Blast from the past

March 08, 2006

Week of March 5, 1956

At one time the Federal subsidy paid to educational organizations serving school lunches was 9 cents for every A-lunch served at school cafeterias. Then the subsidy was reduced to around 5 cents for each lunch and now the latest cut has been to 2 cents for each A-lunch served.

The local Board of Education is not contemplating reducing the quality or raising the price of the splendid 25-cent A-lunch now being served in many school of this county.

Driver education continues to be one of the most popular courses offered at Hagerstown High School. Officials say there are many more applicants than they can accommodate.

At present, with two teachers and two automobiles, 96 boys and girls can take the course each semester.

The big planes on the Hagerstown Airport were still "tied down" this morning after warnings came yesterday that another big wing of tornadic proportions might hit the Hagerstown area. But it didn't happen.


Yesterday, as soon as the warning came, workmen began tying heavy engine cans to each of the wings of the "Flying Boxcars" on the airport.

Week of March 5, 1981

The mayor and council has just about completed arrangements for the Suns of the Carolina League to play their home games here.

To hear the crack of a bat, to see and know the players gives an added incentive for baseball fans to return to Municipal Stadium after an absence of professional ball these many years.

The stadium will be refurbished and even amateur teams will find playing conditions improved once the field is made ready for a return of paid players.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church's new $14.8 million printing and publishing facility will be located off Oak Ridge Drive south of Hagerstown. The firm is expected to bring with it "a significant boom to the economy," according to county economic development director Leroy Burtner.

Maryland State Police troopers from several barracks were called in early today to "stand by" at the Maryland Correctional Institution where guards are protesting working conditions and low pay.

Most of the guards at the two state prisons near Hagerstown called in sick for the midnight shift, saying that they would stay off the job at least through today to emphasize their complaints.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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