Blast from the Past


Week of April 24, 1955

Thirteen-year-old George Magoutas of Williamsport planted a garden, part of which to onion sets. After the onions sprouted and pushed through the surface of the ground, he would find, each morning, that a number of them were partially uprooted.

Friends thought maybe birds or skunks were pulling up the onions, but George couldn't catch the culprit. So, one night this week he decided to investigate with a flashlight. That's when he discovered that the surface of the onion patch was teeming with big fishing worms that uprooted the onions where they came through the ground.

Now George is planning to go into the night crawler business.

There are enough shrubs, tulips and other flowers blooming in the Jamison gardens to justify a visit this weekend. The ornamental cherries at City Park also are in full bloom and well worth a visit.

Homegrown asparagus debuted at City Market this morning and found ready buyers. Amos Miller, the county's asparagus king, reported that he will have the succulent vegetable until well up in June.


Week of April 24, 1980

Washington County can't go wr<>ong by building an 18-hole public golf course so long as it is well-built, competitively priced and properly maintained.

Morton Hoffman and Co., a Baltimore consulting firm, studied the Washington County area for several months and concluded that a market exists for a county golf course located at the Ditto Farms Park southeast of Hagerstown. Consultants also suggested that, contrary to what might be feared, the Ditto Farms course would not have a negative impact on other local courses.

Crews from a demolition contractor will begin to tear down St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Funkstown this week.

The decision to demolish and rebuild the church hasn't been easy for its 300-member congregation. The weight of the majority has gone back and forth several times.

Fears that The Maryland Theatre could be forced to close for lack of financial support are no longer valid.

The promise of a state grant just about assures a bright future for continued operation of the recently restored theater.

Attendance at several recent star-studded performances is an assurance that theatergoers appreciate top talent.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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