Aberdeen losing luster of military town
Chances are, you can find anyone you are looking for in Aberdeen at the New Ideal Diner at some point during the day.
George Englesson, the town's former mayor and unofficial historian, owns the 70-year-old joint known for its hot plate of beans and franks. Radio personality and Ripken Museum Director James V. "Captain Jim" McMahan Jr. has been known to eat his lunch there. Even Mayor Doug Wilson and Councilman Jerry K Hansen of the Harford County town stop by the New Ideal Diner on U.S. 40 from time to time.
"People say that's where the business of the city was done," Wilson said. "But not anymore."
And certainly not since Sept. 11 -- the day Aberdeen Proving Ground sequestered itself even more from the residents and business community it has co-existed with since President Woodrow Wilson created the military installation in 1917 to test …