Remembering Boy Scout Troop 1 — 69 years later
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