Blast from the Past

June 13, 2007

Week of June 10, 1957

About seven years ago, R.W. Hammer of 411 Elizabeth St. was working on his farm property along Walnut Point road in Wilson's District. He came across a land turtle that had the initials "AC" and the date, April 19, 1922, carved on its back.

Hammer pushed the turtle out of his way at the time and thought no more of it until last week, when he almost stepped on it again - not more than 100 feet from where it was that day seven years ago.

"It looked just the same as it did seven years ago, no bigger and of the same dark color," Hammer said, adding that he wonders if one of the Charlton family might have carved their initials on the turtle that April day in 1922, because the turtle is within a quarter mile of the Charlton farm.

The Fourth of July is still some weeks away, and it is just as illegal to discharge firecrackers now as it will be then.


Four young Maugansville boys learned that over the weekend, when they were arrested by Deputy Leister Isanogle for discharging firecrackers.

The parents of the boys were required to post $6.45 for each boy. The money was forfeited.

Deputy Isanogle said complaints were received that the boys were lighting firecrackers and throwing them on porches where people were sitting.

He said arrests will be made in all case of firecracker shooting.

Week of June 10, 1982

A study commissioned by town officials in 1976 recommended that Williamsport hire a five-person police department to guarantee round-the-clock coverage for the town's 2,153 residents.

The police force on Monday was stripped down to two officers. Two officers were laid off because of a budget crisis.

"We recommended five people, including a chief," Forest Heights police chief Harry Polis said yesterday. "At that time, citizens we interviewed felt the police department was important. They placed a high priority on police funding."

"Williamsport was a nice little town," Polis said. "It just seemed they could have done a lot better than what they were doing. Budget cuts, unfortunately, are a problem everywhere, and police normally are the first to go. If you don't have a problem, you don't think you need them - until there's a problem."

The town has advertised for a police chief. Mayor John Slayman wants to see the force brought up to a strength of four.

Dona Huffer has been teaching kids to dance for 24 years. She says dance routines really haven't changed all that much, but kids have.

"Children are maturing so much sooner now," she reflects. "They're starting dance classes at an earlier age - and they're ready for it."

Currently, she says the big interest lies in tap. "The television show 'Fame' has brought about a major resurgence of this dance form."

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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