Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1987

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1987 —

  • Chesapeake Bay oysters, ravaged over the summer by saltwater parasites, are virtually nonexistent in the bay, watermen are reporting. Only a few oystermen in the Upper Bay are reporting catches substantial enough to sell. A Crisfield waterman who used twin-patent tongs in Pocomoke Sound reported that he snared just 28 oysters — not 28 bushels — in several hours of trying. Oysters are selling for $42 a bushel; the all-time record came last year when prices briefly reached $36 a bushel.
  • Temperatures were expected to rebound this week, making it feel more like fall than winder. Over the weekend, overnight lows plunged to the mid-30s.
  • Cleary Designs of Salisbury has been chosen as a finalist in the 1987 Telly Awards competition, awarded to the producers of outstanding television commercials. An ad for the Sandwich Factory in Salisbury has garnered professional recognition for Ginny Cleary, Chris King, David Bennett, Tom Elliott, Carol Dines and Charlotte Richards.
  • Genesis Health Services of Pennsylvania, which purchased Salisbury Nursing Home this summer, has now bought Salisbury Immediate Med Center and Health Center Pharmacy. The Med Center reportedly sees about 13,000 patients per year.
  • The Somerset-WIcomico-Worcester Independent Insurance Agents Association has appointed new directors to serve on their board. They are: Robbin Gray, state director; Mickey Ashby, second vice president; David Tawes, secretary-treasurer; Mat Tilghman, president; and Gordon Gladden, first vice president. The association lists about 20 insurance agencies as members.
  • Rising Broadway and Hollywood actor John Glover has agreed to appear at Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council’s Nov. 7 fundraising gala. A Salisbury native, Glover has most recently been seen on “Miami Vice” and “Murder She Wrote,” and has been nominated twice for Emmy Awards. Glover will be stopping in Salisbury on his way to film a movie in North Carolina.
  • A black-tie dinner was held to celebrate the $7.1 million renovation and reconstruction of the Sheraton Salisbury hotel. A tuxedo-clad Mayor W. Paul Martin addressed the big crowd at the Downtown Salisbury establishment. The hotel’s new owners are Roger and Warren Eisinger of Eisinger Associates.  
  • Salisbury resident Frank Perdue has once again been named to the Forbes 400 List of Wealthiest Americans. The magazine estimated the poultry magnate’s worth at $500 million. Joining the list this year for the first time is Harvard University dropout and math whiz William Gates, 31, whose worth is estimated at $1.19 billion, thanks to his company Microsoft.
  • Four seventh-graders from St. Francis de Sales Catholic School were selected to take part in the Johns Hopkins University Talent Search Model Program. The students are: Katie Richardson, Jenni Connolly, Tina Pamintuan and Angie Long.
  • State Highway Administration officials told Wicomico and Salisbury leaders that they had finally come to support a new Route 13/50 bypass that would sweep north of the city. The project, they said, would cost at least $58 million and take five years to complete. This winter, SHA engineers will be concentrating on the new bridge being built in Vienna.
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