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Blast from the Past

August 28, 2002

Week of Aug. 25, 1952



Williamsport is trying out a new type of fluorescent light to illuminate its streets. The lights are said to be four times brighter than the bulb lights now being used in Williamsport.




It was 30 years ago this month that the nation's attention became centered on a spot near Weverton in Washington County, where a road workman had apparently found the treasure that the 20th century's most famous draft dodger, Grover Cleveland Bergdoll, had buried. It was later determined that the road worker, Lee Houser, had pulled an enormous practical joke.




About 20 percent of the City of Hagerstown's water customers are outside the city limits, and the number of county customers is growing at twice the rate of new city water customers.

Week of Aug. 25, 1977



Nearly 40 female residents of Dagmar Hall are going to classes today with clean hair, though it looked for a while Wednesday night as if they would have to contend with the "greasies." The girls' dormitory on the corner of Summit Avenue and West Antietam Street was one of several downtown businesses affected by a break in the water line Wednesday.

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It may have been the warm weather from last fall or spring, but whatever the reason, Maryland beer tax revenues for August and September 1976 and April and June 1977 were among the highest ever received during a single month. Washington County received $32,933 for the fourth quarter and $118,248 for the entire fiscal year 1977. About half of the 9-cent-per-gallon state beer tax is returned to local subdivisions.




Small town law enforcement has become the specialty of Mike Barnes and Mike Potter - Washington County's first resident state troopers. After years of patrolling Interstate highways in the county, the two troopers have adapted to policing towns the size of Leitersburg, Maugansville, Cascade, Funkstown and Clear Spring.

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