Blast from the past

January 04, 2006

Week of Jan. 1, 1956

The Washington County Ministerial Association heard Hagerstown described yesterday as a city which is about to "explode" into large suburban developments with commercial areas of their own.

Dr. Bertha Paulssen, professor of Christian psychology and sociology, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pa., told the ministers of the results of a sociological study of this community's secular and religious life. Dr. Paulssen and 16 of her students came to Hagerstown to make the study two years ago.

The fact that New Year's Eve fell on Saturday was credited with keeping revelry in this area down to a reasonable and sane level. The volley of firecrackers, whistles and gunfire that occurred at midnight Saturday sounded a bit less general and shorter-lived than in recent years.


Churches reported good attendance for Sunday's services.

Boonsboro High School Principal, Douglas M. Bivens, wrote his name and address in the notebook of a 15-year-old Arab boy he met in Jerusalem last summer on a round-the-world trip.

Tuesday, he received a greeting mailed from Jerusalem, containing a photograph of the spot generally believed to be the place where Christ was born, as well as some pressed flowers arranged in a design. The Arab boy also penned his own message and extended best wishes for the New Year to Bivens, his family, and the faculty and student body of Boonsboro High.

Week of Jan. 1, 1981

The Selective Service System reports that registration for men born in 1962 will take place during the week of Jan. 5. Men born in 1963 and later should register within 30 days of turning 18.

According to officials, the purpose of the registration is to build a pool of names and addresses from which Selective Service could draw in an emergency.

Washington County got its official first baby of the year Friday almost 38 hours after the New Year began. Randall Lee Phillips II was born at 1:59 p.m., entering the world at six pounds and five ounces. The baby boy is the first child of Randall Lee and Deborah J. Barkdoll Phillips, 900 block of Summit Avenue. He is manager of Phillips Florist.

The W.D. Byron Tannery may resume dumping leather shavings at the county's Resh Road landfill because the shavings are no longer considered hazardous material, according to a letter to tannery officials from the Maryland Health Department.

Since the firing of the Municipal Light Plant manager some months ago, the city government has been paying about $300 a day for a consulting engineer to supervise operations. The plant has been idle for nearly a decade, but a manager is needed to see that power is distributed to 17,000 customers.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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