As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, June 28, 1962:
A Bel Air Elementary School student from Hickory, John Michael Kirk, 12, won the first ever Soap Box Derby in Bel Air. The sixth-grader had to win five heats to claim the championship. Kirk told Derby officials that it took him about 60 hours to construct his 190-pound racer. He built it in the woodworking shop of his grandfather and named his racer "Granddad's Special." He received a $500 savings bond and a piece of luggage for his prize. Kirk also won a trip to Akron, Ohio, in August to compete in the 25th annual All-American Soap Box Derby.
A rest area and service station to be built near Stepney Road on the Northeastern Expressway presented a new problem for construction. How to dispose of the 1.5 million gallons of sewage per day on peak holidays was discussed in the county commissioners office. The gallonage expected on Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day would exceed the total of the county's three incorporated towns per day waste totals. The expressway construction schedule was so tight that action on the sewage problem needed to be taken care of immediately. The State Health Department allowed construction of a temporary lagoon for the rest stop until a more permanent system could be determined.
Suit was filed against the county commissioners by the state executive secretary of the NAACP, Walter Black, regarding the existence of segregated rest rooms in the courthouse. Black said this type of segregation in a public building was unconstitutional and demanded that the signs designating race be removed from the rest rooms. County commissioners decided the matter of segregation would be turned over to the "Courthouse Committee." Under the Code of Public Local Laws, the commissioners are only responsible for the interior of the building not occupied by the Circuit Court or county offices.
Thomas Galbreath of Jarrettsville was appointed by then-Gov. Tawes as a member of the Harford County Board of Education. Galbreath was a well-known insurance man and a Republican with a long family connection in Harford County. The Galbreath family members had long been interested in the county's public school system, including Samuel Galbreath, Thomas' father.
Members of the Kennedy family visited Harford County. Attorney General and Mrs. Robert Kennedy were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tydings. Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her husband, Sargent Shriver, who was the head of the Peace Corps in 1962, attended a pony show, where their then 6-year-old daughter, Maria, participated in the show. The Shrivers had previously purchased three ponies and two horses from Olney Farm in Joppa.
Home ownership hit an all-time high in Bel Air. Some 871 local families, approximately 65.7 percent of the total households, owned the house where they lived instead of renting. According to government findings, homes were in better condition and continued more comforts of modern living then they had in the past. The national average of homeownership at this time was 61.9 percent, which closely matched Bel Air's figures. In most parts of the country, homeownership had been on the rise since the early 1950s. This was attributed to the reduced cost of borrowing money for mortgage loans.
The Bob Turley Bowl in Bel Air added 16 new automatic lanes. This brought the Bowl's total to 40 lanes for 10-pin bowling. A new billiards room was also added between the old and new sections of the lanes. A full day's activities and giveaways were planned to celebrate the new addition.
The Town of Bel Air sponsored swimming lessons, under the direction of Al Cesky, at the Maryland Golf and Country Club. The 247 children were given transportation to and from their lessons. Bus service was provided from Bel Air Elementary School.
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