50 YEARS AGO (WEEK OF DEC. 22-28, 1940):

* Facilities at the former Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp at Avalon in the Patapsco State Forest were being prepared this week for the arrival of men performing conscientious objector service under the terms of the draft law. The men, members of the American Friends Service Committee, would be housed in barracks at the camp site. They would be working eight hours a day performing work similar to that done by the CCC: clearing brush and building stone fireplaces and recreational buildings.

* Dr. Edgar John Goodpasture was appointed health officer for Howard County this week by the County Commissioners. Dr. Goodpasture would be leaving his position as a staff member of the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Sabillasville to assume his new duties in January 1941.

25 YEARS AGO (WEEK OF DEC. 19-25, 1965):

* It was announced this week that Ellicott City's new sewer system would be put into service on Monday, Dec. 27. They system at the time consisted of about 20 miles of sewer mains that had been under construction since the early part of 1965. It also was announced by the Howard County Metropolitan Commission that an assessment would be levied on all property abutting the sewer mains. The bills would be forwarded to property owners in January 1966.

* Another announcement this week was that bonds for Howard County Capital Improvement programs would be offered for sale early in 1966.

Included in the issue were: $550,000 for a county office building, $100,000 for park acquisition, and $1.13 million for schools.

Information for this column was culled by contributing writer Diane Mullaly from the Howard County Historical Society's library.

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