Blast from the Past

January 25, 2006

Week of Jan. 22, 1956

Conservationists, game officials and wildlife fanciers today called attention to the fact that this area has a good population of song birds and other feathered friends who annually destroy many bugs and pests.

These outdoor people urge residents of Hagerstown and Washington County to put out meal of finely ground grain, suet, bread crumbs, bird feed or any edible food or scraps for the birds.

Six streets in this city have been ordered blocked for sledding purposes, the office of the city engineer announced today. Children can enjoy sledding on blocked streets in the North, East, South and West ends of the city because a holiday was called by the Board of Education due to snow conditions.

A clump of Osage Orange trees, said to contain some of the finest specimens to be found anywhere in the country, has been discovered on the site for the new North End High School.


School officials tell us that the clump and any other specimens found on the site will be carefully preserved because of the trees' rarity as well as for their decorative qualities.

Week of Jan. 22, 1981

Vince Donegan, a 28-year-old Hagerstown man, and his Civil War re-enactment group has been selected to ride in the inaugural parade. Donegan says he will ride his trusty horse Bullet.

Donegan's 11-man unit, the U.S. Company A First Maine Cavalry, will be eighth in a line of hundreds of units taking the stroll from the Capitol to the White House after President-elect Ronald Reagan is inaugurated.

Joe and Mary Eichelberger of Sharpsburg have flown their American flag for over a year in tribute to the American hostages held in Iran. Now that the hostages have been released, the Eichelbergers have erected a sign that says, "Give Thanks - They're Free."

Yellow ribbons have hung at Louise Pittenger's home just outside Smithsburg for the past year. "It's been a time of waiting and wondering, hoping and praying," she says.

Washington County tavern and restaurant owners are getting ready to flex their political muscles to convince area legislators to legalize gambling devices, such as tip jars, in commercial establishments.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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