Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Dec. 31, 1971

  •  Friday, Dec. 31, 1971The Wicomico Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, Salisbury city police, the county’s Licensed Beverage Association and Wicomico State’s Attorney’s Office have combined forces to implement “Operation Prevent A Tragedy” for this New Year’s Eve. Additional officers will be out patrolling the county’s roadways in special “PAT Zones” to crack down on revelers who consume too much alcohol and then attempt to drive.
  • Traffic signs across the state were in the process of being updated to a more international style that relies on pictures and symbols, more than words. Local drivers reported they were most confused by the new Yield signs and Do Not Enter signs, that were dramatically different.
  • Two passengers were hospitalized after a crash on Route 13 near Leonard’s Mill Pond. Jeanie A. Moore, 39, of Salisbury, and Irene Cora Ellis, 52, of Delmar, were injured when their car was struck in a passing accident. Willie Seymour Davis Jr., 22, of Parksley, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.
  •  Salisbury police said an eight-track stereo, 35 eight-track tapes and a tape storage box were stolen from a vehicle parked at the Skateland Roller Rink on South Division Street. The victim, Robert Morris McGriff, said the tapes and stereo were worth about $125.
  • Will Hall, promotions manager for the Salisbury Mall, asked that the public be aware of the growing inventory of items in the mall’s Lost and Found area. Hall said the Lost and Found contained clothing, jewelry, wrapped Christmas packages, purses and a mysterious office desk nameplate labeled “R. Maxwell.” Hall said efforts to identify Maxwell had been unsuccessful.
  • The Salisbury Ames Store announced it would give free $10 gift certificates to the parents of any babies born on Saturday, New Year’s Day 1972.
  • Chairman Fred H. Battle announced the Salisbury Route 13 Bypass Committee would meet Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. in the Greater Salisbury Committee meeting room at One Plaza East.
  • Ed Wilgus and Bill Robertson extended New Year’s greetings to their friends and customers on behalf of their 311 East Main St. business, Shore Appliances.
  • C&P Telephone Co.’s $2 million addition to its Downtown Salisbury was being heralded as an architectural masterpiece. The huge rectangular windows, which reflect afternoon light and even reflect traffic on Route 50, were touted for their bronze color and modern appearance. The addition will contain equipment related to the utility’s upcoming dial conversion program.
  • Northwood Nite Club was featuring the music of “Genesis” for New Year’s Eve. Admission was $4 or $8 per couple. James Bond and Diamonds Are Forever” was playing at the Boulevard Theater. “Summer Of ‘42” was playing T the Delmar Drive In; in-car heaters were available and admittance was $2 per carload.
  • Mr. and Mrs F.A. Crockett of Quantico were the honored guests at a 50th Wedding Anniversary Dinner given by their family. Sixteen family members attended the fete at the Alpine Room at Johnny’s & Sammy’s Restaurant in Salisbury.

Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at gbassett@newszap.com

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