Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

January 24, 2010

We’re getting a new Web look

Visitors to the Cumberland Times-News Web site will see a whole new look sometime in late February.

The Web site’s appearance is being revamped but the same type of content such as local news, breaking news, weather, sports, obituaries, weddings and the like will continue to be posted. The ability to search the Times-News archives also will remain.

One of the major improvements in the Web site will be pull-down menus to make it easier to navigate the site. Another improvement is the dedicated search boxes for consumers looking for jobs, homes, automobiles or general shopping information.....

Is it February yet? Doesn’t January seem like it will never end? And we still have all of February to go before we can begin realistically looking for spring.

Along those lines, Cumberlanders may get some encouragement on Feb. 2 if Western Maryland Murray does not see his shadow. Like Punxatawney Phil, Murray promises that if he does not see his shadow we can bank on an early spring. If the shadow appears, it is six more weeks of winter.

Murray will make his Groundhog Day appearance in downtown Cumberland. More details will be announced later in the Times-News....

The city of Frederick promises to lift winter spirits when it holds The Cabin Fever Festival Feb. 13 and 14 at the Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 East Patrick Street. The festival is held in heated buildings and features traditional and contemporary works of art. See the festival Website,, for more information....

Most hospitals in the U.S. no longer permit their employees to smoke at the workplace. But Chattanooga Memorial Hospital in Tennessee will stop hiring people who use tobacco products, effective Feb. 1.

The Nashville Post said the hospital is one of a small number of employers nationwide that consider smoking status in job applicants....

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Jan Alderton - Opinion
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