Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

December 17, 2009

Here’s what Christmas was like


The phone company was warning customers that holiday long distance calls may be delayed between 7 p.m. Christmas Eve and 10 p.m. Christmas Day. Sixty switchboard operators were assigned to duty during that time period.

At the Central YMCA on Baltimore Avenue, two teen dances were being held right before Christmas. Special celebrations also were planned by the Fort Hill Hi-Y and Tri-H-Y, the Cumberland Lions Club and the Cumberland Kiwanis Club.

The Barbers Union announced that barber shops would be closed Dec. 23-25....

The town of Hancock is hoping to have a new visitors center in its downtown this coming year, according to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail. Town Manager David Smith is donating space in his building at 42-48 W. Main St., the former Secret’s building, for a town museum/visitors center that would be run by the town and the Hancock Historical Society....

Albert Raley dropped me this note:

“On Saturday, Nov. 14, at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., a trivia question came up on the Jumbotron: Who was the first offensive lineman at UVA to start in four bowl games? There were four choices. Of course the answer was Jeremy Raley. It was neat to see.

“He is now next in line for superintendent of schools in Shenandoah County, Va., and pursuing his doctorate.”...

The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to USA Today’s analysis of federal salary data.

The newspaper said federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more increased from 14 percent to 19 percent of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that is before overtime pay or bonuses are counted....

CSX Transportation has completed changes to the signal system on its tracks between Connellsville and Mc-Keesport, Pa., allowing trains to operate in either direction on both tracks in that area, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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