Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:36
•   40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Feb. 22, 1973):
    As the neighborhood’s population began to dwindle in the wake of Bethlehem Steel’s decision to vacate and demolish residences in the Sparrows Point Bungalows, Caplan’s closed its doors. Sparrows Point’s only department store, the retailer closed its doors after more than 50 years in business.
    Sixteen-year-old Dundalk resident Wayne Everhart was riding as passenger in a car that ran off the road and into a pole, killing him. The driver of the car was treated for injuries at Baltimore City Hospitals (now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center).
    Two local newspaper delivery boys, Salbadore Johnson and Joseph DiMarino, were both robbed by young assailants in separate incidents on Feb. 18 and 19. The thieves threatened the boys with pistols, taking $38 from Johnson and $7 from DiMarino. The suspects remained at large as of press time.
    Shipway resident Art Valentine was honored with a priviledged membership to the Dundalk Lions Club. Valentine received the recognition during a Feb. 12 meeting of the group.
•   30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Feb. 17, 1983):
    The area’s third biggest recorded snowfall (at that time) hit the Dundalk area on Feb. 10, dumping 23 inches of snow across the region. Side streets remained largely untouched as the storm raged on Feb. 10 and 11, finally ending at midnight on Feb. 12. According to residents, road-clearing in the southeast portion of the county was largely inadequate, taking much longer than in other parts of Baltimore County.
    The Dundalk Chamber of Commerce opposed three unemployment bills introduced by local state Sen. Norman Stone in the Maryland Senate. Senate Bill 47 would have extended unemployment benefits by 13 weeks, while Senate Bill 48 would have increased  unemployment insurance payments by businesses and Senate Bill 49 would have increased the maximum benefit amount.                 Baltimore County Police reported that serious crime in Dundalk dropped by 8.5 percent in 1982 compared to the previous year, while serious crime dropped by 16 percent in Edgemere during the same period. The definition of serious crime for recording purposes included homicide, rape, robbery, assault, larceny and arson.
    Dundalk resident Bill Fogle received a photograph of himself with President Ronald Reagan, taken the previous July during Reagan’s visit to Baltimore. The photograph was autographed by Reagan with the greeting, “To Bill Fogle — With appreciation and best wishes.”
•   20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Feb. 18, 1993):
    Then-Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden announced on Feb. 11 plans to eliminate 566 county positions and lay off 392 employees in an effort to cut expenditures. The move came as the result of a projected $31 million shortfall in the county’s 1993 operating budget.
    Thirty-eight-year-old Highlandtown resident Doug Wienecke drowned in Bear Creek after wading in after a stalled boat. Thirteen-year-old Larkhall Road resident John Noah attempted to save the man but was unable to locate him. Divers eventually located the victim around 10 p.m. that evening.
    Dundalk physician George Hebeka agreed to surrender $289,900 in unlawfully obtained funds after pleading guilty to illegally distributing steroids. The Wise Avenue-based physician faced five years in prison. (Convicted in May 1993, Hebeka was sentenced to one month in a halfway house and eight months of home detention.)
    Sandy Plains Elementary School nurse Cindy Hagan was honored by the school’s first-grade students during National School Nurse week, which was celebrated Jan. 25 through 29.
    The Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society feared losing its home in the basement of the Dundalk Library building on Center Place in the wake of the branch’s announced closing. (Rather than lose their space, the group would go on to take over the entire building, where it continues to reside today.)
•   10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Feb. 20,  2003):
    Just over 26 inches of snow blanketed the area during the Presidents Day storm, which began on Feb. 15 and continued through Feb. 17. Local residents remained largely snowed in as primary roads were beginning to be cleared throughout the day on Feb. 18.     
    Baltimore County officials sought community input as they planned for the future of the former Dundalk YMCA building at 10 Dunmanway. The building housed the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, a swimming pool and a fitness center. (The renovated center was reopened in 2009 and houses many of the same programs, including the Family Crisis Center, a YMCA swimming pool and various government services.)
    Three Dundalk Eagle staffers were announced as the winners of seven awards in the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia (MDDC) Press Association awards program. Reporters Bill Gates, Marge Neal and Joseph Giordano each won multiple awards for their reporting. The awards were set to be distributed at a ceremony on March 14. (Since 1997, The Eagle has won MDDC and other state, regional and national awards totaling nearly 100.)
    Jiselle Burkhalter, a cheerleader for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, visited St. Rita School to read to second-grade students. Brukhalter’s visit was part of a program to promote reading as a lifelong pleasure.