Blast from the Past

April 19, 2006

Week of April 16, 1956

Should it be fair today, and the weather man seems to think it will, the Linwood Avenue home of Earl Kinsey will get a new coat of paint.

Kinsey is in the hospital with a heart attack, and because he's a good fellow and deserving of a break, some 25 fellow workers of Fairchild Aircraft will paint his house today.

Imagine waking up at 6 a.m. to look into the face of an angry steer. Mrs. Lee Smith did just that this morning and she says she hopped out of bed in no time flat.


Aroused by a noise, Mrs. Smith peeped out from under the covers to look right into the steer's staring eyes.

"I thought he intended to come right through the window," she said.

The animal snorted, tramped about the lawn for a minute or two, then moved off to examine the home of Z.T. DeHart Sr., a neighbor.

As of today, both peach and apple trees in Washington County are in excellent condition, having come through the winter in fine shape, reported Dr. Benj. Rogers of the U. of Md. Fruit Laboratories at Hancock.

Cool weather is holding back the blossoming of peach trees, improving the chances of escaping late frosts, said Rogers.

Week of April 16, 1981

At least one area supermarket chain is checking out the possibility of replacing its cash registers with electronic scanners.

Martin's Food, with three stores in Hagerstown, is closely watching a Washington, D.C., experiment in which Giant Food Stores are marking items with series of stripes that are read by a scanner at the checkout. At those stores, the stripes have replaced price-markings on individual items.

Fifteen North Hagerstown High School band members apparently fainted while performing on stage at Haddenfield High School in Haddenfield, N.J. The students were released following treatment at a hospital near the high school.

Noel Kunkle, director of the 164-member band, said he thought the ailing students were overly tired and "very excited."

The band was on the last leg of a seven-day road trip and was returning from Cape Cod, where it won top honors in the National Band Festival.

A Washington County teenager can lay claim to being one of the top riders in America.

Peggy Bushey, a 17-year-old from Smithsburg, rode her jumping horse, Mountain Magic, to second place in the $5,000 Junior-Amateur Grand Prix Classic at the Baltimore International Jumping Classic at the Civic Center this weekend.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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