Blast from the past

October 25, 2006

Week of Oct. 22, 1956

The visit of Democratic vice presidential candidate Estes Kefauver to Hagerstown, scheduled for today, was canceled late this morning when the Senator's plane was unable to land at the Martinsburg Airport.

Martinsburg police were advised that the ceiling was too low at the airport and Senator Kefauver and his party returned to Washington.

Bobby Ridenour, who is 11 years old and who lives at 718 Chestnut Street, was sitting near the concession stand at City Park last Saturday enjoying a box of Cracker Jack. He had just bought a key chain at the stand which bore an "I Like Ike" tag. And while examining his purchase, accidentally dropped it.

A sharp-eyed squirrel nearby, no doubt a dyed-in-the-wool Demo, spied the key chain and before Bobby could say G.O.P., snatched it up, and scampered off with it.


Over 5,000 persons will march or ride tomorrow night here in the 32nd annual Alsatia Mummers Parade.

Over 60,000 persons are expected to view the colorful pageant of floats, marching groups, bands, majorettes, drum and bugle corps. The parade's chief grand marshal will be Mr. Roy A. Leiter, the man who marshaled the first Mummers Parade sponsored by the Alsatia Club 32 years ago.

Week of Oct. 22, 1981

The Clear Spring area is the fastest growing area in Washington County, according to figures presented to the county commissioners by planners who have designed a computer plan to keep track of building activity in the area.

County planner Jim Witherspoon said that the plan will be a valuable collection of information and that the information can be used to keep track of agriculture land, so that the county does not lose prime farmland to development.

Gov. Harry Hughes plans to recommend building a new 720-bed prison near Hagerstown and renovating workshops to accommodate 1,000 new prisoners.

The prison would be built with money that is now planned for use in replacing the deteriorating House of Correction in Jessup.

All bail bondsmen in Western Maryland will soon have to be licensed under a new system adopted by judges of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, which includes Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties.

Asked what prompted adoption of the new system in Western Maryland, John Davies, Circuit Court administrator in Washington County said, "since bail bondsmen are to a degree officers of the court the judges felt there was a need to monitor the traffic of their business.

- compiled by Jean Baraclough

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