Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, Feb. 22, 1976

Sunday, Feb. 22, 1976 —

  • Salisbury’s City Council prepared to hold its final meeting ever at 80-year-old City Hall. The March 8 meeting will be held in the new Government Office Building that’s shared between the city and county. Next Friday and Saturday are slotted as moving days, in which city workers will move their boxes a block east to the new South Division Street building. The council is still mulling whether to move the city’s police headquarters into City Hall. The council must still review a proposal to renovate the current police station on High Street.
  • Wicomico Board of Education officials are trying to figure out what to do with Mardela Junior & Senior High School, which an architect’s review has found in need of millions of dollars in repairs and renovations. The fire alarm system is inadequate, the gymnasium boiler is obsolete, the library is cramped, the running track is sinking, administrative offices are overcrowded and water is seeping into several classrooms through cracked brick exterior walls. Principal Robert Fithian said teachers often have to wear rubber boots to manage classes held in basement rooms.
  • At their recent annual company dinners, the owners of Ralph & Gaskill announced changes in their corporate structure. Clement I. Gaskill, a founder and Company President, will now serve as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Vice President Lewis R. Carman will become President. Clem M. Gaskill, son of the founder, will become Vice President. The elder Gaskill, together with Charles W. Ralph, formed the men’s clothing business in 1933. Mr. Carman joined the company in 1951 as a salesman.
  • Patient fees at the Wicomico County Mental Health Clinic will rises from the nominal $1 per 20-minute charge to $15 per 20 minutes, county Health Director Dr. Charles Bagley announced. He said a sliding scale will be established based on income, so not all patients will have to pay the full $15.
  • Salisbury native Paul Sarbanes, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by J. Glenn Beall Jr., was in his hometown over the weekend, where he made several campaign stops. A House of Representatives member who represents Baltimore County, Sarbanes, with his wife, Christine, made a special appearance at the U.S. National Indoors Tennis Championship held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Sarbanes was also the guest at a brunch hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Glenn at Green Hill Yacht & Country Club.
  • All of Salisbury was talking about the dramatic rescue of 14-year-old Wicomico Junior High School student Chris Cannon, who became submerged up to his neck in the mud of currently drained Leonard Mill Pond. State Police Trooper John W. Shores was the first to attempt a rescue, but became stuck himself. Delmar Fire Department members finally executed the rescue from the muddy flats about 75 yards off shore from homes on Pine Knoll Terrace. Cannon, who had been exploring the lake bottom with another teenager, was taken to Peninsula General Hospital suffering from exposure.
  • Former Gov. Millard Tawes was on hand at the Allen Lions Meeting to honor former Wicomico Sheriff Jesse M. Pollitt. Tawes, 82, said Pollitt, 84, served with distinction from 1946 through 1958. Attending the event was Pollitt’s son, Circuit Court Judge Richard M. Pollitt and grandson Rick Pollitt, who is currently serving as an aide to state Sen. Homer White.

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

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