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October 20, 2004

Week of Oct. 17, 1954

Earlier this week, William E. Weaver, Cemetery Street, Funkstown, lay in bed in the morning listening to a woodpecker working merrily away outside his window. He supposed the bird was working on a nearby tree.

However, while looking over his house later, he found the bird was pecking on the side of his home and had cut three holes in one board, each big enough for the woodpecker to crawl in.

Now, Mr. Weaver worries that his rest period will be taken up watching the bird if he wants to save his home.

For the first time in many years, there will be no high state officials riding at the head of the Alsatia Mummers' Parade.


"It's simply too close to election time," said parade chairman Raymond Dinterman, "Governor McKeldin will be invited to the parade, but will not be invited to ride."

The only public official who will be invited to ride in the official car will be Mayor Winslow F. Burhans, who is not running for office.

Dr. E. W. Ditto Jr., whose practice takes him over much of the rural area around Hagerstown, has come upon a method of making fierce dogs friendlier.

Questioned about the matter, Dr. Ditto admitted he keeps a supply of dog food in his car. When confronted with a seemingly fierce dog, he offers it some dog biscuits. He says the method works in most cases.

Week of Oct. 17, 1979

Washington County has an excellent chance of getting federal and state aid to restore the old Wilson Bridge, the county's oldest stone span and once the nation's gateway to the West.

Rodney Little, state historic preservation officer, told the County Commissioners Tuesday that bridge and all 22 other stone arch spans should be placed first on the National Register of Historic Places.

After getting nobody to run for mayor a week ago, Clear Spring now has four candidates, including a husband and wife.

Nominated in a special primary Monday were Councilman William Albowicz and wife, Julianna, plus town residents Don Mellott and Doug Willman.

The ranch house on Brentwood Terrace in Halfway looks like a nice brick house, with a green lawn and shrubbery. But it's actually a $450,000 sewage pumping station. About 250,000 gallons of sewage pass through the deep wells underneath the building daily.

"It was built like a house so it would look like everything else," said Palmer Dawson of the county sanitary commission.

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