Blast from the past

December 21, 2005

Week of Dec. 18, 1955

State Assemblyman Howard E. Ankeney of Clear Spring is still hopeful of getting the U.S. Post Office Department to issue a commemorative stamp in connection with the 200th anniversary of old Fort Frederick near Big Pool.

The fort served as a prison during the Revolutionary War and a gun emplacement during the Civil War and is the only one in this section of the chain built during the French and Indian War still standing on its original foundation and having its original stone.

Over 5,100 colored bulbs are used to decorate the five municipal Christmas trees in the city. Russell Hartley, superintendent of distribution of the Municipal Electric Light Plant, said only a couple of hundred bulbs have been stolen this year.

A new lighting stunt was used this year on the tree erected between the two lanes of the Dual Highway. For several nights all lights on the tree will be green, then for several nights all of the lights will be red. Strings of 600 green bulbs and 600 red bulbs are operated by separate switches.


Magistrate Paul Ottinger told two quarreling neighbors, one of whom had brought assault and disorderly conduct charges against the other in a dispute over heat from a furnace, that he would find a verdict of not guilty, if the neighbors would together enter into the spirit of the season and settle their differences in kindness and goodwill toward one another.

The neighbors agreed.

Week of Dec. 18, 1980

Fair Board President Robert Snavely has recommended that Great Hagerstown Fair stockholders liquidate their assets.

Director of the Agricultural and Mechanical Association of Washington County, Frank Downey said, "I would doubt if there would be a fair next year sponsored by the current fair board."

Hagerstown's Board of Public Works is conducting an in-house feasibility study to determine whether the Municipal Electric Light Plant is capable of producing its own power, it was announced Thursday.

The results of the study will be presented to the City Council - and the public - before the March 24 general election. At that time voters will decide whether they want to fire up the generators at MELP or not.

Sheriff Glenn Bowman of Washington County has warned local tavern owners that raids are impending on illegal use of pinball machines. The sheriff warned local tavern owners that police will enter clubs and taverns at random and confiscate machines that offer free play or money payoffs. "It's only fair. It's been up in the air so long," the sheriff said.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough/

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