Blast from the Past

September 08, 2004

Week of Sept. 5, 1954

Housewives aren't canning peaches like they did in the good old days, and because they are not, those who grow this fruit have to find some way to process an additional 360,000 to 400,000 bushels. Already about 750,000 bushels of peaches grown locally were processed this year.

The instrumental program in local schools has shown quite a growth in the past few years. Enrollment rose from 363 in 1950 to 884 during the past school year, and school officials anticipate an enrollment of 1,000 during the term that begins this week.

Seven teachers are devoting full time to this work in 13 elementary and high schools.

Mrs. Marvin Rose of Boonsboro describes her recent encounter with thousands of honey bees: "This noon I was cooking chow-chow pickles and after my nine-room house was filled with the aroma of sweet, spiced vinegar a swarm of bees moved into my entire house. I have 12 windows and three doors. Thousands of bees swarmed on all the doors and window screens and within 10 minutes were inside the house.


I frantically turned off the fire, covered the pickles, covered my head in a kerchief and beat, swatted and finally sprayed the bees. I only got stung once and swept up dustpans full of bees."

She said, "In all my long life, I never witnessed anything like this."

Week of Sept. 5, 1979

Schoolchildren who visit the 1980 version of the Great Hagerstown Fair may get a day off from school to do so. The fair board on Tuesday asked the school board to consider such a day off so the date of the fair can be moved to the second week of September, a week before the Frederick (Md.) fair. This day off would accommodate students exhibiting animals in the FFA and also would allow trustees to get a better-quality midway show, which would stop in Hagerstown en route to Frederick.

Local government officials will go back to the bargaining table tonight to see whether an agreement can be reached on transferring ownership of Hagerstown Regional Airport.

State Aviation Administration official John Scott advised the Washington County Commissioners that the government that can best afford to run the airport should own it.

The Hagerstown City Council told the commissioners last month to come up with a sale price offer.

The remnants of tropical storm David tore through Washington County Wednesday, uprooting scores of trees and knocking out electrical power to around 2,400 residents.

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