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Cumberland Times News (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Cumberland, Maryland saturday ftt1 # Cumberland in t times news Cloudy h 9h so Low today a 45 to Quot a 13n see weather 10a serving Western Maryland amp the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia fort Hill beats Preston 70-66 in High school basketball action. See sports 4b vol. 62 a no. 298cumberland, Maryland saturday december 18,1999 Dally 50c sunday $1.25 Tome delivery 39crailroad Hopes to Lessen Grant Reliance tourist attraction moving to reduce financial Burden on county cities _ westers Maryland in Railroad for strategic plan 2000 a 2002 Maria d. Martirano times news staff writer Cumberland a the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is charging into the future with a three year strategic plan that proposes a reduction in the need for local Grant Money in 2000. Members of the Scenic railroads Board made the presentation Friday to the Western Maryland delegation to the general Assembly and Allegany county Frostburg finance director issues warning jail proposal will raise taxes Jeff Alderton times news staff writer and Cumberland officials at a breakfast meeting at the Cumberland country club. Originally both Jim Struntz chairman of the railroads Board of directors and Lee Fiedler who presented the strategic plan said the meeting was closed to the Media but they would answer questions after the presentation. They also talked of having an open meeting some time after the first of the year. See tourist attraction a 7a $1.5 million annual budget a $565,000 fares $165.00 food amp beverage $180,00 rail fest $110,000 merchandise $250,000 local Grants tax $ 100,000 state Grant attracts 65,000-70,000 visitors annually a serves 44,0 x riders 259r stay overnight 45% visit restaurants economic value $3.5-$5.0 million annually 80% from 60 Miles or farther Board backs hike in hotel Motel tax rate Maria d. Martirano times news staff writer Cumberland a the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Board of directors has voted to support a 2 percent increase in Allegany county a hotel Motel tax. During a meeting with state county and City officials Friday at the Cumberland country club Jim Struntz chairman of the railroads see a Board backs a 9a______ task Force finds possible crimes by Camp guards panel lists 29 cases in report David Dishneau associated press writer a while some corrective actions May have been taken by department of juvenile Justice management very Little was done to carry out those Meas ures. Task Force report Santa claws is coming Mary Dawn Buckley tells of the importance of Bailey and Madison her two Bichon rises Stev bitter we a times news seated with her thursday morning at Home in Cumberland. Nothing off limits for Many As they indulge their pets animals a just like children a says shop owner Michael a. Sawyers times news staff writer Cumberland a is nothing too posh for your poodle do you Cater to your canine or flatter your feline when the stockings Are All Hung by the Chimney with care is there one there for fido the answer to these queries is a yes a according to Brenda Growden of Brendan a exotic pet shop in Cumberland. A pets Are just like children to the majority of their owners a said Growden. A people worry about their pets when they have to leave on vacation. They want to make sure their pets Are Happy. They spend a lot of Money on them. I know one family that fixes a plate of whatever they Are having for dinner for the at the House of Mary Dawn Buckley in cum Berland nothing is off limits to Bailey and Madison her two Bichon rises. A and they know it too a said Buckley. A we All sleep on the same bed As Well and they jockey for position As we Settle in for the Bailey 2, is the father of Madison or Maddy 7 months though the son outweighs the father by a whopping one Pound 9 pounds to 8. Buckley said her dogs Are a very very important part of her life. See a nothing off limits a 9a__ Hagerstown a a task Force that investigated violence against teen agers at three state run youth Boot Camps found 29 possible a Tilers i in cases of excessive Man first Force child abuse charged 1b 0r assault by guards in just the past four months according to its final report. The panels j4-Pagp report released try fms Parris Glendening documents juveniles bloodied noses head lacerations and frostbite suffered by inmates who were forced to stand or Lay handcuffed in the Snow for hours. Guards also reportedly used racial slurs when speaking to the mostly Black delinquents. The report says one guard was fired for beating a youth on the Torso with a steel Arrow. Three others were also fired for excessive Force Over the past two years but the report concludes that most reported abuse went unpunished. A while some corrective actions May have been taken by department of juvenile Justice