Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 11:19

•   40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Jan. 4, 1973):
    The Dundalk Jaycees announced the results of their 1972 Christmas House Lighting Contest. The winners were Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Schaub of 6717 Danville Ave. The Schaub house was selected based on the elaborate and artistic nature of the display.
    The Dundalk Golden Age Club celebrated the 98th birthday of local resident Ben Hyde. Hyde served as president of the Golden Age Club at the time of the celebration.
    The student council at General John Stricker Middle School held a Penny Walk fundraiser in conjunction with the Dundalk Jaycees. The $25 raised went to aid needy local families during the holiday season.
    Tires, wheels and a car radio were taken from automobiles parked in the lot at Thompson Motors on Merritt Boulevard. The total loss was estimated at $550.

•   30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Dec. 30, 1982):
    Berkshire Elementary School sustained significant damage after vandals entered the school through a classroom window on Dec. 26. The vandals broke windows, ransacked the school and discharged several fire extinguishers throughout the building. There were no suspects as of press time.
    Students at Dundalk High School and the Eastwood Center gathered together for a holiday celebration on Dec. 21. During the event, students made Christmas decorations.
    Lynch Point residents celebrated Christmas as a community, holding several holiday-themed events in the days before Christmas. Festivities included home-decorating contests, a visit from Santa Claus and neighborhood caroling.
    Local resident Barbie Andrzejewski won four trophies for the Upside-downers Gymnastic Team during a meet on Dec. 21. She was set to compete in the Maryland State Optional Championship Tournament in March 1983.

•   20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Dec. 31, 1992):
    The future of the North Point Village (NPV) Recreation Council remained up in the air after Baltimore County officials decided to merge the council with the Edgemere-Sparrows Point Recreation Council as a cost-cutting measure. Members of the NPV rec council, as well as then-Del. Lou DePazzo, protested the move. (The NPV rec council continues to exist today.)
    The intersection of West Woodwell and Trappe roads was the scene of a messy accident on Dec. 28. A passing tractor-trailer snagged sagging taffic light wires and pulled a utility pole into the road.
    The Dundalk Community College Alumni Association presented a check for $500 to the school’s Learning Resource Center. The donation was part of the alumni group’s annual tradition of donating the the  community college library.
    The Dundalk High School Owls basketball team won the Blue Division trophy during the Baltimore County Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Owls beat Eastern Vocational Technical High School 84-68 to win the title.
•   10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Jan. 2, 2003):
    Workers at the Sparrows Point steel mill held their collective breaths as they awaited word on whether or not Cleveland-based International Steel Group (ISG) would purchase the mill from the bankrupt Bethlehem Steel. Word was due to come from ISG on Jan. 6. (ISG did announce intentions to buy the steel mill on Jan. 6. ISG merged with Mittal Steel in 2005.  Mittal later merged with Arcelor to form Arcelor Mittal. In 2008, that company was forced to sell the mill to Russian steelmaker Severstal after antitrust action by the U.S. Department of Justice.)
    The Edgemere Falcons 10-12 football team capped off an undefeated season by winning the championship of the Harford/Baltimore County Football League on Nov. 23.
    A Leslie Road man led Maryland state troopers on a high-speed chase from Joppatowne to Eastern Avenue on Dec. 27. After losing control at Kane Street and Eastern Avenue, the man was taken into police custody.
    A man in the 800 block of Jaydee Avenue was watching television at 9:40 p.m. when an explosion from his front yard startled him. Looking into the yard, the man saw a bundle of five M-90 firecrackers stuffed in his fence. Police later found nine more firecrackers in a boat in the man’s backyard. Police had no suspects at press time.