Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Nov. 26, 1999

Friday, Nov. 26, 1999 —

  • Former Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Joe Ferguson, 53, was named the new manager of the Delmarva Shorebirds. Ferguson has managed the Bowie Baysox, another Baltimore Orioles affiliate for the last three years. Ferguson has been a part of two milestones in Major League Baseball history — he was the catcher when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s homerun mark in 1974 and he was on the field when Kirk Gibson hit a dramatic World Series homer in 1988.
  • The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has handed out its volunteer awards for 1999. Local financial analyst Paul Rendine was the recipient of the Frank H. Morris Humanitarian Award for his work in the disabled community and Susanne Morris won the Chairman’s Award for her work within the foundation. The foundation ended the fiscal year with $22.8 million in assets, received $3.9 million in gifts and earned $1.6 million in investments growth.
  • Music legend Kenny Rogers will appear Saturday night at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in his direct-from-Broadway holiday show, “Christmas From The Heart.” According to New York Post theater critic Cindy Adams, the Rogers extravaganza is a “glorious, homespun family delight” and “warm, loving and fun.”
  • Wicomico County Councilman Ed Taylor said the new Salvation Army youth center being built on Lake Street in Salisbury will do more than give youngsters a place to swim and play basketball. He said the center will allow children of different races and backgrounds to get to know each other out of the public school classroom setting. “Promoting good relationships between all races is one of the most important factors of a youth center,” Taylor said.
  • Salisbury city officials said they are considering naming the central police headquarters on Route 50 in honor of former Chief Coulbourn Dykes, who died in a plane crash in October. City Council President Bob Cannon said he has received numerous calls from citizens suggesting the move. Councilman Frank Himelright said he has received calls suggesting the city’s Public Works building on Lakeside Drive be named after Wil Elliot, the city’s Public Works boss who died in the same crash.  
  • Wicomico schools officials said about 7,000 parents, guardians, friends and family members of students attended American Education Week. Last year, the reported crowd was about 5,000 people, but the opening of the new Salisbury Middle School helped to increase attendance. The schools also scheduled new activities — including plays and performances — to attract more visitors.
  • A gas explosion at the Red Door Sub Shop damaged a wall between the cooking area and an office area, according to Salisbury Fire Department officials. The popular eatery will likely be closed for a few days while repairs are made and an investigation continues. Two neighboring stores, The Gospel Shop and Rent-A-Car were also closed for evacuation.
  • Peninsula Tractor on Route 50 in west Salisbury will not move its location — it will  close instead. The business’ location was purchased by the state for the Route 50 Bypass, and company owner Clay Pilchard had planned to open on a new site. But this year’s drought hurt the finances of local farmers, and sales have been down. Store Manager David Walson said a massive sale is under way to sell off the remaining inventory of tractor and lawn equipment. Peninsula Tractor first opened as Pilchard Brothers on South Salisbury Boulevard in 1966. 

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