The combined Glee Clubs of Catonsville High School will present Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious musical comedy, "The Gondoliers," on Thursday and Friday evenings, December 9 and 10. This operetta, with its lovely Italian, Spanish, and Gilbert Ian melodies, is not as well known as it deserves to be.

Virginia Reinecke will accompany and Miss V. Jean Curtis, high school music instructor, will direct the chorus and principals through an involved plot.

50 Years Ago

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An article in the Dec. 6, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian advertised a local service club's tree sale.

The annual Catonsville Optimist Club Christmas tree sale, for benefit of the club's boys' work program, will be held at the corner of Ingleside avenue and Route 40, from Dec. 10 through Dec. 23. Chairman Edward Middleton has announced that a large selection of balsam firs and scotch pines as well as other decorations, including holly, roping and wreaths, will be available.


Three men from this vicinity have been among the U.S. Air Force personnel serving on alert duty in the Gulf area in support of the President's actions in the Cuban crisis.

They are: Sergeant William T. Raney, medical records specialist, whose wife is the former Miss Emma Jean Denitto of S. Monastery avenue, Irvington; Airman Second Class John G. Siegrist of Hartmont road, Catonsville, base fuel supply specialist; Airman Third Class Henry Janney, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Janney of Delrey avenue, who is an aircraft accessory systems specialist. Airman Janney is married to the former Miss Kathleen L. Carroll of Courtney road, Arbutus.


Miss Amy Grace Wolfe, of Oakdale avenue Catonsville, has financially adopted Georgia Fakouni, a 15-year-old Greek girl, through Foster Parents' Plan, Inc. 352 Park avenue South, New York City.

Miss Wolfe is contributing $15 a month for one year toward the child's support. The girl receives $8 each month in cash; the remainder is used for periodic food and new clothing packages, translation of letters, medical services and education.

Georgia was born ten days after her father was killed by rebels near his village of Mavrolitharion. His wife and baby took refuge in another town but returned three years later. They struggled to cultivate their small plot of land but were unable to provide themselves sufficient food or adequate housing.


Word has been received that Mrs. David M. Dawson of East Haddam, Conn., the former Miss Kharis K. Komianos of Hilton avenue, and her husband were injured in a recent head-on auto collision.

Mr. Dawson suffered a nose fracture and Mrs. Dawson deep facial lacerations. She was hospitalized for a week but is now at home. Their three-year-old son, Mark, was not with them at the time of the accident.

A car driven by a 17-year-old boy crashed into them from the wrong lane and both cars were demolished. The Dawsons attribute their miraculous escape to the use of seat belts.

Material from archives courtesy of The Catonsville Historical Society.