Salisbury History: Saturday, Jan. 1, 1977

Saturday, Jan. 1, 1977

  • The Motor Vehicle Administration offices on Lake Street in West Salisbury unveiled its new driver’s license photographic ID system. Although the license fee was raised to $6, the ID is valid for four years. Sandra Heineken of Coulbourne Mill Road was able to receive her renewed license in just 5 minutes time.
  • Peninsula General Hospital launched a fundraising drive intended to buy new equipment to update patient rooms. Some 5,000 letters, under the signature of board president Oscar L. Carey, sought funds for new electric beds ($1,200), stretchers ($650), chair-tables ($500) and chair-beds ($800). The campaign goal is $4.8 million. The new section of the hospital, currently under construction, is expected to cost $26.2 million and will have 340 beds.
  • City Public Works Director Philip C. “Pete” Cooper announced Salisbury would undertake “the biggest sewer main construction” in local history. Mayor Elmer Ruark said a federal grant for $981,000 had been offered for extending a new line from the city pumping station on Ridge Road all the way to Philip Morris Drive. The total project was expected to cost $1.4 million.
  • Police across the Lower Shore reported a quiet New Year’s Eve. Other than “a few fender-benders” in Salisbury, no serious accidents were reported.
  • Apartments at the new Parkside Apartments on Glen Avenue are renting from $200 a month. Call Dick Lee Property Management for details.
  • The WBOC-TV lineup for the night was: “Mary Tyler Moore” at 8, “Bob Newhart” at 8:30, “All In The Family” at 9, “Alice” at 9:30 and “Carol Burnett” at 10.
  • The Maryland Photographic Society announced that Robert W. McGee of Salisbury was named “Maryland Photographer of the Year.” McGee, who owns Lens-Art of Salisbury received the award at a banquet in Baltimore.
  • Mark Holloway of Salisbury, a Realtor-Associate with Henry H. Hanna Real Estate Co. Inc., completed a 12-week training course on professional salesmanship conducted by Henry H. Hanna III.
  • Ralph and Brenda Jones Moore of Hebron are the parents of the first child born at Peninsula General Hospital in 1977. A daughter, Karri Linde Moore was born at 12:38 a.m and weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Dr. D.J. O’Neill performed the delivery. Mr. Moore is an agent with Baltimore Life Insurance Co.

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