Through the Years

20 years ago today: Middle River Middle School sixth-grader David Chesley tests a sample for water purity at the Hammerman area of Gunpowder State Park. He, along with other students from Middle River Middle, participated in a three-week study where they learned environmental lessons and skills such as testing water pH and capturing and identifying local wildlife. (from the Avenue News of July 23, 1998)

40 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 20, 1978)

Consultants for the revitalization of Essex unveiled a broad outline of a 10-year program meant to promote and achieve the rejuvenation of the Eastern Blvd. corridor from Back River Bridge to Marlyn Ave. In a decade, the revitalization aimed to increase property values in Essex, increase sales and rental revenue, and improve quality of life issues. The outline’s first step included developing a $4.1 million Essex Town Center with a grocery store as the central tenant to be cultivated between 1978-1982. Other projects included new townhomes, parking, and the expansion and improvement of public facilities such as the Essex Medical Center.

Plans to establish a cultural center in the soon-to-be-expanded Heritage Museum of Essex were discussed. Set to be in the building’s second floor, the center would feature rotating art shows, craft displays, and cultural exhibits. The president of the museum and representatives from the Baltimore County Commision of Arts began the process of applying for state and federal grants for the project.

The Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre at Essex Community College planned several weekends of Shakespeare with presentations of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Taming of the Shrew.’

20 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 23, 1998)

The Middle River Volunteer Fire Company began a massive effort to raise money for a new ladder truck through fundraisers and phone calls. The cost of the piece of equipment was expected to be over $400,000, the biggest single investment that organization would make in its history. The ladder truck was used to better direct water into burning buildings, especially those that are multi-storied.

Dozens of Essex residents, business owners, and elected officials participated in a round-table discussion sponsored by the Essex Revitalization Committee. Planned to discuss ways to improve the area, the meeting touched on topics such as the problematic Riverdale Village development and possible plans for the property and addressing vacant buildings in Essex. Similar discussions were planned for once a month.

Members of the Walnut Grove Neighborhood Association participated in Earth Week activities by beautifying their neighborhood. They held a tree-planting event at the area’s only recreational area, the Walnut Grove Neighborhood Park with shrubbery and plants provided by the Tree-Mendous Maryland Program at a low cost.

An office building construction job got underway at the Marshfield Business Park in Rosedale. The 270,000 square-foot office building would house the federal census office, one of only four such ‘data-capture’ centers in the nation. The facility was expected to create 2-3,000 jobs for local workers. The building was expected to be completed in November.

10 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 23, 2008)

The Rosedale V.F.C. and St. Clements Catholic Church held their annual parade in conjunction with their community carnival. Parade winners included the Charles Evering V.F.W. Post 6506 for the most American Spirit and Girl Scout Troop 720 for Best Youth Group.

Team “Train Wreck”, members of a pool league at Fattie’s Bar & Grill in Essex, was chosen to join more than 250 other teams to compete for a national 9-ball title in Las Vegas. The team had a chance to win $150,000 in championship prizes.

The Avenue News looked back on the 30 years of the Master Gardener program in Maryland. The master gardeners are volunteers who spend hours beautifying the area with planting projects while teaching residents how to cultivate their own garden. A leader of the program, Debby Hyson of Barrison Point in Essex, held planting workshops for residents at the Essex Senior Center and helped spruce up the gardens on-site at the Ballestone Manor.

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