Blast from the past

July 12, 2006

Week of July 9, 1956

Police receive all kinds of complaints from citizens who are irritated over such matters as barking dogs, noisy children, ball-playing boys, drunks, brawling neighbors, reckless motorists, loud radios and televisions. In most cases they can take action to halt the cause of complaint.

But this week a complaint was received that had the officers stumped. A resident of South Mulberry Street telephoned police to complain about a rooster crowing somewhere in the neighborhood at 7 o'clock in the morning.

The Battle of Antietam was first called the Battle of Sharpsburg, according to Robert S. Eby, Baltimore, who supplied us this week with some interesting data about the Civil War memorial we have in this county.


Hagerstown is to get another Great A&P food supermarket. It was reported yesterday that bids are being asked for a new building to be located on the old Porterfield farm on Virginia Avenue, just south of the city limits.

Several days ago, it was reported that the American Stores Company was dickering for a new Acme supermarket on East Wilson Boulevard and just this week, work was started on clearing the site for the new H.L. Mills Inc. supermarket in Halfway.

Week of July 9, 1981

The Halfway Volunteer Fire Company has taken possession of a new multipurpose "foam" truck, purchased from Mack Trucks in Hagerstown.

The cab and chassis of the $175,000 vehicle were built by Mack. The Pierce body was constructed in Wisconsin. The truck has a 1,250-gallon pump for water or foam and carries 2,000 gallons of water, plus 150 gallons of foam, which is used in suppressing fires in which the use of water is not advisable.

The $1.5 million paid for the Hagerstown Regional Airport is just the beginning of the money the county will have to shell out, members of the newly appointed Airport Advisory Board learned Wednesday during a tour of the airport.

Cracked asphalt, drainage problems, leaky ceilings and inadequate bathroom facilities were just some of the problems pointed out by George Hall of Henson Aviation and Merle Saville, city engineer.

Newly appointed members of Hagerstown's City Charter review committee plan to scrutinize the 1949 document closely over the next year.

They will study the role of the mayor and council in city government, how at-large election of City Council members should be implemented, and how and what organizations the city government supports.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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