Cumberland Times-News

May 15, 2010

Good streets worth the wait

Jan Alderton, Managing Editor
Cumberland Times-News

— Can anyone remember a time when so much street work has been under way at one time in Cumberland?

Washington Street in the vicinity of the Allegany County courthouse almost looks like a war zone these days because of the utility and street work. But when the project is done it should be worth the wait. Beitzel Construction  Inc. of Grantsville is hoping to have the Washington Street/Prospect Square portion of the project done in time for Heritage Days, June 12-13.

John Taube, director of the Allegany County public library system, said the work has cut down on visits to the Washington Street library. But he said those patrons who come in are taking the inconvenience in stride.

Across the street at the courthouse, Dawn Lindsey, clerk of Allegany County Circuit Court, said the work also has caused some disruption, but most of the courthouse visitors have business that can’t wait so they have no choice but to navigate through the construction zone. She said water was shut off to the court house one day earlier this month.

Other street projects are taking place on Virginia Avenue, Maryland Avenue, Frederick Street and Decatur Street. Other projects this summer will include Queen City Drive near Centre Street, Henderson Avenue and North Mechanic Street near Baltimore Street...

Darvin Moon, the Garrett County logger who won the $5 million top prize in the 2009 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, is on the May cover of Ante Up, Your Poker Magazine. “Am I the same person? Yes I am. It’s just a life is a lot more hectic,” Moon told the magazine.

The magazine is free in casinos, poker rooms and poker leagues throughout the Southeastern United States and online at AnteUpMagazine.Com....

Look for Maryland seafood prices to be affected by the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Crab stands in Howard County and the Baltimore area are reporting prices have jumped 20 percent already.

Oyster fishermen in Maryland are expecting to be able to sell some of their product to Louisiana in the weeks ahead, since oyster fishing in the Gulf has been shut down....

The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics plans to open a school at Hagerstown Regional Airport early next yer to train a local workforce for aviation maintenance technician jobs, according to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

The program is expected to start in January or February and will enrol 25 students in its first class. Additional groups of 25 to 50 students can begin training every four months, according to James Mader, director of the institute....

An Accuweather forecaster is predicting a “big” hurricane season for the Atlantic this year. Joe Bastardi, the service’s chief long-range and hurricane forecaster, said the East Coast could have as many as five storms with hurricane-force winds.

“I’m very, very concerned about this year. The weather patterns that are setting up down on the Atlantic are very similar to those in 1995, 1998 and 2005, and also to some extent 2008. All these were high-impact years on the U.S. Coastline,” he told the Baltimore Sun....

Jeffrey MacDonad’s decades-long attempt to prove his innocence in the 1970 murder of his wife and two daughters got a boost earlier this month when a federal appeals court turned down a government request to dismiss his appeal.

MacDonald, a former Army doctor whose case has drawn the attention of national media for years, is serving three life terms at the federal penitentiary at Mexico Farms. MacDonald is seeking a new trial based on DNA evidence and a witness statement....

A majority of Marylanders continues to support the death penalty, according to a new Washington Post poll. Sixty percent favor use of the death penalty for people convicted of murder, while 32 percent are opposed, according to the findings.

Those numbers are similar to an identical poll taken in 2007....

Seen on the Internet — Actual country-western song titles:

 • Her Only Bad Habit Is Me

• Guess My Eyes Were Bigger Than My Heart

•  I Changed Her Oil, She Changed My Life

• I Got Through Everything But The Door

• It Ain’t Love, But It Ain’t Bad

• She’s Actin’ Single...I’m Drinkin’ Doubles

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