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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:

 1932, 75 years ago

  Camden, N.J.--“Gee, that’s great!  I didn’t expect that!” exclaimed Victor Soroken, 12, when a park guard gave him $1 for saving Robert Banks, 10, from drowning in Cooper River.

  After a day of swimming, Victor was trudging home when he saw Robert fall into the river. He plunged in and dragged the other boy ashore.

  1957, 50 years ago

  Rubber Fabricators, Inc., has played an important part in the development of a new type of life preserver, which has been termed as virtually fool-proof.

  The preserver, developed by the local plant and the Army, promises to be a great help to both military personnel and civilians, preventing accidental drowning.

   The life preserver is small enough that a soldier can carry it easily in his pants pocket before he goes into action on the water. Even if he is pitched into the water unconscious, the new “non-inflatable” preserver will provide buoyancy and will keep his head out of water until help arrives. It looks and is worn like an umpire’s chest pad and has a collar affixed.

  It utilizes the “trapped air” principle assisted by hydrostatic pressure. The preserver weighs less than three pounds, and is made of nylon coated with neoprene. It can be folded, is salt water resistant, and puncture proof.

  Inventor Claude O. Lanciano, Jr., a marine engineer stationed at Fort Eustis, Va., has spent over two years on the project, which seems to be the Army’s answer to public demands for greater safety for soldiers on water borne operations.

  It is expected that the Navy and Air Force, as well as commercial users, will make wide use of the new preserver.

  1982, 25 years ago

  Approximately 150 persons, ranging in age from babes in arms to the elderly, turned out in front of Calhoun Courthouse to attend a fund raising rally and rock concert sponsored by the Hospital Citizens Action Group.

For the next hour, Grantsville’s Main Street echoed and throbbed to the beat of the Big Money band. Refreshments were sold and a few young women circulated among the audience, seeking donations to the cause of changes at the hospital. James R. Jones, president of the Citizens Group, took over the microphone to talk about the hospital.

  He touched on several matters that had been aired at previous meetings of the group: salary of the hospital administrator; alleged loan of $30,000 to Dr. Hoover, recruiting costs for hospital personnel, accusations that the hospital trustees had violated the sunshine law on at least three occasions, and alleged violations of the hospital’s by-laws.

  Jones charged trustees with unresponsiveness to the public, poor management and waste, and called for removal of Kay Wriston as administrator, and replacement of board trustees.

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