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Blast from the Past 12/19

December 20, 2001

Blast from the Past 12/19



Week of Dec. 16, 1951


A brand new newspaper made its appearance in the county this week. It is the "Breathedsville Beacon," written, edited and published by inmates of the State Reformatory for Males at Roxbury.

If the telephone operator was a bit slow asking for your number yesterday afternoon or evening, you can blame it on the snowstorm.

An increase in phone traffic always occurs in bad weather, but yesterday's situation was so hectic that operators had trouble keeping up with the flashing lights.

For the second time this month, December weather records have been shattered. This morning's official 18 1/2-degrees-below-zero mark, recorded at Hancock, was the lowest December reading since the U.S. Weather Bureau cooperative weather stations were established here 50 years ago.

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Week of Dec. 16, 1976


Dottie Baker stepped onto a lightly traveled path by filing for the Ward Five city council seat.

Mrs. Baker, 47, owner of a View Street restaurant, is only the third woman to campaign for the council in city history.

Forewarned is forearmed goes the old saying. And Potomac Edison Co. is saying look out.

The utility is taking out ads in daily newspapers and sending out press releases to warn customers of impending high bills. November was one of the coldest months in 26 years and PE says electric heating bills will reflect the frigid temperatures.

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