Morse Road residents try to stop construction of oil storage tank farm [50 years ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, August 15, 1963:

Residents of Morse Road in Western Harford County filed suit in Circuit Court against the Colonial Oil Company and the County Board of Zoning Appeals to stop construction of an oil storage tank farm. The court action followed an Appeals Board decision to permit construction on a 300-acre farm. The oil company qualified as a public utility and would construct a 30-by-60-foot building and five oil storage tanks which would be confined to a 25-acre space.

The White Star Restaurant in Edgewood on Route 40 was robbed of an estimated $3,000 in cash. The intruders broke in through a back entrance and obtained their loot from a safe in the office, as well as from breaking open juke boxes, peanut machines, cigarette machines and a shuffleboard game. The largest sum of money was obtained from a large safe that was battered open.

Three Argentinian travelers stopped on Route 40 near Aberdeen this week. The trio started their trip in Buenos Aires in Argentina and were headed for New York City. To navigate the waters between countries, the travelers floated their car on 12 gas cans and used a homemade propeller on the drive shaft. The group had been through 13 countries in 18 months traveling in a vintage 1927 Model "T" Ford. The car was littered with decals and painted insignias from their travels. Since arriving in this country, the group had been funded by department store chains, gas stations and several communities they passed through.

The Town of Bel Air was working on rezoning six acres on the north side of Moores Mill Road for the possible construction of a large apartment building. The property became available once Bel Air extended a large sewer line up Moores Mill Road. The proposed building would contain 120 apartment units. Also included in the construction would be a swimming pool, tennis courts and a children's playground. The total cost of the building and additional facilities was estimated at $1.5 million.

The County Commissioners had a public hearing for the purpose of closing or altering some roads due to the construction of the Bel Air Bypass and the relocation of Routes 23 and 147. The commissioners agreed to close Bynum Road for 100 feet; relocate Vale Road for 1560 feet with no access to the Bypass; Connolly Road would be relocated for 1,250 feet with no access to Route 147; Reckord Road would be relocated 1,250 feet with no access to Route 147.

An estimated 4,500 spectators turned out for an air show at the Fallston Airport. Some 40 visiting aircraft from nearby airports and four adjoining states were on hand for the aerobatics exhibition.

The Sunday morning services of the Mountain Christian Church were to be broadcast over the Bel Air radio station dial 1520. Mountain Christian Church was one of the oldest Christian churches on the East Coast dating back to 1824 when it was organized.

The Chesapeake Trail Riding Club of Harford County would be host to a rodeo at the Durham Farm on Route 1 in Bel Air. The rodeo would consist of competitive classes in barrel racing, pole bending, water races, musical chairs and the egg race, as well as roping and jousting.

The Harford County chapter of the American Red Cross would host a "Safety Sunday" at Woodside Park on Fountain Green Road between Churchville Road and Route 1. The program would include lifesaving demonstrations by several local fire departments, water safety demonstrations, small craft safety techniques and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation demonstrations. Also part of the exhibition would be a simulated school bus accident involving multiple injuries to demonstrate rescue techniques coordinated by several fire and rescue companies.

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