From the pages of the Havre de Grace Record dated Thursday morning, Sept. 28, 1961:

The big news, at least judging from the size of the blaring headline, was Civil Defense. "Civil Defense Mass Meeting Set," it said, accompanied by the smaller headline: "County Unit Swamped With Requests For Information."

A public meeting was scheduled for Oct. 4 at Bel Air High School and it was hoped those who had questions would travel to the county seat for information.

The other two hot topics on the front page were "Mass Rally To Promote Full Use Of Bainbridge By Navy" and "Sewage Discharge In Shore Channel At Stake In Bay." They would be news stories of interest to the Record area for years. The sewage discharge was being considered for closer to shore rather than the more costly discharge farther out into the main channel. A report was to be presented at the coming Monday night's Havre de Grace City Council meeting showing water flow charts for the so-called shore channel.


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Harford and Cecil counties were already worried about the future of Bainbridge, which was still way more than a decade from being shuttered. The mass rally was planned after local officials traveled to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station and were stunned to see the buzz of activity and construction.

In sports, the home opener for the Havre de Grace High School football team was being delayed. What was originally the first home game was being played at Cesar Rodney instead and the first game at home was rescheduled for Oct. 20 against Southern. "The change is made because the lighting arrangements at the local field have not been completed," according to the front page story. The story also said Don Shafer was the new president of the HHS Booster Club and encouraged people to join.

Hecht's Hardware, at 207 N. Washington St., which has become the Laurrapin Grille, was offering a bit of medical help: "Dread the Hay Fever Season?" the ad asked. For those who answered yes and had a spare $39.95, plus tax, Hecht's had the answer: "the electronic miracle: Puritron!" It had the look of a room dehumidifier.

"The Most Diabolical Classic of All Time!" was coming to the State Theatre in Havre de Grace, according to an ad announcing "The Pit and the Pendulum," starring Vincent Price. "Two Rode Together," starring James Stewart, Richard Widmark and Shirley Jones, was to follow.