The Catonsville High School Library will be glad to have copies of good fiction, standard works of non-fiction and reference books of all kinds. If you are planning to give your book shelves a good house cleaning and wish to give them where they will be thoroughly enjoyed, drop a note to the school or let a pupil in your neighborhood know when you are ready to dispose of the books, so that we may send someone for them.

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A few girls of Kensington and Ridgewood have organized a club in which they will assist the Ridgewood A.A. during the football season with cheering. The club is using the temporary name of the Ridgewood Cheering Club and is open for new members. The next meeting will be held this Friday, Sept. 5, at 4105 Wilkens Avenue at 8 p.m.

50 Years Ago


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An article in the Sept. 28, 1961, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the special, and joyous, circumstances which kept a Catonsville postal worker from completing his appointed rounds.

It had to happen sometime and it did — right here in Catonsville. A shower prevented a mail man from making his appointed rounds – or rather, it delayed him. For it was a surprise shower for the mail man and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Sapienza.

Mr. Sapienza has been delivering mail for years in the Garden road section. He knows everybody there and has taken such a personal interest in the young, the old and the sick that he is practically a member of each family on his route.

It was natural therefore that joy spread through the whole neighborhood when Sapienza's wife recently presented him a six-pound five-ounce daughter — the first child for the couple who had been married 14 years. Mr. and Mrs. Sapienza reside on Ridge Drive.

A conspiracy developed in the 100 block of Garden Ridge road. One day, about two weeks after the stork's visit, Mr. Sapienza arrived on the block to find it transformed. Mail boxes were decorated; decorations were strung from trees.

On the lawn at the home of Mrs. Thomas Schaeffer on Garden Ridge road a large sign was unfurled. It read "For Your Baby Girl" and there were gifts galore — strollers, dishes, tiny garments and many others. Packages were stuffed in the well-used mailbag.

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A bus tour to the Social Security Building, Woodlawn, for members of the Senior Citizens Group of Catonsville some of whom are pictured above after a meeting, will be sponsored by the Catonsville Rotary Club next Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 1 P.M.

Rotarians will meet the group at the Woman's Club building on St. Timothy's Lane and accompany them on the trip. Refreshments will be served in the clubhouse after the tour with Miss Mathile Schnepfe and Mrs. Theodore Kloosterhuis serving as hostesses. Frederick Sanborn is president of the Senior Citizens Group.

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Eleven-year-old Ellen Hamer, and ten-year-old Jean Lingeman, are captains of girls softball teams sponsored by the Lansdowne-Riverview Recreation Council. Ellen was captain of the Red Sox, who won the championship for girls aged 9 to 12. Jean was captain of the runner-up team, the Yankees. Both girls are pupils of St. Clement's parochial school, Lansdowne.

The recreation council will honor all champion softball and baseball teams at a banquet, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, in Riverview School.

Material from archives courtesy of Catonsville Historical Society.