Man­ag­ing a dan­ger­ous spot

Record Observer - - Opinion -

What, in my es­ti­ma­tion, is the most dan­ger­ous in­ter­sec­tion in Centreville is out at the Food Lion shop­ping cen­ter com­plex. As a long-time fire/po­lice of­fi­cer for the Good­will Fire Com­pany years ago, I hold my breath when I use that area.

It is the en­trance and exit road lead­ing into the com­plex where McDon­ald’s and Wal­green’s flank both sides.

You most cer­tainly know the rea­son it is dan­ger­ous; and that’s be­cause it was built on a curve. It is be­yond my com­pre­hen­sion why any en­gi­neer would con­struct an en­try; par­tic­u­larly a well-trav­eled one, that would come out on a well-trav­eled high­way on a CURVE!

What makes it so dog­goned dan­ger­ous is that as you want to exit and head north into town, a ve­hi­cle pulls up along­side of you to head south, it is al­most im­pos­si­ble to see traf­fic com­ing at high speed trav­el­ing north. An­other hin­der­ance to vi­sion is the sign placed in the me­dian of the en­trance-exit road that tells what stores, etc. are in the com­plex. That could surely have been si­t­u­ated a few feet back from where it is stand­ing.

I hope all my reader-friends and all drivers us­ing that en­trance-exit street will con­tinue to use ex­treme cau­tion when driv­ing in or out.

••• LOOK UP AT ‘EM Have you ever no­ticed all those large pho­tos around the walls of Acme?

No, well I hadn’t either un­til one of the clerks men­tioned it to me. So I looked up and there they were: a num­ber of very large pho­to­graphs of old Centreville hang­ing on all the

Well, they have been good fundrais­ers for both groups and we will have two more this fall. Yes, I will be sell­ing tick­ets for each of them.

••• FIRST IN CINCIN­NATI And while I am speak­ing of fire com­pa­nies, I just hap­pened to no­tice in the lat­est edi­tion of the Amer­i­can Le­gion mag­a­zine that the na­tion’s first pro­fes­sional and fully paid fire de­part­ment was cre­ated in Cincin­nati, Ohio, on April 1, 1953. It was also the first to use horses to pull the en­gines or pumps. There is a fire mu­seum in the city with much his­tor­i­cal archives.

I am try­ing to find in my toomessy desk draw­ers or this 4-drawer file cabi­net where I had a note a long time ago about when the first vol­un­teer fire com­pany was formed and where. I think it was Philly, and started by Ben Franklin, but I haven’t found the ac­tual clip­ping or source yet.

••• HIS­TORY ALL AROUND US I no­ticed in the lat­est news­let­ter from the county’s his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety that both Wright’s Chance and the Tucker House hold “open house” on the first Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also on the third Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. They may still have a won­der­ful dis­play of old pho­to­graphs in Wright’s Chance.

Don’t for­get the an­nual Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion at Wye Plan­ta­tion, the former Houghton House, with the lay­ing of the wreaths at 11 a.m. There will be a speaker, and I al­ways make sure to get some ice cream be­fore leav­ing.

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