Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:37
•   40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Dec. 14, 1972):
    The Dundalk Chamber of Commerce honored longtime civic leader Joseph S. Merritt Jr. as 1972 Man of the Year during a ceremony held at Martins North Point Gardens on Dec. 7. More than 200 people attended the event.
    The (now-defunct)Dundalk Jaycees announced their annual Christmas home decorating contest. Participating homes were judged and winners were set to be declared on Dec. 27.
    A benefit dance was hosted for 13-year-old Eastpoint resident Bobby Carter, who was injured in a motorcycle accident in June. The benefit raised more than $1,000 for Carter’s care and medical bills.
    Holabird’s 13-14 boys soccer team won the county title on Dec. 3  by beating Loch Raven 5-0.

•   30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Dec. 9, 1982):
    A public meeting was held at the Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant on Dec. 7 to discuss possible measures to improve the local sewage plant. While plant consultants favored treating the sewage a second time before pumping it into Black Marsh in Edgemere, local politicians and residents instead favored additional treatment at the plant and continued disposal into Back River. (Built in 1992, the “golden eggs” at the plant now serve to further process the sewage. Today, the plant is still discharging treated water into Back River.)
    Dundalkians prepared to welcome the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting in Dundalk Park. Festivities were to include a Santa visit, caroling, cookies and more.    
    On Dec. 5, the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society cut the ribbon on its new mini-museum at the Dundalk Center. The museum consisted of around 2,000 photos, as well as cassette tapes. (The museum moved into the basement of the then-Dundalk Library on Center Place in 1990. The society took over the whole bulding following the library’s closure in 1993.)
    Shannon Fitzpatrick was named Little Miss West Inverness 1982 during an event at Sandy Plains Elementary School on Dec. 3.
    
•   20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Dec. 10, 1992):
    Residents voiced concerns over the closure of the Dundalk District Court at a meeting of the Dundalk Revitalization Committee on Dec. 3. (Despite the opposition, the Dundalk District Court did close. Today, most court cases are heard at the Baltimore County District Court in Essex.)
    For the third straight quarter, North Point Precinct 12 recorded Baltimore County’s biggest increase in crime compared to the same period the year prior. Crime in Dundalk increased by 6.5 percent between 1990 and 1991.
    Former Edgemere resident Richard Kane Jr. recived the National Weather Association’s Research Acheivement Award during a ceremony in St. Louis, Mo. Kane was a forecaster for the National  Weather Service in Washington, D.C., at the time of the award.
    Veterans from Dundalk Memorial VFW Post 6694 and Dundalk American Legion Post 38 marked Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, with a ceremony in Veterans Park. During the ceremony, a wreath commemorating the men who died at Pearl Harbor was laid at the park’s World War II monument.
 
•   10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Dec. 12, 2002):
    Police were on the lookout for an unusually apologetic robber who held up two cab drivers with a box cutter earlier in December. In each robbery, the man apparently apologized to the driver, blaming his actions on “hard times,” before escaping with approximately $200.
    Dundalk residents dug out after an early snowfall left 7 inches of the white stuff on the ground. While area schoolchildren cheered the storm, the Dundalk Optimist Club was not so excited as snow drifts destroyed the tent used to conduct the club’s annual Christmas tree sale. Eventually, the tent was removed and sales continued.
    The Greater Dundalk Alliance unveiled a new logo and announced efforts to revitalize the community organization. As part of the efforts, president Carolyn Jones indicated that the organization would begin a “comprehensive assault” on the negative stigma surrounding Dundalk.
    For the third straight year, The Patapsco Bank, headquartered on Merritt Boulevard, donated to the Todd’s Inheritance Historical Site. The bank gave $500 to aid in historical preservation of the site.