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Bel Air looks to improve Main Street, Churchville Road intersection [50 years ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, Sept. 12, 1963:

Mayor Buchal and Bel Air's director of public works appeared 50 years ago this week before the county commissioners to discuss the town's plans for improving the intersection of Churchville Road and Main Street. One piece of land needed to be acquired for the town to make Route 22 three lanes approaching the intersection to provide for a right and left turn lane at the corner. The Richardson land next to the new county parking lot on the old Bradford property was the area in question. The commissioners said the proposal would require more consideration before a decision could be made.

An estimated $2,360 worth of items were stolen from a carnival operating family visiting Aberdeen. Among the missing items from their parked trailer included a 16-inch portable television, an adding machine, a typewriter, two electric drills, a hi-fi-set, a transistor radio, a .22 caliber revolver, a Polaroid camera, a portable sewing machine, $25 in pennies, a mink stole, a diamond Shrine pin, assorted men's clothes and much more. A $100 reward was offered for information leading to the arrest.

It was announced that Republican Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, a leading 1964 presidential candidate, would be appearing in Harford County in November. The New York governor would attend a county-wide dinner rally. All leading Republican figures in Maryland would be invited to attend.

An 11-year-old Abingdon boy escaped injury after three boys tied him to a tree and set fire to a pile of leaves at his feet. The boy got off his school bus on Hooker's Mill Road, where three other boys, ages 11, 12 and 13 grabbed his arm and took him into the woods. Once in the woods the boys sat him on a log and tied his feet, hands and back to a tree. The trio then piled leaves at the boy's feet and set them on fire. The victim managed to kick out the flames before they ignited his clothing. Finally, one of the trio cut loose the bindings and the boy returned to his home. The State Police were summoned and the guilty boys were apprehended and placed in juvenile detention to face action.

Scientists found D.D.T. in the Susquehanna River at Conowingo. The concentration was less than one part to a million, which is said to be well below those known to be toxic to fish or presumed hazardous to humans. They believed that the D.D.T., which was used in agricultural areas as a pesticide, entered the water through their application and soil runoff.

The Century Savings and Loan Association announced that it will be constructing its own new branch office at 129 S. Main St. in Bel Air. The structure would be a three-story building made of reinforced concrete, landscaped, drive-up banking window and parking for 25 cars.

The county commissioners rezoned a 6-acre tract joining the town limits of Bel Air on Moores Mill Road from an R2, urban residence district, to R3, multi-family district. Plans were being made by the owners to develop an apartment complex on the former Robert Bull property.

A new $60,000 fire house was officially dedicated for the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company. Guests were served refreshments and taken on tours of the new building. In the evening, a dance was held in the recreation room with music by The Lamplighters.

Calvin Ripken was expected to return home to Aberdeen after his season as manager in the Baltimore Orioles farm system. He managed the Aberdeen Pheasants to a second-place finish in the Class A Northern League.

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