Blast from the past

November 01, 2006

Week of Oct. 29, 1956

L.L. Mallonee Jr., local manager for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, has the answer about the use of REgent for the Hagerstown dial telephone exchange.

"A nation-wide telephone numbering plan is absolutely essential for dialing long distance calls," he said. "Every number dialed requires a different combination of numerals and letters, so the call goes to one particular telephone out of more than 55,000,000 in this country and Canada.

In the 2-5 numbering plan, each central office is identified by a name plus one numeral, such as CAnal 3-Williamsport; GEneral 2-Keedysville; REgent 3 and REgent 9-Hagerstown.

The Williamsport High School has published its first school newspaper in a number of years.

The three-page mimeograph publication was preceded several decades ago by the Broadwater.

Only the very choicest of moose steaks will be served the guests of County Commissioner Chester F. Delphey at the Masonic Temple next Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock.


"My only regret is that I couldn't have invited all my friends to the festive occasion, but there are only so many steaks on a moose," Commissioner Delphey said today in reporting that he personally supervised the cutting of the steaks and found them all of prime quality.

Week of Oct. 29, 1981

Shirley Clopper of 421 W. Franklin St., peeked out her doorway on Monday as a wrecking crew demolished the last two buildings next door to make way for a parking lot. "I hate to see them come down, I do," Mrs. Clopper said.

The razing came less than a week after the City Council approved a zoning change for the properties owned by Ron Stansbury. Stansbury, owner of the nearby Ron's Deli-Lounge on Burhans Boulevard, said he needed the space to increase the size of his tavern and parking lot.

A kiosk in the northwest corner of Hagerstown's Public Square was turned over to the city police department Monday morning in a move Mayor Don Frush said will begin an increased police presence downtown.

The kiosk has been equipped with a desk and chair, a lamp and a space heater. A TV camera inside is trained on a police call box outside the W. Washington Street side of the kiosk.

A state inspector has refused to allow Boonsboro High School to fire up one of its two boilers, the school board learned Tuesday.

As a result, the school could have chilly classrooms at least until Jan. 1, the earliest possible date by which a replacement could be installed for the cracked, 23-year-old unit.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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