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Owners of Bel Air's Country Life Farm have eyes on Kentucky Derby

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From The Aegis dated May 5, 1988:

Horse racing fans everywhere had their eyes on the Kentucky Derby 25 years ago this week, but probably nowhere in Harford County more so than at Country Life Farm in Bel Air.

One of Country Life's top mares, Light of Foot, was the half-sister of a leading contender in the race, Private Terms, who had already earned close to $600,000 in winning all seven of his races.

Light of Foot and Private Terms had the same mother, Majestic Light, whose father was Majestic Prince, a Derby and Preakness winner several years earlier, and the Pons family was hoping Light of Foot might be in the big race in a few years.

Police were still looking for Mary Francis Kelly, a mother of two who disappeared nearly two weeks earlier and her friends and family were saturating the area with posters and her picture in hopes someone might have seen her.

Kelly had been out at a bar with an acquaintance 11 days earlier and hadn't been heard from since she dropped him off at his house. Her abandoned, blood-stained car was found several miles from her home, with her purse and keys inside.

Investigators used a helicopter to scan a 20-mile radius from the points where she was last seen, but found nothing.

An estimated 250 posters had been put up in Bel Air, Churchville and Rock Spring.

"We want her to know that we are desperately looking for her. We have two little girls who really miss their mommy and want their mommy to come home," one relative said.

In local elections 25 years ago, Havre de Grace voters voted 4 to 1 to annex 146 acres west of the city owned by George Pensell. The annexation passed 889-214.

All three incumbents – Philip Angelini, Anna Long and Philip Barker – were running unopposed and were reelected to their seats.

In Aberdeen, Evelyn "Lynn" Becker won one of three town commissioner seats, knocking off one-term incumbent Edward V. Somody. Incumbents Ruth Elliott and George Englesson were reelected.

Becker finished after Englesson and ahead of Elliott.

"I'm overwhelmed...I'm delighted," Becker said, attributing her victory to a well-run campaign and admitting she prepared herself for several months, taking notes at all the public meetings and immersing herself in town business.

The Harford County Council voted 5-2 to ask the Maryland Attorney General for legal opinion on Harford County Executive Habern Freeman's moonlighting as a physical therapist.

For the last month, Freeman had been working several evenings a week at a practice in Towson.

The chairmen of both the Republican and Democratic central committees agreed the issue needed to be resolved, and the term "full-time" needed to be defined.

The Harford charter said the executive had to devote "his full time to the duties" of his office.

A parole and probation officer was sentenced 25 years ago this week after he was convicted of stealing from his probationary clients.

"It goes without saying that you have let down a lot of people, your family, your church," Circuit Court Judge William O. Carr told the officer. "You certainly let down the division of parole and probation."

The man was sentenced to 18 months in jail, but only had to serve 30 days on weekends; the remaining term was suspended. He was also ordered to pay $1,805 and was put on five years probation.

A Jarrettsville man was running late for work 25 years ago this week, but it ended up winning him $15,000 from a local radio station.

Jeffrey N. Rogers was on his way out the door when his mother heard the date of her son's birthday, Aug. 2, as the daily birthday contest winner. The first person to call with a birthday on that date would win the cash.

After several busy signals to B-104, Rogers finally heard the phone ring, but "it seemed like six or seven minutes and no one picked it up – I was about to give up," he said. But DJ Brian Wilson finally answered and said "Can you use $15,000?"

"I didn't believe it – I've never won anything in my life," Rogers said.

Work began 25 years ago this week on the Constant Friendship Shopping Center, a 192,000-square-foot center on 20 acres at the Route 24and I-95 interchange in Abingdon. Construction was expected to be finished in late 1988 or early 1989.

Anchors of the retail center were to be a 45,000-square-foot Weis grocery story and a 61,000-square-foot Jamesway discount department store.

Havre de Grace native Ernest Rodia was named the new regional director of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's European manufacturing operations. The 44-year-old engineer by training was involved as a designer in the tire-making company's move into the production of radial tires more than a decade earlier. He graduated from Havre de Grace High School in 1962.

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