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25 years ago: Harford schools implement new plan for kindergartners when schools open late for snow

From the Aegis dated Wednesday, Jan. 4, 1995:

In direct response to the previous year’s harsh winter that forced Harford County Public Schools to close for a record 15 days and open late on 11 others, school officials were implementing a new plan 25 years ago this week to see that kindergarten students got class time when schools opened two hours late because of snow.

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“Kids were missing a lot of time, especially morning kindergartners,” said Donald R. Morrison, director of information and publications for the school system.

In previous years, when schools opened two hours late, morning kindergarten classes were canceled. Under the new plan, kindergarten classes would run on an abbreviated schedule. In the event of a delay, kindergarten classes would start at 11 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Because of the time necessary to reschedule bus runs, the revised day means afternoon classes would start at 1:45 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m., the normal closing time for elementary school.

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A Havre de Grace man was accused of using a straight razor to attack two men he argued with a bar less than an hour into the new year 25 years ago this week.

The man was charged with assault with the intention of committing murder, two counts of stabbing with the intention of maiming, beating with the intention of maiming and battery, the Aegis reported.

Busy week for firefighters

A fire destroyed a home in street, damaged a department store in Havre de Grace and officials were looking for a suspect in connection with a fire set outside an Edgewood apartment 25 years ago this week.

An electrical fire in the 2100 block of Mt. Horeb Road in Street took firefighters several hours to contain and caused approximately $125,000 in damage to a family’s home, displacing them.

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Employees and shoppers were evacuated from the Ames department store on Route 40 in Havre de Grace after an explosion and electrical fire there that caused about $50,000 in damage. No one was injured.

In Edgewood, investigators said a pile of leaves was set on fire outside the apartment building in the 800 block of Windstream Way and were seeking the public’s help in identifying the culprit.

Council approves $360,000 grant for emergency center

The Harford County Council unanimously approved appropriating more than $360,000 of a federal grant award toward the new Emergency Operations Center in Hickory 25 years ago this week.

The new building, to be located off Route 543, will be about 12,000 square feet with a large part of space dedicated to a dispatch center for fire, police and 911 services, Chief Jim Terrell said.

Officials had hoped for the project, part of the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, would be complete by fall 1996, the new construction timeline wouldn’t be available until later.

Burdette takes seat on Bel Air board

The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners once again had a full complement of five members after Stephen Burdette was sworn in 25 years ago this week.

Burdette filled the vacancy created by the resignation of Mark Decker, who was elected to represent District C on the Harford County Council in November 1994. Burdette thanked the commissioners for their vote of confidence in choosing him to fill the remainder of Decker’s term through April.

“I hope to serve the town in a greater capacity than I have in the past,” he said. “I will do my best to serve the town of Bel Air.”

Video store owner charged

The owner of the Video Invasion store on Route 40 in Aberdeen was charged 25 years ago this week with hiring a minor to dispense sexually explicit materials.

Someone called the sheriff’s office to report the minor handling video tapes that have covers showing “explicit sex acts and exposed body parts.” A detective went to the store and observed the 17-year-old boy rent four video tapes to two customers.

The owner told police he knew the teenager was under age, but hadn’t planned to put him behind the counter so soon, the Aegis reported.

Sports: Bel Air, CMW capture holiday hoops tourney titles

The Bel Air boys basketball team used an up tempo style to get past county rival North Harford 70-60 in the finals of the John Carroll Holiday Tournament 25 years ago this week.

C. Milton Wright went on the road to Dulaney’s Christmas Tourney and came up with two wins and a title.

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