Blast from the past

August 10, 2005

Week of Aug. 7, 1955

Who said birds are dumb? Some might be, but there's a pair of pigeons in town who showed a lot of intelligence when they picked a place to raise a family. They chose the area outside a window in a downtown department store. The exact location of this pigeon home? The window ledge outside Eyerly's babies department. The first squab hatched Monday. Clerks in the department say they expect Papa Pigeon to flutter in and buy layettes as soon as the second egg is hatched.

The current hot spell - which is setting a record for length - can't hold a candle as yet to the torrid wave that gripped this county in 1930.

E. Lester Burgesser, Cavetown amateur observer, says the 1930 spell had temperatures over the 100 mark for days on end and, coupled with a lack of rain or dew, caused grass to dry up, corn to fail and fruit to suffer in size.


A new all-time peak for use of electricity supplied by Municipal Electric Light Plant was established yesterday, officials said. In the past, peak use of electricity has been in December.

But yesterday more electricity was used in Hagerstown than in any 24-hour period in the history of the City plant.

Week of Aug. 7, 1980

Clear Spring, Conococheague and Maugansville Elementary school parents protested en masse Tuesday over changes in school bus schedules that will move up the morning starting time and make 8 o'clock scholars of the youngest children in the school system.

Parents protested that youngsters, who would have to board buses at 7 a.m. in some cases, would miss needed sleep, perhaps breakfast, or be required to go to bed as early as 6:30 to 8 p.m. to get enough rest.

Washington County Commissioners hired 40 students to summer jobs this year, but didn't advertise for applicants or interview the 110 youths who applied for work. Instead, they appointed job seekers on a much more casual basis.

"I appointed anybody that called me and asked for work," said Commissioner Burt Hoffman, whose view was representative. "This is the way it's always been done."

There was a wedding on Hagerstown's Public Square Thursday, but there were no bells and no formal dress for the occasion. John McBride of Dayton, Ohio and his bride, Julie Cohen from Willow Springs, Mo., decided to marry here because it's cheaper and Maryland requires no blood test. The couple plans to hitchhike home, where McBride will work on a riverboat and his wife will prepare to start the family they want.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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