Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 14:12
•   40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of March 8, 1973):
    A U.S. Postal Service spokesman announced plans to move the Sparrows Point Post Office’s operations to the Dundalk Post Office on Center Place. The move came after Bethlehem Steel requested that all commercial tenants relocate from Sparrows Point by April 1.
    The Knob Burglar, so called due to the fact that he gained entrance to homes by prying off door knobs, continued to strike homes in the Dundalk area. Residences hit in the beginning of March 1973 included homes on Roberts Avenue, Poplar Avenue, Manchester Road and Rita Road. At each location, the burglar stole hundreds of dollars in cash and valuables. He remained at large as of press time.
    Patapsco United Methodist Church on Wise Avenue celebrated its 200th anniversary during Lent 1973. The milestone was marked with a number of special services.
    Patapsco High School student Beverly Gerlock hosted a foreign exchange student from Brazil for 10 weeks in March and April of 1973. The Brazilian student, Claudia Souza, attended classes at Patapsco during her time in the United States.
•   30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of March 3, 1983):
    The United Steel Workers union and seven steel companies reached an agreement that would allow a temporary decrease in wages by $1.25 an hour and eliminate cost-of-living adjustments and bonuses. In return, steel companies vowed to invest the savings back into the steel industry, raise contributions to unemployment funds and grant jobless benefits to more workers. The temporary decrease was expected to be restored in phases in 1984, 1985 and 1986.
    Bear Creek residents Henry and Catherine Sauer filed suit in the Baltimore County Circuit Court on Feb. 24 against Chesapeake Insulation and Thermal for breach of contract, breach of warranty and gross negligence. The Sauers filed suit after state and federal inspectors found federally-banned formaldehyde in insulation installed by the company in the Sauer’s home.
    Sparrows Point Middle School student Matt Michalski took first place at the 1983 Science Fair held at school. The eighth-grader won for his project, a Tesla coil.
    Dundalk and Edge-mere-based K-9 officer Fritz retired after it was determined that his physical ailments would not allow him to continue. Fritz and his master, Ofc. Mike Downes, led the county in arrests during 1981 and 1982.
•   20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of March 4, 1993):
    State Sen. Norman Stone introduced a bill attempting to save the Dundalk District Court after Gov. William Donald Schaefer announced plans to close both the Dundalk and Owings Mills District Court houses. The bill passed committee and was expected to come to the Senate floor. (Stalled for years by legislative action, the Dundalk District Court closed for good in 1999.)
    Former Dundalk Lions Club president John Gummer was honored for his work in the community with a WJZ-TV Channel 13 Salute. The award was given to Gummer by WJZ weatherman Bob Turk.
    The Gray-Charles Recreation Council’s under-10 soccer team took first place in their division of the Monday Night Soccer League at Clarence “Du” Burns Arena on Feb. 8. The team earned 56 goals and allowed only 16 scores during the entire eight-game season.
    Sparrows Point High School’s Engineering Challenge team won second place in a competition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Feb. 21. The team won with its magnetic levitation track.

•   10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of March 6, 2003):
    Heavy snow from a President’s Day storm led to the collapse of the roof of Holabird Avenue’s Atco Rubber Products. The company, which manufactured flexible ducts for heating and air conditioning, was forced to halt production entirely while the roof was fixed.
    After being contacted by Baltimore County Code Enforcement officials, the J.B. Hunt Trucking Company made plans to relocate from its site at the former Eastern Stainless Steel complex. The trucking company was informed that it was violating zoning regulations by operating the business at that site.
    North Point Police Precinct 12 officers were accused of police brutality after a man accused the officers of dragging him from his house during a domestic disturbance call at the man’s neighbor’s house on Feb. 18. As the man yelled from his home, police allegedly pulled him from the house and began beating him with their flashlights. After taking the man into custody, police released him on his own recognizance the next day. Police Internal Affairs was still investigating the incident as of press time.
    The youth group at First Baptist Church of Dundalk worked with Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity to work on a home being built in Baltimore. During the daylong project, youth group members helped insulate the new home.