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Blast from the past

May 25, 1999

Week of May 23, 1949




Hagerstown policemen are going to replace burned out bulbs in traffic lights here and city bus drivers are going to help spot the burned out bulbs. The plan was proposed by Police Commissioner M.E. Ellinger. Captain of Police Max Rickard ordered the plan to be carried out this weekend.




Some East End boys have developed an interesting racket. They loaf around the edges of Municipal Golf Course waiting for golfers to plunk balls into the brush surrounding the course. The boys retrieve the balls and sell them to golfers for 100 percent profit since no expense is involved.




Washington County physicians were the only ones to come through with a full 100 percent cooperation in a cancer control demonstration staged in four Maryland counties. Their cooperation provides an accurate picture of the incidence and stages of cancer in Washington County. The report shows 298 cases of cancer in the county.

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Week of May 23, 1974




After laying dormant for 17 years, the offspring of the locusts that infested a Hancock fruit orchard in 1957 are expected to emerge from their underground hiding places any day now. Elroy Krestensen, associate professor at the University of Maryland's Fruit Laboratory, has been checking the ground daily and says small holes are starting to appear, suggesting that the locusts may be preparing to emerge.




The Mayor and Council of Sharpsburg agreed this week to update all of the town's ordinances, many of which have been on the books for 30 years or more. They plan to revamp the entire town charter.




Washington County Court House, which has been restored during this past year, will be rededicated Tuesday in a ceremony celebrating the building's 100th birthday. A box of articles telling of life in Hagerstown in 1974 will be laid in the Court House Corner Stone, replacing one laid there in 1874.

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