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From The Herald-Mail files

April 17, 2008

Week of April 13, 1958:

· A woman caller complained of youths drag racing cars in the vicinity of Mealey Parkway. Police investigated but were unable to locate the autoists.

· Milk thefts on Summer Street were reported to police. Dorothy Douglas reported that two quarts of milk were stolen and several thefts took place in the past several weeks. She said a neighbor also reported milk missing.

· A complaint was received that an empty house on Commonwealth Avenue was being used by juveniles. The house is among those being vacated by the order of the mayor, and is one that might be torn down.

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· Also, a Kenley Avenue man reported the theft of two hub caps from his Oldsmobile during the night.

· Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the first phase of Washington County Hospital's expansion project.

Work will begin immediately on construction of new facilities for the hospital kitchen, laboratory and pharmacy, as well as storage space and personnel locker room.

Eventually the trustees of the institution plan to enlarge the patient facilities to take care of between 150 and 200 more patients.

Week of April 13, 1983:

· High winds blew together two conductors at the Municipal Light substation behind the Zayre Shopping Center, tripping a circuit breaker and leaving about 750 homes in Hagerstown's North End without power for two hours.

City public relations director Judy Chambers said the problem was not a "freak accident, but something you'll have in a storm like this."

· Recent federal deregulation of bus companies may give Greyhound Bus Lines its best shot in years to close its once-a-day stop in Martinsburg (W.Va.), a company supervisor in Washington, D.C. said.

In the meantime, the owner of a Virginia-based company said he will try to pick up the run as soon as Greyhound drops it, although on a slightly different schedule.

Greyhound has made attempts in the past to eliminate the Winchester, Va., to Hagerstown run because of low ridership. The bus makes one stop each way in Martinsburg.

A Greyhound supervisor said the company has been losing money on the run. He said the PSC has thwarted Greyhound's attempt to close the run. However, federal regulations of bus companies ended last fall, on an order signed by President Ronald Reagan.

"Now nobody can be forced to operate a line that loses money," the Greyhound supervisor said.

Greyhound's Martinsburg agent said an average of three passengers a day board buses at the local station. She said business improves during warmer months because migrant farm workers are on the move.

· The Book Store on West Washington Street is almost finished with a renovation project that increased its space by a third, and improved its demeanor by a good bit as well.

"Basically, everything is new," said manager Linda Holmes. "A whole storeful of nickels" went in to the project.

The shop will also get some exterior wood panel treatment from building owner Vincent Groh, to make the store fit into the theme of his still-incomplete Hagers Row mini-mall.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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