Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Aug. 8, 1983

Monday, Aug. 8, 1983 —

  • Most of the chicken catchers for Perdue Farms Inc. who staged a one-day work stoppage and shut down Salisbury’s processing plant will return to work. Some 30 workers had refused to report for their midnight assignments last week, putting about 1,000 fellow plant workers out of work. Workers are considering adding a Saturday shift to make up for the lost wages. The catchers are upset about wages and work conditions.
  • A thief made off with thousands of dollars worth of communion vessels from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Salisbury. According to the Rev. C. Michael Pumphrey, a man came into the church as asked for directions to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Pumphrey gave the man directions and returned to the church office, but later heard a noise and discovered the man in the sacristy, where the church implements are kept. Pumphrey yelled at the man, who fled through a door to the courtyard, and then jumped into a white Cadillac with Tennessee license plates. Missing are silver bowls, plates and cruets, as well as chalices and a gilt ciborium.
  • Boy Scouts from Troop 192 in Salisbury have just returned from the World Jamboree held in Alberta, Canada. Among the 15,000 total Scouts in attendance were Jim Morris Jr., Jeff Culver, John Shenasky and David Purnell. The event made worldwide headlines, because it was the first time female Scouts were allowed to attend.
  • In local tennis action, Mark Genga defeated Steve Hwang to advance in the Advanced Beginner category of the Youth Tennis in Salisbury City Park. Also advancing was Chris Biddle, who topped Michael Vastine. The event is sponsored by Gary’s Sports Scene. In golf, David Startzel of the Elks Club and Leslye Johnson of Green Hill Yacht & Golf Club temed up to win the 8th annual Johnny & Sammy’s Scotch Foursome held at the Elks course. Startzel and Johnson defeated the Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club brother-sister team of Danny Parker and Penny O’Linger. 
  • A proposal to develop mandatory public parks in residential subdivisions has received a cool reception from the Wicomico County Council. A report from county Zoning and Parks officials suggests all future housing projects should have space reserved for mini-parks — a suggestion discussed since 1969. Prominent developers William Bostian of Adkins Co., as well as Larry Causey and Robert Messick sat in on the council discussion and expressed uncertainty about the proposal.
  • Most if not all of the eight to 10 volunteer firefighters who had refused to answer fire calls in protest of a disciplinary decision will return to fighting fires, Chief Francis Darling said. Volunteers were upset that a fellow firefighter was demoted from his rank of Captain and issued a 30-day suspension after an altercation with a cardio-respiratory technician employed by the city’s ambulance service.
  • Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone officials are bracing for a strike by members of the Communications Workers of America union. CWA workers are planning a walkout that will include about 370 Eastern Shore employees. Government & Community Relations Manager Robert Logan said supervisory personnel will assume workers’ duties if the strike occurs. Local 2106 President Ralph Jenkins said pay increases and health insurance are at the core of the dispute. 

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