Blast from the Past

November 30, 2005

Week of Nov. 27, 1955

The leaves have finally disappeared from the trees in this area.

City engineer Claude Williams said the leaves fell gradually this year over a four- or five-week period. In some past years, they fell within a week's time, making street sweeping a bit tougher.

He noted that there was less burning of leaves along the curbs to the detriment of asphalt street surfaces. This was probably because they did not accumulate in large piles at one time.

It was annual "duck roundup" time this week at City Park when approximately 200 of the feathered residents were captured and sold to local residents, presumably for Thanksgiving dinner.


Mayor Winslow F. Burhans today received a copy of a resolution praising him for promoting international goodwill.

The resolution, adopted by the Maryland Municipal League, an organization of Maryland city leaders, stated that "Whereas the City of Hagerstown by its adoption of Wesel, Germany, as a sister city has also advanced the possibility of international accord."

Week of Nov. 27, 1980

Early Sunday morning, Community Rescue Service personnel were on their way to Fairmont, W.Va., to view some equipment when they drove through Hancock looking for a place to eat breakfast. They spotted smoke coming from the Hancock Center Apartments and raced into the four-story building, rousing more than 100 residents from their beds.

No lives were lost in the fire, which destroyed the historic building.

The six men who raced to the rescue were Gary Nycum, Dennis Harne, Don Bolyard, Dave Amos, Ed Brady and Bob Harr.

Dining establishments in the area are preparing to feed the flocks of customers who seek a delicious Thanksgiving dinner without all the bother in the kitchen.

Chef David Jones of the Venice Inn ordered a dozen 35-pound turkeys for the holiday. He also is prepared to serve up 15 hams and four gallons of oysters.

The cost of your Thanksgiving turkey has risen 10 cents per pound since last Thanksgiving. Last year, a frozen turkey under 16 pounds cost between 75 cents and $1 per pound. The same turkey today costs between 79 cents and $1.19 per pound.

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