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New I-68 Traffic Patterns to Begin Tomorrow


The State Highway Administration is moving to rehabilitate the I-68 bridges over Kelly Boulevard and Patterson Avenue. The eastbound lanes of I-68 will be shifted, beginning tomorrow, and lasting through Thursday. During this time, there will be only one lane on eastbound Interstate 68. Crews will move barrier walls and pave the bridge approaches. Those traveling on westbound Interstate 68 can expect single-lane closures, so crews can safely move the barrier wall.



Dam Ownership to be Determined


Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is assembling a team, to determine who owns the dam under the Cumberland/Ridgeley bridge. There has been interest in developing the area for boat and kayak use, a riverwalk, or a whitewater park. Determining ownership of the dam will help development plans move forward. Other issues that need to be addressed is the quality of the water in that area, and the amount and type of contaminants under the dam itself.



Assault Case Investigated


The Allegany County Sheriff's Department is continuing its investigation into a Halloween night assault that occurred in Bel Air. A truck, with West Virginia tags, was in the area of Greenfield Crescent. It was pulling a trailer with about 10 people in the bed, including adults, but mostly children. A volunteer spoke to the driver about the safety of the children, at which time, he got out and struck the volunteer in the chest. He fled the scene and the volunteer suffered minor injuries. The driver was described  as a white male, about 40 years old, with a brown or black full beard and mustache. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Allegany County Sheriff's Department.



NAACP Holds Annual Dinner


The Allegany County Branch of the NAACP held its annual Freedom Fund Dinner yesterday at the downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn. The theme of this year's dinner was "Making A Difference." The guest speaker was Cumberland resident William Peck, one of three who were the first African American students to graduate from Fort Hill High School. A special recognition was given to the late Bernard Wynder from Frostburg State University. Mr. Wynder was president of the local NAACP chapter until his death in June of this year.



Executive Director Announces Retirement


Mona Ridder, the executive director of the Mineral County Development Authority, has announced her retirement, as of January 1st. This follows closely, the resignation of Authority President Dave Boden. His resignation was the third from the board in the past month. Ms. Ridder's email was sent to authority members and all three MIneral County Commissioners. The next meeting of the authority is scheduled for November 19th.



Man Arrested Near Church


Kelly Brian Swick, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland City Police over the weekend, after causing a disturbance in the area of St. John's Evangelic Church at 400 Arch Street. He is accused of kicking and banging on the patio side door of the church. He was yelling and cursing. When police arrived, he was found lying in the grass, under the patio's side window. He was disorderly with police as well. He was charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the public peace. Swick was released, pending trial in District Court.



Health Department Plans Flu Clinic


The Allegany County Health Department is holding a mass flu vaccination clinic this Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Allegany County Fairgrounds multi-purpose building. The cost this year is $30 for the regular flu vaccine, $50 for the high-dose for those 65 and older, and $82 for the pneumococcal vaccine. Payment will be required on Thursday, but nobody will be denied service for the inability to pay. The Health Department can bill both Medicare and Maryland Physician's Care.



Dates Announced for PACE Reception


The Cumberland/Allegany County Industrial Foundation and the Garrett County Development Corporation have announced plans for the 38th annual PACE Reception and Breakfast in Annapolis in January. The theme for the event is "Energizing Maryland," and will be held Thursday, January 24th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Loew's Annapolis Hotel. The breakfast will be held the next day, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. All PACE questions should be directed to Kim Shirer of the Allegany County Tourism Department at (301)-777-5134.



"You Can Afford College" Set for MPT


Maryland Public Television and the Maryland Higher Education Commission have scheduled a financial aid program, entitled "You Can Afford College." The show will air on Monday, November 25th at 8 p.m. on MPT. Mia Perlozzo Cross, public information specialist with the Allegany County Board of Education, explains the program will be interactive during the time it is on the air. 



Commissioners To Meet in Barton This Month

The Allegany County Commissioners have announced their weekly public business meeting will be held in Barton this month. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 21, at 5 p.m. at the Barton Town Hall on Legislative Road. Community members and all interested individuals are invited to attend.



ACM Sets Veteran's Open House


Allegany College of Maryland is welcoming veterans to campus this Wednesday, to explore their education options and the resources that can assist them. Veterans will be provided with opportunities in career and transfer credit programs, and are eligible for door prizes and tuition vouchers. The open house will begin at 2 p.m. in the College Center, and will finish by 5 p.m. For more details, contact the ACM Information Center at (301)-784-5005, or visit the college website at



Petition to Oust Two Commissioners


A group of Hardy County residents are attempting to remove two Hardy County Commissioners from office. The petition to remove J. Michael Teets and William Keplinger was sparked by the passage of a special emergency ambulance service fee ordinance of $120 per year; and, the purchase of an over one-million building to house the ambulance/rescue squads. Those filing the petition feel the commissioners acted without public input and public approval.



Food Stamp Cuts Became Effective Friday


Because the federal government has failed to reach agreement on a wide-ranging farm bill, more than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps are seeing their benefits decline. One in 7 Americans receive benefits, based on food prices, inflation and income; however, that number has risen in recent years, as the economy has struggled. Negotiations on the Farm Bill didn't get underway until Wednesday of last week.



Eleven Hydroelectric Plants Being Sold


Eleven hydroelectric plants in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia are being sold by subsidiaries of First Energy Corporation. The application to sell the plants was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in September. One of the plants for sale is in Berkeley County, and is the last commercial plant in the U.S. to use rope-driven turbines. Other locations on the market include one on the Cheat River in West Virginia, three on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania, and four in Virginia on the Shenandoah River.

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