THROUGH THE YEARS

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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.

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