U.S. Army Field Band was to perform free concert at Catonsville High in 1961

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November 02, 2011

An article in the Nov. 2, 1961, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian heralded a concert by a world-renowned group of musicians.

The Catonsville Senior High Park Project has announced that for the first time, the U.S. Army Field Band of Washington, D.C., will give a concert in Catonsville for the annual Autumn Day on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 P.M. In the past three years, the Park Project has presented the Second Army Band from Fort Meade, but this year, the committee was very fortunate in having the larger, more renowned band accept Catonsville's invitation for a concert in the auditorium of the Catonsville Senior High School. There will be no admission charge and the public is invited.

The U.S. Army Field Band is considered by music critics to be one of the most proficient and distinctive musical organizations now appearing before the public. The Band travels thousands of miles each year as the representative band of the Department of the Army, and the Bandsmen are famous as "The Kings of the Highway". The Army Field Band is composed of approximately 100 of the Army's finest musicians. A number have studied at the country's best conservatories and schools of music and some had played with symphonies and dance orchestras before entering the service.


Mrs. Nancy Valere Lesky (nee Boyd), 22, succumbed to smoke inhalation in a fire in her apartment at Alan Drive, Arbutus early Wednesday morning, Oct. 25.

Firemen from Catonsville and Halethorpe broke down the locked door of the smoke-filled apartment and donned gas masks to enter. Lieut. Harry Miller of Catonsville found the unconscious young woman who was carried outdoors where resuscitation was started. The Catonsville ambulance removed her to St. Agnes Hospital where her husband, Dr. Walter Lesky, who was on duty in the emergency room, was unaware of the identity of the patient until he started to examine her. Other doctors took over and applied closed heart and then open heart massage, without success.

Mrs. Lesky, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Boyd of 6730 Windsor Mill road, was graduated by Milford Mill High School in 1957 and by Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing a year ago. She had returned home from a night shift of duty at Bon Secours Hospital only a short time before the fire started.

Her four-month-old son, Mark Edward Lesky, was staying with a relative that night because she and Dr. Lesky were both working.


The Arbutus Junior High School needs men and women who are interested in serving as substitute teachers, according to George Rossworm, Administrative Assistant.

One of the largest junior high schools in Baltimore county, Arbutus junior high has a record breaking student body of 1,570 pupils. Working with these boys and girls is a staff of 72 men and women. The size of this staff demands a large list of substitute teachers to handle the normal absenteeism and to maintain high educational standards.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Oct. 30, 1936 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian offered a report from a well-traveled resident.

Maryland scenery, cooking and people are still the best, according to Norman Settle of Oak Drive, Catonsville, who has just returned from an extensive tour of the United States. Mr. Settle gave an interesting description of his trip to members of the Sterling Club on Tuesday evening.

Mr. Settle's trip started with the Shenandoah Sky Line Drive, thence to Memphis, Tenn., and New Orleans, La. He gave some interesting sidelights on the old city of New Orleans with its quaint customs that have been handed down through the generations.


Less than two months remain before Christmas, that important day of the year when everyone tries so hard to be happy and discovers, sometimes too late, that happiness means sharing with others.

The Public Health Nurse and the Baltimore County Children's Aid Society are already making plans to spread this happiness among the little folks whom they visit and they need your help to make this program a success. They ask that mothers and children look over the toys and dolls in their houses and set aside those that have been outgrown or discarded for various reasons.

These toys will be repaired and painted by the firemen, the dolls will be mended at a doll hospital and then dressed to look like new. All of these rejuvenated playthings will bring thrills of joy to many small boys and girls at Christmas.


Troop No. 85, Girl Scouts, of Halethorpe, under the leadership of Mrs. Florence Wilson, captain, and Clara Seager, lieutenant, took their first hike of the season last Saturday. It was a "trail hike", having two patrols lay the trail and two patrols pick up and follow. The first two patrols were under the supervision of Doris Warren and Miriam Elliott, patrol leaders. The other two were headed by Kathleen Bartholomew and Charlotte Stolte, patrol leaders.

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