Forty years ago, lighter leads rescuers to stranded Washington County fisherman

Blast from the past

Blast from the past

April 02, 2008

Week of March 30, 1958

· A man who resides in the Licking Creek section near Parkhead is mighty thankful he had his cigarette lighter with him Saturday afternoon, when he was toppled from his boat in the high and swift waters of Licking Creek.

It all happened about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, and it was not until 7 o'clock that he was rescued by Clear Spring firemen who were called to the scene.

The man had been fishing from his boat some distance upstream when it pulled its anchor and was caught up in the swift waters. When the boat capsized, the man was able to grab the wild grapevine and hang on. He was afraid to swim, and when darkness fell, he ignited the vine with his lighter, which drew the attention of nearby residents.

Firemen used an old auto inner tube and 100 feet of rope to rescue the man.


· The Dagmar Hotel will close as a hotel this week, and beginning next week will be known as Dagmar Hall, a women's residence and home for students of the Maryland Medical Secretarial School.

The Dagmar bar, over which William A. Young has presided since 1940, will close its doors tonight.

· The doors opened this morning at the new O.P.O. Clothing store here, in a completely remodeled storeroom at 27 N. Potomac St. For the store's grand opening specials, a group of new Easter suits were sold for $1 each.

Week of March 30, 1983

· Unemployment dropped by more than 5 percent in Franklin County (Pa.) in February, but a state analyst warned that the decline might not be as significant as it appears.

Franklin County's rate fell from 21.1 percent in January to 15.4 percent in February, the latest month for which individual county statistics are available.

The higher statistics for January might have been the result of a labor market survey of major industries taken during a period of regularly scheduled plant shutdowns. Declining rates for February could reflect the results of a survey during a time when workers were back on their jobs.

Grove Manufacturing Co., for example, has its employees working every other week.

· Some Washington County teachers are angry about a proposal that would increase their work year by four days.

The school board is considering several changes to next year's school calendar that would require teachers to work 190 days, the maximum number allowed under their contract.

For years, county teachers have received 190 days' pay, but generally worked 186 days, according to school officials. But next year, the board may use the four days to schedule workshops which are usually held in the summer. Several officials have said that by having the workshops during the school year, they won't have to pay out extra money to get teachers to attend them in the summer.

Another proposed change involves the scheduling of snow days. During the past few years, four days have been added to the school calendar as makeup days in the event that inclement weather forced the cancellation of classes. Unused days were subtracted from the calendar, usually by ending the school year several days earlier than scheduled. However, the board may designate those days for workshops and not put any extra snow days into the schedule. If inclement weather forces class cancellation, the days will be tacked on at the end of the year, officials said.

· A Sadie Hawkins dance will be held April 14 in the gymnasium at North High, from 8 to 11 p.m. Dress is casual but jeans are not allowed.

Admission to the dance is $2 a person. Remember, ladies' choice.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno from The Herald-Mail files

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