2011-04-28 / From Days Gone By

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of April 23, 1981

In the most costly fire in Shade Gap’s history,

$150,000 damage was done to the Max Baer Service Station and family dwelling early last Tuesday morning. Seven members of the family narrowly escaped from the structure, which is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 522 and Route 641. Fire officials suspect the blaze may have been caused by a malfunction of an electrical stove.

Work is finally under way on the borough’s Maple Street construction. Forms for curbing are being set, the widening and grading are near completion.

Martin Brown of Burnt Cabins has invented the latest development in mushroom picking technology, an automatic picker that mushroom hunters can use standing up. The invention was concocted by Brown over two evenings using a bread pan, a piece of metal tubing and some spring and rivets. Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. And in this case, the necessity was McConnellsburg Mayor Max Stenger’s. He’d broken a couple of ribs and had let it be known that he needed something to help him pick up mushrooms since he can’t bend over. Hence, Brown came up with his Rube Goldberg-like contraption.

Marriage license: Michael E. Gilpin, Havre de Grace, Md., and Cathy Jean McKeever, Reisterstown, Md.; Wayne Rowland Frazier, Aquia Harbour, Va., and Pamela Lee Hutzell, Alexandria,Va.

Deaths: Dona A. Nonemaker, Three Springs; Albert F. Snowden, New Paris; Lewis Locke, Bedford; Della Hileman, Mount Union.

Specials at the IGA: Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, 3 for 89 cents; Luvs diapers, $2.99; cucumbers 4 for $1; pork loin, $1.29 lb.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Jan Fraker of Hustontown on April 13; a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Fleming of Shade Gap on April 16; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kern of Mapleton Depot on April 15; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fischer of Warfordsburg on April 16.

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