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Blast from the past

December 22, 1999

Week of Dec. 19, 1949

Previously unsuspected facts about the Jonathan Hager Home near City Park came to light yesterday in an inspection by restoration authorities. The chief discovery was the finding of a fireplace on the second story which had been encased for decades.

George D. Hicks, well-known local attorney and member of the State Legislature, has entered a new field of endeavor - song writing. After writing a number of songs with varying degrees of success, his "My Little Piggy Bank," a Christmas novelty song, is being played on local radio stations and others throughout Maryland.

Governor William P. Lane Jr., president of the Herald-Mail Company, told the group of 325 newspaper boys and parents how he carried newspapers here some 45 years ago. He said the experience gained helped him a lot in later life.

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Week of Dec. 19, 1974

Fountain Head, Maugansville and Tammany-Van Lear subdivisions will head the list of areas to receive new public water and sewer facilities in a massive 10-year "Water and Sewerage Plan" approved unanimously by the Washington County Commissioners Friday in a special four-hour meeting.

First the five-cent cigar disappeared. Then the 5-cent cup of coffee went to 10 cents. Now the American Newspaper Publishers Association says its annual survey of 1,745 daily papers this year showed that for the first time most of them now cost 15 cents. The Herald-Mail newspaper still costs 10 cents.

Bob Wantz, principal of Clear Spring Middle School believes the three R's (readin,' 'ritin' and 'rithmetic) approach to education may be revived here since Washington County seventh graders' average scores in the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills last April were significantly below the national norm for seventh-grade students.

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