50 Years Ago: Work begins on Bel Air Bypass bridge over Vale Road

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, November 22, 1962:

Work began 50 years ago this week on the long awaited Bel Air By-pass bridge over Vale Road. Construction began on the Noyes Estate on Vale Road. The bridge was one of several contracts on the by-pass road from Benson to Hickory which had been planned for many years.

Also this week, 33,354 county residents were vaccinated with the Type II Oral Polio vaccine. This was a followup to the Type I vaccine that was offered in October.

Three girls from Edgewood High School, two of them 14 and the other 16, were facing juvenile charges. For several months the three girls had been looting the girls' locker room at their school. Apparently, the thefts were made by the girls who came into the rooms after gym classes had begun. A number of watches, cosmetics, wallets and money had been stolen from purses left in the locker room.

Plans for the new Harford Junior College site at Schuck's Corner began. An architectural firm from Washington, D.C., and Dr. N. L. Englehardt, an educational consultant from New York City, met with the board of trustees to discuss a preliminary campus layout for the college. Final plans and specifications were to be completed in February and bids were to be advertised in March. The initial phase of the development and construction was being planned to accommodate 500 students with an eventual growth to 2,000 students. Occupancy of the new facilities was scheduled for September 1963.

Two people were killed on Route 40 east of Edgewood when their cars collided with a tractor trailer. Maryland State Police troopers charged the driver of the tractor trailer with two counts of manslaughter, displaying improper lights and making an improper turn. According to authorities, the truck driver had pulled from the eastbound lane into a crossover, prior to making a turn into the westbound lane. The trailer was protruding into the east lanes. Two separate cars hit the tractor trailer, one in the fast lane and the other in the slow lane at the same time, killing both drivers on impact.

Dr. James Stephenson Hopkins, 78, Maryland's oldest practicing dentist and one of Bel Air's most highly regarded residents, died this week at Union Memorial Hospital. After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1905, he moved to Bel Air, where he continued his dentistry practice. Locally he was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, the Masonic Lodge and the Bel Air Rotary Club.

Harford County's Series E and H savings bond purchases for 1962 were considered above average with room for improvement. From January to October 1962, $2,518 worth of bonds had been sold in the county. This represents 84.2 percent of the quota and put Harford County 13th in the state.

The 1962 production of turkeys was down 15 percent from last year's crop. This did not affect the availability of turkeys for Thanksgiving and their costs were reasonable. Locally, turkeys were selling for 33 cents a pound for a store brand turkey and 47 cents a pound for a Butterball turkey.

In an ad for Star Aluminum & Construction Company Inc., "Stop unnecessary home problems: wood boards splitting, high fuel costs, chilly drafts, uncomfortable living due to poor insulation; enjoy everlasting home beauty: comfortable living and savings...now your home can be made into a truly modern home, no painting worries: washes fresh and bright with a garden hose." "Insulates, fireproof, and waterproof, $444."

In an ad for Harford Mutual Insurance Company, "Pause to return thanks and be grateful for Thanksgiving Day, for home and country, for good friends and kind companions."

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