Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 13:25
•   40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of April 4, 1974):
    Longtime Dundalk resident and Olympic gold medalist Belle Moore Cameron was set to open the 3rd Annual Dundalk YMCA Swim Marathon. Cameron, a native of Scotland, won a gold medal in the women’s swimming competition during the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.
    A 17-year-old entered the Dundalk Police Station on March 25 and asked to be arrested. After being told by officers to leave, the young man took out a bottle of beer and began drinking it in the stationhouse. He was subsequently arrested.
    Winners of the fifth annual balloon ascension at Bear Creek Elementary School were first-prize winner Stacey Franck and second-prize winner Robert Baker. Franck won a 10-speed bicycle while Baker went home with a three-speed bicycle.
    Warren Vetter received the Gray-Charles Recreation Council Volunteer of the Year Award during a banquet on March 22.

•   30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of March 29, 1984):
    Local businessman James Gay announced plans to develop a new waterfront community in Edgemere. Developers estimated that it would take three years to build the proposed “Beachwood Community.” (Ground was not broken on the project, now known as Beachwood Estates, until the 1990s.)
    Members of United Steelworkers Local 2610 announced plans to picket Bethlehem Steel over their charge that the company was scheduling thousands of hours of overtime in an attempt to avoid recalling laid-off workers.
    Among those celebrating Maryland’s 350th anniversary were students at Grange and Charlesmont elementary schools. Students and teachers at both schools marked the occasion with large cakes.
    The Dundalk American Legion Post 38 under-16 soccer team swept the Baltimore Metropolitan area soccer titles, winning the Baltimore Beltway tournament, the Baltimore City and Beltway outdoor championship and the Baltimore City indoor championship.
    
•   20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of March 31, 1994):
    Hotly-debated legislation in the 1994 Maryland General Assembly session included a welfare reform bill as well as a bill requiring lobbyists to report the names of legislators who receive gifts of $150 or more over a six-month period.
    County officials and community members came together to discuss the possibility of forming a new community association in North Point Village.
    Signet Bank, the located in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center, was robbed on March 28 at 9 a.m. The unidentified suspect handed a note to a teller, who gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect fled the scene and remained at large as of press time.
    Three local pupils were named finalists in the Baltimore District Youth Art Contest sponsored by the Maryland Federation of Woman’s Clubs. Winning students included Sparrows Point Middle School student Angela Ajello, Dundalk High School student Gary Blake and General John Stricker Middle School student Omar Ali.
    
•   10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of April 1, 2004):
    Community volunteer Mark Persiani was honored as the 2004 Citizen of the Year by the Optimist Club of Dundalk. Among Persiani’s many projects around the community was the Dundalk Concerts in the Park series, which he began in 1990. (Persiani retired as coordinator of the Concerts in the Park in 2010. His successor, Angel Ball, was recently named 2014 Citizen of the Year.)
    Provident Bank (now M&T Bank) in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center was robbed on March 29 when a man passed a note to a teller demanding money and, after receiving the cash, ran in the direction of Heritage Park. He remained at large as of press time.
    Daniel Dean, a member of Boy Scout Troop 408 and a 2003 graduate of Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
    Sparrows Point High School softball pitcher Keri Essell was one out away from throwing a perfect game against Kenwood High School’s team when an error led to a run-scoring single for Kenwood. The run lifted Kenwood to a 2-1 victory over Sparrows Point.