Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Dec. 19, 1986

Friday, Dec. 19, 1986 —

  • Applicants to succeed Delegate-elect Norman Conway on the Salisbury City Council will be interviewed by council members on Monday night. Eight residents have reportedly applied for the post: the Rev. Harvey Dixon, Gertrude Shockley, Veida “Sandy” Dennis, Robert Menzel Jr., Bob Caldwell, Duke Shannahan and William Benn. Council President Bob Powell has been criticized for keeping the list of applicants a secret from the public.
  • Controversy continues to swirl over a police dog drug search conducted last week at Parkside High School. Robert Eich, a senior from James M. Bennett Senior High School, appeared before the Wicomico County Board of Education and said students were unfairly targeted and officials were merely seeking to intimidate those in a learning environment. The search found no drugs, but did recover a marijuana pipe screen in a locker and a suspected marijuana pipe in a student’s car. Assistant Superintendent Randolph Outten said alcohol is a far bigger problem in the school system than marijuana. 
  • The Salisbury Jaycees took about 100 youngsters shopping for holiday gifts. According to Jaycees President Dave Ennis, some 70 Jaycees and People In Action volunteers escorted the children around the Salisbury Mall, where they were allowed to select gifts ranging in price from $25 and $30. About $3,000 was spent in the annual effort.
  • The Santa House at the Pepsi-Cola Plant on Snow Hill Road has been drawing big crowds this season. Santa is available to greet children on the Pepsi-Cola lawn and have their picture taken. All visitors are treated to free candy canes and soda. The children can also enter a contest to win Christmas toys.
  • Thomas G. Elliott a doctor of Musical Arts originally from Boston University who arrived last year to chair the Music Department at Salisbury State College, will continue on as Conductor of the new Salisbury University Orchestra. Elliott, who is also a founder of the orchestra, will lead a grand Christmas concert this week at Holloway Hall. The symphony made a triumphant debut in May.
  • Unseasonably warm temperatures in the mid-50s brought out huge crowds for the Salisbury Christmas Parade. Parade Chairman Mike Murray called the event a “huge success” and praised the participants who had obvious spent countless hours designing and building their floats. Spectators lined the parade route beginning atop Waverly Drive, all the way through Downtown and East Main Street. The crowd was estimated at between 10,000 and 15,000 people.
  • Dan Howell, Executive Director of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, has resigned to lead a United Way organization in Aurora, Ill. Pat Lemley, President of the United Way based here, said a search committee is being formed. Howell will join a United Way more than three-times larger than the Salisbury organization. The Lower Shore group hopes to raise $600,000 this year, while the Illinois group raised more than $1.5 million last year.
  • State Sen. Joseph J. Long Jr. is calling for an investigation into the surprise firing of Edward G. Phoebus as Deer’s Head Center Administrator. Long called the state Department of Health’s handing of the termination “very unprofessional,” adding that state officials went out of their way to make Phoebus appear to be “an incompetent person.” Said Long: “It’s not sour grapes. I just feel like he’s been treated very shabbily.” Phoebus has chosen to challenge his ouster and will appear in a state Personnel Department hearing Jan. 6.
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