Blast from the past

December 15, 2004

Week of Dec. 12, 1954

The Henry Korabs, Dual Highway, have four pet game chickens that must have come from mighty hardy stock. This week, the quartet survived an entire night and part of a day inside an old refrigerator with all doors closed tight.

Four-year-old Darlene Korab, having received permission to keep the chickens in the basement of their home because of the cold weather, went even further in her desire to protect her pets. Before going to bed one evening, she put them in the refrigerator and closed the doors.

When Mrs. Korab looked for the chickens the following afternoon and didn't find them in the basement, she asked Darlene where they were. When Darlene told her, she hurried to open the refrigerator expecting the worst.

Instead, all four - hungry and thirsty - were alive. The refrigerator doors were immediately nailed shut.

Middleburg, four miles north of Hagerstown, is to get an outdoor or drive-in theater.


Did you ever figure how long it would take you to walk on all of Hagerstown's sidewalks - every mile of them?

You can figure on walking eight hours a day at a pace of four miles an hour for about a week. Hagerstown has 222 miles of sidewalks, considerably more than the average of 146 miles for cities in the 25,000 to 50,000 population category.

Week of Dec. 12, 1979

Three furniture company workers, all Washington County natives, have put in 150 years at Hagerstown's Beachley Furniture Co. None of them has plans to retire.

Friday, Isaac Stotler was honored for 60 years of service; Charles May was honored for 50 years of service; and Kenneth Thomas Sr. was honored for 40 years of service.

Williamsport has become the second town in Washington County to adopt a historic district ordinance. On Monday night, the Town Council approved a resolution designating the downtown section of Williamsport a historic district.

The town of Keedysville adopted a similar ordinance three or four years ago, according to Keedysville Mayor Ralph Taylor.

Hundreds of Washington County residents have applied at Washington County Community Action Council for government assistance to pay high heating bills this winter. It is expected that no one who qualifies for aid will be turned away.

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