Fortune telling outlawed; drivers license testing location shifted [50 years ago]

June 05, 2013

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, June 6, 1963:

Fortune telling became a criminal offense in Harford County this week in 1963. A bill approved in the Maryland General Assembly became effective on June 1. The bill called for a fine of between $25 and $500 or imprisonment up to 60 days or both upon conviction. The law said any person in Harford County who shall ask, demand, charge or accept any gratuity for forecasting, foretelling or for pretending to forecast or foretell the future of another by cards, palm reading or any other scheme, practice or device shall be guilty.

During the school year of 1960-61, St. Margaret School was awarded fourth place across the nation in the areas of English Grammar, Composition, Spelling, and Vocabulary in grades four through eight. The school received a plaque for its accomplishments.

A significant drop-off in driver license examinations had taken place in Bel Air at the Motor Vehicle Administration, much to the relief of town officials and residents. Following a strongly worded letter to the Commissioner of the Motor Vehicles of Maryland, all driver training schools in the Baltimore area were no longer to bring students to Bel Air for their driving tests. The driving schools were directed instead to take their students to the MVA headquarters in Glen Burnie.

The State Police Barracks in Benson reported the Memorial Day holiday traffic resulted in 261 motor vehicle tickets and 487 warnings. No fatal accidents occurred in the county over the holiday weekend.

A boating tragedy on Memorial Day left two Delta, Pa., family members dead. The bodies of 36-year-old William Grafton and 5-year-old Gregory Grafton, were recovered from the waters of the Susquehanna River by scuba divers. Seven family members left Harford County shores from under the B&O Railroad Bridge and moved only about 20 feet off shore when their motor boat sank in 10 feet of water. Other boats nearby on the water rushed to the scene to help, but were unable to save the pair.

The Audit Bureau of Circulation showed an average net paid distribution of The Aegis at 13,201. These copies were all paid for in advance, either by subscription or by newsstand sales. This represented an increase of 414 copies over the preceding six months. This increase kept pace with the increase in the number of new families in Harford County.

The First Harford Federal Savings and Loan Association broke ground on its new home at West Bel Air Avenue and Rogers Street in Aberdeen. The new facility was to open in November 1963.

Harford County's second annual Junior Olympics was expected to draw hundreds to the Bel Air High School athletic field. The number of contestants expected for the track and field events was large enough to insure a substantial turnout. In the previous year, the county's Physical Fitness Committee inaugurated the program in Bel Air and it met with overwhelming success. Approximately 400 children from across Harford County turned out to compete for ribbons.

A ground breaking ceremony took place on the site of the new Edgewood Library. Sen. William S. James, the main speaker, said, "a library in a community is a symbol of culture and houses the accumulated knowledge of the ages. As leisure time increases, much useful additional time may be spent in libraries."

A luncheon followed the ceremony at the Officers Club at the Edgewood Arsenal.

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