Boy, it’s hot; is it fall yet?
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!