Through the years — Rock­ing with Elvis

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40 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of Au­gust 18, 1977)

The Es­sex-Mid­dle River Civic Coun­cil pushed the lo­cal govern­ment for a com­plete en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact study and state­ment on pro­posed im­prove­ments to the Mar­lyn Ave.-East­ern Blvd. in­ter­sec­tion, Bal­ti­more County launched a pro­gram to clean up Mid­dle River by hir­ing 25 peo­ple that were em­ployed us­ing fed­eral money, the com­mu­nity and prop­erty own­ers grew con­cerned af- ter five fish kills stuck the Back River com­mu­nity since Au­gust 4, leav­ing thou­sands of dead fish on the wa­ter sur­face and on the shores of home­own­ers, and Es­sex res­i­dents ex­pressed their vo­cal skep­ti­cism over the fed­eral govern­ment’s plans to con­struct a 12-story high-rise apart­ment build­ing for el­derly and hand­i­capped res­i­dents near the Mid­dle­sex Shop­ping Cen­ter.

30 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of Au­gust 20, 1987)

Ken­wood High School ath­letes fi­nally were able to play un­der the spotlight af­ter the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proved the con­struc­tion of lights on the school’s ath­letic field. Cost­ing $114,000, the project would be funded by three pri­vate Bal­ti­more cor­po­ra­tions.

Wil­liard G. Bankert, an Es­sex res­i­dent, was set to com­pete in the 1987’s Iron­man Triathalon Cham­pi­onship where he would swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run a 26.2-mile re­union, the Av­enue pro­filed Don “Duck” Dasher, a lo­cal who set up one of the largest soft crab slough­ing op­er­a­tions in the area, and the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Depart­ment of­fered new boat­ing cour­ses for lo­cal groups and busi­nesses.

25 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of Au­gust 20, 1992)

The Av­enue pro­filed the ex­ploits of Mid­dle­sex res­i­dent Ge­orge Miller, who was crowned the grand cham­pion at the WJZ Karaoke Con­test. Miller, a ware­house­man at a truck­ing com­pany, wowed the au­di­ence with his stir­ring per­for­mance of “All My Rowdy Friends.”

Martin Ma­ri­etta Aero and Naval Sys­tems se­cured a $68 mil­lion Navy con­tract to pro­duce, test, and de­liver MK 41 Ver­ti­cal Launch­ing Sys­tems, sev­eral Es­sex res­i­dents and mem­bers of a Civil War reen­act­ment group were in­vited to Get­tys­burg to be a part of film­ing a TV se­ries about the war, and Es­sex Com­mu­nity Col­lege of­fered a course all about the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay in­clud­ing a week­end trip and ex­pe­di­tion one of the Bay’s south­ern is­lands.

20 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of Au­gust 21, 1997)

Au­gust 18 marked the open­ing day of rock fish­ing sea­son for recre­ational fish­er­man. De­spite spec­u­la­tion that doubted the area’s health due to a num­ber of re­ported fishkills in nearby coun­ties, the Depart­ment of Na­ture Re­sources claimed res­i­dents were free and safe to fish.

Es­sex Day was no longer a teenager as it cel­e­brated its 20th year on the 400-500 blocks of East­ern Ave. The street fes­ti­val cel­e­brated with a record 125 ven­dors, 80% of which were from lo­cal busi­nesses and groups. Af­ter the event’s suc­cess, or­ga­niz­ers looked to the fu­ture, hop­ing to get 200 ven­dors for next year’s cel­e­bra­tion.

The Gate­way Com­mit­tee un­veiled a wa­ter­color draw­ing of their pro­posed new sign and Gate­way Land­mark. The sign, hand­crafted with red­wood and gold trim, was meant to re­place the Es­sex Cube land­mark at the in­ter­sec­tion of East­ern Blvd. and Old East­ern Ave. The sign would be a three-di­men­sional ar­range- ment fea­tur­ing a sail­boat and sun­rise de­sign, car­ry­ing the mes­sage “Wel­come to Es­sexMid­dle River, Gate­way to the Ch­e­sa­peake.”

10 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of Au­gust 22, 2007)

The com­mu­nity reeled from the tragic loss of com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate and Av­enuewriter Jackie Nickel. She passed away due to com­pli­ca­tions from cancer on Au­gust 17. Nickel had served the com­mu­nity for decades, work­ing in or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Es­sex-Mid­dle River Civic Coun­cil and the Mid­dle River Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion and act­ing as an ac­tivist for the Back River penin­sula and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. “Jackie will al­ways be re­mem­bered as a strong-willed, vo­cal ad­vo­cate for the Es­sex com­mu­nity,” wrote the Av­enue news staff.

Sixty lucky chil­dren were treated to a day of fun and ac­tiv­i­ties at the Mid­dle River Sal­va­tion Army Boys and Girls Club. Stu­dents were led to a room filled with school sup­plies and were told to fill up their back­packs in prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing school year. At the same time, over 700 new Bal­ti­more County teach­ers gath­ered to un­dergo back-to-school train­ing with a pep talk from BCPS Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Joe Hairston.

15 years ago to­day: Res­i­dents of the Oak Crest Vil­lage Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity rocked n’ rolled as Elvis en­tered the build­ing to com­mem­o­rate the 25th an­niver­sary of “The King’s” death. The se­nior cen­ter even served up an Elvis-in­spired menu for the event, in­clud­ing “Jail House Rock” fish and “All Shook Up” milk shakes. (From the Av­enue News of Au­gust 21, 2002)

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