Sheriff's office demolished for new county office building

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, February 28, 1963:

Clearing of the grounds of the former sheriff's residence, opposite the courthouse, began in Bel Air to make way for construction of the new county office building. A contract was awarded and construction was to start immediately.


A burglar made off with more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Western Auto store in Havre de Grace. The burglar apparently hid inside the store while it was being closed because the lock on the rear door was broken off from the inside. The burglar made off with a large number of pistols, shotguns, three TVs, tires, batteries and a phonograph.

A new fleet of unmarked police cars arrived at the Maryland State Police Benson Barrack. The cars were of various colors and had no exterior identification. Inside they were equipped with all of the regular items in other patrol cars. These unidentified cars were to help police eliminate drag racing and as an answer to the mounting highway traffic accidents.


Traffic was backed up eight miles, from 1 to 7 p.m., on Route 40 between the Aberdeen light and Otter Point. Police had to block off several side roads to keep Route 40 traffic moving. The traffic was because of the holiday weekend combined with a significant snowfall that morning.

The developers of the Bel Air Plaza shopping center, opposite the race track, announced their plans. One of the 18 stores would be a large A&P Supermarket. The 18 stores, to be built on 44 acres on Route 1, would house 100,000 square feet of retail space and a parking lot for 750 cars.

Dr. Milton Osborne, retired dean of architecture at Pennsylvania State College, spoke at a town meeting on what could be done to improve the appearance of Bel Air's business area. In his opinion the interior town was standing still in a growing community and the business area was deteriorating rapidly. It was his feeling that the business area should become a community center, where people could walk around and look at interesting shop windows. The buildings needed to be simplified and plantings added, with the possible elimination of unsightly and large utility poles.

One hundred persons were received into charter membership of the new Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air. The newly organized congregation would have the Rev. Eugene H. Peterson as its pastor.

In an ad for Suburban Rambler Inc. in Bel Air: "Announcing the New Rambler Classic V-8. A brand-new V-8 costs only $105 more than the Classic 6. Through research, American Motors was convinced that a high-economy V-8 could be perfected. Today the Classic V-8 is tested, proved and ready for you. Get balanced performance plus high economy."

In an ad for Beshore's: "How to be a two-TV family for $137.88 without giving up quality. Chances are you already own one set. Motorola now makes it possible to get a second TV with full year guarantee at this low price. It's light enough to carry from room to room (there's a pull-up handle concealed in the top). It has a touch, polystyrene case that won't scratch easily."