Blast from the Past

February 02, 2005

Week of Jan. 30, 1955

Raymond Trumpower, who owns the old Kemp's Mill property, phoned this morning to report that Conococheague Creek from the mill dam for a mile upstream is frozen to a depth of 6 inches and the ice is as smooth as glass and perfect for skating.

Big Pool also reported ice thick enough for skating.

Do you know that the water line to the Williamsport pumping station is about 131 inches shorter now than it was during the hot weather last summer?

Water Department Superintendent Richard C. Willson said the approximately 40,000 feet of pipes expand a maximum of 131 inches when the temperature of the river water flowing through it reaches 87 degrees.

Willson said the water temperature ranges from about 34 degrees during extremely cold weather to 87 degrees in the summer.

The Army and Air Force recruiting station will remain open until 7 p.m. Monday evening to accept last minute enlistments from men who want to get the advantages of the GI Bill.


The cutoff date for benefits such as education under the GI Bill is Feb. 1. Men enlisting after that date will not be eligible to receive them.

Week of Jan. 30, 1980

The Hagerstown downtown improvement project is on target, with the official approval of an expected federal grant of $960,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission this week.

The ARC grant is the matching portion of a total of $1.36 million slated for the "Interior Mall" downtown.

Children have used the Clear Spring Middle School and grounds for every sport - from soccer, to Little League baseball, basketball, football and summer playground activities.

The 50-year-old school was abandoned this fall for a new structure, but a group of about 50 residents turned out last night to send the Washington County Commissioners a clear signal that they want the school to be turned into a park, with ball fields and gym left intact.

Hagerstown Mayor Pat Paddack blasted two city councilmen this morning, saying they "secretly" ordered the sewer department chief to find federal funds to start up the city light plant.

Paddack said the work done at the urging of Councilmen Ira Kauffman and Tony Cianelli, was not authorized by action of the mayor and city council.

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