I hope everyone read the story in the papers about my good friend Wheeler Baker getting inducted into the Mar yland Athletic Hall of Fame for his powerboat racing records. I’m not sure I ever got two snap shots of his racing time as I began going down to the Narrows when Alton Pierson began his racing time in the Baker boats earlier than Wheeler. In fact, Alton was inducted into HOF back in 1983 and was introduced by Wheeler at the time. I had a lot of fun trying to get good shots of those fast-moving powerboats. Queen Anne’s County is probably the only county in the state to have two names in the Hall of Fame in powerboat racing. Again, congratulations to Wheeler for his prowess behind the wheel of those powerboats!
••• ODDS AND ENDS • When we went to vote early in the recent election, I noticed the name on the street leading to the new county office building. It is called Vincit. I’m wondering where that name came from?
• This football nut watched a couple of great games on Sunday, but missed one of my favorite programs, “Sixty Minutes.” I understand Trump and his family were interviewed by the program. I’m sorry to have missed that part of the show.
• And speaking of football, will some sports fan or Maryland fan give me a good reason why Maryland wanted to leave the ACC Conference and move up to the Big Ten? The Mar yland football team was humiliated Saturday by Ohio State and will continue to be defeated by the larger schools in the Big Ten because they cannot recruit players like those other schools. And another point, those all red uniforms are kinda strange! Well, I suppose the move to the Big Ten was all about the money.
• See where the annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton had another mighty successful weekend. I traveled down the first or second year, but it has become so crowded now, I don’t think I’ll go again. It was begun back in 1971 by my old friend, Bill Perry, who was sports editor of the Star Democrat when I worked there for a couple years under Norman Harrington. Bill and Dr. Harry Walsh joined up to get the Festival under way and it has grown into one of finest wildfowl programs in the nation. Bill would also be amazed at the huge Waterfowl Festival program book that I looked over last week. It said there were 4,000 visitors to Easton on that first year and just $7,500 contributed to Ducks Unlimited. It now attracts upwards to 20,000 people yearly.
• Those 2017 calendars continue to come in. The latest is a beauty from the Nature Conservancy, that has offices in Arlington, Virginia. The envelope contained the new calendar plus a notice that for $15 or more they will send us a large umbrella that features the image of a baby black-crowned night heron. Of course they would also like a check for their calendar.
• Here it is the middle of November and just the other day I cut and mulched the grass and leaves on the front lawn. Do we really have to mow the grass all the way into November?
• That was a fine Veterans Day service at the courthouse on Friday, November 11, and it was a pleasure to meet Walter Sitchenko. He told me that he is 95 and ser ved in the Army Air Corps, back before the name was changed to the Army Air Force in World War II. He lives out in Symphony Village, he told me. There were only a few of us WWII veterans at the ser vice. The Record Observer Editor asked me a few days before if I were going to be at the service as she needed photos and a story as the other staff members were busy elsewhere. I hope my pictures made it into the paper this week.
• Another longtime fireman friend of mine, the late Edgar Glenn up at Rock Hall, was honored by the town along with another Rock Hall firefighter, Samuel “Sonny Boy” Jacob, who was killed in the line of duty back in 1952 when he was thrown from a a fire truck that skidded into a ditch. The town put up memorial banners as a part of the Hometown Heroes project it has started that also honors military men and women.