Turns out thun­der­storms af­fect cats, too

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

Had a call af­ter the pa­per came out last week from He­len Baker, one of our church mem­bers we know who also reads my col­umn. She said they have a “res­cued” cat called Al­lie, and when­ever it storms and rains, the cat runs up­stairs and hides un­der the bed. I be­lieve she also said it kinda howls also when the thun­der hits around dur­ing the storms.

So, now we know that not only our pet Yorkie “Mag­gie” is scared of the thun­der storms, but cats are also.

I’ll have to ask our next-door neigh­bor, Kim, about her cats, I know she has sev­eral in her house.


An­other faith­ful reader was in touch last week. We re­ceived a let­ter from Fran Wilmer, who now lives in Annapolis, who sent along a clip­ping of a pic­ture that was in the Record-Ob­server some time ago de­pict­ing the cast of the 1940 Cen­ter­ville High School op­eretta that filled the en­tire stage of the Lit­tle Theatre back then with some 70 stu­dents.

The cap­tion said the photo was prob­a­bly taken by Woody Wood­ford, who was a mem­ber of my class in CHS and was work­ing part-time in the photo stu­dio of My­ron Lat­shaw on Com­merce Street, who was also the town’s jew­eler. It noted that the play was be­ing held in the Lit­tle Theatre, that stood hat the en­trance to Belvedere Av­enue and Ch­ester­field at the time be­cause the high school was hav­ing an ad­di­tion built that in­cluded a stage and a gym.

Fran won­dered how many were still around. I can’t tell you that, but Ruth and I found our­selves in the photo, and then we iden­ti­fied a dozen or more oth­ers, many in cos­tume for the op­eretta.

I thank Fran for think­ing of me and to let her know it cer­tainly brought back a lot of great mem­o­ries.

I hope the pic­ture with the col­umn is clear enough to see our cast mem­bers from 76 years ago. You might even no­tice this writer kneel­ing be­hind John Clough in the white suit seated in the cen­ter with a beau­ti­ful lady who I be­lieve was Peggy Selby af­ter her mar­riage to John Selby. And that is Ruth just over the lady’s right shoul­der. How many more can you iden­tify?


Queen Anne’s County is for­tu­nate in­deed to have the Paul Reed Smith guitar fac­tory on Kent Is­land and the 250 em­ploy­ees are also a happy group as they were treated to their 16th an­nual health fair re­cently ac­cord­ing to the pa­per. The story said PRS Guitars is the largest full-time pri­vate em­ployer in the county and is even now em­ploy­ing more.

The Lions Club has been the re­cip­i­ent of one of their world-renown guitars ev­ery year for some time that we can raf­fle off at the Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. Paul Reed Smith has been more than kind to the Lions Club as I am sure he has done for other ser­vice groups here.

We are more than happy to salute one of the county’s ma­jor em­ploy­ers and wish it much more suc­cess.


Now that our Good­will Fire Com­pany Chicken Bar­be­cue has ended on Wed­nes­day, please look for­ward next month to the Methodist Men of the Cen­ter­ville Un­tied Methodist Church to hold their fall bar­be­cue has be­come the cus­tom over the years. Yes, I will be sell­ing tick­ets to this bar­be­cue also, so look for me to be around again.

This photo of the 1940 CHS Op­eretta was prob­a­bly taken by CHS Ju­nior Woody Wood­ford who was work­ing part-time in the pho­to­graphic stu­dio of My­ron Lat­show on Com­merce Street. It was snapped on stage at the Lit­tle theatre, as the high school was hav­ing an ad­di­tion built which in­cluded a stage and gym that opened in 1941, or later in 1940. How many of th­ese young­sters can you iden­tify?

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