Blast from the Past

September 29, 2004

Week of Sept. 26, 1954

Speaking of the Great Hagerstown Fair, do you remember when it was nothing for a person to walk onto the main midway and be handed a yardstick, a pack of needles, a pencil or two, samples of food, and other odds and ends?

If you also remember Hermann's candy, wrapped rolls of molasses popcorn, fresh-roasted chestnuts and crisp, filled ladyfingers, you are getting a little gray around the edges.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the state's now $3 million chronic disease hospital will start at noon Monday with Gov. Theodore R. McKeldin turning the first shovel of dirt.

The new hospital will be erected on the Bellvue farm. The institution will provide 300 beds.

While scores of Washington County youths have joined the Armed Forces this summer, the number of young men being involuntarily drafted amounts to a mere handful.


A draft board spokesman said the large number of men enlisting in the Army, Air Force, Navy, etc., is responsible for the relatively small calls for men from Washington County.

Week of Sept. 26, 1979

Bob Borngesser left NBC's news offices in Washington, D.C., three years ago after 16 years of broadcast journalism, the last nine as a reporter and newscaster.

For the past 16 months, he delivered morning news at local radio stations.

Today, Borngesser will begin learning his way around WHAG-TV offices here in Hagerstown as he takes the position of news director and anchorman.

He will be the first WHAG anchorman with extensive experience in a major television market.

Washington County's unemployment rate jumped from 6.9 percent in June to 8.5 percent in July, according to the most recent figures released by the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

The pilot nutrition program being conducted in five Washington County public schools and at St. Mary's Elementary School hopes to make children aware of good nutrition practices by including nutrition in science, art and even math lessons.

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