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September 12, 2007

Week of Sept. 9, 1957

Elmo Langley of Fairfax, Va., behind the wheel of a 1956 Chevrolet, won the Hagerstown Speedway's first 200-lap, 100-mile late model stock car feature yesterday.

An overflow throng of 7,000 persons, the largest ever to see a Speedway race, watched as Langley turned the 200-lap grind in one hour, 41 minutes and 27 seconds.

Promoter Bud Messner said 1,500 customers had to be turned away.

There was another one of those rainbows in the western skies about sunset yesterday evening, and it had not been raining here at the time, nor had there been any recent showers.

Mrs. Richard Hartle, State Line, Pa., was the first to report seeing the rainbow. She said it was the first one she had ever seen in the western skies, but we recall that there was one in the west, and it was not raining at the time, nor were there any signs of showers.


A 6-year-old Washington County boy narrowly escaped death Sunday when attacked by a deer on Oak Ridge, near Cumberland.

The family had gone to Oak Ridge for a picnic, and the boy had strayed away after petting a deer that was the pet of a nearby family. Soon afterwards the boy's father and mother heard his muffled screams and hurried to the scene to find their son on the ground and the deer pawing against the boy's head with its hooves. The deer backed off when the parents reached the scene.

Fortunately, when the deer knocked him to the ground, the boy had the presence of mind to turn over and bury his face in the ground. The deer's hooves left many bruises on the back of his head and neck.

Rushed to a Cumberland hospital, the youngster was found to have no broken bones or internal injuries, and he was released and returned home.

Two people found out yesterday that it pays to use the classified ad columns of The Herald-Mail. In this case it didn't even cost them the price of an ad.

Mrs. Mark Grove, 818 Woodland Way, called to place an ad about finding a lost dog, a Dachshund. A few minutes later, Mrs. Richard Wisner, Belview Avenue, called to place an ad about losing a dog - a Dachshund.

Miss Elizabeth Sterling of the classified ad department, who took the two ads, put two and two together and suggested that Mrs. Wisner contact Mrs. Grove. The Dachshund that Mrs. Grove had turned out to be Mrs. Wisner's dog.

The ads were canceled before they were inserted.

Week of Sept. 9, 1982

How the Washington County school system copes with declining enrollment, rising utility costs, and shrinking federal funds in the 1980s could be determined by a report presented to the elected school board at Thursday's meeting.

Some of the recommendations are: Ensure adequate computer instruction, and budget for purchase of computers; find out why the number of school drop-outs has reached a critical point, and develop new programs to keep kids in school; and develop full-day kindergarten and tuition charges for more early childhood programs. There are currently eight schools with early childhood programs in Washington County, as opposed to 22 programs a few years ago.

Smoke detector sales are up dramatically at two local department stores, in the wake of a new law that went into effect July 1, requiring homeowners to equip their homes with the early warning systems.

At Kmart and Montgomery Ward, smoke detector sales have doubled since the new law went into effect; from about 30 per month to about 70 now.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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