Await­ing the Olympics

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

Look­ing for­ward to Aug. 5, the open­ing of the 2016 Olympics in Rio since we have been fol­low­ing the Team USA swim­ming and track and field tri­als on the tube — which may still be go­ing on this week.

It has been es­pe­cially ex­cit­ing to see Mary­land’s own Michael Phelps, the all-time medals champ in swim­ming, do his thing. And we will surely see some fast run­ners in Rio af­ter those young peo­ple com­peted in the races we watched Saturday and Sunday. I tried to win the 100-yard dash in high school, but was never fast enough. We did fin­ish first in a 400-yard re­lay that I an­chored our last year at CHS. I be­lieve I even have a shot of me win­ning that race that my old friend and class­mate, the late Woody Wood­ford snapped as I came down the home stretch.

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HOW ‘BOUT THEM BIRDS Our Ori­oles headed into the All-Star break on a win­ning note and they have been able to hold on to first place with some timely hit­ting — we just have to get that side-wind­ing Dar­ren O’Day back in the bullpen.

I am happy to wear my Ori­oles T-shirt in town — the other day, some fan asked about it. I told him it was a “col­lectable” since it was pro­duced back in 1992, and my daugh­ter got it for me some time ago. You just don’t see this type any­more.

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$5,000 a week? That’s what Pub­lish­ers Clear­ing House keeps telling Ruth and I that we might be win­ning. In fact, we got three let­ters in the same mail last week telling us to be sure and “sub­mit our en­try in a timely fash­ion or lose out.”

There was only a few things wrong about those let­ters. One was ad­dressed to Ruth Faller and an­other ad­dressed to Rithb Tabler. Mine was ad­dressed prop­erly. I guess if Ruth wins, it won’t count since the name is so screwed up.

How many of my read­er­friends are get­ting those $5,000 a week let­ters?

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THE LAST CHICKEN

FES­TI­VAL Ran across the spe­cial sec­tion of the Del­marva Chicken Fes­ti­val that ran in the pa­per back in June 2014 — head­lin­ing that it was the 65th and “last” one to be held.

The big two-day event out at the 4-H Park was quite an af­fair, and I don’t be­lieve I ever found out just why it was not con­tin­u­ing. They started it back in 1948, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the spe­cial sec­tion. I re­mem­ber go­ing to my first one ever in Den­ton many years ago and won­der­ing at that time when it might come to Queen Anne’s County.

I won­der what ever hap­pened to that gi­ant fry­ing pan they used ev­ery fes­ti­val to cook tons of chicken?

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IT RE­ALLY WORKS Re­mem­ber that “squir­rel­proof” bird feeder Daugh­ter June gave me for Fa­ther’s Day? Well, it re­ally works!

We hung it on the finch feeder pole that we can watch dur­ing break­fast time and the squir­rel climbs the pole but has been un­able to get to the feeder. Ruth has also de­vised a way to at­tach the top of the wild bird feeder out by the rose gar­den so that those pesky squir­rels have been un­able to pry it off.

We got a lot of en­joy­ment watch­ing out feathered friends on the feed­ers while hav­ing break­fast each morn­ing. We can also see the bird bath and watch the birds drink and splash their feath­ers in it, so that I have to fill it a cou­ple times a day.

I hope all my reader-friends keep a bird feeder or two in their yards.

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SOME 70 YEARS AGO If there is room, I hope you will see the story this week about those high-fly­ing Ori­oles of 1946! NO, not Bal­ti­more, the Centreville Ori­oles, the Bal­ti­more team’s farm club here in the old East­ern Shore Base­ball League.

Any­way, just wanted to men­tion that I dug out the front page of the Sept. 19, 1946 is­sue and saw that Record Ob­server had a hy­phen in the flag across the front page.

When did we drop that hy­phen?

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