Blast from the past

December 07, 2005

Week of Dec. 4, 1955

Uncle Sam has been studying on making Funkstown a classified branch of the Hagerstown Post Office which would give Funkstown residents door-to-door mail delivery.

A post office would still be maintained in the town and the town postmark used on cancellations but all sorting, bookkeeping, etc. would be done in the Hagerstown office.

Patients at the Washington County Hospital who lack the full use of their hands or arms will be very grateful to the local Civitan Club for a gift the organization recently presented to the Women's Auxiliary of the hospital.

Club members gave the library service of the Auxiliary an electric page turner which will enable patients to enjoy reading even though they cannot turn pages themselves.


The cold weather of the past week has increased the population of the jail and detention cells at police headquarters.

In fact, most nights there were more "sleepers" than prisoners at headquarters. Scarcely a night went by without at least two men asking police for a place to stay for the night.

The thing police can't figure out, however, is why some men ask for lodging when they give a local address.

Week of Dec. 4, 1980

One of the most magical treats at Christmastime is the appearance anywhere of "The Nutcracker," which is the very embodiment of the Christmas spirit. A full, professional production has just now come to Hagerstown. And from the reaction of the full-house audience Saturday evening, it becomes apparent what a marvelous thing it is that The Maryland Theatre has been restored and available to offer such outstanding entertainment to the people of this area.

When the energy assistance program opened in Washington County Monday morning, the applicants were ready for the Community Action Council staffers as they arrived at work.

More than 100 people applied by phone and in person for the available fuel assistance funds, which are provided to persons who meet guidelines for family size and income.

Four eight-foot sections of copper downspout, valued at a total of $425, were removed from Holy Trinity Church sometime between noon Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday, sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said this is the second time since September that the downspouts were taken.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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