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Blast from the past

May 23, 2007

Week of May 20, 1957



If there was any doubt in Mrs. R.E. Eisiminger's mind concerning the value of the Mrs. America contest prior to her journey to Fort Lauderdale as Mrs. Maryland, it was quickly dispelled, and all this excited woman can say is "I'll never get over talking about it if I live to be a hundred." Present at a luncheon given by Miss Betty Schmidt at her Longmeadow apartment was Mrs. Franklin S. Leiter Jr., a former "Mrs. Maryland". A photo showed the two Mrs. Marylands, for which Hagerstown can be justly proud, examining the calypso blouse which Mrs. Eisiminger made during the sewing competition.




The County Commissioners had an unforeseen plumbing bill to pay yesterday. Seems a prisoner at the county jail dropped his false teeth into a commode. The plumber had to do $6 worth of work to get the dentures from the trap under the floor.

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It's been rather chilly this past week, and it's not too late for killing frosts. We had two last year on May 17 and May 25, when half the peaches and apples on low ground were wiped out by the 28-degree temperatures, but there are additional signs that we'll have no such devastating cold snaps any more before the fruit harvests. Mrs. Victor Smith, living near Chewsville, was sitting out on her porch one night last week. She not only heard crickets, but also noted that fireflies were flying about. All of this would indicate that they're making an early appearance with the feeling that summer is here to stay.




Week of May 20, 1982



Fairchild Industries have officially dropped plans to connect the aircraft plant north of Hagerstown with a major rail line, but one county official favors continued efforts to find a way to help the company ship jet parts. Public funding for rail connection was dropped earlier by the Washington County Commissioners. Commission President Marty Snook proposed today that the county rebuild Eden Road, near the airport, for trucks carrying large jet parts from Fairchild to a nearby Chessie rail line. Snook said Eden Road needs upgrading anyway, because it poses some traffic hazards. "It could be we could rebuild the road within the next two years," Snook said. "The county should do all it can to help existing industry in Washington County."




Maryland's First Lady Pat Hughes visited Old Forge Elementary School east of Hagerstown Wednesday to view the new health program. Mrs. Hughes chose to visit Old Forge because the teachers there were responsible for teaching the new health program to others, and it is the only school where the program is being taught at all levels simultaneously. "The program speaks for itself," said Mrs. Hughes. "The material is not being force-fed. The students really enjoy it."




Hagerstown's downtown core needs more than a "bricks-and-mortar" renovation to become the center of the city's retail and cultural life again, Commercial/Industrial Commission (CIC) Chairman Bob Murdock said last night. Murdock spoke at a City Hall meeting held to get input from 23 property owners and a number of merchants about its proposal for a Downtown Assessment District. Under CIC's proposal, every property owner would pay a surcharge on his or her property taxes, to raise a fund of $40,000. A board made up of property managers would take the funds and hire and a professional manager to coordinate promotions and advertising for downtown.

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