Hello, KI; here come the tourists
The Baltimore Sun carried a full-page feature with plenty of photos last Saturday about Kent Island. There were good shots of the Island and a nice feature that should boost tourism. I’m not sure the folks down there want more development, however. I go back to the times I used to take a day and drive down, just after the Kent Island Shopping Center was built, to sell ads for the paper, and remember how traffic was getting heavier. I used to stop in Julius Grollman’s general store in the middle of town and have a visit (never sold him any ads, as I recall) and sit down with the watermen who used to gather in the center of the store after their work for the day.
RIO OLYMPICS END I am sure many of my reader-friends followed most of the action in the 2016 Rio Olympics that came to an end Sunday evening with a colorful ceremony in that huge stadium. It was really colorful, but at times weird, somewhat like the opening ceremony that I could not quite understand.
There was plenty to cheer about for the U.S., and I know everyone here rooted for Maryland’s own Michael Phelps and Katie Ledeckie in the swimming competition. I understand Maryland athletes won 18 golds, four silver and one bronze medal, and that only four countries won more medals than Maryland alone.
It was quite a show; now we can look forward to Tokyo in 2020.
A FEW YEARS AGO Had a very interesting visit with my good friend Bob Wolcott, Easton’s premier coin collector, the other day. He had a few items from Centreville’s past he wanted me to see, including the top section of a calendar (no date) that was put out by Wright and Lowe.
He said, “Remember when they were in business here, they were right where you built the Goodwill Firehouse.”
I said it must have been about 1948 because I recall taking pictures when the cornerstone was laid for the firehouse on that site on Broadway.
Anyway, the top portion of Bob’s calendar he wanted me to see was printed in bold letters: Wright and Lowe, Hardware, Carriages, Stoves and Agricultural Implements.
But that was not the only thing about it Bob wanted to show me. On the back, pasted up in now-very-yellowing paper, was a Revolutionary ballad concerning Tench Tilghman, General Washington’s aide, written for the school children of Maryland by the Rev. Dr. Oliver Huckel. It is very long, much too long to be reprinted here, but I must give it to the county historical society, if they would like it.
Bob also has several Centreville National Bank notes signed by my father when he was a cashier back in the early 30s.
It was a great visit with my old friend, who is a Centreville native and whose mother did her best to teach me how to play the piano many years ago.
CALL TRUMP’S BLUFF I always read the op-ed columnists in The Star Democrat — although I don’t always agree with them. But the other day, Linda Chavez wrote that “The IRS should call Trump’s bluff.” And I certainly agree with that.
She noted that the IRS would not prevent Trump from releasing his tax returns while they are under audit. This is the government’s way to insure that taxpayers do not cheat on their tax returns, but Linda writes that the IRS could close the audit of Trump’s returns right now and he would have no more excuse not to release them. Naturally, I and I am sure many other voters, feel that he is hiding something in those returns he does not want voters to see.
The man is a fraud with the biggest ego in the world. How many more outlandish statements will he come up with before the November election?
A FINAL LAUGH That’s enough of the political stuff; let us end this week’s visit with a laugh. It goes like this: CREATION A man said to his wife, “I don’t know how you can be so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time.”
The wife responded, “Allow me to explain. God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me; God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you!”