School makeup days revised again
CUMBERLAND — The last day of school for Allegany County public school students will be June 10 due to the need for snow makeup days, according to the board of education. Their final day will be a three-hour early dismissal. The last day of school for teachers will be June 18.
Students will also go to school the last two days of spring break — April 4 and 5. “I have received input from teachers, administrators and parents regarding the assignment of makeup days,” said Superintendent of Schools David Cox. “While no solution is without its drawbacks, I believe that instructional days in April have greater value than those later in June. It is with this recognition that I recommended using the last two days of the tentatively scheduled spring break as makeup days. This solution still provides our students, staff and their families with four school days off for spring break.”
Dan’s postpones Easter egg hunt
LONACONING — The Dan’s Mountain Park Association’s Easter egg hunt scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to weather conditions.
The hunt has been rescheduled for April 6 at 2 p.m. at the park. The event is open to all youth 12 years old and younger.
Medicare users can avoid fraud scheme
CUMBERLAND — In response to a local resident’s report of a suspected telephone scam involving Medicare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Stop Medicare Fraud program provided the following information.
Medicare users should be cautious of identity theft and never give out personal information like their name, Social Security, Medicare or credit card numbers over the Internet, to anyone who comes to their home or calls uninvited. Personal information should only be given to doctors or other providers approved by Medicare.
To determine if a provider is approved by Medicare, call 800-633-4227.
Delaney staff sets local office hours
CUMBERLAND — Congressman John Delaney’s office will hold regular office hours each month in Allegany and Garrett County. District staff will be available to help constituents secure their benefits, receive military academy nominations, receive passports and navigate federal agencies.
To make an appointment, call 301-733-2900.
Allegany County office hours will take place the first, second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Allegany County Library, 31 Washington St.
Garrett County office hours will take place the third Friday of every month from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Garrett College, Room 930 of the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex Aquatics Building, 687 Mosser Road, McHenry.
In cases of extreme weather, constituents are encouraged to call ahead.
Delaney also has offices in Hagerstown, Gaithersburg and Washington, D.C. For more information, go to http:// delaney.house.gov.
School makeup days revised again
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Kamryn Rice, 7, of Flintstone, finds and bags a plastic egg during Cumberland’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday afternoon at Constitution Park. Hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, along with students from Frostburg State University’s Recreation and Parks Management program and the 4-H Youth of Allegany County, the afternoon also included games, relay races, face painting, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo sponsored by the 4-H Hare Raiser Club, as well as a visit from the Easter Bunny. The eggs contained candy and other treats.
Business community wary of minimum wage increases
CUMBERLAND — Allegany County businesses are certain to be impacted by the increase in Maryland’s minimum wage, set to reach $10.10 an hour by July 2018 under a law championed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Tipped workers left behind in pay hike action
ANNAPOLIS — Many minimum wage workers will be getting a raise now that a hike to Maryland’s wage has been signed into law. But while advocates are ascribing the increase as a win, there’s a bitter aftertaste for one group that was left behind.
Views vary among Americans when it comes to hourly rate
CUMBERLAND — Even among those who have worked minimum wage jobs, views on the minimum wage can differ.
“Minimum wage has to exist. There is no question there, so whatever it is, it will be called ‘minimum wage’. But it should not be below a living wage,” said Bonita Quick of Cumberland.
Income guideline change will increase WIC recipients
KEYSER, W.Va. — Raised income eligibility guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children will increase the number of those served in West Virginia by about 10 percent, according to the state health officer.
Absentee ballots moving online causes security concerns
ANNAPOLIS — Voters may get to skip the lines at the polls this summer by receiving and marking their ballots online, but election officials must first decide if the convenience outweighs the security risks.
Allegany, Garrett emergency responders honored
MCHENRY — The 75 people from Allegany and Garrett counties who were involved with two exceptional emergency medical services calls in 2013 were presented with awards at the recent Night for Stars program held at the Wisp Resort.
Ninth-grader among 30 at inaugural event
OAKLAND — Lexis Trickett, a ninth-grade student at Southern Garrett High School, was among 30 girls who attended Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Leadership Forum for Women and Girls recently in Annapolis in celebration of Women’s History Month.
School immunization requirements change
CUMBERLAND — Changes to school immunization requirements by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene affect students entering kindergarten and seventh grade for the next school year.
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