Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 14:05
•   40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Dec. 20, 1973):
    Then-U.S. Rep. Clarence Long cut the ribbon to officially open the  Christmas Wonderland attraction at the Merritt Beach House. Sponsored by the Bear Creek Recreation Council, the attraction included live reindeer, a Nativity scene and visits with Santa Claus.
    Senator Norman Stone announced plans to reintroduce a bill in the 1974 General Assembly session designed to revise the state’s method of property tax assessment. Rather than base property tax on market value, Stone’s bill would have based the tax on the cubic foot cost of construction and the construction materials used. Stone’s bill had passed the Senate in the 1973 session before dying in the House of Delegates.
    Mort’s of Dundalk’s 16-19 football team took the Tri-County League title for the second year in a row, besting Arbutus 14-6.
    County officials announced that all evening recreation activities in the southeast area of Baltimore County were cancelled from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7 due to the ongoing energy crisis.

•   30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Dec. 15, 1983):
    Judge David Bates, a Baltimore County District Court judge and Edgemere native, was charged with lying to a grand jury investigating claims that Bates agreed to ask a prosecutor to not press charges against an acquaintance accused of writing bad checks. (Bates, who died in 1999, was acquitted of the charges in 1984.)
    More than 900 people from across the area attended an unemployment conference at Dundalk Community College (now CCBC Dundalk) on Dec. 10. The event included a motivational speech from then-Baltimore Orioles coach Cal Ripken Sr.
    Three youths were charged with breaking and entering and attempted arson after allegedly breaking into Dundalk United Methodist Church on Dec. 10. A member of the church spotted the three children leaving the church. She was able to detain one of the suspects,  an eight-year-old girl, and hold her until police arrived. The three suspects poured soda on the church floor, broke plates and stole crayons before entering a vacant house on the same street and attempting to set towels on fire.
    Bethlehem Steel announced that it would be re-activating two furnaces and recalling 200 laid-off workers in January 1984. The furnaces had been down since early 1982 due to poor business conditions. (The steel mill at Sparrows Point would go on to close for good in June 2012.)
•   20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Dec. 16, 1993):
    Owners of the Logan Village Shopping Center on Dundalk Avenue requested that the revitalization district — as set by Baltimore County’s revitalization master plan for Dundalk — be expanded to include that shopping center as well as the Dundalk Village Shopping Center. At that time, the revitalization district only encompassed the area bordered by Liberty Parkway, Mornington Road and Dundalk Avenue.
    According to statistics released by the Baltimore County Police Department, crime in the Dundalk-Edgemere area decreased 4.6 percent in the first nine months of 1993, compared with the same time frame in 1992. Across the county, crime decreased by 3.7 percent.
    Donald A. Dailey was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing ground beef from a home on Martin Avenue in July. Dailey was arrested as he attempted to cook the meat on a grill located in the home’s yard.
    Student John Reusing won the Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke School geography bee. Runners-up included Michelle Szrom and Lesley Miskimon.
•   10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Dec. 18, 2003):
    Seventy percent of CCBC faculty members signed cards in support of creating a union to represent personnel at the college. More than 100 staff members marched to a meeting of the CCBC Board of Trustees in support of union representation.
    Sandy Plains Elementary School third-grader Danielle Cawthorne won an autographed football and the chance to meet Ray Lewis during a holiday party at the Unilever plant on Holabird Avenue on Dec. 11.
    Three months after Tropical Storm Isabel caused hundreds of thousands of  dollars of damage at Sollers Point Technical High School, the school announced that repairs had been completed. The storm had damaged welding equipment, computers, automobiles and many other items.
    Fort Howard resident Thelma S. Horne collected cash donations, 29 turkeys and hundreds of nonperishable food items to benefit the local Community Assistance Network. Horne planned to continue the food drive throughout the next year.