Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, April 26, 1984

Thursday, April 26, 1984 —

  • Salisbury’s “Jobs For Kids” program is talking shape, Invitations have gone out to dozens of local businessmen, asking them to to attend a pep rally next week where the program will be explained and commitments to extend jobs will be accepted. A year ago, the program placed 93 teenagers in minimum-wage jobs that provided each youngster with an average of $1,000 in pay over a 10-week period. Jill E. Barbon will direct the program again this summer. She said she is hoping to place 150 kids this year.
  • Mamie Ruth Croes, 54, and 24-year-old son, Gary Allen Croes, were killed when a car in which they were passengers was struck by a Conrail train engine at an uncontrolled crossing in Northwood Industrial Park. The driver, Thomas Croes of Naylor Mill Village mobile home park, survived the crash but was listed in critical condition. Police said their initial reporting suggests Croes failed to yield the right away to the locomotive and the train engineer, Johannes Seefried of Delmar, was operating the engine at 30 mph, which is the approved speed for that area.
  • Former Parkside Principal Dr. David Johnson lost his bid for reinstatement to principal when the state Board of Education ruled Wicomico’s school board was within its powers to transfer Johnson to a teaching position. Superintendent Harold Fulton said he first learned that Johnson was convicted in federal court of income tax fraud in connection with paperwork that was altered to document Johnson’s financial support of his parents. Johnson’s demotion cost him a $12,500 annual salary loss.
  • Secretaries for Sunshine Laundry in Salisbury were treated to a ride in a 1936 Rolls Royce, thanks to their boss, Dan Connell. Debbie Peek, Debbie Brubaker, Virginia Anderson, Peggy Bostic and Carolyn Scott received the ride from chauffeur Carlos Gonzales to celebrate Secretary Appreciation Day.
  • Kool & The Gang’s Wednesday night performance at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center was a sell-out, with some 4,000 people in attendance. The “Gang” opened and closed their 90-minute set with “Celebration,” their 1980 party anthem that promises “we’re gonna have a good time tonight.” K.C., formerly of K.C. & The Sunshine Band, was the opening act.
  • Dave Paolone’s 445-pins set let the Salisbury Moose to a 3 games to 1 over Dairy Queen at Wicomico Lanes. The wins clinched the Salisbury Men’s Major Duckpin League second-half title for the Moose. Brown Derby is the second-half runner-up; first-half champions Kinnamon Builders took third place. In other matches this week, Gary’s Sports Scene won three games against Mills Motors and V.V. Hughes & Sons won three games against Dean Witter.

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

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