Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:17

•   40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of April 18, 1974):
    John W. O’Rourke, community leader and president of the Dundalk Community Council, filed to run for the 7th District Baltimore County Council seat. (O’Rourke’s council bid would prove to be successful. He served three terms before making an unsuccessful bid for county executive in 1986. He died in 2011 at age 82.)
    Gray Haven Road resident Stephanie R. Wood won $50,000 in a special Maryland Lottery run-off drawing.
    Two young men, ages 17 and 18, were arrested for streaking at the White Coffee Pot restaurant on Shipping Place at 1 a.m. on April 10. The two men were apprehended as they attempted to drive away while still nude. A third streaker managed to escape capture.
    The Dundalk Independence Day Celebration Committee voted to alter the route of the Dundalk Independence Day Parade. Rather than follow the traditional route from Shipway to Admiral Boulevard and onto Liberty Parkway, the committee voted to take the parade down Shipway to the intersection of Liberty Parkway. According to the committee, the change was made to shorten the route and make it easier to navigate. (The change would not last. Today, the parade route continues to follow the traditional path down Admiral Boulevard.)

• 30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of April 12, 1984):

    As the Maryland General Assembly session ended for the year, Dundalk’s delegation offered reflections on the most important accomplishments during the session. Sen. Norman Stone said he was most proud of the fact that the Assembly passed major legislation without any tax increases. Other issues tackled during the session included pension reform and Chesapeake Bay clean-up. (Stone announced his retirement from politics last year. Last week, he completed his 52nd and final General Assembly session.)
    Herman Meusel, a resident of the Emala Farms area (now known as Stansbury), offered the use of a 50-by-65-foot plot of land to any community group or individual who wished to grow flowers or vegetables on the property.
    Two Dundalk Senior High School students were winners in the Dundalk Woman’s Club’s Youth Art Contest. The first-place prize went to Kevin Hughes, while third-place went to Teresa Torba.
    Whitey Borchardt was honored as Volunteer of the Year by the West Inverness Recreation Council during the council’s annual awards banquet.

• 20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of April 14, 1994):
    The Optimist Club of Dundalk selected community activist and volunteer Lou Grumbach as 1994 Citizen of the Year. The club also created the Humanitarian of the Year award to businessman and honor former Dundalk resident Milton Schwartzman for his contributions to the community.
    The 1994 Maryland General Assembly session ended on April 11. Among the legislation passed was a $380 million capital  budget as well as a welfare reform bill.
    A group of men attacked a 16-year-old Patapsco High School student as he walked in front of General John Stricker Middle School at 11 p.m. on April 9. They stole the lacrosse stick the boy was carrying before returning to their car and driving away.
    The Dundalk Express under-12 soccer club won the Van Eron/Wittman Pro Sports Club Holiday Indoor Invitational Tournament at the Four Seasons Indoor Center in Hampstead, Md.
• 10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of April 15, 2004):
    Eastfield resident Mike Welkie Jr. received new decorations from WQSR- FM radio host Brian Wilson after an unknown thief stole Welkie’s Easter decorations from his yard on April 2. The move came amidst public outcry over Wilson’s mocking of the Dundalk community on his radio show.
    A bill to legalize slot machines in Maryland died in committee as the 2004 Maryland General Assembly session came to a close. Legislation passed during the session included aid for victims of Tropical Storm Isabel and a “flush fee” to raise funds to finance upgrades to the state’s wastewater treatment facilities.
    Morgan State University students met with residents living along the Baltimore City portion of Dundalk Avenue to discuss plans to improve the streetscape. The project was part of the Southeast Neighborhood Development group’s Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan.
    A 27-year-old Wynbrook Road woman returned to her home after a short trip to the store to discover that her home had been burglarized. The suspect, who remained at large as of press time, made off with $4,000 in cash and jewelry.