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July 29, 1997
MARLOWE, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police are investigating a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Interstate 81 in which the driver of a Bell Atlantic utility truck was critically injured. Byron Larson, age and address unknown, was taken to Washington County Hospital following the 1 p.m. crash just north of Exit 23. Trooper Richard Dyroff said the accident occurred when traffic slowed suddenly for a construction delay on the Potomac River bridge. One Bell Atlantic truck, seeing traffic slowing ahead, pulled from the lefthand lane into the median.
NEWS
January 2, 1998
Bell Atlantic offers tracking service By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer Bell Atlantic customers in Maryland and West Virginia might be able to track who calls them within their state by February using directory assistance, a spokeswoman said. Customers could call armed only with a phone number and receive the information listed in the Bell Atlantic phone book for that person or business, said spokeswoman Sandra Arnette. That information can include the name and address for the phone number, if it's listed in the phone book, Arnette said.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | May 18, 1999
Competition for local phone service that was promised by the 1996 Telecommunications Act is becoming a reality in the Tri-State area, at least for business customers. Bell Atlantic and UniDial Communications announced a deal Tuesday that will open at least 200,000 business lines to competition in Bell Atlantic's 13-state region, which includes Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Under the deal, valued at $300 million, Bell Atlantic will allow UniDial to resell its lines to business customers.
NEWS
July 29, 1997
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer Starting new home telephone service after her recent move to Keedysville, Stephanie Crowley agreed to try out Bell Atlantic's Caller ID Deluxe service, which she was told would allow her to see a caller's name and number on a separate display unit. Crowley said she based the decision on a positive memory of the service, which she had when it was test-marketed in the Toronto, Canada, area in 1990 and 1991 and the good experiences friends have had. She said she wasn't warned by Bell Atlantic about its limitations in identifying out-of-area callers, so she assumed she'd get the information on long-distance calls as well.
NEWS
July 28, 1997
Caller ID falls short in this area Woman learns, finally, AT&T won't connect info network to local system By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer Starting new home telephone service after her recent move to Keedysville, Stephanie Crowley agreed to try out Bell Atlantic's Caller ID Deluxe service, which she was told would allow her to see a caller's name and number on a separate display unit. Crowley said she based the decision on a positive memory of the service, which she had during its test-marketing in the Toronto, Canada, area in 1990 and 1991 and the good experiences friends have had. She said she wasn't warned by Bell Atlantic about its limitations in identifying out-of-area callers, so she assumed she'd get the information on long distance calls as well.
NEWS
November 12, 1997
Phone booth call now 35 cents By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer Without a telephone line of his own, Hagerstown resident Scott Huff said he relies on pay telephones to make most of his calls. "Or I use my mom's phone and give her a quarter," said Huff, 31, who figures he'll have to raise that to 35 cents to be in line with Bell Atlantic's new local pay phone rate. The telephone company announced Wednesday that it was hiking its local pay phone rate from 25 cents to 35 cents in eight states and Washington, D.C., beginning immediately.
NEWS
December 23, 1998
A software glitch Monday morning briefly interrupted 911 service in Washington County beginning around 8 a.m. "We didn't know there was a problem until a woman called on our seven-digit number and said she had gotten a busy signal when she dialed 911," said Ron Karn, chief of Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications. Karn said 911 calls are normally routed through Cumberland and when there is trouble, they are automatically rerouted through Keyser, W.Va. That automatic reroute didn't happen Monday, Karn said.
NEWS
March 1, 1998
Businesses warned of phone scheme Bell Atlantic has issued a warning of a phone scheme that is circulating on the Internet. In the latest version of an old scheme, a person posing as a representative of the phone company contacts a business under the guise of testing the business' phone service. He asks the person at the other end of the line to push several buttons and hang up. In many cases, this will give the caller access to the company's telephone account, Bell officials said.
NEWS
August 11, 1998
By MATTHEW BIENIEK / Staff Writer photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer Striking Bell Atlantic workers in Hagerstown said Monday they could not predict how long the walkout that began Sunday would last but knew the issues that brought them to the picket line: Forced overtime, vacations and contract labor. Seven strikers, wearing signs that read "CWA on Strike against Bell Atlantic," were picketing Monday near the Bell Atlantic office on Underpass Way near the Valley Mall.
NEWS
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | September 7, 1999
Olga Leippi-Amatucci wasn't surprised when her new Hagerstown business, Just Seconds Thrift Place, was assigned a telephone number with a 240 area code. "I accepted that because I already knew the numbers were running dry," said Leippi-Amatucci, 50, who opened the Wayside Avenue shop on Aug. 9. While not a problem for the thrift shop's owner, the different area code has created confusion for shoppers. "They ask, 'Is that local?'," said Leippi-Amatucci, who said only about three people haven't batted an eye about the 240 number.
