Blast from the Past

December 18, 2002|From The Herald-Mail files

Week of Dec. 15, 1952

An Associated Press dispatch from Chicago last night showed that Hagerstown was rated second in the country by the National Safety Council for its size, for its traffic record this year.

Hagerstown has had no traffic deaths so far this year.

Howard's Feed Store on East Baltimore Street was broken into during the night and 50 cents in pennies stolen.

Police said there was no evidence of ransacking. Entry was gained by breaking a small piece out of a window above a latch. Exit was by the front door.

County Clerk A.C. Saum found that since Oct. 1 bounty was paid on only 76 foxes whereas in other years he paid bounty on several hundred reynards during the same period of time. He also found that during the last three months not one weasel or wildcat was brought in for bounty. The only payment outside those for foxes was for one horned owl, he said.

Week of Dec. 15, 1977

Hagerstown Mayor Pat Paddock said this morning that he favors continuing City Park youth concerts because no more trouble occurs there than elsewhere in the city.

The city council banned future park youth concerts last week. The 3-1 vote in favor of discontinuing the "Summer Sounds" program came after Councilman Ira P. Kauffman charged that the concerts spawned excessive vandalism, loud noise, beer and alcohol drinking and drug use.

For more than three decades, Mrs. Haven Hoffman has been known as Mrs. Santa Claus to thousands of Washington County's neediest children and their families.

Ever since the plight of an impoverished Boonsboro area family was brought to her attention 34 years ago, Mrs. Hoffman has led a crusade to make sure underprivileged families have toys and food to celebrate Christmas.

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