50 Years Ago (week of June 28-July 4, 1942)
* It was announced this week that there would be no interruption in mail service in the county on the July 4th holiday so as not to inconvenience business supporting the war effort. All post offices would be open for their regularly scheduled hours, but customers on RFD routes would not receive mail.
* In response to many recent complaints about broken glass in streets and alleys in Ellicott City, Magistrate Louis M. Leimbach announced that any person caught by police in the act of throwing bottles or glass into the street and thereby risking injury or damage to "persons, animals or tires," would be subject to a penalty of $10 to $100, or up to 30 days in jail, or both.
25 Years Ago (week of June 25-July 1, 1967)
* Eastern Products Corp. announced plans to build a 480,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on a 50-acre site on Berger Road in Columbia. It was predicted that the facility would bring 2,000 new jobs to the area.
* A complaint was filed with the Board of County Commissioners this week, claiming that the two-hour parking limit in Ellicott City was not being enforced, to the detriment of local businesses. One merchant complained that he was unable to load or unload merchandise in front of his own shop because the parking spaces were occupied by "hillbilly junkers 24 hours of the day, seven days a week and 52 weeks a year."
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's Library.