Harford's first sewage pond finished north of Bel Air [50 years ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, July 11, 1963:

Harford County's first sewage "pond" was completed at the Bel Forest subdivision north of Bel Air. The local pond had 2.12 acres of water surface and was three feet deep and would contain 1.62 million gallons of water. The pond was designed by Buchart-Horn of York, Pa., and was to be used by 30 homes, discharging 400 gallons per house per day. The sewage pond was only temporary until the Metropolitan Commission could make plans for a large sewer line to connect with the Bel Air water system.

The new Peach Bottom Atomic Information Center opened for business this week. The center was on the Susquehanna River, nine miles upstream from the Conowingo hydro-electric station overlooking the soon-to-be-completed Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station. The public could visit the center to witness animated displays which explained atomic energy and its application to the generation of electricity. Also adjoining the 44-foot rotunda was an auditorium and an outdoor observation platform.

The nuclear station would be similar in many respects to a conventional power plant. The difference was that instead of using a furnace where coal, oil or gas was burned to produce heat, the atomic plant substituted a reactor where atoms were split to produce heat. Heat was drawn out of the reactor and used to turn water into steam. The steam was then used to spin a conventional turbine-generator to produce electricity. The Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station would be the most modern and advanced atomic power plant of its type in the world when construction was completed.

The State Police Barracks at Benson reported that there were no fatal accidents during the holiday weekend. There were, however, 16 personal injury accidents resulting in injury to 34 people. A total of 17 property damage mishaps occurred. The State Police issued 490 motor vehicle arrest tickets and issued 1,244 motor vehicle warnings during the holiday weekend.

A 44-year old woman who said she was trying to kill herself, escaped injury when she sent her car recklessly off and on the Ady Road near Deer Creek. A passing motorist approached the woman to see why she was sitting in her station wagon, which was halted in the middle of the road. When the driver said that she was going to kill herself, he notified the Harford County Sheriff's Office. When an officer arrived the woman started her car up and sent it up a five-foot embankment, through a field, where it knocked down several fence posts, circled through a patch of honeysuckle and then flew through the air back over the embankment. The vehicle landed on its wheels in the road narrowly missing two parked cars. Her station wagon then proceeded down the road directly toward the officer's car, but turned back suddenly and turned into the embankment where it became logged. The woman was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital, where she was later released to her husband. The victim had been suffering from a nervous condition which caused her to leave her family.

Harford County's first auto cross would run at the Edgewood Raceway. Seventy sport car drivers were entered to compete for trophies in various divisions, including: five sport car classes, two sedan classes and a ladies class. Contestants attempted to navigate the eight-tenths mile course one at a time, competing against a time clock. In addition to trophies to the top drivers, contestants could earn points toward recognition in their own sports/car clubs.

Carolyn Wright, Miss Harford County 1963, would leave her home in Forest Hill to compete for the title of Miss Maryland in Catonsville. Wright, of Grier Nursery Road, won her Miss Harford County title on May 11, 1963, when she received a $300 scholarship. Wright needed to be appropriately dressed for all of the activities of the contest. Talent was also an important part of the competition, and hers consisted of a drawing of a sophisticated lady accompanied by a ballet interpretation. During the performance, the picture changed, as did her costume, and the dance became a modern jazz number. It was hoped that because of its close location, many Harford Countians would be able to attend the pageant to show their support of Wright.

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