Blast from the Past

February 16, 2000

Week of Feb. 13, 1950

At the National Pigeon Show in Camden, N.J., Hagerstown had the largest number of fanciers present of any city in the country, it was announced this week by an officer of the Hagerstown Pigeon Club.

The Municipal Electric Light Plant has coal stocks sufficient for 20 to 25 days, which is about half the stock on hand during normal times.

Plant Superintendent R.R. Daniels said today the plant would have much more coal in reserve if the railroads were not confiscating about half the coal en route to consumers for their own use.


A local baker is selling doughnut holes these days. The punched-out centers have always been kneaded back into a new batch of dough, for more doughnuts. The enterprising baker can't explain why no one ever thought of the idea before, especially since it is a great time saver. The "holes" fry in much less time than it takes to work them into a new batch of dough.

Week of Feb. 13, 1975

Western Maryland Center is going to attempt to thin out the grove of pine trees on hospital property where an estimated 200,000 birds roost every evening. Paul V. Joliet of the Washington County Health Department said it's not the birds that worry him as much as the rats that are on the tree-covered lot behind the center.

Claude M. Potterfield swam against a bureaucratic tide to bring a new swimming pool to Hagerstown in 1973. The Mayor and City Council has found it appropriate to honor the former parks board chairman by renaming the pool after him. Dedication ceremonies will be held Memorial Day weekend when the pool opens for the season.

Washington County Schools Superintendent Claud E. Kitchens warned the Board of Education this week, "By 1980, we're going to have empty classrooms all over this county. We're going to have to figure out how to use them rather than worry about putting up extra ones."

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