Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1982

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1982 —

  • Extra Strength Tylenol tablets from the same production lot as tablets found in Chicago laced with cyanide have been found in Salisbury, Charles Tregoe, Chief of Drug Control for the state Department of Health & Mental Hygiene confirmed. Tregoe wouldn’t say in which store the tablets were found, but officials have been working to retrieve and test all boxes with the Lot Number MC2880. So far, seven people have died nationwide in the poisoning case.
  • Salisbury Police are searching for two men who got out of their car and fled when an officer confronted them about returnable soft-drink bottles they had in their possession. The men were sitting in a late-model Chevrolet behind the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant on Railroad Avenue when an officer answered a call about men possibly stealing “empties.” Police said the bottles had a return value of $39.
  • Glen Avenue residents have banded together to oppose construction of duplex homes on North Park Drive. The group says the additional homes will add to traffic problems on Glen Avenue, North Park Drive and Davis Street. They maintain that traffic created by employees at the Maryland National Bank and Social Security Administration already causes headaches for their neighborhood.
  • Thirteen flower clubs, all members of District 1 of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, all participated in last weekend’s “Every Women’s Dream” flower show at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Mrs. Richard Puffenberger of Salisbury received special awards for Horticultural Excellence, as well as an Award of Merit. Mrs. Peter R. Thompson served as chairwoman, with Mrs. William Duvall and Mrs. George Rosenkranz serving as co-chairwomen.
  • State Sen. Joseph J. Long cut the ribbon to formally open the new Benjamin’s in the Salisbury Mall. In attendance were Alvin and Harriet Benjamin, their son, Andy, and his wife, Helen. The apparel store, which was nearly demolished in a fire in 1979, was a fixture in Downtown Salisbury for decades.
  • Mitch Wyatt, 21, captured his first club championship at Green Hill Golf & Yacht Club, holding off Jeff Smith by a single shot. Wyatt, a former Parkside High School standout, shot 73-78-151. Smith, who was Wyatt’s teammate on the Ram’s 1978 golf team, shot  76-76-152. Wicomico Senior High coach Butch Waller shot 77 on Saturday to place himself in the running, but faded on Sunday. Wyatt, whose late father was golfing great David Wyatt, won the Green Hill Junior Championship in 1977. Dr. Phil Insley Jr. and Mark Holloway won the Better Ball Title.
  • Delmarva Power & Light Co. in Salisbury announced that poor economic conditions will force the utility to lay off up to 160 workers and delay plans for a new power plant at Vienna. Company President Howard Cosgrove said the utility would strive to keep power rate hikes in line with inflation rates
  • Polar Bar owner William Givans has posted a large “Smokey The Bear” billboard in front of his East Main Street Restaurant to call attention to National Fire Prevention Week. Givans, who lives on Parsonsburg and his a member of the volunteer fire company there, has also parked a 1927 American LaFrance fire engine that he owns on the restaurant’s parking lot.
  • Leon Francis Wiggins, and employee with the State Highway Administration in Salisbury, received a $100 award from District 1 Engineer James McGill for his idea to improve operations at the Truck Weighing Station at Leonard’s Mill Pond. Wiggins suggested that an electric eye be installed to measure the height of trucks operating on the highway, rather than continuing the current system of hand measuring questionable trucks.

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

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