Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Nov. 5, 1976

Friday, Nov. 5, 1976

  • Bertha S. Adkins of Salisbury, a one-time Eisenhower administration official and top local Republican, disputed attempts to characterize Jimmy Carter’s presidential victory this week as a national mandate. Now 70, Adkins said in a speech to the weekly Rotary Club meeting at the Elks Club that voters “were ready for a change” but they were not totally committed to either Carter or the Democrats.
  • Salisbury State College announced final plans for its Homecoming Parade to be held Saturday morning at 10:30. Participants were set to gather at St. Francis de Sales and then proceed south down Camden Avenue, finishing at Blackwell Library. The football team was set to square off against Madison College that afternoon. Mayor Elmer Ruark was scheduled to welcome the Class of 1926, in recognition of their 50th anniversary.
  • Responding to public complaints about problems at Peninsula General Hospital, a City Council Committee presented a list of recommendations to the hospital’s Board of Trustees. The list comes after a weeklong study that analyzed complaints that centered on radiology problems, Emergency Room services and doctor-patient communication.  The committee had two members: Councilmen Norman H. Conway and Dr. Verdin S. Cantrell.
  • More than 900 people lined up at the William B. Fritz Health Center on Carroll Street to receive flu shots. Officials said the lines moved more slowly than hoped because doctors screened each patient for allergies and health problems.
  • Oyster watermen were getting record prices from packing houses — between $5 and $8 a bushel — because of low harvest numbers and poor oyster quality. Oyster this season have been watery and transparent, not fat and creamy white as they should be.
  • Running back James Fields led Parkside to a 20-0 victory over James M. Bennett, making Coach Pat Briscoe’s 7-1 football team the city champs for 1976. The Rams, just in their second year, beat Wi-Hi 20-16 earlier this season.
  • The Salisbury School celebrated Founders Day with a luncheon that was served by Headmaster Eugene Munnelly. Assisting the headmaster in the meal preparation were Virginia Insley and Leslie Johnson. The school was established at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church six years ago and has a new home on Hobbs Road.

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

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