Blast from the Past

May 30, 2007

Week of May 27, 1957

Another 20 employees will be laid off at Letterkenny Ordnance Depot next month following the furlough of 200 workers last month.

Col. Frederick G. Walte said that the reduction in the budget has come from continuing efforts to reduce the cost of government operations, resulting in reductions in civilian manpower at ordnance installations throughout the country.

Letterkenny has a civilian payroll of about 5,500 persons.

Dairy farmers in the Hagerstown area received $1,540,000 during 1956 from the Sealtest Supplee Division of National Dairy Products Corporation. More than 210 local farmers who sell their milk to Sealtest have shared in the payment.

Sealtest, the oldest milk company in America, has been buying quality milk in Hagerstown for many years, and has played an increasingly important role in the local economy.


With the aid of plastic models of cows, Massoud Khoddami of Iran discussed American dairy cattle types with Nick Pope, assistant county agent.

Massoud is on a summerlong tour of Maryland farms as part of a program to foster understanding among rural residents in various countries. The program is sponsored by 4-H and extension organizations.

Week of May 27, 1982

State troopers in Frederick and Washington counties yesterday began a stepped-up program to arrest drunk drivers and to enforce the 55 mph speed limit.

Money from a federal grant will be used to pay troopers overtime to work their off-duty hours - especially nights and weekends - patrolling for drunk drivers.

In Washington County, drunk driving arrests jumped 156 percent in 1981. Regular patrols have made more arrests than normal because officers have a greater awareness of the problem of drunk driving.

New University of Maryland football coach Bobby Ross is proud of his ball club.

"We had 18 players on the dean's list last semester, and I'm real happy about that," Ross said while addressing the Hagerstown Rotary Club on Wednesday. "I try to preach academics as well as athletics on the college level, and I'm very pleased our young men are getting the job done in the classroom. Athletics is only temporary. What goes beyond that in life is the important thing."

Five young men, all implicated in the attempted theft of pastry from the Wonder Bread building east of Hagerstown, have received probation before judgment and 150 hours each of community service in District Court.

Referred to as the "cupcake caper," the incident occurred March 2, when the five defendants and a juvenile entered the property in an attempt to remove cupcakes from a truck. In the process, cupcakes were dropped and stepped on as the youths were fleeing.

A night loader for the firm testified that he had been loading cakes, doughnuts and pies on a truck and saw some cupcakes on the ground. At first, he thought a stray cat was the culprit until he saw a sneaker footprint on the packages.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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