State seeks to stop HdG from dumping sewage in Susquehanna [50 years ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, July 4, 1963:

The State Department of Health sought federal intervention to force the City of Havre de Grace to build a sewage treatment plant. Havre de Grace was dumping a million gallons of raw sewage per day into the Susquehanna River. Under a provision of the Federal Pollution and Water Control Act, a governor could ask the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare to take federal action if interstate or navigable waters were being polluted.

Thomas J. Hatem, Havre de Grace City attorney, submitted his resignation. He said it "appears necessary to me in view of the difficulty I experienced in my endeavors to properly protect and represent you and in several instances, from your own actions."

The Main Street elevated water tank of the Maryland Water Works Company would be getting a facelift. The tank, erected by Pittsburgh-DesMoines Steel Company in March 1939, would be cleaned and painted a soft green gloss. The tank had a 250,000-gallon storage capacity, a height of 104 feet from the ground to the peak, an exterior surface area of approximately 9,500 square feet and served a vital part in the distribution of water to the Town of Bel Air.

Lt. Hugh Everline was named commander of the new Northeastern Expressway Division. Everline had been the assistant commander at the Benson State Police Barracks since 1956. The new 35-man detachment would have its headquarters in the Administration Building at Aiken in Cecil County. The 42-mile highway, which would extend from Delaware to White Marsh, was scheduled to open in November 1963. This would be Maryland's first toll road.

Sen. William S. James said he expected increasing fees and taxes on motor vehicles to be the solution for supporting the high cost of road building and maintenance. James was chairman of a committee of the Legislative Council, which was to confer with the State Roads Commission on how to finance Maryland's proposed roads program. James said he foresaw an increase in the gasoline tax and in the fees for title transfers and tags.

The American Legion, Harford Post 39 on Conowingo Road would ring freedom bells for their July 4th celebration. A large bell belonging to Mrs. Robert Pahnke of Wakefield Meadows, whose husband was a post member, would be installed on a scaffold for the ceremony at the post home. The bell was originally used on Mrs. Pahnke's father's farm in Ridgeland, S.C.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Bel Air received a clear-toned bell for its bell tower that had been erected a few years prior. A parishioner, traveling in New York, telephoned the Rev. Cole telling him he found a suitable bell in an antique shop and thought it could be bought at a bargain. Shortly thereafter, Rev. Cole headed north where he purchased the bell and brought it home with him in a truck. The bell was housed in the tower where it would ring a message of approaching services to the neighborhood.

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