have more time to campaign now. She has sold her restaurant, Jennifer’s, in downtown Frederick.

The restaurant will be closed for a few weeks while the liquor license and other permits are transferred. The new restaurant will be known as Mick’s New American Bistro....

Scripps Howard News Service reports that the “smart money” is going to Barack Obama.

College professors and other educators have donated nearly $10 million to Obama’s campaign chest this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based group devoted to examining campaign financing.

John McCain has received just about $1.2 million from educators this year, according to the center....

The News & Observer in Charlotte, N.C., and The Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C., recently carried feature stories about the 104th birthday of Dr. Harold (Gus) Eliason, a retired Cumberland pediatrician who now resides at The Forest at Duke retirement community in Durham.

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