Blast from the past

July 19, 2006

Week of July 16, 1956

There seems to be an epidemic of day dreaming or perhaps plain unnecessary haste among Washington County motorists judging from the experience of State Trooper Glenn Bowman.

The officer said this week that of the nine auto accidents which he investigated the first 10 days of this month, seven were the result of one driver failing to give right of way when he should have.

There is a stand of trees, the German Lindens, which line several blocks of Oak Hill Avenue, which are said to be the finest stand of this species in this country.

These Lindens have just finished their blossoming, during which the perfume permeated the entire neighborhood for a week or more.

Crews are on location now doing the preliminary engineering work needed to complete plans for the proposed parkway between Hancock and North Branch, near Cumberland.


National Park Service crews also began work several weeks ago in the Paw Paw area, cleaning out the historic tunnel of Paw Paw and clearing brush from the canal right of way at points where access roads are available.

The ever-widening attention being focused upon our community as the result of the decision to make a five-year study of the effects of teaching by television here, was evidenced when the syndicated service Newspaper Enterprises Association (NEA) editorially commented upon the studies here. These NEA editorials generally are used in several thousand newspapers which purchase this service.

Week of July 16, 1981

Delegate Donald F. Munson is what his colleagues in Annapolis call a "constituent" man, a politician who believes in being at the beck and call of the people he serves.

During the nine months the General Assembly is not in session each year, most state legislators hold down other jobs to supplement their $17,000 legislative salaries. Not Don Munson, a 43-year-old Republican who has returned to Hagerstown each April for the past seven years to be a full-time delegate.

The Washington County Commissioners decided Tuesday that its two resident Maryland state troopers should pitch in to help the Williamsport Police Department until the town's fledgling force completes a six-month police training course required to carry weapons.

The town's police force found itself floundering when Williamsport officials decided to abolish the position of police chief.

The Hagerstown City Council voted to put down $1,000 on a piece of South Potomac Street property across the street from the Maryland Theatre that may become the city's next parking lot.

The deal includes an option to buy the property within a year for a total of $50,000.

- compiled by Jean Baraclough

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