Ground broken for buildings at Harford Junior College [50 years ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, Sept. 19, 1963:

Ground was broken 50 years ago this week on the site for the future buildings of the Harford Junior College, at Schuck's corner on the former Prospect Hill Farm. The Honorable William S. James, president of the Maryland Senate, was the main speaker for the ceremony. Charles Reed Jr., chairman of the board of trustees of the Harford Junior College, dug the first shovelful of earth to begin the $1 million construction project. Structures to be erected were a library, a science and engineering building, an engineering building and an academic classroom building. These buildings would provide space for an enrollment of 1,000 students, 500 for day and 500 for night, by the expected completion of September 1964.

Two men robbed the Harford Drive-In Theatre on Route 22 in Churchville. Two workers of the drive-in were in the ticket office when a car pulled up to them and one of the occupants inquired "Are we in time for the show?" When they were told that the movie was almost over, both of the robbers produced guns and ordered the pair to hand over the money. One of the gunmen got out of the car and grabbed the cash box, which contained $514. The robbers then backed their car out of the establishment and fled. One of the robbers was described to police who was identified a short time later as an escapee from the Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital's maximum security section early in the week.

An estimated $500 worth of property was stolen from the St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Emmorton. Intruders broke into both the parish house and the church building and made off with an altar service book, a typewriter, two record players, a film strip projector, two fire extinguishers and a roll of stamps.

All equipment from the Bel Air Race Track, including chairs and benches, would be sold at auction. The grandstands would be demolished and sold as well. This officially marked the end of racing in Bel Air.

The Bel Air Beautification Committee planned to plant chrysanthemums to replace the geraniums and petunias in the tubs along Main and Bond streets. Members of the committee received many compliments on the plantings.

Teenage readers of The Aegis were invited to participate in the 6th Annual Teenage Writing Contest, co-sponsored by the paper and the Maryland-Delaware Press Association. The contest was held as part of the observance of the National Newspaper Week. All high school students in Maryland and Delaware were eligible to write an essay of 350 to 500 words. The award was a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

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