25 years ago: Residents oppose sewer extension in Fallston commercial area

From The Aegis dated Sept. 24, 1987:

The Harford County executive 25 years ago this week backed off plans to extend a new sewer line into the Route 1 commercial corridor between Bel Air and Fallston.

A recent survey had shown fewer than half of the 110 property owners in the corridor supported the public sewer extension.

"I do think now's the time to make a decision on the this project and either do it or forget about it," Habern Freeman said. "We have to quit yanking this thing around. If the people out there don't want to support it, I'm not rolling the dice and building it."

A local developer went so far as to say those people who were against the sewer extension were "very short-sighted."

"When you have the opportunity to get sewerage you should take it, because one day you may find you need it," W. Dale Hess, who recently opened a Denny's restaurant near the intersection of Routes 1 and 152, said.

In other news from The Aegis of 25 years ago, it was becoming clear the school board was going to look outside Harford and Maryland for its next superintendent.

Dr. A.A. Roberty announced a week earlier his intention to retire at the end of the 1988 school year, and the school board members, whose job was to choose his successor, said they were "looking for a new direction" for Harford's school system. Roberty led the Harford system for 18 years, and he was the "hand-picked" successor to Dr. Charles Willis, who was superintendent for the previous 25 years.

The school board president said it may be time for a change in leadership style.

"There has been a pattern since 1945 and it might be time for that pattern to change," the board president said. "A long time ago the General Assembly established that the Boards of Education would be at the head of the school systems and that the superintendents would work within that framework."

As was become tradition, farmer Donald Berg opened his farm on Hopewell Road in Level up to the public for one night in September for a spectacular fireworks display.

Berg hosted a group of fireworks hobbyists, including his brother from Perryman, who were interested in just putting on a good show. For the third year in a row, as many as 150 people came to watch the display that included as much as $1,000 worth of fireworks.

"It's just a big party and it's a little different. How often can you say you went to a party to see fireworks?" Berg asked. State fire officials said Berg and his crowd were following all the rules.

The same pit bull that seriously injured a greyhound three weeks earlier in Bel Air was suspected of attacked and injuring a golden retriever and a 4-year-old girl in the same place this week 25 years ago.

Charges were filed against the pit bull's owner, claiming the owner violated the county code by having a dog at large and possessing a dog nuisance. The dog's owner could have been facing a fine of up to $2,000 and up to a year in jail.

The Klein family got permission 25 years ago to expand its store in Bel Air by 15,000 square feet, despite some objections. The existing building was 24,000 square feet.

The 30-year-old story was built as an Acme and operated by the chain until the early 1980s, when the store was relocated. The Klein family leased the store for several years and bought it in 1985.

Delta Lumber Do-It Center was holding its "best offer sale" 25 years ago this week, when all first quality merchandise was on clearance. "No reasonable offer refused," read the advertisement. Items included shower enclosures, windows and storm windows, storm doors, ceramic tile, carpet padding and reams, hardwood flooring, kitchen cabinets, as well as seasonal items like patio chairs and tables and porch swings.

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