Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 12:02
•   40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 22, 1973):
    A one-alarm blaze swept through the Tolson Avenue apartment complex on Nov. 19, damaging 10 units and leaving 16 people homeless. The fire reportedly began in the basement of the building.
    Baltimore County Southeast Area Recreation Director Bob Staab announced plans for $45,000 in improvements to St. Helena Park. Among the improvements proposed were a stocked fishing pond, hiking and biking trails, a picnic area and athletic fields.
    Baltimore County requested that citizens stay off of the county’s public athletic fields from Dec. 2 until March in an effort to give the turf a chance to rest after nine months of continuous wear and tear. During the off months, crews planned to lime, aerate and fertilize the turf.
    Local residents prepared for the 28th annual Steel Bowl football game, played between the Dundalk YMCA and the Sparrows Point-Edgemere YMCA. The 1973 Steel Bowl was set for Thanksgiving Day at Penwood Park. (First played in 1946, the Steel Bowl was held annually into the 1980s.)
•   30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 17, 1983):
    As the Hart-Miller Dike drew closer to its Feb. 15, 1984, opening date, a number of issues remained unresolved. Among the work still to be completed was the transfer of heavy equipment to the site and possible dredging to allow for the approach of barges. (Proposed in the 1970s as a location for containing material dredged from local waterways, the Hart-Miller Dike facility remained in use until December 2009. Currently, the Maryland Port Administration is eyeing a number of locations, including the Sparrows Point peninsula, as potential dredge containment sites.)
    Local beer distributor Baltimore Beverage Inc. sponsored the first year of the Greater Dundalk Area Sports Hall of Fame. A total of 25 local athletes were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.
    In the span of one week, a number of local businesses were held up by armed robbers. These businesses included Stone’s Hardware on Sparrows Point Road, Lynch Point Liquors on North Point Road and Peter’s Grocery on Sparrows Point Road. In all three cases, there were no suspects in custody as of press time.
    Dundalk American Legion Post 38 installed a plaque dedicated to veterans of both World Wars, as well as the wars in Korea and Vietnam, during a ceremony on Nov. 13.
•   20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 18, 1993):
    In response to a litany of citizen complaints, Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden toured the West Inverness area on Nov. 13. Among the issues raised by neighborhood residents were increased crime and poor roadway conditions.
    Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson visited Dundalk High School as part of the school’s Wellness Day activities.
    Edgemere residents met with officials from the nearby Maryland Pig Services plant in an effort to resolve issues regarding excessive noise coming from the pig iron processing plant. Plant officials said measures had been taken to reduce noise and vowed to continue working with the community to resolve the issue.
    Honorees at the Optimist Club of Dundalk’s annual Youth Appreciation Week Dinner included students Rachel Rebbert, Laura Leslie, Mandy Ginsberg-Morton, Melissa Panichello and Jesse Owens.
•    10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of Nov. 20, 2003):
    Residents spoke out loudly after hearing of a private company’s proposal to locate a 1,750-bed detention center at the former Baltimore Gas & Electric plant site on Breckenridge Drive. (Citing community opposition, the company withdrew its proposal in January 2004.)
    On Nov. 17, Patapsco High School’s first Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program was formally activated. Eighty-nine students took part in the JROTC program during the first year.
    A St. Helena man was standing on the corner of St. Helena and Central avenues at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 when he saw three men run by. As he watched, another person came up behind the man and, poking what felt like a gun into his back, stole his pager. The unidentified suspect then took off toward the Baltimore City line. He remained at large as of press time.
    North Point Precinct police officer Vernon Hoey celebrated his 40th anniversary with the Baltimore County Police Department. At the time, Hoey was the longest-serving officer on the county police force.