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April 18, 2007

Week of April 15, 1957



With the nation's dentists scarce, and getting scarcer in relation to the population, a look at dental health conditions in Washington County is in order. Interest in the problem has been heightened by the bitter debates in many areas of the country on whether or not to introduce fluorides into the public drinking water as a means of projecting children's health. In Washington County, the amount of dental care available is less than in most parts of the U.S., according to the American Dental Association's 1956 survey. Studies show that less than one third of American people receive adequate dental attention. Although this is attributed in part to the lack of dentists in many regions, it is also seen to be the product of neglect on the part of the public. However, there are signs that people are gradually becoming more conscious of dental health - witness the fact that 120 million toothbrushes and half a billion tubes of toothpaste are being sold here annually.

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You no longer can purchase alcoholic beverages in Washington County "on the cuff". You'll need cash to make such purchases, under a bill passed at the General Assembly and signed yesterday by Gov. McKeldin. The bill met with some opposition locally from those who claimed it would make it difficult to have their beer delivered to their homes by their grocer. Some grocers have off-sale licenses to sell beer, and deliver it along with foodstuffs. Many pay their food bills by the week or month, and felt that they'd have to be on hand to pay cash for the beer when it is delivered to their homes with the food.




Another bill signed yesterday by the governor raises the salary of the sheriff of Washington County from $3,000 to $5,000, and authorizes him to use a county car.




Another 2-cent increase in hourly pay was given to employees of Fairchild Aircraft Division, starting with checks delivered last Friday. Fairchild announced that the increase was effective for all hourly workers. This increase was a cost-of-living raise, granted in accordance with the formula contained in the current union agreement. The increase was in addition to 7 cents per hour currently being paid from previous increases in the cost of living.




Week of April 15, 1982



Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus is a city which moves by night. Colorfully painted trucks and semi-trailers will roll quietly into Hagerstown while the town sleeps. By noon, the mobile city will be established in its new location at Hagerstown Fairgrounds, 416 Mulberry Street, for two days. Immediately following the final performance in Hagerstown, the city is dismantled and the "World's Largest Circus Under the Big Top" begins its trek to another location.




More than 1,500 proud purebreds packed Halfway County Park yesterday at the 35th Annual Mason & Dixon Kennel Club Inc. All-Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial. The dogs with the most superior coats, walk, teeth and bone structure in each category had something to bark about after yesterday's show. They came to Hagerstown from as far away as California and Canada, according to club treasurer Garnet M. Gehr. Yesterday's show, one of the most prestigious in the nation, marked the beginning of the annual Cherry Blossom Circuit. About 5,000 people attended the dog show - the biggest crowd in the show's history, Gehr said.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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