Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1979

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1979 —

  • The Salisbury community is mourning the passing of Dr. Frank Weaver Jr., who has maintained a private practice in Salisbury since 1968. Weaver, who moved her from Laurel, Md., died at age 62 of natural causes. Weaver was well-known and highly regarded for his exemplary patience — even if the waiting room of his Camden Avenue office was full, he still spent abundant time with each patient.
  • Billy Gene Jackson is actively lobbying the Farmers Home Administration for grants to help residents in the Jersey Heights neighborhood repair their homes. FmHA officials have said residents can apply for low-interest loans to finance home repairs, but grants are not currently a possibility. Jacksonhas identified 20 homes that need emergency repairs and is urging government action as soon as possible. He maintains that FmHA approved the building of modular homes and they were poorly constructed.
  • Pemberton Elementary School sixth-graders Susan Wilgus, Sharon Hashimoto, Beth Holder, Robert Simms, Andy Mengason and Mitch Coratella are leading a recycling effort designed to reduce trash being sent to the Wicomico County Landfill. The youngsters are collecting old newspapers, bottles, copper and aluminum for delivery to a regional recycling center. The students are also participating in an anti-littering poster campaign.
  • A group of Wicomico County residents is working together to form The Christian Shelter Inc., which would provide food and temporary shelter to local people and transients who need emergency assistance. The Rev. James Riley, a member of the group’s organizing board, said the shelter will offer care for men, women and families. The group will launch operations in a warehouse on Barclay Street.
  • Mr. and Mrs. William E. Morgan of Salisbury celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary during a dinner party held at Dockside Murphy’s. The Morgans have been lifelong residents of Salisbury. He has been President of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. in Salisbury for the past 30 years. Among those attending the event were the Morgans’ daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Hazel.
  • Lamar Hunt, one of the great innovators in American sports and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs football team, was in Salisbury this week to accept the permanent trophy for the World Championship Tennis Tournament to be held in February at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Dick Cole, President of Partners of Delmarva Real Estate, made the presentation. Hunt, who owns the WCT league and tour, said Salisbury is an ideal host site, given its rich tennis history. World-renowned pros Bjorn Borg and Ilie Nastase are among the stars expected to participate.
  • Movies playing at the Mall Cinema this week include: “Star Trek,” starring William Shatner, “10,” starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek, and “Animal House,” starring John Belushi.

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