That new courthouse
Since I am in town most days, I make it a priority to go past the building of our new courthouse on Commerce, facing the old courthouse. I am not a builder or contractor, but it seems to me those fellows have really done a great job on getting the structure up — My golly, it is going to be a BIG building!
All of which brings to mind. What is going to happen to our historic courthouse — the oldest one in the state of Mar yland in continuous use, from the history I have read?
I’ll have to ask Scotty MacGlashan one of these days. It would seem to be that if it is not going to have all those county offices and a courtroom occupied, why not turn it into a country-wide museum? I would think the county’s historical society has plenty of material that could be displayed for the public. I’m not sure how much Wright’s Chance and the Tucker House is filled with Society memorabilia, but the history folks on Kent Island and Sudlersville way could all be involved.
Well, it’s just a thought — we all know the county would not dare tear down that majestic building.
••• ODDS AND ENDS With that Earth-shattering idea up for grabs, let’s go on to our notes and comments found scribbled or clippings in this messy desk:
I was sorry to read in the obituary page the other day of the death of Bob Schleiger. He was the second president of Chesapeake College and I was always able to get any information I needed about the college whenever I called on him. He always had time to see me in person. Our community college grew greatly under Bob Schleiger’s administration.
Now I know there are plenty of national holidays — maybe too many. But I have an idea for another one. Why not make Inauguration Day one? It would only come around every four years. It made me think it is needed, when I heard a couple people say they would like to see or even go to the activities on that day, but they were working and could not get off. I did not vote for our new president, but spent a long time in front of the TV watching the proceedings of the day, considering the importance of the transition of officeholders in the greatest nation on Earth. As I think I have mentioned, I did note vote for Trump, nor did I cast a ballot for Mrs. Clinton, but am certainly deeply interested in how our new president will behave in office. I still do not think he has the experience in government matters, but if he will surround himself with qualified men and women he can get the job done and keep the country strong.
Does the NFL have some logical reasoning for still using the Roman numerals to identify the Super Bowl? The one coming up on Sunday, Feb. 5, is Ll, which I am told is 51. Now I am sure there are many people, sportsminded or otherwise, who would not know what that Roman numeral stood for without asking someone or going on the internet. Let us forget these Roman numerals and write that we are going to see Super Bowl 51 on Feb. 5.
Well, here’s a clipping of the front page of the Record Observer on Sept. 19, 1946, with a photo of Centreville’s First Pennant Winners. It was the farm club of the Baltimore Orioles when we were in the old Eastern Shore Baseball League and we won it all that year with a great 88-won, 37-lost record — and this happy camper was the official scorer for every home game. I sat in a press box on the top step of the wooden grandstand with my old friend George “Joe” Aldridge, who did playby-play; and let me tell you, we had a ball! To tell you the truth, I’m not sure why this clipping is here, but I guess I cut it out last September to talk about that wonderful summer some 70 years ago in the column. The large photo was snapped by Latshaw in front of the grandstand and each of the players signed his name on the front of their uniforms.
Finally, this last clipping is from the free magazine you can pick up at the library or in Edwards Pharmacy when it comes out, OutLook by the Bay. It went like this: “Forgive yourself for your mistakes. Chances are you’re the only one who remembers them.”