December 05, 1990|By Diane Mullaly


50 Years Ago (week of Dec. 1-7, 1940):

* The first annual Lisbon Community Fair was held this week in the auditorium of the Lisbon High School. The event was sponsored by the Lisbon chapter of the Future Farmers of America and featured moving pictures and a display of tractors, as well as exhibits of poultry, eggs, farm crops, potatoes, winter vegetables, canned goods and needlework.

* Herbert C. Brown, superintendent of schools, announced that Howard County was willing to open up school shops for the training of defense workers.

The need to do this arose from the fact that defense industries in the United States at this time were expanding and requiring new workers at a faster rate than the workers could be trained through conventional means.

25 Years Ago (week of Nov. 28 - Dec. 4, 1965):

* Educators at the county's two high schools met this week to discuss the possibility of standardizing class-time allotments for all Howard County secondary schools. At that time Howard High had a six-period school day with 56-minute periods; Glenelg High School, along with all other county secondary schools, had a seven-period day with 48-minute periods.

Standardization of class times was seen as desirable because a third high school -- Atholton -- was scheduled to open September 1966. Officials at Howard and Glenelg high schools, however were each anxious to retain their own existing class schedule.

* Two meetings sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare were conducted at the Linwood Children's Center in Ellicott City.

Officials attended who represented facilities nationwide that specialize in the care of emotionally disturbed children. The meetings were held in connection with some research being conducted at the Center by the Institute of Behavioral Research, on the highly successful Linwood Method of treating emotionally disturbed children, which had been used at the Center for the past 10 years.

Information for this column was culled by contributing writer Diane Mullaly from the Howard County Historical Society's library.

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