Through the Years

20 years ago today: The parking lot of the Northpoint K-Mart store was transformed into a mini-speedway and racetrack as part of an event aimed for raising awareness about drugs. (from the Avenue News of October 8, 1998)

35 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of October 8, 1983)

The renovation of Seneca Elementary School following a case of arson that caused over $250,000 in damages that summer was underway. Following the fire, many organizations donated supplies back to the damaged school and citizens, including Seneca teachers and Kenwood High students, contributed to the cleanup efforts. Construction was soon to begin on the school’s library, which was most affected by the flames.

A public hearing was held to gather community feedback on amendments to the Baltimore County Masterplan in regards to development in the Holly Neck neighborhood. The amendments would target water and sewer plans for the area.

Two Kenwood High School students were designated Commended Students in the 1984 National Merit Scholarship Program, a festival and Civil War reenactment was held at the historical Ballenstone Manor, and the Charles Evering Post No. 6506 Ladies Auxiliary took homes first place for best veterans marching unit at the I Am An American Day Parade.

20 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of October 8, 1996)

Three residents of the Oak Grove Apartments in Middle River came to the rescue of their neighbors after a fire broke out in the early morning. The occupants climbed up a ladder to rescue the other tenants when rescue crews arrived. The fire department said they believe the fire was deliberately set and caused $70,000 worth of damage.

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks planned a ground-breaking ceremony for a new nature center at the 492-acre Dundee and Saltpeter Creeks Park. The center would later come to be known as the Marshy Point Nature Center and its construction was funded by Project Open Space.

The Baltimore County Police Department began cracking down on underage drinking in Middle River and the heart of Essex through a program that had undercover officers monitor liquor sales. A total of 13 establishments were visited and 13 adults (ages 18-21) were cited for obtaining alcohol for a minor and seven juveniles were cited for alcohol possession.

Election season began heating up and political hopefuls participated in debates, began door-knocking campaigns, and started rallying for votes come November. Starting in the month of October, the Avenue News began publishing profiles and questionnaires from all the candidates.

10 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of October 6, 2008)

$7.9 million in federal funds were allocated to build a new state-of-the-art fire station at the Warfield National Guard Base at Martin State Airport. The current station, built in 1958, was outdated and too small for the current staff and was condemned and soon to be torn down. The new facility would include a large training area and office and storage space. The 1,500 firefighters and air guard members who utilize the base respond to cases all across Baltimore County, with nearly 250 calls in the past year.

In an effort to help faculty and save on personal car use, CCBC converted 12 college cars and vans to “admobiles” which could be used by staff members to get to and from campus.

Over 70 people took part in the first ever interior tour of the Perry Hall Mansion. Visitors learned about Harry Dorsey Gough, the founder of Perry Hall, as they took in costumed reenactors and looked at Gough’s personal antiques on display.

Middlesex Elementary School students celebrated Walk Your Child to School Day, an initiative to teach parents and students how to safely walk to school and use crosswalks. Baltimore County Police officers were stationed at the school to guide the families. Middlesex was chosen because of 70% of its population walked to school every day.

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