Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, May 12, 1973

Saturday, May 12, 1973

  • The Wicomico County school board is seeking the public’s help in a naming a new senior high school planned for Salisbury. Schools Superintendent Royd A. Mahaffey wouldn’t say if there would be a contest with prizes. The new school is planned for South Schumaker Drive and will feature a modified Open Space building. The school is expected to cost up to $6 million and will have walls that can be moved to accommodate changing space requirements.
  • Mr. and Mrs Jack West made it to Ocean City for their honeymoon, but their car didn’t. Still decorated in the “Just Married” fashion with streamers, the car will remain parked at a North Salisbury Boulevard service station with a smashed front-end. The couple was involved in a two-car collision while driving away from their wedding on Friday; the crash occurred at Snow Hill Road and East Vine Street, but there were no injuries.
  • More than 500 people attended an informal two-hours open house at the Avery W. Hall Educational Center at Peninsula General Hospital to celebrate volunteer workers who help at the medical facility. Among the attendee were Delegates Joseph J. Long and Russell O. Hickman. Virginia Layfield, associate administrator, called the event “simply a one big thank-you party.”
  • William J. Ahtes, president of W.J. Ahtes & Co. Realtors announced the appointments of Albert E. Steere to the position of Branch Manager at One Plaza East and Robert J. Dunn to Branch Manager of the Salisbury Mall office. Steere moves Downtown from the mall office; Dunn is moving from the former Ocean City office. Dunn is a past president of the Salisbury Jaycees.
  • Marian Corbett, owner-manage of Parkview Salon of Beauty at 800 East Main St., announced the addition of two associates, Sally Allen and Dianne Foskey.
  • Dr. H. Gray Reeves, president of the Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development Corp., joined lumber executive David C. Harwell of Georgia-Pacific to announce that G-P will locate a new home construction supplies distribution facility in the Northwood Industrial Park.
  • Salisbury was mourning the death of Agatha J. Polk, who died Friday at the Salisbury nursing home at age 56. A former Salisbury Award winner, Polk in 1961 spearheaded the  planning and construction of Wicomico Nursing Home and served as its first president. A school teacher, she was a longtime member of the county’s Bi-Racial Commission. Her husband is James A. Polk Sr., a faculty member at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at gbassett@newszap.com

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