And now, some good news

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

With all the sad and tragic sto­ries in the news­pa­pers these days, let us start off this week’s visit with some good news about our Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and the crab sea­son.

From a re­port is­sued last week, it said fe­male blue crabs rose from a de­pleted 68 mil­lion in 2014 to 194 mil­lion at the be­gin­ning of this year’s sea­son; while the num­ber of ju­ve­nile crabs, those that will grow to har­vestable size by the fall, were hold­ing steady.

On to the near­est crab feast, let’s get crack­ing!

••• A MAN IN NEED I do not know Ja­son Hayes, but that was a great story about him in the news­pa­per where this Centreville res­i­dent was at the right place at the right time to save two lives in re­cent days. He was driv­ing across the Bay Bridge when he was able to save a man in trou­ble and days later stopped at an ac­ci­dent scene out­side Centreville and was able to pull a man from the wreck­age for the am­bu­lance crew.

Hayes was a para­medic in the Army and the story said he wants to pur­sue a ca­reer in paramedics now. Maybe we can get him to join the Good­will Com­pany, we are al­ways in need of vol­un­teers for our am­bu­lance crews. He cer­tainly sounds like the type of man we could use in the fire com­pany.

••• AND WE WERE THERE! There were some great photos in a re­cent Spor ts Il­lus­trated taken by Neil Leifer at the 1958 cham­pi­onship NFL foot­ball game in Yan­kee Sta­dium, when the Baltimore Colts edged the New York Giants in an over­time thriller to win the ti­tle be­fore those big Su­per Bowls were started. And the best part about those pic­tures of the game, was that it re­minded me that my old buddy, the late Gus Downes, and I were in the sta­dium that crazy day, along with some 3,000 other Colt fans who had come to New York by char­ter train, and we screamed and hollered our lungs out as the Colts tied up the game on a field goal and won it in over­time.

••• ONE FROM MARY­LAND And speak­ing of Sports Il­lus­trated, that I try to look at each week in the li­brary or else­where, I fi­nally saw a Mary­land ath­lete de­picted in FACES IN THE CROWD that is a reg­u­lar weekly fea­ture. There are usu­ally a half­dozen young ath­letes shown ev­ery week and I have never see one from Mary­land un­til the is­sue on June 27.

It was Luke Camp­bell of Brunswick, Md., who is a se­nior at Sal­is­bury Univer­sity. He was cited in track and field, hav­ing won both hur­dle events at the NCAA Divi­sion III Na­tion­als. He is the most dec­o­rated male track ath­lete in divi­sion his­tory, with 11 ti­tles, the ar­ti­cle stated. The na­tional D-III out­door track ath­lete of the year, Camp­bell won ti­tles in the 60 hur­dles and 4x400 re­lay at in­door na­tion­als in March.

Let us hope that SI can find more Mar yland ath­letes to fea­ture.


This should have been the lead for our weekly visit, but I had started the col­umn be­fore July 4th and did not know if I was go­ing to make it to the an­nual cer­e­mony at the grave­stone of Wil­liam Paca at Wye Plan­ta­tion. Any­way, I got the col­umn started and then went off to the ser­vice along with a nice crowd for the yearly event.

Some­body men­tioned the late Arthur Houghton, who lived in the big house years ago, started the cer­e­mony but no one seemed to know when. So I got out the bound files of the Record Ob­server when I got back home and checked. It was 1961 when the first ser­vice was held and I was ed­i­tor. I car­ried three pic­tures on the front page with a lengthy story, but since we did not iden­tify who snapped the photos back then, I can only imag­ine out that I prob­a­bly snapped ‘em.

Ac­tu­ally, ac­cord­ing to my story, the cer­e­mony was be­gun by mem­bers of the Mary­land Chap­ter of the Sons of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion and one photo showed L. Reyner Dukes, VP of the Mary­land Chap­ter of the so­ci­ety, plac­ing a wreath along with Dr. Regi­nald Truitt, of Kent Is­land, who was the pres­i­dent of the county’s his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety. At the time, Houghton pledged that he would con­tinue to have the pub­lic wel­comed for the an­nual cer­e­mony at the gravesite.

Since that time, the county’s his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety has han­dled the pro­gram and Bar­bara Pivec, pres­i­dent this year, was in charge. Our speaker this year was Pete Lesher, who is chief cu­ra­tor at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum in St. Michaels. Thank­fully, it was in­ter­est­ing and not too long. I have been there on some hot Fourth of July’s when the speaker droned on and on.

I’m not sure that I have been to ev­ery one of the cer­e­monies, but I know that I haven’t missed many over the years. If you have never been, put it on your cal­en­dar next year. I think it is a grand way to ob­serve the Fourth of July!

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