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March 18 blast from the past

March 21, 2001

Blast from the Past



Week of March 18, 1951


Mrs. Anna B. Reeves, Oak Hill Avenue, reported that her father, J.A. Binkley of State Line, uncovered an old gold coin, dated 1853, while spading his garden this week. He hasn't found any others in the area and will keep the one he found.

Marylanders will celebrate two holidays next Sunday. March 25 is not only Easter Sunday, but also the 317th birthday of the founding of our state.

And speaking of holidays, no plans have yet been laid for the celebration of Washington County's 175th birthday Sept. 6.

The Hagerstown Area Rent Control office reported today that some landlords have asked for and received rent increases on the basis of permitting a tenant to install a television aerial.




Week of March 18, 1976


Washington County Commissioners will be asked Tuesday to take immediate steps to halt the sewer-related health problems in Boonsboro, Keedysville and Sharpsburg.

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The actions came as a result of complaints brought forth by Daniel Boon, council chairman of Upper Potomac River Basin Public Advisory Council, who said one-third of the homes in Keedysville are without toilet facilities and most of its 500 citizens are "poor folks."

City signal officials on Monday got an OK to buy and install fancy street signs at 180 city intersections.

At a cost of $3,400, the city will get green and white signs that meet the national street sign code.

Just released from the street department barn at Memorial Boulevard, a 12-year-old city street sweeper machine sported a fresh coat of red, white and blue stars and stripes. In three days, the sweeper had been transformed from a nondescript orange to a Bicentennial showpiece.

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