Cumberland Times-News

May 14, 2011

Frederick may lose postal jobs

Jan Alderton, Managing Editor
Cumberland Times-News

— At one time, it appeared that U.S. Postal Service jobs in Cumberland would be moved to Frederick. But the agency couldn’t justify the move, so now it is considering moving Frederick’s operations to Baltimore.

According to the Frederick News-Post, the possibility of Frederick losing 186 jobs at its Tilco plant was revealed by William Ridenour, Baltimore district manager for the Postal Service, during a public hearing last Tuesday. An estimated $4.2 million would be saved by the change, he said.

Ridenour said the Baltimore district needs to save money. First-class mail in the Frederick region dropped 42 percent from 2001 to 2010, he said....

Doesn’t it seem that nearly every time a traffic light in Cumberland has to be switched to flashing mode the flow of vehicles improves? That appears to be the case most recently at the intersection of North Mechanic and Market streets, where the light has been on flash much of the time. There are hardly any backups on either street. The same is true when the light at Frederick and North Mechanic streets is blinking, rather than solid color.

An exception though is the light at Industrial Boulevard and Queen City Drive across from Wendy’s. When that light was malfunctioning last year, traffic conditions were brutal.....

FOXBusiness.com carried an interesting piece recently about how food prices of today compare to previous years.

The average cost of a price of one pound of white bread is $1.41 today, but 10 years ago was $1. Unsalted butter is $3.69 per pound now but was $2.92 five years ago.

A pound of chocolate chip cookies will cost you $3.22 today but was $2.44 a decade ago. Bacon per pound is $4.54 today and was $3.26 a decade ago, and only $1.67 in 1980....

One of the most familiar faces in  local TV viewing is leaving for a new job. Suzanne Collins has ended a 32-year career with WJZ-TV to take a job as chief of staff for Nancy Jacobs, the Republican state senator for Harford and Cecil counties.

Collins was regarded as a hard-nosed journalist who did government and investigative reporting for the TV station. For many years she also covered the Maryland General Assembly....

Direct Air has announced it will begin commercial airline service from Hagerstown to Lakeland, Fla., on June 23.

Ed Warneck, president of Direct Air, said he expects the Lakeland regin to be attractive to travelers because of its proximity to Orlando and Tampa. He also touted the service as a convenient and economical alternative to larger airports in those cities....

Five people were charged in Morgantown, W.Va. last weekend as a result of malicious burning in 29 fires. The fires were set during the final exams week at WVU, but a fire department spokesman said the fires did not appear to be part of organized celebrations. Morgantown led the nation in the number of intentional streets fires from 1997 to 2003, with 1,129. So far this year, 93 fires have been intentionally set....

The Social Security Administration has released its annual list of most popular baby names. Isabella and Jacob were at the top for 2010. Sophia was the No. 2 girls’ name, followed in order by Emma, Oliva, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Madison, Chloe and Mia. The No. 2 boys’ name was Ethan, then Michael, Jayden, William, Alexander, Noah, Daniel, Aiden nd Anthony.....

Seen on the Internet — Humorous resume entries:

• “Planned new corporate facility at $3 million over budget.”

• “I often use a laptap.”

• Experience: “Stalking, shipping and receiving.”

• “My duties included cleaning the restrooms and seating the customers.”

• “Skills: Strong work ethic, attention to detail, team player, self motivated, attention to detail.”

• Achievements: “Nominated for prom queen.”

Jan Alderton is managing editor of the Cumberland Times-News. His email address is jpalderton@times-news.com.