Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 12:29
•   40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 15, 1973):
    Local officials debated the future of Fort Holabird during a tour of the site on Nov. 10. Earlier in the year it was announced that Fort Holabird would be declared excess by the U.S. General Services Administration. (Closed in 1973, Fort Holabird was redeveloped into an industrial park.)
    Del. John Arnick conducted a hearing of the House of Delegates Environmental Matters Committee to consider a request from Bethlehem Steel to temporarily operate three furnaces on the steel mill site. The hearing came after a previous denial of Bethlehem Steel’s request by the State Bureau of Air Quality.
    Julius Fischer and James Cosner were hailed for their efforts in detaining a man who was accused of holding up a local McDonald’s restaurant. Fischer and Cosner caught the suspect, 21-year-old Donald Kenneth Drovillard, on Liberty Parkway and forced him to return to the McDonald’s, where he was arrested.
    Patapsco United Methodist Church was set to mark the 10th anniversary of the church’s move into its new building at the corner of Wise Avenue and Church Road (where the church remains today). The previous church building, built in 1887, was located at the corner of Eddlynch Road and Church Road.
•   30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 10, 1983):
    Sacred Heart of Mary’s under-14 boys soccer team played against Our Lady of Victory on Nov. 5, winning the game 9-1. The win propelled the team to a season record of 6-1-1.
    A droning noise heard by residents throughout the Dundalk community was revealed to be caused by a series of scheduled “blow-outs” of foreign material from new steam lines  at the Brandon Shores Power Plant, located across the harbor south of Sollers Point.
    At a meeting of the North Point Peninsula Community Coordinating Council, Del. John Arnick impressed upon those present that the pollution in the Chesapeake Bay was so bad that the bay could be unsuitable for fishing within five years. Arnick suggested increased funding for cleanup as one way to address the problem.
    Students at St. Rita School kept up with the times as they took part in a monthlong computer course. Students in grades 3 through 8 worked on six Radio Shack TRS-80 computers during the course.
•   20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 11, 1993):
    The Dundalk Center, which closed in August 1993 due to county budget cuts, was reopened thanks to a partnership between the county and SwimAmerica of Maryland, Inc. (SwimAmerica operated the Dundalk Center until 2002. Renovated in 2009, the Dundalk Center remains open today.)
    U.S. Rep. Helen Bentley announced at the Seagirt Marine Terminal on Broening Highway that she would seek the Republican nomination in the 1994 governor’s race. (Bentley would go on to lose to Ellen Sauerbrey in the 1994 Republican primary. Sauerbrey was defeated by Democrat Parris Glendening that November.)
    Byer’s Men’s Wear at Eastpoint Mall closed its doors after 36 years. The business was one of the oldest stores in Eastpoint Mall, predating the enclosure of the shopping center that created the mall in the 1970s.
    Glenn Sheeley, at age 97 the last surviving World War I veteran of Dundalk American Legion Post 38, was honored during Veterans Day ceremonies at Veterans Park on Nov. 11.
•   10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 13, 2003):
    The space in the Merritt Manor Shopping Center left empty after Giant Food store moved across the street in 2001 was set to be filled as Gold’s Gym announced plans to open at the location. The new gym was set to open in April 2004.
    Former St. Rita Roman Catholic Church priest, the Rev. Ronald P. Pytel, succumbed to kidney cancer at the age of 56. Pytel was the subject of a Vatican-recognized miracle in 1995 when he inexplicably recovered from a life-threatening heart condition after praying to the Blessed (now Saint) Faustina Kowalska.
    The effects of Tropical Storm Isabel lingered as residents hardest hit by the storm faced mountains of paperwork and legal loopholes that left getting insurance payouts difficult, if not impossible. According to estimates, approximately 90 percent of those hit by the storm had not yet settled with their insurance company two months after the storm.
    The Sparrows Point High School girls volleyball team lost to Loch Raven High School in the Class 1A North regional championship match.