Blast from the Past

June 07, 2006

Week of June 4, 1956

The Liquor Board has been given some unusual reasons by representatives of private clubs why the edict dealing with the registration of guests will be difficult to abide by.

One of the reasons advanced by a club representative is that members may not want the names of their guests listed on registration books, particularly a lady guest.

The Board members said, however, no excuses will be accepted for failure to adhere to regulations.

Hooper Wolfe, popular Williamsport merchant, told us this week that his pet cat, Joseph, has been capturing and bringing in garter snakes, sometimes a couple in one day. Some of the reptiles are quite large for this species, Mr. Wolfe reports.

Joseph obviously gets quite a bit of pleasure out of playing with the snakes.

The Rev. J. Wade Huffman, who this week completed 25 years as pastor of the Reformed churches of Clear Spring, baptized 465 persons in that quarter of a century, received 442 new members into his two congregations, married 472 couples and officiated at 379 burials.


Week of June 4, 1981

Washington County has the dubious distinction of having the highest arson rate in the state outside of the metropolitan Baltimore-Washington area.

1980 figures from the state fire marshal's office show Washington County with 124 arsons, 48 more than the next highest county (Cecil). The 1980 Washington County rate was nearly double that of 1979.

Potomac Edison Co., facing a dwindling supply of coal because of the United Mine Workers strike, has begun broadcasting radio announcements asking its Western Maryland customers to cut back on their consumption of electricity, said PE President J.M. McCardell.

On the orders of Mayor Don Frush, city workers have begun removing the potted trees that line the streets of downtown Hagerstown.

"The trees were dying in the pots," Frush said. "And the pots were being filled up with trash. We can't just keep wasting money with these trees dying in pots."

Former Mayor Pat Paddack said the pots and trees were part of the downtown renovation project begun several years ago.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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