Blast from the past

December 28, 2005

Week of Dec. 25, 1955

Measles and mumps chopped several percentage points off the elementary school attendance record here last month.

One of the biggest outbreaks of childhood diseases in recent years pulled the county-wide attendance average under last year's November average, school officials reported.

Quite a few good watchdogs will not permit any person or animal about the premises without their owner's permission. But Timmy, the pet of the G.H. Smith family, Big Spring, just about takes the cake in this respect.

Timmy thinks he owns the place and won't allow any other animal around unless Mr. Smith gives the OK. So far, Timmy has killed 37 groundhogs, eight cats, three skunks and five o'possums which dared to doubt his authority. He has even been known to climb trees in pursuit of cats, says Mrs. Smith.


The Potomac River above Williamsport was reported this morning just teeming with wild ducks and wild geese. Word got to a number of hunters who were heading for Pinesburg, where the wild ducks and geese seem to be thickest.

Week of Dec. 25, 1980

Thieves who broke into a North Prospect Street home over the weekend will have something to celebrate New Year's Eve with - two bottles of stolen champagne.

City police report the thieves gained entry to the home of Marion Roane through a front window and once inside, officers said they took a watch and $70 in coins, and the two bottles of chilled cheer from the kitchen refrigerator before leaving through the front door.

City Council members and interested persons got a second look Monday night at a proposal to transform the alleyways and parking lots of downtown Hagerstown into an urban park.

Nearly 20 persons gathered at City Hall to review plans to convert the "Inner Block" - the area bordered by Jonathan, Washington, Franklin and Potomac streets - into a bustling business center full of specialty shops, pedestrian walkways and open space for art shows, flea markets and other activities.

Columbia, Mo., had its first Christmas parade in November, through the efforts of Mrs. Carla Fisher, who was so impressed by Hagerstown's Yuletide parades that she promoted a similar event there.

Mrs. Fisher's husband, Ed Fisher, is the son of Mrs. Alma Fisher, Hancock. The Fishers have been scheduling their visits to Ed's hometown in time to enjoy Hagerstown's Yuletide parades for several years.

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