Blast from the Past

October 23, 2007

Week of Oct. 21, 1957

A temporary blood center was set up in the St. John's Lutheran Church auditorium for an all-day visit of the Red Cross Bloodmobile to this city. Charles R. Hull, local grocer, gave his tenth pint of blood since inauguration of the Blood Program. Yesterday's donation matched the amount that he had given while serving the Army in World War II, so his donations now total 20 pints, or two and a half gallons.

Approximately two dozen volunteers served at the Blood Center. Use of volunteers trained in Red Cross procedures helps to keep cost of the Blood Program to a bare minimum - averaging less than $1.25 per pint collected here each year.

A lighted match sent five persons to the Washington County Hospital yesterday.

A 64-year-old man lit a match to light his cigar while driving an auto north on Summit Avenue. The match, still lit, dropped from the driver's hand. In his rush to catch the match, the man lost control and the car crashed into a pole south of Baltimore Street.


Injuries to the five people ranged from a bruised hand to fractures of the nose and jaw.

The "Books Abroad" campaign received its first assist this past Saturday from three little Brownie Scouts of Troop 14, Howard Street School, when they journeyed to the Washington County Library to contribute books for little girls and boys in Greece to enjoy.

The "Books Abroad" program is being sponsored by the Lions Club, through the United States Information Agency, with the assistance of many groups throughout the country.

Magazines, picture books for children, and books on science, art, music, and modern fiction, depicting the ways of the people of this country, are all desired.

Week of Oct. 21, 1982

Members of the Sisterhood at B'nai Abraham Temple are preparing for the Ethnic Festival of Jewish Food, which will be held Sunday at the temple on East Baltimore Street, Hagerstown.

There will be specialties that are not available in stores in this area, the creations of good cooks in the congregation.

Among the items available will be blintzes, chicken soup with matzo balls, stuffed cabbage, meat pies, noodle pudding, kosher hot dogs, bagels and lox, and potato knishes. There will also be many breads, pastries and desserts.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was formed by Jean T. Heald, a mother in Anne Arundel County, Md. whose son was injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver in 1980. Mrs. Heald was in Washington County this week as a guest of the League of Women Voters. Joan Corboy, a League member, and Jan Cirincione are forming a MADD chapter in Washington County.

MADD wants stiffer penalties for drunk drivers, and more preventative measures.

On the local level, MADD groups are working to get newspapers to publish the names of people arrested for drunk driving, and the results of their trials.

Hagerstown has found a promotional spokesman better than any glossy tourism brochure or chamber of commerce gimmick.

Lorens Devia, South Hagerstown High School's American Field Service (AFS) student, has lived in the Hub City since last July, and has yet to find something about the community that he doesn't like.

Lorens, a native of Puerto Natales, Chile, expresses his impressions of Hagerstown simply. "It's good," he says in somewhat broken English. "I like it. I like the climate, the people, the friends and the tranquility of the community."

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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