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Columbia accepted into Metro district in 1965 [History Matters]

August 1965

Clearing the way for Columbia

"Columbia Accepted In Metro District

"After a brief hearing, the Metropolitan Commission approved the request of Howard Research and Development Corporation to incorporate all of Columbia's 13,690 acres within the Metropolitan District. If the County Commissioners also approve the enlarged District, the developers of Columbia can then proceed to request water and sewer service from the Metropolitan commission under a developer's agreement.

"Only the land owned by HRD is included in the District with the property now subject to an ad valoreum tax of 22 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The 'pockets' remaining on other ownership and scattered throughout the 14,000 acres are not affected.

"A recent engineering study prepared by Whitman and Requardt, consulting engineers for the Metropolitan Commission, placed the cost of providing water and sewerage facilities for the first 5 years' phase of Columbia at approximately $8 million. This amount would be covered by a developer's agreement between the developers and the Metropolitan Commission.

"Only one citizen of the five appearing at the hearing questioned the request and this was the amount of land included rather than a 'protest.'  "

August 1924

Surely you joust

"Tournament in Simpson's Grove; A Thousand People Estimated to Have Been Present

The tournament which took place in the grove of Mr. H. Clay Simpson, near Highland, Thursday, was a success in every particular. Scarcely ever has a similar affair been similarly attended in Howard County.

"It is estimated that at least a thousand persons were present. The riding was exceptionally good. Fourteen knights entered the lists, six professionals and eight amateurs. Following are the entries and the records made: Professionals, Clarence Aitchison, Knight of Fernwood, 7; Steward Aitchison, Knight of Ellersile, 9; Harry Jackson, Knight of Old Dominion, 8; John Owings, Knight of Laurel, 9; Harry Peddicord, Knight of Deerfield, 9; Walter Noyes, Knight of Kenilworth,9. Amateurs, Stewart S. Hobbs, Knight of Clarkson, 9; Snowden J. Athey, Knight of Fair Land, 8"

"News from Long Corner:

"George Lowe, while up on a telephone pole in Long Corner, Monday, met with a serious accident. The pole had rotted in the ground and fell with him, the pole falling across his stomach. He was hurried to Frederick City hospital.

"Miss Marie Young, of Baltimore, is spending her vacation with her grand-parents. Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Mullinix. Rev. C.H. Dobson delivered a very interesting sermon at Howard Chapel Sunday afternoon last. His subject being 'The lost Christ,' or rather, how people lose Christ.' "

August 1890

Knight clubbers

"Tournament at Doughoregan

"The following were the successful knights at the Doughoregan tournament, Tuesday; Harry Peddicord, first prize; Thomas Linthicum, second prize; Walter Noyes, third prize; John Noyes, fourth prize.

"The crowns won were as follows; First, Harry C. Burdette, who crowned Miss Sadie Akers; second, Steward Hobbs, who crowned Miss Hamilton, of Baltimore; third, William Amoss, who waived the privilege of crowning in favor of John Noyes, who crowned Miss Hattie Dorsey; fourth, John Day, who crowned Miss Rosa Day. Mr. W. H. Bach was chief marshal. The prizes were sums of money."

 Jousting, Maryland's state sport, was so popular at the time that articles regarding it rarely referred to it as a "jousting tournament,"  but rather just "the tournament."

The Maryland Jousting Tournament Association's website lists their event schedule, with tournaments running from March to October. There are several coming up in the next few months, including one in Calvert County at the end of this month that's been an annual affair for 148 years. You can check out the schedule at marylandjousting.com. The knights and maids (females participate too) can chose their own names for events, which could prove to be fun with perhaps a 'Sir Knight Hope-To-Stay on-My-Horse' or a 'Maid to Joust!'

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