Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1976

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1976 —

  • About 4 inches of snow fell just days after Christmas, sending hundreds of children and adults alike to the Elks Club hill and City Park to test out their new Christmas sleds. With schools already closed for the holidays, local inconveniences were reduced but a large number of minor car crashes were reported.
  • A Bethesda, Md.-based real estate firm has purchased the Clairmont Shopping Center on South Salisbury Boulevard from local businessman Oscar L. Carey. The sale, reported at $1.04 million, will not affect any of the center’s seven current retailing units.. The center has 42,000 square feet of retail space.
  • Salisbury city officials said they might consider a noise ordinance as part of their planned overhaul next year of the city zoning laws. Noise complaints are handled under existing “nuisance laws,” but elected officials are under pressure to address a growing number of noise complaints city-wide.
  • Elizabeth Carey Atkinson, 82, Wicomico County’s first woman Circuit Court Crier, died at the Salisbury Health Center after a long illness. She retired in 1967 as clerk of the People’s Court. She had also served as a postal clerk in the Fruitland Post Office.
  • Two local high schools were leading the way in the fifth annual James M. Bennett Christmas Invitational Wrestling Tournament. The JMB Clippers and W-Hi Indians each advanced eight wrestlers to the semi-finals. The day’s top match was shaping up in the 187-pound class, where Indian River’s Charles Mumford was to meet Bennett’s Jeff Farace. Mumford is last year’s returning champion.
  • The city has acquired two parking lots Downtown that will be used temporarily for parking. The lots, formerly owned by Feldman Bros. Furniture, will be used for the Market Village development project. City Councilman Dr. Verdin Cantrell opposed the move, saying the city should direct people to park in and around the new parking garage. City Public Works Director Pete Cooper said the spaces will be leased for $12 per month.
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