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Blast from the past

July 06, 1999

Week of July 4, 1949




Clarence G. Emmert, Weldon Place, was the first purchaser of a hunting license at the courthouse yesterday, maintaining his record of many years to be the man to wear the No. 1 tag.




Postmaster Travis D. Knode, who recently took over the weather station at Keedysville, wasn't taking any chances yesterday. He put out three thermometers, including the official weather station one. Every one of the three registered 104 degrees, he reported.




The shooting of firecrackers by boys in Funkstown resulted in a number of complaints to sheriff's officers. Deputies said the only complaints of fireworks and firecrackers in the area came from Funkstown.

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Week of July 4, 1974




An estimated 7,000 people attended the Fourth of July celebration at Fort Ritchie, according to the provost marshal's office. "It took about two hours to clear the post after the celebration ended," a Fort Ritchie information officer said.




An unlucky or uncoordinated pigeon put out the lights in downtown Hagerstown and the surrounding area around noon Thursday when it flew into a Municipal Electric Light Plant substation. The power was off for 17 minutes.




Weeds are sprouting across Hagerstown and problems are sprouting in city government as officials struggle to enforce the city's nine-year-old weed ordinance. Nearly 100 complaints have been registered with the Hagerstown Police Department since May 1. "We track down every last complaint, and year after year we have to notify and re-notify the same people," said Sgt. James Cross.

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