Cumberland Times-News

December 5, 2008

Here’s how to connect, for free

Jan Alderton, Managing Editor

Google has come up with a new 411 service that is free, fast and easy to use.

By dialing 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411), callers can find and connect with local businesses for free.

Once you dial the number, you will be asked to state the location and business type. If there is more than one choice — pizza shops, for example — Google lists all of the businesses for you. Once you select the one you want, Google then connects you automatically for free....

CVS is closing its Washington Street store in Hagerstown, leaving the heart of downtown without a drugstore.

City officials say the closing will be a hardship on people who rely on a pharmacy within walking distance....

Although not the case here in Western Maryland, parts of the state will see more “winter weather advisories” this year.

The National Weather Service has changed its criteria for issuing winter weather alerts, adding more advisories under lesser storm threats to high “public impact” areas.

Until now, advisories were issued when there was at least an 80 percent certainty of 2 to 5 inches of snow or sleet on the way within 12 hours.

Now, the weather service issues advisories for specific high-travel areas during rush hour when forecasters are at least 60 percent certain there will be 1-2 inches of snow or sleet during weekday morning or evening rush hours.

Among areas affected are the I-95 corridor from Harford County to Spotsylvania County, Va., the beltways, the I-270 corridor from Montgomery County to Frederick County and the I-70 corridor as far west as Frederick County....

Two nearby West Virginia cities made CNN’s list of the 25 best places to find a job.

Morgantown came in at No. 6, largely because of jobs at West Virginia University. Charles Town was No. 18. The city manager there, Gary Rollins, said the city has a diverse economy that includes Charles Town Races and government and education jobs....

Pershing Rohrer, a Cumberland native and one-time sports reporter for the Cumberland Evening and Sunday Times, recently celebrated his 90th birthday — by going to his newspaper job in Ohio.

Rohrer is still working for the Record-Courier in Ravenna, Ohio. Although he retired as a full-time journalist in 1989, he continues writing bowling and golf news for the paper.

While in Cumberland, Rohrer worked as a sports reporter with the late J. Suter Kegg before being hired at the Ohio paper in 1952. Jim Day, retired sports editor for the Cumberland Evening and Sunday Times, said that when he first began working at the Times-News in 1951, Rohrer had already departed. “But Suter talked about him a lot. He must have been quite a guy,” Day said.

Incidentally, Rohrer was born on Nov. 11, 1918, the day World War I ended. Rohrer was named after General John J. Pershing, who at the time was the Commander of the United States Expeditionary Force in France....

Cumberland’s downtown maintenance personnel do a nice job of keeping the area clear of cigarette butts. However, butts pile up in other well-traveled parts of the city.

In Charleston, W.Va., city officials are dealing with the same problem. But they are taking an aggressive approach. A new ordinance calls for a fine up $50 to $500 for anyone littering the city with cigarette butts...

Seen on the Internet — More Mostly Useless Facts:

• A horse can look forward with one eye and back with the other.

• Facetious, abstemious and aresenious contain all the vowels in the correct order.

• “Obsession” is the most popular boat name.

• There is approximately one chicken for every human being in the world.

• The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

• The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

Jan Alderton is managing editor of the Cumberland Times-News. Contact Jan Alderton at jpalderton@times-news.com.