Fast-mov­ing Wheeler

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

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.

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