Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1990

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1990 —

  • Peninsula General Hospital has entered a new era in general surgery as the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed at the medical center. Drs. Steven Crenshaw and Dr. David Walker, assisted by Drs. Andrew Forgash, Walter Lischick, Craig Schaeffer, Phil Insley Jr. and John Bartkovich removed a patient’s gall bladder through a small incision near the belly button. The procedure was hailed as the first advance in biliary surgery in 75 years.
  • A proposed retirement community to be built on a 29-acre site on Schumaker Pond has city planners wrestling with demands for more senior housing and affected neighboring residents complaining about the impacts. Presbyterian Homes of Camp Hill, Pa., plans to build a project that will provide continuous care for about 325 residents. Called Mallard Landing, the complex will include three apartment buildings, 36 cottages clustered in groups of four, a 30-bed nursing home and a 30-bed assisted-living area.
  • The Wicomico County Council has authorized the sale of $2.4 million in bonds for capital improvement projects. The plans are that $100,000 will go toward equipping the new Health Department building, $500,000 for sewer and water main extensions, $40,000 for a storage building at the Civic Center, $276,000 for recreational facilities, and $1.1 million for school renovation projects.
  • Steve Slayton’s 5-over-par 41 at the Caroline Country Club helped Wicomico High School take Bayside Conference Southern Division honors. The Indians finished with a team low 176, followed by James M. Bennett and Stephen Decatur, each with 185. Contributing to Wi-Hi’s win were players Brett Jett (43), David Naugle (45), Mike Elias (47) and Micah Stauffer (50). Bennett golfers Chris Sloan and Bill Dennis shared medalist honors, each shooting an even par 36.
  • The city has inspected a home on the corner of Eastern Shore Drive and Washington Street that has been the subject of continuing complaints from neighbors and has issued $23,025 in fines to its owners. Official said more than 50 dogs and cats were found on the property, creating an unbearable stench that neighbors have also complained about. City Building and Housing Director Pete Peterson said violations included the failure to make ordered repairs, and added that the city had been in conflict with the owner for several months.
  • The Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Salisbury celebrated 75 years of service to Delmarva with a huge event in Salisbury City Park. Some 12,000 free hot dogs were handed out, as well as 5,000 ice cream treats. The event also included free concerts and family entertainment that appealed to every age group.
  • The approximately 10,000 gallons of used motor oil that spilled into the Wicomico River last weekend has mostly been collected during five days of intensive efforts, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Steam Kat Haz Mat President Andrew Phillips said his teams had processed 16,000 gallons of oily water and the cleanup process will continue through the week. The oil leak was reported Friday night at about 7 p.m., when oil spilled from Dale Petroleum Ltd. on Isabella Street into the North Prong.
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