Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 1980

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 1980 —

  • The Wicomico County Alcoholic Beverage Commissioners have named a replacement for their inspector, who left the post in a furor after being ousted. Hermus W. Lowe, a former County Council member and state Delegate, was not retained when two new members of the three-person panel took their seats July 1. In a letter dismissing Lowe, the board praised his work, which prompted Lowe to remark that it was “the first time he heard of a person getting fired for doing a good job.” Retired Maryland State Trooper Vernon W. Phillips will be the new inspector and will receive a $10,000 annual salary.
  • Despite rumors that it was dropping its planned sponsorship of a $50,000 women’s tennis tournament at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Avon Products Inc. said it still supports the event planned in April. One possible concern is that the Avon Futures tennis event would be held within two months of the county-sponsored World Championship Tennis event planned in February and could, therefore, draw less of a crowd.
  • Four employees of Salisbury’s Burroughs Corp. were recognized for their service to the company at a grand dinner in Ocean City, hosted by Plant Manager Joseph Ruzzo. Honored were James Shockley, Donald Arnold, Arlo Durham, and Donald Connell — all members of the company’s Pioneer Club. Also, B. Dalton Bookseller is scheduled to open a new store on Saturday in Salisbury Mall. B. Dalton is the nation’s largest bookstore chain. The company has a computer system that allows customers to order any American book in print and receive it in just days.
  • The Life Crisis Center in Salisbury is facing a financial crisis that could put the service out of business. An open public meeting is scheduled for tonight to attempt to find ways to keep the community service intact and ongoing in its free service to the public. Center Director Debbie Paparella said Life Crisis currently has 35 trained volunteers, but needs an additional $12,000 annually to remain open.
  • Wicomico County’s 102-year-old Courthouse, the grande dame of Downtown Salisbury, is in urgent need of a facelift. Workment need to clean the brickwork, paint the window trim, repair the roof and repair all of the storm gutters, according to Jack Graham of George Miles & Buhr, the price tag for the work could range as high as $100,000.
  • For the first time ever, Wor-Wic Community College will offer more than 100 courses this fall. According to Office of Community Education Director Nola Arnold, fall courses will cover 15 major categories, with most classes being available during convenient evening hours. Among new areas of study are Transportation & Warehousing and Restaurant & Food Services.
  • The 11-member Parkside High School cheerleading squad is the only Maryland team invited to participate in the U.S. Cheerleaders Association competition in Michigan. Members of the team are: Courtney White, Pam Fredericks, Belinda Oakley, Linda Brader, Dana Banks, Lynn Crockett, Kellie Robinson, Mimi Harkins, Betsey Nielson, Beth Petrarca and Laura Wheeler. 
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