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Remember 'Winter,' sticky buns and all

December 18, 2005|By TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN -

Many adults who gathered Saturday in the Winter Street Elementary School cafeteria were hit with something that probably would have caused a little anxiety during their school days: a pop quiz.

Del. John P. Donoghue, who presented a resolution from the Maryland House of Representatives marking the 50th anniversary and rededication of Winter Street, asked the crowd if they knew who starred in the 1980s movie "Sweet Dreams," a portion of which was filmed at the school.

The audience passed with flying colors, as they correctly shouted out Jessica Lange.

A scene in the movie, which was about the life of country and western singer Patsy Cline, was filmed in the cafeteria. The cafeteria was used for Cline's high school barn dance scene.

According to Principal Kathy Kelsey, the scene is one of a number of notable happenings at Winter Street over the years.

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The former Franklin High School was built on the site in 1892 and served as a high school for girls. In 1912, an addition to the school doubled the number of classrooms to 24.

That school later was demolished, and the existing Winter Street school opened 50 years ago in 1955.

Hagerstown City Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh presented the school with a proclamation recognizing its 50th anniversary and achievements. State Sen. Donald F. Munson said he also requested a resolution, which will be presented to the school at a later date.

One family that attended the rededication event on Saturday recalled its connection to Winter Street.

Carolyn Owens cooked and served food in the school's cafeteria for 20 years. She started working there in 1961. Her daughter, Cheryl "Sis" Owens, enrolled in the school in 1960 and was a student there from first through fifth grade.

Cheryl Owens' daughter, Ashley Throckmorton, also spent her elementary school days at Winter Street.

Throckmorton now is a junior at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and is studying to become a teacher.

All three said they missed the school.

Throckmorton said she liked the school's Halloween activities, which included students dressing up in costume, parading throughout the school and getting candy.

She said she assisted in the classroom last spring at Winter Street for college.

"It's a lot different," Throckmorton said. "There's a lot more stuff than what we had."

Cheryl Owens said she remembers fondly the sticky buns that were served at the school. At the end of the day, the sticky buns were given out free to the students.

"It was a big treat," she said. "The sticky buns were the best."

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