Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1973

Wednesday, Sept. 5. 1973 —

• Wicomico County’s Board of Education has issued a new dress policy, reminding its 9,000 students that mid-drifts, tank-top-type shirts and styles that feature bare backs are strictly prohibited. Another no-no, according to school administrators, are any see-through garments. Parents this week received mailed letters from the school system, reaffirming its “bareness ban.”

• The historic Chantry House on North Division Street will soon be torn down to make way for the new city-county government office building. The building has long played a central role in the city’s history, primarily has the location of the famous Blue Bird Tea Room. Chantry House has been the location for countless service club meetings and events, as well as social engagements, banquets and weddings.

• The mother of an 18-year-old Cannon Drive youth being held on a break-in charge is threatening action against the Sheriff’s Department after her son was severely beaten by other inmates in the county jail. Sheriff William Shockley is denying the mother’s claims that the teen-ager was beaten for 35 or 40 minutes before deputies came to his rescue. The teen-ager was taken from the courthouse and across East Main Street to Dr. Philip A. Insley’s office and treated for severe facial wounds.

• Salisbury State College is closing a through street that runs from Route 13 to Camden Avenue. The area will be converted to a central mall with Devilbiss Hall and Tawes Gym on opposite sides. Those accustomed to parking along the street should plan to park in the new lot off Camden Avenue.

• School board officials are dealing with an ice cream shortage crisis. Schools reopened for the 1973-74 school year on Tuesday, but cafeterias have no ice cream because the low-bid vendor is experiencing financial problems and no ice cream has been delivered. Temperatures this week are expected to be in the high-90s, so Superintendent Royd A. Mahaffey said he will seek a new vendor to help solve the ice cream crisis. 

• Aviator and businessman Richard A. Henson said convenience is the key to growing flight traffic at Salisbury-Wicomico County Airport and he will increase the number of daily flights from the current 11 to 26. The nearly hourly flights will travel to Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and Wilmington. Henson said more than 5,000 people flew on his Salisbury-based planes last month.

• A 3-year-old girl escaped significant injury after she fell into a post hole near Moss Hill Townhouses on Deborah Drive. A neighbor found the girl, after her own 4-year-old came running into their house to report the incident. The toddler’s foot was wedged in the hole in such a way that those trying to rescue her were afraid to pull her out, and resorted to using kitchen spoons to dig away the dirt. 

• Insurance broker Ed Kreamer, who serves as chairman of the Salisbury-Wicomico County Airport Commission, told the Rotary Club luncheon that he envisions a facility with a new terminal and a parking lot to accommodate up to 300 cars. He said the new terminal would be four times larger than the current terminal and have three  passenger access gates. Kreamer also said the airport will one day have an overseas cargo operation.

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