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Blast from the past

August 31, 2005

Week of Aug. 28, 1955



All Negro students, both elementary and high school, in county towns and communities in Washington County will attend the schools nearest their residence when the school term opens Tuesday, Sept. 6.

School Superintendent William M. Brish said the 19 colored high school students will attend the high school in their home area as will the 27 elementary school students.




Monday will be Labor Day. It will be just another holiday of little significance with respect to labor, but oldtimers recall when the day was marked by big street parades here in Hagerstown along with speeches paying tribute to the laboring man.

Parades were usually staged in the mornings and labor marched in groups representing the various crafts.

Labor Day became an official national holiday in 1894.




In each of the past two years - the 1953-54 and the 1954-55 school terms - the school lunch program served more than a million meals, and with a record enrollment of 16,500 boys and girls expected in schools this coming term, the number of lunches served is bound to be even higher.

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Week of Aug. 28, 1980



The County Commissioners Tuesday delayed their settlement date again for buying the Hagerstown Regional Airport.

County Attorney Warren Stultz advised them to "sit back and wait" until an appeals court decides whether to permit the $1.5 million purchase.




Children in three Washington County schools had to begin school for the first time today as eight o'clock scholars instead of their usual 9 a.m. starting time.

Their parents tried to prevent that change in the opening time. According to Donald Reed, a Clear Spring parent, they will seek an injunction today to try to make the school board prove the scheduling change will save money. A total of 13 county schools opened today at 8 a.m. Ten other schools have used the 8 a.m. starting time for several years.




The County Commuter bus system carried nearly a half million passengers in the fiscal year ending last June 30, and in doing so, the vehicles traveled a distance that would circle the world more than 16 times.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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