Blast from the past

April 05, 2006

Week of April 2, 1956

For the second time in eleven years, Easter this year fell on April 1. But not again in this the 20th century will that solemn holiday fall on that date.

Easter Sunday can fall as early as March 22, but it won't until the year 2285. The last time it was on such an early date was 1818.

The former Roulette Knitting Company plant at the corner of East Washington Street and South Cannon Avenue changed owners this week.

The huge brick structure, which contains more than 55,0000 square feet of floor space was purchased by Jacob A. Biberman as trustee for his three minor children.


Mr. Biberman doesn't plan any changes. He said he will continue the lease with Fairchild Aircraft which has been occupying the property for years.

The construction of the West End railroad overpass will get under way this year, Russell H. McCain, chairman of the State Roads Commission said today, following a ceremony at City Hall where Mayor Winslow F. Burhans signed the agreement with the State Roads Commission, the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Western Maryland Railway.

Week of April 2, 1981

A pamphlet which has appeared in a few places around Washington County for public distribution is a foreboding of the near future years, when high school seniors will need to prove they have knowledge to go along with passing grades to graduate.

It has the title of "Student Guide to Competency Graduation Requirements." The Maryland State Department of Education booklet was prepared for distribution to all high school students "as an advance notification of prerequisites for graduation."

The new City Council, in its first official act, today signed a one-year lease with the Hagerstown Suns of the Class A Carolina Baseball League for the use of Hagerstown's Municipal Stadium.

Sun's owner Lou Ellopulos, who fought hard for a five-year contract, said he won't make any major capital improvements at the stadium unless the council extends the contract.

Members of the Board of Education are seriously considering closing Washington County's two-year-old outdoor school to avoid cutting the basic instructional program.

The school, just north of Clear Spring, is a 100-acre facility which includes three 40-bed dormitories, a dining room and several class room areas. It cost almost $2 million to construct and was paid for mostly by the federal government. Closing the center would save at least $150,000, school officials estimate.

- Complied by Jean Baraclough

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