Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999

Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999 —

  • The Tri-County District of the Boy Scouts has honored Gordon D. Gladden of Salisbury as its Distinguished Citizen of 1999. Raised in Chance in Somerset County, Gladden is president of Avery W. Hall Insurance in Salisbury. His participation in community activities is legendary — among many other groups, he has either led or served the boards of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Salisbury, the Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development Corp., the Endowment Campaign for Wor-Wic Community College, the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, the John B. Parsons Foundation, the Greater Salisbury Committee and United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.
  • A taxpayers’ lawsuit accusing Mayor Barrie Parsons Tilghman of improperly paying $16,258 in legal fees to former Council President Robin Cockey is headed to the disposition phace. Arthur H. Goetz and five other taxpayers are suing Tilghman, alleging that the fees that were paid from the mayor’s contingency fund should have first been approved by the City Council. Called to testify are the mayor’s husband, Merrill “Matt” Tilghman, city Finance Director Roger Baskerville and Executive Officer John Pick.
  • A tanker truck collided with a pickup truck in front of the Super Soda Center of Route 50 in west Salisbury, causing more than 1,500 gallons of gasoline to spill into storm drains and nearby Owens Branch. Officials said it was remarkable that the gas rig didn’t explode — the truck that struck it continued idling for several minutes and heat or sparks from its engine could have created a fireball that might have spread to the nearby gas station.
  • Brian Foret, Facilities Engineer and Planner for the county school board, declared that the new Salisbury Middle School, scheduled to open in September, will be “state of the art.” He said the school will have three “clusters,” with one building wing reserved for 6th grade, one for 7th and a third for 8th. There are nine rooms, three science labs and two computer wings in each cluster. The former home to the county’s vocational-technical school, the building is current stripped down to most metal frames but is on track for August completion.
  • Hal Chernoff has sold his popular Round 1 Bagel Shop to Mark Austin. Everything will remain the same except for the ownership of the business on South Salisbury Boulevard, across from Salisbury University. Chernoff said the move will allow him to devote more time to his other passion, Main Street Boxing Gym.
  • The fate of the Downtown Salisbury Association will be hashed out in a decisive meeting next week in which the group will either dissolve or agree to regenerate itself. Formed by city ordinance along with a Downtown Business District in 1988, the group relies on taxes assessed in the district to promote Downtown. The group’s effectiveness has come under continued questioning and it has struggled to collect fees owed by businesses.  
  • Four new Salisbury residents have been added to the Board of Directors for Joseph House: W. Ronald Morgan, Irene W. Phillips, Kaye Thomas and the Rev. Lewis N. Watson. David F. Rodgers is the board’s president and Sister Mary Elizabeth Gintling is the Executive Director.
  • Delmar area parents are up in arms over the Wicomico County Board of Education’s latest school redistricting proposal and are threatening to take the matter to court. The Wicomico Parents for Community Schools is demanding that school boundaries be fixed for each child’s entire career to provide stability in their education.
  • Michael Day, owner of Image Preservation Co., is asking businesses and historic groups to support his effort to make Salisbury a stop for bus tour travelers headed south to Atlanta and north to New York. Day offered a sampling of the tour to city business leaders on board a Savage’s Travel tour bus. The tour included visits to Trinity Methodist Church to view its historic windows, the old Courthouse, the Downtown Plaza and Poplar Hill Mansion. Greater Salisbury Committee Executive Director Luis Luna, who participated in the tour, said the effort would “make folks aware of the assets in the urban core.”

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

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