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January 18, 2006

Week of Jan. 15, 1956



With many new model cars having safety belts available for the driver and front-seat passengers, a survey is being made with the assistance of State Police to determine the efficiency of the belt in minimizing injuries.




Washington County has 104 industries that import raw materials and export finished products through the Port of Baltimore.

The local link was disclosed today in dispatches reporting that Gov. McKeldin hopes to get a copy of the proposed port authority bill Monday and make a decision on calling a special session of the legislature.

Meanwhile, the Independent Retail Food Dealers Association of Western Maryland has announced plans for a rally in support of a State Port Authority.




The State of Maryland today added another 25 acres to the site of the proposed North End High School.

"We now have a site adequate in size for all immediate and future needs," Superintendent William M. Brish said in reporting receipt of a deed from the Maryland Board of Public Works.

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Week of Jan. 15, 1981



The Hagerstown Post Office has retired five employees who, between them, have acquired more than 150 years of service and an additional quarter-century of military service.

John R. Stouffer Sr. of Heisterboro Road has more than 38 years of service; Robert W. Lewis of Radcliffe Avenue has more than 34 years with the post office; James F. Wiebel Jr. of Chips Meadow near Smithsburg also has more than 34 years' service; Wheeler Ford of Route 4 near Cearfoss retired with 12 years of service; and Richard Sherer worked at the post office for more than 32 years.




Washington County State's Attorney John Salvatore has written a letter to state legislators, apparently in an attempt to have gambling laws here clarified.

The letter comes in the wake of his announced intention to crack down on illegal gambling in local clubs and taverns. The announcement prompted amusement machine owners to pull their devices out of bars and clubs, and brought Salvatore under fire from the public.




Kids who fall asleep at Northern Middle School now have an excuse, at least until the air distribution system is fixed. The air there is bad, according to students and teachers. And school administrators and construction personnel agree.

Windows in the school neither open nor close for ventilation. That means that the air circulation system must operate at all times.

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