Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 11:49
•   40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 23, 1972):
    Dundalk residents prepared for the upcoming “Steel Bowl” football game, played between the Dundalk YMCA and the Sparrows Point-Edgemere YMCA. The 1972 game was set for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at Penwood Park. (First played in 1946, the Steel Bowl was held annually into the 1980s. Last year a reunion gathering was held to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the first game.)
    Dundalk High School student Donna Marie Sparacco was crowned Miss Dundalk High School during a ceremony at the school on Nov. 18.
    The Gray-Charles Chargers 11-13 football team beat Stembridge 12-6 to win the 1972 Eastern Area Football Championship.
    Several hundred thousand dollars in counterfeit currency was recovered  under Bear Creek bridge on Nov. 18 by members of the Edgemere Volunteer Water Rescue Unit. The counterfeit bills were first discovered by a commer-cial diver as he was working underwater.

•   30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 18, 1982):
    Three women were rescued during a fire in the 2500 block of Yorkway on Nov. 11. Investigators said that the blaze was started  by children playing with matches. Smoke filled several apartments, forcing firefighters to search the entire apartment building for occupants. Damage to the building was yet to be determined at press time.
    A midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Strand movie theater was disrupted when over-excited patrons began throwing items at the screen during the movie. Due to the boisterous nature of the crowd, theater employees were forced to stop the movie twice before calling police to clear the theater.
    Fred Schenk of Leslie Road and Raymond J. Murphy of Yardley Drive were two of five finalists in a Mayor William Donald Schaeffer Look-a-Like Contest on Nov. 10.
    Cub Scout Pack 819, sponsored by Dundalk Presbyterian Church, collected 26 bags of clothing during a charity campaign on Nov. 13. They donated the clothing to Goodwill.

•   20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 19, 1992):
    The Mass Transit Administration announced plans to cut bus service from Dundalk to Fort Howard as part of a series of cutbacks and route changes to take effect in January of 1993. The changes affected the Dundalk to Fort Howard portion of the Number 4 bus route. (Today, the Number 4 bus route travels from Turner Station to the Community College of Baltimore County,  Essex campus.)
    The Dundalk Concert Association’s season opened on Nov. 11 with a performance by the Ballet Florida of Palm Beach, a troupe of dancers from across the U.S. Those who attended the concert gave the performance rave reviews.
    Watersedge resident William “Whitey” Caldwell was honored with a Golden 13 Salute by WJZ-TV personality Bob Turk on Nov. 4. Caldwell received the award for his positive outlook despite recurring health problems such as cancer and heart problems. Caldwell was nominated for the honor by Donna Benson of Tony’s Carryout on Merritt Avenue.
    A New Jersey-based contractor completed removal of 6,600 tons of toxic chromium-contaminated soil from the Dundalk Marine Terminal. While all of the chromium was not removed from the soil beneath the terminal, the sources of chromium leaks were contained in the hope  that remaining toxins would not pose a further risk to the local environment. (Honeywell, the company responsible for the contamination, signed a consent decree wth the state in 2006; remediation is currently underway.)

•   10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 21 2002):
    Hughes Memorial Presbyterian Church marked the church’s 75th anniversary with a dinner celebration. The church began as North Point Presbyterian in 1927.
    Dundalk High School graduate Rex Derr was named director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission on Nov. 14. (Derr, who also served as mayor of Olympia, Wash., retired from the commission in May 2010).
    The Dundalk Green under-8 soccer team took first place in an invitational championship after finishing the season 8-0.
    Edgemere shoppers rejoiced as the eagerly-awaited North Point Road Food Lion grocery store celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 20.