Blast from the past

August 09, 2006

Week of Aug. 6, 1956

It is midsummer in Olden, Norway, but last winter's snow drifts still had not fully melted from the sides of the roadways there, Lynn K. Brugh Jr., of St. James reported upon his return from a six-week visit there with his aunt, Mrs. William H. Singer Jr.

Mrs. Singer has retained her Olden home, where she and her late husband, the noted landscape painter, spent their summers.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the presentation to Hagerstown and Washington County of the beautiful museum of fine arts and much of its valuable collection of art objects by Mr. and Mrs. Singer.

When the new dykes around the City's pumping station on the Potomac River above Williamsport are completed, the embankment surrounding the station will be sixteen feet higher than the old dykes, or a total of 28 feet in height. The project is scheduled for completion before the end of this year.


The Washington County public will be invited to a demonstration of how long it takes cars to stop while traveling at different speeds.

The County Roads Department, which is the only county roads department in the state to have a safety department, according to safety supervisor Charles Morrison, plans the demonstration in September at Clear Spring, Sharpsburg and Hagerstown.

Week of Aug. 6, 1981

Allegheny Commuter flights from the Washington County Regional Airport are running on schedule this morning despite the strike of members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers. But Henson Aviation ticket agents would not guarantee air service for connections at larger airports.

Although some of the nine members of Local 199 PATCO voted to support the nationwide walkout, control tower operators this morning refused to say exactly how many were on strike. "The airport control tower is operating," said R.E. Rodgers, chief controller at the local FAA tower.

Hagerstown Suns owner Lou Eliopulos said Monday that if he doesn't have a new lease with the city by the first week of September, he will either build his own stadium or move his minor league baseball team out of town.

"I don't think these people who are negotiating for the city realize what it means to have a professional team and what extent you have to go to in order to keep a professional team," Eliopulos said.

A special legislative committee probably will recommend Baltimore - not Hagerstown - as the site for a new state prison, the panel's chairman, Sen. Victor Crawford (D-Montgomery), said Monday. "I think the people of Hagerstown are saying loud and clear they don't want any more prisoners," he said.

- compiled by Jean Baraclough

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