Blast from the past

March 31, 2004

Week of March 28, 1954

A copy of The Daily Mail's 125th anniversary edition containing a story on the history of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was welcomed this week by Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas while he relaxed at the Potomac Fish and Game Club.

The justice was discussing the historical nature of the canal with a Daily Mail reporter and asked to be told more about it. The reporter had brought along a copy of the special edition and handed it over. The justice placed it in his luggage.

Roads now run parallel to the Potomac River and the route of the old C&O Canal from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C. The Hagerstown Chamber of Commerce has suggested a program utilizing these existing roads together with access roads into the canal route for the proposed scenic parkway.

The vanguard of the army of martins which come here each spring arrived early today at the home of Jacob Valentine, 216 Avon Road, and began keeping house in his new 28-apartment birdhouse.

Week of March 28, 1979

The Washington County Commissioners will face a big decision in the next month when they try to decide how to spend nearly $1 million from state transportation funds - on new buses, fixing potholes or repairing bridges. The money has to be spent in transportation-related areas, according to state guidelines.

Steve Kosis, director of the Western Maryland Appalachian Regional Commission, says completing the Interstate 70 National Freeway will take some $40 million to $45 million to finish an eight-mile stretch over Sideling Hill from Orleans Road to Hancock. Another $85 million is needed to finish a 20- to 25-mile section from Cumberland to Flintstone, Kosis said.

Food stamp officials say the Washington County office has been swamped with applicants since a Jan. 1 change in rules allows families to get coupons free instead of buying part of them. Participation nationwide rose about 11 percent, but locally the increase in applicants has increased by 30 percent to 40 percent.

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