Public emergency shelters stock with two weeks worth of survival items

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, March 21, 1963:

Four designated public shelters were stocked 50 years ago with a two-week supply of survival items supplied by the civil defense director. Employees of Harford Memorial Hospital along with the county highway department and assisted by high school boys, loaded more than 6,000 pounds of food, water drums, medical and sanitation kits to the following shelters: Aberdeen High School, Harford Memorial Hospital, the County Health Department and Slate Ridge Elementary School. Radiological monitoring kits would also be placed in each shelter. The water drums were empty but would be filled under the supervision of the county health department. Supplies would also be ordered and placed in shelters at Havre de Grace High School, the post office in Aberdeen, the county courthouse and Bel Air High School.

A large crowd gathered at a public auction held by the county commissioners to dispose of household furnishings, farm equipment and crops at the old County Home farm in Bel Air. The sale grossed in excess of $10,000 for the county. The property which consisted of three dwellings, farm buildings and 130 acres of farm land, was advertised for lease for agricultural purposes. The lessee would be required to maintain all buildings, farm lands, fences and lawns in good condition.

Minnie Hamby, operating out of her home for many years as the postmistress of Churchville, announced her retirement. This brought up a question of whether a post office in the Churchville area was needed. Most of the area was already being serviced by rural carriers out of Aberdeen. A public meeting was planned to discuss how to proceed with the Churchville mail deliveries.

The Bel Air Broadcasting Corporation received its formal permit from the Federal Communications Commission to establish and operate a radio station in Harford County. The equipment would be installed in the Turley Bowl building and the studio would be at a Bel Air location. The station, which would be at 1520 on the dial, would operate from sunrise to sundown.

Officers of the Forest Hill State Bank announced plans to open a new branch bank in Jarrettsville. The new banking facility would be opened within the next year.

Carol Hoffman, an 11th grade student at Aberdeen High School, was named the winner in the Eighth Annual Science Fair Awards. Her project, "Range and Frequency Studies of Eastern U.S. Mollusce from Twenty Beaches Showing Extension of Range", was selected by the judges from among the 120 exhibits in the Aberdeen High gymnasium. This was the fifth consecutive year that the grand prize winner was a student from Aberdeen High School.

Kevin Michael O'Brien, a 2-year-old from Bel Air, was the hit of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Baltimore City. The young boy marched the entire parade route of four miles, accompanied by his father, dressed as a leprechaun. Kevin wore a kelly green jacket and breeches, a floppy green top hat, gold waistcoat and brass buckled shoes. The costume was made by his mother, Marie Kelly. She said she got the idea for the costume from a Walt Disney book, "Darby O'Gill and The Wee People."

The Jarrettsville Teen Club presented the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company with a check for $200 to help purchase two new radio transmitter-receivers. The funds were unsolicited and the contribution was the second gift in less than a year given by the club to the fire company.

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