Blast from the Past

July 18, 2007

Thursday, July 18, 1957

Dr. George Langford of the University of Maryland Extension Service is expected in Washington County today, to look over the Japanese beetle situation.

No official statistics exist on the manner in which the quantity of Japanese beetles this summer compares with the days when an all-out control program was being waged in Washington County.

However, the county agent's office and the County Commissioners have probably had more complaints about beetles this summer than in any summer for at least three or four years. Several persons have urged that the county appropriate the funds necessary to resume biological warfare against the beetles.

Spore disease was planted in Washington County by authorities for a number of summers, in an effort to destroy the beetles while in the grub stage. This substance was never available to the general public.


The public could formerly buy "bait," the chemical that was used to fill beetle traps. As far as can be determined, beetle traps are not available to the public anywhere in the county this year, although a few property owners may still possess traps in usable condition from previous years. Technically, these traps were only leased to the public, during the county-state beetle control program, but the traps were never collected after the leases expired.

Saturday, July 20, 1957

Greencastle residents are ransacking their cellars and sheds for enough cement to keep the town's sewer project in motion.

The Basore Construction Company, contractor for the project, needs enough cement to build some manholes. The firm has found a source of ready-mixed concrete in Chambersburg that will supply enough for two or three manholes, but more is required.

Workers are now locating the spots where manholes will be needed and continuing to work on the sanitary sewer system as best they can.

Tuesday, July 20, 1982

By next summer, motorists traveling between Interstate 81 and Md. 68 near here should find the going much easier because of new access ramps currently under construction.

Motorists going either direction on either road will be able to turn directly onto the other road by next June or July when the State Highway Administration expects to finish the project, an SHA official said yesterday.

One ramp will lead motorists from Md. 68 onto the interstate heading north, and the other will go from the interstate's southbound lane onto Md. 68, said John Knepp, assistant district engineer.

The two ramps there now lead traffic from Md. 68 onto I-81 going south, and onto Md. 68 from the northbound lanes of I-81.

"Now we'll have a diamond there," Knepp said.

Wolfe Brothers Inc. of Myersville started the project this month. The construction firm is being paid $902,274, the lowest bid received.

Knepp said the construction shouldn't hamper the flow of traffic.

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