Through the Years

20 years ago today: Jessica Elston, age 10, Shalon Smith, age 6, and Joshua Elston, age 11, tend to a community garden at the Salvation Army Boy’s and Girls Club in Middle River. (from the Avenue News of June 25, 1998)

40 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of June 22, 1978)

The ground was set to be broken for the construction of a senior citizens apartment complex in Essex after the project was unanimously approved by the Baltimore County Planning Board. The $6 million, 12-story project, to be located behind the Middlesex Shopping Center, would take six months to complete. At that time, over 200 area seniors had already put in applications for the facility’s future rooms.

The Rosedale Lunch Plus at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Rosedale celebrated Father’s Day with a special meal and celebration. The fathers were all given customized monogrammed handkerchiefs.

Boy Scout Troop 745 of Essex won the Award of Merit and Honor during a Scout Expo after showing off their methods of cooking with improvised utensils, the varsity baseball team at Kenwood High was awarded a resolution by the County Council for capturing the Maryland Public School Scholastic Athletic Association championship, and Eastern Tech High School gave free job training to out-of-work area youths as part of a career education program which taught either automotive mechanics, food preparation, machine shop, and typing and business machines.

30 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of June 23, 1988)

Efforts to build another veteran’s memorial in Essex got a boost after a $5,000 donation made by John Riemer of Essex, who heard about the fundraising efforts through the Avenue News article the previous week. The monument was set to be built on Valor Hill at the Holly Hills Memorial Garden.

Students at Middle River Middle School raised over $24,000 for the Children’s Cancer Foundation at Johns Hopkins Hospital during a bowl-a-thon. The funds raised would be used for a research facility and outpatient treatment clinic.

French and Spanish students from Chesapeake High School toured and tutored local elementary school students during a 5-week language education program. 31 area students were taught linguistic basics, such as how to count to ten and say their favorite colors.

20 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of June 25, 1998)

A $4,500 grant from the County allowed the playground at the Aero Acres community to be revamped. New, safer, equipment replaced old pieces that were either broken down or covered in graffiti. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the occasion, which was said to help rejuvenate the over 50-year-old neighborhood.

Residents of Bengies, Chase, and Bowleys Quarters created a “wish list” for the future of Altenburg Farm, which was now called Eastern Regional Park. The county had been trying for three years to buy the 85-acre property to convert it into open space and recreational facilities. Some proposed projects included soccer fields, an ice rink, and nature center.

A $10,000 community conservation grant allowed the community to remove the signature Essex cube on Old Eastern Ave. and replace it with a new sign. Along with a new look, the area would be landscaped by volunteers. However, the iconic cube on Back River would not be replaced due to public sentiment for it.

10 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of June 25, 2008)

The Avenue celebrated Rosedale resident and Baltimore County Public Schools employee Joseph Kaminski’s 100th birthday. He worked at the BCPS Copy and Print Services center in Middle River for 28 years and still worked four hour days five days a week. His birthday, June 16th, was declared “Joseph Kaminski Day” in Baltimore County as his co-workers threw him a birthday party.

After the Perhall Ct. home of the Eberhardt family was destroyed in a massive fire, neighbors got together to help the displaced family. A group of teenagers created and distributed flyers to those in the area asking for help and donations, eventually raising over $1,400 for the Eberhardts.

The Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County celebrated their 20 years of service to the area’s boating and waterfront communities, the Middleborough Community prepared for their fourth annual 4th of July parade, and the Crossroads at 95 business park and the extension of Route 43 was named “Maryland’s Best Economic Development Project” by the Maryland Economic Development Association.

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