management very Little was done to carry out those measures a the report says. The report said one Camp guard was charged with child abuse but it did not say where the guard worked or when the charge was filed. State police who began a criminal investigation last week said they have not filed any criminal charges against guards. Glendening ordered the report As part of the states investigation other state of alleged abuses at the Savage leadership Challenge Backbone Mountain and Meadow Mountain Boot Camps in Garrett county about 200 Miles West of Baltimore. He has closed Savage and moved its residents to the other Camps where military style treatment of the delinquents has been suspended pending a reorganization of the program. A a we re looking to the Point of How can we restructure and revamp the program so we done to have these problems in the future a Glendening spokesman Michael Morrill said. The Fri said on thursday it has begun investigating a possible civil rights violation at the Savage Boot Camp. The Case involves Gary Johnson jr., 16, of Easton whose left wrist was fractured during rough handling by guards shortly after he arrived at the Camp nov. 29, according to state records. The injury went untreated for five Days partly because the boy did no to mention it to guards according to state reports. The Secretary of the state Sec task Force a 9a initiatives Cumberland a the county Stop fiscal officer warned Friday that acceptance of sheriff David goads proposal to operate the county a new detention Center will result in a property tax rate increase of at least 14 cents. A to fill the Gap you Are looking at a minimum of 14 cents if the sheriffs latest proposal is accepted a said finance director Jerry Frantz who said acceptance of the sheriffs latest proposal would mean a Sharp Rise in taxes or a substantial cuts in other areas of the Frantz admitted that determining the number of officers needed to operate the detention Center under construction on . Route 220 is not an easy task. Following thursdays county commissioners meeting commission president Dale Lewis said that the county does not yet have a plan for operating the facility. Commissioner Walt Bosley said if legislation is enacted for the commissioners to operate the jail they will seek a professional administrator to help develop a plan. A i fully appreciate the Challenge of opening and staffing a new facility. It s an unknown to us. This is one of the largest Sec finance director a 9a Senate president touts education funding As Allegany College of Maryland a commencement speaker Miller in City Liz beavers times news staff writer Cumberland a gov. Parris Glendening is working toward better education throughout the state of Maryland according to Thomas v a a Mike Miller president of the Maryland state Senate. Miller who was in Cumberland Friday evening to speak at Allegany College of Maryland a commencement took time out prior to the ceremony to speak with a Small group of the local press. A the governor has announced a significant output of funds for higher education a Miller said referring to Glendening a announce Index ment thursday of his commitment to spend $1.23 billion Over the next five years for construction and improvement projects at Mary lands colleges and universities. The funds come in part from the states budget surplus which Miller said was a close to a billion dollars a and part from tobacco settlement Money obligation Bonds. According to Miller Miller and general however higher education will not be the Only recipient of attention from state government. Speaker of the House Casper Taylor or. Has set up a commis. Sion for equitable funding for education which will be looking at each county individually to determine its need in grades k-12, Miller said. A the commission will talk with the commissions and boards a he said adding that he feels the emphasis will be not on new construction but on renovating existing schools. A this is tying in with the governors smart growth program a he added. Miller also praised Taylor for other efforts that have benefited Western Maryland including the Rocky Gap music festival Rocky Gap Lodge amp Golf resort Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Etc. A a he a promoting High tech in Western Maryland As Well As tourism a he said. Miller a native of Clinton is the longest serving Senate president in Maryland history having first been elected to Lead the upper chamber in 1987. He represents the states 27th legislative District which includes portions of Prince Georges Calvert and Anne Arundel counties. Steve Bittner times news left to right Brandi Palmer and Brandi opel both of Grantsville help Wendy Custer Swanton with preparations for graduation Friday evening in the Allegany College of Maryland gymnasium. Births. 7a . 7 a Bridge. 6a editorial. 8a business. 4-5a movies. 3a class. 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