Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

March 20, 2009

Downtown needs a restroom

While last weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in downtown Cumberland was a success, it still served as a reminder that a public restroom in the Baltimore Street area is still badly needed.

Visitors and locals alike lament the lack of restroom facilities. With another Friday After Five season nearly here, the city will have to resort to porta-potties again this summer.

If a determined effort were made, local officials surely could come up with a location and funding for permanent restroom facilities....

The Allegany County public schools calendar for 2009-10 is now online at htpp://

Schools will reopen Sept. 1 and the last day of classes will be June 8, 2010 — barring no snow makeup days. The Christmas vacation will begin Dec. 23 with a three-hour early dismissal and end Jan. 4. The Easter break will begin Good Friday, April 2, and end April 6....

Yard sale fans in our area — and there are many — would not like rules imposed by the city of Frederick. There, the number of yard sales per individual is limited to four per year, and each yard sale can last no longer than three consecutive days.

The town of Thurmont is considering a similar ordinance....

Justin L. Perry Sr. of Cumberland recently wrote a letter to the editor suggesting that the foundation of the old Warren Glass Works Company in South Cumberland be preserved for its historic significance. The building was located between the railroad and Queen Street near Springdale Street.

According to the Website, the company was founded by brothers Abram V., Lewis P. and Warren B. Whiteman after two of them visited Cumberland to see other glass works in operation. By 1880, construction of the Warren plant was under way.

The plant was eventually sold twice and was destroyed by fire on Aug. 7, 1913, while it was operated by the Eastern Glass Company....

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