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Blast from the past

June 21, 2006

Week of June 18, 1956



"Mt. Prospect," the Rochester House at Washington and Prospect streets, was slated to be torn down 35 years ago.

Victor M. Cushwa, then the new owner, wanted to see a big hotel erected on the site and almost was successful in his endeavor. In a letter to a New York financier, he emphasized the need at the time for a fine hotel in Hagerstown. Eventually, the Hotel Alexander filled that need, instead.




The job of Linda Kay Smith, aged 6, and Nancy Sue Smith, aged 3, daughters of Page Smith of Big Spring, will be to assist a bantam hen in the raising of 14 baby partridges.

The girls' father mowed over the partridge nest in a hay field last week. The mother partridge left the nest and did not return.

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The 14 eggs were brought to the Smith home and placed under a bantam hen, which indicated she was ready to raise a family. This week, the 14 eggs hatched and the bantam is well satisfied with the brood.




The Community Rescue Service booths in Public Square and the middle of West Washington Street will be open until 5 p.m. today to accept contributions that will help the service continue its fine work.

If you haven't donated to this most worthy cause, you can still do so this afternoon. The fund drive has been lagging.




Week of June 18, 1981



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 4 to 1 to allow the Hagerstown Suns to sell beer during their baseball games at Municipal Stadium.

The council did specify one provision they want included in an amended lease - an annual beer sales fee paid to the city.

That proviso didn't please Suns general manager Dan Overstreet, who said that the city doesn't get a percentage of soda sales and shouldn't be looking for a share of the beer take.




Should tavern owners, now barred from gambling activities, be allowed to offer bingo like everybody else?

That is the question facing the Washington County Commissioners. Until it is answered, county Administrator Barry Teach has ordered clerks not to issue the six-month permits to taverns.

Tavern association attorney Lew Metzner said as far as he was concerned, private bar owners had just as much right to conduct bingo games as anyone else.




Gypsy moths are beginning to eat their way into Washington County woodlands, and agriculture officials, hoping to stop the spread of the insects, have placed part of the county under quarantine.

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