Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

December 19, 2010

Let’s test your memory

— How is your recollection of major local news events of the past year? I’ll throw out a few test questions in advance of our annual Year-In-Review edition that will be in the Times-News on Dec. 31. (Answers are at the end of this column.)

1) Between Feb. 5 and 19, how much snow did Cumberland receive: a) 45 inches; b) 30 inches; c) 22 inches.

2) What produce item was in short supply in our area because of frigid Florida temperatures: a) oranges; b) tomatoes; c) strawberries.

3) What forced officials to close Douglas Avenue in Lonaconing: a) a landslide; b) deteriorating guardrails; c) flood waters pouring from abandoned mine sites.

4) How many newborns arrived at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center on New Year’s Day: a) none; b) one; c) three.

5) Heavy snow in February caused the collapse on the roof of which building: a) Hotel Gunter in Frostburg; b) Cumberland’s old East Side school building; c) the old Continental Inn on Route 40 west of LaVale.

6) Which town’s police chief was fired and then rehired within a matter of a few days: a) Moorefield, W.Va.; b) Ridgeley, W.Va.; c) Meyersdale, Pa.

7) Which local facility did the Allegany County commissioners decide to continue funding so that it could stay open another 18 months: a) the Toll House in LaVale; b) the Queen City Transportation Museum; c) Cresap House in Oldtown.

8) What location was suggested for use as Allegany County’s first charter school: a) the former Sacred Heart hospital building; b) the former Memorial Hospital building; c) the former Biederlack building.

The Year-In-Review edition will also include top national and international stories for 2010. The edition is handled by one of the newspaper’s copy editors, Bill Derlan....

Times-News business, advertising and editorial offices will be closed on Christmas Eve as well as New Year’s Eve, There will be no newspaper published on Saturday, Dec. 25, or Saturday, Jan. 1. The TV & Entertainment section and the Real Estate section will be included in the Friday newspaper both weeks....

Ocean City is planning a makeover of its famous boardwalk. reports that city officials are leaning toward a version that would include a concrete tram lane running right up the middle, flanked by wooden boards.

Public Works Director Hal Adkins said the concrete is being considered because planks alone do not hold up well to years of vehicle traffic that come from a full boardwalk tram and the occasional classic car parade or police vehicle. The concrete would be manipulated to look like the rest of the boards, he said....

West Virginia’s eastern panhandle got a tremendous economic boost last week with the announcement that the retail giant Macy’s is planning to build a $150 million online fulfillment center in Berkeley County. About 1,200 jobs will be created.

Construction of the center is expected to begin in the spring and the facility will open sometime in 2012....

The new year will mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. In connection with the anniversary, the Times-News will publish a special page each month to report on local aspects of the war.

The first article by former Times-News reporter Jim Rada will concern Abraham Lincoln’s election as President, how he did in Allegany County and what was happening in the county between the election and the firing on Fort Sumter....

One interesting aspect of the calendar for 2011 is how late we will observe Easter.

Easter will occur on April 24. The last time an Easter came this late was in 1943, when it was celebrated on April 25. As it turns out, April 25 is the latest possible date for an Easter observance.

Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). The dating of the observance is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover...

Answers to our Year-In-Review quiz: 1) b; 2) b; 3) c; 4) c; 5) a) 6) b; 7) b; 8) b....

Seen on the Internet — Foreign menus with English translation problems:

• “Jam and cheese sandwich” — From a menu in Costa Rica.

• “Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.” — From a menu in Switzerland.

• “Gordon blue.” — From a menu in a Korean hotel.

• “Muscles of Marines/Lobster Thermos.” — From a menu in Cairo.

• “Dreaded veal cutlet with potatoes in cream.” — From a menu in China.

Jan Alderton is managing editor of the Cumberland Times-News. His email address is


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