As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, November 7, 1963:

President Kennedy accepted an invitation from Governor Tawes of Maryland and Governor Carvel of Delaware to attend the ceremony to open the Maryland Northeastern Expressway 50 years ago this week. A special opening day luncheon would be served at the new Maryland House restaurant on the Expressway near Aberdeen. From the luncheon, the dignitaries were expected to travel east to the Maryland-Delaware line, where President Kennedy would help officially open the roadway, arriving there from Washington via helicopter.


An Army officer from Aberdeen Proving Ground was stabbed several times by a mysterious assailant in a parking lot on the post. The officer was listed in critical condition after the attack. His injuries included knife wounds to the left side, arm and leg. The crime was being investigated by Army authorities.

The budget and tax rates for the first half of 1964 were agreed upon. The county rate was 94 cents, while taxpayers in the incorporated towns of Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace were due to pay 82 cents. The 12-cent differential was authorized by law because roads within the incorporated areas are paid for with municipal funds. There was to be a 6.5 cent increase over the rate in the county category and a 7 cent increase for town residents.

The November term for the Circuit Court convened this week with Judge Harry E. Cyer presiding for the first time.

Ground-breaking ceremonies took place for the new Century Savings and Loan Association Building in Bel Air, 216 S. Main St. Mayor Buchal was on hand to turn the first shovel full of dirt. The building was scheduled for completion about May 1964 and would cost approximately $176,000. Century Savings and Loan Association was founded in 1897 and offered home mortgages and savings accounts insured up to $10,000.

Heavy rains helped hold Halloween vandalism down to a relatively light toll. The most serious incident occurred on Route 136 between Creswell and Bush, where logs were laid across the roadway and a car hit them. The driver said he did not see the logs until it was too late to stop. He escaped injury but his car suffered significant damage.

Three teenage boys were arrested for dozens of thefts from mailboxes in the northern area of Harford County. The boys were taken into custody following an 80-mile-an-hour chase by a deputy sheriff. It was believed that the boys were responsible for taking checks and mail from more than 100 mailboxes in Rocks, Pylesville and Jarrettsville.

The C.B. Osborn Sons of Aberdeen purchased one of the largest modern pieces of farm machinery in Harford County. The Osborns purchased a four-row John Deere corn combine. The Osborn family had been growing and canning sweet corn in Aberdeen for 82 years. Because of decreased profits in the canning business, the Osborns decided to replace it with the operation of raising fields of corn. The corn combine snapped the mature corn from the stalk working four rows at a time, it then stripped away the outer husk and shelled the grain form the cob. The combine was capable of picking four acres of corn an hour.

The Harford Players presented "The Fantasticks" at the Wakefield Elementary School. Tickets could be purchased at Preston's Stationery Store in Bel Air.

Residents of Harford County would soon have a varied selection of recordings soon to be housed at the Edgewood library. All age groups were considered when the recordings were chosen as well as the numerous interests of library patrons. All of the recordings would be available to all branches throughout the county.