Each week the Times-News editorial page features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.
• A PROTECTED AND SERVED for Robert Lee “Rocky” Reed Jr., who is retiring as a lieutenant after 25 years’ service with the Cumberland Police Department, 15 of them as a K-9 officer. He is now in training to become a deputy state fire marshal. (See: “Rocky Reed retiring ... ,” July 1 Times-News, Page 1A.)
•A HIT for the five Cumberland Fire Department members who have been promoted: Steven Grogg to battalion chief; William “Buzz” Davis to captain from junior captain; firefighter/paramedic Doug Beitzel to lieutenant; Chris Ratliff to captain, and firefighter/emergency medical technician Scott Carlson to lieutenant.
•A HIT for Washington Middle School, which won the Allegany County Public Schools’ Allegany Partnership for Financial Education and Entrepreneurial Showcase. They presented business plans to local business and community partners. Winning team members were Aiden Burns, Lance Bender, Brayson Fleegle, Allison Schultz and Andrew Swink.
•A HIT for Alexandra Hill, a mathematics major from Ridgeley, W.Va., and a graduate of Frankfort High School, who was named the Outstanding Student of the Year at Potomac State College.
• A WELCOME BACK for Ho Louck, 104, who returned to visit Christ United Methodist Church, Cumberland, where she once was a member of the congregation. She now lives with her son and his family in Silver City, New Mexico. (See: “Centenarian returns ... ,” July 4 Times-News, Page 8A.)
• A HIT X 10 for the 10 co-champions in the annual Frostburg Elks Lodge 470 Derby Day. The race was called because of bad weather. It is said that playing to a tie is like kissing your sister. How about having to kiss nine of them? (See: “Frostburg Derby Day ... ,” July 5 Times-News, Page 1A.)
• A SWING AND A MISS for the New York Mets, who mistakenly included two living members of the 1969 World Series championship team in a 50-year anniversary video that paid tribute to members of the team who had died. The team has apologized to Jim Gosger and Jesse Hudson and thanked them for their “gracefulness and understanding.” As the late Mark Twain was reputed to have said (but didn’t actually say it), reports of their deaths were greatly exaggerated.
•OUR DOLT OF THE WEEK RESERVE CHAMPION is the woman who ate half a cake while roaming the aisles of a Walmart in Wichita Falls, Texas, then refused to pay the full price for it because she said she found it half-eaten. Police told her to pay the full price but didn’t charge her, and she’s been banned from the store. Another woman was banned from another Walmart in the same town for riding around the parking lot for hours in an electric shopping cart, drinking wine from a Pringles can.
• OUR DOLT OF THE WEEK GRAND CHAMPION is the Sheboygan, Wisconsin, man who was sentenced to 150 days in jail and told to pay $5,500 in restitution for damage caused by repeatedly clogging women’s toilets with plastic bottles in the places where he worked and elsewhere. He told police he gets urges to do odd things like looking for bottles to use in plugging toilets and that “I need to make things right and pray for forgiveness every day.”