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November 09, 2005

Week of Nov. 6, 1955

Aldo Ray, the husky-voiced young star of a series of Hollywood films - including "Battle Cry" - is slated to visit Hagerstown on Saturday, Nov. 19, to add cinematic glamour to the local opening of his newest starring vehicle, "Three Stripes in the Sun," at Henry's Theatre.

Washington County Hospital has revised its regulations regarding the marriage of student nurses.

Heretofore a girl could not get married and remain a student at the School of Nursing. However, hospital officials and trustees have studied the matter at some length and have decided to permit students to marry after they have completed their pre-clinical training which occupies most of the first year of their course.

A measles outbreak of apparently sizable proportions has occurred among the pupils of a number of elementary schools in the county.

Miss Lucille Miller, principal of Antietam Street School, said the illness seems to be one of the more serious of several types of measles. Most of the youngsters who have had it have been quite ill.


Week of Nov. 6, 1980

"This is the first day of a renewed America," said the sign on the wall. It was also the first time anybody had seen nickel beer in a long time.

The sign and the beer were two of the main attractions for the Reagan Victory Celebration at Ron's Deli-Lounge on Burhans Boulevard Wednesday. About 3,000 people Wednesday were in and out of the lounge where political discussions raged as though the election hadn't taken place yet.

The tradition of the small town pharmacist who took the time to patch scraped knees and remove cinders from eyes may be only a faded memory for some, but to Ken Whittemore and David Russo, the concept was important enough to re-create here.

The pair of young pharmacists recently opened The Medicine Shoppe on North Cannon Avenue - a pharmacy which they say will offer more personal service to customers.

George "Tom" Wilhelm, a recently elected Funkstown councilman, who works as a project engineer for the state highway administration, wants to move a World War I-vintage war memorial at the intersection of Baltimore Street (Rt. 40) and Chewsville Pike, and reconstruct the road patterns to make things easier for motorists.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough/

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