Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1990

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1990 —

  • The 60-year anniversary of the Salisbury Fire Department’s Station 2 will celebrated Sunday in an event planned for the Brown Street facility. The station opened on Dec. 2, 1930, in what had previously been a lumber storage yard on Naylor Street. There were just 20 volunteer members when the station opened. 
  • Salisbury’s holiday spirit was on full display Tuesday night as the lights were turned on in City Park for the Winter Wonderland exhibit. New to the display this year are a Chesapeake ram — an Eastern Shore schooner from the late 1800s. Other lighting displays include toy soldiers, birds in flight, the Maryland flag and the county’s mascot — Wicomico Woody. The Jaycees Christmas Parade will be held this weekend, featuring 80 entries and 11 high school bands. The parade will begin at the Dresser-Wayne parking lot and proceed north to the Pepsi Cola Bottling Plant parking lot.
  • Wicomico County Public Works Director P. Rai Sharma addressed the Wicomico Women’s Club at the Holiday Inn in north Salisbury. Sharma’s 30-minute talk concerned efforts to conserve space in the county’s landfill by encouraging better use of recycling options. He said that if county officials are forced to expand the landfill, it would cost $500,000 per acre.
  • Violet McLennan, Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Catherine Schirtzinger were presented with Pointer Awards for their work on the Deer’s Head Center Auxiliary Board. The honors were handed out at a dessert and fashion show held to honor volunteers for their more than 30,000 hours of service.
  • The Salisbury City Council has implemented a 50-cents-per-square-foot licensing fee for all outdoor advertising billboards. The new fee is substantially lower than the $1.75 fee proposed by city Building & Zoning Inspector William E. “Pete” Peterson. Officials say the money is needed to pay for enforcement of strict billboard controls that the council adopted in August. Peterson said the new controls will require the hiring of an inspector and a secretary, the purchase of a car and about $17,000 annually in other costs. Appearing before the council, David Clark, an attorney for Reagan National Advertising — the city’s largest billboard company — accused Peterson of attempting to “build himself a department.” The fee is expected to cost Reagan — which has about 45,000 square feet of billboards, more than $21,000 annually.
  • Perdue Farms is leading a $4 million fund drive under way at Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center by donating $500,000 to the effort. Frank and Jim Perdue personally presented the check to PGHMC President Virginia Layfield. The drive is raising money for a new Critical Care Center.
  • Margaret Laws Engle and her brother, Victor Laws, have donated Laws Family artifacts to the Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury State College. The large collection includes letters, photographs and military documents that follow the career of Capt. Albert Laws, who graduated from West Point in June 1893 and was wounded in the Battle of San Juan Hill.

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