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The year in review

December 26, 2004|by TIM ROWLAND
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· The City of Hagerstown enacts a fee on passing out Klan literature.

May 3 - A meeting between hospital and Hagerstown officials produces a "major breakthrough" when the two sides are able to sit together for 90 minutes with "minimal gunfire."

· The lake at Greenbrier State Park closes again after tests indicate the presence of small traces of water.

May 6 - The City of Hagers- town provides hospital officials with a list of "17 concessions" it needs before it will sign on to the hospital's move out of town.

· Little Butch and his pals invite all of their teachers to an "Appreciashun Bankwet" at the Venice Inn, then share a belly laugh after turning on all of the sprinklers.

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May 13 - Financially troubled Allegheny Energy Corp. turns its first profit in two years after converting the R. Paul Smith generating plant into a small-engine repair shop.

· In reviewing the city's 17 conditions, hospital officials agree to sewer and water upgrades, but balk at naming the new facility the Mayor William Breichner Presbyterian Medical Center.

May 15 - The first of the "17-Year Cicadas" show up in Washington County, emerging for the first time since 1987.

· Habitat for Humanity of Washington County wins approval for a new duplex in Boonsboro after assuring neighbors the residences will be occupied by hard-luck actors David Spade and Goldie Hawn.

May 20 - Saying "I'm not unhappy here, but when a better opportunity knocks you have to take it," NBC25 news icon Ron Krisulevicz leaves Hagerstown to become a nightside anchorman in Calcutta.

· More than 1,000 people attend the 12th annual Senior Fair at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center.




June 10 - Commissioner John Munson yells at the county's public works director, demanding that a roadway near his home be repaired.

· More than 1,000 sets of car keys and eyeglasses are turned in to the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center lost and found.

June 11 - Boonsboro neighbors win an injunction in court against Habitat for Humanity after a judge rules that no one should have to live near David Spade.

· Tensions rise at The Maryland Theatre when the Miss Maryland proceedings are bumped for the Miss 17-Year-Cicada pageant.

June 13 - In a much-anticipated report, a transportation consultant announces that an expected population increase in Maryland and West Virginia means there will be more cars on area roads. Meanwhile, local officials plan for the next consultant study, which will try to determine whether a population increase will lead to more houses.

· Kitty the Robot awakens in a bad mood.

June 15 - Habitat for Humanity races to complete its duplex foundation as neighbors seek a court ruling against the project and try to get a local law passed to prevent construction.

· The Miss 17-Year-Cicada pageant ends in a draw when all of the contestants' talent segments pretty much boil down to eating bark and rubbing their hind legs together to attract males.

June 30 - Hagerstown Community College unveils its new marketing phrase: "Stay Close, Go Far."




July 5 - Washington County is among the Maryland counties sued by the American Civil Liberties Union in an effort to extend to same-sex couples the benefits of marriage that other couples enjoy.

· Washington County Special Operations forces surround a tractor-trailer after fielding a complaint that the driver, on his CB radio, "sounded like he was of Middle-Eastern descent." The truck was empty and the driver was released after police concluded he "was not Middle-Eastern looking."

· The ACLU sues over the right of same-sex couples to argue over whose turn it is to take out the garbage.

July 19 - In a race to beat a lawsuit and a pending ordinance against houses facing alleys, two couples move into a Boonsboro Habitat for Humanity project, three days before the groundbreaking.

· Sheetz removes Roma tomatoes from its convenience stores after a number of customers complain that they look as if they could have come from the Middle East.

July 21 - Habitat for Humanity officials and Boonsboro residents share a good belly laugh after learning that they've all been set up as part of a new reality show on Fox called "Who Wants To Be a Rabble-Rouser?"

· The Humane Society of Washington County calls attention to the growing problem of couples involved in domestic disputes taking out their frustration on pets, leading the ACLU to immediately sue for same-sex couples' right to swing at cats.

· The Mercersburg (Pa.) Zoning Board rules that a local couple must get rid of its alpacas because "they kind of look like shaggy camels, which we know for a fact come from the Middle East."




Aug. 4 - Because of an increasing number of sewage spills from the Hagerstown treatment plant, residents are warned not to eat Antietam Creek.

· Kitty the Robot smiles smugly when a wave of cataclysmic destruction in South County is blamed on "tornadoes."

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