Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Thursday, 25 October 2012 08:46
•   40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 2, 1972):
    Local student Sandy Adams was crowned Miss Sparrows Point High during the school’s seventh annual Miss SPHS Contest on Oct. 27.
    The Oriole Four, a barbershop quartet with the Dundalk-based Chorus of the Chesapeake, were invited to sing at the White House on Oct. 31. The invitation was extended by President Richard Nixon’s daughter, Patricia Nixon Cox.
    Lodge Forest Drive resident Charles Poklis was arrested and charged after allegedly discharging a heavy pistol in his yard on Halloween night. According to witnesses, at least one trick-or-treater was in Poklis’ yard when he fired a shot into the air, apparently in an attempt to scare away intruders.
    Dozens of children and parents turned out for the Colgate-Eastpoint Halloween Parade and Contest on Oct. 29. The event was sponsored by the Colgate Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association, the Eastpoint Improvement Association and the Colgate-Eastpoint Recreation Council.
    Holabird’s 13-14 soccer team clinched the Southeast Area Championship for the second year in a row, defeating Grange 4-0. Holabird finished the season with a 6-0 record.
•   30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Oct. 28, 1982):
    Voters in Dundalk’s newly-formed 7th legislative and councilmanic districts prepared to vote in the 1982 elections, slated for Nov. 2. The elections decided a number of local, state and congressional races. (Today, the Dundalk area is in the 6th Legislative District and the 7th Councilmanic District.)
    Students at Logan Elementary School elected their new pupil council for the 1982-1983 school year. Newly-elected members included president Jennifer Lygren and vice-president Erin Calvert.
    A “toy run” charity motorcycle ride, organized by the local Chosen Sons Motorcycle Club, was held on Oct. 16 to raise food, toys and funds for the Salvation Army. More than 150 bikers participated in the ride, which began in Dundalk and wound through the Inner Harbor.
    U.S. Rep. Clarence Long visited fifth- and sixth-grade students at Battle Grove Elementary School on Oct. 26. While there, Long discussed his role in Congress and presented the school with an American flag.

•   20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Oct. 29, 1992):
    Mr. and Mrs. J. Pavlik, Dundalk residents, were indentified as the winners of a $5.5 million Maryland Lottery jackpot on Oct. 21. The Pavliks purchased the winning ticket at Thriftway supermarket. The Pavliks’ win followed another major lottery win, as Dundalk resident M. Woodley won a $7 million jackpot on Sept. 23.
    Dundalk residents prepared to go to the polls in the 1992 presidential elections. In addition to the race between incumbent President George Bush and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski faced competition from Republican challenger Alan Keyes.
    Racial tensions flared at Dundalk High School after racist graffiti was spray-painted on a building at the school. While school officials called the situation “an isolated incident,” many students and parents disagreed, citing ongoing racial tensions at the school.
    Blaine Taylor, press secretary for U.S. Rep. Helen Bentley, resigned his post on Oct. 26. Taylor cited the congresswoman’s alleged use of Congressional staff time to further the cause of Serbian interests during the war in the Balkans.

•   10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Oct. 3, 2002):
    Dundalk-area voters prepared to go to the polls for the first time since the state reconfigured districts, putting Dundalk into the 6th Legislative District. While many of the local races were decided by the primary, incumbent delegates Joseph “Sonny” Minnick and John Arnick and newcomer Michael Weir Jr. were set to square off against Republican opponents Paul Blitz, Jane Brooks and Bruce Laing in the general election.
    Eastwood Center Elementary Magnet School student Spencer Truszkowski won Patapsco Bank’s essay contest, entitled “My Favorite American of the Past.” Truszkowski won a $100 savings bond for his essay on President Ulysses S. Grant.
    Members of the Greater Dundalk Paranormal Investigators group conducted an investigation at the old Marine Hotel on Friendship Circle in Old Dundalk in an effort to detect supernatural activity at the former hotel. As of press time, the group had conducted the investigation and was examining the data.
    Vandals targeted four local cemeteries — St Andrew’s, Sacred Heart of Mary, Sacred Heart of Jesus and Holy Rosary —turning over headstones, urns and statues. Woolford Memorial Baptist Church was also damaged as pieces of broken tombstone were used to break windows at the church. The crimes remained unsolved as of press time.