Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Oct. 3, 1977

Monday, Oct. 3, 1977 —

  • The last baby was born at the old birthing ward of Peninsula General Hospital and the first baby was born in the new Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center. Denise Renee Heller, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Heller of Salisbury, will go down in the history books as the final baby born in the old facility which has been replaced by a new maternity ward in the hospital’s new building. Shanna Lee Holland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Holland of Stockton is the first baby born in the new complex. The Heller baby was born at 8:30 a.m.; the new delivery room was opened at 1 p.m.
  • The Parkside Rams won a hard-fought football battle over the Wicomico Indians on Friday, prevailing by a 7-6 score at County Stadium. The game was marred by errors and missed opportunities, greatly frustrating the fans who packed the stands. The game’s hero was quarterback Bart Robins, who completed a crucial 27-yard pass to Tim Wickiser, which led to Parkside’s only score. 
  • Wicomico County officials are asking hard questions about a new power plant being proposed by Delmarva Power & Light Co. for a 2,200-acre tract in a southwest portion of the county. Utility officials have proposed the same plant be built in Dorchester County, but have faced strong opposition, thereby making Wicomico an optional location. DP&L officials said the project should be desirable economically, because it would take approximately 3,000 construction workers four years to build the plant.
  • Salisbury Police are enforcing “no parking” rules on Carroll Street in front of The Daily Times and the new portion of Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center. Parking is not permitted on the four-lane road. The hospital provides ample parking in its new lot on East Carroll, but hospital visitors are parking on the street to avoid paying the 25-cents hourly rate. Police said the parking ticket fine is $2.50.
  • Wicomico County State’s Attorney Richard D. Warren is asking the County Council to appoint a citizen’s committee to review the county’s growing crime rate. State statistics show Wicomico has one of the lowest crime rates in Maryland, but the number of larcenies is growing at an excessive rate. Warren said the committee should ask “where is this tremendous increase in crime coming from?” He said he didn’t have any immediate answers, but that “now is the time to look at it — not when it becomes unmanageable.”
  • The new Junior Board has opened at Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center. Hostesses for the grand opening of the store and restaurant located on the center’s ground floor included Mrs. Patrick Fennell, Mrs. C.B. Ellis, Mrs. George Mengason and Mrs. James Clifford. The restaurant portion includes 17 tables for dining. The Junior Board has pledged $210,000 to the hospital to purchase color television sets for each patient’s bed area.
  • The Ward Foundation’s 10th annual Wildfowl Carving & Art Exhibition is being held this year in the Carriage House of the WinterPlace Farm on Route 50. About 125 of the nation’s best carvers have submitted works for judging in the exhibition.
  • “Star Wars” is opening its 13th consecutive week at the Mall Cinema I, “The Lincoln Conspiracy” is opening at the Boulevard Theater in Downtown Salisbury, Robby Benson stars in “Jeremy” at the R/C World Cinema in Shoppers World and Joe Don Baker stars in “The Pack” at the Bowl Drive In.
  • Salisbury City Council President W. Paul Martin Jr. is renewing his effort to have the new Eastern Shore Drive named in honor of Philip C. “Pete” Cooper, the city’s longtime Public Works Director. Observed Martin: “I don’t think Eastern Shore Drive is the right name. I don’t see anything the Eastern Shore did to build it.” Martin said the street should be called Cooper Drive.

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