Stop by and see the trains

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

Ev­ery­one is busy this hol­i­day sea­son, but if you have young chil­dren, try to make a spe­cial ef­fort to take them down to the Kent Nar­rows Out­let stores where the fel­lows of the Queen Anne’s Rail­road So­ci­ety and di­rec­tors of the Mu­seum of the East­ern Shore Life have set up an amaz­ing lay­out of model trains that you have ever seen.

They will be open only two more days, Satur­day, Dec. 10, and Sun­day, Dec. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. and ad­mis­sion is free. They will be happy to ac­cept do­na­tions. But it is just grand the many dif­fer­ent lay­outs from the tiny Z gauge trains to the larger ones and the towns you will see Tabler Pub­lish­ing Co. on the top of one of the build­ings. I tried to get a pic­ture of it, but my cam­era went on the blink, so you will have to look for it. I wanted to set off this week’s visit with that shot.

Oh, yes, they tell me Santa will be there both days, from 1 to 3 p.m., so the kids will want to see him.

It is re­ally one of the high­lights of the sea­son, so make an ef­fort to get down to see it. ••• DIF­FER­ENT GIFTS While you may have done all your shop­ping, here’s an idea of some­thing dif­fer­ent if you get the chance to fin­ish up on a high note!

The Old Wye Mill, down at Wye Mills, has a spe­cial hol­i­day shop open two more sale days, Satur­day, Dec. 10, and Satur­day, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are all types of un­usual items on sale, in­clud­ing the Old Wye Mill pewter or­na­ment, that is just right to hang on your tree. There is also plenty of maple syrup and other things you can buy to help the Friends at the Mill raise funds to con­tinue re­plac­ing the roof of the old mill. ••• THE UP-COUN­TRY LI­BRARY Had a call the other day from Ann Camp­bell, up Sudlersville way, ask­ing if I had any his­tory of their li­brary, which is next door to the church and is out­grow­ing its space, she tells me.

I thought I might have some­thing in my files, but could not find it that day, telling her there was sto­ries I did when it opened while I was ed­i­tor of the Record-Ob­server but I did not know any dates. Later on, I did find in­for­ma­tion about the li­brary and will be send­ing it along to her.

She was telling me it is open Mon­day, Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­days now. The Mon­day hours are 4 to 8 p.m.; the Tues­day times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and Satur­day open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It used to be part of the county’s li­brary sys­tem as I re­mem­ber stop­ping by the take books or ex­change books when I was on the li­brary’s book­mo­bile with Shirley Walls and Althea Stubbs. ••• WWII ME­MORIES My old news­pa­per friend from Fred­er­ick, Ge­orge De­laplaine, sends out a monthly let­ter to his friend and rel­a­tives, and this lat­est is a rem­i­nis­cence of Pearl Har­bor 75 years ago on De­cem­ber 7, 1941.

While I also re­mem­ber that date, although I was still in school at Centreville High, I go back to another mem­o­rable date in WWII, that oc­curred on June 6, 1944. That was the in­va­sion of France and I was in Camp Lee, VA, serv­ing in the pub­lic re­la­tions of­fice. We had one of those As­so­ci­ated Press tele­type ma­chines in the of­fice that rang a bell when­ever the AP had a big news story come in. That day, the bell on the ma­chine started ring­ing and kept on ring­ing. We all ran over to the ma­chine and the story un­folded and it men­tioned that the 29th Divi­sion was part of the troops hit­ting the beaches of France. I re­mem­bered the 29th Divi­sion, so I fig­ured a num­ber of lo­cal sol­diers were prob­a­bly right in the thick of it. ••• FAREWELL, MY FRIEND Sorry to end the col­umn on a sad note, but we have said good­bye to another good friend and neigh­bor, Bob Wil­liams.

He fought the good fight un­til the Lord said it was time to come home.

He joined the state po­lice while I was still ed­i­tor of the Record-Ob­server. I have met a lot of po­lice of­fi­cers deal­ing with in­ci­dents, but never met one as fine as Bob Wil­liams. He was al­ways more than help­ful when­ever I had to find out any in­for­ma­tion about a crime he might be work­ing on, whereas many of­fi­cers just wanted to put you off. The fam­ily moved just down the street from us here in the Heights.

Rest in peace, my friend.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

The shiny, pewter Old Wye Mill or­na­ment is back, this time done by Sal­is­bury Pewter from a de­sign that came from the mill’s sta­tionery when the mu­seum was first set up. Or­na­ments will be for sale for pur­chase at the Old Wye Mill dur­ing the open­ing of their hol­i­day shop, Dec. 10 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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