Re­mem­ber­ing Boy Scout Troop 1 — 69 years later

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The photo with this week’s col­umn shows the Boy Scout troop back in 1937, ac­cord­ing to the writ­ing on the back. Yes, we had a 20-mem­ber troop that used to meet in the Ar­mory. As the flag states, it was Troop 1 and we mis­spelled Cen­tre­ville like so many oth­ers used to do back then. I am not sure who took the pic­ture, but that’s lit­tle Danny at the far right in the sec­ond row, stand­ing in front of Pop Char­lie An­thony who was our scout­mas­ter. If I am not mis­taken (and I prob­a­bly am), our troop leader was Matt Brown, who is also stand­ing in back of me. I can name all but a half-dozen fel­lows in the shot; all of whom are no longer with us.

We started a stamp club while I was in the scout troop and I ended up with 10 to 12 al­bums of all kinds of stamps over the years. My men­tion in the col­umn re­cently about get­ting rid of the col­lec­tion if anyone wanted it, brought Don­nie Gal­loway to me. He and his wife are church mem­bers with us and he works at the An­napo­lis Post Of­fice. He said he would be glad to have the al­bums, so that’s one more pos­ses­sion gone from my still-toocrowded file and book­case here next to the al­ways-messy desk.

I still have this large box full of Bal­ti­more Colts mem­o­ra­bilia if any of you foot­ball fans would like to have. An an­tique dealer in Bal­ti­more I con­tacted said he would come over and look at the stuff, but he never showed. I don’t sup­pose there are any Colts cor­rals left around here! AN­NUAL FUND DRIVE Hope you re­ceived your let­ter from Good­will Fire Com­pany for their an­nual fund drive. We re­sponded to 451 alarms last year, not count­ing am­bu­lance runs, so you can see the com­pany has been busy. We are also try­ing to pay for the new­est piece of fire ap­pa­ra­tus that cost more than $500,000 and is now in ser­vice. Also be re­minded to have your chim­ney cleaned be­fore start­ing your fire­place this win­ter; and also change the bat­ter­ies in your smoke de­tec­tors. Don’t for­get our first oys­ter and bull roast will be held at the fire­house on Sat­ur­day, Nov. 12. Tick­ets are $45 in ad­vance or $50 at the door. Con­tact John Cvach at 443-262-8009 or Lisa Davis at 410-490-0201 for tick­ets. CEN­TRE­VILLE DAY COM­ING I am look­ing for­ward to Cen­tre­ville Day on Sat­ur­day, Oct. 29, on the court­house green, es­pe­cially will want to sam­ple the win­ning cook­ies in the great­cookie-con­test. There will be all kinds of en­ter­tain­ment and fun for the kids from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day; be sure you have it marked down on your fam­ily cal­en­dar. UR­GENT FOR WHAT Ruth re­ceived a large en­ve­lope in the mail the other day, ad­dressed to her in pen and ink. It had big bold let­ters: UR­GENT LET­TER, RUSH DE­LIV­ERY, IM­POR­TANT DOC­U­MENT EN­CLOSED. On the back was the same blar­ing word­ing, plus IM­ME­DI­ATE AC­TION RE­QUIRED.

Of course you open it up and this out­fit is tr ying to sell you some­thing. Did any of my reader-friends get the same en­ve­lope? PEO­PLE AND PIC­TURES An­other event I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing is the photo con­test spon­sored by the Queen Anne’s County Cen­tre for the Arts be­gin­ning Fri­day, Nov. 4. It’s theme is “About Face — Cap­tur­ing the magic of the Eastern Shore through the faces of its peo­ple.” You must sub­mit 8x10 black and white pho­tos by Mon­day, Oct. 24, at the Cen­tre on Com­merce Street. The en­tries will be judged by pho­tog­ra­pher Anne Neil­son and the open­ing re­cep­tion will be held Fri­day, Nov. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. Con­tact the Cen­tre at 206 S. Com­merce Street, Cen­tre­ville, or by phone at 410-758-2520. Should be a won­der­fully pic­to­rial show! FAT­TEST PUMP­KIN Just in time for Hal­loween, one of my fa­vorite mag­a­zines Rem­i­nisce had a piece in its lat­est is­sue of the largest pump­kin ever grown. It weighed in at 2,324 pounds and was raised in Switzer­land in 2014. Now that’s a big pump­kin!

BOY SCOUT TROOP 1

Dan Tabler

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