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November 21, 2007

Week of Nov. 18, 1957

All adults should spend some free time in leadership jobs for youth organizations. That is what Clement J. Ferling, superintendent of the State Reformatory for Males, told the World War II Last Man's Club of Morris Frock American Legion Post yesterday at the club's annual banquet. The American Legion was commended for its programs in behalf of young people's activities.

Ferling said youth organizations are one way of preventing crime. He said slum clearance will also help, as of course would the improvement of family life in many homes. He said he has found the main causes of crime to be broken homes, lack of education, lack of religion, alcoholism, slums, psychopathic troubles, overprotection of children by parents to the point of never punishing them in the home for wrongdoing; overindulgence of children by providing too many worldly things; and not enough family care and love.


WARK, a radio station, was audible on Channel Six in at least one part of Hagerstown yesterday. The sound was reported clear on that normally empty channel, at the home of H.R. Murfin, 950 Maryland Ave. Nothing was visible on the television set screen.

McCrory's Five and Ten Cent Store and the Beneficial Finance Company, both in the first block of West Washington Street, were broken into last night, but little loot was obtained, according to police.

At McCrory's the loss consisted of two wrist watches with a total value of between $25 and $30, and an undetermined amount of cash taken from the store's tax boxes.

The thieves succeeded in getting some cash from the safe at the finance company, but it was believed to be less than $50.

The robberies were the second and third in Hagerstown's business district within a week. Last Friday, Leed's Army-Navy Store in the first block of West Franklin Street was broken into, with the loss of about $90 in quarters and dimes.

Police said the method of operation indicated that the same person or person may be responsible for all three jobs.

Week of Nov. 18, 1982

It may get nowhere, but County Treasurer Harry Snook's suggestion to the Board of County Commissioners that property assessments be frozen in the coming fiscal year should strike a responsive chord with property owners. Mr. Snook also proposed repeal of the state inventory tax, which actually amounts to a nuisance tax, because the taxpayer gets his money back when income tax payment time rolls around.

The Stale of Maryland has a unique way of telling owners how much their properties are worth over a three-year span: Each year the assessment goes up. Many property owners are puzzled by the assessors' formula. How do they know property values will continue to climb, when in fact they seem to have leveled off in Washington County, if not elsewhere in the state? Assuming that the bottom could drop out of the real estate market, will the assessors make adjustments for the decline? It's an interesting question.

The North Hagerstown High School band will appear in the program of the Washington Redskins-Philadelphia Eagles football game later this month, but it won't be appearing at half-time. The Washington County Board of Education voted 3-2 yesterday to deny the band's request to perform at the game, because board policy prohibits school activities on Sundays.

School superintendent Claud E. Kitchens said he opposed the scheduled Nov. 28 performance because the band performed last Sunday at a tournament of marching bands in Philadelphia. He said he okayed North's participation in that competition in lieu of the Redskins game performance. The Redskins performance had already been approved, but at the time, NFL players were on strike and the season appeared to be over. When the players' strike was settled this week, Redskins officials then verified the Nov. 28 date. North High's band director said the band was invited in May to perform at the Nov. 28 game.

? Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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