It’s Au­gust, but still too hot!

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

I know, I said it was too hot to write a col­umn last week — well, it is still too darn hot, but we will give it another try for a weekly visit:

••• GREAT COUNTY FAIR Now it re­ally wasn’t too hot to get out to look over the 4-H’ers and the an­nual county fair at the 4-H Park — and I hope ev­ery­one made an ef­fort to get out there at least one day to see the many fine ex­hibits, have a bite to eat and say hello to all the ven­dors.

I al­ways head for the main ex­hibit hall to look over the pho­to­graphs that are judged each year. It seems there were more this year and some were mighty good. I’m not sure I agreed with some of the rib­bons de­pict­ing the first place winners, but there were surely many very good pho­tos on dis­play.

The Fair Book said the park site was do­nated by Ge­orge Mof­fett of Blake­ford Farms in 1942, and I re­mem­ber go­ing out there when all the men showed up to be­gin cut­ting down trees to clear the area for the first fair that was held in Au­gust of that year. The county is so for­tu­nate to have this grand site — cer­tainly one of the bet­ter 4-H Parks on the Shore. I hope to be able to take pho­tos of many more fairs to come.

It was fit­ting to have the fair ded­i­cated to Tommy Smith this year for all his work, plus the fam­ily’s ded­i­ca­tion to the fair­grounds. Heck, I may even have taken a pic­ture of his grand­fa­ther work­ing on build­ing the first dairy barn out there.

Let us all hope the 4-H Fair will con­tinue to be a big part of the county life for years to come.

••• BE­ING SAR­CAS­TIC? I hope Star Demo­crat car­toon­ist Rick Kollinger was be­ing his usual sar­cas­tic self when he wrote the other day that he didn’t have in­ter­est in the Olympics or the big ath­letic events on TV.

We have re­ally en­joyed the show on TV, es­pe­cially the USA girls gym­nas­tic team and that Si­mone Biles who re­ally earned her gold medals with in­cred­i­ble moves on and off the floor! And how about that Michael Phelps, the world’s fastest swim­mer; along with Katie Ledecky, both Mary­lan­ders? It has been a won­der­ful way to spend the evenings watch­ing those su­per ath­letes!

••• ANY OLD PHO­TOS? Do any of my reader-friends have pho­tos taken of Cen­tre­ville’s Com­merce Street back when the Amer­i­can Stores was in busi­ness across from the court­house?

As those last two build­ings were be­ing torn down last week to make room for our new court­house, I re­mem­bered that Price and Gan­non store was where the Board of Elec­tions had their of­fices. When we were shopping Satur­day at the Acme, one of the ladies came over to me and asked if I re­mem­ber when the old Acme stood on that site, I said, yes, and it was called Amer­i­can Stores at that time. She won­dered if I had any old pho­tos of that build­ing or the street at the time. I replied no, but that I would ask in the col­umn if any­one has any old pho­tos of that part of Com­merce Street.


Be­ware of the phone scam go­ing on about the IRS. We have had two calls, and our neigh­bor said she had also had a cou­ple calls, one at night and the other the next morn­ing. Your phone rings and a per­son says they are the IRS and are ready to sue you for not pay­ing back taxes. They give you a num­ber to call, but just hang up and call the po­lice. It is a scam. The IRS, we are in­formed, will never phone any­one for back taxes. You will get a no­tice in the mail. There are other scams by phone, be aware when you get calls from un­known peo­ple who ask you to call a cer­tain num­ber. It may be an ex­pen­sive scam!

••• TASTY SAND­WICHES The Parade mag­a­zine last Sun­day had a short piece in­side about peanut but­ter and jelly sand­wiches. It noted that 1,500 peanut but­ter and jelly sand­wiches were eaten by chil­dren in the U.S. by the time they grad­u­ated from high school.

I don’t doubt it. I am sure that I ate my share over the teen years. Mother prob­a­bly made me other kinds, but those were the only ones I ever made for my­self.

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