Boy, it’s hot; is it fall yet?

Record Observer - - Opinion -

Now that Septem­ber has ar­rived, maybe we will get some re­lief from that 90-de­gree heat. Maybe it won’t be too hot to cut the grass — al­though I have been wait­ing for the shade to get the yard done these past cou­ple of weeks. Maybe I’ll get one of those rid­ing mow­ers some­day.

••• ODDS AND ENDS • I cer­tainly en­joyed that cute story Bill Peak wrote about chil­dren and a li­brary in The Sun­day Star. Bill is a fel­low colum­nist for The Star Demo­crat do­ing a li­brar y col­umn weekly, so I al­ways fol­low him to see how things are go­ing in the Tal­bot County Li­brary; as I do some writ­ing for our own county li­brary each Tues­day.

• And then along comes Denise Ri­ley, an­other neigh­bor­ing colum­nist with The Star Demo­crat who talked about miss­ing sum­mer when it dis­ap­pears into fall. She men­tions see­ing the black-eyed Su­sans bloom­ing. She should see the ones along the fence by Bryan Blades’ big gar­den out here in the Heights. One of them must be at least 10-feet tall. And yes, our crepe myr­tle is also in full color, in fact, the blooms seem to be larger than ever. Denise took over as ed­i­tor of the Record-Ob­server when I left to go with the Delaware State News many years ago. She had come on staff as my re­porter be­fore I left the ed­i­tor’s chair, and I re­al­ized she was go­ing to be a darn good writer.

• We men­tioned the Kent Is­land Shop­ping Cen­ter re­cently and I was re­minded by Nancy Cook, who is pres­i­dent or past pres­i­dent of the Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety, that my old friend, the late Gil Dunn ran the drug store in the cen­ter and had an ex­hibit of Jim­mie Foxx items on dis­play for a long time. I re­ally do re­call his dis­play, be­cause Gil was a big fan of Sudlersville’s ma­jor league star. Gil left a huge legacy for Kent Is­land and Queen Anne’s County.

• Do you look at the Doonesbury cartoon strip on the op-ed page of the Sun ev­ery morn­ing? I get a kick out of it; not for the hu­mor, but I al­ways won­der what change is in that last panel. Maybe it isn’t ever yday, but nearly ev­ery day you will find just a tiny change in some­thing on that last panel that is dif­fer­ent from the rest of the pan­els. Check it out.

• The li­brary will have a new sports book on the shelf soon, or it may be out there al­ready. It is by Mike Lam­bert and ti­tled “Eastern Shore League.” As any sports fan knows, that is the old Class D Eastern Shore Base­ball League that kept us happy dur­ing the sum­mer months here on the Del­marva Penin­sula from the 1920s through the ‘40s; and Centreville had a team a good many of those years. In those early years, when the team played in the park at the end of Belvedere Av­enue, we kids would go down and stand out­side the fence wait­ing for a foul ball. If you got one, you would take it to the gate and get in free. When the Baltimore Ori­oles put a farm club here in 1946, my old class­mate Ge­orge “Joe” Aldridge and I sat in a tele­phone booth-sized press­box on the top step of the wooden grand­stand as Joe did the play-by-play, and I was of­fi­cial team score­keeper. It was a grand sum­mer: we won it all and I have won­der­ful mem­o­ries of those days. Any­way, I di­gress: Mike’s book has a lot of photos; but I am not sure he gave any more of a his­tory of that league than my old friend and sports writer, Bill Mowbray, down in Cam­bridge, who pub­lished a sim­i­lar book on the league many years ago. I must take a few min­utes, or some time, to go through the book­shelves here and see if I can find it. I was glad to see that Mike Lam­bert gave Don­nie David­son, down in Cam­bridge, credit for sup­ply­ing a lot of ma­te­rial from his mas­sive col­lec­tion of Eastern Shore base­ball lore.

• See in the pa­pers where the Queen Anne’s Bowl­ing Cen­ter, up near Ch­ester­town, has closed down. It has been a long time, but I re­mem­ber as a mem­ber of a bowl­ing team from the Centreville Lions Club in a league. I wasn’t much of a bowler, but I did get a kick out of those duck­pins.

• No­ticed in a magazine the other day that was have a spe­cial day for grand­par­ents. It is on Sept. 11. Ok, we will ob­serve that one; now how about one for great­grand­par­ents? We can cel­e­brate that one, too!

Dan Tabler

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