Today In Salisbury’s History: April 4, 1969

Friday, April 4, 1969 —

  • In a shocking turn of events influenced by a local taxpayers group, the Wicomico County Council has unanimously vetoed its own $3.4 million capital improvements spending plan. On Monday, the National Taxpayers Coordinating Commission filed a petition containing 3,346 signatures that would essentially block the capital bond purchase by forcing it to a referendum. Rather than risk losing control of the issue, the council will meet in a special June session to re-craft the capital plan. Officials say the money is needed to build a new high school, repair two elementary schools and build a new county Health Department center.
  • Congressman Rogers C.B. Morton was in Salisbury to attend the 49th annual Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce banquet. Thomas S. George was introduced as the new Chamber President, succeeding M. Joseph Manzer. Also in town this week was U.S. Sen. Joe Tydings, who spoke Wednesday at Salisbury State College.
  • Delmarva Power & Light Co. is offering $25 to customers who move their electric meters outdoors so they can be more easily read. Customers who already have outdoor meters can receive $25 for increasing their connection to 100 amps. Customers who both move their meters outdoors and increase their connection to 100 amps will receive $50.
  • John C. Nason, a first-year student at the University of Maryland School of Law, has been nominated for the Maryland Law Review in recognition of his academic achievement. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Milton Nason and the grandson of Mrs. Louis Cohen and the late Mr. Cohen, all of Salisbury.
  • Everyone is still talking about the earthquake/tremor that occurred across the Lower Shore on Wednesday. The time was reported as occurring between 9:20 and 9:25 a.m. and lasting between 15 and 20 seconds. Deal Island was the origination of most of the reports; residents there said their houses were shaken and windows rattled. Several reports also came from Virginia’s Eastern Shore counties, with a report even coming from the State Police post there. Seismologists at the Environmental Science Service Administration in Rockville, Md., said their instruments recorded no tremors, which led to speculation the shaking could have been caused by U.S. Navy bombing on Bloodsworth Island. Deal Island residents, however, insisted there was none of the usual bombs-exploding sounds connected with the tremors.
  • U.S. Sen. Edmund S. Muskie of Maine, who failed last year in his bid for Vice President on the Democratic ticket with Hubert H. Humphrey, made an appearance with local Democrats at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and sounded like a candidate for 1972. Muskie jolted local conservative Democrats by declaring they must help rebuild the party and alleged their conservatism opened the door for Alabama Gov. George Wallace’s independent campaign. The event was attended by more than 800 Democrats, who paid $5 each for a chicken dinner.
  • Salisbury Mayor Dallas G. Truitt presented Mrs. Luther Mitchell with the Wicomico Women’s Club’s “Woman Of The Year” award at a luncheon on Tuesday. Mitchell was heralded for her work as a volunteer at Deer’s Head State Hospital, the local Job’s Daughters chapter, Vacation Bible School and the Junior Board at Peninsula General Hospital.

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

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