Blast from the Past

November 27, 2002

Week of Nov. 24, 1952

Just 27 years ago this month the first play by what was to develop into the Potomac Playmakers was staged in Hagerstown.

The play, "Come Out of the Kitchen," was presented by the Dramatic Section of the Women's Club.

The city's cost of providing pensions for retired policemen next year is estimated at $13,000; the cost of providing pensions for retired firemen, $2,670. The 1953 cost of providing pensions for all other city workers is $53,000, an increase of $2,000 over the cost this year.

A photograph of the Washington County Free Library's famous book-wagon which was the first in the world to circulate books to rural communities, is going to appear in a history of rural America.

Week of Nov. 24, 1977

The Community Action Council's winterization project is aimed at easing winter's grip on lower income residents, nonprofit organizations and landlords who rent to low-income persons. Since July, the CAC has prepared almost 100 buildings around Washington County for winter's cold weather.


An increasing number of Washington County students are failing each year, according to a study by school officials.

In the last five years the number of failures in the county has nearly tripled.

The city of Hagerstown is teaming up with 1,268 other communities to challenge a federal law mandating unemployment benefits for state and local government workers.

Many cities see the law as an unconstitutional infringement on the state and local governments' right to self-rule.

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