Blast from the past

March 05, 2003

Week of March 2, 1953

Mrs. Anna Young, 124 N. Locust St., says those 20-year-old dogs they have been talking about here were youngsters compared to Mutt, her poodle, who lived to the ripe old age of 26.

Workmen restoring the home of Jonathan Hager turned up a section of ancient flagstone, apparently used as flooring in the basement in the southeast corner of the home this morning. It seems that when one floor in the basement wore out, another was put down on top of the old one.

A solution to the problem of keeping local teenagers here in Hagerstown on Sunday nights instead of driving to Martinsburg (W.Va.) to dance in beer joints - and then face death on the homeward trip, driving under the influence of alcohol - may finally be in the making.

A localite, Benny Basore, has decided to open a teenage night spot. He has leased the building in the 700 block of Frederick Street known as Uncle Johnny's Cabin and plans to open Monday under the new name Club Mardi Gras.


Week of March 2, 1978

Thousands of dead birds - enough to fill a dump truck - lie on the ground in Reservoir Park in the West End, waiting to be picked up by city crews. According to park officials, the starlings have died from starvation and subfreezing temperatures.

The Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday was urged to refuse permits to a group trying to turn the Alexander Hotel at Public Square into apartments for low-income elderly persons.

A spokesman acting for "several" anonymous businessmen said the proposed residential use runs afoul of long-range plans for downtown as a commercial center.

Despite all those changes in Public Square and rebuilding of sidewalks, the slow decline in the number of downtown establishments catering to shoppers in Hagerstown continues.

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