Blast from the Past

October 04, 2006

Week of Oct. 1, 1956

If you are not on the books but want to vote in the Nov. 6 national election, you have just one week in which to register, provided, of course, you are eligible.

To be eligible, you must be 21 or will be 21 on or before Nov. 6, and you must have lived in Washington County one year prior to Nov. 6.

Seven-year-old Mark Brezler Jr., of 345 Devonshire Road, hopes that the old superstition about accidents coming in threes doesn't hold true for him. He has had two fractures of his left arm in recent months and doesn't want another.

The first break came last June and the second Monday night, both the result of falls. According to his mother, Mark is "all boy" and doesn't permit a little thing like an arm cast to restrict him very much. In fact, just two days after his first fracture, he tumbled and lacerated his head. Then, two weeks ago, he collided with another player in a football game and came up with a colorful shiner.


In case you are interested, next week will be National Newspaper Week and the week following will be National Letter Writing Week. Also, it will be National Cheese Week, as well as National Fire Prevention Week.

Of course we are more interested in National Newspaper Week. This year's theme will be "Your Newspaper - Freedom's Key to Better Living."

Week of Oct. 1, 1981

When Roy Metz finally retired recently after 52 years as a barber, he asked his Halfway neighbor Stephen Passarell if he'd like to buy his downtown shop.

Passarell, a licensed barber since 1961, said he jumped at the chance to operate the one-chair shop on Antietam Street near the Antietam Paper Co. On a recent morning, as Metz's customers walked in to discover a new man behind the chair, Passarell talked about the barbering business and his hopes for success downtown.

On a 3-to-2 vote, with one member abstaining, the Hagerstown Planning Commission on Wednesday backed a condominium and town house development on the site of the old Hagerstown High and later North Potomac Middle School.

If approved by the mayor and council, the 6.7-acre development on Potomac Avenue would be the city's second Planned Unit Development.

Local lenders this morning said they're bracing for a wave of customers hoping to beat a Monday drop in interest rates paid on the new tax-free All-Savers certificates. Earnings on the certificates, one part of the Reagan tax-cut package designed to lure new mortgage money to lending institutions, are tax-exempt - up to $1,000 for single returns and $2,000 for joint returns. Those who buy today will get a 12.61 percent return. Those who wait until Monday will watch the rate fall to 12.14 percent.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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