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Plans scrapped for Aberdeen Junior High building [50 years ago]

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As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, August 8, 1963:

Preliminary plans for the new Aberdeen Junior High School building were eliminated by the Capital Improvements Commission, which was very displeased with some of the extra features of the proposed building, including a $150,000 swimming pool and a planetarium. The inclusion of a swimming pool was said to be "an unwarranted luxury." The proposed planetarium would be used by several schools but the commission recommended that if a planetarium were to be built in the county that it be more central.

The Bel Air Town Commission passed a resolution annexing the former Wagner Farm on Route 22 for the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore. Bids for a large parochial high school to be built on the 87-acre property would be opened this week. The high school had not yet been given a name but would serve children in the Harford County parishes. The school's size would be comparable to Bel Air Senior High . A freshman class was expected to enter the new school in September 1964 to graduate in 1968 at which time the school would carry a full four grades. The school plans also called for a complete athletic facility, including a 1,600-seat concrete stadium for football and track.

The Economic Development Commission of Harford County proposed the implementation of a new selling tool to be used to persuade new industries to locate in Harford County. The production would include a color and sound motion picture designed to "help sell Harford." The film would show the transportation, economic, educational and recreational advantages of the area. There was also the possibility that the proposed film could be shown at "Harford County Week" at the New York World's Fair. The film was estimated to cost approximately $25,000 to produce.

Vandals destroyed a wading pool, threw four picnic tabes into a large swimming pool, tore down about 30 feet of wooden picket fence and pulled up a corner post and broke an outdoor lighting system at the recently opened Woodside Park near Hickory. The destruction was be too costly for the establishment to repair immediately.

A new program was discussed that could allow newspapers and other news media of the county to use the names of juveniles tried before the Juvenile Court, who were between the ages of 16 and 18. According to Juvenile Master Henry Engel, most of the serious juvenile offenses were occurring in the 16- to 18-year-old bracket. Engel believed that if young persons were aware they may receive unfavorable publicity there may be a decline in juvenile crime in Harford County.

A 9-year-old girl from Baldwin was impaled with a 9-inch long and 3-inch wide piece of wood. The little girl fell from her pony while she was riding, she hit a post and a splinter pierced her back and protruded two inches out through her stomach. Luckily, the wood missed the heart, lung and liver, all of her vital organs, so she was expected to make a full recovery.

Every Thursday night in the Wakefield Elementary School gymnasium, residents could folk dance to the music of many nations. Dances from South Africa, Venezuela, Scotland, Russia and Turkey would be showcased. No experience was necessary, all dances were at a beginner's level and all were taught. Refreshments were served each week and admission was by donation.

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