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March 22, 2006

Week of March 19, 1956



If you don't mind waiting, there are members of the Hagerstown Last Man Club who will bet you that the last survivor of the club will be named Grove, because there are four members of the club named Grove, more than any other name.

The Last Man Club is made up of veterans of World War I. The club at one time had 189 members, but death so far has claimed 34. There is no waiting list; the club's roster is closed.




Douglas M. Bivens, principal at Boonsboro High School, told us about an interesting practice in regard to reporting students' grades at the school. Boonsboro students actually get two grades in each subject they take - the customary one given by the teacher and one each student gives himself or herself.

The surprising thing is that about 90 percent of the grades students give themselves are almost identical with those given by the faculty.

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Most of the four to nine inches of snow that covered the countryside during an unheralded storm last night in this area has been removed from the main highways, but a sheet of ice still makes motor travel hazardous throughout Western Maryland this morning. Highway officials warn motorists to equip their automobiles with chains.




Week of March 19, 1981



Hagerstown's City Council today asked Washington County Circuit Court to prohibit county commissioners from selling a 15-acre-plot near the city's western boundary to Preston Trucking Company.

The city and county have been at odds over the sale since September, when the city council voted to sue county officials over their development plans.




Judy Schlotterbeck, a social studies teacher at Boonsboro Middle School, said her students proposed the idea of a 24-hour fast as part of their study of India and China. They wanted to see how it feels to go hungry and they wanted to raise money for the town's food bank.

"A lot of people starve all the time," said Schlotterbeck. "We're just starving for 24 hours.




Mike McGauhey, Hagerstown's Water Pollution Control chief, met with state prison officials here Thursday to discuss the possibility of using 600 acres of prison land south of Hagerstown for an "energy farm."

McGauhey has long talked of growing poplar trees on unused prison land to be harvested as an energy source. Poplar trees, in addition to growing 12 feet each year, produce a lot of heat when burned and can be distilled to produce ethyl alcohol for automobile fuel.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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