Firefighters vs. Donkeys in Through the Years
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)