August 4, 1996

25 Years Ago

Strange Object Seen In Westminster Skies – An unidentified flying object may have visited Westminster during Sunday night’s thunderstorm, and workers from the National Investigating
Committee for Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) plan to come here Saturday to find out for sure. Charles Paul Kenyon, New Windsor, reported the sighting of an egg-shaped air ship with bright colored lights on its underside that flew about the sky west of the city Sunday night and then disappeared beyond Fitzhugh hill over Westminster. The 39-year old backhoe operator notified the State Police of the incident, but a search of the area netted not results. Kenyon said that the aircraft was egg-shaped, without wings, and had colored lights in 2 rows of 4 each along its bottom. On its top was a pulsating amber light and at one end a bubble-shaped protrusion, like a cockpit, Kenyon explained. When it was almost out of sight, the object made a U-turn towards Westminster, passing within 3,000 feet of the parked truck. Turning on what appeared to be a white landing beacon, it then went over Fitzhugh hill and out sight, Kenyon said. Democratic Advocate August 5, 1971.

50 Years Ago

Manchester Fete Yields $11,500 – The end of the week’s observance by the Manchester Fire Company of their annual carnival reached a successful climax on Saturday night, with [the largest] crowd in history. Rain on Monday and Tuesday nights kept the people away from the carnival. About 700 suppers were served on Saturday night and the gross receipts for the carnival were over $11,500. On Friday evening a colorful parade formed at 6 p.m. and the procession moved at about 7 p.m. The parade was headed by State Police and official cars bearing the Mayor and town council also officers of the Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary. Democratic Advocate, August 2, 1946.

75 Years Ago

A decisive knock-out occurred on Main street, this place, Saturday night, when Pedro Bosco, who was carrying a pick handle, in passing another foreigner, struck him over the head, knocking him out in the first round. It appears that an old grudge existed between the two and as a result the latter was sent to a hospital for repairs, while the former is still about town. Union Bridge Pilot, August 5, 1921.

100 Years Ago

During the storm on Monday evening lightning struck near the hog pen at the farm of Mr. N. H. Baile, of New Windsor, and killed one of twelve three hundred pounders; also three of a lot that were sold to deliver on Tuesday, and paralyzed another so that it cannot get up. Mr. Baker, Mr. Baile’s foreman, says the hogs in the pens squealed for half an hour from the shock. There were about 40 hogs and shoats in the pens. Mr. Baile, when told, said he was sorry for the hogs, but very glad it was no worse, as it was very near the barn. American Sentinel, August 1, 1896.