Blast from the Past

October 26, 2005

Week of Oct. 23, 1955

Washington County Hospital will observe a half-century of service to the community Wednesday, Oct. 26, when it marks the 50th anniversary of its opening with an open house, hosted by members of the Women's Auxiliary to Washington County Hospital. Visitors will be guided through various departments, including the operating room area, medical-record room, representative patient floor, X-ray department, laboratory, laundry and kitchen.

The 31st Alsatia Mummers' Parade Saturday will cost well over $15,000 to produce. General parade chairman Raymond E. Pinterman says there is considerably more expense than paying out $4,400 in cash prizes. He states that the club committee has to pay expenses of many organizations, including an appropriation to each school in the county to pay the cost of developing an entry in the parade.

Apple picking on the Dillon orchards in the Hancock area is going to be easier on the pickers and the trees in years to come. R. Samuel Dillon Jr., who operates extensive orchards in that area, commenting on the tens of thousands of young trees that have been set out in recent years, said the trees will not be allowed to get much higher than 20 feet.


Week of Oct. 23, 1980

"OK Louie, show 'em how to do it," a Carter campaign aide said as the Maryland Democratic road show for the re-election of President Jimmy Carter got under way in Hagerstown this morning.

The re-election road show stars such Democratic headliners as Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes, U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes and State Attorney General Steve Sachs, and features Comptroller Louis Goldstein delivering the comic lines.

Elly Aufdem-Brinke plots and schemes in between loads of laundry and dirty dishes. She knows what it takes to trigger a savage oath from her hero or induce a silent moan, then a timely headache from her spunky heroine. Elly writes romance novels for "Silhouette Romances," a branch of the Simon & Schuster publishing house.

Elly and her husband, Ron, moved from Silver Spring to a mountaintop retreat near Sharpsburg nine years ago. "It was like coming home," she says. "It was just like the Waltons. We all just plopped down."

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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