Blast from the past

April 14, 2004

Week of April 11, 1954

Among the duties city police are called upon to perform are escorting of funeral processions, prisoners, large sums of money to and from banks and more. This week someone on Virginia Avenue asked police to escort a flock of ducks that had strayed from City Park lake back to the lake. The escort service was performed.

Mayor Winslow F. Burhans this morning named a committee of six citizens to investigate and advise the Mayor and Council on whether the city should sell Municipal Golf Course and buy another less valuable tract for a new course.

Magistrate William Kreykenbohm held a rather disconcerting session at city court today. Two pigeons that flew into the courtroom through an open window distracted the attention of not only the magistrate, but of witnesses, defendants and plaintiffs alike.

The pigeons perched on a ledge over the magistrate's bench. People standing before the bench were advised to stand back several feet. Even so, Magistrate Kreykenbohm's bench had to be cleaned after the court session.

Week of April 11, 1979

Hagerstown Municipal Electric Light Plant is proposing a change in its rate structure that would add about 25 cents to the average homeowner's monthly bill and eliminate sliding block rates. MELP official, Lee Moats, said the proposal would be fairer to everyone because the cost of a kilowatt of electricity would be the same price for each resident, business and industrial user.

If a nuclear bomb ever drops near here, 54 hand-picked Washington Countians would have the best chance of survival.

The 54 are politicians, emergency personnel, social workers and secretaries who have live-in space reserved for them in an underground command center beneath the county courthouse in Hagerstown.

The Williamsport Blue Band won first prize in concert competition recently in the Festival of States held in St. Petersburg, Fla. The band won that prize over bands from 18 other states in a playoff held in the ballroom of St. Petersburg's Bay Front Hilton.

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