Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, June 25, 1981

Thursday, June 25, 1981 —

  • Hampered by continuing financial woes that have affected its standing in the community, the Mid-Delmarva YMCA is launching a campaign to improve its image. Former Salisbury Mayor Frank Morris and several prominent members of the Greater Salisbury Committee have agreed to serve on a special task force to build a viable, community-oriented institution. A new 29-member Board of Directors will be appointed, discussions will be held with creditors and efforts will be made to change the Y’s image as, what Morris called, “a middle-class country club.”
  • Some 50 members of the Salisbury Park Seventh Day Adventist Church gathered in a field east of Salisbury along Route 50 near Hobbs Road to break ground for a new $400,000 church. The facility will seat 300 people and will be of a modern design. Leading the ground-break event were Head Elder Orville Dix, Chesapeake Conference Representative Larry Davis, members Joseph Duvall, Gordon Noble and Jeff McCool, Pastor Otis Parks and the builder, Alvin Brinejar.
  • The Aerobics In Dance Studio at the Salisbury Indoor Racquet Club is ready for summer camps and classes. Dance instructors include: Beth Royal, Karen Lutz, Gloria Howard, Barbara Ewers, Carol Dickson, Bev Newman, Diane Beach, Kathy Walker, Patti Blevins, Jane Trapkin, Anne Cockey, Connie Fries, Linda Price and Deni Malo.
  • Avery W. Hall, President of the insurance company that bears his name, announced he will relocate his 56-year-old business in a historic building in Downtown Salisbury. Located in the 300 block of East Main Street, the building currently houses the Delmarva Beauty Academy. Avery Hall Insurance has long been located in the Masonic Building on North Division Street, directly across from the county Courthouse.
  • A veteran banking executive has been named the new Executive Director of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. William E. Postles Jr., 49, a Maryland National Bank Assistant Vice President, will leave the financial world to oversee the business group, which has 420 members. Postles came to Salisbury 12 years ago from Dover, where he had worked for 10 years with the Bank of Delaware. He said his first task will be to “raise the Chamber’s visibility in the eyes of the community.”
  • Under a new one-year contract negotiated between the Wicomico County School Board and the county Teachers Association, teachers will no longer be required to remain at schools each day to organize student clubs or perform other non-educational duties. The removal of after-school duties was agreed to when the school board was forced to reject a 9 percent pay increase demand, but eventually agreed to a 7 percent increase.
  • The Wicomico County Council has unleashed another volley of verbal shots at the state Department of General Services for continued delays in signing a seven-year lease for state District Court. The county has agreed to let the District Court move into the Government Office Building, which it shares with the city of Salisbury. Urgency is an issue, according to the county, because the Circuit Court is in immediate need of new space and the Courthouse facilities are overcrowded. District Court would remain in the GOB until a new combined city-state jail-court building is built later this decade.
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