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50 years ago: State gives Harford Junior College $500,000 for building at Schuck's Corner

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, August 2,1962:

The Harford County Commissioners agreed to provide half a million dollars for construction of the new Harford Junior College at Schuck's Corner. Under a plan by the Maryland General Assembly, Harford County would receive $500,000 from a $10 million sum set aside for the construction of junior colleges in Maryland, provided the county could raise a similar amount. The superintendent of schools said that $1 million would provide $200,000 for the purchase of the former Prospect Hill Farm and $800,000 for construction of a building for student needs.

This week marked a historic first for The Aegis newspaper. The previous printing method called the "letterpress method" was used during the past 106 years of the paper's existence. Today's paper in 1962 was composed and printed by the "off-set method," which makes use of photographic methods instead of the direct-from-type means formerly used. The new press was capable of a running speed of 15,000 copies an hour and take up to two hours to complete the printing of the entire paper. Previously The Aegis printed at speeds that could not exceed 4,000 copies an hour, and would take up to 16 hours to complete an entire paper printing.

One hundred eight-week-old pheasants were released on the Aberdeen Proving Ground wildlife reservation in an effort to replenish the post's dwindling supply of game birds. The operation planned to continue purchasing and breeding the wild birds to satisfy the hunting needs of some 1,000 civilian and military hunters who frequented the reservation during the fall hunting season. Before being released the birds were banded so they could be identified when brought in by the hunters. An incentive of a small reward was offered for anyone who succeeded in bagging one of the banded birds.

Hexcel Products Inc. in Havre de Grace, which had another plant in California, was the leading manufacturer of honeycomb core structures. These structures supplied much of the material used for the giant antenna that relays radio and television waves to and from the Telstar satellite. The Telstar satellite orbited 600 to 3,500 miles above the earth and weighed 380 tons. The honeycomb panels, made in Harford County, laid end-to-end would cover half the area of a football field, yet only weighed less than 17 tons. This represented less than 5 percent of the overall weight of the Telstar antenna.

Construction was being completed on the new eight classroom-auditorium building for St. Margaret's school, which was scheduled to open in September for the new school year. The all-purpose hall included seating for 800 people for stage performances, a full-size basketball court and an ultra-modern kitchen to be used for school and parish functions. St. Margaret's enrollment in September 1962 was expected to jump significantly, making it the largest parochial school in the county.

The Abingdon fire company purchased an 84-pound boat to be used in connection with the rescue truck put into action three years earlier. The boat was expected to be used to aid persons in swimming and boating emergencies. The boat was light enough to carry over land to a launching site. The company also planned to use the boat as a sled to carry injured persons during a possible heavy snow.

In sports, Jim Cleman of White Marsh became the first member of the Maryland Golf and Country Club in Bel Air to register a hole in one on the 18-hole golf course. Playing in a foursome which included Al Cesky, Eugene Todd and Tom Hart, Cleman sank his shot on the 170-yard third hole with a five-iron.

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