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Blast from the Past

November 14, 2007

Week of Nov. 11, 1957



Sunshine and a glass jug apparently combined to cause a freak fire in the 600 block of Summit Avenue at about 10:45 this morning.

The fire began among some old rags on the porch of the L.V. Crist apartment building at the corner of Summit and Garlinger Avenues. A glass jug was located nearby and firemen theorized that it acted as a lens, concentrating the sun's rays as they passed through the jug and concentrating them on the rags.

The resulting blaze was enough to scorch the porch railing and other woodwork, but no serious damage resulted. The Antietam, Pioneer and South Hagerstown Fire Companies responded to the alarm.




Week of Nov. 11, 1982



Rosemarie Pellegrino knows a coach doesn't get too many opportunities to take over a basketball program that has produced six state tournament teams in the past seven years.

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"It was too good not to take it," said Pellegrino, who will succeed Sandy Graff as the girls varsity coach at Smithsburg High School.

The appointment of Pellegrino, who was head coach at South Hagerstown High from 1977 through 1980 and coached the Rebel junior varsity last winter, was announced Wednesday by Principal Gerald C. Hammond.

Graff resigned in September after guiding the Leopards into the state championship game in each of her three seasons as head coach. The Leopards won the Maryland Class C title in 1981 and finished 23-1 last year with a loss to Brooklyn Park in the finals.

Pellegrino favors a rotating offense, and likes to fast break. "I like a fast-moving game," she said. "I like the running game, and we have the skill and potential to play that game."

Pellegrino was the junior varsity coach at South High in 1976-77, and took over the varsity reins the following year. She left South after the 1979-80 season and served as an assistant volleyball and basketball coach at Hagerstown Junior College for one year before resigning.

Last year, she applied for the vacant JV position at South High "because I couldn't stand Nov. 15 (the first day of practice) going by without coaching."

- Compiled by Joshua Hughes

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