50 years ago: Bel Air residents ask for their water to be tested

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, Sept. 13, 1962:

The Bel Air town commissioners reviewed complaints from residents in the northern end of town concerning the quality of their drinking water. Northern Bel Air received water from the reservoir and the residents complained that the water coming into their homes carried an odor, was discolored, contained floating objects and had a foul taste. The commissioners requested the State Board of Health run tests in the northern part of the town and from the reservoir to determine the problems, if any, with the water system.

Gov. J. Millard Tawes visited Harford County for the opening of the Edgewood branch of the First National Bank of Bel Air. Sen. William S. James, who introduced the governor, pointed out that the governor was a former Bank Commissioner of Maryland and was interested in the continued growth and sound economic conditions in the state. The event was attended by more than 3,000 people who visited the new facility. The visitors were treated to tasty refreshments and prizes. Visitors came away with a general cordial feeling toward members of the bank staff. The new branch bank was equipped to provide full banking services to the Edgewood community.

A badly decomposed body was found floating in Cranberry Run just north of Route 40 by two fishermen. The time of death was placed at eight months to a year and the medical examiner could not determine immediately if it was a man or a woman. The remains were taken to the Baltimore City Morgue for further investigation.

A Fallston resident, Paul Coombs, 58, was pronounced dead after drinking cleaning fluid. Coomb's wife told state troopers that Coombs had gone to the basement of his residence and drank some contents of a bottle. The bottle later proved to contain carbon tetrachloride. Coombs went to bed and told his wife that he drank the fluid. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died that same day.

A 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, William Heidig, found a printing plate for counterfeit $20 bills while scuba diving near the Susquehanna River bridge in Havre de Grace. Heidig was a member of a Lancaster group of scuba divers who practiced their hobby diving the Susquehanna each weekend. Heidig turned the plate over to the state police, who in turn gave the plate to the U.S. Secret Service. The Secret Service said it appeared that the plate had been tossed from a car traveling over the bridge and it appeared to have been a recent act. The plate was 4-by8-inches, was made of copper alloy, with a facsimile of the face of a $20 bill etched on its surface.

Ground was broken for the MarBelAir Co.'s terrazzo tile plant at the new Forest Hill Industrial Park. The ground-breaking was sponsored by the Harford Economic Development Commission. Thomas Gentry, president of MarBelAir, dug the first hole for the new building.

Burglars get away with $500 worth of tires, auto accessories, time pieces and cigarettes from Street's Amoco Station on Ady Road. The intruders first attempted to break in through the garage door and later went to the front, where they broke a window to get in.

In an ad: Klein's of Forest Hill, "Hold Down Meat Prices!", whole chickens, 29 cents a pound; pork chop cutlets, 49 cents a pound; hamburger, 3 pounds lean, $1.39; bacon, 29 cents a pound; sausage, 59 cents a pound; smoked franks, 2 pound bag, 89 cents a pound. "Better Food For Less at Klein's."

In an ad: The C&P; Telephone Company of Maryland, "'A Kitchen Extension Phone, A Cook's Best Friend!' Conveniently brings calls where you're cooking, saves you time and steps. Take your pick of colors and styles. A space-saving wall phone or the familiar table model is only $1.15 a month after a small installation charge. Or, have the dainty Princess phone for $1.90 a month after installation. To order, just call your Telephone Business Office or ask the man on the telephone truck."

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