That new court­house

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.”

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