100 Years Ago

June 11, 1919

The local post office is preparing to apply the brakes to the dizzy flight of the war-time cost of living. They are getting stocked up with 1-cent and 2-cent stamps and are trying to get rid of all their 3-cent stamps. On July 1, the country goes back to pre-war postage rates and the first step in the return to normal economic conditions is realized. Letters once more will be sent to any part of the country or colonies for 2 cents for each ounce or fraction thereof and postal cards will cost only 1 cent.

Announcement of the appointment of Dr. Edward P. Thomas as the X-ray operator at the Frederick City Hospital, was made at the meeting of the board of managers held yesterday morning in the Nurses’ Home. Dr. Thomas, who will succeed Dr. William Meredith Smith, resigned, has recently returned from France, where he served in hospitals at the front, and is an X-ray expert.

The county commissioners at a full session yesterday awarded to the M.D. Poorman Bridge Company, of York, Pa., a contract for a new concrete and steel bridge over Tom’s Creek, on the road leading from Tom’s Creek Church to Detour, at a bid of $9,176.

50 Years Ago

June 11, 1969

The preliminary plans for the Harney Road Bridge over Middle Creek near Emmitsburg has been rejected by the County Roads Board. Commissioner Charles E. Collins, president of the board, said “it is too expensive to build under the plans presented to us.”

A double offering of planned unit developments (PUDs) to ease the housing shortage in the county was presented to the Frederick County Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday morning. The two developments will provide over 3,400 housing units by the time they are completed. “Long Branch Estates,” located off Md. 144 east of the Monocacy River, will have over 1,400 units to be placed on 253 acres. “Hipkins Limited Partnership” has designs drawn to place over 2,000 units on about 215 acres of land located on the west side of I-70S and north of the Hyattstown interchange.

East A Street traffic will be two ways and caution signs will be put up at the 6th Street intersection, the Brunswick Town Council decided at last night’s meeting. The action killed a long-standing proposal to make A Street between 6th Avenue and Park Avenue one way to avoid possible accidents at the intersection of 6th Avenue.

20 Years Ago

June 11, 1999

Increased black bear sightings in the Braddock Heights area have wildlife officials anxious to get the word out to residents on how to keep the bears away from their homes. Since the arrival of warm weather, black bears have been spotted in several parts of Frederick County, including Thurmont, Emmitsburg and particularly Braddock Heights in the Ridge Road area, Susan O’Brien, spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources said.

With 40-couple years in the well-drilling business, Bob Cline, owner of a company on Reich’s Ford road, Frederick, has seen some dry summers. Although this year’s spell without rain “isn’t the driest I’ve seen, it’s right in there.” Mr. Cline said he has been averaging about two calls a day from people “mostly with hand-dug wells” who need to go deeper.

Allen Wetzel wants the Historic District Commission to know just how he feels about the outcome of his first and last meeting with them. They do. So does everyone who passes Seventh Street where he has nailed a massive wooden sign to the front porch of his duplex. The sing not only puts the home on the market, but blasts the HDC. “I don’t want to be radical, but I am upset,” he said standing in front of the 4-foot-wide, eight-foot-high white sign. It’s emblazoned with the red painted message: “All of our ideas shattered due to a 15-minute meeting with H.D.C. ‘Histerical’ District Commission.”

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