50 years ago: Joppatowne civic group explores incorporation

From the Aegis dated Thursday, Jan. 8, 1970:

The Joppatowne Civic Association was seeking information from every practical source 50 years ago this week in hopes of finding out what is needed to incorporate the community.


The Joppatowne group had made contact with the Maryland Municipal League and other agencies who might be able to supply any help with showing the huge southeastern Harford community how to go about becoming an incorporated town.

“We have problems right now,” Dick Phoebus of the Civic Association told the Aegis. “First of all, it is difficult to get any information about how to go about incorporating into a town and secondly, we don’t feel the county is amenable to incorporation by us or any other community.”


Phoebus said there are about 10,000 people living in the Joppatowne community and people there were upset about the problems they have been having with the rates charged by the local utility company that supplies water to them and the lack of services the taxpayers there receive for the money paid into county coffers.

Superintendent tells teachers: ‘final fiscal role is commissioners'

Schools Superintendent Charles Willis told the Harford County Commissioners that negotiations with teachers over the Harford County Education Association “package” would be completed by the end of January 50 years ago this week.

Willis said item number 70 in the package, which states that final authority on fiscal matters rests with the county commissioners, was the one he wanted to make very clear to teachers.

Willis also commented that a comprehensive report of capital improvements for the next five years was in the making and added “it will scare a lot of people, including me.”

Bond money used to buy school sites

The county commissioners authorized payment for the purchase of two school sites from bond issue monies 50 years ago this week.

The commissioners approved $138,100 as the final payment for the Katherine B. Harlan farm opposite Harford Junior College on Thomas Run Road. The remainder of the $196,000 purchase price had been paid to Harlan in 1969.

The commissioners also made a payment of $49,336 on the new Aberdeen Middle School site.

Havre de Grace eyes park, museum

The possibility of a 15 acre or larger park, complete with a museum, along the Susquehanna River, was discussed by the Havre de Grace City Council 50 years ago this week.

Mayor Henry Loeblein said he would like to see something done with the waterfront north of McLhinney Park, land that was then owned by the Susquehanna Power Co., part of which was already leased to the city.

An old brick building, believed to have been built in the 1800s and referred to as the lock house, could be converted into a museum, the mayor said. Loeblein then appointed councilmen Donald Asher, Lee Merrill and Frank Hutchins to a park study committee.

Boy survives icy dunk in Bush River

A 12-year-old boy had to be pulled from the icy waters of the Bush River 50 years ago this week after a skating accident.

Michael Allen Zynell had skated across the river from Long Bar Harbor and was near the Willoughby Beach shore when he went through the ice.


William Hershfeld, said he saw the boy suddenly disappear from site, then used an aluminum boat to reach the boy and bring him ashore. State Trooper Richard Lastner told the Aegis that, other from suffering from exposure, Zynell appeared to be in good condition.

Harford Junior College professors calls IQ tests illegal

Intelligence Quotient, or IQ, tests are illegal, Harford Junior College’s Dr. Harold Sylvester said during an address to the New England Entrance Certification Board in Vermont.

“I predict that within 10 years there will be no IQ tests given in any schools in our country,” Sylvester said.

Claiming such tests should be put in their place along with “witch doctoring” and “fortune telling,” Sylvester said educators were reluctant to give up their “crutch.”

In explaining his case, Sylvester said that no one had ever established what intelligence is and that the people who design and give IQ tests have satisfied themselves that whatever it is, intelligence is inborn.

Sports: Bel Air gains tie with Gilman

Bel Air’s wrestlers had yet to lose a dual meet to start the season 50 years ago this week, but it took a pin by heavyweight Mike Barberry in the final match to tie Gilman 21-21 and keep their record clean.

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