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Memorial Day, graduations kick off Harford summer [25 years ago]

From The Aegis dated March 25, 1989:

Summer was unofficially kicked off 25 years ago this week by celebrating Memorial Day with remembrances across the county, including in Bel Air, where American flags were placed on graves of veterans.

Another rite of summer was quickly approaching for a large group of people: Harford's high school seniors. More than 2,310 seniors were set to receive their diplomas at ceremonies at 12 schools. The number of seniors in 1989 was 142 fewer than the year before.

This was to be the last year students would graduate on fixed days; the board of education voted earlier in 1989 to rotate which schools graduated on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

John R. "Jack" Jolley was named the new police chief in Aberdeen 25 years ago this week, replacing Lemuel E. "Lem" Porter, who was retiring. Jolley was selected from a pool of more than 40 applicants and said he was "pleasantly surprised."

A resident of Aberdeen for 12 years, Jolley had been working for BGE since 1981, when he retired from the Army Military Police Corps; he had been provost marshal at Aberdeen Proving Ground, managing a staff of 500 military and civilian employees.

Havre de Grace residents were interested 25 years ago this week in an ordinance that would establish a local historic district, which would have construction, renovation and exterior building changes subject to review by a seven-member commission.

The week before, Mayor Gunther Hirsch pointed out the ordinance would be sent back to the Historic District Commission to revision before a final vote was taken.

Thirty people had been duped of $252,000, allegedly by a former Bel Air businessman who was indicted a week earlier on fraud charges.

Maryland State Police said the man was selling shares at $25,000 each to people who wanted to invest in a company between April 1983 and May 1985 and planned to use the money to build privately-owned public security vaults, similar to ones found in banks. Among the alleged victims was the man's brother.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals denied a new trial for Timothy Scott Sherman, who shot his mother and step-father in their bed of their Bel Air home while they slept on Oct. 12, 1987.

While Sherman's lawyer said he'd take the case "as far as I humanly can go," the assistant state's attorney said the Court of Special Appeals' ruling was "a reassurance" that justice had been done.

The ninth annual Harford County Cystic Fibrosis Walk for Breath at Harford Community College raised more than $20,000 25 years ago to battle the disease that killed children and young adults.

Fifty teams of six people alternately walked around the HCC track, receiving donations for the number of laps walked. Mount Zion Methodist Church's team walked the most laps, 42 and an eighth.

Maryland State Highway officials were rethinking a plan to close Shucks Road for three weeks in early June while work was done on Route 22. The closure would possibly be pushed back until June 9, after school was out for the summer.

SHA was about to begin a $1.25 million project to redesign, widen and otherwise improve the intersection area of Prospect Mill, Thomas Run and Shucks roads over a span of seven months. The work on Shucks Road was to be done over the summer to cause as little disturbance as possible to the area schools – Harford Technical High School, John Archer and Harford Community College.

Ken Price and his son, Scott, 22, were getting ready 25 years ago this week to embark on a month-long trip through the wilds of Alaska on their motorcycles. Scott had been wanting to take the trip for at least 10 years.

"I had always told him, 'You get through college and then we'll talk about it," Ken Price said.

Scott Price did, and the pair would be riding 11,000 miles.

Orlynn and Mary Ebel of Bel Air won two awards in the 1989 Ward Wold Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition 25 years ago this week. The Ebels received a first in species award in the novice level and third place for a snow goose in a category that included all other kinds of geese.

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