Managing a dangerous spot
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.