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March 09, 2005

Week of March 6, 1955

Two-year-old David Burkett is an ardent television fan. He wanted his grandmother, Elizabeth Burkett, to turn on the set when he got up this morning, but Mrs. Burkett decided against it so early in the morning. That made David mad. He waited until his grandmother went outdoors for a moment, then he locked the door. She could see David perched on a chair and the television going full blast. He didn't pay any attention to his grandmother rapping on the window. So, Mrs. Burkett went to a neighbor's house and phoned a son to come with his key to open the door.

David had held the fort for about an hour and he got a smack for locking his grandmother out.

After 76 years on the same street and 60 years at the same site on West Antietam Street, the C.E. Darner and Son Monument Works is moving to the intersection of East Washington Street and Dual Highway.


The business has been in the Darner family since 1879 when John J. Darner went into business with D.B. Stouffer on the present site of the Hotel Dagmar.

It was six years ago - March 7, 1949 - that All American Airlines (recently renamed Allegheny Airlines) made its initial flight through our local airport, bringing regular commercial air service to this city, connecting Hagerstown with major air terminals in the East.

Week of March 6, 1980

Hagerstown Junior College may become one of the first two community colleges in the state to go to a four-day school week this summer to save energy.

President Atlee Kepler said Monday that the board of trustees will be asked to approve the concept of working 9 1/2-hour days Monday through Thursday between June 2 and Aug. 15.

The Washington County Commissioners voted Thursday to suspend a crime prevention program because federal manpower funds have run out.

Sheriff Glenn Bowman last week said that Operation ID funds run out this month and without help from the county, residents could no longer receive services of the department in marking valuables as a theft prevention measure.

Washington County's school system has been selected for a pilot project testing diesel school buses for fuel economy.

That will give the county three free diesel buses by September 1981. The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of a nationwide fuel conservation effort.

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