As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, Dec. 12, 1963:
The States Roads Commission approved a five-year plan for new roads to be built in Harford County. The roads project was devised using data computed during the Highway Needs Study taken throughout the state. The new roads would consist of: new construction of a mile from existing Route 1 and the new Route 23 to existing Route 1 northeast of Hickory; resurfacing of 6.37 miles of Route 22 from Main Street in Bel Air to Route 136 east of Churchville; resurfacing 1.23 miles of Route 22 from the Aberdeen town limits to Route 40 in Aberdeen; new construction of 3.40 miles of Route 24 from the Northeastern Expressway to the Edgewood Arsenal.
Removal of the grandstand at the recently-closed Bel Air Race Track began this week 50 years ago.
County Commissioner and Chairman, D. Paul McNabb, died while giving a political speech at the Maryland Cooperative Milk Producers, Inc. at North Harford High School. McNabb was a life-long resident of Harford County and one of the county's most extensive land owners. For many years he took an active part in the affairs of jersey cattle in Maryland. He had operated three large dairy farms.
The Route 40 Business Men's Association was formed by merchants who lost business when the Northeastern Expressway was opened. Approximately three dozen businessmen joined the new group for the purpose of keeping Route 40 a desirable highway and to regain some of the trade they lost. The merchants reported estimated losses of business in the 25 to 70 percent range.
The local USO center suspended all dances until after Dec. 22 because of the mourning period for the slain president, John F. Kennedy. All other USO activities were continued and they included: checkers, chess, puzzles and group discussions.
Santa was to arrive on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Bel Air. A parade sponsored by the Bel Air Chamber of Commerce would start on Lee Street and Santa would ride to the courthouse on a fire truck.
Three local radio stations would be airing Christmas music originating from the various schools in the county during the coming week 50 years ago. Most of the elementary, junior high and high schools would be featured on WASA-AM in Havre de Grace, WAMD-AM in Aberdeen and WVOB-AM in Bel Air. These presentations were arranged through the cooperation of the program managers of the three stations, the supervisor of music for the Harford County Board of Education and the music teachers of the schools appearing on the broadcasts.
The Havre de Grace Consolidated School at Swan Creek lost six typewriters to burglars. Five of the six typewriters were eventually found in four feet of water in a creek along Bush Road off of Route 7. The other was recovered at a Baltimore pawn shop. The suspect in the case was identified by a photograph shown to the pawn broker. The typewriters were taken from desks in the business room at the school.
Tuberculosis was still a health problem in Harford County. During the 1963 year, 31 people in the community were discovered to have TB in its active form compared to 20 in 1962. TB constituted the fourth largest killer in the United States to date. TB case finding, prevention, care research and education was not possible without financial support. Each year the Christmas Seal Campaign was the Tuberculosis Association's only source of funds.
Patricia Rahll, 18, of Forest Hill, the 1963 State Winner of the 4-H Foods-Nutrition Award, got to meet and shake hands with Andy Griffith at the award ceremony. Griffith told Rahll that "It's always a thrill to be around fine young people like 4-Hers." Andy Griffith played the Sheriff of Mayberry on CBS's "The Andy Griffith Show".