Second Harford hospital not needed, health administrator announces [50 years ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, October 24, 1963:

Herbert Fritz, chief of the Division of Hospital Services of Maryland, announced 50 years ago this week at the Bel Air Chamber of Commerce that he did not think a hospital should be built in the Bel Air area. Fritz said that residents within 25 miles of a good large hospital should use it rather than establish a small incomplete one. He pointed out that it was difficult to obtain personnel for a small hospital because professionals prefer to practice and learn in a large hospital. Harford Memorial Hospital, in his opinion, could serve the population at present and that there were other things more necessary than a second hospital in Harford County.

Harford County was experiencing one of its driest autumns and because of this, many brush fires were reported around the northern end of the county. Nine brush fires were called in within a two hour period near Holy Cross, Rush, Grier Nursery, North Bend and Cherry Hill roads. None of the blazes got out of control. Bata's forest property was labeled "Off Limits" for all hunters because of the increased danger of fire from the lack of rain.

The Bel Air Chamber of Commerce announced its annual Halloween Costume Parade. The parade would begin at the county parking lot on South Main Street and travel to the Lee Street school grounds, where prizes would be awarded. All people age 19 and under were able to participate. Prizes would also be given to the best decorated window of a Bel Air store.

Western Union erected a 330-foot tower for transmission of microwaves on Tower Road. The tower system would eventually eliminate the use of wires by Western Union.

The Harford Metal Products Inc., of Aberdeen, saw 100 percent participation in contributions to the United Way Campaign. The plant on Route 40 had about 140 employees who had contributed $1,900 to the drive mostly through payroll deductions.

Mountain Christian Church scheduled a special service for its congregation. The focal point of the program would be a mortgage burning ceremony. Under the 18-year ministry of Dr. William P. Walker, the congregation planned, constructed and retired the mortgage on the first building of a two building plan. Since the mortgage payment on the first building had been completed, the congregation would be able to move on to the planning of the second building to house a fellowship hall, offices and classrooms.

The Maryland State Police Central Accident Records Division stated there were 146 accidents in Harford County during September 1963 which resulted in 121 people injured and two killed. The high frequency routes were: Route 40 with 53 accidents; Route 1 with 12 accidents; Route 7 with 12 accidents and Route 22 with 12 accidents. Speed was the greatest contributing factor in these accidents.

Daylight saving time began this week in 1963. All clocks would be turned back one hour, giving all residents one more hour of sleep.

A "Gay Halloween Costume Party" was the theme for the October meeting of the Bel Air Acres Homemakers Club. The foods chairman demonstrated and served various "Party Foods for the Holidays."

Bel Air fisherman Bill Pugh caught a record-setting rockfish. The fish weighed in at 28.5 pounds and was 40 inches long. Pugh was fishing off Table Top Shoals, below Poole's Island, when he caught his prize.

In an ad for the National Rifle Association: "Handle every gun as if it were armed. It's your guarantee on one will be harmed."

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