25 years ago: Several weeks ago, unidentified youngster broke up four of the brick fireplaces at the community playground in Hampstead. "Many hours of time are put in by the Lions members to make the playground enjoyable," according to Dick Murray, a member of the playground committee. The Lions Club, which created and maintains the park, is greatly disturbed over the destruction. The 26-acre area, opened in 1954 by the Lions, will be operating without the fireplaces until spring when fresh mortar will be mixed. -- the Carroll Record, Oct. 4, 1973.
50 years ago: A group of customers representing a cross sectioof Westminster and Carroll County consumers met at the new co-op store on Tuesday night to help the manager select the merchandise. They brought lists of can sizes, types of packages, variety of brands of foods and household items they wish the store to carry in order that the new co-op market at 8 Locust St. may meet their complete household needs. -- Democratic Advocate, Oct. 1, 1948.