And now, some good news
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.
••• ANOTHER GRAND FOURTH
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!