Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Oct. 4, 1976

Monday, Oct. 4, 1976 —

  • Dr. John Buchness, the Wicomico County Health Officer, announced the county would be receiving a pre-determined quota of the Swine Flu vaccine sometime next week. When the vaccine does arrive, the newspaper and TV media will alert the public and then those wanting the vaccine will be able to begin filling out the necessary paperwork for eligibility. 
  • A consumer report prepared by the Associated Press found that the price of groceries in Salisbury is the lowest anywhere in Maryland. The combined price of 15 essential items dropped 2.4 percent in September, according to the survey. Prices for sugar, butter, ground beef and pork chops were down, while prices for tomato sauce, laundry detergent and fabric softener rose significantly.
  • Seeking re-election to Maryland’s 1st District congressional seat, U.S. Rep. Bob Bauman brought two high-ranking Republican lawmakers to Salisbury for a fundraiser at Johnny’s and Sammy’s. House Minority Leader John Rhodes of Arizona and U.S. Rep. Don Clausen of California were on display for a packed crowd. Rhodes said Bauman was under attack by “big-money liberals” but would easily prevail in November’s balloting.
  • The first injury was reported at the new Salisbury Skatepark just down the hill from the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Jed Davis of Coulbourn Drive reported that he broke his wrist there on Sept. 19.
  • The United Fund has appointed three crucial leaders in its 1976 fundraising campaign. County Administrator Matthew Creamer will lead the Public Employees Division and has been asked to raise $13,000 from public workers; Doris Gay Calcott, often described as the United Fund’s “Wonder Woman,” will lead the Freelance Division and is expected to generate $10,250; Norman Grubb will head the Employees Division and has been given a goal of $81,450.
  • A legal opinion sent down from Maryland Attorney General Francis B. Burch is expected to end a dispute between local police authorities and the county State’s Attorney’s Office. In raids conducted in June, police seized 18 movie projectors used in two stores operated in Salisbury by Robo Inc. The store owners pleaded guilty to seven of 18 counts of exhibiting adult films without a license. State’s Attorney Richard Warren in turn agreed to return the confiscated projectors, but Salisbury Police have refused to hand over the projectors. Said one police officer of the decision: “Do you take a murderer and return his gun so he can commit more crimes?”
  • Internationally acclaimed Metropolitan Opera baritone Robert Merrill was due in Salisbury Tuesday night for a 8:15 p.m. performance at Parkside High School. Merrill’s performance is the kickoff event for the Salisbury’s Community Concert Association three-concert series. Concert Association President W. Richard Holloway said the concert is sold out, but there might be a handful of season tickets available at the door.
  • Connie Lupean and Madeline Perdue officially opened The Cotton Patch, their new gift store in the Court Plaza Shopping Center. Attending a reception for the opening were Norman Lupean, Arthur W. Perdue, Salisbury Mayor Elmer Ruark and the center’s owner, Bob Layton.

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

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