Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Nov. 19, 1979

Monday, Nov. 19, 1979 —

  • Salisbury-area gas station operators said they are mostly ignoring Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes’ “tank topping” restrictions. To prevent motorists from repeatedly visiting gas stations to keep their tanks full in the event another gas shortage hits, the state has set minimum purchase requirements based on a vehicle’s tank size. Officials said tank topping leads to supply imbalances. The owner of Bozman’s Exxon on Salisbury Boulevard said his employees only bother to enforce the law “when the cops are around.”
  • Residents of the Moss Hill townhouse complex in east Salisbury have at long last won Wicomico school board approval for bus service to East Salisbury School. Parents have insisted Moss Hill Lane is not safe for pedestrians, let alone elementary school students. Because the housing community is less than a mile from the school, however, under state law bus service is prohibited. The school board will formally appeal to state education officials for an exception.
  • Charles R. “Chip” Dashiell Jr. of Salisbury was named the Salisbury Jaycees Outstanding Young Man of the Year at a banquet held at the Elks Home. Dashiell, 31, is a 1971 graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is an associate in the Hearne and Bailey law firm in Salisbury. He was recognized for his service to Asbury United Methodist Church, Maple Shade Residential Homes, the March of Dimes, and his participation in the Appalachian Service Project.
  • Delmarva Oil Inc. of Salisbury has donated $5,000 to help local residents in need pay their home energy bills. Delmarva Oil General Manager Don Dennis said the money will be disbursed among agencies in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties. Dennis presented three separate checks to state Sen. Joseph J. Long, who will deliver them to local commissions on aging.
  • More than halfway to its $270,000 goal, Wicomico County’s United Fund has thus far reported receipts of $157,061. United Fund assists 10 county agencies with operating funds each year. Campaign Chairman Larry Porter said it is important to continue the fundraising push through Thanksgiving so all goals are met by the end of the month. The campaign is running about 8 percent behind the same time last year.
  • The Maryland Department of Transportation announced that accelerated construction costs and declining gas tax revenues has forced the cancelation of new bridges planned next year for Cambridge and Vienna. The DOT decision also pushes back plans for a Route 50 Bypass in Salisbury and a Route 404 Bypass in Denton. Local officials have long complained the Emerson C. Harrington Bridge is unsafe and is the site of frequent accidents. The Vienna Bridge, meanwhile, is the location of traffic backups that sometimes extend 10 miles or more in the summer season.
  • Harry Miller, President of Feldman’s Furniture in Downtown Salisbury, announced that David Feldman Miller will succeed him as Company President. The regionally famous store was established in 1904 by Samuel S. Feldman. Harry Miller, who has worked for 42 years, said his son David will follow the same principles and goals established by his grandfather and father.
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