40 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of August 17, 1978)
Eastern Blvd. merchants protested against the razing of three blocks in the Essex business district which was suggested by consultants involved with the Essex revitalization plan. The business owners asked the Baltimore County Executive to challenge the proposal and work to find an alternative reconstruction plan that preserved the existing stores.
A new fire engine, a 1978 Oren custom pump with a 500-gallon tank capable of pumping 1,000 gallons of water per minute, began serving the Hyde Park community after a dedication ceremony. The apparatus, designated Engine 252, cost $65,000 and was partially equipped thanks for donations from the local Ladies Auxilary. The new vehicle replaced an engine from 1959.
Kenwood High School placed in three national competitive events at the National Future Business Leaders of America conference held in San Francisco. The local chapter received the gold seal award of merit for outstanding yearly activities and was cited for installing and reactivating the most FBLA chapters on the east coast. Kenwood senior Edward Sowder placed 16th out of the 48 students who competed for the title of business student of the year.
Edwards Supermarket on Compass Rd. was that year’s recipient of the Samuel Bugatch Award, an honor that is given to a business that has most improved the appearance of the community through the refurbishing of its facility.
20 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of August 20, 1998)
Middle River was chosen to be the site of an environmental pilot program aiming to replant submerged aquatic vegetation in the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Called the Chesapeake Bay Grass Restoration Partnership, the program used already unrooted, free-floating plants and volunteerism from local crabbers in order to improve the area’s natural habitat.
The Avenue documented the efforts of the Maranatha Ministries to purchase a church building for their congregation. Starting as just a meeting place in the home of founder Betty Boling, the ministry had grown and its work spread further across the community. To move forward on securing the building, the congregation had to raise 1/3 of the $650,000 cost. The fundraiser had already raised $20,000 for the project.
The White Marsh 13-14 baseball travel team won the B Division of the Perry Hall Baseball Tournament after defeating the Middle River team 5-4. This was the team’s first tournament victory.
10 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of August 20, 2008)
Several Eastern Technical High School students enrolled in the Multimedia Communications major took home first place at the Baltimore 48 Hour Film Festival. The national contest has filmmakers making films over a 48-hour period after drawing a genre out of a hat. Eastern Tech’s team got ‘western’ and ‘musical’ which they turned into a western musical called “Of Mares and Men” which took home best costumes, best use of props, best directing, and best overall film in the Baltimore division.
Over 70 students, aged 5 to 17, attended a Back to School rally the Middle River Boys and Girls Club. Nearly 2,000 backpacks filled with school essentials, such as notebooks and glue sticks, for children in need. A second rally was held later that week at Landsdowne High School.
The Board of Public Works approved funding for Program Open Space projects across 10 counties, including $150,000 to create a hiking and biking trail between the Hawthorne-Midthorn and Darkhead Creek parks in the Hawthorne neighborhood. A waterfront promenade and predestrain bridge was also to be built at that site. Another $327,000 was set aside to acquire 5-acres of land on Belair Rd. in order to expand Double Rock Park.
With the conclusion of the recent school year, Baltimore County Public Schools boasted the fourth highest overall graduation rates and the nation’s highest graduation rate for African-American males. Also, 40% of BCPS high schools ranked among the top five percent of the nation.