Through the years

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Res­i­dents and lo­cal of­fi­cials proudly waved the Amer­i­can flag in honor of those who lost their lives dur­ing 9/11

30 years ago to­day: (from the Av­enue News of Septem­ber 22, 1988)

A rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony was held to com­mem­o­rate the open­ing of the new Back River Bridge, with of­fi­cials say­ing that it would make travel much eas­ier for East­ern Ave. mo­torists. The $11 mil­lion project was pro­posed back in 1982 af­ter an in­spec­tion re­vealed that the ex­ist­ing 40-year-old struc­ture was suf­fer­ing from de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. The bridge was to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber of that year.

The Mid­dle­bor­ough Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany was awarded over $21,000 for en­ergy con­ser­va­tion im­prove­ments at its sta­tion. With these funds, in­su­lated bay doors would be in­stalled and a fur­nace would be re­placed with an airover-wa­ter heat­ing sys­tem. To re­ceive the money, the sta­tion had to prove they were de­voted to sav­ing en­ergy by join­ing a fuel co-op and switch­ing to en­ergy ef­fi­cient light­ing.

25 years ago to­day: (from the Av­enue News of Septem­ber 16, 1993)

Con­struc­tion be­gan on a ma­jor re­cy­cling project in east Bal­ti­more County. The con­struc­tion of a new soil re­me­di­a­tion place would keep con­tam­i­nated soils out of land­fills. The new build­ing was ex­pected to clean and re­cy­cle 250,000 tons of soil an­nu­ally, mak­ing it the largest fa­cil­ity of its kind on the east coast.

To­tal crime in Bal­ti­more County de­creased 6.5% dur­ing the first half of 1993 com­pared to the same pe­riod in 1992, with se­ri­ous of­fenses fall­ing 5.6%, Es­sex po­lice of­fi­cers took a trip to the Bal­ti­more Zoo with chil­dren from the Vil­lage of Tall Trees as part of the precinct’s Po­lice Atheltic League, and a new club was cre­ated to bring the Mary­land Gov­er­nor’s Cup power­boat races back to Cox’s Point Park.

20 years ago to­day: (from the Av­enue News of Septem­ber 23, 1998)

Ch­e­sa­peake High School im­ple­mented a new hor­ti­cul­ture pro­gram geared for stu­dents with emo­tional is­sues. The goal of the course was to teach ba­sic nurs­ery and land­scap­ing tech­niques such as bulb plant­ing and plant prop­a­ga­tion. One of their first projects was build­ing a fence at the school that would al­low them to cre­ate an out­door nurs­ery.

Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive C.A. Dutch Rup­pers­berger vis­ited the Mid­dle River Vol­un­teer Am­bu­lance Res­cue Com­pany to an­nounce that ca­reer fire­fight­ers could once again be a part of vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies. Bal­ti­more County lifted the pro­hi­bi­tion of vol­un­teer­ing in or­der to help re­duce work­loads for vol­un­teers and al­low ca­reer fire­fight­ers a chance to con­trib­ute.

Ap­prox­i­mately 40,000 feet of HartMiller is­land shore­line was to be re­stored af­ter the County awarded a con­tract to pro­vide ero­sion con­trol. The restora­tion would in­clude 15 stone break­wa­ters about 90-100 feet apart in or­der to min­i­mize the im­pact for boaters who use the beach. An­other 30,000 cu­bic yards of sand would be added along with 1,100 feet of stone revet­ment along the north­east side.

The Mid­dle River Vol­un­teer Am­bu­lance Co. cel­e­brated 50 years in ser­vice, the 9th An­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Air Show took to the skies at Martin Air­port in Mid­dle River, and an open house was held at the old Martin Blvd. El­e­men­tary School to cel­e­brate its his­tory and mem­o­ries be­fore the new fa­cil­ity opened in 1999.

15 years ago to­day: (from the Av­enue News of Septem­ber 24, 2003)

Dev­as­ta­tion reigned af­ter Hur­ri­cane Is­abel rav­aged the area. Wa­ter from Martin’s La­goon swept over Wil­son Pt. and stranded res­i­dents in their homes, more than three-quar­ters of Bal­ti­more County res­i­dents were left without elec­tric­ity fol­low­ing downed power lines, and over 326 lo­cal homes were de­stroyed. East­ern Tech­ni­cal High School and Stem­mers Run Mid­dle were turned into tem­po­rary emer­gency shel­ters for fam­i­lies dis­placed dur­ing the storm. Gov­er­nor Robert L. Ehrlich wrote a let­ter to Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush re­quest­ing the area to be des­ig­nated a disas­ter area.

In or­der to honor the vic­tims of 9/11, em­ploy­ees of Lock­heed Martin formed an as­sem­bly line to put to­gether care pack­ages for pa­tients at the Bal­ti­more Vet­er­ans Af­fair Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Over 200 pack­ages were as­sem­bled.

To cel­e­brate its grand open­ing, the new Car­rol Is­land Wal-Mart pre­sented 20 lo­cal schools, such as Ch­e­sa­peake High and Seneca El­e­men­tary, and non­prof­its with do­na­tions to­tal­ing $16,000.

The com­mu­nity cel­e­brated Es­sex Day 2003. That year’s fes­tiv­i­ties were ded­i­cated to the men and women of the Na­tional Guard. Guest speaker Gov­er­nor Ehrlich com­mended the peo­ple of Es­sex for their com­mu­nity spirit and re­silience fol­low­ing the ef­fects of Hur­ri­cane Is­abel.

15 years ago to­day: Res­i­dents and lo­cal of­fi­cials proudly waved the Amer­i­can flag on an I-95 over­pass in or­der to com­mem­o­rate the lives lost dur­ing 9/11 on the tragedy’s 2nd an­niver­sary. (from the Av­enue News of Septem­ber 24, 2003)

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