The recent Dundalk Eagle insert, “50 in 50”, prompted me to hark back to the 50’s when I delivered The Eagle predecessor, The Community Press, in Jones Creek. And to growing up from 1946 to 1967 on Colgate Avenue in St. Helena, Dundalk’s second oldest community, an area that was known as “the other side of the tracks.”
We regularly rode our bikes around the hangars of Harbor Field, traveled on the street cars, and played around the vestiges of the McShane Foundry building. Attendance at Dundalk Elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools coupled with lifelong residence qualified us to be Dundalk natives.
‘Twas a badge of honor to live in St. Helena and the other side of the tracks.
For that reason, I cringed when I saw the attribution of being a “Dundalk native from St. Helena” given to Johnny Olszewski, Jr. in the insert. I used to play with the kids that lived in his house on Ventnor Terrace.
Moving from that house to the old Falbo house on Patapsco Avenue, and now renting it out does not earn him the right to claim St. Helena roots, in my opinion. Now that he resides on Miller’s Island close to his high school, perhaps he will more justifiably claim to hail from there.
By the way, the people of Dundalk rejected him in the last election as Redmer carried our area.