Blast from the Past - 6/4

June 04, 2003

Week of June 1, 1953

Members of the Sharpsburg Lions Club are determined that henceforth no tourist is going to pass through this county without knowing that Antietam Battlefield is nearby and worth the drive to tour it.

The club plans to launch an advertising campaign with direction signs along main highways in the county.

The strange malady that has been killing robins in the West End has spread to the North End.

A number of robins were found dead on Forest Drive and West Irvin Avenue over the weekend. From the position of the bodies, it appears the birds were suddenly stricken and fell forward with their wings open and flat on the ground.

The Western Maryland Railway's passenger station for a few fleeting moments turned into a semblance of the old days, when passenger service came to an end between Hagerstown and Cumberland Saturday.


Nearly 300 people rode the last trains, stirring memories of the years when the station swarmed each May 30 with folks bound for the Memorial Day outing to Pen Mar Park.

Week of June 1, 1978

Sophia Lynn Weaver and Stephanie Ann Weaver, twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. D. Blaine Weaver of Greenhill Drive in Hagerstown, both achieved the highest possible grade-point averages and will share the distinction of being co-valedictorians at Smithsburg High School's commencement exercises Monday, June 5.

Although Washington County students made modest gains in acquiring reading skills needed to function in society, 28 percent of the seventh-graders, 29 percent of the ninth-graders and 10 percent of the county's juniors remain functionally illiterate.

A strike at Allegheny Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. in Williamsport ended abruptly Thursday night as picketing workers and their union, Teamsters Local 992, claimed a stunning victory.

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