Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 09:42
• 40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Jan. 18, 1973):
    At a meeting of the Board of Education of Baltimore County on Jan. 11, the board approved a recommendation that Sparrows Point Elementary School be closed at the end of June 1973. The closure was due to a drop in enrollment brought on by the phasing-out of much of the housing in Sparrows Point.
    Moorgate Road resident Bob Staab was named Outstanding Young Man of the Greater Dundalk community by the (now-defunct) Dundalk Jaycees. Staab was honored due to his dedication to the community.
    1971 Dundalk High School graduate Joseph Rexroad Jr. was set to participate in the second inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20. Rexroad was a member of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.
    The Colgate-Eastpoint 13-14 girls basketball team won the 1972-1973 Holabird Invitational Tournament. The team beat Belair 30-11 to clinch the tournament.    
• 30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Jan. 13, 1983):
    An armed 31-year old Vietnam veteran held police officers at bay for an hour during a  standoff at the Fort Howard Hospital outpatient clinic. The man demanded to see a specific doctor to care for his ailing mother. When the doctor could not be produced, the man brandished a .380 automatic handgun. After negotations with police, the man was taken into custody. He was sent for mental evaluation at Perry Point Medical Center.
    Winners of The Dundalk Eagle’s coloring contest visited the newspaper’s new headquarters on North Center Place to receive awards from the staff. Among the winners were Thomas Uricheck, Dorothy Snelling, Angelina Szarek and April Stankiwicz.
    Nine local women were attacked in the area between the dates of Nov. 24 and Jan. 13. Police suspected one man was behind the assaults, which usually occured when the assailant grabbed the victim from behind. All of the attacks were thwarted when the young women screamed, leading the attacker to flee. The attacker remained at large as of press time.
    Sparrows Point High School’s journalism staff celebrated the donation of a new IBM Selectric III typewriter. The new equipment was donated by the school’s English department.
• 20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Jan. 14, 1993):
    Baltimore County Public Schools superintendent Stuart Berger held a press conference at Patap-
sco High School on Jan. 6. During the news conference, in which all of the questions were asked by Patapsco journalism students, Berger promised fewer teacher furloughs and increased racial integration.
    Superintendent Berger also found himself forced to apologize to southeast-area residents after comments he made before the Greater Towson Council of Community Assocations on Dec. 12. During the meeting, Berger told the audience that “The southeast area won’t ferret out bad teachers, but the central area will. The parents are more sophisticated.” Berger later apologized for the remarks, calling them “an unfortunate choice of words.”
    Charlie’s Groceries on North Point Road closed its doors on Jan. 5 after 33 years in business. The family-owned store was abruptly closed after owners Charlie and Lana Walters decided to retire.
    Local resident Vincent Sala found Native American artifacts dating back thousands of years while walking along the Bear Creek shoreline on Dec. 27. Among his findings were arrowheads, a stone axe and a thumb scraper.
• 10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Jan. 16, 2003):
    Cleaning up a formerly uncontrolled hazardous waste site at Kane and Lombard streets was the topic of discussion during a public meeting held by the U.S. Environmental Pro-
tection Agency. The site was placed on the National Priorities (Superfund) List in 1984.
    The Greater Dundalk Alliance fought proposed plans to dump dredging materials at a site in Sollers Point. County officials proposed the site to dump materials dredged from the Inner Harbor after learning that current dredging storage at Hart-Miller Island would be filled by 2009. (While the dredging material was eventually dumped at the Sollers Point location, only non-toxic materials were included.)
    Berkshire native Danny Wiseman won second place during the Medford Open bowling tournament in Oregon. The Dundalk High School gruduate won a $20,000 prize.
    The Eastfield United Soccer Club’s under-12 squad celebrated a triple-crown season as the team won three tournaments during the season. The team won the Columbus Cup, the Fallston Cup and the Eastfield Cup.