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April 25, 2007

Week of April 22, 1957



Juvenile Court magistrate Evan Crossley expressed concern at the increasing number of juvenile police cases reported in the county. He took note of increasing cases of youths throwing homemade bombs, destroying and stealing property. The latest case involved North End boys who stole fence gates and threw at least one bomb. Crossley said action will be taken to halt the increase.




Mrs. Calvin Troup, 516 East Church Street, rubbed both eyes twice about 11:15 this morning when she looked over the back fence of her yard to see a baby monkey ambling up the alley toward her. Mrs. Troup says the simian climbed a fence and for a time enjoyed chewing on an orange rind before making his way by fence tops toward James Street. She said the cute little fellow appeared very tame and obviously is someone's pet.




The County Commissioners said they have had some trouble with people who buy lots in new developments and expect the county to build their streets. It was explained that under a new county policy, the county will only build streets in certain older developments where the county has made prior commitments. In all other cases, the developer or the property owners must pave their own streets before the county will take them over. People buying lots in such developments are urged to call the county roads department first to determine whether or not the county is going to build their streets. It was said that reputable developers advise their lot buyers of the true street situation, but some others have misled buyers into believing the county was going to build streets which it is not going to build.

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The Hagerstown Chapter, Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing In America, will present a Barber Shop Harmony and Variety Show for the benefit of the Washington County Chapter, American Cancer Society. Acts will include the Key Kings from Charles Town, W.Va., the Hub-Bubs, Dis-Chords, Muddlers, Teen-Timers, and the Oriole Four.




Week of April 22, 1982



The death of hundreds of fish in the west branch of Marsh Run this week will "most likely" upset the ecology of the trout stream, but it will probably bounce back within a year, said a Maryland official. No new kills have been reported since Tuesday, when several hundred dead rainbow and brown trout and other fish were discovered in the stream near the village of Paramount, north of Hagerstown. State health officials think the kill was caused by either insecticide spraying on nearby fields or by industrial waste from Fairchild Industries, which empties treated waste from its aircraft manufacturing plant into the west branch. David Woronecki, trout program director for the state Department of Natural Resources, said any fish kill does have implications for humans. "People should realize they're interrelated. What is happening in the stream could be affecting them also. When an organism dies, something is wrong," he said.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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