As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, July 12, 1962:
The Town of Bel Air grew by 249 acres as a result of a property annexation acquired by the Commissioners of Bel Air. The property known as "The Homestead," a 300-acre farm, was divided into three parcels. One was owned by the Bel Air Methodist Church, one by the Hanover-Baltimore Corporation and the remainder under contract to the Homestead Development Company, whose plan was to construct a large housing development.
Another change for the Town of Bel Air was the changing of two streets to one-way roads. One block of Hays Street from Baltimore Pike to Thomas Street, and on Archer Street from Thomas Street to Baltimore Pike would become one-way streets. One of the reasons for the change was because this block of Hays Street was narrow and had a very poor exit onto Route 1. Fronting Hays Street at this point in 1962 was the Health and Welfare Building, Department of Employment Security and a school for the developmentally challenged. Traffic jams in this area of the county were numerous. Also given as a reason for the change was that the sight line entering Baltimore Pike from Archer Street was significantly superior to the sight line from Hays Street.
The Hanover-Baltimore Corporation, owners of 44 acres on Emmorton Road, made application and petition for amendment of the Land Use Plan of the county. The owners were interested in developing a shopping center for their property. The land use maps did not show any locations for shopping centers in the Bel Air area and the courts ruled that under the current zoning regulations none would be permitted. A change in the Land Use Plan would be brought to an upcoming meeting.
Harford Junior College was becoming more attractive to out-of-state and out-of-county students, according to the registrar figures. Applications for admission to the college for the upcoming semester were received from students living in Cecil, Baltimore, Charles and Kent counties. Also included in this list of registrants were incoming students from Alaska, New Jersey, New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The college was especially popular with Cecil County students since they were able to attend the Junior College at the in-county tuition rate.
A Havre de Grace man was charged with possessing and transporting non-taxed whiskey. The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax agents along with the Havre de Grace Police and the Sheriff's Office arrested the man in his car on Quarry Road near Havre de Grace. They seized his car and confiscated a total of nine gallons of moonshine.
An Aberdeen resident, 38-year-old Leonard Perryman, fell into a pond at the Grafton Osborne Farm on Bush Chapel Road and drowned. Two youths on the scene told troopers they saw the man fall into the pond after clutching his chest. The Aberdeen Fire Department's rescue squad rushed to the scene to pull the man out. He was then taken to Harford Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Benson Barracks of the Maryland State Police added seven new graduates to its roster of officers. This increased the police strength at the barracks to 75 men.
Future residents of Joppatowne celebrated Independence Day at the site of the new development. Everyone who had contracted for a Joppatowne home was invited to the celebration held by the Panitz Brothers developers of the area. A light supper was served to all attendees. Entertainment for the evening included "Bozo the Clown," continuous country music entertainment and a half hour fireworks display to end the evening.
At the movies – Bel-Air Drive-in Theatre: "Brides of Dracula" in color, also playing "Tormented"and "Corpse Vanishes." On Friday and Saturday, three Big Elvis Presley features were on the screen: "G.I. Blues," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Flaming Star," At the Bel Air Theatre on Main Street: "Spartacus", starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov and John Gavin.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun