Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:36
•   40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Jan. 11, 1973):
    The new Dundalk District Court opened in the old Dundalk Blue Bus Garage site on Jan. 8. Owned by local business owner Ted Graff, the space was rented to Baltimore County for $25,000 per year.
    A bill to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18 was being considered by the Maryland General Assembly in 1973. The legislation was advanced after hearings by both the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. (While the drinking age was lowered to 18 in 1974, it was raised back to 21 in 1982.)
    The Patapsco Neck Tigers 11-12 soccer team completed a successful season, winning both the southeast area traveling league and the southeast area soccer tournament.
    Caplan’s Department Store, at the corner of 8th and D streets in Sparrows Point, announced a “going out of business” sale. The department store shut the doors at its Sparrows Point location after 51 years.
•   30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Jan. 6, 1982):
    The Watersedge community found itself divided over whether or not to reopen the dilapidated Dundalk Avenue bridge. The Watersedge Improvement Association presented a petition with 325 signatures in favor of keeping the bridge while another local group announced that 49 of 80 households in Watersedge favored closing the bridge for good. (The bridge was closed in 1983 and demolished in 1989.)
    Fourth- and sixth-grade students at St. Rita School made gifts for local patients during the holiday season. The gifts were handed out to patients at Baltimore City Hospitals (now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center).
    Ray G. “Hoppy” Cooper, a homeless man who frequented Veterans Park, was found deceased in the stairwell of the Dundalk Public Library (now the Dundalk  Patapsco-Neck Historical Society Museum) on Jan. 3. The death was determined to be caused by exposure and  chronic alcoholism.
    Members of Edgemere Moose Lodge No. 537 visited the pediatric ward at Franklin Square Hospital on Dec. 18. Two members, dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, handed out presents to children at the hospital.
•   20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Jan. 7, 1992):
    Seventh District Del. John Arnick was nominated for a seat on Baltimore County’s District Court bench by then-Governor William Donald Schaefer on Jan. 2. (Arnick did not make it past the nomination phase after allegations that Arnick made vulgar and sexist remarks to two female lobbyists stalled his confirmation hearing in the General Assembly. Arnick eventually resigned the judgeship and returned to the legislature. He died in 2006, shortly after accepting an appointment to the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals.)
    Local residents interested in trading their Christmas trees for live saplings were invited to take their Christmas trees to Chesterwood Park, where they would receive vouchers that could be redeemed for free saplings in April. The old Christmas trees were turned into mulch.
    Chorus members from Battle Grove Elementary School sang Christmas carols live on WBAL Radio’s morning show on Dec. 14. The students arrived at the studio at 7 a.m. and performed in five-minute slots until 9 a.m.
    Students in Gene Ernst’s fourth-grade class at Norwood Elementary wrote letters to members of the Dundalk community on Dec. 17. The letters were meant to teach letter-writing skills while boosting the spirits of local residents.
•   10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Jan. 9, 2003):
    Cleveland-based International Steel Group submitted an offer to buy the Sparrows Point steel mill from a bankrupt Bethlehem Steel Corp. The proposal came after months of negotiations between the two companies. (International Steel Group sold the mill to Mittal Steel Corp. in 2005. It was later sold to RG Steel. The mill closed, likely for good, in June 2012.)
    Eastpoint Rehabilitation and Nursing Center collected 180 toys during the center’s annual toy drive. The donated toys were distributed to children around the community.
    The 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, headquartered at the Grollman Armory on North Point Road, was dispatched to secure two Maryland air bases. The tour of duty was expected to last one year.
    State Sen. Norman Stone was honored by then-Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith for his years of public service  during a gathering at the Sparrows Point Country Club on Dec. 10.