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(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, May 30, 2008)


10 YEARS AGO


Washington?s Downtown Enhancement Project, including its public library project, is underway, and Washington City Administrator David Plyman said Tuesday that everything is going as planned, aside from a few exceptions.


When members of the American Legion Riders and local Post 29 learned of Butler County?s tragedy, they felt they needed to help Parkersburg any way they could, but how they helped may be above and beyond the call of duty.


Washington Legion Rider Ron Northup spearheaded the project, which resulted in a semi being parked at Washington?s Hy-Vee from 6 p.m., Tuesday, to noon Wednesday in an effort to fill the truck through local donations in aid to the Parkersburg residents and victims.


The Washington girls? golf team didn?t just win its second-straight Class 3A state championship on Wednesday at Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown.


It lived up to the hype.


20 YEARS AGO


Washington High School?s Class of 1998 was rewarded with many scholarships during commencement exercises Sunday.


Dr. Robin Plattenberger of the Washington Medical Clinic recently attended the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) April 24-May 1 in Boston, Mass.


The $6.7 million addition and renovation project at Washington County Hospital continues to move forward as the project nears the completion of a major phase.


No fewer than four schools in the Journal area enter this weekend?s state track and field meet with very high expectations. Three of those schools ? Washington, Columbus and Iowa Mennonite ? have a chance at making a run for the state title. One other school, Mid-Prairie, could score enough points to be mentioned in the top 10.


The Washington County Historical Society will be hosting a tea party and open house to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Jonathan Clark Conger House Museum. It will be held on June 7, 2-4 p.m. at the museum, 903 E. Washington Street in Washington.


30 YEARS AGO


Margaret Brady was appointed soil conservationist at Washington County SCS office April 11.


Camp REECE is facing its 20th anniversary this summer. The camp will take place the week of Aug. 8-12 at Lake Darling Youth Center, west of Brighton.


Camp REECE, which stands for Religious Educational Experience in a Camping Environment, is held annually for children and adults with mental, physical and emotional handicaps or with learning disabilities. Richard Herlein will serve as this year?s director.


Cub Scouts of Pack 242 in Washington were honored for their accomplishments at an awards night in Sunset Park on Thursday.


Those presented the Arrow of Light by their Webelo leader Paul Basinger were Nathan Basinger, Danny Gonterman, Andy Guy and Jared Kennedy.


40 YEARS AGO


Washington County?s unemployment rate for February was set at 5.8 percent with 540 persons unemployed out of a labor force estimated at 9,330.


Washington High School seniors who will climax their high-school careers at commencement this evening, were honored for scholastic and extracurricular achievements at the annual Senior Class Day program on Monday.


50 YEARS AGO


Washington?s community flower garden at the intersection of highways 92 and 1 north of town, has been planted. Hugo Lensch, retired manager of the Cargill plant in Washington, and Randy Hilfman, a senior at Washington High School, received the top honors of the year accorded at the annual Rotary Club Awards night banquet held Thursday.


Lensch was named as the recipient of this year?s Distinguished Service Award.


Hubert ?Cub? Lohrer, secretary of the Washington Chamber of Commerce, was presented the Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award by the Future Business Leaders of America Club this morning.