Blast from the past

June 15, 2005

Week of June 12, 1955

Keller Banzhoff, veteran fish guide of Pinesburg who celebrated his 81st birthday in February, is looking forward to taking his friends out on the Potomac to fish for bass after his recovery from surgery. Banzhoff had cataracts removed from both eyes this week. Friends may not recognize him because he also removed that famous handle-bar mustache that he has had for at least sixty years.

Douglas M. Bivens, principal of Boonsboro High School, got a simple but very nice tribute from Mrs. David W. Litton, of Benevola, during the closing days of the school term. Mrs. Litton gave him a dozen artificial roses - one for each of the dozen Littons who got their education under his principalship at Hancock and Boonsboro.

Operators of taverns and other alcoholic beverage dispensing agencies will get a holiday on June 28 in Hagerstown - the day of the referendum on the $5,800,000 bond issue question.


Alcoholic beverage dispensing agencies outside the city limits will not be affected by the ruling by the Washington County Liquor Board which bans the sale of intoxicants until one hour after the polls close.

Week of June 12, 1980

An airlift of parasitic wasps arrived in Hagerstown Thursday in a continuing effort to help the state's small grain farmers rid their fields of the highly destructive cereal leaf beetle.

Landing at the local airport, the insects were immediately taken to five county sites for release. The little fighters form another "wave" of the winged army that is fighting the destructive beetle.

A checkup on 60 newly married and newly engaged couples in the Hagerstown area demonstrates how much reliance is placed on government jobs nowadays. Out of those 60 new couples, almost half, 29 couples, will derive part or all of their income from government jobs of one sort or another.

The survey points out another fact of how life is today around Washington County. The astonishing total of 52 of those 60 newlywed and soon-to-be-wed couples have both the man and the woman employed.

As Hancock postmaster, Fred Vantz, coordinates mail delivery for "400 square miles of trouble." After 34 years in the post office, Vantz has seen both the ordinary: dog bites, mountain people and mail fraud; and the not-so-ordinary: copperheads in mailboxes, fields of marijuana, a nudist colony and illegal stills and moonshining.

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