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50 Years Ago: Development of Contant Friendship begins in Abingdon

September 19, 2012

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As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, September 20, 1962:

The county commissioners held an informal meeting concerning plans for the development of 850 acres at the Route 24 intersection of the Northeastern Expressway. The development was temporarily named "Constant Friendship" and included the land bordered by the Emmorton Road, Singer Road, Winters Run and the new Expressway. The land was zoned for both residential and industrial to include 3,400 apartment units, 150 units of R-1, 1,200 units of R-2 and 170 acres of M-1, light industrial land. The plan additionally called for an industrial park, churches, schools, a small business district and a motel.

The Bel Air town commissioners passed an ordinance providing for a Sanitary Sewer Capital Contribution Charge. The charge would be collectible from lots or areas within the town that were not yet connected with the town's sewage system. Lots or areas within the town as of Jan. 1, 1962 or lots developed in the future would be subject to an applicable rate. The schedule provided for a $260 rate for single family residences, $260 for the first 10 units in an apartment plus $160 for each additional unit over 10. The rate for all other properties was based on water meter sizes. This ordnance was passed to recover from newly developed lands the cost of any improvement or extension to the sewer system of the town caused by such development.

An 8-year-old youth died as a result of a shotgun shot to his face. Johnnie Blankenship was playing in his backyard on Trappe Church Road near Darlington when the weapon, containing a live shell, discharged and the blast struck the left side of the boy's face. He was rushed to Harford Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Three people were hurt when their car ran off Hess Road and struck an embankment. The driver, 22-year-old Harold Davis Jr., suffered laceration of the face and neck, and his two passengers, 21-year-old William Underwood, was cut on the head and 18-year-old Dorothy Coe suffered head injuries. The three passengers were then taken to Union Memorial Hospital and treated for their injuries.

A dedication of the new Winters Run Park area was held by the Park Board of Harford County. The public was invited to attend at the picnic area on the east side of Winters Run Road, on Winter Run, south of Singer Road on the property owned by Edmund Schwanke. The Schwanke family was thanked by the county for its generous contribution.

Slugs were discovered in two coin-operated vending machines in the Route 1 business area. About $40 worth of merchandise was obtained from the Blue Bell Restaurant and approximately $15 worth from Joe's Bar near Kingsville.

Mail boxes were stolen from two residences of Whitaker Mill Road. One of the victims also had a paper box removed from his property.

A new post chapel was dedicated at the Edgewood Arsenal. The new, completely air conditioned, colonial-type chapel seated 450, 200 more seats then the original chapel where people worshiped for 21 years. The administrative section contained a non-denominational prayer room for meditation, a blessed sacrament chapel, chaplains' offices, a lounge and a kitchen. The other wing housed classrooms which could also be used as an assembly hall.

George F. Harrison's Quality Paints on Main Street advertised: "All Harrison's Paints $2 off a gallon while it lasts." "Regularly priced from $4.25 a gallon."

Kelly's Laundromat, West Pennsylvania Avenue advertised: "For Just $2, You Can DRY CLEAN This Many Clothes: 2 Wool Sport Shirts, 4 Sweaters, 2 Pairs Slacks, 3 Children's Outfits, up to a total of 8 lbs, in our coin-operated dry cleaners."

Safeway, 312 S. Main St., Bel Air advertised: Kellogg's Corn Flakes, 2-ounce 37 cents; Campbell's Tomato Soup, four 10.5 ounce cans, 45 cents; peanut butter, three-pound jar, 99 cents; orange Juice, 5-6 ounce cans, 75 cents; Skylark crushed wheat bread, 1 pound loaf, 19 cents.