THROUGH THE YEARS
The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River, a nonprofit museum focused on preserving the community’s history turned 30 years old. It was the oldest historical society of its time in Baltimore County, being formed by concerned citizens in 1968 with meetings held in the cafeteria of the old Essex Elementary School. In its 30th year, the museum aimed to upgrade its exhibits and create special events and tours for Halloween and Christmas time.
Forty-two members of the 135th Airlift Squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard returned to Martin State Airport in Middle River after spending 5 days in Bangladesh helping with flood relief efforts. The guards were called to deliver food and rescue stranded families from floodwaters. One returnee from Middle River called the experience “eyeopening.”
Large crowds gathered to watch the 9th Annual Chesapeake Air Show which featured aerial feats and sky-high tricks, the Avenue profiled the Central Alarmers, a group of residents who provides support for first responders at the scenes of fires and rescues, and Our Lady Queen of Peace hosted their annual fall flea market.
Students from Deep Creek Elementary School participated in a program called “Operation Welcome Home” where they created and delivered hand-made letters to soldiers overseas. The first through fourth-graders created the cards in their art classes and helped put together goody bags with snacks and other trinkets from home.
The Essex-Middle RiverWhite Marsh Chamber of Commerce held an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of their new offices on Route 43. That year, the Chamber was celebrating its 60th year. The space was donated by the property owners and would act as a joint venture between the Chamber, the Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County, and the Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Co. It would also be used as a visitor and information center for east Baltimore County.
12-year-old Keith Alexander of Essex represented Baltimore County Public Library as part of Maryland’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge. Alexander, among others, was honored with a ceremony at Camden Yards featuring the Baltimore Orioles.
The Bowley’s Quarters Volunteer Fire Company celebrated a new ladder truck added to their fleet and the opening of its new club house. The need for the new ladder truck had become apparent following the damage from Tropical Storm Isabel, said the company.
The Maryland State Highway Administration began a new project to improve sections of MD 588 from Golden Ring Rd./Kenwood Ave. to Philadelphia Rd. in Rosedale. The 1.4 million resurfacing and safety improvement was to be completed by summer 2009.