Cumberland Times-News

Local News

May 17, 2013

Fourth-graders name new canal launch boat The Katie Dreamer

CUMBERLAND — Superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, Kevin Brandt, and C&O Canal Trust President, Mike Nardolilli, hosted a naming ceremony Friday morning at the Canal Place Festival Grounds for one of the park’s new launch boats.

Fourth-grade students from Cash Valley, John Humbird, Frost, Parkside and South Penn elementary schools all submitted names to be considered for the boat. The most popular name and chosen winner was The Katie Dreamer by the fourth-graders from John Humbird.

The students decided on the name after reading a story on “Captain Kate” and her exploration of the canal. The Raptor, The Neon Sailor and The Mighty Miner were the other names submitted in the contest.

Approximately 250 students attended the ceremony and later participated in a series of educational programs at Canal Place during the day. The children had the opportunity to “Meet the Mule,” tour the C&O Canal Visitor Center and the replica canal boat, The Cumberland, and participate in a program on the National Road and the railroad.

The C&O Canal Trust is the official nonprofit organization of the canal that helps raise money, run programs and motivate volunteers to help with preserving the canal, according to Nardolilli.

Nardolilli said that it’s important to clean up the canal and donate money to help preserve it because it is “an enormous economic driver for the region.” He cited an increase of bikers traveling on the canal from Pittsburgh and Washington and the hope that they will spend money at local hotels and restaurants as a primary reason to keep the canal in pristine condition.

“It’s more critical than ever for volunteers to donate time and money to help the park,” Nardolilli said.

The history and the nature aspect of the canal are really important, according to Nardolilli, but he noted that “it’s also really about dollars and cents” when it comes to keeping the national park in good condition and attracting tourists.

Nardolilli said that volunteer time is “appreciated by everyone” and encourages members of the community to help preserve the park in any way possible.

The C&O Canal National Historical Park attracts approximately 4.7 million visitors each year and is three times the size of Cumberland in total area. And as Brandt reiterated, “We have to take care of this resource.”

Text Only
Local News
  • BOSTON PERSEVERES Solemn tributes mark one-year anniversary of marathon attack

    Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two offers for former Footer Dye Works site

    Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority officials announced Tuesday that two proposals have been received for the development of the Footer Dye Works building.

    April 15, 2014

  • Legislation strengthens prison guard investigations

    Legislative efforts to improve prison security were overshadowed this year by marijuana and minimum wage bills, but supporters say they will help prevent another high-profile scandal like the Black Guerrilla Family case at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

    April 15, 2014

  • Maryland simplifies rules for domestic violence victims seeking issuance of protective orders

    People seeking protective orders for domestic violence should have an easier time proving the case for issuing an order after Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill into law that changes the standard of proof used in court.

    April 15, 2014

  • Mineral County students return to class Aug. 14

    The first bell of Mineral County’s 2014-2015 school year will ring on Aug. 14. That’s if the West Virginia Department of Education approves a calendar voted on by school system employees and approved unanimously by the Board of Education on Tuesday night.

    April 15, 2014

  • Talk with Tennant Talk with Tennant

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • PSC investigating five energy suppliers over high bill claims

    Winter electric bills hit many consumers hard, but most complaints to the Maryland Public Service Commission involved so-called variable rate contracts. While the contracts can result in savings, they can also hit consumers hard during times of high electrical demand.

    April 15, 2014

  • Cottontail sale Cottontail sale

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Latest warrant sweep results in 33 arrests

    The Cumberland Police Department’s Safe Streets latest warrant initiative resulted in 33 arrests last week with 36 warrants served.

    April 15, 2014

  • DANIEL RADKO Radko candidate for Mineral County Board of Education

    I am running for the Mineral County Board of Education. My goal is to continue to help students reach their potential. I have lived and worked my adult life in Mineral County as a special education teacher. My wife, Susan, is a community services manager in Mineral and Hampshire counties for the Department of Health and Human Services. We have two children; son Sean teaches social studies at Keyser High School and daughter Dr. Lindsay Knuth is an audiologist in Charlotte, N.C. We have a grandson Aidan who attends Keyser Primary School.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo