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Blast from the Past

March 07, 2007

Week of March 4, 1957

Trustees of the Washington County library asked yesterday that the legal limit be raised $15,000 on the amount the County Commissioners can appropriate annually for the library. This year the county appropriated $48,400 for the library. Commissioner Harry Snook said he did not mean to criticize the library trustees, but he has noted library costs have risen 59 percent since he took office two years and three months ago. "If all county departments had increases like that, where would we be? I can point to segments in our population where incomes are going down. Something is going to have to stop or somebody is going to get hurt."




Boonsboro High School upperclassmen yesterday saw the U.S. Navy through the eyes of a recruiter and official documentary films. A speaker informed high-schoolers awaiting national service call-up papers of their rights and obligations in connection with the draft, and took note of privileges and opportunities for volunteer military career service and advancement in the Navy and other branches of the armed forces.

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Hagerstown's air raid siren at West End Reservoir was accidentally sounded yesterday afternoon, and the event caused quite a stir in the area. Several classes at Washington Street School "took cover" in the building, following standard civil defense procedures. The public in general was concerned by the sounding of the siren. Scores of inquiring telephone calls were received by the fire department, police department, radio stations and this newspaper. Officials indicated the siren was accidentally sounded by telephone company crewmen working on cables in the area.




Week of March 4, 1982

Carloads of 18- to 20-year-olds used to come to Shepherdstown, W.Va., from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania in the early 1970s. They drank beer, listened to rock bands under the glow of black lights, and drove home. When the drinking age was lowered to 18 in Maryland and Virginia in 1974, however, young drinkers stayed closer to home. But proposals to raise drinking ages are currently before the Maryland General Assembly and the West Virginia House of Delegates. If Maryland raises its drinking age to 21 this year, it could mean a windfall of young drinkers for West Virginia taverns once again. Within a week, West Virginia delegates are going to decide whether the West Virginia drinking age should be raised to 19. Maryland's new drinking age will not affect those who turn 18 by July 1.




A space formerly occupied by Melart Jewelers at the corner of West Washington Street and North Jonathan Street has a new tenant whose wares are as flashy as diamonds, but a lot more fun. Thomas Potter of Potter Investments Ltd. Inc. of Washington, D.C., plans to fill the 13,000-square-foot space with 40 video games. It might be called Game City or Game Time. Some of the games it will offer include Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, Centipede, Gallago and Tempest. Potter also plans to feature a jukebox with nickel plays, and a special deal for students who get A's on their report cards. "You make an A, you play all day - for free," he said.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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