Blast from the Past

June 20, 2007

Week of June 17, 1957

Two local girls are now appearing on Baltimore television shows: "Comeback", a show dealing with rehabilitation work, will feature a local girl, Miss Florence Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Moore, this city, on June 18, from 5:15 to 5:30 on Channel 2. Miss Moore has an artificial leg, and the show will deal with how persons are rehabilitated to carry on normal activities after suffering serious injuries.

Gerre Townshend Segraves is a former local girl who has scored a smash hit with a program telecast on Channel 2 on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. "Happy Ann and Me, the Wonderful Window" is the full name of the program that in three months has won top rating for any children's program produced in Baltimore.

Mrs. Segraves is the daughter of J.B. Townshend, local insurance man. Mrs. Segraves is the only live member of the cast on her program. She writes, produces and stars in the show, does all of her own artwork, and even writes most of the music and lyrics for the songs.


The honor guard of Clopper Michael Post No. 10, American Legion, staged an impressive combined Flag Day and flag-burning ceremony in Shafer Memorial Park Friday evening.

Post Chaplain John Rohrer gave a short address on the purpose and meaning of Flag Day. He emphasized what the flag should mean to every American, and enlightened the audience on the significance and origin of the various stars on the blue field.

Week of June 17, 1982

By the hundreds, migrants and seasonal farmhands pour into West Virginia each year to help farmers harvest fruit crops, and with their coming, the old feud over who best can tend to their human needs rekindles itself.

The Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Association (MSFA) is again battling for survival, with state and local officials adamant that the MSFA duplicates services state agencies provide.

Susan Harrison, director of MSFA, a nonprofit nationwide organization, said the MSFA is perceived by the fruit industry to be the enemy. "They (state and local officials) continue to talk about duplication of services, but no one will define what duplication there is. The DOL (Department of Labor) has determined that there is no duplication."

Ms. Harrison said there is no doubt that MSFA is needed. Workers earn less than $2,200 a year, 90 percent are high school dropouts and at least 65 percent need nutritional supplements, she said.

State Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass said the state could do without MSFA. "If the Reagan Administration wants to save money, this is one place to start," Douglass said.

Dave Metz, Jim Nicely and Norm Michael crush aluminum cans as part of a fundraising project by the recreation board and the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. Reynolds Aluminum Co. pays slightly less than 1 cent per can.

Aluminum recycling has had its surprises. Early this week, when Metz and his cohorts opened the door to their storage building, they were flabbergasted by the sight of an airplane sitting on the floor. The plane, a damaged Piper Cherokee, was donated to Big Brothers/Big Sisters by the owner of Howard Aviation at the Martinsburg airport.

Although the plane is about 90 percent aluminum, it doesn't impress Nicely. "The aluminum in this thing can only be made into sheeting and stuff like that. It's not worth as much as beer cans. They can be made into more beer cans," he said.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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