As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, February 7, 1963:
The newly elected members of the House of Delegates from Harford County voted on their first major issue since going to Annapolis. All four members, Dels. Hess, Hardwicke, Blair and Scarff, voted in favor of a bill to outlaw racial discrimination by hotels and restaurants.
A request was made to the State Roads Commission by the Panitz Brothers, developers of Joppatowne, to determine the cost of a traffic light at the main entrance of the development at Route 40 and Joppa Farm Road. The SRC said the signal would cost $7,700, with maintenance and electric to run about $250 annually. The County Commissioners felt that the cost of such a light should be split evenly between the county and the Panitz Brothers.
The Tuckaway Manor Motel on Route 40 in Aberdeen was the site of a robbery. A man and a woman, who only spent 20 minutes at the motel, left with most of the furnishings from the room. The motel manager told the State Police that he heard the couple's car leave so he hurried to the room. He had trouble getting inside because the lock had been jammed. Once inside the room it was determined that the couple had taken a television, a coffee pot, two lamps, a smoking stand, a framed picture and all the bedding. Total value of the stolen property was estimated at more than $150.
The Harbalt Liquor Store on Route 40 was the scene of an armed robbery. Three men entered the store, threatened the cashier with their revolvers, slugged the cashier on the head with one of the revolves and forced the victims to lie on the floor of the walk-in cooler while they fled. The robbers got away with $309.11 from the cash register and a total of $147.00 from various victims wallets. They also took five fifths and one quart of whiskey in addition to the cash.
Heavy dense fog was to blame for multiple accidents in Harford County this week. The intermittent snow melting caused ice to form on roadways. Nine separate accidents were recorded on Harford's roads in one evening.
There were 1,176 fires in Harford County in 1962. This was a 45 percent increase over the previous year. Rescue operations and ambulance calls also increased in 1962 according to a report of the County's Central Fire Alarm Systems made by the Harford County Fire Chiefs Association. Ten volunteer fire companies serviced the residents of Harford County in 1962.
A two-story frame and log home on Wilson Road in Dublin was the location of a major fire. The firefighters on the scene were forced to fight the flames under extremely cold conditions which caused water lines to freeze and made the firefighters' job more difficult. The family that lived in the home was in the process of moving. All of their belongings were packed and stored in the back part of the house which was totally destroyed when the roof collapsed.
The groundhog did not see his shadow this week because of the cloudy conditions of the morning. This would mean warmer, brighter weather and an earlier spring for 1963.