Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Jan. 24, 1975

Friday, Jan. 24, 1975 —

  • Congressman Paul Sarbanes, who recently gained national stature for his work on the House Judiciary Committee concerning the Watergate affair, was in Salisbury this week to address the Salisbury Jaycees and present local businessman W. Thomas Hershey with the Jaycees’ highest honor. In a dinner held at the Elks Club, Hershey was presented with the Distinguished Service Award. A broker at Maher-Pillsbury, he bested four other nominees: Henry Hanna III, Steven B. Townsend, W. Jerome Sterling and Stefan H. Graham of the Salisbury Zoo. Richard Holloway was named Boss Of The Year.
  • When Lloyd Woy of Shamrock Drive arrived at home for lunch on Monday, he opened his mail that included his Delmarva Power & Light bill and found a big surprise. The bill’s total for December energy use was $2,795.94. Since the Woys never put the thermostat above 68 degrees and Mrs. Woy didn’t bake and inordinate amount of Yuletide cookies, the homeowner knew something must be wrong on the power company’s end. DP&L officials said they were still trying to determine what happened. They tested the meter, which they said works fine, and were calculating whether the Woys’ kilowatt hours were inputted incorrectly in a computer.
  • The Board of Education and School Building Commission were reviewing six bid for a new administrative building for the campus of Wicomico Senior High School. Bids ranged from $206,000 to to $229,250. Officials said there is only $200,000 available in state funds for the projects and they had been hopeful that lower bids would have been submitted.
  • The Lower Shore Delegation to the General Assembly is once again discussing the possibility of phasing out the traditional county-operated liquor dispensaries in favor of privately owned and operated package stores. One concern is how the county might replace the $250,000 in annual revenues brought in by the dispensaries. Delegate J. Joseph Long said he was especially concerned about what would happen to the system’s employees.
  • The Wicomico County Council said it needs extra time to consider a proposal by the Wicomico Bar Commission to give two full-time assistants to State’s Attorney Richard D. Warren. An additional $37,000 would have to be added to the office budget. Henry Vinyard is currently Warren’s assistant and Robert A. Eaton is expected to be made an assistant at the end of the month. Warren, whose own job is considered part-time, said the county’s caseloads have doubled since 1971.
  • Salisbury City Attorney K. King Burnett said he will explain plans to establish a Historic District in the old Newtown section of the city at the Newtown Association’s next meeting. The City Council has an ordinance before it that supporters hope will protect the various architectural styles in place throughout the neighborhood. Many of the houses are 50 to 100 years old.
  • Schools Superintendent Royd A. Mahaffey announced that the new $6 million Parkside High School will open in the fall. He said he attended a meeting with the building contractors, Charles E. Brohawn & Bros. of Cambridge, who confirmed that work is on schedule. Anthony Sarbanes has been named principal of the school.
  • Construction has concluded on two parallel taxiways that will improve safety at the Salisbury-WIcomico County Airport. The state’s Aviation Administration financed the work. The airport east of Salisbury has two main runways.

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

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