Fire­fight­ers vs. Don­keys in Through the Years

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30 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of Au­gust 13, 1987)

The Bal­ti­more County Vol­un­teer Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion be­gan a pi­lot pro­gram where they would give free home sur­veys to res­i­dents in the Rosedale and Bow­leys Quar­ters ar­eas. Dur­ing the in­spec­tion, lo­cal fire­fight­ers would teach peo­ple about fire safety, the use and main­te­nance of fire places, and the in­stal­la­tion of smoke de­tec­tors.

East­ern Bal­ti­more County sold all four win­ning tick­ets in the “Cool Four” $4 mil­lion Lotto draw­ing. Pur­chased from con­ve­nience stores in Back River, Es­sex, Car­ney, and El­li­cott City, the lucky tick­ets net­ted the win­ners $50,000 a year for 20 years.

Es­sex Com­mu­nity Col­lege re­ceived a grant of $25,000 to pro­duce a con­sumer in­for­ma­tion tele­vi­sion pro­gram, Franklin Square Hos­pi­tal and Golden Ring Mall part­nered to help se­niors “Stay Fit and Save” with a pro­gram that al­lowed them to rack up dis- counts at the mall’s stores by walk­ing laps, the Sue Is­land Power Squadron of­fered pub­lic boat­ing cour­ses for sail and power crafts at Ken­wood High School, and the Av­enue pro­filed the glitzy his­tory of the Thun­der­bird Drive-In on Old East­ern Ave., once a sta­ple in the 1960s, which was sched­uled for de­mo­li­tion.

25 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of Au­gust 13, 1992)

The Vil­lage of Tall Trees de­vel­op­ment was of­fi­cially de­clared a drug free school zone by lo­cal po­lice and county of­fi­cials. The 800-plus apart­ment com­plex re­quired a 1000-foot perime­ter of lo­cal schools, mak­ing it el­i­gi­ble for the dis­tinc­tion. If any­body was found con­duct­ing il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­ity at Tall Trees, they could’ve faced up to 20 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

The Bal­ti­more County Coun­cil ap­proved fund­ing for ex­tended shore­line sta­bi­liza­tion at Cox’s Point and Rocky Point. Revet­ments, ma­sonry used to sup­port em­bank­ments, would be in­stalled to pro­vide bet­ter pro­tec­tion for the shore­lines while stop­ping the run off of sed­i­ment into lo­cal wa­ter­ways.

Lo­cal cou­ple Dawn and Robert Hedrick re­turned from a mis­sion­ary trip to Rus­sia where they per­formed gospel songs and vis­ited Rus­sian churches, lo­cal girl scout troops gath­ered at the Ham­mer­man area of Gun­pow­der Falls State Park for a week of camp where they learned about the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, and the Av­enue News ran a special Health and Fit­ness sec­tion that high­lighted health fa­cil­i­ties and gyms in the area.

20 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of Au­gust 14, 1997)

More than 700 new Bal­ti­more County teach­ers con­verged at Ch­e­sa­peake High School for a four-day orien- tation to pre­pare them for the up­com­ing school year. The teach­ers par­tic­i­pated in a va­ri­ety of work­shops that in­cluded hands-on com­puter train­ing and of­fice pro­ce­dures.

An in­de­pen­dent con­sult­ing firm was re­tained to pro­vide anal­y­sis of the eco­nomic im­pact of a ma­jor mo­tor speedway in Mid­dle River. The $58,000 study was funded by the Mary­land Sta­dium Au­thor­ity, Bal­ti­more County, and the Mid­dle River Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. The pro­posed mo­tor­way would be built on 1000 acres of un­de­vel­oped land be­tween East­ern Ave. and Pu­laski High­way. The re­sults of the study were ex­pected in Oc­to­ber.

Fourth, fifth, and fifth graders from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel El­e­men­tary held a wheela-thon where they rode bikes and skates to raise money to beau­tify their school, Ken­wood High School vale­dic­to­rian Ju­lia Wisniewski re­ceived a perfect score on her In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate English ex­am­i­na­tion, and the 20th An­nual Es­sex Day Fes­ti­val was of­fi­cially sched­uled for Au­gust 17.

10 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of Au­gust 15, 2007)

Elected of­fi­cials and Bal­ti­more County Po­lice per­son­nel came to­gether to cel­e­brate the ded­i­ca­tion of the new Parkville Po­lice Sta­tion. The new sta­tion re­placed the former site which was torn down three years prior and boasted new tech­nol­ogy and im­proved ameni­ties like fiber op­tic wiring and au­to­mated fin­ger­print­ing.

Stu­dents at St. Michael the Ar­changel School in Over­lea par­tic­i­pated in a new re­cy­cling project where kinder­garten­ers col­lected soda bot­tles to raise money for sea tur­tle habi­tats in Costa Rica, McGruff the crime-fight­ing dog vis­ited the Perry Hall Li­brary, and the Charles Ever­ing Ladies Aux­il­iary to VFW #6506 hosted a do­na­tion drive for school sup­plies and Hal­loween cos­tumes for un­der­priv­i­leged fam­i­lies at the House of Ruth.

30 years ago to­day: Lo­cal fire­fight­ers from Martin-Ma­ri­etta played a game of softball against some very stub­born don­keys in or­der to raise money for the Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion. (from the Av­enue News of Au­gust 13, 1987)

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