Blast from the past

December 26, 2003

Week of Dec. 21, 1953

Clear Spring maintained its tax rate of 50 cents per hundred for the coming year, at the organizational meeting of the town's officials.

Also, the usual discounts will be granted during the first four months of the year. They are 5 percent during January, 4 percent in February, 3 percent in March and 2 percent in April.

Don Springer's broken jaw of last August hit the national headlines this week.

Readers may recall that Don fractured his jaw when he hit himself with a bat after missing a ball while working out with other youth at the YMCA.

Paul Jones, director of publicity of the National Safety Council, included an account of Don's accident in his nationally syndicated column devoted to stories about whacky accidents of 1953.


Postmaster Thomas M. Simpson and Mayor Winslow F. Burhans helped the loading of the second bag of first class mail ever to be shipped out of Hagerstown by air yesterday on Allegheny Airlines' flight 410.

Week of Dec. 21, 1978

The city is making preparations to line up the political support needed for a $6.8 million grant to improve Memorial Boulevard.

The road, a two-lane street that winds around the southern part of the city, would be turned into a southern bypass of Hagerstown under the project plan.

Lee E. Zeni, director of the Energy and Coastal Zone Administration, said state officials will soon begin a search in Western Maryland for a site for a new electric power plant. The 1,000-acre site - which could be in western Washington County - may not be used for at least a decade, he said, but it must be available for use when the demand for electric power exceeds Potomac Edison's generating capacity. PE has already forecast shortages for 1980.

As in years past, the City Municipal Electric Light Plant has installed trees at the following locations: Washington Square; Public Square; East Avenue and Cannon Avenue; Charles Point, near the Coca Cola plant; City Park, on the back bank; and the Western Maryland Center on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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