Blast from the Past

August 14, 2002

Week of Aug. 11, 1952

The temperature of the water in the Potomac River at Williamsport reached an all-time high of 87 degrees on two days last week.

An unusually large turnout of donors is expected tomorrow when the Red Cross Bloodmobile makes its third trip to the Maryland State Reformatory for Males near Roxbury. Approximately 100 men have signed up to give a pint of blood during this special visit, scheduled after inmates indicated their desire to give blood in answer to an urgent appeal by the Washington Regional Blood Center.

Adults visiting Hagerstown's City Park are being asked to wear conventional street clothes and not abbreviated sports attire, Park Board Chairman Paul L. Snyder announced today.


"We feel that most people who go to the park prefer to see limbs growing on trees and not growing out of shorts," Snyder said.

Week of Aug. 11, 1977

Maryland State Police harvested an estimated 100 pounds of marijuana on Tuesday, from a fenced-in area above South Mountain near Boonsboro. The six-foot-tall plants will be destroyed this week, as the investigation continues.

City police are looking for a red horse - a plastic 6-foot high red horse, that is.

Someone stole the horse overnight Saturday from its perch in front of The Red Horse Steak House on Dual Highway, police said. Someone took off the bolts on the base to steal the sculpture. However, the thieves got careless - they left part of the foot behind.

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