Week of Aug. 15, 1949
Northern sections of Washington County and adjacent Franklin County, Pa., are having grasshopper problems.
Hancock orchardists were the first to report the invasion by millions of grasshoppers about three weeks ago. Poison spray, under the supervision of the University of Maryland laboratory at Hancock, brought the grasshopper situation under control in that orchard section.
Fourteen-year-old John Churchey has added a twist to the shoe-shine business. Instead of waiting for customers to come to him, he travels with his portable shoe-shine kit from one building to another in the downtown section offering to shine a customer's shoes "on the spot." He says half of the money he earns goes to his mother, while he will use the other half to buy school clothes this fall.
Members of the local Civilian Air Patrol squadron are dismantling the old one-room Fountaindale schoolhouse, along Middleburg Pike, preparatory to setting it up as their headquarters near the Municipal Airport.