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Blast from the Past from March 12

March 15, 2000

Week of March 12, 1950




In 1762, when Jonathan Hager laid out Hagerstown as a town , there were but seven streets, none exceeding three blocks. They were, North and South Potomac, North and South Jonathan, North and South Walnut, East and West Antietam, East and West Washington, East and West Franklin and East and West Church streets.




The new addition to The Herald-Mail plant will start within a few days and will house a five-unit 80-page newspaper press, a new, modern mail room and paper storage space. The addition will be two stories.




Auto hood ornaments are causing death and injury in automobile collisions, according to State and City police and auto salvage firms. State police said they could recall a number of cases in which pedestrians were injured and one of a man being killed because of a protruding automobile hood or radiator ornament.

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Week of March 12, 1975




Back in the days when Clear Spring was the far western frontier of the 13 colonies, Indian attacks were frequent, and settlers clustered tightly around streams so their water supply would not be cut off.

That same ever-flowing stream still flows through the heart of Clear Spring, frequently flooding its banks and causing havoc. The Town Council is asking the Washington County Commissioners for $75,000 for a drainage system modification.




One in seven Washington County residents is benefiting from the federal Social Security program. According to local office manager, Derek Schoen, the latest statistics show that 15,069 men, women and children in the area share in a monthly benefit pool totaling $2.44 million.




If you're interested in growing your own vegetables, but you don't have a plot to plow, don't get all uprooted about it. Washington County Community Action Council is again offering free garden plots to any county resident.

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