Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, Feb. 2, 1967

Thursday, Feb. 2, 1967 —

  • Because groundhogs are rare on the Eastern Shore, local weather forecasters turned to the muskrat to predict the course of winter. Muskrats and groundhogs each saw their shadows on this bright and sunny today, with the groundhogs retreating to their burrows for another six weeks of winter.
  • Thousands of shoppers poured into Downtown Salisbury for the grand Dollar Days sales events being held by local merchants. In the men’s stores, $1 buys $5 worth of neckties, while $2 will purchase a $6 shirt; most men’s suits are half-off. A “Crazy Table” in one of the Downtown department stores features items from 10 cents to $1. The event, designed to clear stores of winter items, continues through Friday.
  • The Wicomico Women’s Club celebrated its 46 anniversary with a luncheon at the Wicomico Hotel. Mrs. William Livingston, club president, welcomed guests from other clubs and conducted the business portion of the meeting.
  • Bill Dryden’s Camera Center at South Division and Vine streets was offer 48-hour processing of  color movies and slides. Meanwhile, Gordy’s Drugs at 213 East Main St. announced it had just received its selection of Valentine’s Day cards and gifts for 1967.
  • The Salisbury Police Department has purchased a black station wagon that will be used for radar control. The utility vehicle replaces a 1955 sedan that was regarded as familiar to speeding motorists. Chief Leslie J. Payne said six new police cars will be purchases this year.
  • Some 130 friends and family crowded into the Elks Club in Salisbury to celebrate the retirement of Raymond D. “R.D.” Smith, the supervisor of Stores Accounting for Delmarva Power & Light Co. DP&L President E.S. Mortimer presented Smith with a check from the group, as well as a service pin.
  • The new Acme Market, scheduled to open soon in the Salisbury Shopping Center of Route 50 at Cypress Street, was looking for men to work as grocery and produce clerks. No experience was necessary.

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

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