Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, May 9, 1986

Friday, May 9, 1986 —

  • Edythe Mehlman, owner of Edythe’s on the Downtown Plaza, was the first-place winner of the Salisbury Festival Window Contest held this week. The window of the upscale clothing store was officially decorated by Jim Gray of City Florists. Second-place was awarded to Maude’s Hallmark & Gourmet Center; third-pace went to Hess Apparel.
  • Clifford Ginter of the Salisbury Exchange Club announced the winners of the group’s fifth annual Exchange Club Essay Contest. Coming in first was Allan Rubin of Parkside High School, second was Sarah Bellavance of James M. Bennett High School, third went to Tammy Hurley of Mardela High School, fourth went to Jessica O’Neill from Wicomico High School and fifth place was won by Alexis Backus of James M. Bennett. The topic of the essay: “How To Control TerrorismIn The Future.”
  • Well-known aviator and Salisbury business leader Richard A. Henson was honored with the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Dinner Award at a gala dinner program held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Some 400 guests attended, included leaders from aviation, government and industry, and community associates from the greater Salisbury area, as well as Henson’s native Hagerstown, Md. Edward Kreamer, the Salisbury insurance executive who heads the Salisbury-Wicomico Regional Airport Commission, presided over the event.
  • Winning pitcher Jimmy Sarbanes fanned 13 batters and walked nine, and Mike Lawrence scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning as the Troopers beat the Elks, 8-7, in Salisbury Senior Little League baseball.
  • The local softball season began as Wicomico County officials dedicated their new softball complex on Naylor Mill Road. The facility, which has fields placed all across the 40-acre site, was the idea of Recreation & Parks Director Gary Mackes, who has spent the last four years planning and overseeing construction of thee multi-purpose facility. The city of Salisbury originally purchased the land in 1969 — 119 acres when wooded areas and swamplands are also calculated — for $117,000. There are an estimated 1,700 softball players in the county.
  • Wicomico County State’s Attorney Richard D. Warren has filed for re-election. Warren, a Democrat who has served 11 years in office, is seeking a fourth term. Warren said he anticipates growing community demands for his office and his attorneys, and that the professional bonds between police and prosecutors is critically important. The annual salary for the position is $34,125.
  • The Wicomico Senior High School Choral, featuring more than 100 students, will present its spring concert in the Wi-Hi Auditorium. Titled “Everything Goes,” the show will have a Broadway theme. Soloists scheduled to perform include: Marta Dragwa, Dawn Bunting, Jennifer Mears, Sherri Johnson, Dawn Winslow, Jenni Justice, Gretchen Foard, Jeannie King, Beth Holder, Deanna Dixon, Chris Robinson and Scot Hawkins.
  • The Wicomico Board of Education will establish a “transition first grade” in one county school, this fall to provide an alternative for slowly developing students who require extra attention at the critical stage following kindergarten. The program will first be housed at Westside Primary and will be the first of its kind in the state of Maryland. The board approved the program after more than a year of study.

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

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