A&P hopes to open grocery store in new Bel Air shopping center

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, April 18, 1963:

The A&P Company signed a long-term lease for its new location in the soon-to-be developed Bel Air Plaza. The Plaza was to be built on the former Durham farm, opposite the Bel Air race track on Route 1. The store and the lot would be on 12.5 acres with parking for a minimum of 630 cars. The 44-acre tract, where the store was to go, was under litigation with nine Bel Air merchants bringing suit to stop construction of the Bel Air Plaza shopping center.

The Colonial Pipeline Company of Atlanta, Ga., filed an application with the Harford County Planning and Zoning Commission for authorization to construct delivery facilities on the 300-acre Rosalie G. Berry farm. The property was between Routes 165 and 23.The Harford County facilities would be used to transport products from its 30-inch mainline to terminals in the North Baltimore area. Colonial's Harford County installation would consist of five tanks and two small buildings. The Colonial Pipeline constructed a 1,600-mile petroleum pipeline from Houston, Texas, to the New York Harbor area. The mainline would have an output of 600,000 barrels of petroleum products a day.

Vandals discovered a new prank in Bel Air, the tipping of Volkswagen automobiles. In one incident, the Rev. Claude Jones on Bynum Road found his Volkswagen Bug pushed out of the driveway and shoved over on its side, blocking the road just over the crest of a hill. Mrs. Otto Fedor of Belcrest Road in Bel Air told police that she awoke to discover her Volkswagen was not in the driveway at her residence, where she left it the night before. It was found on its side with damage to the fenders and sides of both doors.

Flames completely leveled a large building owned by the Blue Ridge Flooring Company, which included a sawmill operation. The total loss was estimated at $15,000. Employees of the sawmill had left less than a half an hour before the blaze was discovered. When firemen arrived the structure, which measured 30-by-50 feet, was completely engulfed in flames. A large diesel engine and all of the sawing equipment were destroyed.

Work was progressing on the installation of Bel Air's new radio station. Leveling and filling the land at the rear of the Turley Bowl parking lot were in progress and the new radio station tower would be installed there. Space inside the Turley Bowl building had been completed and interested persons would be able to watch broadcasting in progress. A large window would allow visitors to see into the main studio.

The final total of contributions in the 1962 Christmas Seal Campaign for tuberculosis control in Harford County was $19,285, according to the Seal Campaign chairman. This was an increase of $2,085 over the 1961 campaign. The funds would be used to continue operating the mobile chest x-ray unit as well as the Tuberculin Skin Testing program within the public schools; supporting the occupational therapy programs in the state hospitals; financing a nursing scholarship for a 1963 graduate; providing special services to tuberculosis patients; and additional research.

At the Bel Air Theatre: "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," starring Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones and Ronny Howard was on the big screen. Also featured was "Two for the Seesaw" starring Robert Mitchum and Shirley MacLaine.

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