Week of June 25, 1956
County housewives generally were mighty pleased when a modern-type garbage collecting vehicle made its appearance at their homes yesterday.
One Halfway homemaker who lives on Dogwood Drive phoned the newspaper with the good news. "A Mr. Smith (Arthur F. Smith) collects our garbage and he showed up this morning with a new, modern truck that keeps the garbage from falling off in the street," she informed us.
The County Roads Department is using all the cinders from the coal-burning boilers of the Municipal Electric Light Plant. The cinders are obtained free from the city and are applied to dirt roads in the county system. Roads Supervisor Eugene Geary said the department picks up between five and ten truck loads of cinders daily at the light plant.
Smithsburg officials are faced with the problem of repairing the community's water tank or erecting a new one, Mayor Stanley Hauver said today. The present tank has sprung leaks near its top which have cut its 75,000- gallon capacity by about one-third he said.