50 Years Ago (week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 1940):
A committee was formed this week in Howard County for the purpose of aiding Jewish citizens of Poland and other parts of Europe who were suffering from persecution as well as other hardships caused by World War II. A fund drive was scheduled to take place during the month of October, with a countywide goal of $1,750 in donations. Committee members stated that the persecution of Jews in Europe should be considered an affront to freedom and democracy for all people.
* The Young Men's Republican Club of Howard County met this week at Brendel's Manor Park for its fourth annual banquet. After a turkey dinner, the group was addressed by James E. Watson, former Republican senator from Indiana. The theme of the after-dinner speech was "No Third-Term President."
* 25 Years Ago (week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 1965):
This week in 1965, the Howard County Board of Education was discussing the possibility of building a vocational-technical center in the county. The need for the center was seen because of a noted scarcity of trained labor for the building industry in the Baltimore-Washington area.
Educators feared that students interested in pursuing the construction trades might drop out of school because their training needs were not being met in traditional high schools. A committee was appointed by the Board of Education to poll Howard County employers to determine their needs and to see whether these needs might be met effectively by a vo-tech center.
* Calls flooded the Howard County Police Department one evening earlier this week as county residents reported seeing something strange in the sky -- a glowing red object which appeared to be descending slowly to the ground. Reports coming in to the police ran the usual gamut from plane crashes to UFO landings.
The facts proved the sighting to be much less intriguing: The lights turned out to be a new type of reconnaissance flare being tested at Fort Meade in nearby Anne Arundel County.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's library.