Blast from the past

From The Herald-Mail files

From The Herald-Mail files

May 14, 2008

Week of May 11, 1958

A little boy got homesick while a patient at Washington County Hospital last night and decided to do something about getting back to his home in Waynesboro, Pa.

About 8:38 p.m., Hagerstown City Police got a call from the Venice Restaurant on Dual Highway, informing them of the runaway. A man at the restaurant said he had spotted the youngster, described as about 7 years of age, trying to thumb a ride on Cleveland Avenue - in his pajamas.

The man picked up the youngster, and he was later taken to police headquarters, where he was identified with a report already received from the hospital concerning the runaway.


The boy had sneaked down the back stairs about 8:20 p.m., clad in pajamas and set out for home. He was returned to the hospital.

They're going to seed the clouds that threaten hail over the Hancock and adjacent fruit-producing areas again this summer.

The grower-financed program of hail modification first tried last summer will cover about 24,000 acres of fruit orchards in this county, West Virginia and Virginia.

The program calls for the seeding of clouds that threaten hail by use of silver iodide particles spewed from generators in two planes that penetrate the clouds from a minimum of 100 ground generators setting up the same battle.

The project does not guarantee hail can be avoided entirely, but does promise to reduce the threat of hail damage through reduction of conditions in the clouds to the point where they will produce rain or sleet rather than hail.

The growers were most satisfied with the service last year.

Week of May 11, 1983

Two different perspectives of the nuclear arms race will be offered to area residents this weekend in separate showings of two movies dealing with various aspects of the issue.

The controversial Canadian film "If You Love This Planet" will be shown at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Hagerstown. The documentary won an Academy Award this year, and features a lecture by anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott.

The U.S. Department of Justice ruled this year that the production is "foreign propaganda" and may only be shown with a disclaimer stating that it is not approved by the U.S. government.

Taking a different point of view, the National Aerospace Cadets are sponsoring a free movie/lecture on "The High Frontier," a proposed non-nuclear defense system against guided missiles.

The Cadets say High Frontier can put an end to the MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) policy of the U.S. and Soviet governments that has been in effect for the past 20 years. Calling it a "a bold new concept" that is defensive only, the Cadets say "it could put an end to the nuclear ICBM race and give the world a chance for permanent peace from the arms buildup".

Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused (CASA) is seeking a permanent local shelter for battered women and sexual assault victims. Women visit CASA's office in the Patterson Hotel at 100 N. Potomac St. for counseling sessions, but when a woman has to leave home (sometimes with her children) in the middle of the night to escape an abusive situation, she's housed in a local motel or transient hotel.

"The way it is now, that's what she gets," CASA director Vicki Sadehvandi said. "She needs a supportive home-type atmosphere with other women in the same situation."

CASA was founded in 1977 after a local woman was murdered by her husband.

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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