Through the Years

30 years ago today: 5-year-old Beth Hackley celebrated America, enjoying the 25th Annual Essex Independence Day Parade as it marched down Eastern Blvd. (from the Avenue News of July 7, 1988)

40 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 6, 1978)

The community prepared for a 12-day-long celebration of the community in Middle River with the kick-off of the 1978 County Fair. The third annual event expected to attract over 250,000 visitors to the Glenn. L. Martin State Airport over its run. Each of its days were themed around a special interest group such as children or senior citizens and featured the largest traveling railroad show, rides, aerial performers on top a 120-foot pole, and live musical acts.

A 100-year-old patchwork quilt was donated to the Ballestone Preservation Society by resident Helen Davies. The quilt was passed down from Davies’ grandmother and would adorn a trundle bed in the mansion’s master bedroom which was restored to its 1850 state.

The ground was broken for the construction of the Essex Co-Op Apartments in Middlesex. The 12-story apartment building would house 208 rent-subsidized units. At the time, over 175 residents had already applied to live inside the new complex.

30 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 7, 1988)

Middle River’s medical services were improved as the Baltimore County Fire Department put a new medic unit into service to specifically serve the area. The unit was brought in due to a growing population in the neighborhoods, which had an extensive increase in calls over the past years. It was estimated that the unit would respond to 1,700 calls per year.

The U.S. Navy awarded a $6.7 million contract to Martin Marietta Aerospace and Naval Systems Center in Middle River. The funding would go towards services supporting the facility’s MD-41 vertical launch system.

Dawn Renee Matthews, the winner of Miss Essex Day 1987, was one of 21 contestants competing in the Miss Maryland Pageant, the Essex Recreation Council celebrated their 25th annual Independence Parade, and the Physician Assistant Student Society at Essex Community College was awarded a National Student Public Education Award for its outreach efforts and public education.

20 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 9, 1998)

Undaunted by gray skies and intermittent rainfall, several thousand people came to the Eastern Yacht Club to view the 2nd Annual Marine Trades Association Fireworks Extravaganza on the 4th of July. The pyrotechnics went off without a hitch despite almost being canceled due to the drizzle.

The Avenue News profiled the quirky life and interests of Essex magician Denny Haney. Retiring from years of performing on stage, he spent his later years passing down his knowledge of magic at his storefront on South Marlyn Ave. where he gave lessons and hung out with his unusual pet, a pot-bellied pig named Babe.

10 years ago today: (from of Avenue News on July 9, 2008)

The Charles Evering VFW Post got a new set of wheels in order to help transport local veterans to events and on trips. The organization acquired a used school bus after reaching out to area delegates. The vehicle was donated to them by the Baltimore County Department of Transportation but insurance would cost them about $7,000 a year.

Several 8th graders from Golden Ring Middle School got a taste of the college experience by visiting the CCBC Essex campus and sitting in on a full day of sessions. Students learned college readiness tips and spoke with teachers and students about preparing for higher education.

The Hawthorne community partnered with several organizations and businesses such as Lockheed Martin and the Department of Recreation and Parks, for a “Bein’ Green” project to clean up the neighborhood’s waterfront, the Essex Middle River Civic Council hosted a dedication ceremony for late Essex historian and Avenue News reporter Jackie Nickel, and Eastern Tech sophomore Chelsea Crossett won a drawing for a pre-used car donated by Al Packer White Marsh.

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