It’s August, but still too hot!
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.
••• THERE IS AN IRS SCAM OUT
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.