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Blast from the past

April 04, 2001

Blast from the past



Week of April 1, 1951


Garland E. Groh, well known lawyer and real estate operator, was knocking on doors of the Honey Hill section of the West End Sunday, passing out boxes of goodies to the 79 children of his tenants in that area.

Groh said the idea struck him when an employee commented that Easter likely would be just another Sunday to many kids on Honey Hill.

U.S. Commissioner C. Welles Little served notice that iron parts of 79 locks of the old Chesapeake and Ohio Canal can't be considered junk. He dismissed three men charged here yesterday with taking parts of lock gates in the southern part of Washington County. He warned that future offenses of this nature would bring jail sentences.

There was nothing visibly different about yesterday's newspaper, but it was a history-making edition for the Herald-Mail Company - marking the first run of the company's five-unit Hoe Super-Speed press.

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The new press has a capability of 80 pages and can produce papers at the breathtaking rate of 36,000 per hour.




Week of April 1, 1976


Hagerstown's finest are expected to become finer if a city police department program of mandatory supervised exercise works.

Volunteer officers will participate in a pilot program. If the 12-week program is successful, all officers will be expected to undergo physical fitness training.

In a protest over food service at Smithsburg High School, students boycotted lunch Wednesday - only 34 students out of over 900 at the school ate the lunch.

After lunch students presented Principal Gerald Hammond with a list of complaints about food service at the school.

Sid Metzner's sheepdog, Tramp, can't wait to get out of the house when the mailman comes. He isn't interested in nipping the postman. He's just ready for the day's rounds.

For 10 years, Tramp has been dogging the heels of Ralph F. Higgs, the mailman in the E. Irvin Avenue neighborhood of Hagerstown.

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