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May 29, 2009
JULY 4, 1944-MAY 28, 2009 William Carl Wettstein Sr., 64, of Hagerstown, Md., and formerly of Millville, N.J., died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at his home. Born July 4, 1944, in Millville, he was the son of the late John Francis and Dora K. Wettstein. He presently was employed by Innerspace Floor to Ceiling/Countertop Solutions for 14 years, and retired from Bell Atlantic (Verizon), where he was employed for 30 years. He was a member of Williamsport Redmen Tribe 84. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Bonnie Wettstein; one daughter, Melissa Wettstein and husband, Chad Fauson, of Chambersburg, Pa.; three sons, William Wettstein Jr. of Phoenixville, Pa., Jeffrey Wettstein of Millville and Craig Wettstein of Hagerstown; one brother, John (Jack)
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NEWS
May 11, 2001
Council candidate Q&A - Boyer Republican council candidate, incumbent Alfred W. Boyer , 65, 1142 The Terrace, Council member since 1997, retired external affairs manager for Western Maryland for Bell Atlantic, now Verizon. Q: What are your qualifications to serve as a City Council member? A: I have served the past four years as a City Council member. My experience provides insight to the workings of city government and has acquainted me with staff members and their responsibilities.
NEWS
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | September 7, 1999
Olga Leippi-Amatucci wasn't surprised when her new Hagerstown business, Just Seconds Thrift Place, was assigned a telephone number with a 240 area code. "I accepted that because I already knew the numbers were running dry," said Leippi-Amatucci, 50, who opened the Wayside Avenue shop on Aug. 9. While not a problem for the thrift shop's owner, the different area code has created confusion for shoppers. "They ask, 'Is that local?'," said Leippi-Amatucci, who said only about three people haven't batted an eye about the 240 number.
NEWS
July 27, 1999
He doesn't know it yet, but I have a new bestest buddy and his name is Clint Wiley. Wiley is a Hagerstown businessman who runs New Frontiers Internet Services and now, more importantly, New Frontiers Telecommunications. That's right, Wiley is starting his own phone company. Not the type of thing we're used to thinking of as a start-up type cottage industry, but hey, we live in a new age. Don't be surprised if in the next couple of years you start reading about some chap who is running a power company out of his garage.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | May 18, 1999
Competition for local phone service that was promised by the 1996 Telecommunications Act is becoming a reality in the Tri-State area, at least for business customers. Bell Atlantic and UniDial Communications announced a deal Tuesday that will open at least 200,000 business lines to competition in Bell Atlantic's 13-state region, which includes Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Under the deal, valued at $300 million, Bell Atlantic will allow UniDial to resell its lines to business customers.
NEWS
December 23, 1998
A software glitch Monday morning briefly interrupted 911 service in Washington County beginning around 8 a.m. "We didn't know there was a problem until a woman called on our seven-digit number and said she had gotten a busy signal when she dialed 911," said Ron Karn, chief of Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications. Karn said 911 calls are normally routed through Cumberland and when there is trouble, they are automatically rerouted through Keyser, W.Va. That automatic reroute didn't happen Monday, Karn said.
NEWS
December 9, 1998
"If you want to see some real nice Christmas decorations and houses, I suggest that you come to our Cross Creek development. That's off Md. 65 across from Arnett's Store. It's really out of this world. " "Good morning Mail Call. In Saturday's paper on Dec. 5, I read a Letter to the Editor about Bell Atlantic's run around. This letter was written on Oct. 13 and it was printed on Dec. 5. She not only got a run around with Bell Atlantic but she got a run around with her letter, too. " "Yes, this is to the smoking mathematics genius that figured out what cigarettes were costing him a year.
NEWS
By TERRY TALBERT | August 12, 1998
Striking Bell Atlantic workers in Hagerstown and Martinsburg, W.Va., were called off the picket line on Tuesday after the company reached a tentative contract settlement with union workers. "We took the picket lines down at 11 or 11:30 a.m.," said Jim Farris, president of Local 2105 of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The local has about 200 members in Hagerstown and Martinsburg, W.Va, he said. --cont. from front page -- About 150 union members in Frederick, Md., belong to Local 2100.
NEWS
August 11, 1998
By MATTHEW BIENIEK / Staff Writer photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer Striking Bell Atlantic workers in Hagerstown said Monday they could not predict how long the walkout that began Sunday would last but knew the issues that brought them to the picket line: Forced overtime, vacations and contract labor. Seven strikers, wearing signs that read "CWA on Strike against Bell Atlantic," were picketing Monday near the Bell Atlantic office on Underpass Way near the Valley Mall.
NEWS
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | June 4, 1998
Hagerstown-area telephone customers won't be able to use Bell Atlantic's new Call 54 reverse directory service, which was approved Wednesday by the Maryland Public Service Commission. Unless local residents specifically request their names and addresses be withheld, however, that information will be available to customers in other parts of the state with access to Call 54, said Bell Atlantic spokeswoman Sandra Arnette. Call 54 works like this: Customers dial their own area codes plus 555-5454, give the operator a telephone number and receive the name and address on file for that number.
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