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25 years ago: Harford gears up for Maryland Hunt Cup

From The Aegis dated April 23, 1987:

As they did this weekend, horse racing fans and participants 25 years ago came out in droves for the running of the My Lady's Manor Point-to-Point races near Monkton.

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The weekend race was a prelude to the upcoming 91st Maryland Hunt Cup, in 1987 considered to be the most difficult timber race in the world.

Bel Air town residents were getting hit with a potential tax increase 25 years ago. The town administrator proposed increasing the property tax rate by 10 cents to $1.14 per $100 of assessed value.

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William N. McFaul cited a shortfall in state revenue and lagging property tax income despite new building and larger assessments in the town. He said it was the only way the town could maintain the level of service it was providing its residents.

The proposed budget for fiscal year 1988, $2,879,102, did not include pay raises for town employees and only including funding to hire two more police officers.

Also on the budget front in 1987, the county was considering legislation to nearly "double" the cost for residents to hook up to public water and sewer service, which drew immediate opposition from the head of the local Home Builders' Association.

"We're putting together our own alternatives for generating cash flows and other approaches for raising funds," George Shehan told the Harford County Council. "We agree the job's got to be done, but I hate to see the cost of a new home jacked up $1,100 as this plan proposes."

If approved, a combined surcharge of $1,050 for each residential water and sewer connection would be added to residents bills. It was expected to generate up to $1 million a year based on an average of 1,000 new residential units in 1985 and 1986.

The trucker accused of hitting and killing two Maryland State Police troopers with his tractor trailer while they sat in their patrol car in the median of I-95 near Havre de Grace was released on bond this week 25 years ago, despite speculation that he may flee "the state and possibly the is country."

Just days after the trucker, suspected of being drunk in the crash that killed TFC Jon Sawa and TFC Larry Small, was released on $35,000, he was ordered to return for another "Motion to Deny Bond or Increase Bail."

Flim-flam artists posing as Baltimore Gas and Electric servicemen tried to scam at least nine elderly residents in Harford and Baltimore counties a week earlier in 1987.

The suspects identified themselves as servicemen correcting undetectable problems caused by area power surges, made the bogus repairs and then requested the residents pay cash before the servicemen left.

They tried the scam four times in Harford and managed to get $80 from one resident.

BGE was outraged and offering a $1,000 reward for information leading the arrest of the flim-flammers.

Southern rock star Greg Allman and his band stopped for a two-hour visit at Giovanni's in Edgewood 25 years ago this week.

The "hell-raising, booze-guzzling, conceited image" of Allman proved to be opposite.

"He was very police and soft-spoken," a seven year waitress at Giovanni's said. "Everything was 'yes ma'am,' 'no maam' and 'please.' Out of all the people I waited on that night, he was the least trouble. I always had to ask him what he wanted."

Allman and his band were on their way to Connecticut from Florida when they stopped for dinner around 7:30 p.m. The group went unrecognized for about 10 minutes, but bartender Keith Prevost ID'd the singer.

Bel Air High students Karri Jessup, Tom Clark, Brian Krebs, Paul Hagger and Robert Waner were among 10 county high school students who earned the right to compete at the Future Business Leaders National Convention in California over the summer.

Sears Surplus Store in Bel Air Plaza Shopping Center was advertising its spring sale, with Levi 501 jeans for $10, draperies 25 percent off, men's blazers 20 percent off, glassware for $5, men's lightweight spring jackets $5 off and ladies dresses 25 percent off.

Kmart, America's Garden Center, was selling Crystal Park three-pound rye grass two for $3, Lofts Turf Supreme for $7.97 for a three-pound box, Hyponex Weed 'n Feed for $7.97 after a $3 rebate and Jobe's rose spikes for $2.22.

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