Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, April 30, 1970

Thursday, April 30, 1970 —

  • The Board of Directors for the Mid-Delmarva Family YMCA have announced plans to build a new $100,000 facility on Shumaker Drive in Salisbury. The building will include a gymnasium, handball court, locker-shower complex and executive offices. David Clark, the Y’s Board Chairman, said the new facility represents a major step forward for the Y’s programs.
  • The Salisbury City Council will consider a 5-cents increase to the city’s property tax rate, much to the frustration of Mayor Dallas Truitt. Just sworn into office last week, Truitt said he hopes citizens “can appreciate the need for this to continue to provide services,” but admitted a voter backlash is likely. The city’s $1.24 cents per $100 of assessed property value has been in place for six consecutive years. The current fiscal year budget is $3.3 million.
  • Two new telephone books are being delivered this week across Salisbury. One book contains The White Pages; a second book contains The Yellow Pages featuring businesses from Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties. Each phone book features the same cover — a color photo of the historic lighthouse museum in St. Michaels. The White Pages contains about 42,000 names. 
  • Dr. Alfred C. Kolls renewed his attacks this week on Salisbury’s recently enacted “nudie movies law,” which prohibits films with nude scenes from being shown at the Bowl Drive-In on Northwood Drive and ban anyone 17 years of age and younger from being admitted to any city theaters where movies containing nudity is featured. Kolls is calling for a repeal of the law, which he described as “dangerous, illegal and unnecessary.” He said the law is possibly unconstitutional because it interjects government into people’s private lives.
  • In socials news, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Holloway of Woodland Road and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dashiell of Riverside Drive have returned home after a weeklong trip to Bermuda. Also, a dance will be held Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Canal Park Swim Club — only those with reservations will be admitted; entertainment will be provided by the Keynotes. Meanwhile, Mrs. John A Kuhn, Mrs. H. Lay Phillips Sr., Mrs. George E. Bahen and Mrs. Franklin B. Hill have issued invitations to an open house for the evening of May 2 at Green Hill Yacht & Country Club.
  • The City Council honored Salisbury surgeon Dr. Henry A. Briele for bringing significant medical recognition to the city and Peninsula General Hospital. Briele recently took over as President of the Medical Chirugical Faculty of Maryland, the state’s leading medical organization.
  • Tenants who store their airplanes in the new T-hangar at Salisbury-Wicomico Airport have publicly complained about an infestation of birds in the new building, which is causing bird droppings and damaging aircraft. Airport Commission member Porter Ent said the birds are entering through an open space near the roof line, as well as whenever the doors are open. County Roads Engineer Charles K. Banks said his workmen will try to erect a wire mesh to prevent the birds from roosting.
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