Blast from the past

From The Herald-Mail files

From The Herald-Mail files

June 11, 2008

Week of June 8, 1958

· Some years ago, a fortune teller told Mrs. Dave Cole, Williamsport, not to worry about a diamond ring she lost, since it would turn up some day.

While digging around her flowers the other day, Mrs. Mummert, next-door neighbor of the Coles, found the ring - none the worse for wear.

Mrs. Cole, wife of the well-known baseball star, says she missed the ring in 1955. At the time, it was in a jeweler's envelope with a string around it, since one of the five diamonds in the ring dropped out. Mrs. Cole thinks her oldest youngster, then 3, toddled off with the envelope and ring, and lost it.

Now, wonders Mrs. Cole, did the fortune teller really know, or did she make a lucky guess?

· The last baccalaureate at the old Hagerstown High School building was held last night at a ceremony for North Hagerstown High School graduates. Junior high school students will take over the building in the fall, with a new senior high school on Pennsylvania Avenue going into use.


At South Hagerstown High School, the graduating class filed into the gymnasium where last night's baccalaureate service was conducted. Boys wore dark, and girls wore light gowns for the impressive ceremony, only the second in the history of the building.

· Local merchants last night were asked to be on the lookout for four checks that have been stolen from a local man's mailbox.

A resident of Hump Road, west of Hagerstown, had six checks stolen from his mailbox last Friday. Two of them were recovered over the weekend; one by a hitchhiker nearby and the other by a neighbor's boy.

Still outstanding are checks written to the following firms: Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., $2.97; Potomac Edison, $6.06; C. Paul Jones, $26.45; and Garland Groh, $65.

Storekeepers spotting such checks are urged to call the sheriff's office at once.

Week of June 8, 1983

· The Washington County Commissioners have agreed to upgrade the planned 911 emergency communications system to provide more lines and automatically identify the origin of the call.

The $70,000 equipment and installation cost for the expanded system is reimbursable through the state's 911 law, which provides local funds to start and operate the system.

The county will pay about $6,000 per month to the C&P Telephone Co. The money will come from an additional 10-cent surcharge on the monthly bills of telephone customers. The new surcharge must be approved by the Public Service Commission before it goes into effect.

The 911 law requires all Maryland jurisdictions to have the emergency call system in place by July 1985.

· This Saturday afternoon, Charles Town (W.Va.) will entertain wagering on the 115th running of the $250,000 Belmont race from New York. It is Charles Town's first simulcast of the season.

The Interstate Horse Racing Act of 1978 gave states and tracks the authority to exchange races, but each state must have its own laws as well, so Charles Town was unable to simulcast until West Virginia passed the legislation last season.

"Simulcasting was something new last year, and our fans already are anticipating Saturday," said Charles Town's general manager. "Once they get the idea of betting the classics here, I think we can reasonably expect an $800,000 handle."

- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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